Archive for April, 2011

Bird of Paradise

April 29, 2011

His Word Burns

April 28, 2011

His Word Burns

Jeremiah 23:28-29The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully.
What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the LORD.
“Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”

His word consumes the chaff, burns the dross.
His word is wheat, pure food for His sheep.

The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. –Matthew Henry’s Commentary

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His Word Burns

Walk with Jesus

April 26, 2011

Micah 6:8He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

Walking with Jesus doesn’t depend on our legs. It depends on our hearts.

Isaiah 57:15For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

James 4:10Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord{in the sight of the Lord}, and He will exalt you{lift you up}.

Who Will Roll Away the Stone?

April 23, 2011

They saw the stone, the large stone
A stone they did not have the strength to move
Rolled to seal the entrance of the tomb.

They knew the stone blocked the way
To the place where their beloved Christ lay
Yet while it was still dark they pressed on wondering
“Who will roll the stone away?”

Out of love for their Lord they went ahead anyway.

Go forward towards the tomb
Press on thru the darkness where there appears to be no way
And remember, it’s not until you get to the tomb
That you will see the stone rolled away.

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here; for He is risen, just as He said.”



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Matthew 27:57-61When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.

Mark 16:1-4When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. 2Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” 4Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

Matthew 28:1-8Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

Luke 24:5-9Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”
8 And they remembered His words. 9 Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

John 20:1Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.

Joyfully

April 19, 2011

Revelation 3:20Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Joyfully answer the knock
Joyfully invite Jesus in
Tabernacle with Him
For the Lamb leads to the living fountains of waters
With joy draw water from the wells of salvation
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King
Let them praise His name with the dance.

I will rejoice in the LORD
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation
For He has turned my mourning into dancing{given me the feet of a deer}
And clothed me with joy!


Psalm 46:4There is a river whose streams shall make glad[08055] the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.

Psalm 118:15The voice of rejoicing[07440] and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

Psalm 87:7 NRSV … Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs{fountains of joy} are in you.”

Revelation 7:17The Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes

Isaiah 12:3With joy[08342] you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Psalm 149:2-3Let Israel rejoice[08055] in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful[01523] in their King. Let them praise[01984] His name with the dance[04234]; Let them sing praises[02167] to Him with the timbrel and harp.

Habakkuk 3:18-19I will rejoice[05937] in the LORD, I will joy[01523] in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.

Psalm 30:11-12You turned my mourning into dancing[04234]; You removed my sackcloth and clothed[0247] me with joy[08057]. That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Ocean of Love

April 16, 2011
Ephesiands 3:14-21 … For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Recently in a small group we were marveling at the love of Christ and the above prayer. In this life can we ever really grasp how wide, how long, how high & deep the love of Christ is? This love surpasses knowledge and is immeasurably more than we can imagine!

We can get a glimpse of it when we think about the cross. Did you see the cross in the above passage? Don’t these words form a cross? ‘How wide, how long, how high & deep is the love of Christ’!

In the cross is an ocean of love yet unrevealed, a mountain of power still unreleased, and a sea of truth not yet fathomed . . . There is something utterly exhaustless about the provisions of Calvary.” -S. Franklin Logsdon

Psalm 108:4 NIV… Great is your love[O LORD], higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

The Love of Christ
by Point of Grace

Chorus:
How long
How wide
Is the love of Christ?
How deep
How high
Is the love of Christ?

It would take ten thousand lifetimes
To comprehend, a love with no beginning
A love that knows no end.

More than any heart could measure or ever hold
His love could fill the oceans
‘Til they overflowed.

Higher than the mountains
Deeper than the oceans
Farther than the reach of the sky
Wider than the heavens
Longer than forever
Greater is the love of Christ!

Play ‘The Love of Christ’

What is Holy Ground?

April 15, 2011

From: Take Off Your Shoes

What is holy ground?
It appears to be the place where God reveals Himself.

What does holy mean?
It means ‘set apart, unique, distinct’

Why is holy ground – being holy linked with taking off your shoes?
Taking off your sandals is a symbol for removing the dust & dirt of the world

Isaiah 57:15 AMP … For thus says the high and lofty One–He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin]

So taking off your shoes is a symbol for a heart that is willing to humble itself before the Lord and be cleansed. This is where the Lord dwells and reveals Himself. This is holy ground ….

Psalm 51:7, 9-11 … Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow. … Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

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Whiter than Snow

Take Off Your Shoes

April 13, 2011

“Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every bush is aflame with God
But only those who see, take off their shoes.” – Elizabeth Browning

Acts 7:33The LORD said to him, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground”.

From NetBible Acts 7:33

A quotation from Exod 3:5. The phrase holy ground points to the fact that God is not limited to a particular locale. The place where he is active in revealing himself is a holy place.

The word קֹדֶשׁ (qodesh, “holy”) indicates “set apart, distinct, unique.” What made a mountain or other place holy was the fact that God chose that place to reveal himself or to reside among his people. Because God was in this place, the ground was different – it was holy.

The removal of sandals was, and still is in the East, a sign of humility and reverence in the presence of the Holy One. It was a way of excluding the dust and dirt of the world.

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Lord Jesus help us to set our hearts on You
To humbly seek Your face{take off our shoes}.
Please create in us clean hearts and pure hands –Ps 24:3-6, 51:10
That we may lift them up and bless You Lord. –Lam 3:41;Ps 134:2BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! -Ps 103:1

I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called–His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. -Eph 1:18

Peace Amid the Storm

April 12, 2011

Isaiah 4:5-6Then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering{canopy}. It will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, and a place of refuge, for a shelter from the storm and rain.

Peace is not freedom from the storm
Peace is knowing where to find refuge amid the storm.

John 14:27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Crown of Rejoicing

April 11, 2011

Psalm 115:11 NLT … All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.

Psalm 34:5 NLT … Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Isaiah 35:10 NLT … Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return.
They will enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.

Psalm 28:7 NKJV … The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.