4-15-15 Abstain

alley of temptation

Once newly into Christ you don’t belong,

For Christ is into you: Home isn’t here,

And where you go the light will shine so strong

A pilgrim’s path shall form to drive sin clear.

Abstain from fleshy lusts, which fight the soul,

For they can drive a wedge ‘tween God and you;

They turn your vision from its Holy goal

And cause a stumbled fall to tarry, too.

The worldly world of lust is sensual,

Tempts sight and touch and sound and taste and smell.

It bids you come and join the festival,

Then pins you to the wall of death and hell.

Abstain from lust, my sister newly saved

You have a choice: be free or be enslaved.

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Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims,

abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

1 Peter 2:11 KJV

12-26-14 Be First to Love

love each other

If God did love us so He sent His Son

To be a sacrifice for all our sins,

Then we should love each other barring none,

And those who understand it best begins,

For we should not just sit around and wait

Until the other fellow loves us first,

For that is just as bad as open hate.

All those who wait to drink will die of thirst.

God loves us so despite our wicked way;

Lord knows that we deserve eternal hell.

Begin to love your enemy today

If you should ever hope to Heaven dwell.

My friends, love one another without pause

By loving one another without cause.

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Beloved, if God so loved us,

we ought also to love one another.

1 John 4:11 KJV

7-17-14 Rejoice!

rejoice

Rejoice, my friend! Again, I say rejoice!

The Lord is always with you, heart and soul!

Raise up a celebration with your voice!

Tell all the world the Saviour’s in control!

Rejoice though persecuted and distressed,

For great is your reward with Jesus now!

He died that you may be forever blessed,

And have salvation through His solemn vow!

Rejoice! With God’s Great Grace comes ecstasy!

Rejoice and spread the news across the land!

Believe in Jesus, gain serenity!

Christ is the way, the truth, the life at hand!

Rejoice, my fellow saint, we are so loved!

Rejoice! Rejoice, for we are God’s Beloved!

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Rejoice in the Lord always:

and again I say, Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 KJV

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7-15-14 Precious

precious

My child, you are more precious than the stars;

The atoms of your being more than gold.

No matter what you do or where you are

God’s ever present love will not withhold.

You cannot do a thing or think a thought

To lessen God’s devotion to your soul.

The world may hate you now but God cannot;

His love is always present, always whole.

Please understand God wants to bring you home.

That’s why He sent His Son, to die for you,

To take away your sins, no need to roam;

The barriers to Heaven Christ withdrew.

Your Father calls you home His love receive

Now all you have to do is just believe.

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But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Matthew 10:30

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7-8-14 All (a Sonnet)

surrender

Consider all the things you now possess,

The creature comforts, all you hold most dear,

Including friends so close that you profess

And fam’ly most of all that you revere.

Now choose the thing or person in your heart

That you love more and cherish most of all,

And ask yourself sincere if this you’d part

If God would have you yield and heed His call.

You must be willing to concede today

Your fortune, friends and all your loved ones here,

To do the will of God without delay

And even life itself to thus adhere.

He calls you to surrender to His will,

And all you ask of Him He will fulfill.

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“…My lord, O king, according to thy saying,

am thine, and all that I have.”

1 King 20:4 KJV

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