Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Inside Out


There is no question as to why our North American nations are in trouble.
Pray, God's people, pray!

2 Chron. 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, 
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face 
and turn from their wicked ways, 
then I will hear from heaven, 
and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

1 Cor.11:27-31

So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner 
will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 
 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 
 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ
 eat and drink judgment on themselves. 
 That is why many among you are weak and sick, 
and a number of you have fallen asleep.

Repentance is the only resolution...
to acknowledge sin and confess

I'm looking forward to spring when buds begins to break and bear/bare their bloom!
All fruit and flower comes from the inside out!

What happens on the inside, you can bet without a doubt 
Will soon show on the outside; of what we are all about 
To deal with sickness-symptoms, without getting at the root 
Is like putting a big band aid on an infected foot 
To try to fix the problems that plague us we need to start 
Where good or bad begins within the human-natured heart 

How often we point at the proof of need with loud lament 
But to address the issue is like chipping at cement 
Unless we recognize the place where all true change begins 
And first repent and believe in He who forgives our sins 
A band aid hides the ugly truth but cannot cleanse the bod 
A nation cannot heal until man’s heart is right with God 

Futile to try to fix a foible from the outside in 
For in the heart is where the troubles of this world begin 
For sin, like an aggressive weed soon overtakes the whole 
Lust, conceit, pride, fear, hatred, greed, the seed of sinful soul 
And when its buds bear fruit, no words are needed to explain 
Thus, without starting at the root, best efforts are in vain 

Repentance is the only resolution; to confess 
Then God will forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness 
And only then, after we bow before the Lord of all 
Are we prepared to be a vessel fitted for His call 
For Who is on the inside, you can know without a doubt 
Will soon show on the outside; of Who we are all about 

© Janet Martin

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! 
You clean the outside of the cup and dish, 
but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.


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