More of Him
I thirst, O Lord, as I travel the journey of life,
As I seek the Rock hewn from Thee in times of strife.
I am the deer that pants for a cup of water to drink,
Guide me O Lord to the edge of Thy holy river’s brink.
I long for the noble fellowship you’ll send
My Provider, my Guide and my most treasured Friend.
Let Thy boundless love fill my soul with your light
Each moment, each hour, each day and each night.
Timeless voice of heaven that’s been there from the start
Light a fire of passion igniting my heart.
I long for the One who died for our sins
And blesses our lives as each new day begins.
To Know You More Fully
The Apostle Peter was far from perfect, especially when he first began to follow the Lord. I suppose of all the New Testament Apostles Peter wouldn’t be allowed to register grievances at the Customer Service Counter of Christianity. Peter’s darkest hour came when he denied the Lord three times. (Mark 14:66-68). Early on he lacked faith, humility, spiritual understanding and the power needed to stay committed. Impetuous? Yes, yet Peter continued to follow Christ and always longed to be with Him. Like all the early Disciples, we too need to trust Him as our Provider, Guide and best Friend. Like Peter, we also have desires, many of which are fueled by our need for something greater than ourselves and that is to fill the spiritual hole in our hearts. On our darkest and brightest days, people need hope and fortunately for us, Christ will always be there to champion this cause. Jesus is the only one whoever knocked out the devil in the first round. When the right hand of hope and the left hand of confidence hit the devil squarely in the jaw, hope and confidence were victorious. Like a thirsty deer by a brook, (Psalms 42:1), we long to quench the dry and barren seasons of our life with a promise of hope. It gives us that same knock-out power over the devil. Someone once said that the church is God’s fireplace. If that is the case, then His Son must be the match that ignites the fire.
Eric Liddell, in the movie Chariots of Fire said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast and when I run I feel His presence.” Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross so that you and I could know that awesome feeling of fire in our hearts. Waiting on the Lord as we walk through our trials builds endurance, determination and hope. While running the race of life, we have the assurance that He will always be there for us (Heb. 13.5). Like Peter, if we stumble along the way, we won’t give up until we have more of Him in our lives and are saturated with His presence. The hope and faith that Peter ultimately possessed is ours for the asking.
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalms 34:4).
Hope’s power breaks the yoke of fear and doubt and brings new life to all who embrace it.
Meet the Author
Alan has pioneered several churches and has also been blessed to travel the world preaching and teaching in churches and conferences as a missionary evangelist for over thirty two years.