Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Recovery

Not long after I had written my last post entitled 'Rescue remedy', I was travelling to meet my friend when two recovery vehicles passed within minutes.   I immediately thought of entitling my next post 'Recovery' as I thought about the beginning of my recovery after the Lord rescued me. 

 
The following are songs and poems that were written shortly after I became born again of God's Holy Spirit.  Right from the beginning I have always felt that I could speak directly to Jesus, the One and only mediator between man and God who is now the Holy Spirit, my teacher and comforter.  I hope that maybe this part of my testimony will encourage in some way those who need encouragement at this moment in their own journey to trust in Him who is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them



Salvation road

Sometimes the going gets rough Lord

on my journey back home to You
where dangers are great and many

and places of safety seem few
Often I've felt like giving up - calling it a day
when a storm has swept across my path
or I've wandered and lost my way
But then I recall where I came from 
a world filled with pain and strife
and I know I can only go forward
for You have the words of life



















Yes I've taken the road to Salvation
I hear You calling me
I'm forsaking my sinful past Lord
yearning to be free
And 'though it's dark in the valleys
when I sin and You turn Your face
Lord, I know when I turn from my wickedness
then forgiveness abounds by Your grace
For as a brick must be fired seven times in a kiln
so must I be purified
for I'll only be like You my Father
when the 'self ' in me has died
So I'll go on along this road Lord
as go on I know I must
not seeing the snares and the pitfalls
but walking by faith and by trust
For Your mercy endures forever
and Your love - it covers all
and a life without You my Father
isn't any life at all
Yes Your mercy endures forever and Your love it covers all
for although You allow me to stumble ........Your hand is outstretched when I fall


New man for old

Lord when I'm being taunted and mocked for loving You
cause me to remember that You were taunted too
when I'm being laughed at for calling on Your name
let me see You standing there and taking all that shame
And if I'm being tempted to draw back into sin
tell me 'Turn away child, don't let the devil win'
Lord sometimes it's difficult to die to sinful 'man'
when the Spirit says 'You can't' and the flesh says 'Yes you can'

I'm so afraid I'll fail You, the old man can be strong
sometimes it's hard to tell Lord what's right and what is wrong
The old man says 'Retaliate!' to every harsh word said
the new says 'You've been born again, the old man is now dead'
So Lord teach me to listen when I hear You speak
create in me a spirit that is lowly and meek
take away the old man of anger, greed and lust
form a new creation inside this outer crust

Help me to forgive them, when the world abuses me
teach me how to show Your love, that I know can set them free
Lord help me go all the way to that rugged cross
show me that to lose this life is gain - and not a loss
and then just like the chrysalis that hangs upon its thread
I'll become a butterfly - and You'll have raised the dead











Touching Your hand

Touching Your hand I feel a power in me
walking Your way leads me into my destiny
all that I am is what You're making me
Your grace in my life is setting me free

You are my strength, death has no power in me
the battle is won, You are my song of victory
where there's no fear there is no enemy
Your love in my heart is setting me free

For You are the Father's precious breath of life to me
my soul feels Your love that stirs within me
with You in my life I can be all I'm meant to be
each day as You teach me Your ways

Now is the time, in You must my spirit dwell
time to break free from my shadowy prison cell
Now is the time, time for my soul to rise
time to awake and open my eyes

Kissed by Your mercy, bathed in Your tenderness
now I awake to the touch of Your sweet caress
Fear lies behind me lost in the cold of night
sweet love lies ahead in the warmth of Your light

For You are the sun that melts this cold, cold heart of mine
and You are the lamp that lights my darkness
My prayer to You Lord is that within my life You'll shine
each day as You lead me along


My walk with the Lord has been part of that beautiful relationship that we the church have with Him, becoming one with Him.  There is nothing that I desire more than to remain in that relationship, and I continue to endeavour to do that with the help of the Holy Spirit.


I'll never stop loving You Jesus


I'll never stop loving You Jesus
I'll never stop praising Your name
great shepherd so faithful and true Lord
'twas for Your lost sheep that You came














I knew I had strayed in this world Lord
my eyes had been dimmed by my sin
I'd wandered about in the valleys
gone lame through the sickness within

I'll never stop thanking You Jesus
for calling me back to the fold
the wolves they had tried to devour me
I was injured and lost and so cold
Then I lifted my eyes to the mountain
as I heard Your soft voice calling me



 
You whispered 'I love you my lost one'
it was then that I started to see

I'll never stop needing You Jesus
to guide me and lead me back home
to be with my Father forever
no more from Your side will I roam
The path it is narrow and lonely
and the dangers are great - this I know
but with You Lord beside me I'll make it
as You show me the right way to go

As I walk down this path to salvation
I see others turned blind and gone lame
and I tell them the Father still loves them
they'll be saved if they call on Your name
My eyes they get clearer each day Lord
as the light of Your love leads me on
every step that I take towards You Lord
makes my lame legs grow healthy and strong.

'For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.' 
                                                                                      Luke ch.19 v.10