Saturday, October 22, 2016

VESPERS AT THE END OF THE SABBATH : Victory In Jesus ... With Prayer!




Belief - Obedience = Presumption




I Walked Into The House One Day
AND
I Was Saluted
By Guests
Sitting
Crowded
In My Big Comfy Chair!

They Were Guests Uninvited!
I Did Not Open My Door To Let Them Walk In
BUT
There They All Were
AND
Obviously Led
By That Fearless Wretch Self
AND
His Henchman 
Besetting Sin 
Dressed As A Cartoon Elf!

Besetting Sin
Self
Own-Way
Free-Will
AND
Choice
- As Workmen -
Had Cut Me
Squared Me About
AND
Often Chiseled Me
AND
I Had Had Me Quite Enough
Thank You, Very Much!

I Cried:
"Lord Jesus, Help Me!"
AND
Christian Resistance Walked In
Holding Hands With
Faith For Today
AND
Grace To Help ... 
MY. FULL. SHARE!

My Uninvited Guests
Grasped Hands!
Battle Formation
Being Their Stance
Ready
Willing 
AND
Seemingly Able
Their Diabolic Way To Advance!

BUT ...

The Living God
For Some Time Now
Had Gotten My Attention
AND
I Was Seeking To Become A Jewel
In The Kingdom Of Light
So I Knew
That Burnishing
AND
Polishing
Are Next Up
If I Am To Arrive Safe
In The Great Reward
AND
Not Left Outside
As A Useless Discard In The Night!

Dear Lord,
I Am Your Child!
I Refuse To Be A Bastard!
I Accept My Chastisements!
Please Keep Me Out Of The Kitchen Of The Fraud!

Father, I Accept That
Envy
Malice 
Covetousness
Evil Thinking
And
Evil Speaking
Must From My Character Be Culled!
So, Please
Help Me To Hold On
To My Beloved Jesus
For I Don't Want To Be A Workman Working
In The Vile Camp Of Satan 
Who Wants To Be Worshiped 
Like He Is The Eternal Holy True And One God!

Father, You Say
Who You Love
You Chastise
So I Humble Myself
For I Am Your Child!
Lead Me!
Guide Me!
Please Show Me How To Walk
Even Now As I Pray!
Pity Me!
Have Mercy Upon Me
For I Don't Want For My Own Sin
To Have To Ultimately Pay!

Lord, I Beseech You
To Make Me A Jewel
The One
That With Holy Blood
Innocent
You Sacrificed To Own!
Take Me, Dear Lord!
Make Me Yours
This Very Day
For
I Dare Not Walk By Myself 
All Alone!


I Opened My Eyes
- For I Heard The Noise Of Feet Walking -
In Time To See
My Not-Friends
Heading For The Door!
Then
I Looked To See
"Victory In Jesus!"
Spread Out
Like Lush Carpet
Covering
Windows Crack
Creases Crevices 
AND
The Closing Door!

I Again Bowed My Head
In Supplication
Over That Sin That Doth So Easily Besets
For I Know That Every Human
Has Got One
AND
It Must Be Conquered
If To Holy Heaven
We Expect To Get!

Constant Vigilance!
Constant Prayers!
Constant Communion With The Master!
Constant Reading
AND
Digging
Into The Holy Oracles
Of The Holy God
Are The Ways By Which
We Get Constant Victory
Over Those Things
That Would Rob Us Of The Joy
That Would Be Ours
IF
We From The Paths Of Peace Stray
Along Life's Way!

Lord,
Help Me To Lay Down
My Heavy Sin-Burden!
Help Me To Pick Up Your Yolk
For
You Say It Is Easy
And Your Heavenly Burden Light!

I Believe You!
I Love You!
I Trust You!
Be The Lord Of My Life!
Help Me, Dear Lord
My Cultivated Tendencies To Fight!

Crush My Hereditary Sins 
With The Truth That Is The Light!
Help Me To Fall On The Sword Of The Word
That I May Live Right In Your Sight!

Shield Me, Dear Father
For Dark Is Sight's Night!
Lift Me Up To Heaven
So That My Faith
Will Become A Glorious Sight
And
Seeing My Jesus
Will Indeed Be 
My Redeemed Soul's Delight!

Until The Day Dawns,  Dear Father
Let Contentment In Christ
Be My Corn
As The Wine Of Confused Babylon
I Daily Scorn!

Let The Holy Angels Guard And Guide!
Let The Holy Spirit In Me Abide!
Grant Unto Me Also
The Spirit's Sweet Fruits
And
Hide Me In Your Pavilion
So That I Cannot Become One 
Of Satan's Minions!

Father,
You, The Eternal One
 Are My God
And I
By Jesus Christ
Praise You!
Please Lead Me Home To The Great Reward!
AMEN.