“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” –2 Corinthians 5:17 (21st Century King James Version)
What is the difference between someone who has faith and someone who has not?
This is a very interesting question to consider. What is the difference between someone who says he is a Christian and someone who is not? Is there nothing? What separates the two?
Someone confesses, “I used to be a chain smoker, but when I have received the Lord in my heart, I have overcome my desire to smoke”. Another testifies, “I used to be hooked on porn but when I have received the Lord in my heart, I have learned to quit viewing porn materials”. Another says, “My life had no direction and headed to disaster. I committed criminal acts thinking that life was all about power and money. I ended up in jail. Through a jail ministry, I met the Lord and I received Him as my Lord and Savior, now I am free. Maybe not physically, but I found new life free from misery”.
The greatest miracle in life is a change of heart. A person living with hate, anger and misery turns to God in humble repentance is the sweetest miracle and it is all because Jesus has come into his heart.
If you receive the Lord into your heart, there will be an indescribable change: a change that will make you a new being with new focus and direction, and with a new way of life.
We as Christians have experienced this change, since Jesus came into our hearts.
“Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown”…
These are my favorite lines from the hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus”. They are the last two lines from the first stanza. The words describe a Christian’s passion for God within his heart; that he longs to love and honor God and seeks his personal glory, joy and reward from Him.
We can meditate upon the glory of God in creation. How in His power he has created all things beautiful. If he has created the universe, what else can He not do for His children?
The Lord is fairest! I have looked for the meaning of fairest: it means best, brightest, finest, pleasantest, clearest or cloudless. Indeed, the Lord Jesus is the best friend we can all have. While He is God, yet He reaches out to us not just as a powerful Deity to mere creatures but also as a wonderful and loving Friend that satisfies all our longings and fills all our emptiness.
God has created us and has given us the breath of life but we have fallen and have lost that life. Yet Christ has come, has ransomed us from death, and has given us new life in Him that is everlasting and free from all evil.
It is only but fitting to cherish and adore the One who has given Himself for us to live in the newness of life that exalts the power of God that works relentlessly in and through us. It is only but fitting to sing and praise our fairest Lord Jesus!
This is the most amazing piano version of “The Old Rugged Cross” that I have heard. How I wish I can play the hymn the same way but I am not in that level of excellence. It has helped me meditate upon the message of the cross. The love of God so great that He has given his life on the cross that we might all be saved….
Only God can give the peace and security that we try to look often at the wrong places. Only He can give us the grace to survive the struggles that we face in each day that passes and we ought to share that peace that we have received by His grace and love through Christ.
May the message of this song encourage us to share the love of Christ that we have received when we have received Him as our Lord and personal Savior because people need the Lord.
This is one great pianist I have seen in You Tube. Great musicians help worshipers have prayerful meditations at home, in church and anywhere we can get a chance to listen.
Just like how David’s music with his lyre soothes the spirit of King Saul whenever an evil spirit torments him. The power of God moves through such instrumentalists who have given themselves in the service of the Almighty King! The power of God manifests in them not because they are good perse, but because the God they serve is good all the time!
This is another great praise song unto the Lord of hosts. We have been singing this song in church for our praise and worship for several weeks already although we are still perfecting our rendition.
The song speaks so much of God’s glory and of how the whole world shall bow before Him in worship and in praise. It seems to speak of the future when all the nations shall rise to worship the Almighty God before His heavenly throne.
May we all be blessed as we listen and sing along with the song, God Is Great! Shall we all say, Amen!
The other song we would be singing in the retreat is “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me. It is also a moving song as it speaks of the mystery of being with the Lord finally. We do not know what would happen then, what we could be doing when it happens. Shall we talk to Jesus when we see Him face to face? Shall we kneel before His feet?
Indeed, it remains to be a mystery and can only imagine what would that day be. What is sure is that it would be a joyous and glorious day that is beyond description. I just can’t wait at all….
One of our speakers in our forthcoming retreat requested the band to sing two songs. One is “You’ll Come” by Hillsong. I sought it out in You Tube to learn the song. I found the You Tube video version of it from the Hillsong chapel.
It speaks of a believer’s faith in Jesus, a faithful anticipation of His return and it is sure as the sun will shine and the dawn will appear. Jesus will break all chains, heal lives, open all eyes as He reveals Himself.
We will not be shaken because our Lord will come for us.
This is one of the greatest praise songs I have heard and learned in terms of instrumentation and melody although I have not mastered the original arrangement. It is a bit complicated for a simple musician like me. Perhaps, I can simplify the arrangement so we can use it in church in the next weeks to come. Besides, we do not have the same musical equipment “Israel and the New Breed” is using as you can see in the video below.
May you all be blessed as you listen and watch the You Tube video. Join the singing and praising unto the Lord because He is good all the time.
This is one of my favorite worship songs from Hillsongs. It speaks of the most fervent desire of a believer in Christ- to worship Him before His feet.
This is going to be one of our worship songs for our “Praise and Worship” today. I’d like to share this You Tube video here. Hope you will all be blessed.