Saturday, June 11, 2016

VESPERS AT THE END OF THE SABBATH: Christian Lightweight: The Exercise Class







I Had Gotten Fat By Being Lazy!
I Had Become Lazy
By Being Selfish And Own Way
AND, NOW
Christian Was I
In Name Only
- Not By Nature -
AND
I Wasn't Worth A Hill Of Beans
Nor A Row Of Yams
On The To-Jesus High Way!

My Prayers Were Of The Diet-Light Version!
I'll Give You An Example!
Let's See If You Agree
AND
If These Ideas As Prayers Sound Familiar
You'll Know That You Should At Exercise Class Be Joining Me!


  • "Thank You, Lord!"
  • "I Love You, Lord!"
  • "Thanks For My Food, My Head, And My Bed!"
  • "I Am Glad That I Am Not Like Those Other Christians, Lord!"
  • "Lord, I Need A ...!"
  • Lord, Could You Send Me A ...!"


The Handwriting On The Wall Of My Soul
Was Clear
When It Said:


In Tribulation
You Are Going To Fold!
You Have No Stored Resources!
Your Battle-Muscles In Jesus Christ
Are Flabby And Weak
AND
At The First Sign Of Real Trouble
You Are Going To
Blubber
AND
Fold Up
AND
Against God
AND
His People
Speak!


I Was Seriously Shocked!
I Was Grossly Humiliated!
I Was Damnably Ashamed!
I Was Revoltingly Distressed!

I Really Love My Jesus!
I Really Really Do!
I Thought My Self A Success
But
Seriously?
Has My Life Been All A Christian-like Jest?!


You Know It!!

Lord Jesus, Have Mercy On Me!
I Have Been Indulging
In A Round Of Gross Folly!
Take Me!
Teach Me!
Turn Me To The Right Way!
I Desire Your Leading!
I DO NOT Wish You To Be By Me Betrayed!

NOW ...

That Is A Prayer From Your Heart!



Go One More Step!
Think Jacob - Not Esau
And
Ultimately
All-Out
Wrestle With Your Lord!

Confess Your Sins!
Of Known Sins You Must Repent!
Go Boldly To The Throne Of Grace
AND
Your Gross Heart Rent!

Commune With Your Savior!
Lock Arms Against The Adversary Of Your Soul!
Indulge Yourself In Mortal Conflict
AND
Don't Let Go Of The Master
Until You Get A New Name
AND
The Blessing
As Reward!


Well ... Long Story Short ...

I Found My Self In The Bunny Class!
I Had To Learn All About Exercising Hope:

I Hope!
I Know How Hope Feels!
I Know Hope Somewhat Well!
I Have No Hope!
I Am Hopeless!
I Am Somewhat Hopeful!
AND
I Have Hope!
AND
I Am Hoping!
In That Class
I Learned
What It Means To Wheeze!

My Next Class
The Intermediate Workout
Aka Iron Man -  To The World
But
To The Believing Christian
"Hold To God's Unchanging Hand!"
Brought Me To My Knees!

In That Class
I Really Learned To Pray!
I Went From:

What Faith?
Inherited Faith!?
Faithless!
Mustard Seed Growing!
Faith Almost Full!
Faithful!
Happy Heart Overflowing And Full!

I Had Arrived At
Faith And Works!
That Is No Bull!

I Was Getting Happy!
I Was Singing!
I Even Pulled Off A Happy Dance

WHEN ...

The Drill Sargeant
Life Kicker
Buckled On His
"Life Is A Bastard!"
Weighted
Burden-Carrying Pants!

I Was In Total Shock!
I Couldn't Decide
Whether To Cry
Wheeze
OR
Just Pray

SO ...

I Called On Jesus Christ
The Holy Sacrifice
My Lord And My God
The Payer Of My Fee
My Shepherd And The One Like Whom I Want To Be
AND
I Learned Of
AND
Leaned On The Holy Spirit
Instead Of Inanely Crying:

"Why Me, Lord?! "

Patience?!?

Patience!!

Lord, I Need You!
Wait On Me.

Lord, I Am Weak! Help Me!
Wait On Me, Child.

Lord, I Don't Know What To Do!
I Am Calling, Lord!
I Am Trusting ...
LORD! I TRUST YOU!

Wait On Your Lord!
In Him Is Your Reward!
Wait Meekly And Pray!
Your Lord Won't Cast Your Hope Away!
Wait
Watch And Pray!
His Living Word Obey
And
At The Appointed Time
You Will Have Nothing For Which To Repine!

I Learned Of Patience
Whose Root Says Pay!
I Paid Pay My Dues Daily!
I Pay!
I Don't Play
With
Faith
Hope
Nor Prayer!

I Know That If I'm Not Prayed Up
That I Will Preyed Upon
AND
I Choose
To Wrestle With Jesus
AND
Peniel
Stand Upon!

I Have Patience ... With My Lord
Not Because I Want To
BUT
Because I Must!
I Don't Envy The World's Traffic!
I Don't At Delay Make A Fuss!
I Hope!
I Pray!
I Have Faith
And
In Patience Wait
For
In The Living Loving
Holy
All Seeing
All Knowing
Ever Present
Always Available To The Believing Child
Holy God
I Trust!


Lord, I Want To Be
A Bleeding Heart
Believing Christian
Not A "Christian"
With A Callused Heart
Because
A Hard-hearted Christian
Is One For Whom
Heaven's Light Is Dark!