Archive for the ‘death’ Tag

THANKING GOD ALONG THE WAY

We call on God with thanksgiving in our hearts

For He has loved us throughout our lives

Even when we’ve rebelled against Him

He’s provided

Making the rain fall

Giving a harvest

Providing abundant life

 

In times of drought and catastrophic flames

Flood, wind, and destruction

He calls us to Himself

To acknowledge Him as the Source of all

Sustainer of life

Our Creator

 

God admonishes our sinfulness

Calling us to repentance

For we know not the hour of our death

Our God desires us

To have eternal life with Him

He would bond with us

If we would give our allegiance to Him

Vow obedience

To all Ten Commandments

As they were given by Him on Mt. Sinai

As a sign of our love for Him

In the act of obedience

We thank Him for the rich life

He has endowed us with

 

 

 

LOVE IS FAITHFUL

God’s heart cannot be hemmed in
Oh, that I could experience it all day
But the ruler of this world pours acid
Aiming at our central core
For Satan wants to destroy the beauty
Flowing within us
That love planted by our Creator
Instilled with joy
Nurtured by our heart connection with Him

Hurts and distractions bombard us somedays
Causing some to stray from our mission
To love one another
As He has loved us

Isolated
Fear imprisons the hopeless
Battered souls
Blown near the edge of the abyss
Craving love lost from sight

A faithful, caring Christian
Snatches this hopeless one
Worn from the struggle with Satan

Carrying him with strength
Gained by Jesus’ victory over sin and death
To a meadow dotted with white lilies
Where only beauty abides
This deprived, beloved soul
Catches a glimpse of Jesus
Not far off

Healed, whole, and beautiful
The rescued owns a jubilant heart
As Jesus takes his hand
Renewed by the Savior’s love
He dances with Jesus’ heart
Love entwined with love
Forever trusting in God’s mercy
And faithfulness

THE GREATEST GIFT

Why choose death
When you can turn
To the Lord of life
And live

Sin brings destruction
Satan controls
The Lord of life gave His life
So you can live with Him
Forever
Content, saturated with love
Needing nothing else but His approval
Never to flounder again on your own
Freed from sin
Knowing He is the First and Last
Our eternal Balm
He heals the brokenhearted
Gives hope to the downcast
When all seems lost
Every effort is futile
He gives wings to fly
Soaring to heights above clouds
The surety of a paradise He chose for you
He would give you nothing less
You are the love of His life

He comes as a knight
To the darkness of this world
Gently lifting the willing
On to His white stead
Bound for the New Jerusalem
And eternity
All are chosen, marked for mercy
Few are willing
Join this grateful few
Who give loyalty to Him
When He calls

When He knocks
Open the door
Allowing Him to transform your character
Your holy vessel
Now far from falling
To the wiles of Satan
Freed
No longer captive to sin
But glorious
Glowing with His righteousness
Never to crave worldly ways again
For now you know Him well
Content in His love
Jelled in the conviction, a truth
He died and rose for you
Why choose death
When Jesus Christ is our salvation
Cling to Him
Till He takes you home
To reign with Him forever

HOPE FOR A FALLEN WORLD

My friend is dying
Lord, what did he ever do
To deserve prolonged suffering?
My mind cannot grasp a reason
Other than our human condition
Deceived by Satan
Into receiving sinful natures
A scourge on humankind
All destined to die
And many, untimely deaths
Like my friend
Young yet,
Formerly bright
Struck down by Huntingtons
A cruel disease

What can help to transform
Our world of destruction?
Hearts bound to Jesus’ heart
Ready to give rather than receive
Functioning as a cradle for grieving
Embracing vulnerable souls
Leading them to the Great Healer

What smooths jagged emotions
Left by a legacy of sin?
Lifts hopes for redemption?

Grace from God
Flowing to sinners
Finding an anchor in faith
In Jesus’ perfect sacrifice

Looking forward
To an everlasting home
Standing in His presence
Casting our crowns at His feet
The Lord of the universe
Our healing balm

HE IS FAITHFUL

God promised throughout the Old Testament He would send a Savior who would ultimately crush Satan and free His people from the result of sin — eternal death. With the birth of Jesus Christ this promise began its fulfillment. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

The Bible makes it clear salvation is only through Christ. “That by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:10,12).

If we sin, we can claim God’s promise: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

The cleansing of sin is made possible only by the spilled blood of our Savior in death, a death we deserve. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23).

We can come to Jesus in our battle with sin with confidence He relates: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:14-16).

Jesus reveals God’s plan for those who accept His grace: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3). What a wonderful promise of hope our Lord extends to us.

In the book of Revelation, the apostle John, detained on the island of Patmos, writes what Jesus Christ reveals to him will occur in the life hereafter: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4). What a beautiful promise for those who reciprocate the Lord’s faithfulness.

—Scripture Quotations are taken from KJV.—

HEALING THE PAIN

What do you do when you’re in despair? Some turn to drinking or illicit drugs, which is understandable, considering the lack of moderation and void of common sense prevalent in segments of our American society. All too many people have been afflicted with these evils. But does numbing of our senses, experiencing a temporary high, or escaping from a reality we find unacceptable, what we need?

Handling our physical, mental, or emotional pain is never easy. Finding answers to financial problems can seem impossible. Suicide may seem, to some, the only answer to a multitude of gripping situations. The loss of a loved one can be crushing. Nothing seems to diminish the resulting loneliness and pain we experience even while in the supportive company of friends.

A multitude of experiences can result in despair. So what’s a person to do? The best way to start healing is to turn to Jesus. Only He fully understands despair. His nature is not only divine, but human. Jesus prevented from despairing by turning to His Father in heaven during prayer each morning. He dealt with accusations from the Pharisees many days. He came in contact with people in deplorable conditions daily. The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, the man at the pool of Bethesda, the woman who’d hemorrhaged for twelve years and hadn’t found a doctor to help her, are examples. He could have despaired in not knowing if He had the reserves of strength needed to heal these. Jesus’ strength came from daily communing with His Father.

Late in His ministry in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experienced such anguish when He faced the Cross alone, after His Father hid His face from Him, that Jesus sweat drops of blood. An angel came to Jesus to strengthen Him, allowing Him to press forward with His mission to save the world by sacrificing His life for our sins.

Our having a close relationship with Jesus allows Him to raise us from the depths of despair when we call on Him. King David in the Bible called on God often when his enemies sought to ruin him or to take his life. David praised God regularly in his psalms, thereby preventing despair. We can avert falling into a pit by remembering to talk to God every morning. He’s our faithful friend even when others fail us.

For those struggling with financial problems, getting credit counselling is smart. But ultimately, tithing — giving that ten percent of our income back to God — usually ensures God’s faithful protection of our finances.

God can guide our lives if we’d only let Him. Only He knows what we need. He has a glorious path laid out for us. While in prayer and meditation, listen to His voice. He will lead each of us and won’t disappoint. He loves us.

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