Posts Tagged ‘God’

Our lives are a canvas waiting to be painted on
When it’s done what will it be a portrait of?
Of yourself? Of those you loved?
No, it will be a picture of what God has done
For you in your life, show how far you’ve come

I want my life portrait to be a reflection of His face
I want it to tell my end of the story of His grace
How He came and died to take MY place
I want it to point to Him at the end of the day

I don’t know where to start on this blank canvas as my path begins
So as I’m living and my heart beating, I’m just tracing His fingerprints

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God, the great and powerful
Praiseworthy and masterful
Creator of all that is beautiful
And origin of all the universe

Christ, the greatest miracle
Given as sacrifice for all
The Word who left heaven for the fall
And brought redemption upon a cross

Holy Spirit, wise counselor
Miracle worker and deliverer
Guidance and generous giver
Of God’s gifts, our convict-er

Father, the great I am
Holding all power in His hand
Everything according to His plan
He was with the Word before the first breath of man

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God Liveth.

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Poetry, Spiritual Poetry
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So many lives
Under these skies
Not so different from
A common beehive
Everywhere you turn
Another trace of life lies
Whether simple structures that represent
Or living breathing inhabitants
A whole world full of intents
And hardly a place exists
Where God hath not sent
This rain of His words and breath
For as man walks, God liveth.

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(prepared for a Tuesday Morning Staff Meeting)

Ecclesiastes 1:1-2

“The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

2 ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’
says the Teacher.
‘Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless.’”

What a great way to start off the morning and an awesome start to our week, right? Everything is meaningless. And this has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of what I’m saying this morning.

Ecclesiastes is my favorite book because it puts everything into perspective. It reminds me why I’m doing what I’m doing and why I feel like I should be doing it in the first place.

A sober reminder like my alarm clock was this morning.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a morning person.
I like sleeping in.
I hate my alarm clock.
Which was my mom this morning…

When I set my alarm, I doom myself to the fate of waking to an alarm, for what reason? Because there is something I need to do, and without a sober reminder I would sleep right on through it.

Often I get up and my first thoughts aren’t about what I have to do, I honestly don’t even remember why I set the alarm in the first place until after my morning routine.

This makes it ever more important for us to set our alarms right now so we’re prepared for what’s to come. We have to be intentional. Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the type that wakes us up in the morning.
So what are we setting our alarms for?

Skip to chapter 3:1-5

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2     a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

The list goes on…

This begs the question, what are we prepared for?

Perhaps more importantly, what are we unprepared for?

The cold reality is that we don’t always see things coming, and when the storms of life hit or things go unexpectedly crazy we have to be ready. Not just as people, not just as staff at a church, but as men and women on the front lines of a very real war against a very real enemy and as what may be the one thing that collides with a person’s trajectory to hell and points them to Jesus.

As my friend Paul said Sunday, Jesus prayed that we would be sent into the world to redeem it. (John 17:13-18) What idiot goes on a mission unprepared? We need to set our alarms to prepare for whatever may come our way.

Pray that when the time comes that your preparation is fruitful and rises up within you and everything is automatic, much like my morning routine, so we can praise God for the work He is doing through us in the midst of the world when we remember what was sown into us beforehand.

We just read in Ecclesiastes that there is a time for everything right? Well, let me leave you with this thought…

Ester 4:14, you know the story…
“14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Jeremiah 29:11-13, God knows what plans he has for us. Romans 8:22-30, we are called according to His purpose.)

The time for us is now, our time is ticking.

Romans 12:1-2,
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We’ve probably all heard this once, if not a million times. But there’s reason to look at it again, and again, and again. This is a choice we must constantly and consistently make, especially as representatives of Christ in each of our own areas and examples to those who come behind us. On a narrow road to a narrow gate with many distractions and detours, filled with construction and confusing signage, people need to know God’s will and direction just as much as we need it in our own life, sometimes it will be our obligation to bring it to them and we need to be prepared.

Romans 15:1-4
“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” 4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

There were those who came before us, thank God, that laid a foundation for us to work with and grow from. Christ came to take on the reproach that we were destined to face. “Reproach” honestly confused me a little so I looked up the definition to make sure I understood this scripture the right way, “reproach” means “The expression of disapproval or disappointment” or to address someone with such expression. Jesus Himself left heaven to remove the largest obstacle, sin’s death grip, and bear the weight of our well earned disapproval and disappointment. We too must bear the weight of those weaker than us and become a living sacrifice, not living as we would will but instead as an example to others so that we can inject God’s will and plan and purpose into their lives and build them up. In doing so, let us not forget that this is first and foremost our worship to God. Secondly our duty to one another in Christ.

Galatians 6:1-6
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.”

It’s imperative that we watch our steps, in our personal lives and in our ministry, for our own sake and the sake of Christ’s reputation through us. We don’t need to compare ourselves and our giftings to others, and we don’t need to be discouraged by our weaknesses. We’re human. We’re different, none of us have the same fingerprints, or purpose, or giftings, or strengths. But we all have something, and God put you where you are now so that you can use that something.

1 Timothy 4:6-16
“If you point these things…”

(from verse 4 and 5, “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”)

“out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

In our respective areas, we all want to be good ministers, hopefully. What we need in order to be good ministers is simply the renewing of our mind, to become a living sacrifice, to train ourselves in godliness, living in the will of God. I don’t know about you, but often when I would hear this scripture they point out “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young” as if it were some rebellious spirit of inspiration, but I don’t see anywhere that is says “and when you get old you can stop doing these things”. All it says to me is that it’s never to early to start and always too early to stop. We need to set the example and pour ourselves into this diligently. We have before us the opportunity to save anyone listening, and all we have to do is what we can.

I believe Scripture can speak for itself, so let’s pick up again where we started off in Romans 12 to wrap this up…

Romans 12:3-8
” For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a]faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

Simple. Many of us, many gifts, one powerful God, one mission. Let’s do it.

“Living Sacrifice” means a life lived intentionally.

God, I remember You.
I remember the times You came through
And in the raging storms of life I knew
I could most definitely count on You
And in the peace and calm of life now I see
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the feeling of defeat
And forget how it feels to depend on You in need
And so forget altogether the hand that feeds
But God, I remember You
Your Word is true
And You are faithful in good weather too
So I think some praise is due
Bring to the altar of remembrance something new
God, I choose to remember You.

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God often forgotten,
Yet always here with me
In every moment,
Even the moments when we don’t meet
It’s crazy to think of all You do
That I may never see
The universe You hold together
From behind the scenes
Like salt in the ocean
White and pure hidden in the deep
And as life continues raging
You continue to sustain me
It takes a moment to grasp
Just how unceasingly, thoroughly
In each moment, every second
You surround my small reality
Even as I stop thinking about You
You hold Your place as King.

On my birthday, as I was sitting in a park with a couple of my close friends… I realized God is here. I’m not paying mind to it, but He is, and celebrating with us. Walking with us, enjoying the day with us, and at the same time mourning with those who lost family comforting their hearts through His Word using a mear man willing to speak and hold the honor of conducting the funeral of another man now resting in His presence and all this while performing a miracle yet again in Africa for a widow dependent on Him for her everyday provisions. Somehow it came as a shock to me as if I believed He was only there when I was thinking about it or as if I believed He went from church service to church service to missions trip to ect. ect. which I have never actually believed at all. Something I knew was true but did’t realize the impact of. It dawned on me, inspired me, and then my iPod almost died so it had to wait to come into completion in it’s poetic form.

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