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. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Profess - Confess

Lord, I often do profess my faith; and when asked, I always share.
But, I will confess, I do not always think ahead and really prepare.
I could profess my faith more, if I ask for Your Spirit’s guidance.
Many opportunities are lost not looking for every happenstance.
Using words that cause thought, possibly they will stop and stare.
Using Your name in a good way and having  scriptures to share.
If I make a “Bee-Line” for the cross, your Spirit is always there
I need to focus on being ready, and reaching out, showing I care.

The answer for my faith is, I believe Your resurrection from the dead.
I need to memorize verses and events, just like historians have said.
Right now, no-one dares to say this event did not actually take place.
So many people saw You, and looked upon your scars, saw your face.
You conquered death, a sacrifice so we can spend Eternity with You.
We know that this is the “golden promise” to profess to others too.
You cannot look upon sin; we confess, that is what Your word says.
I  need to review my life, do a throne check, and sacrificially raise

Questions that demand answers, and so be brave enough to question
“Do you know if you are going to heaven” is a loaded suggestion.
It requires a “Yes” or a “No” or at least some further discussion.
You are going to start a dialogue, you may even face opposition.
God’s word says we are to be ready to give an answer at all times
To everyone that asks for a reason for the hope in us; asks and finds
Themselves searching for hope, those who the Spirit actually leads.

For you do not speak alone, it is the Spirit that always intercedes.

  • Galatians 5:25 ~ Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
  • I 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. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His word has no place in our lives.
  • Proverbs 12:17 ~ A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:11 - 13 ~ For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the Spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, can he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

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.”