VIDEO Just As I Am

May 25, 2012

Travis Cottrell

Just as I am without one plea
but that Thy blood was shed for me,
and that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot.
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

I come broken to be mended.
I come wounded to be healed.
I come desperate to be rescued.
I come empty to be filled.

I come guilty to be pardoned
by the blood of Christ, the Lamb.
And I’m welcomed with open arms,
praise God, just as I am.

Just as I am I would be lost,
but mercy and grace my freedom bought.
And now to glory in Your cross,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

I come broken to be mended.
I come wounded to be healed.
I come desperate to be rescued.
I come empty to be filled.

I come guilty to be pardoned
by the blood of Christ, the Lamb.
And I’m welcomed with open arms,
praise God, just as I am.

God’s help is near and always available

My hope is in you. PSALM 25:21

“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the belief that God is real and that God is good … It is a choice to believe that the one who made it all hasn’t left it all and that he still sends light into the shadows and responds to gestures of faith …

Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.

God says that the more hopeless your circumstances, the more likely your salvation. The greater your cares, the more genuine your prayers. The darker the room, the greater the need for light.

God’s help is near and always available, but it is only given to those who seek it.

from HE STILL MOVES STONES

The Influence of Our Convictions

Daniel 1:1-21

Although our circles of influence vary in size, we all have the power to impact others—either for good or bad. Whether at home, in the church, or in the world, our lives are on display. Oftentimes we aren’t even aware of who is impacted by our words, attitudes, and actions.

Daniel didn’t set out with the purpose of making an impression on others, but something about him affected everyone who came in contact with him—from lowly servants to kings of empires. What made this young man stand out was his commitment to his convictions. He believed in the absolute truth of the Scriptures. When he was taken to Babylon, he “made up his mind” not to defile himself with the king’s food (v. 8); he knew that eating meat offered to idols was forbidden by the Mosaic law.

Daniel’s convictions—not his environment—determined his behavior. Our world offers a multitude of ways to compromise on what we know is right, but if we’ll make up our minds ahead of time, we’ll be able to stand firm in our obedience to God. Although a world that does not believe may mock our values and lifestyle, their respect for us actually lessens when we waffle and give in to temptations. What’s worse, our witness for Christ is damaged.

Conviction about God’s truth is like an anchor. When the winds of opinion blow and the waves of temptation pound us, we can know with certainty the right way to respond. Don’t vacillate in your obedience to the Lord. Your unwavering stand for what’s right can powerfully influence others.

The Lord and Inspiration

“And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying . . .” (Leviticus 1:1)

This introductory verse to what many erroneously consider a dry and difficult book of the Bible actually introduces a remarkable phenomenon. All the rest of the chapter consists of a direct quotation from the Lord Himself. In fact, most of the rest of the book also consists solely of the direct words of God, except for an occasional interjection of a statement that God was still speaking. In all, 717 of the 832 verses in Leviticus (that is 86 percent) consist of the very words of God, directly quoted. This is more than any other book of the Bible, except for the books of the prophets, some of which also consist almost entirely of verbatim statements from God. The same situation is found in lesser, but still substantial, degrees in other historical books, not to mention the extensive quotations from the sermons and discourses of Christ in the four gospels.

While it is true that the Holy Spirit used many different means by which to convey the Scriptures (all of which are verbally inspired and fully inerrant) to writing, it is also true that, on many occasions, what amounts to the “dictation” method was used by Him. Evangelicals have often been intimidated by the scientists’ ridicule of this “mechanical theory” of inspiration, but they should not be. God is well able to use whatever means He chooses to reveal His word to men, and we should simply take Him at His word!

Leviticus is a guidebook for the consecration and cleansing of God’s people—especially His priests. In the New Covenant, all believers are priests, and therefore are expected to be consecrated and pure. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). HMM

I will delight myself in Thy commandments, which I have loved

I will delight myself in Thy commandments, which I have loved.—Psalm 119:47.

THIS everlasting and compunctious study of duty,—duty to everybody, everywhere, every day,—it keeps you questioning all the while, rasping in a torment of debates and compunctions, till you almost groan aloud for weariness. It is as if your life itself were slavery. And then you say, with a sigh, “Oh, if I had nothing to do but just to be with Christ personally, and have my duty solely as with Him, how sweet and blessed and secret and free would it be.” Well, you may have it so; exactly this you may do and nothing more! Sad mistake that you should ever have thought otherwise! What a loss of privilege has it been!

Come back then to Christ, retire into the secret place of His love, and have your whole duty personally as with Him. Only then you will make this very welcome discovery, that, as you arc personally given up to Christ’s person, you are going where He goes, helping what He does, keeping ever dear, bright company with Him, in all His motions of good and sympathy, refusing even to let Him suffer without suffering with Him. And so you will do a great many more duties than you even think of now; only they will all be sweet and easy and tree, even as your love is.
HORACE BUSHNELL.

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

That which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 126:5,6. 1 Corinthians 15:27. 1 Peter 1:3,6,7.

I am the Lord which sanctify you

I am the Lord which sanctify you. Leviticus 20:8

I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other people. And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

Sanctified by God the Father. — Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. — The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus … that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered with-out the gate. — Our Saviour Jesus Christ … gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. — Both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren. — For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. — Through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.

Leviticus 20:24,26. Jude 1. John 17:17. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Hebrews 13:12. Titus 2:13,14. Hebrews 2:11. John 17:19. 1 Peter 1:2.