Feeling Jesus

That Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith;

How cool is it to feel Jesus inside us

How awesome to know He’s got all the time in the day for us

And not just all day but all night too

He’s constantly there with us. Listening to us & talking to us

Holding us. Guiding us. Caring for us. Living in us. Living through us

that we, being rooted & grounded in love,

There is nothing better then HIS LOVE

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!

Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!

Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love

Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!

How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!

How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;

How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!

’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me;

And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!

May be able to comprehend (loves dimensions)

Loves breadth & length & depth & height;

To know (and grasp) the love of Christ, which passes knowledge,

that we might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Eph. 3:18-20

Thomas Goodwin, a 17th-century writer noted,

that one day he saw a father & son walking along the street.

Suddenly the father swept the son up into his arms & hugged him & kissed him

He told the boy he loved him & then after a minute he put the boy back down.

Was the boy more a son in the father’s arms than he was down on the street?

Objectively & legally, there was no difference, but subjectively & experientially,

there was all the difference in the world.

In his father’s arms, the boy was experiencing his sonship.”

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The taste of light

“That the eyes of our heart would be enlightened”

Ephesians 1:18

We may know things in our mind. But, to grasp those things in our heart is enlightenment.

Film is treated with a chemical. When the shutter in the lens of the camera opens,

the objects that the lens is pointed at allows the light to be captured and grasped by the film.

It’s one thing to say; I know all that in my mind.

But to say; I grasp this in my heart.

Yes, I see it now, it lifts me, encourages me & changes me.

Someone may tell me honey is sweet. I may read it is sweet.

But when a spoonful of honey hits the tastebuds of my mouth I grasp it.

We need the Spirit to sensitize our hearts with His chemistry

so that we taste truth & cling to it in our hearts.

Gods Spirit takes God’s truths in His Word & speaks light & sweetness

through it to lift us up, move us, strike us & even melt & compel us.

The eyes of my heart (the tastebuds of my heart)

Need constant enlightening.

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Why’s trouble chasing me

Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Psalm 10:1

Life is full of odd encounters & an assortment of peculiar rejecting accusers

God is . . . an ever-present help in trouble” Ps 46:1

But He allows trouble to pursue us,

as though He were indifferent to its overwhelming pressure,

so we may be brought to the end of ourselves.

Through the trial,

we are led to discover the treasure of darkness

and the immeasurable wealth of tribulation.

We may be sure that He who allows the suffering is with us throughout it.

It may be that we will only see Him once the ordeal is nearly passed,

but we must dare to believe that He never leaves our trial.

Our eyes are a times foggy & blinded so we can’t see the One our soul loves.

The darkness & our bandages blind us so that we cannot see the form of our High Priest.

Yet He is there & is deeply touched.

Let us not rely on our feelings but trust in His unswerving faithfulness.

And though we cannot see Him, let us talk to Him.

Although His presence is veiled, once we begin to speak to Jesus

as if He were literally present,

an answering voice comes to show us He is in the shadow,

keeping watch over His own.

Your Father is as close to you when you journey through the darkest tunnel

as He is when you are under the open heaven!

from Daily Devotional Commentary

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Do we need attention

“Active & interactive communication is the order of the day.

From the shortest texts & tweets to the humblest website,

to the angriest blog, to the most visited social networks,

the daily communications of the wired world attest that

everyone is now in the business of relentless self-promotion—

presenting themselves, explaining themselves, defending themselves,

selling themselves or sharing their inner thoughts & emotions as never before in human history.

The great goals of life, we are told, are to gain the widest possible public attention

and to reach as many people in the world with our products—

and always, our leading product is Us.”

Fools Talk

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Why???

I have a little friend. He keeps asking me “why?”

When I explain he says “why?”

I’m starting, myself, to wonder. “Why”?

Do all things without murmurings and disputings

Or do everything with no complaints or doubting

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are evolving or devolving?

Does this mean we are evolving or devolving?

“There really is no rational reason for saying a human being has special rights,”

Ingrid Newkirk, cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” *

In 2013 the group Non- human Rights Project (NhRP) filed a series of lawsuits

in an attempt to get judges to declare that the great apes are legal persons.

Serious ethicists now argue that an animal’s rights should sometimes

take precedence over a human’s.

Princeton’s Peter Singer suggests that an adult chimpanzee may have more value

than a human infant, especially a “defective” child.

Infanticide should take place as soon as possible after birth, he says,

though it would be acceptable to kill one- year- olds with physical or mental disabilities.

This proposal comes from a man The New Yorker calls the most influential living philosopher.

The Wild Earth states: that the extinction of Homo sapiens would mean survival for millions,

if not billions, of other Earth-dwelling species. . . .

Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social & environmental.”

“The last humans could enjoy their final sunsets peacefully,

knowing they have returned the planet as close as possible to the Garden of Eden.”

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Christ is amazing

“The Holy Spirit will only bless in conformity with Jesus own set purpose.

Our Lord explains what that purpose is: ‘He shall glorify Me.’

He has come forth for this grand end & He will not put up with anything short of it.

If then, we do not preach Christ, what is the Spirit to do with our preaching?

If we do reveal how the Lord Jesus is glorious;

if we do not lift Christ high in the esteem of men,

if we do not labor to make Him King of kings & Lord of lords;

we shall not have the Spirit with us.

Vain will be rhetoric,

Vain will be music,

Vain will be architecture,

Vain will be energy,

Vain will be social status:

if our own design be not to magnify the Lord Jesus, we shall work alone & in vain”

Spurgeon

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