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Sunday, February 27, 2011

So Great A Salvation

Hebrews 2:3a was part of the sermon Pastor delivered this morning.

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation...

He challenged us to check our walk with God and see if we were drifting away. If we were leaving our first love by letting the cares of the world or the busyness of life get in the way.

In the last couple days, I've been pondering this thought. A sermon {preached during my college years} that has stayed with me and has been used of God in my life, was entitled, You are only as close to God, as you want to be. The Pastor took his text out of Psalm 119:20--

My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.


Just how much do I yearn for God to be in my life? How close do I want to be to the Lord? Is my soul filled with longing to know God more that it breaks when I sin, or drift from God?
 
Am I surrendered to Him, or am I clinging to a part of my life, no matter how small, so that I can do the things that I want?  Am I emptying myself completely of me and letting Christ fill my life?
 
 
None of Self, and All of Thee
 
Oh, the bitter pain and sorrow
That a time could ever be,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”

Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on th’ accursed tree,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”

Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
“None of self, and all of Thee.”
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