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.
Prayer is a time of placing our needs and the needs of others before a loving God. It is a time of singing the praises of our Lord and Savior. It is a time to rest in the loving ministrations of a most loving God. Sometimes I spend a long time in God’s presence, and other times it is a very quick time making my requests. Always it is a time of speaking and listening. It is good no matter how long or how short the prayers are. In fact there are times I don’t speak at all, and God still hears all I do not say. The bible tell us to pray for our leaders, and our Country, Jesus told us to pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Repentance, forgiveness and genuine love and concern for others gives us lots to pray about. Prayer needs not be as a chore to get done, but instead a constant ;oving conversation between us and the God that never tires of hearing our voice,
Easy To the Point Prayers
When time is at essence brevity of prayer is best There is no need to form long, complicated requests. God sees the problem you asking to be solved, Your prayer invites Him to be involved. Life was meant to be a sharing between God and man; With a free flow always was the plan. Free and easy and fully comfortable to do, With no great maze of things needed to go through. Like a child and their loving father upon the earth would ask. They would climb up and rest upon their daddy’s lap, Knowing full well they had his attention, Knowing they could trust in his good intentions. They are sure of his love and know he will do his best. So they ask and believe they will receive, and then they put it to rest. Their hugs and kisses seal the deal made between them. Then they run off to play with their friends. The child of God that knows he is loved is not afraid. They do not need to practice what they must do or say. They do not approach the throne with fearful attempts. They know their God is for them not against. Long repetitious prayers are a waste to hear. Causing dishonor to the God that desires you to draw near. When in worship and in praise and thanksgiving you will find Heaven kisses your spirit with assurance and gives you peace of mind.
Matthew 6:7-8 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
When we focus on the world’s circumstances, life at times feels dark and hopeless. Our attitude and outlooks are our choice. It is also our choice whether or not to believe the Word of God’s promise. Salvation is a bright light that pierces the darkness of our soul. When we abide in Jesus He floods hearts with love, promise, and hope; that causes life-altering shifts of joy and deep assuring peace deep within.
Abide in Me
When your day ends and night begins, Although the sun is not seen it still shines my friend. When you open a door the light shines through, Its sheen enters unless the door is closed by you. But the light is still there. It does not change a bit; But the shut up room loses its benefits. A tender green branch promises fruit ahead, A severed limb without life’s source is dead. A branch may stay green awhile, but without strength; When not connected to the vine, its fruit dry up and shrink. Withered dry branches becomes a waste, To be thrown in the burn pile- disgraced. The Son that shines upon you never stops His shine. When I have called you; you are mine. When connected to the true vine, good fruit expect, Even in the world’s harsh elements. There is nothing able to steal this one from me, For I watch over my chosen jealously. But all do have free choice; I do not force to love me. I desire to be wanted and to be the source of every need. So great is the desire for their Lord. A seeking bride that waits to be with the one she adores, My arms are open; I am calling out to thee. Open your heart’s door for the Light to enter as you abide in me.
John 15:5 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. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
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 To 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.
In the troubled times perceived ahead; in Christ we still can experience a peace that settles deep within our heart, mind and soul. Circumstances may not change as rapidly as the change undergone within. Instead of fear of the future we can have faith to face the future. Instead of hoping and praying for things to change we are given the ability to make a change. Instead of being a victim we become in Christ a victor. Rather than looking for outward sources to help in trying times we stand on and testify God is our help in times of trouble. God equips us with ability and knowledge to successfully face the giant knowing He will for us and through us destroy our enemy and chase fear from our land.
Peace Settles Deep
Lovely and quiet moments; when turmoil is stilled; When, your heart is raised in prayer ready to be filled. In the strange silence……peace settles deep, And even more strange it seems you are filled with new strength. The problems are laid down and are firmly placed, In the care of the One you trust; to be by joy replaced. The circumstances may not yet be changed, but somehow you know, The One you love and serve is in full control. The air has been cleared of the stench within, The atmosphere is filled with the sweet aroma of your Lord again. Lovely, quiet ….sometimes when not a word is said, You’ve been freed from every worry and every fear of dread. You are emptied and filled almost in one breath it seems; So great is this place prepared for the redeemed!
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid
I always thought confession and repentance was the same thing. Little did I know I was confessing my sins way before I ever really repented. When I repented I changed my ways. This is true and wise with each individual , and for us collectively as a Nation.
Confession is Good, Repentance Better
Confession is good but it only a job half done. It perhaps admits you have wronged someone. Even with tears and feeling truly sorry for your wrongs, You may continue walking the path you are on. Take the next step repent and walk the other way. Then you are choosing to God’s Word obey. Many confess weakness and easily admit, They have a temper and at times throw a fit. They wear flaws like a trademark that self identifies; But it is sinful before the Father’s eyes. Some admit they are bitter with an added excuse; For their continued sour attitudes. Some say, I was born with this way; it is not my fault, ts confession will not change things at all. If you say you are a born worrier, remember you are now born anew. Turn-about, and allow God’s way to rule. Confession with repentance will change the course of your life. Know you are given strength when you choose to follow after Christ. I will lead and guide you to the place of victory. Confess your sins and the in repentance you follow after me.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord
I am at awe when I think about how majestic God is and so thankful for how much He has done to make me able to be one with Him for eternity. There is no real reason for us to worry or be depressed. He is the answer to every question and He is more than anything we could ever need. He is in control; in faith remember, nothing can take us out of His loving care.
Engraved on His Hand
Your hurts, your pains, Your bondage’s and your chains, Your inability, your flaws inside, The sins you’ve allowed to abide, The evil thoughts, the hurtful plans, The unkind words, the harsh demands, Your fears, your heart’s cry, Every untrue promise you’ve spoken, every lie, Your greed, your lust, your shame, Everything under the sun named, Every sickness of body, soul, mind, Every minute of wasted time, Every hope or dream, every desire, The secret place of inner fires, Each thought, and unspoken request, All kind deeds, every moment of needed rest. All things I am acquainted with, for you see I have experienced them already. I suffered and felt the weight of them for you. Know my friend this word is true. Your remembrance is engraved in my hand. When you have accepted my plan. As you purpose to align with the Father’s will. In you and through you His will is fulfilled. So walk on I AM is in control of your life. You are well known by your Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Psalms 31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
Before I knew the grossness and the penalty of sin I had very little guilty feelings, but aftertruly 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 upon you as a burden to pack; He keeps piling things heavy on your back. He points out everything to cause you shame, He loves to accuse and enjoys casting blame. Critical, unloving, and judgmental without any grace, He brings before you 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 the ones who desire to obey and repent. For 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. And you will see how pitiful and how weak he is beside your Lord Jesus 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 thought I was free to do as I desired when I left home. I was free to drink, free to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I was not free I was bound by sin. Now I am bound to Jesus with His chains of love. Now I am truly free. Free to worship, free to praise, and free to serve Him by serving and loving others.
Bound by Chains of Love
I have been set free from bondage and from the chains of sin, And now in my freedom I am bound to Him; I am bound by chains of love that will never break apart. I am drawn into Him and He moves into my heart. This place I have been drawn into I never want to leave. It holds within all I ever need. I will not fight my captor, I willingly submit, All He does to restrain me is for my benefit. I am set free to worship Him that died to save my soul. All I have I offer to give Him full control. My flesh is all I need to fight; one day it too I will shed. Until that great day, I am by God’s Spirit led. He helps me walk and talk like Jesus, God’s Son. And one day I will with Him become as one; Fully, and firmly in His presence setting at His side, Forever one with Him as His bride. Oh great day I became His property; a willing slave I am. My prayer is to serve Him that I love the best that I can.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
I have found some of my most rewarding times are when it a few moments before prayer I was anxious and downcast in spirit. God is our very present help in times of trouble. He hears and answers prayer. He desires to bring joy and peace and comfort to our souls.
Comfort in the Midst of Trials
Right in midst the trials, in the heat of them, God’s children can be comforted deep within. Even in discomfort, you have assurance God is there; To fully know that He cares. In days-long where feelings are low; The Son still shines so that you grow. When clouds are black and all around in despair, Trust and know God is just and fair. When times travels fast and life seems to pass you by; Choose to look forward to your future on high. Watch for the narrow way again He gives strength and the ability to walk the path with Him. Jesus is truth, life and the way, peace and joys unfold, He is shining example that leads to streets of gold. As one, you are His friend to stay On life’s journey Holy Spirit is your comfort along the way
Psalms 23:1-6 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen