body, mind, heart, soul, realisation, important, prayer, contemplation,

Self and soul

 

My self is made of thoughts,
Sensations, 
Feelings,

Which come and go, 
And change, Lord, 
Always new;

And though all these 
Will end, Lord, 
At my passing,

My soul won’t change,
For it is part 
Of you.

 

References 

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

I am the Lord and I do not change (Malachi 3:6; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

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death, prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,

Self

 

Lord,

Though I will lose my self  
In death,

My soul will join with yours
For evermore.

 

References

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? (Luke 9:25; NIV).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT).

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May we throw out “self”

 

Father,
May we throw out self,
Like cargo from a storm-tossed ship,
Then take on board your only Son –
Lord, save us!

Father, 
May we throw out self,
Like tackle from a flooding ship,
Then take on board your Comforter –
Lord, save us!

Father, 
May we throw out self,
Like treasure from a sinking ship,
Then take on board your presence, Lord – 
Please save us!

 

References

As gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard (Acts  27:18; NLT).

Then he [Jesus] climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped (Mark 6:51; NLT).

Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! (Matthew 8:25; NLT).

They even took some of the ship’s gear and threw it overboard (Acts 27:19; NLT). 

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16; KJV).

What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? (Mark 8:36; NLT). 

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Inner truth

 

Our prayers should voice 
Our inner truth,

But we are   
Deeply flawed,

And though we often
Fool ourselves,

You see our hearts,
Dear Lord.

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

If we claim to have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth (1 John 1:8; NLT).

People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

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Eternal life

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness (Luke 11:35; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life (John 4:14; NLT).

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Hidden in myself –
Your heavenly kingdom.

Hidden in myself –
Your glorious light.  

Hidden in myself –
Your sacred temple.

Hidden in myself –
Eternal life.

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At one

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV). 

God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT). 

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it (Matthew 10:39; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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When you and I 
Can live no longer  
In this body, Lord,

With all illusions 
Of a self 
Left on the shore,

My soul 
Will be absorbed 
Into your Spirit –

At one with you 
In love,   
For evermore.

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