Fanny J. Crosby, 1820-1915

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 10:22 & 23

Some people claim to have accepted Christ as Saviour, yet they live in the tragic uncertainty of doubting their salvation! The Holy Bible teaches, however, that we can know with absolute confidence that we have eternal life through Jesus Christ (I John 5:13). This confidence is not based on inner feelings or outer signs. Rather, this assurance is founded upon the promises of a faithful God and His inspired Word. It depends not on the amount of our faith, but on the object of that faith--Jesus Christ Himself.

“During the recent war in the Transvaal,” said a gentleman at my meeting in Exeter Hall, London, in 1900, “when the soldiers going to the front were passing another group of soldiers whom they recognized, their greeting used to be, ‘Four-nine-four, boys; four-nine-four.’ The salute would invariably be answered with ‘Six further on, boys; six further on.’ The significance of this was that, in ‘Sacred Songs and Solos,’ a number of copies of the small edition of which had been sent to the front, number 494 was 'God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again'. Six further on than 494, or number 500, was 'Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine'."
~Ira Sankey~

Though blinded at six weeks of age through improper medical treatment, Fanny Crosby wrote more than 8,000 gospel song texts in her lifetime of 95 years. Her many favorites such as "Blessed Assurance" have been an important part of Christian worship for over a century. Only eternity will disclose the host of individuals whose lives have been spiritually enriched through the texts of Fanny Crosby's many hymns. Engraved on Fanny J. Crosby's tombstone at Bridgeport, Connecticut are these significant words taken from our Lord's remarks to Mary, the sister of Lazarus, after she had anointed Him with costly perfume--"She hath done what she could." (Mark 14:8).

Blessèd 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.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

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!

*For Today*: Isaiah 12:2; Romans 8:16 & 17, 15:13; Titus 2:13 & 14; I John 5:13

If you have accepted Christ as your personal Saviour, live with the absolute conviction and triumphant faith that the apostle Paul had when he exclaimed, "I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that HE IS ABLE to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day." (II Timothy 1:12). Carry Fanny Crosby's musical praise with you as you go through your day.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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