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My Dear Church Brethern...I beg you to try and understand; 'Idols' come in many shapes and forms, but they are all self-made...or...manufactured. I only 'fear' (respect) and serve 'One' God...'He' is the 'Only' God that I bow to. You see...I have read and heard of many instances where 'trust' was misplaced and entirely thrust aside to satisfy 'self'. For instance, just recently...; 'two young men shared a dorm room. One of which, probably both...bowed(gave their trust to one another)yet, one rose during the night and litterally, cannibalistically 'ate' the other. And there are a host of other instances(today and as long ago as biblical times) in government, business or personal relationships (some more grotesque, some less) where the idea of entirely trusting another turns out to be a 'game played' for momentary satisfaction(sometimes gross deceit)... and nothing more. I trust the 'One' who has never failed me and has power not only over the flesh but over the spirit also. He will guide me and He will one day Judge me. I am reminded of the old hymn which says, "...the arms of flesh will fail you...you dare not trust your own..." So, I do not trust your 'arms' and, for that matter, I do not even trust my own. I trust Jesus because I 'fear' Him(respect His 'authority' in my life)and I am His and He is mine. For, I know if I follow Jesus...though I may stumble, '...He who has begun a good and perfect work in me...is able to complete it...' and guide me safely to my Eternal Home. There are some things of which I am sure I will never desert in this world; my God, my children, my promises and my country. I seek not to 'mold' anyone else into making the choice that I have made...even my offsprings. They make their own alligences and I do not judge them. I respect their decisions and their God-given 'right', as free human beings, to 'choose' their own paths.
Thus, it is my hope and my prayer that I have explained myself well and that you realize the reason for my 'silence' when we meet weekly. Freedom of Speech(in any form)...it is truly a Blessing...is it not?
So, my dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, let me say this...
I am well aware of how 'all'
of you...truly feel towards me
...for I 'dare' to go against the 'norm'
However, I am not the first...and 'He'
that went before...warned those that
followed Him...of these days
Thus...within it all
I see you through
The Glorious Power of Almighty God
and...I Love You all with much...Agape Love
I Don't Fear...or Trust...You
John 15:19, 1Jhn 3:13, Ps 8:3-4
Joyce M Bell/poet and author
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|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|There is much meaning in what you have written and gives one pause to really think about the realities of faith......M|
|Reviewed by Barbara Henry
|This is a bold, powerful and beautifully written poem,Joyce, that gives its reader some of the same courage found in it.
Just saying the title: I don't Fear You, gives the speaker courage, faith.
Keep them coming; I look forward to reading your wonderful and encouraging work.
|Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
|"Fear of man brings a snare" "Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Love is the all in all. Beautiful work Joyce.|
|Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
|I appreciate this read, our Pastor was giving metion to explaining
idols a few weeks ago, and too this show I watch about our
ancestral history is also very facinating.
We have come a very long way from those
darken times and the fear too
Through Godly Eyes of A Mighty King
Love & Blessings
|Reviewed by Z McClure
|written in the true spirit of Jesus Christ! Yes,ONLY God is worthy of our total, unreserved trust! No creature is...
`Zach, a fellow human & poet
|Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
|Profoundly inspiring! Very powerful writing, dear lady.
Peace & Love,
|Reviewed by Laura Fall
|Truly a meaningful write written so amazingly as always Laura
|Reviewed by Jon Willey
|we fear no one as long as He is with us Joyce - the depth of this message encompasses the entire realm of mortal man's life and life after death - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael|
|Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather
|what a powerful expression.|
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|Your words are powerful in that they lift me up :)
Blessings and Love,
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|It is good and right to state what one feels needs to be expressed. Thank you, Joyce. Love and blessings to you,
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|These are profoundly courageous and inspiring statements.
You have such a deep inner peace which resonates.
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|Powerful, Joyce. Very well done.|
|Reviewed by Budd Nelson
another fine devotional.