Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The disciples had no New Testament, they wrote it.
They had no history of Jesus, because they lived it.
They were not called Christians, but called followers
Many were called witnesses, because they saw it.
The followers used the sign of the fish out of fear.

The disciples were told to wait with Jesus a while
As Jesus went off to pray alone in the garden.
They fell asleep and could not persist in prayer.
Thomas the disciple doubted and Jesus told him
To put his finger in his side and on his hands.
He was chided for his lack of belief and faith.

We need not be ashamed when we question why.
And then feel guilty at our lack of faith and hope.
Men and women in the Bible lacked faith too.
Christ’s very own disciples worried about a storm.
And John sank in the water when he took his eyes
Off Christ, and that is often what we tend to do.

Jesus’ brother did not believe until after Christ rose.
Then Christ spoke; he ate with the risen Jesus and saw.
And he was stoned for his faith and died a martyr.
After the Holy Spirit was given they received power.
With that power they travelled their known world.

We need not be ashamed when we question, or doubt..
And then feel guilty at our lack of faith and hope.
Men and women in the Bible often lacked faith too.
Christ’s very own disciples worried about a storm.
The disciples quarreled about who would be first.
And John sank in the water when he took his eyes
Off Christ, and that is often what we tend to do.

Power to preach the gospel, faith to dispel all fears.
The evidence of a living faith is a Spirit filled life.
Faith is a living substance needing to be fed.
The more you feed your faith with God’s word
The more it grows; when it grows it will readily sow.

Faith is the evidence of things that are unseen.
New hope and belief to others as they journey on.
You will feel in yourself God’s voice guiding you,
Christ left you His Spirit to guide and to teach too.
Put your trust by faith in God, the one you serve.

Faith is the evidence of things that are not seen.
New hope and belief give to others as they journey on.
You will feel in yourself God’s voice guiding you,
Christ left you His Spirit to guide and teach you too.
Put your hand in the hand of the one you claim to serve

There is a lesson for all of us in this poem I’m sure.
Confessed sin is forgiven, and our salvation is secure.
The weaknesses of man has changed little over the years.
Boldness to preach the gospel will come despite our fears.
To believe is a gift from God, but it needs to be used to grow.

  • Hebrews 11:6 ~ He that cometh to God must first believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
  • Galatians 2:20 ~ I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.
  • 2 Timothy 3:14 ~ But continue thou in the thing which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing whom thou has learned and has been assure of knowing of knowing of whom thou has learned them.
  • Ephesians 3: 17 - 19 ~ That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


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

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.

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.

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.

  • 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


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.

  • 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.”