The Wedding

Imagine you are a contestant on one of those matchmaking TV ‘reality’ shows, like ‘married at first sight’, and you are one of the brides-to-be.

As a contestant, you have been given detailed descriptions of each of the prospective grooms, including photographs, assessments of their strengths, weaknesses, finances, prospects, interests, work and personal values. Without meeting any of them personally, you get to choose which one you would like to marry.

Some are easy to eliminate. They don’t like cats or children or pizza. One or two come across as arrogant and self-entered. One is clearly a serious adventure seeker and you are not sure you could keep up with him. 

But as you pour through the reports on each one, one just seems to stand out, to stick in your mind. He is not the best looking, or the wealthiest, or the fittest looking, but somehow his report gives the impression of a genuinely kind and amusing man. One who would listen and care. One you could share your innermost thoughts with and not be laughed at. One who would laugh and cry with you rather than at you. One you could enjoy doing life with. So you put him as your first choice.

Later that day you are informed he also choose you! You got your first choice! Your heart leaps with anticipation and nervousness. You so want to meet him, talk to him, and find out if he is really like you think. Yet you are also nervous that he will somehow not be what you thought him to be or that you will disappoint him in some way. Excited and nervous you wait for your wedding day meeting, pouring over his report and getting yourself as ready as you can.

The next day your wedding dress arrives. You put it on excitedly and are astounded. Never in your life have you had a dress that is so flattering. Even without the makeup and jewellery you will have on the day, you can’t believe how beautiful the dress makes you look. It is like a dream come true.

Then the wedding planner comes to see you and all their suggestions and arrangements are just the ones you would have chosen! The bouquets of red and white roses. The simple yet elegant wedding cake. The open air venue with a chapel, surrounded by native bushland. The music to your taste. And enough spaces to invite all those you would want to be there. It all seems magical and you are told the groom likes it too!

The wedding day comes and with it all the wardrobe team from the TV show. You are pampered, dressed, bedecked, made up and primped till you struggle to recognise the stunning beauty that looks back at you from the mirror. 

Your bridesmaids and made-of-honour arrive looking just as spectacular as you expected. Their dark sky blue dresses have hints of sparkle here and there as thought there are stars hidden by the fabric and they too have been pampered, bedecked and primped. You greet them warmly and you laugh nervously together as you talk about the evenings events to come and how great it will be to have and intimate partner with which you can share the ups and downs of life. 

The time comes to leave for the wedding and you all climb into the special white cars waiting for you and drive to the chapel in the bush.

At the door you meet and greet your father. “I am so proud of you!” He says.

The wedding march music begins and the bridesmaids followed by the maid of honour start down the central aisle. As you enter the chapel you see a sea of faces smiling at you, some with the hint of a tear in their eye. Looking past them all you look down further to see the groom and your heart skips a beat. You can see the best man and groomsman but no groom! In fact, about where you would expect the groom to be standing there is simply a very large book! 

“What is going on?” You whisper to your father. “Nothing!” He says, “It is all fine! Just keep going and you will see.”

So wondering if you are really on “Candid Camera” or some other trickster TV show you keep going to the front with your eyes on the book in disbelief. When you get to the alter your father leaves you standing beside the book. Smiling he says again, “Don’t worry!” And walks to the front row where your mother is standing smiling. You look around at the congregation and they are ALL smiling. No one seems at all surprised or bothered by the fact that the groom has been replaced by a book! How could you leave now? What would look more stupid, running out or marring a book? Fixed in place by the shock of it all you remain.

The minister steps forward smiling and nodding and says, “Please be seated,” to the crowd and they sit. The minister then proceeds to go through the wedding ceremony as though the book was the groom. And when the groom was needed to respond, the right words, like “I do,” appeared on the top cover and the best man said, “The groom says “I do”. It was all so surreal that it felt like you had been planted into a weird horror movie. You kept waiting for someone to jump up and say, “Smile! You’re on candid camera!” and the book to be replaced by a smiling groom. But it never happened. And when you left the chapel for the wedding marquis, you left carrying this very large book and placed it on the grooms seat.

As the wedding celebrations took place you asked people what was going on. Why were they celebrating the fact that you had just married a book? And all of them just laughed and said, “You’ll be fine! You”ll see! Just read the book and do what is says. That is the way we all do it!”

The grooms speech was made by the best man reading from the book. The nightmare just went on and on.

As it became time to leave, you picked up the book and got into a car and drove off with the guests all cheering you off. And going into the bridle suite at the hotel the show had arranged for you that night it was just you and the book, alone, with a bottle of champagne, a basket of fruit and chocolates. You put the book down on a chair, pour yourself a glass of champagne and sit down. 

Sitting down in front of the book, sipping champagne and eating chocolates, you open it and begin to read. Maybe in the book will explain what just happened?

In the book you find your groom’s life story detailed. His birth, his childhood, his schooling, his family, his career as a carpenter and then teacher, his search for a bride and how he found and chose you. Then it described the home he built for you, a mansion on the top of a hill in your favourite town. It even had a list of the rules he used to live by and was hoping his wife would embrace!

Then the story took a strange turn. For rather than stay for his wedding, he had given the best man his book and had been called home to live with his father again. And it turned out his father was a king and he was a prince! Not only that, but his father had decided to retire from ruling and had given all the authority of his kinship to the prince! His father was still there to guide and be with his son but the prince now had all the king’s authority and power! How exciting to be married to a king-prince! Maybe he would send for you and it would all be ok? A happy ever after tale?

Fortified with strawberries, chocolate and more champagne you read on in hope.

Next comes the description of how the two of you will live and reign forever together, in his house built just for you, enjoying the intimacy and love that only real partners in life can have. It is such a beautiful picture that you begin to cry in relief. He does love you and does want to do life with you!

And that is where the book ends! “What?” You cry, “But how do I get there? Is he coming for me? What do I do now?” Silence. No one is there to answer. Exhausted you fall despondently into be and go to sleep.

The following morning you crawl out of bed, shower, eat breakfast and pack, ready to go on your honey moon. Still trying to work out what you have read and make sense of it, you pick up the book and head off to your tropical island honeymoon escape. Perhaps if you study the book more carefully, without the aid of too much champagne, you will get it. So out you head, book in hand, to the airport.

On the plane you have two first class seats next to each other, one for you and one for ….. the book. Sighing, you dump the book and your bags in it and settle back to enjoy all the luxuries the flight had to offer. 

After landing you are whisked to the bridal suite of a well known local resort, and ignoring the slightly puzzled look on the face of the bag carrying boy, you dump your bags and the book, grab your handbag and bathers and towel bag and head out to explore. You wander the streets of the local town, looking at all the tourist ware for sale. You have lunch in a quaint local restaurant, enjoying the fresh seafood. You spend the afternoon on one of the local beaches enjoying the sun and surf. But all of it is done, alone. And as evening falls you head back to the hotel.

One drink at the bar and the loneliness creeps in. Strange men look at you enquiringly so you flash your wedding and engagement rings, looking away but it all becomes too much. You hurriedly head back to your room, ordering room service for two, just to keep up the charade. 

Watching house movies, you eat what you want of the two dinners and drink the wine as the loneliness of your situation sinks in. Crawling into bed you determine that tomorrow you will read the book again to see if it makes more sense. 

After breakfast you head down to the couches by the pool, book in hand, to read. You choose a couch, order a coffee and settle down to read. Reading carefully, you again read the book from cover to cover, and though you are now quite sober, the story remains the same. Your groom planned to marry you in person but had been called home to rule instead. No explanation of what would happen next or how you could be reunited. Maybe living life by his rules would help? Sighing you put the book down and go for a swim in the pool.

Coming out of the pool to seek lunch, you notice a good-looking young man has taken up residence on the couch beside yours. Just to be polite, you smile and say “Hello.” He smiles and answers, “Hello.” to you. Sitting down you look for the lunch menu but it is no longer on the table beside you. Turning to the young man you say, “Have you seen the lunch menu? I want to order some food.” “Yes,” replies the young man, “I was just going to order some food and put the menu over here,” picking it up from the table the other side of him. As he hands the menu to you he says, “Would it seem very strange if I asked you to have lunch with me here? My girlfriend was supposed to come with me on this holiday but instead she ditched me the day before we were due to leave so I am a bit short of company.” “Sure,” you reply, “I’m in a similar boat. This was meant to be my honeymoon but my husband was called home to help his father and so I came alone too.” “Oh, how disappointing!” He replied, “Let’s get lunch!”

So you both order lunch and chat about life together and the strange circumstances which bought you together were left behind as you discovered how much you had in common interests. You had similar tastes in books, movies, music and even TV shows. It was such a great conversation you agreed to go and see tourist sights together that afternoon. And after that it seemed only natural to have dinner together. 

For the rest of the week you and the young man spent your days an evenings together. You swam together, shopped together, went to tourist sights together and ate together. It all seemed so natural and fun. The only time it got a bit awkward was the evening he suggested you could spend the night together too but your firm ‘thanks but no thanks’ ended that. After all, you were still married, or at least that is what all your documents said. And fidelity in marriage was one of your husbands ‘rules to live buy’. 

Occasionally, in the late evening or early morning, you take out the book again and browse through a few pages but nothing becomes clearer.

When the week and your honeymoon time was over you said goodbye to you new friend and went home. He gave you his contact details, “just in case things don’t work out with your husband…” but you dropped them in the nearest bin as you went to board your plane. No need to keep them you hope.

Back on home soil you head home. Home to your old apartment and your job and your old life, hoping that things will change, and you will be with your new husband. But as the days go by nothing changes. At first friends, family and people at work ask about the honeymoon and the new husband but the evasive answers you give mean they soon give up. As you make excuse for the absence of your husband at social events you see people’s expressions change from surprise to that being the expected norm.

Days turn into weeks and then years with no sign of your husband appearing. Gradually you have given up even looking at the book and put it away in the back of your cupboard. In the evenings the loneliness of it all haunts you. Why did they bother with the wedding ceremony if he had no intention of ever turning up? What is the point if he is never there with you? How can have a relationship, friendship, intimacy and children with a book? Even the rules to live by seem just pointless restrictions as all fuss and wonder of the wedding fades into oblivion. 

Some of your family and friends tried to encourage you to work on your relationship, maybe even get counselling. After all vows had been made. But it was the book that had really made the vows and there was no point in talking to a book.

Eventually, you give up waiting for your husband to turn up. The wedding vows and the promises and pictures of a life together in the book seem just empty façades. That is when you stop making excuses for the lack of a husband at social event just explaining the relationship ‘did not work out’ and that your husband had ‘left’. And you go back to life as a single person again.

This is the situation too much of the Christian church lives in today. They have been told they have a personal relationship with Jesus and that He has saved them, lives inside of them, and will one day be their spiritual husband, but they have also been told that He does not speak or appear or visit people today, now, in any way, because we have the Bible. Through the Bible alone we are supposed to have a personal relationship with Jesus and God. Yet that very same book is full of the personal encounters, visions, conversations, and even arguments that other people have had with God. And thought the book itself never claims it, we are indoctrinated with the belief that all those things are past and we will not personally experience God or Jesus till we are dead. Instead our relationship is to consist of reading the book and following it’s ‘rules for life’. 

Personal relationship is replaced with dead religion. Living in the Presence and Power of Jesus resurrection is replaced with simply doing what looks like good works. No wonder so many Christians are exhausted and feel powerless to change the world! Trying to do God’s work for Him but without Him is exhausting and ultimately impossible. The Christianity too many people have been taught is simply a watered down version of the Jewish Law with Jesus taking the place of the sacrificial system. It downgrades Jesus sacrifice to simply a whitewash of our sins for now and a ticket to heaven when we die. AND THAT IS THE MOST APPALLING LIE!

“Eternal life means to know and experience you as the only true God, and to know and experience Jesus Christ, as the Son whom you have sent.

I am not asking that you remove them from the world, but I ask that you guard their hearts from evil, For they no longer belong to this world any more than I do.

You live fully in me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that you have sent me, for they will see that you love each one of them with the same passionate love that you have for me. “Father, I ask that you allow everyone that you have given to me to be with me where I am! Then they will see my full glory— the very splendour you have placed upon me because you have loved me even before the beginning of time.

I have revealed to them who you are and I will continue to make you even more real to them, so that they may experience the same endless love that you have for me, for your love will now live in them, even as I live in them!””

John 17:3, 15-16, 23-24, 26 TPT

That is an abbreviation of Jesus’ prayer as he gathered with His disciples just before He was crucified. It is that eternal life NOW that the Amazing Exchange web site was created to help you enjoy. Doing life in unity with the Trinity, living in and experiencing the glory of Jesus, is the foundation of the eternal life Jesus is offering us NOW. Who would not want that?

To Be Jesus

What was it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form?

From Your very conception
You were filled with God’s Spirit
Born into perfection
Gods image incarnation
The heavenly host rejoicing
At Your humble birthing
Shepherds and Wise men
Giving You their worship

As a child growing
In wisdom and revelation
Understanding Scripture better
Than Your teachers comprehending
Your favour with God
Giving You favour with others
And a clear path of destiny
To save many sinners

What was it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form?

You were obedient God
Even in baptism
Though You did not need the cleansing
For You were without sin
You fasted in the desert
Living only from God’s word
Resisting Satan‘s temptations
And remaining true to God

You turned water into wine
With a single command
Many chose to follow You
Leaving jobs, home and land
Hearing in You voice
God‘s authority at hand
Your love and forgiveness
More than some could understand

What was it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form?

The power of Your words
Moved people’s hearts, minds and spirits
As You taught about God’s kingdom
Which they could inherit
You taught and lived
God‘s forgiveness for sin
And outraged the self-righteous
By hated sinners forgiving

You healed all the sick
Who came to You for healing
And cast out demons
From those bound in torment
You fed thousands of people
From one boys lunch
And stilled a violent storm
To Your disciples awe

What was it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form?

When others tried to kill You
But it was not Your time
You walked right through the crowd
Unhurt and unharmed
When a fig tree in a field
Fail to provide You with food
One word from You
And the fig tree withered

You shared Your power and authority
With all Your disciples
Sent them out to be witnesses
To Your Kingdom principles
They too healed the sick
Releasing tormented from demons
And came back rejoicing
In living in Your kingdom‘s freedoms

What was it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form?

When You could’ve reached for earthly power
You chose to ride a donkey
Through the worship of many
To a painful destiny
You accepted injustice
As authorities felt threatened
You were rejection by the crowd
Who put their trust in Cesar

You walked the lonely road
To Your own crucifixion
Because Your power to love
Defies all description
The nails and suffocation
The weight of all our sin
Our rejection by God
You took it all in

What was it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form?

All of sinful mankind
Died with You that day
Though many do not know it
So still live in it’s sway
Buried with You in death
Sinful man stayed in the grave
Your new life we were all given
As You rose from the grave

Your resurrection life
Eternal power and glory
Took You to heaven’s throne
Where You rule with God Almighty
This is the life You share with us
Though we could never earn it
Co-heirs and One with You
Now and for eternity

What is it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form?

Now through Your Presence
And Your indwelling Holy Spirit
You make us Your temple
As all heaven we inherit
You share all that You are
And all that You have
With us as Your siblings
And Your eternal bride

Now all that You can be or do
Is possible for us in You
Acts of power and authority
Service that sets others free
Loving enemy and friend
Forgiving all, again and again
Wisdom receiving from You daily
Knowing the Trinity intimately

That is what it like
To be You Jesus
To be the Son of God
Born in human form.

Powerful Words

“By the time Jesus finished speaking, the crowds were dazed and overwhelmed by his teaching, because his words carried such great authority, quite unlike their religious scholars.” Matthew 7:28-29 TPT

Imagine that you
Were the preacher that day
On a hillside near home
Or some other high place
And people had gathered
To hear what you say
And your words left the crowd
Overwhelmed and dazed

Imagine that you
Were the preacher that day
On a hillside near home
Or a stadiums stage
And people had gathered
To hear what you say
And the authority of your words
Overwhelmed and dazed

But I am not Jesus
You would probably say 
I don’t have the wisdom
Or the authority of His kingdom
But Jesus and God
Gave all that to you
The day you became Christ’s
And He came to live in you

For within you dwells
Through Christ and His Spirit
All the wisdom of God
All His Kingdom’s inheritance
Your words are His words
His knowledge You’ve received 
You simply need to live in
This changed reality

Like a very foreign land
Jesus kingdom is different
His way of thinking
Can seem like great weakness
The servant of all
This King shares all His Kingdom 
With all who would seek
Daily to be with Him

So to know what you have
As Christ dwells within you
To see things His way
To live in His kingdom
We need each day
To spend time just with Him
Hear His voice, get His vision
For this world’s healing

When we know who we are
Through Jesus eyes
The Beloved of God
Jesus’ Holy Bride
And see how He has healed us
From brokenness and sin
We can joyfully embrace
His fullness within

When we hear His words
Of loving correction
Which open our hearts
To His faultless direction
When we experience the power
Of His Words to restore us
To change our point of view
We can share that with others

When we feel the joy
God has in our presence
By His right hand
With Jesus seated
Our hearts and minds
Are changed in His Presence
His thoughts become ours
Through His indwelling essence

When we live daily
In Jesus Kingdom’s reality
It restores our thinking
Heals all our damages
Fill our hearts and minds
With God’s peace, joy and love
Forgiveness becomes natural
And His wisdom becomes ours

Then the words that we speak
Are changed forever
For encouragement and love
Become our new meter
Our words and actions
Are filled with God’s power
Bringing glory to God
Every day, every hour

So there lives within us
One who could preach
On a hillside near home
Or some other high place
Where people had gathered
To hear what you say
And your words can leave the crowd
Overwhelmed and dazed

For in the words
That we say every day
Whether out and about
Or at work, home or play
Jesus’ authority resides
To overwhelm and daze
With God’s love and wisdom
His kindness and grace

So don’t imagine
You cannot speak
Powerful words
Like Jesus did
For the fullness of Christ
Lives daily in you
Dwelling daily in His Presence
Is all you need do

Healing Actions

“Suddenly, a leper walked up to Jesus and threw himself down before him in worship and said, “Lord, you have the power to heal me . . . if you really want to.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the leper and said, “Of course I want to heal you—be healed!” And instantly, all signs of leprosy disappeared!” Matthew 8:2-3 TPT

What made this leper believe
On the road that day
That Jesus could heal him
If it was His heart’s way?
Was it the power of His words
As He preached on the hill
Or were Jesus healing stories
Already circulating?

The leper does not explain
How he came to believe
That Jesus could heal him
Of this slowly fatal disease
But believe it he did
For in his actions it showed
In coming to ask Jesus
He’d publicly broken the law

Lepers you see
Were meant to isolate
From all healthy people
Live outside the town gate
If they needed to come
Where healthy people were
They had to call out their illness
So all could move away

Yet this leper came right up
To Jesus that day
Believing Jesus’ power
Could keep illness at bay
But he was not sure
If Jesus cared for him
For the presence of leprosy
Was thought a sign of sin

But then in His actions
Jesus showed His love
That comes to forgive all
And of illness cleanse us
For He reached out and touched
This man who was leprous
Making him whole
With loving assurance

The power of Jesus
To overcome illness
To forgive all sin
And bring us wholeness
Was clearly displayed
On the road that day
In response to this man’s
Action of faith

Can you imagine
Having confidence and power
To touch one contagious 
To bring healing and wholeness
To bring the light to people
In their darkest hour
To live Jesus hope and love
And overcoming power?

But I am not Jesus
I could hear you say
I don’t have His power
His authoritative ways
I am not sure
If it is His will
To heal us all
To heal through me

Take courage then
From this leper’s story
For though he doubted His acceptance
Yet he sought Jesus’ healing
“Of course!” Jesus said
“I want to heal you”
For love is Jesus’ nature
Through and through

So when we really know
Jesus living within us
Let His love fill our hearts
For those around us
The power to forgive
And heal comes too
In the Presence of Jesus
Living in me and you

We don’t need to judge
Who’s worthy of healing
Or who needs to be
Punished for their sin
Jesus paid for it all 
Through His death and resurrection 
With Him living in us
His Holy Spirit’s direction

We can, like Jesus
Touch the unclean
Bringing healing and wholeness 
To those in need
Not because we ourselves
Are strong and mighty
But because Jesus lives in us
Now and for eternity

It is tough to live Jesus
Here on this earth
To face illness ad prejudice 
With His love and words
It takes courage to touch
The unclean and outcast
But in the power of His love
We can healing impart

To live each day
Aware of Jesus in us
Full of His loving grace
Is the challenge before us
To view through His eyes
To know His Presence touch
So we can heal others
As we live His grace

Trusting In God

“That’s what the Scripture means when it says: “I have made you the father of many nations.” He [Abraham] is our example and father, for in God’s presence he believed that God can raise the dead and call into being things that don’t even exist yet.” Romans 4:17 TPT

Abraham left his home
To follow God’s calling
Left friends and family
To trust in God’s promises
Though he was childless
For very many years

He trusted in God
And his faith was rewarded
In God’s Presence
Abraham’s faith was grounded

God had promised Abraham
He would father many nations
Though for many many years
His wife remained barren
But when Abraham was 100
His first heir and son was born

He trusted in God
And his faith was rewarded
In God’s Presence
Abraham’s faith was grounded

When Isaac Abraham’s son
His one and only heir
Was still a young man
The pride and joy of his father
God asked Abraham
To sacrifice his son

But He trusted in God
And his faith was rewarded
In God’s Presence
Abraham’s faith was grounded

Abraham knew by then
God could be trusted
To call into being 
That which eyes had not seen
And raise from the dead
Those untimely in the grave

So he trusted in God
And his faith was rewarded
In God’s Presence
Abraham’s faith was grounded

In Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice
His beloved, only son
We see a picture of the terrible price
God would pay one day for us
Abraham’s faith God would provide
The lamb in Jesus would be realised

Because he trusted in God
And his faith was rewarded
In God’s Presence
Abraham’s faith was grounded

With all that he was and had
Even his one precious son
Abraham trusted in God
To be faithful to His word
To be kind and forgiving
Loving and providing

Because he trusted in God
And his faith was rewarded
In God’s Presence
Abraham’s faith was grounded

Now through Jesus sacrifice
We have God’s Presence in us
For God was faithful to His Word
From death to life, raising us
Re-creating us as He promised
One with Him we are united

As we trust in God
Our faith is rewarded
In God’s Presence in us
Our faith is grounded

Justice and Mercy

“Jesus’ God-given destiny was to be the sacrifice to take away sins, and now he is our mercy seat because of his death on the cross. We come to him for mercy, for God has made a provision for us to be forgiven by faith in the sacred blood of Jesus. This is the perfect demonstration of God’s justice, because until now, he had been so patient—holding back his justice out of his tolerance for us. So he covered over the sins of those who lived prior to Jesus’ sacrifice. And when the season of tolerance came to an end, there was only one possible way for God to give away his righteousness and still be true to both his justice and his mercy—to offer up his own Son. So now, because we stand on the faithfulness of Jesus, God declares us righteous in his eyes!” Romans 3:25-26 TPT

Before this earth was made
God new we would reject Him
Knew we would go our own way
End up in bondage to sin
So He planned our salvation
Gave His Son our destiny
To die for our sin
And set us all free

All of God’s judgement
For all of our sin
Was taken by Jesus
Into death with Him
Now that He has risen
To God’s right hand
We can rest in His mercy
Cleansed and forgiven through His blood

God’s perfect justice
Can be seen in Jesus’ actions
Paying the price for our sin
For every infraction 
No further penance or price
Needs to be paid
For in Jesus our perfect lamb
All sinful man went to the grave

God’s love and mercy
Can be seen in Jesus risen
To God’s right hand
In the throne room of heaven
Where He grants us the mercy
To sit with Him
As sons of God eternal
Fully righteous in Him

In the faithfulness of Jesus
We can take our stand
On Him we can depend
To release in us His kingdom
For as He is God’s Beloved
Holy, pure and righteous 
So He gifts all that to us
As One with Him He makes us

Your Complete Wholeness

“Even King David himself speaks to us regarding the complete wholeness that comes inside a person when God’s powerful declaration of righteousness is heard over our life. Apart from our works, God’s work is enough. Here’s what David says: What happy fulfillment is ahead for those whose rebellion has been forgiven and whose sins are covered by blood. What happy progress comes to them when they hear the Lord speak over them, “I will never hold your sins against you!”” Romans 4:6-8 TPT

God it’s Your complete wholeness
That comes to me
As You declare me to be righteous 
For eternity

One my heart was broken
From living without Your love
Once my mind was darkened 
From living without Your light
But now Your light and love
Daily fill my life

God it’s Your complete wholeness
That comes to me
As You declare me to be righteous 
For eternity

One my heart was broken
From rejecting Your ways
Once my mind was darkened 
From pride lead astray
But now Your loving voice
Daily directs my ways

God it’s Your complete wholeness
That comes to me
As You declare me to be righteous 
For eternity

One my heart was broken
Hurt by others’ sin
And my mind was darkened 
As false beliefs set in
But now Your loving voice
Daily brings me freedom

God it’s Your complete wholeness
That comes to me
As You declare me to be righteous 
For eternity

One my heart was broken
By lies that satan whispered
Once my mind was darkened 
By satan’s accusations
But now Your loving voice
Is my daily re-creation

God it’s Your complete wholeness
That comes to me
As You declare me to be righteous 
For eternity

It is a gift
Of love divine
That heals me
And makes me One
With You God
The Perfect One

God it’s Your complete wholeness
That comes to me
As You declare me to be righteous 
For eternity

You Provided The Way

“Since there is only one God, he will treat us all the same—he eliminates our guilt and makes us right with him by faith no matter who we are… no one earns God’s righteousness. It can only be transferred when we no longer rely on our own works, but believe in the one who powerfully declares the ungodly to be righteous in his eyes. It is faith that transfers God’s righteousness into your account!” Romans 3:30 & 4:5 TPT

There is nothing I can do God
Nothing I can say
That will make You love me more
For You provided the way
To make me right with You
As in You I put my faith

Like the child who has abandoned
His parents loving home
Taking all my inheritance
To do life on my own
Squandering my blessings 
On riotous living
I have nothing to offer You
But a person by sin broken

There is nothing I can do God
Nothing I can say
That will make You love me more
For You provided the way
To make me right with You
As in You I put my faith

Like the son who has worked
Daily by Your side
Thinking that what he does
Will win him the prize
Of being your beloved
In Your blessings rewarded
I have nothing to offer
But a person bound in pride

There is nothing I can do God
Nothing I can say
That will make You love me more
For You provided the way
To make me right with You
As in You I put my faith

You offer Your love freely
For You have paid the cost
To set me free from sin and death
Into Your righteousness 
To raise me from death to life
Seated with Christ by Your side
A child of Your kingdom home
With Your Beloved Son now One

There is nothing I can do God
Nothing I can say
That will make You love me more
For You provided the way
To make me right with You
As in You I put my faith

You eliminate our guilt
For Jesus took it to the grave
You give us Your righteousness 
With Your goodness, we you save
It is such a blessing
To know all my sin
Has died with Jesus
And in You I am re-made

There is nothing I can do God
Nothing I can say
That will make You love me more
For You provided the way
To make me right with You
As in You I put my faith

Thankful I cannot earn it
But to ALL it’s freely given
I rejoice in Your righteousness 
The blessing of Your Presence
For now I am Your child
With a son’s inheritance 
Living in Your kingdom
Filled to fullness with Your essence

There is nothing I can do God
Nothing I can say
That will make You love me more
For You provided the way
To make me right with You
As in You I put my faith

Righteous Eternally

“Where, then, is there room for boasting? Do our works bring God’s acceptance? Not at all! It was not our works of keeping the law but our faith in his finished work that makes us right with God. So our conclusion is this: God’s wonderful declaration that we are righteous in his eyes can only come when we put our faith in Christ, and not in keeping the law.” Romans 3:27-28 TPT

When I think I can boast
In doing work for God
Looking down on others
For their sins and failures
Your Spirit whispers to me
Of how I need a Saviour
For I can never be perfect
Never by works earn Your favour

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

When I’m struggling with sin
Struggling with temptation 
I cannot overcome it
With my strength and determination 
For when I think I can see
Without Your help a way forward
Sin clouds my judgement 
And pride becomes my fall

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

When I think I have wisdom
To deal with situations
That I can know Your ways
By just Your rules and regulations 
Map a path forward
That leads me to heaven
Jesus reminds me
Of the Pharisees leaven

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

When I seek to judge
The actions of others
Pointing out their sins
And their moral failures
Thinking I have lived 
A better life than them
You remind me I’ve failed to love
The way that only Jesus can

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

When my eyes are on me
Recording successes or failures
I’m not looking at Jesus
To become like my Saviour
I need to change where I gaze
Put Jesus in first place
That is the repentance
At the heart of Salvation

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

When I gaze at Jesus
See His holy life
I am moved by the beauty
Of His righteous love
The way He seeks the lost and broken
To show them God’s love
With His healing and forgiveness 
And His embracing righteousness 

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

The more I gaze at Jesus
The clearer I see my failures
How my own works
Can never earn God’s favours
But I also see the hope
See that Jesus still loves me
Reaches out to heal and save me
To give His life to me

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

The more I gaze at Jesus
Receiving His Salvation
The softer my heart becomes
With His love and forgiveness 
I become more like
The One whom I behold
His Spirit flowing through me
Re-creates me in His mould

So I fall back on Jesus
As my only hope
Only He has lived a perfect life
In this broken world
And as I put my faith and trust
In His saving work
God You declare over me
“You are righteous, eternally.”

Acquittal

“Yet through his powerful declaration of acquittal, God freely gives away his righteousness. His gift of love and favour now cascades over us, all because Jesus, the Anointed One, has liberated us from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin!” Romans 3:24 TPT

Jesus, the Anointed One
Has freed us from the guilt of sin
Taken all our punishment
Broken sin’s chains which held us in
So we can receive God’s righteousness 
And live a life full of God’s goodness

On the cross as He was dying
Jesus took our sins into him
Took to His death the burden
The body of our sinful person
So we could all be freed
To righteous life through His resurrection

In this public declaration
In His beloved Son’s execution 
God revealed His answer to sin
The death that we could take in Him
To free us from sin broken hearts
To kill the power of sin over us

In Jesus’ resurrection 
We see God’s public declaration
Of the power of righteous living
To give us the total freedom
To live as God’s beloved Children
In the fullness of His kingdom

When we choose Jesus as our Saviour
His death is ours, from sin to free us
And His righteous resurrection 
Gives us our new life and direction
Living life at God’s right hand
Enjoying God’s love, favour and blessing

All this God has freely given
Though His Son’s life it cost Him
His love would not leave humanity broken
Bound in sin, doomed to destruction
Instead He raised them all to heaven
To live the righteousness He’s given

To the suffering of this world
God has provided the only answer
To remake a sin broken people
In the image of His Son Beloved
So we can live His righteousness 
Healing this world with His graciousness