Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

“...how can we who died to sin go on living in it” (Rom 6:2).

“Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions [earthly desires and cravings]” (Rom 6:12).

“...Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?”
(1 Cor 5:6).

“You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-24).

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world – the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches – comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever” (1 John 2:15-17).

“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins [we will not be covered by God’s grace], but a terrifying expectation of judgment...” (Heb 10:26,27, NASB).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but [only] he who does the will of My Father in heaven’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV). Note also Matt 7:22,23.

“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17, NASB)

“Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thess 5:22, KJV).

“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).

“ ‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal [devoted] to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [there’s no neutral position]’ ” (Matt 6:24, NKJV).

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety [a lack of obedience, respect, or reverence to God] and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and Godly” (Titus 2:11,12).

“The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, And those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed” (Isa 1:28, NKJV). Note also Rev 21:8; 20:9,10


When God Spits

“ ‘I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit
you out of my mouth
’ ” (Rev 3:15,16).

Should you chose to do what truly pleases God, and carry out His will,
You’ll find you’re among the few, who faithfully, His requirements fulfill.
Why’s that? Because such have always been a very small minority,
Who’re often held up to ridicule by the Christian majority.

Labeled as fanatics, they’re often ostracized, treated with distain,
And unbelievably so, by those who’ve also taken on Christ’s name.
In other words, by those who should know better, for God has made it clear
That Christians who behave this way, the same fate as the devil will share.

And so they should, for they make a mockery of Christianity,
Ignoring and distorting God’s Word, portraying Him very badly.
Instead of showing unconditional love, they display bigotry,
For they show an intolerance that God never intended there be.

God has set a high standard for Christians to follow, and rightly so,
For He wants His holy character, and love for all, to clearly show.
Thus, those who walk the straight and narrow path, veering neither left nor right
Should never be an object of scorn, for they, in righteousness delight.

And they, will radiate God’s love whilst upholding His truth, doing His will,
For only within genuine Christians can the Spirit truly dwell.
After all, how can the Spirit dwell in those displaying bigotry,
And ridiculing higher standards whilst immersed in what is worldly?

Yes, God has a lot to say about worldly Christians, and it’s all bad,
For the fate of such folk — unless they repent, of course — is very sad.
We’re talking: Christians who cling to this or that, and wrong things justify,
And who, by so doing — going by the Scriptures — effectively lie.

Such foolishly think that they’re saved by grace, but they’re not, Scripture warns us,
For their behaviour, just like those that James addressed, is adulterous.
It’s only those who love like Christ, those who turn from sin, and do His will,
Without compromising, or ridiculing, that Heaven’s ranks will swell.

To mock those who’re faithful to God, and who more righteous desire to be,
Is to effectively mock God Himself, anger Him considerably.
For He desires that we become more like Him, growing every day,
Hence why rebellion, alias worldliness, eventually doesn’t pay.

Those who aren’t so fussy, nauseate God, and if they don’t mend their ways
He’ll spit them out of His mouth, (figuratively speaking), one of these days.
Via the apostle John, He warns such to get serious, to awake,
Lest it be, that very soon, they find themselves within the fiery lake.

Dear friend, the Christian walk isn’t for playing with — take it seriously,
For God won’t accept anything less — a fact, driven home repeatedly.
And don’t be found amongst the mockers of the faithful; who want to be
More and more like their Saviour — yes, far more heavenly, far from worldly.

By Lance Landall

Seems Only So In Name

“Take the world but give me Jesus,” we sing, hypocrites through and through, who know the world better than Your Word,
Yes, like the back of our hands, Lord, earth’s every sinful nook and cranny, our mission stalled,  vision blurred.
We so knowledgeable about who’s who, but not about You, lost in fiction, fantasy-cum-TV,
The great I Am acknowledged but barely followed, given we seem to take Your Word less seriously.

Modesty out, fashion in, from the sexy to the extravagant, eating out soaking up more,
Cash filling the pockets of worldly tempters more than offering bags, and at the expense of the poor.
Our credit cards full of wants, our debt often self inflicted, and we looking for anything but You,
Yet thinking we’re saved though still lukewarm, and despite You saying otherwise, 'cause Your will we barely do.

I guess we’re two-faced Christians, proclaiming this, doing that, our crooked fingers pointing whilst straying,
Unmindful of how we look to unbelievers who see the charade, and much amongst themselves are saying.
We even have our own celebrities, sell out concerts too, and unholyised churches seem the rage,
Frequented via vehicles as noticeable as egos, so I think You should hold off at this stage.

Should You come now, Lord, it seems that there wont be many saved, though time may show that things still haven’t changed much,
'Cause money, materialism, ambition, self-gratification, has us firmly in its clutch.
It seems we think grace covers sin as well as sinners, Lord, and where we got that from, I really don’t know,
'Cause at Your return, how would You tell the goats from the sheep, which ones should be saved, if the same ill they sow?

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 2 May 2020.

“ ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost it’s taste, how can it’s saltiness be
restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and
trampled underfoot
’ ” (Matt 5:13).

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred
toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an
enemy of God” (James 4:4, NIV)