Thursday, January 26, 2017

Two Weighty Questions And ... A Heartfelt Prayer!








How Many Of Us
Who Call Ourselves Christians
Have Previously Gone
To The Fleshpots Of The Earth
AND
Have Found
(Real Or Imagined):

The Food ... A Gastronomic Delight
The Company ... Amenable
The Atmosphere ... Salubrious
The Light ... Suitably Dark
The Mood ... Indulgently Mellow
The Conversation ... Enrapturing ... Enthralling
The Drink ... Such That Intoxicated A Soul
AND
The Honor And Majesty
Of The Glorious Holy God
Turned Into A Plush Mat For Testy Feet
A Floor Runner
A Soiled Sheet?

How Many Of Us
Have Committed Sin Vile
AND
Thought:

I Cannot Go Home To God!
I Did His Holy Name Revile
Forgetting
Misremembering
Been Misinformed
Been Misguided
On The Fact That God
Our God
Our Father
Our Shepherd
Our Savior
Our Redeemer
Our Friend To Life's End
Says:

Return Unto Me  ...!
Come Unto Me ...!
Come Let Us Reason Together ...!
Follow Me  ...!
Take My Yolk  ...!
Learn Of Me  ...!
Trust In The Lord  ...!
Believe On The Lord
AND
Be Saved
... Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet
... Though Your Sins Be Red Like Crimson
... They Shall Be Whiter Than Snow
... They Shall Be As Wool!?!

Sin Stains
BUT
Jesus Christ's Blood
Is The Only Blood That 
WASHES
AND
CLEANS COMPLETELY!

Sooo ...

Go To Jesus
Now ... TODAY
AND
Honestly
AND
With Contriteness Of Heart
AND
Brokenness Of Spirit
Unreservedly
AND
In Your Own Way
Say:



PRAYER:

Father,
Forgive Me
I Knew What I Was Doing!
The World Of Sin Delighted My Senses
And
I Knew What-Upon I Was Chewing!

I Sniffed The Pleasant Fragrance!
I Tasted The Bountifully Spread Food!
I Drank Deep Of Hell's Libation
But
With The Passage Of Time
Hell's Angels To Me
Were Shown Maliciously Cruel!
Living In Sin Is Not Cool!

They Upped The Ante
And
I Knew The Score
But
Overconfidence
On One Great Can't-Lose Play
Had Me Prostrate
Bent
Unto Broken!
Breathing For Life
Became A Mere Token
Until
Fully Aware
- Finally -
I Can Hear
What It Is The Holy Spirit Is Speaking
Had Spoken
And Now ...
Now!
I Am Here
Ready To Made Clean
Anxious For A Clean Scene
Willing Now
To Do What You Say
No Longer Eager
For My Own Sins
To Pay!
Forgive Me, I Pray!

Father,
My Father,
Thank You For Plain Revelation
That Shows Clearly
That Satan Is A Total Liar
A Biting Fraud
A Destructive Devil
The Opposer Of The Holy
The Living
The Eternal God
Who Takes Pleasure
In Rack And Ruin
And
Joys In Man's Disgrace
Uplifting Self-Gratification
And
Belligerently
Goading Weakened Ones
To Dismiss
Shameness Of Face!

Father,
Please Forgive Me!
I Acknowledge All That I Did!
I Humbly Confess
And
Repent
In Jesus' Name!
Please Reform Me
And
Remake Me
For I
- Now Truly Broken -
Desire
With My Whole Heart
To Take Up My Ignored Cross
And
Daily
Follow After You!

Please, Lord
Teach Me New Music
A New Traveling Song
A New And Healthful Diet
With No Intoxicating Mixed Beverages
To Cast Me Prostrate
On The Wide Street Long!

Lead Me, Lord
Along The Straight And Narrow Path
For
Walking On The Broadway
Encourages My Indulgence In Gross Greed
And
My Dependence
Upon Practicing Craft
And
Using It For Fast Steed!

Help Me, Lord
To Secure Godly Companions
To Encourage Me
- And I, Them -
To Cheer Me On
Along The Holy Way
And
Help Me, Lord
Not To Pick Of The Wild-Fruit Fruit Trees
Amply Spread Out
And
Disgracing
The High And Holy Way!

Oh, Lord
Let Not Self-Satisfaction Beguile Me!
Let Not Own-Way Control Me!
And
Let Not Tomorrow-Can-Wait
Stone Me
For
Arrival And Residence  
In The Holy Kingdom
Now Motivates Me!

I Now Am Thine!
You Are Holy And Divine!
In Your Loving Arms, Lord
Please Confine Me
And
Help Me Thereby
In The Great Day
To Cross The Separating Line!

Draw Me Nearer
And
Haste The Glorious Day
For This, Lord
Is My Heartfelt Prayer!
I Believe!
Help Thou My Unbelief!
In Jesus Christ's Holy Name, I Plead!
AMEN.