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Two Great Needs

Updated: May 11, 2020

I confess I am dry and needy of grace and a deeper reality of the Lord in my life, and these 2 subjects I ran across today in looking at some good blogs:

Two great needs for Christians:

1. The Power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and ministry – Acts 1:6-8; Galatians 5:13-26; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 4:31. I don’t know if Paul Washer used these passages in his sermon, but these are ones that hit me with conviction. Paul Washer exhorts us to cry out in fervent prayer and dependence on God and spend time with God in His word for His power to work in our lives and ministry. This is not something charismatic or goofy or emotional. Reformed folks – we believe this and need Him.

2. Sanctification by pain and trials: Realizing that when we cry out in prayer shaped by the Word, for His power and reality, the way God works it in us is usually by pain and trials. (hence the hymn below, “I asked the Lord”, words by John Newton) (James 1:2-5; Romans 5:3-5; I Peter 1:6-7)

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Cry out for the Power of the Holy Spirit

HT: defending, contending

I had read this Hymn before by John Newton (author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace), I cannot remember where, but I saw it again at the Reformation 21 blog today.

I Asked The Lord

1. I asked the Lord

In faith and love and every grace

Might more of His salvation know

And seek more earnestly His face

2. Twas He who taught me thus to pray

And He I trust has answered prayer

But it has been in such a way

As almost drove me to despair

3. I hoped that in some favored hour

At once He’d answer my request

And by His love’s constraining power

Subdue my sins and give me rest

4. Instead of this He made me feel

The hidden evils of my heart

And let the angry powers of Hell

Assault my soul in every part

5. Yea more with His own hand He seemed

Intent to aggravate my woe

Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,

Cast out my feelings, laid me low

6. Lord why is this, I trembling cried

Wilt Thou pursue thy worm to death?

“Tis in this way” The Lord replied

“I answer prayer for grace and faith”

7. “These inward trials I employ

From self and pride to set thee free

And break thy schemes of earthly joy

That thou mayest seek thy all in me,

That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”

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The song is found at Indelible Grace Music. Words by John Newton, music by Laura Taylor