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Monday, October 29, 2018

Inspired by . . . Hymns of Faith: Just As I Am

And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. (John 6:35-37)

Are you waiting to conquer a particular sin or overcome that certain failing before living for God in earnest? Do you view your imperfections as hypocritical to the Faith?

Are you waiting to do that one really big thing for God, knowing that then, finally, He will accept you? 

An invalid at the age of thirty, Charlotte Elliott, who was once a popular portrait artist and writer, despaired of doing anything for God. Once known as "carefree Charlotte," Miss Elliott had become listless and depressed.

Then, one day, a Swiss evangelist, Dr. Malan spoke into her spiritual distress, saying: "Charlotte, you must come just as you are - a sinner - to the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world!"

Charlotte immediately responded to Christ's redemptive sacrifice and experienced inner peace and joy, despite her physical affliction, for the remaining of her eighty-two years.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

God didn't heal Charlotte or change her circumstances. He changed her. Constrained in place but not in heart, mind, or soul, Charlotte wrote over one hundred fifty hymns and is considered to be one of the finest of all English hymn writers.
"God sees, God guards, God guides me," she said. "His grace surrounds me and His voice continually bids me to be happy and holy in His service - just where I am!"
What are you waiting for?

Just as I am, without one plea,
but that Thy blood was shed for me,
and that Thou bidd'st me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


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