If Thy Hand Offend Thee

Matthew_5:30  And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

I never did post anything about On Course Youth Conference that took place two months ago. Truly, it was a wonderful conference that our young people were blessed to be able to attend. The preaching was powerful and anointed, and it was beautiful to see the response of so many young people during altar service times. Although this conference is geared toward youth, there have been many times where God has talked to my heart through the preaching of the Word.

The message that Brother Paul Bertram preached with the above Scripture as his text is the one that stands out the most in my mind. He shared with us the true story of Aron Ralston, an experienced outdoorsman who through a freak accident had his hand pinned under a boulder, from which he was unable to break free. After being trapped for 5 days in this condition, Aron realized that his hand was rotting under the boulder, and the only way he was going to be able to survive was to cut off  his hand. So, he did. It still makes me cringe when I think about it.

Brother Bertram began to talk about how we can hold onto things that can slowly kill us spiritually. An area he dealt with a lot was cell phones. These devices are so popular in our society, and while they are very useful, they can also cause great harm to us spiritually when we use them inappropriately or devote too much time to them to the neglecting of more important things. God dealt with me during that service about something on my phone. It wasn’t a sin but something that was becoming  a weight, and I knew God was speaking to my heart to delete it, and so I did. I’m so glad that God cares about us enough to show us areas in our lives where we need correction or things in our lives that could become stumbling blocks!

We do need to exercise caution with cell phones and technology. It seems everywhere I go nowadays, I see people staring at screens, whether it be cell phones, laptops or I-pads. I wonder what would happen if we spent as much time in prayer and Bible reading as we do on our devices. I wrote the following while musing on that a couple of weeks ago. While it is a satirical piece, and I don’t really believe getting rid of our cell phones would bring instant revival, limiting the time we spend on them and dedicating more time to seeking God would certainly help.

Cell Phone Phenomenon

We stare at it while we cross the street.

It must accompany us when with friends we meet.

Oh, why can’t we seem to leave it alone;

this technological wonder we call the cell phone?

 

The husband and wife go out to dinner

to have quality time alone;

as they sit across from each other,

both of them on their phone.

 

And what shall we do with our cell phone next?

Should we start a photo stream or send out a text?

Our day is just not complete, it seems

without sending or receiving the latest memes.

 

Of course, there are amusements and games galore

to keep you awake until 3 or 4.

And there’s pressure to upgrade to the latest.

That I-phone 1,000 is just the greatest!

 

The apps to choose from can catch your breath.

There is even one to predict your own death!

Oh, all the wonders the cell phone is giving.

Before its’ time we weren’t really living.

 

It’s a glorious device upon which we spend time,

almost without care, reason or rhyme.

It’s so easy to squander the minutes away

held in the cell phone’s hypnotic  sway.

 

You may think I’m totally under delusion,

but my ponderings have brought me to this conclusion.

If cell phone time was replaced with prayer and reading the Bible

we’d have an earth shaking, devil chasing, Heaven sent revival!

4/20/17

 

The Remedy

Sin

enslaves

grips the soul

like heavy chains

but Jesus can loose the binding shackles

if we will choose to obey the gospel

God’s Holy Word

when applied

makes us

free!

 

This type of poem is called a Double Tetractys. To see how to write one click the link.

http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/tetractys.html

4/12/17

Acts 2:37,38  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Romans 6:17,18  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 

 

Hebrews 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 

The Little Man That Made A Big Change

zacchaeus

Zacchaeus was a short man that was probably looked down upon by a lot of people(no pun intended)for his profession as a tax collector. However, he had heard about Jesus, had a desire to see him, and he came up with an unconventional way to accomplish his goal. He climbed up in a sycamore tree.

Jesus, as he was passing by, looked up, called Zacchaeus by name and told him to come down because he would be going to his house that day. Zacchaeus was instant to do what Jesus had commanded. Although the Bible gives us no record of what happened in the home of Zacchaeus, we can read that he(Zacchaeus) indicated he was going to be making some changes in his life. There were things in his life that he knew were wrong, and he was determined to make them right and then some!

A real encounter with Jesus, when we are not living right, can and should produce in us a desire to repent and even make restitution as needed. Zacchaeus took this first important step in having a right relationship with God. This “wee little man” that many of us first learned about in Sunday school has an important lesson to teach us.  When Jesus “comes to our house” through way of a sermon or something that convicts us of sin in our lives, may we respond to it rightly as Zacchaeus did.

 

Mini Monoverse Tribute To Zacchaeus

 

Trek began

short guy ran

had a plan

crowd to scan

find God-man.

 

Carefully

climb a tree

patiently

wait to see

this, the key.

 

Jesus came

called Zac’s name

not to blame

or to shame

love, His aim.

 

Without flack

down came Zac

they went back

to his shack

had a snack.

 

And so thence

Zac was tense

soon relents

then repents

his offense.

 

Did restore

to the poor

stole no more

settled score

evermore.

 

 

 

2/16/17

 

Luke 19:1-10  And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 

  And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. 

 

 

 

Sin Lieth At The Door

Sin lieth at the door

And it’s hoping on you, to score.

When you know you’ve done wrong in God’s sight

The best thing is to make it right.

 

If God’s commandments you break or ignore

Sin lieth at the door

As a beast set to pounce on you

Wanting your soul to subdue.

 

When you’ve gone in the wrong direction

You risk losing God’s protection

Sin lieth at the door

Repent, and let God restore.

 

Today, perhaps all is well

You stand strong ‘gainst the gates of hell

But be watchful, evermore

Sin lieth at the door.

 

9/8/16

 

Gen 4:3-7  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

 

Romans 6:12,16 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make It A Lifestyle

Regret for my sins, a godly remorse

Effect is that I start to change my course

Penitent over my sinful infractions

Elicits modification of my actions

Needing God’s grace, my ways to amend

Trusting the Lord, His help He will send

Avowing to turn my back upon sin

Now a fresh start, I can begin

Confessing my wrongs and them forsaking

Ever the path I need to be taking.

 

10/14/16

 

2Corinthians 7:10  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

 

Luke 19:1-8  And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 

 

Proverbs 28:13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

 

 

 

The Shoe Leather Of Repentance

 

Weeping bitterly at altar

Shoulders shaking with heart felt sobs

She kneels.

 

Determined to forsake old life

With all of its ugly bondage

She stands.

 

Later pulling out her cell phone

Humbly asks dad for forgiveness

Broken.

 

The sordid books and magazines

Which once held her so spellbound, put

In trash.

 

Going to the walk in closet

She removes clothes she plans to wear

No more.

 

The music that filled her senses

Stirred up ungodly lusts, she now

Deletes.

 

A process that she must go through

She begins to walk on the path

To God.

 

Doing her best to be thorough

The path of repentance, she knows

Is right.

 

10/10/16

 

2Corinthians 7:10,11(ESV)  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

 

2Peter 3:9(ESV) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

 

This type of poem is called Synchronicity. For instructions on how it is written, click the link.

http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/synchronicity.html