The flesh is a brutal thing and it certainly wars against the Spirit. In many situations I have been shocked to discover the depth of my own flesh. It makes me realize and know for a certainty that without Him I would plunge into the abyss. Thank you today Jesus for your unwarranted favor upon my life, I know what I deserve, I know for a certainly what i deserve even now and yet you have redeemed me and even when I am not faithful, you are.It is an agony to know what lies in me, this sin that remains in my corruptible flesh. I know what I am without you,I feel the agony of it when I fall. In my spirit I rip my shirt off and wait for the stripes, no, desire the stripes, cry out for them, but as I laid low and stretched out my arms, straining at the anticipation of the coming, desired stripes, I felt a hand on my back, looked up and saw you and you turned around, showed me your own back and said ............... I know of what you lackI took your stripes upon my backLook and you will seeThe stripes I took to set you freeWhen your world has turned to dustYou must look to the one you trustWhen every part of you would hideOpen up and let me deep insideFor once I bid you come to meYet you ran and hid behind a treeYour flesh it only ever failsSo I redeemed you with three bloody nailsAnd now old Adam bids you runBut your Lord says no, stop and turnTurn around and you will seeI nailed your sin to a bloody treeI loved you so, that I would dieAll other voices simply lieIf you would look into my faceYou'll be enraptured by my graceI know your state, I know your lackIt's why your stripes are on my backBut turn around and you will seeThe grace that came to set you free!When I inevitably stumbleIt keeps me low, it makes me humbleI long for the day, when sin's no moreAnd He bids me come on through the doorWhen every tear from every eyeIs wiped away and flesh does dieAnd incorruptible reigns aloneAnd sits upon its glorious throne
Don't we just know we deserve those stripes?Good poem and word.God bless.
Thank you sister and may the Lord bless you too..........bro Frank