Give Me Christ, or Else I Die

“Gracious Lord, incline Thine ear;
My request vouchsafe to hear;
Hear my never-ceasing cry;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

Wealth and honor I disdain,
Earthly comforts, Lord, are vain;
These can never satisfy:
Give me Christ, or else I die.

All unholy and unclean,
I am nothing but sin;
On thy mercy I rely;
Give me Christ, or else I die

Thou dost freely save the lost;
In Thy grace alone I trust.
With my earnest suit comply;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

All unholy and unclean,
I am nothing but sin;
On thy mercy I rely;
Give me Christ, or else I die

Thou hast promised to forgive
All who in thy Son believe;
Lord, I know Thou cannot lie;
Give me Christ, or else I die

All unholy and unclean,
I am nothing but sin;
On thy mercy I rely;
Give me Christ, or else I die”

This song seems to ring more clear and true than ever in my mind lately. So many things have been making headlines and Christians have been on attack now more than I can ever remember. I question what the future looks like for my children and realize if I only teach my children one thing it doesn’t need to be educational it needs to be spiritual. My children need to know above all that Christ is the only thing that will save them and give them everlasting life. They need to be sure in their faith and strong in their convictions because this world is not calm, not forgiving, and not accepting of anything that goes in opposition of the flow of their agenda. I have a feeling that soon, if not already, going against the “norm” is going to cost us as believers a lot more than just raised eyebrows and the cold shoulder. Doesn’t matter how it’s justified, it is what the future may hold. I may not be able to change the wave of the future, but I can teach my children to stand up and stand firm in their beliefs and in Christ in the good times, in the bad times, and beyond. I don’t want my children to have a watered down faith like many Americans do today, a faith that accepts social norms despite what the Word tells us. The Word does not promise easy, it does not promise us that we will fit in or be liked. It tells us, on several different accounts that we will be persecuted and that we will not be liked.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

James 1:2-3

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you holy, you also be holy in your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:13-16

“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

1 Timothy 4:7-8

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

1 John 2:15-17

This is what the Word has to tell us, this is the truth for us as believers if we chose to stand firm and live life by HIS standards instead of ours.

Advertisements

One comment

  1. So important to be willing to stand firm (Eph 6) in a day that is so filled with shifting opinion. Thanks for this reminder!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: