Archive for the ‘Discipline’ Category

I had a friend tell many years ago that I could do anything I wanted to as long as I was willing to live with the consequences, good or bad. There are good consequences as well as bad. They are all relative to the decisions and choices I make. For me a problem I have is I don’t think about the consequences all the time. Nor do I always think about what I’m going to say and do. Then there’s the fact that my actions and consequences affect not only me but they affect those around me as well.

Where I’m going with this is that while I was sick in the hospital I took the time to reflect over my life and have came to a conclusion that all my life’s choices didn’t cause all my medical problems. Especially knowing that they started out genetically as hereditary. But the fact that I chose to drink and consume drugs most of my life didn’t help matters any, and I will own that. See most of my life I drank and lived as if there were no tomorrow without a care in the world, not thinking there would come a time when I will need a good immune system and what major organs I have will need to function correctly. This infection that hospitalized me 6 weeks ago has been an ongoing infection and all the strong long term antibiotics is what eventually shut down my kidneys. But in a real time sense the choice to live the life style that I chose for most of my life and not taking good care of my self hadn’t helped my health any either. I know how does this all tie in to a life as a follower of Christ. That’s a good question.

In the Bible there were/are consequences for not obeying Gods commands and there are consequences for sin. God doesn’t and hasn’t changed and there are still consequences for sin and disobedience. Consequences may vary and they may not be immediate, but that doesn’t mean I have escaped any them. The one thing as a believer that I escape is eternal death caused by sin and this can not be earned by any way. Eternal life is only a gift of God. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ, and Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus or Lord.

I know there might be a disconnect in relating all of this together, but some might be able to. God loves all mankind and doesn’t want anyone to perish, but the consequence for sin is death. However the consequence for disobedience is discipline and sometimes the discipline is God pruning me or molding me to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. As for some of my long term consequences, I consider them like a thorn.  They keep me focused on seeking the Lord.

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

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It is Christ who gives us a new start
Gods Spirit comes and lives in our heart

Like a garment is sewn together with thread
It is Christ who gives us our daily bread

It’s sin Gods Spirit convicts
It is pain the devil inflicts 

We change from the inside out
It’s Christ we learn not to doubt

Gods Word renews our mind
So no longer we can claim to be blind

It is Christ who teaches us to walk
So no longer Gods commands we can balk

It is Christ’s love we show each day
So people  can see the way

It is the hope from within that we tell
It is Gods grace that saves us from hell

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

I get frustrated, I get tied up in knots
It’s Gods grace that helps me out a lot
When in trouble I feel like I can’t breath
I act on faith in Christ and just believe

I just believe, I just believe
I just believe, I just believe
It’s in Christ I just believe

When I struggle I get turned all around
I believe in Christ He is my solid ground
When I’m blind and I just can not see
I know it’s You Christ that carries me

You carry me, You carry me
You carry me, You carry me
It’s you Christ who carries me

When I’m down, it’s you that picks me up
I know it’s You Christ that fills my cup
When I’m alone and I’m so scared
It’s you Christ who is always there

Your always there, Your always there
Your always there, Your always there
I know it’s you Christ who is always there
You never leave me scared

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Are you alone or set apart
Do you sit and stare with an empty heart
Have you been betrayed by an old friend
That tells you lies and that you have to blend
Do you blend with the world and God
Do these lies tell you that you’re flawed
Does this old friend steal your joy
And treat you like a broken toy
So here’s how to be set apart
Just ask Jesus to come into your heart
Then start reading the Word of God
One day you’ll find that you’re awed
Then start obeying Gods commands
He alone will teach you how to firmly stand
It is Jesus we learn to imitate
It’s your heart He renovates
Don’t forget to confess your sin
Convicted by Gods Spirit who lives within
No longer think you’re flawed
Because now you’re a child of God

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

The Lord, He suffered for all
With that He sent out a great call
When He knocks what is my response
To seek His will, that is all I want

It is my desire to let Him come in
Change my heart so less I do sin
Now that Christ lives in my heart
It’s His death that gave me a new start

His Spirit is who convicts me of sin
With a repentant heart each day I begin
Confessing then His forgiveness I now ask
Breaks the bondage, step away from the mask

Step into service, for this is my prayer
Serving God for me helps remove the layers
I’m obligated to Christ because of the freedom He gives
I’m devoted to Christ because His grace allows me to live

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

 

JOHN 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

You know we all suffer, my suffering are just different than yours. And I believe a true test can come when we can glorify our Heavenly Father during and in spite of the sufferings we have.

Most people that know me know that I suffer from a variety of medical problems that stemmed from when I had cancer twice 12 years ago. And if I averaged all the surgeries I’ve had that would come out to almost 2 a year for at least 10 years. WOW, that’s a lot of surgeries right, if you add up that’s a lot of time in the hospital and until I submitted my life to Christ in 2009 I didn’t have any hope of joy. I always thought that that’s how my life was just going to be. Half  Empty

In 2009 Jesus changed all that and in stead of looking at the glass as half empty, I started seeing it half full. All because I started living the way I was being taught through Gods Word. I didn’t get it right off the start but I learned that it’s a process, a journey. From this point I started see that the time I had to go to Drs or being the hospital I started seeing as an opportunity to tell people about Jesus and encourage people. I still do this to this very day. This is how I keep the joy of the Lord when I’m sick. It’s not always easy either, but I try to keep in mind the hope I have and others desperately need this same hope, which makes it all worth it. God is really good to me and is allowing me to live a full life for Him

If you have some struggle or burden take it to Jesus and find a believer in Christ that can encourage you, lift you up in pray and let you know that you don’t have to struggle all alone. God Bless You All

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013

 

This poem is a collaboration with my wife.

No Other Way

For Christ I’m a prisoner in chains
Through His Blood I have hope that remains
In my heart my desires have changed
Through His love my life got exchanged
His Word is what guides my way
His conviction helps me to not stray
Seeking humility keeps me on the right track
That’s because the devil is always on the attack
Sin is what separates me from God
Because of sin my nature is flawed
Forgiveness of sin comes through grace
Sanctification is a process in this race
My God I love with my whole heart
That’s because Christ on the cross gave me a new start
My God will not lead me astray
With Him there is no other way

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012 and 2013