Prayers Ascend

Prayers ascend; incense on the breeze
As the strong storms of life blow;
At times braving them won’t come with ease,
But the important thing is to never let go.

You are my Savior, Lord;
You are the Living Word;
Your life, You graciously gave;
My life, You continually save.

You brought me out of the lowest pit,
And put me on a straight path,
Now comes the hard part: staying on it.
But because of You, nothing hath

The authority,
The audacity,
To hassle me,
Or wrestle me.

My Love, my God, You are sufficient,
You rescued me from the darkest place.
The cross with Your Son that you sent:
Instead of loathe, You brought Your grace.

I don’t know how You
Love me, but I praise You
I bow to You
I pray to You.

No enemy can push me to the edge
For You are Supreme, they must flee
Your love for me surpasses all knowledge
I love You now, and I will for all eternity.


Let my prayer be set forth before Thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2 – thank you to Unashamed of Jesus for posting this Scripture yesterday; it was exactly what I needed to finish this poem! ❤)

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. (Revelation 8:3+4)

Follow Your Heart – or, Be True To Your Heart? (a reblog)

This was one of my first posts, way back in July of 2016. I can’t believe it has been over a year ago! 😲 How time flies! Anyway… I’ve seen a few references lately about Following Your Heart and decided to reblog. 🙂 Hope you enjoy! ♥

Following Him Beside Still Waters

This blog post was inspired by two awesome blog posts I’ve read recently: one at Refreshing Spirit and one at SaylwithPens, that talked about the heart, morals, and the dangers of following what we feel. Thanks to both of you! 🙂

This is a common thing we, especially in our tweens and teens, are told to do, and I really feel the need to rant about it: Follow Your Heart – or, Be True To Your Heart. (No, this isn’t about the song in Disney’s Mulan soundtrack. XD) The phrase sounds innocent enough. But lets be real. What are the heart’s intentions?

Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Yikes! That sounds bad. Perhaps we can’t know the heart, but we can see what it desires:

Matthew 15:19: For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts…

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Cross In My Heart

In a depressive fog, I ponder
How God parted the Red Sea;
I’m in awe of His power and I wonder,
Can He part the mist in me?

He saved three from a furnace so fiery,
The flames and heat had no say;
Smoke and mirrors inside of me,
Can My Savior take away?

He spared Daniel from the lion’s jaws,
The snarling and biting did not scare;
God delivered him from the lion’s paws,
Can God deliver me from this snare?

The Lord is omnipotent and is all knowing,
I can’t wrap my head around His strength and love;
I am in constant awe of the care He is showing,
From His throne in the heavens above.

See the fowls that fly in the air,
They do not sow nor they do not reap;
Likewise, the Shepherd, takes good care
Of His beloved flock of sheep!

I see His touch in everything,
My desire to serve Him grows;
And He makes my heart to sing,
So I do not feel quite so low.

To follow Jesus, I take up my cross daily;
For that’s what it says in Luke to start.
And then I deny myself and keep the
Thoughts of the cross in my heart. ♥

 

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

And He said to them all, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

Humility – Simon Peter And The Fish

If you read my post Humility – Jesus In The Wilderness, then you know I have been studying the Gospels and Andrew Murray’s book, Humility. These are a few notes I made while in Luke 5. 🙂

Luke 5:1-7: And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And He entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

Now when He had left speaking, He said unto Simon, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”

Okay, so put yourself in Simon Peter’s place. They have already fished the whole night and caught absolutely nothing, and then Jesus comes along, preaches, and then tells them to launch the nets. “Why, Lord? We’ve already done that without results. Why do You want us to do that again? There can’t be any fish there.”

And Simon answering said unto Him, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at Thy word I will let down the net.”

I love this response. Basically, “We’ve tried that and caught nothing; but because You asked, we will do it anyway.” Acknowledging that they tried and failed (with their own power), yet, also acknowledging that He is superior and they listen. The fish weren’t there earlier, but they are now!

And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

They caught nothing all night on their own, but when Jesus says “Fish, and here’s where to do it,” they catch so many that their nets broke. XD He can give more than anyone ever asks for, in His perfect timing.

And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

Then they call for help and there are so many fish, their ships start to sink! That’s a lot of fish.

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.
And Jesus said unto Simon, “Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.”
And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed Him.

Jesus says they will from now on catch men instead of fish. And then they trusted Him and left the boats and fish to follow Him.

It is really interesting to read this and then read John 21:1-6: After these things Jesus shewed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed He Himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of His disciples.
Simon Peter saith unto them, “I go a fishing.”
They say unto him, “We also go with thee.”
They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Then Jesus saith unto them, “Children, have ye any meat?”
They answered Him, “No.”
And He said unto them, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

They cast the net this time without the “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing…” comment. They had been through this before. I assume that as soon as He told them to fish out of the right side of the boat, they knew it was Him, and they knew to follow His leading and just do it. Humility – knowing that He is God and that we are not. (That line about Him being God and we are not came from a song called Thy Will by Hillary Scott & Family. My Internet connection isn’t good enough to load YouTube videos, but I think this is it.)

Even if it doesn’t make sense to us at the time, His way is the best way!

The Lord of Hosts Reigns Always!

Like the poem Draw Nigh!, this poem was inspired by a Psalm – in this case, Psalm 96 (which is included below the poem). 🙂

 

The Lord of Hosts Reigns Always!

Sing unto the Lord, every nation!
Praise His Holy Name, everyone
Bless Him who brought salvation
Through the only Begotten Son

Declare His glory so all may see
Who made the heavens and all within
Say, “There are no gods before Thee” –
Speak of His wonders, again and again!

Strength and beauty are before The King
Honor and majesty are in His sanctuary
Bring glory and praise as an offering – sing –
“Because no, no one can come before Thee!”

O worship the Lord, for His holiness
Shines brighter than any splendor
His name only should we bless
Forever and ever and ever!

Speak so unbelievers can understand
That the Lord of Hosts reigns always!
He holds all in the world in his hand
He shall be fair on that great of days

Let the heavens rejoice!
And let the earth be glad!
Let the sea roar with its voice!
With God, there is no gloom to be had!

Let the fields be joyful,
And all therein be cheered,
Let the trees be jovial,
For the One who is to be revered!

He comes to judge with His truth,
His righteousness, and virtue,
He shall judge the old and the youth,
I will be glad that day; what about you?

Psalm 96:
1: O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
2: Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
3: Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
4: For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
5: For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
6: Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7: Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
8: Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9: O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
10: Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
11: Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
12: Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13: Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Humility – Jesus in the Wilderness

Some of you may remember that I’m slowly studying Humility by Andrew Murray and reading through the Gospels while paying attention to His humility. I thought perhaps you all would like to read a few notes I’ve been making as I go:

Matthew 4:5-7: Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, ‘He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.’ ”
Jesus said unto him, “It is written again, ‘Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.’ ”

Not only is Satan misquoting verses on Psalm 91 here, it wasn’t until a friend told me about this verse (I’m slowly working my way through the Gospels but I haven’t gotten to the end yet) that I realized how many angels Jesus had that He could have called, but didn’t:

Matthew 26:53: “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”

Legion: “a military division varying at times from 3,000 to 6,000 foot soldiers, with additional cavalrymen.” (Thank you, Webster’s dictionary.) So, my friend encouraged me to do the math here. At the very least, 3,000 X 12 = 36,000, and at the most, 6,000 X 12 = 72,000.

And He said “more than.”

That’s a lot of angels.  😮

Just think, when the mobs surrounded Him, when Satan tempted Him, and when He was sent up to Cavalry to be crucified, He could have called 36,000 – 72,000 angels – or more! – to deliver Him.

But He didn’t, because it wasn’t His will – it was the Father’s will He obeyed. Now that is what I call humility.

What Kind Of Seed Am I?

I don’t want to be a seed
That falls by the wayside,
Where birds eat me alive,
And I’m crushed by a stampede.

I don’t want to be a seed
That falls on the stony ground,
Sprouts so fast, no roots grow down,
Dead to the faith I once believed.

I don’t want to be a seed
That falls among the briars,
And gets choked from the desires
Of the worldly weeds.

I really want to be a seed
That falls on the good dirt;
I will stay on the alert,
To grow up strong to succeed!

I’ll follow Your lead,
To produce fruit for You.
I won’t hide the Light from view.
To You, my will, I concede!

Luke 8:5: “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold.” And when He had said these things, He cried, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

And His disciples asked him, saying, “What might this parable be?”

And He said, “Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”