Falling — a John 3:16 devotional

Falling
a John 3:16
devotional

God’s Word says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” — John 3:16

I’m falling,
falling fast,
but there’s hope,
hope for me.

I jumped,
jumped without a chute —
what was I thinking,
thinking I could fly?

Now I’m falling,
falling through the sky;
the earth is nearing,
nearing to end my fall.

Will I die,
die this foolish death?
No, here comes Jesus,
Jesus diving down to me!

So I cling,
cling to my Savior,
and trust we’ll land,
land safely in this fall.
But I find, oh I find,
we never land at all.

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.
  
 
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Shifting My Gaze — your turn, Kim Adornetto

We’ve been looking at John 16:33, and seeing that while in this world we will have trouble, Jesus has overcome the world. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Kim Adornetto seeing the same. It’s called “Shifting My Gaze.”

Stuck . . .
in the downward spiral
of digital dung —
sucked under by
streaming, screaming headlines
horrific with murder and mayhem.

Escaping . . .
into a virtual reality
of vaporous creatures —
where there is no winning,
only wasting time
away from the terrible.

Hopeless . . .
until He shifts my gaze
away from the vile and the virtual
to where He stands victorious —
unstained, undaunted, undefeated,
full of good cheer.

Hoping . . .
to hear my Lord Jesus
once more whisper in my ear,
“I have overcome the world,”
and have Him shift my gaze
from phantom folly to coming glory.

Devotional poem © 2016 Kim Adornetto. Used with permission.

 
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Nothing to Fear
for John 16:33
thought & prayer

Peter Marshall (1902–1949), in The Best of Peter Marshall, said this about there being nothing to fear . . .

There is nothing to fear. 
I know that the promises of God are true, for they have been fulfilled in my life time and time again. 
Jesus still teaches and guides and protects and heals and comforts, 
and still wins our complete trust and our love.

 
 
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Godzilla vs. God — a John 16:33 devotional

Godzilla vs. God
a John 16:33
devotional

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” — John 16:33

Jesus said,
“In this world
you will have trouble.”
Trouble will come
like monsters out of the sea,
unstoppable monsters
hemming you in until
you see no way of escape.
Jesus warned,
you will have trouble;
no walls will keep
these kaiju out.

At times I tremble
at the 100-meter monsters
outside my Tokyo.

But, Jesus also
tells me, “Take heart!
I have overcome the world.”
And in faithful times,
in hope and not in fear,
I can see it’s true.
Between me and
every monster,
if only I had faith to see,
stands a giant Jesus,
beating, taming, leashing,
even using all the monsters.

At times I see
how these Godzillas
bring me close to God.

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.
  
 
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Looking for My Hope — your turn, Rena Himick

We’ve been looking at Psalm 130:7, and seeing that we must put our hope in the Lord. Here’s a devotional poem from Christ-follower Rena Himick seeing the same. It’s called “Looking for My Hope.”

Not in my car,
not in my house,
not at the bank —
my hope’s not there.

Not with my friends,
not in my church,
not in love —
my hope’s not there.

Not in myself,
though there I look
a very long time —
my hope’s not there.

I’ve looked and looked
and now I know:
my hope’s in Him
who brought me here.

My Savior holds
my hope secure:
Jesus, King, is
Keeper of My Hope!

Devotional poem © 2016 Rena Himick. Used with permission.

 
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