Never Runs Dry
words and music: Jeremi L. Richardson
CCLI #: 7081251
©2017 AMYLLIAN MUSIC
I've been so taken (not in a positive way) with many of my peers movement toward the practice of philosophy over theology. Many have submitted their lives to an ideology that we are all born good and not in need of a Savior. In my heart of hearts I believe they are teaching under the disguise of Christianity with the absence of truth in the equation. There many other facets of this philosophy but I will negate them now for the purpose of this writing.
One day, after seeing a very public denial of truth by a dear friend; I was praying and asking God to grow my view of who He is and what He has done. I knew that this would only come through the Bible and prayer. So I began digging; digging deep into His words, His teaching --- evaluating my interactions with others. During this time, I came upon the term "ashes."
Ashes are often associated with death, destruction, and in the Bible, often used to signify worthlessness, insignificance or evanescence. I was struck, yes --- I remember the smell of death. I remember and have intimately seen the the utter darkness gripping someones life including my own. I began to see that you must remember where you've been to celebrate where you are. I believe that you cannot fully celebrate the grace of God if you do not remember the smell (the past) of a life without Him.
Lamentations 3 (MSG): I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. I remember it all - oh, how well I remember - the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!"
Later in my study, I came up the concept in the Bible where it talks about sins of the flesh and sins of the spirit. Paul pointed out in 2 Corinthians 7:1, "Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God."
A sin of the flesh (too many to list ...) is obvious. God help us all --- you know, we all have something we deal with! A sin of the spirit, however, is knowingly going against what is true. I thought to myself, God help us! This is what is going on all around me ... we are going against truth. Istood in my office and said; I must keep a tight grip on the one (Jesus) who saves. I began praying out loud: "I Am Satisfied!"
I am satisfied, not because I am listening to a teaching my grandparents taught or I am naive --- but because I am seeking the hand of the Savior that died for me. I am satisfied because I believe that His blood was shed for our victory not for a label of any kind. I am satisfied in His love that knows no limits and that love is the banner under which I choose to live.
I am not blind to the opinions (philosophies) of others I just choose (daily) to be wide eyed and aware that sin and spirit can not dwell in the same place. God is a God of love and His love can Never Run Dry!
I choose to keep a grip on the one who saves!