Chris Tomlin – I Lift My Hands
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Chris Tomlin – I Lift My Hands
I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day:
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered,
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me,
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning,
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.
Part II of Basic Christianity addresses the topic of sin. (For Part I click here) A correct understanding of sin is vital to the Christian life!
We are all sinners – every follower of every religion has this in common. None are perfect. Chapter 5 contains an overview of the ten commandments.
- You shall have no other gods before me.
To keep this commandment would mean that He is first in every thought, every word and every deed.
2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image.
Stott addresses the fact that though we may not have made idols with our hands what about mental images in our minds?
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
This one stuck me deeply “To call God ‘Father’ and be filled with anxiety and doubts is to deny His name. To take God’s name in…
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“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky; they don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
If that’s how much God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown onto the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you – you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:25-34 (HCSB)
“People see God everyday, they just don’t recognize Him.” – Pearl Bailey
Each time you look up in the sky
Or watch the fluffy clouds drift by,
Or feel the sunshine
warm and bright,
Or watch the dark night
turn into light,
Or hear a bluebird sweetly sing,
Or see the winter turn into spring,
Or touch a leaf or see a tree.
It’s all God whispering,
“This is Me…”
Helen Steiner Rice
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” – William Arthur Ward
“Love is where the other persons happiness is more important than your own.” H. Jackson Brown
I can love only when I meet you where you are, as you are, and treat you there as if you were where you ought to be. I see you where you are, striving and struggling, and in the light of the highest possibility of your personality. I deal with you there.
My own religious faith is insistent that this can be done only out of life of devotion. I must cultivate the inner spiritual resources of my life to such a point that I can bring you to my sanctuary, before His presence, until, at last, I do not know you from myself. The discipline of the heart and the mind and the desire may become a lung through which God breathes. Therefore, if I say I love God and don’t love you – I lie. If I say I love you and don’t love God – I lie. Howard Thurman
“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” 1 John 4:20-21 (NASB)
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness – how deep is that darkness!
No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.”
Matthew 6:19-24 (HCSB)
In the early days of the Southern Confederacy, General Robert E. Lee was severely criticized by General Whiting. It might have been expected that Lee would wait for a time when he could get even with Whiting. A day came when President Jefferson Davis asked General Lee to come for consultation. Davis wanted to know what Lee thought of General Whiting. Without hesitation Lee commended Whiting in high terms and called him one of the ablest men in the Confederate army . An officer present motioned Lee aside to suggest that he must not now what unkind things Whiting had been saying about him. Lee answered: “I understood that the president desired to know my opinion of Whiting, not Whiting’s opinion of me.”
“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth” – Miguel Angel Ruiz
Memory is a mental reproduction of experiences. If we did not possess the faculty to remember, perhaps there would be fewer good deeds done and far more wicked acts committed; God in His infinite wisdom knew when He created mankind that it is well to remember.
When a loved one leaves this earthly home to go to the eternal home, they gradually become only a memory; however certain characteristics and principles about them are never forgotten. I spoke with several friends who had given up their mothers and asked them to relate to me an outstanding characteristic they remember.
One woman said: “I have had to grow to womanhood and experience motherhood before I really appreciated my mother. I loved her, of course, but as a child I didn’t actually know I had a truly great woman for a mother. My father died several months before my fourth sister was born. That alone would have shaken the faith of many Christians. She reared five girls, instilling in each noble Christian graces. She taught each of us personal responsibility and showed us by example how to accept the circumstances of life. Now when a thorn mars my comparatively easy living, I think of how my mother, with her acknowledged faith in God, carried real crosses courageously. When I stood beside her eighty-five year old body in death, I vowed: I must never fail to do my best to show God how much I appreciate His giving me such a truly great and courageous person for a mother.”
Another friend told me that self-reliance was the characteristic she remembered most about her mother. “My mother was a quiet woman, never speaking in public or holding an office; yet she taught me one great principle that I shall never forget. She always sat quietly beside me, knitting or sewing, while I studied my lessons. She taught me to do my work by myself, such as showing me how to look up a word in the dictionary and how to pronounce it. Sometimes she would read the definition to me and then have me tell her in my own words what the word meant. In the matter of arithmetic, she would work a similar problem for me, and explain it thoroughly; then expect me to work the one in my lesson. This took much patience and time, but my mother had plenty of both. Incidentally there were five other children in the family to whom she gave the same attention. She taught all of us to do our own work when at all possible. There would be no human parasites if everyone had early training in self-reliance. I shall always be indebted to my quiet, unassuming mother.”
Another person said that her mother showed her that a good sense of humor was a most excellent quality to possess. “I was almost grown when I first began to notice the difference in my mother’s attitude and the attitude of my friends’ mothers toward daily annoyances. Even in the matter of unexpected guests (which was not uncommon when I was growing up) I observed in my friends’ homes an unusual amount of fretting and fuming over the inconvenience of the arrival of uninvited guests. My mother assumed the attitude of doing the best you could with what you had on hand. She gave all guests, invited or uninvited, a genuine welcome regardless of whether she served them a scanty or a sumptuous meal.”