Thursday, January 18, 2018

Looking Into God’s Mirror



“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:22-25

Looking into the mirror of God’s word
I see myself for who I am
A sinner with imperfections great
In need of daily cleansing I stand

Many times I don’t stop to look long enough
And miss some dirt or grime
The word cannot speak to me
If I fail to take the time

So dirty and weak, so tired of fault
I stop to take a long look
I see the dirt and start to wash
With the water of that blessed book

With the soap of repentance
And a broken contrite heart
I allow His Spirit to do a work
He cleanses every little part

Through prayer and practice of what I learned
I seek to make it a daily chore
To stop and spend time in front of His mirror
To allow Him to change me more

For I don’t want my senses dulled
To accept some sin as right
I want to be clean and pure
To be holy in God’s sight

I want to put to action
All the things that I have learned
I don’t want to take for granted
This Salvation I have not earned

So often prone to hear and forget
So often prone to sin
But through His grace and wondrous word
I seek the victory to win

I want to be a hearer, and a doer, too
As His grace affords
Not forgetting what I’ve seen
In the mirror of His word

He is worthy of all my efforts
He deserves the praise
For all the changes He has wrought
And for all His loving ways

~Em Kennedy~

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Seeing the Storm from a Heavenly View


When clouds of doubt hover over me
I can trust His promises true
That in spite of all I see
He will do what He said He’d do

There is no storm too strong
That His hand cannot control
He spoke the world into existence
And commands each billow to roll

And at times when I see a little sunshine
Peeking through the clouds
I know it is Him assuring me He’s still here
The storm cannot do more than He allows

His word speaks peace
As the fearful things I face
Prove to me His protection
And His matchless grace

And though it is uncomfortable
And I seek some great relief
I know that He has my good at heart
I hold on to this belief

For the storm brings lessons
That at times may seem unreal
And the rain brings cleansing
That in the sunshine I would not feel

A part of life it is
And it is meant to be
That God would mold and make me
His great will to see

May I never forget that He
Always knows what is best
May I ever submit and accept
His sweet, calming rest

LORD, please help me to see
The storm from a Heavenly view
As a pathway that leads me

Yet that much closer to You

~EM KENNEDY~

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Christmas Poem

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14

A family by a fireside
A Christmas snowy white
The tree is gleaming and glistening
As the fire casts its light

Dad is reading the Christmas story
And Mom, her knitting rests
To reverence that sweet, Holy Book
That over time has passed the test

The children listening intently
To this book so old and worn
Tell of Joseph and the Virgin Mary
And the Baby Jesus born

The fire crackles softly
As the small family observes
The Christmas Eve tradition
Showing the respect that He deserves

For unto you is born this day
Unto you a child is given
That Holy child that came to save
Our sins He has forgiven

The snowy white of sinlessness
The tree on which He died
The fires of Hell He saved us from
His love in which we hide

The sparkling beauty of His majesty
The rejoicing that we’re His own
The angels that told of His birth
The star whose brightness shown

Glory to God in the Highest
And on earth, peace, good will toward men
The joyous song the angels sang
Rings loud as it did then

For Jesus is born in Bethlehem
The Baby born to save
The sinless, perfect Son of God
The matchless gift God gave

Born to die on a rugged cross
For our sins, He paid the price
Offering His precious Blood
God’s wrath He did suffice

~EM KENNEDY~

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Peace I leave with You


Peace I leave with you
My peace I give unto you
The Master speaks to me
In words so soft and true

I don’t intend for you to doubt
I don’t want you to fear
Let not your heart be troubled
Neither let it be afraid for I’m here

I know your way is difficult
I see the pain you bear
I have my hand in the stormy winds
I really do care

Why do you doubt? Where is your faith?
Can’t you trust in me?
I love you with an everlasting love
My providential care you can see

Just because I sent a storm
Doesn’t mean that I’ve ceased to care
It simply means I’ve got a plan
To prove to you that your burdens I’ll share

For this trial was brought forth
For the glory of God
To show that I live in you
And to prove there is power in the Blood

The power of God who lives in your heart
The wondrous Spirit’s way
That cleanses, guides, and protects
Through each and every day

Come except my peace, for which you long
And face the trial in a whole new light
Trust in me and sing a joyful song

Rejoicing in the One Who maketh all things right

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Word of God


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4

The word of God is powerful
Its truths are so complete
There is such joy in knowing them
His words my needs do meet

In the beginning was the Word
The wondrous Word of God
Which gives light and life to all
Who trust in His cleansing blood

The word of life, the light of men
The Prince of Peace, my LORD
Of whom the Bible speaks
Jesus Christ God’s living Word

I love to read the written word
The Bible’s many promises to me and you
Give the soul strength and renew the mind
In a way no other words can do

God the Father, God the Son
God the Holy Ghost
Are three in one, the LORD Most High
The One I love the most

Through the scriptures I find that I
Can come to the Father in prayer
As a child who needs help and guidance
For needs to be met, He’s always there

Through the Son I see sweet cleansing
A hope, a life, a call
Because of His love I am redeemed
And find freedom from the fall

By His Spirit that indwells my heart
I find grace and strength each day
To resist the temptations of sin that come
And to live in a holy, righteous way

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us
To pay sins penalty
Jesus God’s Son, holy and blameless
Died for you and me

Have you met this One Who lives again
Who rose up from the grave?
Jesus Christ God’s virgin born Son
The wondrous gift God gave

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

~EM KENNEDY~

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What is Salvation?


“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

What is salvation? What do believers mean when they say that they are saved? Why did Jesus come to earth? What makes the gospel so important?
Have you ever wondered about these facts? Maybe it is that you have a general knowledge of Jesus Christ, and are looking for something deeper, more fulfilling. I too have found myself at one point in my life wondering about such things and searching for answers. I found that God’s word holds all the answers you seek!
Salvation is the work that Christ does in the heart of a person who puts their faith and trust in Him as the only means to have forgiveness for sins. The word salvation means the act of saving someone or something from ruin. What is it that we are saved from? Sin, and the punishment for sin, Hell.
We humans are all born with what is called a sin nature. Our natural man, the flesh, is prone to sin. It says in Job 14:1, “Man that is born of a women is of a few days, and full of trouble.” We inherited this sin nature from our great grandfather Adam.
So, what does it mean to be saved? When we use the term saved, we are referring to the fact that there was a particular day, time, or instance when we came to the understanding that we were sinners. We realized that we were on our way to Hell (the eternal punishment for sin), and under conviction of the Holy Spirit, we repented (turned from, or forsook) of our sins, coming to Jesus for cleansing out of a heart of faith.
Many times it is that I talk to people who say they are saved, but they have no understanding of conviction or repentance. They said a prayer in vacation Bible school, or came forward and prayed some prayer during a service at church, but they have no personal walk with God. They may even go to a good Baptist church, and yet they still have no understanding of conviction or repentance. This concerns me deeply, for the scripture teaches the doctrine of repentance as necessary for true salvation.
A good portion of the world knows about a baby named Jesus who was born in a manger more than 2,000 years ago. They may even know about the cross, but they do not know Jesus. Why did He come to earth? He came to bring salvation to fallen humanity.
Because of man’s sin, there had to be a sacrifice to pay for it. Sin cannot go unpunished. We humans can’t do anything to cleanse ourselves from sin. It is beyond our ability. God sent His only begotten Son to earth to die in our stead on the cross of Calvary, so that we could have a relationship with Him through faith. When He rose again the third day, He proved that He was victorious over sin. This, my Friend, is the Gospel. Its importance lies in the fact that it is the only way to have forgiveness of sins. It is the only way to have eternal life.
We come under conviction (a fearful realization of our condemned state) when we realize that we stand guilty of sin before the Holy, and righteous God who hates sin. When we repent of our sins, giving them up entirely and turning to God in faith, believing that He is capable of cleansing us, we are then made a child of God! He comes to live in our heart, and we can daily fellowship with Him through prayer, praise, and personal Bible reading and study. These facts are the basis of our faith, and without them there is no faith.

 How about you, Friend? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Can you remember the day, time, or instance when you came under conviction of sin, repented, and turned to Jesus in faith? These are important questions, and your answer is also important. Make sure you know Jesus, for it carries eternal importance.

Psalm 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.