Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Get Out of the Comfort Zone

I tried to walk with God by faith
Knowing life was not mine to own,
But testing would come and make me face
The security of my comfort zone.

"I'll live for you both day and night;
I'll serve you in the way;"
But trials would come, push back the light
And I would go astray.

I would read about heroes of faith
Who walked their earthly life
With grace reflecting on their face
God's power for the fight.

I would say, "I'll be like that;
My resolve I’ll hone."
But when opposition blew away my peace,
I flew to my comfort zone.

I'd say to myself in a moment of joy,
"This is it. I will be strong."
But trickery would show a brand new ploy
And all my peace was gone.

I struggled alone with pain and fear,
No relief could I find.
No solution, no way to clear
These fears of every kind.

Then one day, on went the light--
The truth came shining through.
His Word flooded my soul so bright,
I knew what I had to do.

I knelt in prayer and said to God,
"I'll trust You and obey."
I felt His assurance so sweet and strong,
His peace had come to stay.

"What about you, dear friend of mine?
Are you lethargic, dull, and alone?
Do you sense that now is the time
To get out of your comfort zone?"

Could it be that God is calling you
To adventure and paths unknown?
But you're frozen in fear, still afraid
Cause you're trapped in your comfort zone?

Faith has rewards we all can know
When we stifle our sighs and groans,
When we lay down our life and let it all go,
When we abandon our comfort zone.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Prelude to Redemption

The Birth of John the Baptist
Luke 1

It was four hundred years since Malachi without a prophetic word,
Yet the faithful remnant in Israel remembered what they had heard.
They looked with longing for the day their Savior would arrive
Praying they would see the Lord before it was time to die.

Among the priests was Zacharias who humbly served the Lord
Who with his wife, Elizabeth, walked in faith and one accord.
Their service to God was honorable, but there was a missing part.
For years they yearned to have a child and hold him near their heart.

One day at the holy hour to the right of the incense altar
An angel appeared, so glorious, Zacharias nearly faltered.
The angel said, “Don’t be afraid, the Lord has heard your prayer.
Elizabeth will soon conceive, an amazing son she will bear.”

He shall serve with the spirit of Elijah, turn weary hearts to God.
Many will heed his message; pass under the Master’s rod.*
Just as the shepherd guides the sheep with an ever gentle touch,
John will proclaim the Messiah, the One who will give so much.

Zacharias was astounded. Words of assurance had been so few.
He wondered aloud just how he could know the angel’s words were true.
Gabriel replied, “I wish you had believed me and trusted in God’s grace,
From this moment on, you will be mute until these things take place.”

There was more that happened in this interim period of time.
They received a visit from Mary, with an encounter quite sublime.
The child within Elizabeth leaped in her womb for joy,
For he knew the other child in the room was Mary’s Savior boy.

All of us know the rest of the story, the man that John became.
From out of the desert he came forth with a long and flowing mane.
He called for the people to forsake their sin while living on this sod;
Telling them not to admire him but to behold the Lamb of God.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

* In NT times the shepherds returned the flocks to the safety of a walled enclosure counting each member as they passed under his rod into the safe shelter. Thus came the term, “passing under the rod.”

Monday, December 21, 2009

Final Instructions from James

The Letter from James: Part 6
James 5:1-20

“Here is a word to the rich oppressor whose bank account has been growing
By refusing to pay the workmen employed for the fields they were mowing.
‘Your sin is gross. Their cries have been heard. You have stirred the Lord’s ire.
Your sin has condemned you and very soon, your flesh will burn in the fire.’

To those who are suffering in this time, God calls you to persevere.
A Day of Accounting will come to oppressors with judgment sound and severe.
But you, my brother, be patient, stand firm; remember who you work for.
The Lord is coming very soon. Judgment is at the door.

Here are instructions to help you grow as you serve the Lord each day.
If you are happy, sing songs of praise; when you are troubled, pray.
If you are ill, call for the elders; tell them how you feel.
They will anoint and pray to the Lord asking Him to heal.

The prayer of faith is mighty indeed. Many have been made whole.
Our Lord is aware of all our needs and heals us body and soul.
When the illness relates to sin and perhaps some offensive behavior,
God will forgive and cleanse within those who seek His favor.

If any of our friends fall to deception, from truth they wander astray;
Let us go forth and bring them back from the errors of their way.
God’s loving mercy longs to forgive, His Kingdom has no limit.
He will forgive all who belong, for His covenant has placed them in it.”

So let us heed the instruction received in this practical letter from James,
For a life without purpose, fulfillment or peace is certainly not our aim.
So as we grow close to the final Day when Jesus comes for His own,
Let us serve with joy and faithfully pray as we wait for our heavenly home.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Words of Wisdom from James

The Letter from James: Part Five
James 4

What is the source of quarrels and fights that plague the human race?
Is it not the sin within, a truth we all must face?
Everyone has a desire inside to have things go our way.
When sin we fail to push aside, our selfishness we display.

Oft we pray and do not receive because we ask amiss.
Our Father does not receive the prayers that flow from a shopping list.
Too often we ask for material things; all forms of earthly treasure,
But possessing gold and beautiful bling can never bring lasting pleasure.

A true believer belongs to God. It isn’t this world we love.
Our focus while walking on this sod is fixed on heaven above.
Though we live within its system, this world is not our friend.
We seek to do the will of God, to live as honorable men.

God stands in opposition to those who are given to pride,
But freely gives grace unto the humble in whom the Spirit resides.
So let us serve our Lord above with motives pure and true;
Let us seek to please Him in everything we do.

Submit yourselves then fully to God; be all that you can be.
Resist the devil by standing firm. Eventually he will flee.
Draw near to God, be cleansed from sin; purify your heart.
Our glorious God will reign within, His power to impart.

Consider God and seek His direction to form a business plan.
Seek Him first with true affection before you decide to expand.
We have been given these earthly years to successfully serve our Lord.
So determine to live with reverent fear; pursue a heavenly reward.

To him who knows the right thing to do but decides then not to do it,
To him it is an intentional sin and sadness will come through it.
So heed these wise words that come from James; hold them in esteem.
For this is the way to steer clear of shame defeating the devil’s schemes.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Power of the Tongue

The Letter from James: Part 4
James 3:1-12

Here is a word to my teacher friends complete with an exhortation.
If to this office you would ascend, remember the expectation.
Those who are called to teach God’s Word will be held to stricter account.
All who are careless with research and words will certainly be found out.

This is a warning all teachers heed as they prepare their daily thought.
Our students suffer when we fail to prepare ourselves as we ought.
Things of value for which we reach feature workmanship first-rate
So prepare thoroughly when you teach. Leave no room for mistakes.

The power of words that flow from our heart bring honor and instruction,
But words uncontrolled tear others apart with sorrow, pain and destruction.
Even though the tongue is small, the power it generates is great.
It’s the spark that lights the fire. Calamity and heartache await.

The tongue can be used to praise our God or curse the ones He created.
Once it is loosed and out of control, it’s impossible to sedate it.
As water pure and that defiled can’t flow from the very same source,
So words that heal are cancelled out by words that blow others off course.

So let us watch our tongue today. Consider God’s Word and fear it.
Let us submit our unruly heart to the Lordship of God’s Spirit.
Let us reach up and trust our God to give us the Spirit’s power
To live today governing our tongue as we walk with Him each hour.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Faith without Action is Dead

The Letter from James: Part 3
James 2:14-26

What good is it brothers to claim to have faith when your life reveals no deeds?
Just hearing how well that you can talk is not what a lost world needs.
Suppose a brother in the Lord is homeless and without clothes.
He doesn’t need a Bible quiz to see how much he knows.

What he needs is love from the church and not some trite confession.
He’s homeless, hungry, without hope cause He’s lost his earthly possessions.
So don’t show your faith with a spiritual speech but lacking pertinent action.
When a person has needs there must be good deeds to elicit satisfaction.

Take for example, Abraham, who placed his full trust in God.
He chose to believe and walked in faith as he travelled this earthly sod.
He didn’t sit there in his tent waiting for God to descend.
He followed God from Ur to Canaan, was known as God’s dear friend.

Consider Rahab, a soiled dove, a lady of the night.
Whose heart upon meeting Joshua was opened to the light.
She made a decision to follow God as her spirit was moved with awe,
So she hid Israel’s spies upon her rooftop covering them with straw.

If Rahab had not acted; if her faith had stayed in her head,
The spies upon on the rooftop were just as good as dead.
Faith cannot deliver if it’s reduced to something you think
Anymore than water can help if you fail to take a drink.

So show me your faith without your works; by deeds I’ll show you mine.
Faith acts upon God’s promises, the counterfeit asks for a sign.
Having received the Spirit of God, who gives us wisdom and power,
Let us go forth and act in faith as we serve Him every hour.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Proof that our Faith is Genuine

The Letter from James: Part 2
James 1:16-27

Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above,
Our eternal, never-changing God who pours out grace and love.
Choosing to redeem us, He sent His Son to earth
To grant to us eternal life by giving us new birth.1

Everyone should be quick to listen but slow in angry speech,
For anger cannot bring righteousness or validate what you teach.
Therefore be rid of moral filth, to evil we should not cave;
Humbly receive the engrafted word, for it alone can save.2

Do not merely listen to the Word and think you are receptive,
For listening without doing is a philosophy wholly deceptive.
God has called us to His Law, about His precepts we talk;
We demonstrate our love for God when we walk the walk.3

The man who claims to walk with God is the one whose lips are sealed
By the way he guards his tongue he proves he has been healed.
True religion, faultless and pure, transforms a heart from greed
To focus on orphans, widows in distress and upon all in need.4

1. James 1:17-18 2. James 1:19-21 3. James 1:22-25 4. James 1:26-27

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Monday, December 14, 2009

Count it all Joy when Trials Come

The Letter from James: Part 1
James 1:2-8

The letter from the Apostle James is replete with very strong words,
Filled with compelling insights that strain, words not easily heard.
“Consider it pure joy, my friends, whenever you face life’s trials.”
A command as solemn as this one is tends not to elicit smiles.

It’s difficult to respond with joy when our faith encounters a test.
Tests of faith tend to annoy and sometimes make me depressed.
But reading my Bible this I know: through testing we persevere.
Then by perseverance we grow, for this is how we mature.

When perseverance completes its work, the believer is not deficient.
When duty calls he will not shirk, for God has made him sufficient.
We thank the Lord for yesterday’s trials; without them we’re incomplete.
We’re ready to face the devil’s guile without shrinking or retreat.

The second truth James brings to us concerns wisdom’s appropriate source.
If we don’t receive our wisdom from God, we soon will drift off course.
Three things we do to receive Godly wisdom: ask, believe, don’t doubt.
Trust in God instead of this world; it’s what believing is all about.

But if you ask in fear and doubt, you’re tossed like the waves of the sea.
You’ll be confused and do without. What a miserable way to be!
If this is the kind of believer you are, you sadly wear this label:
“Double minded, windblown and tossed, unbalanced and unstable.”

God would not tell us to seek His face if His wisdom He wouldn’t bestow.
The wisdom of God that comes from above is superior to that below.
You can trust Him; don’t live in fear, His thoughts about you are love.
Accept His trials, persevere; place your hand in the Father’s above.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Onesimus, the Runaway Slave

Paul's Letter to Philemon

When Paul was old, a prisoner in Rome, to Philemon he wrote a letter.
He said was sending Onesimus home so all could see he was better.
This once worthless, runaway slave had experienced a transformation,
For while in Rome he was saved, responding to God’s invitation.

This man, Philemon, was close to Paul, a special friendship dear.
The circumstances were known to all, so Paul spoke frankly and clear.
“I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,
But let the following story unfold and carefully think this through.

Onesimus is like a son to me. His faith is genuine and true.
All who know him clearly see that he would be useful to you.
Though still a slave in earthly terms, he’s a brother in the LORD.
Now, with all that he has learned, his usefulness is restored.

Personally, dear friend, if it were up to me, I’d keep him here in Rome.
He has been a blessing to me as I minister from my home.
If for some reason he returns, it must be with your consent.
We have committed this matter to God in whom we are content.

Since we are partners in the LORD receive him as you would me.
Whatever it is that he may owe, you know I’ll pay the fee.
Perhaps his departure in a mysterious way was part of a greater plan.
You can receive him not as a slave, but a new and better man.”

There is a truth that flows through this letter forming a powerful theme:
Those God calls are changed for the better the moment they are redeemed.
We are given these earthly years to faithfully live for His glory
Awaiting the day we give account, relating to Him our story.

What will I have to give to the Master when standing before His throne?
Will I have fruit to lay at His feet that moment when all is known?
Do I care about His kingdom? Have I responded to His call?
O Lord, I treasure your truth. Help me to give my all.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Coming Day of Judgment

Messages from Malachi: Part 4
Malcahi 4:1-6

Once again Malachi warns of a Day of Judgment to come.
True believers are safe in Christ, but there will be judgment for some.
God has provided a way of salvation to avoid His righteous ire,
But those who choose to reject His plan will burn like straw in a fire.

There is a remnant in the land—God calls them His treasured possession—
Who have trusted Christ as LORD, been forgiven all transgression.
This, His Church, will come with Christ to enter the millennial reign
Where they will serve the King of Kings ruling His vast domain.

The sun of righteousness will arise with healing in its wings,
As His servants light the world with the perfection Jesus brings.
Like the calf that leaps and jumps as it exits a crowded stall,
So godly rule brings joy and fulfillment not just for one, for all.

Before the Savior would be born, an Elijah-like prophet would come
To preach the message of repentance and identify God’s only Son. He said,
“The Fathers who turn and love their sons instead of the money purse
Will prepare them, with help from above, to survive the coming curse.”

Certainly our present immoral culture, weighed down by sin and greed,
Is plunging into spiritual despair unaware of its peril and need.
So we must shine as lamps in the dark, be salt in these difficult days.
We must live our lives in truth to the glory of His praise.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Friday, December 11, 2009

Generous Giving and Prosperous Living

Messages from Malachi: Part Three
Malachi 3:1-17

God sent the Savior to His people, the messenger He had proclaimed
Who suddenly appeared and cleansed the temple, just as He had ordained.
But man’s greatest judgment lies in the future when Jesus comes again,
For then will the oppressors, sorcerers, and liars hear testimony against their sin.

“Return to Me and I will forgive you,” says the God of power.
“It’s only because of My covenant that you are here this hour.”
“What do you mean ‘Return to Me;’ what have we done to thee?”
“I mean that you are under a curse. You’ve got to stop robbing Me!”

“How have we robbed you? What’s your problem? What do you advise?”
“The whole nation is under a curse for failing to pay the tithe.”
“Bring the whole tithe and not just a part. To you, I offer this test:
See if I open the windows of heaven til you are exceedingly blessed.”

“I will protect your crops in the field. I’ll do this by My mighty hand.
Then all the nations will clearly see you live in a prosperous land.
For when the tithe is brought to God so that there is food in My house,
I, the Lord, will rain down blessings on you, your children, and spouse.”

“There’s one more thing you need to hear: You’ve spoken harsh words against Me.
You have said, ‘It’s futile to serve’ and grumbled against God Almighty.”
Then those who were wise and feared the Lord came together for consultation.
God saw their hearts; listened and heard and honored their consecration.

It’s so easy to groan and complain in troubled times of living,
But are you removed from God’s gracious care because of a lack of giving?
Are you in need of blessings today? Do you need God’s generous provision?
Perhaps it’s time to kneel and pray, to recant your previous decisions.

You can count on God to forgive, for He is a God of grace.
He will supply all your needs when He sees your repentant face.
He has not promised to grant all your wants, but if His Word you will heed,
God will provide fulfillment in life and all your material needs.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, December 10, 2009

God Hates Divorce

Messages from Malchi: Part Two
Malachi 2:1-16

Three sins are shared in Malachi two that were the focus of God’s attention.
He addressed them plainly as you can see to be sure of their comprehension.
Each of these issues chronicled departure from God’s commands in His law
When given by Moses to the tribes as they stood at Mount Sinai in awe.

The first was the curse upon the priests as their God they refused to revere.
The priests were the reason their worship of God was deficient and insincere.
The lips of a priest are to pour forth knowledge, from his mouth men seek instruction,
But by their example and dishonest hearts, they were messengers of destruction.

The second sin was their love for world and evil God had forbidden.
All were to marry within the faith. From within they should find their women.
By marrying pagans who worshipped false gods, they deeply offended their LORD.
Then within two or three generations His truth and light are ignored.

The third sin was the sin of divorce as they abandoned the wife of their youth.
Divorce is not a viable option for those who would live in the truth.
Guard your spirit; commit your heart, for life is a long-distance race.
Devote yourself fully to your spouse. God’s will is not to break faith.

These three sins the Lord condemned as He spoke through Malachi.
We would be wise to watch our ways and his message earnestly apply.
Let us sincerely follow the LORD; loyally walk in His truth,
And let us be faithful to the one who became the wife of our youth.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Are You Serious about your Faith?

Messages from Malachi: Part One
Malachi 1:1-14

After Ezra and Nehemiah died, Judah allowed her devotion to slide.
There was one hundred years since Haggai before Malachi came forth to prophesy.
He spoke to a people whose priests were corrupt with words that were strong, sometimes abrupt.
They doubted God’s love, dishonored His name; exploited the priesthood for personal gain.

It was a hard message that Malachi spoke to a nation enslaved by sin’s cruel yoke.
All the same problems Malachi observed are present today among those who serve.
We approach His writings with attitude sincere; the sin that was there is also here.
So let’s not pretend we haven’t heard, but carefully examine the prophet’s word.

“A son honors his father and a slave his master, for life without order becomes a disaster.
I am your God deserving respect. Where is the honor I rightfully expect?
How can you keep your spiritual life fresh when the greatest among you live in the flesh?
Why light these fires and burn incense when your heart is filled with evil intent?

The priests are the ones who dishonor My name, whose conduct brings disgrace and shame.
Don’t pretend you’re not to blame when you sacrifice lambs that are blind and maimed.
Try offering them to the one in charge. Why don’t you give it to the governor at large?
You need to come humbly for forgiveness of sin. You need to be cleansed from vileness within.

I wish you would shut the temple door, for your sin is increasing more and more.
You light many fires on the altar true, but I will receive no offering from you.
My name is great among all the nations. I will not endorse your corrupt celebrations.
Such devious conduct will never be accepted. Your hearts are dark, your sacrifice rejected.”

I told you His message was for the serious, not for the faint or merely curious.
God is calling a people to claim, a body of believers who honor His name.
What kind of service have you been giving? Has He become your reason for living?
Time is short, the end is near. Be sure your devotion to Christ is sincere.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dressed for Success

Insights from Ephesians: Part Nine
Ephesians 6:13-18

All true believers are in a war with an evil enemy we cannot ignore.
We must be alert every hour remaining strong in God’s mighty power
To defeat the flesh and demonic teams who carry out the devil’s schemes.
In order to triumph in this test, the Bible tells us how we should dress.

We buckle on the belt of truth. Works best if we wear it from our youth.
The Breastplate of Righteousness does its part giving protection to the heart.
Fitted with peace, our feet are ready to move in battle or stand steady.
The shield of faith provides protection when arrows are fired from every direction.

Our minds we protect from evil temptation by wearing the helmet of salvation.
We pick up the fearsome sword of the spirit so lethal to demons they won’t come near it.
This is how we dress each day, but before we head out, we stop to pray.
We exalt our God with prayers and praises trusting His guidance in all its phases.

There’s coming a day when we’ll battle no more, but until that day we fight in this war.
The armor, the weapons and giving of thanks help us defeat the enemy’s ranks.
So get up tomorrow; be ready to fight, put on the armor; go forth in God’s might.
Soon our Lord will call us up higher, but the devil will land in the Lake of Fire.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Monday, December 7, 2009

Thoughts about Marriage and Family Life

Insights from Ephesians: Part Eight
Ephesians 5:21-6:4

The Bible speaks of the partnership that husband and wife share.
It isn’t about naming who’s in charge but about the way they care.
The husband is to love his wife with the love Christ has for the church
When a woman finds that kind of a man, she’s ready to end her search.

When a husband loves his wife in the same way Christ loves His bride,
It means he’s willing to lay down his life and work very hard to provide.
Then as he ponders life’s decisions, when there must be a choice,
He seeks her counsel avoiding division, desiring to hear her voice.

The wife is to love her husband, yes, but also to give him respect.
This is what her husband needs from the one he pledged to protect.
The woman needs to hear tender words; to know that she is desired;
She needs to know that she is special, not just a toy he acquired.

Then when children come to the home, the mother gives natural nurture,
But the father is important too; he helps prepare them for their future.
The mother models service and love, dispensing hugs and kisses,
But the father teaches his bold young sons how to treat their future missus.

When teenage emotions and responsibility clash, it elicits testing and sobs.
The Father is there to help his sons learn to be faithful to their job.
He can’t be too harsh or unsympathetic provoking his children to wrath,
But great is their need for a steady strong dad to guide them on life’s path.

It’s clear to see as we read the Bible that God created both sexes.
He created them to make a home and not to become each other’s ex’s.
The very best way to raise a family, to preserve the next generation,
Is for husband and wife to build their lives upon a godly foundation.

I am a product of a clan that was led by godly grandparents
Whose love for God and all their kids was readily apparent.
My mom and dad, aunts and uncles too, all followed their example.
Each produced memories so warm and true, they serve as a heavenly sample.

And so dear friends, I ask the question, “Will you be in heaven too?”
If you are a dad, it’s time to respond to this question honest and true.
If you are a mom who carried your child all the way to birth,
You want them to join you in the glories of heaven, not to lose them on earth.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Sunday, December 6, 2009

God Sees How You are Living

Insights from Ephesians: Part Seven
Ephesians 5:1-20

As we continue in chapter five, there are many more truths to see
The chapter begins with instruction clear about what we should be:
Be imitators of God, my friend, for Jesus was the lamb,
Who forfeited His life for our sins; not a dove or ram.

The flesh is subject to many sins, not the least of which is impurity;
When we see them in a believer, it demonstrates immaturity.
God has told us we should be holy avoiding behavior immoral:
Obscenity, greed, foolish talk and certainly meaningless quarrels.

Once we lived in darkness, but now we live in the light.
The light reveals goodness and truth to be the goal in sight.
The evil deeds of darkness God wants us to expose,
The shameful, immoral deeds of the flesh are evils we oppose.

So wake up sleeper, rise and shine. It’s time to live in truth.
Throw off the impure deeds of the flesh, all things vile, uncouth.
It’s time to let Jesus shine through you, His glory to reflect.
It’s time live a life that’s pure, that garners love and respect.

Be careful then how you live, for the days are short.
Live your life with heaven in sight, gain a good report.
Do not get drunk on wine or spirits that make you lose control,
For your whole life belongs to God, body, spirit, and soul.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Success Principles from the Apostle Paul

Insights from Ephesians: Part Six
Ephesians 4:17-32

Paul gave the church clear instruction to live in God’s grace each day,
For the pagan worldviews are offensive to God with their acceptance of sinful ways.
The Gentiles were known for the vilest of sin yielding freely to base desire
That’s why believers put off their old self and live by truths that are higher.

The Lord has made us a brand new creation, His Spirit lives within.
He helps us say “no” to sinful ways. It’s important to listen to Him.
He teaches us how to deal with anger before the day is through.
The devil employs bitterness and strife as a means to bring harm to you.

There are other truths that transform our life about which we should care:
We must stop the stealing, get gainful employment; always be willing to share.
We must be careful how we converse choosing words that strengthen our friends.
If we encourage, comfort, and edify, they will be friends to the end.

Get rid of all bitterness, anger and brawling.
Refuse to take part in slanderous name-calling.
Don’t grieve the Spirit, with whom you were sealed,
For discipline comes to those who won’t yield.

These are a few of the truths Paul taught that help keep us pure in deed and thought.
But we must do more than read his letter. We must apply them if we would be better.
The Spirit of God is faithful and true never failing to tame and subdue
The foulest temper and unconquered mind enabling us now to be loving and kind.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Friday, December 4, 2009

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

Insights from Ephesians: Part Five
Ephesians 4:1-16

We have been given new life in Christ and called to a new way of living,
Unlike the old days, when it was all about me, I’m now called to living giving. 1
I strive to be humble, patient and kind, bearing with others in love, 2
Maintaining the peace and unity that comes from the Spirit above. 3

Observe the importance of the numeral one in this life to which we are called:
One body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord; one God and Father of all. 4
Elsewhere we learn there is only one name by which we must be saved; 5
Only one mediator between God and man—It’s Jesus, whose name we praise. 6

Jesus descended down into Sheol where the righteous awaited His plan.
Then He ascended with the saints to sit at the Father’s right hand. 7
Through the Spirit He created four offices—all with distinct spiritual features.
They were the apostles and prophets, evangelists too, along with the pastor-teachers. 8

The purpose of these gifted men was to help the church form and grow.
Apostles performed signs, prophets taught doctrine, and evangelists won many souls.
We find that the church is like our body having numerous important parts.
When working together in unity and love, we demonstrate God’s great heart. 9

As we grow in wisdom and grace, we’re no longer tossed by the waves
Or blown around by winds of doctrine disputing the need to be saved.
We expose the evil schemes of men whose false teaching leaves others dead;
By teaching the truth the church matures giving glory to Jesus, the Head.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Scripture References:
1. Eph. 4:1. 4. Eph. 4:4-6 7. Eph. 4:7-9
2. Eph. 4:2 5. Acts 4:12 8. Eph. 4:11-12
3. Eph. 4:3 6. 1 Tim. 2:5 9. Eph. 4:14-16

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Mystery of the Gospel

Insights from Ephesians: Part Four
Ephesians 3:1-21

There is a mystery, the apostle wrote, given by revelation. 1
This mystery, previously unknown, pertained to Gentile salvation. 2
Until Jesus came to bring a new covenant, salvation belonged to the Jews.
By life and death, He fulfilled the law qualifying the Gentiles too.

But whether one is a Gentile or Jew the gospel must be preached.
So God appointed apostles true so both groups could be reached. 3
In the beginning faithful Jews welcomed the message with joy,
But when Paul preached to Gentiles too, their leaders were annoyed.

The apostles wrote about this church age when billions experience salvation.
It was mostly Gentiles who filled the church, for the Jews denied its formation.
After the rapture when Jesus comes for His Bride, when the world is filled with pain,
Twelve thousand evangelists from each tribe will call Israel back again.

Until the Lord comes, the church is called to make His wisdom known
To demons who followed Lucifer; holy angels around God’s throne. 4
The Father achieved His eternal purpose through the sacrifice of His Son,
So Paul is preaching to the Gentiles salvation for them has been won. 5

Paul prays for the church to be filled with power; grounded in God’s love.
He wants them to grasp how high and deep is the love of God above. 6
To Him whose power is without measure, to Him we can’t do without
To Him be all the honor and glory. To Him our praises we shout. 7
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1. Ephesians 3:2-3 2. Ephesians 3:6 3. Ephesians 3:7-9
4. Ephesians 3:10 5. Ephesians 3:11-12 6. Ephesians 3:14-19
7. Ephesians 3:19-20

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Wall Between God and Man

Insight from Ephesians: Part Three
Ephesians 2:11-22

All of us know that Adam’s sin built a wall between God and man,
But God had prepared a plan to redeem even before time began.
God called a man, Abram by name, to found a brand new nation.
He called him to a walk of faith, to help us grasp salvation.

Abraham’s descendants increased in number, belonged to Israel proper.
As they honored their covenant with God, He enabled them to prosper.
Through the years as they walked with Him, He taught them to follow the Law,
But most of the Gentiles in the world were excluded by that wall.

But Jesus destroyed that hostile wall; gave His life to pay the price.
His perfection applied to our life is more than enough to suffice.
Thus the Gentiles, once far away, now have been brought near.
He became peace to Gentile and Jew destroying the power of fear.

From Pentecost on until His return, we live in the age of grace.
All may come to God through Christ irrespective of heritage or race.
Jew or Gentile, black or white, we’re included in His plan.
In God there is no segregation, for He loves every man.

So once again we see without doubt that God’s eternal plan
Is to pay the price by giving Himself to bring salvation to man.
God is building His people together into a temple glorious, and
He will carry us to the end to enter eternity victorious.

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Ephesians 2:11-22
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (NIV)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Saved by Grace and Not by Works

Insight from Ephesians: Part Two
Ephesians 2:1-10

Once no sin was found in this world. All was utter perfection.
When Adam ate the forbidden fruit he severed the heavenly connection.
Oh what a day of gloom and despair, man’s nature distorted within!
Ruled by the kingdom of the air, he succumbed to the power of sin.

All of us lived here in Satan’s kingdom until the Lord set us free.
We were the object of God’s just wrath deserving sin’s penalty.
But God’s loving mercy, as strong as His wrath, wanted us to survive,
So Jesus came to pay the price that we might be made alive.

By grace we are saved and not by our deeds. What an incredible thought!
We place our trust in Christ you see. Our salvation cannot be bought.
If we could earn it, we would boast. We would live and die arrogantly.
So God grants to us by faith in Christ salvation completely free

Some people say, “What about works? Isn’t there something I must do?”
You cannot do works in an attempt to earn salvation true.
But when you experience God’s new birth, He makes you a new creation.
Then the good works that flow from your life validate your transformation.

We live our lives until Jesus comes with devoted and happy faces.
Our God, who defeated sin’s dark power, has raised us to heavenly places.
The devil and all his angry demons see you with Christ on His throne.
How they desire to cause you to stumble as you live in your earthly home.

Indwelt by His Spirit and led by Him, we are filled with His glorious power.
As we walk humbly before our God, He will guide us through the dark hours.
Some day soon in the coming ages as trophies of God’s great love,
We will tell of how we left this world to live with Christ above.

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Ephesians 2:1-10
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

Monday, November 30, 2009

This is My Prayer for You

Insights from Ephesians: Part One
Ephesians 1:17-23

God’ wants us all to know Him better, the first truth Paul proclaims.
That’s the reason Paul writes this letter, to show us what God has ordained.
He prays that the eyes of our heart would be opened to see three things this hour:
The hope of our call, spiritual riches for all, and God’s incomparable power.

The hope of our call is a life well lived, which reflects Christ’s transformation.
We all should hope our life reflects a good measure of sanctification.
As we study the Word and walk with God on heaven’s upward road,
The fruits of the Spirit shine to reveal the blessings God has bestowed.

Paul also prays that we would know the inheritance found in the saints.
How precious it is to have godly friends who inspire and do not faint.
The greatest riches found in this life are embodied in family and friends.
How glorious it is to remember this truth: for the redeemed, it never ends.

To comprehend the power of God is the third thing he mentioned in prayer.
He wants the believers to have faith in His love, not to live in despair.
The God that raised Jesus from the dead and installed Him on heaven’s throne
Is the very same God that forgave our sin and adopted us as His own.

So now we have hope that transforms our life and fellowship with godly friends.
Should Jesus tarry and we leave this earth, we know that it’s not the end.
The God that raised Jesus from the dead and installed Him on heaven’s throne
Has adopted us into His heavenly family to live with Him as His own.

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Ephesians 1:17-23
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (NIV)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Anointing of the Holy Spirit

Elijah Taken to Glory--2 Kings 2
The time had arrived for Elijah to go and meet his God this day.
“I’m leaving now to cross the Jordan. Here is where you stay.”
Elisha replied, “As the Lord lives, I will not leave you alone.
I want to go with you all the way until the Lord takes you home.”

Elijah rolled his cloak up tight; struck the Jordan with a great sound.
The waters stood up left and right; they crossed over on dry ground.
Once they were over Elijah asked, “Can I bless you? Let me hear it?”
Elisha replied, “I would like a double portion of the Holy Spirit.”

“You have asked a difficult thing. Here is how you will know it.
If you see me when I depart, you will know that God will bestow it.”
Suddenly God’s chariot was standing there between them.
Elisha would never forget that sight, for clearly he had seen them.

As history records Elisha received an anointing of spiritual power.
The Spirit of God was with him giving guidance every hour.
In those days the Spirit came upon him whom God showed favor,
But now He lives within our hearts because of the Lord and Savior.

Elisha went on to serve the Lord; he was known throughout the land.
Many wise words and miraculous deeds flowed forth at his command.
Knowing God worked in glorious wonder when upon a few He would fall,
Consider the potential in the Lord’s church since His Spirit lives within all.

Jesus said, “You shall receive power when the Spirit comes into you.”
The Spirit enables you not to cower when the devil seeks to consume you.
The Spirit within gives wisdom and strength to fight the good fight today.
And remember this about the Spirit: He has come to your life to stay.

Just as Elijah fought the good fight and passed the mantle on,
God has given us the might to fight through the night til dawn.
The Spirit of God will never leave us. His presence will ever be there.
Enabling us to win the lost as we travel to heaven so fair.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Destructive Power of Greed

Ahab and Jezebel--1 Kings 21
King Ahab said to Naboth, I like your vineyard a lot.
Located near my palace, it will serve as a vegetable plot.
I’m gonna have it, so name your price. I’ll buy it on the spot.
But Naboth replied, “I cannot sell it, not even for a lot.”

“I inherited this land from my father. It’s forbidden for me to sell.
I have to be faithful to my God and respectful to you as well.”
Naboth spoke these words to the king in a voice respectful and mild,
But Ahab stomped towards his home to pout like a spoiled child.

Jezebel came into Ahab’s room, said “Why won’t you eat your food?”
“Naboth won’t sell his crummy little vineyard. It put me in a bad mood.”
So Jezebel said, “Just leave it to me. I can handle that louse.
In no time at all you’ll have that vineyard located by your house.”

Jezebel wrote to Naboth’s elders: “I want you to put him on trial.
Find two men to say he blasphemes and anything else that’s vile.
Use their words to frame him; then take him outside the walls.
Call for the people to throw stones at him until his body falls.”

The Word of the Lord came to Elijah, “Naboth, my servant is dead.
He was framed by wicked Jezebel because Ahab wanted his spread.
Go and say to Ahab the King, ‘Against the Lord you have sinned.
Now He is pronouncing sentence on you, a verdict He will not rescind.

Soon Ahab, your life will be over. Judgment will come like a flood.
Right where it happened to Naboth, the dogs will lick up your blood.
And listen closely, Ahab, because I haven’t told it all:
The dogs will devour Jezebel just outside Jezreel’s wall.’”

There never was a royal couple guilty of so much evil.
Ahab and Queen Jezebel set the record for greed and upheaval.
It’s hard to tell a story like this; their actions cannot be defended.
Sadly, just as the Bible describes, their wicked lives were ended.

Some folks criticize our God for recording accounts so gruesome,
But what other way can history record the wickedness of this twosome.
The power of sin brings pain to all. Satan seeks to enslave our soul.
But thanks to Jesus, who died for us, our life can be made whole.

It’s not enough to know about God. That knowledge will not save you.
Nor is it sufficient to live without God because the devil sorely craves you.
So give your life to Christ today. He paid the price of your sin.
He gives new life, new hope, new goals and takes you to heaven with Him.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Friday, November 27, 2009

Don’t Forget God’s Power

1 Kings 18:41 – 19:18

After the events on Carmel that day when all the false prophets were slain,
Elijah got on his face before God and asked Him to send the rain.
The sky grew black with heavy clouds; rain fell from a heavenly fountain.
Elijah ran faster than Ahab’s chariot racing down the mountain.

Now Ahab was a mouse of a king married to a very strong queen.
He reported to Jezebel Elijah’s taunts and all that he had seen.
Jezebel was hostile, filled with fury. She sent a message to Eli:
“I’m coming for you, you miserable prophet. This time tomorrow you die.”

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. Far into the wilderness he went.
He came to a tree and stopped to pray, his energy and confidence spent.
“Oh God,” he said, “I’ve had enough. Would you just let me die?
I’m no better than my failing forefathers. Oh God hear my cry.”

He lay down and fell asleep, was awakened by a strange touch.
The angel of the Lord was there to feed him just enough.
Then he awoke a second time, was strengthened for the flight.
He continued his journey to Mount Horeb forty days and forty nights.

When he arrived at the Mount of God, he took shelter in a cave.
He knew he should not have run away afraid of an early grave.
He had forgotten the mighty power of God as though He could not save.
So he lay there alone wallowing in pity, making excuses that day.

“I have been zealous for you, O God. There’s no prophet left but me.”
God whispered back, “No, Elijah. There’s a fact I want you to see:
There’s seven thousand in the land who have not bowed to Baal.
Now go forth and find Elisha; He will join you on the trail.”

This was not the end of Elijah. It’s an important fact to know.
God is the God of the second chance. Through our failures we can grow.
There were years of ministry to train Elisha, a very competent guy.
Then God swooped down with a heavenly chariot, took Elijah up through the skies.

Here are some truths we should not forget. Hold them dear to your heart.
God, who calls His servant to each task, will be with him when trouble starts.
I’m like Elijah. I’ve left too early, fulfilled only part of my mission.
I have forgotten God’s great power when faced with opposition.

Whatever years and opportunities are left, I have but one main goal:
To serve the Lord with all my heart, His name and greatness extol.
Whatever stage in life you are in, it’s time to make a fresh start.
Admit past mistakes and failures in life. Give God the whole of your heart.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

God Will Take Care of You

I Kings 16:29 - 17:15

Ahab did more to provoke the Lord than all the kings before.
He worshipped Baal and Asherah, but the true god he ignored.
When wickedness reigns, judgment follows. That’s why Elijah proclaimed,
“As the God of Israel lives, there will be no dew or rain.”

When Elijah prophesied judgment for sin, it really made Jezebel mad.
He knew if Ahab caught up with him, they would hurt him really bad.
God said to Elijah, “I have a plan. Go to the Kerith Ravine.
There you will find a cool bubbly brook in a place where you won’t be seen.”

So Elijah rested by the brook. He was fed both morning and night.
The ravens brought him bread and meat while he stayed there out of sight.
After a while the brook dried up, Elijah had nowhere to go. God said,
“Go to the village of Zarephath where you’ll find a poor widow.”

He must have wondered why he was directed to someone who was poor.
This humble widow was out of flour. Her imminent death seemed sure.
Nevertheless he obeyed the Lord. Here was the widow’s reply:
“I’m giving my son the last of our food; then I expect to die.”

Elijah responded, “Stop poor widow, there is a word from God on high:
If you do what He commands, the flour won’t fail, nor the oil run dry.”
The widow obeyed the Lord’s sure word; there was food for them every day.
The copious provision of flour and oil was His faithfulness on display.

Now lest you fear a future unknown, I want you to relax.
God remains faithful to His own. Say “no” to that panic attack.
If you follow the Lord your God, commit to the truths in His book,
He will lead you down the path to a cool and hidden brook.

In this account it’s easy to see God’s purpose and His power.
Our Father knows our pressing need, every minute of every hour.
So face the future knowing this: God is always true.
In the same loving way He cared for Elijah, so He will care for you.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

1 Kings 18:18-40

Elijah said to Ahab, “Jezebel’s prophets pollute the land.
So gather them 450 to 1; let’s see who’ll be left to stand.”
So Ahab called for all to assemble to give the gods a test.
The people gathered at Mount Carmel to see which god was best.

Elijah the prophet addressed the crowd, “It’s time to make up your mind.
It’s time to stop this wavering dance; I propose we ask for a sign.
Let each side slay a bull on the altar, but their god will start the fire.
By doing this it should be clear: one god is real, the other a liar.”

The prophets of Baal brought their bull, sacrificed it before the crowd.
They arranged the pieces on the wood, called to Baal long and loud.
They danced and cried from morning to noon, their fear beginning to haunt them.
Knowing their god was a devilish fake, Elijah began to taunt them.

“What’s wrong with Baal? Why doesn’t he answer? I hear you wail and weep.
I think you need to shout much louder. Perhaps he’s still asleep.”
They slashed their limbs and cut themselves; their blood did freely flow,
Throughout the day they prophesied, but Baal did not show.

Elijah rebuilt the altar of God; laid the bull upon the wood.
The water outpoured was performed so no one misunderstood.
He said, “Fetch four barrels, water it thrice until it fills the trench.
If God be God there is nothing on earth His fire cannot quench.”

Then he stepped back, raised his hands and cried out to the Lord,
“Oh Show the people you are God; true worship must be restored.”
With a thunderous clap and a brilliant flash, fire fell before their eyes.
All was consumed; the water lapped up; the ground before him was dry.

All of Israel fell on their face, His glory they proclaimed.
The God of Elijah won the day, their allegiance was reclaimed.
The evil prophets of Jezebel were judged at God’s command.
Once again God’s glorious name was honored throughout the land.

Is there a prophet from Jezebel alive in your heart today?
Will Jesus find idolatry that you have allowed to stay?
When Jesus comes will you rejoice or will you silently quake?
Two possible futures lie ahead. Which future do you take?

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek (NKJV)

When I was young I loved the Lord, but there were times when I brought Him shame
I sadly remember my many desires for status and worldly acclaim.
How grateful I am for the Lord’s kind mercy, His patience and kindness supreme.
He waded through my faults and fears to give me a godly dream.

I remember the night when God broke through. It was time to give my all.
Felt drawn to serve my Lord anew, a desire to follow His call.
I learned soon my heart was sincere, but my flesh put up a fight.
Oh what a series of battles were fought as I learned to do what is right.

That is why we should love the Gospel and dwell on it hour by hour.
How can we but cherish His Truth, which transforms us by His power?
The Holy Spirit enshrines our heart, makes us a new creation.
Through the years as we do our part, He effects His transformation.

Perhaps you are a late bloomer in life; spent years avoiding His call.
It’s better to be late in blooming, my friend, than not to have bloomed at all.
Take stock of the years that remain to you, tell others about the new birth.
Give yourself freely; seek what is true, for this is your purpose on earth.

Soon we may hear the trumpet sound accompanied by a great shout.
Bodies will rise before our eyes as the graves of the earth empty out.
If we are alive when Christ returns, we too shall rise on high.
We will fly upward, heaven bound, to meet Jesus in the sky.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thoughts About Prayer

Matthew 6:5-13
Jesus saw some hypocrites at the corner of First and Main.
As He watched them carry on, their motives He ascertained.
Clearly they sought man’s approval, to receive their admiration.
In order to be seen by many men, they chose a busy location.

Sometimes it worked; observers watched, the hypocrites were adored,
But because their hearts were full of pride, there was no eternal reward.
The hypocrites practiced religious form, but they didn’t know their God.
He was standing right before them observing their phony fa├žade.

Jesus taught the disciples what it really means to pray.
It isn’t about where you are or the number of words you say.
Jesus said to come to the Father, to give honor to his name.
It’s important to pray, “Thy will be done,” for His will is our aim.

He said it’s good to ask for our needs, for our Father loves to provide.
We always ask for forgiveness of sin to feel cleansed and whole inside.
We ask the Lord to guard our life, to help us defeat temptation.
We cannot defeat the evil one without a godly foundation.

Before we close our time in prayer, we remember it is God we serve.
All the praise and glory we give, our Father rightfully deserves.
So if we would grow in our walk with God; our lives for heaven prepare,
We seek our Lord’s empowering grace as we commune with Him in prayer.

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Matthew 6:9-13
9Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. NKJV

Sunday, November 22, 2009

God Has the Answer to Your Need

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well (NIV)

Times are tough and people are groping. Many are gripped by fear.
Trials can cause their hearts to be open. Is there a message for them to hear?
God has given a word of comfort that can bless and set them free.
Though it was written years ago, it’s still true for you and me.

Jesus said if we belong to the Father, we shouldn’t be frozen by fear
God has promised food and water. Our role is to persevere.
Jesus cited the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap,
But you’ll never find a bird in despair so troubled he cannot sleep.

When it comes to the clothes we all need, God spoke about the flowers.
There is no fashion designer indeed who can duplicate that power.
Now flowers don’t rank as high as people—that’s the word He gave,
Can you imagine the lengths He will go when it is one of us He saves.

His message reminds us not to worry about what we shall eat or drink.
The greater problem Jesus has is teaching us how we should think.
We should remember we’re in His care; there’s no safer place to be.
Our Creator, Savior, Sustainer, Maintainer cares for us constantly.

So seek first His kingdom, do what is right. That is His command.
It’s far more important than movies at night and video on demand.
God is pleased to give us good gifts. As a Father He loves to bless.
As we began to understand Him, we learn to trust and rest.

So here is the message we need to hear, the truth that comes from on high.
He will relieve this worry and fear and stop the trembling sigh.
God has promised to remove the tears; put a smile back on your face.
So lift your heart and thank the Lord for all his blessings and grace

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Bible is Marked

In my Bible there’s many a verse with truths important to heed.
In my mind I seek to rehearse and apply the wisdom I need.
I like the verse in Psalm 51: “Create in me a pure heart.” 1
Remembering all the things I’ve done, it seems like the place to start.

I already know all men are sinners and certainly I’m included.2
Those who say that we’re all winners are walking around deluded.
But when we admit our truthful state; accept God’s gift of salvation,
He forgives our sin; lifts its weight, makes us a new creation.3

God has prepared a plan for our life from the very beginning of time.4
For every man there’s a path that’s right, which leads to heaven sublime.5
But we’re not a robot or mindless machine; God has called us to choose.6
We can choose God or things obscene—one way you win, the other you lose.7

In the course of time as we grow and mature, we find life’s real meaning.
The victories won make us sure of Christ upon whom we’re leaning.
He took the judgment for our sin;9 opened the door to eternal life.
Soon it’s our privilege to live with Him in a place with no sin or strife.10

Thanks for strolling down memory lane as I think of what Christ has done.
It’s a great joy by prose to proclaim the glories yet to come.11
I trust you will give your life to Christ; experience His new birth.
This is the pathway to heaven above while living in peace on earth.

1 Romans 3:10, 23
2 Psalm 51:10
3 Romans 3:10, 23
4 2 Corinthians 5:17
5 Psalm 139:16
6 Proverbs 3:6; Micah 4:2
7 Deuteronomy 30:19
8 Revelation 21:6
9 1 John 2:2
10 Revclation 21:1-4
11 1 Corinthians 2:9

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Friday, November 20, 2009

The Lord’s Soon Return

We turn to the Bible so we can learn what we should know about Christ’s return.
We see appeals for men to repent before the time when judgment is sent.
We see the account of that glorious day when the Lord’s church is caught away,
But woe to those who reject the truth, for unrestrained evil is on the loose.

To the believer these facts are well known. We anticipate a flight to our heavenly home.
We see world conditions ascending within that will enable the rise of the man of sin.
Knowing how soon we may depart, we plead with our loved ones to give Him their heart.
There will be no warning; no time to get right, for the call will be sudden, like a thief in the night.

After the rapture those left behind will succumb to evil their spiritual eyes blind.
With the restraining power of the Spirit removed all forms of evil will be approved.
Drugs will be sought and morality despised; all forms of wickedness will arise.
The chaos that follows creates the condition for one-world rule by the Son of Perdition.

The antichrist requires the whole world’s worship and offers a mark to make it worth it.
This mark must be taken to buy or sell. Those who receive it are guaranteed hell.
But even as this mark is revealed, 144,000 evangelists are sealed,
Who call for Israel and all who will hear it to be faithful to death and not to fear it.

Millions will join their faithful band and suffer death at the antichrist’s hand.
They awake in heaven and abide with the Lord soon to receive their eternal reward.
On earth the pain and judgments increase warning the world from greatest to least
That God’s patience is over, He’s sending His son. The end of the end has now begun.

The final event unfolds from on high as the world clearly sees activity in the sky.
The antichrist marshals the world’s armed forces to battle the army on white horses.
There they assemble in Megiddo’s bowl, the final stand of arrogant souls.
At Megiddo they die at the hand of the Lord. No longer can His word be ignored.

The beast and false prophet will then acquire their eternal home in the Lake of Fire.
But that is not the end of it. The devil is bound and thrown in the pit.
For a thousand years Jesus will reign. A kingdom of perfection He will sustain.
And after that there’s still more to come, for eternity will have just begun.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Are You Connected to the Vine?

"I am the vine; you are the branches." (John 15:5)

Do all roads lead to heaven? Now that’s an important question.
Many there are who walk through life with a mistaken impression.
Believing all paths lead to God they search until they find
The path that appeals the most to them—body, soul, or mind.

Some like to choose the sweetie God, the one who looks aside;
Who doesn’t require a transformed life, who lets all sinners slide.
They like to enjoy the fruits of the flesh without a shred of guilt.
And so they indulge freely in sin; they plunge in to the hilt.

Some like to choose the candy God, the one who will make you rich.
The benevolent, overindulgent God who responds to a greedy pitch.
They want a God who approves their excess, who never thinks it’s funny
That spoiled, disgruntled babes in life think only of fun and money.

Some like to choose the big mean God, the one with a thousand rules.
No wonder people look at the church and think it’s full of fools.
Don’t think for a moment God is defined by creating a list to follow.
Those who try eventually find their life is empty and hollow.

Some like to choose the nature God—you find Him in the trees.
They save the whales and spotted owls but let the humans freeze.
They invent fancy tales about impending disaster and tell it around the globe.
They’re often led in such foolishness by those in scholastic robes.

Some like to choose the hedonistic God; they live a life without checks.
They devote themselves to what feels good including illicit sex.
They abort their babies for convenience sake without a shred of regret.
How sad it is when the baby’s mom becomes his greatest threat.

There isn’t a person described above who knows the real God.
The Creator, Redeemer, Sovereign Lord who walked upon this sod.
The God who loves the world so much, He took judgment in our place.
It is He in whom we place our trust for salvation given by grace.

This is the God, the only God, there is no other to save you.
This is the life in which to choose, so choose in this time he gave you.
Now is the day of your salvation, now is the acceptable time.
Let God’s glory fall on your life; get connected to the vine.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Taken Captive by False Philosophies

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (NIV)

From its earliest days the church has contended for truth to reign supreme.
The Fathers sought to protect the flock from the enemy’s evil schemes.
The battle has raged throughout the years, the scriptures sounding alarm,
For the devil is relentless in his intent to bring God’s people harm.

There was a heresy heartily proclaimed by third century teacher Arius.
He claimed our Lord was a lesser God, an erroneous teaching nefarious.
He maintained the Father created Christ and called Him his only Son.
The Fathers fought this heresy until the battle was won.

Another heresy alive today is the thought that you can be divine.
You receive new revelation, join the right group; follow the party line.
If you work hard, give of your goods, achieve high priesthood true.
Then when you die your name will be called and you can become god too.

The first heresy that I described is still alive today.
Millions are held in its strong grip following a false pathway.
Its adherents walk the streets to show Jehovah their fitness
To receive the hope of Paradise Earth as a loyal Jehovah’s Witness.

The second heresy I described is another cult like the first.
Though you strive to become a god, its doctrine will leave you cursed.
Jesus is the only Savior if God’s saints you would be among.
True salvation cannot be earned by following Smith and Young.

Many are trapped in false systems today who need to be set free.
Somehow they must hear the truth and see it in you and me.
When they place their trust in Christ, their life is never the same.
So let us continue to declare God’s Word and glorify His name.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wisdom from Solomon

Proverbs 1:1-12
The older I get the more I see
The wisdom God’s truths provide for me.
So here’s a few samples from Solomon’s pen.
You will find them worth reading again and again.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
Lean not on your own understanding.
Invite the Lord His truth to impart;
Don’t do what the flesh is demanding.

Try not to be wise in your own eyes;
Fear God and depart from evil.
For if you don’t learn your flesh to despise
It will soon bring you strife and upheaval.

Honor the Lord with all your possessions;
Give a tithe of what you are earning,
For when you gain mastery over greed;
It’s a pretty good start in your learning.

Do not despise the Lord’s chastening hand;
Never spurn His correction.
If you would be a credit to this land,
Submit and seek His direction.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 16, 2009

John the Baptist

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.’” Matthew 3:1-12 (NKJV)

He was the prophet from Malachi with a message from God for all.
From the desert he came with a mighty voice issuing a clarion call.
His was the voice in the wilderness, the one to prepare the way,
To announce the Redeemer for all mankind, sent by the Ancient of Days.

Knowing that Jesus would soon appear, he proclaimed the need to repent.
Intuitively they knew his message was true so off to the desert they went.
With preaching bold, appearance austere, the message decreed crystal clear,
The Baptist came confronting sin. Many came forth to be baptized by him.

Some Pharisees came to hear John preach, men in the culture respected.
Along with them were Sadducees, leaders politically connected.
Knowing their hearts were far from God, nothing but spiritual fakes,
The Baptist called them what they are: a band of vipers and snakes.

“Here’s the problem with you,” he said, as he looked them in the eye.
“Your great pride and vanity will condemn you when you die.
Seeing no need for humble repentance, you have drawn God’s ire
He will gather wheat to His barn; the chaff will be burned in the fire.”

What if John was preaching to you and you were living afar?
Would you continue without a clue living the way you are?
What will it take for your heart to be stirred? Can’t you see the end is near?
When will you decide to heed God’s word? The signs are increasingly clear.

These are the questions we all must ask as we walk through life on earth.
We must act before time has passed to experience His new birth.
He will not deprive you of fun or joy. Your life He is sure to fulfill.
You will feel fully alive when you surrender to His will.

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Jesus, Our Shepherd

Psalm 23

A faithful shepherd guards the sheep. They’re protected under his care.
The paths he walks are not too steep on the way to the meadows fair.
There in the valley with grass so green and a brook with a quiet flow,
His sheep will rest, their hearts serene, protected from evil foes.

This is how Jesus cares for His flock, how He leads and guides each day.
We are empowered by faith in our walk as in His presence we stay.
Through Christ we find the valley of peace, the place of promise and rest.
From fear and worry we are released. Our life is truly blessed.

Then as we approach the valley of death, we face it with peace of mind
For when it is time to draw the last breath, His presence is there sublime.
The angels transport our spirit on high, our heavenly home to gain.
We find there no sickness, no sorrow nor sighs, for God has removed all pain.

Perhaps we will see the city foursquare, the one with streets of gold,
The glorious city which Jesus prepared for the sheep who came into His fold.
One clear morning the trump will sound, the horses will stomp their feet.
“Mount up” will be the command profound, “for a ride you’ll never repeat.”

Down through the skies of worlds unknown, all the way to the Holy Land
Jesus will ride to claim His throne, defeating the armies of man.
This is the way wickedness ends and how eternity begins.
The Word of God affirmed again: The devil loses; Jesus wins.

Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Man Who is Blessed

Psalm 1

I know a man who is really blessed. His life is free of turmoil and stress.
He doesn’t hang with the wrong kind of friends; his sinful ways have come to an end.
His life is guided by God’s pure Word. He’s soaking in scripture, his heart is stirred.
He’s like a tree with a strong tap root—well-watered, not withered, producing good fruit.

But there are many in the same town, whose life is sliding, whose spirit is down.
They’re like the chaff, the empty husk, blown far from the stream, useless dust.
They have no fruit to present to the Master; they’re marching toward eternal disaster.
They wasted the years of old age and youth by choosing to follow the devil’s truth.

God cares for those whose ways are right, who live for Him by day and night.
They seek His face, His precepts they cherish. Not so for those who are destined to perish.
This is why God sent His only Son. He paid sin’s price; the work is done.
So, dear friend, this I suggest: Surrender to Jesus. Come join the blessed.

Psalm 1:1-6
1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

4Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (NIV)

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Are You in the Ark of Salvation?

Genesis 6:5-8

There was a day when God looked down and saw the earth so vile.
Sin was king in village and town for mile after mile.
Conditions were terrible on this globe; God’s heart was filled with pain;
No matter where man made his abode, he was bound by sin’s dark chain.

So terribly dominated by sin, his thoughts were continually evil;
His very nature corrupted within produced a global upheaval
Instead of living in love and peace, destruction and death were loosed.
All that was good and kind had ceased so that man was without excuse.

But there was one in all the earth who found the Creator’s favor
God esteemed Noah to be of great worth because He loved the Savior.
In spite of Satan’s evil scheme to defile each generation
God always kept one righteous man to proclaim his gracious salvation.

Noah preached one hundred years while building God’s specified ark.
He was the subject of jest and jeers and other disparaging remarks.
But when the rains of judgment fell Noah’s family was safely within.
None of the others lived to tell. They died because of their sin.

So here is a question for all my friends. Do you dwell in the ark of salvation?
If today was the day that all would end, what is your destination?
God has prepared an eternal plan for those who receive His Son.
He offers grace to every man. This is how the battle is won.

Get down on your knees and pray. Call out to God above.
Don’t wait until later, do it today. He will fill your heart with love.
You will feel clean, your sins washed away; God’s peace will come within.
Your eternal condition is fixed today, for now you belong to Him.

Genesis 6:5-8
5 The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (NIV)

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

God’s Transforming Power to All who Believe

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be
conformed to the likeness of his Son” Romans 8:29

It started with Adam—the horror of sin—cost innocent blood to change him within.
Abel was the second son born. Because of Cain’s sin, his life was torn.
Enoch preached of judgment to come. All families perished except for one.
They taunted Noah, that out of touch dud, but it was he who rested above the flood.

Abram began as a man of haste in time became a hero of faith.
Jacob was known for disgraceful deception; God changed him into a man of direction.
Moses fled from Pharaoh in disgrace. God sent him back to speak face to face.
Rahab was once a woman of shame, but the scarlet cord removed the blame.

Sampson, too long a mighty sinner, left this life a victorious winner.
Daniel served God as a faithful youth; then reaped a lifetime of honor and truth.
Daniel’s three friends incurred the king’s ire. In the moment of truth found Christ in the fire.

Once a demoniac, the Gadarene, proclaimed the power of the Nazarene.
Lazarus, whose sisters placed Christ at their head, amidst billowing grief was raised from the dead.
Peter, first arrogant, fell into sin, then mighty in Christ, God’s Spirit within.

James and John, the “Sons of Thunder,” transformed by Christ without fault or blunder.
James, the Lord’s brother, first wouldn’t believe, then early church pastor—at prayer on his knees.
He was the beggar at temple gate “Beautiful” whose life was empty, distressing, and futile.
Thirty-eight years his fate was sealed; then Peter walked by; his legs were healed.

Dead Dorcas was given to love and good deeds, raised by the Spirit to care for more needs.
Barnabas the faithful, generous giver helped Paul become a superb Christian liver.
Aquila and Priscilla, true servants feted, were willing to go wherever needed.
Timothy, well taught by his godly mother, served with renown among Christian brothers.

Others who helped the gospel get started ended their life as faithful martyrs.
God, who saved us from sin and strife, wants to transform us, to make us like Christ.
This giant truth we all must follow to avoid a life that’s empty and hollow.
Millions He’s changed—more than a few, so turn to Christ and you’ll be changed too.

© Copyright George and Janie Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Church at Laodicea

Revelation 3:14-22

As good as it was Philadelphia to see, it’s a different story for Laodicee.
Though they are rich in material blessings, their spiritual state is quite depressing.
Instead of inspired and energetic, their lukewarm passion was quite pathetic.
It’s a sad, sad story to behold when a church is neither hot nor cold.

Laodicea felt they had everything; there was nothing for them that Jesus could bring,
Their love and pursuit of material wealth wreaked havoc upon their spiritual health.
They mistakenly thought they had it all, were ignorant of their terrible fall.
So Jesus said he would spit them out, for lukewarm believers are not devout.

We see the Lord gave words of correction instructing the church to seek new direction.
As they grew rich with each new deal, their fervency dimmed; they lost their zeal.
They needed salve to heal their eyes alerting them to the devil’s strong lies.
This wretched condition brought God shame. Their love for money was to blame.

Here is a message if you’re smart: Jesus stands at the door of your heart.
He’s asking for an invitation to open our eyes for clarification.
If we will simply open the door, He will bring purpose and so much more.
This is how to call heaven our home and reign with Jesus from His throne.

Revelation 3:14-22
14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." NIV

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Church in Philadelphia

Revelation 3:17-13

We’ve examined Ephesus and Smyrna too, learned what was good and what was askew.
Saw Pergamum there where Satan’s enthroned, glad this city was not my home.
Saw Thyatira where Jezebel’s strong, then on to Sardis where much was wrong.
But here in Philly we finally see the kind of church we ought to be.

Philadelphia exhibited a special love that only comes from heaven above.
They heeded Him who is holy and true, found that their love just grew and grew.
Because they endured through testing and pain never denying our Lord’s great name,
God opened before them an open door to win more lost souls than ever before.

This is a record with a happy ending, for it speaks of rewards eternal, unending.
Because they were true, their service worthwhile; they will be kept from the coming trial.
Trouble will come to this vile world as judgment upon the wicked is hurled.
But this faithful church is raptured away, caught up to heaven where sin holds no sway.

If pleasing Jesus is your concern, here is a lesson for all to learn:
Draw near to Him with all your heart; from His precepts never depart.
Live fully for Him; love evermore. Be willing to walk through His open door.
Just imagine heaven’s joyous sound when we receive our heavenly crown.

Revelation 3:7-13
7 "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars-I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (NIV)

© Copyright 2009 George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Sunday, November 8, 2009

666-Beware the Man of Sin

Posted by request from the folks at church tonight

One of these days—it may be soon--perhaps at evening or maybe noon
A trump will sound, a voice will shout; many graves will empty out.
All true believers, fine and fair, will rise to meet Jesus in the air.
Millions missing, a global disaster! The people cry out for a global master.

Then will appear the man of sin who comes like a lamb the world to win.
With assuring words delivered by guile, he enslaves a world beleaguered by trial.
First he will change our national border and bring to fruition a new world order.
But it won’t be enough to rule this sod. Soon he’ll declare that He is God.

Men will be forced to worship him and receive a mark on forehead or limb.
They need the mark to buy or sell, but with this mark, they’re destined for hell.
So here is wisdom, remember this: the mark will be numbered 666.
Don’t make this decision on a whim, for once it is made, you belong to him.

Knowing this, what will you do? Will you examine the scripture to see if it’s true?
Will you fall to your knees and earnestly pray for God to change your life today?
Now that you’ve heard the gospel true, you must decide just what you will do.
Your gift from God is Christ within. The devil will give you the man of sin.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
1Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (NKJV)

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

The Church at Sardis

Revelation 3:1-8

Your church is in a bad situation when it doesn’t live up to its reputation.
Suffering Smyrna received Christ’s praise; not much good about Sardis to say.
Though it was known for its spiritual deeds, this church was found to be in need.
Only a few would be dressed in white, for all the others abandoned the fight.

The church is not called to a time of ease; its mission is not the flesh to appease.
The church is charged the truth to proclaim, not to live their lives in vain.
Sardis must throw off sin’s chains, repent and strengthen what remains.
This is how she turns the tide, becomes to Christ a worthy bride.

How are things in your church, my friend? Does it have a heart to contend?
Is there zeal, life and joy? Does it pick up the sword, God’s Word, to employ?
Is there a heart to please the Lord or is His message largely ignored?
I’d rather be Smyrna and suffer pain than to be Sardis and be ashamed.

Revelation 3:1-6
1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (NIV)

© Copyright George M. Cuff, All Rights Reserved

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Church in Thyatira

Revelation 2:18-29

Have you ever trembled at the strong word of God; fallen on your face to pray?
Have you been humbled, felt like a clod, knowing you’d gone astray?
This is the word for some in this church as they peered into a fiery gaze.
Suffering would now become their bed because of their evil ways.

Here comes Jesus with eyes like fire, whose feet are like gleaming brass
Upon the filth of Jezebel’s lies judgment will soon be passed.
The Word instructs, the Spirit calls out for Jezebel’s folks to repent,
But they continue in their immoral deeds, to the rule of sin they consent.

Sometimes people confess salvation, making a spiritual profession.
But there’s more than talk to walk the walk, to be in the Spirit’s possession.
All true believers become a new creature, the old ways they forsake.
They reject the old patterns of sin’s control, of righteousness they partake.

Pause for a moment, think about your life. How do you draw your next breath?
Is it not God whose mercy and love protects from an early death?
Why do you live the way you do? It is to sin that you say, “Amen.”
How sad you will be in that Final Day if your children are condemned.

So if you’ve been playing at Jezebel’s feet, it’s time to depart evil ways.
It’s about time you humble your heart, look into that fiery gaze.
It’s time for God to cleanse your life, to change your corrupted heart.
It’s time to lead your family to God, a new course in life to chart.

Revelation 2:18-25, 29
"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, 'These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:19 "I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

24 "Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.25 But hold fast what you have till I come…29 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ (NKJV)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Church at Pergamum

Revelation 2:12-17

Pergamum boasted Satan’s throne, a pretty bad place to call your home.
A hard, cold city for Christian results; the place was fueled by the power of cults.
The church in town had troubles too; deceived by bad doctrine and things untrue.
That’s why Jesus shared this talk. He desired to help them walk the walk.

The philosophy of Baalam controlled this place, a message the church began to embrace
Baalam is about prestige and wealth, a lifestyle destructive to spiritual health.
In addition there was a Nicolaitan teacher who classified people lower than the preacher.
This foul doctrine makes God irate, for it subordinates folks to a lesser estate.

All God’s people are a kingdom of priests; His Word is given that all should feast.
The priesthood is not a chosen few who deliver the word to the people in the pew.
When you classify others by spiritual station, you have just become the next Nicolaitan.
Since all God’s people are important to the whole, finding our place should be our goal.

Because of this Christ told them to repent, to figure out how their lives should be spent.
His clear Word was a double-edged sword. It sliced through lies; it could not be ignored.
Antipas He praised, the lies He exposed; the door to deception he firmly closed.
By receiving God’s manna their strength was renewed, the battle won; the enemy subdued.

What was left for the believers to hone? It was to be acquitted, to receive the white stone.
They understood if the stone was white, it meant they were judged worthy of the fight.
They also knew if the stone was black, they were found faithless, convicted by the facts.
So let us heed this message from our Lord: let us walk in truth and receive our reward.

Revelation 2:12-17
12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live — where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city — where Satan lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. 15 Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” (NIV)

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Church in Smyrna

Revelation 2:8-11

Here is a word from the First and Last,
Who knows the future and conquered the past.
If you are from Smyrna unite in prayer,
For Satan is planning an offensive there.

The devil is coming in rage and ire
To snuff out your hope and spiritual fire.
In spite of your poverty, suffering, and need,
He sees how you’re rich in love and good deeds.

There are some from the synagogue of Satan
Who claim to be true but Christ they’ve forsaken.
These false believers whose faith has failed
Will unite with the devil to put you in jail.

All will be tested, many in prison
Forcing each home to make a decision.
Some will be tested even to death,
Yet remain faithful until their last breath.

So face the future with a smile on your face.
Place your trust in His love and grace.
Don’t let Satan’s threats get you down
For God has a blessing, a beautiful crown.

Revelation 2:8-11
8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty-yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. (NIV)

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