Weeping For Thy Church

Weeping For Thy Church

I’m weeping, weeping Jesus

For Thy Holy Church,
Fasting, Lord, and weeping,
Hear my prayers, oh Lord…
Lord, my heart is bleeding
Bleeding for Thy Church,
Suffering for Thy needy
Hear each cry, oh Lord…
Lord Jesus, hear me seeking
Seeking Thee, Savior
Who redeemed us for Thyself
Lord Jesus, heal Thy Church.
On Son of God, oh Risen Christ
Who bled for all our souls
Let us all return to Thee
Thy Church to Thee restore…
Restore Thy Church from seeking
God’s that are not Thee
May we all repent for worshiping
The god of me…
I’m weeping, weeping, Jesus
Lord, You alone I seek
To give all praise and glorify
To make my God and King…
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God Copyright © 2019 SD Harden All rights reserved.

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Scriptures For Meditation

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be

*lovers of their own selves,

*covetous,

*boasters,

proud,

*blasphemers,

disobedient to parents,

unthankful,

unholy,

Without natural affection,

truce breakers,

false accusers,

incontinent,

fierce,

despisers of those that are good,

Traitors,

heady,

high minded,

lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness,

but denying the power thereof:

from such turn away.”

2 Timothy 3:1-5 -KJV

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Definitions from The Strongs Concordance of these Biblical Terms

1. “LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES ”

Strongs~ philautos (G5367)

1. Loving one’s self

2. Too intent on one’s interest, selfish

A combination of two words one of which is “one of the bridegroom’s friends…

and a word that generally means the soul. This suggests that Paul is talking about the BELIEVER in these verses for the Believer is metaphorical for a friend of “The Bridegroom” which is a metaphor for Christ.

*BLASPHEMER (Strongs G989) (transliteration: blasphemos )

1. speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, railing, abusive~ from the word “blapto”

1. to injure or harm~ a primary word.

Also from the word~ pheme~ 1. fame, report

from a word meaning to make known one’s thoughts, to declare, to say…

COVETOUS

Strongs~ philarguros (G5366)

1. Loving money, avarice

Origin: from G5384 and G696

G5384~ one of the Bridegroom’s friends…

G696 ~ silver, things made of silver, vessels, images of gods

BOASTERS

Strongs ~ (G213 alazon)

1. An empty pretender, a boaster

Origin: from ale (vagrancy)

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Thanks for listening to my bible study this morning with me. I will have to continue this study as the Lord enables me! But this has been amazing.
I pray the Lord has spoken to you through this poem and bible study as He has to me. Please join me in prayer for all the Lord’s people, especially those who may be suffering in any way.
As one who lives with chronic pain I understand the challenges of trials. Those who are not suffering please pray for those who are. In this way, we can in Christ’s love lay our lives down for each other by helping to shoulder someone else’s burden.
Prayer is an act of love that everyone in the Body of Christ can participate in. May God bless you and fill you all with His Holy Love for you, in Jesus name, amen.
Peace and Grace,
Suzanne

Angel Song “Weeping For Thy Church” (Prayer Poem/Bible Study/ScripturePainting) All Glory To God, Copyright © 2019 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved.

Scripture Quotations from the King James Bible, Bible Definitions from the Strongs, BDB/Thayer Bible Dictionary

“To Everything A Season”

~ King Solomon wrote “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
The Lord led me to call the new album of songs He inspired after this famous verse back in December when I’d originally planned to publish it.
The night before I had a dream that sent me to my knees for more guidance.
Indeed, though everything was finished and ready, the Lord wanted me to wait to publish that album. He would let me know when it was time.
I have learned in my walk with the Lord to listen to His Holy Spirit and wait on His perfect timing~ even if it does not make sense.

“The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them. The Spirit that we received is not a spirit that makes us slaves again and causes us to fear. The Spirit that we have makes us God’s chosen children. And with that Spirit we cry out, “ Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15 (ERV)

The Lord has led me to create other albums of beautiful music and then asked me to set them aside for a future date. He expects that I will obey Him without needing to know why.

“The path we walk is charted by faith, not by what we see with our eyes. 2 Corinthians 5:7 – (The Voice Bible)

But how do I know it’s God and not me? That is a very good question!
Our walk with Christ is a training ground in walking humbly with the Lord and living by faith and obedience to His Holy Spirit’s guidance within us.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you Except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?” Micah 6:8 – Amplified Bible

We will stumble and fall many times because we are human.
I have missed the Lord very often because of more faults in me than the hairs on my head!
The wonder is that He still chooses to use someone so broken and inept at trying to accomplish what He’s given me to do.
The Lord does not expect perfection from His children. He only asks that we trust and obey Him.

“We have this treasure from God, but we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This is to show that the amazing power we have is from God, not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (ERV)

Not one of us is perfect nor will we ever be this side of Heaven. God has no perfect children.
Only His Son Jesus Christ was perfect and He died to save us from our sins, and that we might be forgiven when we stumble.
God knew we would not be able to do everything He wanted us to perfectly. He forgives our mistakes.
He asks us to please get up again and be about His work.
Don’t let failures make you quit. Don’t let others make you quit either. Don’t let persecution or sickness or pain or troubles or anything in this world keep you from doing what God has asked you to do for His glory.
Right after my dream in December that warned me not to publish my album, I suffered a severe life threatening illness. How grateful I was to the Holy Spirit for His guidance!
Today I’m so thankful to be alive and praising my beautiful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for His mercy and grace towards me, a sinner He saved through His death on the cross. I praise my Holy Abba Father for raising His Son Jesus Christ from the dead to redeem my soul and give me the righteousness of Christ.
I’m made right in His eyes by the spotless blood of Jesus! He forgives me for all my sins as far as the east is from the west, and He expects that I will forgive others just as He has forgiven me.
The Lord Jesus Christ died to save every person who had ever lived or would live because of God’s measureless love for every soul He created.

“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out His anger on us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9 GW

And this beautiful gift is available to all who will ask Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior. “We have been saved by grace because we believed. We did not save ourselves. It was a gift from God. We are not saved by the things we have done, so there is nothing to boast about. God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God has made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things He had already planned for us to do.” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

May our Heavenly Father bless and encourage all who read this message today and fill each soul with His peace that passes all understanding and an abiding assurance of His measureless love for each one of them, in Jesus’ name amen.

Love always and forever in Christ,

Suzanne

*To preview the songs on my new Instrumental Album, “To Everything A Season,” Follow the link below to my HearNow Music Preview Website where you can listen to audio clips from each of the Album’s 17 Tracks. You will also find links to Spotify, Amazon, ITunes and other streaming services, as well as to cdbaby, where you should be able to stream the full version of all my songs any time.

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Emily’s Poem

Over the holidays, my family have all been enjoying our favorite Gardens here by the coast. Above is a photo– well- an illustrated one- I caught a cold and couldn’t resist decorating it 🙂 –of one of the famous poems that are carved into many of the brick walls around the different parts of the Garden. 

The poem “I’m Nobody” by Emily Dickinson inspired the prayer poem the Lord gave me the other day, “I’m Nobody Special.” (See my previous post on my Facebook Page). 

I love to meditate on Emily’s poem. 

“I’m nobody! Who are you? 

Are you nobody too?

Then there’s a pair of us-don’t tell!

They’d banish us you know. 

How dreary to be somebody,   

How public, like a frog,     

To tell your name the livelong day  

To an admiring bog!” ~Emily Dickinson 

This little poem is a jewel filled with wisdom, understanding, and insight. 
First off, a nobody is a metaphor for a person who is not famous, or who’s name, social status, or any other thing has not elevated him or her above anyone else. 

The poet is content to be on the same playing field as every other human being.

Right away this reminds me of Romans 2:11 “There is no favoritism with God.” 

Before the Lord, all people are equal. For out of dust we have been made and unto dust we shall return, God said to Adam in Genesis 3:19 

Each of us will all stand before God someday. “To Him we must explain the way we have lived.” Hebrews 4:13 (ERV)

Whatever we may have accomplished or accumulated on this earth, will stay on the earth when we die. We will not be able to take one thing with us into eternity but our soul. 

The rich man, the celebrity, the King and the governor will stand side by side with those on earth who were the poorest of the poor, the homeless, those who suffered, and the utter destitute~ people they would never have thought to acknowledge or invite into their homes. 

Those who are elevated above others in status, according to the poem, don’t accept the nobody’s. 
“…They’ll banish us, you know.” 

Snobs~ people who believe they are better than others~ never accept the “ordinary mortal,” because in their minds the “nobodies” aren’t good enough in whatever way their group has elevated themselves above other people to associate with them.

Pride is listed first among the seven things God hates.

Proverbs 6:16 “The Lord hates these seven things: eyes that show pride…”

It may very well be the sin God hates the most because this was the sin that caused Lucifer, the anointed Angel, to fall and become Satan~the evil being who caused a third of the Angels to fall from Heaven and who is responsible for all that is evil. 

Pride is hatred wearing respectable clothes. Pride is arrogance. Pride is haughtiness. Pride is selfishness. Pride is vanity. 

Pride is idolatry for it makes of itself (or anything it is prideful of) an idol that sets itself up as a rival to God. 

Pride incorporates multiple sins against God, who is love. (1 John 4:8)  

And love is the antithesis of pride.

It is little wonder that the Bible says,

“Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar.” (Psalm 138:6)

Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us.” (Romans 12:3 ERV)  

What happened to Lucifer, the author of all pride? 

Ezekiel the prophet, using the King of Tyre as a metaphor for Lucifer,  recounts what may have happened.

‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: 

“ ‘In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god …” but you are a mere mortal and not a god…” (Ezekiel 28:1 )

“ Thus says the Lord God: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. 

On the day that you were created they were prepared. 

You were an anointed guardian cherub. 

I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; 

in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. 

You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, 

till unrighteousness was found in you. 

In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; 

so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, 

and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, 

from the midst of the stones of fire. 

Your heart was proud because of your beauty; 

you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.

I cast you to the ground… ” ~ Ezekiel 28:12-17  

Isaiah pieces more of the story together: 

“You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God;  

I will set my throne on high; 

I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; 

I will make myself like the Most High.’ 

But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.”  (Isaiah 14:13-15)

Jude recounts in one sentence the rebellion of the Angels who followed Lucifer.

Jude 1:6 (AMP) “And angels who did not keep their own designated place of power, but abandoned their proper dwelling place, these He has kept in eternal chains under the thick gloom of utter darkness for the judgment of the great day,”

Perhaps Satan tempted the rebel angels as he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, by promising them that they could be more than what they were if they just listened to him and not to God. 

Such a temptation won’t work if you are content with who and what you are in the first place.

Jesus said in the The Sermon on the Mount, 
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. (Matthew 5:5 The Message Bible)

I have not taken the time to count how many times the Bible admonishes us to be thankful to God. A sense of gratitude counteracts a prideful heart. 

Psalm 107:8 “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”

I love reflecting on that little poem by Emily Dickinson because it never fails to speak something new to me each time I meditate on it. 

My New Year’s Prayer is to be grateful to God every day, to thank Him for all the wonderful blessings He has given me, and to fervently pray for a humble and pure heart that will always be content to just be me.

In this world there will always be people who are elevated above others in myriad ways socially, economically, politically, etc. 
But none are so to God in any way. All are on a level playing field before His eyes. 

We must learn to see ourselves and all people as God sees us and them. Then and only then, will we be able to love ourselves and each other with no bias and from a pure heart. 

New Year’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that Thy word says ” there is forgiveness with Thee that You may be feared.”
Lord, Thy word says that You are very far from those who are proud and I want to be close to Thy heart.  

Abba Father, examine my heart thoroughly; may You expose and forgive any and all pride that You find there.  

Please show me all the ways I have ever thought more highly of myself or any of the blessings You have given me than I should have, and forgive me. Lord, forgive me if I have ever excluded anyone from my group because I didn’t think they measured up in some way.  

Forgive me if I have valued people’s opinions of me more than what You have said about me, fearing people more than You. 

Forgive me if I have treasured anything in my affections more highly than my relationship with You, oh Lord. 

Forgive me if I have not been content and grateful to be who You created me to be, but listened to the serpent’s lies over Thy precious Truths.

Lord, I repent of all the ways I have been proud and not loving You with a whole heart and blind to all of this pride. 

Lord, I pray for forgiveness and for a pure and humble heart that is free of pride; a heart that will see myself and others through Your eyes and will be free to love sincerely and wholeheartedly with the measureless love of Christ, in Jesus holy name, amen. 

Proverbs 21:21 “The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life, righteousness, and honor.”

May you all have a beautiful New Year!







A Healing Prayer

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A Prayer For All Who Need Healing

 Heavenly Father, please bless all those who are suffering and need healing today, whether in their body, mind, or soul.

Thy word promises “God sent His word and healed them and delivered them…”

King David wrote, “O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.”

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Thank You, Lord, that You love each one of us as if we are the only child You have to love.

You dwell in our heart so You feel our pain.

Thy word says, “You have seen my troubles, and You care about the anguish of my soul.”

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Lord, send rivers of peace and hope to all who are chronically ill, suffering pain and are discouraged physically, spiritually, or emotionally.

May You strengthen and encourage each of Thy precious children today.

May they know that though they have endured a long, difficult night of weeping, they will see a bright new morning come soon, with joy from the streams of Heaven that none can take from their hearts.

For Thy word promises, “Though weeping endures for a night, joy comes in the morning.”

May You give them grace to bear what they cannot in their own strength bear.

Thank You, Lord, for all who are praying this prayer today.

May they know how much You love and value them. May they feel You holding them in Your everlasting arms of love and mercy. May they know that suffering and affliction do not mean that You no longer love us. For Thy own Son suffered when He lived on this earth. “He was a man of sorrows and acquainted  with grief,” Thy word says.

Thy word says that we suffer now so that our faith may be refined, but that someday You will wipe all our tears away and we will suffer no more.

Lord, we praise You for Your wonderful promises and for Thy word that says You keep every promise forever. (Psalm 146:6)

Thank You that though we may suffer for a season, You will never leave or forsake us. And there is an end to all our trials. For Thy word promises, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

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Thank You that You are going to deliver Thy suffering children who are asking for healing miracles.

Thank You for hearing and answering this prayer.

I love You.

In Jesus’ mighty name, amen and amen.

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Angelsong~  A Healing Prayer  2016 Suzanne Davis Harden/ Scripture Pictures by SD Harden/ Bible Verses: King James Version, New King James Version©, New International Version©, New Living Translation ©

 

Lord, Help Me Learn

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“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 18:1-4

Lord, Help Me Learn

Lord, help me learn that to be great
One must be least of all,
And go into their prayer closet
And spend much time with God,
Laying down their lives,
Seeking Jesus’ face
Bearing other’s burdens
In God’s secret holy place
Seeking to put others first,
Content to be obscure,
Exalting Jesus in all things
With a heart that’s pure.
Obscurity, humility
Is greatness in the eyes
Of the Kingdom of our Lord,
The Lord God Jesus Christ.
In Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Lord, Help Me Learn © 2016 SD Harden (Prayer Poem) All Rights Reserved.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you that You love each of us without measure and will never reject anyone who comes to Jesus for salvation. Help us to love one another as You love us, to see each other through Your eyes of mercy, compassion and acceptance. Help us to obey the one commandment Thy Son left us, to love one another as He loved us, to lay our lives down for each other, to bear each other’s burdens. Help us to remember His words that others will know we are Christians by our love for each other. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen and amen. 

“Lord, Help Me Learn,” (Prayer Poem) © 2016 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Scripture Pics, designed by SD Harden, Bible Verses King James Bible Version; Angel Song, © 2016 All Rights Reserved.

Ask, Seek, Knock

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Ask, Seek, Knock
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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~ Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, Seek, Knock 

© 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

Ask and it shall be given you,

Seek and you shall find;

Knock and the door shall open;

Oh trust in Me, My child.

I love you, oh I love you;

And if you ask for bread,

I will not give a serpent

Or something that is bad.

I am your Heavenly Father;

I will give good gifts to you;

Oh knock upon My door and see,

My promises are true!

My promises are true;

Oh seek and you shall find

That I am with you in your heart;

Oh trust in Me, My child.

Oh trust in Me, My child,

I’ll never let you down—

In storm or flaming fire,

My grace for you abounds.

Listen, child, please listen!

Oh know and understand—

Heaven and earth shall pass away,

But My promises will stand.

Oh ask and it shall be given,

Oh seek and you shall find

That nothing is too hard for Me

To do for you, My child.

The things that seem impossible

Are not too hard for Me!

If you but knock on Heaven’s door

I’ll meet your every need.

I’ll not grant every wish or want,

But every need that’s true;

I made you and I always know

The path that’s best for you.

So ask and it shall be given,

Seek and you shall find;

Oh seek My will and You’ll receive

As I have promised, child.

Ask Seek and Find

What Jesus Taught About Prayer

God’s word contains many beautiful promises concerning prayer. Jesus said that whatever we ask for in prayer, if we believe we receive it, we have it.   Jesus also taught many other scripture promises concerning prayer and we must not ignore those very important verses. He told us to pray this way, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, holy is thy name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…” (Matthew 6:9-10)

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus Himself prayed, “Father, let this cup pass from me, yet not my will, but Thy will be done.”

There is an interesting scripture in Psalm 25 that I love and one that I cling to.The Lord advises those who fear him. He reveals to them the intent of his promise.” ~ (Psalm 25:14 GW)

We must always pray and meditate over God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and insight into every promise, weighing scripture against all other scriptures in the Bible so that we don’t take God’s word out of context and end up misunderstanding the true meaning of God’s word. Jesus taught and believed that God would answer every prayer we pray. But He also taught that we must seek God’s will first. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) 

Jesus taught that God knows all about our needs. He said,  “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7

God will answer all our prayers for He has promised to do so. He will answer in His own way and time and according to His will.  Jesus made this very important statement about prayer to His disciples:

“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1

We must never stop praying about the things that are important to us. God has put certain desires within our hearts and we must persevere in prayer and pray about them until we see them realized. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven…”

Whether your prayer is for the salvation of a loved one, or for a future spouse, a broken marriage, a healing, deliverance from fear, depression, chronic pain, a need for a job, a home, strength to meet our challenges, protection from harm, the list of needs is endless…but we serve a mighty God who is able to meet ALL OF OUR NEEDS!

God hears and answers ALL of our prayers. Jesus promised this and He never lied. St. Peter wrote that there was no deceit in His mouth. But we must understand that God always gives according to His will.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~ Matthew 7:7-8

As Jesus directed, we must keep on asking, keep on knocking, keep on seeking. We must never stop praying.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, holy is Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, in my life and in every life who is even now praying this prayer. May You answer every need and assure every heart that You will give them what they are hoping for at the right time. May You assure their hearts that You are working everything out in their lives into a beautiful masterpiece that will sing Your glory and praise someday, In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thank God

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God’s Faithfulness

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God’s Faithfulness 

Psalm 36:5-7 (ERV)

“Lord, your faithful love reaches to the sky. Your faithfulness is as high as the clouds.Your goodness is higher than the highest mountains. Your fairness is deeper than the deepest ocean. Lord, you protect people and animals. Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you.”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Thy faithfulness and mercy. Thy word promises that Thy mercies toward us are renewed each morning. Martin Luther wrote in his famous hymn, “And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for God has willed His truth to triumph through us.” Lord, Thy Truth~ Thy very own Holy Spirit within us will never leave us nor forsake us throughout our sojourn on this earth. Lord Jesus, thank You for Thy holy Presence within us, Thy strength and Thy grace to see us through every trial. No matter what furnace we may find ourselves thrown into, You will be in it with us protecting us from the flames. Lord, You have promised in Isaiah that though we walk through the fires the flames shall not harm us. And You keep every promise forever. Thank You, precious Creator. Help us to keep focusing on You, Lord Jesus Christ and not on the evil all around us. Help us to cling to Thy words, “In this world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Please Bless each soul reading this prayer with renewed faith and hope today and rivers of peace and comfort. Scatter all their fears and anxieties to the four winds and draw them ever closer to Thy heart. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen & amen.

The River

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The River
© 2014 S.D. Harden

Life is a River, deep and wide,
Sometimes filled with peace,
Sometimes filled with joyous songs,
Sometimes unfilled needs.

Sometimes its waters overflow
With endless health and strength
That dwindle to a narrow creek
Of weakness and decay.

Sometimes the waters rush into
A gaping waterfall
And suddenly a life can change
To what is there no more.

Ever rolling onward,
Onward to the sea,
With each dawn the River brings
Us to another journey.

And how we all respond
To what the River sends
Is all that really matters
When we come to the River’s end.

May we honor God
With all that the River brings
Wherever the River takes us
Till we reach Eternity.

PRAYER
Heavenly Father, help us to understand that it’s not WHAT we endure in this life that matters, but HOW we choose to endure it. May You give us the grace to honor You in every situation, no matter what may come our way, thank You, Lord, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Poem “The River,” © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.
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The Book of Life

Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.
Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.

The Book of Life Prayer Song & Video Music & Lyrics © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden

Revelation 3:5

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

Philippians 4:3

“And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.”

 Revelation 20:11-15

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” ~St. John writing in his vision

 The Book of Life

 God cherishes each one of us. The bible says that “God our Savior…wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4) Jesus Christ told Nicodemus, a religious leader who came to Him one night,  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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” ~(John 3:16-17)

 The Lake of Fire mentioned by St. John in the book of Revelation was prepared by God as an eternal punishment for the devil and the angels that rebelled against Him.

Gustave Dore Lucifer The Fallen Angel
Gustave Dore Lucifer The Fallen Angel

It was never intended for man whom God made in His own image.

Yet, the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, fell away from God when they rebelled against His command. The result was spiritual death and a loss of divine fellowship.

 

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Gustave Dore Adam & Eve Expelled From Paradise

 

 

 

 

 

All of their children would, like them, be sinners or rebels against God. They would never be able to enjoy perfect fellowship with God because God is holy and cannot dwell with sin.

God’s word says that sin must be paid for with a sacrifice. Hebrews 9:22 says: “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”

The only One worthy to pay for our sins, to redeem our souls from eternal destruction and to bring us back into fellowship with God, was God Himself, for He alone is perfect among all His creation. He is sinless, spotless, without blemish.

God the Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth clothed in flesh so that He could become a living sacrifice and shed His holy blood to pay for our sins. He loved us that much.

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Christ on the Cross ~ from the San Xavier del Bac Mission

God could not die unless He became human. That is why He had to be made like us. He suffered a horrible death on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and so that we could live in Paradise with Him forever.

Not only did He want us to enjoy eternity with Him, He wanted us to be able to enjoy fellowship with Him now.

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Once we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, we become God’s own children. The Father sends His Holy Spirit into our hearts to seal our salvation as a sure sign that we belong to Him. We will never be alone again from that point because He will never leave or forsake us. His love will keep us firmly in His strong grip. He will help us weather every storm. He will meet our every need. He does not promise freedom from trials-for “many are the afflictions of the righteous,“ God’s word says, “but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

My Testimony

Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.
Angel Writing In The Book Of Life Pen & Ink Illustration © S.D. Harden All Rights Reserved.

The moment I invited the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart I felt a beautiful peace envelop me and a warm glowing presence filled the room. I heard the Lord speak to my heart. “All will be well, You are going to be all right.”  I was only 16 years old.

As I lay in my bed that night filled with Christ’s peace I saw an image in my heart of an angel writing my name in a huge book.  Though I had gone to Catholic school, I had never heard about  the Book of Life.  I wondered what the vision meant.

Not until I began to read the bible on my own through the discipleship of our neighbor did I learn about the Book of Life and what that vision meant.

God was showing me that He had recorded my name in His book of life that night when I had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart.

It comforted me to know that my name was written up in Heaven.

When I grew up and my children were in Sunday school I created a picture of an Angel writing in the Book of Life. I made it into a Sunday school book cover for the children in the church we were attending. I wanted it to comfort them to know that after they had accepted the Lord as their Savior, their names were written in Heaven, and when the Last Day comes, and the books are read, they will be judged “Not Guilty,” because they are wearing the righteous robes that Jesus has given them. Their sins have been washed away by the blood of the spotless Lamb of God.

Rev20 How do our names get into God’s Book of Life? The Book of Romans says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” ~Romans 10:9-13

That night when I was 16 years old I simply called upon the name of the Lord and He came to me. God is no respecter of persons. The Lord Jesus said He would never reject anyone who called upon His name. (John 6:37) And once a person receives Him into their heart, He will write their names in His Book of Life.

PRAYER

 Heavenly Father, may You bless all those who call upon the name of Thy Son Jesus Christ and write their names in Thy Book of Life. May they live with You forever. Thank You, Lord, In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

The Prayer Song “The Book of Life” is from my new Album “Paths of Peace”~available on Itunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and on my music website http://www.peacefulprayersongs.com

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