Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cultivate, Create & Consume

To grow a flourishing garden you cannot just cultivate the soil in a garden,
and clear out all the roots and weeds, 
You need to turn over the soil, allowing oxygen to enter the soil, 
before you even begin planting seeds.
It is the same with your life, you ask God to cultivate your life and rid it of sin.
God creates a sterile growing area to receive
We ask God to “create in us a clean heart, Oh Lord,
and renew a right spirit within me,” the Holy Spirit, in whom we believe.
Your spiritual garden needs air, water and fertilizer in order to multiply and grow; 
this we read in God’s word and we know.
God does not give us advice about strengthening our serve to really grow, 
ignoring His advice and have only bare ground to show.

Just as in our vegetable garden, where weeds can choke out fragile seeds; 
spiritual lives can be stale, which will be seen by our deeds.
We can be so busy consuming and accumulating that we neglect God’s word, 
God’s word should be life and breath to us, but it has to be heard.
Starving spiritually causes a condition known as “Constant Spiritual Worry."
It attaches to “guilt," you attempt to deflect one sin, starting to hurry.
Thinking if you work hard enough and fast enough, you take stock, begin to say
“It is this fast paced world of living, it leaves you little time to pray.”
Tell God you got caught up in this “Hurry World” and you forget your purpose 
God’s word tells us to willingly submit to his guidance too.
He will even tell us what to do, through His Holy Spirit living within you.

One day this world will all pass away and all that we have known will cease.
Remember the Spirit prepares the soil, God gives the increase.
In order for us to create and consume it should be a daily walk in God’s word, 
Showing Christ living in us, so that it is not us that is heard.
I long for others to see the Spirit, changing, us so that we can become
Partakers of God’s grace, given sacrificially on that cross by His own Son.
The best part of a garden is partaking of its fruits, behold the purpose of the garden!
God’s garden is the people of this world, God sent His Son as the pardon.
We want to be used of God to bring others to Him, we are told the harvest is ripe!

  • John 15:1 &2 ~ I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes it so that it will be even more fruitful.’ 
  • Genesis 2:8 & 9 ~ Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man he had formed, And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees were pleasing for the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden was the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river watering the garden flowed from Eden.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Unity

Touch my heart with the things that break the heart of God.
Lord, please open my eyes to the needs I see around me.
Silence my voice to criticism, comparison and judgment.
When I speak, let it be with love and Your understanding.
Make us one in the body as You Father taught your followers.
The Lord’s table represents community bound permanently.
We are not becoming the body of Christ, we are the body.
We are related to one another as believers, one could say 
We have the same DNA, because we have the same Father.
We are in a covenant relationship with God as a community.

Unity is a miracle, we who are many form one single body.
One body with many members, but each belongs to the other.
We do not have the same function, but we have the same heart 
And the same mouth, so that we glorify our God and Father.
The church is useless without arms and legs to do God’s will.
We all have different uses, special talents that should be used.
Ensure yours are not wasted in the minutiae of life, but fulfilled 
In the service of our Lord, for is it not written in His word, 
That greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world?
God does not renege on His promises, they are the same today.

Remember we are here to live in one accord, glorifying our Lord.
Divisions and politics will be forgotten as we seek His face first.
The Word says “Make God’s joy complete by being of the same mind.
Maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose”.
Our unity will be effected by genuine selflessness and meekness, 
The example of Christ; He has shown us alight .... now let us all 
Go in His peace, breaking the shackles of this “ME” generation.
May the Lord give you the Spirit of Unity uniting in a common cause.
Until at last we reach that unity He longs for us to all have, 
that “One in the Spirit, that harmony of minds that is music to His ears.

Amen

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thoughts on Our Ever Present God

May the peace of God reside within you always.
He is your shield and buckler, be ready to praise!
Sing out your love to Him, let your voices raise.
For He is a generous God, worthy of our praise.
Let His word direct you and His Spirit protect you.
Let not your faith depend on the wisdom of men.
Put your trust in men and it will soon trip you up.
Lean upon God’s promises, He will fill your cup.

God works in amazing ways, His word guides us too.
He will keep your faith strong; His Spirit lives in you.
God is our strength and power, He is ready to save.
He is our rock, our salvation, put your trust in Him.
Let nothing here enthrall you; do not succumb to sin.
Confess readily any indiscretion, move on and begin 
To allow His spirit to direct you as you live for Him.
God is our strength and power, He is ready to save.

God’s Spirit is a comforter and guide, depend on Him.
Let nothing here enthrall you; do not succumb to sin.
Confess readily any indiscretion, move on and begin 
To allow His Spirit to direct you as you live for Him.
Read His word daily, always pray, and you will grow.
You spirit communing with His Spirit will readily show
Him your sorrows, for He has an ever-listening ear.
He will not condemn you, so do not succumb to fear.

  • I Thessalonians 5:16 ~ Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 92:1 ~ It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High.
  • Psalm 25:4 & 5 ~ Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for You are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.
  • 1 John 1:9 ~ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Romans 3:3-6 ~ What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar, as it is written: So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge. But if our righteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing His wrath on us? (I am using a human argument). Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?
  • I Corinthians 1:7-9 ~ Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gifts as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with His son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Problem With Time

“If only we had more time,” which they say, waits for no man.
In this life we are given but few opportunities or a brief span.
To do all the things we want to do, yet we admit we do waste.
A lot of time needlessly, roaming aimlessly, a waste of space.

We all have the same amount of time, God left it up to you,
To decide what is important, what is meaningful for you to do.
The hustle and bustle of the every-day working life of today,
Leaves us but a slim measure of time to reflect and to pray.

It only fosters anxiety, to rush whilst watching a clock fly by.
It can cause you to make mistakes to keep up, or to comply.
Now, you see deadlines and completion dates not to miss.
They made us watches to be used to monitor our progress.

Beat the clock, improve our time, or be able to finish first.
The Bible mentions time in both old and new scripture verse.
It is thought that to race and come in last is really a disgrace,
But this is not what God’s word tells us about a Godly race.


Just watch a measure of sand dripping out of an egg timer.
It is the seeking of God with all your heart, our Redeemer.
And to build up treasures in heaven, winning a new soul.
Our time is not in vain, for we have made someone whole.

If we compare our time with someone else’s, it is a sin.
When talking to someone about Christ, then we really begin
Knowing what it is to win the race with time is but a nod.
We do not need to clock-watch for the time is truly God’s.

It is in racing to the back of the line that we truly shall win.
To show off our speed is not where it is really at, that is a sin.

The self-centred man sets his eyes on the finish line alone.
He should not race against another man, God is on the throne.
That man does not stop to help another, see if they are dong fine.
He rescues the fallen, and he ministers to others on the way.

That same man is last at church, helping to put things away.
He goes to the cross at the front to take time to listen and pray.


  • Ecclesiastes 9:11 ~ The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise, or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. 
  • Galatians 5:7& 8 ~ You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth. That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 
  • Hebrews 121:1& 2a ~ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Problem With Time

“If only we had more time”, which they say, waits for no man.
In this life we are given but few opportunities or a brief span.
To do all the things we want to do, yet we admit we do waste.
A lot of time needlessly, roaming aimlessly, a waste of space.
We all have the same amount of time, God left it up to you,
To decide what is important, what is meaningful for you to do.
The hustle and bustle of the every-day working life of today,
Leaves us but a slim measure of time to reflect and to pray.
It only fosters anxiety, to rush whilst watching a clock fly by.
It can cause you to make mistakes to keep up, or to comply.
Now, you see deadlines and completion dates not to miss.
They made us watches to be used to monitor our progress.
Beat the clock, improve our time, or be able to finish first.
The Bible mentions time in both old and new scripture verse.
It is thought that to race and come in last is really a disgrace,
But this is not what God’s word tells us about a Godly race.

Just watch a measure of sand dripping out of an egg timer.
It is the seeking of God with all your heart, our Redeemer.
And to builds up treasures in heaven, winning a new soul.
Our time is not in vain, for we have made someone whole.
If we compare our time with someone else’s, it is a sin.
When talking to someone about Christ then we really begin
Knowing what it is to win the race with time is but a nod.
We do not need to clock-watch for the time is truly God’s.
It is in racing to the back of the line that we truly shall win.
To show off our speed is not where it is really at, that is a sin.
The self-centred man sets his eyes on the finish line alone.
He should not race against another man, God is on the throne..
That man does not stop to help another, see if they are dong fine.
He rescues the fallen, and he ministers to others on the way.
That same man is last at church, helping to put things away.
He goes to the cross at the front to take time to listen and pray.

Thought: Time is a special gift because you only have a set amount of it.

Further Thought: Serve God by doing common actions in a heavenly spirit, and then, if your daily calling only leaves you cracks and crevices of time to fill up. “Use your time wisely.

  • Ecclesiastes 9:11 - The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong,, nor does food come to the wise, or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. 
  • Galatians 5:7 & 8 - You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth. That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 
  • Hebrews 121:1 & 2a - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bitterness

Nothing positive comes from bitterness for a start.
Bitterness is a poison that can bury into the heart.
It can pattern jealousy or it may even imitate anger.
But, bitterness is more severe, more like a mugger.
That sneaks up slowly into your life, and takes over.
Taking over very facet of your life until you discover 
Bitterness has become part of you, deep in your heart.
It speaks, slips out of your lips not wanting to depart.
It is of Satan you know, just part of his best“big ploy”.
His plan is just like a missile to aim, seek, and destroy.

Soon others will begin to notice that you are bitter too.
Facial expressions begin to change, in fact all you do.
They take on the demeanor of a discontentment in life.
To others it often seems like you always cause strife.
It is one of those roots that is growing deep within.
It is fine to place the blame on Satan, but it is our sin.
A new start has to begin with confession and change.
And only Christ can give you the power to re-arrange 
We are told not to miss the grace of God, and to be 
Watching no bitter root grows defiling many you see.

THOT: “What goes down the well comes up in the bucket.”
  • Bitterness destroys relationships that can destroy us all.
  • Bitter root always grows bitter fruit.
  • Bitterness not only destroys the vessel on which it is poured, it destroys the vessel in which it is stored.
  • Hebrews 12:15 ~ See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 
  • Ephesians 4:31 ~ Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 
  • Romans 3:14 ~ Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 
  • Psalm 5:9 ~ Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongue they speak deceit. 
  • Proverbs 14:10 ~ Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
  • Proverbs 17:25 ~ A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Shepherds Urgently Needed

Lead like a Shepherd, it is always about the sheep.
It is a calling, not a career, your job is to keep 
The sheep safe; you need to be ever watchful 
They can easily lose their way; they are willful.
You must seek lost sheep, pursue and steer them.
They can scatter which often causes mayhem.

Be willing to be misunderstood to do any good.
They are fearful, and many times misunderstood.
Be willing to seek lost sheep, patiently steer them.
They can be stubborn so do not always condemn.
They are fearful so watch for wolves that attack.
You have to be willing to seek, bring them back.

Round your sheep up safe into a penned keep 
Before you stop for a rest, or even fall asleep.
Sheep get diseases, you are responsible to heal.
There are sheep “rustlers” who will often steal.
And brand them with their mark, so take care 
To brand your own sheep, and always be aware.

The pay on this earth is not monetary, but brings joy.
Your reward is heaven, you are under God’s employ.
Christ talked about His sheep to teach us every day 
That we need to be shepherds to show others the way.
You have to look for the sheep where they all are 
For they are followers and are afraid to travel far.
  • 1 Peter 5:2 ~ Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers ... not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be.
  • Acts 20:28 & 29 ~ Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
  • Matthew 1:36 & 37 ~ When He saw the crowds He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples,‘The harvest is plentiful but he workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into His harvest field.
  • John 10:10 ~ I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens up the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.