2 Timothy 1:7-11  New International Version (NIV)

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.



The more I know Jesus…the more I’m not afraid to die

But embrace the future moment when I will meet Our Lord in the sky

We hold tightly to this “fallen” world, when we fear the unknown

But a heart in relationship with Jesus, The Christ, holds no fear…no fear was ever sewn

Into the hearts of those who trust in Jesus, into the minds of those redeemed by The Christ

For fear only exists in darkness, no fear exists in The Children of Light

No I can’t claim to have always felt this way… in times past I walked in the dark

The spirit of fear lived within me then… without power and self-discipline I embarked

On a journey without peace, a departure… toward the grave

But Jesus called me to live a Holy Life, fulfilling His purpose, He offered me grace

His purpose ordained before the beginning of time, revealed through relationship with Christ, Who trampled over the grave and conquered death, His believers are promised immortal life

Like the Apostle, Paul, who God appointed and called

I guard The Holy Spirit’s investment in me

To speak boldly my faith, through verse and rhyme

Communicating to you…eloquently

That you will fear NOT about death or what your future holds

If you will trust in Jesus, peace and eternity unfolds

For all who acknowledge The Lord, believing and trusting upon His name

He will give to you a fearless heart, because He loves YOU exactly the same


CORRELATION: Can you recall a time in your own life, when you were timid or afraid? What specific emotions surfaced during the experience?

COMMUNICATION: Share briefly in the comments section how disobedience to God’s Word causes fear. How does fear effect your character, your conduct and your conversations?

APPLICATION: Share your story with a friend, family member or co-worker, who may be dealing with a similar situation. Read and study God’s Word daily. Ask The Holy Spirit to reveal to you His wisdom, knowledge and discernment, so you will know how to apply His Word in your own life, as you help those around you utilize God’s Word in their lives as well.

QUOTATION:  “Sound Bible study transforms the heart by training the mind and always places God at the center of the story.” – Jen Wilkin

Transfer Possession

Oh for days and days to write
Until my heart’s content
Thought-provoking words from ink to page
Is my sole intent

To share with you…my thoughts, my faith
That your world might grow stronger with every reading
And to steer clear of the mistakes I’ve made
From the bottom of my heart I am pleading

For you to take these simple words of mine
Spend time with them in contemplation
Of your character, your conduct
And the words you speak

Especially in idle conversation

Are you stating facts
Or are you just being polite
With words that are humble
Penitent and contrite

Because the reader and listener
Will see holes in every page
If your words are not authentic
They will soon disengage

From the Message

The one God called you to tell
Through the story of your life
A story, You know
Good and well

Can help someone else
Currently walking in those shoes
To make a different choice
Your words could help them choose


It’s not ours to take away, it’s not ours to give
But to transfer possession of The Holy Spirit within
Repent, open your heart, breathe it in…and live
Then Exhale…transferring possession all over again

Silence is Cowardly

If we know God’s Truth
We must speak it boldly
Silence is cowardly
Apathy destroys slowly

Irreparable damage results
When we choose to ignore
The “little things” unaligned with God’s Word
Soon manifest and we will eventually abhor

Finding repugnant the state of affairs
In which we now live
All because we didn’t speak up
Satan now penetrates and gives

Fuel to the flaming arrows
His minions impale against our hearts
Snuffing out the truth and desire
God intended for His Believer’s to impart

With every brother, every sister
Every Father, Mother and friend
To live in harmony and peace
And with demons… not have to contend

But our apathy, lack of interest
Absence of obedience to God’s Word
Finds us in these reprehensible state of affairs
Which is now utterly absurd

Deviation from God’s Word
Might not have been the original intent
But careless thoughts and actions led to
The uprising of those against

All that is good and pure from God’s Word
His Ten Commands to keep order and peace
Our careless lack of interest allowed
Satan’s foothold to increase

Among the un-churched, among the un-learned
Among those that don’t know about God
But as Christians we are to testify so that
No one is fooled by defraud

It is our calling to speak God’s Truth’s
Until every ear has heard
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Submitting their heart to His Authority and Word

Yes, as children of God
We must speak The Truth boldly
Silence is cowardly and
Apathy destroys slowly

Poeming The Promises

You know my heart Lord
You know what causes me pain
You lead me in the struggle, Lord
I hear you calling my name

You lead me in paths of righteousness
Though I seldom see
The culmination of Your mighty work
Peering into “my reflection of me”

Too busy focusing on what I think are flaws… my eyes see imperfection inside and out
No, You didn’t create imperfection, Lord
So what’s my negative focus all about?

It’s about Satan, the evil one
He is a “stalker of the mind”
Not asking the Holy Spirit to control
My thoughts, allows Satan to attack from behind!

He is relentless, he never sleeps
He gains breath only when I give him life
So I must guard my heart and release Control to The Holy Spirit…

Over my mind

I give my thoughts to You, Holy Spirit
I relinquish control over my mind
Show me The Glory that’s waiting when I Release condemning thoughts one at a time

Over to You…

To replace the negative focus from Satan’s relentless torment
Remind me the call on my life, Lord
Poeming The Promises…

With spiritual encouragement

Remind others too that read these words
Not to conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the Renewing of their mind, where

Satan’s control will forever be unfurled

Teaching life lessons through verse and rhyme, I have been called by You Lord
to pursue. It’s the dream that’s taken hold of my heart…

A dream I believe came from You

You’ve blessed me with the talent
To share life lessons through verse and Rhyme. A blessing I’m called
To share with Others

In groups…or one at a time

So I pray these words for every reader, Lord, Will not fall on dead, deaf ears And that for specific ones who need them most, to take the time to listen

And hear…Your voice

Through these simple words that rhyme
Speaking faith directly into their hearts
Poeming The Promises of Your Word
Allowing me to impart

My faith, my love, my allegiance Lord
To You and You alone
Poeming The Promises of Your Word
Until You call me home

The Armour of God

If Satan can make you jealous by using comparison to friend or foe, he will feed your mind negative parallels until you believe it’s so. Satan has an array of weapons that he uses to try to defeat, all those who believe in Jesus, with deadly firearms like envy and deceit.

Feelings of spite and resentment at seeing the success of another, Satan knows, if allowed to manifest in the mind, the heart too will soon be smothered. The most deadly weapon in Satan’s hand, is one that doesn’t appear to be harmful. But it is marked by the skill to achieve his desired end, with deadly tactics that are cunning and artful.

The feelings of despair in the face of obstacles, Satan exaggerates with dismay. And he’s been up to these cowardly, discouraging, tricks on the mind, from The Garden of Eden…right up to today. We must ask ourselves, will our distress drive us to relent to this discouragement and despair; or like King David, will we find strength in the Lord, seeking Him on our knees in prayer?

Asking for His Holy Spirit to guard our hearts and minds, provides an infantry of soldiers; marching before us and surrounding all sides. We can stand firm with the Belt of Truth, buckled firmly around our waist and our feet fitted with Readiness and the Breastplate of Righteousness in place. We can extinguish all the flaming arrows of evil, as we take up the Shield of Faith, with God’s Word, The Sword of The Spirit, and with the Helmet of Righteousness in place.

We must put on the full Armor of God to stand up against Satan’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual darkness of Satan’s worldly regime. God’s word tells us to pray in the Holy Spirit, on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. We must pray for all The Lord’s people to keep this in mind because His Word has ordained what is best.

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, and all have sinned and fall short of The Glory of God. All are justified freely by His Grace, through the redemption Jesus offered with His Blood.
Though Satan will continue to stalk you with relentless discouragement, you will find if you call on The Holy Spirit, He will guard your heart and your mind.

You can live in victory for all of your days. Your strength will not deplete. Standing with Christ on the wings of His eagles, you will be an eye witness to Satan’s defeat!


Today’s post was inspired by a recent sermon message from Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries, <InTouch.org>  entitled: “A Warning Against Drifting”.


Dulls our sensitivity
Ruins relationships
Is undisciplined
From God leads to destruction
Tangles your life line
Is mindless
Never gets you to your destination
Goes only

Downstream~~~developing a hardening toward God

Only God’s people can stop it by putting their anchor down

Wrecks our physical body and relationships

Neglects God’s guidance

Summarizes God’s word in Hebrews Chapter 2

Things begin to change

Results in regret

Effects every facet of our lives dangerously

Away from God

Many succumb to its currents of immorality, financial debt, political confusion, apathy and liberal ideology


Hebrews 2:1-4 (NIV)

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we’ve heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.”


Sing to the Promise

Today’s post was inspired by a sermon message from Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, entitled “Sing to the Promise”.

Sing to the Promise
Before it comes to pass
Make preparation for the Blessing
The drought will not last

Dig ditches in the valley
Be expectant of the rain
When the well is completely dry
Expect the water just the same

At the appointed time
The Promise will come to pass
Singing Praises in the valley
Brings forth a predictable forecast

So we must dig ditches in the valley
When we see neither wind nor rain
Believing in the Promise
Springs forth victory just the same

Declare the Promises of God
Claim them as your very own
Making room for all the Blessing
Planting seed…yes continue to sew

And live expectant of God’s favor
See His Promises come to pass
Declare victory in the desert
And He will fill your drinking glass

We Are Royalty

We are to lift each other up
Stop tearing each other down
As children of The Most High God
We are royalty…we are crowned

With priceless jewels atop our headdress
Jasper, sapphire, Amethyst, Beryl
We are blameless, we are Holy
A Family Crest, not of this world

We are Believers on this journey
Authority confirmed by one Signet Ring
We are righteous, We are Holy
We are children of The King

We are to lift each other up
Blessing and Praises to each other we sing
For we are Holy, we are righteous
We are the one’s who’ve been redeemed

We are the faithful, we are the followers
We are apostles…don’t you see?
Modern Day Disciples of
Jesus Christ The King

So to your Father, to your Mother
To your Brother and Sister…be
Ever lifting up their spirits
Because we are royalty!

John’s Vision

Today’s post was inspired by the reading of God’s Word from the book of Revelation, Chapter 20: 1-15 (NIV).

An angel comes down from Heaven
Having the key to the Abyss
He seizes the ancient serpent, Satan
John’s vision continues on like this…

With a great chain, Satan is bound and locked
Into the Abyss for a Thousand Years
After which he must be set free
Yes once again…Satan appears

John saw thrones on which were seated
Those given the authority to judge
He saw the souls of those who were beheaded
Because of their testimony for Christ and the Word of God

No, these souls had not worshiped the “beast” or his image
Taking no mark on their forehead or hands
And for their alliegance to Christ…they come back to life
And reign with Him for a Thousand Years

Now the rest of the dead remain sleeping
Until the Thousand Years come to an end
Blessed are those who are Holy
And take part in the first resurrection


The second death has no power over them
The second death is The Lake of Fire
Yes these souls will reign with Christ
The Thousand Years of His peaceful empire

And when the Thousand Years are over
Satan will be released from the Abyss
And will go out to deceive the Nations
John’s vision continues on like this…

To the four corners of the earth, Satan gathers
His enemy force against God
Whether individuals, peoples or nations
The Bible calls them “Gog and Magog”

In number they are like the sand on the seashore
Marching across the breadth of the earth
Surrounding the camp of God’s People
In the City He beloved at birth

Holy fire rains down from Heaven
And devours them …one and all
Into the lake of burning sulfur, no one will stumble
No, the Devil himself will not fall

But he is THROWN by the hand of God
Into the fiery, sulphur pit
Joining the “beast’ and the “false prophet”
John’s vision continues on like this…

Forever and ever they will be tormented
For all eternity, both day and night
John’s vision goes on to tell us
He then sees a throne, great and white

Earth and sky then flee from Him who was seated
There was no place for them in His midst
He saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne
John’s vision continues on like this…

He saw the opening of books…and yet another book was opened
Which is The Book of Life
The dead were judged according to what they had done
As was recorded in these books, about each life

Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it
Death and Hades gave up their dead too
And each person was judged according to what they had done
“Each Person”, yes that’s me and that’s you!

Then Death and Hades were thrown into The Lake of Fire
Which is called The second Death
But remember The Second Death has no power
Over the first resurrected who are Holy and Blessed

And if anyone’s name was not written…
Not found in The Book of Life…
He was thrown into The Lake of Fire
To live our the afterlife

Now I don’t know about you
But I assuredly choose to believe
The Prophesies foretold in Revelation
Will come into view for you and me

And we will feast our eyes
On the Truth that was said
By The King of Kings
But we will have nothing to dread

If we’ve given our hearts
And played down our souls
Before The Lamb of God
Who Has all control

Over every life
Who in Him believes
And that John’s vision… one day
By all will be seen


A life without Jesus
Is adrift on the sea…with no direction, no compass, no guide

Afloat on the water
Forever you’ll be…always adrift with the tide

Without the anchor of obedience chained tightly to The King
The heart flounders and struggles endlessly

But when you drop anchor…by placing your trust in Christ
You’re no longer adrift on the sea of life

But tied and tethered to the grounding force…as the oars of Obedience keep you from drifting off the course

He had planned for you…before your life began
The course already plotted…don’t you understand?

So drop your anchor…tie up to The King of Kings
Your salvation is sealed…just grab His life ring

Make a decision not to live your life adrift this way
The signs of drifting include…the loss of desire to pray

The loss of awareness of God’s presence
The loss of desire to read His Word

The increasing desire for the “world’s” way
Which you already know is absurd

Drifting is a slow process that occurs over time
We’re not usually aware…until we lose our life line


Immorality, Financial Debt
Liberal teaching’s illusions

Combined with political unrest
Leads only to confusion

So, drop you anchor of obedience
Plant is firmly and trust

In The Lord God of Israel
Who loves you so very much