Sunday, March 25, 2012

I Surrender All

Lord, You inspired others to craft these words. May they ring through in my life too.

I have wrestled in the darkness of this lonely pilgrim land
Raising strong and mighty fortresses that I alone command
But these castles I've constructed by the strength of my own hand
Are just temporary kingdoms on foundations made of sand
In the middle of the battle I beleive I've finally found
I'll never know the thrill of victory 'til I'm willing to lay down
All my weapons of defense and earthly strategies of war
So I'm laying down my arms and running helplessly to Yours

Chorus:
I surrender all my silent hopes and dreams
Though the price to follow costs me everything
I surrender all my human soul desires
If sacrafice requires
That all my kingdoms fall
I surrender all

If the source of my ambition is the treasure I obtain
If I measure my successes on a scale of earthly gain
If the focus of my vision is the status I attain
My accomplishments are worthless and my efforts are in vain
So I lay aside these trophies to pursue a higher crown
And should You choose somehow to use the life I willingly lay down
I surrender all the triumph for it's only by Your grace
I relinquish all the glory, I surrender all the praise

Bridge:
Everything I am, all I've done, and all I've known
Now belongs to You, the life I live is not my own
Just as Abraham laid Isaac on the sacraficial fire
If all I have is all that You desire
I surrender all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVrElcu4-Ps


I won't give up on us (no I'm not giving up)
God knows I'm tough enough (I am tough, I am loved)
We've got a lot to learn (we're alive, we are loved)
God knows we're worth it (and we're worth it)

I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beauty

Such beauty in order, even beauty in chaos;

Towering mountains, covered in cold white frost,

Come, look and see, the creation of the Almighty.

Wreathed in blossoms, colours in an endless sea.


White manes of horses galloping hard upon the sand.

As breakers roar, a testimony to His mighty Hand.

Bright hot sun slowly setting ignites the sky with fire.

A masterpiece of art, above waters a brilliant sapphire.


In the vastness of space, He calls each star by name,

From the greatest giants, right down to the tiniest flame.

Standing on the highest peak, at the top of the world,

Watching in wonder as misty vessels their sails unfurl.


Bathed in glorious sunlight, amidst a sprawling grassland,

Clouds forming shapes beyond the imagination of men.

As the wind races and toys and flirts with the sky,

Don’t you just sometimes wish so, that you could fly?


So come, look and see, the creation of the Almighty,

Come discover and know how infinitely loving is He,

For if He looks so tenderly after the birds of the air,

How much more precious to Him is your every care.


In His Majesty's Sacred Service,

Jeremy Lim

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Brotherly Affection

It just struck me. Culture today has dictated us to such a degree, made us so afraid of being labeled gay or homosexual, that we can't even express affection between two guys anymore.

The irony is that all these people who label are the more insecure ones I think. It takes a guy, fully rooted in his sense of identity and masculinity to be able to say "I love you" to another guy. Why? It's just sad. Nowadays, the first association we hear when we hear that from a guy is that they're gay. It's just idiotic and shows the mindset of the world today. I'm not knocking homosexuals, just that perhaps a lot of guys have lost that ability to express brotherly affection in a thoroughly appropriate and biblical sense. I mean, even the great apostle Paul called Timothy his dearly beloved son. (KJV)

What has happened? Can two guys no longer be good friends, sharing lives without being labeled homosexual? Must it always be about sexual orientation? Perhaps that is the contribution to the decline in culture. The politically correct has replaced the morally righteous to such a degree that we're more afraid of what others think then about doing what the Bible commands: To love one another as you love yourself. This applies to both girls AND guys, to the complementary as well as the same gender.

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Clarion Call

What is a clarion call? A clarion is a medievel trumpet used to issue a summons. And so a clarion call can be defined as a powerful request to action or an irresistable mandate.

And what is our clarion call? What is it that we are supposed to do?

A thought that just struck me just now was this:
Many people think that the Christian's clarion call is the great commission. Now, I'm not disputing the fact that indeed, this is very important. But looking at the larger picture of Matthew, this struck me - the Great Commission takes up two verses. Matthew 28: 19-20. But the entire book of Matthew is concerned with the story of Jesus, He who gave up everything, bliss, paradise, to walk on Earth and learn the story and the sad tale of humanity.

Would it not be so that the clarion call of not only the book of Matthew but the entire Bible is this: Come, come, come to Jesus, come to the Father, learn about Him, spend time with Him, know Him intimately as He knows us? As children, whenever we're scared or afraid or just sad, we run to papa or mama, our parents, because we know instinctively that they will protect us, shelter us.

Why isit then that in our storms of life, we run everywhere but to our Daddy in Heaven? He who has promised never to leave nor forsake us and we turn to fallible humans.

I'm also not saying that humans are useless in this case, but that through humans, God chooses to work and execute His plan. When we rely too much on people, then the true problems begin.

What do you think? Can you hear the clarion call resounding?

and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- Matthew 28: 20b.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Grace & Mercy

Grace: Getting something we do not deserve.
Mercy: Not getting something we do deserve.

--
In His Majesty's Sacred Service,
Jeremy

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Paradox

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

--
In His Majesty's Sacred Service,
Jeremy

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Jealous God

Imagine this scene:

(Assuming you're a guy, if you're not, imagine)
Your girlfriend (Yes, I do mean THE SPECIAL girlfriend) is next to you.
You just met up with one of your other friends who so happens to be a girl.
And you tell your friend that you love her.
Whether in joke or for real doesn't matter.

I mean, what do you think would happen? Ka-boom!

In the same way, our God is a jealous God.
That's exactly how He feels when we worship other things before Him.
When we put other things first.
When instead of seeking Him and His righteousness first, we run after material things.
We say to other things beside God that we love them first.
And that God can take a second place or even lower down.

Don't grieve the Holy Spirit, don't grieve Jesus.
He's already making intercession on our behalf, why add to His load?
Not by our strength, not by our power, only by our Daddy in Heaven.

Something I'm still learning as well.
Full credit for the analogy goes to Derick Marenga. =]



Isaiah 43
1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.


II Corinthians 12

9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ's power may rest on me.
10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,
in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
--
In His Majesty's Sacred Service,
Jeremy