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I Can't But God Can
by Carol Penhorwood 
01/06/11
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It's true that I am damaged,
It's true that I have failed,
It's also true that by myself
Sin cannot be curtailed.

Resolutions cannot change me
And my willpower always fails,
Only God can change forever
And what's in the heart prevails.

I can change outward behavior
But it's what's inside that's real,
And my actions are determined
By the things I can't conceal.

Inside out is how You'll change me,
Come, create a brand new heart,
For I long to be the person
You intended from the start.

For so long I have attempted
What alone I cannot do,
Come and change me, Holy Spirit,
Now I give the job to You.


"It seems to be a fact of life that when I want do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love to do God's will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God's willing servant but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin....
Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free." Romans 7:21-23,25 The Living Bible)

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Sunny Loomis  08 Jan 2011
I always enjoy your poems. They're from your heart. Thank you.
Joanney Uthe 07 Jan 2011
Great poem for the New Year




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