By His Grace: When nothing else would do
"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days." -- Psalm 90:14 NIV
At the start of each morning, I seek the Lord through the reading of his word and in praise and worship. This daily practice is beneficial as it sets the tone of the day and our heart. As I drove into work I was reminded of a praise and worship tune a dear friend had suggested, written by Bethel Music's Cody Carnes - "Nothing Else." All I can say, wow!
The simplicity of the lyrics, which in many ways ring true, brought tears. He is the only one who can satisfy our soul. I was reminded of those who have either walked away from Christ due to disappointments or unbelief, or those who identify as Christians and do not return his love in kind toward others, who walk in darkness and shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Mark 12:30-31).
Do you know this hurts the lord, for he is love?
He came so no one would perish (Matthew 18:14) but would have everlasting life.
Heaven and hell are real.
Believe me when I say the Lord's unconditional love for you and me never fails. It is true to its purpose and covers all offense.
And for those still undecided should you return to Christ and will he forgive you? Allow me to share a word of encouragement through his written word.
From Acts 17:24-27and other biblical passages: The God who made the world and everything in it is the lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?
I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in me while I abide in him produces much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
Choose to love the lord your God and to obey him and to cling to him, for he is your life and the length of your days. You will then be able to live safely in the land the lord promised your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The steps of a man are established by the lord when he delights in his way. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Nothing else would do except his love for me and you.
Will you accept him into your heart today? The second coming of Christ is near, and those found in Christ will be called up with him into paradise. Repent of your sins and you shall be forgiven.
If you are unsure whether you're standing with Christ Jesus and are ready to establish a relationship with the son of God, allow me to extend an invitation to experience his wonderful love and all that it brings with it. By your own free will, you accept Christ as lord and savior.
Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen."
Welcome into the family of Christ.
Until next week, be blessed and continue to bless others along the way. Go in peace.
Bible references: Acts 17:24-27; Job 22:2; John 15:5; Deuteronomy 30:20: John 15:16; Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 37:23; Psalm 32:8; Revelation 22:13; John 8:12; John 14:27. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.
Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 985-857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org