When we are born again we are but babes in Christ. Life under the leadership of our Lord and by the teaching of the Word builds us stronger as we grow in faith.
Muscle of the soul
Muscles are formed when they are put to work. It is not easy for under extra exertion they hurt. Faith is as the muscle of soul; When it is tested true strength is known. Heavy trials that have been a part of your life, Builds strength when you lift them to Christ. It is work studying and believing God’s Word, And standing in confidence on it firm. When you lift the Word in your prayers, And your testimony is with others shared; Hope muscles are built strong too. Faith begins to in great power move. The hard work pays answer comes; With God’s strength you overcome. Trust and faith becomes fervent within. It is never too late to exercise programs begin. One day you will be able to tell the mountain to depart, For God’s power speaks from your heart. The Word of God wielded in your hand, Chases the enemy from your land. With faith you do not accept defeat in any way, For you know God answers when you the Word pray.
I John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Life is a gift, although sometimes it feels like a troublesome gift. When we realize we do not need to go it alone, there is a certain joy and assurance our Lord is at our side. He is also our strength inside. It is very possible with the Holy Spirit’s help to give thanks and sing His praises no matter what we face.
He Rides the Waves with Me
I walk with God in the light of the living, Ever on the forever path; singing, loving and forgiving. Each day has been prepared as a gift bestowed; A time to share life, with the One that my life holds. As we travel, when trouble and trials comes, I entrust each moment in the hands of the most trustworthy One. He is stronger than the wind that blows its icy breath. He has already conquered the dreaded threat of death. My God is able to calm the troubled sea, Or He is willing to ride the waves with me. With His Word He speaks to the enemy of my soul. With His Word on my lips He is in control. I walk with God toward the place I call home. He assures all who believes need never walk alone. We walk so close sometimes we use the same steps. He will carry me through heaven’s door as His bride the closer we get.
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
The world as we know it has been turned upside down. What God said is dark is called light. What God detests the world has declared good, Things once held dear are now cast aside as no longer valuable. Many churches are lukewarm, and fit in with the world system. The teachings and the presence of the power and authority of the Lord have been stripped from the lives of those who attend. Children of God need to stand and boldly profess the Word of God as they live a life that agrees with the Word of God.
The Church is at a cross-road; are we as Christians going to lay down our armor and give in to the pressures and the threats of evil control? Or are we going to get busy and pick up our armor? We need to be ready to follow our Lord to fight the forces that are taking our Country and our world into a place of no return.
I for one will say with God on my side what have I to lose? I say I am not weak in God I am strong. I stand and say I believe and will testify what the Word of God says is right is right. What the Word of God says is wrong is wrong. In my stand for right, I also admit God has given every man, woman, and child the free choice to do right or to choose the way of evil. What is your choice? If it is for God then stand for Him and boldly say so.
In the Light of Love darkness flees. In His presence the heart receives. Like a tree planted at the rivers side; Full and filled vitally alive. When rain clouds come and they still do, God becomes a shelter too. When you feel cold or in a storm, God’s in control and your heart warms. There is no place you go, That your God does not know. In the low times when you feel dry, Your God becomes your supply. As you lift up every problem, trial, and pain, It is all covered in Jesus’ name. Sadness, anxiety, worry or fear, In Love’s Light has to disappear. Love’s Light is health to heart, mind and soul. It heals and in you overflows. The wise abides in the Light of the Son, As they are revived they also a light becomes.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
It seems our world is truly darker than ever. Love spoke into my darkness at salvation. He speaks us each and every day. Lord open up our ears to hear what you desire us to do to lead another to the Light of Truth.
Love Speaks into the Darkness
Love spoke into darkness and there was light. Love speaks into your dark place to give new insight. Love spoke into existence the world, the moon and stars. He speaks to your world …He knows where you are. Love from the cross saw the great need of your soul; A special place in His heart you hold. Love has given His life so you can also His love speak. He has given His Word to the seeking heart that seeks, Love washes you white as new fallen snow. His shed blood has made the redeemed new and whole. Love speaks encouragement and will lift and edify. Love speaks in so many ways to water the soul parched and dry. Love has a name Jehovah …God that supplies all you need. His name is Jesus that saves the one that believes. His name is Wonderful…. Lord of Lords, King of Kings. Love speaks into a life and makes it able to His praises sing.
Genesis1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
I wonder how I handled life without God’s help. I now know I do not carry life’s burdens all by myself. Whatever I face God is on my side and He is always as close as a prayer. He is my strength and a very present help in time of trouble.
Handled With God
Climbing a mountain or riding waves hard and high; That both takes great effort cannot be denied. In your life both are true; But the secret to success is who is traveling with you. With God’s strength, faith, and peace reigning within; The journey goes much better with Him. The mountain of circumstances; with the walls of depression and fear, With faith in God’s help the mountain may just disappear. Those terrible waves of life; with things seemingly out of control, With its turmoil and chaos that overtakes the soul; All are handled with more grace with God at your side. In fact upon His Word you can safely ride. Then when the storms rage and you seek God’s face, When He says “Peace be still” the raging’s threat is erased.. Do your best in any situation. Rejoice you do not travel life alone. Trust your God and Savior to safely bring you home.
Exodus 33:14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
I use to beat myself up for not acting the way I felt was acceptable to glorify God, and would help others recognize the Good News of Salvation. Little by little it has sunk in I will never be a perfect example of what a Christ-follower should be. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus and a perfect example of God’s love and provision of salvation and grace.
Sometimes I Fail
Sometimes I fail and fall short of what I should be. And many flaws in my character I see. My shortcomings are so clear, If I dwell on them I begin to fear I know at times my light shines dim. And I need it seems to start all over again. But when I begin to feel low, Lord Your love again begins to flow. You show me my value in Your eyes. And remind me of Your sacrifice. When You administer Your sweet touch, It heals the brokenness and fills me up. When I am weakest, You are my strength. When my soul thirsts, You give me drink. When I am overburdened You carry my part. When lonely You remind me, You are in my heart. When I fall You still do not cast me aside. In my dark failures You see my heart’s cry. In my circumstances, and the flaws that disgrace; You see perfection, filtered through grace. Help me Lord to not be discouraged, but to strive to overcome. So I am a glory to Jesus when my life is done
Psalms 32:5-7 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah
When I think of all the wonderful promises that lie ahead when my Lord Jesus returns; my heart soars with a great indescribable joy. Then I am reminded by the Holy Spirit, He is always working right now in our everyday life. Several times I have experienced His delivered beauty instead some of my life’s discouraging ashes.
Ashes; Blown Away by the Wind
Yesterday’s ashes blow away in the wind; gathered no more to be kept; For the flower of tomorrow has no room for any of it. The deep lines of worry etched by time on the face, Are blown away they too are forever erased. The heavy thoughts that fight to surface now and then; They too are blown away by the wind. Pain, and despair, fears and shame, And every other discomfort that torments by any other name; All are ashes. All are discarded they are useless to keep. Ashes are everything that causes the heart to weep. Until this glorious day there is instruction wise, Fill your mind with Jesus, look into His eyes. Look into the promises in God’s Word. When you practice daily a new truth occurs, He indeed shares His beauty and places it within, Ashes are not kept there they are blown away by the wind.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Isaiah 61:3 o appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
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.
I mistakenly used to think child-like faith was to unquestionably take life and its ups and downs without hesitantly and without question. But, truly my children were always full of questions. When they were afraid they would run to me for an answer to help put their fears to rest. They believed I was there to tell the truth, to assist, protect, and to comfort them. We as God’s children should also know and trust He hears and answers prayer with our best interest at heart. When there is no immediate answer what then? Stand in trust, have faith God will and does fight our battle.
Childlike in Faith
Childlike-faith faces the day without fear; As long as the one that cares for them is near. The healthy, well-loved child through faith sees, A world that holds great promise and beauty. But in times of trouble when winds of life blow strong, Childlike-faith listens, and draws close to where they belong. When an enemy or menacing stranger tries to pull them astray, The wise, obedient child resists and turns the other way. The follower of Jesus; the one that has faith to spare; Will like a child his good news share. Wise like His Master; his confidence in God above, Helps him make wise decisions as he trusts in His love. When the world darkens in its threatening stance, Childlike; yet with God’s strength, they face circumstance. Full trusting God hears their prayer and answers the way best; With supernatural ability they stand, in spiritual armors dressed. With heart prepared to the battle win, And yet like the small child, at rest within.
Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Ephesians 6:14-18 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;