He Paid It All by Brandon Heath

He Paid It All by Brandon Heath

 

My Lord
What shall I give Him today
He wants my heart
More than He asks for my wage
One day I’ll die
But it won’t be my last day
When I look in His eyes
I’ll know that I did OK

My Lord
What shall I sing Him for now
A song full of praise
From a mouth full of doubt
I lift up my face
And I sing out loud
With all my mistakes
I still make Him proud

He paid it all for me
Carried that cross for you

On that rugged walk, He knew
What He had to do
Opened His arms up wide
Invited the world inside
One final breath
He conquered death
For me and for you

My Lord
Where would He want me to go
Just across town
Or a place where I don’t know a soul
Just tell me where
And I’ll hit the road
With no time to spare
And no heavy load

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Day 12: If you got it, flaunt it?

Driving home and I recount the events of the day. I am filled with a grateful heart. A heart. The form of a heart appeared to me in the  dark clouds as I left my job and I smiled knowing it was just for me. I took it in. God did that to remind me who He is, who I am, and how much He loves me.

I remember how I was once very lost. I subscribed to the ideology of the world and I did not call the sin in my life, SIN. I was just living my life and empowered  by the freedom to do what I wanted to do. “SIN?! How dare you say that to me? As if? Call it what you want.” Any opposition to my sinfulness was simply ignorant and uptight. “Sheesh! Don’t you know who I am? Footloose and fancy free, and you and your moral code will not stop me!  That’s just how I am. Freedom baby! I’ve got the power!!”.

Then I met the LORD Jesus Christ. Oh yes, He is real and He is alive. 

So, here is the problem. Sin. I made a lot of choices that were sinful. Not only that, but being born into a fallen world is being born with a sin nature. Sin is a problem. A lifestyle founded in sin is a problem.  It separates us from our Father in Heaven. It is not His best for us and He can’t accept it in us. It simply leads to death. The complete opposite of LIFE.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

I am troubled today by people who fight for the right to be sinful and flaunt it. It troubles me because not only are they being sinful, but I am now being asked to accept it. It is in my face and spoken of openly, and I, by saying nothing, may appear to accept it. If I speak my heart, I am deemed hateful and judgmental. This is a problem for me. I dislike being in this position. I turn my eyes to Jesus.

I remember Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. She was clearly caught up in sin.  She was a sinner. I was a sinner. I relate. He addresses the maniacal mob ready to release the wrath of judgement. He writes something in the sand and proclaims, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.”  Go ahead. Anybody…..Anybody……??? They drop their weapons and walk away. They were judging in their self-righteousness. I have judged in my self-righteousness. I relate.

 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the groupand said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say?”They were using this question as a trap,in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stoneat her.”Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:1-11

 

Now here is where it get’s more interesting to me. Jesus turns to the woman and says, “Where are your accusers?” (level playing ground here….we are ALL sinners….they have no right to judge you or to tell you what to do). But now she is alone with Jesus. The Son of God, the Son of Man. God Himself in the flesh. He is definitely NOT a sinner!! He loves us and He is also the giver of the LAW! He calls sin, by name, SIN!

With true love for this woman, He does not say, “Your accusers are gone. I understand you feel drawn to adultery. You like it. You always have. It is a part of you. I made you. I get it. You are right and they are wrong. Keep flaunting your sin and sinful nature. I got your back.”

“NO!!! He does not say this!!!! He says, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

“Go now and leave your life of sin”.  

When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives, He forgives our sins as far as the east is from the west. It is not easy to look at the sin in our lives. When our accusers are more than we can bear, He forgives us and tells us to sin no more. Oh, how we need this precious Savior to forgive us again and again.  When we don’t confess and repent,  and when we defend the very sin in our lives Jesus died to free us from, we are in rebellion against God. Plain and simple.

May our hearts, yours and mine, be open to receive correction from our Lord. May we recognize and confess our sins to the One who cares and has the power to forgive us. May we turn away from our old sinful nature and put on our new nature in Christ Jesus.

Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent–the LORD detests them both. Proverbs 17:15

 

 

Day 8: The Rhythm of the Falling Rain

A steady drip falls from the sky. The ground is satisfied by the water falling down on it. It is a thirsty ground. The rhythm of the falling rain produces a peaceful backdrop for the joy in my heart. My thirsty soul is satisfied. It has received water. LIVING water. LIFE.

Some days I am dry and thirsty. Like a parched soil, unable to even absorb the supply. It rolls away. Forms a puddle. Evaporates. It  doesn’t penetrate the ground.

But it did fall. And it fell on me. And it rolled away. Puddled up and unused. It wasn’t due to the supplier or the supply, but to the recipient.

The ground was hard.

Like my heart. Like yours?

Life. This life, being born into this life, makes us hunger and thirst. We hunger and thirst for many things. There is only one thing that will ultimately satisfy. And being born anew, we now know for sure, for surely we have known all along, that only Jesus Christ can satisfy us. And oh, how He does this. He satisfies us with the very desires of our heart. “He anoints my head with oil, my cup RUNNETH over”. Psalm 23:5b

My cup. Runneth over!! I RECEIVE and cannot even contain all of God’s goodness and blessing for my life. He supplies. His supply is perfect and OVER-ABUNDANT. MORE THAN. HIS PROVISION IS MORE THAN.  The WORD tells us that He will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground. Isaiah 44:3a

Supplier: √. Supply: √. Recipient: uhh, √???

Is the recipient ready? Can I receive? Is my heart too hard to absorb the supply? Is my cup extended to catch the downpour?

Am I ready? Are you?

Are we even aware of the downpour?

Jesus tells us that all who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they shall be FILLED. And they are BLESSED! Matthew 5:6  Do I hunger and thirst for these things? I believe I do. I believe you do.

Hungering and thirsting. YES: √.

Receiving: uhh………Hard ground. Hard heart. NOPE!

And the WORD of God says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

May we receive a new heart and a new spirit so we can absorb the goodness of the LORD like sponges. May we not be able to contain the outpouring. And as we receive, may we take note of the satisfaction in our soft hearts.  May we spill over into the lives of others and be blessed to be a blessing.

May this be music to my ears, and yours.

YES!!



Day 3: Fog

It is foggy today. It’s really hard to see.

Not only is it foggy, it is quite dreary.

My heart shares this condition as I look around at circumstances. Some difficult. The solutions unclear.

The backdrop of the day, and the unpleasant circumstances of life may try to conceal real LIFE or paint a different picture.

Real LIFE is this, “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”. 2 Corinthians 4:17

May the glory of God illuminate our hearts today, mine and yours. May we see TRUTH and LIFE in the midst of the fog. May we meditate on His WORD day and night.

HOLD ON!!