I was a sad and bitter person before I was born again in Christ and became a new creature. But there are still times when I begin to resemble the old man again. When this happens I know I need to again repent and allow my Lord to rule within me. I trust Him to finish the good work He started in me. All the glory goes to Him. He is the good seed within me.
Planted for God
An apple is just an apple until it yields its seed. Then it becomes an orchard that multitudes feed. Apples that are firm, tastes sweet and good, They yield good healthy seeds as they should. A profitable planting one day is its boast. A successful crop consumed the most. Who desires a bitter, mushy apple, shriveled up? Who would gather its seeds to raise an orchard up? An apple may look good and yet does not taste well, From a distance it is very hard to tell. But under close inspection its worth, Is determined before it’s used to replenish the earth. In this apple story the truth you can see. Your life like the apple can be planted for the King. But, if you are bitter, you cannot glorify Jesus’ name. If you are soft and mushy with testimony the same, Your influence will rise up more of the same kind. Come I will heal you to be as I have designed. Sweet because of Jesus; firm as the Word’s foundation too, A wealth of good seeds I will plant through you.
John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
I used to say whatever came to mind. It certainly was not all good. After salvation it has been a constant struggle to speak according to the Word. Now I desire my thoughts and my words to honor God. My language is a lot better…but there is still much room for improvement.
Measure My Words
Measure my words to cause change. Let it be a profit in the exchange. Take away added things that are insincere. Make my plans and intentions perfectly clear. When self begins to throw about, Words of fear or words of doubt, Quickly bring back to mind Things that bring honor and with the Word align. Father my thoughts are loud in Your ear, I pray negative, harmful thinking disappears. Draw me closer; teach me Your ways, Fill me up with thanks and praise. Measure my words; sweet abiding God I serve, So You are the message I speak. You are the Word. Join me Lord in word and in song. Loving, and serving and made strong. Flavor my life with Your loving touch; That in encouragement lifts another soul up, Hear my prayer and all I cannot know to pray. So tomorrow I better speak and think Your way.
1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Jesus is the way. His example shows the way. Jesus is the Word. His words reveals to us the way. He said He will never leave or forsake us. He is a high-tower in life’s storms. He speaks to the wind that blows. He calms our troubled sea. I do not want to take one step without Him. Because of His provision to send the Holy Spirit, my forever companion, I never need to find my own way again.
Jesus is the Well-Marked Path
There is a well ordered, well-marked path; With pitfalls plainly revealed on the track. Danger is great, but there is a loving guide, He makes a covering for you and He moves inside. His provisions are sufficient, with pure water and fresh bread. And He fully assures He knows the way ahead. In Him is all knowledge, His wisdom mystifies. He has full access anywhere, His authority is fully recognized. No one is able to deny Him entrance, and only He closes doors. He is the eternal light that shines forward. He is truth, no lie touches upon His lips. He is the Word that speaks many promises. There is no mountain too high or water too wide or deep; For in Him and with Him is mighty unlimited strength. He is called Savior, Son of God, best friend, He is Emmanuel; God with us, trust in Him. His name is Jesus; there is no name higher than this. He offered His life to your life assist. He bought and paid for our safe destination with His blood. He fully loves us, He is committed for our good. Who would be so foolish to this great gift reject? Only the foolish man; his decision he will surely regret.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I marvel at the thought of seeds. What a miracle, inside a seed was a tree; That had the honor to become the cross that Jesus died on to set us free. He gave His all to give us new life. What an honor it is to become a seed to glorify Christ.
What You Give You Receive
You have heard that it is more blessed to give than to receive; But in God’s kingdom – you will get what you give; for it is a seed. Many think giving only applies to wealth shared with others; But this law encompasses much more you will discover. As you learn to give kindness – you will kinder become. When you show respect, you will receive respect from someone. As you give a smile to your brother you will see, That you will feel the smile of God shining on thee. Give good words – speak things that edify, And the Word of God will bring you a fresh supply. Give good directions – give good advice. Give to benefit another as self is sacrificed. When trouble comes give to God your requests; Then give God time to work things out for your best. Give God thanks and praise everyday. Watch very carefully the words that you say; For your words also return, so speak words of faith and hope. And you will be strengthened by them when you need them most. Give abundantly – in all areas and you will agree, That though it is more blessed to give, it is also great to receive.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
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.
I love the smell of flowers but dead flowers do not inspire my heart to sing. God loves all of His creation, but He hates the stench of sin. He made it possible for us to smell good again. It is our choice to keep our life alive by obeying the Word and by repenting and by turning from our wicked ways.
Fragrance of Life or Death
There is no mistaking the difference, everyone can tell; Life and death has different smells. Look around at what you hear, taste, and see; Are they life-giving things or do they stink? Gossip may seem a tasty morsel but it brings death. It has no life-giving promise to expect. Hurtful words that hang heavy in heart and mind, Have a terrible scent that is hard to take sometimes. To God there is an aroma sweet to hear, taste, and see. His affection is constant for those who His help receives. Obedience along with honor and respect for others, Is the perfume of Jesus, your soul-lover. Jesus is life. He gives life to the lost, He draws from death to new life at the cross. There is no mistaking the difference when you come, The stench of death is replaced by the fragrance of God’s Son.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
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: