A Place to Stand- Rich Mullins

This is a slower song, and not as 80’s-ish as some of the other songs on this album.  It soothes you as it beckons you to a simpler and humbler place.  A place where you simply need your Father to guide you and hold you.

It’s definitely a struggle remaining faithful in every moment of our lives.  We live in such a twisted and foul land and it presses against us from every direction.

But we have a firm rock on which to stand, we have Christ!  Of all the things that shall fall out from under my feet I know that Christ is not among them.  If I love as He loved I’ll stand on His foundation.  If I can look where He tells me to look, then I’ll see the firm ground on which I must walk.

Easy enough to type.  But it’s hard to do because we’re always trying to rely on ourselves.  We must be humble if we are to be His.  Thank the Lord that His hand is available to us.  I pray we can learn to hold on tight and run to Him!

A Place to Stand- Rich Mullins (Rich Mullins- 1986)

Well there’s a lot of things working against me
But I know I can’t lose
Yeah, there’s a lot of things working against me
But I know I can’t lose
And there’s a lot of miles still between me and my home
But I’ve learned a lot through the years, now
I’m more than just young
I got a lot of things working against me
But I know I can’t lose

And there’s a lot of love locked up inside of me
That I’m learning to give
Yeah, there’s a lot of love locked up inside of me
That I’m learning to give
So that like that bush in Sinai that burned but was not consumed
May the speed of my life throw sparks on the shadows of the tombs
I got a lot of love locked up inside me
I’m learning to give

So hold on to my hand, yeah hold on to my hand
‘Cause I need a place to run to and a place to stand

And there’s a lot of things this world has hidden
That I’m learning to see
Yeah, there’s a lot of things this world has hidden
That I’m learning to see
Well I have seen some injustice but I’ve seen mercy too
I was blinded by the things I saw until I looked at you
There’s a lot of things this world has hidden
I’m learning to see

So hold on to my hand, hold on to my hand
‘Cause I need a place to run to and a place to stand

Hold on to my hand, yeah hold on to my hand
‘Cause I need a place to run to and a place to stand

Jesus, Write Me Into Your Story (John 9)

John 9:3

It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

We focus on what is best for us.  Once in a while we truly pick up our crosses and take a total loss for ourselves that Christ might be glorified.  But we should always be willing to suffer for Him.  And how can we complain, for we caused Him more suffering than we can ever bear in this life.

The truth is that all things are for God, and that includes us.  Even if we choose to reject Christ, He will be glorified in His display of justice.  We can be for noble or ignoble purposes, but we will surely be used.

And because we are His, we should rejoice when we are used by Him.  Even if we have a weakness, or are in a humble situation, or some tragedy has befallen us; we need to desire to be a part of His story.

As you read John 9:3, think about how God’s power can be glorified in your weakness… and not for your sake, but for His.  Look into your heart and see if it cries out with every drop of blood within it as Rich Mullins’ heart cried out in his song “Jesus”…

Jesus
Write me into Your story
Whisper it to me
And let me know I’m Yours

How do we miss Him? (John 7)

Often times those of us who are Christians neglect or forget the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.  We wonder just how exactly He’s working in our lives.  It can be hard to recognize what’s us and what’s Him.  But that is only made worse by our neglecting Him.

What’s easy to recognize is that Jesus spoke of the Spirit as having a powerful and active presence in His people.  Notice here in John 7, Jesus doesn’t tell us that we will have a dripping faucet of the Holy Spirit.  He speaks of the Spirit as One that we “drink” and receive as “RIVERS of living water.”

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, `From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ “  But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

We certainly don’t want to assign our fallen actions to the living God.  But what a tragedy for Christians to not even pay attention to God within.  What a sad thing that we as people can think so highly of ourselves that we cannot even differentiate between ourselves and God.

He works mightily within His people.  Let’s make sure to give proper credit where credit is due.  If we come to Jesus, and if we abide in Him and love Him, we will learn to appreciate the Rivers of Living Water that flow within the Christian soul.

It should be easy to remember when rivers flow within oneself.