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“But Amnon had a friend….?

This is based on what the Lord gave me in my personal devotion time on April 11th, 2007. If you are not familiar with this story, please read  II Samuel 13-14 before proceeding.

What kind of friend do I want to be? Let’s look at some examples in the Word of God:

1. The Wrong Kind of Friend:

The story of Amnon, Absalom, their sister Tamar, Jonadab, and King David is a very sad one. Jonadab is not the kind of friend that will help anyone draw nigh to the Lord.

A. Let’s look at what Jonadab did:

1. He saw Amnon, someone who considered him to be a friend, vexed – basically beside himself so he asked what the problem was.

2. When he found out Amnon was lusting for Amnon’s own sister Tamar, Jonadab encouraged him to follow a sinful path that would lead him to deceive his own father, King David, and to either commit fornication with Tamar or to rape her.

B. Let’s look at what Jonadab should he have done:

1. Upon Seeing Amnon’ state, ask him what was wrong.

2. When he found out, he should have caringly yet sternly rebuked him for his sin.

Open rebuke is better than secret love. Proverbs 27:5

C. What Kind of Friend Should we be Avoiding?

If you have anyone, regardless if they are brethren, encouraging you to do any of the following, stay clear from them! This is a perfect case of the old adage “With a friend like that, who needs enemies!?

1. Leading you to do wrong: Matthew 18:6, Proverbs 1:10

2. Does that which God hates: Proverbs 6:12-19
     a. Proud look
     b. A lying tongue
     c. Hands that shed innocent blood
     d. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations
     e. Feet that be swift in runing to mischief
     f. A false witness that speaketh lies
     g. Sower of discord amonth the brethren

3. Does not follow the way of those who “delight is in the law of the Lord.? Psalm 1

4. The froward ( distorted false, crooked, perverse) person: Proverbs: 2:12, 15, 3:32, 4:24, 6:12, 8:8, 13, 10:31, 11:20, 16:28, 30, 17:20, 21:8, 22:5. Psalms 18:26, 101:4
 
 This verse in particular stuck out to me:

A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. Proverbs 16:28  

5. Is determined to be a carnal believer in following the lust of the flesh: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Galatians 5:19-21

This list could easily be added to, but there’s enough there for anyone to get the gist of whom it would be wise to avoid.

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. Proverbs 4:14-15 

2. The Right Kind of Friend

A. Let’s contrast this why the friendship between David and Jonathan, King Saul’s son, as described in I Samuel chapters 18-23.

After killing Goliath, David became a great man in Israel and became the best friend of Jonathan, King Saul’s son. However, Saul became jealous of David’s popularity and feared David would take the kingdom from him so he commanded to his servants and even to Jonathan that they should kill David. Jonathan remained faithful to David and secretly warned him of Saul’s plot and then proceeded to  intercede for him to his father. This worked for a time, but time and again, Saul sought David’s life, and time and again, Jonathan’s friendship remained firm as he determined to protect.

Their friendship was so strong they made a  covenant before the Lord in 1 Samuel 20:16-17 and re-affirmed it several other times. It also superseded earthly prestige. The Bible makes it clear that even though Jonathan was the King’s son, he knew David would be the next king of Israel and was willing to step aside and stand at David’s side as his servant.

Notice a very important sentence in I Samuel 23:16.  It sums up everything about Jonathan and David’s friendship:

And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.  I Samuel 23:16

The following verses all deal with their friendship in relation to the Lord:  I Samuel 20:3, 12, 20, 16, 42,  23:16, 18. That is why their friendship was so strong. God first and everything else working in God’s plan.
B. What kind of friends should we be seeking?

1.Leads you to do that which is right. Hebrews 10:24

2.Does that which God loves: Proverbs 15:9, 22:11

3.“…his delight is in the law of the Lord.? Psalm 1

4.Seeks after righteousness – there are so many verses in Psalms and Proverbs alone that I suggest doing a search, but this sums it up: The person who is striving to do learn and apply God’s Word.

5.Is determined to follow the fruit of the spirit:

“….love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26 

 

3. Here’s some questions I’ve been asking myself:

1. What kind of friends do I have and what does that say about me?

A. Whom I choose as my friends will affect my testimony. One of our Pastor’s favorite sayings is? If you’re going to play in the devil’s sandbox, you’re going to get some of his fleas.?

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33

B. Or an old adage: “Birds of a feather flock together.? I was pretty sure there is a Scriptural reference to that effect, but I couldn’t find it at this time. Those who are likeminded will seek each other out.

 

2. What kind of friend am I?
 
A. The following verse is saying that in order to have friends, I must be friendly. Am I friendly? Do I really put an effort into being friendly to church folk (my family in Christ) and other visitors.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 

B. Then, there’s a very special kind of friend that “sticketh closer than a brother.? There’s a verse in the New Testament that goes even further than this:

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13 

Do I let my friends know in word and deed that I am there for them? Am willing to be a help wether in quiet reassurance, a shoulder to cry on, or hands ready for work?

C. What does my behavior provoke in others? Do I inspire others to do right or wrong?

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Hebrews 10:24 

D. When someone comes to me with sorrows, do I like Job’s friends jump all over them, or do I give them a big hug and try to encourage them to focus on the Lord?

I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. Job 16:2 

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved… but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 

And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. 1 Samuel 23:16 

E. When someone does an imitation of the children of Israel by murmuring and complaining, (something God hates and for which He sent judgment upon Israel – Exodus 16:7-9, 12, Numbers 14:27, 17:5, 17:10,  Philipians 2:14-15,  I Corinthians 10:10, Jude 1:16), do I join them in their wallowing in the mire or do I lovingly yet sharply rebuke them and help them clear their vision to see the one who controls all?

F. Or when a friend is headed into sin or is in the midst of it, do I do right by them?

Open rebuke is better than secret love. Proverbs 27:5 

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:20

 

3.What kind of friend do I want to be?

Let each one of us answer that…..

The Little Foxes That Spoil the Vine

A. Introduction
     I.  Personal Short Testimony
     II. Devotional by Spurgeon

B. The Little Foxes Spoiling
     I.   Spoiled Conscience
     II.  Spoiled Service
     III. Spoiled Fellowship
     IV. Illustration: Brownies With a Difference

C. The Little Foxes Rooted Out
     I.   Clear Conscience
     II.  Empowered Service
     III. Sweet Fellowship
     IV. Illustration: Getting Our Hands Dirty  
D. Conclusion

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15

A. Introduction

I. Personal Short Testimony

We all seem to keep a “little fox” or two around, don’t we? This devotional is a recount of how the Lord worked in my heart to purge out the “little fox” that was “spoiling my vine”. A few years ago at a ladies retreat, a dear sister in the Lord talked about “little impurities” that we allow to creep into our lives, never thinking (or not wanting to see) how those “little foxes” can lead to BIG problems down the road and our vine be spoiled.

II. Devotional by Spurgeon

Here is Spurgeon’s commentary in his Morning and Evening Devotional:

05/30/AM “Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines.” –Song of Solomon 2:15

A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that He will hold no comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable. Jesus will not walk with His people unless they drive out every known sin. He says, “If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” Some Christians very seldom enjoy their Saviour’s presence. How is this? Surely it must be an affliction for a tender child to be separated from his father. Art thou a child of God, and yet satisfied to go on without seeing thy Father’s face? What! thou the spouse of Christ, and yet content without His company! Surely, thou hast fallen into a sad state, for the chaste spouse of Christ mourns like a dove without her mate, when he has left her. Ask, then, the question, what has driven Christ from thee? He hides His face behind the wall of thy sins. That wall may be built up of little pebbles, as easily as of great stones. The sea is made of drops; the rocks are made of grains: and the sea which divides thee from Christ may be filled with the drops of thy little sins; and the rock which has well nigh wrecked thy barque, may have been made by the daily working of the coral insects of thy little sins. If thou wouldst live with Christ, and walk with Christ, and see Christ, and have fellowship with Christ, take heed of “the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” Jesus invites you to go with Him and take them. He will surely, like Samson, take the foxes at once and easily. Go with Him to the hunting. – Spurgeon
 

B. The Little Foxes Spoiling

I. Spoiled Conscience

Our Preacher had preached about ungodly TV programs, and TV in general, and how we must control it, not let it control us, (and if you can’t, get rid of it!). I had been thinking how good I was doing in that area (after all, I hardly watched any TV….) but really, I had been under conviction for a long time for a show that “wasn’t that bad”…after all….it only had an occasional swear word (oh, and not the really bad ones…)….I taped it so I could fast forward the commercials and “personal moments” (most of the time), etc….I’m sure you could add your own excuses in there too…sigh….but here I was now letting our children watch the occasional episode that wasn’t “too bad”…Oh how we deceive ourselves!!! The truth was, I wanted to watch that show regardless of the “little foxes” I knew would spoil my vine!

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1:14

Without saying the name of the show (as I don’t want others drawn to it), it was about court cases, and the two main characters were always “almost” getting together, but not quite. I tried to pacify the Holy Spirit in me by saying I was really watching it for the court cases (which I truly do enjoy!), but the reality was: I was also watching it for the “romance”.

Since “he fashioneth our hearts alike”, I know you’d be doing (or are doing) the same thing…after all, isn’t that why you read those “Christian” romance novels, ever looking for the fairy tale romances in these “perfect” characters that set a standard no man can live up to, leading to unhappiness and lack of fulfillment in our own marriage? One must also consider that in many of these books, the two sweethearts embrace or kiss before marriage, are left in compromising situations being alone, and the list goes on.

I wonder how many young girls have fallen into that trap and committed fornication, because they thought a little kiss was “okay” after reading it over and over in these books. The authors, especially those who claim to be Bible believers will have much to answer to God for, for these individuals.

… that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. Romans 14:13

Now, although I shun those books like the plague, I had fallen in Satan’s trap with the show. I don’t like feeling guilty, but that’s exactly what happens when we choose to hold on to that “little fox”.

Have you ever tried to get anything done while holding on to a fox? Seems silly to do so, but isn’t that what we do when we hold on to that “little sin” and try to a ccomplish God’s work.

Maybe your “little fox” isn’t the “romance” issue, but how about home renovation shows like “Trading Spaces” and “While You Were Out” where individuals have rooms done in their houses by their friends, family, etc. In the case of the latter show, it’s a complete surprise. Besides the often ungodly dress, the rock music (which we can attempt to justify by muting), they have the same perpetual ending with the surprised participants saying “Oh my G….”. Even if you mute it, the movement of the lips is unmistakable and the thought has been planted…willingly…by our own selves! I know, I’ve been there too…

Now I know this is going to really irk someone…how about the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show (I’m not talking books here-the show)? or shows like it….they’re clean right? Without digging into the wishy washy “religious morality”, I don’t consider two individuals who are not married in real life, kissing, to be “clean”. That’s called fornication (which could easily lead to adultery) and we all know what God thinks about that.

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 1Corinthians 7:1

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled:but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews 13:4

I really didn’t want to tell anyone I was watching this show, as I knew I was doing wrong, as we all know when we are!

We can run, but we can’t hide! The Holy Spirit will not allow us to remain in the much and mire of sin, regardless of how “little” we think it is!
 

II. Spoiled Service

It all boils down to this: It is one area of our lives we have not given over to the Lord. We are bucking the Holy Spirit and God’s working in our lives comes to a complete standstill until the issue is dealt with. As we go out soulwinning, the Spirit’s power is not present; Bible reading is stale; prayer life is repetitive or non-existent; we’ve lost our joy. How can I expect to be the godly Christian woman the Lord wants me to be when I have no spiritual power. This is not God’s desire. He wants all His children to be filled with the Spirit of God so we can effectively witness in word and deed of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the little foxes were spoiling my vine, I tried to witness, but the Spirit’s power was not there. I had quenched the Spirit of God and the Lord could not, would not use me. The blood of those whom I should be witnessing to was now on my hands. I had no one to blame but myself.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: Psalm 66:18

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1Thessalonians 5:22

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Ezekiel 3:18

III. Spoiled Fellowship

In my case, it was causing me to be grumpy with my children, actually, down right miserable and I certainly was not the profitable help meet for my husband either! I was hardly reading my Bible, my prayer life was hindered….on and on it went….I was fighting God and I knew it! I’ve often said there are two people who are the most miserable on earth, the lost and the backslidden Christian. It’s not good to be either one! If you are honest, you must admit that it is your sin that is causing havoc in your home as well.

Well, as I said, Preacher preached on ungodliness from the TV, and I was still justifying myself pretty good, until he read an illustration I had read a few years ago, but forgotten about. I think it gets the point across thoroughly.
 

IV. Illustration

Brownies With A Difference

Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into the home or to listen to or see.

One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute. The father listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular PG movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG because of the suggestion of sex — they never really showed it. The language was pretty good — the Lord’s name was only used in vain three times in the whole movie.

The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and a bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn’t too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the special effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed.

However, even with all the justifications the teens made for the PG rating, the father still wouldn’t give in. He didn’t even give his children a satisfactory explanation for saying, “No”, He just said, “No”.

A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would like some brownies he had baked. He explained that he’d taken the family’s favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what it was.

The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop. However, he quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other ingredients were gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb.

Even with their father’s promise that the brownies were of almost perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted surprised. After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it.

Still the teens held firm and would not try the brownies.

The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies. Our minds are us into believing that just a little bit of evil won’t matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of poop makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and totally unacceptable.

The father went on to explain that even though the movie industry would have us believe that most of today’s movies are acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not.

Now, when this father’s children want to see something that is of questionable material, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special dog poop brownies. That closes the subject.

Doesn’t leave us with any excuses does it?

C. The Little Foxes Rooted Out

I. Clear Conscience

I still struggled with my “besetting sin” that night, but the next morning, I could not take the conviction anymore, so I walked over to the VCR and deleted the program for that show. It was done! What relief! What joy! Oh why do we hold on to our sin when there is such sweet release, relief, joy, contentment, etc. when we know we are walking in sweet fellowship with our Lord!

….weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalms 30:5

It has been several weeks now, and not only have I stopped watching that show, almost all desire for any TV has virtually vanished. I’m not even really that interested in the news anymore either. (I read that via e-mail when I want it.)

It is so wonderful to no longer have that burden of guilt which brings about a sense of impending judgment!

II. Empowered Service

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Psalm 51:12

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness,nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Ezekiel 3:19

III. Sweet Fellowship

I was blessed to go out for lunch that day, for the first time ever, with my Pastor’s wife. (Don’t know why we never have, maybe 6 kids each, busy household…you know the rigmarole!) Anyway, we had a blessed time encouraging one another in the Lord, with a clear conscience, and it was a great relief for me to share with her this issue and to rejoice in victory over sin!

I didn’t really think I spent “that” much time watching TV, but now I find I can sit and talk with my other children (or read them a book, etc.) while feeding the baby, instead of watching the “goof tube”.  And yes, a sweeter spirit is now reigning in our home! God has been very good to me!

IV. Illustration: Getting Our Hands Dirty

Susannah Wesley

Susannah Wesley was one of the great mothers of history. One day, one of her daughters wished to do something which was not altogether bad, but which was not right. When she was told not to do it, she was not convinced.

It was late and she and her mother were sitting beside a dead fire. Her mother said to her: “Pick up that bit of coal.” “I don’t want to,” said the girl. “Go on,” said her mother. “The fire is out, it won’t burn you.” “I know that,” said the girl. “I know it won’t burn me but it will blacken my hands.” “Exactly,” said Susannah Wesley.

Conclusion

I think this quote summarizes so well what the “little foxes” can do::

Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go.
Sin will keep you longer than you ever wanted to stay.
Sin will cost you far more than you ever wanted to pay.
- Author Unknown to me

Our Preacher is fond of saying:
It is better to have no friends than the wrong kind of friends.

I’d like to add to his wise saying::
It is better to read no books than read the wrong books.
It is better to watch no TV than bad TV.

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Let us take heed and not allow those “little foxes” to “spoil our vines” so that we may be the godly Christian women God wants us to be.

- Angela Trenholm

Take us the foxes, the little foxes,that spoil the vines:for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15

Are You Ashamed of Your Saviour?

It can be a daily struggle to live the Christian life. It is easy to bow to peer pressure and the jeers of the lost world, and even to people who profess to be Christians, but in all practicality, deny the Lord by their life. As Christians, we should be ashamed of our own sin (that needs to be confessed daily in order to maintain proper fellowship with our Lord – not to keep our salvation) but then we must continue daily to fight the good fight for the Saviour. We do not; however, have anything to be ashamed of in Jesus Christ. He is perfection. He is love incarnate and we should proclaim His love and salvation to a lost and dying world.

 

Not Ashamed of Christ?

As I sit in my pew during church,
It’s easy to agree with what’s said
To repeat “Amen” and “Praise the Lord”
Or simply agree, by a nod of the head.

 

Yet, leaving the church building,
My resolve just melts away.
What did cause my withdrawing?
Why was I in such a fray?

 

I thought I had all I needed
To fulfill the great commission,
But instead, working by myself
Was a cause for a great omission.

 

I was ashamed of my Lord that day -
And, oh, how many times in between -
I have denied the one who bought me,
As I perform my daily routine.

 

The boldness I needed so badly,
Was surely lacking from my effort.
I hadn’t the strength to sustain me;
In my spirit there was no comfort.

 

As I feasted on God’s Word at home,
I read of the Apostles’ boldness
And saw God’s power, and not their own,
Was the reason for their adeptness.

 

I saw how spending time with Jesus
Was what wrought such great victory:
Power to boldly speak forth God’s Word,
Regardless of government decree.

 

How I need to get alone with God,
And beseech Him for His power.
Without the strength He alone gives,
I can’t live for Him even an hour.

 

I don’t want to be ashamed of Christ -
The one who gave His all for me -
I want to live for Him day by day!
I want that great victory!

 

Going forth, but not on a whim,
To go out boldly and to proclaim;
Spending my life witnessing for Him,
That eternal life, others may gain.

 

So day by day, as I seek to please,
The one who died and rose for me,
I must spend time with Christ my Lord
If not ashamed of Him, I am to be.

 

Not Ashamed of Christ
Angela Trenholm
December 29, 2003

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,……And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29-31

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:19

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Philippians1:20

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6

 

More Like the Master 

Words: Charles H. Gabriel, 1906.

Music: “Hanford (Gabriel),? Charles H. Gabriel, 1906

 

More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.

 

Refrain

Take Thou my heart, I would be Thine alone;
Take Thou my heart, and make it all Thine own.
Purge me from sin, O Lord, I now implore,
Wash me and keep me Thine forevermore.

 

More like the Master is my daily prayer;
More strength to carry crosses I must bear;
More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in;
More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win.

 

Refrain

 

More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be.

Refrain

Living For Our Lord

This was a very hard poem for me to write. Having six children has its hectic moments and I truly feel the burden of being the godly example I need to be for them. It is easy to get discouraged when my eyes are off the Lord, but I am so thankful He is always waiting with abundant help to walk in the paths of life!

 

The Path of Life

Lord, is my life a stumblingblock,
To babes in Christ around me?
Is it consistent with Your Word,
Or filled with hypocrisy?

 

Have I caused Your little ones,
To falter from the straight way?
My heart breaks at the very thought,
Dear God, of leading one astray!

 

Lord, search my reins and try my heart.
If there be any wicked way,
Pluck it out by its evil roots;
Let none of its vileness hold sway!

As David cried, so I plead of You,
“Create in me a clean heart!”
Renew a right spirit within me;
Only You Lord, give a new start,

That I may arise and proclaim,
Teaching sinners of Your redemption,
That they may be converted unto You,
Praising You in acclamation.

 

Keep my heart tender, oh Lord,
To hear that still small voice
That convicts the humble heart of sin,
And makes righteousness its choice.

 

Order my footsteps in Your Word;
Let me not falter in times of strife.
Let this my daily prayer be,
To walk in the path of life.

 

Angela Trenholm
December 26th, 2003

 

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Psalm 51:1-4

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Psalm 51:10-13

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11

 

All the Way My Saviour Leads Me

Words: Fanny Crosby, in Brightest and Best,
by William Doane and Robert Lowry (Chicago, Illinois: 1875)

 

All the way my Savior leads me
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

 

All the way my Savior leads me
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.

 

All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.

My Saviour Living In Me

Many people think that being Christian means all your days will be perfect; you will never have an ill thought; you will never have times when you are down, hurt, etc. That just isn’t Scripture or reality. Of course we are going to have off days; we are going to struggle with this sinful flesh till the Lord takes us home, but our goal should be: “…that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18 b

My Saviour Living In Me

I stood before the Judge, now it was my turn
To give account to Him, how my heart did churn.
I had no words to plead in my own defense.
Condemned, I knelt, for the reading of my offense.
Yet, one Man stood up, dressed in clothes so white,
My Advocate, Jesus, had made all things right.

Jesus was born to die on Calvary,
Born to die, for you and for me.
Born to die, but not in vain;
Though I was condemned, He bore my shame.

He died for me on Calvary,
To pay my sins and set me free.
What a friend! He paid it all!
Not a mite was ever too small.
He took my sin debt, all that I owed,
Laid them on Himself, bore them as His own.

He gave His life, His all He did give.
That I would not die, but that I could live.
When Jesus arose on that glorious day,
I knew, by faith, my sins were all washed away.
How could I not then, on the altar, lay down my all?
The most I can give in return still seems ever so small.

As if all He had done had not been enough,
He still has not left me to struggle alone.
To plod through life, though it may seem so tough
The light of His countenance on me has shone.
His precious Holy Word, my guide to be,
To lighten my footsteps on His pathway for me.

Yet more blessings has He given His child so frail;
His Holy Spirit to comfort, that my footsteps won’t fail.
When the storms of life round about me do roll,
I’ve nothing to fear, for in Him I am whole.
I have all I need to fight the good fight;
To conquer in the day and endure through the night.

Saved unto good works was part of His plan;
Not for salvation – to redeem fallen man,
But to be a living epistle for all to see,
My Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour, living in me.

Angela Trenholm
June 20th, 2003

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