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Not Only “A Good Life” But, “A God Life”

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When our son, Casey was young…

We left a blizzard in NJ…

To fly to Florida…

While on the beach enjoying the sun, sand, and waves…

Casey said, “Ahhhh, this is the life!”

We laughed so hard!!

And, it got me thinking…

Christians are called to be more…

So much more…

To be different…

To be set apart for so much more from God…

To be more in this world…

To live with a purpose…

We’re called to believe all the promises of God…

And live them with God’s help…

Not just a “Good Life”

A “God Life”

A life full of God…

A godly life…

Standing on the promises of God!

He wants to give us His best!!

He created us not to simply live the good life…

But, so we can live life with Him…

He loves us…

He sent His son, Jesus and offered Him up to die for us…

To save us…

And sent us His Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us into all Truth..

Then, we can know the nature of God…

Then, we can become more like Jesus each day…

In this “God Life,” He gives us love, faith, hope, favor…

When we offer up our entire life to Him…

When we trade our good life for the God Life He divinely planned for us!

Take advantage of all of God’s promises…

They’re all for you!!

You are His!

You’re Beautiful!

In His Eyes!

 Amen!

2 Peter 1:3

“His divine power has given us everything we need

for a godly life

through our knowledge of Him

who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

Church, Desire The Best Spiritual Gifts!!

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(Here’s the sermon I preached at church Sunday night, praying it blesses you…)

1 Corinthians 16:14  “Do everything in love.”  

Serve everyone in love!  Build up the Body of Christ in love!

And…as we’re putting our attention toward loving each other, we’re told in God’s Word to pursue the best spiritual gifts, those which edify others, without putting so much focus on “edifying” ourselves at everyone else’s expense!  We’re instructed to be covetous to excel in the best gifts, those which will make us most useful and profitable to The Church, through a more excellent way.  Through LOVE!  Remembering that the gifts themselves are not the best things, because the habits of saving grace are much more valuable than gifts!  Love to God and love to our neighbor are always preferred before gifts.

 However, Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:31

“But earnestly desire the greater gifts and I will show you a still more excellent way.”  

LOVE! 

The spiritual gifts are found in three passages: 

Romans 12:6-8 NIV  “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV  “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”

1 Corinthians 12:28-30 NIV  “And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?”

Through reading those 3 verses, we can make a list of the Gifts of the Spirit:

Administration     Apostle-ship     Discernment     Evangelism     Exhortation

Faith     Giving     Healing     Interpretation of Tongues     Knowledge

Leadership     Mercy     Miracles     Pastor/Shepherd     Prophecy

 Serving/Ministering     Teaching     Tongues     Wisdom

I want to concentrate on what we’re instructed and encouraged to do on our part as far as the spiritual gifts are concerned: 

We’re to desire! 

The Holy Spirit does the rest!  He gives the gift to whoever He wishes and because He likes order, He corrects where needed. 

We’re to love! 

We’re not to strive for any one gift just because it is more highly esteemed, or because it is more useful to us personally, or because it is more easily attained.  What keeps us humble, is LOVE, remembering that the gifts of God’s grace:  Faith, Hope, and Love, are the most useful and valuable, and better than all external extraordinary gifts!!

In our house my husband and I talk about:  BC & AC. 

Before our son, Casey…After our son, Casey.  That’s the simple way we define our life!  All that we did before Casey, changed after Casey!  We were married 14 years before our prayers for our child were answered, and while those years were important and prepared us for having Casey, Casey changed us completely the day he was born.  For the better!  From that day on, he was our priority!  Before and After, Then and Now, there’s a HUGE difference!

Church, that’s how we must define our spiritual life, too! 

Before Christ and After Christ! 

Before we knew Him and After we came to know Him

Before and After, Then and Now, there’s a HUGE difference!  If you don’t know the Lord Jesus as your Savior yet, it takes a split second for you to want Him, and for Him to accept your repentant heart, since He always wants you!!!  And, He always wants to fill you with His Spirit!

That Was Then, This Is Now!

The old you vs the new you!  Then, when you were empty vs Now, when you’re filled with the power of His Holy Spirit!  You are now SAVED to SERVE with the Holy Spirit’s POWER, to serve God and The Body of Christ.  Pray for an open heart, open mind, open eyes to see, and open ears to hear.  Don’t wander around in the “THEN!”  Live in the NOW!”  Church, now that we know Him, how will we live our life for Christ?  Jesus is now our priority!  The Father’s Plan for us and hearing the Holy Spirit’s whispers!  It’s not just about programs, though I love church programs; we need His Presence in our lives and in our churches!  The Church needs us, every one of us!  We’re The Body.  The Church needs all of us to be all we can be in Christ to strengthen and build up The Church!

As much as we’re commanded to NOT covet the things of others, we are told to boldly, earnestly, fervently, zealously, strongly, prayerfully, watchfully esteem, desire, want, pursue, seek to attain, and cultivate the best/greatest spiritual gifts to be used to help others to stir up, develop, and use our gifts to edify The Church!  The Body of Christ!  And if it’s a GIFT from the Holy Spirit, we can just receive it!  Since they have not been obtained by human capabilities we have absolutely no right to brag on these gifts!  If we exalt in our gifts, we’re taking credit for something that we haven’t earned ourselves.  It’s like taking credit for a gift you received on your birthday.  It’s just that; a gift that was not yours, but given to you freely, given apart from any inherent capabilities that you have within you.  Remember, the old song, “How Great Thou Art?”  It’s NOT, “How Great I Am!”

It’s an unearned gift from the Holy Spirit, take it!  Think of someone offering you a gift, and you say, “No!  No!  I can’t take it!  Please take it back!  It’s too much!  Give it to someone else!  I don’t need it!  I want to be giftless forever!”  That would be ridiculous!  So desire the best spiritual gifts, take them, and thank God for it!  He’ll use them to love on people. 

1 Peter 4:10, says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 

In The Church, preaching is to edify and equip the saints!  Pastors can’t do that very well, if the saints don’t want, desire, covet all God has for each of them!  We need to want all God has for us.  His gifts are good!  I encourage you to step out confidently with whatever gifts and talents, plus the spiritual gifts God has already put in you, and with the spiritual gifts He WANTS to develop in you!  Your passions will usually indicate those areas!  Use them to help others and to equip others to be used of God!  I encourage you to express your desire to God for more of all He has for you!  God wants to give you His Best Gifts!  It’s His will to give each believer the best gift that each desires and is capable of receiving.

How quick will you be to desire and receive the spiritual gift He wants to give you?  That determines what gift the Holy Spirit will give!  The nature of The Church calls for all members to recognize their capabilities and to begin confidently functioning in those ministries.  Just as the physical body is one organism having many parts:  Arms, legs, hands, feet, etc., with different functions, all operating differently, but at the same time in harmony and in unity!  So it is with the Body of Christ, The Church.  Unity in the midst of diversity.  If the Body of Christ is going to function as an organism then it’s necessary for the members to minister, or serve one another with all the capabilities that the Holy Spirit has given to each one.  Each local church requires spiritual maturity, biblical understanding and the recognition, and full use of, the spiritual gifts of each member!  The power of the Spirit flows in The Church through the expression of the God-given gifts.

The gift is not in itself the purpose, or goal for the believer, rather, it’s simply the means through which the Spirit can minister to others.  If you sense a need in your church, which is not being satisfied, perhaps you should try to meet that need.  If we occupy ourselves in serving the Lord by meeting the needs we perceive, our gifts will quickly become obvious!  There are times when the Lord delays in making evident our gifts, in order that we grow sufficiently mature, and committed to using them faithfully in His service and through His power.  The important thing is that we learn to minister and serve one another.  Our experience can be a determining factor in the manifestation of our gifts:

  1. Our church will be more and more conscience of our gifts as we work in its programs.
  2. We’ll be conscious of the fruit that results from the exercise of our gift in the lives of others.
  3. We’ll feel a conscious satisfaction in what we’re doing.
  4. We’ll recognize that those with gifts, especially the gift of leadership, are going to attract others with similar gifts. 

There is a distinction between the Spiritual Gifts and the Fruit of the Spirit:

The ideal for the Christian is to combine the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit, with the expression of the 9 Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in our life at the same time.

Gifts of the Spirit

  1. Different for each individual
  2. Related to the ministry
  3. Classified according to importance and necessary emphasis in the church
  4. Can be abused, cause offenses and divisions.
  5. No Christian has all of the gifts
  6. No single gift is obligated for all the believers

Fruit of the Spirit

  1. For all the church, without exception
  2. Related to our character
  3. All the aspects of the fruit are essential and equally important
  4. Never can be used badly if they are authentic
  5. All believers should manifest the fruit
  6. All the aspects of the fruit are commanded to be manifested  

The Fruit of the Spirit indicates spiritual maturity…

The Spiritual Gifts indicate the motivation for serving others…

Christ’s Church is always interested in people!  Lay people are very necessary in the growth and ministry of The Church!  Identifying the need and benefit of the spiritual gifts should always be encouraged!  The understanding and use of the spiritual gifts prospers under the encouragement and teaching of the leaders of The Church!  No believer can say that they have no gift of the Spirit from God.  God has given all believers gifts, some have several, but everyone has these gifts!  These gifts of the Spirit are given not for the believer, but for the Body of Christ.  It’s to make The Body complete.  These gifts are intended for The Church-to edify it, to strengthen it, to feed it, to encourage it, and to have the Body of Christ empowered to do the work of Christ.  These gifts are always to exalt Christ, to witness of God’s power, to build up The Body, and to work to enlarge the Body of Christ by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost!  God gives these gifts as He sees best.  We can not receive gifts we aren’t intended to receive, but, we can desire certain gifts, indicating that we can receive gifts of the Spirit, that may fulfill the desires of our hearts, while still fulfilling God‘s purpose for them!

Psalm 37:4 says  “Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  Let our desires be Your desires for us, Lord!  Amen!  Let’s briefly examine what these gifts are and their intended use for the church today.

Romans 12 has a similar listing of the gifts of the Spirit, but, I Corinthians 12 is more comprehensive in nature, where Paul is telling the Corinthian church, and for the most part, all believers in the church today that he wants to make these gifts crystal clear to us, so we will depend upon the inspired Word of God to reveal them to us!

Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:4 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.”  No two gifts are the same and generally no two believers have exactly the same gifts, but always these gifts are given for the common good of the church.  Many Gifts, Many Members, One Body!  We’re to pray to God that we may receive from Him the best, which means, the most useful gifts.

Bible scholars classify these gifts into three categories: ministry gifts, manifestation gifts, and motivational gifts:

Ministry Gifts

The ministry gifts serve to reveal the plan of God. They are characteristic of a full-time office or calling, rather than a gift that can function in and through any believer.

Manifestation Gifts

The manifestation gifts serve to reveal the power of God. These gifts are supernatural or spiritual in nature. They can be further subdivided into three groups: utterance, power, and revelation.

Motivational Gifts

The motivational gifts serve to reveal the personality of God. These gifts are practical in nature. They describe the inner motivations of the Christian servant.  

All spiritual gifts in The Church are produced by the Holy Spirit and He confers them as He pleases, so no one should be proud, yet it is proper to desire the most useful gifts, such as preaching or prophesying.  If…you wish to be brought under the influence of the Spirit and qualified for usefulness in the church!  The graces of the Spirit:  Faith, Hope, and Love, which are gifts of God’s grace; are useful and valuable and better than all external extraordinary gifts.  It’s the work of the Holy Spirit.  These three: Faith, Hope, and Love, are to be more desired than gifts.  We must pursue LOVE, but, at the same time, not omit zealous seeking after the Gifts of the Spirit, especially to prophecy, which includes both foretelling and forth-telling.  We pass all these “gifts” of blessing to others for their edification when we exercise our spiritual gifts in love!  So, we should earnestly desire spiritual gifts so we may selflessly give to others, then we must always give all the glory to God!  Amen!

The warning is:  The greater our gifts are, the more we are exposed to temptations and the larger the measure of grace needed to keep us humble and spiritual!  We may meet with more painful, or humbling experiences!  It’s not always glamorous to be obedient to God!  We have little cause to glory in any gifts bestowed on us, or to despise those who don’t have the same ones we’ve been given!

1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”  

Ephesians 4:11-15 NLT tells us, “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church:  The apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up The Church, The Body of Christ.  This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.  Then we will no longer be immature like children.  We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching.  We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.  Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the Head of His Body, The Church.” 

Amen!

So, when Jesus decides to move in our lives, in our church, and in our world, we can no longer wait, we need to run after what He’s running after.  We can’t drag Jesus behind us! Jesus is upright and in front leading us.  He goes BEFORE us!  Where He goes, we follow.  Be in sync with Him.  He waits, we wait.  He walks, we walk.  He moves, we move.  When He runs, we run.  When He’s on a mission, that’s our mission.  Our mission is to follow Him, and to be equipped by the power of the Holy Spirit to follow Him!!  We need everything He wants to give us spiritually.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are together.  We need ALL of them.  Seek the whole Godhead.  The Full Gospel!  Every moment.  WE’RE NOTHING ALONE, APART FROM GOD!  With Him, we have everything!  Teach everyone to want all God offers for their lives, too, to be used in His Kingdom for His purposes!

Church, know, live, and share the whole Truth of Christ, what He’s done for us, and what He can do through us!!  We’re FOLLOWERS of CHRIST!  Move into position!  Where others can see Christ before they see us!!  It’s never about us!  Church, it’s always about JESUS!  Walk through life pointing everyone to Him!  Everything we do and are involved in, is a ministry.  Assume the correct position.  FOLLOWING CLOSE BEHIND OUR LORD!  So close that we can hear His Voice!  He wants to give us more love, more power, and more spiritual gifts to serve Him!  So close, that we can see Him moving in our life, in our church, in the world.  He’s moving right now.  He’s walking.  Catch up with Him.  He’s running.  Stay with Him!  He wants to give us more of Himself.  He goes before us.  We’re triumphant!  Now is the time, Church, to desire all the spiritual gifts that are meant to edify The Church!  Our church!

Let’s Run!  Let’s keep up with God’s Plan!  He wants to grow us, to grow our church, to grow The Body of Christ.  He wants us to grow in love.  He wants us to point everyone we meet to Jesus.  To teach God’s Word.  To be filled to overflowing with His Holy Spirit.  To desire what He desires. He wants us to eat up His Word and drink in His Spirit.  Filling us with a fresh supply each day for our spiritual growth! 

Church, will you desire the best spiritual gifts to be used in your church, with your pastor, with your congregation, and with the vision from God, for such a time as this?

“Yes, Lord we’re ready!”

Proverbs 8:5-12 from the Passion Translation:  “I Hear His Whisper”

“In the silence I will speak to you. Each morning come and sit at My feet and learn from the wisdom of eternity. I will speak. I will whisper to your soul. It is time for you to hear Me clearly each day. The assignments I give to you will be pleasant and rewarding. The task I set before you each day will bring sweetness to your soul. Others will begin to take note, that you have been with Me.

 In the evening hours come to Me and I will whisper My living words into your spirit. I will make your night season a time of encounter as My Spirit comes to bring you Heaven’s grace and the dew of My presence. Listen carefully, as a lover listens to every word of the Beloved—listen to Me and you will hear My voice. I will touch your ears and open them as one who is being taught. You will learn My ways as you listen to My voice.

 I love to speak with you, to talk to you and share My heart with you. I have many who say they follow Me but never still their souls to listen to My voice. I am a Shepherd who goes before My sheep calling them by name, caring for them in love, and leading them into My ways. You will find that I have ears for your voice, I listen to you as you speak with Me, now come and listen to My whisper each day and know that I am your God.”

 

References: 

http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/12-31.htm

http://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/14-1.htm

Something In The Water???

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Our symbol of faith in Jesus…

And obedience to Christ our Lord!!!

He said, “I’ve been where you’ve been before.
Down every hallway’s a slamming door.”
No way out, no one to come and save me
Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me

Then somebody said what I’m saying to you
Opened my eyes and told me the truth.”
They said, “Just a little faith, it’ll all get better.”
So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger

There must’ve been something in the water
Oh, there must’ve been something in the water

Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way
Didn’t think about it for a couple of days
Then it hit me like a lightning late one night
I was all out of hope and all out of fight

Couldn’t fight back the tears so I fell on my knees
Saying, “God, if you’re there come and rescue me.”
Felt love pouring down from above
Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I’m changed

And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water
Oh, there must be something in the water

And now I’m singing along to amazing grace
Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side
Thank God almighty, I saw the light
Gonna look ahead, no turning back
Live everyday, give it all that I have
Trust in someone bigger than me
Ever since the day that I believed I am changed
And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water
Oh, there must be something in the water
Oh, there must be something in the water
Oh, there must be something in the water
Oh, yeah

I am changed
Stronger

I’m free.

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Matthew 3:11
“I baptize you with water for repentance,
but He who is coming after me is mightier than I,
whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Acts 22:16
“And now why do you wait?
Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins,
calling on His Name.”
Matthew 28:19
“Go therefore
and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
Amen!!
I’m changed…
I’m stronger…
I’m free!
Thank you, Jesus!!
 

Every Praise Is To Our God!!! Oh, Yeah!

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What else needs to be said???

Our God deserves it…

So…

Get to Praisin’

Amen!!!!!

1 Chronicles 16:8

“Give praise to the LORD,

proclaim His name;

make known among the  nations

what He has done.”

Revelation 7:12

“Amen!

Praise and glory

and 

wisdom and thanks

and

honor and power

and

strength

be to our God

for ever and ever.

Amen!”

Just Surviving??? We Were Made To Thrive!!!

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My friend, Stephanie wrote this on Facebook…

“As a kid, I read The Swiss Family Robinson,

a book about a family that was shipwrecked

and stranded on a desert island.

As their ship sank in a violent storm, all of the lifeboats were taken

and the Robinson family was left to go down with the ship.

Thinking quickly, the resourceful and determined Daddy Robinson

strapped them all tightly to makeshift rafts of loose wood

or whatever would float.

He then sent his family,

one by one,

out on the water,

bound tightly to their only hope

and the next morning the family

was reunited on an island where they lived until rescued.

When God’s promises take longer to happen than we hoped,

frustration and discouragement easily wear us down

and batter us loose of our hope.

Simply, ‘holding on’

may not be enough after a while.

If Daddy Robinson had sent the children into the angry waves

merely grasping their rafts,

they would all have surely perished.

No!

He TIED the children to what would save them.

Then it didn’t matter if they grew weak or tired.

They could even have passed out

and stayed afloat because,

for all practical purposes,

they were a part of that raft.

God’s promises fulfill themselves.

Attach yourself to the promise.

Bind yourself to it.

Travel with the promise

instead of simply trying to remember it.

Intentionally, stubbornly, defiantly even,

make it part of you.

You’ll do so much better than just survive.”

You’ll Thrive!!!!

“…the idea of ‘Thrive’ came out of our student ministry.

For years I’ve been using the idea of Psalm One

in showing them what a believer looks like…

If you’re not getting into the Word for God to define Himself to you,

you will define God with what makes sense to you

and what makes sense to us is,

‘I better do good or I’m in big trouble’

and ‘He’s going to stick with me for so long,

but I’m going to blow it.’

That’s not the picture that the Bible has.

God didn’t put you here just so you could survive through hard times.

He put you here to thrive,

to dig in

and to reach out

and this record is an effort to draw a picture of what a believer,

a follower of Jesus, would look like

if they dug into their roots

and understood God and themselves more.”

-Mark Hall-

https://www.castingcrowns.com/music/lyrics/thrive

Dig Deep…and Thrive!!

Here in this worn and weary land
Where many a dream has died
Like a tree planted by the water
We never will run dry

So living water flowing through
God, we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire

Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on high
Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives
Its time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Into Your word, were digging deep
To know our Fathers heart
Into the world, were reaching out
To show them who You are

Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable
Love unstoppable, anything is possible

Oh, Yeah…Amen!!

The Rock Won’t Move!!

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Jesus, You’re The Rock Of Our Salvation!!

God never moves, He never lets go, and His love never fails.

Even in the tempest, I can sing.

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-Tyler Miller-

Vertical Church Band

http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/article.php?article_id=1209

“The simple idea for the chorus of this song, funny enough,

came from when I was on a jog,

and a lot of times I’ll write songs when I run.

I was running on a path where there are some big rocks.

Every time I run down that path, those rocks are there.

There was the weird contrast in my mind and heart

that my mind and my heart are ever-changing and ever-moving,

and there’s this place I come back to where things are always the same.

These rocks are always there.

It popped into my mind that the Rock won’t move.

At that point, I thought of our ultimate Rock,

and that’s Christ.

In the ever changing nature on planet earth,

to know that there’s a firm foundation underneath us,

a God that never changes

and a story of redemption and a salvation that never changes.

I knew right then that I had to put that into a song.”

When the ground beneath my feet gives way
And I hear the sound of crashing waves
All my world is washing out to sea
I’m hidden safe in the
God Who never moves
Holding fast to the promise of the Truth
That You are holding tighter still to me

The Rock won’t move and His word is strong
The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone
The Rock won’t move and His word is strong
The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone
The Rock of our Salvation

My hope is in the promise of Your blood
My support within the raging flood
Even in the tempest, I can sing
I’m hidden safe in the God Who never moves
Holding fast to the promise of Your Truth
That You are holding tighter still to me

Woah, woah, woah…
The Rock of our Salvation

On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
The Rock won’t move, the Rock won’t move
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest in His unchanging Grace
The Rock won’t move, the Rock won’t move

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1 Corinthians 10:4

“For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them,

and that Rock was Christ.”

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Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine,

and does them,

I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:

and the rain descended,

the floods came,

and the winds blew

and beat on that house;

and it did not fall,

for it was founded on the rock.

But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine,

and does not do them,

will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:

and the rain descended, the floods came,

and the winds blew and beat on that house;

and it fell.

And great was its fall.”

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Tyler Miller, continues, Our salvation rests upon His eternally unchanging substitution in our place,

which is the Rock of our Salvation.

It’s the Cross,

and the nature of God that can’t change.

There’s a line in the song that says,

‘I’m holding fast to the promise of the Truth

that You are holding tighter still to me.’

If my hope resides in me,

I’m hopeless,

but my hope resides in God

who doesn’t change.

He’s a covenant keeping God

and He’s chosen to give His love to me,

and that’s a Rock that I can go to always.

No matter what emotional state I’m in,

and no matter the type of day I’m having,

the Rock doesn’t change.

Ultimately, it is a song of hope for the Church.

Everything we do and everything we have

needs to come from the place of who we are in Jesus.”

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Proverbs 18:10

“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower;

the righteous run to it and are safe.”

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Tyler says,

“There’s safety and security in the knowledge of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus.

There’s only one Name under Heaven by which we can be saved:

Jesus. 

Trusting completely in the Lord’s Grace for liberty from sin and self-reliance.

 ‘The Rock won’t move and His Word is strong / The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone / The Rock won’t move and His Word is strong, / The Rock won’t move and His love can’t be undone…’

The Rock of our Salvation.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,

all other ground is sinking sand.

‘The Rock won’t move, no, the Rock won’t move!’

That’s a wonderful Truth that all followers of Jesus can adopt as their anthem of faith.

There are over 120 passages that reference the rock throughout Scripture.

Our Firm Foundation, Christ the Solid Rock,

is the only ground where we can stand that won’t move

or, let us down.

That’s something worth singing about.” 

Amen!!!