ENCOURAGEMENT IN CHRIST Tune to FROM EVERY STORMY WIND LM Words by JIM BYRD
1. Ye saints look up with cheerful eye, And see your Lord who reigns on high; Behold the Sovereign on His throne, Who rules the world for all His own.
2. Be never filled with dark despair, But cast on Him your every care; And trust His never failing grace, Whose blood redeemed His chosen race.
3. Since by Godâs grace weâre justified, Our prayers will never be denied; The Lord with sympathizing ear, Attends each groan, He sees each tear.
4. Come then unto the throne of grace, Through Jesus Christ our Hiding-Place; And rest in Him and be at peace, His love for us will never cease.
SCRIPTURE READINGS TODAY: MORNING: PSALM 96 EVENING: JOHN 16:16-33
Daily Readings - April 13-19 Sunday - 2 Samuel 10-12 Monday - 2 Samuel 13-14 Tuesday - 2 Samuel 15-16 Wednesday- 2 Samuel 17-18 Thursday - 2 Samuel 19-20 Friday - 2 Samuel 21-22 Saturday - 2 Samuel 23-24
â I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.â (Isaiah 43:25)
LETTER TO AN AFFLICTED FRIEND John Newton wrote these words to a dear friend who suffered greatly. I hope they will be a blessing to those who are undergoing trials. âI pray that you may be enabled more and more to honor the Lord by believing His promise: for He is not a man, that should fail or change, or be prevented by anything unforeseen from doing what He has said. And yet we find it easier to trust to worms (our fellow men) than to trust the God of truth. Is it not so with you? And I can assure you it is often so with me. But here is the mercy, that His ways are above ours as the heavens are higher than the earth. Though we are foolish and unbelieving, He remains faithful: He will not deny Himself. I recommend to you especially that promise of God, which is so comprehensive that it takes in all our concernments â I mean, that âall things work together for good to them that love God, who are the called according to His purposeâ (Romans 8:28). How hard it is to believe, that not only those things which are grievous to the flesh, but even those things which draw forth our corruptions, and discover to us what is in our hearts and fill us with guilt and shame, should in the issue work for our good! Yet the Lord has said it. All your pains and trials, all that befalls you in your own person, or that affects you upon the account of others, shall in the end prove to your advantage. And your peace does not depend upon any change of circumstances which may appear desirable, but in having your will bowed to the Lordâs will, and made willing to submit all to His disposal and management. Pray for this, and wait patiently for Him, and He will do it. Be not surprised to find yourself poor, helpless, and vile; all whom He favors and teaches will find themselves so. The more grace increases, the more we shall see to abase us in our own eyes; and this will make the Saviour and His salvation more precious to us. He takes His own wise methods to humble you, and to prove you; and I am sure He will do you good in the end.â
THE CONDUCT OF A CHILD OF GOD Religion usually lays heavy burdens upon men, encumbering them with laws to obey in order to live what they call âthe Christian life,â but Paul declared that his rule for proper conduct was not complicated or burdensome. He told the Corinthians that he lived with a clear conscience â...in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation (daily walk, conduct) in the world, and more abundantly to you-wardâ (2 Co 1:12). âSimplicityâ means singleness of heart. The apostle endeavored to live each day with a heart-mindfulness only of the person and work of Christ and that kept everything else in its rightful place. His daily life consisted of living upon the Savior which is the correct example of the Christian walk; it is the rule of conduct for a child of God. What is âgodly sincerity?â It is to live with an unsullied and pure motive which is the glory of the Lord in all things, and he who has that motivation will, consequently, treat those around him in a proper way. Notice that Paul makes certain it is understood that he could only live this way âby the grace of God.â It was not by self-power or âfleshly wisdom,â for everything that is of the flesh is opposed to right behavior. âThat which is born of the flesh is fleshâ (John 3:6). It is only âby the grace of Godâ that we can walk daily with the eyes of the soul focused on the Son of God. Christ is our Life and Salvation; He is âTHE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESSâ (Jer 23:6) Whose sacrifice satisfied divine justice and put away our sins. He governs the world to fulfill the eternal purpose of God. Since the sovereign Savior orders all our steps, let us live our lives âin simplicity,â following one rule of conduct each day: âlooking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of the faithâ (Heb 12:2). --Pastor Jim Byrd
THE CHURCH OF JESUS TUNE: âMY FAITH HAS FOUND A RESTING PLACEâ CM/DOUBLE WORDS BY JIM BYRD 1. The church of Jesus which He chose, Forevermore she stands; Each of the names of His elect, Are graven on His hands. The Lord who chose...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
GRANT THY SALVATION Tune "TAKE MY LIFE" 184.108.40.206. Words by JIM BYRD 1. Come Jehovah with us meet, As we worship at Thy feet; Here we are assembled now, Prostrate Lord we humbly bow, Prostrate Lord we humbly bow. 2. Thou art God and Thou alone,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MY CONFIDENCE AND PLEA Tune to: "SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER" LM/DOUBLE Words by: JIM BYRD 1. How could a holy God forgive, And let this guilty sinner live; Since justice cried out for my death, And would be right to take my breath? Observe Godâs wise...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THE COVENANT OF GRACE Tune to: âTHERE IS A FOUNTAINâ CM/DOUBLE Words by JIM BYRD 1. Before the heavân and earth were made, Back in eternity; In boundless wisdom there convened The holy Trinity. O precious covenant of grace, ...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A CHOSEN RACE Tune to "COMPLETE IN THEE" LM/CHORUS Words by JIM BYRD 1. Way back in old eternity, In council of the Trinity; To save a people God agreed, His saving purpose was decreed. CHORUS: O praise the Lord His Name adore, Give Him the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
FREE AND SOVEREIGN GRACE Tune "THERE IS A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD" CM/DOUBLE Words by JIM BYRD 1. âTwas sovereign grace that fixed on us, To save a chosen race; The blessings that abound to us, To grace alone we trace. âTwas grace that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
We often pursue, with earnestness and anxiety, those things which, if we could obtain them, would greatly harm, if not destroy us. Often, too, with a rash and blind impatience, we struggle to avoid or escape those difficulties which God sees fit...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
PRAISE THE NAME OF JESUS Tune to "AT CALVARY" 220.127.116.11. W/CHORUS Words by JIM BYRD 1. Son of God, one of the trinity, Joined to man, O what a mystery; Came to earth by covenant decree. O praise His Name! Chorus: Jesus died for all His family,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THANKFULNESS FOR GRACE Tune: "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?" CM Words by JIM BYRD 1. To Thee Almighty Lord of all, This joyous song I raise; âTis with a truly thankful heart, I sing Thy worthy praise. 2. Creation, what a wondrous work, Reveals...[ abbreviated | read entire ]