Ministers of Our God

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all supposed to be ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a call to all ministers of the gospel to give our all to Jesus Christ.

So many ministers of the gospel are walking in the ways of the world, are following the teachings of humans, and are giving way to the desires of their flesh. Many of these ministers treat their congregations more like consumers, and their church, as a whole, like a business, with them as the owners and/or the managers. Yet, the true church is not a business, and they are not the owners. The true church is the Body of Christ with him as the head, and he is the one who determines how it is to be run and who does what. I think most ministers today have forgotten that. They have gotten so caught up in the ways and thinking of the world, that they have forgotten the ways of Christ and his word.

Ministers of Our God / An Original Work / June 21, 2011

Ministers of our God,
harken to hear Him speak.
Have you given Him
your hearts and souls today?
Hasten to give all to Him.
Let Him cleanse your hearts from sin.
Cast yourselves on His altar.
In your lives do not falter.
Ministers of our God,
harken to hear Him speak.
Have you given Him
your hearts and souls today?

Ministers of our God,
flee from all your idols.
Remove them from your lives.
Be transformed today.
Listen to the words I say.
Give your all to Christ today.
Let him rule within your hearts,
cleanse from sin, His grace impart.
Ministers of our God,
flee from all your idols.
Remove them from your lives.
Be transformed today.

Ministers of our God,
won’t you come to His cross?
Die to sin and yourselves.
Penitently pray.
Humbly accept Him today.
Let Him wash your sins away.
Receive Him into your hearts.
His mercy and grace impart.
Ministers of our God,
won’t you come to His cross?
Die to sin and yourselves.
Penitently pray.

http://originalworks.info/ministers-of-our-god/

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You Only, Lord

Friday, February 27, 2015, 3:55 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Lord, Move Me.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Luke 18:18-30 (NASB).

One Thing You Lack

A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

When we come into this life we are all born with sin natures, separated from God, and without hope. All of us have sinned, and we all come up short of attaining the approval of God and the hope of heaven (See Ro. 3:23). Not one of us can keep the whole law with absolute perfection, so the law can never save us. Only by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ and his blood shed for our sins, can we have the hope of eternal life in heaven with Jesus (See Eph. 2:8-10). Yet, the question always remains: “What is faith?”

Earlier Jesus had stated that if anyone would come after him, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily (die daily to sin and self) and follow him (in obedience). He said that if we want to hold on to our old lives (of living for sin and self) that we will lose them for eternity, but if we willingly die to our old lives, we will gain eternal life (See Lu. 9:23-25). The apostles taught the same truth with regard to our eternal salvation. Paul said the way we come to know Christ is “that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (See Eph. 4:20-24).

I believe this is the essence of what Jesus was telling this rich young ruler. So many people are willing to “do” things “for” God on their own terms. They may keep at least some of the rules, to the best of their ability, and they may even live morally clean lives, but they won’t yield their lives to Jesus Christ and give him everything. Jesus is saying, though, that to be his followers we must be willing to lay it all down to follow him. He wants our all on the altar. We can’t be his fully devoted followers if we are holding on to “other gods.” For the rich young ruler, his god was his wealth. He was not willing to give it up. For others it may be something else. It could be our entertainment choices, reputation, career, houses, possessions, pride, and/or self-will, etc. A “god” is anything we give our hearts, minds, loyalties, emotion and devotion to in place of or above God. These we must forsake.

When He Heard These Things

But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

So, what is the essence of what Jesus said here? I believe this message reaches far beyond just physical wealth, though that is a very difficult thing, evidently, for the rich to let go of. Many things of this world may have strongholds on our lives, and we may not be willing to let go of them to follow Jesus, and that is indeed very sad. I believe the principle here is that it is hard for those who possess much in the way of the things of this world to enter the kingdom of heaven, because it is hard for them to let go and to leave it all behind. This also means that to enter the kingdom of heaven, it requires that we let go and that we let God have his way in our lives. Sadly enough, this is not being taught much anymore, and so many people have been given a false hope of heaven based off a lie.

The message Jesus gave the rich young ruler is the same message he is giving to all of us, which is we must lay aside (die to) our old self-life, and that we are to then follow Jesus Christ in obedience and in surrender to his will for our lives. This is impossible in our own human will and strength. We can do nothing to earn or to deserve our salvation. Yet God, who is rich in mercy, made the way possible for us to be saved. Jesus Christ paid the price for us so we could be set free from bondage to sin, so in his power and because of what he did for us in conquering sin on our behalf, we can be saved. All this is the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives, yet we must cooperate fully with his work of grace in transforming us away from living for sin and self to following our Lord Jesus in submission to his will.

Following Jesus

Peter said, “Behold, we have left our own homes and followed You.” And He said to them, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.”

I have always loved the stories in the gospels of Jesus calling his first disciples to follow him. All of them, or nearly all of them, immediately left their homes and careers, etc. to follow Jesus. They didn’t try bargaining with Jesus. Those who became his disciples did not ask for more time nor did they ask if they could follow him on weekends only. It was all or none. Jesus was very clear on the subject of what it takes to be one of his followers. He said his sheep listen to him and they follow (obey) him. He said we have to be willing to leave everything behind, and we also have to be willing to part with family members or to have family reject and hate us because of our decision to follow Jesus with our lives.

Yet, the benefits and blessings of following Jesus Christ in surrender, submission and obedience to him and to his teachings far outweigh anything we might lose in this life. All that is in this world is destined to perish, so if we hold on, we are holding on to what is subject to decay, and it may easily be taken away from us anyway, and then what have we gained? It is better to lay up treasures in heaven than on this earth. One day we are all going to stand before God to give an account for what we did with Jesus. There will be many who will say, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we do such and such for you?” and he is going to say, “Depart from me, for I never knew you.” And, yet others will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

What we may have to forfeit in this life is nothing in comparison to what we gain for eternity. If we are following Jesus Christ in obedience, and we are being his hands and his feet to the world around us, and if we are sharing with others the truth of the gospel of our salvation so that many will be saved, we will reap a harvest for our labor in the Lord. If we don’t see the harvest now, in this time we have on the earth, one day when we get to heaven we will get to meet all the people whose lives we have touched for Jesus on this earth. They are the treasures we are laying up in heaven.

May we all take this lesson to heart, and may we all take God and his word seriously, and may we all lay it all down for Jesus and be willing to go wherever he sends us, and to say what he wants us to say, and to do what he wants us to do for his glory and honor and for the salvation of souls and the encouragement and strengthening of the body of Christ.

Lord, Move Me / An Original Work / October 16, 2011

Be my desire, my heart set on fire,
Lord, move me to worship You only, I pray.
Fill with Your Spirit, my heart overflow.
Lord, may I long for You; Your word to know.
Teach me to walk with You, Lord, in Your power,
And may I serve You, Lord, right now in this hour.

Lord, how I want to obey You forever.
Help me to hear You, Lord, so I will not stray.
Teach me to love You; adore You always.
Envelope me, Lord, with Your grace today.
Meet me in my need, and show me Your mercy.
Forgive me for all things, as I humbly pray.

Counsel me, lead me, direct me, and guide me,
So I follow You, Lord, where’er You lead now.
I love to hear You speak Your words to me.
I am so grateful that You set me free.
Wash me, and cleanse me, and make me like You, Lord,
And I will live with You for eternity.

http://originalworks.info/lord-move-me/

Search Me, O God

The Lord knows us because he made us. He knit us together in the wombs of our mothers. That means we were born into the families into which we were born, not by mistake, and not by coincidence, nor by an act of nature, but by divine appointment and the will of God. He purposed that we should have the parents we had, even knowing what bad may happen to us, because he has a purpose and a plan for each of our lives. All that we go through in our lives serves a unique purpose in molding us into the people God intends us to be. So, I thank and praise the Lord for how he made me, and that he loved me enough to mold me into someone he could use for his divine will and purposes to bring others to Jesus Christ.

Search Me, O God / An Original Work / July 12, 2012

Based off Psalm 139

O Lord, You search and know me.
You know all that I do.
O Lord, You discern my ways.
I put my trust in You.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Where can I flee from Your presence?
Where’er I am, You are with me,
Guiding me in love.
O Lord, You search and know me.
You know all that I do.
O Lord, You discern my ways.
I put my trust in You.

O Lord, You made and formed me
In my own mother’s womb.
Your hands beautif’ly made me.
I give my praise to You.
My frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in the dark place.
All the days ordained for me
Were written in Your book.
O Lord, You made and formed me
In my own mother’s womb.
Your hands beautif’ly made me.
I give my praise to You.

O Lord, how precious to me
Are Your thoughts, O my God.
When I wake in the morning,
You are still here with me.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offense.
Lead me in Your truth.
O Lord, how precious to me
Are Your thoughts, O my God.
When I wake in the morning,
You are still here with me.

http://originalworks.info/search-me-o-god/

Humility Praised

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:28 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Blessed Are You.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Luke 18:9-17 (NASB).

Pride and Humility

And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

This should be a warning to all of us to guard our hearts against pride, and against trusting in our own intellect, reasoning, physical health or strength, talent, and/or human resources, and against thinking ourselves somehow superior to others whom we may deem less fortunate than us. We are all human beings. We are all born into sin. And, we only have what we have by the grace of God, no matter what it is. Outside of faith in Jesus Christ we are all destined to spend eternity in hell, without hope and without God. None of us earn or deserve our own salvation. We are only saved by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. Even the faith to believe is a gift from God. God is completely sovereign over our lives, so what he has given to us he can also take away. All that we have in the way of material wealth or intellect or prestige is all destined to perish. One day we will all die and we will have to stand before God and give an account to God for what we did with Jesus. So, no matter how important we may think we are in this life, it will count for nothing in eternity.

I find it particularly interesting that Jesus said the Pharisee was praying to himself. I wonder how many people pray, thinking that they are praying to God, but they are really just praying to themselves. So, what precipitates people praying to themselves thinking they are praying to God? First of all, if someone is a non-believer in Jesus Christ, and thus does not have a relationship with God, and if that person is not humble before God, and is unwilling to accept Jesus as Lord of his life, and he thinks he is righteous in himself because he is a “good deed doer,” then that might be an occasion when one would pray to himself. Or, the same could apply to someone who has a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. If we are holding on to sin in our lives, and we are not willing to humble ourselves before God in repentance, and so we are just playing Christian, and we are just going through the motions in order to appear righteous, we may be guilty of praying to ourselves and not to God at all, because we are just performing and we are not really communicating with God.

On the other hand, if we are like the tax collector in realizing our own sinfulness and our need of Jesus Christ, and we humble ourselves before God, then he will exalt us. We don’t need to exalt ourselves. God will hear our prayers, and he will answer them. We just need to realize our own unworthiness, and submit our lives to the cross of Christ and to following our Lord Jesus in obedience and in surrender to his will for our lives. We need to find in Jesus Christ our all-sufficiency instead of relying upon our own human resources. And, we need to be humble, as well, when it comes to how we treat others, realizing that we are no better than anyone else, for we were all born into sin and we all need Jesus to save us.

Misunderstanding

And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”

The culture of that day and country is so much different than the culture of today here in America, so it is difficult for me to identify with what the disciples were thinking or why they rebuked the people for bringing their children to Jesus. The closest my understanding comes to this is that, in my childhood years, there was an attitude among many adults that children were to be seen but not heard. I have little recollection of any kind of relationship with my grandparents. Neither of my grandfathers paid much attention to me or to my siblings and cousins unless we were doing something bad, I think. One grandfather lived in town. My other grandfather and my step-grandmother I never knew at all. They lived out of town. Even the one time I do remember us visiting them, we kids slept in the car and I don’t think either of them spoke with us. I never had any communication with them at all.

I don’t know why they were the way they were. Perhaps it is just the way they were taught, i.e. it was the culture under which they were brought up. I suspect much was the same for the disciples. From what I understand, women and children back then were considered more like property and were not regarded with the same degree of importance and value as men. Yet, Jesus treated all people – male, female and children – with the same amount of love, concern, respect, care and value. That means the world to me! So, I think the disciples were operating under a misunderstanding. I believe they thought Jesus would be bothered somehow by having children brought to him, and so they thought what they were doing, perhaps, was being helpful and was showing consideration of their master and Lord. Yet, they didn’t understand that Jesus came for all people, and he loved everyone equally.

Jesus used this situation as an opportunity to teach a spiritual lesson. Children tend to be very trusting and believe easily. Their minds are not cluttered with a whole bunch of knowledge which might hinder many adults from having such child-like faith. So, children serve as wonderful examples of having the kind of faith that is necessary for us to have in Jesus in order for us to enter the kingdom of God. The tax collector in the story above had this kind of child-like faith. This kind of faith takes Jesus at his word, and does what he says. If Jesus says we must die to our old lives of sin if we want to come to him, this faith believes him and it acts on that belief by doing what is required, yet not in human strength or wisdom, but in the power and working of the Holy Spirit. Child-like faith is humble, submissive, obedient, and trusting. And, this is the kind of faith we all need to have.

The Objects

The objects of this misunderstanding by the disciples or of the contempt shown by the Pharisee were those who were poor in spirit, i.e. they were humble and trusting in God. They were rejected because they were considered as less valuable than other people. Perhaps we might identify with the Pharisee or with the disciples, and God is speaking to our hearts that we need to not ever think of others as less valuable than ourselves.

Or it could be that we have been the objects of such disdain or misunderstandings, and so we identify with the tax collector or with the children, and thus we are so grateful for God’s love for us and that Jesus does not treat us like other humans have treated us. Yet, maybe we have unforgiveness in our hearts towards those who have mistreated us and we need to repent of that sin, or perhaps we have been depressed over our misfortune, and so we need to trust in God’s sovereignty over our lives and consider it all joy whenever people persecute us. Jesus said we are blessed when we are treated thus, and we should rejoice. We should forgive those who have mistreated us, and we should pray for them, say kind things about them, and we should do good to them. And, we need to keep on obeying our Lord despite how others treat us, and then just rest in God’s love, because he cares for us.

Blessed Are You / An Original Work / August 29, 2012

Based off Luke 6:20-49 NIV 1984

“Blessed are you;
Blessed are you who are poor
For God’s kingdom is yours.
Blessed are you;
Blessed are you who are hungry,
You’ll be satisfied.
Blessed are you;
Blessed are you who weep now,
For you will laugh with joy.
Blessed are you;
Blessed are you when men hate
And reject you because of Christ.”

“Rejoice in that;
Rejoice in that day and
Leap for joy; great your reward.
But I tell you;
But I tell you to love those
Who hate you; do them good.
Pray for those who;
Pray for those who treat you wrong
And say kind things of them.
Do to others;
Do to others as you would have
Them do; have them do to you.”

“If you love those;
If you love those who love you,
What praise is there for you?
Because Christ is;
Because Christ is kind,
Be merciful, just like He is.
Forgive others;
Forgive others their offense
Against you; be ye kind.
Hear My words and;
Hear My words and put them
Into practice, then you’ll be fulfilled.”

http://originalworks.info/blessed-are-you/

Realizing

I believe that sometimes or often we are guilty of taking God/Jesus Christ for granted. As well, I believe today’s church is often at fault in how they present God/Jesus when they paint God as a big doting grandfather in the sky, and/or when they paint Jesus as a weak and powerless person who just went around loving on people and making them feel good all over. By giving these false images of God – Father and Son – I believe it helps feed complacency, apathy, dishonor, disrespect and taking God for granted.

As well, when we teach salvation as some kind of emotional decision we make to receive Christ, but we don’t tell people that coming to Christ means death to sin (our old lifestyles of sin), transformed hearts and minds, and walking in Christ’s righteousness and holiness, we give a false image of God that translates into people thinking that God’s grace means they can do whatever they want and still have their ticket into heaven.

His word teaches us that Jesus died, not just so we could go to heaven one day, but so we could die with him to sin (See Ro. 6-8; Eph. 4:17-24), and so we would no longer live for ourselves but for him who gave himself up for us (See 2 Co. 5:15). In fact, his grace teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled and upright lives in this present age while we wait for our Lord’s return (See Tit. 2:11-14). Thus, when we realize what Jesus Christ has done for us in saving us from our sins, we should turn from our sins, walk with him in truth, and choose to obey him in all things.

Realizing / An Original Work / May 14, 2011

Realizing what He did for you
Should cause you to walk with Him in truth.
Trust in Him to be your Lord today.
Turn from sin; obey without delay.

Realizing He died on a tree,
So that from sin you could be set free,
Should bring you down upon bended knee,
Repentant; humbly; submissively.

Realizing that He loves us so,
Which is why, to the cross He did go,
Is what leads us to salvation free,
Through our faith in Jesus Christ our King.

http://originalworks.info/realizing/

Seek Him First

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 1:15 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Seek Ye First.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read Luke 18:1-8 (NASB).

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

The Opposition

The woman, I believe, represents the church here on the earth. The opponent of the church is Satan who disguises himself as an angel of light, and who has many human representatives who do his work for him on this earth. His servants are false christs, false apostles, and false teachers of the word of God. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing who pretend to be true shepherds of the flock.

They can be political figures, i.e. government leaders, and/or religious figures, i.e. leaders in the church. They promise the people peace, safety, security, hope, and/or equality and justice. And, yet their words cannot be trusted. They fill the people’s minds with false promises. They tell them many lies, hoping the people will believe their lies and thus will be deceived into trusting them. Their speech is as smooth as butter, and many of them are gifted orators with eloquent and persuasive (silver) tongues. They twist the truth to their advantage and cleverly insert lies into truth in order to make their lies acceptable.

They try to get us to buy into humanistic philosophy above the teachings of scripture and they try to get us to doubt God’s word. They also try to get us to bow to human authority over the authority of God in our lives. If their smooth and persuasive tongues do not work against us, then they will try to beat us down with lies against us and will convince others that we are the enemy because we hold to God’s truths. They will call us intolerant, bigoted, disunifiers, and haters, and they will convince many not to listen to us. They will convince many Christians to reject the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and thus they will follow after these lies of humans, instead, because it is what sounds pleasing to their itching ears.

Call On Jesus

When we come up against the enemy of our souls, even in human form, via his human representatives, we need to call upon our Lord to rescue us. Yet, Jesus has not promised us that we will have immediate relief from trouble and hardship. In fact, he promises us that we will be hated and persecuted for righteousness’ sake and for the sake of his name, and that many of his servants will even be killed for their testimonies for Jesus Christ. Yet, we should remain persistent in calling upon him, and we should not give up or lose heart, for one day he will rescue us physically from our oppressors. He will suddenly come again one day to take us to be with him and to judge the earth and the people of this earth.

In the meanwhile, he does rescue us emotionally, mentally and spiritually. He has given us the armor of God (See Eph. 6:10-20) with which to fight off Satan’s evil attacks against us. We must answer his accusations and lies with the truth of God’s word and with the truth of what we know about God. We must call upon Jesus, and trust in his love, mercy, grace and sovereignty over our lives. He fills us with his peace. Sometimes we may even need to pray for God to surround us with his angels when Satan is fighting particularly hard against us. In all persecutions, hardships, difficulties and troubles we need to turn to Jesus and not to broken cisterns which do not hold water. He will give us all we need to endure to the end.

Will He Find Faith?

Very early in the morning today the Lord Jesus gave me a picture of the spiritual condition of a vast majority of today’s church here in America, and it is on the decline. It is as Paul described in his letter to the Ephesian church. A vast majority of believers in Jesus (or professing Christians) are spiritually immature, “tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.” Their commitments to Jesus Christ are continually changing in position, away from God and toward greater faith in humans. Their foundation for their faith is not Jesus Christ but is human-based philosophy loosely based in Christ and scripture.

This human philosophy focuses much on self-pleasure and on making people feel good. They spend much time, money and energy on entertainment and in making the world feel “at home” in their church meetings. Thus, they dilute the gospel of Jesus Christ to make it more appealing and acceptable to the world. They avoid anything they consider “negative,” such as the subjects of sin, repentance, obedience, judgment and hell, and they try to keep things upbeat and positive (pleasing to itching ears). Instead of leading their people to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people, they teach them to just go around blessing people via good deeds, but to avoid subjects which might offend people. Many of these believers, thus, focus much of their conversations around having fun, joking, laughing, etc.

Many of them preach a gospel which is only half the gospel. Most of them do preach that Jesus Christ died for our sins, that he was resurrected from the dead, that he ascended to heaven, that he sent the Holy Spirit to indwell his followers, and that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, they don’t teach that the word of God teaches us that faith in Jesus involves turning away from our lifestyles of sin, being transformed in heart and mind of the Spirit of God, and being given new lives in Christ, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (See Ro. 6-8; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Pet. 2:24-25; & 1 Jn. 1-5). They don’t teach that God’s grace teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives and that Jesus Christ died so we would no longer live for ourselves but for him who gave himself up for us (See 2 Co. 5:15; Tit. 2:11-14). So, the church is on a spiritual decline.

I believe God intends to judge his adulterous, idolatrous, wayward and lukewarm church (See Rev. 2-3), not in the sense of the judgment of hellfire, but in the sense of divine discipline and correction for the purpose to bring them to their knees in humility and repentance so that he can revive and restore them before he does come to take his bride to be with him. At that time I believe many of these human-based churches will be brought down and that many will repent in humility and the church will be revived, and I believe that will be a huge answer to prayer, because one of our greatest concerns presently is the spiritual decline of the church and that so many who profess the name of Christ are living no differently from the people of the world.

Yet, one day he will also destroy our persecutors and we will be set free and will no longer be the hated and rejected but will we will reign with Jesus in his millennial kingdom. Amen! In fact, those who are killed for their faith in Christ are already rescued and set free from persecution and are no longer suffering rejection and mistreatment. So, while we are still on this earth, we must seek Jesus and his kingdom first and we must continue to pray for the salvation of souls, the revival of the church, and the encouragement of his persecuted saints, as well as to call on him to rescue us from our persecutors. He will fulfill all he has promised. He will never leave us or forsake us. So, trust him and keep praying, and never give up! Trust in his word and in all his many promises to us and rest in his love.

Seek Ye First / Music: Karen Lafferty
Scriptures: Matthew 6:33; 7:7; 4:4

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness;
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Ask, and it shall be given unto you;
Seek, and you shall find.
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

Man shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds out from the mouth of God.
Hallelu, Hallelujah!

For The One I Love

5/16/11: I was inspired by the passage I read for my quiet time this morning from Isaiah 5, which begins by Isaiah saying, “I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard…” I sensed the Lord had a song for me based off of that song, only about Jesus Christ and what he did for us, so I asked him, and he gave me this song about the One I love. This song truly expresses how I feel about my Lord, so when I sing it, I am singing about the One I Love to the One I Love.

Jesus Christ is so precious to me. He lives within me, so he is always with me. I don’t have a religion, I have a life. I don’t have just a belief, I have a relationship. Jesus is not some idea or concept, nor is he far off or just a historical figure. I know him intimately. I share with him my deepest thoughts, my heartaches, by burdens, and my concerns for the ones I love. I tell him about what is on my mind and heart. And, he talks to me about what is on his heart. I enjoy my time with him, which is not limited to a small block of time each day, either. He is ever present with me speaking his words so gentle to my heart.

For the One I Love / An Original Work / May 16, 2011

I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard… (Is. 5:1a)

I’ll sing for the One I love
A song about His great love.
He died for our sins,
He rose from the grave,
And He reigns triumphantly.
He entered the throne of heav’n,
Where He lives to intercede.

I’ll sing for the One I love,
A song of His forgiveness.
His blood paid the price,
So we could be free
To live in victory.
He conquered our sin in death,
So we’d live for Him instead.

I’ll sing for the One I love,
A song of His soon return.
He’s soon coming back
To receive His own,
Who wait for Him patiently.
He makes us His holy bride,
Prepared for her husband, King!

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