Today's song may seem like a different choice but when reading the words and understanding the song, then I think it is quite fitting for today. This song is beautiful, and I recommend reading the words first before listening to the song. Our song today is Carrie Underwood's new song called "Something in the Water." Let's first look at the lyrics.
Down every hallway's a slamming door.
No way out, no one to come and save me.
Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me.
Then somebody said what I'm saying to you,
Opened my eyes and told me the truth.'
They said, 'Just a little faith, it'll all get better.'
So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I'm changed
And now I'm stronger
There must've been something in the water
Oh, there must've been something in the water
Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way
Didn't think about it for a couple of days
Then it hit me like a lightning late one night
I was all out of hope and all out of fight
Couldn't fight back the tears so I fell on my knees
Saying, 'God, if you're there come and rescue me.'
Felt love pouring down from above
Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I'm changed
And now I'm stronger
And now I'm singing along to amazing grace
Can't nobody wipe this smile off my face
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side
Thank God almighty, I saw the light
Gonna look ahead, no turning back
Live every day, give it all that I have
Trust in someone bigger than me
Ever since the day that I believed I am changed
And now I'm stronger
There must be something in the water (amazing grace)
Oh, there must be something in the water (how sweet the sound)
Oh, there must be something in the water (that saved a wretch)
Oh, there must be something in the water (like me)
Oh, yeah I am changed (I once was lost)
Stronger (but now I'm found) (was blind but now I see)"
And to listen to the song, click here. I absolutely love the words of this song. God uses people to open our eyes to His truth. Then once we come to accept that truth, we are changed. We are rescued from the wages of sin which is death and eternal separation from God. But if we trust in Him, repent of our sin, and accept His gift of grace through the death of His Son Jesus Christ, we can spend eternal life with Him. Being filled with Him puts a smile on our face even during times of difficulty. He puts joy in our hearts, and fills us with the hope that only comes from Him. So, the question is:
Have You Been Changed?
Truly there is only one choice that ultimately matters in life, and that is accepting or rejecting Christ. What is your choice? Have you received Christ as your Lord and Savior or rejected Him? If you have received Him, are you being transformed as you study His word? Jesus can transform our lives if we give our lives to Him. It's not so we can be better people but so that He can be glorified. If we don't allow Him to transform us, we can't lead others. God uses our daily circumstances to transform us into people of faith who will glorify Him.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will."
It is God's grace that saves us. Thank Him for His grace. None of us can know Him without His grace. How have you been changed since coming to know Christ?
Psalm 9:10 "Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you."
Acts 16:31 "They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.'"
Ephesians 1:6-8 "To the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us."
Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—"
What About the Water?
So, what about the water? Is there something in the water? Baptism means identification. Water baptism is a symbolic identification with Christ. It is not the ceremony that saves us but faith in Christ's death and resurrection. Baptism symbolizes a believer's transformation.
1 Corinthians 12:13 "For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink."
Galatians 3:27 "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ."
How Will They Know?
If your choice was to accept Jesus, do your remember who opened your eyes to God's truth? Who did God use to most effectively change your life? Are you willing to share so that others can hear His truth? How will others know unless they hear? How will you compassionately lead others to Christ? God uses ordinary people to share the extraordinary good news of His salvation. Look for the good in people not the bad. That might be the very thing that can lead us to share Him with others. And sometimes it's just best to say nothing and trust Jesus. We affect others a little by what we say but a lot by what we do. Does your life affect those around you positively?
Romans 10:14-15 "How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"
For my page today, I decided to do a Journaling Bible page. One of my favorite scriptures is the one just listed above (Romans 10:14-15). So, that is the scripture I chose to use today. How will they know if they do not hear?
This page uses a variety of stamps, stickers, paints, etc. I did stamp the word 'gospel' onto deli paper. The stamps that say 'here's the story' and 'love this' were both stamped onto newspaper print, cut out, and then added to my page. If you missed my blog post on using deli paper for your Journaling Bible pages, be sure to look at this post here. I use newspaper print in almost the same way. I just don't put any gesso down first. :)
Remember to use Keyword SCRLLC14 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies, please see this post here. Also, my 2015 study will be announced in a few weeks. Be watching, and if you are not a current subscriber to my blog, be sure to subscribe so that you don't miss the exciting details! Have a blessed week ahead!
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