Perfect Love: (Conclusion‚Ķ Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee)

Eight years ago I wrote a post at my “Moore To Ponder” blog. It still encourages me today. I hope it will bless you. Here is the link to that post.

 

https://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/perfect-love-conclusion-whose-mind-is-stayed-on-thee/

 

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Note to self…

My life is pretty easy these days, but I don’t have a lot of energy/motivation for much beyond what is required of me.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy. I just have these spells where life needs to be really simple and filled with lots of quiet time to just putter around……or not. ūüôā ‚̧

Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

3¬†Let Israel hope in the¬†Lord¬†from henceforth and for ever.” Psalm 131

Sacred Touches

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“Well Water”

 

 

Scripture reference;

‚ÄúFor the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.‚ÄĚ Revelation 7:17 KJV

“1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11¬†The¬†Lord¬†of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.‚ÄĚ Psalm 46:1-11 KJV

 

I found those scriptures on an older post of mine and thought that they would tie in nicely with the Biblical account I am sharing today. You can find the older post here:

https://serenadedinseconds.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/jesus-doeth-all-things-well/

 

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John 4 King James Version (KJV)

4 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)

3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

6¬†Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.

17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:

18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?

28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

 

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please  click here: http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here: www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

 

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Verses: Part One ( From Praising to Petitioning, to Interceding)

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Scripture reference;

“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44

24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25¬†Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28¬†For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Acts 17:24-28

 

Isn’t it fascinating how our thoughts can trek currents in that sparsely charted sea to which we refer as, “Our Knowledge of Him?”

 

I was having some quiet time today relaxing and reflecting on the beautiful way the Lord has cared for me as I once described it in a poem and devotion I wrote here  a few years ago:

 https://serenadedinseconds.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/r-is-for-rose/

For a long time now this verse has surfaced in my mind quite often… whenever I take the time to consider the Lord’s steadfast love and¬† the tender mercies that He has lavished on me:

“Surely goodness and mercy shall¬†follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the¬†Lord¬†for ever.” Psalm 23:6

My thoughts about my “rose” devotion lead me to that Bible verse. I have clung to it often while praying this line from “The Lord’s Prayer”:

“And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:4b)

Then I thought about how I often exchange the word “us” for the word “me” in that line. This thought lead me to reckoning and to resting in the fact that I can pray these words the next time I am feeling a burden for my brothers or sisters in the Lord:

“Surely goodness and mercy shall¬†follow them all the days of their lives: and they will dwell in the house of the¬†Lord¬†for ever.” Psalm 23:6

The next thing I knew, I was pondering these words of Fanny Crosby that were surfacing in my mind:

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.

Then I paused and thought of those people I have known who have professed that they do “not” believe in the message of the gospel, and felt sad and began to compose another verse. I like to think she wouldn’t mind if¬† I shared it here:

 

There are those you’ve made in your image, Lord,

Who are still in unbelief;

Give them eyes to see.  Grant them ears to hear

So they would abide in Thee…

 

Draw “them” nearer, nearer bless√®d Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw “them” nearer, nearer, nearer bless√®d Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

 

Will you pray these verses with me?¬† ‚̧

 

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please use this link: 

http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just use this link:
www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

“Daily”


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Scripture reference;

“23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136:23-26 KJV

 

Daily I long to know the Lord better and to think, speak, and do what is right.

Daily I succeed a little.

Daily I still fail a lot.

Daily I am persuaded that the Lord still loves me and will never fail me.

 

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please  click here: http://pronetoponder.wordpress.com/category/about-salvation-very-important-words/ and make sure.

Do you have a Bible? If you don’t have one, you need not worry. Just click here: www.biblegateway.com   They have many versions and translations of the Bible that you can read. Some of the best things in life are free!

All His Benefits (Part 13 Conclusion)

“Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”

Moore to Ponder

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Scripture Reference;

Psalm 103

 1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

 7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

 8The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

 9He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

 10He hath not dealt with us after…

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The Valley of Baca: Introduction

“The Valley of Baca is sometimes referred to as the ‚Äúvale of tears‚ÄĚ. It doesn‚Äôt sound like a place anyone would like to visit. Tear drops aren‚Äôt the most sought after items by those who collect treasures either. Yet this place and the tears that have been captured there are sacred…”

Moore to Ponder

Scripture references;

“1  How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear…

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