Stop Looking for Lightning Strikes (blog by me)

Some people misunderstand Christianity to be a faith without consequences since sins have been paid for with the blood of Jesus. It is true that Christians will not be punished eternally in hell for our wrongdoing, but we can still face God’s discipline for habitual sin committed with an unrepentant heart. Hebrews 12:6 tells us God disciplines those He loves.

If you are caught in a trap of habitual sin, should you be watching for a deadly lightning strike? No! Is not the One who gives the Holy Spirit full of the fruit of the Spirit? He is gentle, patient, kind, good, joyful, and full of love (see Galatians 5:22-23). Knowing the Biblical character of our God prevents us from projecting onto Him the imperfect personality of our earthly parents or any human for that matter. Since Christ satisfied the wrath of God (see Romans 5:9) for people who trust in Him, we do not experience God’s anger as it was portrayed in the Old Testament. To us, He is our shepherd.

Although God can rescue you from the lasting effects of another person’s sin, He may choose not to. There may be purpose in it. Pray for God to reveal the good things that has come from your suffering. Pray for a godly attitude toward your situations. Praise Him in your suffering, and He will make you emerge victorious. Trust in your heavenly Father’s good character to see you through to the end.

God Alone Provides (blog by me)

God wants you to depend on Him ALONE to provide money. That means it is wrong to manifest, use the law of attraction, feng shui, or name it claim it. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.’ “

God wants you to depend on Him ALONE to provide knowledge. This means He does not want you to rely on enlightenment, channeling, angel cards, tarot cards, meditation (except on His Word), astrology, or chanting. James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

God wants you to depend on Him ALONE for guidance. This means He does not want you to call on angels, saints, spirit guides, ancestors, or any other thing or being. Deuteronomy 18: 10-11 says, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.”

I say these things to you in love-not in judgement for the Lord will judge us all according to the motivations of our hearts, but if you were innocently practicing these things, you can no longer do so because now the Lord has sent this message just for you. Draw near to Him who loves you and has provided ALONE for the salvation of your soul for eternal life through Jesus Christ’s blood and death on the cross.

Prayer for the Unsaved III Dry Bones (poem prayer by me)

Lord, Your hands measure out the oceans,
You weigh mountains and hills on Your scales,
Lord, You can make dry bones live again,
Let Your will be done; let Your mercy prevail.

Dry bones, hear the Almighty Lord speak,
Receive His breath, and come to life,
March out of the valley and onto the peak,
Hope is restored; All hail Jesus Christ!

God, transform them; renew their minds,
Set their thoughts on things of the Spirit,
Show them You love people of all kinds,
Assure them when they pray, you will hear it.

Protect them from the Enemy’s darts,
Move them to seek You with all their hearts.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life.” —Ezekiel 37:5

God of All Grace (praise poem by me)

Lord, You are our strong tower and our rock,
Exalted be Your glorious name,
You shepherd us-Your beloved flock,
Your wonderful deeds, I will proclaim.
 
Your superior ways are right and just,
Your tender love endures forever,
For our iniquity, You were crushed,
Your wisdom, we cannot begin to measure.
 
Nothing is too difficult for You,
You are the way, the truth, and the life,
You oversee from an eternal view,
One day, You’ll end all suffering and strife.
 
You are the Savior of the human race,
You are the Almighty God of all grace.
 

 

Poetic Prayer for the Unsaved (poem by me)

Lord of all mankind, nothing is too hard for You,
Thank You for saving me and washing me of my sin,
I know You are real and Your Word is true,
Now I come before You for my friends and kin.

Open their eyes to see they strayed,
Let them repent of sin and comprehend,
Cause them to feel shame and disgrace,
So they’ll reach out for You before their life’s end.

Let them reach out for You and see You’re near,
You are knocking at their door even now,
You’re speaking to them — let them hear,
Let them open the door — show them how.

Show them that those who seek will find,
Reveal the depth of Your love and grace,
How Your Son died for the sins of mankind,
Illustrate how His punishment took our place.

Let them ask for and receive the Holy Spirit,
Like a kind Father, it’s Your good pleasure to give it.

*I pray in agreement for the salvation of your loved ones. In Christ’s Name, Amen!

Nature Is Calling to You (poem by me)

stream

Majestic mountaintops glittering with snow,
Far away from the hustle of the urban sprawl,
Its bosom holds secrets from long ago,
A looming backdrop to remind us we are small.

Crystal clear streams flowing freely from peaks,
No stagnation or pollution to undo,
It trickles into sparkling streams and creeks,
Stressing to us purity is a virtue.

Home to the formidable and dignified moose,
Chewing tall grasses and spring flowers with wide eyes,
Watching for those who would challenge his truce,
Prompting respect for all creatures under the skies.

Take a hike, make a drive, step outside, pass through,
And perceive nature’s personal message to you.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” —Job 12:7-10

The Second Woe (poem by me)

God will appoint two witnesses,
witnesses that prophesy,
prophesy for 1260 days,
days of verbal virtuosity.

Even the rain will wait and listen,
listen to the two with power,
power to invoke plagues,
plagues and fire that devour.

Then the men will be attacked,
attacked by the beast,
beast that kills the men,
men who lay deceased.

Then God will breathe,
breathe into the two men,
men once dead now alive,
and taken up to heaven.

Then the earth rumbled,
rumbled and killed some,
some dead from the second woe,
woe number three yet to come.

This poem is based on Revelation 11.

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Psalm to the Lord (by me)

Your ways are higher than my ways,
You are perfect, flawless,
Your deeds are worthy of honor & praise,
Be exalted over all worthless idols,
Let your glory spread like wildfire,
Your Name & Your Presence are more precious than gold to me,
You are awesome because You are good;
You are faithful when I am not;
You are merciful, giving much more grace than is deserved,
No one compares to You,
My heart sings a song for my Beloved;
Let it find You in perfect harmony, my Lord;
You are my God, You light my way, O Holy One,
I take refuge in You; You are my strength,
You are my Strong Tower,
You saved me from death—me and my loved ones,
When it was dark and death prepared to
strike like a python without warning,
When I had no hope or strength,
You were there with me in the dark night of my soul,
You held my hand for You care for the brokenhearted,
the downcast in soul,
You heard my prayer, You answered
swiftly like an eagle zeroing in on its prey,
You help me succeed in the public square,
You make onlookers wonder how;
I will tell them it’s You;
You are my strong arm,
The omnipotent One,
You are the key,
The omniscient,
You are my Father in heaven,
Creator of all the earth,
You are the Spirit inside me
purifying me of sin
Who made the universe?
You did, Mighty God.
Who made each one of us?
No one but You, Lord of all lords;
Who put the sun in the sky and
the moon to give its light at night?
The One who is Sovereign & All Powerful,
It is the Almighty God.

Which Lampstand Are You? (sestina by me)

Christian, are you the Ephesus church?
Have you forsaken your first love?
Yet you have good deeds and are hard at work…
Do the things you did at first; repent!
And then if you hold onto your faith,
You will eat in the paradise of God.

Are your deeds unfinished in the sight of God?
Then you are part of the Sardis church,
You are falling asleep in your faith,
Remember God’s unfailing love,
Wake up your spirit! Wake up! Repent!
The Lord comes like a thief; get to work!

Adulterer, watching porn at work?
Do you not fear the one true God?
He will show you mercy when you repent,
You are not alone, Pergamum church,
He will assign you a new name, Love,
You will eat of His manna by faith.

Believer, you are wealthy in your faith,
Yet you receive little pay for your work,
They will admit He has shown you love,
You have never denied the Name of God,
You are Philadelphia or Smyrna,
Teach others to be true and repent.

Are you lukewarm in worship? Then repent!
Make a choice! Be hot or cold in your faith!
Worldly Christians belong to the Laodicea church,
You’re wealthy but do little or no work,
But are you rich towards Almighty God?
Buy understanding; share some love.

You have faith, service, even love,
But you follow false teaching; repent!
You have one Father, and He is God,
Hold onto God’s Word in full faith,
Then ruling nations will be your work,
Stay strong until the end, Thyatira church.

Is Christ your true love and in whom you place your faith?
Confess sins and repent, then trust He did the work,
You are a child of God no matter where you go to church.

*This sestina poem is inspired by Revelation 2-3.

The Relaxing Trees (poem by me)

There is a hammock
swinging in a wild meadow,
It’s tied to two trees
One tree is called “Trust in God”
The other is called “Firm Hope.”

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. —Isaiah 55:12

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