Archive for May, 2013

The Song I’ve Learned to Hear

Posted in Lyrics with tags , , , , on May 28, 2013 by Stephen Hare

 

 

 

I long to know You, my heart searches daily

 

Your word is my lamp, Lord

 

Your image I see

 

Your goodness and kindness;

 

so holy, so faithful!

 

Your judgments and mercy

 

so clear now to me

 

 

Your peace that surpasses my understanding

 

patience and grace Lord, year after year

 

Your nearness, the joy that transcends earthly pleasures

 

Your love, the song that I’ve learned to hear

 

Your love, the song that I’ve learned to hear

 

 

But give me grace to understand

 

Your ways through all my years

 

Through every trial to know Your peace

 

that overcomes my fears

 

 

Your Spirit, the gift that I now hold as treasure

 

Your life – the ransom; from sin I am free!

 

My life in Your hand, reserved now for glory

 

My life, the gift Lord, I know You’ll receive

 

 

But give me grace to understand

 

Your ways through all my years

 

Through every trial to know Your peace

 

that overcomes my fears

 

 

Your goodness and kindness;

 

so holy, so faithful!

 

Your love, the song that I’ve learned to hear

 

Your love, the song that I’ve learned to hear

 

 

Music and Lyrics/Steve Hare

 

 

 

The Spirit of Adoption

Posted in Devotional Corner on May 20, 2013 by Stephen Hare

adoption

For you have not received a spirit of slavery that leads you into fear again. Instead, you have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba Father”. Romans 8:15

To properly understand Paul’s statement here, it must not be considered independent of its context, but in relation to all that Paul has disclosed in chapters 6&7 with regard to our identification with Christ in the light of His sacrifice and the effect or out-working of the redemption both in our bodies and in our nature; and very specifically in regard to verse 8:12, “Consequently, brothers, we are not – with respect to human nature, that is – under an obligation to live according to human nature.” (ISV)

By this we understand that we are no longer “debtors to the flesh to live according to the flesh.”

Romans 6:12 Says that we are not to “let sin reign in our mortal bodies that we should obey it in its evil desires.”

We once (rightfully and necessarily) lived in fear of God’s wrath because of sin and our bondage to the sinful desires associated with our human nature, but now, having been set free from sin, we became slaves of righteousness.” Romans 6:18

We are now no longer under the control of our corrupt human nature, but under the control of the Spirit (of adoption).

The creation, by design, was not created for the futility brought about by man’s corruption, but for fruitfulness.

According to our text, the Lord subjected all creation to futility on account of man’s sin – not because of anything that it (the creation) did, but as a result of the corruptive influence of man’s rebellion to God’s ways and commands.

But God did this according to the certainty that the creation itself would also be set free from corruption’s bondage in order to share the glorious freedom of God’s children that we presently possess. We apprehend the reality of this by the “would also” here in verse 21.

The creation itself will ultimately share in the freedom that we have received from God, and all according to His goodness and grace which He purposed in Christ from before the foundation of the earth, both for His glory and our glorification. “It was for liberty that Christ has made us free.”

God has established all of creation in such a way that it responds to the presence of the corruption that it was not intended for. The creation, by design, was not created for the futility brought about by man’s corruption, but for fruitfulness.

Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” Gen 3:17

It was an act of mercy that God cursed the ground “for Adam’s sake”, the fruitfulness of which could only be restored through sacrifice and redemption – and for us, “cursed is every man who hangs on a tree.”

Therefore, as we see in vs 22, that the creation, now under the curse has been “groaning with the pains of childbirth up to the present time. However, not only the creation, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit also groan inwardly as we await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.” 8:23

So then, even though we have received the “Spirit of adoption”; – though we have been “claimed” by God as His own children, we are in a very real sense still in the orphanage (the world) awaiting the redemption of our bodies at His appearing.

So, what does this adoption mean for us?

Very soon, our Father will come for His children. This is the “glorious hope” of Titus 2:12 for which we eagerly wait; the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him. (2 Thess 2:1)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the grace of God that brings salvation! We thank You today that it was for liberty that Christ has made us free!

According to this grace that You have so freely given at so great a cost, let us therefore walk today in the glorious liberty of the children of God as we eagerly await the time when we will see You face to face. Amen.

Lord Make Me Yours

Posted in Lyrics on May 16, 2013 by Stephen Hare

 

Lord, I love You,

Lord, I can’t do

for You all I want to;

Lord be my strength

Rock please break me!

A fragrance to be

a savor of Your glory

in every place

Lord, make me Yours

forever to use

Your life to live…if my life I’ll lose

Savior, make me

righteous, holy

an instrument of Your peace

till Your kingdom comes

Father, give grace now

that I may know how

to make my heart’s vow

Your will – not mine

Lord, make me Yours

forever to use

Your life to live…if my life I’ll lose

Lord, I love You,

Lord, I can’t do

for You all I want to;

Lord make me Yours;

Lord make me Yours…

1992 Music and Lyrics/Steve Hare

Prayer and The Victory of God

Posted in Short Stories, Videos on May 8, 2013 by Stephen Hare

This is a message that every believer in Christ needs to hear. Deeply, deeply encouraging to me and will be to you and your life of prayer.

Harold Ross Light Painting Technique

Posted in Fine Art on May 4, 2013 by Stephen Hare

charlotte-woods-harold-ross

This is a wonderful photograph by Harold Ross who has become one of my favorite photographers.

This is an example of  what is referred to as his “light painting technique” which is apparently not easily achieved. Obviously, the results are amazing.

Really too good not to share on wordimagery,  “Your Poetry and Fine Art Destination”.

Thoughts Upon Rising

Encouragements & Provocations for the Pilgrimage to Zion

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

revolutingnow

A blog page for the upcoming Jesus revolution, by Steven Scott Alt

hisimagenme

It is the image of God reflected in you that so enrages hell; it is this at which the demons hurl their mightest weapons. ~ William Gurnall

heartspeaksloudest

Just another WordPress.com site

Maybrick's Photography

Beautiful British Isles.

A DEVOTED LIFE

Practical Daily Devotions for the Real World

Money Help For Christians

Frugal, Simple, Debt-Free Living, and Generous Giving

wordimagery

Your Poetry and Fine Art Destination

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.