I remember well the first day I allowed God to love me. After a hard day, alone with children tucked in bed, relaxed in recliner with no remote at hand, the evangelist came on television. I was too lazy to get up and change the channel. What a great day it turned out to be. For the first time I learned of the sad, hopeless condition of my soul. I became aware of the wonderful love of God and His provision in my behalf. The amazingly beautiful gift of salvation through Jesus’ work on the cross becomes crystal clear each time I spend time in His presence in praise, worship, and prayer
Allow God to Love You
Allow God to love you, listen to this word of rhyme. Give Him your attention, share with Him your time. Rest your weary mind, enjoy the encouragement He gives. Allow the Spirit to soothe your soul, so without fear you can live. Take the peace of the Savior; let it sing to you its sweet song. Let joy flow forth inside you to make you strong. Tear down the walls of bitterness, and the towers of pride. Allow the forgiving Spirit to reign inside. Rest in the Holy Scriptures, learn it promises and believe in them. Allow the love of Christ to warm you from within. Bring the sins that the enemy piles high on your back, And allow God to throw them in the sea intact. Trust in the One that loves you more than words can say. Give Him your life and your problems and fears dissolve away.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
If you have never asked Jesus to be your Lord, this is the perfect time. It is so very simple, first, admit you are a sinner, and are in need of a Savior. Believe and accept what He did for you, and ask Jesus to enter your heart and to live His life in you. He is faithful; you will never be sorry for your decision!
When we practice the presence of God the dark world and its problems, fade in the light of His love. What a lovely, wonderful place, its value is more than all the worlds riches!
In the Lap of Love
When you struggle to your feet, and each step is slowed; There is something that you need to know. Your burden is too heavy, get on your knees within, And I will lift you up into the lap of love again. When you are hurting and your armor has been misplaced, And you feel weak, come I’ll lift you into My embrace. Confess yours sin of unforgiveness and you will be, Lifted within as My strength you receive. When drained and discouraged in your toil, And your garments of praise have become soiled, Come, I’ll refresh you with a new supply. I’ll lift you up and fill you with fresh joy so you are not dry. Perhaps you feel lonely and need a friend to speak to; Come, I’ll lift you up in my lap of love – I will listen to you. The love of God calls out “Come, I will fill you up” “It is My desire to show you love” “Just come and rest – come at any time” “You do not need a reason when you are Mine” When a small child appears and simply lays upon your chest, There is great comfort to your soul as they rest. Just so the Father’s heart yearns for you to draw near; Come at any time child, never approach in fear. When lifted to the lap of love peace will satisfy your soul. For in this place of luxury, you know beyond a doubt who is in control!
Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I remember well the day I cemented my commitment to the Lord. I made up my mind I will not turn back. I have never regretted my decision. When times get hard I rely on His help to keep me true to my pledge. The Word of God reminds me of my place in Him and the promises of His provisions.
No Turning Back
No turning back, no looking back, onward I go. Nothing or anyone will stop me I am headed for the goal. My mind and heart is set, my eyes seek to see, The plan Father-God has planned for me. It is His Word I listen to, it is His wisdom I crave. It is His strength I rely on as He guides the way. Jesus is my example, I follow hard after Him. He is my Lord, Savior and very best friend. With His authority I tell mountains to depart. Demons flee when Jesus rules in my heart. It is His voice they hear when I proclaim, Victory, in Jesus’ name. My treasure is in heaven, but I still sing as I go, For the earth’s treasures I seek are souls. Souls that are brought to the cross of Christ, That also will set their heart and life, On the path of no return to the better place, Where heaven and earth touches under grace. The embrace of God satisfies heart, mind and soul; Fully and completely in His loving control.
Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Time marches on, steady in its pace. I wonder at times where did all those years go? Now I ponder, where did the day go? My desire since I met Jesus is to live in a way that brings profit to His Kingdom. Sometimes as my day is examined I wonder if and how it has glorified Him. Did I squander its precious moments or did it shine for Him?
Another Day has Passed
Another day has passed, The time goes so, so fast. Opportunity is lost; did I do all I could do? Jesus have I spent my time wisely for You? My future assures of such glorious things to come, But have I obeyed you today? Have I God’s will done? Did I in the Word’s promises abide? And in Your protection hide? Am I guilty of trying to please man too much? Or, do I stand upon the Word and in it trust? Have I allowed the cares of life to cause despair? Have I been thankful, or have I cried unfair? Does my head hang low as I claim defeat? Or do I trust God to my needs meet? Help me Jesus to in the Word grow strong. Dressed in the armor provided to help me along. Father, help me to be like Your Son Jesus Christ; Each day living in service, a self-sacrificing life. Seeking to spend each valuable day doing Your will, So heavens rooms will be filled.
Colossians 4:5-6 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Before I knew the grossness and the penalty of sin I had very little guilty feelings, but after I truly desired to live right, I was harassed with feelings of inadequacy to measure up to God’s Word. One day the Lord showed me the absurdity of this. He loved and died for me before I loved Him. Why now when I love Him would He love me less? He would never need the help of His enemy to tell me what I need to do.
Bullied by the Accuser
The enemy points out small infractions and paints them, Seemingly, into large, gross, unforgivable sins. He lays condemnation as a burden to pack; He keeps piling things heavy on your back. He points out everything to cause shame, He loves to accuse and enjoys casting blame. Critical, unloving, and judgmental without any grace, He brings forth anything to disgrace. The accuser has no right to blame you anymore; For your every transgression is covered by the Lord. Your worth is not measured by what you do or do not do. Your worth is measured by who dwells inside of you. If your own heart convicts thee; Take heed but do not be bullied by the enemy. He does not point out sin to those that he easily tempts, He accuses those who desire to obey and repent. If he can persuade them they are still full of sin. He causes great discouragement in them. Walk each day doing the best you can. Do the work of God the best you understand. If you sin, quickly repent in prayer, And know you are forgiven for your God truly cares. When you hear a taunt that will not cease its noise in your ear, Rebuke it and turn away from it and it will not stay near. One day you will behold the one that caused your heart and mind so much strife. You will see how pitiful and how weak he is in the presence of Christ.
Revelations 12:8 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
As a young woman, I loved to read love stories. I dreamed of a knight in shiny armor rescuing me, or of prince- charming making me his princess. Then one fine day I heard the most amazing love story that not only my Prince came to rescue me, He died to make me able to be His eternal bride.
The Greatest Story
The greatest love story ever told is about God’s plan. How He would save His creation called man. It tells how He took upon Himself their sin and shame, So they could be without blame. He loves so much He gives man choice of their own will; To love Him, or to their own destiny fulfill. He has paid the price to give life eternally. He died a shameful death so they could be free. He was raised up from the pits of the grave. Man chooses to believe and receive His gift or to their own debt pay. His desire is for all to come to be One with Him. But most do not see the way to enter in. The greatest love story many will never understand. They are blinded by the world; only hearing the stories of man.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Psalms 119:30-35 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
It took a while for me to realize I am unable to do anything of value without the Lord’s help. I count on His help in everything for now I know my limitations; I am weak, selfish, and not all that smart; but I also recognize He is shown strong in my weakness.
Drop into my Heart
Drop into my heart all the wisdom I need for this day. Give me ability to reach and for another pray. Live loud in me as I proclaim, The power and majesty of Jesus’ name. Let it be your light that shines; To assure and help another as they seek to the treasure find. Speak loud through me your life-giving word, So it is truly a message from heaven heard. Steady my step, pave ahead my path, Give me authority to conquer every foe where I am at. As I draw near this day for my daily supply, Fill me up with your goodness on high. With your love, your kindness, your understanding deep, Your joy, your strength and abiding peace. Every morsel that you share with this vessel of clay, I will attempt to give away. As you drop wisdom in my heart I am able to flow, Successfully with you from soul to soul. This request is huge and I almost wonder at my plea. But this I know, it is your passion that I seek. It is your love, your touch, and words I crave, So I will just believe I receive the requests I have made.
Psalms 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
We have a tendency to look at how far we need to go to be like Jesus. The evil one is sure to point out everything that does not measure up. Our worth needs to be seen by the light of the Word of God. When we allow God’s truth inside, it indeed will set us free. The truth is God loved us before we loved Him. Jesus died to set us free from the bondage of sin. The truth is…. Grace saves us, not our own goodness. We are saved by Jesus’s work on the cross, not by our own works of the flesh. When we compare ourselves with others, we may come away feeling condemned and greatly lacking. When we measure ourselves by the sacrifice on our behalf, we will know that God loves every person with the same passion. We do not need to feel inferior or jealous of another again.
The Measure That Is True
Measure yourself not by others, but from where you have come. Do not look at another to see how well you have done. For always, you will see the example that makes you feel small. The most important thing is God loves all. You are just as large in His sight as the one you so admire. You are dressed in the very same attire. The same robe of righteousness was placed upon each back. When you have accepted Jesus, you have no lack. Measure what you are by the only measure that is true. The measure of your worth is the work of the One that died for you. In the Father’s eyes, He sees you tall and pure. There is no need to fear when you are in God secured. See how far you have come – the great changes that have taken place. The old man is no more; you are born anew under grace. Love one another and appreciate how far they have come too. Be glad and rejoice for you both in the same Spirit move.
Ephesians 4:4-7 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
There have been many opportunities for celebration when I heeded the sweet council within me. There are the terrible times of failure when I did not listen to the Word of God but followed the leading of the flesh. At these heartbreaking times, the correction of God is not only expected but almost desired. It was at one of these times when the Lord in His goodness called me to come back.
Broken Heart Come Back
Your heart is breaking; it is very heavy in your chest. You walked the way you should not; you followed the leading of the flesh. The road though very colorful, is not the way that is right to go. It seems to promise good things but as you know, The way of disobedience is not by God blessed. There is only one way out of your troubles — repent, and sins confess Admit you are a sinner and that you have been led astray. Set your mind on Jesus, and prepare to his Word obey. Oh the sweetness of grace – taste it once again. Take it and make it the place to again begin. Crucify the flesh; from the devil flee. Put your trust in Jesus, and His strength will set you free. Only after true repentance are you allowed under God’s cover, Completely forgiven and restored and with your God a love
1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.