Saturday, February 23, 2008

Not Promised Tomorrow


I go along content,
So certain of tomorrow,
Making plans of what I will do…one day.


Oh there’s that call I’ll make,
To a long lost friend,
Make amends, mend fences and restore.


I promise…I’ll finally get to that letter,
Write of my love,
Tell you what you’ve meant to me.


It all seems so sure,
Each day dawns and the sun still sets right on time,
Every day seems to go on…just as I’d planned.


Then one day…news,
An accident, disease, a sudden death,
My plans unalterably changed.


Words of forgiveness will go unspoken,
The words “I love you”,
Will not be heard by the one I love.


I will not know this side of eternity,
Did you know I had forgiven…so long ago?
Did you feel the love deep in my heart…but never uttered from my lips?


Oh Lord forgive me,
For I have presumed…I did not know,
We are not promised tomorrow.


By Susan Bunts
February 23, 2008


It seems with the passing of each day…there is news someone’s grave illness or death. Sometimes drawn out over time…sometimes in the blink of an eye they are gone. I can only pray that during that time…they reach out make amends, say I love you, and leave nothing unspoken.

I know full well the peril in not taking the time to ask questions and work through issues. My mom has Alzheimer’s…and the answers to questions I might have asked are securely locked up in her mind and will remain a mystery this side of heaven.

More importantly is the choice that each of us must make. Will I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior…will I bend my knee this side of heaven? The Bible assures us that one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord…to the glory of God forever.

One of the concerns I have is the uncertainty of my mother’s salvation. She went to church…and lived a decent and good life. Not perfect…but good. She didn’t talk of spiritual matters too often. Bible reading and prayer were not something that were part of our daily life. Her church going was in her youth…and after my father died. When she remarried we went to church weekly. She was in church…but I can’t tell you for sure if she is in Christ. That is why I talk to her about Jesus…and how to be saved. But because she can’t clearly express herself anymore I don’t know if she was saved at moment in time. I don’t know if she has the ability to make that choice now.

If I am hard hearted, willful, refuse to obey God’s leading, unkind, uncaring and stingy in my grace…then I will live a life of regrets. If I think I’m getting into heaven because I go to church, say a prayer, or live a life that’s better than the average guy…then I will be shocked when I hear Jesus say, “Away from me, I never knew you.” I will be protesting all the way to hell.

God’s word tells us that “Today is the day of salvation”. Today…I can make that choice. To refuse to do so…is presuming upon tomorrow. God may not give me tomorrow. When I lay my head on the pillow tonight…I don’t know if I will draw my last breath. The question is…when I awake in eternity…will I be in heaven or hell?

Broken


Am I broken,
Over churches who compromise,
Fail to teach the Word of God?


Am I grieved,
When churches aim to please seekers,
Instead of feeding the flock?


Do I cry,
When my Savior,
Has been made a mockery to an unbelieving world?


Do I sorrow,
Over pastors who seek to entertain,
With feel good messages?


Do I question,
Pastors who desire to grow numbers,
Rather than grow character?


Do I turn off,
Not even listen,
To pastors who dare not utter the word “sinner”?


Am I appalled,
When a pastor changes a hymn,
From “wretch”, to “saved a soul like me”?


Do I tolerate,
The pastor who embraces a Muslim,
And proclaims we that worship the same God?


Do I confront heresy,
When those in the pulpit,
Deny the trinity, the virgin birth, even Jesus Christ our Lord?


Am I embarrassed,
By those who claim to be a “man of God”,
Yet are ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?


Or do I diligently seek,
Listen attentively,
For the Bible, the inerrant Word of God?


Is the Bible my measure,
To discern,
If one is truly in the faith?


Do I thank God,
Fall upon my knees,
For the uncompromised preaching of the Word of God?


Do I allow,
The full counsel of His Word,
To rebuke, correct, instruct me in righteousness?


Am I overcome,
With gratitude…do I loudly proclaim,
I am a sinner, saved by grace, not of works, least I boast?


By Susan Bunts
February 17, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dead in My Sins


Once upon a day I was dead in my sin,
Happy and content,
Most certain that all roads lead to God.


Raised in a home
Where the name of Christ,
A curse word uttered by father.


No Bible was found,
No prayers were uttered,
Sunday…time for leisure…no time for church.


Something inside me was stirred,
A longing, a desire,
For faith that others had.


Misguided,
Down wrong path,
Left to my own devises.


Witchcraft seemed so attractive,
So innocently portrayed,
By a sitcom that left me “Bewitched”.


Latchkey and alone,
The world of vampires,
Transported me to “Dark Shadows”.


Unbeknownst to me,
I was firmly on the path,
To hell and eternal separation from God.


Astrology,
So appealing,
Could I really find my way by looking to the stars?


Palm reading,
They promised,
The lines in my hand could reveal my future.


An Ouija board,
Contact with entities,
That could lead me to the other side.


Little did I know,
Of the world,
That would bid me to enter.


Disguised as angel of light,
Satan desired,
That I would share his same fate.


So seemingly innocuous,
A phrase from a movie,
“May the force be with you.”


Oh…but it was more than that.
New age philosophy,
Available at ever turn.


Edgar Casey,
The diaries of Seth,
I even found religion in a “new age church”.


There, no sin was acknowledge,
No Savior was needed,
The cross not necessary to pay the penalty for my sins.


After all, there was reincarnation,
I could advance on my own,
Until I could become one with an all loving god.


But God had a different plan.
From before the foundations of the world,
I was predestined for salvation.


While darkness threatened to overtake me,
Seal my fate for eternity,
God was going to take me from darkness to light.


Surrounded by Christians at every turn,
Forever talking about their Jesus,
Speaking truth from their Holy Bible.


How narrow minded they seemed,
They talked about One Way to salvation,
Through Jesus Christ, their Lord.


Our works could never be good enough,
Our righteousness was as filthy rags,
A sinner, born separated from God.


But Jesus Christ came,
Fully God and fully man,
He bore the penalty for my sin and was nailed to the cross.


He died,
Was buried for three days,
Then…He arose victorious, triumphant from the grave.


God is the One Who was offended,
Set the penalty…a heavy price for my sin,
Death.


He then provided the Way,
Jesus Christ…One with the Father,
Set His glory aside…and He willingly paid the price.


When Scripture was uttered,
The Holy Spirit bore witness,
Enable me, who was dead in my sin, to be alive in Christ.


I must agree with God, repent of my sin,
Believe in my heart, confess with my mouth,
That Jesus Christ is Lord.


At that moment,
I was snatched from hell to heaven,
Eternally secure, kept by my Father.


My salvation is secure,
My fate is certain,
I am saved, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ my Lord.


By Susan Bunts
February 12, 2008


As one who was dead in my sin…and tried to find my way to God, anyway except through Jesus Christ…I can testify that I was saved by grace, not of my own works, but by God’s grace. He asks that I believe Him and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

I was on the path to hell. I believed the lies of the enemy for so long. I was ready to follow any path where I could earn my way to heaven, based on my good works. Have God on my own terms…and have Him be my “big genie in the sky” and answer my every wish. I was blinded…self blinded…and deceived by the enemy…the hater of my soul. Make no mistake he is real and he knows his future is certain. He wants to take as many people to hell with him. He’ll give you whatever he can to keep you satisfied where you are at.

I was walking on the edge of hell. A precipice…and if I slipped I would have been there for eternity. A place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth and unimaginable and unending suffering. Do you ever feel alone here on earth? Well that won’t hold candle to the aloneness you will feel in hell…and there will be no end.

There is One Way to salvation…and that’s through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s One and Only Prescription and His acceptable sacrifice for our sins.

That why I get sick and want to vomit when I hear pastors soft sell the Gospel message…or worse say that all roads lead to God. Those pastors who want to entertain and capture the “seekers” rather than build up the body of Christ by teaching the uncompromising Word of God.

The lies of enemy are abounding in this world. Prominent, well respected people are deceived and spreading lies and denying Christ. Oprah Winfrey is promoting “A Course in Miracles” which denies Jesus Christ is God incarnate and the only way to salvation. If the Bible is true…then “A Course in Miracle” is nothing but a lie from the pit of hell. An effective instrument used by Satan to take more people to hell with him.

Which are you going to believe?.

Pastors…are you going to teach the Word of God and equip your people to know the truth of the Word of God so that they can recognize the lies of the enemy even when it’s cleverly and attractively packaged?

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” – 2 Timothy 4:1-3

Beth Moore says that her salvation is scandalous. My salvation…is miraculous.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Fighting Faith


The enemy seeks division,
Between me and my God,
He prods me to ask why,
Instead of trust and obey.


This trial will tell,
My faith, is it genuine and true?
Solid…unwavering…standing firm,
On the holy Word of God?


Will I permit circumstances to be my focus?
Give in…fall prey?
Believe him who was declared a liar from the beginning?
Or rise up…put on…the full armor of God?


The weapon supplied by my Father above,
When my mind is steeped in Scripture,
It’s then I might effectively wield,
The mighty Sword of the Spirit.


By Susan Bunts
February 11, 2008

Seeds of Doubt

Seeds of doubt,
So skillfully sown,
In the fertile ground.
Of a wound heart.


Forgiveness the healing balm,
To recondition the soil of my heart,
Then no weeds, thorns or thistles can grow,
From seeds of hurt, anger and bitterness.


By Susan Bunts
February 11, 2008

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Sanctified Tongue


Oh dear one,
Your testimony tells me,
You were saved,
Oh so many years ago.


But you cause me to wonder,
Has that salvation,
Worked it way,
To your tongue?


Gossip and slander,
So easily uttered,
About a fellow believer,
One considered a brother or sister in Christ.


Then tell me, please do,
What difference is there,
Between us and the unbeliever?
Dear Lord, what must they think?


Most certainly,
We are not perfect,
And will never be,
This side of eternity,


Yet, are we not washed,
In the same blood of the Lamb?
Did the nails not pierce His hands,
For your sin and mine?


We have been saved,
To the uttermost,
Through and through,
Dear Lord, now please sanctify our lips.


May our salvation,
Work its way,
From our heart to our tongue,
And now bring for praise for Christ Jesus our Lord.


by Susan Bunts
February 3, 2008