Archive for the ‘Satan’ Tag

NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST

After trying to perfect myself

Through my own power

I’d become disconnected from Jesus

My Lord and Savior

I’m in ruins

I cannot heal myself

I hurt and bleed from the war

I’d put myself through

Facing Satan

With only my human defenses

Crushed on rocks below

 

My guilt became a burden

Until I came face to face

With Jesus

On Him I laid my burden

He bid us:

“Come to Me all you who

labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you

and learn from Me, for I am

gentle and lowly in heart, and

You will find rest for your souls,

for My yoke is easy and My

burden is light.”  (Matt. 11:28-30 NKJV)

 

Aim to rededicate ourselves to Jesus

Continuing to do the work

He has given us

Praying daily to God

To keep the tether tight

Between ourselves and Jesus Christ

Letting Him keep us safe

Heal us with His balm

For there is no other

Great Physician

Able to heal humanity

 

 

 

 

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

ARE YOU CONNECTED

Some days I consider my choice of daily activities as mine alone, to do as I please. What a lapse of judgement! Our lives are not ours alone, but God’s, who seeks to use us each day, as vessels carrying hope, mercy, love, and examples of faith in Him to those within our reach.

Our selfish carnal natures will prevent us from doing His work. When we fail to surrender our lives daily to Him, we are prone to wander off the narrow road leading to salvation. We stray within an arm’s length of the devil, Satan. On days we forget, neglect, or willfully turn away from abiding in Christ, we are susceptible to Satan’s seemingly innocuous schemes. Satan tricks us into thinking that acting on an idea in our head will free us from God’s constraints. At that point we’re blinded to the fact those constraints (God’s Law) were given to mankind to protect us from harm.

When we neglect our relationship with God we forget or are unaware we have no strength of ourselves to obey God’s Laws. We flounder. We sin. We may feel guilt. What we do at this point is crucial. Either we continue to fill our carnal desires, or we get down on our knees to God in sorrow for our sins that nailed our Savior to the Cross. We confess our transgressions to the Lord, sincerely repent of them, and humbly receive His forgiveness.

Again in favor with God, we offer Him praise and thanksgiving. Our next step is again crucial — abiding in Christ, for He is the true vine, sustaining us through hard times, giving us strength to obey His Law, and allowing us to bear much fruit. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Indeed, Christ requires us to be connected with Him. This is best done by prayer, first thing in the morning, and then throughout the day, allowing us to commune with Him as we carry out God-approved and God-inspired activities. Certainly, we don’t think about God constantly, but He is the first one we will turn to for comfort and guidance, and to offer praise and thanksgiving, when we are God focused.

He is a mighty God. Get to know Him. Abide in Him. Follow His ways. You will be blessed and bless others in ways only God can enable you to do.

— Scripture quotation taken from NKJV —

THE HOLY ONES

Who are the holy ones still standing
Before the throne of Christ the King?
They’ve washed their robes in His blood,
Fixed their lives on God’s holy will.

Illumined, they stand in victory now.
Once turned against the Lord’s holy ways,
They were then sinners like us all.
Immersed in natural inclinations
Torn away by Satan’s spell.

The King turned darkness into light
By His coming, His words, and His rite.
He lay himself upon the Cross,
A Lamb whose slaughter set us free
To join the holy ones
Yes, you and me.

OVERCOMING SATAN’S GRAND SCHEME

Why do we hurt? Is it because we have done something wrong and God wants to punish us? Or is it because we are weak, unable to overcome adversity? Perhaps we’ve drifted away from healthy living habits and incurred needless suffering upon ourselves.

After studying the Scriptures, I don’t believe God wants to punish us for erring. He does admonish and correct us through His Word or through a wise, caring person who points us in the right direction. God only wants the best for us because He loves us. He allows us to grow in character, that we may desire to maintain a love relationship with Him. We were created to commune with Him and were commissioned to help others obtain eternal life with Him. The people who will, on the final Day of Judgement, be punished by God are those who rejected Him and His everlasting love. Their destruction will be on their own heads.

Now, back to the present day. God has given us an invitation to join Him in this life. Jesus says: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Therefore, being weak and unable to overcome adversity will be our lot at times, if we refuse to join with, or abide in Him. The pain we suffer here can be alleviated by stretching out our arms and wrapping them around Jesus, our Good Shepherd, who protects His sheep from the harm Satan strives to inflict upon them.

Pain and suffering, to a large extent, have their root in the animosity Satan holds for Jesus and His creation. When Satan was in heaven, he was God’s honored covering angel, Lucifer. Still, Lucifer felt God was being unfair to him because God exalted Jesus above him. So God cast the long defiant, non-repentant Lucifer out of heaven. God warns us. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Satan would have all of us perish with him in the lake of fire after the Last Judgement.

But we have a savior, Jesus Christ who loves us. If we’ve drifted toward unhealthy habits causing us pain, Jesus is at hand to join with us in helping us overcome anything. We can claim Jesus’ promise for ourselves: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

—Scripture quotations taken from the NKJV.—

TO KNOW HIM

The well ran dry
Who knows the cause
Could it be all thoughts
Are straggled and lost
Flowing not from His Word

We need a guide
To stay on track
Lest we derail
Losing the oil of life
Precious God-given power
To just say no
Denying Satan a bounty
Your priceless life

Priceless souls
Christ died to save
Grab your shields now
Cling to His Word
Enter its courts
Fall before the King
In adoration
Praise and honor
Give Him your ear
Surrender your heart
Pour out your soul
For to know Him
Cleanses thoughts
Returns us to the well
That never runs dry

ALL SEEMS LOST

My heart is as stone.
How could I come to this?
I no longer grieve for the sinner,
nor ask God to heal him.
I stand on a pedestal,
Better than most.
Sin has entered my heart
and stayed.
Enough to erupt,
to rebel against God.
I reach out not
as in the days of laughter
when tickled by God’s love,
as light as an angel.

Satan stalks valleys, plateaus,
and mouintain tops
Seeking prey,
Stumbling the weak
and wrapping rope around running legs.

All seems lost
until the Bright Star rises
Steady and strong
Compelling our attention,
Wrapping light around us.
Lifting,
Unbinding
Asking will you come with Me?
Will you stay
with a heart that humbles,
Clearing evil away?
To live for Him
I long for this
A softened heart.
My heart of stone
I cast in the sea.
I take my part
in His kingdom
Reaching, holding,
loving,
praying.
It is His love that humbled my life
working a miracle within,
Creating my heart anew,
Turning my heart toward His.

GOD’S AGENDA

Many of us seek our own advancement, our own glory, at the expense of advancing the Kingdom of God. We are all guilty to some degree, of the sin of pride which feeds our agenda. Ideally, we would all put God first. However, our souls are tainted. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We are all selfish beings. We put our own interests ahead of God’s kingdom at some point in our lives. We seek our own glorification, propping ourselves up as idols, wanting the worship only God deserves. This was Lucifer’s sin. He hung onto his pride so tenaciously that he fell completely and became Satan.

Lest we identify with Satan for too long, let’s step back, look at ourselves, and size up attributes identifying us as children of God. We are all capable of love. This is the keystone of our species. Therefore, God gave us the responsibility of caring for His creation. Only a species capable of love could attempt to perform this duty. To the extent we succeed in our time, shall we be judged. If through pride, we exclusively seek our own interests, we will fail as God’s stewards. However, if through love, we succeed in protecting the earth and all that is in it, we will leave a legacy born of unselfishness and love for God. As nurturers of God’s creation, we then forfeit self-interest, and effectively tame pride. Only then can we advance the Kingdom of God which exists in a spiritual plane, void of pride. Yes, God has an agenda, the Kingdom of God, which should be our primary concern.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

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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