-Motivational Blog Posts To Encourage You To Stay On The Mainstream Path Of Faith-
Born in sin, already lost.
I could never pay the cost.
Jesus Christ came down from Heaven,
Fulfilled the promise of election.
He lived a perfect life for me,
And then He died to set me free.
My Lord’s mission was to die
To make the dead come alive.
Three days later He rose again
Proving power over death and sin.
Because He died in my place,
Now I live a life of grace.
No longer sin has grip on me;
Jesus Christ has set me free.
No longer nothing of myself;
Now I have eternal wealth.
What was broken has been restored
By the one and only Lord.
The Holy Spirit now lives within
To give me power over my sin.
In chains no longer to my sin;
Now enslaved to God my King.
God the Father calls me His son,
Because Christ paid the sufficient fund.
I am a child and a slave,
Because of the life that He gave.
I have decided to follow Jesus,
Because I know He first loved us.
Because He died for my soul,
I will give my life in full.
He has chosen me for glory.
He is making me more holy.
I know my life is not by chance,
So I will live by His commands.
His word is truth; this I see.
By this I’ll live eternally.
Life that is given from above
Causes me to live in His love.
For my Master I shall give
All my life that I shall live.
You know, I've been thinking to myself recently about the sin I struggle with in my life. I'm not talking about the every day sins we commit that are different in each day. I'm talking about that one sin in particular that haunts me.
You probably have that same sin. That one sin that seems to be stalking you everywhere you go, creeping around the corners, looking for a chance to defeat you again. It drains you physically, conquers you mentally, and rips you apart emotionally. It's almost like that sin has got you on a leash. It's in control; and when it pulls, you follow.
That's why I wrote this poem. God has all the answers, and some of the answers to my sin are very clear to me. It's just a matter of actually listening. It's a matter of asking God for a repentant heart. For me, writing is a really good way for me to let things out and listen to my own advice. Hopefully it's helpful to you also.
I say I'm a Christian that's in love with my Savior,
But I act like a slave to my bad behavior.
The Devil is knocking at every door.
I know it's him, but I fall for his lure.
I'm like a fish that he is trying to bait.
With sin on the hook, Satan waits.
The Devil is patient as he hunts his prey.
All he has to do is put sin in my way.
I see sin on the hook. I know it's not right,
But I still go over and give it a bite.
At first it's good; it satisfies me.
The tempting sin feels meant to be.
I savor each and every moment in sin,
But then I realize I should have never fell in.
The hook is in me and now I'm caught.
It would not come out no matter how much I fought.
Failure sinks in; I plummet in defeat.
But for some reason, Sin and I still meet.
I hang my head in shame and sorrow,
because I know Sin will be in my tomorrow.
It became a habit for me to meet with Sin;
I start to say, "I will never win."
One day, I realize, I've been doing it all wrong.
Instead of myself, I look to God alone.
"God! Please Help me! I should have came to you before.
I tried to fight it, but no longer can endure.
"I'm weak, depressed, and have become defeated;
My sinful habit is being repeated.
"I felt alone like you weren't there to save me;
I realize now you were waiting for my plea.
"I'm sorry Lord; I have sinned in your sight.
Please, give me strength to overcome this fight."
The Lord looks down; He hears my cry.
I hear his sweet voice: "Oh, child... why?
"Why have you done what I said not to do?
Hell was created for sinners like you."
I hang my head in sorrow again.
He's the last person I wanted to offend.
Then, in mercy and kindness God says to me,
"Good thing my Son has set you free.
"I know you're a sinner; I know what you've done.
That's why I sent Jesus: my one and only Son.
"Don't look at your sin and become depressed.
Run to Jesus and find your rest!
"Jesus sacrificed His life for you.
He made the just payment that was due.
"Now your sins are forgiven and gone.
In your heart he has put a song.
"Joy and gladness floods your ways
Because now you are covered by saving grace.
"So don't be depressed; don't be ashamed.
Boast in the cross and what you have gained.
"You have been chosen for my good purpose.
Don't let sin make you feel worthless.
"You are going to stumble and fall,
but that's why Christ has paid for it all."
My wounds are healed by my Father's words.
My faith in Christ is reassured.
I look back at sin as I leave the bait.
Sin has such an unsatisfying fate.
It always feels right at the time,
But moments later it leaves me empty inside.
Maybe this time I will stay closer to Jesus.
Why do I leave Him when He never leaves us?
"This time I've learned. I won't fall in!"
I said this on the way to again meet with Sin.
Will I ever change my life so fickle?
Only God can change His child's sinful cycle.
In this world I will never be sin free,
but all the more glorious Heaven will be.
Maybe you're thinking that ending was a little twisted, but sometimes life isn't a happy ending. I mean face it, you have sins you have probably been struggling with for many years like me, and then one day you hear a very emotionally moving message that makes you think you need to clean your life up. You start by turning your back on that sin for awhile, but then you fall again. Why? Because we are such FICKLE humans that need a God to do everything for us!
That's the beauty in the Gospel. We have to do anything for God's love; He just chooses to love you and changed your life. So remember: God has a purpose planned for you. He didn't save you to be worthless; He has intimate meaning to your life. Live up to that! Be changed and show the world what it means to be a Christian. You will fall, but have joy in knowing that God has already forgiven you.
Falling is a part of life; the difference is a Christian is suppose to get up. Don't let sin push you down; stand tall! Live a positive life showing the satisfaction only found in Christ. That will make all the difference to the world. Yes, you will fail, but only a fool will live in failure. Get up, move on, and stand on truth.
John 17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Proverbs 1:2-7 (NKJV)
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion--
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Please, even if you didn't know Dave Crispell, take the time to read this in honor of him.
May 10, 2018, Dave Crispell went home to be with the Lord. For those of you who don't know, Dave Crispell was a special pastor to many. His preaching was probably something that started a true growth in my life at a young age. His life truly reflected Christ, and even as a twelve year old, I noticed it. When I was in fifth grade, I rededicated my life to the Lord, and Pastor Crispell baptized me soon after. From that point on, I always looked up to Dave.
Dave didn't stay at the church very long before God called him to serve elsewhere. Pastor Crispell's ministry was worldwide. What a true role model for missionaries! Just a few of the places I know that he served in are various churches in Pennsylvania, Alaska, the Bahamas, and Haiti (I know there is many more that I don't remember at the top of my head).
He use to message me on Facebook every so often to tell me he was reading my blog. For me, that was a huge encouragement that he was taking the time to read it.
I felt God pushing me to write while I was at Pastor Crispell's memorial service yesterday, so I took out a pen, peeled open a tithe envelope from the pew in front of me, and started writing on the white empty inside of the envelope. Here is a poem that God has blessed me with. It has been written in honor of Dave, but I'm sure it can be a true encouragement during any loss of a loved one. I hope you enjoy it.
Please share this with anyone you know that knew Dave Crispell.
"The Death Of A Believer"
-In honor of the life and death of Dave Crispell
In times of worry or devastation,
Remember Christ, your restoration.
Even when death seems to have won,
Remember Christ has overcome.
The end of life on this earth
Is the beginning of life with eternal worth.
In the grave one's body lays,
But the soul has risen. God be praised!
On earth you mourn and you may cry,
But in Heaven where God and angels abide
There is no crying. There is no tears.
There is only rejoicing, and joy filled cheers.
For God has brought another child home,
And it was all for His glory alone.
Though your loved one passed away,
Praise God that Jesus made a way.
You will miss the one you lost,
But praise God for His Son paying the cost.
The price of Christ on the cross
Saved the life of your loved one lost.
So take the time to thank God today
For the life of your loved one that He gave.
A life that's lived for Christ is blessed
With eternal life, nothing less.
The life of your loved one has now passed;
But your life on earth still lasts.
So let the life of one be a reminder to you:
Live up to the purpose God has for you too!
It's a day late, but here's a poem I wrote on Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoy it and have a happy holiday.
What Christmas Means To Me
I come to you with news today.
Good tidings of great joy I will relay.
The Christmas story, have you ever heard?
The true story recorded in God's word.
It's about the boy born in a Manger.
To this world he was a stranger.
At this time there was silence on earth
Until this new born baby's birth.
This is not the story of an ordinary baby.
This is God's son, sent to save me.
Born of a virgin, how could this be?
Because the son of God had to be sin free.
If He was born from the seed of man
Sin would have ruined God's perfect plan.
Instead God chose the virgin Mary
And sent an angel to tell her whom she'll carry.
Mary said the angel's words were flawed,
But he reminded her that nothing is impossible with God.
Joseph planned a divorce when he found out,
But an angel in a dream removed his doubt.
Sure enough, Mary bore a son.
Prophecies were fulfilled; the Messiah had come.
The angel declared that they call Him Jesus
And that He was the one sent to save us.
Remember I said, "He was sent to save me"?
That's because God planned for Jesus to be
The spokesman, a servant, the only way,
The door, the deliverer, and the sacrifice paid.
You see, Jesus lived as a perfect man.
He's the only one that could fulfill God's plan.
The price of sin was high to pay,
But my Savior, Jesus, paved the way.
He faced His fate; He lived perfectly.
He was sinless all the way to Calvary.
He was dying, hanging, on a tree,
But I know He did it all for me.
Dead and cold my Savior laid.
In the grave he laid for three days.
He has risen! Can it be?
Oh grave, where is thy victory?
He took my sin to the grave,
And now my soul he has saved.
This is why Jesus was sent:
He came and died for the punishment
That sin had put upon our soul
So we can then again be whole.
Do you now see why I celebrate Christmas?
It's not for money, toys, or other presents.
I'm reminded of His birth,
A gift with priceless worth.
Because of Jesus being gifted,
Now my burden has been lifted.
This story is what makes Christmas true.
I pray that God gives this gift to you.
By Michael Jaymes
So I haven't written in awhile, and that is because I have been working on a book!!! Yes, I am going to self publish my first very own book! I am not exactly sure when it will be done (I'm hoping very soon), but I have also been working on this poem. So I wrote a poem, but I didn't want to post it without backing it up with scripture. So here it is! I hope you enjoy it. God bless!
I wrote for Christians, trying to give a better understanding of their salvation. I hear many testimonies where people talk a lot about what they did and how they accepted Christ. It always makes me think, "Is it really all about what YOU did? How did you make that decision on your own? What caused you to make that decision?" I use to think that I had salvation because one day I asked Jesus to save me and repented of my sin. I am not saying that there is no repentance to salvation; that is definitely part of it! But what happened first? Did I just magically decide one day that Jesus was the answer to all my problems and choose Him, or has God had a purpose and plan for my life, choosing me beforehand allowing me to choose Him also?
I am not trying to offend anyone in this poem, but I definitely come across blunt. If you have your opinions or disagree that's totally okay. I am backing up what I say with scripture and doing my best to explain what I have been learning in my personal study of Soteriology recently. I just want people to realize after salvation how intimate it really is. God chose you first, had a plan, made you who you are for His glory, and has a plan in how He'll use you.
You didn't do anything, saying anything, or be anything different than anyone else; God just decided out of His sovereignty that you were going to be one of His. You rejected Him through life until one day He decided to open your eyes, draw you in, and cause you to choose Him by repenting and believing. And that's not the end; now you are on a journey with God where He is transforming you and sanctifying you more and more into the likeness of His son. Isn't it beautiful!?
I guess I will stop rambling on; here is my poem and there is scripture next to every line to hopefully back everything up. I would encourage you to read all the scripture and really meditate on what the words mean. It was really powerful doing a small study on sin and salvation. Please enjoy.
Salvation By God
I write in spite of what the world may say
Or think of me because I believe this way.
Some say and may believe that this is true:
"salvation is a gift for me and for you."
I won't and don't doubt one's salvation,
But is it possible a lie swept across the nation? II Thessalonians 2
I'll try to find an easy way to explain
That the delusion of salvation through a prayer is insane. Ephesians 2:8-10, John 6:44, Psalm 65:4
Many agree with what parents or church taught, Psalm 118:8, Jeremiah 17:5-12, Isaiah 29:13
That they get a say in going to hell or not. Matthew 10:28, Romans 9:14-23
Don't base your case on what others may say. Psalm 118:8, Jeremiah 17:5-12
Base your religion on what the Bible relays. Psalm 33:4, Psalm 18:30
Feel free to see what I believe God teaches,
But again, don't believe because it's what a man preaches. Psalm 118:8
This is what His word has said to me;
So Please, enjoy this poem on how man is set free:
My soul is wholly saved by grace God gave me; Ephesians 2:8
It's not by a work, a prayer, or a plea. Ephesians 2:9
My eyes were opened; I see black and white. Acts 26:18
Their way is gray, with no wrong or right. Ecclesiastes 5:1
For they without ray of light inside Proverbs 4:19
Are in sin's darkness where they abide. II Corinthians 4:4
Is in their sin where they will stay? I Corinthians 2:14, Matthew 22:14
That's not for me to choose or say. II Thessalonians 2:13, Romans 8:29-30, I Peter 2:9
"Is it a bit unfair?" you may debate. I Samuel 2:1-7
"Shouldn't all get a chance to enter heaven's gate?" Romans 9:20-24
Does he or she have a right in that choice? Romans 8:7, Romans 3;12
God doesn't listen to a sinner's voice. John 9:31, Psalm 34:15
For they one day may receive salvation. II Corinthians 2:2,
But not out of their own declaration. Matthew 7:21-23, Titus 1:16
God's gift that lifts one out of darkness Ephesians 2:8, 2 Corinthians 4:6
Is solely on Him; works are regardless. Ephesians 2:9, Titus 3:3-7
Can't you see that all are enslaved to sin? Acts 7:51, Romans 3:12 John 8:34
Every work is bound by evil within. Titus 3:3, John 3:20, Romans 8:8
To vent and repent to God won't save! Romans 3:11, Isaiah 29:13
Anything man does only leads to the grave! Romans 7:5, Proverbs 14:12
Realize the wise of this world are not right. Romans 1:22
Man's ways are hopeless in this fight. John 15:4-5, Philippians 2:13, Galatians 6:3
To win against sin is impossible for man; Matthew 19:25-26, Hebrews 10:1-10, Hebrews 11:6
To be freed from sin's chains is something God can.Romans 6:22, John 8:36, Romans 8:2, Isaiah 43:10-13
A good deed won't lead one to receive; Romans 10:1-4, Titus 3:5, Romans 3:27-28
Only by God given faith one can believe. Romans 12:3, 10:17, Hebrews 12:2, Galatians 3:23-24
Any voice or choice said by one Romans 10:9-10
Is because God’s saving work has begun. John 15:16
God draws one near and opens their eyes. John 6:44, Luke 4:18, John 9:39, II Corinthians 3:16
He takes a fool and makes him wise. Ephesians 1:17, James 1:5
It's then that men will choose to repent. Romans 2:4
Because God gave the knowledge of what sin really meant. Proverbs 2:6, Ephesians 1:17
When freed they believed through faith in Christ Galatians 2:16
Because He is the one who paid the price. I Peter 2:24
When in their sin, faith couldn't be found 2 Corinthians 2:14, 4:4-6, Ephesians 4:17-19
Because by sin's nature they were bound. Proverbs 5:22
Please see that we are not freed from what we say. Romans 9:20, Acts 4:12
It is God alone who can takes sin's chains away. Galatians 5:1, 2 Corinthians 3:17
It's He who will be the one who will choose His elect. Romans 9:11, 11:5, Ephesians 1:4
He is the Creator, sovereign and perfect. Psalm 18:30, I Timothy 6:15, Romans 9:1, Acts 4:24
This poem is very personal to me. I wrote this poem thinking of my own life and the people around me. This poem is written to the "Christians" that don't live it. How many times have you seen a friend worship at youth group and turn around and listen to Eminem in their car? Or how many times does someone lead prayer and then curse when they leave their Christian circle? What about me, when I tell my friends at Bible study to stay pure in thought, action, and mind, and I don't even stand true to this statement? How foolish as Christians Can we be!
I understand, just because I am a Christian it does not mean I will never mess up. I get that; but when someone proclaims the name of Christ only sometimes... that hurts me. There's a difference between being a Christian who messes up and being a faker. We need to stop saying we are a Christian if were still enslaved to sin. One is not a Christian until God opens their eyes and repents of this way. Only then will they be broken free from sin's chains.
If we truly have been made alive in Christ, we need to stop living like were still dead in sins! We need to stop going our own way as if it doesn't matter. If I am a Christian, I need to stand up for what I believe, live for Christ, and cast out those old habits. If you are a Christian you need to do the same! It's not just a one and done choice; this is a daily choice we as Christians must make. Don't let different sins be your god in your life. Don't let temptation take hold of your life. Let God be the only leader of your life.
Live for Him
Making a promise that you won’t sin
Is like telling someone they will always win.
So don’t tell God, “I’ll always do right.”
Instead, ask God, “Can you prepare me to fight?”
Don’t make a promise that you can’t keep,
And then bring sin to His feet.
The Father knows your every deed;
He knows if you will succeed.
Do not act as if this is untrue,
Or that these sins you did not do.
Come to grips and understand
That you will break His every command.
Ask for His guidance throughout life
Because going your own way leads to strife.
Yes, trials and temptations of sin will still be,
But remember His grace can set you free.
In your own strength you will lose this war.
Sin is more that you can ever endure.
You cannot overcome the flesh alone;
Instead, humble yourself before the throne.
Cry out to God and He will help you.
In your own power there’s nothing you can do.
You can’t do it on your own;
That’s why He sent His Son to atone.
Stop living life as a game!
Repent to Him your sin and shame.
Be real with God; He will forgive.
For His glory you shall live.
So choose to live for Him today.
Stop living in that sinful way.
And when you choose to reflect His Son,
That’s when you’ll hear the words, “Well done.”
Today, April 17, is considered Haiku poetry day. Faithfulbloggers.com had e-mailed an idea to their followers of writing Christian haiku poetry that would be placed into a PDF book. I wanted to share the poetry that I wrote myself, and the book if you would like to read the other's work. I wrote ten haiku, which are listed below. If you would like to see the full book, click here.
I hope I am a blessing to my readers. I am working on my new post and it will be posted hopefully tomorrow. God bless you! -Michael Jaymes
Fix your eyes upon
Your God and Your Creator;
Marvel at His work.
Your ways are true Lord.
Put a longing in my heart
I will seek your will.
How awesome is my Savior
He has gave me life
"From Darkness to Light"
I was in darkness,
But then He came and found me
I am now in light
How wretched I was
My works were as filthy rags
Yet you still loved me
"He Is Worthy"
Worthy is His name
Pure and perfect sacrifice
Paid the debt for me
Your grace continues
Like a stream that softly flows
It never runs low
“Thank you, God”
For blessings that you give me
For grace that was free
“Purpose to Glorify”
You give me purpose
This is my reason to live
Glorify the king
“Abundant in Love and Mercy”
In this I find joy
Your mercy is plentiful
Your love never ends
I'm closer than a phone call.
I'm not far away,
When you need to talk
Call my name and pray.
I'm closer than a phone call.
Let your request be known.
I'll hear you every time;
I'm not busy on the phone.
I'm closer than a phone call,
And I have so much to say.
Call my name at anytime,
I will answer night and day.
I'm closer than a phone call
So don't push me away.
Don't only call me
When things are getting gray.
I'm closer than a phone call
But I am not a magic genie.
Don't only call when you're in trouble
Or when life is looking dreary.
I'm closer than a phone call
And always will be near,
But you only call when you need me
Or when you are in fear.
I'm more than just a phone call
You treat me with no respect.
Treat me like a friend.
Don't give me your neglect.
You leave me forgotten
Until trouble comes its way.
Then you cry, "God, help me!"
I come with no delay.
But I want more of you,
Not just parts of shame.
You only come full of sin,
Struggles, worries, and pain.
You can make requests,
But you can tell me so much more:
Your family, day, blessings.
That's what friends are for.
Make me more than just a phone call.
Pray for help when in need.
If you ask for help with struggles
I can take the lead.
Make me more than just a phone call.
Read my word and you will learn.
Ask when you're confused
And I will help discern.
Make me more than just a phone call
And tell me about your week.
Was it good? Was it bad?
Don't be afraid to speak.
I'm more than just a phone call.
I will comfort all your fears.
You can cry in my arms;
I will hold you and your tears.
I'm more than just a phone call.
I know you have time for me
So please, stop pushing away.
I always have time for thee.
I'm more than just a phone call.
I've always cared for you.
I am a loving Father.
I will keep this promise true.
I'm more than just a phone call.
And I always will forgive.
You can learn from my ways.
I'll teach you how to live.
I'm closer than a phone call.
So don't forget who I am.
I am the All-knowing Shepherd,
and you are my ignorant Lamb.
Though you may make mistakes,
And will try over and over again,
Remember, I'm right beside you
Because I'm your Father and your Friend.
Michael Jaymes Vitelli
Does anyone else hate rejection or being denied? Whether it's being rejected by friends, your crush, your boss, no one likes the feeling of being unwanted or unaccepted. Somewhere I know I can always go and not be rejected is to God. God be in the presence of sin, but since His son has taken my place, He doesn't see sin anymore. He sees His son's sacrifice. Isn't that such a beautiful picture? How God puts His son in my place? It's truly amazing. If you haven't experienced that true love, look for it. God won't turn you away.
Here is a poem I wrote last year of searching out God. He is a Father and a friend; He wants you to accept Him. You have to take that step. A relationship is built by the participation of both parts. You can't jut expect God to talk to you or come find you and accept you. You have to come to Him too. You don't deserve such a holy God's love and you're going to reject the offer? Seek God out. If you don't know where to start, you can always read the Bible, pray and ask Him to make Himself known, you can ask someone who may know, you can even Google search about God. Look for Him, find Him, and accept Him.
Knock at His Door
In my life
There are choices to make
It’s like two doorways
Which one do I take?
There’s one on the left
I knock on the door
“Is anybody home?”
I’m not so sure…
Is this the right choice?
How will I know?
I need some answers
Who is going to show?
Maybe this is the wrong door
I’ll choose the one on the right.
I look through the keyhole
There’s a little bit of light.
I give the door a soft knock
“Is there anyone here?”
I hear someone on the other side
“Yes, my child. Do not fear.
You have knocked, and I will open
I am here to let you in.
The questions and struggles you may have
I will help you comprehend.
I am your Father and your friend
And I will tell you what is true
So come my child, I’ll let you in.
This invitation is for you.
Follow the ways that I teach you
I will not lead you astray.
Do not carry your burdens alone
Tell me your worries when you pray
I am here to comfort you
And lead you day by day.
I promise my ways are good
I will not lead you to dismay.”
So I follow Him through the doorway
He leads me by His hand
He shows me every step of the way
He has the perfect plan.
“Thank you, Lord. I love you.
I’ll trust you and obey,
and next time life is not easy
I’ll go to you and pray.”
By Michael Jaymes
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am 20 years old, and decided to start writing in the winter of 2017. I have always loved writing, and I get to pour out that passion in my blog. I want to be a motivation, an encouragement, and edify my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that come to MainstreamBlog. I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." This is where I live that out!