Stand Firm

From 1 Peter 1:3-4:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”

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Evil’s darkness surrounds

Encroaching with its sin

Life looks to turn around

Wolf hiding in sheepskin

 

Fraud’s light leads some astray

Moving away from God

Grace opens its doorway

Christ shatters hell’s facade

 

Resurrection’s new hope

Building faith’s foundation

Salvation, Christ’s tow rope

Father’s promised station

 

Word speaks of Lord’s power

Calling all to stand firm

Each and every hour

Holy Spirit confirms

 

Faith anchored in His care

Wearing God’s armored vest

All times, kneeling in prayer

Mercy braves each test

  

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From Ephesians 6:13:  “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.”

Saving Grace

From Romans 5:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”

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From ancient garden, crying out

Man’s sinful seeds scatter and sprout

 

Father’s wrath consumes with His fire

Suffering journey to hellfire

 

Spiritually dead from God

Lives walk in darkness, always flawed

 

Holy tablets proclaim God’s law

Sin’s frozen nature never thaws

 

Judgement follows life’s trespasses

Sticking like thickest molasses

 

Lord’s saving grace seeks better way

Messiah opens new causeway

 

Jesus steps into this abyss

Unselfish love shall never miss

 

Hopeless man’s eyes can’t turn away

Drawn to grim, cruel cross, Christ pays

 

Jesus offers Himself instead

Faith follows this new Living Bread

 

Father’s amazing grace enters

Salvation breathes life’s new center

 

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From Romans 5:18-19:  “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.  For just as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

Sprinting to Daylight

From Psalm 97:10-11:  “You who love the Lord, hate evil; He guards the lives of His faithful; He rescues them from the hand of the wicked.  Light dawns for the righteous and joy for the upright in heart.”

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Surrounding darkness

Evil’s world abounds

Life’s hesitation

Sinful, barking sounds

 

Playing with evil

Like kitchen’s hot stove

Waiting to burn us

Consuming faith’s grove

 

Hearing Father’s Word

Explicit warning

Hate evil, love God

Righteous good morning

 

Evil’s deception

Ignore its calling

Turning from darkness

Sinful flesh falling

 

Life’s new page opens

His goodness unfolds

Sprinting to daylight

Safe in God’s stronghold

  

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From the words of  American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “When we learn to hate evil, we learn to love what God loves.”

Matthew Henry Quote

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Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary grace.

From James 4:5-6:  “Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’?  But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says.”

Sin’s Island

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Living on sin’s island

Forsaking faith in Christ

Breathing in darkest fears

Grace seeming too high priced

 

Searching far horizon

Scanning each tidal wave

Feeling Spirit’s nudges

Christ Jesus comes to save

 

Witnessing Calvary

Flooding tears crying out

Asking big question . . . why?

Salvation, still in doubt

 

Observing blood-stained cross

Watching Christ breath His last

Wrestling with sinful flesh

Evil’s hold, standing fast

 

Awaking days later

Running to empty tomb

Accepting Christ this day

Leaving sin’s island room

 

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From 1 John 3:2-3:  “ Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.  What we do know is this: when He is revealed, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.  And all who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Yielding to Jesus will break every form of slavery in any human life.

From Romans 6:6:  “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.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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A healthy fear of God will do much to deter us from sin.  When we have a proper fear of the living Lord, we live a cleaner life.

From 1 John 2:4-6:  “Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him,’ but does not obey His commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys His word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection.  By this we may be sure that we are in Him:  whoever says, ‘I abide in him,’ ought to walk just as He walked.”

Generations Wait

From Isaiah 3:8:  “For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, defying His glorious presence.”

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Searching for answers

World filled with darkness

Swirling anarchy

Life’s empty starkness

 

Finding false answers

Faith in God grows cold

Lost in wilderness

Sin captures foothold

 

Forsaking Father

Evil’s invitation

Follow sin’s idols

Life’s new fixation

 

Fearing discipline

Israel hiding

No place now to turn

God’s wrath deciding

 

Marching Israel

Away from its land

Generations wait

For Messiah’s hand

 

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From Isaiah 7:13-14:  “Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David!  Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?  Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name Him Immanuel.'”

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.”