Archive for the ‘Love’ Category

Ears to Hear

January 2, 2016

Ephesians 1:15-16 NET … For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers.

From NetBible Eph 1:15-16

  • because I have heard of your faith & love = Paul’s prayer can be made for his audience because he knows that they are true believers.
  • Faith in the Lord Jesus and love for all the saints = reasons to give thanks=> very similar to Col 1:4

From NetBible Col 1:3-5
NET … We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the saints. 5 Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel …

  • Thus the phrase “Your faith and love have arisen from the hope” is literally “because of the hope(of salvation in Christ).” The perfect tense “have arisen” was chosen in the English to reflect the fact that the recipients of the letter had acquired this hope at conversion in the past, but that it still remains and motivates them to trust in Christ and to love one another.
  • So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. –Ro 10:17
Thank You Father that faith in Christ comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Continue to let this faith in Christ and love for the saints grow. Continue to open ears to hear and follow what Your Spirit is saying.
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Doves Eyes and an Undivided Heart

October 29, 2015

Song 4:1, 1:15
How beautiful you are, my darling, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves behind your veil

Song 5:12
His eyes are like doves beside streams of water, bathed in milk, and reposed in their setting.

Both the bride and the bridegroom have the eyes of a dove. When a dove fixes its gaze upon its mate, it is not distracted by any activities around it. It possesses a singleness of eye for its mate alone.

Psalm 86:11-12 AMPC … Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name. 12 I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore.

  • Psalm 86:11 NIV … Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.
  • Psalm 86:11 NLT … Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.

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Lord Jesus give me the eyes of Your dove; An undistracted devotion for You alone.

Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided{pure} heart,  that I may honor you. -Ps 86:11

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O Lord Jesus, enlighten my eyes with Your word to behold Your face. Give me the eyes of Your dove with an undivided heart to fear and glorify Your name. I will be joyful in You, Lord Jesus. Kept as the apple of Your eye! –Ps 86:11-12,5:11,17:8

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Tweets:
#ScripturePrayer Lord Jesus-Give me the eyes of Ur dove-An undivided heart-Undistracted devotion to honor U alone! http://wp.me/pshYV-ur

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John 5:19 AMP … So Jesus answered them by saying, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son [in His turn] also does in the same way.

John 8:29 AMP … And He who sent Me[Jesus] is [always] with Me; He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.
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Lord Jesus, give me eyes for You alone. Give me the eyes and heart of Your dove – a heart that longs to please You alone!

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Psalm 123:1-2 AMP
1 Unto You do I lift up my eyes, O You Who are enthroned in heaven. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy and loving-kindness for us.

From Lift Up Your Eyes{my article}

All this attention on the eye prompted me to look up the meaning of **lift up [05375]. In hebrew it means: I magnify, exalt, extol, desire, long and , marry my eyes.

How beautiful: To You I *marry my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!

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O Lord Jesus to You, enthroned in heaven, I lift up my eyes. Lord, I desire the eyes of Your dove, eyes “married” to You alone, to do Your will. Cause me to experience Your path of life, the fullness of joy in Your presence(Ps 16:11).

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Psalm 32:8-9 AMP … I [the Lord] will instruct you{make you wise} and teach[03384] you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. 9 Be not like the horse or the mule, which lack understanding, which must have their mouths held firm with bit and bridle, or else they will not come with you.

Be wise
Seek, hear and obey the Lord’s instructions
Be blessed
=>You must follow the Lord close enough to see
Which way His eye is looking(pointing).

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Lord Jesus, help me to follow You close enough to see which way Your eye is directing me. Thank You for the wisdom of Your instruction.

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Hosea 6:3 … So let us know{acknowledge}, let us press on to know{acknowledge} the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering[03384] the earth.

Hos 6:3Ps 32:8 & Ps 86:11

  • rain watering/teach[03384] = to shoot arrows, to throw water, rain, to flow as water, to instruct, to point out (as if by aiming the finger)

Notice how the word for rain watering is the same as teach in Psalm 32:8 & Ps 86:11. This is very comforting in the above verses. To those who press on to know and acknowledge the Lord with an undivided{pure} heart, He will come like rain to water/teach personally. They will be held in His gaze, close enough to be guided by His eye. They will see “eye to eye”, with “the eyes of His dove”(Song 4:1, 1:15,5:12;Ps 32:8;Ps 86:11)

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Lord Jesus help me to fix my eyes on You, above all else. Draw me close enough to follow Your direction; close enough to see eye to eye. Thank You Lord Jesus that as You help me do this, I will be held in Your gaze, close to Your heart. Thank You Lord that You come like rain to personally teach those who press on to know and acknowledge You!

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Tweets:
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Related:
Give Me the Eyes of Your Dove{blog}
Held in Perfect Peace{blog}
Be Wise{blog}
The Apple of My Eye{blog}

His Unfailing Love and Kindness

September 19, 2015

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Image from 365promises

Deuteronomy 7:9 AMP
Therefore know [without any doubt] and understand that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who is keeping His covenant and His [steadfast] lovingkindness to a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments

Psalm 91:14 AMP
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Lord Jesus, may we each have personal knowledge of Your unfailing love and kindness. My we KNOW that You will NEVER forsake those who love and seek You. As we trust You, let our hearts rejoice in Your salvation, deliverance, and victory!  -Ps 13:5

Related:
Your Love Never Fails{blog}

More Than You Can Imagine!

May 30, 2015

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No eye has seen
No ear has heard
No heart has perceived
All that the Lord has prepared
All that He has made and keeps ready
For those who love Him
Jesus Christ …

He is able to do
More than you can imagine!

He is able to do the impossible! – Lk1:36-37

Praise You Lord Jesus – You are able to do more than we can imagine. You are able to do the impossible! Today, help us to get a glimpse of what You have prepared and made ready for us. We love You Lord Jesus!

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 AMP
9 But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]
10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].

Ephesians 3:17-21 AMP
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Faith-Love-Hope

February 17, 2015

1 Corinthians 13:13 AMP
13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 AMP
3 Recalling unceasingly before our God and Father your work energized by faith and service motivated by love and unwavering hope in [the return of] our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

Father, help our work and service be energized by our faith, love and unwavering hope in Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Tweets:
#ScripturePrayer Father-help our work&service be energized by our faith-love&unwavering hope in our LordJesusChrist! http://wp.me/pshYV-oG

Keep Yourselves in the Love of God

February 14, 2015

Jude 1:21 AMP
21 Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)—[which will bring you] unto life eternal.

Lamentations 3:22 NRSV
22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.

Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God
==> with eternal life in view.

Thank You Lord Jesus for Your steadfast unfailing love. Remind us anew of how high, wide and deep Your love for us is. Thank You that as You do this, our love for You will be renewed.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. -2 Cor 13:14

To renew your love for Christ
==> remember His love for you!

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Ephesians 3:14-21 NASB
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

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Image from 365promises.com

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Tweets:

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The Love of Christ

May 1, 2013


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

Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds{skies}. How precious is Your loyal love, Your children take refuge{trust} in the shadow of Your wings. –Ps 36:5-7
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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 the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Father, strengthen me in my inner being out of the glorious, boundless riches of Christ! May I know Christ’s truth and wisdom in my inmost heart. -Eph3:16,8;Ps51:6

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Father, let Christ dwell richly in my heart through faith. May I be rooted deep and grounded securely in Christ’s love. -Eph3:17

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Father, may I grasp how how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. May I experience this love that is so great I will never fully understand it–that I may be filled up with all the fullness of God. -Eph3:18-19

Because experiencing this love is better than life itself, my lips will praise You! -Ps 63:3

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Ephesians 3:19 NLT … May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

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Tweets:
#ScripturePrayer Today-May U know&experience Christ’s Love-A Love Wider-Longer-Higher&Deeper than any can imagine!
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Related:
How Deep the Father’s Love{blog}
Love Beyond Understanding{blog}

 

In the Shadow of Your Wings

June 16, 2012
LORD be gracious to me. Keep me as the apple of Your eye. Show me the wonders of Your great love. In the shadow of Your wings keep me and hide me, for I trust in You. Enfold me in Your unfailing love. Surround me with songs of victory! Let me sing for joy!

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O Lord Jesus, Keep me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me under the shadow of Your wings. Uphold me, that my soul may find rest and joyfully sing! –Ps 17:8, 63:7-8

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Tweets:
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Psalm 57:1 NIV … Have mercy on me{Be gracious to me}, O God, have mercy on me, for in You my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.

Psalm 17:6-8 NIV … I call on You, O God, for You will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of Your great love, You who save by Your right hand those who take refuge in You from their foes. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 32:7,10 NLT … You are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. … Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.

Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV … He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ” He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Psalm 63:3,7 … Because [experiencing]Your lovingkindness is better than life; My lips will praise You. … For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.

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Related:
Perfect Peace{blog}
Beneath His Wings{blog}

Wholeheartedly

November 13, 2011

2 Chronicles 25:2Amaziah did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight, but not wholeheartedly.

Lord, help us to have fully committed hearts, totally devoted to You. Help us to love You, our Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart, all our soul and all our might.

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Lord, help us to have fully committed hearts, totally devoted to You. Thank You that as we surrender all and trust You, we will be blessed with Your perfect peace and unyielding, impenetrable strength! –2Chr 16:9;Ps 29:11

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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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Tweets:
#ScripturePrayer May our hearts be fully committed&Blessed by the LordJesus Christ-Blessed with His Peace&Strength!
https://t.co/eMrz5PLZ1M

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Related:
With ALL You’ve Got{blog}
Peace and Strength{blog}
Tender Hearted{prayer}

Victory in Surrender

October 15, 2011

From Victory in Surrender:

Lord Jesus help me to surrender all to You as a living sacrifice(Rom 12:1). Help me to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength and with all my mind(Lk 10:27). Thank You that nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. Help me to rest in and display that love. Help me to bring the sweet aroma of Christ every place I go. I give to You, my Lord Jesus Christ, all honor, glory and praise.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Romans 8:38-39For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.