#throwbackpoem: White Knuckle Faith

to GOD be the GLORY

~ White-Knuckled Faith ~

By Deborah Ann

White-knuckled faith,
holds on tightly to fear
has a hard time . . .
getting trust into gear.

It becomes panicky,
when danger is met
rather having peace
it knows only how to fret.

White-knuckled faith,
struggles often with hope
has a hard time . . .
knowing just how to cope.

It’s filled with the dread,
that scares and terrifies
over every concern
it panics and agonizes.

White-knuckled faith,
can be only cured
if into fear’s snare. . .
it stops being lured!

~~~~~~~~

Proverbs 29:25

The fear of man bringeth a snare:
but whoso putteth his trust in
the Lord shall be safe.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: Be Still And Know

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Be Still and Know ~

By Deborah Ann

Be Still  and Know ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Be still and know,
I am the One
who will finish
what He begun.

Be still and know,
I have a plan
so just rest here
in My hand.

Be still and know,
I know the way
I always do
what I say.

Be still and know,
I will not leave
believe My peace
you will receive.

Be still and know,
I am with you
together in this
we’ll get through!

~~~~~~~

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God:

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Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.11.20

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that
I am God:
I will be exalted among
the heathen,
I will be exalted
in the earth.

King James Version
by Public Domain

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.11.20

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. h. Spurgeon


“We love Him because He first loved us.”
~
1 John 4:19 ~

Ther is no light in the planet but that which proceedeth from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which cometh from the Lord Jesus himself. From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and certain truth, that we love Him for no other reason than because He first loved us. Our love to Him is the fair offspring of His love to us.

Cold admiration, when studying the works of God, anyone may have, but the warmth of love can only be kindled in the heart by God’s Spirit. How great the wonder that such as we should ever have been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvellous that when we had rebelled against Him, He should, by a display of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it had been sown in us by the sweet seed of His love to us.

Love, then, has for its parent the love of God shed abroad in the heart: but after it is thus divinely born, it must be divinely nourished. Love is an exotic; it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither. As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by manna from on high. Love must feed on love. The very soul and life of our love to God is His love to us.

“I love thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love thee, Lord; but all the love is thine,
For by thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in thee.”

#throwbackpoem: Anxieties Trap

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Anxiety’s Trap ~

By Deborah Ann

I felt the trap,
of anxiety
set a snare
on my sanity.

The conditions,
were just ripe
that at my heart
it took a swipe.

I took the bait,
ran away with it
then fell into
a nervous snit.

It took some time,
for me to see
this isn’t where
God wants me.

So I sent my own trap,
for anxiety . . .
now with God’s love
fear had no priority!

~~~~~~~

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love;
but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment.
He that feareth is not made
perfect in love.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: Forgiveness Is Like An Eraser

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Forgiveness Is Like An Eraser ~

By Deborah Ann

 Forgiveness is like an eraser,
God wipes our sins away
once we confess and repent
for them we don’t have to pay.

For, the slate He rubs clean,
of our every offense
tis why He sent Jesus . . .
to come to our defense.

God doesn’t keep a notebook,
filled up with all our failures
He doesn’t use a magic marker
to highlight our bad behaviors.

For, the only list He is keeping,
are names in the Book of Life
tis why He sent Jesus . . .
to bear the brunt of our strife.

Forgiveness is like an eraser,
the slate has been wiped cleaned
ever since Jesus gave His own life
so ours could be redeemed!

~~~~~~

John 3:16

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.

Isaiah 44:22

I have blotted out, as a thick cloud,
thy transgressions, and, as a cloud,
thy sins: return unto me;
for I have redeemed thee.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.10.20

Colossians 3:13

Forbearing one another,
and forgiving one another,
if any man have a quarrel
against any: even as Christ
forgave you, so also do ye.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.10.20

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“We live unto the Lord.”
~ Romans 14:8 ~

If God had willed it, each of us might have entered heaven at the moment of conversion. It was not absolutely necessary for our preparation for immortality that we should tarry here. It is possible for a man to be taken to heaven, and to be found meet to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, though he has but just believed in Jesus. It is true that our sanctification is a long and continued process, and we shall not be perfected till we lay aside our bodies and enter within the veil; but nevertheless, had the Lord so willed it, He might have changed us from imperfection to perfection, and have taken us to heaven at once.

Why then are we here? Would God keep His children out of paradise a single moment longer than was necessary? Why is the army of the living God still on the battle-field when one charge might give them the victory? Why are His children still wandering hither and thither through a maze, when a solitary word from His lips would bring them into the centre of their hopes in heaven?

The answer is—they are here that they may “live unto the Lord,” and may bring others to know His love. We remain on earth as sowers to scatter good seed; as ploughmen to break up the fallow ground; as heralds publishing salvation. We are here as the “salt of the earth,” to be a blessing to the world. We are here to glorify Christ in our daily life. We are here as workers for Him, and as “workers together with Him.” Let us see that our life answereth its end. Let us live earnest, useful, holy lives, to “the praise of the glory of His grace.” Meanwhile we long to be with Him, and daily sing—

“My heart is with Him on His throne,
And ill can brook delay;
Each moment listening for the voice,
‘Rise up, and come away.'”

#throwbackpoem: Fear Comes In Ways

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Fear Comes In Waves ~

By Deborah Ann

Fear is like the ocean,
it comes in with a roar
knocking you off your feet
throwing you to the floor.

It swells and it rises,
with its pulsing sound
so that panic stricken
you’ll stay on the ground.

Fear is like thunder,
it scares as it rumbles
causing you to shake
in midst of your troubles.

It alarms and startles,
with each booming strike
filling you with dread
upon each clap of light.

Fear come in waves,
in and out it ebbs
but, we who trust Jesus
musn’t let in our heads!

~~~~~~

Psalm 56:3

What time I am afraid,
I will trust in thee.

Psalm 93:4

“The Lord on high is mightier
than the noise of many waters,
yea, than the mighty waves
of the sea.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: Getting Through The Narrow Gate

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Getting Through the Narrow Gate ~

By Deborah Ann

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If we’re to get through,
the narrow gate . . .
we need to work on
our stance and gait.

We need to keep,
our heads held high
we need to keep
Jesus in our eyes.

We need to run,
with endurance
we need to walk
with assurance.

We need to hold,
our shoulder’s back
we need to ward off
satan’s every attack.

We need to keep,
sin’s weight off
we need not care
if others scoff.

If we’re to get through,
the narrow gate . . .
we must keep our souls
pointing straight!

~~~~~~

Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad
is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate,
and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.09.20

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad
is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow
is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.09.20

C_H__SpurgeonTuesday, June 09, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“The Lord hath done great things for us,
whereof we are glad.”
~
Psalm 126:3 ~

Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them.

But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, “I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad.” Such an abstract of experience as this is the very best that any child of God can present. It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and mournfully do we know this, but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient Saviour, who overcomes these corruptions, and delivers us from their dominion.

In looking back, it would be wrong to deny that we have been in the Slough of Despond, and have crept along the Valley of Humiliation, but it would be equally wicked to forget that we have been through them safely and profitably; we have not remained in them, thanks to our Almighty Helper and Leader, who has brought us “out into a wealthy place.” The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through all, and preserved us until now. Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon them to be the bass part of our life’s song, “He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”

Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 09.09.20

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”
~
Jeremiah 33:3 ~

There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, “I will shew thee great and fortified things.” Another, “Great and reserved things.” Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian experience: all the developments of spiritual life are not alike easy of attainment. There are the common frames and feelings of repentance, and faith, and joy, and hope, which are enjoyed by the entire family; but there is an upper realm of rapture, of communion, and conscious union with Christ, which is far from being the common dwelling-place of believers. We have not all the high privilege of John, to lean upon Jesus’ bosom; nor of Paul, to be caught up into the third heaven.

There are heights in experimental knowledge of the things of God which the eagle’s eye of acumen and philosophic thought hath never seen: God alone can bear us there; but the chariot in which He takes us up, and the fiery steeds with which that chariot is dragged, are prevailing prayers. Prevailing prayer is victorious over the God of mercy, “By his strength he had power with God: yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto Him: he found Him in Beth-el, and there He spake with us.” Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with floods of mercy. Prevailing prayer bears the Christian aloft to Pisgah, and shows him the inheritance reserved; it elevates us to Tabor and transfigures us, till in the likeness of his Lord, as He is, so are we also in this world.

If you would reach to something higher than ordinary grovelling experience, look to the Rock that is higher than you, and gaze with the eye of faith through the window of importunate prayer. When you open the window on your side, it will not be bolted on the other.

#throwbackpoem: Everyone Has Something

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Everyone Has Something ~

By Deborah Ann

Everyone has something,
messing up their day
everyone has new storms
freshly blowing their way.

Everyone has problems,
throwing them off course
everyone has troubles
coming at them full force.

Everyone has dilemmas,
they need to address
everyone has anxieties
causing them to stress.

Everyone has worries,
tossing them about
everyone has concerns
they need to work out.

But, we who have Jesus,
needn’t be aghast . . .
for onto Him our cares
we can freely broadcast!

~~~~~~~

1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: High Places

to GOD be the GLORY

~ High Places ~

By Deborah Ann

storm-CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

High places,
up over the roar
into God’s arms
so often I soar.

There I am kept,
in perfect peace
as my anxieties
on Him, I release.

To His high tower,
I let my mind fly
where in His love
I can quietly lie.

There I am blessed,
with His faithfulness
it’s where I find . . .
pure peacefulness.

Into God’s arms,
I frequently fly . . .
often my mind soars
to places on high!

~~~~~~~~

Psalm 91:14

“Because he hath set his love upon me,
therefore will I deliver him:
I will set him on high, because he
hath known my name.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.08.20

Habakkuk 3:19

The Lord God is my strength,
and he will make my feet like
hinds’ feet, and he will make
me to walk upon mine high places.
To the chief singer on my
stringed instruments.

King James Version
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Morning’s With Charles Spurgeon ~ 06.08.20

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Monday, June 08, 2020

This Morning’s Meditation

C. H. Spurgeon


“There fell down many slain, because the war was of God.
~ 1 Chronicles 5:22. ~

Warrior, fighting under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old so is it now, if the war be of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh could barely muster five and forty thousand fighting men, and yet in their war with the Hagarites, they slew “men, an hundred thousand,” “for they cried to God in the battle, and He was entreated of them, because they put their trust in Him.” The Lord saveth not by many nor by few; it is ours to go forth in Jehovah’s name if we be but a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us for our Captain.

They did not neglect buckler, and sword, and bow, neither did they place their trust in these weapons; we must use all fitting means, but our confidence must rest in the Lord alone, for He is the sword and the shield of His people. The great reason of their extraordinary success lay in the fact that “the war was of God.” Beloved, in fighting with sin without and within, with error doctrinal or practical, with spiritual wickedness in high places or low places, with devils and the devil’s allies, you are waging Jehovah’s war, and unless He himself can be worsted, you need not fear defeat.

Quail not before superior numbers, shrink not from difficulties or impossibilities, flinch not at wounds or death, smite with the two-edged sword of the Spirit, and the slain shall lie in heaps. The battle is the Lord’s and He will deliver His enemies into our hands. With steadfast foot, strong hand, dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil shall fly like chaff before the gale.

Stand up! stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song.
To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.

#throwbackpoem: Everyone Has Something

to GOD be the GLORY

~ Everyone Has Something ~

By Deborah Ann

Everyone has something,
messing up their day
everyone has new storms
freshly blowing their way.

Everyone has problems,
throwing them off course
everyone has troubles
coming at them full force.

Everyone has dilemmas,
they need to address
everyone has anxieties
causing them to stress.

Everyone has worries,
tossing them about
everyone has concerns
they need to work out.

But, we who have Jesus,
needn’t be aghast . . .
for onto Him our cares
we can freely broadcast!

~~~~~~~

1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Poem: My Secret Place

to GOD be the GLORY

~ My Secret Place ~

By Deborah Ann

In that secret place,
is where I long to dwell
it’s when with my soul
all is quiet and well.

Underneath the shadow,
of God’s love and grace
it’s where my heart finds
a quiet resting place.

With the most High,
is where I yearn to be
it’s when in my mind
a calm settles in me.

With the Almighty,
in unmoved solitude
is where I find God’s
merciful quietude.

In that secret place,
is where with God I find
true peace and stillness
for my heart and mind!

~~~~~~~~

Psalm 91:1

“He that dwelleth in the
secret place of the most
High shall abide under
the shadow of the Almighty.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

Today’s Bible Verse 06.07.20

Psalm 90:2,4

Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever thou hadst formed the earth and
the world, even from everlasting
to everlasting, thou art God.

For a thousand years in thy sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
and as a watch in the night.

King James Version
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