JESUS IS THE TREE OF LIFE

#1 on my list of 77 in my series “Jesus is All and Everything”

JESUS IS THE TREE OF LIFE

Hello all!

This is the very first article in my “Jesus is All and Everything” series. I am going to share my position on this subject and what I have gathered from my research and Bible studies. There actually is some very good articles out there, written by very learned believers, and I encourage you to search the web on this subject so you can continue to find out for yourself.

I believe that the Bible is a completed work. There is nothing more to be added or taken away and all has been fulfilled. I guess it could be compared to a novel or even a fairy tale, in the sense it has a beginning and an end. Not to be trite about “the Greatest Story ever told”, but to show how there is a “once upon a time” and a “happily ever after”.

The book of Genesis is the “once upon a time” that begins in the Garden of Eden. And the Book of Revelation is the “happily ever after” where all mankind shall partake of the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life in Genesis (Once Upon a Time…)

Gen 2:9
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Gen 2:16
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Gen 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of
it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
No matter what futurists may say it is obvious that when God created the Tree of Life he intended for mankind to eat from this tree. Adam and Eve definitely had access to it before the Fall. The Tree of Life was in the center of the Garden as a main sustainer of Life and if Adam and Eve did not sin they would have eaten from this tree daily and lived forever.

Tree of Life = Truth (Christ)
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil = Religion (Self)

Tree of Life leads to eternal life through Christ.
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil leads to death.

Tree of Life = oneness with God. There is no “self” apart from God
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil leads to knowledge of a “self” (ego) apart from God, wanting to be their own “god”.

The first man Adam was barred from this tree after he sinned against God.

(Genesis 3:22-24)

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

Upon eating the forbidden fruit, Adam was cursed with toil until he returned to the dust of the earth, then driven from the garden and prohibited from partaking of the Tree of Life.

This prohibiting Adam from eating from the Tree of Life prevented him from trying to live forever, and an act of mercy from God keeping Adam from living forever physically (not spiritually) under the curse.

The Tree of Life is also associated with a very unique river a river that not only waters the Garden of the Lord but it was the source of four other rivers. This unique river is the source of “the Water of Life” flowing to all corners of the earth as mentioned Psalms 46:4 and Eze 47:12.

Psalms 46:4
“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.”

Ezek 47:12
“And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.”

We see this association continue in the New Testament in John 4:10-11, 7:38.

Jhn 4:10
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.”

Jhn 4:11
“The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?”

Jhn 7:38
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

 

The Tree of Life in Revelation (Happily Ever After…)

We read in the Book of Genesis how Paradise is lost and man barred from the Tree of Life. In the Book of Revelation we read where Paradise is restored with a “new heaven and a new earth” with the Tree of Life in the midst of the New Jerusalem.

Rev 2:7
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Rev 22:2
“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Rev 22:14
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

What an amazing story and the most amazing thing is that it is NOT a fairy tale it is the Truth! Jesus is the Tree of Life that heals the nations and we who believe in Him out of us will flow His river of “living water”.

In closing I would just like to mention how important it is to see the Word of God (the Bible) as a completed work. Once one researches enough and sees how uncomplicated it really is to understand, their eyes are opened and all the symbolism of the Word falls into place. To be honest, I cannot ever imagine going back to believing that there is any future story to be told. The Greatest Story Ever Told has been told!

The Joy I feel in knowing (without a shadow of a doubt) that what Jesus did is a “done deal”, and that God’s plan succeeded so totally and perfectly, supersedes the 40 years of wondering on a desert trail. The trail through denominations and the traditions of men, wondering lost down so many paths in search of the Truth. It was all worth it and I am so full of love of Him that I cannot stop myself from writing about what He has taught me. It is really a marvel to FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF!

God is perfect and His timing is perfect and…

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

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“MAN MADE THE BIBLE SCARY”

 

“MAN MADE THE BIBLE SCARY”

( A poem)

Man made the Truth complicated,
God would never do a thing like that!
Humans wanted to change their history
by making it a mystery
no one could understand.
That is just the opposite
of what God had planned.

The “created” decided
to create a Creator,
of their own choice,
so they could hear the shouts of men
above God’s still small voice.

Man made the Bible scary,
full of darkness across the land,
making a child of God leery,
least they get buried in the sand.
The sand of ritual and dogma,
shutting out all the Light.

So that those who live in His Kingdom
must learn how to fight.

Fight the good fight with glory,
Fight the good fight with love.
With their hearts ever knowing
all their strength and glory
comes from above.

From the King of all creation,
from the Prince of peace,
everyone that shall know Him,
shall find a wonderful release.
Release from the prisons,
release from the pains,
ever overcoming
by giving Christ the reigns.

P. Currey

5/22/18

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The choice is always one of fear or love…and we make those kinds of choices everyday. It does seem that the world around us operates more on fear than love, and that most seem more fascinated with eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil than eating of the Tree of Life.

I wrote this poem only a few days ago and wanted to put it on before I started my “Jesus is All and Everything” series of articles to show another aspect of how the Truth verses religion. And also because my first article will be about Jesus being the Tree of Life.

May He have His arms around you!

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

 

JESUS IN EVERY BOOK OF THE BIBLE

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

                                          (His Presence in Every Book of the Bible)

Hello all!

It is about time that I own up to my tag line of JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING, and prove that He truly IS! I have compiled a list of Jesus through the Bible, starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation. I was amazed when I first started this list, and I looked up other lists on the internet and kept adding and adding to mine. I had a few that no one else included in their list, and by the time I added them all together the final number is 77. Wow! What a perfect number!

I am posting the entire list here with the Bible quotes to go with them. I will then start at number 1 and go more in-depth on each one in what will be about 77 posts. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, so I am excited to get started.

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JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

(OLD TESTAMENT)

Number 1: Tree of Life (Genesis 2:9 and 2:16) my addition

Number 2: Seed of Woman (Genesis 3:15)

Number 3: Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18) my addition

Number 4: Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:21)

Number 5: High Priest (Leviticus 21:10)

Number 6: Great Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15)

Number 7: Captain of the Lord’s Host (Joshua 15:5)

Number 8: All the Judges (Judges)

Number 9: Boaz the kinsman Redeemer (Ruth 4:14)

Number 10: The King being enthroned (2 Samuel)

Number 11: King of Kings (Daniel 2:37)

Number 12: Lord of Our Fathers (Ezra 7:27)

Number 13: the Redeemer (Job 19:25)

Number 14: Intercessor between God and Man (Esther)

Number 15: The Shepherd (Psalms 80:1)

Number 16: Chief Cornerstone (Psalms 118:22)

Number 17: Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)

Number 18: Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6)

Number 19: Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)

Number 20: Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)

Number 21: Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

Number 22: Mighty One (Isaiah 60:16)

Number 23: Man of Sorrows ( Isaiah 53:3)

Number 24: Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13)

Number 25: Judge of all nations (Joel 3:12)

Number 26: King of an Eternal Kingdom (Daniel 7:14)

Number 27: Sacrifice for All Sin (Jonah) 3 days in the earth

Number 28: King of Israel (Zephaniah 3:15)

Number 29: Servant of God (Zechariah 3:8)

Number 30: The BRANCH ( Zechariah 6:12)

Number 31: Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2)

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JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

( NEW TESTAMENT )

Number 32: Authority (Matt. 28:18)

Number 33: Beloved Son of God (Matt. 3:17)

Number 34: Bridegroom (Matt. 9:15)

Number 35: Prophet (Mark 6:4)

Number 36: Savior (Luke 2:11)

Number 37: Son of Man (Luke 19:10 )

Number 38: Son of the Most High (Luke 1:32)

Number 39: Good Shepherd (John 8:58)

Number 40: I AM (John 8:58)

Number 41: Lamb of God (John 1:29)

Number 42: Light of the World (John 8:12)

Number 43: Messiah (John 1:41)

Number 44: One Who Sets Free (John 8:36)

Number 45: The Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)

Number 46: The Door (John 10:9)

Number 47: The Way (John 14:6)

Number 48: The Word (John 1:1)

Number 49: True Vine (John 15:1)

Number 50: Truth (John 8:32)

Number 51: Advocate (1John 2:1)

Number 52: Bread of Life (John 6:35)

Number 53: Sacrifice for Our Sins (John 4:10)

Number 54: Holy Servant (Acts 4:29-30)

Number 55: Judge (Acts 10:42)

Number 56: Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22)

Number 57: Peace (Eph. 2:14)

Number 58: Indescribable Gift (2 Cor. 9:15)

Number 59: Risen Lord (1 Cor.15:3-4)

Number 60: Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)

Number 61: Supreme Creator Over All (1 Cor. 1:16-17)

Number 62: Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)

Number 63: Our Hope (1 Tim 1:1)

Number 64: Deliverer (1 Thess. 1:10)

Number 65: Lord of All ( Phil. 2:9-11)

Number 66: Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)

Number 67: Author and Perfecter of Our Faith (Heb. 12:2)

Number 69: Almighty One (Rev. 1:8)

Number 70: Victorious One (Rev. 3:21)

Number 71: Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)

Number 72: Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)

Number 73: King of Kings (Rev. 17:14)

Number 74: Alpha and Omega (Rev. 22:13)

My additions

Number 75: The Life

Number 76: The 3rd Temple

Number 77: The Sabbath

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Quite amazing isn’t it!? It is such a thrill to research and present this after proclaiming it for so long. I hope you are as amazed as I am when you realize how much the Lord truly is the WORD!

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!

Patti C.

 

JESUS: Son of God, Son of Man, Sun of Righteousness

JESUS: Son of God, Son of Man, Sun of Righteousness

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1)

Hello all!

We all know that Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, but less known is how He is the “Sun of Righteousness”. I wrote a poem a few months ago that reminded me of how much a life needs to revolve around this “Sun of Righteousness” and be filled with His light. I call the poem “Let Me Be Your Satellite” and will include it here. Yet, before I do, I would like to take a few moments and look at what the Bible tells us about this “Sun” and include some excepts from an article by Charles Spurgeon on this issue.

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Bible passages:

Mal 4:2

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”

2Sa 23:4

“And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”

Luke 1:78 -79

“Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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Now, to perhaps the most important and telling verses from Psalms that Charles Spurgeon expound on in his article about the Sun of Righteous and Psalms 19:4-6.

http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/1020.htm

“The Sun of Righteousness”

November 12th, 1871
by
C. H. SPURGEON
(1834-1892)

“In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”—Psalm 19:4-6.

“The Sun of righteousness.”—Malachi 4:2.

We should feel quite justified in applying the language of the 19th Psalm to our Lord Jesus Christ from the simple fact that he is so frequently compared to the sun; and especially in the passage which we have given you as our second text, wherein he is called “the Sun of Righteousness.”

But we have a higher justification for such a reading of the passage, for it will be in your memories that, in the 10th chapter of the Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul, slightly altering the words of this psalm, applies them to the gospel and the preachers thereof. “Have they not heard?” said he, “Yea, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” So that what was here spoken of the sun by David, is referred by Paul to the gospel, which is the light streaming from Jesus Christ, “the Sun of Righteousness.”

We can never err if we allow the New Testament to interpret the Old: comparing spiritual things with spiritual is a good mental and spiritual exercise for us; and I feel, therefore, that we shall not be guilty of straining the text at all when we take the language of David in relation to the sun, and use it in reference to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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I was very inspired by thinking of Jesus as the Sun of Righteousness and realized that the best I could ever be would be to revolve around Him and absorb His Light. And, it would always be His light shining forth through me as without Him I would have no light at all. I named my poem “Let Me Be Your Satellite” because that is what I want to be. After looking more into the word “satellite” and it’s origin and meaning, I found it to be just the metaphor I was looking for.

Here are a few insights into the word “satellite”.

http://www.wordcentral.com/cgi-bin/student?satellite

satellite (n.)

1540s, “follower or attendant of a superior person,” from Middle French satellite (14c.), from Latin satellitem (nominative satelles) “attendant, companion, courtier, accomplice, assistant,”

Meaning “planet that revolves about a larger one”

1 : a follower resembling a slave

Although it is now closely connected with the modern world of space exploration, satellite is actually a very old word. Its origin can be traced to the Latin word satelles, meaning “one who escorts or follows after an important person.” This is also the original meaning of satellite in English.

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There cannot be a more important Person to follow after than Lord Jesus. I want to be a satellite that revolves around this Sun of Righteous. As always, anything good about me is God.

 

LET ME BE YOUR SATELLITE

(A poem to Jesus)

Let me be Your satellite
absorbing all Your light,
as the dark cosmos unfurls
let me be the one who whirls
and turns around
Your brilliant Sun.

Let me be Your satellite
surrounded by You in the night,
reflecting the warmth of Your glow.
Following beside You
I am never alone,
as You give Spirit
to my flesh and bone.

Let me be Your satellite
blinking colors toward the earth,
as a mid-wife at a new birth.
In the shadow of your wings
comforted always
by the joy that brings.

Let me be Your satellite
don’t desert me out in space,
for surely I would disappear
without a trace.
But, hold me in Your sphere,
staying so near,
that Your light will shine
upon my face.

P.C. Nelson

2/18/18

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All Glory to the Sun of Righteous!! Just another reminder to myself that…

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

 

THE NEW COVENANT: GOD’S CALL TO LOVE

THE NEW COVENANT: GOD’S CALL TO LOVE

Hello all,

The Old Covenant of Law keeping passed away when Christ came and died for all mankind. There was no longer any work that man could do to earn his way into the Kingdom of God, as Jesus fulfilled all the Law and the prophecies about His coming and bringing in the Kingdom.

The New Covenant imparts holiness and acceptance before God based on our faith in what we have heard, namely that Jesus is the Son of God who has become both Lord and Savior. One’s status before God is not built or torn down according to their ability to keep any part of the law.

When we put our faith in Jesus and not our law keeping effort, we are born again. Life starts a new.

I have another poem I wrote during a time of suffering in my life that I would like to share here. I was able to find a couple readings from Oswald Chamber’s book “My Utmost for His Highest” that pertain to this subject and I will include excerpts, from both, in this article, one before my poem and one after.

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Have You Ever Been Carried Away For Him?

By Oswald Chambers

February 21

(She hath wrought a good work on Me. — Mark 14:6)

If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all.
Have I ever been carried away to do something for God not because it was my duty, nor because it was useful, nor because there was anything in it at all beyond the fact that I love Him?

There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him the abandoned tokens of how genuinely we do love Him. Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness; we are greatly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, fearful lest we offend Him.

Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion – “Am I of any use?” and make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the truth. It is never a question of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.

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(poem)

His Call to Love

We are each God’s canvas
on which He paints everyday,
ever mindful of what we hold on to
let go of, or give away.

For each shall find recourse
in all His loving ways,
for all that is ever reached for
can be ours this very day.

He looks to see if we can see,
that all He gives is not earned
but free.
And all He takes is but our sin,
so tomorrow we can again begin.
His blessing wondrous
in that they come disguised
as trouble and sorrow
beneath darkened skies.

Always showing us, in His great love
that He sacrificed all from above
by giving us His only Son,
no debt of man could ever repay,
To save for all eternity
the souls of all who obey
His call to love.

P.C. Nelson
3/13/03

May we all have ears to hear!

 

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You Won’t Reach It On Tiptoe

By Oswald Chambers

May 11

(Add…to your brotherliness…love. — 2 Peter 1:5, 7)

“The Holy Spirit reveals that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so.

“Now,” He says to me, “show the same love to others” — “Love as I have loved you.” “I will bring any number of people about you whom you cannot respect, and you must exhibit My love to them as I have exhibited it to you.” You won’t reach it on tiptoe. Some of us have tried to, but we were soon tired.

The Lord “suffereth long….” Let me look within and see His dealings with me. The knowledge that God has loved me to the uttermost, to the end of all my sin and meanness* and selfishness and wrong, will send me forth into the world to love in the same way.

God’s love to me is inexhaustible, and I must love others from the bedrock of God’s love to me.”

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JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LEAVING AND RETURNING TO PARADISE

LEAVING AND RETURNING TO PARADISE

“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”
(Mar 10:15)

Hello all,

I have a couple more poems that the Lord gave me during a time of suffering that I would like to share here. What was amazing to me was how much I learned about the Lord and myself and how once I saw the end-product of my suffering, I was glad to have gone through it. The poem I am sharing today is about the loss of innocence in childhood, and how one regains that childlike innocence when they mature as a follower of Christ.

I had the most ideal childhood. I was born on a 400 acre farm in upstate Ohio and it was such a blessing. There were all manner of animals and wonders of nature to experience everyday. There were forests, cornfields and old barns to explore and everyday was an adventure. I remember feeling so close to the Lord, I called Him “Papa” and He was always with me as my best friend and companion. Somehow I thought all children felt this way, and that they have a direct relationship with the Lord without knowing anything about the Bible or religion.

For me there was a leaving of this innocence when I started to go to church, and seeing all the hypocrisy of the members and not feeling close to the Lord anymore, as if I had somehow lost Him. When I was “born again” at age 26, I was immediately transported back to those days as a child, and I could feel the Lord’s presence all the time! I realize what Jesus said about becoming as a little child to enter the Kingdom of God.

And now, that it is 40 years later, finally knowing the difference between the Truth and religion, and knowing that that Jesus (God) did all He promised to do and the Bible is a completed work, has totally set me free from seeking and searching and awaiting the final “coming” of the Lord and the end of the world. It just isn’t so…it is a DONE DEAL. We all have access to the Kingdom of God, NOW, once we have found out the difference between Truth and religion.

This morning I was reading Oswald Chamber’s daily readings from his “Utmost for My Highest” and the reading for today, April 29th, reminded me of the poem I had written entitled “Backward Bent”. So, first I would like to include an except from that reading as he is so on target and so very eloquent in his presentation.

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Gracious Uncertainty  April 29 “My Utmost for His Highest”

By Oswald Chambers

…it has not yet been revealed what we shall be… —1 John 3:2

…Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life– gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.

To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation.

We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. When we become simply a promoter or a defender of a particular belief, something within us dies. That is not believing God– it is only believing our belief about Him. Jesus said, “…unless you…become as little children…” (Matthew 18:3).

The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy. Jesus said, “…believe also in Me” (John 14:1), not, “Believe certain things about Me”. Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in– but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful to Him.

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Poem:

“Backward bent”

When did I lose you Lord?
In a grassy field chasing a mouse?
Or when I saw my Home as just a house?
That childhood vision I couldn’t crowd out,
became but an echo when I heard my own shout.

I remember back that far, catching fireflies in a jar.
Seeing Your face in the violets that grew,
and everyday was something new.
How terribly sad that we should fall
from the graceful blessing of hearing Your call
to the lonely wretched state of being so small.

Oft it seems life is backward bent.
We have it all then it goes away,
only to find it is something we can’t invent,
nor, make to stay.

Yet, if we had no taste of You
to remember when away we flew,
how would we ever long to know
the songs of Heaven toward which we go.

Yes, the leaving seems such a defeat,
a long lonely journey on a one-way street,
leading to the returning that will make us complete.
In all the ways I’ve lost you Lord, and gone astray from Thee,
if I but listen with a child’s heart
I’ll know You never lost me.

P.C. Nelson

3/28/03

 

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Find out for yourself! The Truth will set you free!

JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.

DON’T STAND IN THE WAY OF WHAT THE LORD IS DOING IN ANOTHER PERSON’S LIFE!

DON’T STAND IN THE WAY OF WHAT THE LORD IS DOING IN ANOTHER PERSON’S LIFE

4/26/18

Hello all!

I love reading the daily readings from Oswald Chambers book “My Utmost For His Highest”, it is the first thing I do everyday. Sometimes I just pick it up and open it and read whatever page it falls open to…just an added lesson for the morning. This morning it fell open on August 10th and the reading reminded me of a poem I wrote at a time in my life when I was really suffering. From my suffering, I learned to look at how the Lord uses suffering to teach us and reach us, and how we should not try to stop it in another person’s life unless He tells us to do so, as we may be interfering with what He wants them to learn.

This was an important lesson for me, and one I think that all, who love the Lord, need to be reminded of once in awhile. Sometimes we take service for God as our calling, when in actuality we can only serve Him when He does it through us, it is service with Him that is the only true service.

Here is an excerpt from the reading and it is followed by my poem.

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The Holy Suffering of the Saint

By Oswald Chambers

August 10

Let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good… —1 Peter 4:19

“Choosing to suffer means that there must be something wrong with you, but choosing God’s will— even if it means you will suffer— is something very different. No normal, healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he simply chooses God’s will, just as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. And no saint should ever dare to interfere with the lesson of suffering being taught in another saint’s life.”

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THROUGH THE CLOUDS

Don’t stand in the way of what the Lord is doing
in another person’s life.
He is showing His face, as sun through the clouds,
bringing His grace through the turmoil and strife.

If we could see the world as the opposite of Heaven
reflecting the glory at the end of the trail,
we would understand that without the suffering
the reason for our lives would fail.

Don’t stand in the way of a suffering brother,
don’t try to carry his cross up the narrow path,
for suffering is the gift that each is given,
And each must pick up the cross he hath.

Don’t stand in the way of what the Lord is doing
in another person’s life.
Yet, be there to remind them of where they are headed,
cheer them as upward they walk.

We are all lost sheep climbing the same mountain
as we wander back into His flock.

P.C. Nelson

4/11/03

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JESUS IS ALL AND EVERYTHING!!!

Patti C.