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Afternoon Ponderings ~03.11.18~

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All Because of His Name ~

All Because of His Name ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~ photo/creationswap

He who had no fault,
no witness to defame
was declared guilty . . .
all because of His name.

He who broke no law,
nor to Satan did He obey
was crucified to death
for our iniquity that day.

He who did no wrong,
was put to public shame
ridiculed upon the cross
all because of His name.

He who had no sin,
took the punishment for us
with each piercing stab
on Him that was thrust.

He who had no fault,
took our share of blame
so He could forgive all . . .
who call upon His name!

~~~~~~~~~

Isaiah 53:2-5

“For he shall grow up before him
as a tender plant, and as a root
out of a dry ground: he hath no
form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is no beauty
that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted
with grief: and we hid as it were
our faces from him; he was despised,
and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows: yet we
did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted.

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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka


Experience The Cross ~

CROSS-Saves

Have you experienced the cross,
have you found in Jesus’ death
there’s new beginnings, new hope
new joy, new life, new breath.

Have you experienced the cross,
have you seen all that it can do
it cleanses, it washes, it rinses
the defiance right out of you.

Have you experienced the cross,
have you felt the power within
it restores, it renews, it repairs
the effects and damage of sin.

Have you experienced the cross,
have you found what love has done
it redeems, it forgives, it pardons
through the grace of God’s Son!

~~~~~~~~

1 John 2:2
King James Version

“And he is the propitiation for our sins:
and not for ours only,
but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Come to The Cross ~

 Come to The Cross ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Come to the Cross,
all who are heavy laden
come to the Cross
all who have been forsaken.

For, at the Cross,
Jesus will be waiting there
for, at the Cross
He wants your every care.

Come to the Cross,
all who are anxious and fearful
come to the Cross
all who are grievous and tearful.

For, at the Cross,
Jesus brings peace and stillness
for, at the Cross . . .
there’s endless forgiveness!

~~~~~~~~~

Ephesians 1:7
King James Version

“In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace;”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


His Love For You ~

His Love for You ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

You are precious to God,
to Him you are prized
His love for you . .
cannot be compromised.

You are valuable to Him,
worth more than gold
His love for you . . .
is yours to behold.

You are important to Him,
in His sight, you are dear
His love for you . . .
is genuine and sincere.

You are unique to Him,
you are awesomely made
His love for you . . .
will never cease or fade.

You are precious to God,
you are His truly beloved
to Him you are a treasure
and you’re eternally loved!

~~~~~~~~~

John 3:16
King James Version

“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.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


No Longer Guilty ~

No Longer Guilty ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

At the foot of the cross,
my tears mixed with shame
and I felt such deep regret
as I cried out His name.

“Lord, I know my sins,
have caused You so much pain
please come into my life
my soul, my heart and reign.”

Waves of guilt passed by,
one-by-one they marched on
I looked to God and praised Him
for the gift of His beloved Son.

As I prayed for forgiveness,
confessing to Him my every sin
I could feel His love and mercy
purging the shame I felt within.

I was redeemed  by  grace,
that day Jesus died for me . . .
and there at the foot of the cross
He declared me ~ no longer guilty!

~~~~~~~~~

Romans 3:24
King James Version

“Being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

 

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Which Path Are You On ~

What Path Will You Take ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

There are many roads,
that are ahead of us
most will lead to doubt
some will lead to trust.

There are plenty of paths,
that we can choose to take
some will lead to heaven
most hold hell, as our fate.

They are countless avenues,
that we will come upon
most will bring us down
some will keep us pressing on.

There are many intersections,
that we will come across
some will lead straight to Jesus
most lead away from the cross.

There are many freeways,
each day to travel on . . .
but, there is only one highway
that will take us to God’s Son!

~~~~~~~

Isaiah 35:8
King James Version

” And an highway shall be there,
and a way, and it shall be called
The way of holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it;
but it shall be for those:
the wayfaring men, though fools,
shall not err therein.

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Beyond the Cross ~

Beyond The Cross ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Beyond the cross,
is a glorious view
for in Jesus’ death
all things are new.

New beginnings,
fresh clean starts
eternal hope
to fill our hearts.

Beyond the cross,
the truth we find
the love of God
for all mankind.

Light and love,
fills in the dark
exposes sin
raw and stark.

Beyond the cross,
there are no fears
no death, no pain
no more tears.

Despair will end,
suffering will cease
there will only be
everlasting peace.

Beyond the cross,
hope springs anew
all because Jesus
died for you!

~~~~~~~~~

Hebrews 12:2
King James Version

“Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith;

who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross,

despising the shame,
and is set down at the
right hand of the throne of God.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Without Jesus ~

Without Jesus ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Jesus died for you,
and He died for me
He died for the whole world
so our need for Him, we’d see.

He died for the miserable,
the hardened, the hopeless
He died so that we’d see
without Him, we are helpless.

He died for the cruel,
the wicked, the guilty
He died so that we’d see
without Him, we are filthy.

He died for the sorrowful,
the poor, the meek
He died so that we’d see
without Him, we are weak.

He died for the troubled,
the worried, the weary
He died so that we’d see
without Him, we are needy.

Jesus died for the lost,
and He died for the unsaved
He died so that we’d see
without Him, we are depraved!

~~~~~~~~~~

Romans 5:8
King James Version

“But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Where There is Love ~

Where There is Love ~ CHRISTian oetry by deborah ann ~ photo/Doorpost Verses

Where there is light,
there is love
where there is hope
there is love
where there is truth
there is love
where there is faith
there is love
where there is trust
there is love . . .

Where there is joy
there is love
where there is happiness
there is love
where there is goodness
there is love
where there is gentleness
there is love
where there is kindness
there is love . . .

Where there is forgiveness
there is love
where there is grace
there is love
where there is mercy
there is love
where there is peace
there is love
where there’s a cross
you’ll see God’s love . .

~~~~~~~~~~~

John 3:16
King James Version

“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.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


The Winter Soul ~

The winter of the soul . . .
is a cold and lonely season
when it doesn’t understand
the intention or the reason.

The bitter winds that come,
chills it to the marrow
with each gust that blows
it feels like a poison arrow.

The freezing rain and sleet,
seizes up its every tear
they become like icicles
encased with all its fear.

The winter soul can’t take,
the ills, the weight, the loss
unless the soul is willing
to keep clinging to the cross.

For it is in this icy season,
the soul can find His warmth
and nestle in the comfort
of what God will bring forth.

So, if the battered soul,
is to survive this frosty time
it must be willing to soar
and over each blizzard climb.

Winter in the soul . . .
is a cold and lonely season
but it can find great peace
knowing God has His reason.

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

Ecclesiastes 3:1
King James Version

“To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven;”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


The Bridge ~

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There is a bridge you can take,
it leads to water’s living . . .
it’s there you’ll find peace
merciful and forgiving.

Over trials and tribulations,
it will take you across
the span of His loving hands
will lead you to the cross.

It is a bridge of assurance,
trouble waters will not last
and for you He has a future
much better than the past.

The hardships in this life,
will take faith to get through
and Jesus is the bridge linking
His Father right to you!

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

John 14:6
King James Version

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


Heaven’s One ~

holyspirit-CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

A faithful Father, a loyal Son,
a willing Spirit ~ Heavens One.

A universe, a day – a week,
an open door, for those who seek.

A tombstone covers, an open grave,
a promise kept, a world saved.

A young man’s fate, in a lion’s den,
a second coming, we know not when.

A fearful people, pass through the sea,
a cross on Calvary, sets all men free.

A woman forgiven, besides a well,
a world spinning, on the edge of hell.

A Fathers grace sent on a Dove,
a dying Son, whose name is Love ~

~~~~~~~~~~

1 John 5:7
King James Version

“For there are three that bear record in heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:
and these three are one.

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka


The Old Paths ~

I Will Follow used with permission IBible Verses

Lord, lead me to the old paths,
the ones tried and true
so I may follow Your ways
in all I set out to do.

Let me not forget Thy grace,
the election of my inheritance
let me not lose sight of You
because of pride or arrogance.

Let me not be caught up in,
the gospel of convenience
one that doesn’t include a cross
or to me, any inconvenience.

Help me to stand and see,
to consider and compare
the path of righteousness
so false prophets I’ll be aware.

Let me not be deceived,
by the spirit of this age
in the church of the godless
where You have been upstaged.

Lord, may I walk the old paths,
for I know they lead to You
let me not walk on the paths
that the heathen people do!

~~~~~~~

Jeremiah 6:16
King James Version

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways,
and see, and ask for the old paths,
where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, We will not walk therein.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


It’s All About You, Lord ~

It's All About You Lord ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

It’s all about you Lord,
not about me . . .
it’s all about what You did
so that I could be free.

It’s all about Your love,
the gift of eternal grace
it’s all about that day
my sins You erased.

It’s all about Your life,
the Truth and the Way
it’s all about surrendering
to You each new day.

It’s all about Your strength,
the might and the power
it’s all about trusting
You every single hour.

It’s all about Your mercy,
the pity and the compassion
it’s all about making
Your heart my passion.

It’s all about you Lord,
not about me . . .
it’s all about Your blood
that I must die to me!

~~~~~~~

2 Corinthians 5:15
King James Version

“And that he died for all,
that they which live

should not henceforth
live unto themselves,

but unto him which
died for them,
and rose again.

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka

 


Clinging to My Victories ~

I'm Clinging to My Victories ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

I’m clinging to my victories,
no matter what happens to me
I may suffer for today
but, tomorrow . . .
Jesus will set me free.

I’m clinging to my victories,
even when going through the fire
I may be downtrodden today
but, tomorrow . . .
Jesus will lift me higher.

I’m clinging to my victories,
although now my heart is fearful
I may be anxious today
but, tomorrow . . .
Jesus will make me cheerful.

I’m clinging to my victories,
as the storm continues to rage on
I may be weary today
but, tomorrow . . .
Jesus will bring the sun.

I’m clinging to my victories,
though everything’s a total loss
I may be bankrupt today
but, my debt . . .
Jesus took care of on the cross!

~~~~~~~~

1 Corinthians 15:57
King James Version

“But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


It’s No Wonder ~

One Way used with permission Creatoin Swap

It’s no wonder . . .
there’s so much pain today
no one seeks the Lord
all have gone their own way.

It’s no wonder . . .
there’s so many broken homes
no one stays around
all wander off and roam.

It’s no wonder . . .
there’s so much excessive greed
no one reads the Word
all don’t see salvation’s need.

It’s no wonder . . .
there’s so many who are lost
no one acknowledges their sin
all eyes are off the Cross.

It’s no wonder . . .
there’s so much turmoil going on
no one trusts in God
all His commandments are now gone.

It’s no wonder . . .
there’s so much pain today
no one repents of their wickedness
all deny their own decay!

~~~~~~

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 has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


God Gave ~

John 3.16 IBible Verses

God gave unto the world,
His only begotten Son
the sacrifice and atonement
for the sins of everyone.

On the cross He became,
the substitute to fulfill the law
Jesus became the  ransom
for our every wicked flaw.

He delivered us from our guilt,
and put our sins away forever
in the surrender of His life He gave
what we could not endeavor.

Now we are His people,
purchased out of His great love
sanctified and set apart
until we meet one day above!

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Galatians 3:29
King James Version

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Pressing Into The Goal ~

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It’s not about the contest,
it’s about the one you enter in
for the race that’s before you
can be full of good or full of sin.

It’s not about how fast you are,
it’s about your sober dedication
and the Gospel of God’s grace
must be your soul’s aspiration.

It’s not about the time you run,
it’s about pressing into the goal
and if you will follow after Jesus
with all your heart and soul.

It’s not about the finish line,
it’s about how close you come
to the mark of the higher calling
and the glory of God’s kingdom.

It’s not about the winning,
it’s about your defeat and loss
and if you gained true knowledge
of why Christ died on the cross!

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Philippians 3:7
King James Version

“But what things were gain to me,
those I counted loss for Christ.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


God Loves You ~

For God So Loved used with permission Doorpost Verses on Facebook

God loves you,
it is true . . .
just take a look and see
what He did for you.

God loves you,
gave to you His only Son
just take a glimpse
at all He has done.

God loves you,
if you’d just believe
Jesus died for your sins
freedom you’d receive.

God loves you,
Jesus paid the debt
and into your heart
He’s longing to get.

God loves you,
eternal life is to be found
If you will give Jesus
your life to turn around.

God loves you,
it is true . . .
you ask me how I know
because my heart He drew!

~~~~~~~

John 3:16
King James Version

‘For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish
but have everlasting life.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Mercy and Truth Have Merged ~

For God So Loved used

Mercy and truth have merged,
reconciliation is found on the Cross
righteousness and peace have kissed
God’s justice reaches to the dross.

Truth was raised from the earth,
resurrection sprung out of death
new life gives hope to every sinner
who understands His dying breath.

Love looked down from heaven,
forgiveness was imparted to every soul
grace shall make way for His steps
so in Him all can be made whole.

Mercy and truth have come together,
on the Cross ~ Jesus paid the price
righteousness and peace finally kissed
and for all ~ Christ was the sacrifice!

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

Psalm 85:10-12
King James Version

“Mercy and truth are met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring out of the earth;
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka


Living In The Light ~

Living in the Light ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Living in the light,
brings about true freedom
it will give you access
to God’s eternal kingdom.

It exposes the sin,
that is enslaving you
as it directs you to the cross
it will show you what to do.

Living in the light,
gives new purpose to life
no more aimless drifting
no more fighting daily strife.

It will guide and lead you,
closer to God every day
for the truth will shine
grace and mercy on your way.

Living in the light,
brings joy and vitality
gone are the gloomy days
for there is a new reality.

No more living in fear,
no more feeling all alone
living in the light
is trusting in God’s Son.

Living in the light,
isn’t very hard to do
but, following Jesus
is all up to you!

~~~~~~~~~

John 8:12
King James Version

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world: he that followeth me
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

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


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