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This classic gospel song is very famous. It was created in 1779 and survived till today with many versions sung by different singers. The music sounds beautiful. It expresses Christians’ love for God and their thanks for God’s grace. Also, it expresses many Christians’ heart’s voice: Once we were lost, if we were not saved and brought back to God’s family by Him, we would still be drifting in the world, tasting all the bitterness; if we were not redeemed by God incarnate through crucifixion, we would still be of sin, unable to live on.
I like this song very much. I feel peace in my heart when hearing its gentle tune. Recollecting every little thing in my experiencing God’s work, I cannot help but think of God’s love and am so moved. However, when I chatted with some friends online recently, they told me their spiritual conditions became worse and worse. Most of the time, they lost self-control, lived in the circle of committing and confessing, and relied on hot blood in their actions and words. For example, they hate their husband when they scold them , envy the powerful and belittle the poor, and so on. Most of them sin in the day only to confess in the evening day after day. They live in the net of sin recurrently. Some believers go to church for making more friends, chatting about worldly things rather than belief; some lose their faith, skip gatherings but just focus on their family, work or study; pastors and preachers hold activities to attract believers for church revival. However, there’s no enlightenment in their sermons but just platitude. The church becomes more and more desolate. I have the same feeling. In the past, we had big faith and were willing to act according to the Lord’s teachings, being tolerant and patient to others, and loving others as ourselves. But now, it becomes more and more difficult to do this. We always lose our temper, speculate others, compare with others, often live within the corrupt disposition and cannot feel the Lord’s presence in prayers—what is the explanation for all these? Hasn’t theredeemed our sins? Aren’t we no longer sinners? Why do we still sin constantly? Why does the church become so desolate?
From God’s word, I found the root cause of the problem later. God’s words say, “Though man has been redeemed and forgiven of his sins, it is only considered as God not remembering the transgressions of man and not treating man in accordance with man’s transgressions. However, when man lives in the flesh and he has not been set free from sin, he can only continue to sin, endlessly revealing the corrupt satanic disposition. This is the life that man leads, an endless cycle of sin and forgiveness. The majority of men sin in the day only to confess in the evening. As such, even if the sin offering is forever effective for man, it would not be able to save man from sin. Only half the work of salvation has been completed, for man still has corrupt disposition.” “A sinner such as you, who has just been redeemed, and has not been changed, or been perfected by God, can you be after God’s heart? For you, you who are still of your old self, it is true that you were saved by Jesus, and that you are not counted as a sinner because of the salvation of God, but this does not prove that you are not sinful, and are not impure. How can you be saintly if you have not been changed? Within, you are beset by impurity, selfish and mean, yet you still wish to descend with Jesus—you should be so lucky! You have missed a step in your belief in God: You have merely been redeemed, but have not been changed. For you to be after God’s heart, God must personally do the work of changing and cleansing you; if you are only redeemed, you will be incapable of attaining sanctity. In this way you will be unqualified to share in the good blessings of God, for you have missed out a step in God’s work of managing man, which is the key step of changing and perfecting. And so you, a sinner who has just been redeemed, are incapable of directly inheriting God’s inheritance.” It turns out that the Lord Jesus’ work just redeems our sins but doesn’t root out our sinful nature, so we still require God to do another stage of work to cleanse us, or else we will still live in sin, unable to be after God’s heart. That is to say, in the last days the Lord will come again to do another stage of work to cleanse and change us, and have our sinful nature completely cast off. On current trends, desolation appears in every religious sect, the faith of many waxes cold. We have lost the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This just fulfilled the prophecies in: “And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city: one piece was rained on, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered to one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have you not returned to me, said the LORD” (Amos 4:7-8). “Behold, the days come, said the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11). The condition of the dried-up city without rain mentioned in these verses is the same as the current conditions of the religious community, both are desolate. We’re passive and weak because of the thirst in spirit without supply. Only God’s word can nourish our thirst in spirit. It reminds me of the prophecies of the Lord Jesus, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12-13). From these we can see the Lord Jesus has many things to say to us when He comes. When we get the supply of God’s word, we will surely regain the guidance of the work of the Holy Spirit and completely cast off the bondage of sin.
It’s the crucial moment to wait for the Lord’s. Being mindful of the utterances of the Holy Spirit is extremely important. For Revelation 2:7 predicts, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God.” Where there is the utterance of the Holy Spirit, there is the work of God. If we find God’s word, we’re able to return to God, cast off our spiritual desolation. Thinking this, I felt God’s love. God has always led and never left us. Every step of God’s work is actually arranged by God. Either the work of redemption or the work of purification is actually our need, and God’s mercy and salvation for us. Though sometimes we cannot feel God and the presence of the Holy Spirit, we will surely find God’s footsteps again and continue to follow God as long as we seek actively.
So, I had a deep feeling when listening to the song. All God has done is amazing grace, which makes me feel sweet. Thanks be to God!
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