Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Seeking God

When you seek to know God you are seeking with all your heart.
That means searching Him, but He is not lost, it is you that is apart.
For you to know God, fasting, if done with the right intention.
It does not mean verbalizing it, better that you not even mention.

Seeking the Lord means you want to literally be in His presence.
The Hebrew word “to seek” means “His Face, His very essence."
God is omnipresent, everywhere, near everything and everyone.
A conscious fixing or focusing of our mind’s attention on Him.

It is not mental coasting, it is a conscious choice to start, to begin
Directing your heart and mind towards God, set a personal goal.
It is a deliberate choice, like choosing life, giving God control,
But at the same time staying away from questionable places,
Unhealthy attractions; would you take Jesus to some pub places?
If you cannot take the Lord, look upon His face, how will you grow?                                                                                                 

Matthew 6:33 ~ “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you/.
Jeremiah 29:13 ~ “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart"

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Being Bold

Are we bold enough to tell our neighbours what Christ means to us?
They cannot laugh at us or malign our faith, and we have a big plus.
What do we fear, we talk about our experience if we are sincere.
The Spirit is a plus, we are not threatening, or making a big fuss.
It is what we believe, sharing our faith; what He has done for us.
We are not forcing them, pressuring, or putting them on the spot.
We want to tell them Christ is real, this is not about us, it is Him!
“ Born Again” may be an anathema word; it is deliverance from sin.

Think of how the missionaries must feel, going to a foreign land..
They go with the Spirit, and a language they may not understand.
They have a drive in them “to go” a need that others might know 
Their Saviour personally, and then they teach the how to grow 
In the knowledge of the Saviour which can be a great challenge,
Many already know that Jesus died to make the great exchange.
For often the God’s of that country will be added to the Saviour, 
Aren’t numerous God’s better? and so often they feel a failure.

They work and pray so hard, and ask for our prayers to go too.
For if we have one neighbour here, how many do we rescue?
Missionaries may work for years, then, just as soon as they leave 
The Nationals go back to the old ways, unless they all receive 
Ongoing teaching and really get to know GOD’S face and word.
It is the glue that holds them together in a world that is unstirred 
By the Spirit of God, and when people do not continue to pray 
Without ceasing, here, where things are more clear, and can say

Without fear that a kernel of corn with faith can grow into a field 
But here too we need to pray for another great revival of souls,
Time is short, and there are millions unreached, and our goals?
Is it the Western World that needs the revival, a wake up call?
For the fields are ripe unto harvest, the harvesters are too few.
God will reap His kingdom with or without us, how about you?
The blood that was shed by Christ is not just a historical event.

It happened 2,000 years ago and the cross is why He was sent.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Too Close to the Edge

Summer sun, barely begun, new warmth will reveal
And bright smiles everywhere; such joy we all feel.
Alas, we abide too long in the sun and we all burn.
And again and again our faces and bodies we turn
To that hot sun until we peel, wrinkle, and are sore.
Then it is too late, doctors say don’t tan any more!
Just like our life this example can be of use to us all.
God tells us to avoid danger or we will surely fall.

Sometimes we venture so close to the edge of sin,
We don’t want to sin, but still venture a little way in.
When the Spirit talks about danger don’t even begin
To succumb to the danger signs that cause us to sin.
We play with fire until just one spark starts to ignite
Clothing leaps aflame, our bodies, a horrendous sight!
We thought we knew, but did not heed the warning.
Playing with fire is like ignoring the Spirit’s calling

We go where we would never go with the Lord..
It’s a gambling den that we know we cannot afford.
And the police come, and shame is what we feel.
The person that brought us encourages us to steal.
We have stepped over the edge, what will you do?
You’re so ashamed, how did this ever happen to you?
You saw warning signs, ignoring  them, you went in.
You have submitted to Satan’s ploy, that of his sin.

Hebrews 12:28 ~ Since we have a kingdom nothing an destroy, let us please God by serving Him with thankful hearts, and with holy fear, and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:3- 8 ~ And have you quite forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, His child? He said, “My son, don’t be angry when the Lord punishes you. Don’t be discouraged when He has to show you where you are wrong. For when He punishes you, it proves that He loves you. When He
whips you, it proves you are really His child.. Let God train you, for He is doing what any loving father does for his children. Whoever heard of a son who was never corrected?  If God doesn’t punish you when you need it, as other fathers punish their sons, then it means that you aren’t really God’s son at all - that you don’t belong in His family.

I Timothy 6:1l ~ Oh Timothy, you are God’s man. Run from all these evil things and work instead at what is right and good, learning to trust Him and love others, and to be patient and gentle.

2 Timothy 2:22 ~ Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Listening to the Spirit

Be careful if you ignore the Holy Spirit, if you feel He is talking to you.
For soon His voice becomes quieter, He no longer calls upon you to do
Christ’s work in sharing His love to others in this world, those in need.
Obedience to His voice should be sowing His life transforming seed.
I will tell you a secret, it is not difficult, nor is it really like working,
He who is not eager to shed salvation’s good news is really shirking.
It is not a job, nor a way to earn brownie points, or secret ways to pray.
It did not get you into heaven, Christ’s death and resurrection is the way.
Salvation is offered for all who confess their sins and truly believe,
All you need to do is accept His promise by faith in order to receive.
Immediately the Spirit enters into your heart and He never does depart,
You may lose your way for a while, but confess and make a new start.

The Spirit does not bounce in and out of your life if your prayer was real.
That is a covenant between you and God, and the Holy Spirit is His seal.
You may not feel differently right away, but feelings are not God’s way.
Feelings change just like the weather, but if you meant what you did pray,
Some days you are quite overcome by the price paid by God’s only Son,
But by faith in God’s word, life walking in the Spirit has just begun.
You will be hungry for His word, and the Spirit is eager to be heard.
The more obedient you become, the easier scriptures come to mind.
There will be things you don’t know or even understand you will find.
Rely on what you know, stand on His promises don’t try to outguess God.
Don’t fret small things, we will find out all when we finally go home.
Now, listen, pray, listen again,, live by faith and trust in God’s word alone.

I John 34:24 ~ “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.”
I John 4:1 - 3 ~ “Dear friends, do not believe every 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 Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every 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 this world.”
I Timothy 1:7 ~ “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of a self-discipline.”
John 14:8 ~ “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” “But the Comforter (parakletos) which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name.”
1 John 2:1 ~ “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin; we have an ADVOCATE (parakletos) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
PARAKLETOS: MEANS: an intercessor, consoler, advocate, comforter
John 16:7 ~ “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I WILL SEND HIM UNTO YOU.

Colossians 2:8 ~ “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” {Christ left us with another form of himself to live in our minds.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Glorious Revelation

God is here; He is there; He is everywhere; He abides!
God’s Son left us the Holy Spirit which dwells inside.
So we know if we pray, and ask, He will be our guide.
It is not rocket science to know we hear His voice,
If we spend time in God’s word, we have a choice.
When we pray for help, He will work deep in our minds,
And lead, and promises from His word suddenly we find
We remember the scripture and can look up the address.
What joy that is, the Spirit speaking to us is such success!
As it is withe our prayer needs, the Spirit will intercede.
In our prayers with a name or need and we will succeed
In the act of intercessions, that is one on one accession!
God gives others names before they even ask for prayer.
What greater joy can there be than to always be there,

Ready, waiting for a word from God, and then we find
The Spirit was correct, Wow!, He is the mastermind !
This is not about us, or our doing, He merely used you
As a transport of His answer, before they even asked too.
What a building up of your faith this is, nothing by you
But simple obedience and prayer in all you say and do.
But, be very  careful of hidden dangers of the carnal self,
Ensure confession is done, that you have cleared the shelf.
That ceiling that closes off our prayers, for didn’t God say
That our unconfessed sins will hinder us when we pray?
Our connection with the Lord is His Spirit, which abides
Forever with the Christian, leading, speaking, and resides
What a glorious revelation this can be to each daily prayer,
To think that every time we pray, God is always there!

QUOTE: “Many people are fearful of the Holy Spirit thinking that He is going to make them do something that is not “Them” like dancing around the church or shouting out loud. The Holy Spirit does not offend. He is our guide. He is not perverse and promises to lead us in all things. We need to make use of this wonderful part of God that Jesus left us with.”

2 Corinthians 1:22 ~ “He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
1 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 know it by the Spirit He gave us.”

1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every 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 Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every 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.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Kudzu Vine Parable

Allow me to tell you of the story of the creeping Kudzu Vine
Its rampant growth can topple a house just like yours or mine.
This fastest growing vines; climbs in windows and under floors
Even been known to completely cover a path, and under doors.
Oh like sin it is, stealthy and quiet when it grabs a weaker vessel.
The vulnerable part of us, the seeking one that we often wrestle,
So swiftly travels the roots of sin into the weakest part of you..
They say, if you are quiet, you can almost hear it growing too!

The Kudzu vine is a major factor in our surface ozone production.
Like enticing creeping vines, it now comes with a new seduction.
The crushing of the Kudzu leaves showed up as a placebo for alcohol.
We have to weigh its swiftly creeping death against alcohol protocol.
Delivering alcoholics from the devastating results of this disease
But the damage the vine is doing to the ozone layer, do we appease?
Do what is best for the environment by eradicating the Kudzu Vine,
Or crushing its leaves to save someone’s life, throw them a towline?
Choices we make in our lives can either take over and be our nemesis,
Or they can be the catalyst that sets us afire to be used in God’s service.
Struggle with decisions about the creeping Kudzu vine, another analogy
Whether to totally wipe it out, preventing damage to the ozone pathology,
Or saving it as forage and a cure for alcoholics, are you a “nay-sayer” ?
Someone who says “No” to helping an illness like alcohol, a gainsayer.
Is it a struggle between good and evil, can we can possibly circumvent
By avoiding and ignoring life’s big decisions, Satan’s angels are sent.
A GAINSAYER:   Someone who is against or contradicts,
Thought: If we fill our hearts and minds with scriptures and use them in contemplative or mediating times to think on new parables or allegories in our lives today that can relate to our Christian walk, and draw us closer to Him, then we have so little space left for Satan to find a “chink” in our armour to sneak in and wreak his own havoc in our minds and lives. Beware of “sneaky sins”.

Matthew 13:34 & 35 ~ “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; He did not say anything to them without using a parable. So it was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

2 Corinthians 11:13 ~ “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then it his servants masquerading as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Bitter Root

Let me share with you the story of the Albizia Tree;
The fastest growing tree in the world.

Jesus used parables to teach people, so similar to analogies.
Read this story of the Albizia tree, be amazed at its ecology.
Grows primarily in Malasia, used for many things, has amazing etiology.
The Guinness Book of Records says “fastest growing tree in the world”.
Its root system is deep, wide and invasive, compared to an underworld.
When you plant by seed you water it well ...  Water for five long years!
Somewhere in its fifth year, a small strong above-ground sprout appears.
It will reach a metre, three feet, in height within that first growing year.
Those first five years it is slowly developing its strong deadly root system.
You can but imagine how far that it travels, in that amazing subsystem!
Its bark is poisonous, very hard and very thick; it would make you sick.
Imagine, five years before you even see that small, hard, poisonous stick!
Deep underground it is working hard to create its strong foundation.
It could tip your house, go through a roof, or unearth a railroad station.
It reminds me of the stealth of sin, especially the sin of unforgiveness.
We often compare it to a deadly cancer because of its aggressiveness.
But the sin of unforgiveness spreads its tentacles within our hearts.
Builds up, and then, with that smallest sprout goes “poof” and starts

A volcano of black roiling lava from your mouth begins to spout
Angry, spiteful words, unforgiveness, bitterness  hate and doubt.
All Satan’s lies, deception, the evil bitter root begins to spew out.
If we would recognize what Satan’s lies within our minds can do.
He wants to weaken and destroy our faith, and even kill us too.
As Christians we must wake up to the havoc of unforgiven sin
That can dwell and grow inside us until we allow Christ to begin
To shine and enter every room of our hearts and minds within.
Begin to sweep every corner, shining His light upon every sin.
It starts out small, just like that seed, and burrows deep within,
Until you ask God’s Spirit in your heart to forgive and deliver you
From Satan’s bitter roots, and asking the Spirit to begin anew.
Destroying the root of years of unforgiveness, and resentment too.
All of Satan’s lies and wiles that have built up over years and years.
The Holy Spirit, Our Guide and Helper, redeems or commandeers
God’s child who ignored the planted seed and destroys that bitter root.
And reclaims that child of God so that he can bear much fruit.
Albizia’s seedpods are light and travel on gusts of air. Once they land, seedpods can lay dormant in the earth until they are ready to sprout. So when the trees are removed, they are not gone. I would suspect that there is probably a substantial seed bank waiting to germinate and come back.

Crews cut or drill holes into the bark and drip a concentrated herbicide, killing the tree from the inside without affecting the surrounding foliage”.: 

MATTHEW 6:15 “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive you.”