Whose Meaning Matters
God is not a God of confusion;
His word isn’t a mystery.
There is no need to create allusion
to his word about Himself and our history.
Resist the urge to press in your own meaning;
Instead, consider only what the author meant.
What what right does a reader have to be intervening
upon the words that God himself had sent?
When you speak,
would you have someone find his own interpretation?
Why is it then that you seek,
to alter a writers’ assertion?
If you would ask others to listen so that you could be heard,
What right do you have to reinterpret the scripture’s Holy Word?
Let us seek Your word to learn,
not to appear as though we care.
For only in earnest hearts does Your Spirit burn,
and where two or three are gathered in Your name, You are there.
Keep us from meaningless demonstrations;
deliver us from hypocritical practices.
Provide an exit from distracting temptations;
Let us seek Your word rather than our own sinful vices.
If we pray, let it be with all our hearts.
If we study, let it be with all our minds.
Let pleasing You be where our every thought starts,
for he who truly seeks you always finds.
Let us give unto You everything,
for greater than all that is the peace that you bring.
Before He Comes
Many will come
to try and lead us astray.
Through them, great things will be done,
and the undiscerning will fall away.
Nation will fight nation;
kingdom will fight kingdom.
Watch for the abomination of desolation.
Beware false Christs; walk in wisdom.
If one says, “he is there!” do not go.
If one says, “he is here!” do not go.
When He will come, none but the father know,
but when He comes, all will know.
Like lightning streaking across the sky,
all will see and know Jesus has arrived.
Let me care for the lands You give me;
let me nurture them to a plentiful harvest.
Help me plant and water every seed;
Help my heart be driven; guard me from disinterest.
Let me add to the money with which You bless me.
If You give me five talents, help me return to You ten.
Whether You grant me a fortune or a single penny,
help me save now so I don’t suffer then.
Help me care for the home You’ve placed me in.
Help me keep the foundation strong.
For You are generous, God, as you have ever been,
and to mistreat what You give me would simply be wrong.
For I know that You bless a good and faithful steward,
For those who have will receive an even greater reward.
The Choice of Obedience
Peter, what were you thinking?
Did you expect to defeat the great crowd?
Didn’t you hear what Jesus had been saying?
They couldn’t have taken Him if He hadn’t have allowed.
Twelve legions of angels could have come.
But then how would the Scriptures have been fulfilled?
God’s will must be done,
so Jesus had to be taken and killed.
Behold the love and obedience of the Son,
who accepted a cup he never deserved.
With his choice the many were paid for by one.
This is how our Savior served.
Yes, he was delivered to endure the Father’s wrath,
but remember he choose to obey and walk that path.
I thought I had to do something.
I felt like I had to earn His love.
The reality is we can do nothing.
His grace is simply a gift from above.
A million good deeds could not erase my guilt.
No amount of earthly pleasures could fill the void.
The realization led my heart to wilt.
I feared my hope was destroyed.
The Word is what helped me see;
All my transgressions had already been paid for.
Christ had died to set me free,
and there is no need for anything more.
It was easy for me to understand my desperation,
the challenge was accepting His gift to receive salvation.
The more I learned of right and wrong,
the more I felt this weight grow.
I laugh at the thought that I was strong.
How to carry this burden, I didn’t know.
The Word led me to freedom.
The Word showed me the way.
So I set off to find the Kingdom,
but I had to let all I knew fall away.
I had to become a fool to find wisdom.
I had to forsake my strength to fight might.
Though temptation came at times both often and random,
I had to hold fast to what the Word says is right.
The journey wasn’t easy, but I found the King one day,
and just as I believed in my heart, the King lifted that burden away.