This performance from P4CM poets Ezekiel and Janette..iks is by far one of the most moving spoken word performances I’ve seen to date (I’m a spoken word artist, so my perception maybe somewhat biased), with the risk of sounding over dramatic. I was deeply inspired, moved, edified by the performance and the lyrical content.
‘I’m trying to remember why I was created’ – How many of us have even asked God this question and genuinely desired an answer, or do we ponder on this questions of purpose as an excuse for not acting? We get so engulfed in trying to behave as Christian as “Christianly” perceivable that God’s purpose for us barely gets a mention. Sometimes the answer is just waiting for a faith-filled silence, on our part, to trust that God knows the desires of our heart and he won’t leave us wanting.
‘Weaving a little bit of his will with a whole lot of mine’ – the whole point of Christianity is complete and total surrenderance, not 20% and not 99%, but entire surrenderance to the will of God. The more we surrender to his will, the further forward we move.
‘My love is based and his love is based on how I feel’ – Too often we allow our emotions to delegate the choices we make, I’m angry right now so I’m going to eat my feelings, I’m lonely so I’ll go and see her – who will make me feel worse than I previously felt, I’m jealous so I’ll tell her secrets or point out his flaws. To be gentle (One of the fruits of the spirit) is the antithesis of losing control of one’s behaviour because of one’s emotions or basing a decision on emotions alone, without asking or receiving instruction from God.
May God enable us to be patient in love, especially loving him and led by his guidance and not our desires in Jesus name amen. x
Video version of the love poem, let me know your responses guys x
Love is often misrepresented in our failed and disruptive relationships, there is only one true and consistent representation of love and this is revealed to us in God, in his sacrificing of his only Son in order to pay the debt for our sins – John 3:16 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. – you may have heard this verse a few times, or read it just as often. But we should ask God to enlighten our spirits and teach our hearts just how great, powerful and enduring His love for us is, and ask God to teach us how to truly love, that we may not try to receive it or demand it from men/boys and women/girls who are unable to offer God’s perfect love. Amen in Jesus name
May God bless you and meet you at your point of need in Jesus name amen. x
He loves me not
He loves me
He loves me not so much that he can say those three words
But I know he must
Cah, the way he looks at me, could be mistaken for lust
But I see the truth in those lies and I hope one day to find the prize hidden in all these disappointments
I know I can make a difference,
I see so much potential in you, though you have no prospects
You talk down to me and I’m the one tryna bring you up to my level,
In my fairy-tale you’re the handsome, teary eyed guy in the suit that lifts my veil.
Actually, I’m pretty sure that I’m too good for you, and maybe I’ll just move on to your friend or two,
But I’m afraid things won’t work out with them,
And I might get paranoid and start thinking I was right when I said Its me and not you.
If you like it then you should have put a ring on it,but I’m dangerously in love and I’ll countdown till your love’s on top so we can be together till the end of time, don’t be the best thing I never had.
Seems like Beyonce’s just as confused as I am.
But God is not a God of confusion, so who is really the source of this vision?
The one I could have made up, I was so desperate for love.
The thirst has created a bunch of zombie wifeys
Weaved out, high heeled to breaking point and tired of celebrating valentines but no anniversaries
Saying no thank you to the bread of life and never-ending well of water spring
Yes please, I’ll have the heartbreak, abuse and unwanted pregnancies.
Sad but true that some people choose to play this game,
Single and ready to mingle, it’s a shame…
But he’ll change, I know he’ll change.
No surprise when things stay the same…
You should know that you’re worth more than rubies
A product of the creator’s design
You deserve more than empty apologies.
I pray as women of God, we seek the patience to wait,
Like Rebekah, Rachel , Hannah, Ruth
Whether He loves me or he love me not
I know one truth
God loves me more
This life, oh this life.
I might just laugh when I think about this life,
Laughter of the laughing laughers,
The giggles I giggled and the many sniggering after.
Smiles I formed on my face, its my Lord’s grace.
I may just cry when I think about this life,
Most of these are tears of joy,
The few that rarely fall but come falling like a flood,
Are tears for God.
Like if he’d never brought me here,
And imagine where I was last year,
And some mouths won’t say happy New Year,
2013 is but a could have been for another lost teen…
I might fall on my knees,
And pardon me please if I dance a little off beat,
Excuse me if I go down a little too low,
When my spirit’s joy shows.
But I have this Heavenly glow now,
He did the unthinkable and I don’t even know how.
Where I was coming from, the devil pulled our strings,
Tried to steal my victory, and make my spirit lean.
Too bad for the devil, how his plan did back fire,
What began as here we go again, ended with me serving the messiah.
I might just laugh when I think about this life,
I may just cry when I think about this life.
My spirit’s joy is overwhelming,
He came out of nowhere and held me.
He made me perfect in my imperfection,
And gave me all the love and affection.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help the way I feel about God,
I’m so in love with Jesus, I said I’m so in love with Jesus.
Oh I might laugh, I may just cry,
For my sake, for my sake, for your sake, for our sake,
The Heavenly Father died.
By his resurrection, by his blood, We survive.
amen in Jesus name
I’m pleased because of how your 1st class degree in biomedical science,
Hasn’t stopped you from being an usher,
How you raise you head high, directing others to the altar.
I’m pleased because of how you fear no evil in my name,
And rebuke demons through my grace.
You don’t shudder, when darkness lurks,
A child of light, my Father does unimaginable works.
I’m pleased by your ability to sit quietly,
Even when you think that you are right,
Better still when you know you are.
I’m pleased with you, for the persecution you took for my name’s sake
The odd stares and the empty sympathising from the lost,
The shaking of heads, as they carry sins weight.
I’m pleased because you turned down that six figure salary,
Because they asked you to dishonour the Sabbath,
You said “everyday is holy, but you should understand, Sunday is like Father’s day to me”.
I’m please because you’re slow to speak and slow to anger,
I’m pleased when you say “na thanks”, to the most sort after invitation to the party of the year.
I’m pleased because you didn’t approach Brother A,
Despite your craving emotions,
Even if he did smile at you a little longer than the others.
I’m pleased because you respected Sister B, all the way to the altar,
Abstaining and patiently waiting, without falter.
I’m pleased with your boldness among those who believe the least,
You boast about your God and shame the beast.
And your humility among those who believe the most,
Humble servant of Lord of hosts.
I’m pleased with you for giving up your favourite tv show,
Fasting, and putting your body under control
I’m pleased by how little the pride you acquire, and how great your gratefulness for my grace and sacrifice,
That I admire.
And when my father sends me, on the day of judgement,
I will know you, and I will speak merrily of you,
Because I’m so pleased with you.
You Only Live Once
How many people here have heard that saying?
Who doesn’t know what the acronym YOLO represents?
You only live once
You only live once
It came to me as I was watching some inspiring Christian poetry
I realised how the devil really works
How he can take a strong warning and distort it into the end of every joke
The excuse for every foolish and selfish act
Who benefits from your yolo-ing?
Don’t you know that there is only one beneficiary to sin, the devil,
He gains another soul in hell
Do we even listen to the things that come out of our mouths?
Christ told us, this is what defiles a man
You only live once
Do you understand what that means,
That means that if the floor were to separate and swallow us all,
No clubbing tomorrow,
You won’t have the opportunity to complain about your weight
Or the fact that your new iphone five, causing suicides in China,
Selling at prices enough to feed villages in Africa,
You won’t be able to worry about who is or is not whatsapping you
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth
And I guess I’m a hypocrite because my phone cost me over £400
How ironic that I should struggle to pay my rent some months and carry the value in the palm of my hand.
You only live once,
Try weed, try drugs, have sex with him and her too
Do whatever you want to do because you only live once
Tattoo only God can judge me
Just to show how daring and creative you can be
But only God can judge you and don’t worry he will
You’ll have the opportunity to explain to him why you felt so strongly about judgement that you needed to permanently mark it on the walls of his temple
Cause our body is his temple
We don’t even think about what those four letters mean
If you’re given the grace to understand then please understand
Yes its true this body only survives one life time, but your spirit is eternal
It would have been better for some if they hadn’t been born because by being born you’ve enter a contract forever
You’ll always be in existence
I’m not saying yolo-ing is wrong, I yolo often
Saying things I don’t want to say because of human fear, that I know I have to say because of God because I’ll only live on this earth once
I won’t have the opportunity to come back and do things the right way having learned of hell
The guy you spent half of your teenage years chasing, the image you almost killed yourself for,
They won’t matter once death comes
Is it me or does it seem sensible to utilize this life on earth, that we only have to live once, to do things that will save us from burning for eternity
In fact I am mostly talking to myself here
Because I know I’ve ended a stupid decision with the word YOLO!
Do you know how many people have taken some drug just once and died, they know the true meaning of YOLO
Said the wrong thing and been in the wrong place at the wrong time and had life snatched away from them
You Only Live Once