Posts Tagged ‘HolySpirit’

It was is in the wee hours of a star lit night

Wise men were guided by a star so bright

They were following what the prophets foretold

Bringing with them myrrh, frankincense, and gold

They were gifts for the new born king

The child of which the angels did sing

Conceived by God’s Spirit not by a man

Born of a virgin for this was God’s plan

Sent from God this child sublime

Redemption came from this perfect paradigm

This child came with a message that He must tell

His message of redemption that saves us from hell

This message of redemption we all must hear

Oh Holy Spirit come open our ears

Open our hearts to receive God’s Word

The message of Christ is the message we heard

The Son of God is King at birth

His message is told throughout the earth

If you’re in need of hope on Christmas this year

It’s the message of Christ I pray that you hear

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011 through 2016

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Christ paid the price, in full it was paid
He hung on a cross, then laid in a grave

He was mercilessly beaten for all to see
Then hung high on a hill, nailed to a tree

He was the ransom for all, our ransom for sin
And the rebellion that we live in

He conquered death, in three days He was raised
He gives us life and for that He is praised

He went to hell to set captives free
He did this for them so in heaven they’ll be

His mercy is endless, Grace He provides
He is the Word, in Him we will abide

When He ascended to heaven, He didn’t leave us alone
He gave us His Spirit, our heart is His home

He’s the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End
He has captured my heart, now He lives within

© Copyright By Bart Hickey, All Rights Reserved, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

I Am Carrying Christ In My Heart
From salvation I get a new start
It is Christ that saves me from death
He broke the chains of addiction to meth
Now I carry the seal of the Spirit
I can not earn life by my own merit
So now I am a new creation in life
That doesn’t mean I do not have strife
Now I’ve been called, been set apart
I get to start each day with a new clean heart
I’ve also been called out of the bondage of sin
It starts with the conviction from the Spirit within
Now I start each day refreshed and a new
Because I carry Christ in my heart I get to share this with you

 

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

 

Have you ever been in a place in your life where you’re scared of something, and you claim to believe Gods promises but you can’t overcome whatever it is that is making you scared. I have recently got the opportunity to stare face to face with one of my biggest fears as a Christian and not completely have overcame that fear, but know and believe that God isn’t finished with me. I’m even almost afraid to tell what it is out of embarrassment. My biggest fear is dying. I think the reason why is because since 2003 when I had cancer I’ve had to live with a lot of chronic medical problems, being in and out of the hospital for years always wondering what was going to be next.

I am currently residing in a hospital and have been for 6 weeks for acute renal failure. At one point there was a short time that my labs were so high and out of balance and I was so sick that I thought that I was going to die and my doctors and medical team feared it as well. Because my kidney function numbers were continuing to soar I was transferred to a specialty hospital for ongoing dialysis with the high possibility it was going to be long term in the least. I was at the point I didn’t know if I could live with dialysis the rest of my life and part of me today believes that was a selfish thought. To be with our Lord would probably the biggest blessing one could have and I don’t completely understand why I would want to be so stuck to this temporary home. I have a wife and children , a family and other reasons why I say I don’t want to die, but mostly I want to think I can still be used here on earth by God.

While going through this sickness, especially the worst part all I could think about and talk to God about was God I’m not ready to go and Lord I don’t want to go. It was never about what Gods will is, it was all my will and there were a couple of friends that kept retelling me the story of Jesus in the Garden. See my biggest problem has always been my belief system, I believe yet I doubt. To me that seems to be still unbelief. How I learned my own plight is God gave me the opportunity to pray for a patient in this hospital and in my conversation with her she said she was afraid but she didn’t say why so we talk that God was right there with her and I asked her if she believed that and she said she believed it but was scared that she didn’t believe. I was literally in the same place this lady was. A verse and passage that came to my mind is Joshua 1:5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will never leave you nor forsake you. The passage is Mark 9:14-29. I don’t know if any of that helped this lady, but when I got back to my room I started to shift my focus. I heard a message and my prayer started shifting. I started asked God for His wisdom and the strength to follow His Will no matther what it was and that no matter whether He called me home with Him or heal my kidneys I will serve Him in any way he chooses. I believe today as an answer to prayer my numbers have started going down and my kidneys are starting to repair. The way things were this can only be by the grace of God.

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

John 15:12-14

(Jesus speaking) 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

I have a few friends and class mates, plus myself that have served in the US Marine Corps. Some have retired from the Corps and I expect a few maybe are still in. The highest esteemed character trait that can bestowed on us is Integrity, and it our belief  as well as our motto to remain faithful. To our God, to our country, to our service, the Marine Corps, each other, and or families. Often we would greet one another with this motto, called SEMPER FIDELIS or for short SEMPER FI. The exact meaning is Always Faithful.

Now it is part of our beliefs to be crowned with the title of US Marine there is no higher honor, and has to be earned never just given. But what reminded me of this Scripture is in talking to a high school class mate and Marine this morning is that in part of the service to the Corps, no matter what comes to us in life we always have a bond with one another to stay faithful to each other. Now I haven’t asked each person if they would sacrifice their life for mine, but I also don’t believe I have to. I just know and believe if not all most will, and I will do the same for them. It’s a sacrifice that we uphold. No questions asked. It’s who we are.

It is my belief that this Scripture says it all. God loves us so much that He sacrificed His own Son and Jesus obeying His Father, sacrificed His own life so that we don’ have to endure Gods wrath for sin. Which is death separated from Father God. This is Gods command that we love each other as Christ loves us. He’s also saying that there is no greater love that we lay down our life for Christ and I believe our friends. Then He calls us friends if we obey His command.

Now I know that I said there is no greater honor than to be called US Marine, but that’s before I knew and have a relationship with Jesus. Guys I’m at a WOW factor. There is absolutely no Greater Honor than to have Jesus call me His friend. None, to belong in the family of Christ, to be co-heirs in the Kingdom of God. To have fellowship with our Creator. To me this is Amazing and Awesome, but we have a part to do. We have to obey Gods commands, which is sometimes difficult. But Jesus is our Strength. He left us with the Holy Spirit to convict us, guide us, and strengthen us. This is so we don’t have to rely on our own strength.

Now this is a pretty big step to make, to lay one’s life down for Christ and each other. I can’t honestly say I’ll do this for everyone I know. But I do know I will sacrifice my life for Christ, my family, and my close friends.

I’ll leave you with this thought: take some time and meditate on this Scripture and ask God to help you see what this Scripture means to you. I don’t question whether I love God or not, I have to evaluate do I love God most.

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

2 CORINTHIANS 5:6-9

(6)Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. (7) We live by faith, not by sight. (8) We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (9) So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

The other day my wife and I were having a conversation along the lines of these verses, the only thing was that we were not conscious of the passage. We were talking about how does a person know that God is leading them one way or another. In other words how can I be sure I’m following God or living within His will?

Not to long ago the lease on our home was coming to an end and Mary was wanting to be closer to some friends and her oldest daughter and grandson in east Texas. Not to mention we would be closer to her youngest daughters father and there would be less of a stain on all parties involved. The bonus for me was I would get more man time with our 5 year old grandson. To be honest our prayers consisted of asking God to provide a house that would meet our needs both financially and size. We wanted God to lead us to the right church. Please don’t get me wrong, we love God and we serve him the best we can do. But in a sense we weren’t so much look or asking God what would please Him or even if this move would please the Lord. Some times I think about this and tell myself what was I thinking, where was I putting God in all this. Thankfully we have a close relationship with our pastor and his wife, who are like mother and father to me. We went to dinner to break the news to them and almost immediately they were concerned that this decision was not right for many reasons. They petitioned God in prayer on our half and long story short , it was not the right decision..

Living by faith, not by sight, or some translations say walking by faith not by sight , this short passage to me means so much more I think than just putting your faith in God to supply your needs. I often lose sight that this body that I live in, that living here on earth is my temporary home. That by faith my home is with Jesus in heaven. Jesus when He ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God, He, Jesus did not leave us alone. He gave us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts. He is our guide, that is as long as we allow Him to be. I think in verse 9 it says it all. Whether in our earthly body, or when we are in heaven with Christ we make it our goal to please God. You can look at it different ways I guess but I look at it like this, I am made by God for God and what I do here on earth should be pleasing to God and Glorify God. How do I do that? Well it’s called self examination, check my motives, just taking a look to see if how I’m living lines up with the word of God as best I can of course and the action is by faith, trust that what I do is pleasing to God. This all works for how I talk as well. All this living by faith, not by sight is sometimes a lot to wrap my mind around, so when I get confused or have questions I seek out a pastor or a Godly friend for help and ask for prayer. We are not alone, God will never leave us. It’s my prayer that you all are encouraged…I have to constantly remind myself, It’s not all about me, IT’S ALL ABOUT Christ. What ever blessings I get here on earth , they are to bless others and God. The work I do is for Him.

In Christ

Bart

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

You change you life by changing your heart

Oh how do I begin, Oh where do I start

At first I prayed and asked God if He exists

Please reveal yourself , help me not to resist

I then asked Jesus to come into my heart

This was my marvelous start

My next step was to in faith believe

Jesus is the Son of God and that I do not weave

I then believed He was raised from the dead

For me and you His Blood was shed

Next, was for me to confess my sins

That’s when I believe forgiveness begins

As Jesus began to change my heart

Turning away from sin I began to start

I now ask Christ for strength to repent

The strength comes from the Holy Spirit sent

I now believe a changed life is a choice

That’s all because I obeyed Gods voice

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