Poetry With A Mission



...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

“ ‘If you love Me [Christ], you will keep My commandments’ ” (John 14:15, NASB).

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3, NKJV).

“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments...” (2 John 6, NASB).

If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments’ ” (Matt 19:17, NKJV).

“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life [be given eternal life], and may enter through the gates into the city [the renewed earth with Christ]” (Rev 22:14, NKJV).

“ ‘...but whoever keeps and teaches them [the Ten Commandments] he [they] shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven’ ” (Matt 5:19, NASB).

“Circumcision is nothing, and un-circumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God” (1 Cor 7:19, NASB).

“...Fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man [all]” (Eccl 12:13, NKJV).

“Because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws [this was before Mount Sinai]” (Gen 26:5, ESV).

“Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4, ESV).

“The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness [to repeal the Ten Commandments would be to abolish morality itself]” (Ps 111:7,8, KJV).

“ ‘If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept my Fathers commandments and abide in His love’ ” (John 15:10, NKJV).

“For I [Paul] delight in the law of God in my inner being” (Rom 7:22, ESV).

“Do we then overthrow [make void] the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom 3:31, ESV).

“So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12, NKJV).

“The law of God is perfect, converting the soul…” (Ps 19:7, NKJV).

“...Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet’ ” (Rom 7:7, ESV).

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God” (Rom 8:6-8, ESV).

“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25, NASB).

“For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified [treated as righteous]” (Rom 2:13, NKJV).

“ ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang [depend, are based, are inherent in] all the law [the entire ‘ten’] and the prophets’ ” (Matt 22:36-40).

“For whoever shall keep the whole law [the entire Ten Commandments] and yet stumble in one point [one commandment] he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law” (James 2:10,11, NKJV).

“Owe no one any thing, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled [carried out the intent and purpose of] the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up [included] in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law [a clear reference to the entire ‘Ten’ Commandments (Ex 20:3-17) — the same ones that were given to Moses. True obedience is a matter of the heart and spirit]” (Rom 13:8-10).

“And the dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman [the Christian church], and he went to make war [persecute] with the rest [“remnant,” KJV] of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God...” (Rev 12:17, NKJV).

“Here is a call for the endurance [faithfulness] of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God…” (Rev 14:12, ESV).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV).

“Thus you will know them by their fruits” (Matt 7:20, NKJV).

“Then the temple of God was opened in heaven [the earthy sanctuary/temple was only a copy of it], and the ark of his covenant [the depository of the Ten Commandments (1 Kings 8:9; Ex 25:10-22)] was seen in His temple...” (Rev 11:19, NKJV).

“ ‘For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot [letter] or one tittle [stroke of a letter], will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled [accomplished]’ ” (Matt 5:18, NKJV).

“ ‘And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away, than for one tittle of the law to fail [drop, pass away]’ ” (Luke 16:17, NKJV).

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When Heaven Spoke

“To the LAW and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them” (Isa 8:20, KJV).

When I was very tiny, and only about one or two years old,
My mother and father were baptized, and thus entered the Shepherd’s fold.
And by that I mean, they gave their lives to God, but how, I’d like to share,
For it’s all about His amazing love, yes, it’s all about His care.

Okay, here we go…

My parents didn’t know which denomination a Christian should choose,
As they'd received visits from differing Faiths, hence that old question, “Whose?”
Yes, they wanted to follow God, and attend a church somewhere also,
But oh, which denomination they should embrace, they wanted to know.

As the visits to their home came and went, that question burned in their mind,
For the answer was an answer that they now badly wanted to find.
And on their mind too, was God’s great moral Law — the Ten Commandments — that
One Faith had rightfully pointed to, as around the Bible they sat.

(And by "one Faith" I mean a certain denomination).

These folk showed how God’s Law had not been done away with at Calvary,
(Contrary to what many Christians have swallowed, erroneously),
And that God still wanted each Commandment kept just as He had laid down,
Such obedience proof of ones genuineness, worthy of a crown.

God’s Law in their heart, you see.

Well…

One day when my mother was busy ironing — she paused — seeking God in prayer,
And with the Father, her concern and growing frustration sought to share.
Thus there she stood, with her eyes tightly closed, light bathing the sunroom wall,
And the God who hears every prayer, lovingly responded to her call.

Oh yes, and how, for as my mother raised her head and opened her eyes,
She saw the answer written across the sunroom wall, and felt joy rise.
For right across that sunroom wall in letters that she could clearly see,
Was a Bible text which stated: “To the law and to the testimony…”

Full text above.

From then on, they became ardent Commandment keepers, and willingly,
They knowing that those who truly love God, respond obediently,
Not to be saved, of course, (for only grace saves), but out of gratitude,
For those who’re genuine will certainly have the right attitude.

You see, though God is a God of love, He’s a God of justice also,
He knowing that law has its rightful place, both above and down below.
For without law — either in Heaven or on earth — there’d be anarchy,
In other words, no order, no direction, and no security.

Hence why good parents discipline — they knowing too — that rules are needed,
And that true happiness only comes when such boundaries are heeded.
Though they want their child to respond to such out of love, (naturally),
They realize that despite such a response, rules are still necessary.

Well, God’s a parent too — He our heavenly Father — who clearly knows
That our response here, the true condition of our heart invariably shows.
And hence why it’s that response that He is most interested in,
Because such a response will show whether we are in fact genuine.

And those who are truly genuine, happily carry out God’s will,
That is, they keep His Commandments, for not doing so, just wouldn’t gel.
For after all, how could they not, if they’re truly genuine, true blue,
When God — via His Holy Word — has said that that’s what He wants us to do?

And that is what God showed my Mother, whose deep prayer was answered that day,
Via a divine occurrence — miracle — that clearly pointed the way.
And that revelation is one reason why I’m a follower too
Of the God whose moral Law conveys His love, and shows one what to do.

Yes, I’m so thrilled that God showed my dear mother what she should do that day,
And that He revealed His will in such an amazing, dramatic way.
And I’m also thrilled that I can share this great testimony with you,
Praying with all my heart that you’ve become a Commandment keeper too.

By Lance Landall


“Do we then overthrow [make void] the law by this faith? By no means!
On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom 3:31, ESV).

“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled [realized] in us, who walk [live] not
after the flesh [selfish desires], but after the Spirit [the indwelling Spirit of Christ;
willing obedience that stems from love]” (Rom 8:4).

“You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. For as the body
apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead
[it is made void, invalid]” (James 2:24,26, ESV).

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment…” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).


Here’s the key:

And using borrowed thoughts: In the context of salvation (Justification – right standing before God), law keeping is of no avail, but in the context of Christian conduct (Sanctification – right living before God), God’s law has value and validity.

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

Notes:
1)
A number of my poems also cover God’s grace, and are best read in
conjunction with this poem.
You may also wish to visit my page: Understanding God's Grace, and there you will also
find a poem titled: Christ Did It Because We Can't.
And you may also wish to visit my page Things About God's Law That We need To Know.

2)
"Sun room"
This was a room that my father had added to the back of the house. It was designed with rather large windows on two of the walls. The purpose of them being to allow more sun into this room  where one could sit in that very warmth. It was not a conservatory.




How Could Any Argue With This?

When God said He’d write His Law on our hearts, it wasn’t minus this or that, and
Nor was it the Jewish ceremonial law, which all surely understand.
God’s Law and their law distinct, theirs outside the ark, and His inside the ark, and
Now written on our hearts, still needed close at hand, which all surely understand.

And the reason I say, “which all surely understand,” is, ’cause it all makes sense,
Christians not meant to be a lawless lot, and God not speaking in the past tense,
But rather, His Law always within our hearts, though not in order to save us,
But to guide our every thought, word and action, we only saved via Jesus.

Yes, grace saving, Law directing, so why are most acting like God’s Law has gone,
’Cause if He wants it in our heart, it’s quite clear that it’s not to be trampled on.
His grace not giving us the right to reject it, ’cause it clearly has its place,
And why those who don’t keep it will hardly be able to look Christ in the face.

So, given all this, how would you feel it you were Christ, and most ignored your Law,
Thinking they’d still get to Heaven, and yet, evidence of rebellion you saw.
Well, I can imagine you wouldn’t be too happy, they hardly genuine,
And hence why when it comes to God’s Law, He most definitely wants it within.

And not just as an engraving, but a living, breathing expression that glows,
Each Commandment a reality in our life, and which a Christ-like-ness shows.
Not one Commandment without merit, nor in need of change, and why I have asked,
How could any argue with this? And pleasing God being a joy, not a task.

You know, God’s saving grace is the most abused gift ever known, and sadly
It all courtesy of so many foolish Christians today, who, seemingly,
Have erased or badly smudged that Law that God said He’d write on their heart, and thus
They hardly true followers of the Law-giving, Law-keeping, gracious Jesus.

All why it’s time to awaken to His Law’s centrality in our lives, and
Its great need today given the selfishness and lawlessness found in each land.
Not one Command spoiling or injuring, though one might think so given the cry:
“God’s Law has been done away with,” which Paul himself confirms is naught but a lie.

Oh, mercy, Lord, as if You’ve now sanctioned stealing, murder and adultery,
And said that we can have other gods, or that Your name is no longer Holy.
Or that even that Sabbath rest is outdated, You still the Creator, and
A God of truth, not lies, who coveting and rebellion condemned, and idols banned.

By Lance Landall


“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jer 31:33, ESV).

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be My people”
(Heb 8:10, ESV).




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