SECOND, My Authority to Write on Behalf of the Spirit –
And just who might I be, to claim Authority of my own Word?
Truly, one who is instructed by the SPIRIT to do so.
It is the Word of my Testimony which gives me license to write freely,
Because the LORD knows my intents as well as my shortcomings,
And still the SPIRIT enlivens my hands to tell the Whole Truth.
I wonder, as one might who makes a living by writing:
How many drafts did Matthew go through?
And how many scribes might he have employed?
I am no copyist; I am an Author –
A call I have always feared,
For it is the SPIRIT’s own Craft I wield.
I did not understand my role at the start,
But Grace has been a good shepherd through age.
I am not yet wise, though I do actively aim to be kinder;
Because I recognize my Word has power,
I strive to raise chins and meet eyes
So others know I mean them no harm
When my language fails to rise to the *Occasion.
Isn’t it true that I am called to give Testimony?
For what purpose otherwise am I baptized in the WORD?
Some will definitely hear this work and shake their heads,
But then this message isn’t meant for them;
I write because it is the mode the LORD chose,
Bestowed to me with Purpose in mind:
How to describe what it’s like –
Inviting the divine SPIRIT inside –
So my skeptic neighbor who thinks my ‘faith’ or ‘religion’ are well and fine
For me, but believes there’s no Science in it;
The SPIRIT didn’t charge me with convincing others of my Existence,
But said to do good in his NAME and to go tell of it.
I am urged to write by the same SPIRIT who stirs the sermons,
Where many of late have squirmed in their seats
Leaving confused and discomforted.
They are restless with repentance and none the wiser,
Mixed-up with a sense of missed context,
But unable to put their finger on Why.
Right and Wrong are not expository facts,
But become known through resolution:
Plucking Scripture from its place is therefore
As well as tasteless,
Because it robs the audience of the Whole Truth –
A lot of folks don’t know what prompted the SPIRIT to say
‘This, that, and the other’
But rather trust Pastors and Leaders who read the WORD more
To provide meaningful summary and draw conclusions
Rooted in relevant Evidence from the Bible.
I write to remind You of LIVING TRUTH:
Even so withheld in our Versions,
The WORD is Unbound:
I am writing Now.
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THIRD, My Confidence in the Gifts of the Spirit –
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