Wednesday, June 21, 2017

To One in Sorrow

Let me come in where you are weeping,
And please allow me to hold your hand.
I have known a sorrow such as yours
It helps me relate and I can understand.
Allow me to give you a word from God,
Words that were written in His book.
A word, a verse or line for you to hold
Until this grieving time shall slowly pass.
For God says He will wipe away our tears,
When next we meet again on that far shore,
When all our grieving with be at an end.
In the joy of knowing He loves us more.

Allow me to hold you and wipe away
The tears I see there in eyes so full.
When I have lost fine words to say.
Let me do something, and so to show
That none of us want loved ones to go.
Lord let my words be not maudlin or trite,
For I know that we will all face the night,
And grieving times are not always the same
It does not mean we ever forget their name.
But raw feelings lessen as does the pain.
We grieve not as those who have no hope
We will meet again and that helps us cope.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:55 ~ Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
  • John 5:24 & 25 ~ I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word, and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 
  • Psalm 139:8 ~ If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there, If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
  • John 16:20 ~ I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
  • Luke 23:43 ~ Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:1 - 4 ~ Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with out heavenly dwelling - so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

God Speaks

Do you fill your devotional time with your wants and needs?
Or do you quieten your mind and allow God to intercede?
God’s Spirit  wants two-way conversation where you listen.
His desire to commune with you will not be pushy or bold.
He has things to tell you, not always in His word, but for now.
In order to hear God one has to know His voice and be familiar.

Christ left the Spirit with us to lead us and guide us in all things.
Sometimes an inner voice, certainly not yours, speaks to you..
Often a verse of scripture comes to mind, one you did not just read.
The strongest desire to go to prayer for someone comes to mind..
To go and ease a brother’s heartache, send a card, show you care.
If you are not obedient to this voice suddenly you find it is not there.

God knows people who need of your care, being obedient your task.
Christians are not an Island unto themselves, but a body of believers.
Important to remember that the voice will always align with scripture.
Satan and his angels often come by to try to destroy your service.
Always check your thoughts, urges, or intercessions with scripture.
Satan is powerless when we claim the blood of Christ and the cross.

“SPEAK LORD FOR THY SERVANT HEARETH”
                                    
  • Jude 4:20 ~ “But you dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” 
  • I John 3:24 ~ “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We now it by the Spirit he gave us.”
  • I John 4:1 - 7 ~ :”Dear friends, do not believe very spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God. Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus has come in the flesh is from God, but ever spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and even now is already in the world.”
  • ! John 4: 13 ~ “ We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, and so we know and rely on the love God has for us.``
  • I Thessalonians 5: 19 ~ “Do not put out the Spirit`s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
  • Timothy 1:7 ~ “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”.
  • John 10:27 ~ “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

At the Foot of the Cross

The ground is level at the foot of the cross.
We are all equal in God’s sight; none are dross.
For behold, the extravagant grace of our God!
He sees us all needy, yet does not rule with a rod.

His sacrifice, the beatings, the scars, His blood.
The humiliation he faced as his disciples stood
On Golgotha’s Hill, slivers deep from that wood.
Bloody hands and feet, He would breathe if he could.

God found the only way to begin again on that day.
But what of his followers, most began to betray.
“If you are the Son of God”, come down some say.
Some were faithful, but all they could do was pray.

Christ was the sin eater, God sees us as spotless.
Because of Him we can daily pray and confess.
We are forgiven, our sins forgotten, wiped away.
A brand new day we learn and we begin to pray,



I Corinthians 1: 18 ~ For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’
Philippians 2:8 ~ And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even the death on a cross.
1 John 1:10 ~ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Colossians 2:14 ~ Having cancelled the written code with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us: He took it away, nailing it to the cross.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Times they are A'changin'

In days gone by, on Sundays they rang the church bells to announce 
A wake up call to the entire village to come, church will commence.
Worship was about to begin, “So ready yourself for this Holy Day”.
Often the holy were a somber lot, showing people they knew the way.
Those that missed church, or came in late, saw those pictures of Hell.
Hanging at the back of the church was the “Doomsday Book”, to tell 
By paintings, remembered to this day, I remember them so very well.
People who dressed ‘improperly’ were thought to have lost their way.
Children were quiet, somber, and often got a slap and urged to pray.
They could do little on Sunday; dressed in their best they could not play, 
If you thought they answered back or made a noise you are so wrong, 
They were taken quickly out of the service and belted hard and strong.
What this taught them was to hate church, and God and parents too.
Children did not talk back to parents or adults, that was a big taboo.

No-one worked on a Sunday except the necessary farming chores
But even cooking meals were prepared ahead, labour God abhors.
To garden, sew or wash just proved what state your heart was in
Who decided what was necessary and what was considered a sin
Equating God’s love with forgiveness was then called a discipline.
What happened to those sinners who missed church; they were told
”You are in grave danger of losing your place, the priests extolled”.
In the Church of England the pastor was also called “Our Father”.
The person walking into church wearing black and carrying a Bible,
With a downcast face was thought to be holy and that was survival.
The big concern was not missions but donations for a church steeple.
To have your name on a pew or bell meant you were very rich people.
Some thought the more you donated would surely keep you out of hell,
Because, like some churches today, Purgatory was a place before hell.

But a family could pay to reduce the purgatory waiting time with money.
Just think of that golden fat purse of the preaching priest, it was acrimony.
Keeping things in perspective today we still have a mortgage to pay for,
And pledges and drives, and concerns about wood or carpet on the floor.
But it does not make us more important to our creator to donate more!
We read, “having the form of godliness but denying the power thereof”.
We cannot deny the power of a Living God, we scorn legalism whereof
We live as carnal Christians cloaked in sheep’s clothing as in days of old.
We need prayer as never before, an awakening that will makes us all bold!
We were left the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and guide, but do we care?
Do we draw upon the Spirit’s strength, learn to listen, to walk and to share?
We do not need a Priest or a Minister to speak to God on our behalf, for
We have the Spirit ourselves, and He intercedes for us and we can all see
That God through His Spirit is able to use us, and He readily sets us free!

IN THE ANNALS OF HISTORY:-
During the Victorian age, it was thought to be Godly by certain churches
or chapels, to inform on your “brothers and sisters”, of course only to assist or correct the
error of their ways. February 2, 1885 - “The Churchman Newspaper

Galatians 3:10-14 ~ All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written; ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the book of the Law. Clearly no one is
justified before God by the law, because: “The righteous will live by faith.'”

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doubt

It is a common practice of Satan to work hard to introduce doubt.
Even Christ’s followers, the ones that saw Him were not left out.
We want to put God in a little box and have Him all figured out.
When God does not act the way we think He should act, we  doubt.
One third of the world’s population believe that a Jew died on a cross.
About another third think it was  possible, but it was no great loss.
Yet the other third actually believe that Jesus rose from the dead.
But many times we are fearful, choosing to remain silent instead.

When we hear someone mocking Christians we do not make a stand.
Often we do not have words prepared, not wanting to grandstand.
But to testify of what Christ has done for us, our unquenchable thirst,
Being bold enough to tell others that we put Christ in our lives first.
We do not have to understand everything to believe in something.
Satan is powerless when we start to make a stand, not swerving.
God is far greater than the human mind can ever comprehend.
All around us lies evidence of a creator, and God willingly did send

His Son to die ,willingly upon a cross so we might be set free.
Switch from the unexplainable to the undeniable, you will see.
It takes far more faith to believe in an evolution happenstance,
To think that this world of ours just simply occurred by chance.
Doubt cannot co-exist with its opposite, which is faith, we must trust.
One drop of doubt, can make our faith weak and ineffective, we must
Realize doubt cannot inhabit where faith exists, doubt comes from fear
Fear paralyses us and we are unable to pray properly, unable to hear

Build yourself up in the holy faith whenever doubt comes your way,
And know that Satan is defeated when you shout at him and say
“I am covered with the blood of Christ, Viper depart from me now”
He dislikes you speaking about the blood of Christ, so let it show
That you have no fear of him and you know doubt is really a sin.
Build yourself up in the holy faith whenever doubt comes in.
We are told to be merciful to those who doubt, it comes when
We do not know the scriptures immersing ourselves in them.
                                                                  
  • Matthew 21:21 & 22 ~ Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
  • Mark 11:23 ~ 'Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  • James 1:6 ~ But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Belief

The disciples had no New Testament, they wrote it.
They had no history of Jesus, because they lived it.
They were not called Christians, but called followers
Many were called witnesses, because they saw it.
The followers used the sign of the fish out of fear.

The disciples were told to wait with Jesus a while
As Jesus went off to pray alone in the garden.
They fell asleep and could not persist in prayer.
Thomas the disciple doubted and Jesus told him
To put his finger in his side and on his hands.
He was chided for his lack of belief and faith.

We need not be ashamed when we question why.
And then feel guilty at our lack of faith and hope.
Men and women in the Bible lacked faith too.
Christ’s very own disciples worried about a storm.
And John sank in the water when he took his eyes
Off Christ, and that is often what we tend to do.

Jesus’ brother did not believe until after Christ rose.
Then Christ spoke; he ate with the risen Jesus and saw.
And he was stoned for his faith and died a martyr.
After the Holy Spirit was given they received power.
With that power they travelled their known world.

We need not be ashamed when we question, or doubt..
And then feel guilty at our lack of faith and hope.
Men and women in the Bible often lacked faith too.
Christ’s very own disciples worried about a storm.
The disciples quarreled about who would be first.
And John sank in the water when he took his eyes
Off Christ, and that is often what we tend to do.

Power to preach the gospel, faith to dispel all fears.
The evidence of a living faith is a Spirit filled life.
Faith is a living substance needing to be fed.
The more you feed your faith with God’s word
The more it grows; when it grows it will readily sow.

Faith is the evidence of things that are unseen.
New hope and belief to others as they journey on.
You will feel in yourself God’s voice guiding you,
Christ left you His Spirit to guide and to teach too.
Put your trust by faith in God, the one you serve.

Faith is the evidence of things that are not seen.
New hope and belief give to others as they journey on.
You will feel in yourself God’s voice guiding you,
Christ left you His Spirit to guide and teach you too.
Put your hand in the hand of the one you claim to serve

There is a lesson for all of us in this poem I’m sure.
Confessed sin is forgiven, and our salvation is secure.
The weaknesses of man has changed little over the years.
Boldness to preach the gospel will come despite our fears.
To believe is a gift from God, but it needs to be used to grow.

  • Hebrews 11:6 ~ He that cometh to God must first believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
  • Galatians 2:20 ~ I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
  • 2 Timothy 3:14 ~ But continue thou in the thing which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing whom thou has learned and has been assure of knowing of knowing of whom thou has learned them.
  • Ephesians 3: 17 - 19 ~ That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vanity

It is written in God’s word: “There is nothing new under the sun.”
The quest to seek for more, for bigger and better, it hasn’t just begun.
Wisdom, knowledge, work, and acquisition; the search for pleasure
Is as relevant today as in King Solomon’s day , proving beyond measure
That we still toil under the sun, desiring and striving for more, or what?
It all turns to dust in our hands, all the acquiring , and what have we got?
We leave with nothing, only what we have done for Christ will count.
Look and see how the wise does, just as the fool; it is all of no account.

Satisfaction in our toil only comes from our efforts for eternity and for God.
All else is vanity, envy, and discontent is actually a complaint against God.
Through the seasons of discontent we learn humility, God is the constancy.
Only He can satisfy, each day only He will fill our needs, be sufficiency.
We need to look at our lives in a new way, through the lens of our faith.
Pleasure under the sun will not satisfy,; it is fleeting, none of it is safe..
Only God can make the crooked straight, forgive our failings, set us aright.
He can lift us up out of the miry clay and place our feet solidly straight.

When you look at life with all its stressors, with its seemingly aimless cycles
One can become discouraged and cynical, never looking for miracles..
Never considering that only God can satisfy all our yearnings and our greed.
Time, money, accumulation and success can be thought of as our “need’.
What is our identity tied to as Christians, we are told this is not our home.
We are children of the King of Kings, and find our power is in Him alone.
If we live our lives serving others, and find that our sins He did atone.
We will soon find lasting and true happiness and am enduring contentment.
The things of this world will not satisfy, only Christ, that God hath sent.
                                                                                                                     
  • Ecclesiastes 2:11 ~ Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:33 & 24 ~ What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which the labors under the sun. All his days his work is pain and grief, even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:26 ~ To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing of the wind.
  • I Corinthians 15:58 ~ Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.