Gratitude not Attitude!

My dad once told me about a fellow employee in the office that he worked in. The worker had received a particularly unpleasant phone call from a member of the public. At then end when he set down the phone the worker said “It’s gratitude we want from you, not attitude”

Sometimes I feel that this can be a problem in spiritual things. If I’m having it hard for a few days, or things aren’t going the way I want them to, the unspoken thought can be “Why me?” “It’s not fair” etc

To save us from such an attitude, the Scriptures say “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If we are genuinely doing this I don’t think we could hold a wrong attitude for long! Just think of what He has done for us!

We used to have a mug in our house. On the one side of the mug it said “Count your blessings…” on the other “Do it right now!”

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Johnson Oatman, Jr., pub.1897

Our Daily Bread Website

If you, like me, find yourself aimlessly browsing the internet at times, turn it into a time of profit by checking out the this website, especially the devotional.

Our Daily Bread has a short online message for each day and they can be very challanging and thought provoking.

 The URL is http://www.rbc.org/odb/odb.shtml – see for yourself!

Our Daily Bread devotional

Alternatively – do what I aspire to do, – spend less time on the internet!

Whom He did foreknow…

 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

Romans 8v28-30

These must be some of the most wonderful words in the Bible! I remember studying these verses and sitting back and reflecting on them with awe!

Think of it, believer, God had us in His plans from eternity. He had One Son Who was the delight of His heart, yet He wanted many sons like His own Son, that He might be firstborn (chief) among many brethren!

How glorious, we who once were rebels and far from God, hateful and hating one another – will One day be perfectly conformed to the Son of His love and nothing can stop this happening, we are eternally secure!

God of grace, who loved and knew me
Long before the world began;
Sent my Saviour down from heaven;
Perfect God and perfect man.
God of grace, I trust in Jesus;
I’m accepted as His own.
Every day His grace sustains me,
As I lean on Him alone.

Keith Getty/Jonathan Rea

Chosen not for good in me,
Wakened up from wrath to flee,
Hidden in the Saviour’s side,
By the Spirit sanctified,
Teach me, Lord, on earth to show,
By my love, how much I owe.

R. M. McCheyne

Modern Hymns – Good ones! (2)

If you have an interest in hymns, the best modern hymns I know are authored or co-authored by Keith Getty (many with Stuart Townend of “How deep the Father’s love…” repute).

 Keith and Kristyn Getty (streetlevelagency)

Check out the Gettys website. http://www.gettydirect.com/ 

 Some really stand out!

1. You’re the Word of God the Father – a wonderful Christ exalting Hymn!

2. See what a Morning – a hymn on the Resurrection of the Lord.

3. Speak O Lord – a beautiful hymn expressing the desire of the heart as we come to feed on God’s word

4. From the breaking of the dawn (Every promise) – this is perhaps my favourite, it has help me enormously in times of trial.

5. Jesus is Lord – this hymn is also great

I could go on. They really are very Christ centred. You can listen to snatches of the songs on the above website.

That’s enough for now – I’ll talk about some other hymns next time!

Modern Hymns – Good ones!

I propose to blog for a little while about hymns – I guess it could be catagorized under Christian resources.  

Some people will have an issue with my title, they believe that all modern hymns are erroneous, irreverent or just plain childish. I beg to differ! There are many that would probably fall into one of these brackets but there are others, praise God, which do not and have been a great help to me in the Christian pathway. It doesn’t do to lump everything together and stick a “trash” label on it – we do need to be more discerning than that.

I will start with a hymn/song I listened to today for the first time in ages – which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m coming to the end of the Revelation in my studies. In Ch 19, 4 great Hallelujah’s sound out – the judgments of the Tribulation Period are coming to an end and the Lord is coming back to reign upon the earth. The Lamb, The Word of God, The King of kings and Lord of lords!

“And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent [all-powerful] reigns!” Rev 19v6 NKJV

This Hymn catches the spirit of it!

All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord
Who can compare with the beauty of the Lord?
Forever He will be (Forever He will be)
The Lamb apon the throne (The Lamb apon the throne)
I gladly bow the knee (I gladly bow the knee)
And worship Him alone

I will proclaim the glory of the risen Lord
Who once was slain to reconcile man to God
Forever You will be (Forever You will be)
The Lamb upon the throne (The Lamb upon the throne)
I gladly bow my knee (I gladly bow my knee)
And worship You alone

Noel Richards / Tricia Richards

It’s simple, but very beautiful! For Israel the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings (Malachi 4) – and blessings will shower upon all the nations after the night of the Tribulation and after the Judgement of the Living Nations.

Sunrising

 If you haven’t heard this song before here is a link to it being sung. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3G3NlrTtrk

However, really there are one or two other authors which are more on my mind when it comes to modern hymns – I’ll give them a blog post on their own – they are Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.

 (Some of the hymn verses I will quote may still be under copyright, please remember that I am trying to adhere to the spirit of the legislation, I won’t defame any author, or discredit their work, nor will I make any money out of quoting them! If you still have an issue please email me and I will remove it.)

  

Bible flyleafs!

Some people write interesting things on the flyleaf of their bibles – some that have stuck with me are as follows! I write from memory – correct me if I’m wrong or add your own!

 William Kelly wrote – “it is a wonder to remember that God is my Father, but I must also remember that my Father is God”

Was it John Bunyan (or D.L. Moody?) who wrote “this book will keep me from sin and sin will keep me from this book” – how true!

Bible flyleaf - from library.dts.edu

May we more and more be like Lady Jane Grey of honoured memory, who said “The highest earthly enjoyments are but a shadow of the joy I find in reading God’s Word”

This world is a wilderness wide

 I thought that a hymn on the world might be applicable at this point! J. N. Darby lived out of a suitcase, travelled with world over serving God, never married but left the people of God with many, many books, a New Translation of the Bible, and an understanding of prophetic truths which had been neglected for centuries. Doubtless a truly great servant of God. What I most enjoy about his ministry are his hymns – brimming full of important doctrinal truths and yet with a deep current of devotion to Christ.

In this hymn he views the world as a wilderness, just like the desert through which the Children of Israel travelled towards the promised land.

Desert

THIS world is a wilderness wide;
We have nothing to seek or to choose;
We’ve no thought in the waste to abide;
We’ve nought to regret nor to lose.

For the path where our Saviour is gone
Has led up to His Father and God,
To the place where He’s now on the throne;
And His strength shall be ours on the road.

And with Him shall our rest be on high,
When in holiness bright we sit down,
In the joy of His love ever nigh,
In the peace that His presence shall crown.

‘Tis the treasure we’ve found in His love,
That has made us now pilgrims below,
And ’tis there, when we reach Him above,
As we’re known, all His fulness we’ll know.

And, Saviour, ’tis Thee from on high,
We await till the time Thou shalt come,
To take those Thou hast led by Thine eye
To Thyself in Thy heavenly home.

Till then ’tis the path Thou hast trod,
Our delight and our comfort shall be;
We’re content with Thy staff and Thy rod,
Till with Thee all Thy glory we see.

J. N. Darby