Tag Archives: Grace

Beyond The Cross ~

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

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

Beyond the cross,
there is new life
the end to sin
and worldly strife.

No more battles,
no more struggles
no more satan
causing troubles.

Beyond the cross,
there are no fears
no death, no pain
and 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 me and you!

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Hebrews 12:2

“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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2014 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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It Is Finished ~

“It is finished”
words of agony from Jesus’ lips
“It is finished
no greater love will again eclipse.

“It is finished”
these words aloud Jesus said
and for the sins of everyone
His soul hemorrhage and bled.

“It is finished”
but, what really had just begun
was that grace and forgiveness
were freely given by God’s Son.

“It is finished”
but, for you it can be a new start
if you repent now of your sin
and give Jesus your whole heart.

“It is finished”
Jesus died so that you’d be free
let His death on  Calvary’s cross
take your soul to its knees.

“It is finished”
but, it’s not the end of the story
not until the day all of mankind
stands before God’s in all His glory.

“It is finished”
words of hope from Jesus’ lips
“It is finished”
don’t let His love for you eclipse!

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John 19:30

“So when Jesus had received the sour
wine, He said, “It is finished!” And
bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


It Started With Just One Nail ~

One nail was all it took,
to crucify Christ that day
it started with just one nail
for the crowd to get their way.

One blow upon that nail,
got the crowd to cheer and yell
“Crucify Him, Crucify Him”
put the hammer to that nail.

One nail was all it took,
for them to secure His fate
one large, iron nail became
the spike of their distaste.

One bang upon that nail,
their voices swelled and soared
“Crucify Him, Crucify Him”
as they began to nail the Lord.

One nail was all it took,
though they used all three
but, it started with that one nail
so all sinners could go free.

All it took was that first nail,
for the crowd to be satisfied
just one strike upon that nail . . .
and our Savior they crucified!

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Mark 15:13-14

“And they cried out again, Crucify him.”

Then Pilate said unto them,
Why, what evil hath he done?

” And they cried out the more exceedingly,
Crucify him.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Thank God It’s Good Friday ~

I thank God,
it’s Good Friday
I’m so grateful
for this one day.

For my Savior,
endured for me
the pain, the shame
to set me free.

I thank God,
for Jesus dying breath
for it saved me
from eternal death.

For my sins,
on the cross He bore
so I could have life
with Him forever more.

I thank God,
it’s Good Friday
for Jesus is to Him . . .
the only pathway!

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1 Peter 2:24

“Who his own self bare our sins
in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

 


It’s About You Lord ~

It’s all about You Lord,
not about me . . .
it’s all about what You did
on Calvary’s tree.

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

It’s all about Your life,
Your Truth, the Way
it’s all about giving You
my faith each day.

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

It’s all about Your mercy,
Your compassion and affection
it’s all about making You . . .
the image in my reflection.

It’s all about You Lord,
not about me . . .
it’s all about Your blood
setting me free!

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2 Corinthians 5:15

“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.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


The Faith To Trust ~

Thank you God
for Your beloved Son
who sheds His grace
on each and everyone.

Thank You Father,
for mercy new each day
for Your Word
lighting up our way.

Thank You God,
for hope everlasting
for opening our hearts
to divine understanding.

Thank You Father,
for Your peace unceasing
for giving us the wisdom
we need for believing.

Thank You Lord,
for all for us You do
thank You for giving us
faith to trust in You!

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1 Peter 1:2

Elect according to the foreknowledge
of God the Father, through sanctification
of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling
of the blood of Jesus Christ:
Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Thank You Father ~

Father, thank You for the Cross,
for all Jesus did for me
for opening my eyes
so my fallen state I could see.

Thank You for Your mercy,
the scourging of my sin
for opening my ears
to Your wooing voice within.

Thank You for Your favor,
the thorns of righteousness
for opening my mouth
so my wrongs I could confess.

Thank You Father for Your love,
the lashings of my shame
for opening my heart
so I could call upon Your name.

Thank You for the blood,
that poured out from Your Son
for the gift of salvation . . .
You granted to every one!

~~~~~~~~~~~

Hebrews 2:9

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower
than the angels for the suffering of death,
crowned with glory and honour; that he by the
grace of God should taste death for every man.”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Keep On Persisting On ~

Faith feeling sluggish,
got no get up and go
are you starting to get
for the race too slow?

Well you need to continue,
to keep on keeping on . . .
and on Jesus’ strength
persist drawing upon.

Trust feels lacking,
lost that staying power
are you beginning to sense
your hope has soured?

Well you need to continue,
to keep on persisting on . . .
and on God’s holy might
maintain drawing upon.

Is your faith sluggish,
is your trust listless . . .
well keep on holding on
to the life ~ righteous!

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1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith,
lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called,
and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

 


Puncture Wounds ~

When life leaves,
a puncture wound
don’t let your faith
by it be consumed.

For when we hurt,
God can replace
the pain and ache
with His grace.

When life pokes,
and picks at you
don’t let your trust
be pricked at too.

For when we hurt,
God can repair
the brokenness
of our despair.

When life’s wounds,
have you feeling . . .
hurt and bruised
ask God for healing!

~~~~~~~~~

Psalm 147:3

“He healeth the broken in heart,
and bindeth up their wounds.”

~~~~~~~

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Walking In the Spirit ~

When you walk in the Spirit,
you will live in Jesus’ light
all things will be clearer
everything will look bright.

For the Spirit will change you,
your mind He will capture
fill it with secure thoughts
of the upcoming rapture.

When you walk in the Spirit,
you’ll have a worldly guide
someone who will help you
to keep faith in your stride.

For the Spirit will lead you,
on the path of righteousness
helping you to live a life
in the power of faithfulness.

When you walk in the Spirit,
you’ll repel the darkness
for the Light of Jesus . . .
will help keep you sinless!

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Galatians 5:25

“If we live
in the Spirit,
let us also walk
in the Spirit.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2013 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


My Sin ~

My sin,
Jesus’ life
my evil
His strife.

My hope,
Jesus’ death
my trust
His last breath.

My peace,
Jesus’ grace
my faith
His abase.

My light,
Jesus’ way
my soul
His today.

My heart,
Jesus’ home
my future
in Him alone!

~~~~~

John 11:25

“Jesus said unto her,
I am the resurrection,
and the life: he that
believeth in me, though
he were dead,
yet shall he live:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


God, My Refuge ~

God is my refuge,
a retreat for my soul
where life’s pressures
cannot take their toll.

His wings protect me,
a shelter they provide
whenever I am weary
a perfect place to hide.

God is my refuge,
a harbor to where I flee
whenever I’m tossed
upon life’s stormy sea.

When I need strength,
for the troubles I get in
I just turn to the Lord
my refuge from within.

God is my refuge,
a stronghold He is to me
an always present help . . .
I’ve found Him to be!

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Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 91:1-2

“Whoever dwells in the shelter
of the Most High will rest in
the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD,
‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.’”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2011 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Called To Freedom ~

Called to freedom,
not worldly bondage
called to understanding
wisdom and knowledge.

Called to liberation,
not worldly dependence
called into holy living
moral transcendence.

Called to empowerment,
not worldly subjection
called to be the Light
of Jesus’ reflection.

Called to separation,
not worldly servitude
called to be discerning
with minds daily renewed.

Called to freedom,
not worldly conformation
called into a new life
a holy transformation!

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Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in
the liberty wherewith Christ
hath made us free,
and be not entangled again
with the yoke of bondage.

Romans 12:1-2

“I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable
unto God, which is your
reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that
ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Order In The House ~

If we are to have,
order in the house
our understanding
we need to rouse.

For we need to build,
upon Godly wisdom
keeping heaven
right within our vision.

Then our homes,
will be full of pleasure
as we come to realize
our eternal treasure.

If we are to have,
our house in order
each room needs to be
without a border.

For when our walls,
come tumbling down
inside our hearts
our Savior is found!

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Proverbs 24:3

“Through wisdom is an house builded;
and by understanding it is established:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Heavenly Minded ~

When you are,
heavenly minded
in this world
you won’t be blinded.

For when you know,
your real citizenship
into satan traps
you will not fall or slip.

When you live,
a life worthy of
the grace of Jesus
and His love.

You will be,
a light that reflects
His life and power
and its effects.

When you are,
heavenly focused
how you act
will be noticed!

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Philippians 1:27

“Only let your conversation
be as it becometh the gospel
of Christ: that whether I come
and see you, or else be absent,
I may hear of your affairs,
that ye stand fast in one
spirit, with one mind striving
together for the faith of the gospel;

Philippians 3:20

“For our conversation is in heaven;
from whence also we look for the
Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2014 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


There’s Only One God ~

Just like the sun,
must set in the west
I know God for me
is my perfect rest.

I know He’s the only,
God that there is . . .
I believe He knew
I’d be one of His.

Just like the moon,
hanging in the sky
I know God is God
question not why.

Though I’ve not met,
Him face to face
I know through faith
I am saved by grace.

Just as the sun,
rises in the east
I know Jesus is . . .
the only High Priest!

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Isaiah 45:5-6

I am the Lord,
and there is none else,
there is no God beside me:
I girded thee, though thou
hast not known me:

That they may know from
the rising of the sun, and
from the west, that there
is none beside me.
I am the Lord, and
there is none else.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


The Spirit-Led Heart ~

A Spirit-led heart,
lives in each of us
teaching us how
in God to trust.

It shows us how,
we are to live
so hope to the lost
by faith we can give.

A Spirit-led life,
leads us to know
the way to Jesus
we need to show.

It encourages us,
to be a witness
for Jesus’ grace
and forgiveness.

A Spirit-led soul,
is bold and daring
the Good News . . .
it can’t help sharing!

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Luke 19:10

For the Son of man is come
to seek and to save
that which was lost.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Blessing Counting ~

Don’t number your burdens,
instead count your blessings
for burden counting, adding
can be gloomy and depressing.

So let your mind run free,
and add up all the ways
God has provided you . . .
with your needs each day.

Don’t list your complaints,
instead tally up God’s benefits
for complaining, tallying
has disheartening elements.

So let your heart begin,
to list the hopeful things
everyday into your life
Jesus sends and brings.

Don’t list all of your have-nots,
rather count the good things God has given
when your done the total sum . . .
will add up to the reasons you’re forgiven!

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Psalm 103:2

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:”

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


God Gives Shade ~

God gives shade,
to us when weary
provides a cover
when we’re dreary.

He shadows us with,
His mighty wings
helps us to rise
above all things.

God gives shade,
to us when frayed
provides a screen
when burden lade.

He shields us with,
His right hand
holds us upright
when we can’t stand.

God gives shade,
to us when dismayed
so His glory on us . . .
can be displayed!

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Psalm 121:5

“The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon
thy right hand.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Called By God ~

Called by God,
into righteous living
all because of grace
not of our own doing.

A holy pure life,
we’re to lead
so sin into it . . .
cannot breed.

Called to be saints,
without blame
in love and truth
without shame.

A fountain of life,
we are to be
so Jesus’ light in us
the world can see.

Called by God,
into a life holy
called to give up
our ungodly folly!

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2 Timothy 1:9

“Who hath saved us, and called us
 with an holy calling,
not according to our works,
but according to his own
purpose and grace, which
was given us in Christ
Jesus before the world began,”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


God’s Not Winking ~

God is no longer,
winking at man
for judgment day
soon is at hand.

He wants all of us,
to be idolatry free
so with Him in heaven
we can eternally be.

God is no longer,
looking the other way
He wants everyone
to turn to Him today.

He wants mankind,
to confess their sin
so more unsaved souls
Jesus can win.

God is no longer,
at man winking an eye
He’s now looking for . . .
the heart repentant cry!

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Acts 17:30

“And the times of this
ignorance God winked at;
but now commandeth all
men every where to repent:”

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Wanderer’s Wandering ~

Wanderer’s wandering,
roaming around
looking and searching
for what can’t be found.

Rootless and fruitless,
wanderers they are
faithless and godless
in their travels afar.

Roving and drifting,
wanderers they be
smug and ungrateful
from righteousness flee.

Nomadic problematic,
wanderers go off
leaving and parting
as God they scoff.

Wanderer’s wandering,
God wants you home
He wants your steps
to no longer roam.

Return returners,
Oh, thou to Me
come back and revisit
My love for thee.

Arrive and survive,
Oh, thou My roving rover
I will forgive your heart
a thousand times over!

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2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will
heal their land.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


I’m A Work In Progress ~

I’m a work in progress,
you likely are one too . . .
each day Jesus is working
in us something new.

His grace is transforming us,
to be sin fighting saints
He’s shaping us to live a life
with principles and restraints.

He is molding our minds,
to be clean and spotless
He shaping our hearts
to live pure and flawless.

He knows all the lumps,
that need to be reformed
He’s modeling our lives
till in Him we’re transformed.

We have unlimited potential,
He’ll never be finished with us
but, you and I must believe
His remolding is always just.

I’m a work in progress,
you likely too are one . . .
each day God is shaping us
into the image of His Son!

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Philippians 1:6

“Being confident of this very thing, that he
which hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Copyright 2012 Revised 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


My Cup Is Brimming ~

My cup is quite full,
in fact it’s brimming
for in God’s mercy
I’m gleefully swimming.

My cup is full of joy,
glorious and triumphant
for Jesus has filled it
with grace abundant.

My cup is full of hope,
that keeps expanding
for its full of life
blissfully unending.

My cup is full of peace,
of a future brighter
for I know Jesus is
salvation’s provider.

My cup is quite full,
joy flows past the brim
for my life to Jesus . . .
I’ve surrendered to Him!

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Psalm 23:5

“Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.

King James Version
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Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


Just One Contrite Heart ~

You don’t need the masses,
for a revival to erupt . . .
you don’t need a large crowd
just one soul that’s not corrupt.

You don’t need a building,
for a revival to begin . . .
you don’t need a church pew
to light a fire burning within.

You don’t need a mega church,
for a revival to get lit . . .
you don’t need loud music
just you and the Holy Spirit.

You don’t need a Sunday service,
for a revival to ignite . . .
you don’t need an assembly
for a soul to flame and incite.

You don’t need the masses,
for a revival to start
all you need is just one . . .
lowly and contrite heart!

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Isaiah 57:15

“For thus saith the high
and lofty One that inhabiteth
eternity, whose name is Holy;
I dwell in the high and holy place,
with him also that is of
a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart
of the contrite ones.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka


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