In The Latter Days 




The Prayer poem the Lord gave me today was inspired by a passage in James 1:27


“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27 KJV


The imagery in my prayer poem suggests the homeless, but the James 1:27 Bible verse includes all afflicted people, such as the suffering in our neighborhoods and churches, people in nursing homes, and hospitals as well. 


 Some churches have visitation programs where members regularly go and visit the suffering and minister Christ’s love and grace to them. This is a wonderful outreach. It is putting into practice the James 1:27 scripture. 


Some communities have a sizable homeless population. Many of these people are emotionally unstable. God gives some churches and ministers a special calling to help these people. 


If called to minister to the homeless, it is wisdom to do so with others within a church that has a special calling to minister to the homeless and prison populations as well.  


The Bible calls on each of us to love with discernment.


One way we can all lay down our lives in love is through the ministry of prayer.


Prayer is the greatest ministry we have in the Kingdom of God. For no ministry, or minister in the Kingdom of Christ can be started or maintained apart from the practice of prayer. 


In Ephesians we are admonished to “pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:18 KJV

And  “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV


Jesus commanded us to love one another as He loved us. That is to lay our lives down for each other. 


Prayer is giving up our time, and our attention on our own agenda, not only to commune with the Lord, but also to focus on asking God to meet someone else’s needs according to His will to bless that person. 


We ask His blessing and favor and grace and goodness to fall upon those for whom we are praying. 


God deeply loves the souls we are praying for, keep that in mind, so we are to pray in love for them always. 


Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

John 13:34-35 KJV






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Lord, So Many Suffer 

 
For which cause we faint not; 
but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 
while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal;
 but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Unto The Least Of These, September 2022 Christian Prayer Poem & Illustration by S.D.Harden, Through the Indwelling Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by His Holy Spirit, To the Glory of God The Father, In Jesus’ Name, Amen; Copyright © 2022 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.
Scripture Quotation from the King James Version Bible




When The Lord Turned The Captivity Of Job 



In the book of Job, Satan is allowed to sift this man of God and everything is taken from him: his children, his health, his affluence, his reputation, nearly EVERYTHING. (See Job 1:1, 6-12, 20-22)
Despite what looks like an attack of divine wrath upon him for no apparent justification, Job maintains his faith and trust in God and belief that God cannot be punishing him for any known sin he has committed. 

 In the beginning of the book, Job offers sacrifices for his children, intercedes and prays to God on their behalf. (*See Job 1:5)

The Bible suggests that Job’s prayers are more to prevent something evil from happening. After his crisis he laments, “What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true.” Job 3:25 NLT. 

After everything is taken from Job, he doesn’t curse God, but he is thrown into an abyss of self pity and depression, focusing on his troubles and wishing only for death.

“At last Job spoke, and he cursed the day of his birth. “Let the day of my birth be erased, and the night I was conceived. Let that day be turned to darkness… Job 3:1 NLT (*see Job 3:1, 3-6)

Then his friends come by to comfort him. However, when they hear him talking so negatively they begin to assault his integrity, though they have no justification for condemning him other than the fact that he has been mercilessly persecuted through myriad tribulations.

They are judging him by his misfortunes adding to them by heaping sorrow upon sorrow.
Like Job, we cannot understand our trials sometimes for they seem so unfair. 

Why should we be afflicted when others are not?  We may wonder if God plays favorites. 
Yet the Bible reveals “For God does not show favoritism.” Romans 2:11 NLT

After studying God’s Word we gain a better understanding of suffering, how God views pain and affliction, and the purpose of trials. 
We will never have all the answers this side of eternity, “


Now we see through a glass darkly But one day face to face 1 Corinthians 13:12

Some people may go through severe trials as Job did, and they come through the long dark tunnel emerging into a broad new path. 

God rewards them with a wonderful new life and all their former misery seems to vanish away in a beautifully restored life through His measureless mercy and grace.




And then there are others who seem to be destined to suffer through serial trials and misfortunes throughout their lives. 

Their Divine Coach gives them short reprieves to sit on the bench for a rest from their suffering every so often, but then He sends them back into the Divine Game as First Stringers, to combat their spiritual Opponent. 
This seemed to be what the Apostle Paul experienced as did many of the other apostles.

 
We are all of us in this war together, but some souls God seems to use to fight in the trenches facing the opposition more frequently and getting more battle wounded because of this. 

Because of his special revelations Paul wrote that he was given a painful thorn to bear:

“So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 


So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NLT


Some may seem never to suffer. However, to everything there is a season, and a time and purpose to everything under the heavens. 


Also, some types of suffering go unseen, for appearances are deceiving. Only God knows all hearts. 

What today is, tomorrow may not be. (See Ecclesiastes 3:1)


 “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT


God knows what the limits of each person are and He never gives us more than we can tolerate. (See 1 Corinthians 10: 13)















The Lord tests each of us according to His Word to see if our faith is genuine.
 


So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 


These trials will show that your faith is genuine.

 It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. 


So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT


God’s Word says that our Heavenly Father chastises each one of His children to make us holy.


As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. 


Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all. 


Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? 

For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. 


But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 


No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! 

But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:7-11 NLT


As we glean from studying the Book of Job, it is never wise to judge people or God by their or our own afflictions.


 “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? “Job.38.1, Job.38.2


 Romans 8:28 reveals that God is working all things together for good to those who love Him. 


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 admonishes us to pray without ceasing, rejoice always and to give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 


After the Lord appeared to Job and counseled him, Job prayed to God and worshiped Him, repenting for his misunderstanding of God:


“I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You. Therefore I loathe [my words] and abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6 AMPC


Ultimately God was angry with Job’s friends who had condemned Job unfairly.

He told them to go have Job pray for them and bring sacrifices for him to offer to the Lord on their behalf.


After Job prayed for them, the Bible says,  “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends…”

God rewarded Job and blessed him with more than he’d started out with. 


The book of Job teaches us that prayer sets us free from bitterness and releases God’s love in our hearts so that He can bless lives through us. 


God will restore us once we throw off the shackles of unforgiveness, which leads to an unhealthy focus on the self, breeding self pity and resentment, the bitter roots of depression,  making our attitudes negative, hopeless, and dark. 


Prayer and Forgiveness open the door to God’s love and light in our hearts and sets us free to experience God’s healing mercy and grace. 


Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Thy immeasurable love and mercy towards each of us. When we suffer through trials help us to understand that You do love us, that You have not forsaken us and never will, and that You suffer with us in our pain through Christ who’s Spirit dwells in us. Thank You for Thy Word that assures us of these truths; bless and encourage all who are suffering through trials and fill them with rivers of Thy peace and strength to make it through, in Jesus’ name, amen.



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Meditations for the Journey~Original Keyboard Instrumentals


Meditations for the Journey~Original Keyboard Instrumentals-is the thirtieth album of published music the Lord has given me to share since 2013.


The first album the Lord gave me was God’s Rainbow Promise. 

That first release was to be a harbinger of the three main types of music that the Lord would be producing through me for the next nine years: both original vocal prayer songs and instrumentals, and traditional Christian hymns.

We serve a risen Lord and Savior who desires very much to communicate with us. 

That is why He revealed to me that He gave me this music; He said that they are His musical conversations and that if people will take them into their prayer closets along with their Bibles and listen to them (or even just a clip) and read His Word, looking up the scripture reference the song title points to, by faith trusting He’ll speak to them, He will indeed speak to their hearts.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me...” John 10:27 KJV


The Lord asked me to become a musician for His glory. 

I was not a musician before He dropped this beautiful gift in my lap. 

I didn’t know why the Lord would take a soul who cared only about music as something to listen to while creating art, and would make her into someone whom He created music through for His glory


I look at all of the music He has made through me and am astonished. 


I know it is the Lord’s work and not mine


The other day He inspired me to sit down and listen to the songs on Meditations for the Journey and contemplate them during my quiet time. He had me concentrate on the music, then look up the scripture reference the song title pointed to while praying, and ask the Holy Spirit to teach me what I believed He was saying to my heart through the music and scriptures. I took my notebook and pen, got out my bible, and listened to the song, pausing as necessary. 


I chose to focus on the title track, “Jesus is the Author of Our Faith.” The scripture reference for this song is from the book of Hebrews 12.


“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed 

about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 

let us lay aside every weight, 

and the sin which doth so easily beset us, 

and let us run with patience 

the race that is set before us, 

Looking unto Jesus 

the author and finisher of our faith; 

who for the joy that was set before Him 

endured the cross, 

despising the shame, 

and is set down at the right hand 

of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-3- KJV



As I listened to the music I saw it in my mind as an organic triangular shape, its long perspective shooting wildly upward into an ever expanding light, which symbolized the high notes dancing on a steep mountain that kept appearing the more I listened to the song. I noticed a pronounced symmetry in the music as the lower tones kept resounding beneath the steep mountain. 


It seemed as if one had been ascending the summit of a great height,

 only to tumble down the keys into a dark valley where the echoes of the shadowy notes reiterated their voices in another layer of somber tones; after one had heard so distinctly the brighter notes chiming in the airy sunshine as if they would go on in their cheery triumphant echoes forever. 


Down the valley and up the mount…only to fall into the shadows again, but one day, the crown we will reach if we don’t give up for great joy lies up ahead just around the bend…


The music reminded me of the scripture;

 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:3-5 


For to climb the heights of heaven and taste of its glories and joy and then fall into the depths of despair is indeed a kind of intense suffering that some of God’s children are appointed to in this world. 


However, Christ promises to be with His own no matter where they must go on their journey with Him in this life.


 For Christ, the Author of our faith, has paved the way for each of us. 


There is nowhere we can go that Jesus has not gone first. 

And He will go there again with us through the Holy Spirit He has put in our hearts to abide with us forever as we abide in Him, keeping our hands in His and our eyes on Him, and not focused on this world with all its distractions. 


One of the most comforting passages of scripture is Psalm 139:7-12: 

Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? 

Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?

 If I ascend up into heaven, 

Thou art there: 

If I make my bed in hell, 

behold, Thou art there. 

If I take the wings of the morning, 

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 

Even there shall Thy hand lead me, 

and Thy right hand shall hold me. 

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me;

even the night shall be light about me. 

Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; 

but the night shineth as the day: 

the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee.

Psalm 139:7-12 - KJV


I couldn’t help but hear those scriptures resonating in this music as I listened to it and was comforted.


 For it sent me straight to those passages reminding me 

of the Author and Finisher of my faith who for the joy set 

before Him endured His cross, despising the shame, 

ever looking upward toward the Light ahead of Him by faith.  


And if He could endure, then He would help me persevere throughout my journey on this earth no matter what challenges I must face. 


For Jesus Christ is a living, risen Savior, and He ever dwells within me by His Spirit who will never leave or forsake me. In Jesus’ name, amen.



This song meditation illustrates the idea of how the Lord wants to speak to us through these songs.


 I pray that what I’ve written will inspire you to listen to the music for yourself and let the Lord speak through them to you personally, for He surely has a unique word for each soul who takes the time to listen to them, while meditating on His Word, and praying to Him. 


As I wrote, the songs are His divine conversation starters


The titles are to lead us into God’s Word, and as we listen to the songs, contemplate His Word, and pray, His Holy Spirit will guide us into the truth of what He wants to teach us. 


However, We must approach the Lord by faith.


“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1


“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 - KJV



We must want to seek Him, want to believe that He will speak to us, and believe that He will speak to each of us, not just to some of us.


It is imperative that Christians read God’s Word for themselves, and not let people tell us what the Bible means.

Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, 

whom the Father will send in My name, 

He shall teach you all things, 

and bring all things to your remembrance, 

whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26 - KJV

John the Apostle wrote,

“But the anointing which ye have received of Him 

abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: 

but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, 

and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, 

ye shall abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27 - KJV


The Word of God is the most important Book we will ever read for it is God’s revelation of Himself. 


Prayer


Heavenly Father, May You speak to our hearts through these songs that are gifts from Your heart as they point to Thy Holy Word when we meditate on Thy Scriptures and listen to Thy Holy Spirit teaching us what Your Word is saying to us, for You have promised to speak to Thy sheep and You keep every promise forever, In Jesus’ name, thank You, we love You, amen.


Below is the link to the songs from Meditations for the Journey~Original Keyboard Instrumentals. *This is a pre-release as the album has not been delivered to any streaming radio platforms yet.  


May you be blessed as you read God’s Word and Listen and meditate on the songs in your quiet time with the Lord on my Hear and Now Website at https://suzannedavisharden.hearnow.com/meditations-for-the-journey-original-keyboard-instrumentals



(*Remember this album is a pre-release and the only website where it is currently available. Please take this opportunity to meditate on the songs and use them to inspire your faith and draw closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless!)



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Scripture References taken from the King James Bible (Public domain)


Overcome Evil With Good 

 


Today I feel very sad for all of the families who have lost loved ones in the recent school shooting in Texas. 


My prayers go out to all of them and to our nation as well, for such horrible violence affects each of us at the core of our souls, though we may try to desensitize ourselves and pretend it doesn’t affect us because no bullets directly hit our flesh or wounded someone in our family.


But evil and violence affects every soul in our society whether we admit it or not.

And it begins with anger.


Consider Jesus’s words:


“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:22 KJV


Anger breeds hatred. 


John the apostle wrote: “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 2:11,3:15 -KJV


Had the eighteen year old murderer in the recent shootings been taught to respect and love his grandmother, to love, glorify, trust, and believe in the God who had created him, and in whose image he and all other humans were formed, he most likely would not have dreamed of committing such an evil crime. 


What is hell like?

 I imagine that hell is an abyss where God’s name is not only taken in vain, but forever blasphemed, mocked, and reviled; a dark maze of interminable suffering, unrelenting pain, hunger, self delusion, fighting, dissatisfaction, greed, anger, hatred, covetousness, envy, vanity, idolatry, narcissism, lust, hypocrisy, addiction, loneliness, sickness that never ends, cold hearted souls who abuse and condemn others, poverty, bigotry, war, egotism, shame, riches with no satisfaction, ingratitude, and relationships without love, constant bickering and dissembling and every kind of deceit; souls forever stealing, caring nothing for the value of other’s property, hopelessness, fear, stress and worry, insecurity, despair, frustration because no one is ever truly happy and they can’t figure out why, and everything and anything that is against God’s will is committed all the time and championed because it is an endless night dominated by malevolent unseen spiritual forces. 

 

Since hell is a territory governed by sin, and God’s Word reveals that the wages of sin is death, then I reckon that it’s a place whirling on a blind path towards its own self destruction. 

 The Apostle Peter wrote that the earth is just going to erupt into a ball of flames someday. 

 “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men…But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” 2 Peter 3:7,10,12 - KJV

    Sin

Sin is a corruption of something that will never go the right way and achieve its goal. It is an arrow that constantly misses the mark. And that mark is God’s will. 


Faith, Love and Reverence for God 

God’s will is revealed in His Word. When people stop fearing and respecting God; when they stop believing in Him, they stop loving Him.

 If I stop fearing the Lord, I will also stop loving and believing in Him. If I lose any one of those three necessary components of love for God, then I lose all three of them. 

In other words, I will have no faith, love, or fear of God. 


Faith is more than just believing that God exists. 

James 2:19 asserts “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19 - KJV  

 While they might be afraid of God, those devils blaspheme, disobey, and dishonor the Lord through people all the time. They neither love, respect, nor glorify Him. 


John the Apostle wrote: “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 - KJV 


The soul who desires to live for God and do His will, and who walks in love obeying Christ, no matter what their outward circumstances might be, has heaven in their heart.

Paul wrote in Colossians 1:13  that the soul who trusts Jesus Christ for salvation and who loves and obeys Christ is delivered by the Heavenly Father from the power of darkness, and “translated into the kingdom of His dear Son.”


Faith not only believes in God’s existence, but it means trusting Him to keep His word, to be faithful, to live up to everything He promises to be and more, no matter what they might have to endure.

 I can attest to God’s faithfulness on this score as I live with chronic daily migraines. I know what hell is like and heaven too. Jesus Christ is a RISEN, LIVING Lord and Savior. He does not forsake us in our suffering. 


Faith 


Faith is not ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

It is not embarrassed to be called a Christian. It does not substitute a cause for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then delude itself into thinking that God is pleased, because causes do not save souls. Christ’s blood is the only thing that ever saved a soul. 

Causes come and go. 


Believe In the Risen Christ


If we want to glorify our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who suffered and died on the cross to save us from the power of sin and hell, triumphing over our souls and our own ultimate self destruction, then we have to believe He exists and that He is watching everything we do, and hears every word we say and write, that He cherishes us more than we can ever comprehend and that He really and truly will speak to us if we will listen. 


Christ Forgives All Our Sins


He will guide us and teach us His will and enable us to do it. He absolutely will forgive all our sins because His blood paid the price for every wrong thing we ever did against Him. If we are sorry for it and turn away from it He forgives us. 

We might be ashamed of it but He won’t ever hold it against us. He washes our sins away as far as the east is from the west. The only one who ever brings our sins back up in our face is the devil and his allies. 


The Accuser


The Bible refers to the devil as “the accuser of the brethren…” (see Revelations 12:10)


When we accuse, slander, libel, scorn, condemn, etc, we are throwing the ball in the wrong court. 

Rather than “sit in the seat of the scorner…” (See Psalm 1:1-2) Christians are to look for the true, good, just, excellent, pure, noble, and praiseworthy things in ourselves and others (see Philippians 4:8)


Abiding In Christ  


Christ tells us to abide in Him in our prayer closets and allow His Holy Spirit to guide us as He promises in His Word.

 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26 - KJV


Anger 


May we not allow anger to guide us. Anger does not accomplish Christ’s will. “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

James 1:20 - KJV


Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Psalm 37:8 - KJV 


Evil is defined as everything that opposes God’s will no matter how righteous it may appear on the surface. 


 May we ever give our anger to our Lord Jesus Christ. For He is the righteous Judge. May we be guided by His love. For to love is Christ’s command —His will. May we ever remember that Love is how we are defined as Christ’s disciples.


*Prayer


Heavenly Father, we mourn and pray for the families who lost loved ones in the Texas school shooting and ask that You comfort every precious family, every heart that has been shattered by this evil. 

We pray You will hold them in Thy everlasting arms and fill them with rivers of Thy infinite love, mercy, and grace. 

Comfort every fearful heart. 

Lord, may we not grow insensitive and cold toward our fellow human as so much evil and iniquity abound in our world. 

Help us to conquer evil by doing Thy good will on this hell bound earth that the reality of Thy heaven might live and be displayed in our hearts so all can see Thy light in us and You be glorified in our lives when we do Thy will to love and serve each other.

Help us always to say with Jesus who prayed while being tortured on the cross for our sins, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing,” 

In Jesus’s name, amen. 


Suzanne ♥️d*…created through the Indwelling Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the Glory of God the Father, in Jesus’ Name, amen. (*See John 14:20, 21, 23) Father, in Jesus’ Name, amen. (*See John 14:20, 21, 23)








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Encouraging Scriptures


Jesus Christ said, “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not murder,’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be answerable to the court.’ 

22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be answerable to the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be answerable to the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. 

23 Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there you

 remember that your brother has something against you, 

24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” ~ Matthew 5:21-24 -NASB


“…do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. 

All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice.

 Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:26-27,31-32 - NASB


“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

1 John 4:20-21 -KJV


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20 - KJV

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Abiding Faithful on The Path of Faith


Album Notes: Paths of Faith Christian Prayersongs Inspired by the Holy Spirit

It is with a humble, grateful heart that I announce the publication of my 29th musical album to God’s precious children, inspired by His Holy Spirit, who enabled me to create it through the risen Lord Jesus Christ within me, to the glory of our Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ name.


Paths of Faith is an appropriate title for this album of prayersongs, the first vocal album the Lord has inspired me to release since Paths of Mercy in 2019, just before the Coronavirus Pandemic broke out in December of that year.

In 2009 the Lord gave me the gift to sing and create instrumental music. He had to ask me three times if I would sing for Him so reluctant was I to be a musician for His glory.
I had been a visual artist all my life and art was my passion. I had always prayed to be an excellent artist, illustrator, and children’s book writer for His glory. When He asked me to sing for Him,  He said that He needed my voice of all things!~I felt I needed to remind Him that my little boy had howled when I’d sung Him “Jesus Loves Me” once.
 

Undaunted, the Lord would not give up. He wanted me to surrender my will and to walk a new path with Him by faith.

I loved the Lord so much. He had given up everything for me when He suffered and died on the cross to redeem our souls. How could I not now give up everything for Him? Though it felt like dying, I said I would sing and make music for Him. I hardly knew what I was getting myself in for, but trusted that my Lord Jesus Christ would never do anything to hurt me.

At first I felt like I was being thrown to the lions. Having been a professional in one career, now He was plunging me on a path where I would be like a baby learning to crawl, following Him, whom I could only see and hear by faith.

What is faith?

The Bible tells us “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear…

But without faith it is impossible to please (God): for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

Hebrews 11:1-3,6 - KJV


I knew nothing at all about the music industry but trusted God to guide me every step of the way. He instructed me to do everything the opposite of the way the world does things. Which made no sense. All He would say was, “Trust Me, My child.”
After all, it was His music. I had not up and made myself a musician~ the Lord had. He knew what His plans for it were.

I learned that the Lord wanted to communicate to His children through His music. I should have known that from the beginning. Duh.

The songs were inspired by His word through His Holy Spirit.
They were motivated by prayer and worship from abiding in my Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus had said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 - KJV


The Lord told me that the songs were to be “Musical Conversations” with His children. If they would take the song titles and go into their prayer closets with their bibles and look up the reference that the title referred to in their bibles and meditate on the verses or bible story and study the word of God and pray to Him and abide in Him alone, that He would speak to them what He wanted to say to them.

The important thing was that His children should get back to their prayer closets and abide in Christ and return to studying His word, allowing HIM to teach them through His Holy Spirit.

The Lord was seeking a personal relationship with His children. He said they were distracted by many things and had lost sight of Him. They had gone after the world.

In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and *mammon.”Matthew 6:24 - KJV

(*Mammon means money or the world or anything that makes the soul’s heart beat faster than Jesus or God~ mammon therefore is another word for an idol.)


Anything that takes the Christian’s attention away from the Lord Jesus Christ can become an idol whether it be a relationship, a hobby, social media, a ministry, an organization, politics, any pursuit whatsoever that seems right but misses the mark ever so slightly. In fact another word for sin is to “miss the mark.”

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 - KJV


The Path of Faith is one in which we keep our eyes on our Master who is the Author and Perfecter of our Faith, who is the Lord Jesus Christ and we surrender our wills and lay our lives down for Him.

Christians must not keep our eyes on this world. No matter what is going on.

Paul lived under the malevolent emperor Nero of Rome of whom it was believed that he torched the city to justify building a more magnificent one. Because of the intense criticism he received, he devised a plan where he blamed the followers of Christ for the crime. In A.D. 64 brutal persecution erupted there against the Christians.
 Tacitus (c. A.D. 60-120) a Roman Historian, wrote in his Annals (XV.44).

“…Besides being put to death they were made to serve as objects of amusement; they were clothed in the hides of beasts and torn to death by dogs; others were crucified, others set on fire to serve to illuminate the night when daylight failed.
Nero had thrown open his grounds for the display, and was putting on a show in the circus, where he mingled with the people in the dress of charioteer or drove about in his chariot. All this gave rise to a feeling of pity, even towards men whose guilt merited the most exemplary punishment; for it was felt that they were being destroyed not for the public good but to gratify the cruelty of an individual.” ~quoted from http://christiancourier.com

Despite this horror, what does Paul say when he mentions the government? He wrote: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 - KJV

Peter wrote, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this behalf.
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:
and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping
of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:16-19 - KJV


Both Peter and Paul mentioned in their epistles that our true Kingdom is not of this world.
It would have been truly foolish and dangerous for them to go about writing “our true Emperor and King ~the Only Lord and God Jesus Christ to whom we alone pay honor and allegiance….and we don’t obey any laws but His…”

Instead, they wrote as the Holy Spirit led them.
They must stay alive and preach the Gospel which was their true mission therefore they must be peacemakers so they could carry out the Lord’s work,
keeping Christ’s command to walk in love.

James the Apostles wrote: “But the wisdom that comes from God is like this:
“First, it is pure. It is also peaceful, gentle, and easy to please.
This wisdom is always ready to help people who have trouble and to do good for others.“ ERV James 3:17


 Jesus told Pilate when asked if He was a king, “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight…” John 18:36

The apostles did not go looking for a fight.
Paul wrote, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4 - KJV

Their true commitment was to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom they loved with all their heart, soul and mind and strength. If a worldly law conflicted with God’s Holy Law, of course they must obey God.

For example, in the Old Testament when the Pharaoh commanded all the baby boys to be drowned Moses’s parents did not comply with his edict but obeyed the Lord to save their child.

For the Lord Almighty is our true King and His commandments must prevail and this is what the word of God teaches.

The apostles imply this even when they don’t come right out and say it for the danger it might have presented.

They walked a Path of Faith ~ surely Peter had trod this Path with Christ on the Sea of Galilee when he’d briefly walked on its waters with the Lord before taking his eyes off his Master, then sank beneath the waves. The Lord had quickly rescued his Apostle when Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!”

The Prayersong on my album  “Thy Voice Comes Over The Waters” was inspired by this Bible story and it deals with trying to recognize Christ in the gray areas of His word.

Peter wrote, “Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. (*Sinful desires are any desires opposed to God’s will~not exhibiting the love of Christ is disobeying Christ’s will for Christ said, “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love  one another.” John 13:34-35 - CSB)

Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day He visits.
Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by Him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good.

For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” 1 Peter 2:11-17 - CSB


Paul wrote: “Let everyone submit to the governing authorities,
since there is no authority except from God,
and the authorities that exist are instituted by God.
So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command,
and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves…” Hebrews 13:1-3


Eventually because the early Christians trusted Christ and walked according to the word of God and the path of faith, they obeyed both Christ and His word to submit to human authority for the sake of the Lord, by the third century under the Emperor Constantine the Great, Christianity became the dominant religion of the Roman Empire.

Christians had but to obey Christ their true King for this to happen.
They had to always be abiding in Christ to know and understand His will.

Paul wrote, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17 - KJV

 Jesus said, “But when you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that private place. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you.”
 
Abiding in Christ  is getting alone with our risen Lord and Savior by faith and reading His word and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us apart from the distractions of social media, friends, or work, or anything else.
It is a very private, sacred holy affair between you and the Lord and the only way we can will grow closer to the Lord.

Jesus said, “ I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.”

Christ may lead us down a thorny path.
No one can or should judge any child of God for the Path that Christ leads them to follow. Never judge a child of God by their afflictions.

“Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.” ~James 4:11 - KJV

Who are we to condemn the child whom Christ suffered, bled, and died to redeem?
My prayersong “Father, Forgive Me” deals with how our sin hurts others and Christ ultimately.

The Path of Faith may lead to persecution or martyrdom.
Paul wrote, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 - KJV

Jesus said, “And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of Me will find it.” Matthew 10:38-39 -CSB

The Path of Faith is the path that leads with Christ to the cross. It is a path of suffering. But if we go to the cross with Christ we will also rise with Him in His resurrection!

For we are being conformed to His image on this journey.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 - KJV

Along this path we must learn to let go of our own will and say to our Heavenly Father along with Christ, “Father, not My will, but Thy will.”

We must pray, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
But those who will not love as Christ loved us, who will only read Christ’s words and filter out the parts they do not agree with, do not truly love Christ for Christ said,

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.”
John 14:23-24 - CSB


The word parse means to break down, analyze, or scrutinize and is the opposite of accepting by faith as a little child.
One cannot parse a cup of water Christ gives them to drink. We either drink it in front of Him or pour it on the ground and say “No thank You, Lord, I don’t trust it.”

Christ and His Holy Spirit are the Living Water of Life. We receive the Lord by faith. We receive His words by faith. If we fight and rebel and scrutinize, analyze, complain, revile and scorn, we don’t love the Lord or keep or believe His word.

Paul wrote that Christ was the Rock in the wilderness, where Moses got the water for the Israelites and they grumbled and grieved God over their unbelief.

“Now I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless God was not pleased with most of them, since they were struck down in the wilderness."
1 Corinthians 10:1-5 - CSB


“Today If You Hear God’s Voice” Vocal Prayersong is a song the Lord gave me on my new album to witness to that Bible story.

Listen to the song or to a clip. Then go into your prayer closet with your bible and look up and read the story in the scriptures it refers to.
Pray and ask the Lord to help you hear His voice and to walk His path of faith.

There are many prayersongs on this album that refer to bible stories and concepts. Please use the songs to let God speak to your hearts through His Holy Word, and abide in the Lord Jesus Christ, our True Vine.
He is speaking through His word, through His Holy Spirit in these songs He inspired from His Word.
May He help us turn our attention towards Him and away from all that distracts us in this world.

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses
surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,
keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
For the joy that lay before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.
 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
Hebrews 12:1-4 - CSB


Prayer


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new album of beautiful prayer songs inspired from Thy word. Thank You for encouraging me to walk Thy path of faith with You even though its been so difficult, for You have been with me all the way and so faithful even as You promised. Please encourage Thy children to walk with You down the path of faith and to trust You in the way You are asking them to and never to doubt that You keep every promise forever. Help each one to hear Thy voice speaking to them in their hearts today and through Thy holy word and may You guide them with Thy wisdom and discernment, and fill them with Thy holy love and mercy and grace, In Jesus’ name, amen. Thank You, Lord, we love You.


More Encouraging Scriptures

Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble.
Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil.
Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes.
If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath,
because it is written, “Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay,” says the Lord.
 But If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
 If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.

Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
Romans 12:16-21 - CSB

Let everyone submit to the governing authorities,
since there is no authority except from God,
and the authorities that exist are instituted by God.
So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command,
and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.

For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.
Do you want to be unafraid of the one in authority?
Do what is good, and you will have its approval.
For it is God’s servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason.
For it is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong.
Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath but also because of your conscience.
And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s servants, continually attending to these tasks.
Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.

Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another,
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.

The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal;  do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment:
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Love does no wrong to a neighbor.

Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:1-10 - CSB

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Through the Indwelling Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by The Holy Spirit, to the Glory of God the Father, In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Quotations: King James Bible: Public Domain/ The Christian Standard Bible: Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers/
ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible) Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International
 
History Quotations from Tacitus (c. A.D. 60-120) Roman Historian, Annals (XV.44) http://christiancourier.com




Midnight Prayers & Meditations~Volume 2 

 

Midnight Prayers & Meditations Volume 2 Original Keyboard Instrumentals Inspired by the Holy Spirit by Suzanne Davis Harden Album Cover

Midnight Prayers and Meditations~Volume 2

By Suzanne Davis Harden



Original Keyboard Instrumental Prayers Featuring the Various Instrumental Voices of Guitar, Strings, & Piano Solos Performed by Suzanne Davis Harden, through the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, In Jesus’ name, amen.



Midnight Prayers and Meditations, Volume 2, is the second chapter of the album of original keyboard instrumentals inspired by the Holy Spirit. 

I published the first volume of Midnight Prayers & Meditations last Autumn in the twilight of 2020, forever to be remembered as the year of the Pandemic.


I had several of the songs on this second volume ready to publish even back then, but the Lord had me wait to publish the current album for various reasons.

God’s word says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1 - KJV


The Lord has blessed me with much music for His glory through the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me. But He only directs me to publish what He wishes according to His plans and purposes. 

It is as if the Lord uses each song or composition to teach me that not everything is chosen for the spotlight right now, and yet everything is loved and special at all times. 


All of the music God has blessed me with was created for His glory and glorifies Him in its own way whether it gets published a month from now, in six months or ten years, or whether it never gets published at all. 

I truly believe that all of His music serves a divine purpose and brings Him glory in the way He has chosen in its own time. 


If we could only understand that each one of us are like the musical compositions He inspires. We all exist because the Lord wanted to create us; He loves us all very much.


“Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not be lost but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world. He did not send Him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him.” ~John 3:16-17 - ERV


God is infinite and His love and mercy toward us are measureless. 


His thoughts are far beyond our thoughts and He does not think as we think. 

We can’t wrap our minds around an infinite Being. 


“The teaching about the cross seems foolish to those who are lost. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will confuse the understanding of the intelligent.”

~1 Corinthians 1:18-19 - ERV


God is as far above us as the universe is wide. 

If we try to define Him by putting Him in a neat box of rationalizations we fail. 

He is not a black and white formula. 

He does not make sense at all to our rational minds. 

He will blow us away when we truly come to know Him. 


“So what does this say about the philosopher, the law expert, or anyone in this world who is skilled in making clever arguments? 

God has made the wisdom of the world look foolish. 

This is what God in His wisdom decided: Since the world did not find Him through its own wisdom, He used the message that sounds foolish to save those who believe it.”

1 Corinthians 1:20-21 - ERV 


We will go insane trying to define Him in any traditional sense. He won’t be standardized, denominationalized, fit into neat theologies, philosophies, and so forth; for the minute we try we fall flat on our faces and He has to pick us up; dust us off and say, “Read My Word again.”


For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9 - KJV


We might not like or agree with His word in all its completeness. 

And we might  be tempted to pick and choose what we want to believe out of it. 

But have we never considered listening to Jesus Christ?


Jesus teaches us how to read His word. 

He spoke in parables.

He spoke in metaphor and pictures.


His word is spiritual. 

Many of His disciples left Him when He spoke to them spiritually. 

Jesus said, “My words are spirit and they are life. The flesh profits nothing.” (John 6:63)


If we approach Christ and His word with a literal mind we are not going to know Him or understand His word. 


We must walk by faith and not by sight. (*See 2 Corinthians 5:7)


We must trust and believe that God is real:


Faith is what makes real the things we hope for. 

It is proof of what we cannot see. 

God was pleased with the people who lived a long time ago because they had faith like this. 

Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by His command. 

This means that the things we see were made by something that cannot be seen. 

Without faith no one can please God. 

Whoever comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who sincerely try to find Him.”

Hebrews 11:1-3,6 - ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)


I sing by faith.

I play the keyboard by faith. I have no real background in music.

Really. 

All of my background and training are in the visual arts.


I did not grow up with any musical gift or any idea of becoming a musician. 

My whole passion and goal was to become a visual artist. 

Art was the love of my life. Music merely existed to stimulate my artistic creativity. In other words, I listened to it while I created my art.


God sovereignly gave me a gift of music in 2009 and I accepted it by faith.

Since then I have played the piano nearly every day; songs the Lord gives me by faith

My songs are more like prayers ascending to Heaven. 

I pray and it is the risen Lord Jesus Christ within me by His Holy Spirit who inspires the music and who plays through me.


It is the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ within me who creates all the music. 

I know that sounds strange. 

But Jesus Christ is a risen, living Savior. 

He is alive within me!


This is what Christianity teaches. 

Jesus said, “On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in Me and I am in you. Those who really love Me are the ones who not only know My commands but also obey them. My Father will love such people, and I will love them. I will make Myself known to them.” ~John 14:20-21 - ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)



If someone who calls themself a Christian says this is not true then they are denying the Lord Jesus Christ. 

For Jesus Christ said He is a living, risen Savior. 

He said that He has risen from the dead, that He lives inside those who accept Him as their Savior and Lord, that He seals them with His Holy Spirit, that He does give His children gifts with which to glorify Him on this earth, and that no one can dictate to Him what kind of gifts He is allowed to give His children. 


The Lord is a God of miracles and He is in the Heavens, the Bible declares, and He does whatever He pleases. 


“Our God is in heaven, and He does whatever He wants.”

Psalm 115:3 - ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)


God did what He wanted when He gave me the gift of music.

I praise Him for this beautiful gift and will use it to glorify Him for as long as He enables me to by His almighty grace and power.


For it is through Christ alone that I can create any music or do any of the creative things He blesses me with. 


I will publicly proclaim that it is the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me doing these works because when Christ walked the earth He said it was His Father in Him who did the miracles that He accomplished and not Himself.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” ~ John 5:19 - KJV (King James Version Bible)


The Bible asserts that we are to live as Christ lived who always glorified His Heavenly Father. 

I want to always glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ even as He always glorified His Heavenly Father.


“He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 - KJV


Surely I fail miserably at walking as Jesus walked because I’m not perfect like Jesus was. But I know that following Christ is a little like driving. 

If I point my car at my goal and drive toward it, then I’m more likely to get to my object than if I don’t aim at anything at all. 


So every day I try to aim my whole heart at the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes I have fender benders, sometimes I run off the road into the ditch when I take my eyes off my Lord, sometimes another “car” runs into me and hurts me terribly; then I have to forgive them. 


So many things can happen on this journey with Christ. 


But God’s word has good directions to follow to help me along the way. 

And Christ’s love sustains me. 

Jesus has paid the price for all my sins on His cross.


When I confess them to Him and tell Him I’m sorry for grieving Him, He forgives me, dusts me off and sets me right again on my journey with Him. 

God is love. (1 John 4:8)

He loves me more than I will ever begin to comprehend. 


If I meditate on His suffering on the cross maybe I can understand a little about His profound love for us. 

His agony and death on the cross make me weep. 

For I learn that God loved me so much that He would allow Himself to be tortured to pay the price for my sins to be forgiven so that I could be His child and be given eternal life and fellowship with Him. 


Not only that, but so that He could put a portion of His Holy Spirit inside of me and bring glory to His name throughout Heaven and earth through my weak vessel to demonstrate His reality. 


God is real. 

Christ is real. He lives inside of me and has made all of the music I’ve published through me. 

Twenty eight albums now since 2013. 


If He can use a weak vessel who suffers from daily migraines, 

ME Chronic Fatigue syndrome, and painful fibromyalgia to accomplish His purposes on this earth, then I know that He can use anyone who will simply believe and walk by faith to glorify Him. 


But more importantly, Christ wants a living, vital relationship with people. 


Jesus Christ wants all to believe in His reality in the 21st century: that He is a living, resurrected SaPreview Midnight Prayers & Meditations 2vior, not someone who only lived two thousand years ago only to be studied and quoted by an elite few. 


The Lord Jesus Christ wants to live and shine through all who will invite Him into their hearts and who love and obey Him~ “For there is no respect of persons with God.”  Romans 2:11 - KJV



May those who hear my music understand this message and be encouraged to believe that Christ cherishes them and desires an abiding, eternal friendship with them. 


Jesus said, “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. 

… If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” ~John 14:21,23 - KJV


May our merciful loving God be forever honored, loved, and praised. In Jesus’ name, amen.



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Midnight Prayers & Meditations, Volume Two, is dedicated to my Heavenly Abba Father, Beloved Lord Jesus Christ, and Beloved Lord Holy Spirit, through the risen Lord Jesus Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory and honor of God the Father, to proclaim their praises throughout the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen. 


*Special Thanks and Dedication to my beloved husband Mark for all his technical assistance in Copyrighting my music and uploading my files despite many challenges.

May God bless you forever and always for all you do, sweet Mark!


Midnight Prayers & Meditations, Volume Two, Copyright © (P) 2021, by Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved. 


Scripture Quotations from the Easy To Read Version Bible, (ERV) Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International, The King James Version Bible (KJV) (Public Domain)

A Badge Of Honor 



A Badge of Honor

They bear the scars of Jesus,
They bear Christ’s holy scars,
They wear them on their bodies 
And in their suffering hearts.

They suffer for Christ’s glory,
They share His holy pain,
His scars their badge of honor
Though others call it shame...

In their humble weakness 
Christ displays His strength;
In them He rises yet alive
Through His almighty grace.

The sick and suffering, poor, oppressed
Bring glory to the Lord,
When they praise Him in their pain
Despite their vicious storms...

They bear the scars of Jesus,
They bear His holy scars,
They’ll become a crown of gold 
He’ll place upon their heart...

Someday He will look at them,
He’ll look at them and say,
“Well done my little one 
You honored Me each day,
With the life I gave to you
To worship Me and praise;
Now come live in Paradise 
And be with Me always,

In Jesus’ name, amen.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God, Copyright © 2020, Suzanne Davis Harden,  All Rights Reserved.  

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Scriptures for Meditation

“ “On my own body are scars that prove I belong to Christ Jesus...” ~ Galatians‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭CEV‬‬


“God's Spirit makes us sure that we are His children.
 His Spirit lets us know that together with Christ 
we will be given what God has promised. 



We will also share in the glory of Christ, 
because we have suffered with Him.
 I am sure what we are suffering now 
cannot compare with the glory 
that will be shown to us.” 
~ ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:16-18‬ ‭CEV‬‬


“For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, 
not only to believe and confidently trust in Him,
 but also to suffer for His sake, 
[and so you are] experiencing the same [kind of] conflict 
which you saw me endure, 
and which you hear to be mine now.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:29-30‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“...but Christ has said to me, 
“My grace is sufficient for you
 [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—
always available—regardless of the situation]; 
for [My] power is being perfected 
[and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” 

Therefore, I will all the more gladly 
boast in my weaknesses, 
so that the power of Christ 
[may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.

 So I am well pleased with weaknesses, 
with insults, with distresses, 
with persecutions, 
and with difficulties, 
for the sake of Christ; 
for when I am weak [in human strength], 
then I am strong 
[truly able, truly powerful,
 truly drawing from God’s strength].”
‭‭~2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭AMP‬‬


















Unto The Least Of These, All Glory to God, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved.
Original Prayer Poem, “Badge of Honor,” Original Scripture Paintings, May Christ be Honored, Copyright © 2020, by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved.Scripture quotations: CEV Bible (Contemporary English Version Bible) Second Edition) Copyright © 2006 American Bible Society, All rights reserved. /AMP (Amplified Bible) Copyright © 2015 by the Lockman Foundation, All rights reserved.


Their Voice Has Gone Out To All The Earth 




All Glory To God Forever (Inspired by Psalm 19)



The heavens sing of Thy glory,

The skies reveal Thy work 

Every day they sing of Thee

In songs that have no words...


Every day and night they sing


They pour forth melodies
 
In a language without sound

Their love to Thee they bring.



Though their speech be silent

Their grammar be unknown
Their syntax may be foreign
Yet God will make them known...


Everywhere in all the earth


In every place they go 

God makes their language understood

Where their songs are sown.



They sing God’s holy truths

Every night and day

They glorify the Most High

They praise His holy name...



Before all of the Angels

And all the Universe

Their songs are triumphs of His grace

That display His works...



All glory to God forever 

They’re singing all the day...

All glory! Glory! Glory!

May Christ be ever praised!


All glory to Christ forever


Who saved the world from sin

May Christ be praised forevermore

By all who honor Him,

In Jesus’ holy name,

Amen.


(Prayer Song) All Glory To Christ, 
Copyright © 2019 by SD Harden All rights reserved.
 
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For Meditation


  • “The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows His handiwork. Day after day they pour out speech, and night after night they display knowledge.
    • There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world...” Psalms 19:1-4 WEB 
 

  • “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them.

  • "For the invisible things of Him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even His everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse."         
  • 
"Because, *knowing God, they didn’t glorify Him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.”~ Romans 1:18-21 WEB    

*Please note that Paul addresses these words to those who are Believers in God, to those who DO KNOW GOD. The word Paul used for *know is:
•    Strongs1097 γινώσκω [GINW/SKW] {ginṓskō} \ghin-oce'-ko\a prolonged form of a primary verb; to "know" (absolutely)(allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know(-ledge), perceived, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.

*Please re-read the above passages in Romans 1 -not as addressed to unbelievers, -but as to the believer who has suppressed the truth about God in Christ...
One needs to READ the Bible and not merely books ABOUT the Bible, i.e., --commentaries by people. 
Because we are ALL human and we all make mistakes.

One needs to read what our Lord Jesus and the Apostles taught~~not what so and so taught, or even what a denomination or school or theology or philosophy that professes to be Christianity taught or teaches ~because our destiny is at stake.


Jesus said, “But don’t you be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, the Christ, and all of you are brothers. Call no man on the earth your father, for one is your Father, he who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” ~Matthew 23:8-12 WEB

If we argue that the pastor or a famous person is more educated and better able to teach us than Jesus Christ from His Word or the Holy Spirit through His word, then we do not truly believe Jesus’ words.

We become a follower of our pastor or famous teacher, author, philosopher, or school rather than Jesus Christ when we believe their words have more authority than the risen Lord and Savior whom we profess to love and serve.
However, that person we are following and putting our faith in cannot save us from our sins.

If we are a follower of a human and not actually following Christ, we confess by our lives that we do not actually believe the above words Christ spoke that He alone must be our MAIN TEACHER~ RABBI; nor will we ever comprehend or really believe in our hearts the following verses ( *See below) from the Word of God.

If any teacher or leader suppresses these important teachings or tries to explain or twist  them so that they do not mean just what the reader absolutely understands that they mean, then those leaders deny Christ and suppress the truth about God.

Meditate on the following bible verses…they reinforce Jesus’ teachings that we must abide in HIM, allow His Holy Spirit to privately teach us as we maintain a consistent prayer life with Him, worship Him, and personally study His Word with Him that we might come to know our Lord and Savior personally and glorify Him as we were created to.

All we have is idolatry if we reverse His paradigm of worshiping Jesus first and foremost.
If we make anything but Jesus our Head, we will have only an idol.

The first commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

If we stop loving JESUS as our Head, we will wander off into error and we will, before we know it, change the truth of God into a lie and be self deceived yet still call ourselves a Christian.
Meditate:

    •    Jesus said, “He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me."
    •    "These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
    •    "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you."
    •    "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.” ~ John 14:24-26,16:7,13-14 KJV  

    •    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    •    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
    •    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 

    •    Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
    •    They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
    •    But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
    •    Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
    •    Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 


    •    Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
    •    And this is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life. 

    •    These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
    •    But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.
    •    And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 

    •    If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him.”~ 1 John 2:15-29 - KJV     

Unto The Least Of These, Copyright © 2019 by SD Harden, All rights reserved, All Glory to God, Prayer Poem, All Glory To God, Copyright © 2019 by SD Harden, All rights reserved, All Glory to Christ,Scripture Collage Painting, Copyright © 2019 by SD Harden, All rights reserved, All Glory to God, Scripture Quotations taken from the King James Version Bible, and World English Bible WEB) (Public Domain)