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by Christian Coutts
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Heavenly Father, Lord, I exalt Thee
I praise the only One who delivers me
You hold me in Your mighty hands
Forever Your promise stands

Deliverance is of the Lord, my God
Even as my body in this world trod
My spirit is home in Your Kingdom
From all my worries, You give me freedom

My eyes see only wind and waves
Yet my heart looks to He who saves
My Rock, My Shield, and My Comfort
Victory in Christ is my only report

Though I walk in the valley of death
You give to me life giving breath
You are the Lamp unto my feet
Through You I know no defeat

My life and all, I freely give
I have died so I may live
My flesh attempts to betray
While my deliverance seems to delay

Your timing is perfect always
You hear when Your child prays
Renew my strength while I wait
My fears and worries You abate

My spirit is on the brink of despair
Help me place my burdens in Your care
Donít let my flesh win this battle
Do not let my faith be rattled

I stand firmly on Your promise
To do less, I would be remiss
Let me seek and see only Your face
As I stand fully in Your grace

Take from me this burden of worry
This in not from You and is unnecessary
I have been, in the past, a poor steward
My heart feels as if it has been skewered

I have already been delivered
The enemyís bonds have been severed
Let my eyes focus on the victory
Not on my poor personal history

I have tried and failed again and again
Relying on my strength trying to win
Take from me my life what I cannot give
A life fully in You help me to live

I desire to walk in Your Kingdom now
Only Your Spirit can show me how
Help me, Lord, with my unbelief
It can only cause my heart grief

Show me Your Kingdom in this world
Let Your banner of victory be unfurled
Increase the faith inside of me
Until it is only Your Kingdom I see

Brothers and Sisters,

I wrote this poem as a prayer. My family and I are scheduled to relocate to Sasebo, Japan for the next three years. At the time I accept the orders we were very excited about the chance to go back to Japan again. Yet as we become more involved in our church here in Washington, the less excited we are about leaving. We have been praying to stay here because we both feel that our service here in not yet complete. God is a God of miracles and the can still keep us here if He so decides. I ask only that His will be done.

As I am making preparations to travel, I find myself overwhelmed with fear and worry. I look at our financial situation and see danger. I look at the move and feel stress for all that goes into moving to another country. I am at a point of brokenness that I must come into prayer. Only God can sustain me in this hour. The good thing is I feel completely out of control. The bad thing is I feel completely out of control. My flesh wants to be in charge, while my spirit yields to God.

As I prayed this poem I asked the Lord to give me a Word of comfort. He gave me Psalm 91. What a Word.

God bless. Keep serving.

In Christ,

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Jody Goode 23 Aug 2008
Blessings, Brother in the faith. Onward Christian Soldiers! Our Lord will never forsake; He walks fore and aft blazing for us His path of righteousness. Rest in Him as He guides you and know that you do not carry your burdens alone for we are all of one Family bearing the Name above all names caring for and lifting up those who are weak today and trusting that with the renewed strength that comes we will likewise be lifted up when we are too weak to carry on. In His might; in His Love; by His mercy let us march boldy into the fray knowing victory is at hand ... Jody
Melissa Wolf 15 Aug 2008
Wow! Absolutely beautiful! Psalm 91 is one of my favorites (right along with Ps. 23 and 121). I believe the line "Let my eyes focus on the victory Not on my poor personal history" speaks volumes. The enemy wants us to continue to look at our "poor personal history" in the hopes that we will feel ashamed and regretful and in the hopes that we will be fearful to step out to where God is leading us. But praise God that His Holy Spirit is always willing and ABLE to help us keep that focus that is so important. I pray that God will open all the right doors for you and your family at this important crossroad and I pray that He will give you such peace. Your "out of control"ness reminds of the current Sanctus Real song that says, "Whatever you're doing inside of me, it feels like chaos but somehow there's peace. You're up to something bigger than me and I'm giving in to something heavenly." God Bless! =)
Janice S Ramkissoon 14 Aug 2008
Christian, deliverance has come, claim it and don't let the devil steal your JOY. God is working out the finer details you just pack your cases and wait for His 'stay put' or 'go ahead'. So fear not. rebuke the spirit of fear and allow God to work it all out. The ministry will continue wherever God places you. Hold onto His promises and remind satan that he is a liar. (St. John 10:10). Check your PM. God bless! Janice
Judy Wilson 14 Aug 2008
I don't see the hunger you have for God Christian, very often. I pray that God lets you rest in His perfect peace and don't let this get you so rattled that you can't hear His voice. Everything is going to be fine !!
Patricia Bankhead 14 Aug 2008
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psa 27:13-14 . . .God is with you and your family. Trust Him with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs:)
Helen Dowd 14 Aug 2008
Christian, here is a poem for you, in way of assurance, I trust: Dependence "With God, nothing is too frightening, Nothing is too hard. Your Father will not leave you. Heíll never be off-guard. Heíll smooth the way before you. Heíll fight off every foe. Just learn to lean upon Him. He will not let you go."...From me to you...Helen


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