Saturday, August 27, 2016

A CLASSIC HYMN / Just As I Am



This is the 6th of 7 devotions with the theme of
"Salvation"

A Classic Hymn

(Adapted from Revelation 22:17)
Charlotte Elliot was inspired to write Just As I Am in 1835 about how to find salvation through Christ. She had no idea how many countless times this song would be used as the call to the altar for the next 180 years! The song brings a quiet simple message of sin, forgiveness, and salvation to all that turn from sin to Jesus. Truly, only the Holy Spirit could inspire these lyrics and have one with a heart turned toward God to capture the meaning on paper. And only He could anoint it to last for generations and bring countless souls to God's alter of repentance!

The story goes that an elderly man asked Charlotte Elliott if she were a Christian. Charlotte was offended and told the gentleman to mind his own affairs. But when the man departed, Charlotte could not get the question off of her mind. She searched the man out and humbly asked him how could she really find Christ. He told her simply "come just as you are." She did come to Christ and then she penned the beautiful lyrics that are so meaningful to this day.
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.

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am,
Thy love unknown has broken ev'ry barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind -
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find -
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Father, I come to you this moment, just as I am.
Thank you for the blood of Jesus. O Lamb of God, I believe and I receive.


JUST AS I AM
Devotion: A Classic Hymn
(Adapted from Revelation 22:17)
Verse 1
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that thy blood was shed for me,
And that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Verse 2
Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Verse 3
Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Text: Charlotte Elliott, 1789-1871 Music: William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868
Devotion by RebeccaCooley AllRightsReserved © LoveWalkPublishing

Friday, August 26, 2016

Love's Highest Priority / Jesus Saves




This is the 5th of 7 devotions with the theme of
"Salvation"


LOVE’S HIGHEST PRIORITY

(Adapted from Luke 10:20; 15:4-7)

Some years ago, I was one of the first to come up on an auto accident. The young lady was so badly crushed that she could not speak. I shouted “Can anybody pray with me?!” Not only did no one respond but they looked at me dumbfounded. I spoke to the young lady, “You are about to cross over into eternity. I know you can’t talk but just say this prayer from your heart.” I could see the desperation in her eyes turn to peace as I led her in the sinner’s prayer.

What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep and should lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his own shoulders, rejoicing. And when he gets home, he summons together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep which was lost. Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one especially wicked person who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.

Lord, I want Love’s highest priority to be my highest priority. Lord, increase my concern for lost humanity and my the salvation of a soul be my greatest joy.


JESUS SAVES
Devotion: Love’s Highest Priority
(Adapted from Luke 10:20; 15:4-7)
Verse 1:
A sheep had drifted far away,
Far away from the fold
The very same sheep, the very same sheep
That the shepherd once did hold
Then he left the 99 for this one lost sheep to find
With His hand he reached way down
To the sheep destruction bound
He brought him back and said rejoice,
Yes, the Shepherd said rejoice
For my sheep once lost was found
Chorus:
Jesus saves, Jesus saves, for He made a way
When the way had not been made
On the cross He paid the cost
No matter how your soul’s been tossed
To the uttermost, Jesus saves
Verse 2:
I was lost out in the cold
Far away from the fold
It seemed I reached the end,
My life I could not mend
To nothing I could hold;
Then by faith I looked on high;
I found the Shepherd was nearby
He lifted me redeemed my soul;
With His word He made me whole
I know it by experience that there is deliverance;
I want to let the whole world know
© LoveWalkPublishing
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by KentCliffordCooley


Thursday, August 25, 2016




This is the 4th of 7 devotions with the theme of
"Salvation"

NICODEMUS
(Adapted from John 3:1-21)
Song: Nicodemus
The story of Nicodemus is a story only recorded in the book of John and reveals an intimate part of Jesus’ love walk. It seems that Jesus revealed details of mysteries to some outside of his circle of twelve. Nicodemus risked his life to seek out Jesus that night and Jesus seized the moment to reveal to him a great truth.

It’s dark and quiet out. Everyone is settled down. Everyone but Nicodemus . . . Nicodemus carefully slips into the darkness. He knows where Jesus is staying. He had seen him earlier and he is sure that he can talk to him alone.

“I have to have some answers! I must talk with this man. Why am I so drawn to this man? Here, I think this is where he is staying…”

“Come in Nicodemus. I felt that I might see you again. Come, sit with me.”

Even before Nicodemus took a seat, he was talking, “Rabbi, we are certain that you have come from God as a teacher. No one can do these signs and miracles that you do unless God is with him.”

“I assure you, Nicodemus, a man must be born again to see the Kingdom of God.”

“How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again?

“Nicodemus, humans can only reproduce human life but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. Don’t be confused when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ Just like you feel the wind but you cannot tell me where it comes from or where it is going, you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
“How are these things possible . . . ?”

“Nicodemus, You are a respected Jewish teacher and you have so much to learn! No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But I have come from heaven. Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and believe, I will be lifted up for everyone to see. Everyone who believes this will have eternal life. The Father loves you so much that He sent me. God sent me, not to judge you Nicodemus, but to save you. He made a way for you. He made a way for all people. Nicodemus, you can have eternal life. All you have to do is believe.

John doesn’t record Nicodemus’ response but do you think truth could have dawned on him during his conversation with the Messiah? Could he have whispered this just before he slipped back into the darkness . . .? “Teacher, I believe.”


NICODEMUS
Devotion: Nicodemus
(Adapted from John 3:1-21)
Verse 1:
There was a certain man among the Pharisees
Nicodemus, Nicodemus
A ruler, a leader, an authority among the Jews
Chorus:
Nicodemus, Nicodemus
Came to Jesus by night and said Rabbi
Verse 2:
We know and are certain that You have come from God
As a Teacher, as a Teacher
For no one can do these signs
These wonder working miracles
Unless God is with him
Verse 3:
Jesus answered him
I assure you, most solemnly
Unless you’re born again
You’ll never ever see
The Kingdom of God
Chorus:
Nicodemus, Nicodemus
Came to Jesus by night
And said Rabbi
Verse 4:
How can a man be born
When he is old?
Jesus answered
What is born of the flesh is flesh
What is born of the Spirit is spirit
Do not be surprised
At My telling you
You must be born again
Born anew from above
You must all be born again
Born anew from above
Chorus:
Nicodemus, Nicodemus
Came to Jesus by night
And said Rabbi
©LoveWalkPublishing ©LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by Kent Clifford Cooley
Devotion and Recitation authored by Rebecca Ann Cooley



Wednesday, August 24, 2016



This is the 3rd of 7 devotions with the theme
"Salvation"


THE DOOR

Song: Exit

(Adapted from John 10:7)

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that I, Myself, am the Door for the sheep.

These words also mean, 

I am the way by which people enter the true church. It is by My merits, My intercession, My aid, My appointment, and My redemption that they enter. Inside this door you will find communion with My Father and inside this door you will partake of the blessings of grace. When you walk through this door, you will find peace, joy, comfort and deliverance from your enemies. This door is the pathway to eternal life into heaven itself.

It is a comforting peace to know the Door is open for me. When I walk through that door, my enemies cannot follow. When I walk through that Door, Jesus becomes my Mediator with the Father.

Lord, thank you for making entrance to the Father for me. I walk through straight to the throne room this morning covered by Your grace. And I find mercy and loving kindness to cover me at the start of my day. I will extend mercy to others today because I have walked through that Door.


EXIT
Devotion: The Door
(Adapted from John 10:7)
Verse 1:
As your look across the room
Of a world of sin and sorrow
You will see a sign of crimson red
That will point cha to the place
Where Jesus bled
Chorus:
Jesus is the door that says “Exit”
Exit from all your sin and strife
If you’re tattered and torn, He will fix it
And He will give to you a better life
Verse 2:
At Calvary the door it was open
Open for eternal life to find
They sealed Him in in a tomb
But He up and left it
And now that Jesus lives,
He gives us life
© LoveWalkPublishing Words&Music by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by RebeccaCooley
AllRightsReserved

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Sinner In Need Of A Savior / Directions





This is the 2nd of 7 devotions with the theme
"Salvation"


A SINNER IN NEED OF A SAVIOR

Song: Directions
(Adapted from John 3:16; Hebrew 4:15; Ephesians 2:9; Romans 10:9)
What did God have to do to redeem us? First of all, God had to love the world to such a great extent that He would give His only begotten son to be conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and to be offered as a blood sacrifice for the sins of the world. What did Jesus have to do to redeem us? He had to walk on this earth as a man, be tempted in every manner as a man is tempted yet never yield to temptation that He may be the sinless spotless lamb of God to be offered as a sacrifice to redeem us. To buy us back.
Although the Father fulfilled His responsibility and the son fulfilled His responsibility to redeem us, we have a responsibility. We are not saved by works lest any man should boast but we are saved by grace through faith. Grace is what God has done to redeem us. Faith is receiving redemption by believing in our hearts and confessing with our mouths that God has raised Jesus from the dead, humbling ourselves, confessing our sins. This is how we are saved and redeemed by His blood.
Father, I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that you raised up your son Jesus from the dead. I know that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I confess my sins to you. I receive Your son Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour.

DIRECTIONS
Devotion: A Sinner In Need Of A Savior
(Adapted from Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:9; Matthew 7:14)
Verse 1
I stopped to ask directions
On the side of the road
Just where to find forgiveness
From a sin stricken soul
It was an old preacher,
He had an old black book
I opened it up and read as I looked
Chorus
A heart of repentance, a bended knee
A mouth that confesses
He is risen believes
You’ll never find it by any good deeds
These words will lead you
To forgiveness so free
These are directions to Calvary’s tree
Verse 2
I’ll always remember the day when I prayed
When I started traveling
The strait and narrow way
When I get to heavens portals
This will be the song I sing
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
©LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by KentCliffordCooley

Sunday, August 21, 2016



This is the 1st of 7 devotions with the theme of
"Salvation"

To be rooted and grounded in love
one must first receive Christ and be born again.
If you have not been born again,
this is where your love walk will begin.
If you are born again this is where your love walk began.
It is the love of God that is shed abroad by the Holy Spirit
(Romans 5:5).


LOVE KNOCKED ON MY DOOR


(Adapted from John 16:8)
Jesus prophesied that when the Holy Spirit came, He would convict and convince the world of sin. He would demonstrate to the world uprightness of heart and right standing with God. He would expose sin and prove to people that they are in need of a Savior.
I am a preacher’s kid. I grew up sleeping under church pews. I was in church every night. R.W. Schambach bounced me on his knee. I heard every sermon about sin and tribulation and hell that there was in those days. I heard it all. I would go to the altar after hearing a message that made me afraid. Fear led me to the altar many times before my ninth birthday. I didn’t want to be left behind. But every time I walked away from the altar, I was not changed. One day when I was nine and at a youth camp, a counselor came into our room. It was past curfew time and the lights were off. He was weeping when he stepped into our room. He talked about Calvary. He said if we rejected Calvary, we would be rejecting His love. I felt conviction. I began to weep and sob. It was the Holy Spirit that I felt, bringing conviction to my heart. This time the Holy Spirit was convincing my heart that I was a sinner and needed a Savior. There was no fear involved. I made my way to the big open tabernacle and to the altar. This time I was changed because the Holy Spirit did the work of conviction and convinced me of my sin. He convinced me that I needed to be in right standing with the Father. I left the altar that night changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit had knocked on my door and brought love and not fear. Love changed me and I am still changed by the power of that love.

Father, thank you for conviction motivated by love and not by fear. I renounce my sin because of Your great love for me. I love You and want a relationship with You now and through all eternity. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for convincing me to turn my heart toward the Father. I am so glad that I did.


HE LIVES INSIDE
Devotion: Love Knocked on My Door
(Adapted from John 16:8)
Verse 1:
Years ago at a youth camp it was late at night,
Someone knocked upon our door and they stepped inside
They talked about the love of Jesus that is when I cried
I got up and I went outside, I walked to that old camp alter,
I opened my heart’s door wide
Chorus:
He lives inside, I’m so glad I let Him in,
He took away my sin, He abides, He lives inside
When He came he came to stay,
The Truth, the Light, the Way lives inside
Verse 2:
It’s been a long, long journey since I first begun
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come
The same One who knocked upon my heart’s door to reside
Is the One who will evermore abide
He’ll be there what ‘ere may be tide
© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley Devotion by KentCliffordCooley


Thursday, August 18, 2016



This is the 7th of 7 devotions with the theme
"Redemption"

This is the impartation devotion; Father, thank you for redemption.
I receive the finished work of redemption for salvation, healing and deliverance.

IS THERE MORE THAN ONE WAY TO GOD?
Song: How Will You Escape?
(Adapted from John 14:6; John 10:1)
Most religions teach that there is more than one path to God and some teach that there are many paths to one God. Are all religions that teach this in error? Are there different paths that lead people to God and to heaven? This question must have risen in Jesus’ day because He clearly addressed this issue:
“I am the way the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
I am the door to the sheepfold.
If any man tries to get in some other way,
he is the same as a thief and a robber and he cannot enter in.”
Jesus clearly asserted that He is the one exclusive path to God. God is the source of eternal life and Jesus is the avenue to that source. Jesus and the Father are one. This claim makes the world angry and creates oppositions in many religions thus the different paths to God.
Father, I believe in Jesus and I accept the truth that Jesus is the door to heaven and to you. I proclaim that Jesus is the Lord of my life and I will seek for no other. Thank you for making a way for me to come to the Father.


HOW WILL YOU ESCAPE?
(Adapted from Matthew 26:42; Hebrews 1:3; 2:3; 9:22)
Verse
Father if there be some other way
Let this cup pass from me
But nevertheless not my will but Thine be done
If there had been some other way
We wouldn’t have died on the cross
He came to seek, He came to save
That which was lost
Chorus
How will you escape
If you neglect so great a salvation
There’s no other way
But through His blood for this redemption
Come to him today
Don’t turn Him away
On your knees just pray
Bridge
Oh my friend, if you don’t know Jesus,
If your not saved by His grace
Eternity waits for your answer
Oh my friend, don’t delay
©LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
Devotion by RebeccaAnnCooley / All Rights Reserved