It Is Well With My Soul

Abed_nego2

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John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life”
Acts 4:12, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”
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This is another favorite hymn that is sung in churches throughout our country today and another favorite of mine. The words are by Horatio G. Spafford and the music by Philip P. Bliss. The tune is named after the ship on which Spafford’s children perished, the S. S. Ville de Havre. Ironically, Bliss died in a tragic train wreck shortly after writing this music. This hymn was written after two major traumas in Spafford’s life. The first was the great Chicago Fire of October 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a wealthy businessman).

Shortly after, while crossing the Atlantic, all four of Spafford’s daughters died in a collision with another ship. Spafford’s wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone.” Several weeks later, as Spafford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daughters died, the Holy Spirit inspired these words. They speak to the eternal hope that all believers have, no matter what pain and grief befall them on earth. I trust this simple hymn will be a blessing to your heart, mind and soul, but more importantly I trust “It Is Well With Your Soul” today. Enjoy my brethren!

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Refrain

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Refrain

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

Refrain

But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!

Refrain

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Refrain
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Further reflection:

Acts 4:12 says, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”. The story has been told of a pilot of a military plane who was forced to parachute into a jungle in Southeast Asia. A local man saw what had happened and came to the pilot’s rescue, slashing through the tangled underbrush. The frightened pilot cried out, “Where’s the road? Where’s the way out?” The rescuer shouted back, “No road! I’m the way! Follow me!” The pilot trusted the man, who led him through the jungle to safety.

Today so many people have a difficult time accepting similar words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Many critics call this teaching intolerant and divisive. But because the Son of God said it, and the Word of God records it, it is true no matter how much it is challenged. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal fellowship with God. My beloved, the pathway to God isn’t found by following a creed, developing moral character, or attending church. It’s found by trusting Jesus Christ to forgive our sin and reconcile us to the Father. When we open our hearts to the crucified and risen Savior, we are on the only pathway that will bring us home to God.

God wants us to come to Him just as we are, admitting that we are sinners who deserve nothing but judgment. This is very humbling, but it is the only way a person can receive the forgiveness Christ paid for on the cross and be accepted and used by God. The scribes and Pharisees were scrupulous law keepers. They thought God was pleased with them because they were all “cleaned up.” So when they saw Jesus eating with people who had bad reputations, they complained. But Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Luke 5:32). This was a rebuke to their self-righteous attitude. They like us needed to admit their sin, so that Jesus could receive them too. If you need to be saved or to be restored to fellowship, repent and come to Jesus just as you are! He will forgive your sin and make you righteous.
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No one can bypass Jesus and get to heaven & sinners are the only people who can be saved.
 

Wings Like Eagles

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That song has always touched my heart as well. Another that is touching is "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" is touching as well--especially if you know the story behind it: American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the poem (that was early on set to music) after the tragic death of his wife Fanny, from burns acquired in a freak fire accident. Longfellow himself was badly burned in the accident--it was the summer of 1861. Longfellow bore facial scars from the burns for the rest of his life. They had five children, the oldest, a son, Charles. Shortly after the fire tragedy, Charles was crippled from wounds received while serving in the Union Army.

As he kept his vigil next to Charles' bed (and it wasn't at all clear that Charles would recover), Longfellow heard the Christmas bells ringing. The song expresses Longfellow's grief and anxiety and the bitterness of questioning God's goodness, in allowing Longfellow's severe trial. But, through the course of the night, Longfellow's faith does not fail him and he writes the majestic line, "God is not dead, nor does He sleep..." The best rendering of the song (they do not use the conventional tune) that I have heard is the version recorded by the Christian vocal/orchestral group, Casting Crowns. The lead singer, Mark Hall has faced severe trials of his own and when he sings that line, it sends shivers down one's spine. Their recording of it is in various visual formats on the web. I like the one that was done in concert, in front of a live audience with a children's choir doing backup. It will make you cry.
 

lightofmylife

Blessed Hope-Prepare To Fly!
Tears always flow when I sing/hear *It is Well*.
My sin, not in part.....but the Whole...

Praise Jesus!!!!!
I love this song beautiful lyrics. It is good to know once we are sealed we do not lose our salvation. Some churches will tell you otherwise, but we know that is works based. None of us are good enough to earn our salvation. Thank You Jesus for paying our sin debt that we could not. Paid in full past, present, and future. It is finished!
 

Leigh

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That song has always touched my heart as well. Another that is touching is "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" is touching as well--especially if you know the story behind it: American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the poem (that was early on set to music) after the tragic death of his wife Fanny, from burns acquired in a freak fire accident. Longfellow himself was badly burned in the accident--it was the summer of 1861. Longfellow bore facial scars from the burns for the rest of his life. They had five children, the oldest, a son, Charles. Shortly after the fire tragedy, Charles was crippled from wounds received while serving in the Union Army.

As he kept his vigil next to Charles' bed (and it wasn't at all clear that Charles would recover), Longfellow heard the Christmas bells ringing. The song expresses Longfellow's grief and anxiety and the bitterness of questioning God's goodness, in allowing Longfellow's severe trial. But, through the course of the night, Longfellow's faith does not fail him and he writes the majestic line, "God is not dead, nor does He sleep..." The best rendering of the song (they do not use the conventional tune) that I have heard is the version recorded by the Christian vocal/orchestral group, Casting Crowns. The lead singer, Mark Hall has faced severe trials of his own and when he sings that line, it sends shivers down one's spine. Their recording of it is in various visual formats on the web. I like the one that was done in concert, in front of a live audience with a children's choir doing backup. It will make you cry.
I love this song and did not know the background - thank you for sharing! There are two different tunes and I think both are so pretty (have not heard the Casting Crowns version).
 

Wings Like Eagles

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I love this song and did not know the background - thank you for sharing! There are two different tunes and I think both are so pretty (have not heard the Casting Crowns version).
I hope you will do yourself a favour and look it up on the web--you will be glad you did. I've probably listened to it at least 20 times and have sent the link to Christian friends, along with the back story, at Christmastime. But it is truly good anytime. The violin section is superb and the arrangement is lovely. Casting Crowns is probably my favorite group. One of the few Christian groups to win a Grammy.
 

crunchymama

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After my DH died, I was waiting in the ER for family to come. I stepped outside to wait for my brother, and I looked at the night sky and felt this urge to say "It is well with my soul" out loud. And it was then and still is now. There's a MercyMe song called "Even If" and in it it says

But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I always wondered about that- would/could I be able to say "It is well in my soul" when I was in the darkest valley, when God doesn't move the mountains I want Him to? I'm just eternally grateful for God's love, peace, and strength. Who am I, that the Lord of all creation, loves me this much? Not worthy at all, and yet He does. I cannot wait to worship Him face-to-face for all eternity!!!!!
 
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