Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Have Faith in God

Have Faith in God
Your mountains to move
Trust without doubt
His power He’ll prove

There is no problem
Too big or to small
His power is triumphant
Over them all

To the soul that is trusting
In tune with his Maker
This promise is made
But our faith must not waver

Whatever the problem
Whatever the task
God’s grace is sufficient
His presence will last

He’ll stay right there with you
To strengthen and help
He’ll give your heart joy
Like you never have felt

But first we must forgive
So our prayers can be heard
For as He commands us
In His Holy word
Then will He hear
When our hearts have come clean
He’ll answer that prayer
He’ll gladly intervene

But it all starts with faith in God
Yes, it is true
And prayer from the heart
Trusting God to do what only He can do

“And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:21-26

He Took My Place

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might
 be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So dirty and vile
My heart was unclean
My mind was corrupt
From things I had seen

My life was not holy
My way was as darkness
Searching for something
To satisfy that emptiness

My life full of sin
My heart waywardly prone
Till that day when He opened my eyes
And His love for me shone

I had heard it before
I knew it was true
But I finally realized
I was a sinner, too

It hadn’t occurred
To my simple mind
That sin was the reason
I was looking for something I couldn’t find

It was as if He was saying…

“I became dirty and vile
in your place
I shed My blood
And extended My grace"

"My heart was clean
And sinless, it’s true
But I took the punishment
Intended for you"

"Your mind was so dark
Your eyes were so blind
Your soul is so dirty
Your way you can’t find"

"But yet for your soul
I suffered and died
I did it so that you
Can come to Me and ever abide"

"I love you, child
I want you to see
That the answers you seek
Are found only in Me"

"Come to Me
I will in no wise cast out
I want you to be My child
And show you what life is really about"

"Through Me you have life
And life everlasting
Without Me there’s an eternity
In Hell that’s unending"

"Now you must make your choice
Come to Me, or your soul lose
What is your answer?
What do you choose?"

With all my heart, I trusted Christ
To do what only He could do
He washed my sins and saved my soul
My heart He made anew

I have no regrets
Though it’s been many years
His promises He’s kept
Through the joy, through the tears

He is with me still
My Comfort, my Guide
The Light of my life

In Him I do hide

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Battle for our Minds

The book of Romans contains many nuggets of truth to help us overcome in the daily battle for our minds. We find an interesting summary of this battle explained by the apostle Paul in Romans 7:14-25. Paul speaks of the battle, describing it as a constant wrestling over right and wrong. He mentions that He wants to do right and strives to do so, but finds himself doing wrong. Sound familiar?

“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” Romans 7:22-23.

The battle for our minds is a real one, Friends! So many are living defeated Christina lives because they lost the battle for their mind and allowed the wrong music, the wrong pictures, or the wrong doctrines to get a foothold and now are overtaken by them. This battle is real, it is raging, and we must be on guard if we expect to overcome. There is but one way to win…. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

It is a conscious effort we must make to think the right things, do the right things, and walk the right way. It takes the work of the Holy Spirit, which indwells the believer, to overcome sin. This daily walk of life is not a casual stroll, it really is a race. It’s not a friendly peaceful relationship, it is a war between the flesh and the Spirit. We can’t rub friendly elbows with the world, accepting the ways of the world, and expect to be an overcomer. We MUST walk by the Spirit!

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:12-13
That word mortify means ‘to put to death.’ We must mortify the deeds of the body in order to win the battle.

Imagine it as if you were a soldier back in Paul’s day. They did physical combat in simplistic ways. There was no explosives that you could toss from a distance to destroy your enemy; it required getting close, wrestling, doing some swordplay, or using spears. This kind of combat takes you in close contact with your enemy. And, as it says in Ephesians 6, we must put on the whole armor of God if we expect to stand in the evil day.

We cannot win on our own; we must be close enough to God for Him to empower us in the fight for the right. We must be able to hear and understand His commands, obeying them wholeheartedly. We must be skilled with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. We must use that shield of faith in Jesus Christ. 

It is a recipe for disaster when a child of God enters the daily battlefield for his mind, unprepared, without first spending time with God in prayer and Bible reading. We are soldiers in a battle for our mind, we must make it a priority to spend time with God so that we are equipped and empowered to win!

Spend time reading Romans 7:14-25, and Romans 8:1-15, and meditate on the instruction given to us there regarding the battle to do right.

Humble Yourself

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” 
James 4:10
What is it that you fear, Oh Soul? Why is it that you tremble? Have you not read how He promises to ever be near? Have you not seen amongst the pages of His word the many promises of His providential care? Has He not once and again come to your aid when the battles of life were heated and long?

Think back to the many times He has met the need of your heart through His omnipotent hand. Remember the grace He bestowed to help you endure that great trial of your faith that had you weary and worn, staggering under the load of care. Call to remembrance those times in your life when your heart ached with grief and despair, and He, through the joy and comfort of the scriptures, brought hope to your weary heart.

Spend the solitude of this moment to reflect on the times He has spoken peace to your weary soul while the waves of trouble rolled around you. Is not this the same God that made the Heaven and earth and all that dwells within? Is He not the same now as He was then? Is He not just as strong, powerful, and capable of calming the storm you are facing this very hour?

Why doesn’t He then, you may ask? Well, perhaps He is waiting for you to once again renew and exercise your faith in Him. He may be awaiting your trusting heart to be fully reliant on Him, and Him alone. Maybe this trial was intended for the purpose of ridding your heart of some sinful self-reliance that has hindered Him from doing a greater work in you life.

Whatever it is, there is one things for sure; He awaits your sincere call for help from a trusting heart. He awaits your eyes to be fixed upon Him once again. He longs to be for you your all in all, but first you must remove all else that has taken His rightful place in your heart so that He can be the sole object of your faith.

Oh, Soul, do not resist Him. Only let Him have His way with You. Give Him your heart. Give Him your attention. Let Him work mightily on your behalf. He can and He will if you but step out of the way.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your heart, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:7-10

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

According Unto Thy Word

“Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.” Psalm 119:65-66

Sometimes I can’t see how
But I know Your promises are true
I cannot understand it all now
But I will wholly rely on You

Your way is good for me
I’ve seen Your hand at work
I will simply rest and trust in Thee
No matter what evils around me lurk

You have of old time been faithful and true
You are the same now as You were then
You don’t change; a strong defense are You
To all those who trust that the battle You’ll win

My mind may grow weary
My heart faint and weak
But no matter how dreary
I draw strength when You speak

Your words renew and refresh me
My heart with joy they fill
Wherever the road of life takes me
I’m confident, You will be present still

This promise that You will never leave
Gives me courage to go on for You
In spite of any hindrances the devil may heave
I must do what You have for me to do

My friend You are
My comfort and guide
My strength by far
My safe place to hide

When life comes upon me
I find shelter and rest
Within the pages of Your word I see
Endurance for the test

Your love for me cheers me on
Your patience is ever kind
Through honest prayer to You I gain
A calming for my mind

It doesn’t’ matter what life brings
Whether ease or hardship, joy or pain
A heavenly tune within me rings
About the One Who will always remain

My Friend of friends, my strength, my hope
My joy, my song, my guide, my anchor
The God of Heaven and earth: My God!
The glorious all-powerful Creator

“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” Psalm 119:49-50

“I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.” Psalm 119:52

“It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My New Release, The Wishful Heart!

Introducing my newest work of fiction, The Wishful Heart!!!! A young teenage girl goes to spend the school year with an old family friend in Pennsylvania, so she can attend a ladies college nearby. Little did Charlotte know, but her life was about to change in many ways. Struggling to adjust to her new way of life, she finds herself wishing for love and acceptance. Never giving up on her dream of being a writer, she works hard towards the goal. The story takes a twist, and Charlotte finds herself completely overwhelmed with new responsibilities. Wishing for home, and longing for the day her dreams are fulfilled, she faces many new emotions. Come along with Charlotte and experience the excitement, the emotion, and the desire of The Wishful Heart!

I'm excited to finally be able to share this story with you! After many years of work, it is finally available in paperback and Kindle eBook format. For those of you who would like an Author signed copy, just email me at writemkennedy[at]gmail[dot]com.

To celebrate the new release of The Wishful Heart, I am running a free book promotion on Kindle with several of my other books. It will only last a few days so be quick to claim yours!!! Click Here to see my Amazon Author Page where you can see exactly which ones are free. Have a fabulous day!

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.