Sit and discuss the Word.
Read every chapter and verse.
Reflect on what you heard.
However, the meanings of the Word are not diverse.
Too many seek what they desire
rather than what the Word means.
Do not lead yourself astray and conspire
to alter the Word to fit your own routines.
Read to discover the author’s intent.
Do not look on the truth with fear.
For the Word is truly Heaven sent,
and the wise consider its literal meaning dear.
Do not sully the Word with your own interpretation,
for that is the path to heretical deception.
Why do you come to Him?
Was it because he filled your bellies?
Do you think he’ll cater to your whim?
What you feel in your heart, he sees.
He can provide sustenance.
He can heal our illnesses.
Yet we should seek Him for repentance.
We should act as His witnesses.
Indeed he came to serve,
but serve as a ransom.
That service was already more than we deserve,
for the gift of His grace is handsome.
Indeed people call to Jesus for a great many things,
but the first thing we should seek is the salvation he brings.
Moses the Witness
Moses saw Him, but not then.
He was the scepter who rose from Israel.
Though Moses knew not when,
he knew Jesus would come to save his people.
Moses told the people God would raise another like him from among them.
He said, “It is to him you shall listen.”
But when Jesus came and spoke to them,
they did not listen to a word that was spoken.
They claimed to obey the law,
but they refused to come to Him.
Despite every miracle they saw,
they chose instead to cling to sin.
Whoa to those who ignored Moses’s testimony,
for it is written, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.”
They replaced the word
with their own traditions.
They did what they preferred
forsaking the Lord’s commissions.
These men strained out a gnat
but ate the whole camel.
They knew exactly where their hearts were at,
but they chose pretense while being hypocritical.
Their teachings and actions were done for the sake of men.
Their desire was to be praised by others.
Their eyes had drifted down from the Lord in Heaven,
allowing people to dishonor their fathers and mothers.
Leaven like this should always be rejected
lest the paths of those who eat of it be misdirected.
With faith as small as a mustard seed,
mountains can be moved.
Through faith, we receive all we need,
and, through faith, all obstacles can be removed.
Trust in the Lord, for he is faithful.
Trust in the Lord, for he is generous.
Don’t let time lead you to think Him forgetful;
for his timing is perfect, and his deeds are wondrous.
Faith can heal the sick.
Faith can protect us in dangerous situations.
True faith stays through thin or thick.
Faith can turn people into nations.
Our greatest reward shines like the sun,
for those who have faith in Christ, receive His salvation.
His grace is sufficient for all.
It is the way we are justified.
Blessed are those who hear His call,
for all who are justified are also glorified.
It is good for grace to strengthen our hearts.
For we are saved by grace and not by works.
Christ is the one who, to each, imparts,
the grace that brings light like sparks.
His grace is a gift
we do not deserve.
Yet His grace can lift,
all who are called to serve.
We are free from the oppression of sin
because of the grace we received from Him.
Approach With Humility
They came to bring Elijah to account,
One captain with fifty men.
They thought their number was a large amount,
but fire came down and consumed all of them.
Again another captain came,
and again, they made demands.
Again, fire did rain,
and consumed each and every man.
Finally came a third,
and he fell to his knees.
This captain feared what had already occurred,
so he approached Elijah with fear and unease.
So do not approach the Lord and expect to impress with your power or ability,
instead approach him always with the utmost respect and humility.