Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Little Child Shall Lead Us



You, little child, with your shining eyes and dimpled cheeks.
You can lead us along the pathway to what everyone seeks.
We blundering grownups need in our lives the virtues that
You have in yours, joy, enthusiasm and love affectionate.
Curiosity that finds adventure in simple things; the mystery
Of billowy clouds, snowflakes, and stars, amazing history.
Tolerance that forgets differences as quickly as your young
Quarrels are spent, Waking the next day with thoughts flung.
Children love unconditionally, not like adults so often do
With strings attached, depending on performances new.

See, how we can learn from children, so trusting, so sweet.
Not scared or threatened by each of our friends they meet.
They listen to stores of Jesus and learn to love Him unknown,
Until they come to an age where they can make Him their own.
It is often us that disillusions them to accept their Saviour.
For we tell them of a tooth fairy who gives them a favour.
Tells a further lie of a Santa that is going to actually fly by
And pile up gifts under the tree, but we make sure they try
To be very good so that they will get their wishes granted.
And they never thought of dying, life was so enchanted.

Then they become an adult and they remember the lies we told.
And wonder about the Christ child, thinking it a story bold.,
A promise of a Saviour that will forgive all their childish sin,
Open their heart’s door and pray to ask Him to live within.
Believing at last they can have someone real to hold onto.
When things are hard, and life seems difficult to live through.
When stories at church seem vague, and hard to understand.
That is when the older youth needs a gentle, guiding hand.
When explanations need to be truthful, ones they can know
Not a figment of the imagination a living sacrifice to show
Them the way to Eternity Life, not another imaginary glow.


  • 1 Corinthians 13:11 ~ When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
  • Ecclesiastes 12:1 ~ Remember now your creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, I have no pleasure in them.
  • Proverbs 18:9 ~ My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother. For they will be graceful ornaments on your head and chains about your neck.
  • Psalm 119:9 ~ “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word.
  • John 3:3 ~ Jesus answered and said to him. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
  • Romans 10:17 ~ “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Humility


All Christians should clothe themselves with humility towards one another.
God pulls back from proud, arrogant people; but it is beyond our ability
To endeavour to be humble without having the Holy Spirit within us.
He shows grace and favour to the humble; we should not make a fuss 
About others that brag or boast knowing that now it is no longer just us 
That dominates our thought life, but the Spirit that guides us in all things.
We need to grasp the fact that we are no longer our own, the Spirit brings 
A new attitude into our life, and a recognition that we no longer alone.
This human body; we presented to Christ; we are no longer on the throne.

Often full of self importance and pride, and Christ slowly chips away 
The old man with its jealousy and pride, we just need to readily pray 
When we feel our prayers are hitting a ceiling, though Christ is there.
Bending on our knees has more significance than we will every know.
For it is humbling to admit mistakes, to be willing to admit and go 
To God in prayer, and lay down our thoughts of entitlement, for we see 
What a mess we make of our lives when we do not readily agree 
With the Word of God which teaches us that the first shall be last.
If we want to be first in the kingdom of heaven we need to be steadfast 
Always abounding in the love of God, always putting others first.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and proud people are accursed.

  • 1 Peter 5:5 ~ Young men in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another because God opposes the prod but gives grace to the humble.
  • Ephesians 4:2 ~ Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
  • I Corinthians 12 ~ So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.
  • Proverbs 8:13 ~ To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behaviour and perverse speech.
  • I Timothy 6:17 ~ Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
  • Luke 14:11 ~ For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. {This is Jesus Christ talking} 
  • Matthew 11: 29 ~ Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. {This again is Jesus talking} 
  • Proverbs 16:18 ~ Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gone to Heaven

I am not here.
My Spirit has gone on ahead.
Here is but an empty shell,
Just God’s earthly creation.
Used but for a little while.
But it is needed no longer.

I have been truly reborn
Into my everlasting body!
But you will recognize me,
And I will wait for you.
I will soon hear your call,
Just over heaven’s wall.

Christ has paid your pass,
Do not consider this the last.
It is merely my beginning,
And time will quickly fly,
And in the blink of an eye.

Just a slumbering sweet,
Soon there we will meet.
A glorious re-awakening.
A new and perfect SONrise!

  • I Corinthians 15:12 & 13 - But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lie-Dentities

Christians who really believe their Lord know that Satan lies.
He even takes God’s word and twists it, it is not a surprise!
For God’s word tells us that Satan is the Father of lies.
Satan knows God’s word often better than we ourselves do.
When you do not check your though by checking scripture
You are leaving doors open for Satan to create a new picture.
He will take a scripture and twist what it says, it is his nature.
He tries to set my thoughts amiss, in any way, as a believer.
As the author of lies, he perfected being the great deceiver.
It is Satan’s desire to even lead astray one single lamb.
I have to remember, I live who I believe that I truly am.

God’s Spirit lives in me and I am told I am His temple.
To know who you are in Christ scripture gives example.
There is no condemnation with Christ for the believer.
We are all clean from sin when we become a receiver.
Nothing will separate me from the love of God in Christ.
All was paid in full by Christ because of His sacrifice.
We are all citizens of heaven, we have been chosen.
Christ fulfilled His promise to us; Hallelujah, He is risen!
I am God’s Masterpiece and have to tell myself again
That Satan has no power over me, and repeat that refrain.
When you are assaulted by Satan, treat him with disdain.

  • THOUGHT: When doubts assail repeat: Your Identity is in Christ, your tendencies lead to action, and action leads to consequences, consequences lead to reality. You live you who believe you are. 
  • Colossians 2:10 ~ And you have been given fullness in Christ, who is head over every power and authority. 
  • Romans 8:1 & Romans 8:35 ~ Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 35 ~ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. 
  • Philippians 3:20 ~ But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. 
  • Ephesians 2:10 ~ For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 ~ Don't you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him, for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Heart That Was Given to You

Lord, please give me a thoughtful and thankful heart.
When seeing the needs of others, let me never depart
From the compassion You showed while here on earth.
Feeling someone else’s pain is a comparison well worth
Moving beyond the realm of self and daring to reach out
To the needs of others, knowing that their pain cries out
To be ministered to, and their thoughts to be listened to.
Living just for myself is not what you taught ME to do.

I question myself, when I walk by a friend at our church,
Asking if I just rushed right past them on the way to search
Out a deadline, for some activity, or for what or, for where?
Did I not see their face, excuse myself as “No time to share”.
Did I withdraw from them because of too much I had to do
No time to listen, time to just open my heart to someone new?
There is a time when shame ends with me who is to  blame.
There is a time when my confession to God is clearly plain.

There is a way the Spirit speaks to me that makes me weep.
For He shows me oh so clearly I need to bend and still seek.
His will and His way in my life that causes me to slow down.
To listen to Him first and take the time to really slow down.
There is more to this Christian life than chasing each activity.
Jesus took time to rest and pray, not chasing each proclivity.
I gave my heart to You so that Your Spirit could lead my way.
That old self wars within me and I sorely need to kneel and pray

Will this struggle last until heaven, or will adversity leach it out?
I pray that the “thoughtful me”, that is born of You, will win out.
I see the inequality within me that is surely not of Your design.
I will bend to Your Holy Spirit’s leading and learn to re-align.
My love for others will supersede any “lists” or “needs to do”.
What will be left within my heart is the love of the lost like You.
For I cannot move ahead without Your Spirit daily guiding me
Until I reach the final days here on this earth and am finally free.
                       

  • Philippians 4:5 ~ Let everyone see that you are considerate in all that you do.
  • Proverbs 11:13 ~ A trustworthy man keeps a secret.
  • Romans 8:37 ~ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither nor death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • James 1:22 ~ Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and after looking at himself goes way and immediately forgets what he looks like.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Friendship

Friendship has so much meaning,
A friend you have can be for life.
A person whom you share laughter,
Who is there when you’re in strife.

A friend is of your own choosing,
To which you form a strong bond,
Knowing that they are so special,
That very one whom you’re so fond.

A person that you can relate to,
And you never feel ill are ease.
A person who will always listen,
Then give you a gentle squeeze.

Sometimes no words are spoken,
Just a look says how one cares,
No words of wisdom needed,
Just your presence of being there,

Jesus wants to be that friend to you.
One you can bring your troubles to.
He is a friend that you can turn to
At any time, whether day or night.

Ah yes, having a friend is special,
For how lonely your life would be,
So I say a heartfelt “Thank You”,
My friend you are so dear to me.

                           
  • Proverbs 17:17a ~ A friend loves at all times.
  • Proverbs 18:24 ~ A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
  • Proverbs 16:28 ~ A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
  • John 15:13 ~ Greater love hath no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
  • John 15:14 ~ You are my friends if you do what I command you.


Friday, August 11, 2017

A Walk of Celebration

The night was fine, the quiet so sublime.
A walk was in order, alone was just fine.
The Street was asleep, or appeared to be.
It seemed like no-one was there, just me.
I chanced the walk in encroaching dark,
So silent, I heard nary a single dog bark.
Alone with God, I felt so close and free.
Suddenly the allegory was talking to me!
The dead end Street was people’s decision
Those that live without nary a single vision
Of what lies ahead after their life is over
Not thinking that God will then take over.
They think when they die that is the end,
Not realizing that Heaven is around the bend.
No vision, no hope and the burden was mine,
To lead neighbours to Christ, this was a sign.
I should not be walking with no-one around,
My witness should be when there is sound.
People walking our Street; I should be about
A friendly smile, a chat, I don’t have to shout.

That God is just waiting and I am available
I don’t have to feel that I am expendable.
God placed me here on this dead-end Street
To talk to the neighbours each time we meet.
I’m going to pray for each home I see now,
This I commit to do; this is my solemn vow.
A walk down this Street just waiting to meet.
Someone who stops, I’ll smile and I’ll greet.
This walk had a purpose and I know it now,
God is showing me His work, and somehow
I will have His power with me on my walk
And be ready to smile, lift my head and talk.
Holy Spirit use me when I walk out our door,
Give me Your power and I will not ignore,
Any person that happens to just walk by
May I be ever ready Your words to apply.
I’ll celebrate life while I live through this day.
I will rejoice in each hour, not waste it away.
Each new day is a gift and I will celebrate,
I’ll forget about tomorrow, it may be too late!

  • John 1:2 ~ “The life appeared, we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.
  • I Peter 1:6 & 7 ~ “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that you faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes, even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Chris is revealed. Hebrews 10:22 ~ “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswerving to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
  • John 6:44 ~ “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.