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17 August 2012 @ 03:06 am
Beneath Thy Cross
By: Christina Rossetti

Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath thy cross,
To number drop by drop Thy Blood's slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon--
I, only I.

Yet give not o'er,
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.


What does this poem mean?

I believe that it concerns our hearts being stone cold like rocks. We are unmoved by what Christ did for us on the cross. We are unemotional and unfeeling when it comes to Christ's suffering for us.

Rossetti pens, in other words, "Strike my hardened heart so it flows with living water to quench my soul that thirsts after You."

Psalm 42:1 says, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God."

In John 7:37-39, Jesus said: "If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

I don't think that we are broken enough over our sin. James 4:8-10 says, "Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up."

II Corinthians 7:10 says: "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of, but the sorrow of the world worked death." Godly sorrow over sin brings repentance and life.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:3, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Basically, I think this verse is saying, "Blessed are those who are sorry about their sinfulness." In order to receive salvation, a person must first become poor in spirit, seeing themselves as totally in need of help, being spiritually destitute.

Many people are lost in sin, and yet they refuse to admit their plight.
Even Christians today do not mourn over sin.

It is my belief that those who grieve over the fact that they have offended God will find comfort in God's grace and forgiveness and will experience peace with God. Peace with God brings inward purpose, satisfaction, and joy to our hearts.

David was a man after God's own heart. He was constantly broken over his sin and wrote songs about his guilt as he poured out confessions to God and pleads for forgiveness. David had broken just about every commandment: adultery, murder, lying, just to name a few. Yet, what redeemed him was that he felt sorrow for his sin.

"I have sinned greatly in what I have done. I have done a very foolish thing."
-2 Samuel 24:10

"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion. Blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. For Thou dost not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; Thou art not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise."
-Psalm 51:1-2,10,16-17

Psalm 126:5-6 reads, "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him."

The joy of salvation should not be a one time deal on the day you place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. It should be a daily celebration.

There are three parts to Psalm 51: contrition, confession, and cleansing.

CONTRITION:

Contrite means to be bowed down with the awareness of spiritual bankruptcy. In other words, sincere remorse and regret over sin. A spirit crushed by guilt and deep sorrow has a determined desire to do things differently.

Contrition is brokenness.
Brokenness:
Does not seek to rationalize, excuse, defend, blame or justify sin.
It recognizes that God demands truth and honesty.

God isn't interested in empty apologies or cheap promises. God desires a broken and contrite heart which is the true sacrifice of one who determines to turn from sin and forsake it.

When I went to London Correctional Institution in London, Ohio on Easter of 2006, I met many inmates who were humbled over their sin and were truly thankful for God's forgiveness. They wanted a second chance to abandon their sin and walk a new life. I have never seen anyone so grateful for God's grace. I will never forget those men Lincoln and Charles who weeped openly over their sinfulness and cried tears of joy over God's love and mercy.

CONFESSION:

Psalm 51: 3-4 says, "For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, And done what is evil in Thy sight, So that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, And blameless when Thou dost judge."

David was acquainted with his sin. He recognized it and admitted it to both himself and to God. He did not deny it, escape it, or try to forget it. "The memory haunts me, the devil accuses me, the sin taunts me, and it is always before me."

David makes no plea for lenience or permissiveness, no claim that God is being too hard on him, no appeal for a light sentence. Simply put, it is, "I am wrong, You are right!"

David had the right attitude. He loathed his sin, was disgusted with it, and knew that He needed God to take it away.

David's son Solomon said, "He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." (Proverbs 28:13)

CLEANSING:

Verses 7 and 9-10 read, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

David recognized the filth and grime of his sin and wanted to be cleansed of it. He knew that God would erase his slate clean and completely remove it as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)

Our sins are like scarlet, but they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. God's grace is salvation and "the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
 
 
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06 July 2012 @ 05:27 pm
I feel SO BAD about letting this community fall to the wayside. I would really like to revive it. I will try to post at least one relevent article that pertains to young women a week and hopefully you will feel free to post as well... and we will gradually pick up the readership and get this community active once again. Let's spark some great conversations and grow in our faith together!
 
 
04 July 2011 @ 09:09 pm
My parents are overwhelmingly protective and interfering and just won't let me be. I recently got a job and a good one at that so the option of not listening to them and doing what I want is available but I just can't do that to them. For one, they fight so much as it is and I can't bear them fighting even more. I sometimes even pretend to be happy just to change the mood but its tiring and I don't think I can do it any longer. I feel like my life is just a long wait for some way in which it can be mine. I want to do the things I have wanted to do and they are sane, normal ones. I want to travel, do volunteer work - maybe even join the peace corps, learn a foreign language, etc. I saw my childhood diary and nearly cried because I hadn't done anything yet.
 
 
18 September 2010 @ 02:01 pm
Itinerary of Christ
Place of origin: The Heavenly Places
Initial destination: Bethlehem
Mode of travel: The virgin birth
Accommodations: Animal feeding trough
Reason for travel: The redemption of sinners
Gate/Terminal: The cross
Arrival time: Noon
Departure time: 3 pm
Connection flight: The resurrection
Return destination: Right hand of the Father


Your value is not determined by what you do for God but what He has done for YOU!
 
 
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17 July 2010 @ 01:52 am
I feel bad that I've neglected this community. What should we do to get it going again???

Most of us are not teenagers anymore. Maybe we should take a poll to see how old most of us are in here and find out what topics we want to discuss?
 
 
 
17 July 2010 @ 01:46 am
Please click here to see my ebay perfume listing which donates 50% of the proceeds to Show Hope organization. Show Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans and provide waiting children with loving Christian families by giving grants to those adopting.
 
 
20 April 2010 @ 05:29 pm
This is sort of off topic and not really related to God or faith... but perhaps it could be. My husband and I lost our jobs and we do not have an income at this time. I have my own business called Eskimo Kissez and I am trying to promote it, get my name out there, and perhaps make a few sales by hosting a giveaway! So here it is:

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1. Visit my website.
2. Look at the list of fragrances.
3. Go to my online store. See what I have for sale.
4. Go to the blog (hate that word) on my website and post your favorite products and fragrances in a comment with your name or (or pseudonym) and e-mail address.

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Oh, and prayers that one of us finds a job are much appreciated! Thank you!
 
 
 
05 February 2010 @ 10:28 am
(A random thought in honor of the upcoming holiday)

You know the ironic trouble with pursuing high quality Christian girls? They already have a Love of their life, and will do anything He says. :-P




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