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Use…Me

Father, thank You for a good night’s sleep. May whatever this day holds be impacted by You. May I remain faithful to Your calling in everything I say and do. Amen.

Lord, this morning I got no further than my opening prayer. When I read some more of Revelation 2 and pondered it – I went down too many rabbit holes and nothing came together. So here I sit, some 16 hours later.

I am grateful that I was able to make good headway in preparing Sunday’s sermon and other particulars for the worship service. I realize that I am stating the obvious, but I could in no way, shape or form begin to do anything of benefit to anyone, without You. You are why I am able to do what I do – You are the focus and the inspiration. You are what motivates me.

I pray that I am the messenger the You need for the hour. It is unsettling to think that people would follow me. If they do follow me, I wholeheartedly pray that it is because I am following You. I am fallible. I am weak. I stumble. I fall. Isaiah’s exclamation comes to mind,

“It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Isaiah 6:5

And yet…You, the Holy Sovereign of all that is and ever will be, You choose to use…me. You can use anyone who gives themselves over to You and Your direction over our lives.

May a burning coal from Your altar touch my lips as well (Isaiah 6:6-7) and may my “guilt [be] removed, and [my] sins [be] forgiven.” May I be the man that can be used in whatever capacity that You need. Amen.

July 5th, Wed, 6:38 am

Your Light Broke Through

Father, I’ve been here for ten minutes and am fretting over what to write You. Everything that pops into my head sounds like something I’ve already written several times in some way or another. I was stymied until You spoke into my spirit and said that You don’t mind if I repeat myself. I thought, my mother doesn’t care how many times I start off with, “Good morning, Mother.” What’s important to her is that I am calling! What’s important to You is that I am here with You. We are spending time together, and I am the better for it. Thank You, Father.

1 John 1:5-7 (<< click here)

“God is light…” and my study Bible* says that “light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.” By nature we are not light – we are darkness which “represents what is sinful and evil.” We were not created to be that way but are that way by birth. We cannot make our own light. In fact, many don’t even realize that they are trapped in the darkness. They trudge through life stumbling blindly about trying to find their way.

And, Lord, only You can help us. Only You can shine Your light into our darkness. It shows things as they truly are. Only You can lead us out of our own darkness into Your light. And as John proclaims, “if we are living in the light, as God is in the light…the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” You are our only hope and with great gratitude, You are mighty to save!

As I’ve been writing, a song has been rambling through my mind and it is definitely worth sharing. The song is “Your Love Broke Through” by Keith Green. Light isn’t in the lyrics but love is and You are love as well!

Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung          
     like curtains on my eyes
Well I’ve been blind all these wasted years and I thought I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise
Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through
All my life I’ve been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It’s like the power of the wind
Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love, your love, broke through
Songwriters: Keith Gordon Green / Randy Stonehill / Todd Fishkind
Your Love Broke Through lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Mar 28th, Tues, 6:36 am

I Choose You

Father, bless our time together, not just this morning but throughout this day. May I do and say and think what is pleasing to You. Fill me and use me. All I have is Yours. Amen.

1 Peter 1:18-20 (<<click here)

So we chose bondage. We may not have made that initial choice to disobey but none of us is innocent. We all choose every moment if we will obey – we choose bondage – or we choose to accept the ransom paid. And Lord, You paid that ransom. You paid the price in our stead. And that price was death. You shed Your blood for me. You died for me!

As Peter said, “And it was not with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” The sinless for the sinful. The spotless for the deeply stained.

“God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.”

Paul proclaims it as well,

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Ephesians 1:4

Lord, thank you for Your ultimate sacrifice. You knew the price You would pay. You weren’t forced or coerced into it. You did it because You loved us. You did it so we, in turn, could love You. May I never forget Your love for me. May my love for You guide my every step. I choose You, Lord, for you alone are worthy! Amen.

Nov 6th, Sun, 6:12 am

Draw Near

Thank You, Father, for being with me yesterday. And I can think of no better place to be than with You! Your presence in worship was impacting in both services. I also appreciate the opportunity to be with family the better part of the day and the situations in which You allowed me to find myself as I interacted with people I care about. What a privilege to be used by You to touch people, to love them as You would have me to.

Hebrews 7:15-28 (<<click here)

“…once for all…” v.27

At least for me, Lord, Hebrews is not a book of which I can take little bites. I have to bite off big chunks! It seems that core concepts permeate large passages. Jesus, You are a priest forever…once for all…” v.21,27 You have taken care of everything! What we could not do, You did. Where we are weak- You are strong! Where we are sinful to the core – You are sinless, righteous and holy! Where we could only obtain short lived forgiveness – You provided eternal forgiveness, “once for all”!

Lord help me to “draw near to” You, v.19 for You are my hope and salvation. I plead that I will continue to crave interaction with You. The peace I find in our relationship brings great comfort through all of life’s ups and downs.

Mar 28th, Mon, 5:48 am