Real Hope Inspires a Song

Real Hope Inspires a Song

real hope for your home songI have written four books and countless articles, presentations, and teachings over the past 30 years. And I have had many different responses—but never have I had someone write a song. It is with a humbled and joyful heart that I share the following song written in response to chapter 6 of Real Hope for Your Home.

Chapter 6 describes our new identity in Jesus Christ which brings us joy. So, this is a song that extols the beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks Gary!

NOTE: Lyrics follow but we still need music! If your or someone you know would like to put these words to music, that would be great!

 

What a Gift from God

© 2020 Gary A. Burlingame

V: I was

Dead to God

Lost without hope

Living in darkness

I was

I was

Now I’m

Purchased, forgiven

Born of God

Raised in Christ

I am

I am

V: I was

Satan’s slave

Stranger to God

An orphan, alone

I was

I was

Now I’m

Blameless and complete

One with God

Hidden in Christ

I am

I am

C:  What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ

What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ

V: Now I’m

Led by His Spirit

Called by God

Redeemed in Christ

I am

I am

V: I was

Child of wrath

Captured by sin

Broken within

I was

I was

Now I’m

Holy, set apart

Known by God

Seated with Christ

I am

I am

C:  What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ

What a gift from God

What a joy for life

This Gospel

This Christ

Good News in Troubled Times: The Opportunity to Reset

Good News in Troubled Times: The Opportunity to Reset

real hopeReset [verb ree-set] “To set adjust or fix in a new or different way”

I’ll never forget my high school Physics class. We were four weeks into the first semester and the whole class was struggling. After a few disappointing quizzes, the first test proved dismal. The highest grade was a C. (And for the record, sadly that wasn’t mine.) I was particularly anxious about passing the class and I still have nightmares about it to this day—no joke. After discussing the horrible tests with us, our teacher decreed that she would throw out the test and quiz results and start over. That was a very refreshing reset: a new beginning for our class.

Perhaps in your homes right now, you’re seeing a lot of relational challenges and like my high school Physics class: a reset that will renew hope, confidence, and purpose seems like a pretty good idea.

Hope can be achieved through a reset! This reset can come by way of a change of perspective about how we approach family life. We typically look at life in a way that reduces it merely to right and wrong. What does the Bible say about marriage? What does the Bible say about raising children? For sure, we need to do seek and apply God’s wisdom. But there is often something missing that makes the difference between defeat and endurance that begins to see lasting change take place.

This change of perspective goes back to the foundation of the gospel itself. The gospel is more than the message that our sins are forgiven in Christ. Indeed, it is that. But it is more! Through the gospel, we learn all that God has done to help us live for him. This includes a new identity in Christ that we have been given that profoundly demonstrates God’s love.

Let’s take a very brief look at just a sample of what this identity includes: we are redeemed, adopted by God, hidden in Christ; made righteous, holy, blameless. We are dead to sin and alive to God, set free, and no longer under condemnation. (Download an A-Z List of our Identity in Christ).

Our identity is woven throughout the Bible and is intended to provide us with great joy and serves as a powerful motive for living the Christian life. Living out of joy in God is crucial to living for his glory and it is a far more effective tool than fear and guilt in our relationships.

Once you see these statements in your study of the Bible it will revolutionize your walk with God. It will change your perspective on living for him from one of oppressive obligation to glorious grace.

When we see how much God loves us, we will in turn love him and love others.

Real Hope for Your Home

real hope for your homeOur new book, Real Hope for Your Home, provides a reset in our homes around our identity in Christ so that we live with real hope, unwavering confidence, and joyful purpose. Begin your own rediscovery of grace today and hit the reset button in your home!