Great weekend @ranchocommunity & @ranchomurrieta. I was in Murrieta this weekend and did the welcome/updates. We introduced a new song, “The One Who Saves“, followed by “Forever Reign” – as we were singing I was thinking of how these lyrics:

we have found our hope
we have found our peace
we have found our rest
in the One who Loves
He will light the way
He will lead us home
as we offer all
to the One who saves us

Along with these lyrics:

I’m running to your arms
I’m running to your arms
the riches of your love
will always be enough

Those songs speak so well of the truths we are trying to convey each weekend:

  1. That it is God that does the work of saving and of (here comes a big word) sanctification.
  2. That we “run into His arms” as he is our Heavenly Father and his Holy Spirit empowers us to live out the gospel.
I shared from Matthew 10 as a follow up encouragement to our time of singing together:
But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
The encouragement for our church was that we tend to work towards pleasing God, trying to be good parents, spouses, employees, etc. most times out of our own energy, and many times we fail. God is reminding us that he knows us intimately, and wants us to trust him, with our every day lives – to run into his arms and let him be enough. To really live out of the overflow of God’s love and grace in our lives.

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