Archive for the ‘evil’ Tag

THE LAST DAYS

                      

The hour is upon us

The evil one lurks

seeking to cement all human beings

into people of conformity

Seldom questioning religious authority

bound to blind obedience

It never did occur to them

to seek Truth that saves

Deceived and engulfed by Satan’s cause

without being aware of their peril

Gravitating toward worldly pleasure

puffed up with deadly pride

viewing some sins as innocuous

Lost in a sea of immorality

Wise in their own eyes

who would rather not bother

leaning on Christ

but turn to idolizing self

looking for answers

in their own flawed wisdom

Some acknowledging themselves as gods

 

Turn, turn away from Satan

who has your eternal destruction in mind

Turn toward Truth, not conformity

Read the Scriptures

which testify of Jesus

Look up and focus on the Lord

Jesus Christ, the Holy One

Our only Mediator

Who longs to help us in our weakness

The Holy Spirit will spark in you

courage to change

and strength to resolve

to live for Jesus Christ alone

He’s the One who’s most worthy of praise

for He has redeemed us

Soon He will invite us

into His Heavenly Kingdom

Hold fast to His Word

 

THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER

I suffer as the rest of humankind
Tainted by sin
Now, a constant eruption of misery
Calamity, persecution, pain
Relieved only when we give Jesus our hands
To infuse our wills with strength
And give Him our hearts
To teach us compassion
Our lives, torn and shattered as they feel
Pose a threat to our meaningful existence

There is an avenue to strength
To light
It is a knowledge of God’s love for us
Keeping us uplifted
Amid disabling disasters
Leading us to the fountain
For to those who believe in Him
Jesus offers living water
The Holy Spirit
Allowing our hearts to overflow with love
Granting us power
To assist Him in mission
Bringing other hurting hearts to the Healer
Forgotten souls to the Father
Lost sheep to the Shepherd
Join Jesus now
As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death
He is our hope and salvation

HATRED CORRODES

I took a break from writing the other day and plugged in a video cassette, Son of the Morning Star. Yes, I know we have DVDs these days and also Blue Ray — whatever that is — but I am finding more and more that current movies made after the decline in use of the VCR don’t appeal to me anymore. There’s just too much of every vice depicted and gory visuals shown in today’s movies. They all too often also lack a good story line. So I’m revisiting VHS tapes.

Getting back to Son of the Morning Star. It’s the story of the interaction of Crazy Horse’s people, narrated by a young Indian squaw, with the American white man, narrated by General Custer’s wife, Libby. I abhored our ancestors’ hatred directed toward the American Indian and mourned the resulting defensive, survival mode of the Indians leading to the Indian Wars.

Surely, the Indians’ possession of the Plains and lands the white man wanted for himself cannot explain the atrocities perpetuated against the Indian. Could it be the color of their skin, or even a diverse culture that could explain such hatred precipitating the wars, senseless mass killings, and almost complete annihalation of the American Indian culture? How can such hatred exist? Why does the same type of hatred exist today with civil wars and ethnic cleansing? I’m watching this movie and I just don’t get it. All I know is that hatred corrodes our hearts. Any sense of decency we once possessed is replaced with pure evil.

And what is the source of such evil? Could it be the devil, Satan? Or could we be active creators of such evil when we become separated from God? Certainly the devil plays a role in our sin, but can we be protected from assenting to thoughts of hatred and evil behavior by coming to God and abiding in Christ? Is it possible not to sin? It is, in theory. Every morning we need to get up and talk with God, rededicating ourselves to Him, letting Him know we live this day only to serve Him. Then hatred will be left behind, dead in the dust.

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