Life’s Messages (Elfchen Series #81)

Precious

Life’s

Lasting foundation

Steadfastly built upon

Holy Word of God

Unbreakable

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Perpetual 

Life’s

Darkening journey

God’s light filling

Our lantern of hope

Everlasting

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Pivotal

Life’s

Faltering trust

Sin’s empty promises

Driving us toward God

Redemptive

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Life’s Linchpin

From Isaiah 53:7:  “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth.”

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From Eden’s lush garden

Man’s sin corrupting all

God sees Calvary’s cross

Jesus accepts His call

 

God comes to earth as Christ

Son of God walks in light

Fallen world can’t crush Him

Darkness loses this fight

 

Jesus never wavers

Father’s plan never rests

World quakes under evil

His Son conquers each test

 

Like sheep, man has strayed

Lost in darkness and sin

Wheels of life falling off

Cross restores life’s linchpin

 

Do you truly believe?

Righteous Son pours self out

Sin’s death now defeated

Step forward, never doubt

 

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From Isaiah 53:11:  “Out of His anguish He shall see light; He shall find satisfaction through His knowledge.  The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities.”

Monday Memories: Midnight Walk

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Stirring from my deep sleep at midnight

Seeing someone moving in the dim light

 

Hearing a gentle voice whispering my name

Calling out, “Missing you has been a shame”

 

Recognizing that her gentle voice is familiar, not new

Appearing now, my beloved Grandma comes into view

 

Walking towards me, she carries no fear

Listening to a voice so true and very dear

 

Saying again that I’ve been deeply missed

Bowing down, my forehead receives a kiss

 

Remembering previous days with her brings a smile

Telling me kindly, let’s walk together now for awhile

 

Asking her a question, “Is it now my time?”

Replying back, “No, but you must climb”

 

Facing a wall that records each of my sins

Condemning me, comes Darkness again

 

Reaching down comes a firm, strong hand

Grabbing hold, my feet flee sinking sand

 

Gazing upward, my Grandma has departed and left

Taking her place arrives Christ, raised from death

 

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavor, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us.  And what does He give in exchange for our sin?  Real solid righteousness.  

From Galatians 2:20:  “And it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Bridging Sin’s Gulf

From John 14:6-7:  “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.'”

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Mankind born into sin

Separated from God

Our innocent goodness

Forever will be flawed

 

Bridging sin’s gulf, so vast

Stumbling imperfection

Seeking lasting mercy

Crying for affection

 

God knows our transgressions

Evil’s hidden darkness

All come to Him with guilt

Life’s absolute starkness

 

Bridging sin’s gulf, at last

Accepting Christ as Lord

Finding lasting mercy

Crucifying sin’s sword

 

God’s Holy perfection

Beyond our humble hold

Savior’s blood pays our debts

Christ’s forgiveness unfolds

   

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Only the cross of Christ spans the gulf between alienation and reconciliation.  

Wave After Wave

From Psalm 23:1-3:  “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.”

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No matter how life plays out

Encountering sea of waves

Big, small . . . quiet, turbulent

Sin’s cunning waits to enslave

 

No promise of easy life

Struggles crashing, day by day

Never learned how to ride waves

Grace anchors hope at each bay

 

Thankfully, never alone

Riding God’s steady surfboard

Trusting Him, surfing each wave

Building up faith, love’s reward

 

Healing our souls from darkness

Guiding us through stormy waves

Refreshing peace from God’s Word

Navigating, His grace saves

 

Walking on calmest waters

Shepherd’s mercy comes to save

Protecting from evil’s doom

Faith conquers incoming waves

 

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From Acts 4:11-12:  “The stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.  There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

Forgiving Ourselves

From Galatians 5:1:  “For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

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Burdened by life’s BIG problem

All of man living in sin

Selfishness fueling mistakes

Where should we turn to begin?

 

Come forward to accept Him

Forgiveness granted from God

Washing away timeless guilt

Can’t forgive self, living flawed

 

Struggle with self-forgiveness

Guilt’s shadow never pulls back

God’s grace-filled pardon waiting

Feeling unloved, sin attacks

 

Filling ourselves with sadness

Self-imposed standards now crash

Rely on works over faith

Sin making us feel like trash

 

Kneeling at Calvary’s cross

Jesus’ blood setting us free

No longer chained to darkness

Forgiving ourselves, guilt flees

 

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From Psalm 51:10-12:  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The Cross is the point where God and sinful man merge with a crash and the way of life is opened–but the crash is on the heart of God.

From 1 Peter 2:24:  “He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood?

From Romans 6:6-8:  “We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For whoever has died is freed from sin.  But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”

Breaking Free

From Psalm 31:3-4:  “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.”

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Crying out from devilish wasteland

Surrounded by desert’s empty sand

Caught, tangled in sin’s deceptive net

Buried under life’s heaviest debt

 

Captured by evil’s sly temptations

Confined to cellblock’s harsh reception

Engulfed by relentless guilt and shame

Throwing key away, dimming life’s flame

 

Praying to Holy Father above

Singing of His steadfast, faithful love

Seeking His mercy in valley’s distress

How will life move forward, from this mess?

 

Coming to life’s rescue, Jesus Christ

Accepting His grace, He pays full price

Breaking free from sin’s ongoing grip

Sailing on Spirit’s armored flagship

 

Exiting darkest, shame-filled prison

Beholding blood-stained Cross, He’s Risen!

Remaking character, with each day

Walking with Jesus, never shall stray

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From Psalm 18:1-2:  “I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”