In the shadow of the Cross

In the shadow of the Cross

Wounded, our stripes were laid upon Him
He was bruised; a crown of thorns for our iniquity
A Man of sorrows – despised and rejected:
He was nailed to the Cross to bear the sins for you and me

In the shadow of the Cross, I stand forgiven
And by the power of His precious Blood, I’ve been set free
In the Cross I’ve found the love that only He could give –
In the shadow of the Cross on a hill called Calvary

Suffering, in shame He hung upon that tree
An offering for sins – His life’s Blood He freely gave
They laid Him in the tomb, so soon to be forgotten…
But He arose – He is the Victor over the grave!

~ Unknown author ~

Isaiah 53

1  Who hath believed our report?  and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?  2  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:  He hath no form nor comeliness;  and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.  3  He is despised and rejected of mena Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:  and we hid as it were our faces from Him;  He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  4  Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:  yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  5  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;  and with His stripes we are healed.  6  All we like sheep have gone astray;  we have turned every one to his own way;  and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  7  He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth:  He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not his mouth.  8  He was taken from prison and from judgment:  and who shall declare His generation?  for He was cut off out of the land of the living:  for the transgression of my people was He stricken.  9  And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death;  because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.  10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;  He hath put Him to grief:  when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.  11  He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied:  by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many;  for He shall bear their iniquities.  12  Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong;  because He hath poured out His soul unto death:  and He was numbered with the transgressors;  and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Further reading:  Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, John 18-19

Don’t Quit

Romans 5:3-6 
“… we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Don’t quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
and the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh.

When things are pressing you down a bit,
rest if you must, but don’t you quit!
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
as every one of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about,
when he might have won if he’d stuck it out.
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow –
you might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
it seems, to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
when he might have captured the victor’s cup.

And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
how close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt.

You never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
it’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

~ Author unknown ~

1 Corinthians 10:13 
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Mark 13:13
“And ye shall be hated of all men for My Name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

More than conquerors

When my hope and strength is gone,
You’re the One Who calls me on –
You are the Life, You are the fight that’s in my soul…

Oh, Your resurrection power
burns like fire in my heart;
When waters rise I lift my eyes up to Your throne.

We are more than conquerors, through Christ
You have overcome this world, this life
We will not bow to sin or to shame
We are defiant in Your Name
You are the fire that cannot be tamed
You are the power in our veins
Our Lord, our God, our Conqueror

I will sing into the night:
Christ is risen and on high!
Greater is He living in me than in the world!

No surrender, no retreat:
we are free and we’re redeemed!
We will declare over despair: You are the hope!

Chorus

Nothing is impossible;
Every chain is breakable:
With You, we are victorious

You are stronger than our hearts;
You are greater than the dark:
With You, we are victorious

~ Written and performed by: Rend Collective ~

Romans 8:37
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”

1 John 4:4
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

1 Corinthians 15:57
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I will set my face (Wonderful God)

I will set my face to seek the Lord,
I will set my face to seek the Lord,
Give my full attention to my God,
I will listen for His voice,
I will listen for His voice.

My Wonderful Counsellor,
My Teacher, Reminder,
Revealer, my Healer,
My Strengthener, Repairer,
Refiner, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

Forerunner and Finisher,
My Conqueror, Deliverer,
Restorer, my Hammer,
My Fire, Uniter,
Redeemer, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

I will set my face to seek the Lord,
I will set my face to seek the Lord,
Give my full attention to my God,
I will listen for His voice,
I will listen for His voice.

Creator, Defender,
My Maker, Instructor,
Commander, my Warrior,
My Shelter, my Helper,
My Leader, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

My Shepherd, my Gatherer,
Refresher, Rewarder,
Protector, Inspirer,
Provider, my Portion,
Forever, my Jesus, my Saviour,
My wonderful God.

~ Lyrics & music by:  Godfrey Birtill ~

Scripture reference:

Daniel 9:3  “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes…”

Overcome

Seated above, enthroned in the Father’s love
Destined to die, poured out for all mankind
God’s only Son, perfect and spotless One
He never sinned, but suffered as if He did

All authority
Every victory is Yours

Saviour, worthy of honour and glory
Worthy of all our praise – You overcame
Jesus, awesome in power forever
Awesome and great is Your Name
You overcame

Power in hand speaking the Father’s plan
You’re sending us out, light in this broken land

Bridge &  Chorus

We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony, everyone overcome

~ Performed by:  Desperation Band / Jeremy Camp
~ Lyrics & Music by:  Edward Joel Kowalczyk, Chad David Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Alan Gracey

Revelation 12:11
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

John 16:33 
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (Jesus speaking)

I refuse

I refuse to be discouraged, to be sad, or to cry;
I refuse to be downhearted, and here’s the reason why:

I have a God Who’s mighty, Who’s sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me, and I am on His team.

He is all-wise and powerful, Jesus is His Name;
Though everything is changeable, my God remains the same.

My God knows all that’s happening, beginning to the end,
His presence is my comfort;  He is my dearest friend.

When sickness comes to weaken me, to bring my head down low,
I call upon my mighty God – into His arms I go.

When circumstances threaten to rob me from my peace;
He draws me close unto His breast, where all my strivings cease.

And when my heart melts within me, and weakness takes control;
He gathers me into His arms, He soothes my heart and soul.

The great “I AM” is with me, my life is in His hand,
The “Son of the Lord” is my hope, it’s in His strength I stand.

I refuse to be defeated, my eyes are on my God;
He has promised to be with me, as through this life I trod.

I’m looking past all my circumstances to Heaven’s throne above;
My prayers have reached the heart of God, I’m resting in His love.

I give God thanks in everything, my eyes are on His face;
The battle’s His, the victory is mine – He’ll help me win the race!

~ Lita Kurtzer ~

Sinner saved by Grace

If you could see what I once was, if you could go with me
Back to where I started from, then I know you would see
A miracle of Love that took me in Its sweet embrace
and made me what I am today:  just an old sinner saved by grace

I’m just a sinner saved by grace –
When I stood condemned to death, He took my place
Now I live and breathe in freedom
with each breath of life I take
Loved and forgiven, back with the living
I’m just a sinner saved by grace

How could I boast of anything I’ve ever seen or done?
how could I dare to claim as mine the victories God has won?
Where would I be had God not brought me gently to this place?
I’m here to say I’m nothing but a sinner saved by grace!

I’m just a sinner saved by grace
When I stood condemned to death, He took my place
Now I grow and breathe in freedom
with each breath of life I take
I’m loved and forgiven, back with the living
I’m just a sinner saved by grace

~ Lyrics & Music:  Mitch Humphries, William Gaither, Gloria Gaither

~ Performed by:  Gaither Vocal Band