Sunday, April 06, 2014

Near To The Heart Of God


"There is a place of quiet rest, 
Near to the heart of God,
A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God,
A place where we our Savior meet,
Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,
Near to the heart of God,
A place where all is joy and peace,
Near to the heart of God.

Chorus
Oh Jesus, blest Redeemer,
Sent from the heart of God,
Hold us who wait before Thee
Near to the heart of God."
~ Cleland B. McAfee ~


"Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh unto you . . ."
~ James 4:8 ~


"When I am with God, my fear is gone
In the great quiet of God.
My troubles are as the pebbles on the road
My joys are like the everlasting hills."
~ Walter Rauschenbusch: The Little Gate to God ~

Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!

19 comments:

Vicky Hunt said...

Hope your day is blessed as well dear Stephanie. Your photos are just lovely....as always. Blessings, Vicky

Teri said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie ... thank you for sharing these words this morning! I pray that your day is filled with His blessings as well. Hugs ♥ Teri

Simply Linda said...

Thank you for sharing this..blessings to you on this beautiful Sunday morning.

Delvalina said...

This is such a beautiful song sister :)
I will go ahead to check this song on youtube.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Debbie Harris said...

Beautiful Sunday to you my dear!
Lovely photos to go with Grandma Betty's favorite hymn. Those pretty flowers make me think of her as well.
Have a blessed Lord's day.
I am praying God's grace will be ever present with you on this remembrance day of our precious Betty.
Much love to you!

A Daughter of the King said...

Stephanie, I love your worshipful and beautiful posts! Blessings to you!

Sola Scriptura said...

Lovely words and beautiful pictures. James 4:8 was such an encouragement to me today, thanks for posting!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Just the encouragement I needed this morning. Thank you.

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful post, Stephanie. We have an awesome God!

Anne Payne said...

James is my favorite book in the Bible. ♥

Amy said...

Beautiful post today!

We have such an amazing God, don't we?

I hope you have a lovely day, Stephanie.

It looks like it might rain here today. Praising God and doing the happy dance! :)

Hugs,
Amy

Nina said...

Thank you, Stephanie, for these beautiful encouraging words .., I want to be near the heart of God, hearing His heart beat and bearing surrounded by His quiet peace ...

pinks said...

Beautiful song and beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing :) So peaceful to read your posts.

Wanda said...

Stephanie...Music is such a part of our Christian walk, is it not?

I love this song, and when we incorporate music into our devotional time...it just gets sweeter.

Thanks for these sweet reminders. Have a blessed Sunday.

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful hymn and words to go with your lovely pictures.

Mindy Whipple said...

"...my fear is gone In the great quiet of God." Love this. Love your pictures with the lovely droplets of water too. Have a great week!

Jazzmin said...

Stephanie, this truly blesses my heart and my soul. What beautiful, sweet words about our heavenly father... there's no place I'd rather be than near the heart of the Lord.

And I love James 4:8 so much. What a blessing to read it here!

I hope you are having a wonderful Monday, sweet friend!

Love and hugs to you,
Jazzmin

Denise said...

When God looks at you, He smiles really big.

Steve Finnell said...

A SURVEY OF THE HEART BY STEVE FINNELL

When it comes to man's relationship with God it is all about the heart condition. The question is, how is your heart?

Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

An honest and good heart is essential in order to be a true follower of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:17-18 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart.

Ignorance about God is due to a hard heart; it has nothing to do with a lack of intellectual ability.

Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

An unrepentant heart cannot produce a desirable result.

Luke 21:34 "Be on your guard, so that your heart will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

Heart health is important in order to be ready for the return of Christ.

Acts 1:24 And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who knows the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen

You can fool men into believing your heart is functioning properly, however, the Lord knows your heart. Jesus can help with heart surgery, it is up to you.

Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Dishonoring God results in a foolish and darkened heart. This is not a heart condition anyone should seek.

THE APOSTLE PETER PERFORMED HEART SURGERY!

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"

Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to the three thousand on the Day of Pentecost. That was the heart biopsy. (Acts 2:22-36)

THE HEART TRANSPLANT

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

A NEW HEART REQUIRES PROPER MAINTENANCE

Hebrews 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.

A Christian's heart must remain faithful till the end.

IT IS ALL ABOUT YOUR "HEART CONDITION."

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)


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