If He Wasn’t Raised
If He were not raised from the dead,
our faith would be in vain.
We would be guilty of the life we have led,
and our souls would know nothing more than judgement and pain.
I have tried to live a life for myself,
I received the praise of man, but joy eluded me.
It wasn’t until I looked to please God rather than myself,
that joy found me, and I finally felt free.
If Christ remained in the grave,
the only hope we would have is in this life.
But He arose and left the cave,
so our souls have indeed been freed from strife.
It’s so odd that after years of seeking happiness through freedom,
my heart was filled by accepting Christ’s salvation and serving God’s kingdom.
When I am happy,
when I am sad,
if the hour is early,
if I lost all the time that I had,
When I have an abundance,
when I feel I have nothing,
if I have traveled a great distance,
If I have been gone, but now home is approaching,
When others have need,
when others are blessed,
if I have committed a misdeed,
if another has put my patience to the test.
It doesn’t matter the circumstance, place, or time of day.
The appropriate mindset is one seeking to pray.
An infinite number of sins piled high.
As far from God as any man can be.
The next day, one sin I forever deny,
but there is still so much growth left for me.
Study the scripture.
Change my ways.
Work to endure,
through trying days.
I’m so far from the sinner I was,
but I’m no closer to my God, who is perfect.
Still I can’t succumb to temptation because,
He washed me clean as His elect.
I’m a sinner; this I know,
but God is with me; the proof is the fruit I bear as I grow.
More Than I Can Handle
I can do nothing on my own,
so I need You for everything.
You softened my heart of stone.
I’ve submitted to You, my heavenly King.
In times of stress, I shall not rely on my own power,
and if I never struggled, history shows I’d turn from You.
Please let me rely on You every minute, every hour,
for Your wisdom can accomplish far more than I could hope to.
When I am sad, I can’t pull myself through.
When I am in need, I can’t provide for myself.
All I have, Lord, comes from you.
You grant me my shelter, my food, and my health.
Lest trials come to remind me how much I need You,
let me instead praise you no matter what I go through.
Joy doesn’t come from accolades or fame.
It doesn’t come from riches or gold.
It doesn’t come from winning a game.
It doesn’t come from living until you’re old.
The promise of joy isn’t a licence to do as you desire.
Do not mistake one for the other.
One will lead only to fire.
The other only comes from the presence of the Father.
Shaping God to fit your wants only leads to idolatry.
You live to serve Him, not He for you.
Those who chafe at God’s commands and seek to be free
don’t understand what a foolish thing that is to do.
There is no happiness that compares to the Joy of God’s presence;
neither is there a pain that compares to His absence.
Should We Really Follow Our Hearts?
The heart is deceitful above all things
and desperately sick.
Evil thoughts are what the heart brings,
On the candle of sin, the human heart’s desire is the wick.
Man is tempted by his own desire.
The intention of his heart is evil from his childhood.
Indeed if a man seeks his own path, he will only find fire,
for there is no one on Earth who is good.
Only God can make a man’s heart new
It is His way, not man’s that is right.
His way is true.
Those redeemed by Christ have a future that is bright.
Our hearts were broken by Adam’s sin,
but Christ’s sacrifice can change us from within.
A Sonnet of Praise
Please, oh Lord, accept my words of praise!
You are mighty; You are just.
Let us serve You all of our days.
Let use remember Your commands and do as we must.
God of love, You granted us salvation.
God of mercy, you sent Your Son to pay for our iniquity.
God of protection, You deliver us from temptation.
God of peace, You offer us tranquility.
All we have comes from You.
Let all we do be for You.
You’re faithful; all you say is True.
There is nothing our God can’t do.
Great is our glorious God.
Wonderful is our Holy God.