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Thank you

 

Thank you 
For your light, Lord,
Your peace, your truth
Your love;

Your darkness, 
Fire, 
Hate,
And indignation.

Thank you 
For your justice,
Your judgement,
And your law;

Your mercy, 
Fairness, 
Grace, Lord,   
And salvation.

 

References

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing (Isaiah 61:8; NLT).

The nations will not be able to endure his indignation (Jeremiah 10:10; NKJV).

Don’t you realise God’s justice continues forever? (Psalm 52:1; NLT).

God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14; NLT).

The sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will (Romans 8:7; NLT). 

The Lord our God is merciful (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

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You’re not difficult to love

 

Lord, 
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are full of mercy
And compassion.

Lord,
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are our forgiveness
And salvation.

Lord, 
You’re not difficult to love, 
For you bring peace
And reconciliation.

Lord,
You’re not difficult to love,
For you are our wellspring,
And our destination. 

 

References

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

You, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy (Psalm 86:15; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation (Isaiah 12:3; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19; NL:T).

The wellspring of life is with you (Psalm 36:9; CSB).

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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There is no healing

 

Lord, 
There is no healing
In dogmas, rules and creeds –

For only a relationship with you  
Can meet my needs. 

Lord,
There’s no forgiveness
In formal prayers of shame –  

For only a relationship with you  
Will clear my blame.

Lord,
There’s no salvation,
In attending church each week –

For only a relationship with you
Gives what I seek. 

Lord,
There is no kingdom 
To be found beyond my soul –

For only a relationship with you
Can make me whole. 

 

References

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit (Romans 7:6; NLT).

They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their saviour (Psalm 24:5; NLT).

Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:28; NLT).

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).

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Chant

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NIV).

He alone is my rock and my salvation (Psalm 62:2; NLT).

He shall preserve thy soul (Psalm 121:7; KJV).

 

Lord,
You are the light
That guides my life,

The fire
That warms my bones,

The love
That feeds my heart,

The peace
That fills my mind,

And the salvation
That preserves my soul.

Amen.

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Presence

Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

He will restore us, so that we may live in his presence (Hosea 6:2; NLT).

The Lord is my strength (Exodus 15:2; NLT).

The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27:1; NLT).

 

Lord,
Thank you
For being with me
All the time –

When I wake up,
Throughout the day,
And while I sleep.

Help me to realise
Your constant presence
As I try to follow your beloved Son;

For you are my strength,
My light,
And my salvation.

 

 

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God’s path

“Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants” (Luke 8:6; NLT).

And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him (Deuteronomy 4:29; NLT).

The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

“If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23; NLT).


Father,
I’ve wandered all these years
On thorny ground,
Rough lanes,
And rocky tracks,
Searching for you.

But now, I’m following
Your path –
It’s difficult
And narrow,
Yet it’s safe;

For you are my protector
And my guide,
My comforter and friend
Along the testing way
Of life.

Lord,
Help me to stay on
Your path,
And show me
Your salvation
At the end.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Thanks

Thanks

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

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

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16; NIV).

Father,
Thank you for my life,
And my faith;

Your grace,
And your Word;

Your forgiveness,
And your love;

Your Son,
And your salvation.

In his precious name,
Amen.

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