I went to the vet the other day. In fact just three weeks after my Mom died, I had to put my beloved cat down. The vet said Mr Tiggles was suffering and would not get better, and putting him down was the right thing to do.

Now we know this vet, and when other vets had given up with a previous problem, he had persisted until Tigger came right. I don’t class myself as an animal lover, but Tig has taught me a great deal: in fact he had previously taught me some things about God as well (which I intend to repost later); now in his death (as my wife, my daughter and I sobbed our hearts out) he was teaching me something again.

When a day or so later I was expressing some doubts about having The Tig put down, I was told, “D__ (the vet) knows him, and loves animals; you should rely on his judgement.” And here was the lesson. God knows when we should die.

Have you ever wondered why some people who are prayed for do not get visible healing? I have. And only recently have I begun to get the glimmer of an understanding about this.

Some years back our church had a lady who was a leader of a woman’s group, and was really loved and respected. She went down with an incurable disease relating to her nervous system, which led to a slow, progressive death. She was prayed for, and prayed for, and prayed for. I recall at one service the assistant minister said that we weren’t even going to pray for healing “if it was God’s will” because we knew it was God’s will for her to be healed, and so she WOULD be. I felt really uncomfortable about this, but at the time couldn’t articulate even mentally why I felt that way. Was I just in revolt because (according to the minister in charge) I did not speak in tongues and therefore did not have the Holy Spirit?

Both my wife and I had also been prayed for; been told; “You are healed: now walk in your healing;” and certainly still suffered. Because we weren’t healed, the blame (i.e. guilt) for that was plonked on us: not enough faith.

I belong to a kind of email-based intercession group. Some of the people we’ve prayed for have had healing (disease, injury, financial circumstances), and some (outstanding people in their churches) have not been healed as we know it, and have died. Did we not have enough faith? Did we not put in enough effort? Did we not twist God’s arm enough?

Whose healing is it anyway?

A close friend of mine has a very dear friend who has cancer. This has spread to various organs, including the brain. We have obviously been praying for healing; but, medically speaking, the outlook is gloomy. My friend was “tackled” for considering the possibility that her friend would die, the argument implying: if you admit to the possibility that your friend could die, you lack the faith required for him to be healed.

Again, as far as I am concerned, we have the heresy that faith implies that we can say there will definitely be a healing, and we usually mean of the physical sort.

To assert this is the same (I think) as saying Naghmeh Abedini’s pastor-husband, Saeed, is still in gaol in Iran because she doesn’t have enough faith that he’ll be released. If you believe that, you haven’t heard Naghmeh’s testimony.

If everyone were healed, we’d have people who were centuries old in their “current” physical bodies. It’s a fallen world: everyone has to die: “… people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,.” wrote Paul [Hebrews 9:27]. Under these natural (fallen) circumstances I have no wish at all to invite you to my 5304th birthday tea!

Of course, if all suffering is illogical and random, the only thing that matters is what makes us feel good.

Moreover, whose Sovereignty is it anyway? Is there any purpose in suffering? If our suffering has a purpose, then (firstly) it’s not all pointless and (second) it will stop only when that purpose has been achieved. If we hold that God is sovereign, then He has a right to choose, and that probably won’t sit too well with our quasi-democratic – and definitely self-centred – notions; but we don’t call the shots: God does.

Let’s go back to Naghmeh and Saeed: since he’s been imprisoned in Evin he has brought at least 30 people to know Jesus. Given that he is an evangelist, this means he is accomplishing his purpose while suffering in gaol: his life and suffering have themselves become a testimony. Naghmeh has addressed the issue at the UN – so those people have heard the Gospel. She’s been on US and BBC programmes in the Farsi language during prime viewing time in Iran, and has testified to Jesus; so thousands of Iranians have now heard the Gospel. Of course we all pray for his release, and that of all the others who are imprisoned or persecuted for their faith in Jesus.

My wife spent 3 weeks suffering in hospital because of a totally smashed ankle: during those three weeks, I learned the meaning of Grace. My friend went through suffering in her marriage; our prayers for her husband weren’t answered according to our wishes; but, having seen her suffering and tested, I know her faith is real, and that she’s not just some perennial optimist. And so she has been a massive blessing to me and my whole family – because of her suffering.

Let’s return to her friend’s suffering. Can her friend’s suffering have any purpose, and, if so, what would that be? As Christians our main purpose is to glorify God. While we can see that a healing would glorify God, could his suffering also not glorify God? I look at their rock-solid faith and I’m amazed (I know I shouldn’t be) at it and Who it’s inspired by; I see evidence of God’s Holy Spirit in him and in my friend as they go through this. I know theirs is not an airy-fairy feel-good, warms-the-cockles-of-my-heart kind of faith. It’s not the kind of faith that wheel-spins in vain in the mud: it’s got traction; it pulls them through because it’s engaged with God. It glorifies Him because God’s strength is shown in their “weakness” of suffering.

When my friend’s friend dies, I have no doubt that he’ll go to heaven and be with the God he has served so faithfully for decades, because he is in a right relationship with God. He’s getting promotion from this world to a world of glory. He’ll be no longer susceptible to suffering, pain and death. His promotion will depend on the Boss. What right have we to demand that God should heal him? Whose sovereignty is it anyway?

Does this mean I’m callous? I don’t think so: I’ve literally cried over their pain and because the happiness of their friendship will be cut short, and I still pray for healing.

I pray God will heal him and that, if it is not God’s will to heal him, that He will grant him:

1    unshakable CONFIDENCE is his salvation;
2    CONTENTMENT with his life;
3    the CONSOLATION that his salvation and God’s Grace afford in this life;
4    physical COMFORT in his suffering;
5    COURAGE to live each day trusting God.

Am I demonstrating a lack of faith? Am I hedging my bets? I don’t think so.

I do not doubt God’s ability to heal him physically; I don’t know if that is God’s will: there is a difference.

The leper in Matthew 8:2 illustrates what I mean: “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean’.” He exercised faith in Jesus and recognised the supremacy of God’s will in this.

Are we going to accuse Paul of a lack of faith because he was not healed from whatever it was (some think, malaria) that he suffered from?

” Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But 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. T.hat 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.” [2Cor12:7] He wasn’t healed the way he would have wanted to be; and note the reason for the suffering: to keep him dependent on God and to glorify God.

Did Daniel say “Chuck me into the furnace and God WILL rescue me from it”?

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up’.”[Daniel 3:16]

Daniel considered the possibility that God might NOT rescue him, but he still demonstrated faith: “God CAN rescue me IF He wants to; but EVEN IF He doesn’t I’ll still listen to Him rather than to you.” Our faith must be an EVEN IF faith as well as a BECAUSE faith. Our faith must be in God and not in our own faith (which I have just learned is called “fideism”).

So, if someone who has had prayer for healing is not healed outwardly/physically (which is what we tend to mean – and God understands that), we mustn’t think it’s due to a lack of faith and heap guilt onto that person or on those who are praying for him or her. Who made us the judge? It’s God’s decision whether He will heal, not ours. It’s His agenda, not ours that must count; if we don’t respect that we are denying His sovereignty.

Like the vet, God knows when it’s our time to die. God is the loving, almighty, sovereign Lord – not a genie in a bottle.

 

To read the quoted Scriptures in their context, click on the links below:

Hebrews 9:7
http://biblehub.com/niv/hebrews/9.htm

Matthew 8:2
http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/8.htm

2 Corinthians 12:7
http://biblehub.com/niv/2_corinthians/12.htm

Daniel 3:16
http://biblehub.com/niv/daniel/3.htm

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Lord, I wonder, why me?

While I’m honoured that this should be,
Wouldn’t it be better to get someone stronger,
One who can stay the course for longer?
I’m no Daniel in the lion’s den;
Like Peter I deny – again and again.
I’m more like Thomas, gloom and doubt,
Not like Paul with Biblical clout.
I’m not dedicated, like some monk;
My head and soul are crammed with other junk.

So, I say, why me?

I see others, higher up, who speak in tongues
While I occupy the lowest rungs
On the ladder of spirituality:
So, my Lord, why me?

What did You see in me, I ask,
When You gave me this specific task?
Yes, I’ll willingly undertake it,
But without Your help I just won’t make it.
I’m full of resentment, anger and stuff,
And You know how I buckle when things get rough.

I’d like to be a lot bolder,
A real Christ-soldier,
Receive Your Spirit
And be totally soaked in it.
Something always holds me back,
But You, You know what I lack.

Give me, please, Your Spirit-power
Minute by minute and hour by hour.
In times of crisis let me stand on Your Word;
Let me be, not shaken, but stirred!

 

[If you have a Christian poem that you would like me to publish, please submit or contact me via the comments.]

[Thank you, Mary Decker, for this poem. The cost of a living faith is a daily battle. (If there are others who would like to contribute encouraging Christian poems/writings, please feel free to contact me via the comments.)]

Hard is the battle and long is the war.
Steep is the hill, very narrow the road.
Tired is the soldier, his feet they are sore.
Hungry is he and so heavy his load.

Sure is the victory, doomed is the foe.
Priceless the prize, and most glorious the King.
Though we may struggle, yet certain’s our hope:
Ever, with angels, His praises we’ll sing.

John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/16.htm

Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/5.htm

Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/7.htm

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/11.htm

Matthew 13:45-46: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
To see these verses in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/13.htm

Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/6.htm

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/hebrews/11.htm

See also: Revelation 19:11-21 (The first battle). To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/19.htm

Revelation 20: 7-10 (The second battle/Satan’s doom). To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/20.htm

Revelation 22:1-5. To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/22.htm

Revelation 4: To see this in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/4.htm

[This is a parody of the well known Bon Jovi song: It’s my life. You can hear the original with original lyrics at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SKFwtgUJHs]

(Now! now! now! now!)
This is a song from a broken heart, yeah
(Now! now!)
An urgent prayer when the joy’s departed
(Now! now!)
I don’t  wanna be faithless and bowed down
You’re gonna hear my plea
That I make on my knees

Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life

(Now! now!)
I just wanna stand on solid ground
(Now! now!)
Like Stephen & Peter who wouldn’t back down
(Now! now!)
Tomorrow’s getting harder, make no mistake
Need a lot of Grace
T’keep running this race

Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life

[Instr]

Wanna stand tall when you call me out
Not bend, not break, Jesus, be you own

Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life
From now, forever
Yeah, I wanna live forever
I just wanna live as you desire
(Yield my life)
Your arms are like an open doorway
Like Jesus said, “Not mine but Your way”
I just wanna live to please you; so —
Take my life

Psalm 51:17 …. a broken and a contrite heart O God, thou wilt not despise.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/psalms/51.htm

Matt. 12: 20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smouldering wick,
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/12.htm

Matt. 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/26.htm

Matt. 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/16.htm

Coloss. 1:9-12 For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/colossians/1.htm

John 10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep.”
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/10.htm

Ephes. 6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/6.htm

Revelation 14″12 This requires the steadfast endurance of the saints – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to their faith in Jesus.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/14.htm

Acts 4:18 And they called them in and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Whether it is right before God to obey you rather than God, you decide, it is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/4.htm

Acts 7: 60  When they had driven him out of the city, they began to stone him, and the witnesses laid their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. They continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”
One really needs to read from the beginning of this chapter. Click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/acts/7.htm

Hebr 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, 2 keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/hebrews/12.htm

Revelation 3:5 The one who conquers will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before my Father and before his angels.
To read this passage in context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/3.htm

The modern world doesn’t seem to like the concept of sin, but it doesn’t seem to mind so much the concept of forgiveness. If we had to carry with us all our sins and failures, we would never make any progress at all. We would be like a car stuck in mud or sand: engine revving, wheels spinning, getting deeper, going nowhere. So we need someone to tow us out.

The main, sole, purpose of Jesus’s incarnation was just that: forgiveness of our sins and our redemption. Only when we are released from the bondage of sin, can we be in the correct relationship with God our Father. Many people see repentance as a huge burden imposed by a judging God; but the purpose of repentance is forgiveness, a benefit of God’s mercy. One repents and says “sorry” to one’s wife because one acknowledges that the relationship is precious. Jesus’s death by crucifixion is the means of our forgiveness and restoration. We are unable to save ourselves.

The next time we see a car stuck in mud or sand, trying to “redeem” itself, let’s remind ourselves that God did something to get us out: Jesus.

(This is a parody of the song Needles and Pins by The Searchers, also by Smokie.  6-15 June 2009)

I saw it today, I saw my fate
It was a fate I feared, and I knew
I had to turn away
and get down on my knees and pray
He’d take them all away

And new life begins
Forgiveness of sins
Because of all my pride
The times I had to hide

Yeah, I thought I was smart, I’d do it my way
Now I know that I  – had it all so wrong
Then I thought that I was strong
I’d battle and I’d hurt,  until He came along
One day and spoke to me

And I was on my knees
And I begged Him please
Forgive me all my sins
And wash them all clean away
For ever, for ever

I couldn’t stop when I knew I was  wrong, I was wrong, so wrong
Now I can stand up and in His grace be strong

Oh yes, I saw Him today, I saw His grace
His face was full of love and I knew
I had to turn away
and get down on my knees and pray
He’d take my sins away

So new life begins
Forgiveness of sins
Because my Saviour died
I have no need to hide
Forgiveness of sins
Freedom from sins
Forgiveness of sins
Freedom from sins
Forgiveness of sins
Freedom from sins

Mat 26:28  “this is my blood, which seals God’s covenant, my blood poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Lk 24:47  and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.
Act 13:38  All of you, my fellow Israelites, are to know for sure that it is through Jesus that the message about forgiveness of sins is preached to you; you are to know that everyone who believes in him is set free from all the sins from which the Law of Moses could not set you free.
Heb 1:3  He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power.
Psa 19:14  May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O LORD, my refuge and my redeemer
Psa 49:7  We can never redeem ourselves; we cannot pay God the price for our lives,
Mat 20:28  like the Son of Man, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.”
Mar 10:45  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.”
Gal 4:4-5  But when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son. He came as the son of a human mother and lived under the Jewish Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might become God’s children.
1Ti 2:5-6  For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem the whole human race. That was the proof at the right time that God wants everyone to be saved,

Often we can look at something worldly, and with the insight from the Spirit it can teach us a Spritual truth. Here is another modern parable. Something good can come out of battling with a computer. The pain is often not wasted. (When things are rough, a friend of mine often says: “I pray that the pain won’t be wasted.”)

Let’s follow this conversation:

Nico: You know, Mr Christopher, I’m just about to kill this bloody computer: it keeps on hanging, freezing and losing my stuff when it does so. I’m so sick and tired of rebooting that I could kick it to hell and back!

Joshua: A bit of trouble, eh, Mr Demas?

Nico:    Man, I’ve tried everything; I’m sick of trying and struggling. These programs are hell!

Joshua: Don’t blame your programs, man; what you need is to start from scratch again, right fr—

Nico: But that’s all I ever do: start over and over and —

Joshua: No, no. Don’t start over, start from the beginning, anew, afresh, ab initio.

Nico: What! and lose all I’ve got?

Joshua: Well, it’s your choice: either you struggle on doing it your way, or you start over again right at the beginning.

Nico: You mean reformat the hard drive, reinstall Windows98 and put everything back?

Joshua: No way! That’s reincarnation; your computer needs rebirth.

Nico: So?

Joshua: We’ll start right back in the beginning, but with a different operating system. Everything that depends on the OS will work better if the OS is better. I mean, how can you build a decent system on such an OS? Like building a skyscraper on a styrofoam foundation.

Nico: So what’s the deal?

Joshua: Simple. We’ll install FreeBSD which is a kind of like Linux as your operating system. Even if your application freezes, FeeBSD won’t. So a problem in one area won’t bring your whole world down. It’s robust and dependable, and though your applications may let you down, FreeBSD will never let you down.

Nico: What about all these files I already have?

Joshua: No problem: we’ll get a wordprocessor that runs on FreeBSD and convert the files. So it will all be the same, but radically different.

Nico: You’re sure it’s reliable?

Joshua: Absolutely, and that’s gospel.

Nico: OK, but what’s this all going to cost? I paid a fortune as it is.

Joshua: Nothing in money; a little effort, that’s all.

Nico: Don’t bulldust me; you shouldn’t hit a man when his OS is down! I can’t afford more expense at the moment.

Joshua: Look FreeBSD is downloadable. It’s FreeBSD, a free gift, no price. The only effort you need is to choose, accept, and your computer will be born again.

Nico: Hmm, a new life for the box ? Can I believe that?

Joshua: Nothing to lose and everything to gain: I’d give it a go.

Nico: A so-called leap of faith?

Joshua: That’s the spirit!

Joh 3:1  There was a Jewish leader named Nicodemus, who belonged to the party of the Pharisees.
Joh 3:2  One night he went to Jesus and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent by God. No one could perform the miracles you are doing unless God were with him.”
Joh 3:3  Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.”
Joh 3:4  “How can a grown man be born again?” Nicodemus asked. “He certainly cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time!”
Joh 3:5  “I am telling you the truth,” replied Jesus, “that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
Joh 3:6  A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit.
Joh 3:7  Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again.

[Sometimes people feel that God is far away, and they become discouraged by that, and then feel guilty about that, and so it goes on – downwards. Sometimes our actions have pushed God away. The psalmist also felt this sense of being separated from God: (Psalm 38:21) “Do not abandon me, O Lord; do not stay away, my God!” God has assured us that He will not abandon us. He is in the Valley of Shadows with us, here where it hurts.]
C123 SV 38    [6/6/2007]

I want you to know I won’t let go,
I won’t walk away, I am here to stay
I’ll lift you up, I’ll hold your hand
And we shall stand
Together

It’s to rescue you, I’ve harrowed hell
It’s to set you free I’ve torn the sky
I’ve come down, and I’m still around
And we shall stand
Together

You have been through the waters with me
Used my light when you couldn’t see
For me you’ve tried, for me you’ve died
So we shall stand
Together

Psa 69:29  But I am in pain and despair; lift me up, O God, and save me!

Psa 27:9  Don’t hide yourself from me! Don’t be angry with me; don’t turn your servant away. You have been my help; don’t leave me, don’t abandon me, O God, my saviour.

Psa 71:18  Now that I am old and my hair is gray, do not abandon me, O God! Be with me while I proclaim your power and might to all generations to come.

Deu 31:6  Be determined and confident. Do not be afraid…. Your God, the LORD himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”

Jos 1:5  Joshua, no one will be able to defeat you as long as you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will always be with you; I will never abandon you.

Neh 9:19  But you did not abandon them there in the desert, for your mercy is great. You did not take away the cloud or the fire that showed them the path by day and night.

Psa 9:10  Those who know you, LORD, will trust you; you do not abandon anyone who comes to you.

Psa 27:10  My father and mother may abandon me, but the LORD will take care of me.

Psa 94:14  The LORD will not abandon his people; he will not desert those who belong to him.

Hos 11:8  “How can I give you up, Israel? How can I abandon you? Could I ever destroy you as I did Admah, or treat you as I did Zeboiim? My heart will not let me do it! My love for you is too strong.

Jam 4:10  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.

Joh 14:20  When that day comes, you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you.

Joh 15:4  Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Joh 15:5  “I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.

1Pe 3:18  For Christ died for sins once and for all, . . . he went and preached to the imprisoned spirits. (The so-called “harrowing of hell”)

Psa 144:5-7  O LORD, tear the sky open and come down; . . . . Reach down from above, pull me out of the deep water, and rescue me; save me from the power of foreigners,

Psa 18:16  The LORD reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me out of the deep waters.

Isa 43:2  When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.

Psa 119:105  Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path.

Job 12:22  He sends light to places dark as death.

2Co 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight (KJV)

Psa 43:3  Send your light and your truth; may they lead me . . .

Isa 60:19  ” I, the LORD, will be your eternal light.”