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By Grace
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By Michael P. Johnson
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� � � �By Grace we start

The Lord will save a sinful soul

Will raise up those who fall

By grace He�ll save make truly whole

Who�ll answer Jesus� call

But yet God�s grace is just the start

Life�s genesis through Flame

Spiritual journey of the heart

The war on sin and shame

The route�s unknown without life�s Guide

Obscure, without God�s Seal

Yet Heaven�s eyes search far and wide

To find each heart that�s real

We know in life what�s real and true

We know what�s right and wrong

We know the deeds we ought to do

We know the devil�s song

Life�s journey is a testing ground

God�s smelting pot on earth

His sifting from the filth He�s found

That hinders second birth

So many fall along The Way

Alone to self they�re true

God�s holy rules they�ll disobey

But Satan�s they pursue

Each deed of gold accounts to nought

Each silver word much less

When that from God we haven�t bought

When sin we don�t confess

Through life�s desert, we all must tread

Like Moses long before

Where only few will find ahead

The Way through Heaven�s Door.....

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Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Last Updated: Saturday, July 28, 2018

About the Poet
I never wrote a word of poetry in my life. Till the day Jesus took my hand and touched my soul.....I invite your response. However most poems are not about me! Very few are. But the feed-back good, bad or indifferent is always desired. Not meant to offend, but I write about many things in many a guise. Of life, death, lost, found, saved, backsliders, new comers, repenting souls, doubting hearts, heathens, Christians, fire, water, Satan's daughter, wallowing in sin, saved, made sound walking in Light, graceful righteous. Suffering, ecstatic, bored, excited, sad, delighted, Sick, well, lame, able, living, dying, etc. etc. etc. Writing about anything, everything and everyone as the spirit leads. All meant to reveal, waken, revive, encourage, shame, help. Gladden, pick up, exalt, portrait, liberate. Again over 99% of my work is not about me. Although at times I write as though I were or am. Speaking e.g. in the first person. This is quite common even in the bible itself. Prophets speak of themselves, then God speaks, again the prophet, then God......Quite often it's difficult to distinguish whom it is that at any given time is speaking or narrating.

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