Monday, February 19, 2007

Joy Unspeakable

Jude 1:20-25 Amplified

20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit;
21 Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)--[which will bring you] unto life eternal.
22 And refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and on some have mercy who waver and doubt.
23 [Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality.
24 Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]--
25 To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).

Verse 24 has spoken to me this past weekend.

Seems I’m always in this place,

Where the things I seem to take, are the things I wish would fade.

I always purpose in my heart,

To do things the right way, then I realize I’m still clay

And this piece that’s being shaped, will be a beauty You create

I am nothing without Your love.

I’m unworthy but Your death has been enough

I’m completed by Your touch,

But I feel like I’ve been given so much so I thank You, I thank You.

I wouldn’t even face, all the troubles of the day,

If it wasn’t for Your grace

Sometimes I even wait,

To see if I’m awake, seems so good I can’t relate

And Your every word I crave,

And I’m grateful for every breath I take

When I’m feeling all my shame, You won’t let it stay,

I sail away into Your love

I’m taking every day, To give my life away,

It’s the only way I know

'Without the love of Christ, where would I be? What kind of hope would I have? I know that I don’t deserve the tremendous grace that the Lord offers, but because of His death on the cross I have been given the opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life and become worthy of being called a child of God. It is by the hand of God that I have been completed, and now I can rest in that very hand of love. “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2' - Jeremy Camp

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