May Your Wells Be Filled

“Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well, the rain also filleth the pools.”—Psalm 84:6.

HIS teaches us that the comfort obtained by a one may often prove serviceable to another; just as wells would be used by the company who came after. We read some book full of consolation, which is like Jonathan’s rod, dropping with honey. Ah! we think our brother has been here before us, and digged this well for us as well as for himself. Many a “Night of Weeping,” “Midnight Harmonies,” an “Eternal Day,” “A Crook in the Lot,” a “Comfort for Mourners,” has been a well digged by a pilgrim for himself, but has proved quite as useful to others. Specially we notice this in the Psalms, such as that beginning, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?” Travellers have been delighted to see the footprint of man on a barren shore, and we love to see the waymarks of pilgrims while passing through the vale of tears.
The pilgrims dig the well, but, strange enough, it fills from the top instead of the bottom. We use the means, but the blessing does not spring from the means. We dig a well, but heaven fills it with rain. The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord. The means are connected with the end, but they do not of themselves produce it. See here the rain fills the pools, so that the wells become useful as reservoirs for the water; labour is not lost, but yet it does not supersede divine help.
Grace may well be compared to rain for its purity, for its refreshing and vivifying influence, for its coming alone from above, and for the sovereignty with which it is given or withheld. May our readers have showers of blessing, and may the wells they have digged be filled with water! Oh, what are means and ordinances without the smile of heaven! They are as clouds without rain, and pools without water. O God of love, open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing!  C. H. Spurgeon

Observances of the 14th anniversary of September 11 have come and gone, but the feelings and emotions associated with that dreadful day linger in the psyche of this nation.  Days of lost and sorrow can make us forget, sometimes whose really in control, and what our response should be.  As Spurgeon wrote, “may the well they [we] dug be filled with water”; Christ’s life giving water.  Dig some well, so the thirsty traveler can find rest, solace and blessed peace in your vineyard.

Seven Ways to Express Love for God

Because of Who You Are
How do we show our love for God? We are told in Deuteronomy 6:4-6, “The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart…KJV.
What does loving the Creator of the universe look like? Here are some ways to consider. They are not ranked in any order.

1) Desire Him. Want to be in His presence and experience what is called in Christian circles as fellowship. It is having a strong yearning to be with him. Moses asked to see God face to face, but the Lord said it would be too much. So Moses caught a glimpse of God as He moves on the backside of the mountain. The key point here is Moses wanted more time with God. His desire was to be in Holy Communion with the one who created him and sent on to experience life. We should want to have an intimate fellowship with God; to earnestly seeks and bask in the radiance of His holy and loving light. Jesus said if we but knock at the door He would come in and be with us.
2) Saturate your mind with His Word. How do you get to know someone-really get to know them? It’s by spending time in their presence. The same principle applies here. In order to show how much we love God, we need to spend time in his word. Read, meditate, study, discuss what you discover with others. Ask for our loving God to reveal himself to us.
3) Praise Him. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:12-14 KJV. Praise means to express admiration or approval for what God has done, and to express thanks and appreciation.
4) Worship God. You do this by showing devotion and having intense love and admiration for Him. Prayer, singing, lifting up our hands in joyous celebration of His works in services and fellowship demonstrate appreciation for all the things He has done. The Bible says “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.John 4:23-25. I like what the writer on http://www.praise-and-worship.com/ said about worship, that it involves having a heart of submission, obedience, humility, repentance, and commitment. To love God is to worship fully with everything you have.

5) Share God and His message. Tell others about the goodness of God. Carry the message of love into all the world. This does not mean you have to leave the country, but you can be a living example of the abundant seed of Divine love. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you”.John 15:11-13
6) Demonstrate the love of God. Author and preacher Jonathan Edwards in his Treatise on Grace wrote, “Because we are abundantly taught in the Scripture that Divine Love is the sum of all dauty; and all that God requires of us is fulfilled in it, i.e., That love is the sum of all duty of the heart, and its exercises and fruits the sum of all [the] duty of life.” Everything we do and say should be summed up in the love we have for one another and for ourselves. We are His branches on the Tree of Life, and as such each branch should blossomed with the sweet aroma of His Love.
7) Believe in God and His Son. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:15-17 If God could send His only Son out of love of us to earth, and to pay for our sins, we in turns need to show our profound love for Him by believing in Him and His Son Jesus Christ. Trust Him and believe in the truth of His love.

I said at the beginning that these activities or disciplines were not in any order. Some may read this and think, well I would have put Number 7 as the first thing we need to do to show our love. And you would be right. Belief in God and His Son is the first act of love. God wants to have a fantastic relationship with us; to love on us; to restore us; and to enjoy our company. So maybe your faith and trust in Him as Lord and Savior would be to say Yes, I want to be in the relationship, and then to begin the journey. Now that’s loving God.

More Than Anything

More Than Anything

Songwriter Lamar Campbell wrote a beautiful song entitled More Than Anything.  The words of the song goes like this:

“I lift my hands in total adoration unto You. You reign on the throne for You are God and God alone Because of You my cloudy days are gone I can sing to You this song,  I just want to say that I love You more than anything
Love me in Your arms, You were my shelter from the storm.  When all my friends were gone You were right there all along I never knew a love like this before, Oh I just want to say that I love You more than anything.
I Love You Jesus. I worship and adore You. Just want to tell you Lord, I Love You more than anything.

The sweet melody of the song resonates with complete  fulfillment of scripture.  For it is written,  “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-6 KJV.

Today, let us each move into that quiet space with our mind, body and soul says more than anything I love you Lord.

 

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