STILL HERE ‘N’ STILL SMILING (POEM AND BIBLE VERSES)
They said the walk with Christ will go swimmingly
That the altar call is all you need to rest easy
They said that if you give your money willingly
That Christ will make you rich, you’ll be so cosey
But the Bible stood to tell me a different story
That I should daily carry my cross in faithfulness
And though I give my all, it should give Him glory
My motivation, not wealth, but to show my gratefulness
And so I mused if I should ditch the Man of Calvary
I was hooked on the slick and smooth appeal fable
But as in the straight and narrow way I did tarry
I was convinced the truth is as told by my old Bible
I’ve seen the path of the believer is rarely trouble-free
The world and the devil tempt him relentlessly
His goal is heaven, not the earth’s gold ‘n’ glitzy glee
His hope is not a life on earth that goes breezingly
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In view of this, in the Lord I’m profoundly rooted
In spite of the billows, I am staunchly standing
For temptations and trials I am befittingly suited
And no matter the knocks, I am continually smiling
My brothers and sisters on the believer’s journey
Disillusionment follows ungoverned yearning
Our expectations are subject to the Lord’s mercy
Extol His name ’cause we’re still here ‘n’ still smiling!
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2018
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
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“… we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” – Acts 14:22
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2
“That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:7
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“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” – Philippians 3:20 (ESV).
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-12 (emphasis, mine)
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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations” – 1 Peter 1:3-6. (emphasis, mine)
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
Has your experience in your Christian walk been like mine or different? Do share something about it, if you may.
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