DAILY SERMONS

DAY ELEVEN

DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF

Fanny Crosby, due to a health challenge that was not properly treated, was blind as early as six weeks old. In spite of this, she enrolled at the New York school for the blind at the age of 12 and so excelled in her studies that she returned there to teach in 1847for the next 11 years. In her state of blindness, she wrote over 7000 sacred songs and hymns including 'Near the Cross', 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus', 'Rescue the Perishing', etc. One day, Fanny visited the home of her friends the Mrs. Knapps who had a very large pipe-organ. As Mrs Knapp invited Fanny beside the piano to listen to her newly composed melody, she asked Fanny's opinion. Fanny blurted out: 'Blessed assurance Jesus is mine'. Thereafter she drew from her wealth of knowledge of scripture and continued: 'Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine; heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood'. That was how that hymn was born! She finally died at over 84 years. The bible says in Mark. 9:23 “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” If a blind woman can achieve so much in her life time, leaving wonderful legacies for us, what can't you achieve by the grace of God on your life? As long as you refuse to be limited by your physical or financial disabilities, and handicaps, you will see yourself soaring above those who never had a handicap in the first place.