Words and Wisdom

by Mary Beth on October 23, 2019

 

 

Fearful events there will be-

Various places men, women and children in agony.

Great signs from heaven given,

Great distress blows in words and wisdom.

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Conflicts, strife, disharmony revealed,

as Jesus had told.

Stand firm to gain life, enter the fold.

The Kingdom of God is near, believe!

Perplexity with the crashing, tossing sea.

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In anguish, terror on every side,

Nations rise against nation.

Kingdom against kingdom,

Trepidation of a time bomb.

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A Kingdom on us He confers.

Among us, as One who suffered to serve.

May our faith neither fail nor fall.

To strengthen our brother, love overall.

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To keep your life, you lose it,

To lose your life, you preserve it.

Remember the call-forget Him not,

Remember the days of Noah, of Lot.

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Careful observation cannot eternally save from sin,

A great chasm fixed;

His eternal kingdom is within.

Foreigner give praise and come home free,

God’s steadfast love is merciful and gracious in tender mercy.

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    “And Jesus answered them,
“See that no one leads you astray. 
For many will come in my name, saying,
“I am the Christ, and they will lead many astray. 
And you will hear wars and rumors of wars. 
See that you are not alarmed,
for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 
All these are but the beginning of the birth pains,
because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 
But the one who endures to the end will be saved. ”  ~Matthew 24
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Oh soul, repent and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ,

for He alone is our salvation and hope!

"Or do you presume upon the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, 
not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 
But because of your hard and impenitent heart 
you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath 
when God's righteous judgement will be revealed.  
He will render to each one according to his works: 
to those who by patience in well doing 
seek for glory and honor and immortality, 
he will give eternal life; 
but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, 
but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 
There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, 
the Jew first and also the Greek, 
but glory and honor and peace for everyone 
who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  
For God shows no partiality." 

Romans 2:4,5
 

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Prince of Glory

by Mary Beth on April 19, 2019

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Throughout Holy Week believers remember how our Lord Jesus suffered.

Through sufferings,

He struggled in deep anguish physically, emotionally, and mentally-

specifically the pain of rejection from

religious priests, the very crowd who praised Him earlier,

including his disciples who later deserted him.

Their lack of understanding to

His kingdom call as our suffering Savior, was painfully evident.

“All the disciples left him and ran away.”   ~Matthew 26:56

-The Prince of glory suffered greatly for us.

The book of Lamentations 1: 12, 16, 21,

foretells the painful sufferings

Jesus endured the last week of his life.

As disciples and ambassadors for Christ,

we’ll encounter our own experience of misunderstandings

or recurring memories of rejection and betrayal

from those closest to us,

even chosen friends.

A few years ago while traveling in Italy during Lent season,

I wrote this poem while encountering a painful struggle,

specifically betrayal from a close friend.

When friends flee causing similar pain,

-Christ offers us his example to love patiently and endure pain.

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The Veil

Such friends are but trouble,

Unless walking side by side.

The soul exposing an imposter; a double.

Truth that sharpens, cuts and divides.

Many claim boldly to love.

Bringing a shadow of service,

What is the kiss?

Betrayal or an honest answer?

Conditional, upon the well they sip.

God of all comfort & compassion oversee,

A boldness must breathe, rest and plea,

Content in their deeper soul, I pray.

Mighty Warrior of the soul,

Tear the veil, chip away, and awaken hearts!

Reign through your beauty and art.

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-Jesus Christ was fully human and fully divine.

Jesus experienced the struggles and pains of our humanity, even more, as the Prince of glory! He suffered greatly the shame of dying on a cross.

On the cross, justice and mercy met together

in the greatest beauty that bears fruit for God’s glory.

Fully human in his prayer to the Father; fully divine in His declaring,

“It is finished.”

C. S. Lewis encourages us to press into the Lord of all truth:

“{Pain} removes the veil,

it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.”   

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“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.”  ~2 Cor. 3: 17

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“How painful are honest words!

Does He not see my ways and count my every step?

          If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit

—let God weigh me in honest scales and He will know that I am blameless

  –if my steps have turned from the path,

if my heart has been led by my eyes,

or if my hands have been defiled,

           then may others eat what I have sown.”  ~Job 6:25, 31: 4-8

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“Therefore, my brothers, therefore, sisters dear,

However I, troubled or selfish, fail

In tenderness, or grace, or service clear,

I every moment draw to you more near;

God in us from our hearts veil after veil

Keeps lifting, till we see with his own sight,

And all together run in unity’s delight.”

~George MacDonald, Diary of an Old Soul

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God’s tenacious love, truth and faithful call for our obedience to *be holy* will show forth as fruit on a tree. Even Job knew & experienced truth that sharpened his soul among friends. Rabbi Abraham Heschel states:  “Faith like Jobs cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.”

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Courage to Craft

by Mary Beth on February 27, 2019

By faith, Noah in reverent fear built his yacht,

Created to save from water, by water.

By faith, our fear of the Lord stirs courage to craft,

Equipped to build in the Spirit’s fire, to save from eternal fire.

“The ruah of God hovers over the face of the waters,” 1

for “the deep gave forth its voice.”

I’ll be the poet who sings your glory-and live what I sing everyday.

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  1. R. Luyster, Wind and Water: Cosmogonic Symbolism in the Old Testament 1981

ESV, Hab. 3:10, Job 30:18, Psalm 61

It takes focus to walk by faith. It takes intentional space to listen well. It takes a hungry soul to consistently trust in the promises of God. It takes confidence to not be afraid. It takes time and wisdom to discern how to be effective as His disciple; His image bearer.

Yet, as Christ builds His government within us, by grace we’ll eventually move towards His purposes and pleasure. How and why is God hovering over the deep waters of our soul? A purpose to which end? Yes, God’s will is for our sanctification but His ways are beyond finding out! Let’s consider, by faith Noah built a massive ark. What about Moses and God’s counsel by the burning bush? And Sarah’s laughter? Pharaoh repeatedly hardens his heart, “Who is the Lord?” Paul’s aim to press on.

The mighty Spirit of God, our great Comforter and Counselor helps us to create, engage, evolve, and produce fruit, in its season, for His kingdom and glory.

May I not be unfaithful to my commission. Thy will but holds me to my life’s fruition. I’m thankful our Abba, Almighty is within us and goes before us.

“But when I turn and grasp the making hand, And will the making will, with confidence I ride the crest of the creation-wave, Helpless no more, no more existence’ slave; In the heart of love’s creating fire I stand, And, love-possessed in heart and soul and sense, Take up the making share the making Master gave.”

-George MacDonald

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