Monthly Archives: July 2013

Carnal Minds ~

Thoughts by Nick Schmidt free photo #15612

Soft Christians, ever so soft,
in the Bible I read . . .
they are of a carnal mind
in thought and deed.

They don’t make waves,
feathers they won’t ruffle
it’s all about God’s love
and His wrath they muffle.

They walk into church,
call it the narrow way
then the rest of the week
from the truth they stray.

Their path isn’t straight,
they just think it is . . .
but the sober reality
it is so far from His.

They don’t feed upon,
the Word and the law
in fact the carnal man
doesn’t see his own flaw.

They think if they tithe,
give their ten-percent
they will receive gifts
that are heaven-sent.

Worldly and fleshy,
they go with the flow
and the truth in the Bible
they prefer not to know.

So, they edit it out,
make up new meanings
definitions that take from sin
the need for redeeming.

Carnal Christians,
misplaced and lost . . .
all because they’ve become
to sin, yielding and soft!

~~~~~~~~

Romans 8:6-8
King James Version 

“For to be carnally minded is death;
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:
for it is not subject to the law of God,
neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh
cannot please God.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


What is The Bible ~

What is the Bible ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

The Bible is the breath of God,
profitable for teaching
it’s a reproof and a correction
to use for righteous training.

It’s the Living Word of God,
it makes us competent and able
it equips us for good works
keeping our lives in Him stable.

It is a lamp to our feet,
a light unto our path
when we choose to follow it
it will keep us from God’s wrath.

It’s to be used for mediation,
all our living nights and days
it is the Bread of Life
that shows us our evil ways.

It instructs us on endurance,
encourages us in the faithful race
it persuades us to continue
to seek and find God’s face.

It is living and it active,
it’s as sharp as a two edge sword
it pierces through the heart
so our souls can be restored.

It’s a wonder to the open eye,
out of the law comes salvation
it’s the pure spiritual milk
spilling forth God’s revelation.

It’s to be stored in our hearts,
it will keep us from sin
it’s to be used in our daily battles
so over the enemy we will win.

It will guard our hearts and minds,
it will keep us in perfect peace
and we should always keep  . . .
our Bible’s within close reach.

But, for some it sits on their shelf,
other’s shove it in a drawer
and most just don’t make the time
to read the Bible anymore!

~~~~~~~

Psalm 119:11
King James Version

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Who’s Running this Roller Coaster?

English: The Kraken roller coaster ride at Sea...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes it seems . . .
I’m on a roller coaster ride
with all the ups and downs
and twists from side to side.

One day, I’m blissfully joyful,
the next one, I miserably sad
one minute, I’m cheerfully happy
the next one, I’m steaming mad.

One day, the Lord seems close,
the next one, He seems so far away
one minute, I see His light shinning
the next one, it’s hard for the finding.

One day, I feel so very blessed,
the next one, I feel so deeply depressed
one minute, I feel His awesome love
the next one, I feel tight as a glove.

Who’s got control of the switch,
who’s controlling this roller coaster ride?
Lord, I need for You to pull the plug . . .
so that in Your rest ~ I can abide!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1 Peter 5:10
King James Version

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us
unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


The Gift of Grace ~

Grace  by Radikai Art free photo #8410

Oh, to know the gift of grace,
not earned by any act or deed
but given to every soul for favor
to fill our deepest want and need.

Oh, to know the gift of grace,
not worthy by any way or means
just filthy rags, covered in scarlet sins
till His blood ~ washed us clean.

Oh, to know the gift of grace,
not deserving to be set free at all
His life became sins only ransom
love’s redemption, for man’s fall.

Oh, to know the gift of grace,
not justified to accept or to receive
Jesus came to give the guilty sinner
the gift of mercy, so they’d believe.

Oh, to know the gift of grace,
where evil no longer rules or reigns
to know His scarred and healing hands
have released sins ~ crippling chains.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 2:7-9
King James Version

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace
in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Another . . . Senseless Tragedy!

Note:
A young boy wrote me, and asked me to write a poem
about his life in Chicago.  He explained to me what he
witnessed, saw, and lived . . . this is for all the children
who live through out this world in their daily nightmare.

Our God Saves by Chris Manfre Creationsswap

Another senseless tragedy,
has hit Chicago’s South Side
another young victim’s life
has once more, been denied.

It could’ve been my brother,
my sister or my best friend
and every night I pray . . .
“Dear Lord, when will this end”

I’m only thirteen-years old,
but, I am always on the run
I never know when someone
is gonna point at me a gun.

Most kids who are my age,
don’t expect to live a full life
and getting shot to death
is a part of our daily strife.

Streets in my neighborhood,
aren’t safe for any one . . .
it doesn’t matter your age
or if you’re a daughter or a son.

I don’t know what to do,
but I am praying that you can
“Stop all this gang violence”
so I can grow up to be a man.

Another funeral at the church,
a “Homecoming” some people say
another parent’s grief-filled tears
God will have to wipe away!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 127:3-5
King James Version

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth. Happy is the man
that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed,
but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


I am Proud to Be a Christian!

SKY AND RAINBOW BY ALANNA RODGERS FREE PHOTO #6508

I am a Christian . . .
and for this I am proud
I’m going to say what I think
with pride and aloud.

I don’t need to have a month,
for me to wave my banner
all I want to do is be treated
in the same respectful manner.

But, if I were to march,
up and down the streets
and tell everyone about
the Savior they need to meet.

I would be called a bigot,
intolerant and narrow-minded
for the lost of this world
have been by Satan , blind-sided.

They can’t stand to hear,
their life to God is a sin
because darkness has taken over
and it’s embedded deep within.

In this world I’ve become,
a light that they can’t see
for in their hearts
they don’t want my Savior to be.

I am a Christian . . .
my flag too is the rainbow
for it stands for God’s promise
and not mankind’s prideful halo!

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Genesis 9:13
King James Version

“I do set my bow in the cloud,
and it shall be for a token of a covenant
between me and the earth.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


For Thou Are With Me ~

For Thou Art With Me ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah

Lord, You’ll never leave me,
this I know is a fact
for You have my front
and You guard my back.

You see all my comings,
and notice wherever I go
Your rod and staff
makes my faith grow.

For, they lead and direct me,
to pastures where I gleam
the truth of Your Spirit
beyond valleys green.

In the middle of my troubles,
there I can find You
in the midst of my worries
You are there too.

Your eyes are ever on me,
Your ears listen to my prayers
I can always trust You
to take from me my cares.

Lord, You’re my future hope,
my brighter eternal day
where for eternity we’ll be
if I let You lead the way!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 23:4b
King James Version

For thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff
they comfort me.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka

 


Sing Your Praises

Every day there is a blessing,
a treasure that’s in disguise
every day there is joyfulness
even when tears sting our eyes.

Every day God brings sunshine,
even when clouds are in the sky
every day there is laughter
even when mixed with a sigh.

Everyday there are calm waters,
even when there’s a stormy sea
every day there is tranquility
even when our fears are all we see.

Every day there’s a new beginning,
even though one comes to an end
every day there’s something good
even when we’re without a friend.

Every day God brings a blessing,
a miracle of trust and new life
everyday there is a fresh song
even when we cry out in our strife.

Every day sing your praises,
even when you’re not feeling sure
every day bless His name
and let Jesus heal and cure!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 145:2
King James Version

“Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name
forever and ever.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Jesus is The Perfect Fit ~

perfect fit 1 by Jason Gaines free photo from Creationswap

This is it,
yes, I’ve finally found it
now I know why
Jesus  is the perfect fit.

This is it,
this is all that I desire
and in my soul . . .
true love I did acquire.

This is it,
this is what hope feels like
and in my spirit . . .
faith and trust are alike.

This is it,
this is my belief forever more
and in my mind . . .
this is what I was born for.

This is it,
this is what life is about
and with Jesus as my Lord
what is there to doubt.

This is it,
Jesus is the perfect fit
and I am wondering why
the world doesn’t see it!

~~~~~~~~

2 Peter 1:3
King James Version

“According as his divine power hath
given unto us all things that pertain
unto life and godliness, through the knowledge
of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


As for Me and My House ~

As For Me and My House ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann
As for me and my house . . .
I’m inviting Jesus to come to live
and my heart and my soul
to Him I am going to give.

But, first I must make it ready,
clean up the dirty mess
so I’m starting with the sins
I know that I need to confess.

Then I’ll search for the idols,
which keep me away from Him
the ones new and shiny
all those that are old and dim.

I will toss them all out,
replace them with my Bible
and the books of preachers
whom I know are reliable.

I’m making sure I am ready,
so the Lord, I can serve
because me and my house . . .
knows it’s what Jesus deserves!

~~~~~~~~

Joshua 24:15
King James Version

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord,
choose you this day whom ye will serve;
whether the gods which your fathers served
that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites,
in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


My God is So Big ~

Gimpses by Paul Snyder free photo Creationswap

My God is so big . . .
He can conquer anything
He can turn a dry river
into a life-giving stream.

My God is so big . . .
He can carry my heavy load
He can lift from me my burdens
cause them to wither and erode.

My God is so big . . .
He can do the impossible
He can move any mountain
make the unfeasible possible.

My God is so big . . .
He can take away my fear
He can remove all my worries
for my God is always near.

My God is so big . . .
He can turn water into wine
He can bring back a lost soul
who’s fallen from His vine.

My God is so big . . .
He can part the Red Sea
He can heal the lame and sick
make the blindest of eyes to see.

My God is so big . . .
how big is that one of yours?
Mine will forgive you your sin,
if you’d just open to Jesus the door!

~~~~~~~~~~

Revelation 3:20
King James Version

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him,
and he with me.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


I Believe ~

Stop Doubting by Thomas Roberts free photo #17827
Lord, I believe.
You’re the King of Kings
You’re above all other things
so, when I hear others doubt
all I want to do is shout

I believe. . .

Lord, I believe,
You came to save all of man
You are salvation’s only plan
so, when I hear others doubt
all I want to do is shout

I believe. . .

Lord, I believe,
You died for them and me
Your love has set us free
so, when I hear others doubt
all I want to do is shout

I believe. . .

Lord, I believe,
You will bring sovereignty
in You there is certainty
so, when I hear others doubt
all I want to do is shout

I believe. . .

Lord, I believe
You’re coming back one day
You’ll take Your faithful away
so, when I hear others doubt
all I want to do is shout

I believe. . .

Oh, yes I do believe. . .

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mark 1:15
King James Version

“And saying, The time is fulfilled,
and the kingdom of God is at hand:
repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


By His Stripes ?

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If Jesus abased and humbled Himself,
then why don’t we hold Him in esteem?
If He was obedient even unto the cross,
then why won’t His salvation we redeem?

If He bore His own grief and sorrow,
then why don’t we think He’ll take ours?
If He took upon Himself our punishment
then why don’t we see His scars?

If He was wounded for our transgressions,
then why do we still pursue after sin?
If He was bruised for our iniquities,
then why does immorality still win?

If His chastisement became our peace,
then why do we still have so much conflict?
If by His stripes, we have been healed,
then why do we on others ~ pain inflict?

If He was oppressed and treated unfairly,
then why do we still treat Him this way?
It must be true what the Bible tells us,
all of His sheep . . . have gone astray!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 53:5
King James Version

“But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:6
King James Version

“All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Where Are You Lord ~

Hope in a Dark World by Chris Vasquez free photo #5638

Lord, where are You,
when are you coming for me?
for in the darkness of this world
Your light I can no longer see.

I don’t understand,
I just don’t get it . . .
and right now my soul
needs from You a lift.

Where are you now,
where are you taking me
there is so much going on
that I don’t want to see.

For my soul is broken,
and it aches . . .
for the unsaved
it truly breaks.

Dark and light,
just do not mix
and only You
have the fix.

I am caught in a world,
that is bitter-sweet
and I am up against
so many I meet.

Lord, You are the only hope
that I cling to
and I so need Your light
to come shining through.

So, I say come Lord Jesus,
do not tarry . . .
for the burden of this world
my heart  can no longer carry!

~~~~~~~

Isaiah 5:20
King James Version

“Woe unto them that call evil good,
and good evil; that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter!”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Harden Not Your Heart ~

The Heartfelt Fight by Boaz Crawford free photo #921

Harden not your heart,
to your spiritual condition
let it not turn cold
by your selfish ambition.

Let it not turn to stone,
like the rebellious one
let it not become distant
by a grumbling tongue.

Harden not your heart,
to the Holy Spirit’s leading
let it not turn cold
by the sins you’re keeping.

Let it not become rigid,
by careless drifting
let it not be stubborn
by the life you’re living.

Harden not your heart,
by disbelief or doubt
let it not turn cold
by shutting the Word out..

Let it not turn you away,
from the hope of eternal peace
let it not turn to ice
let not your faith in God cease !

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Hebrews 3:13
King James Version

“But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


True Independence ~

American Flag by Matt Gruber free photo Creastionswap

There once was a flag that flew high,
now it’s draped on freedoms grave
it once stood for the love of God
and the home of the faithful and brave.

In the wind, it waved in all its glory,
shedding hope and peace, in God’s light
the stars would sparkle ever so brightly
and gave confidence long into the night.

It sung of a song that we would flourish,
as it twisted and twirled in the wind
it claimed our trust and dependence
in God’s mercy, so our battles we’d win.

Now the flag of our liberty is no more,
for they have ripped ~ God from the seam
and the stars and stripes we have known
no longer stand for the american dream.

There once was a flag that flew high,
and God’s strength was its banners goal
now it flies in a state of true independence
for God is no longer ~ this countries soul!

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I pray God will have mercy on our country.
That He will turn us back to Him. I pray the leaders
will not continue in the direction they are leading us
and for all to put their trusts back into God. Amen!

~ Happy Dependence Day in God ~


When I Consider . . .

Glory by Radkal Arts free photo #8415

When I consider.
all of the universe . . .
it is with You God
I want to converse.

I climb my mountains.
I walk my stormy sea
but it is with You . . .
that I long to be.

For, You are my maker,
You are my heartbeat
and I long for the day
that we shall meet.

When I look at the sky,
beyond the horizon . . .
I see Your kingdom
and the light of Your Son.

I am drawn,
into eternity . . .
for I know
with You I’ll finally be.

Lord, You are my salvation,
the only hope I cling to
and I cannot wait . . .
till I spend eternity with You.

As I look in the distance,
I see a glimpse of love
that which my heart knows
comes only from above.

Lord, when I’m in heaven
I will fall at Your feet
praising You always . . .
for I will then be complete!

~~~~~~

Psalm 90:2
King James Version

“Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


If We the People . . .

AMERICA THE LAND THAT FORGOT FREE PHOTO BY PAULE PATTERSON #3234

If we the people,
of the USA . . .
would humble ourselves
and pray.

Then God would,
forgive us our sin
and bless these states
once again.

If we the people,
were to seek His face
and admit to Him
our sinful disgrace.

Then God would,
heal our land
and united – under Him
we would again stand.

If we the people,
would repledge our trust
and see that His laws
are fair and just.

Then God would,
give us a new start
and restore to Him
our nation’s heart.

If we the people,
of the USA . . .
would only – be humble
and pray!

~~~~~~~~~~~

2 Chronicles 7:14
King James Version

“If My people who are called by My name
will humble themselves, and pray and
seek My face, and turn from their
wicked ways, then I will hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin and
heal their land.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


What Causes Our Feet to Stumble?

What Causes Our Feet To Stumle ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ Photo CreationSwap

What causes our feet to stumble,
so quickly in these last days?
Was not Jesus our example,
on how to keep ourselves humble?

Did He not draw a line in the sand,
an expose to all men their sin?
Was He not the One who promised,
salvation would come from His hand?

Did He not still preach the Word,
to all those He came across?
Did He not hold them accountable,
for the truth that they had heard?

Did He not prepare the way,
for the Holy Spirit’s filling?
Did He not tell everyone to fear,
God’s wrath on judgment day?

Did He just give up,
and ask God to save Him from death?
Did He not continue on to drink,
the grace raised in His Father’s  cup?

Did He not face the cross,
with severe pain and suffering?
So then why do we think . . .
we should not undergo any loss?

What causes are feet to stumble,
so quickly in these last days?
Didn’t Jesus set for us an example,
on how to stay meek and humble?

~~~~~~~~~~

Philippians 3:8
King James Version

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


If Were To Be Like Jesus ~

To Be Like Jesus ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

To be more like Jesus,
we must walk with Him each day
we must take up our personal cross
and follow Him on the narrow way.

It’s an individual thing to decide,
no one can tell you what to do
after the Sunday service is over
it will be only Jesus and you.

As we learn to walk with Him,
we will see the newness in our life
and being just like Jesus . . .
will then become our only strife.

We walk the faith that we have,
the measure of it only we know
but if we’re willing to study His word
in our hearts it’s sure to grow.

There is no assurance,
from His light we will not stray
but if you trust in the Holy Spirit
He’ll keep you from falling  away.

 He will give us divine wisdom,
He’ll lead and guide our way
till He takes us to His Kingdom
where we’ll walk with Him each day!

~~~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 2:10
King James Version

“For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we
should walk in them.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Even You Too!

Grace by Nathan Furr free photo #12440

He died because of me,
and yes, even you too
He gave us His life
so ours ~ we could get through.

He lived so I would know,
the meaning of free grace
and yes, even you too
can seek and find His face.

There is no other answer,
to our worries and our cares
there is only Jesus who has
the answers to our prayers.

Don’t be fooled by the winds,
that are blowing wayward today
for His free unmerited grace
is still to heaven ~ the only way

His love is endless,
there’s a beginning, but no end
and trust me when I say
in Jesus, there’s no better friend.

When on my deathbed I lay,
and I pray this for you too . . .
I know for a fact His light for us
will come shinning through!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 27:1
King James Version

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


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