Three years ago, I was given a list of recommended verses to commit to memory. In total, there were 7 topics and 159 verses.
After a few months, I had only memorized the first 9 verses and wondered if I would ever really know the Bible.
Today, I can confidently say that it is possible with the help of The Holy Spirit to remember all of the promises that God has given us. I am no longer intimidated or limited by my memory because I am His son.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14
Excerpt from R.A Torrey’s The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit:
A true Christian life is not one governed by a long set of rules, but led by a living and ever-present Person within us. It is in this connection that Paul says, “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear.” (Rom. 8:15)
Many Christians have a long list of self-made rules, “Thou shalt do this,” and “Thou shalt not do that,” and if by any chance they break one of these self-made rules, or forget to keep one of them, they are at once filled with an awful dread that they have brought upon themselves the displeasure of God (and they even sometimes fancy that they have committed the unpardonable sin).
This is not Christianity, this is legalism.
Our lives should not be governed by a set of rules but by the loving Spirit of Adoption within us. We should believe the teaching of God’s Word that the Spirit of God’s Son dwells within us and we should surrender the absolute control of our life to Him and look to Him to guide us at every turn of life. He will do it if we only surrender to Him to do it and trust Him to do it. If in a moment of thoughtlessness, we go our own way instead of His, we will not be filled with an overwhelming sense of condemnation and of fear of an offended God, but we will go to God as our Father, confess our going astray, believe that He forgives us fully because He says so (1 John 1:9) and go on light and happy of heart to obey Him and be led by His Spirit.
The 9 promises that The Holy Spirit has used as a starting place to change my life to make me more like Christ each day:
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people And will have compassion on His afflicted. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel!
“The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
“I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD.”
2 Corinthians 9:8
1 John 3:1-3
Behind The Lyrics:
The song I’m sharing, I wrote originally as a prayer while on a flight. I had a song called Bolero a Marcos on repeat by one of my favorite guitarist, Vicente Amigo.
This song is a song from the heart God has given me, that I want only to give back to Him. I pray that He helps us to be wholly and joyfully His. After the song, there is an instrumental of the song “Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman with drone footage of some of my closest friends visiting BANFF. I hope both encourage you to grab hold in faith of the awesome promises of God!
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15
I want to know
My Father more today
Search me Lord!
Fill my heart with praise
Now I come in need. (Heb 4:16)
I need to know you more
Trusting in Your love (Ps 13:5)
And You deliver just like before (Ps 32:7, Ps 34:4)
Lord, I honor You alone.
I sing but songs are a gracious gift from You.. (Ps 40:3)
I can’t express the heights of Your splendor Lord (Rom 11:34, 1 Cor 2:16)
So I’ll give my life to You
No. Even my life wouldn’t do
It’s only Christ, proven true
Still. Take this life, it’s for You…
Inspiration For The Melody: