Friday, November 16, 2007

Faith-Lift Friday

Mercy Came Running - Phillips, Craig & Dean (Trust)
Once there was a holy place
Evidence of God's embrace
And I can almost see mercy's face
Pressed against the veil
Looking down with longing eyes
Mercy must have realized
That once His blood was sacrificed
Freedom would prevail
And as the sky grew dark
And the earth began to shake
With justice no longer in the way
Chorus:
Mercy came running
Like a prisoner set free
Past all my failures to the point of my need
When the sin that I carried
Was all I could see
And when I could not reach mercy
Mercy came running to me
Once there was a broken heart
Way too human from the start
And all the years left it torn apart
Hopeless and afraid
Walls I never meant to build
Left this prisoner unfulfilled
Freedom called but even still
It seemed so far away
I was bound by the chains
From the wages of my sin
Just when I felt like giving in
Chorus
Sometimes I still feel so far
So far from where I really should be
He gently calls to my heart
Just to remind me
Chorus
Words & Music by Dan Dean, Dave Clark & Don Koch
(c) 1995 Dawn Treader Music/Word Music/DaySpring Music
I have been wanting to participate in this for a few weeks. This is a topic near and dear to me. We all need encouragement, and by Fridays we all certainly need it! The purpose is to share a song, scripture anything that has encouraged us personally in our faith. This song was a major encouragement to me in the mid 90's, and still to this day. It spoke the words for me that I did not know to put together to explain the joy I had at finally understanding how to approach God, after years of knowing I was distant from Him, but not understanding why.
So this is my encouragement to you, if you will read the song I don't think you could help but be moved by it, at some level. He came to us, when we were helpless to go to Him.
He did it for me, and He will do it for you!
Heck, I need Him to come to me daily!
How about you!
Happy Friday, Ya'll!
Ooops, P.S. check out Sheryl's place who sponsors this, to link up if you want to participate sometime.

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What Does it Mean Anyway? "Free to Fly"...

Well, it's like this: Here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Free: a : having the legal and political rights of a citizen b : enjoying civil and political liberty c : enjoying political independence or freedom from outside domination d : enjoying personal freedom : not subject to the control or domination of another2 a : not determined by anything beyond its own nature or being : choosing or capable of choosing for itself...having a scope not restricted by qualification 7 a : not obstructed, restricted, or impeded ...Now, here are some of the Webster's Dictionary definitions of Fly:1 a : to move in or pass through the air with wings b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space c : to float, wave, or soar in the air ... a : to take flight ...6 : to work successfully ...Examples which apply from Websters: fly high : to be elated - fly in the face of or fly in the teeth of : to stand or act forthrightly or brazenly in defiance or contradiction of

What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!