GrowingInLOVE

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Dirty Hands November 23, 2010

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He told me I needed clean hands before I could embrace Him

I thought that was easy enough a task to accomplish

I ran to the sink and let the fresh water flow over my hands

I returned swiftly, beaming brightly

Until…. “What do you mean they’re  not clean? I just washed them!”

I sulked on my way back to the sink with my eyes low

Noticing the grimy footprints I left from stepping in the water I dripped on the floor

This time I turned the water on as hot as I could stand it

I sang through the alphabet three times while I lathered my hands

I even soaped up my wrists and got under my nails!

Surely my hands must be clean now!

I returned proudly, with my hands outstretched and ready for inspection

“Still not good enough?!” , I lamented as I began to feel hopeless

I sunk to the floor in despair and disappointment

But just then, He pitied me and told me to give it one last try

I dragged myself back to the sink

Confusion settled into my face as I looked down

How did my hands get so dirty so quickly?

Again I turned on the faucet

Brown, murky water cascaded down my fingers and pooled in my palms

Disgusted and frantic, I backed away from the sink

I looked around for the towel to wipe my hands

And I noticed that what I had been using to dry my hands was just a tattered, dirty rag

I cried as I ran back to Him, exposing my filthy hands

“I can’t get them clean, the water’s dirty! How can I wash my hands in dirty water?! What must I do?!”

He told me not to worry because He could help

He stretched out His hands to me

They were the most spotless I’d ever seen!

Only…He had to really bad sores, one in each

But He told me not to fear as I started to reach

When He tightly grasped my hand, I squeezed His back

That’s when blood oozed from the holes and soaked my hands

He slowly let go and instructed me to take a look

My hands were clean like His!!!

This meant that I could finally come before Him in humble assurance

And I would be recieved as His own

And I know that His grip is strong enough to never let me go!

 

Silver and Gold Have I None January 14, 2010

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Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee

 I don’t have great, swelling words or an extensive vocabulary

I don’t have the Bible memorized backwards and forwards from Genesis to Maps

I don’t know the Hebrew and Greek meanings of all the words in the Bible

I don’t have an educational background attained at a seminary or a degree in theology

But I have the Gospel of Jesus Christ

By the working of the Holy Spirit, I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior

I am daily humbled by my Heavenly Father knowing that He saved me in spite of myself

I rest in the fact that Christ died on a cross, shedding His blood for remission of my sin, and that because He paid the debt that I owed, I no longer have to  

I have salvation in Christ from the wrath of God that is due to all mankind because of sin.  I was driven to my knees in repentance, turning away from the desire to sin and live in wickedness before God.

I cried before God to change me, cleanse me, and to teach me to walk upright before Him

I have the Holy Spirit of the living God on the inside of me

I have a heart of flesh that God has given to me in place of my former heart of stone

A heart that yearns and seeks after God and His righteousness and grieves over sin-my own and others’

It grieves over the lost and the hurting, and over the stubbornness of those who claim to know Christ but whose thoughts, words, and deeds scream otherwise

 Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee:

 The truth is that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.   God, being loving, merciful and extending His grace toward us, sent His Son to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  Without accepting, believing, confessing, and trusting in Christ, the Son of God’s, death, burial, and resurrection you will pay for your own sins, being judged and condemned to hell.  It’s not a pretty truth, but it’s truth nonetheless.  Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).  No good acts or good works can get you in right standing with God apart from Christ.  Also, it doesn’t end with simply believing.  Christ tells us that we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. (Mark 3:34) and if we don’t, we’re not worthy of Him (Matthew 10:38).  We must live our lives for God, follow His will, and walk in His ways. Once we become children of God through faith in Christ, we must get to know Him through prayer and reading His Word and yielding to His Holy Spirit.

Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee

What I have is the Gospel of Christ and a love for God.  This is what I have, and this is what I’ll share.

 

Be Careful October 29, 2009

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Theme courtesy of the children’s song “Be careful little eyes what you see”

Be careful little eyes what you see!
Cuz many shepherds hold Bibles while their hearts are on idols
They don’t like noisy sheep so they lull you to sleep
They keep your mind saturated with fables
If Christ walked into these dens He’d turn over the tables!
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see!
“Buy two prayers, get one free! For 10% extra, your miracle’s on me!”
Freely they have received, yet costly they sell
Marketing the Word of God, now churches are temples of retail
Be careful little ears what you hear!
Faith comes by hearing, and if you’re listening to twisted scripture
It’s no wonder you don’t get the picture
Charismatic, intelligent, well-spoken, well-dressed
Read the Bible on your own?! No way, pastor knows best!
Oh, be careful little ears what you hear!
When you do attempt study on your own time
You go back and read with his interpretation in your mind
Line upon lying line
Precept upon deceitful precept
Not understanding what’s in His Word in black and white
Because more trust is given to man than to the Most High
Be careful little hands what you do!
Because during your chase for mammon and things of this world
You missed what the Father had for you
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness
Goodness, faith, meekness, temperance
But you’d rather have what appeals to your senses
Oh, be careful little hands what you do!
You claim to love God, yet you hate your neighbor
When Christ plainly tells us that what you do to the least of His-
You’ve done to the Savior
Then you expect help for free
But being quick to charge for favors
Be careful little feet where you go!
Just because “church”, “Christ”, or “God” is in the title
Doesn’t mean they represent the God of the Bible
Many shall come in His name to deceive
But if you’re looking for “Hello, my name is Jesus”
Well, that’s just pure comedy
Oh, be careful little feet where you go!
Many who come in His name won’t claim to BE Christ
They’ll simply twist His words and His character
Until He slowly morphs from Jesus Christ into Jesus Nice
No more salvation, repentance, judgment, or sin
Because they don’t care about souls, they just don’t want to offend
Be careful little mouth what you say!
Many may think I’m off my rocker to speak this way
“Touch not My anointed” is often heard
But anointing only comes from the Father, not man’s titles or vain words
Few people quote “Beloved, believe not every spirit”
When proof of man’s error is set before you, you don’t want to hear it
Oh, be careful little mouth what you say!
In these last days strong delusions are being sent
To those who hide from truth, that is a form of judgment!
Conscience seared, Truth feared, and deception accepted
Christ cries out from His pages, but you choose to reject it

 

Would It Hurt? April 10, 2009

Filed under: My Writings — growinginlove @ 6:37 pm

Would it hurt to lose sleep over someone who won’t even dream about you?..

Would you cry if someone you’d give your right arm for wouldn’t even give you a handshake?..

Would it make you angry if you bought someone a Rolex, but he won’t give you the time of day?..

Would you be sad if one whom you fed watched you starve?..

Would it disappoint you to give someone your son, yet he won’t give you himself?