Saturday, April 11, 2009
Once, But Now
Once my lips cursed You
Now I praise You
Once I denied You
Now I seek You
Once dead in my sin
Now I proclaim salvation is found in no other name than Christ Jesus
Once I ran from You
Now I follow You
Once I heeded my own voice
Now I listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd
Once I longed to fit into the world’s mold
Now I desire to live the sanctified life
Once blinded to my own sin
Now I see my “good works” in light of Your holiness and righteousness
Once a sight walker
Now a faith walker
Once my own advocate
Now the Son sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for me
Once a grumbler and complainer
Now a prayer warrior
Once I held on to hurt, nursed a grudge
Now I forgive as I have been forgiven by my Lord
Once I hated my enemies
Now I love and pray for those who come against me
Once I allowed every kind of evil thought and wickedness to enter in
Now I guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus
Once filled with anxious thoughts
Now I have the peace of Christ
Once I put on self righteous
Now I’m clothed in Christ’s righteousness
Once I walked in my own strength
Now I’m weak but find my strength in Christ
Once self sufficient
Now fully dependent upon God
Once I was defenseless against a powerful foe
Now I’m armed with the Sword of the Spirit
Once deceived by the lies of the enemy
Now growing in wisdom from the study of God’s word
Once bound for eternity in hell
Now my heavenly future is secure
By Susan Bunts Wachtel
April 11, 2009
On this Easter weekend 2009, I give thanks, honor and praise to Jesus Christ, my Glorified Risen Lord and Savior. Because He chose to take on flesh, receive my just penalty of death, I stand forgiven. Because He chose rejection, scorn, beatings and death on the cross, I can have my sins covered by His precious blood. Because He was the sinless Son of God, death could not hold Him down and He arose victorious from the grave. Now He imparts, through the power of the Holy Spirit living within me, power and victory over sin.
You too can have your sins forgiveness…by Jesus Christ, the One and Only Living Son of God. You can have your future in eternity secured if you will confess with your mouth and believe with your heart that Jesus is Christ is Lord.
Why go another day without Jesus Christ?
Two-thousand years ago…He paid a heavy penalty for your sin so that you might be set free. Won’t you accept that free gift found in the Beloved Son?
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