Following Christ

 

Trying to be a devoted follower of Jesus of Nazareth is not easy. Christianity is not for anyone who wants an easy life. Christ on the last night of his life before he would be cruelly tortured to death said:

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. John 15:18-20 NIV

The first century church’s members were willing and many times faced severe persecution because of their strong love for their leader, the living Christ/God. In so much of the overly industrialized wealthier parts of the world, the churches struggle because the love of the world has crept into the church too much. Some preachers even preach God just wants to give them prosperity and blessings. This is true. God does love people and want to bless us. However, he does expect a level of obedience and devotion from us even when it means picking up our crosses and following him. Christ says:

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
A man against his father,
A daughter against her mother
A daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
A man’s enemies will be the member of his own household.
Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39 NIV.

Here He is not saying to not love your family or neighbors but simply to put Him first. The first century churches knew how to do that. Their strong faith in the living Christ is what spread a small group starting in Jerusalem all around the Mediterranean until it has been spread around the world.

God wants to give us a much higher level of life, existence. Just to live in His presence is going to be so much higher, better than any level we could live on here in this world with the way it is now. We should make Christ our passion because we truly are His. He left the throne room of Heaven’s bliss and ecstasy to die on a cross for us. Won’t you get to know Him better today.

May you have a very blessed day and Praise God!!!

Longing

Longing

 

Longing

Weak and frail
My physical shell
How much longer
Must I down here roam
Longing for a perfected
home

Orphaned into the
Wild
Of a rough, unruly
Place
Longing for the face
Of love

Though not kept waiting
Long
Soon God sounded
His lovely celestial
song
Of love and delight

Within, I felt amidst
the dark
A light
Small at first but
Still given enough
strength
To fight

To rise
Above my darkened
Heart
That refuses to
Part
With its evil ways

Ancient foe, surely
He knows
He will not win
This battle within
& soon it will begin
The end of
His cruel hold

On our frail
World
From here into
Infinity’s dark
He will
be place, hurled
forever
no more damage
may he do
no more pain to
cause to you
& you & you

Rejoice the light
Arrives
In ever increasing
Tides
Allowed to ride
Will we be
Upon love’s shining
Crystal Seas

Listen!

 

Listen

Listen, in the air
Angel wings move
Beat
Winds roar
To their rhythm

Wait, Wait
Not yet time
But it will be
Change is in the air

Heavens will roar
Earth melts from
The fire
In your breath

For now your
Patience
Is all we know of
Your salvation

Do not harden
Your hearts
As other did in
The past

Angels await to
Do His bidding
Held back for now
Only by His love

Silken Robes

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Silken Robes II

Silken Robes
Dipped in blood
Blowing in eternity’s
Faithful winds
Passing through
This present today
As I sit entrapped
Within my space and time

Soft & smooth
Blowing across my face
Sent to caress
Dipped in a blood-red grace
Meant to end forever
My shame and disgrace.

Heaven’s gracious light
Pouring over the world
Coursing in the fluid of His life
Cleansing man’s darkest stains
Uncaring how steep the price
& thinking only of our gain.

So, with scarlet red drops
dripping everywhere
Christ gathers us back
Into Heaven’s rarest of airs
Bringing each together
Back to love’s warm embrace
found uniquely and only
Within the Glory and Grace
Glowing forth from the face
Of our Heaven’s Faithful Father.

 

Silken Robes

Silken Robes
Dipped in blood
Blowing in eternity’s
Perpetual, faithful winds
Passing by
Flowing through
The present today
I sit entrapped
Within my space and time

Always moving
Searching, never still
Gathering, finding
Loving
In your Today
Won’t you please listen.

Touch His robe
And see
A different way to
Live and be
New life on display
Giving always of
This, His Eternal Today

Do not wait
Our Today will not
Always be
Chances come
And then they go
Do not miss
Your moment’s chance
To see and be
Your small part
Of Christ’s always heavenly glow

Easter Sonrise!

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Easter
New life,
Spring’s eternal promise
Strives to not ever
Leave us
Having only just to guess.

After a cold sleep
And winter’s death
Sweet Spring always brings
Earth’s bright regeneration
Our Hopes it never shuns.

Miniature blades of new grass,
Erupt from underneath
A hardened earth’s brown crust
In delicate tendrils, their fresh
Green beauty they each to all bequeath

Struggling, bursting through
Dark, tight skins of bark,
each trembling newborn leaf
sings of a perfect life renewed
as tree limbs reach to heaven.

New Babes come forth
On land, sky and the sea
Joy vibrating in sky’s air
Showing a Creator’s Power
To cause each new life to be.

I do not think
(I may be wrong)
No chance seems it to me
That Earth’s spring brings
each a new life within
a freshly resurrected King!

His frail dead body
Hanging on a lifeless tree
In shame and
ignorance of man
shows God’s always
most Immaculate of Plans.

Eternity on display
Upon a cross
Sent to cleanse
Destroy forever
Each soul’s darkest dross.

It cannot be by
a Mere Coincidence
That within each Earth’s Spring,
Fair Easter brings a Christ’s new life
Fulfilling our deepest need.

Thus through His death
we all receive
a heaven’s eternal life.
Is this not man’s most
Heartfelt song,
a bright Rebirth,
an end at last so final
to this decay of earth
in dark and woeful strife?

May you have a very blessed Easter. May the presence and love of Christ cover your day. Praise God!!

Recreation

 

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Re-creation

A simple plan
Twas always meant to be
Not coming from earth’s man
Involved land, sky & sea

A universe restricted
Only by power’s hands
Inspired by divinity’s
Heaven and its love of man

Twill be again someday
A brave new world
With clear, fresh eyes we’ll see
That always this was meant to be

Re-perfected, re-created
Brought back to original glory
Within a Holy Book
Is openly declared this story

Pray, do not miss
Your one and only chance
To live in unbelievable glory
Do not miss even a tiniest glance

A new Heaven and
A completely new Earth
Way of life unknown since
Its first original birth

No more darkness
No more sin, death or pain
All in love is given
Purely for man’s eternal gain

In love He reaches
With fingers so gentle
To lead and persuade
To live within His Love’s cascades

Pouring, showering
Us each day
His profound love
Even as He laid

His life out on a cross
He did it for His world
All within so blind and lost
Within a tomb was laid His pearl

Until it burst forth
From underneath cold death
Willing now to give rebirth
to all souls who ever walked this earth

Each, animal, plant and man
Will be rebirthed to a new life
Lead by the gentlest of hands
All and each removed from any strife

Unbelievable beauty
Unsurpassed joy
Both beyond my mere words to say
will fill for all and forever
each gloriously bright and newest day!

To Receive

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To Receive
(receive and ye shall be received)
Empty vessels,
Clean on the inside
Receive in better ways
Than ones who wish
old debris, clutter
to still fill & stay

In order to get
You must be willing
To take, accept
what is offered
Allowing the filling.

Emptying out the old
You will empower
Fresh, cleanness
To refill the inner
Chambers of your soul.

This is true of Everything
As best you can
Rid yourself of the old
In order to receive
Your newer song to sing.

Satan deludes,
The world cajoles
Still the same old
Siren song is sold
within its empty
markets of darkness.

Employ, Enjoy
New ways,
To get rid of
Contaminants
That still
Try to sway
Take You away
From His light

God waits to give
But you must
Be willing to accept
In order His more
Perfect Abundant life to live.

Needing nothing
From or of us
He waits in
Purest perfection
For us to trust.

So while it is Today,
do not turn your back
on God’s desiring,
waiting
to make up for all
this world still lacks.

Allow Him in
Clean out the old
Let go, believe
So your New Story,
A clean New Song,
may be raised & told.

God desires for us to think as the Apostle Paul said in Gallatins 6:15 ‘the world has been crucified to me and I to the world’. God desires for you to let go of the old self and become a new creation, a brother and/or sister to Jesus Himself.

Renewal’s Perfection

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Renewal’s Perfection

A lamb, slain
Bloodied by men
Lost in imperfection.
Once encased in
Flesh,
Now living in power

Desiring lusting
After us, humans,
The lost.
On a cruel hill
Of pain
Absorbed our darkness

Into Himself.

Abolished, destroyed
Hell’s hold
Over man forever
With

Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness.

The Father’s Power
On display in a weak,
Human-like face
Showing the glory of
True Grace.

He is coming back again
For all time and finally
recreating a dying, lost
World, sin-soaked

He will
Absorb
All our evil, darkness
And give us and this
Earth
His Blazing light
And living perfection.

We rest in the hands of the Living God, not Covid-19. Pray and Praise God. He says in Malachi Return to me and I will return to You. Praise God!!

No More Death

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No More Death
(no such thing)

On a hill, long long ago,
A poor man
Died
Once for all
Abolishing death for all

If you choose HIM

Carrying Eternity within
Himself
He allowed us to destroy
His earthly body

In order to recreate
A perfect body
A new man
Living forever in
Glory

Resurrected to wait
To return us
And all nature
To

Its original glory

The rocks, trees
Even grass
Will sing a
New song
No more death,
Decay

All will live
Every plant, human
Animal
In perfection’s glory
And new obedience,
To Worship!!

Lust!

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Lust!

Lust, to
Intensely Desire
Is your name
To create discord,
Discontent
Is your deceitful game.

To make us want
Pleasures
We do not have
For this type of
Wound there is
No magical salve.

Deep it may run
Abscess & ache
nothing on
our green planet heals
This pain no matter
How much you may partake

Of fulfilling your
Lusts
Of each and
Every kind
Its appetite just increases
With indulgences & time.

Worldly lusts leave
One empty, so unstill
Unsatisfied
Until you seek first a higher
Lust that always will fill
Your center’s deepest needs.

We constantly are
Trying to tame
This unquiet restless ache
That only one lust
Can soothe & never
your weary heart break.

A heavenly lust
For a Creator/Father
Endlessly seeking
Each son and daughter
Wandering the earth
To restore to His safekeeping

Each lonely child
Each wounded soul.
His eternal goal
To bring you peace
Safely into the realm of
His Loving Arms
And Heavenly fold.