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O, How I Love Jesus | Devotional Thought

At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.

Hi Friends!ย ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ

I hope you are doing well today! ย This morning, The Lord really blessed me with a sweet devotional time with Him in such a real way, and I want to share with you all what blessed me ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Last night and this morning, I started to feel some anxiety ๐Ÿ˜ณ. ย You knowwww… when you start to think aboutย all ofย the different things you have to get done in such a short time, all of the things that you didn’t get done, the trials you’re facing and the burdens you’re carrying but that you shouldn’t be allowing to crush your spirit it any wayย if you have enough faith to give them to Jesus to bear the weight of (and so then you get on yourselfย for not having had enough faith), the emotions you don’t really understand too much, not knowing the next step to make in life (and then realizing your lack of faith there again, so then you get a bit more frustrated with yourself again), feeling helpless and alone in the circumstances you’re currently in…..yeeaaaahhh…anxiety from those kinds of things that I think we’ve all experienced in some way, shape or form. ย Anyone else with me here?

Well, I just knew that I needed a word from The Lord to still my soul this morning. ย One of the things I’ve been studying during my devotions is the life (birth, life, ministry, death & resurrection) of Jesus. ย Along with the gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John in the Bible that tell the story of Jesus’ life), I have been reading from thisย amazing book/ “commentary” on the life of Jesus calledย The Desire of Ages. ย It honestly is the most amazing thing outside of the Bible that I’ve read on the life of Christ! ย It simply breaks down each part the Bible describes about Jesus’ life in the gospels, and looking intentionally, practically and deeply at these scriptures, helps us to dig deeper – to see lessons and connections in the Scripture that we might not have seen at a quick glance or surface read, and to see how we can apply them to our lives as Christ’s followers today. ย Basically practical applications of what Christ’s life then teaches us todayย and how we can apply them as we prepare for His soon return ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย (You can read reviews here, read it for free online here, or even listen to to an audiobook hereย ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I’m currently in the chapter “Let Not Your Heart be Troubled” based on John 13:31-38; 14-17. A timely chapter for facing this anxious phase, huh? The WHOLE CHAPTER has blessed be so much so far; it’s filled with so many precious gems. ย Here is part of it that really spoke to me this morning as I prayed that I wouldn’t feel anxious and that I could rest in God. ย Then check out what hymn I opened up to when randomly opening up my hymnal this morning! I hadn’t sung from it in a little while as I’m not currently at my mother’s house where we sing from the hymnal everyday for family worship, and I just felt impressed to open it up and sing a song unto The Lord. ย I was reminded that song and praise is a most powerful weapon against discouragement! ย To open to this hymn after reading what I read truly ravished my soul (the lyrics are below the song video) ! God’s love truly never fails friends. ย He’s always seeking to save us from ourselves and to lead us to rest in His love. ย May you be blessed as I was from this passage and song! “What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms.” I’m learning to trust Him more and more friends. ๐Ÿ˜Œ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

God bless!

xo,

Vo

“As Christ lived the law in humanity, so we may do if we will take hold of the Strong for strength. But we are not to place the responsibility of our duty upon others, and wait for them to tell us what to do. We cannot depend for counsel upon humanity. The Lord will teach us our duty just as willingly as He will teach somebody else. If we come to Him in faith, He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Our hearts will often burn within us as One draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch. Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue. And they will receive not only wisdom, but strength. Power for obedience, for service, will be imparted to them, as Christ has promised. Whatever was given to Christ–the “all things” to supply the need of fallen men–was given to Him as the head and representative of humanity. And “whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22….

…Before offering Himself as the sacrificial victim, Christ sought for the most essential and complete gift to bestow upon His followers, a gift that would bring within their reach the boundless resources of grace. “I will pray the Father,” He said, “and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you.” John 14:16-18…

…The Holy Spirit is Christ’s representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally. Therefore it was for their interest that He should go to the Father, and send the Spirit to be His successor on earth. No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ. By the Spirit the Saviour would be accessible to all. In this sense He would be nearer to them than if He had not ascended on high…

“He that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.” Jesus read the future of His disciples. He saw one brought to the scaffold, one to the cross, one to exile among the lonely rocks of the sea, others to persecution and death. He encouraged them with the promise that in every trial He would be with them. That promise has lost none of its force. The Lord knows all about His faithful servants who for His sake are lying in prison or who are banished to lonely islands. He comforts them with His own presence. When for the truth’s sake the believer stands at the bar of unrighteous tribunals, Christ stands by his side. All the reproaches that fall upon him, fall upon Christ. Christ is condemned over again in the person of His disciple. When one is incarcerated in prison walls, Christ ravishes the heart with His love. When one suffers death for His sake, Christ says, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, . . . and have the keys of hell and of death.” Rev. 1:18. The life that is sacrificed for Me is preserved unto eternal glory.

At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.”

-The Desire of Ages, pgs. 668-670


O, How I Love Jesus

Lyrics:

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in mine ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

It tells me of a Savior’s love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner’s perfect plea.

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe,
Who in each sorrow bears a part
That none can bear below.

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Bridgette
    March 1, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    This was lovely. It is so helpful, iespecially for me as i’ve had anxiety issues for years amd am currently working with the Lord to get rid of them. It was so conforting to read this. Thank you so much! f I may ask. What is the name of your hymnal? I would really love to get one. I just Need to know the name.
    God Bless!

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      Vonรฉe H.
      March 1, 2017 at 3:59 PM

      Praise God Bridgette! I am truly so happy that this post could help and comfort you! I too have struggled with anxiety for some years now, and God has helped me so much as I’ve learned to love and trust Him more and more :). I use my church’s hymnal that we use in our services; it’s the “Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal”. It’s filled with pretty much all of the popular hymns you may be familiar with and some unique ones you may not be too! Here is a website with the hymnal online. You can find the categories of the songs on the left side too. I hope this helps! Thanks for your comment and may God bless you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lovisa K.
    March 2, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    Yesterday, I was very anxious and overwhelmed by all the things I need to get done before Saturday (Sabbath)๐Ÿ˜“. I can not begin to explain the guilt that I felt for not trusting the Lord with everything and letting Him help me and direct my steps. I was covered by a thick cloud of gloom for a while but remembered this statement ” Your faith must pierce the gloom”. Immediately I was comforted.. before this comment gets any longer, I’m just greatful for God’s sufficient grace and his love…
    Thanks for sharing this timely blog post Vonรฉeโ˜บ..xoxo

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      Vonรฉe H.
      March 3, 2017 at 11:46 AM

      Awww I understand! And yes I LOVE that quote! I needed to hear/read that again myself – thank you so much for sharing that! Amen ๐Ÿ™‚ May God continue to bless and keep you and give you peace ๐Ÿ™‚ (2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

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    Rachel
    March 3, 2017 at 1:55 AM

    Yes, I totally am with you there, Vonee! I get stressed out very easily and often, but by God’s grace, I am learning to surrender my anxious thoughts to him. Many times I focus way to much on the storm around me than my God who is the calmer of storms. It is so amazing though how in the craziest of moments, God will give us peace that is so incomprehensible, if we just call out His name. Like Philippians 4:6-7 says, ” And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
    Thank you Vonee for this encouragement! Love you <3

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      Vonรฉe H.
      March 3, 2017 at 11:50 AM

      Wow, yes! Amen Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚ God is so good like that! O for a greater faith, right?! God will continue to help us more and more as we trust and surrender more and more to Him. Praise God for how He’s been helping you already! Thanks for your comment; I love you too! God bless ๐Ÿ™‚

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