Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lent

Lent is heart preparation, a desire for a deeper connection.
Prioritize, give up those needless things, that on reflection
Are time wasters, in our lives, yet we are all drawn to them,
And away from the real needs of others, and begin again.
Seek God, put Him first, remembering what He did for us.
Don’t procrastinate, don’t blame work, we all do that alas!

It is focusing our minds upon on a revival in our heart.
The Spirit urges us to reach out in prayer and make a start,
Seek a deeper walk with Jesus, and set our thoughts apart.
Read God’s word, as if hungry, reflect on each meaning.
Learn more, memorize scripture, and you start winning.
The fight against Satan, I tell you this, for it is a warning.

Lent reflects upon earthly longings that often shackle us.
God says, “Where our treasures are, there is our hearts also.”
Lent is observed for forty days, the time Jesus was tempted
In the wilderness by Satan, and so today we are reminded
We know Lent is part of the Passover because our lamb,
Jesus Christ was sacrificed, at a time of Jewish forgiveness.
  • John 18, 27, 28 & 29 ~ The Jews did not enter the palace. The Practeriium. This was the Roman headquarters, the barracks, used as a dwelling place for the Gentiles that were unclean. The Jewish authorities would not enter lest they be defiled themselves for the coming Passover. Yet these priests or Sanhedrin went to see the murder of Jesus committed without fearing defilement.
  • JESUS SPEAKING: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You hypocritical! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs. Which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside, you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
  • Verse 29 ~ “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the Prophets and decorate the graces of the righteous”
  • The Feast of the Passover began the next day, Saturday. The Jews were to be of generous spirit. After confessing their sins they found an unblemished lamb and slaughtered it as in the Old Testament.
  • I Corinthians 5:7 ~ “Get rid of the old yeast, that you may be a new batch without yeast – as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Consistent

Tap into God’s power every morning.
Praise first, be thankful, count blessings.
Don’t hide your weaknesses from God,
He knows them already, He loves you now!
No conditions, but God does say we are to
Confess our sins to Him; know we are forgiven.
Drop them, once told or confessed you find rest.
He promised to make us strong, and He will.

Think of things you do consistently, each day.
Cleaning your teeth, and washing your face.
That is the discipline of consistency God asks
Of us; He cannot look upon sin, get rid of it!
God will point them out; they will discourage you.
He promised to make us strong, and He will!
Prevailing prayer is the talks we have with God.
Consistent rhymes with resistant, God will tell you.

Don’t negate God’s power, He knows Satan well.
He knows the wiles of the devil better than we do.
The Word says resist the Devil, He will flee from us!
Being consistent is easier than resistant, you have a guide.
Confess your worries, leave your burdens with the Lord.
That bag of worries is weighing you down, it ties you up!
From living God’s way, it cripples you, saps your strength

When you pray, tell God your burdens He knows them anyway.
Do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
If you place all your worries at Jesus’ feet and then pick
Them up again, that is the yoke of slavery He tells us about.
Like a dog worrying a bone, you will never gain victory.
All our anxieties, all our cares, bring them to the mercy seat
Leave them there; don’t pick them up again, like a millstone
They will hang around your neck and eventually drown you.


Luke 24:15-24

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. 

He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Jesus Followers - in 2019

As a Jesus follower He should be your guide for 2019
That habit, or pastime should be what controls your life.
Sin is anything that hurts you, or others around you.
Sin kills things, your health, peace, your relationships.
Relationships with others or your relationship with God.
Obedience makes things right, even when it is difficult.
Sin can take control over your soul, ruin your life too.
Anything that is not good for you, or for him or for her

Your body is a temple when surrendered to the Holy Spirit.
You are not your own, you were paid for with great price.
God’s son, Jesus Christ was sent to pay the price for sin.
We have to confess to the Lord; His Spirit dwells within.
He never said it would be easy, He said He would guide.
Give up anything that is holding you back; “Drop it now!
Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and
Looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

That may sound like some regret, or a change of heart.
But a true awakening to the things of God remains firm.
Nothing is worth living in disfavour with God, I know
Because when I live my life my own way I surely pay.
The most miserable man is one that seeks his own way.
To be an overcomer means to give up things that we know
Will offend our Father, if we love Him best, we confess
Quickly and, make a brand new start with a clean heart.

JUST REMEMBER THIS; WHAT TIES YOU DOWN, KEEPS YOU DOWN.
DROP IT! NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS WORTH LOSING FAVOUR WITH GOD. HE LOVES YOU JUST AS YOU ARE. IN 2019. PRAY, AND SET YOURSELF GOALS, FOLLOW THROUGH
Romans 6:16 & 17 ~ Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to GOD, obey Him as slaves, (you are slaves to the one whom you obey). Whether you are slaves to sin,
which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness and life everlasting. But thanks be to God that though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly
obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.

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.