Only one life, twill soon be past

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

— extra stanza —

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee

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Henry Luke 9/14/2017

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Plagues 5-7 Cattle, Boils and Hail- Exodus 9

5th plague. All the livestock in the field including horses, donkeys, camels, herds and flocks died except those of the Israelites. If it were possible the intensity of the plagues increased, because the livestock were for food and labor. Those that feared the Lord moved there livestock to safety. Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. A

6th plague. Boils broke out on man and beast. Again Israel was protected. The Lord sent Moses to say to Pharaoh 13“Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 14 For this time I will send all My plagues on you and your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth. 16 …I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth  B

 The Lord said the reason that His plagues had been measured was so that all the people and Pharaoh would not be killed and Pharaoh would recognize God’s power and proclaim His name throughout the earth. God had previously told Moses “The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord,” After 6 plagues Pharaoh was still not willing to recognize “The God of the Hebrews”.

7th plague. God said on the next day a heavy hail would kill any thing and person who did not seek safety. Those who feared the Lord sought safety for their people and animals. There was no hail in the land of Israel. Pharaoh said there has been enough of God’s thunder and hail; and  I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer.” However, after the hail stopped, Pharaoh sinned again, hardened his heart and he did not let Israel go. [3rd change of heart] C

I wander how many times we make a promise to God but when conditions improve forget our promise like Pharaoh. Recently my son reminded me that when he was in middle school at year-end I would go over the prayers and God’s answers from my prayer log and he said “I would always say this year was the hardest yet”. Those were hard years in the 70’s, but they were minor league and preparation to learn to trust God for the big league troubles in 1986-2010.

Recognize that in troubles God wants His disciples to learn they can trust Him no matter the circumstances-good or bad? Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”

Notes: A- Exodus 9:1-7; B- Exodus 9:8-17; C- Exodus 9:18-35

Henry Luke 9/14/2017

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Plagues 2-4, Frogs, Gnats or Lice, Flies– Exodus 8

The 2nd plague of frogs covered the land and Pharaoh ask Moses to remove the frogs and I will let Israel go. Moses asks Pharaoh to tell him when to remove the frogs and he said tomorrow. The Lord demonstrated His power by removing the frogs on schedule, but Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to let them go. [1st change of heart] A

Then the 3rd plague of lice or gnats came. Pharaoh’s magicians told him “This is the finger of God”, but Pharaoh’s heart was hardened. B Then the 4th plague of flies came on the day scheduled by Moses. The flies did not occur in Goshen where Israel lived “in order that you may know that I, the Lord, am in the midst of the land.” Pharaoh offered a compromise and Moses refused. Then Pharaoh said go but when the flies departed on the next day Pharaoh again hardened his heart and would not let them go. [2nd change of heart] C

God continued to demonstrate His power to Pharaoh, the Egyptians and Israelites, but Pharaoh’ heart remained hard. The message to Pharaoh should have been clear: the Israelites are God’s chosen people, and He will redeem them from slavery despite Pharaoh’s efforts to stop Him. Take time to glory in the mighty strength of God! He bows to no man!

Paul under inspiration from God said in reference to Israelite events in Numbers; 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction,… 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” D

Father help me glory in Your strength. Please give me confidence and trust that Your promises in scripture will be fulfilled on Your timetable despite the roaring of those who reject Jesus.

Notes: A- Exodus 8:1-15 ; B- Exodus 8:16-19 ; C- Exodus 8:20-32 ; D- 1 Corinthians 10:1-12

Henry Luke 9/13/2017

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Dr. Mac Brunson on Acts 2

Henry Luke 9/12/2017

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Beginning of 10 Plagues-Nile water turned to blood Exodus 7

God’s purpose in the 10 plagues was that “The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst.” A 

Not only did the Egyptians experience the Lord’s power but so did the Israelites. Now 3,463 years later we can read these stories and know that the Lord is the infinite, all-powerful, sovereign, eternal, creator and sustainer of the universe. We can trust Him to keep all His promises just as He kept the promise to Abraham B about the deliverance of Israel from Egypt.

The birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus were all fulfillments of many specific promises in the Old Testament. His resurrection is guarantee that all His disciples will someday have a resurrected body like His in heaven for eternity. C People today are wise who believe in Jesus and obey His commands out of love for Him instead of the stubborn and hard heart of Pharaoh.

Moses and Aaron obeyed God’s commands exactly but Pharaoh was stubborn and refused to let the Israelites go.  This refusal led to the 1st of 10 plagues, the turning of the Nile to blood for 10 days. But Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the Israelite’s leave. This was major blow to Egypt because the fish died, the source of water was lost and the Nile served as a means of transportation of goods. This plague also affected the Israelites.

Each of the plagues was direct assault on false gods of Egypt. The Lord was demonstrating His sovereignty over the false gods they worshipped. For all 10 plagues, god’s of Egypt and notes on one page, click here.  Eight times the Bible says “Pharaoh’s heart was hardened”and he refused to let the Israelites go

Pharaoh had a free will to accept or reject God’s clear requests. We have that same free will 1st to accept or reject the salvation of Jesus and then as disciples to obey His clear commands. There are consequences to rejection in both cases.

I am thankful to the one true God who created the universe to reveal His power and then revealed Himself through His inspired word as my Redeemer.

Notes: A- Exodus 7:5; B- Reason the time had come to fulfill the promise to Abraham click here. C- 1 John 3:2; D- Exodus 7:14;

Henry Luke 9/12/2017

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 Israel’s Labor Increased and Moses Faith Fails Exodus 5-6

Exodus 5:1-2..  Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go…’” But Pharaoh said,…, I will not let Israel go.”

 Pharaoh reacted by saying this request was taking the people away from their labor. He demanded that the Israelites increase their labor and had the foreman beaten when the people missed their quota.

The foreman met with Pharaoh without receiving relief. Then they said to Moses and Aaron  21 … “May the Lord look upon you and judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh’s sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

22 Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “O Lord,… Why did You ever send me? 23 Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.”

At the first sign of rejection Moses faith failed and he blamed the Lord for not doing what He promised. The Lord repeated His promises to Moses, So Moses spoke thus to the sons of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses on account of their despondency and cruel bondage.”  A

Moses returned to one of his original excuses “I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me.” B

God had told Moses that Pharaoh would not permit them to go without the strong miracles He would do in their midst.C The same thing applies to His disciples today. Our skillful words are not what changes hearts. The will to change comes from the conviction of the Holy Spirit and faith in their hearts that comes from His word [Romans 10:17]. Each person must voluntarily agree to accept the promises of God. “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” E

O God help me trust in Your faithfulness and help me persevere in trials.  

Notes: A- Exodus 6:9; B- Exodus 6:12 & 30; C- Exodus 3:19-22; D- Romans 10:17; E- Romans 10:9,13; How to be saved

Henry Luke 9/11/2017

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Giving Thanks When Life Is Tough by Dr. Mac Brunson

 

Henry Luke 9/10/2017

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