HELP IN TIME OF NEED

Our help in time of need

Is effectively dispatched by the Lord;

Where seemingly impossible situations

Are miraculously restored.

Do we believe that God hears us

When our petitions are sent to Him?

Or do we doubt and wonder if He’s real

When our cup is filled to the brim?

As our head rests on our pillow

Do we ponder the meaning of life?

Are we in wonder and awe or are we frightened

In case there is an after-life?

Do we lie awake at night

And think about the injustice?

Or are we content with our lot in life

Where peace and joy is in our midst?

Do we have a void inside

And wonder what life is about?

Are we overwhelmed with situations

With feelings of self-pity and doubt?

As we implode with our frustrations

We can easily blame God indeed,

But it’s wiser to cry out for mercy

So He can truly intercede.

It’s normal to have doubt and fear

But abnormal to dwell with same,

Since we’re given the faith and the hope

So these strongholds do not remain.

Fear is debilitating

Along with unbelief,

And unless we use the tools God provides

We’ll never find true relief.

God is truly our best friend

Our comforter, rock and refuge,

But we forfeit His blessings and His promises

When our stubborn hearts refuse.

When biblical truth is rejected

We naturally turn to philosophies,

Or religions based on good deeds and merit

So our conscience can be appeased.

But our pride levels are dangerous

And we’re truly unaware of same,

When we pretend that all is merry

When from biblical truths we refrain.

God adores us and gave us Christ

To appease His wrathful way,

And the fact that Jesus died a horrific death

Shows the extent of the price that was paid.

God listens to our prayers;

Our supplications and to our pain,

And although sometimes it appears He doesn’t

The facts will still remain.

Only a holy God can eradicate our sins

And it’s something we desperately need,

As our soul requires a regeneration

Where only God can intercede.

Let’s rejoice that He’s a loving Father

And let’s surrender all to Him,

And exercise our spiritual muscles

With all the promises this brings.

(C) P.B. 2020

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble.” Psalm 20:1

“For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore for You name’s sake lead me and guide me.” Psalm 31:3

“in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:14

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.” Psalm 46:1

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

A WHISPERED PRAYER

How many times have we whispered a prayer

And there’s been a helping hand?

And in how many moments in despair

Lies an answer that we demand?

How many times have we looked up

With a hope for a solution?

How many times have we been answered

Where the matter has faced conclusion?

Invisible helping hands they are

Healing the turmoil in our soul;

When God touches our heart and fills it with hope

When situations take their toll.

Helping hands extend from above

As there’s always an answer indeed;

An opening where we can move forward

Once the Lord will intercede.

He’s always faithful and always there

We just need to ask to receive,

As He’ll never leave us nor forsake us

As He heals us from all grief.

He heals our broken soul

And understands what we’ve been through,

But when we compare it to Christ’s sufferings

There should be no complaining from me and you.

Our prideful ways will not reach out

Nor cry to God Almighty,

Since we’re ferocious in our independence

And God’s ways we take so lightly.

But God’s word does carry weight

As it’s a treasure chest with might;

An inspired promise with a delightful ending

With blessings forever in sight.

God will help us…

We just merely need to ask,

And when it’s according to His will

There’s no limit to His task.

It could be the most dire circumstance

A horrendous one indeed,

But His desire is to deliver us

When we invite Him to intercede.

Our answer lies in humility

When we bend our feeble knees,

And ask for His forgiveness

To do with us as He would please.

It’s a broken spirit and a contrite heart

That receives all of His blessings;

The spiritual ones that count indeed

As we learn through many lessons.

His helping hands are available

But we merely need to request,

And thank Him in advance for our answer

As we know His ways are always best.

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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. These, O God, You will not despise.”  Psalm 51:17

“But on this one I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:2

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“O Israel, trust in the Lord, He is their help and their shield.” Psalm 115:9

“Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 124:8

“Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

“..be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”  Hebrews 13:5

 

REFRESHED

There’s a fountain for the soul

Where refreshing waters spring,

And renew all stagnant remnants

With a beauty that it brings.

It’s a rejuvenating flow

Energising all that is within;

As we rejoice with the hope

That eternal life this brings.

It is music to our soul

Where the melody is sweet;

With a love and a joy

That is played on repeat.

It’s a purifying touch

As new life is birthed within;

It’s knowing without doubt

That we’ve received incorruptible seed.

It’s the confidence that we’re refreshed

And made alive forevermore;

It’s to trust in His promises

That with God’s ways we are restored.

It’s the power to overcome

As the Spirit comes to dwell,

To give us rest with much peace

So our soul we never sell.

It’s to quench those fiery darts

As the warfare takes its aim;

It’s to cast down all that’s diabolical

And never surrender to its game.

It’s to know that we’re His

When He becomes our first love;

When our thoughts and our vision

Are fixed firmly on above.

To be refreshed is to be renewed

With His sovereign power;

Knowing that He’s truly in control

And so required for this hour.

As we cast aside man-made traditions

And all new-age philosophies…

We are humbled as we realise

That situations are not as they seem.

We can try to find satisfaction

In many different ways,

But it’s temporary and unless God reigns

Much frustration can remain.

We’re weak in stature but He is strong

And it’s only by His might,

That we’re refreshed to enter His kingdom

When we finally see the light.

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“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”‘ John 4:14

“Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

‘having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.” 1 Peter 1:23

“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

HUMBLE OR HUMBLED

There’s something about humility

That’s a sweet smelling fragrance;

When we’re aware of our shortcomings

With the absence of arrogance.

Humility is submissive

Since they both go hand in hand;

It’s to believe we’re not important

And thus freed from our demands.

To be humble is the opposite

Of a proud and haughty spirit;

It is modest and it is meek

With no presumptious ways in it.

Humility is not self-seeking

Since it respects the needs of others;

It won’t broadcast transgressions but show love

And a multitude of sins will cover.

It’s not conceited or egocentric

But has deeper roots indeed;

It’s to trust in God for our provision

And to provide our every need.

To have a low estimate of self

Doesn’t mean it’s inferior;

It simply reiterates the wonderful fact

That there’s no need to act superior.

To be truly humble is to acknowledge

That without God we are nothing,

And that He alone is sovereign

And through His grace good things He brings.

But those who are haughty

Are spreading a net for themselves;

When pride and arrogance is their necklace

And where everything false does dwell.

All knowledge, facts and ideas

Can inflate our mind indeed;

It’s where all arrogance and superiority

And entitlement can breed.

Those who exalt themselves

Will not doubt be humbled,

Since the ladder eventually does come down

And all lofty thoughts do crumble.

God resists the proud

But always gives grace to the humble,

Since the proud are blinded by deceptions

And eventually will stumble.

We are all fallible

And subject to many falls;

Only God and His word are infallible

And worthy of applause.

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“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  1 Peter 5:5

“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:10

“to speak evil of no-one to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Titus 3:2

“Do not set your mind on high things but associate with the humble..” Romans 12:16

“…He does not forget the cry of the humble.” Psalm 9:12

“A great man is always willing to be little.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

ALL IN GOD’S HANDS

There’s something majestic indeed

When we leave it in God’s hands;

When we come to the undestanding

That only His promises can stand.

When we’re tempted to worry

And when fear grips our heart,

We can either entertain them both

Or boldly tell them to depart.

Both the spirit of fear and worry

Should have no place in our soul,

But they can come to take residence

With firm and fixed strongholds.

Unfortunately it’s easy to allow them in

And most times we’re unaware,

As we believe they’re a natural part of us

But they’re simply a deceptive pair.

God has not given us a spirit of fear

And never plans to torment us;

He desires we have a sound mind

Without the confusion, drama and fuss.

Worrying does not add a stature

But gives us heartaches instead;

Especially when situations are out of our control

And when lies our mind is fed.

When we leave it in God’s hand

There’s a peace that floods our soul;

With a trust and a knowing

That our future He does hold.

When we leave it in God’s hand

We understand the brevity of our life,

And the fact we’re just a vapour

And that His security will suffice.

We worry when we hold onto things

That are transient and temporary,

But the only worry we should have indeed

Is meeting God and as to whether we’re ready.

Worry, fear and depression

Are real and we’re subject to same,

But we’re to lay them at the cross and surrender

Where they simply cannot remain.

Life can be challenging indeed

But when we know He holds our hand;

He wipes our tears and all our fears

With a renewed mind to understand.

When we leave it in His hands

There’s a burden that’s released,

As He opens doors and closes others

And it’s where all strivings and stress has ceased.

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:27

“Now if God clothes the grass…will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord. I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand.” Psalm 31:14-15

THE SWAN AND THE BUTTERFLY

Although an ugly duckling

May be living in the soul…

There’s a stunning swan to be revealed

One that’s been hidden all along.

The ugly duckling is a reproach

And unsightly to everyone,

But once transformed it’s a testimony

Of what God has truly done.

The swan is the epitome

Of the soul’s transformation,

With a new beginning and a new adventure

Where it overcomes temptations.

The swan is like a pure fragrance

A white and sweet delight;

It reveals God’s special glory

With His power and His might.

It is pleasing to God’s eye

As it’s a true masterpiece;

It’s the queen of the lake

With a beauty that won’t cease.

She dances with the King of Kings

And washed by rivers of living water;

She’s a bride prepared for her bridegroom

She is indeed a daughter.

The swan is inside us all

When we encounter God’s special touch;

To reveal same for His glory

To show He loves us very much.

The caterpillar is unsightly

But there’s a treasure to be revealed,

And once inside the cocoon it changes

Where it’s fate is ultimately sealed.

It becomes a stunning butterfly

One of the most beautiful creatures indeed;

It is gracious and so delicate

It’s where God did intercede.

Let’s not be discouraged

Of the duckling in our soul,

Or the caterpillar awaiting change

When our beauty is yet to unfold.

But we simply cannot change ourselves

As it requires a supernatural touch,

Since we can only modify our behaviour

But with no true transformation as such.

God’s transformation is always best

When we leave it in His hand,

Since a new birth is required

One that He truly does command.

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“unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12

“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:39

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

FENCE SITTERS

Although we can be fence sitters

With one foot on either side;

There comes a point in life

Where we’re challenged to decide.

A fence sitter is nonchalant

And is not passionate about a plea,

Because there can be confusion from his viewpoint

And the bigger picture he cannot see.

Until we receive a revelation

That there will always be a fight,

We will never truly support a cause

Or become successful in our plight.

But how can we know

Whether we’re on the right side?

Unless a conviction does take place

When scales fall and open our eyes.

God is not a God of confusion

And He hates lukewarmness too;

He prefers we’re either hot or cold

But where convictions they are true.

It depends what side of fence we’re on

In our beliefs indeed;

That either everything is a miracle

Or it’s not, although one is deceived.

Fence sitters are mere man pleasers

And never rock the boat,

But to please man is to disobey God

And to be considered as a goat.

A fence sitter doesn’t care

And won’t take responsibility,

To outline and express his cause

Since no clear direction he can see.

Fences do eventually come down

When a renovation does take place,

And we’re forced to make a decision

Where reality we must face.

The fenceline may seem comfortable

But it’s never the solution,

Because to sit on same it eventually hurts

As it becomes an obvious protrusion.

We’re either with God or we’re not

And it’s something we must ponder,

As we all so desperately need a Savior

And the beauty of His wonder.

There’s only two sides and always will be

But it’s never too late to swap;

Let’s ensure we’re all in God’s pasture indeed

And to the devil’s lies put a stop.

(C) P.B. 2020

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

“Then the King will say to those on His right hand ‘Come you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'” Matthew 25:34

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand. Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41

“So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16

“And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” Matthew 25:33