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9/12/21 – Every Spiritual Blessing

(Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ)


Jehovah Jireh promises such gifts
Beyond the count that mortal man can reach,
Of blessings from all spiritual lifts
To those whose Lord is Christ in heart and speech.
Believing that He died for all your sins,
And rose again to conquer death and hell,
You reap the benefits of those who wins,
The Kingdom’s glory now upon you dwells.
Accepted and adopted without blame,
The mystery of God’s will He gives with grace!
A holy child of Abba is your claim,
Ambassador to Heaven in this place!
	Embrace through God your new identity;
	The gifts He showers down on you are free.
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1/14/21 The Peace of God

Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 
The peace of God, where understanding fails
Removes all anxious thoughts and fearful heart.
The love of Christ replaces worry’s scales
And makes His home in you to ne’er depart.
Lean on His every word, call out His name,
For God our Father seeks relationship.
Your prayers and supplications feed the flame;
With gratitude you form a fellowship.
Surrender all your cares, your trials and woes
Where on the cross those weights already lie
And rest unburdened in His pure repose
While all the world’s afflictions pass you by.
            You cannot understand God’s perfect peace.
            Believe this, though: you are His masterpiece.

The Spirit

John 3:8 - "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
No, the Lord hasn't imparted a sonnet to me in days, but that passion was put to better use elsewhere in the Kingdom, helping others and making everyone laugh along the way. I try to follow the leading of the Spirit but am more often than not immersed in worldly things. I repent for being double-minded. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus..." Fill me with Your glory, Lord. It doesn't matter what I do, as long as You direct my steps.

2/7/2021 – The Heavens

Psalm 19:1 - The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
 
His glory manifested on clear nights:
The universe a starquilt in the sky.
Uncountable the lights, unending heights;
Created out of love for you and I.
Be still and feel the distant suns declare
The sovereignty of God with awe and fear.
No artist at their best could ere compare
Nor scientist create or try make clear.
How can we doubt at all there is a God
When all around us is His workmanship?
It’s infinite in size, no mere façade,
Firm proof of His almighty authorship.
            It’s humbling to know how dear we are,
            That He made this for us from star to star.

2/6/2021 – As In The Days of Noah

Matthew 24:37 - But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
 
The days of Noah stank with sin and hate,
And violence filled the earth in every land.
Corruption was the norm and reprobate;
Then evil was accepted, good was banned.
The world’s mutated, twisted even more
Than when foul monsters roamed the hills and towns,
And just a remnant stands, their hearts cry for
The ones who will be lost when Christ calls down.
Keep both your eyes upon the Master’s gaze;
Ignore the wind and waves around you now.
Believe in Him and not these wicked days
When evil’s good and good is bad somehow.
            Keep watch, believe that Jesus will return
            To take you to the marriage feast you’ve earned.

2/5/2021 – Less is More

It’s always darkest ere the break of dawn
Until there’s nothing left of night for light.
The lion stalks the prey his eyes set on,
To show in death of one a life ignite.
God made us in His image from the start,
And when we’re born again into the Son,
The Holy Spirit tears our world apart
With death to self, His life in us begun.
He died for all our sins so we could be
Before the throne of God to praise His name,
Was resurrected so that we’d be free
To grow into His likeness, that’s the aim.
            Surrender all your will to Christ tonight;
            The less you are, the more He shines so bright.

2/4/2021 – Yes and No

Matthew 5:37 - But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
 
Beware deception coming from the tongue,
For it can take a life unto its own;
Before you know it, loyalty is sprung
To something you would never fain condone.
Remember who you’ve given your life to,
The One who gave you speech and thought and will.
When you belong to Jesus make it true
That even all your words are His to fill.
Your ‘yes’ should not be ‘no’, nor your ‘no’ ‘yes’,
Or else you speak in lies and slip to sin.
So always seek to edify and bless,
And look to Jesus fore your words begin.
            The more you talk against the Spirit’s guide,
            The less advice you hear from Him inside.

2/3/2021 – Imitation of Christ

I Corinthians 11:1 - Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
 
As you begin to imitate the Lord,
And He begins to occupy your soul,
Discipleship will nat’rally move toward
That as you learn you start to teach the goal
Of being like the One who lives in you,
Surrendering your will, your all in all.
So, as you walk within the Spirit true,
His light that shines from you will bid them call;
Those thirsty for the living water flow
Will bid you point the way that you do go.
To be like Christ you’ll surely help them grow
Into His selfsame image that you know.
            If I desire to be like Christ above,
            I’ll teach His path to others with His love.

2/2/2021 – Don’t Lie

Colossians 3:9 - Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds
 
As dead in Christ and now in Him you live,
No longer have to deal with sin and shame,
For that old self is gone; He did forgive
And freed you from the devil’s deathly claim.
Here Jesus is the Truth and now are you,
For He lives in you now forevermore.
There’s no need to relate to what’s untrue,
And no need to speak lies like once before.
But if you find yourself within the flesh
And speak a lie no matter what the cause,
The Spirit will convict your heart afresh.
Repent to God, to those you lied – no pause!
            To all the truth the Holy Ghost will guide;
            Now learn to be attentive and abide.

2/1/2021 – He Called Her Name

John 20:16 - Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
 
The sweetest sound in heaven and on earth
Is Jesus calling softly out your name.
He knew you long before your mortal birth
And waited all this time for just this aim,
That when you hear His voice your spirit sighs,
A recognition of the Master’s voice,
Then O the love you feel so deeply rise,
And every atom in you does rejoice!
Celestial notes from angels can’t compare
To just a single whispered word from Christ.
So intimate, so precious and so rare!
Eternity is found as this sufficed!
            Pay close attention to the words you hear.
            It may be the Beloved’s voice so near.