In 1945, Mylon R. Lefevre wrote the words and melody to a simple song that has been used at Youth (and other) groups extensively.
Just singing it helps one to realize how dependent we should be on The 'Three in One'....
God The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
Here are the words to the song and as you read them, declare your dependence on God and ask His forgiveness for seeking to live your life independent of Him.
'Without Him' (by Mylon R. Lefevre)
"Without Him, I could do nothing.
Without Him, I’d surely fail.
Without Him, I would be drifting,
Like a ship without a sail.
Without Him, I would be dying.
Without Him, I’d be enslaved.
Without Him, Life would be hopeless...
But with Jesus, Thank God I’m saved.
Jesus, O Jesus, Do you know Him today?
Do not turn Him away!
O Jesus, O Jesus, Without Him
How lost I would be."
Therefore, claim your 'Spiritual Poverty' WITHOUT Him.....
and the riches you can have WITH Him!
These 'riches' are by God's Grace.....and for His Glory!
Ephesians 1 underlines how rich we are...
and the blessings we can receive from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Vs. 4-6 emphasizes God the Father
Vs. 7-12: God the Son
Vs. 13-14: God the Holy Spirit
Some people are confused about The Trinity (Three in One) but should not be.
The sun is a ball of fire, a light and warmth.
Water can be liquid, ice or steam.
Just remember that you are:
'selected' by God
'saved' by Christ
'sealed' by the Holy Spirit.
Do not limit yourself to all that God has for you!
Warren Wiersbe tells of an undernourished boy who was found on a city street and taken to the hospital. The nurses bathed and dressed him, then put him to bed.
When they brought him a tray with a large glass of milk on it,
his eyes lit up as he reached for the glass of milk.
He paused and looking at the nurses, asked a question that broke their hearts...
"Can I drink all of it?"
It was obvious that back in his own home, there was never enough of anything!
It's like a woman who stood watching the Atlantic Ocean and said,
"It sure is good to see something that there is plenty of."
Many times we Christians can live like paupers when Christ has made us rich.
Martin Luther said:
"A Christian is never in a state of completion, but always in the process of 'becoming'."
Thus life is a continual:
'coming' to God...
'becoming' like Christ...
'overcoming' in the power of the Holy Spirit'.
You will note in Ephesians 2: 8-10 that Paul emphasizes 'how' we can be saved:
"For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourself, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast, but we are His Workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them."
In Ephesians 6, he says:
"The Christian life is a warfare, therefore we MUST be equipped...
with the proper Spiritual Armor."
Paul knew what he was talking about for he was in prison in Rome...
and fighting the 'good fight of faith'.
Paul wrote Ephesians to the churches in Asia Minor.
He knew how important the churches' ministry was to the people.
If Paul were here today, I believe that he would emphasize that the Trinity is extremely important, but so also are the ministries of the churches.
'Count Your Blessings'
Words: Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922)
Music: Edwin O. Excell (1851-1921)
"When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings... name them one by one.
Count your blessings... see what God hath done.
Count your blessings... name them one by one.
Count your many blessings...see what God hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings...every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings money cannot buy,
Your reward in Heaven nor your Home on high.
So amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all.
Count your many blessings...angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end".
"Let us give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love" (Psalm 107:31)
Travis - I can always count on you to bless my heart with your writing. We DO need to count our blessings! God has given us so much through His Son, the Lord Jesus. God bless you and LeMoyne as you continue to bless others. In Christ's Love,