What A Friend We Have in Jesus What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there. (end)
At Calvary Years I spent in vanity and pride, Caring not my Lord was crucified, Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned, Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
Now I’ve given to Jesus everything, Now I gladly own Him as my King, Now my raptured soul can only sing of CalvaryMercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!Oh, the grace that brought it down to man! Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at CalvaryMercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary. (end)
Count Your BlessingsWhen upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.Count your blessings, name them one by one,Count your blessings, see what God hath done!Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, And you will keep singing as the days go by.Count your blessings, name them one by one,Count your blessings, see what God hath done!Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
So, amid the conflict whether great or small, Do not be disheartened, God is over all;Count your many blessings, angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.Count your blessings, name them one by one,Count your blessings, see what God hath done!Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. (end)
Luke 12:13-2113 And one of the company said to 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pullhim, Master, speak to my brother, that down my barns, and build greater; andhe divide the inheritance with me. there will I bestow all my fruits and my14 And he said to him, Man, who made goods.me a judge or a divider over you? 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you15 And he said to them, Take heed, and have much goods laid up for manybeware of covetousness: for a mans years; take your ease, eat, drink, andlife consists not in the abundance of be merry.the things which he possesses. 20 But God said to him, You fool, this16 And he spoke a parable to night your soul shall be required of you:them, saying, The ground of a certain then whose shall those things be,rich man brought forth plentifully: which you have provided?17 And he thought within 21 So is he that lays up treasure forhimself, saying, What shall I himself, and is not rich toward God.do, because I have no room where tobestow my fruits?
II. There is more to life than living for yourself• A. In the parable, God blessed a rich man with abundance. But the one who received this great provision failed to acknowledge the Lord as its source. In arrogance, he planned to take life easy, but God ended his life that very night.• B. It is foolish to ignore our Maker and think only of what we can experience, achieve, or accumulate. Luke 12:15 And he said to them, Take heed, and bewareof covetousness: for a mans life consists not in the abundance ofthe things which he possesses.
III. What do people hold too tightly?• Relationships A sure way todestroy a relationship isto smother or try tocontrol someone.• Goals and dreams We should ask theLord to show us whichgoals to pursue.
• The past One of the most destructive things you can cling to is the past.• Old hurts Surrender those difficulties, heartaches, and problems to the Lord.
E.Wrong ideas and perceptions Every thought should be tested against the Word of GodF. Timing We must learn to submit to God’s schedule.G. Possessions We should be careful not to make anything into an idol.
IV. Benefits of Intimacy with the FatherA. Stability In the midst of life’s storms, a solidrelationship with God is your anchor.B. Security You can have the assurance that Heis always with you, ready to help in anysituation or circumstance.
C. Serenity Intimacy gives you quietness and peacein your spirit, no matter what happens.You can trust that the Lord will guide youthrough difficulty.D. Sensitivity God will give you greater spiritualunderstanding and increased awareness tothe needs of others.
V. Biblical ExamplesA. Some people believe that Judas betrayed Christ in hopes of forcing Him to take military action and set up an earthly kingdom.B. Pilate agreed to have Jesus crucified because he feared losing political power.C. King Saul relentlessly pursued David, who had been anointed as the next king.D. Peter tried to protect the Lord, even when his good intentions hindered Christ’s divine mission.E. Potiphar’s wife forfeited all interaction with Joseph when her false accusations put him in jail.F. When the children of Israel tried to hoard manna, it always spoiled.
V. Biblical Examples• Fear of loss Remember that if God gives you something, He can guard it for you.• Failure to trust God When we start to love His gifts more than we love Him, we lose our contentment and joy.• Pride We can grasp our positions, possessions, or prominence in a way that deeply hurts other people.
• Wrong sense of values Many folks place too much importance on worldlygoals, such as accumulating wealth. Don’t let anythingruin your relationship with God.• Jealousy Do you ever wish you could have someone else’slooks, accomplishments, or wealth? Most likely, youwouldn’t be prepared for it. God gives each of us whatwe are equipped to handle.
V. Biblical Examples• When we make anything a higher priority than our relationship with the Lord, He sees it as competition.• God will target whatever comes between Him and us.• The Lord may allow us to experience brokenness so that we turn from sin. He doesn’t want any idol to hinder our fellowship with Him.
VI. How can you release your grip?A. Begin by recognizing that God is not first in yourlife.B. Then ask Him, “How much of mytime, thoughts, or energy do I put towards thisitem, position, or person?”C. Acknowledge that you devote more time andenergy to something other than the Lord.D. Decide to put everything in its proper place. LetJesus be first, and He will help you arrange allother priorities.
Conclusion• Is the Lord the most important person in your life? Don’t fixate on your own objectives and thereby miss out on His blessings and purpose for you.• I pray that you will make the Lord top priority. Open your hands and let Him have what you’re holding. When you allow God to be number one in your life, the blessings will flow beyond human explanation.