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Without Faith

 

He rewards those who seek,

And believe in His Holy Name.

Without faith there is nothing.

To believe is to gain.

We gain God’s blessings,

And His favor for heaven above,

If we believe in all He is,

And the perfection of His love.

 

His love is full of mercy.

His heart is full of grace.

We must believe in His Word,

And seek His Holy Face.

We have to step into the unknown.

We have to believe the Bible is true.

Faith will keep you going,

And grace will follow you.

 

We cannot see the future,

But we know Who holds our hand.

We have a loving Savior,

Who will guide us to His land.

When we step out in faith,

We will never be alone.

We have His Spirit with us,

To guide and lead us home.

 

We are destined for heaven.

We have to believe it’s there.

We have to acknowledge our God,

And His love we must share.

Faith believes without proof.

We have to believe it’s true.

We cannot see what’s ahead,

But we know God will pull us through.

 

We have to trust in our God,

Every step of the way,

To get to our eternal home,

And be with Jesus to stay.

 

TRW 6-25-17

Hebrews 11:6

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

The Bible says that every man is given a seed of faith. It is up to man to use that little seed of faith to grow their faith. The smallest seed can produce a big crop, that when it is planted, it will produce more seed and grow a bigger crop. This great chapter in the Bible is so uplifting, because it shows the “saints of old”, who had faith in the Word of God, and acted upon it, were protected from harm and prospered. Faith takes action and faith sees results. A person who has faith in God will praise Him for all the things He has done for them that they are aware of and know that God has protected them, even when they were not aware of potential harm.

Just One Little Bite

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Just One Little Bite

 

Just one little bite,

Is how disobedience started.

It made mankind sinful.

They became broken hearted.

They were no longer perfect.

They were no longer whole.

They lost their freedom.

They tarnished their soul.

 

The barrier was set.

The curtain was put in place.

We were ashamed to talk to God.

We needed to hide our face.

Mankind’s fate was set.

Nothing was free anymore.

Life would be hard,

Separation from God in store.

 

Temptation would be abundant.

Satan could mess with our mind.

His ways ate so vicious.

He is cunning and unkind.

We are prisoners in this world,

But God provided a way.

He sent His only Son,

To help us find a way.

 

A way to forgiveness,

A way to be made whole.

Jesus died for all our sins,

So that we could be made whole.

There is no longer a barrier,

To talk to God face to face.

We can witness His love.

We can feel His grace.

 

Jesus is the way to forgiveness,

for all the world’s sins.

He is the way to freedom,

And the only way to win.

 

 

We can win this battle,

That has tainted our life.

With His Spirit within us,

We can overcome all strife.

We are once again His children,

The way it was meant to be.

We will be accepted into heaven,

Where it is perfection for eternity.

TRW 6-25-17

 

Genesis 3:1-9

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

 

The story of Adam and Eve is the story of our life. We are tempted by Satan every day. He will make sin seem minimal and as if it is not going to hurt anyone, but in truth any little sin is an offense to the God who made us. God had our salvation and release from the devil set in place. God knows we are not strong when it comes to temptation. He can see the devil at work trying to put a wedge between us and God. Satan was an angel who gave up his privilege to be among God’s favored creatures. He really thinks that He has more control than God does. He is in a constant battle and we are the territory he tries to conquer every day. He wants to offer us something that is not good for our souls. He will tell you “one little bite won’t hurt”. A little sin  still hurts the heart of the God who created us. Jesus, our Lord and Savior suffered awful torture and death on the cross as atonement for our sins (the big sins and the “little bites” of sin). Little bites of sin weaken us and make us want a little more, until we can no longer recognize that it is harmful to our souls and our relationship with God. As we face this battle, we need to call upon the Name of Jesus and ask His Spirit to guide us through the messes in life. He will help us face the adversary and the temptation into sin. When we fall into sin, realize the tricks of Satan and call on the name of our Lord. He will be there in the midst of your mess and will help your out.

Burned Out

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Burned Out

 

Burned out in life.

Tired of the way I’m going.

My fountain has run dry.

My energy has stopped flowing.

Ups and downs may happen,

As on this road I go.

I am looking for the fountain,

Where fresh water will flow.

 

I know the source of that grace,

But I feel disconnected somehow.

I need a renewing of my faith.

I need a new path right now.

I need a revelation for my life.

My bones all feel so dry.

I have lost my inner joy.

Too many tears I’ve cried.

 

I have to look up,

For His grace to flow down.

If  I wallow in regrets,

I will surely drown.

Lord I need a lifeline,

I need to feel you with me.

I want this depression broken.

I need to be set free.

 

I will breathe in your mercy,

I will savor all of Your grace.

I will keep my head up,

As I seek Your Holy Face.

I long for that peace,

That You alone can give.

I choose to seek your love.

I will surely begin to live.

 

You will refresh me today.

You alone can soothe my soul.

I am in your perfect will.

With you I will become whole.

 

TRW 6-16-17

1 Chronicles 16:11

Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.

We are weak in our flesh and we tire easily. We give up too quickly. We want  things and we want them now!!!. We are an instant generation. We want to gratify ourselves everyday with things. It may be food, money, praise from others, clothes, trinkets, etc. We fail to look at the big scheme of things. We forget our real purpose. Is it to please ourselves or is it to please God? This is the reason for burnout. We want to see the results of our labor. In reality, we may never see the results of our labor. We have to allow ourselves to be satisfied with where we are at and what we are doing. If we feel empty, we need to go to the “Book” and find out what really fills us. Test yourself about what you are doing to serve God or His people. Are you walking in faith and are you representing your Father in heaven? If the answer is yes, then be satisfied and walk in peace, enjoying all of your blessings, and continue to enjoy the favor of God.

Take the Time

 

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Take the Time

 

Take the time today,

To find a peace for your life,

Letting go of drama,

Releasing causes of strife.

Focus on the good things,

Letting go of what is sour.

Live each day to the fullest,

But learn to relax some each hour.

 

Don’t focus on the drama,

That others bring to your life.

Don’t carry those burdens,

That weaken the soul and cause strife.

Let go and let God,

Is a phrase that can help you.

Let go of things you cannot change,

And let God do what He will do.

 

Breathe deep and smell the roses,

Take in what please the mind.

Don’t be in such a hurry,

Take the time to unwind.

Listen to the music,

That nature can bring to your ears.

Listen for the silence,

That will lengthen your years.

 

Bring silence to the troubles,

That try to flood your mind.

Exercise your body,

To help you unwind.

Take time to enjoy,

All that God has given.

Be thankful for His gifts,

As you are on your path to heaven.

 

This world can offer nothing,

Compared to His love and grace.

Focus on what is important.

As you seek His comforting face.

TRW 6-15-17

Ephesians 5:15-19

 

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

 

 

There is an old phrase that says “running around like a chicken with its head cut off”. In our busy lives, we can find ourselves doing just this; being very busy, when it is not going to accomplish anything. It is better to sit back and relax some to refresh your spirit. You will be better prepared to help someone when you are not totally consumed with a head full of troubles. There are some people that will trouble you with problems that they have no intention to change. They are wasting your time as well as theirs. This is where drama exists. It is complaining about life, but not trying to change anything that is wrong. It is easy to get involved in another’s drama. Drama usually involves fear and anger. The person does not come to you to ask for prayer for peace in their life. They do not ask for a scripture they can cling to while they are walking through stuff. They are dumping their frustration onto you, for you to help carry the load. That is like carrying a load of bricks up one hill, just to dump them on the other side. It is wasted effort. You have accomplished nothing. It is better to recognize that this is a problem that you cannot change. You can pray for that friend, but don’t take on that unnecessary load. Take time to enjoy life and do meaningful work. Ask God to help you figure out a problem, but don’t waste your time on drama. Take care of yourself, so that you may be able to help another along life’s way.

Life Without Stress

 

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Life Without Stress

 

Learn about your Savior,

And He can give you rest.

Stay attached to Him,

And He can lessen your stress.

Learn how to manage in life.

Learn about His ways.

As you change within,

He will lighten your days.

 

Read His Holy Word,

And check each situation.

You can calmly go forward.

Leave behind condemnation.

You beat yourselves up,

So many times in life,

Which adds to your stress,

And opens up more strife.

 

God does not ask for perfection,

But He wants you to try.

He will lift you up.

He will dry your eyes.

You bring about your own stress,

By harboring your guilt and shame.

You need to receive the love of Jesus,

And not try to place any blame.

 

Don’t look for a place of anger,

But look for a place of rest.

Part of the work is yours.

You can cause your own stress.

Jesus spent so much time in prayer.

He needed “alone time” with God.

His spirit was strengthened,

As on this earth He trod.

 

Prayer time is essential.

It will calm your mess.

Search out His peace,

To get rid of your stress.

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Matthew 11:28-30

 

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 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.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

We beat ourselves up for not living up to our own expectations or those of others around us. Think about being yoked with Jesus. With Him next to you, your strength is endless. With Him next to you, you will take the right path. With Him next to you, you cannot fall or fail. He is allowing us to be yoked with Him, so that our burdens will be light. In the hard times, He will carry us along life’s way. With Him we can accomplish the extraordinary. There is no fear of failure with Him. There is no reason to belittle ourselves when the Master of the Universe shines upon our lives. We are shining jewels in His crown. He will turn our imperfections into righteousness and perfection.

Just Like a Prayer

 

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Just Like a Prayer

 

My God is out there,

And I am right here,

From this great big earth,

He can see my tear.

 

As I marvel at His moon,

That He hung in the sky.

I cannot imagine a God,

That takes time to wipe my eyes.

 

Tears just leaked out today,

And fell down my face.

I needed His comfort,

And His amazing grace.

 

When I see the big moon,

Just hanging in the sky.

I do not have questions,

I cannot even ask why.

 

My prayer is as big as the moon.

Only my God can cover it all.

I have His assurance,

That He can cover it all.

 

He hung the big moon,

In the middle of the sky,

But will take the time,

To hear His children cry.

 

He can make things perfect,

When all things are amiss.

He can hang the moon and stars,

And reveal heavenly bliss.

 

I marvel at His presence.

I will praise Him every day.

I will trust the Master of it all,

As I go to Him and pray.

 

TRW 6-10-17

 

Genesis 1:1-5

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

We are children of a mighty God. The one and only God who made heaven and earth. There  is nothing He can’t do. Walk your life with Him and pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks. Realize the source of all happiness and peace. There is nowhere you go that you cannot find Him.

Just Got to Fix This

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Just Got to Fix This

 

You just got to fix this,

And we want it fixed right now.

We have tried to take care of it,

And it is still messed up somehow.

We may need to help the situation,

For the miracle to take place.

We do not just sit and do nothing,

To be blessed by God’s grace.

 

His presence in our life,

Is the greatest miracle of all.

He has cleared so many paths,

And kept us from so many falls.

Prayer is not just a request time,

But a time to listen too.

To accomplish what He meant,

We also have work to do.

 

Don’t be affected by the negative,

Peace is in a quiet heart.

We have to look to our Source,

To get the right start.

Even Jesus had boundaries,

There were things He wouldn’t do.

He knows the outcome already,

And what is best for you.

 

He is not the cause of hardship.

He does not cause sickness and death.

When there are times of turmoil,

Satan is in the middle of the mess.

The sea of anger and waves,

Is just on the surface, you see.

Down deep within that ocean,

Is a peace that was meant to be.

 

His peace “passeth all understanding.”

It is what we need on this earth.

He promised to enter into us,

To give us a re-birth.

 

 

We will have a new beginning,

It is His promise still today.

He will never leave or forsake us,

This is not where we are meant to stay.

 

TRW 6-12-17

 

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.

 

Many times when we go into prayer with our heavenly Father, it is like a wish list. We dump all of our problems on Him and then just want Him to fix it right now. We expect miracles to happen instantly.  We know He is able and we are assured that He loves us, but we still need to have proof every day to keep us strong in our faith. Communication is not a one-way street. Communication is talking and listening. There are many things that block effective communication. The biggest block in communication is to only half-listen. When we only half listen, we usually jump into something just to find out it was not the correct path to take. When we talk to God in prayer, it takes a special kind of listening. Some people hear God’s voice clearly, but most of us have to mill things over in our minds to hear the solution to our problem. Will the solution glorify God? If it will then there is a much better chance that you have heard His voice within you. Work steadily on that problem, talking to God as you go.

Directing My Way

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Directing My Way

The vessel is all set,

But the Captain is not here.

I dare not set sail,

Until the path has been cleared.

The vessel has been equipped,

For everything it needs.

The chart is within the ship,

To get to the next deed.

 

The vessel is not perfect,

But with the Captain in your soul.

You can accomplish it all.

You will be well and whole.

Your endurance will be strong,

As the waves toss you about.

When you are in trouble,

Just give the Captain a shout.

 

Ask Him to take the wheel,

And hold onto it real strong.

Keep Him in the center.

It is where the Captain belongs.

He will guide the ship,

And bring it safely home.

With the Captain on board,

You will never fight alone.

 

The Captain has all the knowledge,

That every ship-hand will need,

To complete every journey,

And finish each deed.

Trust the Captain with your soul.

He will never guide you wrong.

He will help you set the sail.

His Word will be your song.

 

Your sail has been set.

You are on your way.

The Captain will not abandon ship.

He is with you every day.

 

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Matthew 8:24

 

24And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 25And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

 

We are like a vessel, created to carry something precious to someone else. We are not perfect and we may get tossed about in this life as we set sail. When we accepted Jesus as the Lord and Savior of our life, His Spirit was placed inside our soul, so that we do not have to face the frightening times by ourselves. He will point us in the right direction, if we use Him as our Captain to guide the way. Even when we feel all is lost, the Captain will not abandon the ship. It is His duty to carry us to safety. He will part the waters. He will calm the sea. All we have to do is to rely on His grace, mercy and love.

Give Just to Give

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Give Just to Give

 

Give just to give.

It is an extension of your love.

Don’t do it for a return,

From your Father up above.

You cannot buy love.

You cannot buy health.

God is the source of happiness.

Happiness is better than wealth.

 

Giving produces satisfaction,

When you help your brother.

We are all God’s children,

As we help one another.

God will guide you,

If you listen for His voice.

Giving is not required,

But giving is a choice.

 

You will be blessed in your effort.

It may not seem like much now.

But in the grand scheme of things,

It will make a difference somehow.

Your brother may be hurting.

He may have given up,

In this world that is so hectic,

In a place that is so corrupt.

 

You may be giving a taste of,

God’s mercy from above.

It may seem little to you,

But it is an extension of God’s love.

You may have been the answer,

To someone’s little prayer.

They needed a helping hand,

To know that someone cares.

 

So give just to give,

As God has done for you.

Be the one today,

To let His love shine through.

 

 

You have given someone hope,

To help them along life’s way.

You have blocked the lies of Satan,

And kept them from going astray.

They have started to look up,

Instead of looking down.

They have a helper in this life,

To turn their heart around.

 

They will be thanking God,

For the help He sent to them.

He did not turn away,

But sent them a friend.

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Deuteronomy 16:17

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

A person needs to stay aware of others who have needs and be willing to help them as they are able. Listen to God’s direction and watch for people who He may have placed in your path in life, who need encouraged in God. Do not expect anything in return. There is a “heart gift” you receive, just for giving. You feel good in your heart. You did not give just to get a return. You gave because it is just right to help others. When someone blesses you, you will feel God’s hand upon it. We are not alone here on earth, and we need to stay mindful of our purpose in the little things as well as the big things. If you use your finances by giving to others, God will supply you with more.

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