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Dearly Beloved, THOU MY EVERLASTING PORTION "'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'Therefore I hope in Him!'" (Lamentation 3:24 NKJV). "Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners! Purify your hearts, you hypocrites!" (James 4:8 TEV). Hymns of Fanny Jane Crosby have always fascinate me. Here was a blind lady who in spite of her disability surrendered her life to be used by her Creator as a hymn writer whose hymns are still blessing millions of souls till today. From available history, one of her hymns titled "Close to Thee" was composed when Silas Jones Vail came to her with a composed tune and asked her to think of some words to go with the tune. As Vail played the tune, Crosby remarked that the refrain sounded like "Close to Thee; close to thee." Vail consented, and Crosby composed the lyrics of the hymn with the first line "Thou my everlasting Portion." For anyone who really knows whom he/she is serving, God is indeed a believer's everlasting Portion, who is more than friend or life to the believer. Therefore, every believer's desire should be to walk with the Saviour closely in all the believer's pilgrim journey on earth. It should not be for ease or worldly pleasure, nor for fame, but the believer's prayer should be to gladly toil and suffer, just to walk closely with the Saviour. Fanny Jane Crosby then added these prayers that the Saviour should lead her through the valley of shadows, and bear her over life’s fitful sea so that she may enter the gate of eternal life with the Lord. Have you also made God your everlasting Portion? Is your desire is to walk closely with Him? If yes, then He will draw nearer to you and you will know indeed that He is more than a friend to you as He will lead you through any valley or mountain of life till you reign eternally with Him. Indeed, God is my everlasting Portion! In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: Lord, help me to walk closer with You as my everlasting Portion till I reign eternally with You in Your kingdom in Jesus' name. Amen.

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