He Is My Father

This month start’s our monthly Men’s Fellowship Night’s. Come join us this Thursday for our kick-off event Thursday, October 8th at 6:15 PM with dinner followed by a great message from Pastor Sam Sutter. Call for information: 800-453-7942

My Freedom Fighter this week is a poem written by one of my counselees at the Colony of Mercy. Dan has given me permission to share it with you. He is a life that is being transformed:

Jehovah is my Father

HE IS MY FATHER                        

I sit in wonder, deep in thought, in awe of God the Father

And why I’M one of these elect, and why He’d even bother,

Reflecting back upon my life, and patterns of my sin

The things I’ve done, the things I’ve said, the places that I’ve been,

If God is love, and God’s above, then who am I down here?

A selfish man who’s dealt a hand that no-one can revere,

My stinkin pride would coincide with how that I’d survive

But I’d comply, cause I’m obliged, but not transformed inside,

And here I was a Christian, stuck in bondage, feeling lost

Until I REALLY understood what happened on the cross,

For years I struggled with the truth of who I am in Christ

And Satan’s lies that I believed had overcome my life,

I couldn’t see just how deceived I was, so legalistic

Performance based, a life of works, so subtle, so sadistic,

I’d try to earn this thing called love that He already gave

But in my mind, I’d fall behind, if I did not behave,

And there were times where I’d abide, but then I’d grow complacent

I’d base my walk on empty thoughts, on feelings and sensations,

I’d ask God why I couldn’t grasp this intimate relation

Then He revealed that I’d lost sight of Christ’s propitiation,

My flesh still rises, in fresh disguises, and some so boldly open

But I track back unto the fact of how I must be broken,

So now, I kneel before You God, surrender You my heart

I trust You’ll sanctify my life and keep me set apart,

I thank You for Your patient love, and saving me from death

And for the hot refining fire burning off my flesh,

I thank You for the pain that comes from trials and different tests

And thank You for conviction that will lead me to confess,

I thank You that You shined Your light, when I was in the dungeon

I thank You that You gave me life, and gave me life abundant,

I thank You that it’s not who’s best, or who deserves it most

I thank You that it’s not of works, lest any man should boast,

So remember when I said before, “Why would He even bother

I’ll tell you why, cause I’m His son, and God, He is my FATHER!!!!

(Poem inspired by the Holy Spirit, written by Daniel M. Petters, dedicated to my Father God)  Chaplain Juan Mendez graduated from the Colony of Mercy and serves there as a full-time Chaplain. You can email him at jmendez@americaskeswick.org

Daily Bible Reading: Ezekiel 40-41; John 18:19-40

Think About This: Can you have any greater assurance that you are praying the will of God than when you are praying the Word of God? —Don Whitney

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:7

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