Posted tagged ‘Grace’

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

GRACE

February 23, 2014

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Heb 6:18-19
“. . . we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

all that He is
He gave for our blessing
His living
His dying
His working
His resting
there is no denying
His love is expressing
a grace that is greater
than our words can say

nothing can hinder
His righteous summation
our perfect defender
how firm the foundation
He is our hope
His grace our salvation
our fortress
our rock
our anchor
our stay

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise Ps 18:1-3. . .”  NIV

Grace and More Grace

January 24, 2014

through Adam the curse
(this message is terse)
but you are far worse
than you think you are

 

though Adam was first
we shared in his thirst
when fully immersed
became heir exemplar

 

an heir of the curse
(what could be worse)
you cannot reverse
what in Adam you are

 

but Jesus embraced
and lifted this race
by offering more grace
than imagined by far

 

~JD Collier

 

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  (Rom 5:17 NIV)

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2013

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Grateful!

If all that we see—goes tomorrow,
And that which we don’t see stands fast;
These unfurnished shacks that bring sorrow
Will give in to that which will last;
If all that defiles and detracts us,
Both that from without and within;
The ruts in the road that entrap us,
Reminders of where we have been;
If things that we seek to sustain us,
That hold us and tempt us to sin;
Conditions that cramp and restrain us
Will suddenly come to an end;
If all the diseases that harm us,
And all of the wars that we fight;
The thoughts of our mind that alarm us,
Surrenders to that which is right;
If He, as the end of the story,
Brings all earthly things to a close,
And sets up a new world of glory,
Eternal with perfect repose. . . .

Then we above all can be grateful,
He nurtures deep joy to the soul;
While reaching to others, be faithful,
For Jesus we want them to know;
Then we, by His grace, can live worth’ly,
Behavior conforming to Him;
With heavenly power, though earthly,
Rejecting and turning from sin;
Then we can be humble in spirit,
And not self-protect or hide;
And mirror His image and share it,
For  He nailed to the cross all our pride;
Then we can be brave and stand firmly,
Whatever this world brings our way,
And we can be gentle, yet sternly
Refuse to give in to its sway;
For we know the end of the story,
The City of God is in view,
And when He returns in His glory,
All promises made, He will do!

~JD Collier

Water of Life

November 12, 2013

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