Again, I would like to encourage you at the beginning of this great opportunity, this new year, to start anew.  Sometimes we carry around with us the weight of every bad thing from our past, every word unsaid, every selfish thought, every reminder of our unworthiness, every thoughtless thing someone has said or done to us, every lie from satan–“like ghosts that live in our past.”  Remember–there is freedom in Christ!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 NIV

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28 – 30 NIV

by Big Daddy Weave

Seems like all I can see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight that’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
Wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
Cause his day is long dead and gone
I’ve got a new name, a new life I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed

And the story behind this beautiful song:


Coming Home

Caedmon's Call

Caedmon’s Call

Some days are just so bad that you wonder what the point of all of this is.  I know–it happens to me, too.  Satan is so invasive.  He can use anything to try to bring us to a point of despair.  Although, sometimes, we are our own greatest enemies.

When all seems despair remember what Jesus said:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1 – 3 NIV

It is hard to be Christ-like when we are only humans.  Keep at it, friends, don’t give in to the lie of despair!

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7 – 9

Christ has already won the war!  There is a great reward ahead of us!  We just need to persevere!

Coming Home
by Caedmon’s Call

You say you want a living sacrifice?
Well, I am a burnt offering
Crawling off the altar and
Back in to the fire.

And with my smoke-filled lungs,
I cry out for freedom…
While locking and chaining myself
To my rotting desires.

And I hate the stench,
But I swallowed the key,
And with it stuck in my throat,
Can you hear me?

Can you hear me?

I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ home.
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ home.
But I’m still a long way off.

I am shelled-shocked, and I have walked
Through the trenches full of tears,
With the mortars of memory
Exploding in my burning ears.

You stripped the trees of Lebanon,
And now you’re stripping me
Of the bark of false morality,
And the bite of selfish greed.

Can you hear me?

I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ home.
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ home.
But I’m still a long way off.

Will you run to me?
Will you come to me?
Will you meet me?
Will you greet me?
Will you drag me home?
‘Cause I’m still a long way off.

I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ home.
I’m comin’ home, I’m comin’ home.
But I’m still a long way off.

Here is a video of the song.  Alas, I couldn’t find one with Caedmon’s Call singing it, but you can get it on iTunes.