“Today Is….A Great Day For Dinner And A Movie”

Sorry to disappoint you, but there is no dinner, and there is no movie. But there is a brief visit to another ‘Scenic Turnout” as I work on a new series of articles.

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The ‘dinner’ is a poem I wrote while in prison. OK, the ‘poem’ is really the lyrics to a song, but since I have no way to convey the melody that bangs around in my head, you will simply have to ‘dine’ on the words. I will not say the words were given to me by God, but they most certainly were inspired by the relationship with Him that was growing stronger every day when I originally wrote the words below. That relationship continues to grow on a daily basis, of course. Perhaps a tune will come to mind while you read the words to:

 “Battle Lines”

When I walked out the door, the devil was standing there waiting;

With his dead, icy eyes He stared at me, anticipating;

I returned his cold stare and I asked what he wanted to do;

He said “I think you know I have come all this way just for you.”

I looked straight at him and I said, “I must ask you to leave.

You are powerless here, for it’s in Jesus Christ I believe.”

He threw back his head and he laughed, then he looked back at me;

“When I’m finished with you, your faith will be gone, you will see.”

(Chorus)

The lines have been drawn

 It’s to Jesus I’m sworn

To the Lord I’ll forever be true.

I will fight to the death

To my very last breath

I will never surrender to you.

 

With the battle lines drawn I’ve taken my stance, I’ll not waver;

With the armor of God the odds are all stacked in my favor.

The ice in his eyes was replaced with the fires of hell;

I have been there before I remember the pain very well.

We draw back our swords and we circle to start our slow dance;

My faith is so strong that the evil one hasn’t a chance.

(Chorus)

 

The lines have been drawn

 It’s to Jesus I’m sworn

To the Lord I’ll forever be true.

I will fight to the death

To my very last breath

I will never surrender to you.

 

Now the devil is gone and I stand in the Light of the Lord;

With the battle lines drawn I have won with God’s power in my sword.

If you doubt the Lord’s strength, just fall to your knees now and pray;

Draw the lines for yourself, God will make you the victor today.

(Chorus)

The lines have been drawn

 It’s to Jesus I’m sworn

To the Lord I’ll forever be true.

I will fight to the death

To my very last breath

I will never surrender to you.

I will fight to the death

To my very last breath

I will never surrender to you.

©2012 Tony Casson

The ‘movie’ is a stop in “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”. Reprinted here is another of my personal favorites. This one is on service to others:

December 12

TODAY IS…

an excellent day to stop looking.

“Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing…”

James 2:15 NLT

How many of us have stood in front of an open refrigerator, staring at its contents long enough to draw the attention of parents or spouse and then closed the door and walked away? Certainly, if we haven’t done it ourselves, we know someone who has.

How many of us look at life in the same manner? We stare at it, seeing all of the pain, hunger, homelessness, hopelessness, and need and then “close the door” and go back to our televisions, video games, or computer screens. How often do we do something mindless, or nothing at all, because we are bored? Like standing in front of the refrigerator staring at 25 cubic feet of food and saying, “There is nothing to eat,” we look at a world with 7 billion souls and say, “There is nothing to do.”

God can help us see what we are looking at. God can help us become people who will turn to other people and say, “There is so much to do, won’t you please help?”

An attitude of service to others is very much in keeping with the teachings of Christ. Jesus’ brother James, who at one time found it difficult to even believe that Jesus was the Messiah, ultimately came to not only believe in Christ, but he also came to understand that along with that belief came a changing of the heart that would not only help us see those who are hungry, homeless, and in need, but would also make us very aware that seeing is not enough.

“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?” (James 2:14 NLT).

Would we even want to be saved by a faith that allowed us to remain unseeing to the plight of those around us?

If we are truly people of faith, we will be so busy happily serving other people and looking for ways to help people to help themselves, that boredom will be a word long forgotten. Apathy will be something we fight instead of a term that can be used in a description of us.

All we have to do is call out to our Lord Jesus and ask Him to show us how to help. All we have to do is be willing to serve others with joy and in the name of Jesus Christ and we will never again stand in front of the refrigerator and say, “There is nothing to eat.” Not only will we see the food, we will see those with whom we should share it.

 

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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3 Responses to “Today Is….A Great Day For Dinner And A Movie”

  1. Cary says:

    I liked this devotional entry. Fits a theme I’m talking about at one of the book tour churches this week — living for/in the kingdom vs. the American dream.

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  2. Diane W says:

    I always pray that I see others through His eyes and show His love. Love “Battle Lines” 🙂

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