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He's Changing Me

       How does God change a person? Matthew 5:48 says, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,” (KJV). We see what we used to be; we see who we still are, and it seems hopeless sometimes. After becoming saved, the goal is to grow into the image of Christ, but that can seem so unreachable. Well first, we should
remember that the Christian walk is not a destination but a journey that we take with God’s help. Philippians, chapter two explains that it is God who is working in us, and helping us become more like Him. Second, the Greek word for “perfect” in the Matthew passage (below) is the word “telos”. According to, “telos” does not imply a state of being, but rather a
direction toward the end for which a thing is made. It has the sense of a target, minus the actual arrival.” The question is, are you on the right road? Are you traveling in the right direction? Are you
“. . . press[ing] toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus?”
(See Philippians 3:14).
       “So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is,
cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and
trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ],” (Philippians 2:12; AMP).

Philippians 2:13; (AMP).
       “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your
purpose] for His good pleasure.”

Matthew 5:48; (AMP).
       “You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

He’s Changing Me

I was a beggar; a poor lost soul.
Then He fed me and gave me His ring.
He’s changing me into His image.
I’m becoming a child of the King.

How precious are His thoughts toward me,
and His love has been the key.
I am transforming into His child;
I’m changing . . . all because He loves me.

I’m growing and I’m moving, though,
I know that it has taken awhile.
Yet He has been so patient and kind,
strengthening me, His very own child.

As I travel through this troubled world,
a beggar I will no more be.
With God’s help, and through His angels sent,
praise His name, He’s changing me!
rdouglasVeer 01/28/03

My Valentine

       Did you know that God invented love? When human life began on this planet, the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him,” (Genesis 2:18; NLT). So God made Eve to be Adam’s wife. We find several other love stories in the Bible. Jacob loved Rachel and worked for her father a total of 14 years to pay for her hand in marriage. Ruth lost her husband but because of her loyalty to her mother-in-law, Boaz fell in love with her and married her. Mary and Joseph were courting when the Holy Spirit told her she was with child. Joseph could have left her because of any perceived shame, but he trusted God and married Mary after Jesus was born. The greatest love story of all is the one between Jesus (the Lamb) and His bride (the living church of believers). His ultimate plan is for us as believers to be united with our Lord for eternity. And when that wedding day comes there will be much rejoicing: “Let us rejoice and be happy and give God glory! Give God glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come. And the Lamb’s bride has made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7; ERV). Here on earth, love within the bonds of marriage most closely relates to our union with Christ. And while the Song of Solomon is a book about the love between a husband and a wife, it also reflects Christ’s love for His bride. Oh, what a day that will be.

Song of Solomon 1:15, 16; (ICB).
       The Man Speaks, “15 My darling, you are beautiful! Oh, you are beautiful! Your eyes are like doves!”
       The Woman Answers the Man, “16 You are so handsome, my lover. You are so pleasant!”

My Valentine

We are so different, you and I.
You're a girl and I’m a guy.

I'm from the Southern U.S.A.
You're from the far-up northern way.

You sing just like a meadow lark.
I'm like a bear rubbing a piece of bark.

I love hot, fast cars and love to drive.
Sometimes you worry how you’ll stay alive.

But what's so wonderful is this:
our love did bloom the first time we kissed.

I am your husband; you are my wife.
Loving you fills up my life.

This is our first year valentine.
And I thank God; forever, you are mine.
rdouuglasveer 2/13/98

Scars For Thy Soul

       Hopefully, there comes a day when we each realize how faulty we are. At first, this statement might seem offensive to some; especially to those “religious” types who feel they’ve lived good and godly lives. But the Bible says no good thing dwells in our flesh; that is, in our sinful nature, (see Romans 7:18). In fact, since the beginning of time the Bible reflects a historical record of how people from kings and judges to lowly servants have failed God in one way or another. “. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23; NIV). In this world, wickedness has risen to such deplorable levels, that God has wiped people out, (like during the great flood). Even today, He will remove His umbrella of protection from us when we decide our way is better than His. Yet, isn’t it wonderful to know that “. . . God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8; AMP). Jesus not only gave His life, but He took upon Himself all the punishment and the physical scars upon His body. So, let us first cry tears of true sorrow and repentance for the many wrongs we have done, requiring His sacrifice. And then, let us cry tears of joy for the forgiveness God offers us through His shed blood on the cross. If you or I were the only beings on the earth, He would have still kept His redemption plan. That’s because His love is limitless. Do you know Him today?

Romans 7:18a; (NKJV).
       “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells . . .”

Proverbs 3:5; (NKJV).
       “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”

Scars For Thy Soul

I thought to talk with God one day
of things I sought to know,
about the scars of sin’s results
and why they pained me so.

I said, "There is no place at all
in life that I can go
that people do not stare and see
the scars upon my soul.

“In deep despair I try to hide
those scars that vex me so,
and yet, no matter what I try,
they seem to plainly show."

The answer He so simply spoke
about what I should know, was
"Dear one, when you shall arrive
in heaven, thy scars will go.

“The law is that you pay a price
for how your garden grows. And you’ll
reap a whirlwind, if the wind
is all that you have sown.

“But, do consider now the truth,
that happened long ago.
My thorn pierced brow and shredded body
was nailed, that I could show

the mutilation caused by sin
that bowed my body low,
to take your place upon the cross
so that you’d need not go.

“Weep not, weep not, my dearly beloved;
you must consider though,
My scars are here for eternity;
your scars one day will go.

“So cry not precious Israel,
for this you need to know,
that what I bear upon my body, truly are
scars for thy soul."
rdouglasveer 1/06/02

More Like Him

       As Christians, our goal is to become more like Jesus. How can we do that? There are so many philosophers out there and there are as many opinions as there are human beings. When it comes to growing in Christ, however, there’s only one source we should turn to: the Bible. We know that heaven and earth will one day pass away, but His word will stand forever, (see Matthew 24:35). And we know that to build ourselves up in the faith, we need to “hear” the word of God, daily, (see Romans 10:17). Romans, chapter twelve tells us we must be “transformed by the renewing of our minds,” (verses 1-2). Here is that passage in The Message: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” As we focus on the person of God and upon His written word, we will become more like Him and will find ourselves serving Him more and more. Praise be to His name!

Romans 12:1-2; (NASB).
       “1 Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

2 Corinthians 3:18; (NIV).
       “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

More Like Him

Oh, to be . . . more like Him.
Oh, to serve Him more and more.
Oh, to sing aloud His praises . . .
. . . o'er and o'er and o'er.

Through the power of His presence
and the beauty of His face,
God directed me to journey
to many an unknown place.

Down through time and through the throngs,
into many a distance land,
He's empowered me to travel
by His lovely, nail-scarred hands.

Oh, to be . . . more like Him.
Oh, to serve Him more and more.
Oh, to sing aloud His praises . . .
. . . o'er and o'er and o'er.

Not just to the saintly ones;
not just to the truly saved,
but also to the nearest ones
advancing to their graves.

Christ, the Son of God has sent me
to carry His word for you,
over rugged hills and valleys;
it's what I’m sent to do.

‘Til one day the hill I'll travel
to the distant, open gate
and reveal those hands of scars, outstretched,
where my Savior waits.

Oh, to be . . . more like Him.
Oh, to serve Him more and more.
Oh, to sing aloud His praises . . .
. . . o'er and o'er and o'er.
rdouglasveer 7/28/2001

A Butterfly

       Can people really change? The Bible says it’s not only possible but it’s expected of those who are born-again. In fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” (KJV). If all things become new, we are talking about a complete metamorphosis that isn’t reserved just for butterflies. The word “butterfly” is not found in the Bible but the word “transformation” Is. Strongs Concordance describes it this way: to transform (literally or figuratively, “metamorphose”); change, transfigure, transform. So when the Bible says we are to be transformed, it is really saying God wants to take our flawed and faulty souls and change us into creatures of beauty, wholly fit to be the bride of Christ when His work in us is finished. Looking at those pretty, multi-colored wings, I find great hope. And in my darkest hour, I know God’s promises will come true, worries will end, change will come to pass and better, brighter days lay ahead. Yes, He will complete the good work He has started in me. What a great thought to start the new year!

Romans 12:2a; (NKJV).
       “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . .”

2 Corinthians 3:18; (TLB).
       “But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.”

Philippians 1:6; (ERV).
       “I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again.”

A Butterfly

I just looked at a butterfly
with wings so fragile and fair.
It’s hard to believe that a heart once beat
for the worm that was once living there!

The dainty wings, so translucent are
by far much more than I
could ever hope to see man make
beneath this glorious sky.

Not only earthbound in our strength
but in our mind as well.
For we can n‘er unlock the secrets
that God alone could tell.

A worm, a worm, that hardly moves.
Unpleasant is he, at best.
Yet there on the daintiest gossamer wings,
it sails from east to west.

A thousand miles and back again.
Ah, such is life for I,
when God’s own holy hand touches me,
taking me to His home on high.

Then with His heavenly angel band,
we’ll come to fight the war;
the “War of the Ages”: God against sin,
and earthbound I’ll be no more.

Then heaven-ward again I’ll go,
just like the butterfly,
changed forever, never again
to be a worm, will I . . .
rdouglasVeer 3/29/1999

A Christmas Poem

       Have you ever wondered what “swaddling clothes” means? According to Wikipedia, “Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping infants in blankets or similar cloths so that movement of the limbs is tightly restricted.” It was thought this practice would calm a baby and help him to sleep. Did you know they used to wrap new born sheep (from royal flocks) in swaddling clothes? It was done for an entirely different reason. By drawing linens tightly around a lamb, any wounds or skin blemishes would seep outward and become evident by the stains left on the cloth. In this way, “perfect” lambs would be identified and used as sacrificial offerings. Imperfect lambs would not do. Did you know the Bible calls Jesus the “Lamb of God”. That’s because Jesus was the final, perfect sacrifice for the sins of all of mankind. The fact that He was wrapped in swaddling clothes was symbolic of the fact that He was and is perfect. From before the cradle to beyond the grave, the Lord, Jesus Christ is God who came to us in the flesh, the perfect Lamb, Who laid down His life for the salvation of every living being. No wonder we worship Him and sing, “Glory to God in the highest!”

Luke 2:12-14; NKJV
  12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Revelation 12:10b-11a; NKJV
   “. . . for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony . . .”

A Christmas Poem

We remember the manger
from whence He came,
because since that day
the world has been changed.

But do we tie it to
the nails and the cross,
without which the world
would know nothing but loss?

The birth and the blood
are so mingled in pain,
but without them our lives
could not be the same.

So Christ bore the cross
from the cradle to the grave,
providing the only way
for us to be saved.
rdouglasVeer 12-20-08

The Christmas Decision
       In recent days, Christians have been quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” So what does it mean to “turn from our wicked ways?” Romans, chapter 13 goes into some detail about how we should live: abandon darkness, carousing, drunkenness, filthy obscenities, lust, fighting, and envy. Verse 14 then says we should, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”. Clothing ourselves with Christ is a daily choice we must make.
       Another Scripture that comes to mind is found in Joshua 24:15, “. . . as for me and my household we will serve the Lord.” While accepting Jesus is the first step, serving Him takes a lifetime. If we are grounded in God, He will empower us to live for Him. But staying grounded is something we must choose to do every day as we “continue to work out [our] salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ],” (Philippians 2:12; AMP).
       Yes, salvation is free to all who will receive it, yet there is a price to pay. That price is full self-surrender. Once we have made that decision, we will be filled with the glorious, loving presence, peace, and power of God who will help us walk victoriously in Him, every day of our lives.

Romans 13:11-13; (NKJV).
       “. . . it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

The Christmas Decision

Where have all the snowflakes gone?
Where is the Star brightly shining?
Isn’t there anything left of Christmas
except the selling and buying?

What happened to the Christmas joy bells
ringing from a horse-drawn sleigh,
and the laughing, playing children
that were seen along the way?

Now, it’s the cash register ringing
that makes an alarming sound
instead of a child’s bright laughter
echoing all around.

So much is missing from Christmas:
Mary, the manger, the Christ,
have all been replaced with hurry,
and worry about paying the price.

Well, maybe we need to be worrying
about a trip that’s ahead.
The trip that will take us to somewhere
once we are buried and dead.

We are standing at the station . . .
The train is about to leave . . .
It’s time to make a decision . . .
It’s already Christmas Eve . . .
© rdouglasVeer 12/7/2005

“Dear God, thank You for being willing
to enter our world as a child,
so that You could grow up one day
to lovingly die on the cross
to save the souls of people like me.
I confess to You that I have sinned
often in my life.
I ask You now to forgive me,
fill my heart with Your presence,
and help me live for You
from this day forward.
In Jesus name I pray . . . amen.”

Share The Joy
       There are many reasons we thank and praise God. For one thing, God is for us. Romans 8:31b says, “If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?” (AMP). As human beings, we sometimes lose site of the fact that God is on our side, especially these days. There is so much turmoil in the world. Many of us have been touched by suffering or loss. But if we will choose to praise God in the valleys of life, we will find His peace in each situation. The Bible contains many passages that lead us to see the glass as half full; to find the silver lining in every cloud; and to “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4; NKJV). God is our resting place. We will not lack any good thing if we will trust Him as our Shepherd. He told us there would be trouble in this world, but he said to take heart because he has overcome it, (see John 16:33). If we remain in Jesus, we can be joyous overcomers. Let’s remember to share this good news with family and friends this thanksgiving. For we truly have good reasons to “share the joy!”

1 Thessalonians 5:18; (NLT).
         “18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 28:7; (AMP).
       “The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield; My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.”

Share The Joy

Thanksgiving is here. Yay! Let’s shout and sing
for the sliced ham and gravy and everything;
for the sweet potatoes and the dressing too,
and all the other things that we always do.

But let’s not forget to be thankful indeed
for all those who fought and planted the seed,
that we might have a country like ours.
Let’s thank God in heaven for His bountiful showers.

And many have given that we could survive
to have cranberry sauce and sweet pumpkin pies.
Oh, and let’s don’t forget the turkey, poor thing,
who gave us his all that we’d have reason to sing.

But seriously folks, how thankful are you?
When we sit down to eat, there’s more we must do.
Let’s remember to share, the joy that we have
as far and as wide as we possibly can.
©rdouglasveer 10/25/2020

Use Me, Lord
       Have you ever wondered if you’re actually useful to God? Maybe you don’t feel gifted enough. Maybe you’ve failed too many times. Or maybe your past sins are overshadowing your walk. There are many reasons people feel inadequate yet we have to reach that place where we accept God’s word as true. His word says He loves us. And that is why He includes us in His plans. “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art] . . .” (Ephesians 2:10a; AMP). Pause and think of that. God’s word also promises we will be forgiven when we ask. “But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time . . .” (I John 1:9a; TPT). Knowing we are accepted and loved and forgiven will make a huge impact in our lives. But it must be a deep knowing beyond just mental assent. We need a continually unfolding, deep revelation of these truths so that we can become more God-confident rather than self-confident. For His ways are far higher and better than our ways. “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? (Romans 8:31-32; NLT). What shall we say? We should say, “Thank You Lord for Your great love toward me. I worship You and give You my heart and my life. Use me in what ever way You see fit. I am listening Lord and pledge to follow You, honor You, and obey You for the rest of my days. Amen.”

Ephesians 2:10; (AMP).
       “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”

Jeremiah 31:3b; (AMP).
       “. . . I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.”

Use Me, Lord

What would you have me to do, Lord?
What would you have me to be?
Isn't there someplace in your fields;
someplace to use even me?
I am a man of unclean lips,
and I dwell in a world of the same.
I do what I'm not supposed to do.
Lord, I feel so ashamed.
I don't believe You could use me, Lord,
because I've been so bad.
But Lord, if You'll just touch me once,
I'll give You all that I have.

I'm not at all handsome and my speech is poor;
poor as it can be,
but I'm sick of feeling empty, dear Lord.
Can you find a place for me?
I'm filled with self, and I'm incomplete,
and that is why I cry.
Please make me clean and use me, Lord.
Use me before I die.

The Apostle Paul was a little man,
just barely five feet tall.
He brought destruction where ever he went.
He had done it all.
Though Peter denied that he ever knew You,
as his Lord and friend,
three times he said he loved You, Lord,
and You used him in the end.

Peter heard the rooster crow,
And Paul had to see the bright light.
I sit here in the darkness, Lord.
Will You quietly take me tonight?
Take me not to be mighty or great.
Famous isn’t what I should be.
I just want to do what you tell me, Lord;
whatever You ask of me

Yes, Lord, I’ll yield to your full control,
to do with me as you please.
I just want the joy of serving You,
and a heart, at last in peace.
Lord, cleanse from me my unclean lips
that bring upon You, shame.
Not only my lips, but my head and my heart;
Lord, clean them all the same.

Come live within me, Holy Spirit;
fill me with Your love, divine.
I want my life to be fully used,
hereafter Yours, not mine.
No matter how small the task may be,
I'll do as You tell me to do.
I just need to be your servant, Lord,
doing some service for you.
Use me where you want to use me, Lord,
wherever you want me to be.
I know there is a place in your fields;
a place to use even me.
© rdouglasVeer 3/1/1999

Do You Love Me?
      How does God measure our love for Him? Ultimately, He knows our heart, even better than we know it ourselves. The Apostle Peter is a good example. “Peter declared, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you,’” (Matthew 26:35; NIV). But later when asked if he knew Jesus, Peter swore for the third time, “I do not know the man [Jesus],” (Matthew 26:72; ESV). So did Peter really love Jesus? After Jesus’ resurrection, the Lord sat with some of His disciples at breakfast after they had been fishing. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Jesus used three different forms for “love”: 1) “eros” or superficial love, 2) “philos” or brotherly love 3) “agape” or deep, unconditional love. By this time, Peter’s love for Jesus should have greatly increased considering all that had happened. But his answers did not reflect this. With each answer Peter used the word “philos”. Again, we ask if Peter really loved Jesus. According to the Bible, Peter’s love for God did mature. He went from being a disciple or follower to being an Apostle or teacher sent forth to share the Gospel. And it is believed that he died a martyr’s death and was crucified, upside-down on a cross as he didn’t feel worthy to die right-side-up. Finally we ask, how does Jesus measure your love for Him. Will you need to prove it through great works of sacrifice? Simply said, you and I grow our love for God through our walk of faith and through our obedience. We must believe God at His word and then share His message; He wants us to feed and care for His sheep.

Hebrews 11:6; (NLT).
         6 “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

II John 5b, 6; (TPT).
         5b “. . . we [must] constantly love one another. 6 This love means living in obedience to whatever God commands us. For to walk in love toward one another is the unifying commandment we’ve heard from the beginning.

Do You Love Me?

David saw the sheep in danger that were given to his care,
so he slew the lion one day and the next day killed a bear.
Then one day, with a stone he killed a giant nine feet tall,
but the greatest of his victories was to love God most of all.

Joseph came out from the pit where his brothers threw him in,
and he ran from one man’s wife . . . when she tried to make him sin.
He fed the multitudes when there was famine in the land,
but it was his love for God that brought these blessings to his hand.

Daniel was to be their supper thrown in by the hands of men,
but he lay down with the lions and he slept right in their den.
God said, "I am Jehovah; I am Shammah, present here!”
And Shammah protected Daniel ‘cause he loved God without fear.

Peter wacked a soldiers ear off . . . he was so swift and brave,
but our Savior, Christ, replaced it because Peter misbehaved.
He said, "Peter put thy sword up. This is not the way to be."
Then much later asked this question, "Peter . . . lovest thou Me?”

Are you tough? Can you kill lions?
From temptation can you flee?
Jesus asks you just one question,
"Dear one . . . lovest thou Me?”
Would you go and feed the hungry?
Or stand fearless before men?
Can you answer, "Yes," when Jesus
comes to ask this once again?
It’s not if you’re tough or brave.
It’s not where you’ll lay to sleep.
It is, "Dear one, do you love Me?
Will you go and feed My sheep?”
  © rdouglasVeer 6/6/2005

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