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This song came up again on Lifehouse and I couldn’t help but remember this skit. The first time I watched it… I cried. Second time… I cried again. And again and again and again. When my life was hopeless with no future and no direction, lost in running after money, academics, friends, love, trying to replace things I had lost… family, security, identity, in everything. I kept running after them and they never satisfied me. They never fulfilled me. They always let me down and I always wanted more. Jesus rescued me from these things, He let me know my true purpose, and the realness of Him, of His love for me and of the relationship that He wanted with me that He was able to create because He had sent His perfect Son to take the punishment due for the sins that I had done. Jesus rescued me from the deepest and darkest hole of my life. Jesus satisfies me, gives me security in Him and my inheritance with Him, He told me who I am, a child of the almighty God, who is loved, cared for, pursued and and upheld by Him.

Rewatching it now does of course, bring me tears like always, and though my lacrimal glands overflow, my serotonin levels are so high, filled with joy and happiness that even now as a Christian I am upheld by Him. I am no angel. I am not perfect. I struggle with loving and caring for people I’m responsible for, friends, loved ones, family… I always run after worldly things, back to my old ways. But Jesus stands by me. He never leaves me. He never forsakes me. He loved me while I was His enemy. He loves me even when I betray Him and turn from Him. His love doesn’t change. No matter what I do, or how hard I run from Him, or how much I spit at Him. His love doesn’t change. That’s unconditional love. That’s grace.

Peace.

Much Love
Bboy 3:16 – Blank Canvas Crew
Jesus, Dance, No Turning Back

Charles Simeon – A Sinner Used by God

Just wanted to share a few quotes and encouragement from a sermon that John Piper gave on the life of Charles Simeon, definitely worth a listen :

“My dear brother, we must not mind a little suffering for Christ’s sake. When I am getting through a hedge, if my head and shoulders are safely through, I can bare the pricking of my legs. Let us rejoice in the remembrance that our Holy Head has surmounted all His suffering, and triumphed over death, let us follow Him patiently, we shall soon be partakes of His victory.”

Charles Simeon talking about the days when the pews were locked, and people were standing and there couldn’t be a big crowd because you can’t fit too many in the aisles and the edges :

“In this state of thing I saw no remedy but faith and patience. The passage of scripture which subdued and controlled my mind was this : The servant of the Lord must not strive. It was painful indeed to the church with the exception of the aisles, almost forsaken. But I thought that if only God would give a double blessing to the congregation that did attend, there would, on the whole, be as much good done as if the congregation were doubled and the blessing limited to only half the amount. This comforted me many many times, when without such a reflection I would have sunk under my burden.”

Love hearing about this dude. Great hearing about how Christ has used and taught our brothers in the faith in the past ages. A bit of insight into the life of Charles Simeon :http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/biographies/brothers-we-must-not-mind-a-little-suffering

“He grew downward in humiliation and grew upward in adoration of Christ.”

“He did not think it was helpful or inappropriate to get rid of feelings of vileness or unworthiness as soon as he could. For him adoration grew in the freshly plowed soil of humiliation. Adoration grew best, and tallest, and strongest in the freshly plowed soil.”

“I have continually had such a sense of my sinfulness as would sink me to utter despair, if I had not an assured view of the sufficiency and willingness of Christ to save me to the uttermost.”

“With this sweet hope of ultimate acceptance with God, I have always enjoyed much cheerfulness before man, but I at the same time I have labored incessantly to cultivate the greatest humiliation before God. I have never thought that the circumstance of God having forgiven me, was any reason why I should forgive myself. On the contrary I have always judged it better to loathe myself the more in proportion as I was assured of God being pacified towards me. Ezekiel 16:63. Therefore there are but two objects that I have ever desired for these 40 years to behold. One is my own vileness. The other is the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. And I have always thought that they should be viewed together, just as Aaron confessed all the sins of Israel while he put them on the scapegoat. The disease did not keep him from applying to the remedy, nor did the remedy keep him from feeling the disease. By this I think not only to be humbled AND thankful but to be humbled IN thankfulness.”

The scripture system : “Brokenness of heart is the key to the whole bible.”

“Repentance is in every view so desirable, so necessary, so suited to honor God. That I seek that above all. The tender heart, the broken contrite spirit are to me far aboveĀ all the joys than I could ever hope for in this veil of tears. I long to be in my proper place, my hand upon my mouth and my mouth in the dust. I feel this is safe ground. Here I cannot err. I’m sure that whatever God may despise He will not despise a broken and contrite heart.”

Stay blessed brothers and sisters!

Much love

Bboy 3:16 – Blank Canvas Crew

Jesus, Dance, No Turning Back