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He Is

This poem is contributed by Fatima Manson, poet and freelance-editor:

Magnificent as He is
He is downgraded by many
The Creator of all things
But discredited by plenty
Mysterious yet seen
Denied and misread
He is forever crucified
Though His life He bled
His truth is ignored
And His name worshiped in vain
Forgotten by some
Still His love remains
He is a protector and healer
The warmth from the cold
Yet his word is taken for granted
As just another tale to be told
He lives within a realm
Some don’t think exist
They uphold scientific theories
While His seven days get dismissed
He left behind the manual for life
But we still cry anxious tears
How can one think there is no God?
Look around, His evidence is quite clear

© 2013 Fatima Manson

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I imagine a hawk is somewhat comfortable believing it is the conqueror as it captures its intended prey.  And creatures of the ground are not pacing the cement, back and forth, worrying about when and where their next meal is coming from.  No, they just do, by God-given instinct, what they are created to do.  Hunt, catch, eat, and repeat.

We were created to do something too.  We are not here by accident.  But for a lot of people it feels that way.  There are many people who don’t know why they’re here, and so it creates a kind of aloofness.  A what-does-it-matter kind of mentality.

We are told in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

So, this is why we are here – to honor and obey the One who created us.  First and foremost.  Is that all you say?  No.  But this must be the number one priority.  And it is possible to love, honor and obey God and have a fulfilling life despite those who do not think the two can go hand in hand.

We can have and pursue other desires, interest, dreams and goals as long as they do not go against the Word of God, as long as they are not causing us to behave in a way that would be displeasing to Him.

This world can be a dark, disappointing place.  And if you are trying to get through it on your own, without the power of God, without the saving grace of Jesus Christ, then your journey can become even more difficult to travel.

You DO have a purpose.  You were created to serve God.  “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Revelation 4:11

(“…thou hast created all things…” that includes us)

Accept your role – God’s gracious gift.  I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like a gift when you’re struggling.  When it’s an everyday problem just to survive.  When your refrigerator is empty and so are your pockets.  I know.  I’ve been there.

But if God created you for His glory, then He most certainly will not forsake you if you don’t forsake Him.  Be thankful, and start walking in the light you were meant to walk in.

Everything always looks clearer when the Son is shining on them.

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The definition of atheism is someone who does not believe in, or denies the existence of God.  I often hear self proclaimed atheists say that they believe that the world came into existence purely by accident or by some big bang theory…better known as evolution.  But let me share with you a few questions to ponder…

 QUESTION:

If there is no God, how does one explain evolution providing mankind with a soul and spirit?  How does a soul evolve?

ANSWER:    “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

QUESTION:  

Where does our conscience come from? The average person knows when they are doing something wrong.  How do you know this?  Did your parents teach you?  Who taught them? And so on, and so on.

ANSWER:  “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:…”  Genesis 3:22

QUESTION: 

How do we know how to love?  Where does that warm, good feeling in our hearts come from?

ANSWERS:  “…for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9

“We love him, because he first loved us.”  1 John 4:19

Common sense should tell us that a lesser thing cannot produce or evolve into something greater than itself.  In Other Words…

An apple seed can only produce another apple – you cannot plant it and produce a watermelon.           

 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass,…and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself,…”  Genesis 1:11

Likewise…A small fish cannot reproduce with its own kind and somehow evolve into a mammal, who then reproduces with its own kind, and somehow gives birth to a human being!

“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind:…”  Genesis 1:21

 “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:25

Which minds me…

QUESTION: 

If there is no God, and this universe came to be by accident       through the process of evolution…why aren’t apes still evolving into human beings?

There’s a reason for what some believers of evolution call the “missing link” between human-beings and mammals…it’s missing because it does not exist!

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:…” Genesis 1:26

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27

This universe, and everything living was CREATED by God Almighty.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

And that brings me to the 5th, and final question:

Why do some who claim to be atheist often call on God – by name – in times of trouble, pain, and even death…?

* All scripture put in boldface for emphasis only.

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Trust

Today’s topic should be about trusting in God, I think.

Some of us put all our trust in another.  We invest everything we have – emotionally, physically, financially – into another that we trust.  And don’t get me wrong. That’s good.  Very good because that’s what unconditional trust is all about.

But what about the One who created us and holds the eternal destiny of our souls in His hands?  If we can trust another, shouldn’t we also trust Him?  And shouldn’t He be at the top of the list?

Some of us say we trust in God, but it’s hard to tell sometimes.  We fluctuate.  One day we’re praising Him for what He’s going to do.  A few days later (when the thing we need Him to do hasn’t happened yet) we’re about to worry ourselves to death over it.

I know it’s hard sometimes not to doubt.  I’m guilty of that too.  It’s human nature to not trust that which we can not see.  But here’s the thing…we actually can see God when we look at the magnificent design of creation.  He made it so that we would know by instinct that there is a Creator.  There is a God.

How many people saw the ‘Super Moon’ last night?  It was beautiful.  And far too awesome to be some unexplainable accident.

When I am weak, and feel doubt trying to creep in that’s when I know to pray harder, to ask God to increase my faith and remove all doubt.  I know that’s the time to hold on even tighter because if there’s one thing I know it’s this…

Through all the hard times God has NEVER left me or forsaken me, and I know He never will.  How do I know this?  Because He said He wouldn’t.

“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  Hebrews 13:5

And I trust Him.   You should too.

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