Today, Anna is sharing a piece of her journey, words she wrote almost two years ago, together with the children’s worship song that touched her heart. May our LORD Jesus and Savior open our eyes and the eyes of our loved ones to the depths of His love for us. And for our American readers: may the Lord bless your Thanksgiving day tomorrow, as you gather with friends and family around the table. And may our Lord comfort those of you missing someone special at your table this year. May the joy of His everlasting Promises pour into your mourning (the two songs at the end of this post are especially for you 😘).
The Glorious Riches of His Everlasting Hope
This week, the Lord again and again gently opened my heart. As I memorized a piece of Scripture, I began to receive His Word as a Letter of Love, each Word I read that week breathing more and more life and light into me.
Instead of being fearful of His disappointment, I saw His outstretched arms of grace. Instead of holding onto the reins, frightened if I let go all would crumble around me, I slowly began unclenching my fingers and opening them, palms empty before Him.
I have written of the need to do all this, as I found myself returning to my old ways of control, and of my desire to do so, but it is only clothed in the power of the Spirit-breathed Word that I have been empowered by God to begin doing so. It feels as if a weight is being lifted off my shoulders.
Am I “healed” from the enslavement of performance? That I cannot say, but I can say that where I fall backward, the Spirit-infused Word of God has the power to pick me back up and gently lead me forward, unfastening any load I have placed upon my shoulders. And I can say that in these past two years, the Lord has been leading me forward, further and further AWAY from the terror of His wrath, AWAY from the fear of man, AWAY from the fear of His disappointment, AWAY from inner condemnation and further and further INTO the glorious riches of His Everlasting Hope and all-embracing, gently-leading Love. For (2 Corinthians 3: 17 – 18, NIV):
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Therefore, we of the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3: 3, NIV):
show that [we] are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
And so clothed in the confidence of Christ (2 Corinthians 3: 6, 12 – 16, NIV):
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life…
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,the veil is taken away.
Listening to this children’s praise and worship song today, I sung it with gusto, believing every word that left my mouth (click on the link for the words and the song):
All About Jesus, Sovereign Grace
Father God, THANK YOU for these beautiful, beautiful truths. Yes! You rescue, redeem, restore and reclaim what is rightfully Yours. Your children, who have run from You are not lost forever, for Your faithfulness will bring them HOME. For You have also brought us Home in the past and still do each day. Thank You for giving us Your Spirit, who daily guides our hearts to return and rest in You. Father God, when our human hearts breathe lies, help us to pour them out at Your feet to receive the powerful, redeeming truths of Your sure and steadfast Word. Thank You for patiently teaching us each and every day to walk in the Light of Your Truth. To pour out our hearts before You that You may clothe us in Your mercy and Your grace. Give us an undivided heart, oh God, that we may fear Your Name above all else. We open our palms right now, emptying all that we are holding onto before You, to receive all that is in YOU alone. Speak to us, Father, for Your servants are listening. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.