Worship (A to Z Challenge, Letter W)

God’s Word made flesh, JESUS

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain…

To Him alone will the world, all

Creation, bow and kneel, forever

Worship.

In His heart, a wealth of blessings

He’s ever willing to save… Receive

God’s mercy, peace, freedom

From bondage, earthly chains.

No more wandering, wondering

The weary will come…with

Angels we’ll give Him glory

And praise, for only He is

Worthy.

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“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” Psalm 95:6, English Standard Version

“Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” Psalm 96:9, ESV

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:9-11, Berean Study Bible

“For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’” Romans 14:11, New Living Translation

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.” Psalm 29:2, ESV

“Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels and living creatures and elders encircling the throne, and their number was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands. In a loud voice they said: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever!” Rev 5:11-13, Berean Study Bible

“All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:27-29, Berean Study Bible

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Resurrection (A to Z Challenge, Letter R)

Christ, Redeemer, is my Righteousness.

Of my own, I have none…imperfect efforts

But IN HIM, I’m made Righteous before

God’s throne…I can stand without fear or

Shame, because I don’t stand alone.

Radiant Risen Lord and King, yet because

Of Relationship, I can Run into arms of

JESUS for anything and everything.

Resurrection is central truth of Gospel.

It demands Response…to believe

In our hearts, profess before men the

Reality that Jesus died on the cross

Was buried, and Resurrected…not

Resuscitated…HE LIVES, He’s Real.

He’s the Reason for my faith, my hope

For eternal life.  Reconciled with God, I

Have access to same power that Raised

Jesus from the dead…power to be His

Overcomer; victorious in soul’s battles

Triumphant in face of trials.  Where the

Spirit of the Lord is, there’s freedom

Peace, joy, love to share.

It’s a grand and righteous life…

Choose it if you dare!

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Hope Resurrected (NaPoWriMo)

For Holy Saturday…

I will touch His hem, be healed…

Kneel at His cross, where Love did bleed.

I will pour from heart my tears and praise

Be lifted up…thus, hands to Him I raise.

For grace and mercy reign with Risen King

Hope resurrected, blessed Lord, I sing.

Dressed in radiance, my Savior lives…

Shed Blood covers sins, yes, Christ forgives.

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Darkest of Days

O darkest of days…

Followers trembled with fear

Grief, uncertainty

Jesus told them what must come

Yet it was too horrible

They waited, wondered

Comforted one another

Hearts’ long darkest day

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Questions Allowed (A to Z Challenge, Letter Q)

My unbreakable faith

Allows questions

Faith-walk hasn’t been

Without days of doubt

Journey of the soul, a

Quest to know God I

Believe in fully, more

He responds, we have

Dialog, communication

It’s permissible to ask

“Why?” and “When?”

Whatever’s on our hearts…

We want answers when

Things go wrong, when 

We’re hurting…during dry

Spells and trials…when we

Want what we want right

NOW, and we don’t care 

About how… Then, and 

Always, God is bigger than 

Our minds can conceive:

“My thoughts are not your

Thoughts, My ways are

Not your ways”*…but it’s 

Okay to believe and still ask

To trust, yet wonder a bit…

Faith is not a magic wand

Faith is imperfect, like us

To question is not a sin…

Pray with patience, wait for

God’s answer to come…

Unfinished answers aren’t

Necessarily “No”.

Even Jesus, on the cross

Asked, “My God, why have  

You forsaken me?”**

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*“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9, Berean Study Bible

**“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matt 27:46, KJB

Picture of Love, Peace (A to Z Challenge, Letter P)

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“THE HEART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: GOD SEES A PRINCESS IN EVERY SCRUBGIRL, A FREEMAN IN EVERY SLAVE, A SON IN EVERY STRANGER.”

~ Grady Nutt, 1934-1982

The letter “P” inspired these words for my post: PEACE, PICTURE, PRAISE, PRAYER, PRINCESS, PRISONER, PROMISES.  One of my favorite quotations is the one above by Grady Nutt, which I’ve also included in the text of the Tagxedo heart below.  Growing up, I was pretty much the “scrubgirl” dreaming of one day becoming the princess in fairytales.  Imagine my delight when I stumbled on Mr Nutt’s inspired notion…that indeed, God looks on me and sees His princess.

Among my treasured Bible verses* is one from Zechariah, in which he speaks of the “prisoners of hope”.  We who’ve reached sufficient maturity are aware that there are various kinds of prison, not just those which house people convicted of crimes.  Many people are imprisoned by illness which wracks the body with paralysis and/or pain.  Some of us are prisoners of our own minds…thoughts, memories, beliefs which torment us, leaving us desperate to be set free.

The Bible—God’s Word, filled with His promises—tells us there is true freedom in Christ Jesus, that He is the fortress and refuge we can run into.  If we choose His path, we then become “prisoners of hope” …and “prison” has new meaning, we are bound in the hope of Christ.  Zechariah announced a promise of Godas prisoners of hope return to the fortress of God, HE will restore double what we’ve lost.

Through prayer and praise to God, we find our peace…our fortress and freedom.  And as the prophet Isaiah says, if we’ll trust in God and keep our mind steadfastly focused on Him, God will keep our minds in His perfect peace, the peace which surpasses human understanding of it.

Finally, “P” is for “picture”.  As those in the Christian Church observe Passion Week/Holy Week, we see the picture of God’s love for mankind.  It is a raw and powerful portrait, the agony of Jesus Christ’s willing sacrifice on the Cross. 

I can recall, as many do, the “excruciating” feelings of first love…love which consumes our every moment and thought, love we’re certain no one has experienced before.  Recently I learned the word “excruciating” has its roots in “crucifixion”…believed by experts to be the harshest form of death man ever designed.  Personally, I can’t imagine a passion so great that I would volunteer for such a death…particularly on behalf of people who don’t love me back.  But that’s what Jesus did. 

Adam and Eve’s disobedience broke the covenant relationship they had with God, and ever afterward humans were tainted by that sin.  God so loved everyone He created that His mercy ran riot, if I may say.  Jesus would be “the Lamb of God”, the perfect blood sacrifice to replace the Jewish tradition of an annual animal sacrifice.

On Good Friday, Christ bled and suffered a torturous physical death…and mental, emotional torment in His brief sense of separation from God the Father.  He knew what He was in for, yet He died for the cause of rescuing, restoring and reconciling all of us to God…and for the unsurpassable, infinite glory of resurrection to Life Eternal. 

As Christians who’ve accepted the Risen King and received His salvation, we celebrate His resurrection on Sunday.  We are grateful, joy-filled…and confident that we now have the High Priest seated at God’s right hand—Jesus, Who always intercedes for us with the greatest love’s grace and mercy, when we’ve sinned and seek forgiveness.  We have the blessed certainty that one day we’ll join Him in Heaven…the blood, sweat and tears of earthly life over, just as His last words on the cross proclaimed, “IT IS FINISHED” (John 19:30).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17, Berean Study Bible

*“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” 2nd Corinth 1:20, NLT 

*‘May the LORD bless you and keep you; may the LORD cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the LORD lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace.’ Numbers 6:24-26, Berean Study Bible

*“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.” Philippians 4:6-8

More scripture verses below!

*“Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” Zechariah 9:12

*“LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” Isaiah 26:12, KJB

*“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3, KJB

*“I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.” Isaiah 57:19, KJB

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