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Dying to Live
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By Michael P. Johnson
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Dying to Live

 

We live in hope by saving grace

With Jesus to abide

To see one day The Father’s face

Beyond the great divide

 

But is it God we have in view?

Is Christ our chosen way?

Is righteousness in all we do?

In everything we say?

 

When claiming Truth has set us free

God’s Spirit dwells within

Can friends and neighbours truly see?

We’ve no more lust to sin

 

To God this world’s of grave concern

Her children’s souls are dear

Christ suffered death for us to turn

By faith to live down here

 

Here true growth can swift begin

Where self begins to die

When turning backs to wanton sin

Jesus to magnify

 

For just like seedlings in the earth  

One’s flesh must death pursue

Until in spirit reach new birth

And rise to life anew

 

Although we travel death’s dark vale

We venture not in vain

The power of God will never fail

To raise in Truth again

 

Regard no treasure sacrificed

Suffer this world of strife

Steadfast beholding Jesus Christ

Man’s only Way to life…..


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Submitted: Friday, May 13, 2016

Last Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016

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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