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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

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Praise

October 26, 2014

the olive crop fails
no grapes on the vine
no fig trees with buds
the skins have no wine
no cattle in stalls
the coop has no hen
the fields make no grain
no sheep in the pen
when bread is adversity
the water affliction
when day is calamity
the night no exemption . . .

stand firm in the faith
for deep in your soul
the Lord is your strength
to Him you can go
though grieving will come
there’s hope in the pain
for faith is your shield
and God will sustain
when everything fails
and reaping is nil
offer Him praise . . .
for He remains still
~~~~~~~~~~~
Hab 3:17-19

~JD Collier

Ponderings

July 2, 2014
Ponder-To weigh in the mind; to view with deliberation; to examine carefully; to consider attentively. (Webster)

“so heavenly minded of no earthly good”
I have heard it said before
but the truth of the matter
if understood
God’s heaven
make earthlings
care more

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.”  Col 1:3-6  NIV
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do not play
the arrogant fool
and think what you see is real
it soon will pass
it will not last
but that which you don’t see
will

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. . . We live by faith, not by sight. . . ”  2 Cor. 4:8, 5:1,7
NIV
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Crossing Over

June 18, 2013

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 became spoken
the vision found 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 law 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
springs forth in my breast
as dew is to parchness
or softness to harshness
a sweetness
in weakness–
His gentle caress

untangling
unwinding
His love
redefining–
’til my heart resigning
responds a small “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
to rightness
to goodness
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 riches
what glory
His “yes” sealed my story—
from wretched
to righteous
by Grace
and by Love

~JD Collier


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

“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

Safe!

February 20, 2013

853A thought about safety—I have been pondering this verse lately.  “The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom should I be afraid?” Ps 27:1  The Bible says that I am to “set my mind on things above, not on earthly things. For I died, and my life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Col 3:2-3 (italicized words changed to personal pronouns). Earthly things are constantly telling me that it is not safe.

Our food isn’t safe.
Technology isn’t safe.
Our money isn’t safe.
Our nation isn’t safe.
Our world isn’t safe.
Nothing is safe!
Not even my credit score. (I need lifeLock, of course.)

And you know,  it is true.  There is no security!  Except . . . except . . . and this is a big exception, those who have their minds set on things above . .

above, where God is sovereign,
above, where all is under His control,
above, where He “is my refuge and strength” Ps 46:1
above, where “my life is now hidden with Christ in God” Col 3:3

What a wonderful exception—I can take a deep breath, relax and know . . know without doubt that . . .  I am safe!  I am safe in the big sense of the word . . . because of who He is I am eternally safe!

SAFE

“The Lord is the strength of my life.  Of whom should I fear?”
Though battles are raging, the combat inferno severe;
the Jacob wrestling God that none can defeat,
and those whom He commands, who never retreat,
those God assigned battalions of angels—armed;
stand ready to fight and keep your soul unharmed.
Firmly in faith, take up your position and He
will open your eyes; like the prophet Elisha to see
that God is a safe place to hide.

Though the strongholds of men and the forces of evil combine,
God is our refuge; our strength in the troublesome time.
Our God who is love in action, speaks the word;
immediate Help—sometimes appearing absurd;
like the staff becoming a snake or parting the sea,
and who would believe that the Help would be nailed to a tree
to suffer and die; but then be raised from the dead?
“Hidden with Christ in God,” as boldly said.
Yes! He is a safe place to hide.

When temptations grab hold to take you away in disgrace,
His lifesaving mercy stands ready; unshakable grace.
Invulnerable arms prepared to sweep you away,
and slaying the dragon, bring victory in midst of the fray;
never forsaking but bearing on eagles wings,
through the valley of death, leading to living springs;
renewing the mind having washed all sins away,
shielding our faith–and that is why  we say
that He is a safe place to hide.

Sound loudly the trumpet, in gladness rejoice and make mirth;
for God is the King of the Mountain and Lord of the earth.
Though the wicked prevail and evil becomes very bold,
with a famine in virtue, when the love of many grow cold,
though God be hated; His servants be blamed for disruption,
though Bab’lon intrigues, seducing to fatal corruption,
though economies falter and hardships surround every nation—
Never forget!  Remember this clear declaration—
that God is a safe place to hide!

~JD Collier

Ps 32:7
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
NIV