Beloved,
Jeremiah 17:9 says, The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Matthew 6:23 says, “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” These are both declarations of the condition of a heart and life in its natural state of sinfulness. We cannot know our own hearts and actually believe we are walking in light, which is like a double darkness because of the extreme deception. The only escape from this deplorable condition is to stand in the grace of God given through the death of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.” There is no logical or moral reason for our justification based on anything good in the human heart. We should not be counted as righteous, due to the utter sinfulness of the natural man. But Christ has turned the tables and what should not be has been swallowed up in His mercies and has become As It Should Be.
 
AS IT SHOULD BE
 
Oh, that I should have You
One so true
So beautiful too
 
Oh, that I should have You
So rich and pure
Your mercies sure
 
Oh, that I should have You
To see Your face
To drink Your grace
 
Oh, that I should have You
Your abundance shared
Your body prepared
 
To die
For one such as I
Why?
 
Who am I?
One lost in sin
One against
 
You
In all I do
One bent on evil
 
One content with upheaval
I join the outcry
"Let Him die"
 
I live a lie
Reacting in ignorance
My deep root of stubbornness
 
I choose
To be Your enemy
Corruption engulfs me
 
I can't see
My light is darkness
Deceived in foolishness
 
I crave emptiness
Give me more
I hunger for
 
My own satisfaction
Held by sin's traction
Unending attractions
 
To vanity
Complete insanity
I am humanity
 
Worried
Scurried
Hurried
 
Speeding for no reason
Just to be pleasing
To myself
 
Rushing through traffic
In self-focused panic
Gotta be first
 
Automatic burst
Of deadly energy
Meeting me
 
Head on
Before I know it
My wounds show it
 
Scars from collisions
Man-centered decisions
Me at the wheel
 
Lost all feel
My heart concealed
In unholy determinations
 
Hardened declarations
Of self direction
It just comes natural
 
To guard my position
As I listen
To me
 
Oh, that I should have You
Instead
Oh, that I should be
 
Dead
Crucified with Christ
Losing my life
 
To find it again
Free from sin
Oh, that I should be Yours
 
My wounds cured
By Your marred face
I stand in grace
 
Unbelievable fact
You brought me back
To belong
 
To each other
Closer than brothers
You are mine
 
I am Yours
Through mercies sure
We imbibe
 
Drinking deeply
We abide
As it should be
 
Woody Winchell
finalhourvoice.com
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