It is my prayer that as this week goes along that these two scriptures and two songs become embedded deep within our souls.
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
in which you formerly walked...
...we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh,
indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind,
and were by nature children of wrath,
even as the rest.
But God, being rich in mercy,
because of His great love
with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ
(by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him,
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places,
in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the ages to come
He might show the surpassing riches
of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works,
that no one should boast.
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works..."
MERCY CAME RUNNING LYRICS: 1.
Once there was a holy place
Evidence of God's embrace
And I can almost see Mercy's face
Pressed against the veil
Looking down with longing eyes
Mercy must have realized
That once His blood was sacrificed
Freedom would prevail
And as the sky grew dark
And the earth began to shake
With justice no longer in the way
Mercy came running
Like a prisoner set free
Past all my failures to the point of my needs
When the sin that I carried
Was all I could see
And when I could not reach Mercy
Mercy came running to me
Way to human from the start
And all the years left it torn apart
Hopeless and afraid
Walls I never meant to build
Left this prisoner unfulfilled
Freedom called but even still
It seemed so far away
I was bound by the chains
From the wages of my sin
Just when I felt like giving in
Sometimes I still feel so far
So far from where I really should be
He gently calls to my heart
Just to remind me .
AMAZING GRACE - Chris Tomlin