Set Your Mind to Victory By Brenda Drake

There are times I am victorious even when I do not feel victorious; perhaps the answer to my prayer does not happen the way I want but the problem is solved in a whole different way.  Jesus is in control.  We are victorious when we trust He is working things out the way best.  Our mind is victorious when we keep it on Jesus and not on our problem. He is the One that fights all our battles, and He is our strength within.

Set Your Mind to Victory

Set your mind to victory in whatever you face.
Victory comes when God’s Word is embraced.
It may look a bit different when the time comes,
But it unmistakably is a victorious answer done.
Victory has endurance in its grasp.
Victory looks ahead in faith and refuses to look back.
Victory is not always carrying a prize at the end,
But victory is a banner that is carried within.
Jesus is the strength that girds you up strong.
Jesus is the reason and the tune of your love song.
He is the goal to reach and the prize at the end.
You are victorious if you completely rely on Him.
Set your mind to victory; allow God’s promise to reign supreme.
All is well when victory reigns in your being.
God is stronger than any enemy you may behold.
He hears your prayers and draws into His fold.
Your heart is readied and steadied sure and true.
Not only is your mind set to win the winner lives in you.
Set your trust in the hands of the One you adore.
Remember victory belongs to the Lord.

1John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

I Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lies, Lies, Lies By Brenda Drake

Have you felt lately a little out of touch with reality?  Almost as if we are living in the twilight-zone.  When I begin to feel like this there is one place that can and does get me grounded and back on track…I go to the Lord in prayer and delve into the Scriptures. A new hope and faith rises up by hearing and heeding the truth and setting aside the many untruths that bombard us in the world with its unbelieving, faithless ways.

Lies, Lies, Lies

Manufactured, mass-produced lies,
Full of deception, behind masks disguised.
Tall tales and tiny innuendoes under the same name,
They are called and marked as a lie just the same.
In the world voices are heard; many things untrue.
They if heeded are meant to pull away in deception or to confuse.
When you are confused and muddled in your thinking,
Then you are sure to make decisions that are stinking.
Train your heart and spirit to hear God’s voice.
It will co-inside with Scripture to help you make the right choice.
Lies, lies, lies everywhere you turn.
There will be even more lies uttered until Jesus returns.
Jesus is the truth, He will show you the way right.
He is the Word God sent to cause your heart delight.
When you obey the Word and heed its direction,
You have the mind of Christ and will not be led astray in deception.

John 14:5
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

James 3:14-17
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Faith is Like By Brenda Drake

At times I feel I understand and have faith and at other times I have none because of unbelief.  Real faith is in God and His Word.  We do not always possess great faith but faith the size of a mustard seed is enough.

Faith is Like

Faith is like technology; it takes a while to grasp,
But when you do the world opens up, in fact,
You are able to do much more than you ever thought you could.
And you can accomplish much more than you ever thought you would.
Faith is like a light that illuminates the mind;
What was not comprehended is clearly defined.
Faith sees what is not seen by the eyes.
In confidence faith’s expectations will not be denied.
Faith is like the sleeping giant that does not know his might;
But when revived, is unstoppable, and ready to fight.
Faith in God and in His holy word,
Will speak forth the impossible and when it is heard,
Angels rush to greet it and the demons flee;
For the light of God’s power shakes the heavenly.
Faith is just a word that exclaims,
The truth the Father wills in Jesus’ name.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Romans 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Luke 17:6
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

No Turning Back By Brenda Drake

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.

Clearly Speak the Truth By Brenda Drake

            There is a fine line between speaking the truth, and being overly blunt.  It is the same when we try to speak the truth while endeavoring to please or to not offend.  We tiptoe around a situation that needs to be confronted.  Jesus was willing to die for every sinner, but He was never guilty of not speaking the truth.

Clearly Speak the Truth

Tactfulness by world standards, says less as not to offend another.
But in the Kingdom of God you plainly speak the Word to your brother.
A tactful person of the world may say “You are a bit out of control”.
God would say, “Beware, there is jeopardy to your soul,”
One says “Take it easy, go at a slower pace.”
The other says, “Turn around; you are not covered by grace.”
The world assures you are no worse than others around you.
God desires those who live like Jesus should surround you.
The world’s way treats sin lightly, not demanding change.
But the Word of God breaks bondage and chains.
Clearly spoken truth heals.
With the Spirit’s help sins conviction is real.
Love others enough to speak truth loud and clear;
Along with a prayer the Holy Spirit will open up their ears.

Proverbs 8;7-8
For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness

Prayer
Father, season my words with Your love.  Help me not to say something is right by not saying it is wrong.   Teach me to pray Your truth, and to boldly speak the Word of God.

Get Us Back on Track By Brenda Drake

Once upon a time we as a Country were taught to honor and respect God. It is not only our duty but our privilege to delight in, and to adhere to the Holy Scriptures.  Lord, hear our prayers and heal our land.

Get Us Back on Track

We offer our lives to God above,
With words and actions that prove our love.
Lord we need to see,
Where we need to be.
When we have followed our own path,
We need Your help to get us back on track.
Show us when it is better not to insist we are right;
And when we to know when to stand up and fight.
Teach us to turn away from the world’s stress;
And how we need to confront an issue the way best.
Jesus, you see clearly what our heart cries to know;|
We trust it all in Your care; take full control.
Help us to choose to Your ways discover.
Jesus, help us to truly love one another.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Psalms 32:8
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye

No More Morals By Brenda Drake

        I have witnessed a huge change of mind on what is right and wrong.  I have talked to some that truly believe biblical ways are outdated.  It is alarming to say the least.

No More Morals

Forgotten are good morals, new thoughts have them replaced.
A now normal activity in the past caused disgrace.
Whole generations have misplaced what is right and wrong.
They have little knowledge of what should or should not belong.
Teachers are untaught, or they choose to rebel;
They assist many to walk on the path to hell.
The deaf march with their young trailing close behind.
What can be done with the blind leading the blind?
The world strips down truth and clothes it with rags that stink.
With new theories that pronounces God’s authority extinct.
What can be done about the darkness that overtakes the land?
Is there hope? How can a lost world the truth understand?
Jesus died so the deaf could hear and blind could see.
He died so those bound could be set free.
He gave His life so the sinner could be born anew.
His work is accomplished by living through you.
You are the answer; your life is a testimony of light.
Your words and actions help give others new sight.
You are an instrument that administers love;
That redirects the lost to God above.
Godly lives light the way to the cross.
The hope received brings truth to the lost.
Wrong morals are again replaced by the Word’s declaration.
Know God’s faithful witnesses with His help can turn about a nation.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all good work

Direction for the Gentle Spirit By Brenda Drake

I never was a person to set out to hurt someone, but I also did not care enough to set out to help them either.  A great change has taken place in my life since Jesus saved my soul.  I not only care for others but I spend time thinking of ways to help them if I am able.  My prayers now are not just for my needs but are also for the need of salvation and the concerns of others.

Direction for the Gentle Spirit

Direction for the gentle spirit, yielded and still,
That hungers and thirsts after the Father’s will.
For the one who wants to see beauty in the most unlovable kind,
hat purposes to good in each person find.
Know your God will reveal the deep innermost part,
Of the valuable, empty space in their heart.
I will give you the ability to not only see,
But love enough to inside of them reach for me.
That hard, relentless, calculating person you know,
Has a great need within their soul.
The bitter, angry man uncompromising in his ways
Has great need within for God’s love to brighten his days.
The very sinful man that seems to wallow in the world’s mire,
Their heart too your God also desires.
If you allow me to show you we will gather more and more,
Into the holy presence of the love of your Lord.
I will bestow upon you more than you can contain,
You will over flow like a river in Jesus’ name.
Sweet and peaceful with a gentle warm embrace,
That honors the Father in the world’s last days.
Oh gentle spirit become more like the One you serve.
Learn from the Holy Spirits still voice as you read God’s Word.

John 16:13
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Cry of the Weak By Brenda Drake

God loves us so much.  He died to save our soul and He equips us to reach out and lead another to the cross of Christ.   Every person has opportunity to draw another to the truth that set them free; by our testimony declaring the works of God in our life.  Every person has need of salvation; some know they have a need of help, and others may feel they have no need of help in any way.    

Cry of the Weak

Pick up the pieces, look around,
Make sure the weak and lost are found.
Search in places you would hardly believe,
To find precious jewels that belongs to me.
In dark corners under the cover of sin;
They are not recognizable in the shape they are in.
If you are not careful you may pass them by;
So weak is the sound of their cry.
Those who gather souls must have a listening ear,
They the frail sound will hear.
Come, all who are willing to do as I ask;
Those that seek to bring the backslidden back.
Pray that your declarations give hope.
And your words of wisdom will help them cope.
Be kind to the stranger and truly listen when they speak,
And you will be well armed and able to help the weak.

Mark 16:15
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Psalms 61:2
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the rock that is higher than

The Word and Its Beauty By Brenda Drake

The Word of God is one of the greatest gifts received when its truth is opened up to the mind.  I hunger to hear the Spirit’s whisper in my heart, then when it is confirmed by the written promises in the Bible its wondrous love is cemented firmly in my heart.  No one can take its guarantee of God’s favor from me.

The Word and its Beauty

Valuable lessons written down,
Are seen as precious jewels found.
As you reach out to their beauty touch,
I urge you to pick them up.
Examine them closely to their full value perceive,
Do not carelessly lay them aside; treat them as a gift received.
Take them and place them in a safe place,
Where they are accessible to be later again embraced.
Keep precious truth in the vault of your heart under the Spirit’s care;
When its wisdom is needed He will remind you it is still there.
Devour the Word and taste its sweetness to make you fat.
You will have wisdom to share with others that find they have lack.
To those who also hunger and thirst after God’s Will;
You are like the mother that urges her family to be filled.
Your larder is well stocked; lessons of life are put to test,
Combined with the truth of the Scripture’s promises.
Eat more and more do not tire of its taste,
And you are filled with God’s love to show forth His amazing grace.
Read, study, and apply the truth of God’s Word to your life,
And you will indeed be in a dark world a bright shining light.

Deuteronomy 8:3
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man