This is CeCe Winans’ anointed and magnificent rendition of a powerful hymn entitled “I Surrender All”.
We live in a “Can’t Wait” world. Our ancestors waited weeks for mail that crossed the Atlantic on ships. Now we send messages to almost anywhere in the world and receive an immediate reply. We can purchase almost anything over the Internet and receive it the next day. We are being taught to assume that not waiting is better than waiting.
To the extent we embrace that mentality, we lose touch with one of God’s greatest character-building tools: waiting on Him. Most of the people God used significantly went through periods of waiting. The Old Testament has many references to waiting on the Lord, especially during trials. Waiting on the Lord in marriage may be one of the most challenging tests. If we think our spouse needs to change, we are tempted to want that change now and to say so. The alternative is to commit that need to the Lord and wait upon Him. It sometimes escapes us that the waiting might be for our benefit; God’s best work may be in us, not our spouse.
Instead of saying, “I can’t wait,” get in the habit of saying, “I can wait—on the Lord.”
A Single Thought: Waiting for an answer to prayer is often part of the answer. John Blanchard
Recommended Reading: Lamentations 3:25-26
Despite the fact that technology enables us to stay connected with each other, we haven’t solved the problem of loneliness. Many people still feel cut off from those around them. The real solution for healing the deep ache of isolation in our heart is an intimate relationship with the heavenly Father.
As He was about to create Adam, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). One point of resemblance to the Lord is our desire and ability to share intimacy with other people. Moreover, we’re created to commune with the Father.
Adam and Eve had a close bond with the Lord, who spent time with them in the Garden of Eden. However, the couple’s disobedience caused a rift in the relationship. And since God is holy, He can’t allow anything unrighteous into His presence. Once sin entered the world through the first couple, every person born would be tainted with it and, consequently, would be separated from God. Yet because of His love, the Lord planned a way to bridge the gap between Himself and mankind.
Jesus Christ took our transgressions upon Himself when He died on the cross, wiping away the stain of sin. Whoever trusts in His sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin goes over the “bridge” formed by the cross. Each new believer is reconciled—that is, immediately restored to a right relationship with the Lord.
Reconciliation with the Father means that we are never alone (Deut. 31:6). We may still feel lonely on occasion, but we have a constant companion with whom we can talk. And He will provide comfort to our heart.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
Although the book of 1 John is well known for its use of the word “love,” various words, such as “know,” “perceive,” and “behold,” occur almost as often.
Several of these words refer to the work of Christ in salvation. “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins” (1 John 3:5). “We know that we have passed from death unto life” (1 John 3:14), and “hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). This knowledge brings great comfort and assurance: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
This knowledge should bring us into a life of submission and service: “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (1 John 2:5). Similarly, “he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us” (1 John 3:24; see also 1 John 4:13).
This gives us confidence in prayer: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, . . . if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, . . . we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
The culmination of a life marked by salvation, assurance, empowering, and victory will be that we will be with Him and be like Him. “Behold [same word as ‘know’], what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). JDM
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. —Psalm 102:25
God is self-existent selfhood. Novation, the church father, said, “God has no origin.” Just those four words, “God has no origin,” would be an education to the average person. Origin, you see, is a creature word. Everything came from somewhere. One of the questions that every child asks is, “Where did I come from?”…
Everything has an origin. When you hear a bird sing, you know that once that bird was packed in a tiny little egg. It came from somewhere; it came from an egg. Where did the egg come from? It came from another little bird. And that bird came from another little egg, and that egg came from another bird, and so on, back, back, back to the heart of God, when God said, “Let the heavens bring forth, let the earth bring forth, let the dry land appear,” as it says in Genesis 1.
Origin is a creature word. The trees had an origin, space had an origin, the mountains, the seas—all things have an origin. But when you come back to God, you come back to the One who has no origin. He is the Cause of all things, the uncaused Cause.
I worship You today, Lord, as the great Creator, the uncaused Cause behind my very existence. Amen.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. (Colossians 2:6)
I think it is a completely wrong concept in Christian circles to look upon Jesus as a kind of divine nurse to whom we can go when sin has made us sick, and after He has helped us, to say, “Goodbye, Jesus”—and go on our own way.
Suppose I go into a hospital in need of a blood transfusion. After the staff has ministered to me and given their services, do I just slip out with a cheery “goodbye”—as though I owe them nothing and it was kind of them to help me in my time of need?
That may sound far out to you, but it draws a picture of attitudes among us today.
But the Bible never in any way gives us such a concept of salvation. Nowhere are we ever led to believe that we can use Jesus as a Savior and not own Him as our Lord. He is the Lord and as the Lord He saves us, because He has all of the offices of Savior, Christ, High Priest, and Wisdom and Righteousness and Sanctification and Redemption!
He is all of these—and all of these are embodied in Him as Christ, the Lord!
If you would find God, he dwelleth on every hilltop and in every valley; God is everywhere in creation; but if you want a special display of him, if you would know what is the secret place of the tabernacle of the Most High, the inner chamber of divinity, you must go where you find the church of true believers, for it is here he makes his continual residence known—in the hearts of the humble and contrite, who tremble at his word. Every church is to our Lord a more sublime thing than a constellation in the heavens; as he is precious to his saints, so are they precious to him.