​What If I ToldYou

What if I told you
That God was not going to give you all that you want Him to

That those you pray for may see death too
What if I told you

God expected something from you

To see the light that He has shown you to shine through

And not to represent it by tattoo
What if I told you

That God’s love is not earned by your preaching

Or that you are not saved by teaching

Or that love is not what Hollywood has you believing

And that there won’t be Game of Thrones or HBO when this life you will be leaving
What if I told you

God wants you to sell all you have now

To build a character worthy of the offered crown

Would that make you walk away with a frown
What if I told you

Not everyone is going to make it to heaven

That you need to get the oil now before hour eleven

That there is a first and second resurrection
What if I told you

That God won’t teach you lessons in prosperity

When your final exam is in poverty

That He won’t teach you self-pride and indulgence

When He needs you humble and in Him dependent
What if I told you

God made a way to save us from sin

Unlike the popular belief that He saves us in

That He saves us while we were in

But He has no intention

Of keeping us that way, once we submit to Him
What if I told you

You may not have to die for your faith

Instead, for you, it is live you have to face

A life sentence as a Christian
What if I told you

Would it make you turn away?

Would it put a hole in your hope and stay?

Would it poke a hole in your prosperity?

Would you still follow day by day?

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Eyes Of A Rose(3)

Roses are red, Violets are blue

With these unwashable stains, what do you do?

Dressed for church but would the stain let her in?

It was five years now, and they always let her waltz in.

Could the deacons see it or were they distracted by her big hair and bright high heelin’?

Was it her changing body or the colour she got her hair dyed in?

Whatever, the way she saw it, some had their own bloodstained mouths in need of washin’

But as she sat with Dad’s hand in hers, there was something that got her attention

She had heard it before but now it was more than just words to sing

Would you be free from the burden of sin

What blood was this that there was power in?

Violets are blue, Roses are….white?

Take blood to turn crimson white. That can’t be right

For the past five years she never bothered to look up in church

To be honest the sight made her eyes hurt

The Pastor would go up to preach

But did he practice what he did speak?

Because the blood that stained his mouth made it hard for her separate lie from truth.

So she either stared at her feet or looked up to the roof

And Daddy was always there so that at least made it hurt less

But now, something she saw made the difference.

The stains were gone from Pastor’s countenance.

When he spoke, there was new confidence

To be very honest, my week has been hell

And when y’all thought Pastor can never stumble, I fell

A weight had been on my shoulder for years

The shame, the anger, the fears

Yep, Pastor was strugglin’, just like you do

Only thing is I thought I was better than you

And I held on instead of handing my heart over to Him

I thought that being Pastor gave me permission to a little sin

Thank God I am not too good for the basics

For God so loved the world that He gave

His only Sons blood for us to save

His runaway, rebellious children, He gave the opportunity

The choice, even while we were His enemies

For anyone who would believe

And choose their sin to leave…..”

She had heard it before but the glorious sight to see

Was as Pastor spoke, his lips did not bleed

Not a drop, it was all true

His whole sermon through and through.

God’s love, God’s mercy, washing away, all true.

Roses are red, Violets are Blue

This is whats true, this is whats true

She did not know whether he made an altar call or if she had run

But she remembered standing in front of the pulpit when he was done

She could not remember if a song had been sung

But she remembered that the church was empty when he had come

Pastor had a smile on his face, a clean, bloodless smile

O Child, no! No!

This cleanness, I can’t give you, it does not work so!

It is much better. It’s grace. You can ask Him yourself.

Yes, yourself, the same way I got it from Him

I don’t need to know but He knows and wants to wash a way the sin

He wants His child to walk with Him, hand in hand, and clean.

Just your, heart child, will you give it to Him?”

As she knelt and spoke her apology

She did not feel a jolt or a surge of energy

But when she arose and looked in the pulpit’s polished glass

She saw herself with a clean face, just as it was in the past

Restoration could be seen in the mirror reflection staring back.

I wish this was the story’s end

And not with a deadly twist or bend

But that is where we began so let’s get to the end

And it all began when she let him in

With a red rose.

There is a Pattern

God says that He does not do anything without letting his servants, the prophets know about it beforehand (Amos 3:7).

Sometimes the people misunderstand God when He speaks, like when the Israelite nation did not know that Jesus was the Messiah. There was the time prophecy in Daniel Chapter 9 to tell them that they should expect Jesus at that time (even the devil got some counterfeits ready at round about that time Acts 5:36-37).

Sometimes the people just don’t want to hear, like when Jeremiah tried to tell the people to get ready to fall into the hands of the Babylonians (Jeremiah 27) (see also Jeremiah 25:4 & 35:15).
God, as far as I know, always tries to let the people know through His word, through His prophets. And then it is the privilege of the prophet to let the people know what God is saying.

Is this true? Does God let us know before He does things? And why does He do this?

Let us check through the Bible, shall we?
In the garden of Eden, it was okay to eat of any tree, any tree, except one. Because if they ate from that tree, they would die. This was told to them, not that they would fear the tree but that they would trust God enough to stay away from the tree. Needless to say, they did not listen.

Cain offered fruits for his sacrifice. God then told Him to do right and He would be accepted. He did not listen.

Noah… I will get back to Noah.

It was all good for Abram (later called Abraham) to be amongst his father’s people until God told Him to come out. Then He had to walk out in faith.

When God was delivering Israel from Egypt through Moses, you did not have to put blood on your door every night before you slept, did you? But there came a certain time when this became a must if you wanted death to passover your house.

Or even these days, you do not see the sacrifices of goats, and sheep, and doves being offered in church because Christ was the fulfillment of those sacrificial services. They sacrificed, in faith, looking forward to the sacrifice that God would provide. We do not sacrifice goats and sheep, in faith, looking to the sacrifice God provided, that is Jesus Christ.(Hebrews 10:1-4&12-22).

The point is at certain critical times God warns and then moves and if we do not move with Him we are in danger. We are approaching the end of Earth’s history in the visible return of Jesus Christ, we would do well to be attentive and go or stay where God tells us to. I believe this is one of those critical times. Yes, in our individual lives but right now I am going to dive into the bigger picture.

Noah.
In Noah’s time people were going about doing their own thing. Eating, drinking, getting married, mourning their loved ones, making plans for tomorrow…. Basically it was like every other time. Except for one thing. There was this crazy guy called Noah building this ark of wood. It was big and he was pouring quite a lot of his resources into this big wooden craft. It was not the building of this ark that made him crazy. It was the reason for building the ark that made him crazy.
Apparently God told him that there was going to be a flood. That the waters that had always nourished the earth would somehow fall from the sky, overflow the Earth to destroy everything, yes everything. Well, everything except what was on that ark.
Think about that! It had never rained before. The earth was watered by the mist and the water that God made come up out of the ground (Genesis 2:5,6). As in people can walk wherever they want to without worry of a drought. there was plenty for everyone, everywhere and now Noah was saying get into an ark. An ark that had no open fields, limited food supplies, no fun facilities, no freedom (as they saw it) and no reason besides Noah saying God said to get in it.

And what is this!? Animals. Animals getting on board the ark. Not that they were being forced in. They were getting on board of their own accord…. and yet with such order. Two by two, male and female of the animals God called unclean and sevens of the clean animals. Birds, cattle, creeping things…. If even the animals…. Maybe we should…

Nah! I mean who wants to get on board the ark now? All those animals in their? Imagine the mess!
(You know, even a miracle can be seen as a reason to stay away if you choose to not listen to God.) Then the door closed, with just eight people on board.

Now tell me. Was it okay to go all over the earth before the time of the flood? (Besides where God had blocked off Eden, of course)
Most certainly. But what about when Noah started to preach for people to be saved in the ark? Do you think it was then okay to wonder away from the ark or to get into it?
With all the animals? Maybe when it rains a little? In that little space? With that crazy guy!?
Because God said move, so move.

When Lot was in Sodom and Gomorrah, God said get out. So he had a choice to get out.
When Jesus was here, He said come to Me. So we have a choice to come.
Now Jesus says Babylon is fallen, come out of her, My people! He calls His people to get ready for His soon return. Many sheep that are of His flock are in other places but He calls them to be one flock under the Good Shepherd….. But where is the ark of this time, when the world is going to end?

I can only say what God says will save those who make it in the end.
These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation and wash their robes and make them white in the blood of the lamb. Here is the remnant of the seed which survived the wrath of the dragon, which keep the commandments of God and keep the testimony of Jesus Christ. Where you find these two, you will find the ark. And He calls to us now. He does not leave us without warning.
Will the excuses of Noah’s day be our excuses?