Category Archives: Come To Your Senses

Lord, Whenever Needed: Undo What I’ve Become!!

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You have my permission!!

Whatever it takes!

If it doesn’t line up with Your Word…

Or Your plan for my life…

I’ll need an…

Undo!”

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1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins,

He is faithful and just

and will forgive us our sins

and purify us

from all unrighteousness.”

Been here before, and again…

At the door, please let me back in…

I’m known to be a prodigal…

Please, Lord…

Turn me around…

Pick me up

Undo what I’ve become!

Back to the place…

Of forgiveness and grace!

Need You…

Need Your help…

Can’t do this myself

I know…

You’re the Only One who can undo…

What I’ve become!

Focused on the score…

Could never win…

Tried to ignore…

Hiding my sin

Hypocrite…

Lead me back…

To You!

Through forgiveness and grace!!

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2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,

the new creation has come:

The old has gone,

the new is here!”

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Hebrews 10:17

“Then He adds:

‘Their sins and lawless acts   

I will remember no more.’”

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Psalm 103:11

“…as far as the east is from the west,   

so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

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Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,

so that we may receive mercy

and find grace

to help us in our time of need.”

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Oh, Lord…

This is where I belong…

With You!!

Amen!

When God Ran

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Luke 15:20

“So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off,

his father saw him

and was filled with compassion for him;

he ran to his son,

threw his arms around him

and kissed him.”

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Almighty God…

The Great I Am…

Immoveable Rock…

Omnipotent…

Powerful!!

Awesome Lord…

Victorious Warrior

Mighty Conqueror…

Commanding King of Kings!!

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Yes, He’s Our Almighty God!

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And the only time…

The only time…

I ever saw Him run…

Was when…

He ran to me…

Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest

And said, “My son’s come home again.”

Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes

With forgiveness in His voice

He said “Son, do you know I still love you?”

It caught me by surprise when God ran!

The day I left home…

I knew I’d broken His heart

I wondered if

Things would ever be the same…

Then one night…

I remembered His love for me

And down that dusty road, ahead I could see…

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I saw Him running to me!

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It dropped me to my knees…

When God ran…

Holy God…

Righteous One

Who turned my way

Now I know…

You’ve been waiting

For this day!

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When I would run back to You!!

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Luke 15:24

“For this son of mine

was dead

and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.’

So they began to celebrate.”

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If you find yourself in a “pig pen”

Eating what the pigs eat…

Remember the House of your Father…

Come to yourself…

Your Father’s servants have plenty to eat…

Humble yourself…

Get up and go back home!

Your Merciful Father will see you…

And run to you!!

Your Heavenly Father will take you back!

The door is always open to a repentant heart!

The banquet table is ready!

The royal robes are ready!

You will be received by the King!

Rejoice!!

With those who have never left the Father’s House…

Who know that everything He owns is theirs…

Who have known His Abundant Grace…

All along…

It’s time to celebrate!

The lost has been found!!

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Amen!

Grace? Walk Right In!

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Grace means:

To get something that you do not deserve;

Unmerited favor

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John 1:14

“The Word became flesh

and made His dwelling among us.

We have seen His glory,

the glory of the One and Only Son,

who came from the Father,

full of grace and truth.

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Ephesians 2:8-9

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—

and this is not from yourselves,

it is the gift of God—

not by works,

so that no one can boast.”

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You’re standing with your list of regrets that you can’t get past yourself
You wish so bad that you could make the mark
But your dreams are stuck on a shelf
And all you wanna do is turn back time
And redeem the days you lost
But shame keeps calling out your name
The chains refuse to fall

But it’s not over, it’s not over
This is the moment grace walks in
With arms wide open, arms wide open
To tell you this is not the end
When doubt is strong and your will is weak to even believe again
That’s when grace, that’s when grace walks in

You once believed that you could change the world
With a fire deep in your soul
Your faith was strong and the call was clear
You were sure you could make a new road
Like so many the flame grew dark
And your confidence hit the wall
There always seems to be a lot of big questions
But the answers seem so small

Just in the nick of time
Right there to save our lives
Grace is greater
Grace is greater

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2 Corinthians 12:8-9

“Three times I (Paul)

pleaded with the Lord

to take it (the thorn in my flesh) away from me.

But He said to me,

My grace is sufficient for you,

for My power is made perfect in weakness.’

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly

about my weaknesses,

so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

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Hebrews 4:16

 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,

so that we may receive mercy

and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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2 Peter 1:2

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance

through the knowledge of God

and of Jesus our Lord.”

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John 1:16

“From the fullness of His grace

we have all received one blessing after another.”

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Romans 3:23-24

“…for all have sinned

and fall short of the glory of God,

and all are justified freely

by His grace

through the redemption

that came by Christ Jesus.”

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2 Corinthians 8:9

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

that though He was rich,

yet for your sake He became poor,

so that you through His poverty might become rich.”

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2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself

and God our Father,

who loved us

and by His grace

gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

encourage your hearts and strengthen you

in every good deed and word.”

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Grace is at the heart of the Gospel message!

To accept God’s grace…

Means to live in thankful response!

We don’t deserve God’s grace!

Yet, He has chosen to give it to us!

We should be moved to give our all to Him!

Amen!!

Come To Your Senses! Get Down! Go Back Home!

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The way up is to get down!

This was our sermon on Sunday!

It’s the cure for…

“Give me!”

“Notice me!”

“Poor me!”

When it really should be…

“Search me!”

“Make me!”

It means…

Total surrender!

To Jesus!!

Two examples…

King Nebuchadnezzar

Daniel 4: 33-37

“Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled.

He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox.

His body was drenched with the dew of heaven

until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle

and his nails like the claws of a bird.

At the end of that time,

I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven,

and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High;

I honored and glorified Him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion;

His kingdom endures from generation to generation.

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.

He does as He pleases with the powers of Heaven

and the peoples of the earth.

No one can hold back His hand or say to Him:

‘What have you done?’

At the same time that my sanity was restored,

my honor and splendor were returned to me

for the glory of my kingdom.

My advisers and nobles sought me out,

and I was restored to my throne

and became even greater than before.

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar,

praise and exalt and glorify the King of Heaven,

because everything He does is right

and all His ways are just.

And those who walk in pride He is able to humble.

The Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-24

Jesus continued:

There was a man who had two sons.

The younger one said to his father,

‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’

So he divided his property between them.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had,

set off for a distant country

and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

After he had spent everything,

there was a severe famine in that whole country,

and he began to be in need.

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country,

who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

He longed to fill his stomach with the pods

that the pigs were eating,

but no one gave him anything.

When he came to his senses, he said,

‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare,

and here I am starving to death!

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him:

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

I am no longer worthy to be called your son;

make me like one of your hired servants.’

So he got up and went to his father.

But while he was still a long way off his father saw him

and was filled with compassion for him;

he ran to his son,

threw his arms around him

and kissed him.

The son said to him,

‘Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you.

I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

But the father said to his servants,

‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him.

Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

Bring the fattened calf and kill it.

Let’s have a feast and celebrate.

For this son of mine was dead and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.’

So they began to celebrate.”

There’s a downside to being puffed up…
Our inside is empty of the one thing…
Our heart truly needs
We feel invincible…
It’s always all about us!
Let’s love Him like we should…
Like He loves us!
Through bad and good…
And finally figure out where happiness is found!
In the midst of sadness…
  We are closer to Him now…
And that’s the upside of down!
It’s all switched around…
I was lost and now I’m found!
The upside of down!!
He is “more” in our “less…”
He is strength in our weakness…
Don’t go back again
His sunshine ends the rain!!
Don’t return to your old ways…
Don’t be a fair- weather friend!
The upside of tragedies…
Is knowing He’s holding your heart always…
Always!!!
  We may be down…
But find the joy in the pain…
The upside of down!
It’s all switched around…
I was lost and now I’m found!
The upside of down!!
Amen!!