Monday, July 24, 2017
The gift is free
Far as the eye can see
The promise land for eternity
You cannot buy your way in the door
Your best behavior can’t earn you a pass
Trust in Jesus He’s the Door
His forgiveness will last
Yes, we have all fallen short
Our sins to numerous to measure
Christ’s body was torn
Saving souls is His pleasure
He paid the ultimate price
His life as a ransom
So we could have new life
His act was not random
He did the Father’s will
Prophesied centuries before
He did the Father’s will
So we could open the Door
Let salvation be yours
Full and free
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Flourishing grass of green
Sea of deep blue
Air streams churn the surface
And white foam crashes against the rocky shore
White birds with orange beaks
Dive beneath the water’s surface for a catch
Peace floods my soul
As I feast on Your creation
Your world ministers to me
And I respond with praise
Thursday, June 29, 2017
When I was much younger, I took a Music Theory course at the College of Du Page. The course was both challenging and helpful. While learning about the ins and outs of scales, chords, and other elements of music theory, I met an acquaintance. He was a classmate, who loved music as I did. I let him know that I wrote songs and played guitar. At times, I prayed for him to receive the Lord.
One day when the class ended, I began to walk towards the door to go home, but I felt in my heart that I should stay. I walked over to the cafeteria and quietly prayed in tongues. A sadness fell over me. I believe it was the grieving of the Holy Spirit. I waited for about 15 minutes not knowing why I was there. I did believe that the Lord wanted to use me to help someone.
After this, I got up and walked towards the door to leave, but I saw my friend. I said hello to him and, since I had my guitar with me, I asked him if he would like to hear some of my songs. He said he would so we went to one of the practice rooms, and I played some of my original Christian compositions. I was then privileged to be able to lead him to the Lord.
Years later, I ran into my friend. He was attending a church and was on the worship team there. Praise the Lord!
This was a divine encounter. All I did was to obey the Holy Spirit – even when I did not know what was going to happen. You can do this too. Ask the Lord to baptize you in His Holy Spirit, and obey Him. He will use you in wonderful ways. He doesn’t normally guide us with force. Instead, His gentle nudges lead us to bring others to Him and to do His will.
Let’s ask the Lord to use us. If we are available to the Holy Spirit, He will enable us to do wonderful works for Him and for His glory.
Monday, June 5, 2017
You draw me out of the deep
When thick clouds engulf me
When I cannot perceive my purpose
Because I allow doubt to creep in
Like a black widow spider
But faith arises when I speak Your word
Joy wells up within me
When I remember to praise Your undefeatable Name
The enemy, the foe, the avenger who came to steal
The word of God from my heart
Flees in terror
I now see clear skies and a pristine purpose for my life
All because I turned to You my Deliverer, my Jesus
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-33
No matter what happens in our lives and in the world we live in, we serve a Mighty God who saves, protects, heals and restores. He can bring good out of the most horrific situations. He can awaken the heart that has lost hope.
We do not always understand why terrible things happen in this world, but I know that man has been given a free will from God. Some people choose to do good and some people choose to live a life of evil.
Today, we pray for those that have been affected by the Manchester terrorist attack…
Dear God of All Comfort,
We ask you to minister to hearts that have been overcome by fear. Lord, strengthen them with your great love. We ask you to comfort those that have lost loved ones, and we ask you to heal hearts and bodies that have been affected by the attack. Lord, touch the nation of England. Draw its people closer to you. Let them come to a saving knowledge of you. Let those there that already know you be instruments of Your grace and peace.
Heavenly Father we come against Satan and speak confusion to his plans. We bind him and his angels in the name of Jesus. We ask that you judge those that have chosen to do such a thing to those that You, Jesus, love so very much. Come Lord like a flood and heal England. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
His twisted hand caught the Savior’s eye
Did Christ ridicule in reply?
He had the man stand before the group
But on the Sabbath day what was He to do?
The Pharisees held to the letter of the law
To heal on the Sabbath to them would be wrong
Jesus, with compassion, asked the man to
Stretch forth his hand
All became well at His command
Perfection overcame imperfection
Wholeness overruled disease’s insurrection
The Pharisees were outraged
At the freedom of Jesus’ faith
How could He heal on our holy day
They conspired to kill the Christ
Death verses Life
On this day when Jesus healed the man
With a withered hand
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Your blood turns black to white
Your love turns wrong to right
Your peace calms storms without and within
Your joy enables the weak and worn to win
Your truth sets the captives free
Your hand makes blind eyes see
Your blood is a miracle cure
Offering healing, making men pure
I trust in You with all my heart
You turn my trouble into art
Your blood ran down the cross
Salvation’s gift can save the lost
Your blood redeemed me as a slave
I’ve now risen with you from the grave