“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.
I have been trying to look for a song that I can use for our praise and worship teams’ spiritual retreat this coming October 25-26, 2011 at out church main sanctuary. I have been tyring to find a song that would fit our theme- “Experiencing God’s Power through Music”.
I could not find a song with lyrics about experiencing God’s power in You Tube but I have told myself perhaps I could find a song that would help explain what the theme says.
After several clicks and views, I have come across this song “I Receive” by Israel Houghton. I have found a video that looks like a small worship gathering and I have watched it.
The song speaks of receiving God’s love by grace at the cross and it has redeemed us from sin and has transformed us from within. Indeed, if we understand this truth by heart we can experience the power from God that saves and transforms. In that way, we too can receive the power to share that power unto others that they too might experience the power of God’s love in their lives.
I have tried to look for a lyric and chord sheet of the song in the net but there’s none so I have decided to buy a music sheet notation of the song from Musicnotes.com. I cannot share the sheet here because it’s patented but I would like to share the song here from the You Tube video that I have watched. Hope you will be blessed as well.
Psalm 98:1 KJV says,
“Oh, sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” (v.1)
Sing a New Song unto the Lord
Here the Psalmist calls on the people of God to sing a new song unto the Lord, their best song unto Yahweh. However what does “new song” means?
According to Matthew Henry, Psalm 98 is a prophetic psalm. It speaks of a new song of praise for Yahweh’s redeeming love. It is a new song, as such as a song that had not been sung before; for this is a mystery which was hidden from ages and generations.
It is a prophecy of the kingdom of the Messiah, the settling of it up in the world, and the bringing of the Gentiles into it. It sets forth,
- The glory of the Redeemer (v. 1-3)
- The joy of the redeemed (v. 4-9).
If the grace of God put a new heart into our breasts, it will put a new song into our mouths. In the New Jerusalem there will be new songs sung, that will be new to eternity, and never wax old. Let this new song be sung to the praise of God, in consideration of these four things:
- The power of God (v.1) He has done marvelous things
- God has won the victory (v.1) His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him the victory
- God’s salvation (v.2) The Lord has made known His salvation openly to all nations
- God’s faithfulness to His people (v.3) He has made known His salvation; his righteousness openly to the nations
“And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” – Rev 14:3 KJV