Sunday, January 8, 2017

Believe ... AND?! + PRAYER: Father, Please Hold Me!





Salvation
Is Not For A Country
A City
A Community
A Family
Nor
A Church!
Salvation Is For A Seeking Soul
The One Who Sees The Need 
For Jesus Christ
The Savior
The Redeemer
The Living God
Who For His People Works!

Salvation Cannot
Be Begged
Bought
Nor Bartered!
It Is Not Something For Which We Can Work!
It Is Not Something About Which We Can Boast Over
It Is A Gift
Freely Offered To All Men
Something That No Creature Can Pervert!

Believe
On The Lord Jesus Christ 
AND ...
The Small Word
With Eternal Implications For Mankind
Is Followed By
Thou Shalt Be Saved
Which Is A Call 
To Action
Followed By 
A Promise
Guaranteed 
By Shed Blood
To Be Fulfilled
On Almighty God's Very Own
Never Early
Can't Be Late
Specified
Known Only To Himself 
Date!

We Must Believe!
Believing Entails Effort On Our Part
AND
We Must Act According To Our Belief
Living True To The Promissor
Trusting The Word
AND
Believing That Our Belief
Our Faith
To Receive The Blessing
Is One Cost That 
We Can Truly Afford!

Does Your Faith Have Belief?
Does Your Belief Have Trust
That You Will The Promise Receive?
Do You Live As Though The Transaction Is A Done Deal?
Do You Share The Word Of The Blessed Hope
Or
Does Doubt
Cause You Still With Sin To Grope
Butting Around Life
From Pillar To Post
Unfulfilled
Uncaring
Unaware
That Living With Godly Fear
Moves One Out Of Sin's Darkness
Into God's Eternal Light Of Life
Glory To Share?

A Mother Performs As One!
A Teacher Teaches!
An Actor Acts!
BUT ...
What Of The Saved Soul?

Are You Holding Jesus Christ's Hand?
Are You Walking
- With Faith - 
Toward The Heavenly Land
Trusting
In The Eternal Word
Following
The Gentle Shepherd
As A Named 
AND
Hearing Sheep
AND
Not Longing To Run 
With The Disobedient Goats Who Bleat?



Believing Hope Trusts Faith!

Loving The Lord Jesus
Causes Our Love To Love Others!
That Love Lifts Us Up
As Well As It Lifts Up Others!
That Love Looks Up In Hope
Trusting The Word Of The Word
Even Though There Is No Visible Rope To Hold
AND
We
Being Lead
- By The Greatest Lover -
Lead Others To The Knowledge
Of The Living Water 
Well-Knowing
That Living In Hope
Is Better Than Living As One Hopeless
Practically Dead 
Ever Consumed 
By Raging Doubt
Seriously Touched
In The Head!

What
- And By Whom -
Are You Being Fed?
Where
- And By Whom -
Are You Being Lead?

Is Your Leader-Feeder
 The Great Master
The Loving Lord
Almighty God
Or
Is It Some Strange One
For Whom
Getting Your Soul
To Be Lost
Is A Great Reward?

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Just As You Are Cautious
Of What
Goes Into Your Stomach
Be
Holy Spirit-Led Cautious
Of What
Goes Into Your Mind!

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PRAYER:

Heavenly Father,
Please Guard My Mind!
Help Me Not To Be Consumed
By Those Things Carnal
That The World Calls Divine!
Cleanse My Palate!
Craft Me A New Heart!
Wash My Eyes
And
Unstop My Ears
So That I May Hear
The Heavenly Harps!

Lord,
I Trust You!
I Believe
I Worship
And
I Praise
Only You!
Please Hold Me
In Your Loving Arms
For
This Child Of Faith
Dearly Loves You!
I Pray These Petitions
In Jesus' Precious Name!
AMEN.