Love broke thru…

Ephesians2.8-9

The message of this song just so causes me to rejoice!
Salvation by grace through faith by alone.

“Love Broke Thru”
by tobyMac

I was feelin’ that, feelin’ that breeze
Singin’ like a song thru the tall oak trees
It was just another summer night
Had to be the last thing on my mind
Yeah, I was all but lost in the moment
I was young and runnin’ wide open
It was just another summer night
Had to be the last thing on my mind

When love broke thru
You found me in the darkness
Wanderin’ thru the desert
I was a hopeless fool
Now I’m hopelessly devoted
My chains are broken
And it all began with You
When love broke thru
And it all began with You
When love broke thru

I did all that I could to undo me
But You loved me enough to pursue me
Yeah, You drew me out of the shadows
Made me believe that I mattered, to You (You)
You were there, You heard my prayer in that broke down dusty room
It was the first time I said, “I’m Yours”
The first time I called You Lord

When love broke thru
You found me in the darkness
Wanderin’ thru the desert
I was a hopeless fool
Now I’m hopelessly devoted
My chains are broken
And it all began with You
When love broke thru
And it all began with You
When love broke thru

Yeah, it was late in the summer when the northeast breeze
Sang like a song thru the oak trees
Pennsylvania
She kind of caught my soul
Which had me a little more open than closed
Walls I built
Opinions I learned
Covered in the ashes of bridges I burned
Blind to the arrow that headed to my heart
But You hit the mark

When love broke thru
You found me in the darkness
Wanderin’ thru the desert
I was a hopeless fool
Now I’m hopelessly devoted
My chains are broken
And it all began with You
When love broke thru

I did all that I could to undo me
But You loved me enough to pursue me

John 6.44Romans 3.10-12Romans 5.8

Romans 5.8a

Romans 5.6Eden Asset LibraryTitus 3.5Romans 10.11Romans 8.1Mark 12.30-31Mark 8.34-35

Romans 12.11 Thes 2.12Romans 14.8

Romans 6.13

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Wisdom Wednesday

1 Chronicle 29.11

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today the Lord speaks of His Glorious Power manifested in His magnificent ways and purposes. I pray you will be blessed as you read and meditate upon the following Scriptures and quotes. There are not enough pages in the world to give the God of this post the praise, honor, and glory He deserves.

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Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God, and that to You,
O Lord, belongs steadfast love. Jeremiah 62:11-12a

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and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might 20 that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:19-21

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the
surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
2 Corinthians 4:7

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“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

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For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18

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For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
    and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
    and who will turn it back? Isaiah 14:27

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The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a Mighty One who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness;
    He will quiet you by his love;
He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

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It is He who made the earth by His power,
who established the world by His wisdom,

and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.

Jeremiah 10:12

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Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?

    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle! Psalm 24:7-8

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The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; He has put on strength as His belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Psalm 93:1

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes, to the Jew first
and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16

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And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come,
for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God.
Revelation 12:10

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Revelation 19:6

SELAH!
Shout now – Hallelujah!

Please leave comment if so inspired by the Lord! Yep! I’m ready for my day to the glory of the One, True and Living God!

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The power of the Word

Isaiah 26.3

I have found the above verse to be so absolutely true. Life can press in and our minds will absolutely take over, racing here, there, and yonder. The above verse encourages us not to allow our minds to govern us. A better way is to control our minds by training them to stay focus on God.

It is a choice God has given us the grace to make…[to] destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). It is a grace that we sometimes do not use for our benefit…and yet God offers peace when we do.

The truth is…stinking thinking can occur with all of us and these verses help us to know not to embrace these thoughts but filter them thru the Word. The Word and the Holy Spirit will take those thoughts captive and replace them with Truth and usher in the peace of God.

The issues of life must always be filtered through “what did God say?” We need to put the Word on it and trust that God is not a man that He should lie. His every Word is the “Yea, and in Christ, the Amen!

The Amplified translation says it like this:

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. Isaiah 26:3

Thank you, Father, for perfect and constant peace in spite of the storms that rage and try to trouble our minds. Thank you for being our refuge and our hiding place.
We bless you that in Christ, we have the victory!
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Philippians 4.7

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Blessed be the Lord, my strength

Psalm 144.1

Psalm 144

May the Lord, my rock, be praised,
who trains my hands for battle
and my fingers for warfare.
He is my faithful love and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him;
He subdues my people under me.

Lord, what is man, that You care for him,
the son of man, that You think of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow.

Lord, part Your heavens and come down.
Touch the mountains, and they will smoke.
Flash Your lightning and scatter the foe;
shoot Your arrows and rout them.
Reach down from heaven;
rescue me from deep water, and set me free
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

God, I will sing a new song to You;
I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You—
10 the One who gives victory to kings,
who frees His servant David
from the deadly sword.
11 Set me free and rescue me
from the grasp of foreigners
whose mouths speak lies,
whose right hands are deceptive.

12 Then our sons will be like plants
nurtured in their youth,
our daughters, like corner pillars
that are carved in the palace style.
13 Our storehouses will be full,
supplying all kinds of produce;
our flocks will increase by thousands
and tens of thousands in our open fields.
14 Our cattle will be well fed.
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity,
and no cry of lament in our public squares.
15 Happy are the people with such blessings.
Happy are the people whose God is Yahweh.

Psalm 144.15

 

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Hope for today: God is my strength

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25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
 27 Those who are far from You will perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all Your deeds. Psalm 73:25-28

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O give me that Book!

Matthew 4.4

I have shared before what a great blessing the old writings are to my soul. It just causes me to chew more, talk with God for understanding, see the glory of the Lord and worship than ‘easy in and easy out.’ The Lord showed me this one recently in my readings and I would like to share it in hopes that  it will bless your soul as much as it did mind. Show me the book that leads me to Jesus and the path of Life! How I thank God for His amazing love and grace to do just that.

“I have thought—I am a creature of a day, passing through life, as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God: just hovering over the great gulf; till a few moments hence, I am no more seen! I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book! O give me that book! At any price, give me the Book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. ”   
~John Wesley (1703-1791), preface to The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, v. V, New York: J. & J. Harper, 1826, p. 5

SELAH! Glory to the Most High Name of the Lord that satisfies and hunger and quenches our thirst!

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Wisdom Wednesday

1 John 1.9

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and today is a blessed day to hear the Word of the Lord regarding God’s great forgiveness of sin which is available to every man. May we go tell someone! Blessed is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

2“I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake,

    and I will not remember your sins.

26 Put Me in remembrance; let us argue together;
set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
Isaiah 43:25-26

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Surely He has borne our griefs

    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions;
    He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with His wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to His own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him
    the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:4-6

Acts 3.19

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart,
and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”


38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Acts 2:37-41

2 Corinthians 5.21

13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred
us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption,
the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
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but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by
His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.
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For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death
of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved
by His life. Romans 5:8-10

Isaiah 1.8

18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
    and passing over transgression
    for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain His anger forever,
    because He delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
    He will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
    into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19

Luke 5.20

Whoever believes in Him is not condemned,
but whoever does not believe stands condemned
already because they have not believed in the
name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:18

Matthew 26.28

18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 that is, in Christ God
was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

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Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…
Psalm 103:2-4

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34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor
and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for
they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest,
declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will
remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34

Psalm 103.12

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 7:9-12

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The grace of discipline…

Hebrews 12.2

Like many, our Sunday School lesson was about Jonah and God’s protective love.

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:
“In my distress I called to the Lord,

    and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
    and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
    into the very heart of the seas,
    and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
    swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished
    from your sight;
yet I will look again
    toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,
    the deep surrounded me;
    seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
    the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
    brought my life up from the pit.
“When my life was ebbing away,

    I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
    to your holy temple.
“Those who cling to worthless idols

    turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

One of the attributes of God that I really love is His refusal to leave us the way are once we become His children. His love for us is too great! Just very thankful that He does not leave us the way He found us but draws so closer and closer in…from glory to glory to glory! So thankful that He has told us, Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Philippians 2:12-13).”

One practical point spoke of God’s ultimate goal in discipline is to redeem us and bring our hearts back to Him. Another one was “no situation is completely hopeless for God’s children.” Some believers have a distorted view and cannot recall a time when God disciplined them but the Scriptures below would tell us different. “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you (Romans 12:3).”

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,

    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”Hebrews 12.5-6
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Hebrews 12:4-13

God’s discipline should not be run from or denied. It is not meant to disable us but to heal us and cause us to take on His image as a display of His glory to a dying world. He is an indicator that we are indeed His children!
Bless His Holy Name!

Hebrews 12.7

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Hope for today: saved by grace

HopeBut God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7

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Hope for today: what is good and required

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Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

 

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