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Friday, May 27, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT - FRIDAY: Christ My All!

Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire,
Let me not sink to be a clod:
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.
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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith, that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. - Philippians 3:8 – 12.
Today, it’s all about knowing Jesus, what is better than that? Paul said that he held everything else to be worthless in comparison with that knowledge, and he was willing to sacrifice everything else in order to obtain it. Are you willing to sacrifice everything to know Him?

Christ for sickness, Christ for health,
Christ for poverty, Christ for wealth,
Christ for joy, Christ for sorrow,
Christ today and Christ tomorrow;

Christ my Life, and Christ my Light,
Christ for morning, noon and night,
Christ when all around gives way
Christ my everlasting Stay;

Christ my Rest, and Christ my Food,
Christ above my highest good,
Christ my Well-beloved Friend
Christ my Pleasure without end;

Christ my Saviour,
Christ my Lord Christ my Portion,
Christ my God,
Christ my Shepherd, I His sheep
Christ Himself my soul to keep;

Christ my Leader,
Christ my Peace
Christ hath wrought my soul's release,
Christ my Righteousness divine
Christ for me, for He is mine;

Christ my Wisdom,
Christ my Meat,
Christ restores my wandering feet,
Christ my Advocate and Priest
Christ who ne'er forgets the least;

Christ my Teacher,
Christ my Guide,
Christ my Rock, in Christ I hide,
Christ the Ever-living Bread,
Christ His precious Blood hath shed;

Christ hath brought me nigh to God,
Christ the everlasting Word Christ my Master,
Christ my Head,
Christ who for my sins hath bled;

Christ my Glory, Christ my Crown,
Christ the Plant of great renown,
Christ my Comforter on high,
Christ my Hope, draws ever nigh.
- Author unknown.


C.H. Spurgeon, first words in the pulpit of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London…. Said this:
I would propose that the subject of the ministry of this Church, as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this building shall be frequented by worshipers… shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I
am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what my creed is, I reply, "It is Jesus Christ." My venerated predecessor, Dr. Gill, has left a [theological heritage] admirable and excellent in its way. But the [legacy] to which I would pin and bind myself forever, God helping me, is Jesus Christ, who is the arm and substance of the gospel, who is in Himself all theology, the incarnation of every precious truth.

Do you know Jesus?
Do you know Him intellectually, personally & relationally?
Our greatest quest in life should be to know Jesus.
If you don’t know Jesus and want to get to know Him, you can find what you want here… AN OPEN LETTER.

Loving Father, I thank you that I know your dear son Jesus! I thank you for the love, joy and peace that my Lord and Saviour has brought into my life! I thank you that He took me from a life of misery, to a life of never-ending happiness! I pray that anyone reading this will also know this life. In Jesus wonderful name! Amen.

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