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Crossing Over

September 13, 2015

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Every man (or woman) who comes to Christ has a story to tell. The particulars may be dramatically different but the underlying essence of each story is the same. Here is one man’s story or should I say every man’s story . . .

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
John 5:24 NIV

with life undeveloped
though eager to grow
the world lain before me
I set out to know
though blind to the Light
(but here I regress)
‘til the day came
when I would say “yes”

I saw there before me
(though unknown erstwhile)
a hideous strength
a wretched espial
a dizzying vision
a vision so cruel
a sucking
a ripping
deep swallowing pool
a sickness inside me
was screaming its woe
wickedness cleaving
alive in my soul

a chillness descending
a judgment impending
a cold unrepenting
alive in my soul

shocked by this vision
aghast at this sight
“this cannot be me”
I cry out in fright
“’tis only a dream–
a dream in the night”

but the dream I heard spoken
the vision had words
the words took on meaning
my heavy heart heard–
“nothing is hidden
that God does not view
all secrets
forbidden–
exposed by the true
unapproachably Holy
indescribable Light
no sin and no darkness
survives in His sight”

crushed by the weight
of this stern admonition
that each sin committed
of my own volition
walls me from God
on the side of perdition
demanding my death–
’twas not a dream
but realities harsh
unmistakable theme

“O what can I do”
my thinking expanding
“can this be true-
this dour understanding”

haltingly breathing
remorsefully heaving
repentant and grieving–
I am defined

“help me I’m dying”
I cry out in pain
no more the denying
the truth is quite plain
this dreadful condition that damns
I confess
“forgive me O Lord
relieve my duress”. . . . .

then quickly
like blinking
a thought–
(more than thinking)
a glimmer of hope
sprang forth in my breast
as dew is to parchness
or softness to harshness
through weakness
a sweetness
a gentle caress

a Holy
defining
with love
reuniting–
’til my heart resigning
responded
with “yes” . . .

“yes”
“Yes”
to Him I say
“YES!” . . .

as waves blood red
wash over the screaming
waters soft streaming
flow over my head
a pureness
a soundness
a grace that is boundless
from sightless
to rightness
to love I am led

the warmth of the surging
the cleansing
the purging
a newness emerging
as grave clothes are shed
from sickness to healing
from numbness to feeling
born from above
crossed o’er from the dead

listen
that sound
a far distant cry
no longer my screaming
but those at the cross
where one is to die
with no interference
this man in appearance
this servant is humbled
and gives no reply
He carries the burden
my sin has incurred and
He offers himself in my place
there to die . . .
a “yes” to the Father
“may thy will be done”
and there
on that cross
the victory is won
my death and my hell
nailed to a tree
He–
without sin
became sin
for me

an offering
from ‘Abba’
new life from above
each “yes” that is spoken
soaks deep in His love

what wonder
what glory
His “yes” sealed my story—
from wretched
to righteous
by Grace
and by Love

~JD Collier
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end.” A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Today in Church

August 21, 2011

Today in church,
the preacher asked me
if I would mind sharing
my testimony.
I strode to the front
to do my part
and told how the Lord
had changed my heart.

“First, let me read
a verse or two
from a parable by Jesus–
tells what we should do.”

“Two men went to pray
at the temple,” you see.
“A tax collector
and a Pharisee—
The Pharisee thanked
his God that he
was not like the tax man
and never would be.
He tithed,
he fasted—
twice a week;
was unlike the tax man
who preyed on the weak.
But the tax man,
the sinner,
looked only down,
‘O God have mercy,’
as he bowed to the ground.”

“I tell you the truth—
of what here is taught:
one man was justified,
the other was not.
The humbled,
exalted,
the exalted,
brought low.
The sinners confession
had saved his soul.”

I looked up from reading–
looked straight in their face.
I spoke to them boldly
of mercy and grace.
I too am a sinner.
I too beat my breast,
told all of my sins,
from the worst to the best.
I laid it all out
in explicit detail,
how I, like the tax man
was bound for hell.

Then looking to heaven,
those present could see
me thanking the Lord
for setting me free.
“Thank you,” I said,
“for working in me—
so I am not like
that damned Pharisee!!”

~JD Collier

*from Luke 18:9-14

“Seeing so clearly how the other man wants his own way and rights, we are blind to the fact that we want ours just as much . . .Unconscious sin is none the less sin with God and separates us from Him”
Roy Hession, The
Calvary Road.

Water of Life

August 7, 2011

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just as tears that form in sorrow
drops of remorse streak down the face
and just as water ever seeks
runs and fills the lowest place
just as streams that form in mountains
build to a rushing rivers pace
so the Spirit of the Savior
saves and fills
and blesses
with grace

~JD Collier

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”  Rev. 21:6

time is short

July 12, 2011

do you not know
have you not been told
that a fatal disease
has a firm grip hold
the end is near
there is no cure
prepare to meet God
His coming is sure
(repenting from sin
look to His face
humbly
before Him
seek mercy and grace)
but quickly you say
this is not true
you frighten with doctrines
of death
and what’s due
yet nothing is hidden
that won’t be made known
the fruit of the reaping
will be what is sown
time is short
as history will show
when you take that last breath
will you be ready
to go

~JD Collier

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“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans. 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23
“If we claim to be without sin,we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:8-9

I’m Free!

March 7, 2011

(based on Romans 6-8:14)

a teaching rhyme
by Jerry Collier

Oh what a wretched man I am.
I do what I don’t want to do.
The ‘law of sin’ has a hold on me—
distorting my point of view.
I know that God’s laws are perfectly good.
His laws I desire to keep.
Yet to the wrong my mind returns—
dismayed that my sins run so deep.
But this great message then speaks out.
I can’t believe what I hear.
Listen to what it says to me.
The message is not unclear!

“No condemnation; none at all!
I nailed your sins to a tree.

The law of sin and death—no more!
My Spirit has set you free.

I took the sin that shattered your life
and placed it on my Son.

Your sin, with Him, was slain on the cross.
I wept as your freedom was won.

My righteous requirements had to be met.
I did what the law could not do.

I sent my Son to kill the sin;
and my Spirit to make you new.”

No condemnation!  Did you hear?
Jesus has set me free!
The law that kept me a slave to sin—
no longer has hold of me!
This body of sin that I drag around
is only a lifeless shell.
It lost its source,
its pow’r to enforce.
Shall I treat it as though it is well?

I owe no debt to the ‘sinful man’;
his enticement—I will flee.
And I, by the Spirit, can put to death
the betrayal he urges in me.
Do you now see and understand?
To sin I am no more bound!
I have become a servant of God.
‘In Christ’ my identity’s found.
Here is what happened to ‘sinful man’.
Yes, he was nailed to the cross.
And now that I have been freed from him. . . .
He is no longer the boss!

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John 8:34-37
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
NIV