Sunday, June 29, 2014

Endurance...


Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I enjoy honouring God on our Lord's Day.  SONday!

Today, I had thought about trying to go worship with my church family.  But, after a recent conversation with a church family member, I realized that it wouldn't happen.  At least, not this weekend.

You see, my church family wasn't here in Windsor, today.  They are away at a retreat in Waterloo, Ontario.

This was something I definitely could not attend, knowing my health condition.  So instead, I'm worshipping God at home, once again.

As I'm sure you know, music fills my heart.  And, I find it to be a good way to worship Him.

A hymn that I decided to share with you today, surprised me.  When I searched on YouTube for it, with lyrics, I came across a link that had quoted the writer.

The quotation was by Martin Luther and if you click on this link to listen to and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_tGKr1dgxY, you'll see it.  The hymn is entitled, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

In case you can't open that link, here is what Martin Luther's quotation says:  "Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience.  Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.  Amen!"

Unfortunately, no lyrics were on that link above, so I searched and found another link.  Here it is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY4DCG-nFBI.  Below, are the lyrics:

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

 
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

 
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

 
(A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God.
A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God.)
 
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

 
(A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God
A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God
A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God)

Yes, our God is truly a mighty fortress.  He gives us help and strength. 

Just as we read, in Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Through Him, we can endure.  We can endure every threat and battle we face.  He never fails us.

Of course, in order for this to happen, we must choose to accept Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Saviour.

Once we have come to Christ, we will live forever.  Our earthly body may be killed.  But, we will live on with God, for eternity.

So, if you haven't yet committed yourself to Christ, do so today.  Tomorrow, may be too late.


Until next time...

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