The Holy Spirit starts His holy work long before we know or even desire to know God. In times of quiet, and in times of trial we are touched with fascinating strands of truth. The salvation story enters into the hungry seeking heart. I now have a great hunger for the Word. God feeds me often all the wisdom I desire, and encourages me to even hunger for more!
Wisps of Truth
Wisps of truth, like delicate strands of gold Deposited in the secret place the heart holds Interwoven threads of goodness pure and undefiled Bits of God’s wisdom that causes the heart to smile Wondrous revelations that reveal God’s power and might That floods the inner sanctuary with eternal lights A supernatural breath of air that lifts up the heart to receive That, that their faith believes The truth of God’s love has a sweet taste As God introduces the wonder of His grace The captive is freed, like an eagle soars to great height As God’s forgiveness fills the soul with unearthly delights Great desire fills this place with the need to give praise At the truth of unworthiness, the heart bows amazed Beautifully adorned in worship as a living sacrifice Filled and overflowing, one with Jesus Christ A marvelous union so intricately designed One with the Truth – perfectly aligned Seek God and you will find peace Seek His ability for He is your strength Hunger for righteousness – He is the bread Thirst for His wisdom, He is the head Rest in His goodness, entrust your life to His care He is the fullness you seek, He is always willing to share Every trial you face, know He guides your step Every battle formed against you He is prepared for it Read God’s Word each and every day And the delicate strands of His truth will show you His way
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
Many forget God’s grace is a gift of undeserved favor and begin to rely on their own excellence. Then when they fail at their attempt in a walk of perfection they become discouraged and in need of a kind and understanding word of direction to redirect back into the arms of grace. .
Show and Extend Grace
Dejected and dismayed, Forlorn and unmade. Hope is gone and faith has fled, Recalling no more what God’s Word says. He measures by the world’s scales his worth. With opened eyes to his lack his heart hurts. He has tried to do right in his own strength, But the way ahead is harder than he thinks. His companions within; boastfulness and pride, Loudly speaks out like a blasting horn inside. At life’s injustices anger seethes deep within, Ready to emerge like a bomb lit in him. He is a sad creature; few know the truth of his woe. He is the one who tries to always be in control. Pray for him for he needs to see and know his true worth, It was measured when Christ came to earth. Jesus paid a price large at Calvary. On the cross He died to set him free. When you see him, show and extend grace; So the God that so loved him can again show him His face.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
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.
I love, enjoy and appreciate the liberties we experience in our Nation. At times it feels as if they are rapidly slipping through our fingers. My prayer is that God heals our land. But there is a freedom to be enjoyed that tastes sweeter by far! .
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Taste of Freedom
The sweet taste of freedom many yearn to savor; Where there is harmony and peace and God’s favor. Then there are those have unknowingly let it go; Little by little: painlessly, acceptably slow. Some are blinded by the process and cannot see; Until it is too late to be reprieved. Come into the place Where freedom lives under God’s hand of grace. You are set free from the debt of sin. It has been taken care of by Him. You are free to worship and set free to sing, Songs of salvation to honor Christ the King. You are free in spirit; even in the world of woes, For you are free indeed in heart, mind and soul. Set free to fully express and to share, With a world in bondage the truth that God truly cares. The sweet taste of freedom is greater when God heals the land. All glory comes from and is delivered back to the God I AM.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
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.
Small excerpt from Waves of Comfort by Brenda Drake
I remember as a young child standing in my room at my grandmother’s house, looking up to the heavens and saying, “God if you are really there why don’t you talk to me?” I listened but I did not hear a thing. Many years later, after I had asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior and had invited Him into my heart, I heard God speak! I was sound asleep and I heard “God is Love; Jesus is forgiveness.” I woke up immediately. I was so excited – I knew it was God! I then woke my husband and repeated the wonderful message God spoke to me (my husband surely thought I had gone crazy). I wrote it down in a little book. I was so thrilled… not only could I talk to God but God would speak to me! Much later after the Holy Spirit taught me to listen I received this poem. It reminded me that when I was a child, I called out that I wanted to hear His voice. God had heard me! I just could not hear Him.
There was a small girl child with eyes open wide to see. She called out to the heavens to a word from God receive. She challenged me to listen and to speak to her clear, However she did not have a heart able to hear. Many years went by and I called out to her many times. One fine day her heart with truth aligned, It still took her a while to rest enough to hear my voice. Now the little child can daily draw near so her heart can rejoice.
John 10’27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
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.