Monday, July 7, 2008

"Arise, My Soul Arise"

Fear has always been a present issue in my life (as many of you know). I'm not going to go into the details, but I wanted to share a verse of a song we sung on Sunday at church that just blew me away.

First of all though I would like to praise God for His work that He has done in my life, specifically in this area, and the work He is continuing to do. The way fear grips me now is so weak compared to only a couple years ago when I remember fear just overtaking me at times. I've put a couple verses below that I've prayed through many times and that have helped me to put my trust in God when I am afraid! ...God's promises are so sweet. I'm just in awe on how His Word can change me and my stubborn ways.

Here's the last verse of the song 'Arise, My Soul Arise',
"My God is reconciled, His pard’ning voice I hear
He owns me for His child, I can no longer fear
With confidence I now draw nigh
With confidence I now draw nigh
And Father, Abba, Father Cry"

I just had to stand back when I sung that...'I can no longer fear'! I shouldn't even be ABLE to have fear present in my life since Christ owns me. How humbled I was to think of this constant struggle in my life...that shouldn't even be there at all!!! I praise God for His grace, patience, and constant forgiveness... not only in this area of sin, but in ALL areas of my life.

Isaiah 41:10
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand."

Psalm 46:10a
"Be still, and know that I am God."


Pam said...

Thank you for the encouraging post!!

A & E Downing said...

Praise God! that is so awesome to hear!

Mandy Kershaw said...

God is so good to us - to extend his grace to us for salvation and continually as He sanctifies us. This is just what Scott spoke about as he wrapped up Romans 6. Continue to rehearse the grace realities to yourself... "since Christ owns me." Scott said, "Your active fight against sin and for obedience has to be marked first and most by a trusting, worshipful, thankful rehearsing of what God has done by grace to make sanctification so near to you." Thank you for your transparency with us!

Pam said...

Oh, and by the way...I love the music on your blog!!! :)