Posts Tagged ‘With your whole heart’

Presence

March 7, 2015

Psalm 42:1-5 NKJV
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

 

What do you long for? How vital is the Lord’s presence to you individually /corporately?

What would happen if Jesus appeared in a visible tangible way, in your midst, during your gatherings. What impact would His presence have?

Without His presence isn’t singing is just singing, preaching and teaching mere words, and everything else just another meeting?

Take another look at the above scripture. David had a passion in his heart for the presence of the living God. He compared this passion to a deer panting for water brooks. Think about this for a moment.

The deer needs the water to have life. The deer also needs to continually return to the water brook to drink. One drink is not enough to sustain life. The deer’s very life depends upon it’s ability to continually drink.

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Also look at where David places all of his hope(v5) => in the help of the Lord’s countenance. Isn’t this another way of saying all of his hope was in the saving acts of the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention?

Check your heart today – where is your passion? How hard are you seeking the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention? Individually /corporately? How much of your hope is placed in the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention?

Deuteronomy 4:29 AMP
29 But if from there you will seek (inquire for and require as necessity) the Lord your God, you will find Him if you [truly] seek Him with all your heart [and mind] and soul and life.

2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV
9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. …

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Seeking the LORD’s Face

March 20, 2014

1 Chronicles 16:11 AMP … Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually!

What keeps us from seeking the Lord? 

PRIDE is one big thing …

Psalm 10:4 AMP … The wicked one in the pride of his countenance will not seek, inquire for, and yearn for God; all his thoughts are that there is no God [so He never punishes].

From NetBible Ps 10:4

  • *pride of his countenance = according to the height of his nose: refers to an arrogant or snooty attitude; it likely pictures one with his nose turned upward toward the sky in pride.
  • * the wicked … thinks, “God won’t hold me accountable; he doesn’t care”.(NET)
  • *the wicked … in all his thoughts there is no room for God.(NIV)

The heart determines how much the Lord is sought. Is the Lord and His presence a vital need? 

Psalm 27:8 AMP … You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].

Jeremiah 29:13 AMP … You will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Faith is required to seek and please the Lord.

Hebrews 11:6 AMP … But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].
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Praise You Lord Jesus, You reward those who diligently seek You. Stir our hearts to yearn for Your presence as a vital need. Thank You that as we seek You with our whole hearts, we will find You!

Lord You are Beautiful!

December 30, 2013

O Lord You are beautiful!
Your face is all I seek
For when Your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me.

The eyes of the Lord are upon –

  • But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. -Ps 33:18
  • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. -1 Pe 3:12
  • For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal{fully devoted} to Him. -2 Chron 16:9

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With ALL You’ve Got

November 11, 2011

Use NOW what God has given you
Count not it’s worth as small
Your little is a lot when you give your all.

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Deuteronomy 6:5 MSG … Love GOD, your God, with your whole heart: love Him with all that’s in you, love Him with all you’ve got!

2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
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Only the Lord can count all the apples in one seed.

An apple has about 5 seeds — easy to count.

But one seed can grow into an apple tree, bearing thousands of apples, all with their own seeds which can become even more trees bearing even more apples and on and on, ad infinitem.

Do not despise small beginnings!  -Zech4:10

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Seek His Face!

May 21, 2009

1 Chronicles 16:11    Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

The Lord used the above scriptures at a special time in my life when the Holy Spirit was just beginning to flow thru me in a new way to touch others. It was thru singing and praising the Lord in a small group, simply beholding the beauty of the Lord and enjoying His presence that He allowed a new song to first rise up from within me: ‘Celebrate the King’. This new experience also caused me to search my heart/motives and to see that there is a difference between seeking the Lord for the gift {His hand} and seeking His face to truly know Him, the person.

What does it mean to seek the Lord’s face to behold His beauty? The meaning of the Hebrew words

seek  is: baqash [01245]: to search out in worship or prayer
face is: paniym [06440]: presence, person
and behold is: chazah [02372]: to see (by experience), to perceive, to contemplate (with pleasure). 

So to seek the Lord’s face to behold His beauty would mean to search out His person or presence in worship/prayer to experience, perceive and enjoy your relationship with one another.

The difference between seeking the Lord’s face over His hand is also seen by Mary, who like David chose the same ‘one thing’, to sit at the feet of Jesus and behold.

Luke 10:41-42    “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Mary chose the ‘one thing’ that Jesus says is necessary. The Lord turns His face towards the David’s and Mary’s who come to sit and simply abide at His feet to behold Him. The eyes of the Lord are upon –

  • … those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. -Ps 33:18
  • … the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. -1 Pe 3:12
  • … those whose heart is loyal{fully devoted} to Him, for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on their behalf. -2 Chron 16:9

 

The Father’s heart is open to those who have an ongoing relationship with Him; His children who not only come to Him with their needs but who also seek His face to enjoy their relationship with Him.

The Father’s heart is open to His children who come to simply abide and  behold His beauty.

John 15:7 NASB    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7 MSG   But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.

Heart check–
There is nothing like feeling His power/anointing flowing thru you touching others but …

Are you seeking His anointing — His hand or are you seeking His person — the relationship?

What would you do if the flow of His power or anointing thru you stopped?

 

Luke 10:17-21    The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

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1 Chronicles 16:8-11   Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.

2 Samuel 6:21 … “I will celebrate before the LORD.”

Celebrate the King! 
Karen Holland

I will celebrate before my King -2 Sam 6:21
I will celebrate my heart will sing.

The song of Jesus, let it rise
Burst forth from deep within. -Ps 16:11, 98:4

All my heart, All my soul, All my mind
With all my might -Mk 12:30
The song of Jesus, let it rise
All within me sings. -Ps 103:1

Chorus
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu -Ps 146:1; Rev 19:6
All honor, All glory, All praise
Worthy is the Lamb -Rev 5:12
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu
He is victorious, He reigns!
Celebrate, Celebrate the King.

O Lord, You’re Beautiful

May 10, 2009

The Lord used the following song at a special time in my life when the Holy Spirit was just beginning to flow thru me in a new way to touch others. It was thru beholding the beauty of the Lord that He allowed a new song to first rise up from within me: ‘Celebrate the King’. This new experience also caused me to search my heart/motives and to see that there is a difference between seeking the Lord for the gift and seeking His face to truly know Him, the person.

 

O Lord, You’re Beautiful
Keith Green

Oh Lord, You’re beautiful
Your face is all I seek
For when Your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me.

Oh Lord, please light the fire
That once burned bright and clean
Replace the lamp of my first love
That burns with holy fear.

I want to take Your Word and shine it all around
But first help me just to live it, Lord
And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to You.

The eyes of the Lord are upon —

  • But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. -Ps 33:18
  • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. -1 Pe 3:12
  • For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal{fully devoted} to Him. -2 Chron 16:9

 

The Father’s heart is open to those who have an ongoing relationship with Him; His children who not only come to Him with their needs but who also seek His face to enjoy their relationship with Him.

The Father’s heart is open to His children who come to simply abide and  behold His beauty.

John 15:7 NASB    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7 MSG   But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Heart check–
There is nothing like feeling His power/anointing flowing thru you touching others but …

Are you seeking His anointing — His hand or are you seeking His person — the relationship?

What would you do if the flow of His power or anointing thru you stopped?

Luke 10:17-21    The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

From Daily Promise
http://dailyqt.crossmap.com/    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (Ja 4:10 KJV) Reflection: This conditional promise can be misused by some who have ulterior motives, but when we truly humble ourselves in the Lord’s sight it can in no way be for our own lifting up. True humility would put ourselves last and that is what makes this paradoxical truth so amazing. We cannot lift our own selves up; it is only God who is able to do that and He only does that when we are humbled before Him. We also saw this demonstrated in Christ who “humbled Himself to the point of death—even the death of the cross” yet “God exalted Him” (Phil 2:8-9).

1 Chronicles 16:8-11    Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.
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2 Samuel 6:21 … “I will celebrate before the LORD.”

Celebrate the King

I will celebrate before my King -2 Sam 6:21
I will celebrate my heart will sing.

The song of Jesus, let it rise
Burst forth from deep within. -Ps 16:11, 98:4

All my heart, All my soul, All my mind
With all my might -Mk 12:30
The song of Jesus, let it rise
All within me sings. -Ps 103:1

Chorus
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu -Ps 146:1; Rev 19:6
All honor, All glory, All praise
Worthy is the Lamb -Rev 5:12
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu
He is victorious, He reigns!
Celebrate, Celebrate the King.