Come, Follow Me

From Luke 9:23:  “Then He said to them all, ‘If any wish to come after Me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.'”

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Walking road of solitude

Every step heading somewhere

Today, meeting one stranger

“Come, follow me”—He declares


Hearing His witness of grace

Darkness transitions to light

Stranger’s Word sinking deeper

Rendezvous sealed with Spirit bright


Sharing His comfort of peace

Truth serving as Scripture’s guide

Stranger’s righteous heart affirms

Mercy’s breath comes alongside


Traveling as one each day

Faith’s journey follows high road

Stranger’s compass always true

Love unlocks atonement’s code


Seeing life’s purpose at last

Redemption at Heaven’s door

Stranger no more, Jesus Christ

Eternity comes ashore

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From John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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When we stay focused on Jesus, we can take comfort in knowing He’ll lead us through the hard places.

From Isaiah 41:10:  “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Jesus has prayed that we might be one with Him as He is one with the Father.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24:  “May the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do this.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Walking Closely

From Luke 24:13-15:  “Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came near and went with them.”

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On life’s Emmaus Road

Walking closely with thee

Grace of Jesus bestowed

Calvary’s path sets us free


Wilderness gathers near

Walking down evil’s road

Christ’s love making it clear

Sinful darkness now implodes


Life’s burdens weighing down

Walking with Christ, our Lord

Mercy begins countdown

Redemption coming on board


Heaven’s kingdom awaits

Walking each faithful path

Salvation opens gate

Jesus bridges judgement’s wrath


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From Philippians 3:20:  “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Taken From a Church Sign

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Be a mirror for Jesus.

From James 1:23-25:  “For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like.  But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.”

Light Now Free!

From Luke 24:6-7: “Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to the hands of sinners and be crucified and on the third day rise again.”

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Enemy’s motives

Darkness full of fraud

Life spiraling down

Behind his facade


Trapped, with no escape

Caught in evil’s net

Each wave crashing down

Sinking deeper yet


Flowing river’s faith

Never left alone

Christ walks on water

Freed from this millstone


Hearing trumpet sound

Redemption’s surge swells

Blessed assurance

Now soul shall be well


Blood pays any cost

Sins nailed to this tree

Witness empty tomb

Rising, Light now free!

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The hymn “When Peace, Like a River” inspired the writing of this poem.  The lyrics were written by Horatio Gates Spafford in 1873.  The song is sometimes titled from a line in the popular refrain, “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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When we are first saved, our steps are small and uncertain, but as we practice and mature in Christ, walking by the Spirit becomes a normal and essential part of our faith.

From Galatians 5:24-25:  “And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”


From Psalm 4:8:  “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”

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Lying awake in night’s darkness

Hearing promises from voices

Most too good to really be true

Filled with countless, empty choices


Tackling another stressful day

Witnessing contrasting voices

Thoughts quite overwhelming again

Faltered in making best choices


Retreating into quiet place

Searching, listening to voices

Father’s Word opens mind and heart

Found at last, His trusted choices


Hearing each righteous cry for help

Nurturing Father’s faithful voice

Enemy’s plan reduced to dust

Raised His Son, salvation’s sole choice


Harvesting empty void no more

Walking in step with Savior’s voice

Jesus cries out, journey finished

Saved man with mercy’s final choice


Seeing truth in these promises

Extending Father’s righteous voice

Grace deepens His Son’s love for thee

Accepting Christ, life’s blessed choice


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From John 19:29-30:  “A jar full of sour wine was standing there.  So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to His mouth.  When Jesus had received the wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’  Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

Martin Luther Quote

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Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

From John 11:25-26:  “ Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

Living Through Christ (Elfchen Series #148)



Christ’s purpose

Opening up hearts

Inviting to follow Him


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Life’s endurance

No longer suffering

Character molded by Christ


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With believers

Christ’s humble approach

Sharing love with others


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