Blessed Assurance

Romans Chapter 8 Verse 28    And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose.         (NASB)       

Excerpts from “50 People Every Christian Should Know” by Warren W. Wiersbe

Fanny Jane Crosby was born on March 24, 1820, in Putnam County New York.  When she was six weeks old she developed a minor eye inflammation, and the doctor’s careless treatment left her blind.  When her family moved to Connecticut, her neighbor, Mrs. Hawley read to her from the Bible and taught her Bible stories.  By the time Fanny was ten years old she memorized the first four books of the Old Testament and the four Gospels! 

On November 20, 1850, Fanny received the assurance of her salvation.   She said her very soul was filled with celestial light and for the first time she realized that she had been trying to hold the world in one hand and the Lord in the other.   Fanny went on to write over 8,000 songs using nearly 200 various pseudonyms.  In her autobiography Fanny Crosby’s Life Story, she wrote, “It seemed intended by the blessed Providence of God that I should be blind all my life and I thank Him for the dispensation.”   She said that her blindness was a gift from GOD so that she could write songs for His glory.   Fanny said, “I could not have written thousands of hymns if I had been hindered by the distractions of seeing all the interesting and beautiful objects presented to my notice.”     She also held no ill will toward the doctor that destroyed her sight.  “If I could meet him now,” she wrote, “I would say ‘Thank you, thank you’—over and over again—for making me blind.”  

Fanny lived to be just shy of her 95th birthday, and I am sure that she could not have ever imagined a country rock group would record “Blessed Assurance” one of the hymns that she wrote over 100 years ago.     Today, we are blessed to hear this song via the Internet – To God Be The Glory!

Below are the lyrics and the link to the song Blessed Assurance written by Fanny Crosby, music by Phoebe P. Knapp, sung by Third Day

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

O, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

Angels descending, bring from above

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

If you cannot see the video click here to view Third Day singing “Blessed Assurance”.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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