Today’s Poem: Don’t Be Vengeful

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Don’t Be Vengeful ~

By Deborah Ann

Do not be vengeful,
don’t try to get even
do not hold a grudge
for any kind of reason.

Do not be spiteful,
don’t be merciless
do not be cruel
or become heartless.

Do not be resentful,
don’t be envious
don’t be embroiled
in others pettiness.

Do not be hateful,
don’t be critical
do not be unforgiving
nor become cynical.

Do not be vengeful,
don’t hold a grudge
for God one day . . .
every thought will judge!

~~~~~~~~~

Leviticus 19:18

“Thou shalt not avenge,
nor bear any grudge
against the children
of thy people,
but thou shalt
love thy neighbour
as thyself: I am the Lord.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.26.20

Leviticus 19:18

Thou shalt not avenge,
nor bear any grudge
against the children
of thy people, but thou
shalt love thy neighbour
as thyself: I am the Lord.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.26.20

C_H__SpurgeonFriday, June 26, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Art thou become like unto us?
~ Isaiah 14:10 ~

What must be the apostate professor’s doom when his naked soul appears before God? How will he bear that voice, “Depart, ye cursed; thou hast rejected me, and I reject thee; thou hast played the harlot, and departed from Me: I also have banished thee for ever from my presence, and will not have mercy upon thee.” What will be this wretch’s shame at the last great day when, before assembled multitudes, the apostate shall be unmasked? See the profane, and sinners who never professed religion, lifting themselves up from their beds of fire to point at him.

“There he is,” says one, “will he preach the gospel in hell?” “There he is,” says another, “he rebuked me for cursing, and was a hypocrite himself!” “Aha!” says another, “here comes a psalm-singing Methodist—one who was always at his meeting; he is the man who boasted of his being sure of everlasting life; and here he is!” No greater eagerness will ever be seen among Satanic tormentors, than in that day when devils drag the hypocrite’s soul down to perdition. Bunyan pictures this with massive but awful grandeur of poetry when he speaks of the back-way to hell. Seven devils bound the wretch with nine cords, and dragged him from the road to heaven, in which he had professed to walk, and thrust him through the back-door into hell.

Mind that back-way to hell, professors! “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” Look well to your state; see whether you be in Christ or not. It is the easiest thing in the world to give a lenient verdict when oneself is to be tried; but O, be just and true here. Be just to all, but be rigorous to yourself. Remember if it be not a rock on which you build, when the house shall fall, great will be the fall of it. O may the Lord give you sincerity, constancy, and firmness; and in no day, however evil, may you be led to turn aside.

#throwbackpoem: Not Up For Debate

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Not Up For Debate ~

By Deborah Ann

Sometimes God takes,
His slow sweet time . . .
as His plans and mine
don’t seem to align.

For, I want to know,
what to do right now
yet, He’d rather me bide
till He can show me how.

Sometimes God asks,
me to sit and wait
and I know it’s a topic
not up for debate.

For, I know His timing,
is always the best
and He is holding back
so I will learn to rest.

Sometimes God plans,
for me are impending . . .
to see if on His timing
He’ll find me depending!

~~~~~~~

Psalm 33:11

The counsel of the Lord
standeth for ever, the thoughts
of his heart to all generations.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: God Is Always Aware

to GOD be the GLORY

~ God Is Always Aware ~

By Deborah Ann

There isn’t a place,
where you can alone abide
no secret retreat
where you can run and hide.

For, God sees you,
wherever you are
regardless if you think
you’re close to Him or  far.

You may think,
God cannot see you
but, you are always
right within His view.

For, God sees you,
more than you suppose
no matter where you’re at
He always knows.

There isn’t a place,
where God’s not there
there isn’t a soul . . .
to which He’s not aware!

~~~~~~

Jeremiah 23:24

“Can any hide himself
in secret places
that I shall not
see him?
saith the Lord.
Do not I fill
heaven and earth?
saith the Lord.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.25.20

Jeremiah 23:24

Can any hide himself in secret places
that I shall not see him?
saith the Lord.
Do not I fill heaven and earth?
saith the Lord.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.25.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Thursday, June 25, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Get thee up into the high mountain.”
~ Isaiah 40:9 ~

Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of our Welsh mountains. When you are at the base you see but little: the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is. Confined in a little valley, you discover scarcely anything but the rippling brooks as they descend into the stream at the foot of the mountain. Climb the first rising knoll, and the valley lengthens and widens beneath your feet. Go higher, and you see the country for four or five miles round, and you are delighted with the widening prospect.

Mount still, and the scene enlarges; till at last, when you are on the summit, and look east, west, north, and south, you see almost all England lying before you. Yonder is a forest in some distant county, perhaps two hundred miles away, and here the sea, and there a shining river and the smoking chimneys of a manufacturing town, or the masts of the ships in a busy port. All these things please and delight you, and you say, “I could not have imagined that so much could be seen at this elevation.”

Now, the Christian life is of the same order. When we first believe in Christ we see but little of Him. The higher we climb the more we discover of His beauties. But who has ever gained the summit? Who has known all the heights and depths of the love of Christ which passes knowledge? Paul, when grown old, sitting grey-haired, shivering in a dungeon in Rome, could say with greater emphasis than we can, “I know whom I have believed,” for each experience had been like the climbing of a hill, each trial had been like ascending another summit, and his death seemed like gaining the top of the mountain, from which he could see the whole of the faithfulness and the love of Him to whom he had committed his soul. Get thee up, dear friend, into the high mountain.

#throwbackpoem: Pressure Cooker Faith

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Pressure Cooker Faith ~

By Deborah Ann

Pressure cooker faith,
always in a hurry . . .
often blows a gasket
in its frenzy flurry.

Frantic and strained,
always under duress
pressure cooker faith
holds inside a lot stress.

Pressure cooker faith,
full of nervousness
bursting at the seams
in the stew anxiousness.

Strives so very hard,
to control its composure
pressure cooker faith
can’t help but boiler over.

Pressure cooker faith,
always ready to blow
needs inside instead . . .
God’s peace to flow!

~~~~~~

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Now the Lord of peace himself
give you peace always by all means.
The Lord be with you all.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: A Saving Ray of Light

to GOD be the GLORY

~ A Saving Ray of Light ~

By Deborah Ann

Though the sun is out,
it’s as if it’s still night
for the darkness I see
permeates my sight.

No matter where I look,
I see the wickedness . . .
no matter where I go
I see satan’s evilness.

Though it’s a new day,
I’m engulfed by dread
as I watch immorality
over the universe spread.

It’s as if a dark cloud,
hangs over God’s creation
it’s as if the whole world
with satan has a fixation.

Thought the sun is out,
and it be a new day . . .
I know the Light of Jesus
still has a saving ray!

~~~~~~~~~~

 John 12:46

I am come a light into the world,
that whosoever believeth on me
should not abide in darkness.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.24.20

2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful,
who shall stablish you,
and keep you from evil.

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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.24.20

C_H__SpurgeonWednesday, June 24, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“A certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
~
Luke 11:27, 28 ~

It is fondly imagined by some that it must have involved very special privileges to have been the mother of our Lord, because they supposed that she had the benefit of looking into His very heart in a way in which we cannot hope to do. There may be an appearance of plausibility in the supposition, but not much. We do not know that Mary knew more than others; what she did know she did well to lay up in her heart; but she does not appear from anything we read in the Evangelists to have been a better-instructed believer than any other of Christ’s disciples. All that she knew we also may discover.

Do you wonder that we should say so? Here is a text to prove it: “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” Remember the Master’s words—”Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” So blessedly does this Divine Revealer of secrets tell us His heart, that He keepeth back nothing which is profitable to us; His own assurance is, “If it were not so, I would have told you.” Doth He not this day manifest Himself unto us as He doth not unto the world?

It is even so; and therefore we will not ignorantly cry out, “Blessed is the womb that bare thee,” but we will intelligently bless God that, having heard the Word and kept it, we have first of all as true a communion with the Saviour as the Virgin had, and in the second place as true an acquaintance with the secrets of His heart as she can be supposed to have obtained. Happy soul to be thus privileged!

#throwbackpoem: Waiting And Abiding

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Waiting and Biding ~

By Deborah Ann

Waiting,
is just plain no fun
biding . . .
isn’t easily done.

But, God tells us,
to be still and quiet
to make daily prayer
a part of our diet.

Waiting . . .
can take so long
patience . . .
takes being strong.

But, when we follow,
Jesus’ teachings . . .
God will answer
all of our pleadings.

Waiting . . . .
is a faith trusting thing
bidding . . .
is to on Jesus cling!

~~~~~

Lamentations 3:25

The Lord is good unto them
that wait for him, to the
soul that seeketh him.

John 15:7

“If ye abide in me,
and my words abide in you,
ye shall ask what ye will,
and it shall be done unto you.

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Deborah Ann Bela

Today’s Poem: Soar

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Soar ~

By Deborah Ann

Eagles wings,
oh, how they soar
above the world’s
menacing roar.

Glide in faith,
on the air of trust
grows not weary
against the gust.

Eagles wings,
strong and sure
torrid weather
they do endure.

Fainting not,
upon resistance
fly’s on hope
to go the distance.

Eagles wings,
mount and rise
above the fear . . .
before their eyes!

~~~~~~

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait
upon the Lord shall
renew their strength;
they shall mount up
with wings as eagles;
they shall run,
and not be weary;
and they shall walk,
and not faint.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.23.20

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with
wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary;
and they shall walk,
and not faint.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.23.20

C_H__Spurgeon

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“Ephraim is a cake not turned.”
~ Hosea 7:8 ~

A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: though there was some partial obedience, there was very much rebellion left. My soul, I charge thee, see whether this be thy case. Art thou thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone through the very centre of thy being so as to be felt in its divine operations in all thy powers, thy actions, thy words, and thy thoughts? To be sanctified, spirit, soul, and body, should be thine aim and prayer; and although sanctification may not be perfect in thee anywhere in degree, yet it must be universal in its action; there must not be the appearance of holiness in one place and reigning sin in another, else thou, too, wilt be a cake not turned.

A cake not turned is soon burnt on the side nearest the fire, and although no man can have too much religion, there are some who seem burnt black with bigoted zeal for that part of truth which they have received, or are charred to a cinder with a vainglorious Pharisaic ostentation of those religious performances which suit their humour. The assumed appearance of superior sanctity frequently accompanies a total absence of all vital godliness. The saint in public is a devil in private. He deals in flour by day and in soot by night. The cake which is burned on one side, is dough on the other.

If it be so with me, O Lord, turn me! Turn my unsanctified nature to the fire of Thy love and let it feel the sacred glow, and let my burnt side cool a little while I learn my own weakness and want of heat when I am removed from Thy heavenly flame. Let me not be found a double-minded man, but one entirely under the powerful influence of reigning grace; for well I know if I am left like a cake unturned, and am not on both sides the subject of Thy grace, I must be consumed for ever amid everlasting burnings.

#throwbackpoem: Depressurize

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Depressurize ~

By Deborah Ann

When I feel the need,
to depressurize . . .
I shut my mouth
and close my eyes.

For when I am still,
I can decompress
and think about why
I’m so very blessed.

When I feel the need,
to completely unwind
I open up my heart
and shut down my mind.

For when I’m at rest,
God can release
into my soul
His perfect peace.

When I feel the need,
to depressurize . . .
it’s so God’s calm in me
He can internalize!

~~~~~~~~

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God
rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are
called in one body;
and be ye thankful.

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: No Matter The Hour

to GOD be the GLORY

~ No Matter the Hour ~

By Deborah Ann

God is Fatihfull used with permission IBible Verses

Lord, the day is now over,
the night is drawing new
I need to get some rest
so my soul You can renew.

I am thankful just to know,
that You never doze or sleep
for, no matter what the hour
You still tend to Your sheep.

When I am up and stirring,
You lead me on Your way
when in bed and covered
You are planning my next day.

Lord, my mind and my soul,
are constantly at peace . . .
for, no matter what the hour
Your love will never cease!

~~~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 121:7-8

“The Lord shall preserve thy going out
and thy coming in from this time forth,
and even for evermore.”

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.22.20

Psalm 121:7-8

The Lord shall preserve thee
from all evil: he shall preserve
thy soul. The Lord shall preserve
thy going out and thy coming
in from this time forth,
and even for evermore.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.22.20

C_H__SpurgeonMonday, June 22, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory.”
~ Zechariah 6:13 ~

Christ Himself is the builder of His spiritual temple, and He has built it on the mountains of His unchangeable affection, His omnipotent grace, and His infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. There are the “Cedars of Lebanon,” but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and made into those planks of cedar, whose odoriferous beauty shall make glad the courts of the Lord’s house in Paradise.

There are also the rough stones still in the quarry, they must be hewn thence, and squared. All this is Christ’s own work. Each individual believer is being prepared, and polished, and made ready for his place in the temple; but Christ’s own hand performs the preparation-work. Afflictions cannot sanctify, excepting as they are used by Him to this end. Our prayers and efforts cannot make us ready for heaven, apart from the hand of Jesus, who fashioneth our hearts aright.

As in the building of Solomon’s temple, “there was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron, heard in the house,” because all was brought perfectly ready for the exact spot it was to occupy—so is it with the temple which Jesus builds; the making ready is all done on earth. When we reach heaven, there will be no sanctifying us there, no squaring us with affliction, no planing us with suffering. No, we must be made meet here—all that Christ will do beforehand; and when He has done it, we shall be ferried by a loving hand across the stream of death, and brought to the heavenly Jerusalem, to abide as eternal pillars in the temple of our Lord.

“Beneath His eye and care,
The edifice shall rise,
Majestic, strong, and fair,
And shine above the skies.”

#throwbackpoem: To Busy To Be Still

to GOD be the GLORY

~To Busy To Be Still ~

By Deborah Ann

Often we find ourselves,
too busy to stay still
that we become careless
searching for God’s will.

Our lives are so chaotic,
obsessively constricted
that our time alone with God
is neglectfully restricted.

Often we find ourselves,
on God not at all waiting
and our lives become
discouragingly frustrating.

Our days run together,
weeks become but a blur
that we cannot even sense
when the Holy Spirit stirs.

Often we find ourselves,
in a headlong, frantic rush
when God would rather instill . . .
His stillness into us!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 46:10a

Be still,
and know
that I am God:

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Deborah Ann Belka

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