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OUR SAVIOR

I cannot be more thankful to You, Lord
For the wonderful life you’ve given me
You, the Creator of the universe,
Have kept Your watchful eye on me
A mere mortal
Having entered caves ready to collapse
Sailed churning seas that drown
Strode upon Satan’s field of snares
Laid to crush and kill
Contemplated taking his demon’s drugs
Distributed daily on the corners
Of my consciousness

You, Lord, tethered Your saving line to me
Not letting harm prevail
You led me to a haven of safety
Your bosom
To feel the warmth
See the pure light
Emanating from Your Being
While in a dream later in my life
Impressed upon me
The closeness of Your love for me
The bond you want to form
And Your sacred mission
To save not only me
But all mankind

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.—

THOUGHTS ON CHRIST’S COMING

Christ’s first coming as an infant in Bethlehem fulfilled prophecies of old, of a Savior to come for a people He loved so, He could not let them go. God had set into action the plan He had ordained from the beginning of the worlds — the Son who came to this world to become our Redeemer, a life-line for humanity separated from God by sin. A gulf of darkness pervaded the earth. Iniquity still abounds. Christ came as our Bright and Morning Star, dispelling the darkness, calling us to Him for forgiveness, reconciliation, and life — eternal life with Him.

Christ came without fanfare, except for the angels proclaiming His birth to humble shepherds in an austere setting.

Jesus lived His life in total accordance with the Father’s will. Let us, this Christmas, be reminded of our calling as Christians: to live obedient and holy lives, sharing our faith with non-believers and expressing our love to family members, friends, and strangers alike. Perhaps we could invite our non-churchgoing neighbor to Christmas service.

What we do with the rest of our lives, whether we draw closer to Jesus or go our own way, is important to contemplate this Christmas.

Christ’s Second Coming will be soon, as the signs of the times point to. Of the signs Jesus laid out all through the book of Matthew, chapter 24 in the Bible, Jesus said: “when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the very doors” (Matthew 24:33).

As an infant, Christ came humbly. His Second Coming will be glorious and magnificently visual, for He will come as the victorious King, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of His angels, to claim His people who love and obey Him, people He has purchased with His blood.

— Scripture quotation taken from NKJV —

TRANSFORMED BY GRACE

The Lord’s arm reaches out
Refreshing a worn out disciple
Renewing purpose
Reviving a faith rendered dead
Faith slashed by demons
Denied by faithful followers
Faith cast near the pit
Doomed to languish
Tortured by thoughts
Denying the divine
Never sure what is real
Infested by secularism
Torn away from Jesus
With no visible recourse
For healing the human hemorrhage
But a recollection of
Our dying Savior’s words:
Father forgive them
For they know not what they do
The Savior’s arm reaches out
Grace extended to all
Those who betrayed Him
Whether in thought,
Action or word
All humanity invited
To be washed by His blood
The Holy Spirit reaches out
Seeking hearts to free
Hearts now transformed
Kneeling before the Cross
In repentance
Embracing a grace offered to all
Bound now by loyalty
Given to serving
Disciples of the Lord
Linked to constant renewal
Borne of His love

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 PLAN

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be
upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”
(Isaiah 9:6).

The Child born that day in Bethlehem proved Wonderful, for He was born to give Himself, years later, as a sacrifice for our sins. He beckons, yes, offers us the gift of everlasting life with Him if we but choose to accept Him as our Savior.

Christ is also our Counselor, the omniscient One to guide us in all matters and become our best Friend, for He knows us — He created us and is our Mighty God.

As a part of the Triune Godhead, Christ is one with His Everlasting Father, a Father who loves us unconditionally — our Abba Father.

The Son of God, our Prince of Peace, saved us from our sins and this same Prince of Peace promised to come again to take us home with Him to heaven if we make a place for Him in our lives.

Let us consider Christ, our Messiah, as this Christmas fades, retain His gift of love and peace in our hearts, and remember to extend that same love to others, until He comes again in glory. Amen.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

THE GIFT OF JESUS

My hollow heart extended no love
until it was filled with the Lord above.
Christ came to me one Christmas season–
a gift from a friend who had a reason.

A reason to rejoice in the baby Jesus
who’d been loved by some
But sent for all,
To become our Savior afterall.

My mind was set on fame, you see,
A quest that would have surely destroyed me.
But a friend reached out,
Showing me Christ.
And baby Jesus came to stay,
In my heart one Christmas day.

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