Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

Your great gift

 

Even the faith which saves us all
Is your great gift
To us.

Even the grace of forgiveness, Lord,
Is your great gift
To us.

Even your Holy Spirit, Lord,
Is your great gift 
To us.

Even your peace of heart and mind 
Is your great gift
To us.

Even what righteousness we have
Is your great gift
To us.

And even the hope of eternal life 
Is your great gift
To us. 

 

References

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

Even greater is God’s […] gift of forgiveness (Romans 4:16; NLT).

You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NIV).

Even greater is God’s […] gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17; NLT).

The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23;  NLT).

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What is this cross?

 

Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

 

What is this cross
Of which you speak, Lord Jesus?

What is this burden
I must bear through life?

It’s everything you suffer 
For my sake, child;

It’s every kind of sickness, grief,
And strife.

What makes this cross
So critical, Lord Jesus?

What makes this burden count
Right up to death?

It’s facing all your suffering
With faith, child,

Whilst showing love to all
Till your last breath.

 

References

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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You fill my heart

 

Lord, 
You fill my heart with faith,
Despite my trials and sorrows –
The gift of your baptising Holy Spirit. 

Lord, 
You fill my heart with hope,
Despite my blows and burdens –
The gift of your inspiring Holy Spirit.  

 Lord,
You fill my heart with joy,
Despite my sins and failures –  
The gift of your anointing Holy Spirit.

Lord,
You fill my heart with love,
Despite my griefs and troubles –
The fruit of your indwelling Holy Spirit.

 

References

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8; NLT).

You alone are my hope (Psalm 71:5; NLT).

You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy (2 Corinthians 6:10; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22; NIV).

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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Faith

 

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we wish for,

But on trusting God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we long for,

But on thanking God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we ask for,

But on praising God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we pray for, 

But on loving God, 
Whatever life may bring.

 

References

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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When I feel lonely

 

Lord,
When I feel lonely
And depression fills my mind,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Seek God,
And you will find.

Lord,
When I’ve offended you, 
And sorrow fills my heart,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Turn back
For a fresh start. 

Lord,
When I reach paradise,
And you receive my soul,

I’ll hear the words
You said on earth:

Your faith
Has made you whole.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Turn from your wicked ways and start doing things right (Jeremiah 35:15; NLT).

Your faith has made you well (Luke 8:48; NLT).

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This church

 

Lord, 

May this church
Not crush my faith;

May its members 
Not reject me.

May its powerful priests
Not put me down;

And may your love
Protect me.

 

References 

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle (Isaiah 42:3; NLT). 

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples (John 13:35; NLT).

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

God’s loyal love protects me all day long (Psalm 52:1; NET).

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When I lose my health

 

When I lose my health, Lord,
You remain.

When I lose my my faith, Lord,
You remain.

When I lose my hope, Lord,
You remain.

And when I lose my life, Lord,
You remain.

………………………………………..

References 

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46; NIV).

Lord, you remain the same forever (Lamentations 5:19; NLT).

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