Posts Tagged ‘Smoldering wick’

A Pleasing Servant

February 7, 2019

Matthew 12:15-21 NKJV
Behold, My Servant
15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16 Yet He warned them not to make Him known, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
18 “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel nor cry out,
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench,
Till He sends forth justice to victory;
21 And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

A Pleasing Servant Knows God’s Will

  • Jesus God’s chosen servant in whom God is well pleased
    Fulfills prophecy and has God’s Spirit ––v15-18
    =>Knows God’s will and what pleases Him

A Pleasing Servant Has Righteous Judgement

  • Jesus proclaims Justice
    =>Has righteous judgement ––v18-19

A Pleasing Servant Encourages Trust/Hope in Jesus

  • Gentiles will trust/hope in Jesus name ––v20-21
    =>Encourages trust/hope in Jesus name

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Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
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How diligently are you seeking the Lord?

  1. Seeking to find out what pleases Him?
    Ephesians 5:8-11 NKJV
    Walk in Light
    8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
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    Galatians 1:9-10 NKJV
    Only One Gospel
    9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
  2. Seeking Him to judge righteously?
    Do not judge according to appearance ––Jn 7:24
    Do not judge unto condemnation ––Lk 6:37-39
    Judge using God’s word to discern good from evil ––He 5:11-14;Mt 7:6
    Judge to gently correct ––2Tim 2:24-26
  3. Seeking Him to encourage others to build their trust/hope in Jesus?
    Hebrews 12:12-13 NKJV
    Renew Spiritual Vitality
    12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
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    2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NKJV
    Comfort in Suffering
    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
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    Romans 12:12 NET
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction/suffering, faithful/devoted in prayer.

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Word Study
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From NetBible He 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him , for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

  • diligently[1567] = seek after carefully, crave

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From NetBible Gal 1:10
… For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

  • bondservant[1401] = devoted to Christ above one’s own interests

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From NetBible Mt 12:18
… He will declare justice[2920] to the Gentiles.

From NetBible Jn 7:24
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment[2920].

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From NetBible Is 42:1
… He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

  • justice[04941] = judgement, decide case
    *from [08199] = judge, govern, vindicate, punish

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From NetBible Ro 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction/suffering, faithful/devoted in prayer.

  • patient[5278] =  to preserve/abide: under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ

Smoldering Wick

February 6, 2019


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A song:
Sweet, sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet Spirit of life
Jesus I need You
Breathe on me
Breathe on me once again  –Job 33:4
Refresh, revive, restore –Ps 85:6
Fan into flame –2Tim 1:6
Oh how sweet the fragrance of Christ –2Cor 2:14-16
My strength my beautiful song! –Is 12:2
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“He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.” Doth not that suit thy case? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, He will not break thee; but on the contrary, will restore and strengthen thee. Thou art like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from thee; but He will not quench thee; He will blow with His sweet breath of mercy till He fans thee to a flame”. -Spurgeon
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Psalm 150:6 AMP
6 Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
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Word Study
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Job 33:4 AMP … [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].
From NetBible  Job 33:4

  • Spirit[07307] of God = wind/breath of heaven, Holy Spirit, inspires prophetic utterances, Shekinah glory manifest
  • breath[05397] of the Almighty = spirit of God, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421]revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

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From NetBible Ps 85:6
Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

  • revive[02421] = to live, to bring/restore to life, to quicken
    * from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death
  • rejoice[08055] = be glad, make glad, to brighten up, make joyful

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From NetBible  Ps 150:6
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

  • breath[05397] = spirit of God, divine inspiration
  • praise[01984] = shine, flash forth light, celebrate

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Breathe

March 25, 2015

A song:
Sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet Spirit of life
Oh how I need You
Breathe on me once again
Refresh, restore, revive
Oh how sweet the fragrance of Christ!

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 AMP
14 But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
15 For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing:
16 To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. …

Job 33:4 AMP
4 [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].

Along with the above song and scripture the Lord impressed the smoldering wick upon my heart.

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The smoldering wick He promises not to snuff out! It only needs the Holy Spirit to breathe on it once again – to burst into flame and be restored/revived.

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He restores: breathes refreshment and new life into my soul!

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 @Khollandsblog
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Tweets:

The smoldering wick He promises not to snuff out-the Holy Spirit only needs to breathe on it-to revive it’s flame! http://wp.me/spbBB-breathe

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Word Study
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From NetBible  Job 33:4

  • spirit[07307] = breath, wind, to inspire prophetically
    *From [07306] = to smell, scent, perceive odor
  • breath[05397] = spirit, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421] = revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

From NetBible Ps 23:3

  • restores[07725] = to bring back, to restore, refresh, repair
  • soul[05315] = life, person, mind, living being
    *from [05314] = to take breath, refresh oneself

From Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Related:
He Restores My Soul{blog}

Strengthened

November 24, 2010

Verse of the Day ->Colossians 2:6-7
Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Psalm 68:28 Your God has commanded your strength; Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf{Strenghten/confirm, O God, that which you have worked in us.}.

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me{I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me}.

Psalm 18:35 You give me your protective shield; your right hand supports me; your willingness to help enables me to prevail.

O Lord be magnified, You are highly exalted
And there is NOTHING that You can’t do
Rise up O Sovereign Lord
Show Yourself strong
Hear the voice of your people call
Rise up and show Yourself strong
In our weakness You are always faithful
Always strong.  

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation say continually,
“The LORD be magnified!” -Ps 40:16

O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together. -Ps 34:3

The smoldering wick only needs His breath to rest on it
Breath like fragrant apples
His apples of gold
His sweet fruit and scent to restore and refresh
The smoldering wick then bursts into flame
Shining the strength and glory of the Lord!

Proverbs 25:11
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given me an instructed tongue, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to listen like one being taught..

Song 2:4-5
He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.  Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick.

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Related:
A Bruised Reed; A Smoldering Wick

Run to Him

Ever Present Need{Unlit Wick}

October 28, 2009

“Darkness is an unlit wick; it just needs your touch, Beloved, to become a sacred flame.” -St. Thomas of Aquinas

Ever Present Need – Music by Steve Bell
Lyrics adapted from Daniel Ladinski’s translation of
‘Our Need for Thee’ in Love Poems from God.
Original poem by St. Francis of Assisis.

Darkness is an unlit wick
A simple spark would vanquish it
Truly I could burst to flame
Every time you call my name
Do I do for you the same

God is like a honey bee
Penetrates the soul of me
Dearly draws the sweetness in
Nectar of the meek love is
He in me and I in him

In our ever present need of thee
Grant we fathom peace
Fashion instruments of souls set free
For don’t the cages ones weep

Sometimes sober sometimes bliss
Every union knows of this
But I have stood here in his rain
And bear the marks of fertile plains
Swelling streams and swollen grain

So will I console the fall
Of cheerless creatures great and small
What of sadness can endure
When love divine makes insecure
The crowing claims of shame’s allure

In our ever present need of thee
Grant we fathom peace
Fashion instruments of souls set free
For don’t the cages ones weep

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Isaiah 42:3    A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice;

“He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.” Doth not that suit thy case? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, He will not break thee; but on the contrary, will restore and strengthen thee. Thou art like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from thee; but He will not quench thee; He will blow with His sweet breath of mercy till He fans thee to a flame. -Spurgeon

A Bruised Reed; A Smoldering Wick

October 27, 2009

Isaiah 42:1, 3 Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My *Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. … A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice;

Beloved
I know you feel the darkness covering the earth
A thick, heavy darkness
A gross darkness that tries to crush and snuff out all life.

Beloved do not fight this darkness in your own strength
Come to Me; Rely on Me; Lean on Me alone and remember
The bruised reed that feels as if it’s being crushed
… I will not break
The smoldering wick that feels faint about to go out
… I will not snuff out.

The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. -Deut 31:8

The bruised reed helpless and weak
Can make no music on its own
But My breath of life restores
Beloved wait on Me
I will lift you up and breathe a new song thru your mouth
A sweet song of praise
Many will see and trust in Me. –Ps 40:1-3

The smoldering wick, faint, growing dim
Can shine no light on its own.
But My wind ignites and fans into flame -2 Tim 1:6
I will light your candle turning darkness to light
A city on a hill shining bright with My glory
A city on a hill that cannot be hidden
The light of the world. -Mt 5:14

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, BUT the LORD rises upon you and His glory appears over you. -Isa 60:2

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You, O LORD, will light my candle; my God turns my darkness into light. -Ps 18:28

From Netbible: *Spirit – ruwach [07307]
1) wind, breath, mind, spirit
1a) breath
1b) wind
1b1) of heaven

Shepherd boys used to cut reeds and turn them into flutes. Straight unbroken reeds were picked; they made the best flutes. Reeds were plentiful so there was no need to repair a bruised or broken reed which would make no music, a new unbroken one could quickly be found. The shepherd boy would probably just snap the bruised reed and throw it away as useless.

The Lord chooses to breathe His breath of life into the bruised reed causing it to make sweet music again and into the smoldering wick igniting it into flame. His power made perfect in weakness. In your weakness, surrender to Him, let His breath of life rest upon you, then you will shine in His strength and glory.

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,
so that no man may boast before God.
-1 Cor 1:27-29

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Cor 12:9-10

I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images. -Isa 42:8

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Song 7:7-9 
The Palm Tree and the Palm Tree Climber 
The Lover to His Beloved: 
7Your stature is like a palm tree, And your breasts are like its clusters. 8I said, ‘I will climb the palm tree, I will take hold of its fruit stalks.’ Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, And the fragrance of your breath like apples 9And your mouth like the best wine!” “It goes down smoothly for my  beloved, Flowing gently through the lips of those who fall *asleep. 

From Netbible: *asleep – yashen [03462]
Sleep is a blessing it provides rest and refreshment 
Another word for sleep here is smolders

The smoldering wick only needs His breath to rest on it
Breath like fragrant apples
His apples of gold
His sweet fruit and scent to restore and refresh
The smoldering wick then bursts into flame
Shining the strength and glory of the Lord!

Proverbs 25:11 
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. 

Isaiah 50:4 
The Lord GOD has given me an instructed tongue, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to listen like one being taught..
 

Song 2:4-5 
He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.  Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick.