Unusual Flower/Prayer for Unusual Releases

Photo by Dick Culbert

Photo by Dick Culbert

I believe this flower is from an exotic forest where there’s rain…
May Jesus, our Lord, make all your pathways today plain…

Just as this flower is unique, you’re very special to Him…
His love for you is ever-present, and it will never dim…

Can’t help but think of those He loves but who are persecuted…
Dear Lord, may their freedom from their captors be executed…

We thank You for releases through supernatural acts…
of Your hand, Lord, despite the harsh reality facts…

We pray for those who are enemies of those of Christian mind–
to turn to the Gospel themselves and that their Savior they will find.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. God is to us a God of deliverances; and to God, the Lord, belong escapes from death.”
Psalm 68:19-20 for faith in a dark hour

“…the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16

1 Timothy 1:12-16 (PHILLIPS)
My debt to Jesus Christ by the Apostle Paul

“I am deeply grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ (to whom I owe all that I have accomplished) for trusting me enough to appoint me his minister, despite the fact that I had previously blasphemed his name, persecuted his Church and damaged his cause. I believe he was merciful to me because what I did was done in the ignorance of a man without faith, and then he poured out his grace upon me, giving me tremendous faith in, and love for, himself. This statement is completely reliable and should be universally accepted:—’Christ Jesus entered the world to rescue sinners.’ I realize that I was the worst of them all, and that because of this very fact God was particularly merciful to me. It was a kind of demonstration of the extent of Christ’s patience towards the worst of men, to serve as an example to all who in the future should trust him for eternal life.”

http://www.aclj.org

The Source of My Help

Photo by Horia Varian

Photo by Horia Varian

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills–
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 121:1-2

Lord, you are the source of my help on any given day.
You made the heavens and the earth–On you, my hope will stay.

I will look even to the hills–On their horizon, I’ll always see,
through the eye of faith, my Savior, heading down with help for me.

P. A. Oltrogge

“He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.”

Psalm 121:3-8 NKJV

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” words of Jesus in John 14:27 NKJV

As Though in Prison With Them

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3

Dear Lord,

Daily, we must remember those imprisoned for their Christian beliefs,
for they are on a sea with treacherous shoals and dangerous reefs.

We hear reports of them taking beatings as they refuse to deny their Savior;
so we pray for them and ask for mighty and extraordinary favor.

We declare that before their enemies, You will prepare for them a table–
due simply to the supernatural favor of God–we know that You are able.

We pray their captors’ hostility will become compassion for them;
and we claim that whom the Son makes free is free indeed, a scriptural gem.

We know that some have gone on to heaven–that’s “made free” as well;
but we’re believing, Lord, yet for divine releases here on earth to tell.

Thank you for those who stand for these people legally, citing human rights–
We ask Your wisdom and courage for them in assisting the persecuted in these fights.

We pray that Your strength is upholding those imprisoned for their faith in You,
and we pray a continued sense of Your presence for their beloved families, too.

We take authority over blinding spirits, which affect leadership in lands so cruel,,
remembering that the prayer of faith for the imprisoned is our most effective tool.

P. A. Oltrogge

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

See http://www.aclj.org

Seemingly Unanswered Prayers are Subject to Change

Photo by Jason Pratt

Photo by Jason Pratt

At times people wonder why God “permits” some things;
but, really, we know it’s from Him that all hope springs.

Our adversary is the devil, the scriptures clearly state;
so our faith in God’s Word can determine our fate.

The tenacity of a bulldog with a bone may be required
to see the manifestation of the things we’ve desired.

I will say of the Lord, He is my God in whom I trust–
Voicing God’s Word will give our faith in Him a greater thrust.

In the meantime, we “rest” in that God is faithful and true–
“This I know, that God is for me” applies firmly to you.

Don’t fall for the devil’s lies, giving in to despair–
God knows all your concerns, and He definitely does care.

Faith and patience in many things are often the key–
so say it often, with sure conviction, “Jesus loves me!”

As for God, His way is perfect–you’re never forgotten.
This we know, through faith in the Son, Whom God has begotten.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.”
That’s a promise from Hebrews 10:35 out of the Book of our Lord.

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
Psalm 91:2 KJV

“He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4 NKJV

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” 2 Samuel 22:31 and Psalm 18:30 NKJV

“Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me.” Psalm 56:9 NASV

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 NASV

“…that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12 NASV

Further encouragement:
http://www.awmi.net
http://www.lenmink.com
http://www.moorelife.org
http://www.johnmellor.org
http://www.covenantfamily.cc

Everlasting Love Every Moment

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying, “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3

Having just observed Lent and Easter, it’s been easy for us to recall
the love of God through Jesus, Whom God sent to die for us all.

“Savior, Thy dying love, thou gavest me;
Nor would I aught withhold, dear Lord, from Thee…”

These are the words to an old hymn, through which I hope you’ll see…
that Jesus’ love for you is for this present moment, as well as for all eternity.

How greatly He wants to spend time with you by His Spirit and through His written Word–
not just in the future, but here, right now, is the love of which He wants you to be assured.

If you’ve made some choices you’ve come to regret, and you think you may have missed God’s will, be assured His love is strong and there are pathways ahead that He’s chosen for you still.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”
2 Thessalonians 2;16-17

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

This Jesus…

“Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths, reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, ‘This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.’ And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.” Acts 17:1-4

This Jesus…
Who suffered and died
and rose again from the dead–
This Jesus is the Christ,
the Chief Cornerstone and Head
of His Church.

Through this Jesus…
our lives can take on
a whole new scope…
The Father has provided us new birth
into a living hope.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…”
1 Peter 1:3 NIV

“Therefore, it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.'”
1 Peter 2:6 NKJV

Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Ephesians 2:19; 1 Peter 2:6,7

Sites that encourage:
http://www.lenmink.com
http://www.johnmellor.org
http://www.covenantfamily.cc

Jesus Christ is Lord!

Photo by Liz West

Photo by Liz West

When Jesus was crucified, the devil thought he’d scored;
but death couldn’t hold Jesus, for He is the Lord.

Through His death and resurrection, all is restored,
for those who take Him as Savior and make Him their Lord.

For God so loved us all, that His great love was poured–
down to the whole world through His Son, Jesus, the Lord.

The love we receive through Him promotes kindness and accord;
the way to true peace is found through Jesus, our Lord.

Committing your life to Him is a wise step, so walk toward–
the hand that’s outstretched to you by Jesus, “your” Lord.

The good news of the Gospel is too wonderful to be ignored,
for the goodness of God is yours through Jesus Christ, the Lord.

P. A. Oltrogge

“And the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said….'” (from Matthew 28, the angelic greeting to the women who had come to the tomb/grave site)

“The other disciples therefore were saying to him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’….” John 20:25 (stated to Thomas after the resurrection of Jesus)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“…I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” (the words of Jesus from John 10:10)

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation); old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Further reflections on Easter can be found at archived poems, “Just as He Said”; “The Tomb That Became Glorious”; “God’s Flower of “Brass”; “Reflections on the Legend of the Dogwood”; and “He, a Rose”.

On This Good Friday

Print by Waiting for the Word

Print by Waiting for the Word

“Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. ‘Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,’ he said.

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last.” Mark 15:36-37 (NIV)

He was betrayed in a garden
For purpose of our pardon…

Then brought, as a Lamb,
To a “trial” that was a sham…

Spit upon and crowned
With thorns that they found…

He was whipped on His back,
And endured each loud crack…

Made to carry the cross,
Despite His strength’s loss…

His hands and feet were nailed down
On a cross, rugged and brown…

His bleeding and His pain
Were meant for all our gain…

Wine vinegar for His thirst
On a sponge, was among the worst…

Of the things He did endure
For a motive, which was so pure…

He knew His Father so loved the world,
That He took the mocking that was hurled…

Then, being obedient unto death,
He took His final breath…

From the cross unto the tomb,
It all became a kind of womb…

For, from it, Christ emerged
In victory–all our sins were purged…

So that now whosoever will
May freely have their fill…

Of His Living Water that’s yet presented
For any person who has repented…

Christ still gives, with a love that doesn’t cease;
A simple prayer will bring you His peace.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14