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RESTORED

How did my life get so tilted
A mountain strewn with jagged rocks
Rises before me
Courage I held yesterday shrinks
Receding to a nearby cavern
Likely filled with demons

Alone
My heart in my throat
I anticipate failure
And likely destruction

Where is that firm nugget of hope
I forsook
That certainty of victory
In the struggle with sin

My Lord and my God
I’ve abandoned you
My friend
My lifeline

How could I have forgotten
To grasp Your outstretched hand
Now, uncertain and lost
I hear You calling
Take My hand child
I still love you

As I grasp your nail-pierced hand
I remember
You bought me with Your blood
I embrace Your love
Vow to keep You my constant
Your abode is my sanctuary
Your sacrifice my salvation

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.

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.)

JESUS CHRIST SAVES

Jesus’ gift of life to us
The eternal life we lost in sin
He offered to us at the Cross
Because He loves us endlessly.
He suffered total separation from God
Fearing it may be His eternal grave.
Yet He clung to this horrible death
Because He knew there was no other way
To appease God’s wrath against the mar
The enormity of sin.

Jesus’ resurrection shone so bright
To all who would believe in Him.
His ever mastery of love and life
He revealed in full glory.

Those who love Him will reign with Him
As saints and even priests,
To complete the justice and the love
Christ proved at Calvary.

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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