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'The Cords That Bind Us To God'
by Travis Wiginton
02/03/11
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One of our gr'sons is married and two others are engaged, so for Christmas we gave each girl a silver bangle bracelet with this Scripture engraved on it.

"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.....
lean not unto your own understanding....
in all your ways, acknowledge Him....
and He will direct your path!" (Proverbs 3:5-6)

A pastor once prayed, "Lord, prop me up on my leaning side."
All of us have areas in our lives where we need 'propping up'.
Name your 'leaning side' and 'what' and 'why'...then take it to the 'WHO'
of life!

This is such a mechanized world with lots of 'gadgets'.
Just about the time you buy one, a better comes on the market the next week....
and/or one to even replace the old one!
(Being from an older generation, I laugh each time I hear the word 'Gigabyte'.
I have no idea what it means, but it just sounds funny:)

A.W. Tozer wrote many years ago, "The greatest danger we face from the 'machine age' is that we will become so engrossed with mechanized gadgets that we forget we have a heart!"

People can not live by 'machinery alone'. Maybe 'existing', but not really living!
Man's quest is to 'be happy', but Jesus used the word 'Blessed'...
whereby we take all God gives......and give all that God asks.

The true Christian ideal is not to be 'happy'.....but to be 'Holy'!!
'Holy' is a position we take by repentance and faith.
Then it becomes 'process and progress' where we become more and more like Jesus!
Thus the Christian life is to pursue God, to know God and to be like God
(not in His 'Omni-attributes' but in His moral character!)

A sub-title for this paper could be:
"The Cords that Bind" and keep us 'Leaning on God'.
We sometimes think of 'in a bind' (or 'bound up') as bad.
However as Christians, there can be many joys and blessings for us...
if we realize that the 'cords' can also bind us to God.

Let us look at God's part...as well as our part:

GOD'S PART:
~"My Grace is sufficient for you" (II. Cor. 12:9a)

~"My Strength is made perfect in your weakness" (vs. 9:b)
"God is my salvation, strength and song." (Isaiah 12:2)

~"My Presence shall go with you" (Exodus 33:14)
God fulfilled these words all the way to the Promised Land.

~"My Peace I give unto you, not like the world gives,
so do not be troubled in your heart." (John 14:27 and John 16:33)

~"My Joy is in you and can be full" (John 15:11)


OUR PART:
~My REDEEMER (Job 19:25)
We are saved by Him and we need to share Him with others,
for everyone needs a Redeemer!

~MY SHEPHERD (John 10 and Psalms 23)
Follow Him for He is the Shepherd Who will never leave you!!

~MY HELPER (Hebrews 13:5-6)
We can boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper!'
In John 16:7-16, the Holy Spirit is called 'our helper'.

~MY BELOVED IS MINE (Song of Solomon:3:16)
I am His....and He is mine.....and Love is the Theme of Life.

~MY LORD (Philippians 3:8)
All authority is His.....and obedience is ours!

~MY GOD (Philippians 4:19)
All sufficiency is available for the past, present, future and Eternity.

~MY HEART (Psalms 139:23-24)
Give Him all of your heart (and life) in total commitment to His Will.

MY LORD.......MY GOD......MY HEART
His part is LOVE....our part should be FAITH and PRAYER!

There will be times when our faith is weak and we wonder about Prayer.
Here are some pillars on which the Christian Faith stands...and if we believe in them...
we too, will stand strong...and 'lean' more and more on God.

~ God's Justice and Holiness will not allow Him to deceive.
~ God's Grace and Goodness will not allow Him to forget us.
~ God's Truth will not allow Him to change.

ALL OF THESE MAKE HIM ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THINGS!

One of the songs that La Moyne sings on our CD is 'Learning to Lean'.
About a year before her Dad's death, he began losing his eyesight.

One day he asked La Moyne if she knew the song, 'Learning to Lean'
which at that time she did not. Jim told her that he had heard it...
and that it had become his theme song.
Needless to say, she was determined to learn it after that!

"I'm learning to lean, learning to lean,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.
Finding more power than I'd ever dreamed,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.

The joy I can't explain, fills my soul
Since the day I made Jesus my King.
His blessed Holy Spirit is leading my way
He is teaching and I'm learning to lean.

There's glorious victory each day now for me
I found His peace so serene.
He helps me with each task, if only I will ask
Every day now, I'm learning to lean.
Chorus:
Leaning to lean, learning to lean,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus.
Finding more power than I'd ever dreamed,
I'm learning to lean on Jesus."
(Writer: John Stallings)

A friend once shared these thoughts with me:
"The Lord is so faithful and true that He even named Himself Faithful and True.
He has been faithful to remind me to lean fully on His understanding and not my own. Sometimes I guess we have to come to the point that we can't even lean...by our own power or strength, but we have to ask the Lord Himself to prop us up on our leaning side."








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BILL HUNT 16 Feb 2011
It's so wonderful to remember these words that Jesus lifts our burdens for us and makes them so light to carry.
Julia May 05 Feb 2011
Dear Bro Travis and Mrs LaMoyne, I hope you are both doing well. I just wanted to say I enjoyed this article very much and to let you know that I pray for you both. I love the song "Learning to Lean" and it's so true! We continue learning to lean on Jesus, day by day. God bless you. In Christ's Love, Julia




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