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Transformation Garden - April 24, 2015

  • 2015 Apr 24
  • COMMENTS

 April 24

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:

 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.”

John 12: 32
K.J.V.

 Don’t Be Weary, Traveler

 “My head got wet with the midnight dew,
Come along home to Jesus,
Angels bear me witness too,          
Come along home to Jesus.

Oh, where to go I did not know,
Come along home to Jesus,
Ever since He freed my soul,
Come along home to Jesus.

I looked at the world and the world looked new
Come along home to Jesus,
Looked at my hands and they looked so too,
Come along home to Jesus.

Don’t be weary, traveler,
Come along home to Jesus,
Don’t be weary traveler,
Come along home to Jesus.”

Traditional African American Spiritual

 Today’s Study Text:

 “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto Me, and I unto the world.”

Galatians 6: 14
K.J.V.

“Far be it from me to glory, in anything or anyone except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah.”

Galatians 6: 14
Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION:

“Lest I Forget” Part 17

“Lord, Keep Me At Calvary”

 “No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like the scene on Calvary.”

C.H. Spurgeon

What does the scene on Calvary tell me about my Father’s love for me?

 “God proved His love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”

Billy Graham,
Evangelist

INSPIRATION:

 “Nobody who has truly seen the cross of Christ can ever again speak of hopeless cases.”

G. Campbell Morgan

“Lord, Keep Me At Calvary”

If you have ever sung the hymn, “Lead Me to Calvary,” you will recognize the fact that yesterday we came to the end of the words penned by Jennie Evelyn Hussey.

But I’d like to take one more day with this song, as I’ve added a one-line prayer to the end. Here is what I want in my own life, every day, not just at Easter.

 “Lord, Keep Me At Calvary”

I don’t think I’m that different from most people. While I usually spend between 4-5 hours a day working on every devotional and answering notes and most importantly praying, I have found that my endeavors at Transformation Garden have challenged my daily time-line. I have another company with clients who have work that needs to be done. And then there’s the “activities of daily living” as they are referred to by medical personnel. Cooking meals, eating, bathing, washing clothes, getting groceries and the list goes on and on. For many women and men there are long hours at stressful jobs – often more than one job. Your kids have activities as well and just because you may be a grandparent, like my precious associate, Pat P., who gets the handwritten devotionals typed and formatted for Constant Contact and works on the Prayer Requests as well, it doesn’t mean Pat has time to “lolligag” as we used to call goofing off when we were young. Pat’s so involved with all her grand kids, taking them to their after school activities that I simply don’t know how she does it all. But I’ll tell you something, her loving influence is felt in her family in ways she may never understand or be acknowledged for!

The reason I share some of these challenges here in the Garden is that we’re a lot like all of you – trying to do too much in such a short period of time. It’s as if the day is over before you even get out of bed in the morning.

Soon another month has slipped by and before you know it, Christmas has rolled around and another year is history. Yesterday, my husband Jim saw a friend outside our house. He and his wife run a company in our town called Window Wonders. They helped us get blinds for our windows when we moved here 14 years ago. Jim went outside to say, “Hi,” and he noted that it was 14 years ago when they worked with us and both men said at the same time, “WOW. Where have those years gone!

The problem in my life has been that as time has slipped away, I’ve found that some of the hours in those days have been wasted – time when I didn’t focus on the spiritual and when way too much time was spent on earthly endeavors. Believe me, I didn’t intentionally get bogged down in non-essential matters. Sometimes I just put God in the backseat while I whirled around with the steering wheel in my meddling hands. Make no mistake, God in the backseat didn’t mean I didn’t love Him. The fact is that I felt that as long as He was in my speeding vehicle of a life that was perfectly good enough. Well, I’m here to tell you, just having God as a passenger doesn’t cut it, at least not in Dorothy’s world any more.

The fact is that as I found myself veering from one direction to another, I came to the conclusion that I needed to turn everything –all – over to my Father. It’s not that He can handle things better – He’s already proved that – it is just that when you get to the foot of the cross on Golgotha and you see drops of blood on the earth around your feet – everything begins to fall into place. What I’d thought was so important seems of little consequence anymore. I find that each day, the intensity in my heart for a deeply Christ-filled life becomes so much greater that the same things that used to consume my time don’t seem to excite me as much. As one author notes, “The more we meditate on the cross, the deeper our companionship and knowledge gets of Jesus our Lord.” As you and I gaze not only upon the cross, but upon the “Man” on that cross, we come to hear the message of what God is saying directly to you and me. As Swiss pastor and theologian, Emil Brunner explains, God tells us “that is where you ought to be, Jesus My Son hangs there in your stead. You are the rebel who should be hanged on the gallows. But lo, I suffer instead of you and because of you, because I love you in spite of what you are. My love for you is so great that I meet you there, there on the cross. I cannot meet you anywhere else. You must meet Me there by identifying yourself with the “One” on the cross.” No wonder the hymnist Paul Gerhardt wrote:

 “Ah, keep my heart thus moved
To stand Thy cross beneath,
To mourn Thee, well-beloved,
Yet thank Thee for Thy death.”

May our prayer today be: “Lord, keep me at Calvary.”
“But more than pains wracked Him there
Was the deep longing thirst divine
That thirsted for the souls of men,
Dear Lord – and one was mine!”

Author Unknown

 AFFIRMATIONS:

 When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

 “When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All vain things that charm me most
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did ever such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”

Isaac Watts
1707

 

“Man of Sorrows! What a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Philip Paul Bliss

 

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”
Words by: Isaac Watts
Performed by: Fernando Ortega

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkx8WAycYAc

Optional:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZlpK2cfkA0

It has been said that the great Charles Wesley reportedly said he would have given up writing all his wonderful hymns to have just penned the words to Isaac Watts heavenly hymn, “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.” I encourage you to turn up the volume on your iphone or ipad or computer and just close your eyes and imagine kneeling at the foot of the Cross of your Savior and saying, “Thank You for loving even me.”

 Your friend,

Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
[email protected]

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