Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov 3:5, KJV).

“These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

“But test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thess 5:21, ESV).

“But whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected” (1 John 2:5, ESV).

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom…” (Col 3:16).

“Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were pleasing people, I would not be a servant of God” (Gal 1:10).

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that every one who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work [as Christ’s followers we can not afford to be over sensitive or resistant to things we need to see, know, and act upon. Nor can we afford to be biased, closed-minded or comfortable]” (2 Tim 3:16,17).

“ ‘Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment’ ” (John 7:24, ESV).

“For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths” (2 Tim 4:3,4).

“About this we have much to say that is hard to explain, since you have become dull in understanding. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food; for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil” (Heb 5:11-14).

“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth” (Joshua 24:14, KJV).

“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (1 Tim 2:10, KJV).

“Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22).

Rejecting Or Accepting?

Do you clearly hear the voice of God when He is speaking?
Do you have an open mind, but truth are always seeking?
And do you humbly give time to others who oppose you,
Letting what you’re upholding be confirmed or proved untrue?

When confronted with a view by other people spoken,
Is your mind impressed by it, are things within awoken?
Do you ask God to confirm that view, if it's one you should believe,
Always willing to accept what your Saviour says receive?

Or are you found resisting it, if it isn’t your desire
(At that point) to take the heat of our Lord’s refining fire?
Will you later change your mind, or might that sadly come too late?
What might be the price you'd pay, were you to procrastinate?

And once our Lord and Saviour, via another has appealed,
With those words you need to hear, (that His will be revealed),
Do your actions show (in time) the true state of your heart,
As still further from what’s right, you tragically depart?

Or does it have you changing to more fully fit God’s Word,
Your actions now the fruit of what the Lord desired heard?
And are you then more watchful, and no longer just content
To remain where once you were, instead of being where God meant?

Perhaps almost persuaded, but something has held you back;
Could that be the old devil, or commitment that you lack?
Could it be a lack of study, or some bias that you hold, 
Others who have changed your mind, with the wrong that they have told?

Could it be the pull of peers, or is background at the heart?
Could it be you're avoiding what might pull your view apart? 
Have you held your view so long that you feel it must be true,
Or put your trust in numbers when that’s not the thing to do? 

Do you confuse the message with the one God might have sent,
Thinking that what you know of them, probably means it's bent?
Given broken earthly vessels are the best that God can use,
Why should you imagine that He has better ones to choose?

God has a way of choosing those that often we would not;
If left up to our judgment, He might well reject the lot.
What if God chose to use you, but you too, weren’t well received;
Would you think His choice wrong too, because you also weren’t believed?

If what we hold is truly right, we don’t have a need to fear,
But sadly, when a challenge comes, many uptight soon appear.
 Do you react the same with Him, when our Lord approaches you?
Well, how you treat those He sends, is a very important clue.

By Lance Landall