Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vanity

It is written in God’s word: “There is nothing new under the sun.”
The quest to seek for more, for bigger and better, it hasn’t just begun.
Wisdom, knowledge, work, and acquisition; the search for pleasure
Is as relevant today as in King Solomon’s day , proving beyond measure
That we still toil under the sun, desiring and striving for more, or what?
It all turns to dust in our hands, all the acquiring , and what have we got?
We leave with nothing, only what we have done for Christ will count.
Look and see how the wise does, just as the fool; it is all of no account.

Satisfaction in our toil only comes from our efforts for eternity and for God.
All else is vanity, envy, and discontent is actually a complaint against God.
Through the seasons of discontent we learn humility, God is the constancy.
Only He can satisfy, each day only He will fill our needs, be sufficiency.
We need to look at our lives in a new way, through the lens of our faith.
Pleasure under the sun will not satisfy,; it is fleeting, none of it is safe..
Only God can make the crooked straight, forgive our failings, set us aright.
He can lift us up out of the miry clay and place our feet solidly straight.

When you look at life with all its stressors, with its seemingly aimless cycles
One can become discouraged and cynical, never looking for miracles..
Never considering that only God can satisfy all our yearnings and our greed.
Time, money, accumulation and success can be thought of as our “need’.
What is our identity tied to as Christians, we are told this is not our home.
We are children of the King of Kings, and find our power is in Him alone.
If we live our lives serving others, and find that our sins He did atone.
We will soon find lasting and true happiness and am enduring contentment.
The things of this world will not satisfy, only Christ, that God hath sent.
                                                                                                                     
  • Ecclesiastes 2:11 ~ Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:33 & 24 ~ What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which the labors under the sun. All his days his work is pain and grief, even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:26 ~ To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing of the wind.
  • I Corinthians 15:58 ~ Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Me That You See

OLD MAN THINKING
Father, You look inside my heart, and what do You see?
A crippled version of what everyone else sees in me?
There are two sides to all of us, the one we want to be,
The one displayed to everyone, but You know the real me,
Insecurities, fretting, and envy, the one I want to hide.
I confess them to You, but I desire Your Spirit to reside
In my heart and deliver me from all these imperfections.
Satan haunts the Christ-like me, with carnal predilections.

SEEING THINGS GOD’S WAY
What amazes me, is that you see me as perfect in Christ,
Free from sin, for Jesus shed his blood and paid the price.
I so desire to be Your disciple, to follow in Your way!
It is needful for me to know Your word in all I do and say.
If only I could be an empty shell and You could fill me up
With Your loving Spirit of kindness, just like a waiting cup.
Then I could pouf out to others and know it was not me.,
But my loving Father who redeemed me and set me free.

GOD’S WORK IN ME
Your love comes with no conditions and no recrimination.
My heart overflows with love, You do not discriminate.
Your acceptance of the real me, not the me that others see.
The one with scars and flaws, but the one You accept as me!
Grace is so amazing, the “ unmerited” favour You give.
Such an all-encompassing word; it encourages me to live
Ever close to Your living Word, truly you are my all in all!
You give me grace, and I know I am forgiven even when I fall.
THANK YOU LORD!


  • I John 5:4 - 5 ~ "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world .... our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
  • Philippians 1:6 ~ “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
  • 2 Peter 1:10 ~ “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.”
  • Romans 8:6 - 8 ~ “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace., Because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
  • Psalm 37: 23 - 24 ~ “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way,. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
  • Psalm 32:8 ~ “I will instruct you and teach you in the ay you should go: I will guide you with My eye.”

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Are You a Jesus Consumer?

Do you use Jesus  just as a 'Get out Hell free pass?"
Is the reason you accepted Christ because you wanted to by-pass
Judgment Day, but still live your own way while here on earth,
Ensuring that if there was such a place as heaven you were going there?
Then you are a Jesus Consumer, not a Jesus follower.

In days of old pastors would preach hell, fire and brimstone,
They would say that they had scared the children into heaven,
How many of these decisions lasted, there is no way of knowing.
They did not preach a loving God who sent His Son to redeem all sin.
To think of Christ as an insurance policy will never give you joy within.

To walk with Jesus every day, necessitates knowing Him in a personal way.
To really know Jesus means He is your friend and His word is known to you.
And you are directed by His Spirit who should be a guide in All that you do.
Don't use Jesus, follow Him, His Spirit will guide you and empower you within.
Jesus came so that we could have life more abundantly and to cancel our sin.


  • Galatians 2:17 ~ If while we seek to be justified in Christ it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, it proves that I am a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but. Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Choices

How many choices are we given every day?
All the more reason to choose first to pray.
So many choices will always get in the way
Of choosing God first at the start of each new day.
Life becomes too busy; we got lost amid the fray
When we put God first the Spirit will guide as we pray.
The Spirit, our intermediary, our sign post to point the way.
How many choices come directly from God’s word?
Guidance for our needs; all the scriptures you have heard.
And we have the Holy Spirit, our helper ready to intercede.

Ask yourself the question, and then also consider why
You wouldn’t first turn to your Father for your daily supply.
God does not give us what is left over, The Spirit is our guide.
Our Saviour delights in talking to us, walking by our side.
Why would you ask your neighbour first for help or advice
When Jesus left His Spirit with us and is, God’s sacrifice..
If we really believe God’s word, the messages we have heard.
We need to remind ourselves of what is written in God’s word.
Start our morning out with prayer for we know that it is heard.
We also need to learn to pray, always listening for His voice
It will become easier, and strengthen every new choice.
Amen

  • Romans 8:26 ~ In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit Intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
  • II Timothy ~ I have been reminded of your sincere faith which first lived in your Grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flames the gift of God, which is in yours through the laying on of my hands. God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks unto our God, let us praise His name.
For His provisions are many, His leading we will acclaim.
We live in a land of plenty while others around this world
Are scarred, bereft of home, where mortar shells are hurled.
Are cold and hungry, bereft and wanting basic life needs.
We bow our heads in thankfulness acknowledging our greed's.

Great abundance we have, enough to open our hands and share
With those who live in hunger, Lord, cause us to deeply care.
Food on our plates, clothing on our backs, a land that is free.
We praise Thee Oh God for what Thou has bestowed we see.
We ask You to open our eyes to those around who are in need.
To live our lives with open hearts and minds and to accede
To Thy divine plan, to give of our abundance to those in need.


  • Colossians 3:15 ~ And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
  • Psalm 72:12,13 ~ For He shall deliver the needy when he crieth: the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall saves the souls of the needy.
  • Psalm 102:17 ~ He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
  • PROVERBS 15:6 ~ In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
  • Proverbs 22:4 ~ By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour and life.”
  • TO HIM THAT HATH MUCH, MUCH SHALL BE ASKED. WE ARE NOT TO FORGET THE TROUBLES OF THE AFFLICTED AND THE POOR. GOD WILL CALL US INTO ACCOUNT FOR THE HUNGRY OF THE LANDS.      SELAH

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Faith

Faith is believing that the impossible will occur, God often outdoes.
Faith is what people conceive will never happen, but it so often does.
Faith is stepping out into a darkened room believing there is a floor.
Faith is trusting God knows what is best for us now and forevermore.
Faith is believing that God always hears us and we simply need to rest.
Faith is believing some answers are “No”, and they too are always best.
Faith is learning to lean, to believe in the unseen, waiting for the answer.
Faith is knowing we have been given the Spirit as our great intercessor.
Faith is waiting, not questioning, believing and trusting they will come.
Faith is praying remembering the sacrifice; God gave us in His Son.

Faith is what we do not see but its very existence is this trust in God.
Faith says we do not have to listen when others mock and call us odd.
Faith is our firm foundation under all that makes this life worth living.
Faith is our grasp on what we can’t see, it is what urges us in giving.
Faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.
Faith is visualizing eternity, our great hope knowing we’re allowed
Faith is a living force that we can draw upon, for we have just begun
Faith is applying the principle of leaning, believing in God’s Son.
Faith is lying down at night, and living in faith that we will live on
Faith is getting up in the morning knowing  God has barely begun.

  • Galatians 2: 20 ~ I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
  • Galatians 2:16 ~ We have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
  • Isaiah 7:9 ~ If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.
  • Matthew 21:21 ~ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive, whatever you ask for in prayer.
  • Thought ~ The more we express our faith the more our faith cup fills up. If faith is the substance of things hoped for, then faith is a living thing.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Me That You See

Old Man Thinking
Father, You look inside my heart, and what do You see?
A crippled version of what everyone else sees in me?
There are two sides to all of us, the one we want to be,
The one displayed to everyone, but You know the real me,
Insecurities, fretting, and envy, the one I want to hide.
I confess them to You, but I desire Your Spirit to reside
In my heart and deliver me from all these imperfections.
Satan haunts the Christ-like me, with carnal predilections.

Seeing Things God's Way
What amazes me, is that you see me as perfect in Christ,
Free from sin, for Jesus shed his blood and paid the price.
I so desire to be Your disciple, to follow in Your way!
It is needful for me to know Your word in all I do and say.
If only I could be an empty shell and You could fill me up
With Your loving Spirit of kindness, just like a waiting cup.
Then I could pouf out to others and know it was not me.,
But my loving Father who redeemed me and set me free.

God's Work In Me
Your love comes with no conditions and no recrimination.
My heart overflows with love, You do not discriminate.
Your acceptance of the real me, not the me that others see.
The one with scars and flaws, but the one You accept as me!
Grace is so amazing, the “ unmerited” favour You give.
Such an all-encompassing word; it encourages me to live
Ever close to Your living Word, truly you are my all in all!
You give me grace, and I know I am forgiven even when I fall.
THANK YOU LORD!
                                                                   
  • I John 5:4 - 5 ~ For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world .... our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
  • Philippians 1:6 ~ Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Peter 1:10 ~ Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.
  • Romans 8:6 - 8 ~ For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace., Because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
  • Psalm 37: 23 - 24 ~ The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way,. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with His hand.
  • Psalm 32:8 ~ I will instruct you and teach you in the ay you should go: I will guide you with My eye.