August 14, 2011

It Hurts, But He’s Not Forgotten

Posted in Devotionals, Poetry, prophecy, Stories at 11:32 pm by Sarah Bosse

I had an encouraging vision tonight while writing a poem for a friend who is enduring extremely challenging times.

I saw the tears my friend was crying as she prayed, and Father God looking lovingly and gently into her face. And though she could not see Him clearly through all the tears, He was taking each tear as it came down, onto His fingertip. He inspected each tear closely and as He looked into each beaded teardrop, He saw His own reflection in that tear. He knew that He would be reflected in each tear, yet He didn’t neglect to inspect each and every one. After inspecting a tear, he let the tear roll off the side of His fingertip and into the top of a large, dark blue teardrop-shaped bottle that He carried with Him at all times to collect the tears of the saints.

Then I saw the tears of Jesus as He prayed for those He was to save. And in His tears, our faces were reflected so that if we inspected His tears, we would see ourselves, and remember from whom these tears came. His tears would glorify God, His Father, whom He was making known to us.

Then I saw Jesus lifted up on the Cross and His blood was dripping down from his side where the whips had broken open His flesh. The blood dripped down his chest, his side, spiraling down his leg and from his heel it flowed down the trunk of the tree on which he hung. I clung to that old rugged cross, and I looked and saw the drops slide down further still until they soaked into the dust around my feet. “We are made of dust,” I thought, as I realized how far those drops of blood had traveled for me – from Heaven’s highest place…to be soaked up by the dust, poured out upon a sinful mortal people to save them from their sins and God’s holy wrath. How great was His humiliation for us!

Jesus’ tears and blood plead forgiveness for us so that we can fully enter the Father’s presence without hesitation. He forgave us so that we could forgive and live for His purposes, to make more of Him and less of ourselves.

I had this sense that God takes prayers and tears seriously. He cherishes them. He holds them for the proper time. He doesn’t forget them or push them away and pretend they aren’t there; He doesn’t cast them as far as the east is from the west or add them to the ocean as just another droplet of water; He knows their depth, each tear’s cry. And He listens to the tears of His saints just as He listened to the tears of His Son and the cry of His Son’s blood spilled for us.

At the appointed time, I saw Father take His bottle into the throneroom of Heaven and pour it out so that it became a river. The bottle kept pouring out more tears than it seemed it was possible it could contain. It made a crystal clear river of life in the New Jerusalem and splished and splashed joyously throughout all of heaven. The sounds of its splashing and gushing were like choirs of heavenly music which sung praises to God.

I saw the Samaritan woman by the well whom Jesus had asked to draw water for Him. When she questioned Him, He told her that he could give her living water. I saw the tears of Jesus again and knew that God notices every tear His Son or His children have ever cried, and that all will glorify God in the end, though now it’s still a mystery. We know that He sees His reflection in our tears.

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I am not posting the full poem, but what is relevant to the above is here:
It Hurts, But He’s Not Forgotten
….
God sees and knows and feels each blow you take.

His Son’s tears plead a testimony of salvation for us
As His blood poured down from his side,
Down his leg, Down the wood of that old rugged cross;
The friend to which I cling,
As I confess that His blood made its way to sink
Into the dust around my feet
To redeem people like you and me who are just such,
And make us clean.

These tears and this blood pleads forgiveness for you and me,
That we may be forgiven and by forgiving others be set free
To love Him more, to become lesser still,
To serve Him fully and yield our hearts to His will.

So your prayers and tears are in Father’s big bottle,
Not forgotten, not pushed aside, not thrown away, not belittled.
He dropped each one in there Himself after looking intently to see
His own reflection in the bead.

Jesus’ tears reflected us and our tears reflect Him now.

Perhaps the tears of the saints cause the crystal river of life to flow
Through the courts of the heavenlies with newfound boyancy and vigor,
Understanding their purpose.

Perhaps the waters that make us thirst not are the forever-powerful
Prayers of our savior’s tearful intercession on our behalf,
For the Father’s glory.

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Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Rev 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

John 4:7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

Sarah M. Bosse 8-14-11  10:55pm

June 14, 2010

My Debt (to God) Is Showing…And Growing

Posted in Devotionals, prophecy tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:44 pm by Sarah Bosse

The Lord is showing me just how utterly dependent on Him I truly am. He shows me again and again, yet in my sinfulness, I try to hide the truth and “come out on top,” as if I somehow didn’t “really” need God after all. Or, maybe I need Him for my salvation…but that’s it and I can handle “the rest”.  It’s like I’m saying “Thanks for saving me, God! I can take it from here. No, really – thanks!…Talk to you on Sunday – bye!” It’s a sick and twisted dance with darkness in my heart. How easily I forget that trying to handle “the rest” on my own is exactly why I need salvation in the first place!

Oh, how disgusting self-reliance and Pride honstly is – and how cruely it insults the Cross upon which my God died for me and for that same sin.

The picture that comes to my mind is that of a rock climber. He carries a hammer and metal spikes which he drives into the rock so that he can securely feed his rope, his safety line, to prevent his own demise. He trusts in his own spikes, his hammer, his rope, his ability, skill, and strength – he sees no alternative.  As he climbs the rock, he continually strikes the spike with the hammer, again and again.  Every time he hammers the spike into the rock, blood gushes forth from the rock and flows down. The climber’s spikes have always made the ruddy, calloused rock bleed. But the climber is immune, through habit, to his infliction upon the rock. In focusing on his spikes, his hammer, and his skills, the climber has missed the big picture – something much bigger than him and his spikes; the Rock itself. He did not see that the Rock was Jesus Christ and that he was nailing his spikes into Jesus’s hand…and yet, the hand that received the nails was the same hand holding that climber, and the only singular reason he had not fallen to his death. This is what it looks like to try to pridefully climb over God and exalt oneself.

In my sinfulness, I despise the idea of my own wretchedness and need for a Savior – just further proof of my need! Unfortunately, I rarely despise my own verified wretchedness enough to throw myself down before God in contrition. But that’s what He desires.

Isaiah 57:15 says “I dwell in a high and holy place and with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite.”


I am considering these things:

  • My indebtedness to God is always growing.
  • A mark of growth in godliness is an increasing consciousness of this growing debt and its significance.
  • This debt cannot be repayed – I (and no one else) can ever repay God. Psalm 50:10–12; Acts 17:25
  • I will never be truly self-reliant, and to think I am is a great error and sin.
  • If I think of heaven as a place where I won’t have to rely on God, I’ve got it all backwards.

My indebtedness to God is always growing.

This is true in the sense that I continue to sin, God save me!  And yet, it is also true that because I’ve broken one part of the Law, the whole Law has been broken and I cannot be more guilty than I am, for I am “utterly depraved”.  As a Christian who has received the Holy Spirit, I have no excuse for sinning, for it is now possible, by His grace alone living in me, not to sin any longer.  And therefore when I sin, it is (or should be to me anyhow) a greater offense, because it takes a deeper stab at the Gospel.

A mark of growth in godliness is an increasing consciousness of this growing debt and its significance.

As I understand more fully that I am disposed to either the fullness of the wrath or mercy of God – as both are given FULLY (God finishes what He starts and is a God of completeness) – and as I see my sin, and then see the Cross and understand that my Savior fully absorbed God’s wrath for me, my faith grows and my spirit is revived to trust in Him as my Only Hope and Salvation.

This debt cannot be repaid – I (and no one else) can ever repay God. Psalm 50:10–12; Acts 17:25

How GLAD I am that God has not asked ME to repay the debt I owe, for it would be impossible to do so.  Those who are not saved by grace alone through faith alone will enter Hell once and for all, to be tormented for eternity, and their torment will never cease, for their iniquity (equal to my own) is so great that in all eternity it cannot be repaid by human suffering.  Perhaps a wrong against man can be made “right” to some extent – an eye may be lost to the offender who caused the loss of another man’s eye.  Yet a sin against a HOLY God can never be forgiven through human suffering (because we are sinful and therefore deserve suffering).  That’s why God had to become a man – first so that there would be a sinless man on earth (who would HAVE to be God in order to be sinless); and so that He (Jesus Christ) as God-man could bear the full weight of the furious WRATH and HATRED of God against sin (while still not sinning!) for those He chose to save.

I will never be truly self-reliant, and to think I am is a great error and sin.

How true.  I rely on God for every breath, heartbeat, movement, the ability to form a thought, word, and even exist.  Why would I not depend on Him equally for Salvation?  How could any substitution come from ME?  It’s impossible.  And that’s why Salvation itself IS POSSIBLE.

If I think of heaven as a place where I won’t have to rely on God, I’ve got it all backwards.

Sometimes when I think about heaven, I think I’ll be free from “God having to help me.”  But oh, that’s so totally backwards! When I get to heaven and I am glorified, I will no longer think of freedom as being set alone and apart from God – what horror the suggestion of such a thought should incur in my heart! for being “set apart from God” and “alone” is the definition of Hell; separation from the kindness of God – but I will think of freedom as being set apart from sin!  I will think of joy and happiness as being fully bound-up in Christ!  I will want nothing more than to be FULLY DEPENDENT on Him alone, in gratitude for all He’s done for me.  And I will no longer desire to be self-dependent.

Practicing for Paradise

I want to practice that mindset now, however.  Join me, will you?  We are dependent on God for our salvation, whether our arrogant pride likes it or not.  Our own works cannot save us – they only damn us.  But He pours out the FULLNESS of His MERCY on us as we depend on Him, and He saves us from ourselves.

Do you know Jesus Christ?  Are you His and not your own?  Do you depend on Him for your salvation and not your own works?  If you’ve not trusted in Him for your eternal salvation; if you’ve not believed that He is Lord of Lord and will judge all men on the last day, and that you are accountable to Him for your sin…then you are in a truly terrible position before a Holy God and I pray that He will bring you to a place of repentance and brokenness for the purpose of raising you up and showing you to be perfected in Christ’s righteousness (not a righteousness of your own making) on that Day.  If you have not accepted Christ as your Only Hope, your Only Savior, and you’ve read part or all of this page, please stop what you’re doing right now and talk to God; this is His call to you.

April 13, 2009

New Attitude / Next, Testimony – “Do You Believe That I Know,” by Bob Kauflin

Posted in Disability, prophecy, Stories at 8:58 pm by Sarah Bosse

New Attitude 2008 was my first time at New Attitude.  When I came to NA ’08, I was worn out physically and emotionally from fighting chronic pain.  I had so many questions to ask God, and I was hoping for direct answers. 

Will I always need this wheelchair?  Is this pain chronic?  What about my future and a family?  I’m weary of trying to figure out all of this!  I need answers.

The questions were eating me apart.  Some of my questions were revealing idols in my life, and the fact that I had set my identity in things other than Christ.  A lack of trust in God was being uncovered.  God felt distant.  Did He care that I was despairing?  Was this really the “best” thing for me?  Was He even listening to my heart’s cry, and did He care about the details in my life when He has a whole universe that spins to proclaim His mighty works?! 

I was seeking the answers to earthly questions that regard this temporary life.  But God had a different kind of answer to give me.

During one of our worship times, Bob Kauflin, the worship leader for NA ’08 began singing a prophetic and spontaneous song for people who have chronic pain.  The words reached down into my very core; into the deepest pain that wasn’t just physical.  It touched the darkest areas where I didn’t know how to reconcile God’s sovereignty with God’s love. 
 

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These are the lyrics to the song:

Do you believe that I know what is best?
Can you believe that I’ve chosen you for this test?
Though you may not understand it
Though you may not have a clue
I’ve designed what you’re going through just for you.

I’ve heard the questions that you’ve asked me
When you wonder if I care
My promises are trustworthy
You can know I am there

And my Son knows what it is
He suffered in your place
He took the pain that you deserved
So you could know my grace

And there will be a day
When there’ll be no more pain
You’ll look upon my face
And know the trial was worth it

In all the things I do
I’m working now in you
To trust me, to know me
To believe me, to love me
To draw close to me

And if I heal you, I can heal you
I have the power to take this away
But if you don’t see it until you see me
Will anything be changed?

You’ve wondered if I know what is best
I’ve chosen you for this test
And my grace is sufficient for all that you need
For my grace will lead you to Me.
 

My spirit cried, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  Conviction washed over my soul in a flood while it seemed the very arms of my God, which had taken the nails for me, wrapped around me so tightly and would not let me go!  Oh, the relief of trusting in my God!  If I gladly trusted Him with my salvation, why should I not also trust Him with all the details of my life?  He will heal me on that glorious homecoming day, and in a spiritual sense, He has and continues to heal me now.  Any pain that reaches me comes covered by the blood of Jesus, for the working of God’s plan.  Praise the Lord!

This song became a cornerstone for me during the past year, and I hope that it will be my life song; a song of God’s work in my life and His sufficiency.  I have played and sung this song so many times with tears of mingled joy, conviction, and relief, that the song is in the back pocket of my mind at all times.  It became not just a song of comfort, but is becoming a testimony in itself, working out through my life as the Lord leads me in obedience while I lean on His promises. 

The Lord has looked upon my lowly estate and has filled my hungry soul with good things!  Blessed be the name of the Lord, who supplies grace that is more than sufficient to meet our every need!

 Sarah M. Bosse

October 6, 2008

Testimony of Healing (shared 10.06.08)

Posted in Poetry, Prayer Request, prophecy, Stories, Update at 4:11 am by Sarah Bosse

Last Sunday, I received prayer for physical healing.  On Monday evening, my pain began to decrease and by Tuesday my back pain was essentially gone.  Since Tuesday, my back has been feeling great and my burning leg pain has decreased, though I still have a few headaches.  I had forgotten what it is like to be nearly pain-free, but now I know, and remember, and experience this unspeakable blessing.  I am in remission, and I am grateful to God!  Praise be to God!

Some people will want to know if I was “supernaturally healed” by God or if I was healed by medicine or other factors.  I say God may have used any of these measures as means of grace to bring me relief, and the fact that I am a Saved sinner is more supernatural in nature than my physical healing.  Marvel in supernatural grace that has the power to save a sinful wretch like me (and you)!

Other people may say, “But what if your pain comes back?  If your pain comes back, then you will know God didn’t heal you.”  Whether God grants a day or a lifetime of remission and relief, I am grateful to the Lord for His kindness.  God is righteous; He gives and takes away, and He is to be blessed regardless of how my situation appears.  If my hope, faith, and trust rested in my situation (whether good or bad) rather than in God, I would long ago have parted with hope, faith, and trust altogether!  But as it is, I desire to rest my hopes in Christ crucified and resurrected, for He alone is my health and my salvation.  Whether in sickness or in health, the Lord will bring the perfect trial of blessing into my life so that I depend on Him as He forms me in His likeness.

Put your hope not in the gift, but in the Giver of all gifts – our Heavenly Father.
Trust God today, for He is El Shaddai, “The God Who Is Enough” and He will supply generously from His riches, to His glory!

PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY
– Joachim Neander

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Join me in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shieldeth thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the amen sound from His people again;
Gladly forever adore Him.

I wrote to a friend about this experience….

Dear Friend,
I HAVE to share this with you!  I am so excited!  I’m sure you remember how awful I felt a few weeks ago – I could barely move and didn’t know on several occasions if I would be able to pull through the flare-up without a trip to the ER, given the intense pain I was experiencing.  Well, “God moves in mysterious ways” (one of my favorite hymns by William Cowper who battled intense depression most of his life)…and I wanted to share this testimony with you to how God has been working in my life this past week.

I do not know whether this season of relief and/or remission will be brief, long-lasting, or even life-long.  With some conditions, such as MS and RA, remission can last for years for some people.  For others, it is only temporary.  I know one thing for sure – I have been in pain for so long that I don’t remember ever feeling this good!  I feel like nearly a million bucks except for the muscle weakness that is more evident to me now that I’m trying to do things I enjoy and having the energy to actually get through a full day without experiencing fatigue.  I am doing exercises to work on strengthening my legs especially.

Yesterday, I went outside!  I stood for a few hours with some breaks in between!  I stood!  I stood and I went with Barry to a firing range, and I shot a round (25 shots) of 410 from a 20 gauge shotgun and I hit a bunch of skeet!  I’m a good shot!  And then I shot a full round of 20 gauge and again did really well!  It was one of the best experiences of my life!  (I was smart and safe – I wore my back brace for protection as well as all required safety gear.)  If I were not feeling well, I would never have tried to get back into this sport, which is one of my very favorite sports (sorry to say, I was the only woman on the range).

My Day At The Firing Range With Barry - One Of My Best Memories!

My Day At The Firing Range With Barry, One Of My Best Memories!

I feel like I’m still in emotional shock at this point.  Being free from pain is AMAZING!  It’s the greatest gift!  I feel like I’m living inside of a dream!  To have come from several weeks of incredibly intense pain to this…simply leaves me dumbfounded.  Because I recognize I’m still in emotional shock, I plan not to make any big decisions at least for this week.  I want to take time in getting back into normal and enjoyable activities because it takes a lot to go from being quite inactive to being very active again, and I don’t want to stress my body out too much.  I also need to process what is happening.  It’s changing my WHOLE WORLD!

Oh, my Friend….I wish someone could understand the depth of relief I experience when my pain is gone – the happiness and joy!  But to experience that depth of relief, one must also experience the depth of pain and loss and sorrow on the other end.  But to see that God is unchanging despite my “good” or “bad” circumstances and to have my faith increased is wonderful!  He knows what I need even better than I do.  My Friend!  To see people, hear people, hug and touch people…all without having to first cut through the WALL OF PAIN!  It’s miraculous and awesome!  I don’t have to cut through the pain to think or speak or smile!

How many times I have said to the Lord, “I want to smile today, God, but I don’t have a smile to give.  Please give me a smile so that I can share it with someone else.  I need your smile today, God!”  And He’s always answered that prayer.  He’s always given me His smile to share with others.  But today I have a smile that comes easily from within, and a hug for everyone, and a laugh that rumbles from my gut without pain to stop it before it fills the room (people identify me before they see me by my laugh…)!  The world is so beautiful when you don’t see the pain before you see the flowers!  The smells are sharper and crisper!  Everything is so real and new and exciting!

I just wish I could share it with someone….!
I suppose writing is the best way and maybe the only way I can do that.  Thanks for listening!

Gratefully,
TGG

August 20, 2008

Romans 5:1-11, Encouraging Note

Posted in Devotionals, Poetry, prophecy at 3:42 am by Sarah Bosse

This note was written to a couple in my church as a note of encouragement, but it’s the Word of God and therefore encouraging to us all. Enjoy!

Here’s a reading exercise (below). There’s so much to rejoice about in this passage!! Thank you for sharing how God has been working in your lives and for giving Him all the glory for the Great things He has done!

Romans 5

5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
PAUSE FOR MEDITATION

3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
PAUSE FOR MEDITATION

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
PAUSE FOR MEDITATION

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
PAUSE FOR MEDITATION AND PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*To God Be The Glory*
Fanny Crosby, Robert Lowry

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Refrain

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

Refrain

May the Lord continue to bless and sustain you as you take shelter under His wings! The only safe place to lean is on the Everlasting Arms.

TGG

August 13, 2008

Prophetic Word 03.30.2008

Posted in prophecy at 6:24 pm by Sarah Bosse

The Lord does indeed give and take away. And in both cases, He is to be blessed. In Genesis 15, God promises Abraham an heir and a legacy of descendants more numerous than the stars. And when Abraham is 100 years old and Sarah 90, the Lord fulfills His promise in part when Isaac is born. The Lord gives generously. If there was any blessing that could have been idolized most easily, it surely was this son of promise.

The Lord also takes away. The Lord told Abraham, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Gen 22:2). Abraham makes no delay – the Lord has made His directions clear. How God would keep His promise despite the death of Isaac was a mystery. Yet Abraham believed God’s promise, put his hopes in God as his Provider, and said to those traveling with him, “I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you” (v5).

The Lord declares, “because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven….and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” (22:16-18).

The Lord takes away so that we might be purified, He might be glorified, and He might bless us more fully with faith, hope, and security in our Eternal God.

Weeping may endure for a night as our dross is removed, but joy comes in the morning. As the sun daily rises to testify to God’s faithfulness, so has the Son of God, once slain, risen victorious. In an act of worship, set your idolatrous hopes on the altar – the Lord would take them away in the form of a burnt offering to the Father of true hope. And after your false hopes have been consumed, your hope shall rise again, as hope founded in Christ and Christ alone!

TGG

August 9, 2008

Sarah’s Baptism 06.22.2008

Posted in prophecy, Stories at 2:35 pm by Sarah Bosse

Below is the profession of faith I wrote and read during my baptism at Sovereign Grace Church on June 22, 2008. I sang the last verse of the song “Arise My Soul, Arise”. The other verses of the song are below, for your edification.

As an act of faith and obedience, my baptism is a symbol of my sharing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have no desire to carry my own guilt before God, but instead to point with all my being to the pierced soul of my Savior, who paid the penalty I deserved even before I was born. Christ, who was fully God and fully man, died and was buried on my behalf. I believe in the death and resurrection of my sinless Lord, and in the atonement purchased for me through the punishment and wrath He bore when He became sin – my sin – and was forsaken by God the Father as he hung on the tree in an act of perfect love and substitution. The foundation of my salvation is in the efficacy of Jesus’ sacrifice, the fullness of its completion as echoed in Jesus’ words, “It is finished,” and demonstrated in the Father’s resurrection of Christ from the dead – proof that God the Father’s wrath against my sin was satisfied. The result is that the righteousness of Christ has been accredited to me, not for works which I have done – for all my works are stained by sin – but solely on the basis of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. And the Holy Spirit, who dwells in me and produces works of sanctification, testifies to these truths.

My God is reconciled, his pardoning voice I hear
He owns me for his child, I can no longer fear
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence in Christ I now draw nigh
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry
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Arise My Soul, Arise

VERSE 1: Arise my soul, arise, shake off your guilty fears
The bleeding sacrifice on my behalf appears
Before the throne my surety stands,
Before the throne my surety stands
My name is written on his hands

CHORUS: Arise (Arise), Arise (Arise), Arise, arise my soul arise
Arise (Arise), Arise (Arise), Arise, arise my soul arise
Shake off your guilty fears and rise

VERSE 2: He ever lives above, for me to intercede
His allredeeming love, His precious blood to plead
His blood atoned for every race, His blood atoned for every race
And sprinkles now the throne of grace

VERSE 3: Five bleeding wounds he bears, received on Calvary
They pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me
“Forgive them, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive them, O forgive,” they cry,
“Don’t let that ransomed sinner die”

My God is reconciled, his pardoning voice I hear
He owns me for his child, I can no longer fear
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry

Prophetic Word 08.03.2008

Posted in prophecy at 3:54 am by Sarah Bosse

Just think about it….the God of the Universe, stooped with his hear toward the earth, listening to the millions of prayers – prayers of joy in all things, prayers of gratitude in plenty and in want, prayers for help amidst suffering, prayers for grace and strength during times of testing – all coming to Him from the lips of those He paid so dearly to save.  His face is calm, knowing, gentle, yet firm and fixed on the goal of uniting His Bride with the Bridegroom; of purifying her and making her more radiant than Esther when she entered the court of the king.  He is altogether wise and His plans are perfect…what man can foil the plans of God Almighty, Who created the stars and the galaxies we have yet to see, yet to imagine.  Who can fool the One who Was and Is and Is To Come…the One who knows our form, how we are made, Who knows all of our secret thoughts…Who commands every wave in the ocean, every bolt of lightning from Heaven, every raindrop, every breath of every creature great and small, every tail-flip of every whale and sea creature, every atom that makes every thing.  Who is like Our God!  Emanuel – God With Us….what other god is there that has ever sacrificed himself or laid himself on an altar of wood?  What other god is there that has borne the punishment and wrath reserved for his creatures so that they could have peace, life everlasting, and continue to praise him and give him glory despite the destruction they deserved?!  What other god in all of human history has there ever been who has shown grace and mercy, unmerited favor, to his worshipers?  Praise God, for there is no one like Our God!!

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Additional Thoughts…

….There is nothing better upon which we may establish our hopes.  There is nothing better to think upon or rest and sleep upon than the assurance that comes through understanding more fully, day by day, the deep deep love of Jesus.

O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
‘Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!

August 7, 2008

Do You Believe?

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics, Poetry, prophecy at 4:21 pm by Sarah Bosse

I want to provide some background before posting the lyrics to this song. I went to New Attitude 2008 this year, and one of the messages that spoke most clearly to me came from a prophetic word delivered in song by Bob Kauflin about living with chronic pain. This song is so close to my heart and addresses the issues I’m often unable to discuss with other people.

LISTEN TO “DO YOU BELIEVE”
Do You Believe

Do you believe that I know what is best?
Do you believe that I’ve chosen you for this test?
Though you may not understand it
Though you may not have a clue
I’ve designed what you’re going through just for you

I’ve heard the questions that you’ve asked me
When you wonder if I care
My promises are trustworthy
You can know I’ll be there

My son knows your weaknesses
Suffered in your place
He took the pain that you deserved
So that you could know my grace

There will be a day
When there’ll be no more pain
Look upon my face
And know the trial was worth it

All the things I do
I’m working now in you
To trust me, to know me, to believe me, to love me
To draw close to you

And If I heal you
I can heal you
I have power to turn this around
If you don’t see healing until you see me
Anything can be changed

You wonder if I know what is best
I’ve chosen you for this test
My grace is sufficient for all that you need
My grace will lead you to me

Bob Kauflin, Prophetic Word, New Attitude 2008


MORE SONGS FROM NA 2008

I Want To Go Home

Posted in Poetry, prophecy at 3:19 pm by Sarah Bosse

Lord, I want to go home.
But Your will be done, in Your perfect timing and Your perfect way.
Let me look forward to following You each and every day,
and find you near and nearer still when I lift my hands and pray.
You are acquainted with grief; You know when my heart is gray.

But You lift me up so that I can confidently say
How Great Thou Art, and How Great Thy Way!
The Way of Holiness has been thus paved
By the power of the blood that has already paid
The one-way ticket that reads “Forever Saved”

TGG for Bry 7.08.08 11:31pm