11-19-15 Believe in God

believe

Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the (lions) den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

Daniel 6:23 KJV

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Whatever God says to you, you need do,

For He will always be the One to know,

And those who do believe will carry through

No matter what the trial or who the foe.

Your confidence in God makes perfect sense:

You still believe He’ll give you every breath.

The life of Christ was pure obedience

Unto the Father even unto death,

And look what happened three days afterward!

God wants you to believe in Jesus, too,

For if you do, eternal life’s conferred;

No lion in his den can get to you.

Believe in God regardless how it seems;

He’ll never let you down, for He redeems.

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9-9-15 Flee Youthful Lusts

Jack Sparrow running

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Timothy 2:22 KJV

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The lusts of youth don’t always mean the flesh,

But every one is meant to bring them down.

Their vanity and ego cannot mesh

With those who come to wear a humble crown.

There is a need to hear their peer’s applause,

But that lasts just a moment of their life.

Seek favor from the Lord in faith because

Unlike their friends God’s love remains through strife.

Contentions and contempt will mark their way

Unless they live in peace like Christ did show.

Abide with those whose righteousness won’t stray,

Whose charity defeats the biggest foe.

When youth resists the constant lustful lure,

They join the ranks of those whose hearts are pure.

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4-3-15 It’s Now or Never

good shepherd vs wolves

The battle lines are drawn, the challenge made

That who is not with Christ is now His foe.

All those who hate the Word will taste His blade;

The blood of evil will begin to flow.

The Shepherd that is Good now gathers near

The sheep that hear His voice and heed His call,

But wolves still scour the Earth fomenting fear,

To scatter with their lies the ones who stall.

There is so little time to save the rest:

Your friends and family and strangers, too.

More knees should bend and sinners be confessed;

Today might be the day it all comes true.

The Shepherd calls your name across the field.

Please harken to His voice and gently yield.

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He that is not with me is against me;

and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Matthew 12:30 KJV

1-29-15 Owe Love

love one another

If you must be in debt repay it fast,

For who would want to be beneath a thumb?

You also want to make good credit last,

So if you borrow take a lesser sum.

There is one thing that you should always owe:

The love for one another all the time.

You owe your brother love, and make it show;

Without God’s grace your life’s not worth a dime.

God gave you all you need to love your friend,

And all the love you need to love a foe,

And love the stranger, too, without amend,

For God has thus commanded that you owe.

You never can repay God’s gift to you,

But loving one another’s how you do.

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Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:

for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law

Romans 13:8 KJV

1-26-15 A Friend’s Reproof

friendly reproof

You are my friend, and friend you’ll always be

If I say something wrong and you speak up,

For such rebuke from you is wine to me:

First tart then sweet to drink your chiding cup.

I may not like your criticism now

But you speak from a heart of love and care.

Much more from you than others I’d allow;

Their motives may not be sincere and fair.

An enemy may flatter with his tongue

But stab you in the back first chance he gets.

A kiss from Judas, then the armed crowd sprung;

He was no friend of Jesus when they met.

Your admonition, friend, is better than

The stench from some perfume some foe would fan.

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Faithful are the wounds of a friend;

but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:6 KJV