Archive for April, 2014

Praise Him in the Hallway!

April 30, 2014

Matthew 7:7-8 AMP … Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.

ASK
SEEK
KNOCK

and until the next door opens

PRAISE!

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From NetBible Ps 71:14:
Psalm 71:14 NET … As for me, I will wait continually, and will continue to praise you.Psalm 71:14 NLT … But I will keep on hoping for You to help me; I will praise You more and more.

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Until God opens the next door- Him in the hallway!

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How Deep the Father’s Love!

April 27, 2014

Romans 5:8 NIV … But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV …  For this reason I kneel before the Father,15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 Psalm 36:5 NIV …   Your love, O LORD , reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Thank You Lord for Your great love, a love that is wider, longer, higher & deeper than any of us can imagine. A love that gave us Your Son Jesus Christ. Help each of us get a glimpse of this love that surpasses knowledge today & always. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Romans 8:37-39 … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Thy Will{Love Deeper than Pain} 
Karen Holland … 9-30-06 

A heart touched, overcome with pain 
Kneels in a garden 
Weeping in darkness 
Alone this heart prays 
In anguish the heart yields.  –Mt 26:42

Kneeling before the Lord, I know 
No matter how deep the pain 
How heavy the burden to bear 
He will not let me break 
He will not let me fall 
He is my shield 

He lifts my head –Ps 3:3
Lifted up by His hand 
Secure in this knowledge I stand 
No matter how deep the pain 
No matter how dark the night 

I am never alone 
His love is deeper than any pain 

For He yielded His heart 
Accepted the cup 
And drank.

Related:
The Love of Christ{prayer}
His Love is Deeper

How Precious His Mercy!

April 24, 2014

Psalm 36:7-9 AMP … How precious[03368] 

priceless
excellent
exquisite
valuable
prized
rare

is Your steadfast love [lovingkindness[02617]], 

Your mercy
Your unfailing steadfast love
Your goodness
Your faithfulness

O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures{living water}.
9 For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.

 

Psalm 36:10-11 AMP
10 O continue Your loving-kindness to those who know You, Your righteousness (salvation) to the upright in heart.
11 Let not the foot of pride overtake me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Psalm 103:17 AMP … The mercy and lovingkindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.

From:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/treasury-of-david/psalms-103-17.html

Blessed! But, how vast the contrast between the fading flower and the everlasting God! How wonderful that His mercy should link our frailty with His eternity, and make us everlasting too!

Related:
Precious Mercy
Everlasting Mercy

Limitless Love

April 23, 2014

Psalm 36:5 AMP
5 Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, extend to the skies, and Your faithfulness to the clouds.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky. -Fred­er­ick Leh­man hymn

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You are loved with the limitless love of the Lord. An everlasting love that reaches to the heavens!

Jeremiah 31:3 AMP
3 … Yes, I[the Lord] have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.

Related:
Limitless Love{ODB}
The Love of God{hymn}

Hoping with Patient Endurance

April 21, 2014

Hebrews 11:1 AMP
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

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Hoping for what we cannot see means awaiting it with patient endurance.

Hebrews 10:37-39 AMP
37 For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.
38 But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.
39 But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul.

Indescribable Gift

April 20, 2014


2 Corinthians 9:15 AMP
15 Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!

From NetBible 2Cor 9:15

  • Thanks[5485] = grace which affords joy, gratitude
    *From [5463] = be glad, rejoice exceedingly
  • *Let us thank God for his gift which cannot be described with words
    –a gift too wonderful for words! NLT
    –No language can praise it enough! MSG

Romans 6:23 AMP
23 For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 17:3 AMP
3 And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.

 

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Related:
Overflowing Gratitude

Good Friday

April 18, 2014

Luke 23:34 AMP … And Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Luke 23:43 AMP … And He answered him, Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

John 19:26-27 AMP … So Jesus, seeing His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, [Dear] woman, See, [here is] your son!
27 Then He said to the disciple, See, [here is] your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own [keeping, own home].

Matthew 27:46 AMP … And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?—that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]?

John 19:28 AMP … After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished (ended), said in fulfillment of the Scripture, I thirst.

John 19:30 AMP … When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Luke 23:46 AMP … And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit! And with these words, He expired.

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God Can Be Trusted

April 16, 2014

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV … Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4 BBE … In the time of my fear, I will have faith in You. In God will I give praise to His word; in God have I put my hope; I will have no fear of what flesh may do to me.

Fear can be powerful, but we don’t have to let fear rule. Fear can be over ruled by trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Like the above psalm, we can declare, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You, Lord!”

God can be trusted! The is no limit to His understanding and wisdom(Isaiah 40:28). Trust in the Lord, for His perfect love casts out fear(1 John 4:18).

Psalm 147:5 AMP
Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless!


Trust in the Lord
Soar on wings like eagles!
-Isa 40:31

Hosanna in the Highest

April 13, 2014

Zechariah 9:9 AMP
9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Mark 11:8-10 NIV
8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

PalmSunday

The new testament word hosanna[5614] is the greek spelling of the hebrew words yasha’[03467] na’[04994] found in the old testament in only one place. It means ‘Save now, I pray’. It’s a cry for help.

Psalm 118:25-26 NIV Save now[03467] , I pray, O LORD; O LORD, grant us[04994]  success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

Over the years hosanna changed from being a cry for help to a form of praise – a shout of hope and exultation. So Hosanna to the Son of David means “The Son of David is our salvation! Hooray for the king! Salvation belongs to the king!” And Hosanna in the highest means “Let all the angels in heaven join the song of praise. Salvation! Salvation! Let the highest heaven sing the song!”

Do we greatly rejoice like this – that Jesus is in our midst?

Look at the following verse – do you wear your salvation around your neck – as a “garland of hosannas” ? As songs of great rejoicing and deliverance?

Psalm 32:7 MSG  GOD’s my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

Psalm 32:7 NASB  You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

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This Palm Sunday Let’s rejoice greatly as they did on the first Palm Sunday, that Jesus is in our midst. Let’s celebrate the King of kings.

Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

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Related:
Hosanna by John Piper
Garlands of Hosannas
Don’t Let the Rocks Cry Out{article}

God’s Good Hand

April 12, 2014

Ezra 8:22 AMP
22 For I was ashamed to request of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy along the way, because we had told the king: the hand of our God is upon all them for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.

2 Chronicles 15:2 AMP
2 … The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, craving Him as your soul’s first necessity], He will be found by you; but if you [become indifferent and] forsake Him, He will forsake you.

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Quotes:
… and now all this being said to the king, after this, to desire a guard to protect them, it would look as if they had not that favour in the sight of God, and did not believe what they had said, but distrusted his power and providence towards them; therefore, rather than reflect any dishonour on God, they chose to expose themselves to danger, seeking his face and favour, and relying on his goodness and power. -Gill

It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. -Spurgeon

Those who seek God, are safe under the shadow of his wings, even in their greatest dangers; but those who forsake him, are always exposed. -Matthew Henry

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Remember
– God’s hand IS there upholding you –
Even if you can’t see it right now.

Seek Him as your soul’s first necessity!

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Today Lord, help me to seek You as my soul’s first necessity. Thank You that those who earnestly seek and rely on You are under the protection of Your mighty right hand.

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@Khollandsblog Tweets:

Today Lord-Help me to seek U as my soul’s 1st necessity -U protect those who earnestly seek!

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Related:
Upheld – Led by His Hand{prayer}
Spurgeon – Ezra 8:22
Ezra 8:22 Commentary