Rejoice In Hope

 

Before I
was even born

my Jesus died
for me

so I can know
how much I’m loved

having the hope of His
glory.

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You are with me and give me hope.

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“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

“But God demonstrates HIs own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:1,2,8. NKJV

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Called Into Existence

 

Humbled
in the presence

of the God
whom I believe

as He calls the things
which don’t exist

as though they do
indeed.

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You are with me and help me see what You see.

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“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith, of Abraham. Who is the father of us all,”

“(as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did “

Romans 4:16,17

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My Propitiation

 

We all have sinned
and fallen short

yet You
have made a way

through the blood
of Jesus Christ

by faith
we all have grace.

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You are with me and are my propitiation.

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“. . .for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,”

“whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,”

“to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

Romans 3:23,24,25,26 NKJV

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The Goodness Of God

 

Circumcision is of
the heart and Spirit

not just according
to the flesh

for the goodness of God
leads us to repentance

and His praise is ever
on our lips.

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You are with me and lead me to repentance.

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“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

“For He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”

Romans 2:4,28 NKJV

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For His Name

 

With power
according to the Spirit

by His resurrection
from the grave

we receive grace
for obedience

to the faith and honor
of His name.

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You are with me and give me grace to obey.

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“Jesus Christ our Lord, declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”

“Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ. “

Romans 1:4,5,6 NKJV

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Begin

image old carpet and tile

trapped in the basement

no more

 

Everything about the basement seemed beyond my ability to improve.

 

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

“And do not be conformed  to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2 NKJV

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Main Ingredient

image

checking

the ingredient list

momma’s recipe

 

The end result depends on what gets added in.

 

“But if the Soirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Holy Spirit who dwells in you.”  Romans 8:11 NKJV

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Good Wise

“For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.” Romans 16:19

I have seen the evil planned for me not come about as I continued to do what God asked me to do.

Lord, we ask for the wisdom to know what is truly good in Your eyes and how to go about it today. Please deliver us from evil and the temptation to be wise concerning it. And here’s a simple poem . . .

What Is Good

There is a wisdom
in knowing
what is good
and then setting
ourselves to it
without planning evil
for the evil
that threatens.

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Leading To Edification

“Let each of us please his neighbor, for his good, leading to edification.” Romans 15:2

Edification requires more than just me, thinking about me, doing for myself.

Lord, the Western Church is seen as being mostly “me” centered. Please forgive us Lord, and help us become more selfless in our worship and service to You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Naturally

Edification comes
when we
naturally do
for others
what Love
would do.

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Made To Stand

“Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4

I love how Paul puts this. Indeed, who am I?

Lord, please stop me whenever I start to slip into judge mode. Thank You, thank You, thank You that we will be made to stand . . .because You will “able” us to. And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Master’s Servant

I don’t have a leg to stand on
though You gave me two
as I mess up at every turn
in this life with You.

But You don’t let another judge
the work You’ve put me to
instead You cover it with grace
and say, “This will surely do!”

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