Sacred Flame

While worshipping God, I discovered a tune that I don’t know that has the most amazing lyrics.  I gotta learn the tune that goes to these words.  The words alone are beautiful, but to be able to sing them with all my heart and possible lung capacity, I can hardly wait for the day!  If anyone of you knows the tune to this hymn, please contact me.  You can go to the “About Janie” page for my contact info.  Thanks!

Fire of God, Thou Sacred Flame
by Albert F. Bayly  (1901-1984)

Fire of God, Thou sacred flame
Spirit who in splendor came,
Let Thy heat my soul refine
Till it glows with love divine.

Breath of God, that swept in power
In the pentecostal hour,
Holy Breath, be Thou in me
Source of vital energy.

Strength of God, Thy might within
Conquers sorrow, pain, and sin:
Fortify from evil’s art
All the gateways of my heart.

Truth of God, Thy piercing rays
Penetrate my secret ways.
May the light that shames my sin
Guide me holier paths to win.

Love of God, Thy grace profound
Knoweth neither age nor bound:
Come, my heart’s own guest to be,
Dwell forevermore in me.

(taken from the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, Hymn #263)

AM Epiphany July 8, 2008

Spend less time concerning yourself with who is causing strife and more time pondering who is promising eternal life… John 3:16…

crying need

“The world today is in crying need of a revelation of Christ Jesus in the person of His saints. God desires that His people shall stand before the world a holy people. Why? – because there is a world to be saved by the light of gospel truth; and as the message of truth that is to call men out of darkness into God’s marvelous light is given by the church, the lives of its members, sanctified by the Spirit of truth, are to bear witness to the verity of the messages proclaimed.” -Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers pg. 458

the perfect role model

For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:  Who did no sin*, neither was guile** found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled*** not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to Him that judges righteously.  1 Peter 2:22-23

By personally accepting Christ’s love and sacrifice for us on a daily basis, we are given His power to accomplish His example and become like Him in character; that no matter what comes our way, we would be without guile, without reviling, and without threatening towards others, committing ourselves to God, who alone judges righteously.

I have not found a greater example to follow in any other human being or religion, than the example given to us in Jesus Christ.  I want to be more like Christ!

 

 

 

*sin – transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4)

**guile – (noun) insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

***revile – (verb) to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.

Fight the Good Fight

Fight the good fight with all thy might,
Christ is thy strength and Christ thy right;
Lay hold on life and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.

Run the straight race through God’s good grace;
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face.
Life with its path before us lies;
Christ is the way, and Christ the prize.

Cast care aside, lean on thy guide;
His boundless mercy will provide;
Trust, and the trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life, and Christ its love.

Faint not, nor fear, His arms are near;
He changeth not and thou art dear.
Only believe, and thou shalt see
That Christ is all in all to thee.

– John S. B. Monsell (1811 – 1875)

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God.

In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.

For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.

Wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

{If you love me, keep my commandments.  John 14:15}

old journal, old woman

This morning, while flipping through an old journal, I was unexpectedly reunited with the Janie of ten years ago. I had forgotten who she was. On the dusty pages, I was met with a dark and dying soul – one who was at a loss for meaning in life – one who valued the trees more than the soul of another human being. She was an angry Janie, pissed off at the polluted world in which she found herself living – overwhelmed by the poisonous elements and the destructive power of humanity.

As I read her words, tears filled my eyes. I fell to my knees with shock and remorse for the woman I once was. With the sarcasm and contempt contained in those pages, it is hard for me to believe the same hand that types this now wrote those words a decade ago. My heart breaks for who she was, but rejoices for who she is now.

Why the change? You may ask. What happened to that woman of old? The answer: She met the Savior of the world one fine spring morning on the coast of California and she has never been the same since. Her heart was hijacked by a Love that has no bounds. She let go of what she knew wasn’t satisfying and stepped out in Faith – determined to follow through, even though she couldn’t see the Path in front of her.

It has been four years since I took that step into the arms of Jesus Christ. I knew that Faith would be an adventure, but I sometimes forget that I will have to revisit my old paths from new perspectives as God reveals them.  Often this revisiting process can be very painful.  Yet, I rejoice because I know that this is the process of sanctification.  It is this process that brings me closer in relationship with God.

I am humbled by His revelation of my former self this morning. I praise God for His Mercy and for reminding me of where I came from; allowing me to see with renewed clarity the Path set out before me.

When we stop to look at where we have come from, and compare that to where we currently are, then the direction in which we have been going becomes evident.

stalking light {4/15/2010}

This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.  {I John 1:5}

what not to be…especially when it comes to Love!

pu·sil·lan·i·mous

[pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs]

–adjective

1.  lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
2.  proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

Origin:

1580–90; < LL pusillanimis petty-spirited, equiv. to L pusill(us) very small, petty + -anim(is) -spirited, -minded (anim(us) spirit + -is adj. suffix); see -ous

—Related forms

pu·sil·lan·i·mous·ly, adverb

—Synonyms

1. timorous, fearful, frightened.

pusillanimous. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved April 06, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pusillanimous

{thank you Marc for this word of the evening}

{thank you Jesus for being the opposite of pusillanimous}

stalking light {4/4/2010}

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