Divine Immanuel (Haiku Series #114)

God’s Promise

Shall be born for us

Our Wonderful Counselor—

Sharing endless peace

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God with Us

Walking in darkness

Witnessing a wondrous light—

Rejoice!  God in flesh

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Kingdom Come

Born in Bethlehem

Uphold justice, righteousness—

Mighty Prince of Peace

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Martin Luther Quote

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That is the mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners:  wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s and the righteousness of Christ is not Christ’s but ours.

From 2 Corinthians 5:20-21:  “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making His appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Father’s Firm Hand

From Psalm 94:1-2:  “Lord, you God of vengeance, you God of vengeance, shine forth!  Rise up, O judge of the earth; give to the proud what they deserve!”

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Holy, perfect Father

Bringing justice for all

Earth’s one, ultimate Judge

Love covers, like rainfall

 

Truest God of vengeance

Providing blessed Grace

Living high in Heaven

Father’s firm hand, in place

 

Lives thirst for discipline

Teaching knowledge, His Word

Knowing our hollow thoughts

Empty breath, minds stand blurred

 

Over the roaring seas

On highest mountaintops

Across fertile valleys

Earth’s Judge shall never stop

 

Gracious to believers

God’s goodness and kindness

Through our faith, accept Grace

Love overcomes blindness

 

Judging with righteousness

God’s law rules over all

Vanquishing the wicked

Justice builds righteous walls

 

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From Psalm 98:8-9:  “Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth.  He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”

Guarding Our Integrity

From Mark 8:34-35:  “He called the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.'”

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Speaking the truth, God places high value

Encouraging righteous and honest ways

Teaching us to guard our integrity

Honoring our Father, each word He says

 

Accepting our Lord’s lasting gift of Grace

Seeing the Messiah, a blood-stained Cross

Taking a knee, He breathes new life in us

Cleansing souls, we are taken across

 

Denying ourselves with unselfishness

Taking up our own cross, following Him

Committing ourselves to Jesus, the Christ

Standing against temptation, life not dim

 

Acknowledging our mistaken moments

Confessing unrighteousness to the Lord

Repenting for unholy thoughts, words, and deeds

Turning away, sin no longer ignored

 

Believing the truth of our Father’s Word

Abiding with our Lord’s Holy commands

Walking between the lines, never blurry

Following Christ’s faithful steps, in the sands

 

Filling our lives with righteous character

Dwelling with the Father, avoiding strife

Knowing life will bring daily challenges

Guarding our integrity, in new life

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From Psalm 15:1-4:  “Lord, who may abide in your tent?  Who may dwell on your holy hill?  Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt.”

John MacArthur Quote

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I have found that the closer I am to the godly people around me, the easier it is for me to live a righteous life because they hold me accountable.

From Psalm 1:1-3:  “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread,or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.  They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.  In all that they do, they prosper.

Accepting His Way

From Romans 6:1-2:  “What then are we to say?  Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?  By no means!  How can we who died to sin go on living in it?”

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All have been baptized into Christ

God’s offer of Grace shall abound

Christ suffering death on the Cross

Accepting His way, God’s Word found

 

Living with God through our Savior

United with Jesus by His death

Walking in goodness of new life

Accepting His way, lasting breath

 

Escaping life of sin and death

Obedient to God’s commands

Following our righteous Father

Accepting His way, where we stand

 

Knowing God through His Holy Word

Rescued, no longer slaves to sin

Total devotion to Jesus

Accepting His way, love within

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From Romans 6:12-14:  “Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

Leon Morris Quote

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You can drift into sin, but not into righteousness.

From Romans 5:18:  “Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.”

Waiting For Rain

 

long exposure photography of water drop

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What is so special about simple rain?

Have you truly witnessed God’s gift of rain?

 

Everywhere, anticipation of rain

Withering crops crave God’s rainfall today

Farmers wait faithfully for rains to come

Without rain, hearts and plants start to decay

 

The farmland depends on these vital rains

Last year, little rain arrives to help out

Sunny skies chase away clouds too often

“Next year” cries out from thirsty lands of drought

 

Farmers sow their spring crops on faith alone

Waiting for nature to moisten the ground

Praying to the Lord, asking for His rain

Rain arrives, new life rising skyward bound

 

God sends righteousness, in the form of rain

Fulfilling prayers, easing farmers’ pain

From Isaiah 45:8:  “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also; I the Lord have created it.”

green tractor

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