Source: BY THIS GRAIN OF SAND
- Constant, always, committed, so graciously. Watching, involved, so intensely. I go on daily self focused and driven. Until difficulties remind me of what I’m forgetting. I look deep inside and there you are found, gently prodding, yet so immensely. As if over shadowing an infants first steps, I feel as if you never rest. How so many of your children, must put you to the test. So here I am, one of them. Though my love for you couldn’t be more, my self judgement, lies that I listened to, separate us Lord. When I see how perfect you are, the more I see my flaws. They are only forgotten when I’m at the foot of the cross. The truth is sealed, your love for us there, is revealed!
I was lifted by the spirit, and taken to a holy place High above the clouds, surrounded by His grace Was a river flowing and embraced by so many colors My mind began to race, from all I was seeing …
Source: THE RIVER OF GOD
I started my journey up the mountain
The purpose was to find the fountain
The testimony of so many, whom searched and found
I was told as I search, to listen for the sounds
Of waters overflowing, a river rushing and pouring
living water, a spring of life, formed by sacrifice
It wasn’t long as I started up the steep ravine
I ran into the person of sin, his darkness was clearly seen
Instantly I began to stumble and fall
Frightened and full of fear, I heard an echo off the wall
Of the mountainside, a voice cried out, walk this way
There I saw the person of grace
He spoke to me about being covered from my stains
He told me to keep climbing, It is soon to rain
He told me of the person I was next to face
He said to climb as to win the race
Not to far up I saw the person of Wisdom
As He told me to come
Then He showed me a book, A map, a guide, directions to the brook
In which I was seeking, It was like a holy meeting
Because He shined like the sun
He told me these words written, is how the battle is won
If I am to overcome the mountain, I must follow the words of the Son
He spoke of truth guiding my way, and warned of one who betrays
Then I saw him, the person of lies, he was in disguise
To trick and deceive, he highlighted all my sin, and looked at me with piercing eyes
He told me to go back, I can’t reach the top, no matter how hard I fought
There was no way I could win, and then again he had me focus on my sin
I remembered the person of grace, and how he said I was covered from my stains
It then began to rain as Wisdom said, I drank and I was ready to climb
To my surprise there it was to find, the peak was in sight
As I reached the top, I was tired from the fight
As I looked out from the mountains top, I could see many valleys and peaks
There in the far distance a river overflowing in my sight and in reach
The beauty was like nothing I have seen
It was then a breeze came, with a voice saying
The peaks and valleys will help you grow
The peaks and valleys will help you come to know
The purpose of the one who created you, so His love will show
On the journey up, The Mountain
Here I was, standing just before the gate
Trembling, and I would have to say, I was in awe
It was like nothing I have seen at all
I was struck by the cloud that hovered over the courtyard
Just inside the gate
The glowing metal of the Iron gate
Was covered with sapphires and rubies
There could be no mistake of it’s beauty
On each side of the gate, whirling wheels
Covered by so many eyes that held me still
Inside the wheels, coals covered with fire
Yet they seemed as though they were not burned
Then my attention was turned, as my eyes looked up from the wheels
Standing so tall and glorious were Cherubim so magnificent
Stood as a messenger before the gate, I was covered in chills
I saw four faces, the face of a human, an eagle, a cherub and a lion
Then I saw the glory of the Lord appear in the courtyard under the cloud
It was what appeared to be a rainbow in the clouds
A voice rang out “Glory to Zion”, from the mouth of the lion
“Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed
He is worthy to rely upon
Then from the mouth of the eagle
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength
They will soar on wings like eagles
They will run and not grow weary
They will walk and not be faint
Then what looked to be a human hand stretch out from behind his wings
In his hands an eagle. He placed it on my back and wings formed to me
With his other hand, a lion that formed into a sword
He placed it in my hand and the human face said ” carry this in one accord”
He placed a belt around my waist, a helmet on my head, a breast plate on my chest
He then placed a robe of many colors around me and said “rest, you are redeemed”
Place these sandals on your feet, and this ring on your finger
So you will always remeber your a son to a king
Then the face of the Cherub gave a message from the Lord
“Now go and set the captives free”
The Cherubim smiled at me and said
“There is a battle to win, so fight”
Then the voice of the Lord rang out from the courtyard
“I am with you”
In conjunction with my last post (The River Of God) I believe the message of the cherubim is, on the highway to holiness, for my walk to produce the river of God, I must fight to be a better husband, father, friend and servant of God to all those Gods puts on my path! I’m sure if I do, before I enter heaven, every face on the Cherubim will smile at me before I enter!
Inspired by Ezekiel chapter 10
There are so many smart and wise people on this earth. They have a strong inner person to do right and make right choices. People who choose to do the right thing and treat others the way they want to be treated, because of the strong morals that have been either instilled in them or have been a conviction of their own heart.
People who by choosing right have received blessings for their wonderful choices. Not that they haven’t had struggles, because they have, but their strong will to choose right and do good no matter what, has benefited them greatly.
The only problem for a great majority of them is their struggle wrestling with, is there a God? A good majority have a hard time believing in a God because they see no need for God. They have done just fine without Him, or have they?
You see I hope you will be challenged by my perspective and my strong belief. Though unlike you, I didn’t begin with such a strong conviction to do good and choose right. Unfortunate or purposed, I under went many difficulties and poor role models, That tempted me to choose the opposite, I took the wrong course!
Which leads me to this topic (A PERSPECTIVE OF THE SCALE OF LIFE) You see the bible discuses Gods scale of blessing! His words are, you reap what you sow! So regardless if your a believer or not, His scale will never change. If you are sowing character by your great Choices, you will reap the blessing!
What does this mean at the end of your life? Will God remember all of your good even though you never believed in Him?
Romans 3:23 NIV 23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
So even if you do right and choose good you still fall short of the glory of God!
Romans 3:10-18New King James Version (NKJV)
10 As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
The scripture says none are righteous not one; none who seeks after God.
So is it harder for someone who is broken and chooses wrong or someone who chooses right to seek God?
I believe it is hard for both on the scale of life. I also think it might be easier for someone broken because they have great need which puts them in position to seek for help no matter where, and even last resort, seeking God!
So the challenge or greatest character choice for someone who does and chooses well within themselves is, to seek God regardless if they see their need!
The need might not be now, but what about the end of your life? You spent your whole life choosing right but missed the most important choice which is seeking God! When you do seek and receive Him, you get the greatest blessing of your life, salvation!
Yet if your own ability grows pride so you never do seek Him, find yourself guilty of that sin, and unrepentant leads to eternity in hell!
I pray and hope you will consider my perspective and belief and most importantly the word of God!
God bless you in seeking Him!
Who is it that found my wondering heart
This heart that leads me astray
A wanderer whom darkness falls
Memories of one who calls, to the lost
The markers along the way
Road signs that simply say
I am here, come this way
Ignored the signs so many times
Yet I find, your still here pointing the way
In my myopia, looking for a utopia
That I would never find
You patiently waited to remind
What I already knew in my heart
I’m not alone, there is one who walks with me
One who is faithful, who loves me
You have shown me the truth
Sunny days or stormy weather
Only one thing matters
You and I, together
TO LIFE AND NEW BEGINNINGS
A long and dark winter
A gloom hovers
The feeling of loss
Seasons counting the cost
The old dying
Pressing forward in love
And faith I’m relying
On all that is written
Of one who died and rose
From the dead
A newness can be seen
In the face of the redeemed
A vine withered and cut off
A new branch forming
It feels so soft
A light breaks through
From all that seemed lost
Promise layers the sky with color
The rain seems to discover
The life it is bringing
All around an echo of singing
To life and new beginnings
First I felt the prodding of my heart
It took a little time, but then I began to start
Seeking to know you, for who you are
I began to see every time you reached out to me
Your longing for me to see, the life you had for me
I remember when I first felt your presence
The evidence that I was yours
Your still small voice, I came to adore
Your whisper that would begin to pour
Over my heart, how much you love me
The way you slowly transformed my life
These thoughts made me stop to realize
What I’m truly thankful for
Our first love
Today my mind has drifted on thoughts of my own personal weakness. Remembering back when I first surrendered my life to Christ. What a mess!
The thought that caught my attention this morning was weakness, and I realized the power weakness had over my life. I realized my weakness has the power to turn into one of two things. My weakness can be turned to strength, or my weakness can make me hard inside, which is like fools Gold. In my past I allowed my weakness to harden my heart, giving me the impression of a renewed strength. Anger hid my weakness and gave the appearance of how strong I really was! This defense to my weakness worked at times, but long term was destroying my heart and person. Dealing with many insecurities due to childhood experiences, I found the only way to survive, was to put on thicker skin, like they say! The thing I didn’t realize was every layer of thick skin I put on, was going directly over my heart. After so many layers, the heart begins not to feel, and when something did penetrate, I found other ways to cover my weakness. Alcohol certainly seemed to do the job. You can begin to see my point about hardening the heart, hardening our heart makes it sick, and once it’s sick, it only gets worse in time.
This is one of our enemies biggest temptations he places on us, and the reason is because of one of Gods promises. When we place our weakness in God, He promises to make us strong. A real spiritual strength, not a false empty strength that comes with chains. I will talk more about this in a minute. Let me continue to talk about how satin uses our weakness to separate us from God and take us far away from God. Hopefully you saw the Movie Batman, The Dark Night. In the movie the evil Joker knew that Harvey Dent was Gotham’s hope, The White Knight, so the Joker knew if he could damage Harvey’s heart, he could possibly turn him bad and his plan worked, turning Harvey Dent into Two Face. Isn’t that how it works in all of us, when difficulties and pain come, the choice we have to allowing them to harden our hearts, allowing anger, pride, putting on masks, listening to lies and allowing them to turn to rage in our hearts.
Weakness is such a vulnerable characteristic we all have. Most of us have been vulnerable around other and have found it not to be safe, only a cause of pain and rejection. This is what leads to temptation and to harden our hearts and putting on masks.
In Gods word it says!
2 Corinthians 12:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
So the answer is to bring our weakness to Him, repenting of our pride and ungodly anger, praying for Him to turn our weakness into strength remaining humble and waiting on Him. God bless you! I hope this spoke to you as it did to me!