Sanctification (Acrostic Sonnet) 10/9/21

Salvation came first on that cruel cross
As Jesus took upon your total sins;
Now when you gave your life to Him across
Committing all you have, new life begins.
The Spirit of Christ Jesus lives in you,
In Him you have your being and desire,
For you are being formed and shaped anew
Into the image of the Son through fire.
Cease walking in the flesh, now Spirit bound,
Abide within the word and walk in love;
The crucible of life is so profound
If you surrender all to God above.
     O child! You're not alone! You're ne'er apart!
     No force can separate you from God's heart.

9/22/21 Delight Yourself in the Lord

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

Beloved, You are my delight,
My deep repose, my long respite.
Such peaceful joy no words can share,
Your love is such I can’t compare.

Your Spirit dwells within this heart,
It doesn’t end, it has no start.
Wherever I am, so are You,
Just show the way, You’ll see me through.

The heavens show Your glory fine,
Each atom spins in grand design.
O Lord, there is no mystery
Within Your noble majesty.

Above the stars, beneath the earth,
Creation celebrates its birth.
In humble prayer I praise Your name,
You are my Savior! I proclaim.

Transformed into Your image bright,
Adopted as a son of light,
And more than that, an heir and more,
The veil removed, the open door.

My soul desires this only thing:
To do Your will, my Lord and King.
I cling upon each whispered word,
To follow You as undeterred.

There is no room for two, You say,
So crucified with You that day,
And rose again emerge as one,
No longer I, but You begun.

Beloved, You are my delight,
My deep repose, my long respite.
Such peaceful joy no words can share,
Your love is such I can’t compare.

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.

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.