Come As You Are

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Verse 1:


Come out of sadness from wherever you've been

Come broken-hearted let rescue begin

Come find your mercy O sinner come kneel

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal


Verse 2:


There's hope for the hopeless and all those who've strayed

Come sit at the table come taste the grace

There's rest for the weary rest that endures

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't cure


Verse 3:


There's joy for the morning O sinner be still

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal


Bridge:


Come as you are

Fall in His arms come as you are


Chorus:


(So) Lay down your burdens lay down your shame

All who are broken lift up your face

O wanderer come home you're not too far

So lay down your hurt lay down your heart

Come as you are


Ending:


Come as you are

Come as you are

Come as you are


DEVOTION

All of us have sadness in our lives. We will all experience a broken heart. Being a part of life, these things are to be expected and cannot be avoided. When these circumstances come against us, how do we respond to them? Do we become bitter? Angry? Do we hold grudges? Do we try to lay blame on someone else? On God? Jesus gives us another way of responding to bad situations.


The Lord's prayer states 'Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.' God's will in heaven is peace with no pain or sickness. In death this is what we, as Christians, will experience. Jesus brought heaven to earth, showing us exactly what it's like through His kindness and healing of people's diseases. He also demonstrated for us the kind of faith we need to experience this now. He had such a close relationship with His Father that He knew He would be taken care of no matter His circumstances. This is what we need to realize and live by. We need that same close relationship with our Father in heaven, knowing He will take care of us no matter what. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling - Psalm 46:1-3.


While Jesus was on this earth, He suffered and experienced a horrible death. But the faith He had in His Father never once waivered. Like Jesus, while we are on this earth, this is where our faith has to be. In our Father in heaven who we know will take us through whatever comes against us. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom (or what) shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom (or what) shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1.

Jesus gathers in all those who are outside of God's circle of life and shows them how to feast at God's table. He gives hope to the hopeless and rest to the weary that will carry us through our entire time spent on this earth. He doesn't care about what we've done or what we are doing now. We don't have to 'clean' ourself up for Him. Just come as we are, with our heart open to His presence, seeking His Word, and He will do the rest. He will take us through life on this earth with a peace that is beyond all understanding. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid - John 14:27.


Our response to bad situations becomes entirely different because we have given Him complete control of our life. We know, that we know, that we know He is with us and will bring us through whatever this earth, or other people, can throw at us. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning - Psalm 30:5. Then when death calls our name, just like Jesus, we can give up our spirit knowing He is still beside us, caring for and loving us just like He always has. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? - 1 Corinthians 15:54-55


Seek Jesus. Lay your burdens at His feet. Experience His peace in your life now. You will never be the same! Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplications with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus - Philippians 4:6-7.


Live in Kingdom Peace now knowing...Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal.



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