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Wednesday's Word

Wednesday's Word

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Devil, pt. 3



The last 2 posts of this series used a picture that people usually associate with the ‘classic’ look of Satan, the devil: Red, horns, tail & pitchfork. Since this imagery is not in The Bible, you have to ask; Who's behind the propagation of that image?
In late 2010, M. Night Shyamalan produced a movie, 'Devil'. When I’d seen the previews earlier in the year, my righteous self was like “Oh, I’m never going to watch that movie – no reason to subject myself to something so obviously evil”.
As I think back, I don’t even know what changed my mind about seeing it, but I saw it and I’m glad I did.

Without giving anything away, the movie is sort of like a “Who done it?”, or more to the point “Who’s doing it?” but it’s intriguing because as the watcher, you’re really trying to figure out WHO the devil is and there’s enough twist and turns to keep you guessing.
I don’t know Mr. Shyamalan’s theology when it comes to Satan, but I would say that he’s more on the mark than the “red guy”. I remember looking at the situation where Jesus says to Peter “Get behind me Satan” and first I thought “Whoa! That’s harsh!” Later I thought, was Jesus serious? Was He really calling Peter THE DEVIL?
When I look at the rest of Scripture in context – I think He was.

Here’s The Word;

1 John 3:8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

Matthew 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

The Bible tells us that Satan “prowls” around looking for an opportunity. He doesn’t have the means or physical form (like the red guy) to show up and commit mayhem on his own. His method is to influence a person to victimize into fulfilling his will. Once he’s found his puppet, isn’t it right to look past the strings and call out the puppet master by name? This is what we see in Scripture. We are told to be on guard, watchful and wise when it comes to the devil and because we know he tries to use us as well as other people – that’s where we look for manifestations of ‘devilishness’.

Do you think Peter could’ve gotten away with one of the main phrases we hear today? “Hey! Don’t judge me.”
We must not allow ourselves to be lulled into being unprepared for fear of making someone feel judged: Being watchful, assessing your situation and acting accordingly (resist when appropriate, or flee when necessary) are all important things we do to keep our feet on the ‘straight way’ and some people will see it and feel a certain way. Be biblical and tender, speak the truth IN love and like Christ did with Peter, don’t just hurl an accusation; explain the concern.
Remember, if we’re not actively guarding our hearts and keeping a watchful eye, we run the risk of being influenced by Satan or running into him, clothed in any random smiling, good intentioned person we’re likely to meet.


In Him,
Cros

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Died



My life was my own and I’d found my stride.
Until one day, broadside, Christ crashed into me.
I almost died

At first I’d resisted, just tried to tone down my pride.
But Christ kept showing me ME in ways that couldn't
be denied.

Every time I would stand, I would then start to slide.
“You’re using your own strength and not mine”,
He replied.

I really couldn’t understand, though His word clarified.
Something didn’t connect. I couldn’t get across
the divide

My head was engaged but my heart sat ring-side.
I could debate and talk churchy, yet full surrender remained
untried.

Until after so many failures and oh so many tries,
I wanted Christ to become MORE, now He helps my ME
subside.

Longing for meaning, I thought my eyes were open wide.
Didn’t realize my blindness until Christ came, and
I finally died.

He stretched forth His grace, when He was crucified.
Now I mortify my members, using the strength that
He provides.

Now I see things differently, I stay close and abide.
I know how hard “self” wants to resurface and
preside.

But in Christ I have strength, so in Christ I confide.
I put no confidence in the flesh that just wants to
backslide.

Life is all about Him and He will not be denied.
When all of this is over, As King, He'll stand...
Glorified.

T'was The Father’s purpose, to have Christ’s death applied.
So we could become His righteousness, seated
by His side.

In Him there is fullness, and fulfillment amplified
'Blessings all mine, with ten thousand
beside.'

Now I’m thankful and sober as I know deep inside.
Any and everything good about me began that day
I died.


Here's The Word:

Colossians 3:1 - 11 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.


Dead, yet living In Him,
Cros

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Deserve



I don’t know if I’d call it a peculiar thing about myself but I really enjoy taking notice of minutiae. The little things. Nuance. I'm aware of how irritating that can be in conversation so I’m also careful of the context with which I embrace it, but when appropriate…I like finding understanding and meaning in the subtle.
I blame Romans 1, which talks about how God’s divine nature and eternal power are ‘clearly’ evident in creation itself. On a grand scale as well as the tiny, creeping things; this world is quite magnificent, but compared to the vastness of God’s divine nature and eternal power, I would call nature inexcusably clear, yet subtle…there’s much more to God.
So I look for fingerprints – little evidences of the powers at work in our world. Often times I’m provoked to say out loud, “See, that’s how you know…” (that there's a LOT going on behind the scenes)

This idea applies to good things as well as bad.
Take for instance, the things that affect our disposition. A few days ago, I had my Fitbit confiscated at work. Now if I were one of those people who live and die by a Fitbit, I can see how that can be a pretty big deal. I’m not that guy but because work has been a bit heavier lately with a few changes and challenges, I saw a subtle thing happening: a feeling started to try and seize control of my heart and steal my joy – I started feeling like “I don’t deserve this”. Those were the words, and they could’ve just as easily been “I deserve better than this”…or several other variations, maybe you know a few.
Thank God! Paying attention to the little things pays off: I recognized those fingerprints – That’s how you know there’s a devil.


Here’s The Word:

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:4 – 6 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die: For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took

When you look at the interaction between Eve and the serpent, notice the subtlety. He first asks a question about something she should’ve already been more solidified in, but his question leads her to question.
Then, his outright lie passes by the eyes rather quickly – he doesn’t spend much time at all lying about God’s words, he simply says “you won’t” and proceeds to influence a personal enticement of how she deserves the good of the fruit. He doesn’t force her to do wrong, he makes her want to do wrong by putting her in a position of feeling she deserves better.

This is where we need to be wise of the enemy’s tricks and respond rightly when they come upon us. The devil don't mind you having a big red letter bible engraved in gold with you and your pastor's name on the dedication page as long as he can still draw you away from righteousness by simply impressing you with what “you deserve”.

This goes easy for him because most of us have such an aversion to a “hard” life. However, the Bible is replete with evidence that we are often called to make hard choices and endure hard things...even suffering for righteousness sake (1 Peter 3:14). It proves who we are in Christ since most times it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to make those choices, endure and trust that God will fulfill the good of it in His time, not ours.

Remember, the correct expectation is faithful obedience. What payment should we expect for simply doing what we're supposed to do? This helps us understand that ANY good in our lives is not OWED to us, especially knowing that our obedience is 'lacking' to say the least. The bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from above(James 1:17) ...so everything good in your life IS a gift that we should be thankful (and show appreciation) for.

Foregoing what we deserve in order to better represent the Name and Character of Christ would change things for us: It would change how we act in traffic, change how deal with a bad boss, change how we feel to retaliate when we feel someone is disrespecting us and change how tenderly we seek peace with people even when they’re the wrong one. All of these examples have bible references that deal directly with them. Don’t believe me, check Colossians 3.

Be thankful! If we can really get past ourselves and consider what we REALLY deserve – we’re fallen, stubborn, unappreciative and wholly undeserving of much else other than stern correction or outright destruction from a Sovereign God, to Whom I’m sure that our ‘fist waving deservings’ reek of that stench first emanated in Genesis 3 which has been recorded and given to us so we would take caution and know …
…that’s how you know there’s a devil.


In Him,
Cros

Monday, April 24, 2017

One



I recently had the wonderful experience of taking a trip out west to see my parents. My son was on Spring Break so we made the most of the time off. We spent a couple of days in Las Vegas and was able to catch the Michael Jackson One, Cirque de Soleil show. In a word, it was Magnificent! However, as they “Wowed the crowd” from one MJ tune to the next, one subset of songs got me to thinking.

It was very common for Michael Jackson, and many others for that matter, to put out songs that promote a social consciousness to “Heal the World”. The idea is that if we can just be more compassionate to one another, and care to come out of our own comforts to lend a hand, that we can truly make this world a better place and bring about lasting peace. I imagine that there is an Earth Song, but according to The Scriptures, it's not for us to all act better.

Here's The Word:

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

2 Peter 3:7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

The earth is not hoping for us to get our collective "act" together. It's waiting on it's renewal at the final judgment of Christ.
Now, don't get me wrong. If it's in your power to alleviate suffering, then by all means, ALLEVIATE SUFFERING. I believe that a very good message that we should hear as often as possible is the one where we should look at the comforts afforded to us and have a serious consideration for helping those with less....but fundamentally, this is a heart matter and only God can change a heart which is something He doesn't seem to do on a grand scale against the choices of individuals.

It's not my intention to douse the hopes of those who are energized by the belief that we can make a better world, I just want people to see the truth. There's no way to "Kumbya" this world into a paradise. Far more important is to put effort to the reality of desperate, degenerate hearts that need The Savior. Through sharing The Gospel message of reconciliation and fervent prayer, we play a part in God's plan to affect eternity by seeking to see men converted.

This is more a matter of scope than scorn. Not trying to put anyone down, just that the idea of 'fixing the world' has a fundamental flaw in its misunderstanding of evil.
Evil is real, present and has an agenda that can not be negotiated with. It has no demands that can be met that can pacify its desire for total destruction of anything remotely good or God honoring.
After the fall, it was no longer possible for Earth to be a paradise and only God can ultimately eradicate evil - and indeed, that is His plan. God is not seeking a compromise with evil. His plan is to utterly destroy it, in its entirety.

Here's The Word:

2 Timothy 3:13 - 15 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 20:10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Revelation 20:14 - 15 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

So again, it's imperative that Christians led by The Spirit, develop generous hearts (freely you have received, freely give -Mt 10:8); to engage themselves as servants to the needy - close neighbors as well as far-reaching peoples of foreign lands. Ultimately, this effort should be to enlighten people to something far above world peace: it should convey their need for peace with God through forgiveness of The Savior as The Bible makes it clear - "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" Hebrews 9:27 - 28
I don't like seeing the world in chaos, and sometimes its beyond my comprehension the Love, Grace and Mercy that God shows each day that He spares judgment from this cruel place. And as passionately as any song from Michael Jackson, or any other 'humanity' inspired artists, I take each day as another opportunity to accept His new mercies and try to share the reality of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, the ONE.


In Him,
Cros

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Devil, Pt. 2



Do you really believe the old saying “Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”? We all know that we say it as an encouragement to stay persistent during tough times and on the surface, it does seem to carry apparent wisdom.
But do we REALLY believe it? Sometimes we see this wisdom as circumstantial ( for bad circumstances); like when a relationship fails or you have to work three more years to compensate for a devalued 401K. It’s the kind of thing that sounds good but it’s hard to be encouraged when you’re in the middle of a trial. Which is exactly my point: It’s interesting that when we see things as overwhelmingly hard, we see the devil as being a powerful force of resistance or ruination. If we’re inclined to consider the devil at all, his power and influence waxes and wanes based on how we’re affected in a situation.

John 10:10 says, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly – and most times we see the “thief” in this verse as The Devil, although it doesn’t particularly single him out. In context, it’s talking about anyone who would seek to influence or lead sheep astray from the truth – the Truth as presented exclusively by the True Shepherd. When it comes to the actual Devil or Satan, that old serpent: We need to keep it in context.

Here’s The Word;

Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

John 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

Job 1:12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

When you check the Scriptures and are enlightened by The Spirit with wisdom from above to understand, you see that the devil is a lot of things, but autonomous with the power to enact his will freely is definitely not one of them.
Even though He walks about, seeking whom he may devour, he can only do what he’s authorized to do. This is a wide range of affects but it’s not carte blanch. You can protect yourself and prevent his ability to affect you. Not in a way that will make your life totally free from ALL troubles and suffering…but the devil isn’t responsible for all suffering in the world. Sometimes The Father’s chastisement of His children is painful but that’s not the devil’s blame.

If we believe that the devil has power, we also must believe that what The Bible says about God’s power and since 2 Peter 2:9 says that it is His will that none should perish, but that all would come to repentance – it stands to reason that the devil is not just God’s “stick” to punish the wicked. He also uses the devil to prove us. This is evident in Job where God already knew Job. He knew Job’s heart, his resolve and what his response would be. But it’s likely that Job didn’t know these things, and obviously, the devil didn’t know either. So in the testimony of Job – God taught an incredible lesson… First to the devil, then to Job and ultimately to us

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one

So if you ever thought to yourself "The devil is trying to kill (or crush) me", of course, he'd like to but he surely can't do it because he wants to. And it doesn't look like permission is given to him freely when it comes to the Saints. Looks like our main concern would be to keep ourselves out of the place where the devil's given authority would allow him to devour us (which I don't believe applies to TRUE believers). After that, any and everything else may cause severe pain and tribulation, but it can't kill us - and by extension then, can only make us stronger. This makes sense as God is re-making us... not in a decaffeinated "Christ likeness", but full strength!


In Him,
Cros

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Spirit is Strength



Here’s The Word;

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

What is this “Spiritual” strength for? Acts 1:8 starts with “But you shall receive power…” from the Holy Spirit and goes on to talk about the disciples being ‘witnesses’. Are we to assume that this power is just to calm our fears about evangelizing and sharing our testimonies?
Not exclusively. Being a witnesses doesn’t only require the boldness to go and speak – witnesses LIVE according to the Truth they’ve been exposed to. They live ‘altered’ lives which have more of an apparent impact. Our lives need to synchronized expressions of personal disposition, walking the walk AND talking the talk.

Is this strength to overcome the tough issues of sin in our lives that we can’t seem to finally put to death? Definitely part of it, but still, that’s only part of the bigger picture.
It’s got to be more than something that simply falls easily out of our mouths as a remedy for ‘trials and tribulations’, right?
Just like when Christ promised the delivery of the Comforter to help DO what we’re supposed to do - to act accordingly when it comes to spiritual matters you NEED the Spirit and you must USE the strength of the Spirit to accomplish those things that we’re supposed to do.

Here’s The Word;

Galatians 5:22- 25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

See the relationship between the gifts (fruit) of The Spirit and our commitment to appropriating and applying them.

2 Peter 5:5 - 9 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

Use The Spirit's Love

– Indeed, this is the easiest one to counterfeit because our lives are literally bombarded daily with contemporary displays of ‘loving’. We love everything! But we know that this is not the Spiritually empowered, divinely expressed, sacrificially displayed LOVE that we’re to walk in spiritually.

1 Peter 1: 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Use The Spirit's Joy

Colossians 2:5 - 7 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

The joy of the Spirit has a wonderful way of overlooking immediate circumstances to finding happiness in the reality of applied deliverance and future promises.

Use The Spirit's Peace

– Did you kind’ve raise an eyebrow when I mentioned ‘personal disposition’ earlier? As Christians we need to be joyful, peaceful people. So many are geared toward dispensing hard truth like a 'brick to the head' that even though some can overlook it for value sake, not everyone can and it’s no accident – weak people aren’t somehow NOT worthy of the truth. The Bible emphasizes how a gentle answer turns away wrath and we need to be ambassadors of peace as empowered by The Spirit.

Use The Spirit's Longsuffering

- (also called patience) This is probably the hardest one for most people and this is why I’m most glad that it’s included. The other aspects have a worldly expression that easily masks itself as the genuine article. Not going off on someone is not the same as peace. Giving someone stuff they want with a smile is not the same as love. However, longsuffering touches us more personally and most of don’t do lasting pain or unhappiness (or discontentment) well. This is how you can know that The Spirit’s influence is becoming stronger in your life: you can be content in whatever state you’re in (lack or plenty) Phil 4:11 - and it’s not just in a tolerating (refusal to complain) mode….you can have true peace about it.

Use The Spirit's Gentleness

Galatians 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.

Living by the Spirit IS the prerequisite for the ability to restore gently, as gentleness is an expression of the fruit and strength contained IN the Spirit. Related to peace and meekness, this is a calm understanding of the process people are in, since we're in it ourselves. We can't shy away from giving messages of truth that may be hard to receive, but the delivery of those messages should always be with compassion. It's a gracious thing to be right, gently.

Use The Spirit's Faith

– Faith is fundamental and can often be hard to understand since the word can be used as a verb, noun and adjective. If you are a ‘believer’ – Faith is the first ‘Spiritual’ thing you’ve been given; the ability to believe. It’s then a partnership of our surrender and Christ’s work to finish(strengthen and perfect) our faith.

Hebrews 11:5 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

"faith" without the strength of The Spirit has NO substance - it's just wishful thinking easily given to chance.

Use The Spirit's Meekness

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Often times, WE want to convince someone to change their behavior, and if they do – WE want the credit for telling/helping them. The Spirit helps us live in the truth that one plants, another waters, but GOD gives the increase and therefore deserves all the glory – but feel free to take pleasure in the fact that He uses us as the method He uses to provide it. Realize that we were once in dark places that we are now able to help others out of and it’s not that we were ever able to save ourselves….God is merciful.

Use The Spirit's Temperance

– (Self control) Another one that isn’t easily disguised over time. When entrusted to our own devices, things build up to breaking(or boiling) points all the time. Not so with The Spirit. In the Spirit’s strength we can control our tongues, our flesh, and the pull of those old ‘less than commendable’ desires that mar our ability to be sincere witnesses for Christ.

In closing, it’s pretty clear cut – you either have the Spirit, or you don’t. If you do; yes, it is a process of growth but the evidences are not to just convince others, it should comfort you as confirmation to the genuineness of your conversion and to give you boldness to USE the power that God used to speak all created things into existence, the power that ripped the vail of the temple from top to bottom and that same Spirit's power that raised Christ from the dead - it's meant to be at work in you.(Romans 8:11)

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.


In Him,
Cros

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Repent!



Here's The Word;

Ezekiel 18:32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Father, forgive us. Our eyes have gone blind
We only seem to seek after pleasure.
The cares of this world suffocate our minds.
Empty things have replaced You as treasure.

Too eager to defend our particular sin;
And who really has a right to say?
We can’t comprehend the error we’re in.
Or how far we have strayed from your Way.

We've silenced the mouths of rebuke and warning
Calling them judgmental and cruel.
Yet, we’re not ashamed and we're not alarmed
At the fact that we seek our own rule.

We’ve closed our ears to The Spirit of Truth
In pursuit of a comfortable place.
Even assuming that somehow You approve,
That everything's covered by grace.

Politicians and pundits’ promises of change
Make us all want to embrace a new vision.
Yet the word repent sounds foreign and strange.
We’re turned off that it reeks of religion.

Your desire for us is that we would be blameless.
But is that what we want for ourselves?
No real desire for Christ who is righteous.
Just overly concerned with our ‘feels’.

Father, we really haven't denied ourselves,
nor taken up crosses to follow
In arrogance, we keep trying to save our own lives
As though we've been promised tomorrow.

We've paid lip service, claiming Jesus as LORD
Yet, have not done things that He's said.
We've gone after the world's 'delectable meats'
Disregarding The Heavenly Bread.

As you are The Way, The Truth and The Life,
our efforts for 'good' can't redeem.
If we haven't received your cure for our curse,
We're nowhere near good as we seem.

So God hear our pleas as we fall to our knees
Please clean our hands and our hearts.
We need Divine help with our unbelief
And repentance is where we must start.


In Him,
Cros