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Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)
TITLE: The Highway of Holiness
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a twisted and treacherous way,
where lions and beasts, lurk and follow
molesting and mauling, their prey,
and there on that highway of heartache
where dark, loathsome, terrors abound,
my heart, grew akin to the barren
disconsolate, grief-stricken, ground.
I came to the crossroads of crisis
and pondered the route I had trod,
the Highway to Holiness, lay ahead
it's destination, was God.
The way was unclear, but the road seemed clean
exempt from all evil and strife,
and thorns gave way, to a verdant green
for therein, flowed the river of life.
Enfeebled and weak, I rested awhile
unsure, how the dust of the dead,
and grime from the journey, would reconcile
with this virtuous road ahead.
I cried out to God, to show me the way
He showed me my darkened heart,
and the shameful, contentious, iniquity
of the secretive, innermost parts.
By this entrance of consecration
an elderly, High Priest stood,
He told of the need, for oblation
and the work of atoning blood.
By grace and truth, He did impart
a righteousness all of His own,
and gave me a tender and penitent heart
in exchange, for my offering of stone
Now I travel this unfamiliar road
at times I draw back, on my own,
then I hear the voice, of the man of God
and it urges, "let us go on,"
so I draw aside and seek to pray
to my heavenly Father above,
and ask Him to lead and illume the way
on this pathway, of perfect love
The beauty of holiness, marks this land
the sojourners are, but a few,
a praying people, a holy band
who the world and it's evil, eschew.
This narrow road, is safe and secure
and marked by a sweet perfume,
an exquisite fragrance, lovely and pure
from the roses and lilies, that bloom.
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul.
Proverbs 16:17 KJV
Let your eyes look directly forward, and let your eyelids look straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
Proverbs 4:25-26 KJV
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19 KJV
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you
an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to
walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Ezekiel 36: 26-27 KJV
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
Isaiah 35:1 KJV
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
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