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.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

At the Foot of the Cross

The ground is level at the foot of the cross.
We are all equal in God’s sight; none are dross.
For behold, the extravagant grace of our God!
He sees us all needy, yet does not rule with a rod.

His sacrifice, the beatings, the scars, His blood.
The humiliation he faced as his disciples stood
On Golgotha’s Hill, slivers deep from that wood.
Bloody hands and feet, He would breathe if he could.

God found the only way to begin again on that day.
But what of his followers, most began to betray.
“If you are the Son of God”, come down some say.
Some were faithful, but all they could do was pray.

Christ was the sin eater, God sees us as spotless.
Because of Him we can daily pray and confess.
We are forgiven, our sins forgotten, wiped away.
A brand new day we learn and we begin to pray,



I Corinthians 1: 18 ~ For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’
Philippians 2:8 ~ And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even the death on a cross.
1 John 1:10 ~ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Colossians 2:14 ~ Having cancelled the written code with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us: He took it away, nailing it to the cross.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Times they are A'changin'

In days gone by, on Sundays they rang the church bells to announce 
A wake up call to the entire village to come, church will commence.
Worship was about to begin, “So ready yourself for this Holy Day”.
Often the holy were a somber lot, showing people they knew the way.
Those that missed church, or came in late, saw those pictures of Hell.
Hanging at the back of the church was the “Doomsday Book”, to tell 
By paintings, remembered to this day, I remember them so very well.
People who dressed ‘improperly’ were thought to have lost their way.
Children were quiet, somber, and often got a slap and urged to pray.
They could do little on Sunday; dressed in their best they could not play, 
If you thought they answered back or made a noise you are so wrong, 
They were taken quickly out of the service and belted hard and strong.
What this taught them was to hate church, and God and parents too.
Children did not talk back to parents or adults, that was a big taboo.

No-one worked on a Sunday except the necessary farming chores
But even cooking meals were prepared ahead, labour God abhors.
To garden, sew or wash just proved what state your heart was in
Who decided what was necessary and what was considered a sin
Equating God’s love with forgiveness was then called a discipline.
What happened to those sinners who missed church; they were told
”You are in grave danger of losing your place, the priests extolled”.
In the Church of England the pastor was also called “Our Father”.
The person walking into church wearing black and carrying a Bible,
With a downcast face was thought to be holy and that was survival.
The big concern was not missions but donations for a church steeple.
To have your name on a pew or bell meant you were very rich people.
Some thought the more you donated would surely keep you out of hell,
Because, like some churches today, Purgatory was a place before hell.

But a family could pay to reduce the purgatory waiting time with money.
Just think of that golden fat purse of the preaching priest, it was acrimony.
Keeping things in perspective today we still have a mortgage to pay for,
And pledges and drives, and concerns about wood or carpet on the floor.
But it does not make us more important to our creator to donate more!
We read, “having the form of godliness but denying the power thereof”.
We cannot deny the power of a Living God, we scorn legalism whereof
We live as carnal Christians cloaked in sheep’s clothing as in days of old.
We need prayer as never before, an awakening that will makes us all bold!
We were left the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and guide, but do we care?
Do we draw upon the Spirit’s strength, learn to listen, to walk and to share?
We do not need a Priest or a Minister to speak to God on our behalf, for
We have the Spirit ourselves, and He intercedes for us and we can all see
That God through His Spirit is able to use us, and He readily sets us free!

IN THE ANNALS OF HISTORY:-
During the Victorian age, it was thought to be Godly by certain churches
or chapels, to inform on your “brothers and sisters”, of course only to assist or correct the
error of their ways. February 2, 1885 - “The Churchman Newspaper

Galatians 3:10-14 ~ All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written; ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the book of the Law. Clearly no one is
justified before God by the law, because: “The righteous will live by faith.'”