February 17, 2012

Psalm 63 Revisited

Posted in Unbelief at 6:36 am by Teresa Roberts Johnson

O god, you are my god and my Maker;
You have set your Mark upon me.
Because my soul thirsts and my flesh aches
For you, Samuel’s strength and Adam’s shield,
Early Times and often do I seek you.
What care I if water can’t be found?
For Daniel’s Comfort in the den
Is spirit of consuming Fire, Water of life.
Each time I drink of your glorious power
My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.
O god—for you are my god—
Beam down on me the glow of your Light;
Smother me in the shadow of your wings.

Copyright © 2012 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

Anyone who has ever battled addiction or who has had a family member in this situation is painfully aware that the addict has chosen a god other than his Creator. To allow ourselves to be controlled by anything other than the Holy Spirit of God is a violation of the first commandment.

I Am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. (Exodus 20:2-3)

Those who have been redeemed have been brought out of bondage to the evil one, the one who only seeks to destroy us. Even Satan’s plot against us is not about us. It is part of his larger strategy of opposing whatever God desires. We are only his pawns, his slaves. Why on earth would we willingly leave the safety of the arms of Jesus, who frees us to be what we were created to be and who desires only what is best for us, in time and eternity? Why would we willingly return to be controlled by one whose only desire is to make us a slave?

And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:35-37)

Please understand that this poem is not a tirade against alcohol itself, but against allowing it or anything else on this earth to take the place of God in our lives. There is no future in being Satan’s slave. The only ones with a future are the faithful children of God. By God’s grace, be free.

January 20, 2012

Atheist Artist

Posted in Unbelief at 7:35 pm by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Flailing wildly at the solid Stone,
The frenzied sculptor works alone,
Not to build or to create
But only to obliterate
The image that indicts him as a thief.

When each attempt, more futile than the last,
Stares back at him, he falls aghast
At failing utterly to dim
The Stone that speaks its life to him.
Yet he declines in willful disbelief.

Copyright © 2012 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

The entire time a fool is denying God in his heart, he is totally dependent upon God. Whether or not we believe in our Creator, we live, move, and have our being in Him (Acts 17:28), and anything we might “create” requires us to start with His creation for the materials with which we produce our art

In other words, God is God, and that is that.

The word “declines” in the final line is a double entendre. The surface meaning is that the unbeliever declines, or says no to, faith. The other meaning is more ominous and is the result of the deicsion to decline belief in God, for those who continue in willful disbelief will deteriorate in a constant and insidious descent that can only be corrected by the intervention of the very One who is being denied. Quite a quandary, isn’t it?

Written on 13 June 2002 and revised on 26 July 2002. The only changes tonight were in punctuation

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