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Everybody wants a blessed life, nobody wants the blessed life the way
God gives it—through a broken life. But before God can thoroughly
bless a person He must thoroughly break that person from his own
· We saw that in Jacob, who after being broken, became Israel.
· The understanding of the necessity of brokenness before blessedness
was seen in our Savior’s purchase of redemption through brokenness,
as is personal salvation and restoration.
· The path of brokenness begins with the birth, followed by the death,
but the eventual resurrection of God’s desires and intentions.
Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David…all took this path.
· The pattern of brokenness is seen through various Bible illustrations
and in real-life demonstrations. God has been in the “breaking business”
all through the Bible.
The “Purpose of Brokenness”
(1) To bring us to spiritual maturity and
(2) To allow us to engage us in maximum ministry.
Charles Stanley’s definition of brokenness:
“Brokenness is the condition whereby our will is brought into full
submission to his will so that when he speaks, we put up no argument,
make no rationalizations, offer no excuses, and register no blame,
but instead, instantly obey the leading of the Holy Spirit as he guides us.”
Brokenness is not just a “condition,” it is also a process—a very
predictable, planned process from God’s viewpoint. When we are
the ones being broken it is chaotic and confusing, it is painful
and puzzling. God is in the very center of our circumstances,
accomplishing His purpose which is …..
(1) spiritual maturity and
(2) maximum ministry.
How does God break us from living like unbelievers live—depending
on their five senses and their corrupt minds, their warped wills and
their easily influenced emotions? Believers, and only believers,
have an inner man that is meant to control the outer man.
The life of Simon Peter in the gospel provides a great example of
God’s breaking process.
1. The Process of Brokenness is Planned.
To many of us, our spiritual life is a huge mystery. We see it as
only some spontaneous, rather than something calculated, thought
out, planned out.
Think how this planned came together for Peter.
First, Christ choose His disciples, and one of them was Peter.
And the one that Jesus had the most problems with was … Peter.
But Christ saw what He could do in and through this man—a man
who had more hang-up than a telephone solicitor. Christ knew
with His touch, the blow of the chisel here and the heavenly
sandpaper there, Peter could be used to the glory of God.
If you will cooperate with God as you walk through the breaking
process, He will shape you into a servant that resembles His Son.
Christ’s plan was to zero in on what seemed to be Peter’s strength.
· Matthew 16:16-18 Peter spoke up…this time with the right
answer. Jesus pointed out to Peter that he didn’t come up with
that conclusion by himself—God had revealed it to Him.
· Matthew 16:21 Jesus began to prepare His men for His death.
· Matthew 16:22. Peter buts in. “Why, you’re not going to do
anything of the sort! You’re not going to be the Son of God and
have a bunch of men treat you that way. We are going to take
care of you.” How many know it is He that takes care of us,
and not the other way around?
Peter was a man of tremendous strength, potential, determination.
But Peter was not responding from a “spirit-level,” but from a
“soulish-level.” His will said, “No, you won’t die.” His emotions
said, “I’m too loyal. I love you too much to see that happen.”
His reason said, “None of this makes any sense.”
· Matthew 16:23a. “Peter…Satan, get behind me…” Who?
That’s, right. Peter, this is Satan’s plan for me to avoid the cross.
Get this. Peter had just had this tremendous spiritual revelation
in verse 18 and now he had a soulish revelation that was
diametrically opposite. The first came from heaven, the last came
· Matthew 16:23b “Peter, you are an offense unto me…”
Peter was his most outspoken, loyal disciples. It must have crushed
· Matthew 16:24-26 While Jesus said this to all “his disciples,”
the primary target was Peter. Peter had the bright idea that Jesus
would raise up an army and wipe out Rome and set up an earthly
kingdom. “No, Peter, you must be willing to die, also.”
2. The Process of Brokenness is Perpetual.
Many people have the idea that if we have one giant, whopper of
a breaking that it will last a life-time. Brother, you better keep
the bandages handy. Brokenness is a perpetual process…a process
to keep us broken from self-reliance, self-glorification, self-seeking.
Years ago when I was a young adult a man was trying to sell me
some health insurance. I said to him, “Man, I don’t need health insurance.
Can’t you see? I’m healthy.” His reply was, “You are over-due and you will
be needing some.” We need health insurance because…we all get sick,
sometimes seriously sick.
If you haven’t gone through the breaking process…hang on,
you’re overdue. Our strong points can be our weak points…because
we allow them to marginalize God.
Someone said “EGO” is “edging God out.”
Every step of the way, Peter was being broken.
· Matthew 14:22-27, 28-30 – Peter’s faith was broken.
– “If it is you, bid me come.” That’s serious spirit thinking.
– “But,” vs. 30. Peter slipped into his soulish senses and sank.
– Here is Peter—bold, courageous, loyal, fearless, determined—
and he nearly drowned. Wiped out. Buried at sea.
· Matthew 18:15-22 – Peter’s rights were broken.
– “How oft? Seven times?”
– “NO.” “Seventy times seven.” Not 490, but on and on and on.
– Shattered the old Peter who had his limits.
· Matthew 19:27 – Peter’s expectations were broken.
– “What shall we have?”
– Jesus: “More than you deserve and more than you can imagine.
· John 13:4-8 – Peter’s pride was broken.
– “Thou shalt never wash my feet.”
· Matthew 26:51-52 – Peter’s wisdom was broken.
– Peter drew his sword. Great plan, Peter.
– “Put up the sword into his place; for all they that take the sword
shall perish with the sword.”
· Matthew 26:33, 69-75 – Peter’s self-confidence was broken.
– Broken, Peter goes out weeping like a little baby.
· John 21:15-17 – Peter’s self-professed love was broken.
– “Lovest thou me?”
-”He was grieved.” Broken.
At every turn, Peter was put down, embarrassed, silenced, humiliated.
Why doesn’t God let up on us? God works to strip from our lives
that which we depend upon…so that we will depend on Him.
God loves us too much to let us be our soulish self.
He has bigger and better things for us.
3. The Process of Brokenness is Painful.
Psalm 119:67 “Before I was afflicted, I went astray: but now have
I kept thy word.” Verse 71 “It is good for me that I have been
afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
The process of brokenness is painful because of what brokenness
targets—the old man, the self life, our soulish dependence.
Our old man doesn’t like to be exposed as helpless, hopeless and hellish.
Most believer know what God is targeting to break in our
lives. We know what is grieving the Holy Spirit.
We know what is quenching the Holy Spirit.
The process of brokenness is painful because brokenness takes time.
The process of brokenness is painful because of the tools God uses
to break us.
God may use a wife to break a husband…husband to break a wife…
parent to break a child…child to break a parent…friend to break a friend.
The real laboratory of life is the home.
The home is where the real “you” is.
God may use your children to expose your flaws, your inconsistencies,
God can touch our “health” to get our attention.
You have heard of many medical problems that cannot be diagnosed.
All sickness is God’s hand of breaking, but all sickness is a time to
draw near to God.
God can hit us where it hurts—a shot at our pocketbooks.
There are people God will put in your life who care to be honest
God can wipe out our huge egos with personal failure. God did that
for me my first semester in college. If I had succeeded I don’t know
where I would be today. God used my failure—He didn’t have to do
very much to get me there—to get me to surrender to Him.
God’s most powerful tool is His Word.
· Jeremiah calls God’s Word a “hammer” 23:29, and a “fire,” 5:14.
It is also a “sword” Heb 4:12 and a bright “light” Ps 119:105.
This is one reason why people consistently stay away from church
services. The Word literally tears them up. God uses the Word to
break us. And you will not be broken until we can discern between
what is soul and what is spirit.
Let’s make a clarification about a couple of things that may or may
not be tools used by God that peole may wonder about.
· Death. Does God take another person’s life to get our attention?
It will often result in that, but it doesn’t seem like God to takes the
life of someone to make a point because God loves both people.
Death is the result of sin.
· Sin. Does God cause a person to sin to bring about another’s
submission to God? e.g. Does God get a teenager on drugs to get
a parents to fall on their faces before God. God will take advantage
of our sins and disobedience to bring about His purpose to confront
us and change us.
4. The Process of Brokenness is Precise.
God knows everything about everyone of us and know how to
precisely measure our breaking. And what a great God He is…
from person to person He orders our breaking.
Our breaking will last no longer than when we finally surrender.
Any resistance on our part will prolong the process. So our
willingness to yield shortens it.
The only thing that you can determine in the process of brokenness
is how long you will postpone the inevitable. God will have His way.
Charles Stanley warns, “Those who resist God long enough are not
destroyed — rather, they generally are ‘shelved.’ They are ignored.
They remain unused. They stagnate at their current level of
growth and spiritual maturity. They remain in their flawed state.”
That concept of being “shelved” is a Bible concept. It comes out
of 1 Corinthians 9:27 where Paul expressed the dreaded thought
of becoming a “castaway,” meaning “rejected,” (A.T. Robertson)
or “disqualified,” not from salvation, but from any earthly usefulness.
The last thing Peter wanted to do was give up the control of his life.
He wanted to do it “his way.” Brokenness is God’s process of bringing
us to the place where we humbly say, “Lord, I get it now. What do
you want me to do? How do you want me to live? Where do you
want me to go? What do you want me to say? Its all about you—
its not about me.”
Peter would later write in his first epistle, “God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace to the humble,” 1 Peter 5:5. Peter had lived the
first part, and was now enjoying the last part.
5. The Process of Brokenness is Profitable.
The best things for all of us is to be broken by the loving hand of God.
It is productive. It is profitable.
How can we be sure of that? Well, did it do ‘ol Peter any good?
Did he continue to live as he had always lived? Was he always a
spiritual yo-yo—up and down, up and down? Was he ever changed?
What is our proof of the profitability of brokenness?
Remember God purpose for brokenness? Maturity and ministry.
How did that work out for Peter?
· Maturity is never fully accomplished, but Peter was much more
grown up than when he first met Jesus. Acts 4:13 “And they took
knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Hey, we start
looking and behaving more like Jesus than ourselves, we are headed
in the direction of spiritual maturity. Jesus could now be seen in Peter
…what an accomplishment…a job only God could do.
· As far as ministry was concerned, he was the leader of the pack.
After all that he had been, and all that he had done (most of it not
good), God assigned Peter the ministry task of preaching on the
Day of Pentecost, Acts 2. He was Spirit-empower, preached Christ,
and 2,000 turned to Jesus and were baptized.
And the very next day after this record event at Pentecost, Peter
and John are headed to the temple to pray, Acts 3:1. That tells
me volumes about Peter. He’s no longer depending on himself.
While Peter takes up the first half of the book of Acts, it’s not the
old Peter doing the work; it’s the new Peter, the broken Peter.
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2 Timothy 3:1-5
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty,
3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without
5 having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power; and from these turn away!
(Hatred, wars, rape, incest, violence, greed, love of money,
foul language, selfishness, divorce, homosexuality,
group sex, wife swapping, swinging, orgies,incest,
fornication, adultery, stealing, murder, lying,
mugging, kidnapping, prostitution, trafficking in
child slavery, worshipping “the son” only
instead of “the Father”, Christians celebrating pagan
holidays, Christians wearing pagan idols,
child abuse, parent abuse, grand-parent abuse,
spiritism, astrology, witchcraft, drug-abuse,
drunkeness, slander, haughtiness, arrogance,
lovers of pleasure, disobedient to parents,
disobedient to authority, ungrateful, unthankful,
not open to any agreement, puffed up with pride,
false witnesses, no self-control, fierce, headstrong,
and just plain mean.)
All the ABOVE brings people down and it starts with what’s in their minds,
it takes roots and it festers and soon the mind becomes a battlefield and leads
to internal spiritual warfare, the wrestle between doing good and bad,
these are the schemes and machinations of the Devil aka Satan aka Lucifer,
the fallen angel!
Time is short and running out for him, so he and his minions manipulates and
deceives mankind in every which way to deter them from worshipping
YAHWEH our God and YESHUA, our Messiah
16 For where jealousy and contentiousness are, there disorder and every vile thing are.
“Do not boast, lie or murmur sweet words to cover up the ugly truth in thine hearts
of arrogance, selfishness and bitter jealousy which is venom to thy souls”
It’s earthly and it’s the attitude of Satan, the father of all lies and deceit;
so purify yourselves with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God Yahweh
so that you may stand blameless when our Messiah Yeshua comes back to reclaim
his rightful throne to rule.
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Although you know I’m homeless,
need shelter from the cold.
Don’t give me a coat and bag of food,
just warn me about my soul.
Now time is moving swiftly,
growing feeble weak and old.
The shelter I need is in His arms,
just warn me about my soul.
For if my soul’s in danger,
that’s something I must be told.
Don’t fill my plate with food and drink,
just warn me about my soul.
You see I’m in an emergency,
and sin has taken its toll.
It’s spiritual food I need the most,
just warn me about my soul.
The thing I need you to feed me,
bread of life to make me whole.
My body dies but my spirit lives on,
just warn me about my soul.
Don’t try to give me money,
don’t need silver cash or gold.
If you really cared about my fate,
you’ll warn me about my soul.
You’ll tell me I’m spiritually dead,
I’m lost under Satan’s control.
You’ll tell me how Jesus died for me,
you’ll warn me about my soul.
You’ll tell me about His love,
good news you should never withhold.
Gave up His life just to save mine,
you’ll warn me about my soul.
You see I’m in spiritual trouble,
my life Satan easily could have stole.
The one’s I’ll love when I finally get home,
those who warned me about my soul.
For at my day of judgment,
I’ll stand at eternity’s threshold.
I’ll enter in as one of the flock,
I was warned about my soul.
My life will be everlasting,
a splendor that can’t be told.
A life I’d never have,
if not warned about my soul.
And now I’m a king in heaven,
I’ve finally reached my goal.
The thing I credit to my success,
was the warning about my soul.
© 2005 Terry Goss
Ephesians : 6 : 10-18 [NWT]
10 Finally, go on acquiring power in [the] Lord and
in the mightiness of his strength.
11 Put on the complete suit of armor from God that YOU
may be able to stand firm against the machinations of
12 because we have a wrestling, not against blood and
flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities,
against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked
spirit forces in the heavenly places.
13 On this account take up the complete suit of armor from
God, that YOU may be able to resist in the wicked day and,
after YOU have done all things thoroughly, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm, therefore, with YOUR loins girded about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and with YOUR feet shod with the equipment of the good
news of peace.
16 Above all things, take up the large shield of faith, with
which YOU will be able to quench all the wicked one’s
17 Also, accept the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the spirit, that is, God’s word,
18 while with every form of prayer and supplication YOU
carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit.
BUSY: Being Under Satan’s Yoke?
The Devil’s Convention ….
Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.
In his opening address he said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church.”
“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.”
“We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their savior.”
“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners,
BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with
Almighty God Jehovah and Jesus Christ, His Son.”
“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil: “Distract them from gaining
hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!
” “How shall we do this?” his demons shouted. “Keep them busy in the non-essentials
of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.
“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”
“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work
6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”
“Keep them from spending time with their children.”
“As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the
pressures of work!” “Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear
that still, small voice.”
“Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.”
“To keep the TV, VCR, DVD, CDs and their PCs, going constantly in their
home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays
non-biblical music constantly.”
“This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”
“Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”
“Invade their driving moments with billboards.”
“Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes,
and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products,
services and false hopes.”
“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands
will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become
dissatisfied with their wives.”
“Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.”
” Give them headaches too! “If they don’t give their husbands the love they
need, they will begin to look elsewhere; thus committing adultery!”
“That will fragment their families quickly!”
“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”
“Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”
“Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation.
Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.
“Keep them busy, busy, busy!”
“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk
so that they leave with troubled consciences.”
“Crowd their lives with so many good earthly causes they have no time to seek
power from Jehovah God and His Son, Jesus Christ.”
“Let them be involved in soul-winning, but crowd their lives with so many causes
that they have no time to seek power from God and Christ. Soon they will be
working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good
of the cause.”
“It will work!” “It will work!”
It was quite a devilish clever plan!
The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere
to get busier and more rushed, going here and there and everywhere.
Having little time for their God or their families.
Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.
I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his schemes?
You be the judge!!!!!
Does “BUSY” mean: Being Under Satan’s Yoke?
Satan’s goal is to take our minds away from Jehovah God and Jesus Christ
and steer us towards the cares of the world. God wants us to enjoy life,
but He must be our first priority in our lives.If we are too busy for the
One True God Jehovah and His Son, Jesus Christ, then we are too
busy being earthly busy. The Day of Wrath of Jehovah and Jesus Christ
Second Coming is upon the whole world; Wake Up and Pray Up and
not be lead away by Satan’s schemes and temptations or else we’ll have
to face the consequences with regrets and be written out of the
Book of LIFE and God’s Kingdom.
The HOUR is at HAND.
THE BIBLEAdam and Eve they started it all
In that beautiful garden before the big fall
The Devil enticed them, and that fruit they did eat They were thrown out of Eden, into the street
Enoch lived to the age, of three hundred sixty five
And he walked with God while he was still alive Many years later, the earth became corrupt
God said to Noah, “My temper will erupt”
“Build yourself an ark, the dimensions I will give
Your family and earth’s creatures, are going to live”
Before the rains came and the water began to soar
God said “Noah get in the ark, and don’t open the door”
When land appeared and the waters were on the wane
Noah said to his sons, “start the thing over again”
The world spoke one tongue, and built the Tower of Babel
But God confused their speech, it was tough to play Scrabble
At age seventy-five, the Lord told Abraham
“Take Sarah and Lot, and go to Canaan”
“I will make you a great nation, and I will bless
All this land will be yours, for you to assess”
Isaac was born, to continue the line
He became very rich, God’s blessing did shine
Twins were born to Rebekah, after an ordeal
They hairy one came first, the other gripping his heel
“Two nations are they, and one shall pass the other
Esau the red, will serve Jacob his brother
The blessing went to Jacob, because Isaac was blind
He wrestled with God, to receive an anointing divine
Twelve sons he received, and it was a big deal
They became the fathers, of the tribes of Israel
To get rid of Joseph, his brothers made a plot
But in Egypt he landed, and became a big shot
Now famine hit Israel, and the family did pack
And traveled to Egypt, for the food they did lack
But Jacob and the eleven, were in for a surprise
They recognized Joseph, with tears in their eyes
The twelve tribes lived in Egypt, for many a year
They multiplied so fast, the Pharaoh did fear
He suppressed them in slavery, and it remained so
Until Moses came along, and said “Let my people go”
Ten plagues did it take, before the Pharaoh made it clear
He told Moses and Aaron, “get the heck out of here”
Moses led his people, about three million or more
For forty years in the desert and across the sea floor
God’s presence was with them, it was an awesome sight
A massive cloud by day, and raging fire by night
With Manna coming from Heaven, and water from a rock
There was enough to sustain them, and all of their stock
Moses was a true friend of God, they talked face to face
No greater man ever lived, that had God’s grace
“Curse Israel, Balaam,” said the great king Balak
But Balaam chickened out, when a donkey talked back
Joshua and Caleb, crossed the Jordan one day
And kicked the heathens out of Israel, in a multi-year fray
Now Israel was camped, in the Promised Land
But they continued to fight, to further expand
When Joshua passed on, the Judges took rule
It was their job, to keep things running cool
The heathens attacked Israel, and Othniel did slam
Cushan-rishathaim, the king of Aram
When Israel served Moab, Ehud was up to the test
He defeated king Eglon, and had an eighty year rest
The army of Canaan, could not withstand the attack
Of ten thousand Israelites, led by Deborah and Barak
When Gideon and the three hundred, blew their trumpets one night
The Midianites and Amalekites, got up and took flight
After Jephthah subdued Ammon, it was a real shame
There was nobody in Israel, who could pronounce his name
So mighty was Samson, a lion he slew by its den
Then with the jawbone of an ass, he killed one thousand men
He had a big weakness, for a Philistine maiden
He woke up one morning, and found his head shaven
But the anointing returned, when his hair grew back
And the Philistine temple, he gave a good whack
With Ruth’s self sacrifice, and moral integrity
She became David’s great grandma, and gave him a legacy
Samuel was the last of the Judges, and he anointed Saul
As the first king of Israel, he was handsome and tall
But Saul went bad, and when it was time to depart
David came on the scene, a man after God’s heart
A great king was David, in the Lord’s sight
A little shepherd boy, who liked a good fight
He made some mistakes, but to God he would go
To get his sins forgiven, and continue to grow
Solomon was next in line, and under his reign
He built the Lord’s Temple, and increased the domain
He was the wisest of all kings, but later in life
He worshipped some idols, causing his country much strife
When Solomon died, the kingdom split in two
Ten tribes became Israel, while Judah had two
There were many kings of Israel, and Judah as well
Some followed God, and some followed Baal
Now God is alive, and will be ever more
Baal is a stone, that sits on the floor
But the people bowed to the stone, and idols of wood
And that was the end, of God’s old neighborhood
Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash and Amaziah
Azariah, Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah
They were good kings, and did things to please God
But most of the others, did things that were odd
Ahab and Ahaz, were two of the worst
And Manasseh was so bad, he left Judah a curse
God sent many prophets, to turn things about
Some would dress funny, while others would shout
One of the best was Elijah, that the Lord sent
Away in a flaming chariot, to Heaven he went
He never really died, and there are rumors that say
He is coming back to earth, on a future day
Elisha had a double anointing, and it was said
He even performed a miracle, after he was dead
The destruction of the two kingdoms, Isaiah did preach
But the people did not listen, to his God-fearing speech
There were twelve minor prophets, as great as the rest
They answered His call, they all passed the test
Nahum and Habakkuk, Joel and Zechariah
Amos and Hosea, Haggai and Zephaniah
Micah and Malachi, Jonah and Obadiah
They preached the Lord’s prophecies, and did it with fire
The prophets tried to tell them, they went to every door
But the people worshipped idols, and sinned all the more
They sinned against the Lord, once too often my friend
The Assyrians attacked, and brought Israel to an end
The northern kingdom was gone, the people had fled
Judah hung in there, just by a thread
Another fierce army, was beginning to loom
Jeremiah did his best, to stop the oncoming doom
But Judah was stiff-necked, and went their own way
They turned their backs to God, His prophets they slay
And it was not too long, before their number was up
Because Judah and Israel, drank the same cup
Now God is slow to anger, but don’t push your luck
Keep on sinning my friend, and you’re a dead duck
Down came Nebuchadnezzar, and the men of Babylon
Judah was destroyed, the Temple was gone
Ezekiel became a prophet, in the Babylonian exile
He preached of restoration, that would come in a while
Daniel showed Nebuchadnezzar, the things that will come
A high post he was given, and a ruler of some
The Jews were in exile, for year after year
They begged God for mercy, their prayers He did hear
A Persian ruler was Cyrus, and a good man was he
He was a servant of God, and the Jews did he free
Back to the homeland, some of them came
They rebuilt the Temple, but it was never the same
Nehemiah and Ezra, and some other good men
Rebuilt the cities, and got things going again
Beautiful Esther talked, to the Persian king
And saved the Jewish people, from a slaughtering
But Israel was dominated, for many years more
The Persians, Greeks and Romans, all stood on their shore
The Old Testament has ended, and so has BC But now comes the good part, the start of AD
In the days of King Herod, an angel appeared
To Zechariah and Mary, and both of them feared
To the Virgin Mary He said, “Hail favored one
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and give you a Son
You shall call His name Jesus, He is a Godsend
His reign will be forever, His Kingdom will not end”
These two events, happened six months apart
John was born first, to the desert he did depart
He baptized the people, and told them to repent
He was making things ready, for the One to be sent
Magi came from the east, guided by a star
To see the new king, they traveled afar
They found the Baby Jesus, the one who is foremost
In a Bethlehem manger, with a heavenly host
Jesus met John, at the Jordan one day
“Behold the Lamb of God,” is all John could say
John baptized Jesus, the Heavens opened above
The Holy Spirit descended, in the form of a dove
Jesus went into the desert, for a forty-day fast
Satan tried to tempt Him, but he could not outlast
Jesus quoted some scriptures, forcing Satan to leave
The Word of God is final, Satan could not deceive
Walking the shores, of the Galilee Sea
He met James and John, the sons of Zebedee
“Leave your nets my friends, and come walk with Me
And fishers of men, are what you will be”
Twelve disciples, Jesus did choose
He taught them and gave them new powers to use
Peter and Andrew, Matthew and the rest
One was a devil, the others were blessed
A miracle He performed, at a wedding one time
Six jars of water, He turned into wine
In Cana it happened, the first of His signs
And His disciples starting believing, He was divine
Jesus preached to the people, He gave an account
And no better sermon did He preach, than the one on the Mount
He taught about anger, adultery and law
And to love your enemies, as you had not before
On a boat with His Disciples, there came up a squall The boat took on water, it became a catchall
The Disciples asked Jesus, “are we to perish?”
He rebuked the storm, the waves did diminish
There came five thousand, to hear the Lord preach
They went hours without food, to hear Jesus teach
Some bread and two fish, He held up to bless
They had plenty to eat, with food in excess
All the sick came to Him, and it’s always His aim
To heal everyone, whether deaf, blind or lame
He cannot stand, to see anyone in pain
Yesterday or today, the healing’s the same
Lepers were cleaned, and the blind could see
Even the dead were raised, and the possessed set free
The crowds had gathered, to hear His call
He healed everyone, He healed them all
A woman caught in sin, had violated a law
“Stone her” yelled the crowd, with a mighty uproar
Jesus said to the crowd, words that would atone
“Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”
When time was getting short, He gathered His Disciples
For the Last Supper, during which He gave out:
A piece of bread as His Body, and wine as His Blood.
To the Mount of Olives they went, the mob came like a flood
It was there He was betrayed, by Judas His friend
His Ministry on earth, had come to an end
He was sent to Golgotha, by Pilate to be
Mocked as a king, and nailed to a tree
Satan thought he had won, now that Jesus was dead
He saw Him on the cross, and all the blood that was shed
But Satan had no idea, of what was ahead
What seemed to be his victory, was Satan’s loss instead
On the third day, the stone rolled from the tomb
And when Jesus arose, it was the end of our doom
The battle was finished, at a great cost
But with Jesus alive, Satan knew he had lost
He is alive today, the right hand of God He does sit
Still doing miracles and healings, and it’s definite
To earth He will return, like a thief in the night
To clean the earth of evil, and to make things right
The Apostles took over, when Jesus ascended
The Holy Spirit came upon them, and they superintended
The spread of the Gospel, through the known world
For God they were working, and the harder they toiled
On His way to Damascus, traveled a man named Saul
He was blinded by a light, to the ground did he fall
“Why do you persecute Me.” he heard Jesus call
It was there he was converted, and became known as Paul
A great witness for Jesus, Paul then became known
He preached to the Gentiles, was righteous to the bone
He was beat with a whip, and struck by the stone
But you cannot be broke, when you’re one of Christ’s own
Other great disciples, on trips did embark
Timothy and Luke, Apollos and Mark
Silas and Titus, Barnabas and more
They preached the good news, to every known shore
Around 100 A.D., God appeared before John
“Get yourself a tablet, and write upon
Everything that I tell you, and everything you see
To let the world know, its future destiny”
Many visions of the future, did God reveal
Some were symbolic, and some of them real
He showed John everything, He did not conceal
How rough things will get, after He breaks the first seal
Earthquakes and pestilence, famine and war
These things will happen, like never before
And when the situation is bad, and the world is downcast
Christ will return, with a loud trumpet blast
He will take the false prophet, and the one known as the beast
And throw them into the fire, while the birds have a feast
Then Satan will be seized, and thrown into the pit
And after 1,000 years, the Lord will permit
Satan to be released, for a short season
But he goes back to his old tricks, of deception and treason
And now the pool of fire, is his final goal
Never again will Satan, ever harm another soul
When Judgment is over, and the earth is clean of sin
Down from the Heavens, the Holy City drops in
No more tears, pain or death, in that beautiful place
God is now dwelling, with the human race
The Word of God is completed, and it’s plain to see
The world needs a Savior, to act as referee
Our governments don’t work, they try all the more
Whenever they say peace, it always means war
The Jews prayed for a Messiah, to put up a good fight
To be free from oppression, and get out of their plight
But when He did come to earth, He was gentle and meek
Instead of a fight, He said “turn the other cheek”
Many prophecies in the Bible were fulfilled by Him
He went to the cross, to remove us from sin
He gave His Life for you, don’t let it go to waste
Turn your life over to Jesus, and do it with haste
A few words of meaning, can remove all your strife
And get your name printed, in God’s Book of Life
Don’t hesitate now, it’s later than you think
Jesus will return, in less than a blink
Say “Jesus my Lord, I turn my life over to You
I know You are the One, who is faithful and true
Forgive all my sins, and help me pursue
A better way of life, with a Spirit that’s new”
Say this with meaning, and you will be saved from the wrath
Stay off the broad highway, get on the constricted path
The broad road leads to destruction, and I can’t overstate
The way to eternal life, is through the narrow gate
Read the Bible every day, and walk in His Word Repel from the sinning, don’t follow the herd
Some day face to face, with Christ you will be He may ask you the question, “What have you done for Me?”
by George Konig
*The Sultan and Satan*
An ancient legend from the East tells of a great sultan who was a devout man of God. One morning he overslept. When the Devil saw that the hour of morning prayer was passing, he woke the sultan and urged him to get out of bed and pray.
“Who are you?” asked the startled sultan, still rubbing the sleep from his eyes.
“Oh, it’s not important,” replied the shady figure. “The important thing is that I woke you up in time, otherwise you would have missed your prayers for the first time in ten years-and it is very good to pray, isn’t it?”
“Yes, that is true!” replied the sultan smugly. “I wouldn’t dream of missing my prayer time. Not even once! … But wait a minute! I think I recognize you. Yes, I know your face. Of course! You are Satan, and no doubt you have some evil motive for your appearance!”
“I’m not really as bad as you think!” exclaimed the intruder. “After all, I was God’s right-hand angel once.”
“That is all very well,” replied the wise old sultan, “but you are also the Deceiver; that is your business! So I demand in the name of God to know why you want me to get up and pray!”
“Well,” replied the Devil, having grown huffy and impatient with the sultan’s persistence, “if you must know, I’ll tell you. If you had slept and forgotten your prayers, you would have felt very sorry for it afterward and would have been quite penitent. That would have humbled you and brought you close to God. But if you continue on as you have for the last ten years, without missing a single prayer, then you will become so satisfied with yourself that it will be worse for you than if you had missed one prayer and had asked God for forgiveness. God loves your fault mixed with repentance much more than your virtue seasoned with pride!”
Often it is actually good for us to make some mistakes because if we didn’t, we’d most likely become so proud of ourselves and so self-confident that we’d no longer feel we needed any help from God or others. But in reality, when we feel so proud and self-satisfied, it’s because we’re not closer to God, but more full of ourselves.
Many people in the world today are taught that pride is a virtue. But God recognizes pride and self-righteousness for what they really are-sins of the heart! The Bible says that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall,” and that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6).
Quite frequently God uses our mistakes to help keep our pride in check, to keep us humble and more dependent on His goodness and strength, rather than our own. The Lord blesses humility. He gives more grace to the humble, and promises to dwell “with him who has a contrite and humble spirit” (1 Peter 5:5; Isaiah 57:15).
It has been said that out of what seems like defeat come some of God’s greatest victories. “But what kind of victory is that?” you may ask. Well, God very often uses humbling experiences to make us better people-more compassionate and understanding of the errors of others, more loving and patient, when otherwise we might not have been so. The Lord wants to use our mistakes to teach us many important lessons that perhaps we wouldn’t be able to learn any other way. So isn’t it encouraging to realize that even our failures can be for our good?
Of course, in order for the Lord to bring this good to pass, we must be honest with ourselves, be willing to confess our mistakes, and attempt to rectify them. The hardest words to say in any language are, “I was wrong!” This takes humility of the kind that only God can give, because it’s human nature to want to appear perfect and faultless, and consequently be unable to confess our mistakes.
But if we want the truth and desire God’s blessing, then we’ll honestly and humbly admit our faults and failings. Then we can take comfort in knowing that we are wiser today than we were yesterday. Contrary to what some folks seem to think, an admission of error is a sign of strength rather than weakness.
Besides, God knows you’re anything but perfect. In fact, He knows you can’t be perfect and never will be. So the crux of the matter is not whether you are perfect or not, but whether you depend on the Lord and His grace, love and mercy. Do you give Him all the glory and credit for anything good that you do? Whenever you accomplish something good, you should say, “Just thank Jesus. Don’t thank me! If I have done anything good, it’s only because the Lord helped me do so.”
A good rule to follow is this: Give God all the glory for anything good you do, and yourself the blame for anything bad. That will help keep you from falling into that horrible trap of self-righteous pride, which is the basis of virtually all sin.
So whenever you make a mistake and are then tempted to get down and discouraged, just remember the sultan’s lesson: God loves your fault mixed with repentance more than your virtue seasoned with pride!