If God is For Us…

  What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

A friend posted an article on Facebook today that hit me right between the eyes.  Here’s a link to it if you’re interested.

It was about an area of my life where sanctification has come slowly.  Two steps forward and one step backwards.  Recently I had another epiphany moment that I can’t share with you but lets say it goes back to birth and it rocked me fierce.  It’s something that I think I’ve known for a long time, but didn’t think it could really be…but it is and it’s time to let God deal with it.

I have to overcome what I’ve known but haven’t wanted to face.  I have to let go of myself, my broken dreams, my regrets and my wants and allow God to align them with His will.

I need to draw in closer to Jesus.  I’ve got to die so Jesus can live in me in this area.

I know as I face this process, I’ll grow stronger.  I’ll grow closer to my Lord.  I’ll be able to better serve my family, my neighbors, my church and society as a whole.

TIME

I know there are many struggling with difficulties today.  Broken dreams, suicide, alcohol, illness, drugs, anger, gluttony, depression, losses and so many other tragedies.  Will you commit to pray with me for all of our friends that are struggling?  Feel free to post your prayer for a friend below.

Dear Father,

There will always be death and tragedy with us.  There will always be sin and despair with us until you return or call us home.  I don’t know if there’s more going on in our current climate, or we just haven’t been as aware of them as we are now. But you O Lord have always been aware of them.  You have not only been aware of them, but you’ve allowed them for your purpose.  I pray Lord Jesus that you will draw those who are weary to you.  That you will strengthen us, and heal us.  That we would not turn away from your mercy.  That we would not think more highly of ourselves than we should.  Lord Jesus, comfort those of us who are hurting.  Take away the sin in those of us that are struggling and heal those of us that are in pain.  Father, break down the barriers that keep us from trusting you.  Break down the barriers that keep us from sharing our burdens with each other.  Abba Father, thank you for your only begotton son.  That lived a perfectly sinless life and in doing so took our dirty sin to the cross.  Thank you for your forgiveness and for the hope you give us in the resurrection!  In Jesus Name. Amen!

Our friend Andrew’s comment led me to the hymn “No Tears In Heaven” written by Ronald S. Arnold.   I’ll blame midnight brain for not thinking of it then.   Hee Haw had a gospel quartet?  I guess I’m not surprised, there used to be lots of gospel songs sung in the mainstream.

 

NO TEARS IN HEAVEN

 


1. No tears in heaven, no sorrows given.
All will be glory in that land;
There’ll be no sadness, all will be gladness,
When we shall join that happy band.
CHORUS:

No tears (in heaven fair)
No tears, no tears up there,
Sorrow and pain will all have flown;
No tears (in heaven fair)
No tears, no tears up there;
No tears in heaven will be known.

2. Glory is waiting, waiting up yonder,
Where we shall spend an endless day;
There with our Savior, we’ll be forever,
Where no more sorrow can dismay.

CHORUS:

3. Some morning yonder, we’ll cease to ponder
O’er things this life has brought to view;
All will be clearer, loved ones be dearer
In heav’n where all will be made new.

CHORUS: Lyrics Index

 

The original song I posted.  Not an old hymn but very appropriate nonetheless.

I’m linking up with the Five Minute Friday gang.  Today’s word is overcome.  This is also day 27 of the 31 day challenge

8 Comments

  • Anita Ojeda

    10/29/2017 at 3:45 pm Reply

    Thank you for the prayer, Christy! I’m praying for my sister as she goes through a season of caregiving and uncertainty for her husband.

  • Tara

    10/27/2017 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Praying for all those who are struggling.

  • Martha G. Brady

    10/27/2017 at 2:04 pm Reply

    hi christy, great post. i can so identify with areas of growth that are taking place in my life now as well. not all growth is fun is it? it is painful to be sure. but there is growth for sure…very slow.

  • Lesley

    10/27/2017 at 7:55 am Reply

    It’s not easy to face up to the truth sometimes, but God can definitely work in us and make something beautiful as we hand it over to him. Praying for you as you do this, and that you’ll know his power to overcome.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    10/27/2017 at 12:07 am Reply

    Christy, beautiful post, wonderful prayer, and terrific song!

    Our dreams may be broken in this world, but God patiently gathers up the bits, and just imagine the joy on His face when He will present them to us again, in His presence, so that we may pick up our tools and continue working on them!

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/10/your-dying-spouse-395-caregiver-to.html

    • Christy

      10/27/2017 at 7:55 am Reply

      So thankful for the hope of a glorious heaven, no more tears, no more sorrow, no more sadness…Maybe that should have been the hymn I chose. Bummer, I might have to go back and add it in.

  • Jeanne Takenaka

    10/26/2017 at 11:53 pm Reply

    Christy, I so appreciate your vulnerability here. God does have ways of moving us toward facing our “stuff,” doesn’t He? It seems like there’s always something within me He’s ready to work on. I guess it’s in our being willing and His being loving that we are able to be purified and overcomers, huh?

    When I read your title, it immediately brought to mind a song by an old group—DeGarmo and Key, and this verse was in the chorus.

    So thankful for your words, and for you! So glad we’re neighbors this weekend. 🙂

    • Christy

      10/27/2017 at 9:46 am Reply

      Me too Jeanne. It seems he’s always molding something in my life. I wonder if it’s because there’s so much (there is) that needs refining or because my desire, even when I’m fighting is his will more than my own.

      I have never heard of that group. I’m looking them up.

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