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Just As I Am Without One Plea

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In 1828, at the age of thirty-two, Charlotte Elliott suffered a major illness that left her an invalid. This caused severe depression and a major spiritual crisis.

One day, a Swiss evangelist was visiting her family, and she told him that she did not know how to come to Christ. He told her, “Come to him just as you are.” However, her depression continued. Twelve years later, she was still deeply distressed by her feelings of uselessness as an invalid.  She then decided that she needed to meet her spiritual troubles head on and conquer them by the grace of God.  Charlotte wrote down the own formula of her of faith,  remembering those words of the visiting evangelist. In the end, she had the words to the hymn known as “Just As I Am”.

In the words of Billy Graham:

When I was converted in 1937, under the ministry of the evangelist Mordecai Hamm, two invitation songs were used and a total of eight stanzas were sung. I did not respond to the invitation until the final verse of the second song, and I have always been grateful that the evangelist waited so patiently. One of those hymns was “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”. 

Billy had used this hymn at most all of his crusades as people would come forward to give their lives over to Jesus Christ. A woman who had felt so useless had penned the words of this beautiful hymn that has touched millions of lives. Billy Graham’s autobiography is titled “Just As I Am”.

I am awestruck and amazed by how God works in our lives. All we need to do is have a heart that is willing to follow Him.

 What inspires and motivates you?  What do you really enjoy doing?  What are you the most passionate about? Do you enjoy writing poetry; music; devotions? Do you have an artistic flair?  Do you love to cook? I personally love to write, sing, crochet, bead jewelry, and cook. These things were instilled in me from the time I was a child.

God had plans for all of this. One of His plans is right here in this online ministry.

Who am I to be used by God? Absolutely no one. Poor life choices have kept me from many things that I hoped to accomplish in this life. Ill health, insecurities, and anxiety gave me a feeling of utter uselessness, just like Charlotte Elliott.

But I have learned that if our holy God in all His glory and wisdom can use a “useless invalid” like Charlotte Elliott, He can use me too.  In fact, He can use you, and any of one of us.

Ask Him how He can use you and your gifts and talents.God does not call the qualified.  He qualifies the called. 

Image Credit: Little Birdie Blessings

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Just as I Am, Without One Plea
By: Charlotte Elliott

Just as I am, without one plea
But that thy blood was shed for me
And that thou bidd’st me come to thee
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need, in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just a I am; thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be thine, yea, thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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