POEMS

Power

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Who can hold on to it?
Those who don’t have it
They want it
Those who have it:-
Some give it away
Some hold on so tight
When all is said and done
Both are the same
Power cannot be owned
It is always on a lease
No matter what, that lease expires
While you have it
You can share it and enjoy it
Or you can hoard it and let it destroy you
Power in whatever form or shape
Is a master often disguised as a servant
How you treat it determines your end
Power is borrowed
It never really is yours
No matter how heady it feels
And if you forget that
You will expire
Before your time.

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SMART TALK

Imagined Fear

Imagined fear is worse in its torment than real fear in the presence of a real attack. The human brain is capable of coming up with a fate worse than what can or will happen in actuality.

In the presence of an enemy, your options for self preservation become simplified, demanding straight action, almost automatic responses to presenting danger.

In the absence of an immediate attack, all one can do is imagine the enemy’s strategies in all its worse possible forms set against all of one’s own weaknesses in all its possible forms. Our battles are thankfully are not all fought at once. The scope for having imagined fear for a battle yet to be fought is huge. The battle can therefore get lost in the battlefield of the mind before it ever actually occurs in reality due to the enormity of our ‘imagined fear’.

When your mind is conjuring up the most frightful images, always remember it often ends up not being as bad as it looks. You can be the conqueror and not the conquered.

POEMS

Afraid To Succeed?

Deep down in the recesses of my mind

I have a full proof plan

My confidence is sure

My energy is adequate

I can see the results

Of all my endeavours

How it will all pan out

Is no longer a mystery

But in the glare of daylight

My doubts begin to surface

Those niggling unfounded theories

Based on other’s experiences

My heart tells me ‘escape’

Do not try to be like them

They also thought they had a plan

Now look how their lives turned out.

So when the clock strikes nine

And it’s time to take a risk

I slink back in fear

And take a minute too long to re-evaluate

My already well thought out plan

I reorganise my full proof scheme

I recheck my resources

Though not enough, they fit the task

Soon opportunity can no longer wait

And I am right back where I started from

Afraid to make the first move

What a wreck this whole process is

I know for a fact that ‘I can succeed’

But facts don’t matter without action

Still too afraid to start.

My source and reserves are sure

Got to get rid of fear

And dive right in

Into the big blue sea

There are giant fishes ready to be caught

By great ones like me for sure

That’s the spirit, come on lets do this

 

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I AM ADDICTED

 

 

 

Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (Proverbs 3:25, 26 KJV).

I love to see risk takers rewarded. It is a natural phenomenon. It even works with financial investments. Those who take the highest financial risks either make the highest losses or the highest gains. They are high rollers. They thrive on the danger of it all and are prepared to sacrifice all just for the thrill of the journey. In this modern day they can be called Adrenalin junkies.

An article by Elizabeth Scott M.S, published in About.com on the issue of Adrenaline Junkies states that the term ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ was popularly used in the 1991 movie Point Break in reference to people who favor dangerous activities for the adrenaline rush that accompanies them.

There are people hooked on the high that putting themselves under pressure provides. They thrive on it and tend to get much achieved.

There is a sense of achievement that one gets with the defiance of the odds when despite the presenting risks one ‘jumps’ anyway in the face of danger.

Faith in God to an unbeliever is like being asked to jump in the face of danger and uncertainty. There are some therefore who based on their experiences, their knowledge and human wisdom consider it foolish to make that jump.

But if you see only the danger and the ‘foolishness’ of the gospel and the ‘insanity’ of giving over your life to a God you cannot see, if you only see the ridiculous in the salvation story, which tells you to accept that this God sent his son Jesus to die in your place to pay the price for your sins, if you can’t see beyond this, you will be missing the other side of all these. The reward. The yield. The benefits. The promise.

How will you feel about making the jump if you are assured that you won’t loose? If you know for a fact that someone trustworthy and able has got your back?

Only a silly coward will refuse to jump when there is such assurance. God is trustworthy and able, he’s got your back.

‘Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place’. (2 Corinthians 2:14 KJV).

An adrenalin junkie has the audacity to make a ‘jump’ by not looking only at the danger but more so at the reward or at least the promise of it.

Unlike the adrenalin junkie whose faith is in himself and his abilities to contain and handle the presenting danger, a life in God is based on a believe in God’s abilities and his promises to you. He wants you to come on a journey of discovery both of yourself and of him.

He says: ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not’. (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)

‘They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep’. (Psalm 107:23, 24 KJV).

Why should we believe his promises? We believe his promises because he is God and those promises are based on who he is and not on us or our abilities. All he requires is your faith, your trust in him. Some may call it ‘blind’ faith. But faith that wants to maintain all control and to have it all answered is no faith. That kind does not yield high rewards.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)

‘For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries’. (Psalm 135:5-7 KJV)

He is a mighty God indeed. And this is what this great God says concerning you:

‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end’. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV).

‘Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust’. (2 Peter 1:4 KJV)

‘For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye’. (Deuteronomy 32:9, 10 KJV).

Look what this great God said to Abram before he became Abraham; ‘After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” ‘ (Genesis 15:1 KJV)

This is King David’s testimony concerning God;
‘For by thee (God) I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou (God) hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed. I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet. For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me. Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me. (Psalm 18:29-40 KJV)

You see the prove of the pudding is in the eating. Just like it is difficult for the average person to understand why someone will jump off a cliff just for the thrill of it and keep going back again and again to repeat the experience, so it is difficult to understand the depths of the riches of the glory and the power of God reserved for those who choose, love and follow him.

The two situations do not even adequately compare because whereas one provides a temporary thrill the latter provides eternal benefits far beyond anything on this earth.

A true walk with God is not a safe, dull, uneventful one. God is the most interesting, enigmatic, fun person you have ever met. He sets ups tasks that look absolutely impossible and risky and assures weaklings like us that we can do them. He provides the equipment, and the power, the very enablement we need. He literally tells you ‘ I will keep you safe’ and then asks you to jump. If you trust and believe in him and do what he says, you experience his awesome power, you see and do the coolest things that by yourself you could never do. The best part is he is always right there with you and takes you deeper and deeper into a life you only dreamed about.

Like David you will be able to say, by my God, I have run through a troop – sounds like an impossible challenge doesn’t it? – running through a troop but he did it by his God.

Are you living life on the safe side? With no risks, being protective of yourself, your reputation, your well being etc? Are you struggling to survive as it is? Worried about tomorrow? Just making do with the little you’ve got?

The bible says:
‘In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge’. (Proverbs 14:26 KJV)

God is inviting you to take a walk with him on the wild side. Take a jump of faith in him. Dare to live the life he is calling you to. He himself is your place of refuge. But you’ve got to want it bad, just like an adrenalin junkie. You have to have the drive, the intense desire, the kind that makes you ready to give everything up just for him.

‘But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine’. (Isaiah 43:1 KJV)

You see, once you taste of such power, once you have such experiences with God, you become addicted. You are no longer satisfied with walking in the slow lane but you hunger after him like the psalmist below:

‘My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life’. (Psalm 42:2, 7, 8 KJV).

There are two areas of profound uncertainty that produce fear in the human soul – these are the fear of the unknown and the fear of the present (circumstances).

You can conquer these fears if you approach them in God. You will be strong and you will do exploits. Your faith in him will be the vehicle and your hope in his promises and his ability to save will be your anchor as you journey though life not as a weak and fearful person but as someone who will take your mountains, your high places and ensure that the purpose for your life is achieved.

‘The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them’.(Deuteronomy 33:27 KJV)

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time’. (1 Peter 1:3-5 KJV).

Enough said!!!

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Why do some say ‘I DO’ and others just won’t?

John 8:24 KJV

What makes someone run into your arms can make another person run as far as they can away from you. There isn’t that much distance between COURAGE and FEAR.

Most often this is the basis for the decisions we make. Two people can be presented with the same situation. One may respond with fear and the other may respond with courage. Sometimes the one responding with fear may see elements of the situation that makes it so much more of a challenge or an impossibility. The only logical response must be one of retreat or suspicion or fear.
There are times that our intellectual prowess and ability to think through things and weigh them in every way possible becomes an impediment to exercising courage. Those who exercise courage tend to do so in the face of uncertainty. Those who exercise Fear tend to do so after considering the variables and being more certain of failure than success. This plays a factor in all major decisions we make about whether we go ahead with something or whether we retreat or withdraw from it.
Those who withdraw usually have good reasons to substantiate their fear. Those who exercise courage usually do so inspite of evidence to suggest that they shouldn’t which makes it difficult for them to explain why they did.
This applies to decisions about relationships, carriers and jobs, changes in our lives, entrepreneurial ventures etc. I see that it also applies when it comes to making a decision about whether to believe the good news of the gospel and whether to make a decision for Christ or to reject him. I find that many reject him out of fear. Fear for what he stands for, fear about the almost overly simplistic nature of the salvation he offers, fear about what it implies for their own life, fear from what they have observed happening to others who accept him etc.
I imagine an invisible line, let’s call it the start line that all human beings stand on. Following our birth irrespective of your background, as you live your life there comes a day when you are confronted with the opportunity to make a decision either to give your life over to God ,or not to do so. Irrespective of whatever form it might take, whether, through sickness, through a miracle you have observed, through devastation in someone else’s life, through hearing the word of God being preached, there will be a time, a day in your life when you have to make a conscious choice with regards to the issue of belief or faith. The decision you make is based on whether you exercise courage or fear. Courage will make you run into God’s arms but fear will make you run in the opposite direction.
‘But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him’. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV).
It takes grace to believe. But to speak in a layman’s language, it takes great courage to exercise faith. The evidence we have about God is around for everyone to see. Why then do we have different responses to him?
‘For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools’, (Romans 1:20-22 KJV).
We are all presented with the same view. The ‘wise’ are unimpressed with the evidence and choose to reject him. Those who choose to exercise courage and allow themselves to be drawn to him by the evidence before them, he rewards with his grace for salvation and the promise of eternal life. Friends, the difference between a believer and an unbeliever (atheist etc) is simply the distance between FEAR and COURAGE.
 
The evidence that Jesus is Lord is so clear that in my view, it takes more faith not to believe than it takes to believe. To look at everything around you, all the events of our days, to look at creation and all the miracles around us and to refuse or reject the Lord, that must take a lot of faith in the validity of your own reasoning power and your FEAR.
 
I hope that you will take a second look and exercise COURAGE instead. You will find that you made the right choice. See Jesus’s own words below, possibly the most chillingly conclusive words I have ever read. Instead of fear and the thought of retreat, these words propel me forward. They give me the courage to run into his arms and to acknowledge that he is Lord. I hope they do the same for you.
“And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins”. (John 8:23, 24 KJV)