Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Too Close to the Edge

Summer sun, barely begun, new warmth will reveal
And bright smiles everywhere; such joy we all feel.
Alas, we abide too long in the sun and we all burn.
And again and again our faces and bodies we turn
To that hot sun until we peel, wrinkle, and are sore.
Then it is too late, doctors say don’t tan any more!
Just like our life this example can be of use to us all.
God tells us to avoid danger or we will surely fall.

Sometimes we venture so close to the edge of sin,
We don’t want to sin, but still venture a little way in.
When the Spirit talks about danger don’t even begin
To succumb to the danger signs that cause us to sin.
We play with fire until just one spark starts to ignite
Clothing leaps aflame, our bodies, a horrendous sight!
We thought we knew, but did not heed the warning.
Playing with fire is like ignoring the Spirit’s calling

We go where we would never go with the Lord..
It’s a gambling den that we know we cannot afford.
And the police come, and shame is what we feel.
The person that brought us encourages us to steal.
We have stepped over the edge, what will you do?
You’re so ashamed, how did this ever happen to you?
You saw warning signs, ignoring  them, you went in.
You have submitted to Satan’s ploy, that of his sin.

Hebrews 12:28 ~ Since we have a kingdom nothing an destroy, let us please God by serving Him with thankful hearts, and with holy fear, and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:3- 8 ~ And have you quite forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, His child? He said, “My son, don’t be angry when the Lord punishes you. Don’t be discouraged when He has to show you where you are wrong. For when He punishes you, it proves that He loves you. When He
whips you, it proves you are really His child.. Let God train you, for He is doing what any loving father does for his children. Whoever heard of a son who was never corrected?  If God doesn’t punish you when you need it, as other fathers punish their sons, then it means that you aren’t really God’s son at all - that you don’t belong in His family.

I Timothy 6:1l ~ Oh Timothy, you are God’s man. Run from all these evil things and work instead at what is right and good, learning to trust Him and love others, and to be patient and gentle.

2 Timothy 2:22 ~ Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Listening to the Spirit

Be careful if you ignore the Holy Spirit, if you feel He is talking to you.
For soon His voice becomes quieter, He no longer calls upon you to do
Christ’s work in sharing His love to others in this world, those in need.
Obedience to His voice should be sowing His life transforming seed.
I will tell you a secret, it is not difficult, nor is it really like working,
He who is not eager to shed salvation’s good news is really shirking.
It is not a job, nor a way to earn brownie points, or secret ways to pray.
It did not get you into heaven, Christ’s death and resurrection is the way.
Salvation is offered for all who confess their sins and truly believe,
All you need to do is accept His promise by faith in order to receive.
Immediately the Spirit enters into your heart and He never does depart,
You may lose your way for a while, but confess and make a new start.

The Spirit does not bounce in and out of your life if your prayer was real.
That is a covenant between you and God, and the Holy Spirit is His seal.
You may not feel differently right away, but feelings are not God’s way.
Feelings change just like the weather, but if you meant what you did pray,
Some days you are quite overcome by the price paid by God’s only Son,
But by faith in God’s word, life walking in the Spirit has just begun.
You will be hungry for His word, and the Spirit is eager to be heard.
The more obedient you become, the easier scriptures come to mind.
There will be things you don’t know or even understand you will find.
Rely on what you know, stand on His promises don’t try to outguess God.
Don’t fret small things, we will find out all when we finally go home.
Now, listen, pray, listen again,, live by faith and trust in God’s word alone.

I John 34:24 ~ “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.”
I John 4:1 - 3 ~ “Dear friends, do not believe every 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 Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every 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 this world.”
I Timothy 1:7 ~ “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of a self-discipline.”
John 14:8 ~ “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” “But the Comforter (parakletos) which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name.”
1 John 2:1 ~ “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin; we have an ADVOCATE (parakletos) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
PARAKLETOS: MEANS: an intercessor, consoler, advocate, comforter
John 16:7 ~ “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I WILL SEND HIM UNTO YOU.

Colossians 2:8 ~ “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” {Christ left us with another form of himself to live in our minds.”