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Time is Short

There is no man who has power over the spirit to retain the breath of life, neither has he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in battle [against death], neither will wickedness deliver those who are its possessors and given to it.

Ecclesiastes 8:8

Memento mori, as they say,
Is future’s folly here to stay?
Knowing not what tomorrow brings,
The hope of yesterday still clings.

Life’s youth and beauty fade away
Memento mori, as they say.
The grass withers, the flower falls
Where is Pride when the Reaper calls?

Fragile lives, merely a breath,
Who has the power over death?
Memento mori, as they say,
Never too late to live God’s Way.

Eternal life, yours to embrace;
Repent, believe, receive His grace!
Now live for God and sieze the day.
Memento mori, as they say.

 

2 Timothy 1:9-10 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.  And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.

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Graphic:  Heartlight

Poetry Type: Quatern

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Washed Clean

Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. (Revelation 1:5)

 I do believe You’ve washed me clean
In faith there is no in between
With Him or against Him now
The gospel Truth contains this vow

Repentant faith brings peace serene
Yes, I believe You’ve washed me clean
It is Your Truth that sets me free
Trusting in Your tender mercy

You are so faithful to forgive
The risen Christ gives strength to live
Yes, I believe You’ve washed me clean
You give me hope in things unseen

Temporal flesh has numbered days
You help me to forget past ways
No longer slave to old routines
I do believe You’ve washed me clean

 

Hebrews 10:22  Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. (NLT)

Ephesians 4:22-24  Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.  (AMP)

Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. (NLT)

Poetry type:  Quatern

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King of Kings

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. (Ephesians 1:7)

I am redeemed, my King of Kings
You carry me on eagles’ wings
I’m changing by Your grace alone
The glory of Your plan made known

Forsaking love of worldly things
I am redeemed, my King of Kings
Acknowledging iniquities
It’s only You I long to please

Christ, my Lord and my defender
Bring me to divine surrender
I am redeemed, my King of Kings
You lead me to Your living springs

To You I turn with all my soul
Relinquishing complete control
With joy and gladness my heart sings
I am redeemed, my King of Kings

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Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD “— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah

Psalm 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Romans 3:23-25 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Poetry Type: Quatern

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Pure Heart

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

O God, help us to be like David today…..painfully aware of our sin and desperate for Your mercy. We praise you that with your forgiveness comes cleansing and redemption through your precious Son, Jesus.  Amen!

Create in me a heart that’s pure
With You alone I can endure
At times transfixed by others’ sin
Convict my heart to look within

You love me so, of this I’m sure
Create in me a heart that’s pure
Before I speak, You know my plea
Secure for all eternity

A greater love than ever dreamed
The riches of Your grace esteemed
Create in me a heart that’s pure
The blood of Jesus is my cure

Overtly wicked I am not
But deadly are the sins of thought
Protect my mind from satan’s lure
Create in me a heart that’s pure

 

Additional Scripture to Ponder

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood

This type of poem is also a Quatern, same as the previous post.

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Repentance

I feel so priviledged to be able to tell you about my spiritual journey in this forum.  I want to share with you a little bit about the day the Lord came into my heart.  I was born again in Christ as an adult and, praise God, I will never be the same. What had kept me from surrendering to the Lord for so long? PRIDE, PRIDE and more PRIDE. Pride can take on many forms.  For me, it was in the form of self-sufficiency, self-reliance and trusting only in myself.  It is the opposite of humility. For most of my adult life, I believed there was a God but I wasn’t trusting in Him fully with my life.  I think most would say I was generally a ‘good person’ by society’s standards.  Unfortunately, I was trusting in my own goodness and my own good deeds to make myself acceptable before the Lord.The Scriptures tell us that we all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.  That is why we need a Savior.  Jesus Christ traded His righteousness for the sins of the unrighteous!  All those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior become acceptable to God. Without Him, we have no hope in this life or the life to come.Repentance is turning away from ourselves and turning toward God with all of our heart, mind and soul.  Do I still sin?  Of course, as all humans do!  Praise God, that He sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within the believer…to make us ever conscious of sin…to point out our helplessness to cure ourselves…to hate sin and turn away from it…to see clearly our need for His mercy….and to fix our eyes on Jesus instead.This poem is based on Romans 2:4. I love the way the King James Version states this verse. “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?”.  Here is the Contemporary English Version of the same verse: “You surely don’t think much of God’s wonderful goodness or of his patience and willingness to put up with you. Don’t you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?”

Repent

Your goodness leads me to repent
Enlightenment from heaven sent
I am feeble and sore broken
In my heart, Your Word has spoken

Falling short of holy judgment
Your goodness leads me to repent
Carnal resolve is not enough
So deadly is the vain rebuff

My only choice is to confess
And trust You with my brokenness
Your goodness leads me to repent
With Godly sorrow I do lament

I am an undeserving child
Desiring to be reconciled
To live no more in discontent
Your goodness leads me to repent

Additional Scripture Meditations (KJV)

Psalm 38:8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

Psalm 32:5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Psalm 51:1-3 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

About this type of poetry…. it is called a Quatern and this style orginated in France. With 4 stanzas and 16 lines consisting of 8 syllables per line, the first line is repeated in each stanza. The unique part about this form of poetry, I believe, is the repeated line moves down one line with each stanza and still needs to rhyme.

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