This One Thing: Faith for Creatives

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind…The end of the matter, all having been heard: fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole man.”~ECCLESIASTES 1:14;12:13

The book of Ecclesiastes was inspired by the Living Spirit of God and written by not only the wisest man to ever live, besides our Savior, Jesus Christ, but the wealthiest man of all creation; King Solomon.

In his lifetime, he had tasted of every indulgence he could, wealth was in abundance, of women he did not lack. There was nothing under the sun that was denied him.

And yet, after running around the mountain of indulgence and want, whether of Godly pursuit or in the attempt to appease the longings of his own flesh and desires; he came to the simple and yet profound conclusion, that nothing, NOTHING else was of true value, all was as chasing the wind, except loving God.

The word “fear” used in the scripture in regard to the Holy God of creation, is not that of being afraid and cowering, but one of awe and reverence. To be totally stricken silent by the glorious wonder of the One you are beholding. At the end of it all, King Solomon had found his One thing. God was his one thing.

Some may be thinking, “Well, that’s all well and good for him, but I live in the real world and I have real problems and cares.” So did Solomon. Whether at your greatest height or your lowest low, there is nothing so sweet as the embrace of Christ Jesus but you can only experience that by giving Him permission to take you in His arms.

Christ Jesus longs to love you and be loved by you. He died for you as His greatest expression of His love because YOU are HIS ONE THING.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.~ ROMANS 5:8

I encourage you to listen to the song again, read the words and maybe even sing along. Allow yourself to be enraptured by the truth that you are His One thing and His desire is to be close to you. And allow Him to be your One thing, for in Him are all things and you will lack for no good thing! (Matthew 6:24-34)

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”~REVELATION 3:20

*Revised from November 18, 2015

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

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The Blessing of Trusting the Lord: A Word of Encouragement

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Psalm 56:3-4Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.What can flesh do to me?”

 

In life, we all come to a place where we face fear. It could be something as grand as the fear of crashing your car or the fear of a needle during a check-up at the doctor’s office. But as with all things, there is always the choice of choosing to live beyond the fear, and we can do this by trusting in God.

Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus says the Lord“Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the LordFor he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear[a] when heat comes;But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Something I want to point out about the two men mentioned in the verses from Jeremiah. Both men were righteous men of God, but the first man turned His attention from the goodness of god and began to trust in other men for his preservation.

The fact of the matter is, no matter how sincere others are, no matter how sincere we are, we are bound to fail each other time and time again.

But failure is not in God! Not only that, but all of His promises are yes and in Christ, amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). He will do what He said.

When we chose to trust Him by faith, no matter the circumstances we trust Him we can:

The Word of God is full of words that don’t assure as that we will never experience or face fear, but rather that God is trustworthy to deliver us from whatever it is that has us afraid. Psalm 91 is a perfect example of that. Verses 9-16 express, like in Jeremiah, what the reward of those who trust in Him will be:

9Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation [Yeshuati=Jesus*].”

Psalm 91 shows us the trouble will try to overtake us and cause us to fear, but as long as we continue to make Yeshua Jesus our refuge and trust, He will cause us to overcome every scheme that comes against us and He will prosper us.

So, how do we, in the face of trial and fearful things continue to trust in the Lord? We do so by staying in and meditating on His word daily.

It is in His Word that we are assured of His goodness, in His Word that our trust and love and faith grows. It is in His Word that we obtain Salvation/Yeshua/Jesus! the Living Word! (John 1:1-16, Colossians 1:15-20).

So let us rejoice in His Word and trust in Him taking our rest in Joy for He is faithful who has promised (Hebrews 10:23, I Thessalonians 5:24) and He has promised to keep all who trust in Him! And oh, what a blessing it is!

Jeremiah 15:16 “Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

*The word used for ‘My Salvation’ is Yeshuati in the Hebrew. The Name of the Savior is Yeshua/Jesus.

The Case: Short Story Monday’s Muse Results from November 2nd 2015

Thursday has rolled upon us with a lovely encore of what it meant to be summer! Its 74F here with a gentle breeze and mostly blue skies. I cannot complain. On to our task. Monday's Muse results time. I hope you enjoy what I have come up with. To view the original prompt,and maybe even give it a shot, please do so by clicking Here.

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The Case

“After all these years, all the searching and money spent, she finally had the case in hand. Why then, with the locks unlatched, was fear preventing her from opening it?” She silently berated herself, calling herself the old names that the others used to call her, before cupping her numbing lips with her own trembling hands.

She was over that, over them, over the years of ridicule. She had made herself into a champion with the help of no one. Everyone who mocked her was now beneath her.

She huffed with a sardonic laugh. She could literally buy and sell them three times over and still have enough disposable income to spend her summer in Barbados.

Yet somehow, no matter how much money she had made, no matter how many ladders she had climbed and then burned behind her so no one else could follow-or survive their fall as she tossed them down for that matter-she still couldn’t pay the devil enough to keep him from mocking her or forcing her to sing the words of his song.

“You are nothing. You are the daughter of a john and a harlot. No matter how much you wash you will always be filthy trash.” 

She shuddered and slapped the lid of the case with her hand. Angry tears caused the dusty leather to brighten with a rich reddish hue, it reminded her of…blood, His blood. Again she covered her mouth but this time stepped away from the case.

She had so desperately wanted to know. She wanted to know the truth of who she was, who she really was beyond the labels, beyond the lies, beyond the devil’s wicked song.

“You are redeemed and purchased with a price, the precious atoning blood of Jesus.”  Beau’s words rang in her ears like the sweetest bell and the memory of his radiant smile made her do a cringing turn in shame, turning her away from her past and her shame. Beau had encouraged her after having found her in a vulnerable state. The warmth in his liquid brown eyes had drawn out confessions of her soul, intimate things she had never told a single person…not on this side of her life.

But she had told Beau, she told him everything, and he listened. He led her to Christ that day, led her back to Him was more the truth. She’d become the prodigal daughter who’d taken everything from her Father only to waste it. Except she hadn’t wasted her hard-gained wealth. She had simply wasted herself in anger and bitterness.

Beau had made her feel vulnerable, like the little girl, daughter of the john and the harlot, the little girl’s whose life and identity was piled up in an old suit case covered in dust, the truth of who she was, her shame. But the tear that had made the leather look like blood reminded her of more Beau had said.

“The Mercy Seat was covered with blood which sat above the Ark of the Covenant. The seat was covered in blood so that the Letter of the Laws, perfect as they were, so perfect they could not bend in mercy towards us but could only condemn us, point out our debt and sin, was also covered so that when a Holy God looked down upon the Ark, He didn’t see the perfect law and our imperfection, He saw the Blood that atoned for our imperfection.” Beau clasped her hand. “When you gave your life to Christ, His blood covered everything against you, passed, present and future. His blood covers you. When God the Father see’s you now, all He see’s is His lovely daughter, redeemed by His precious Son’s blood and mercy, saved by Grace through Faith. Case closed.” 

She’d taken Beau’s words, taken the truth and within a week’s time allowed the devil’s tune to turn her heart cold, colder. She’d planned to fire Beau. Now she stood in front of her past, staring at her tears that reminded her of the blood upon the mercy seat and all she could do was think of Him and think of Beau. She’d been thinking of either of them.

Throwing caution to the wind she dialed Beau’s number on her mobile phone. He answered after the third ring. “Hello, Beau. It’s me. I need your assistance with a case, I need you to help me close it for good. Thank you. God-God bless you, Beau.”

THE END

As always, I am very surprised at the direction this story chose to take. I did not see this as being a story of redemption and the perfect work of Yeshua Jesus, but that is what it was, is. What blesses me most to say, and having already said in the story is that His redemption of us is final. Nothing can change that, but even when we are redeemed and wholly excepted by God, we still need to allow time for His healing. Sometimes this is instant and other times it takes time. Furthermore, we need the help of others to help us on our journey. We weren’t designed to go it alone. I hope this tale has blessed you, and if you have any questions regarding faith in Yeshua Jesus please feel free to ask!

Cheers!

Always Welcome: A Word & Musical Interlude

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Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the Heavens, Jesus, The Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a High priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses; but was in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore COME BOLDLY unto THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

~Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV

I want to encourage you today. I don’t care what is going on in your life, how you may have failed, what sin you may find yourself entangled in, I want you to know that if you have given your heart to Yeshua Jesus that He is not taken by surprise when you stumble, nor is He shaking His head in condemnation towards you (Romans 8:1).

What He is doing is waiting with His arms open wide, waiting for you, His beloved, redeemed child, to run into His open arms and allow Him to restore you.

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:16-17, Jeremiah 31:31-34

You see, the separation that we feel from Father God when we make a mistake and sin is not a separation caused by Him moving away from us. No. He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5). His finished work on the cross was more than enough to wash all of that away; past present and future. When He said it was finished He meant everything through out time and eternity. (Hebrews 10:11-17) (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

You are completely and wholly forgiven.

The separation we experience is caused by our own moving away because of the lie of the enemy telling us that God is angry with us. But He has promised to NEVER be angry with us again (Isaiah 54:9).

There is therefore now, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1

When we allow satan’s lies to become a stronghold in our lives, we begin to turn away from God in shame. We move away from Him, but He waits for us and peruses us with open arms. There is nothing you can do to earn His favor. All you can do is receive it.

Yeshua Jesus, Your Loving Father, King, Savior and Friend, wants you to know you are COMPLETELY FORGIVEN, and COMPLETELY LOVED. Nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:37-39) and you are ALWAYS WELCOME!

Take the time and listen to these sisters, Mary and Martha (twins) minister to you this truth in song, “Always Welcome.”

~Poiema Poetry in Motion

“No Longer Slaves” By Bethel Church: A Music Interlude of Sweet Worship and Adoration

I heard this song a few days ago when a Brother in Christ posted it on his Facebook page. His description of it was so moving that I had to listen (would have done so anyway since I love to worship with Bethel Church.)

These words just resonant within my soul and encompass me in the sweetest love of God! I am no longer a slave of fear, I am free, I am a child of God! You can be too!

Jesus came for us all! His gift is for all! All you have to do is say YES!

God Bless!

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The Love of the Savior

I can touch more than the hem of Your Garment. I can touch Your heart.” ~Candice Coates

Messiah Yeshua, Jesus Christ, the Mighty Right Hand of God, God Himself, the Creator of all and the Lord of all, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, The Mighty King made Himself humble just to be near to us. How great the depth of His love, often misunderstood, often misrepresented. But His light is too fierce for darkness to overshadow. His love is tenacious and open for us all in Spirit, Grace and Truth.