Here is a new song called The Cross
I will sing of Your mighty love. I will sing of Your grace. You are faithful and You are awesome in power. In mercy You redeemed me. In Your love You remained. The cross was Your death so I could live.
You took my place. You bore my sin. You came in humility and You died the same. O the wonder and the power as You laid Your life down for me. The cross was Your cruel punishment. Though You had no sin. It was my sin that nailed You. My sins were judged on the cross. You died for me to destroy the works of the enemy.
O I praise Your name and I rejoice in You. I bow in worship. I kiss Your feet of love. My heart melts within me enfolded in Your grace. Yes I will praise Your name. I will praise Your name forever.
Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, and gathered out of the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” Psalm 40:2-3 says, “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth–praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”
Let me take us back to the Martin Luther Reformation. What happened? Martin Luther was reading God’s word. He was struck with truth that turned his understanding upside down. Salvation by grace alone. It was not by human effort, or any accomplishment. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
I am challenging myself as I challenge you. Let us read God’s word with an openness to be impacted with truth that will expose and uproot any hidden lies of the enemy. Joshua 1:8 says to meditate on His word so that we can observe to do it.
Let’s start with 1 John 2:15. It says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It speaks about emotional fillers. Remember, an emotional filler is anything that usurps the Lord’s place as Absolute Fulfiller in our heart. I have to work on this one, do you also?
I read my Voice of the Martyrs’ magazine. It was about Rolo, a former Guerrilla, who does not love the world. He daily denies his flesh to deliver Bibles to remote areas. He travels through the Guerrilla infested jungles of Colombia to remote areas, because he knows the territory so well from his former life. God’s love radically reformed Rolo.
I am brought up short by his testimony of sacrifice for others. Here is the challenge from the VOM editor: ask God to lead you out of your comfort zone. May you prayerfully and boldly follow Christ into a decision, place, interaction or situation that requires you to deny worldly desires in order to glorify Him. I have written this prayer in my journal, and on a card taped to my cabinet. I encourage you to consider this prayer for yourself.