Monday, October 12, 2020

Thinking with Yourself

 

Thinking with Yourself

 

It is so easy to listen to that little voice

Way down deep inside

The one that says “Take the easy road

It makes a smoother ride”

 

But another Voice is clearly heard—

The One we should really heed

The words that whisper “Take up the Cross”

Let this be our daily creed

 

So when trials come—and they often do

Don’t think thoughts just of you

Fellowship in the suffering of Christ

His grace will see you through

 

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It All Depends on God!

Esther 4:13-17, Luke 11:2-10

 

1.      Thy Name—there is no other way to come to the Throne of Grace except through the Name of Jesus—worshiping together

2.      Thy Kingdom—yielding to God’s control in every area. This is letting the Word of God dwell in us richly in all wisdom—walking together

3.      Thy Will—putting down our own desires and thoughts and picking up what God wants for us—working together

4.      Thy Gifts—daily bread. Strength to do right

5.      Thy Forgiveness—healing and cleansing when we do wrong

6.      Thy Leading—Away from the temptation to listen to self. Just say No!

7.      Thy Delivering—We should not want to be part of anything that would hurt the cause of Christ.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Talking to Myself


Talking to Myself

Sometimes I start to whisper
To myself of things I know
Of truths found in the Bible
Like Jesus loves me so

This helps me to remember
And not to sit and mope
It turns my gaze on Jesus
For in Him is all my hope

I tell myself “God covers thee
Under Almighty wings
Surely He delivers thee
Sweet joy and peace He brings”

Then faith begins to strengthen
Love sets my heart aglow
Because I hear the Saviour
His voice these words echo

“My child, do not be afraid
Of problems down below
My angels will watch over you
My salvation I will show”

“Call upon me at any time
I listen for thy cry
Speak my Name in humble prayer
Your needs I satisfy”

Today I am telling myself the truth
Not heeding Satan’s lies
For Jesus is near—My Present Help
To my trust His voice replies

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Based on Psalm 91

               In the beginning of the chapter the Psalmist says, “I will say of the LORD…”. By the end of the chapter, the LORD, Himself, was talking to the Psalmist. Sometimes we speak lies to ourselves—this is giving place to the Devil and causing doubt and fear. Learn to speak God’s Word to yourself like the Psalmist! God’s Word produces faith and love. Notice that God didn’t take the trouble away until first He was with us in trouble. Do we call upon Him? He promises to answer—to deliver--to honour--to satisfy!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Pray Some More


Pray Some More

The gift had not been given—
God had withheld the desire of her heart
Not because it wasn’t good
But to draw her to Himself—apart

She only wanted to do God’s will
She prayed to the Lord and wept sore
She knew she needed His Presence
More now than ever before

And when you have prayed your heart out
Even when it seems a chore
Look to the Father—trust in His love
Then kneel to pray some more

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1 Samuel 1:9-17
So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. 
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 
And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 
And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 
Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 
And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 
Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. 
Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Spring


Spring

The snowflakes were playing a game--
Racing across the expanse of my back yard
While the daffodils waved merrily
Cheering them on from the stands

And the trees nodded silently
Saving their strength
Waiting until just the right moment
To shower the pollen confetti

The referees blew their whistles—
The cardinal from the tall birch
The blue jays and chickadees
Sounding the two-minute warning

And me?
I’m just sipping my coffee
Announcing the game
Enjoying Spring

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Gen 8:20-22
And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. 

The seasons are proof of the promises from God—enjoy all of them!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

If Need Be


If Need Be

We love to claim the promise
 God will supply our need
He hears and sees our problems--
Our greatest thought exceeds

He loves His little children—
His great love He displays
Keeping by His Power
Guiding in His Ways

But sometimes there are moments
Through which He works to teach
Trials come to test our faith--
To prove our deeds and speech

These times are as important
Though we may not know the reason
Rejoice—Our God is always God
But sufferings are for a season

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1 Peter 1:5-9
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 


Sometimes we need suffering (I Peter 1)

1.      It reminds us that we are saved and Heaven is our home.
2.      It reveals our faith to others causing praise, honour, and glory to our Saviour
3.      It renews love and devotion as we see our Father’s care
4.      It rebukes our lack of holiness and causes us to fear and obey God
5.      It radiates the love of God and causes us to understand and help others in the suffering
6.      It rests us in God’s Word causing new strength for future seasons of suffering


Sunday, April 12, 2020

First to Mary


First to Mary

It wasn’t to the Pharisees
And not the temple Priest
First He went to Mary
The least of all the least

Before He went to Heaven
To rest by Mercy’s seat
He longed to show a sinner
Salvation was complete

So if you’re seeking in the garden
Needing a Saviour to care
Look up by faith to see Him—
Christ is risen and He will be there

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Mark 16:9 
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had cast seven devils. 




Thursday, April 9, 2020

Still

Still

The Lamp was lit
A warm glow entered
Cheering the dark place
Revealing Thy Presence

The Oil supply was always there
Never running low
I only needed to come—
Come humbly to ask

The continual need is met
By the constant flame
I rest me in its light--
Still

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Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Psalm 139:17-18
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
John 3:16-21
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.