In Christ Alone.

Hello Dawleens,

It’s been what? 2 weeks? 3?

I’m not gonna bore you with details or give excuses.

One thing is certain though, I’m glad to be here!

How have you been too?

It’s the beginning of another great week, the end of a beautiful month, the end of the second quarter of the year, the end of the first half of the year. If you are not grateful, you should have a re-think. It’s been God all the way, I tell you!

The hymn for today is one we all know.

Read. Sing. Meditate. Enjoy.

In Christ Alone

“For there is hope for a tree-if it’s cut down, it sprouts again, and grows tender, new branches. Though it’s roots have grown old in the earth and its stump decays, it may sprout and bud again at the touch of water, like a new seedling.”-Job 14:7

 

In Christ alone, my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid ground,

firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease

My Comforter, my All in All,

Here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

 

In Christ alone, who took on flesh,

Fullness of God in helpless babe!

This gift of love and righteousness,

Scorned by the ones He came to save.

Till on that cross, as Jesus died,

The wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid;

Here in the death of Christ I live.

 

 

There in the ground, His body lay,

Light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth in glorious Day

Up from the grave He rose again.

And as He stands in victory

Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine

Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

 

 

No guilt in life, no fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me.

From life’s first cry, to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme of man

Can ever pluck me from His hand;

Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!!!

 

 

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”-1 Cor 15:19

 

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A lot, when I say a lot, I mean a whole lot has happened. Have we forgotten our girls so soon? have we? Oh, how we used to see the hash tag, bringbackourgirls everywhere on twitter, how we used to see dp’s on the same issues, how we used to read/ write on this, how we used to pray!! What happened people? It’s been how many days?? 76 days of agony for some families. I sit in the comfort of my bedroom to type, and I wonder what it must feel like to have a sister or daughter somewhere in one deep forest with strangers. I mean, the thought alone is killing. Some of us resorted to prayers, afterall, God is omnipresent, He alone knows where these girls are but even the zeal for this particular prayer point is diminishing. Our strength is waning. Where is our hope? What has happened to our faith? And who do we blame really? Even the Bible puts it this way,

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.”

Ah, how I wish this was just about the chibok girls, but really, it isn’t. This is about Nigeria, this is about the world, this is about everything going wrong; leaders extorting the people, A Government that seem not to have the ability to empathize with those in pain, democracy becoming, ‘Government of the political parties, by the parties and for the parties”, citizens who have no idea what rights they have, mediocre and fearful Christians, bomb blasts everywhere, hike in prices of commodities, deteriorating economy etc.

 

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“We are praying too, that you will be filled with His mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going, no matter what happens. -always full of the joy of the Lord.”-Col 1:11

 

Oh for strength to forge ahead in times like this.

I think in times like this, there is a need for us to arise as a body. Remember Deborah? Esther? Nehemiah? People who stood for what they believed in. These people rose up and did what needed to be done. This is not the time to be lackadaisical. Does it not concern you? Even if all you can do is pray, please make sure you do it diligently. Someone said these things are signs of the end-time, they are bound to happen. I agree, totally. But I still say what do we do then, while we await the return of Christ? fold our arms and feign ignorance or helplessness? I don’t think so. This is not a time for rest or timidity, it is a time to put on the whole armour of God!

 

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”- 2 Tim 1:7

 

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.”-Rom 8:5

Beyond our prayers, I think this is a time to have a commitment with God. A commitment to have an all-time run with our maker. A commitment that 10 years from now, 20 years, 50 years and even 100 years from now, if the Lord tarries, we’ll still stand. A promise that no matter what happens, whenever He comes, He’ll still find us in faith. A promise that no matter what the 2nd half of 2014 brings or how dark the night may be, we’ll trust in His promise of a beautiful morning. We cannot boast of our love for Him, because He loved us first, but like  lovers, we can boldly declare, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”

 

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“We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; His perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what He might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what He might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that He loves us. So you see, our love for Him comes as a result of His loving us first.”-1 John 5:18-19

 

Truth is the things going on right now are enough to shake anyone’s faith, so many questions, very little answers. But we are not without hope,

 

“For I know that my Redeemer lives and He shall stand at last on the earth.”-Job 19:25

 

We have been empowered to reign as Kings on earth and reign with Him in heaven. Really, there are no excuses. Strive to be the best wherever you are, be an agent of positive change. Don’t just sit down and complain all day, the change we seek begins with us.

 

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“There remains a rest for the people of God. For He who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall…”-Hebrews 4:9-11

 

Here is my prayer for you this 2nd quarter of the year,

 

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“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous love and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep and how wide His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last, you will be filled up with God himself.”- Ephesians 3:17-19

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Till He returns or calls me home,

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!!!

Have a beautiful week/month/2nd quarter people.

Cheers!

11 thoughts on “In Christ Alone.

  1. powerful words, inspiring images to go with it…
    most of us have problem representing God in our immediate environment and thus have limited His move and reign on earth. He is looking for little people doing the little things they can with the little strength that they have with utmost trust in him though little but their all….those are the ones He wants to give the big things to

    I see great things coming your way…keep doing this ‘little’…God bless

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