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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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Worship Him

September 4, 2013

Worship imageListen,
you hear it?
Rejoicing above,
where worshiping angels
pour out their love,
where creatures and elders
worship His Name,
honor with singing
the One who was slain?
They never give way.
They never retreat,
but shout out their praise
round the merciful seat.
Never a hindrance,
disruption or pause,
resounding through ages
down heavenly halls . . .
glory and majesty,
honor and praise;
mercy and justice,
Your marvelous ways.
Wisdom and knowledge
with gladness and thanks,
 worship
exalting
from heavenly ranks”

So join the celestial
chorus and raise
your voice to the King—
Shout out His praise!
Though earthly experience
may hold
and defeat,
heavens cantata
declare and repeat—
Vict’ry!
Completed!
The war has been won.
Rejoice
all ye people
in Jesus
God’s Son.
The evil is vanquished;
your sins washed away.
Join with the masses
with shoutings of yea!
Sing
glory and honor,
His splendor to laud,
riches of wisdom;
His mercy applaud.
Holy and Righteous,
the One on the throne;
throughout all eternity
pour out this song—
Jesus,
I love you,
extol and adore.
Thank you
my Savior
forever and more.
Jesus
I love you . . .’”

~JD Collier

“Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang . . .” Rev 5:11-12 
“They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God . . .”  Rev 7:12  NIV

 “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Eph 5:19-20  NIV

This is the day that I have made . . .

June 12, 2012

this is the day
that I have made
each part of this day
I have carefully weighed
and every detail
has tender concern
that you may grow
prosper and learn
that My love for you is real

and as you go walking
through this day’s pace
use your best striving
for seeking My face
approaching each moment
as coming from Me
and trusting My judgment
believe it to be
exactly as I planned

I want you to know
and understand
that you are Mine
and I hold your hand
in this assurance
step out and live
responding to Me
and all that I give
in this day that I have made

~JD Collier

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Ps 118:24  NIV
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
James 4:8 NIV
“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”
1 Chron 16:11 NIV
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NIV

Crossing Over

September 20, 2011

“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 chilling 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
“it’s only a dream–
a dream in the night”

but nothing is hidden
that God does not view
all secrets
forbidden
exposed by the true
unapproachably Holy
impenetrable Light
no sin and no darkness
survives in His sight

pondering the point
of this God 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”—

the Light just keeps shining
the darkness defining
‘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 and 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

Light shines in the darkness
o’ercoming the night
each “yes” that is spoken
now broken
contrite

each “yes” gives God glory
each “yes” tells the story—
of Jesus
the Savior
the Yes
and the Light

~JD Collier

John 1:1-5

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.     

John 1:9-13
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent,
or of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.    

1 John 1:5-10

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.   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. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

 NIV

predestined

May 31, 2011

predestined to be
to the praise of His glory
chosen in Him
from the start of the story
marked with the Spirit
to be His possession
lavished with love
that never will lessen
by the mystery of His will

though dead in transgressions
an object of wrath
sinful by nature
and darkness
my path
yet God
rich in mercy
filled with great love
expressing His kindness
with grace from above
raised me to heavenly realms

made holy
and blameless
blessed
with all blessing
riches of wisdom
gifting possessing
His by adoption
a child to embrace
made heir of the promise
to the praise of His grace . . .

and why He redeemed me
and set me apart
i dare not ask why
but trust His great heart­—
and kneel in worship and praise

                           ~JD Collier

(based on Ephesians 1 and 2)

Eph 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
NIV