July 6, 2011

“God uses broken vessels, they’re His favorite kind”

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“IF YOU FAIL”
Graphic and lyrics by Doug Van Pelt, of Hard Music Magazine,
(c) 1992 Captive Thought Publishing (ASCAP)

Failure is a four letter word
Thats common to us all /
Grace taken for granted
Until the time we fall /

God’s not a cynic
And He doesnt take sin light /
But to think He won’t forgive you
Is a thought from the night /

When you fail to meet “the standard”
And feel like such a scum /
Don’t drop out and give up
Remember from where you’ve come /

God’s not quitting now
His work with you ain’t done /
In His eyes you’re worth
Every bit of His only Son

(Chorus)
If you fail
God’s not through with you /
Don’t try and bail
There’s confessing to do /
Don’t justify (your sin)
Or try and strike a deal /
Repent and believe
Forgiveness is for real

Don’t believe the lie
That you have to live by a norm (standard) /
Why did Jesus die
If we still have to perform? /

He took out failure on his back
And nailed it to the cross /
The believer’s rest is knowing this
And counting our strength as loss /

Forgiveness is a promise
Made from God to man /
He forgives and forgets
Like no one else can /

You can believe you’re forgiven
And not forgive yourself /
But if you don’t apply the grace
It might affect your health

God leaves the ninety-nine
To seek and find the one /
You may have blown it big time
Yet you’re still His son /

You think when you return
A whipping you will find /
But you’re thinking wrongly
A kiss is on His mind

Even if you betray Him
There’s still hope for you /
Share with a trusted brother
You know, he’s fallen too /

All of us are human
The words been truly spoken /
God can really use us
When we’re on our knees and broken /

So don’t look to programs,
Tongues, healing, or pretty things /
Just reach out to Jesus
And the restoration He brings /

Quit wallowing in your failure
And get yourself off your mind /
God uses broken vessels
They’re His favorite kind.

Thanks so much for these words from 17 years ago, Doug.  Jesus is still using them to heal …

     Loving the Journey,

     Kevin

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