Published December 1, 2015
By Sister Deborah Negron – Child of God
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: 30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
No, I’m not better than another…
No, I’m not good in myself…
No, I can’t do right by any in my own way at all.
Yes, I have failed…
Yes, I have sinned…
Yes, even this day, I have made a new stain.
I stumble and fall…
I fail at best.
But the mercy of God has rescued me,
From my selfishness…
You see not one is holy.
Not one can declare…
They have all fallen short
Yes and their sin is the same.
No, I did not murder, nor did I accuse…
No, I did not steal a thing or two.
But I took my life and chose my own way.
I rejected once, the God
that had made for me, a way.
I thought I could do better.
I thought I knew enough.
So, I journeyed with arrogance and stepped out as a fool.
Along the road I found, I was afraid,
No true purpose, no direction.
Determined to rebell.
Then I fell to my shame and discovered
I needed the Lord.
Too far from his presence…
Too far from my home…
I had lost the desire to strive all alone.
Then I heard a voice calling…
Come to me, I am here.
I have watched evwrybstruggle,
I have seen every tear.
I have been closer than you imagine.
I have never left your side.
I have patiently waited for your cry.
I have given you time to discover…
Time to realize…
Time to let you come to the end.
He said, Now I can begin.
To restore you, remake you. ..
Be the potter at last.
You are my clay that had fallen.
I will make you again
You are my treasure thought lost…
I have found you and cleansed…
You are ready to shine and to be seen of men.
You are precious and your ashes
I have changed.
Now in beauty and newness and life
And not death.
I am your God, your maker,
Your sustainer you see.
And your purpose is clear when you are with me.
Oh shine brightly and say…
You are mine and set free. You had fallen but now you stand with me.