Fill My Cup, Lord. . .


Fill my cup, Lord.
I hold it up to you with outstretched hands.
My heart parched and thirsty for your living water.

Fill ,my cup with your love, Lord.
Help me to feel your hands holding mine,
feel your arms around me,
feel your love empowering me.
Fill me with quietness and encouragement and trust.

Help me to live for you when trials, difficulties,
and storms hit me and those I love so deeply.
Help me not to give up when giving up seems easier.
Help me to trust you when I don’t feel like trusting anymore.

When I know pain, fill my cup with prayer.
Teach me the secrets of service and surrender.

Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up to you.
Lift me up to do your will with love and sacrifice,
Never forgetting what you sacrificed for me—
Your Son.
My Messiah.
My Lord Jesus Christ.

Help me, Lord, to accept where I am now.
Help me to know I’m not stuck forever in my circumstances.
Help me remember that the windows do open
and that fresh breezes do blow in
and that living water forever flows
and that those who ask receive.

I’m asking now, Lord.
I’m holding my cup in my hands.
And I’m asking you to fill it . . .with you.
Fill my cup with
God the Father,
God the Son,
and God the Holy Spirit,

And when my cup springs a leak,
As earthen vessels are prone to do.
Then I’ll just have to ask again,
Trusting in your love
To fill me again . . .
and thanking you!
Amen
Emilie Barnes, Fill My Cup, Lord

Wherein ye greatly rejoice,
though now for a season,
if need be, ye are in heaviness
through manifold temptations: T
hat the trial of your faith,
being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth,
though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honour and glory
at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love;
in whom, though now ye see him not,
yet believing, ye rejoice
with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith,
even the salvation of your souls.
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and hope to the end for the grace
that is to be brought unto you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
I Peter 1:6-9, 13

God’s ‘Love Language’ is Gifts.

We are profoundly impressed with
the unlimited resources of the God of the Bible.
He never does anything small.
When He makes an ocean
He makes it so deep
that no man can fathom it.
When He makes a mountain
He makes it so large
that no one can measure or weigh it.
When He makes flowers,
He scatters multiplied millions of them
where there is no one to admire them but Himself.
When He makes grace,
He makes it with out sides or bottom
and leaves the top off.
Instead of giving salvation with a medicine dropper,
He pours it forth like a river.

When God sets out to do a thing for us,
He does it with a prodigality of love-
prompted abundance that fairly staggers one
who reckons things by the coldly calculating standards of earth.

Whatever blessing is in our cup
it is sure to run over.
With Him the calf is always the fatted calf;
the robe is always the best robe;
the joy is unspeakable;
the peace passeth understanding;
the grace is so abundant
that the recipient has all sufficiency for all things,
and abounds to every good work
.

There is no grudging in God’s benevolence;………
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And he brought him forth abroad, and said,
Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars,
if thou be able to number them:
and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
And he believed in the LORD;
and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:5-6

Imagine God Answering Your Prayer

“NOW unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory… Ephesians 3:20-21

This is one of my favorite scriptures, ‘above all that we ask or think’. That burden you’ve been praying about, to borrow a phrase from a friend, “How Can You Imagine God Answering Your Prayer?” What is the most extreme your mind can think? What would the answer look like in “a perfect world”?

One scripture says ‘His thoughts are not our thoughts ‘ to me that means that whatever I could imagine is so much less than what God has in mind.

There is no other such piling up of words in Paul’s writings as these, “exceeding abundantly above all,” and each work is packed with infinite love and power to “do” for His praying saints. There is one limitation, “according to the power that worketh in us.” He will do just as much for us as we let Him do in us. The power that saved us, washed us with His own blood, filled us with might by His Spirit, kept us in manifold temptations, will work for us, meeting every emergency,every crisis, every circumstance, and every adversary.—The Alliance

“Unto Him be the glory…”

What’s In A Name?

What’s in a Name?

“And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.” (Ezra 10:26 KJV)

This verse is buried twenty-six lines deep in the midst of a long list of laborious names. Very few people would even bother reading it. I guess I’m one of those few. You can see that seven names are listed; a father and his six sons. However, nothing is said about them — who they were, what they did, how their lives mattered. Nothing. Just their names. But names are important. A name defines you, and a good name is to be desired above great riches.
So I did a curious thing with this verse of scripture. Using the Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary, the Easton Bible Dictionary, and the Hitchcock Bible Names Dictionary, I looked up the meaning of each of these names and what I uncovered is worthy of your consideration.

Elam — a secret hidden by distance in the highlands
Mattaniah — the gift of hope from the Lord; the hope laid up in heaven
Zechariah — The renowned Lord has remembered
Jehiel — God’s life will be seen in me
Abdi — serviceable, servant of the Lord
Jeremoth — elevations; uplifted beyond the fear of death
Eliah — The Mighty God, the Lord who works in wonder and power

Putting the meaning of these several names together in one continuous thought produced the following treasure:

“There was a secret hidden in the heavens, far away from the sight of man. It was a gift of hope, laid up in heaven for us by the Lord. At the perfect moment, in the fullness of time, the Lord remembered the gift and brought it forth for us to have and to behold. Because of this His name is now renowned throughout the whole earth. His life has now been made manifest in and through us, making us useful unto every good word and work, and lifting us far above the power of sin and death. He is the mighty God, who works wonders of love by His great power.”

Next time your whizzing through the Bible on your way to a place called Hurry Up and Get Here, take a break. Slow down and read with an inquisitive mind, a curious soul, and an investigative hunger. You might just stumble upon a buried treasure or two. James Ryle

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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“fearfully and wonderfully made”


Psalms 139:14
I will praise thee;
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

How would you answer this multiple-choice question?

  • a coincidental collision of particles.
  • an accidental evolution of molecules.
  • soulless flotsam in the universe,
  • “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Don’t dull your life by missing this point:
You are more than statistical chance,
more than a marriage of heredity and society,
more than a confluence of inherited chromosomes
and childhood trauma.
More than a walking weather vane whipped about
by the cold winds of fate.
Thanks to God you have been
“sculpted from nothing into something”
(Psalms 139:15MSG)
Cure for the Common Life, Max Lucado

Psalms 139:15-18
My substance was not hid from thee,
when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
and in thy book all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!
how great is the sum of them!
If I should count them,
they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake,
I am still with thee.

This Thing is From Me

I think this is my favorite devotion in this book.

This Thing is from Me
February 1, Streams in the Desert

Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD. 1 Kings 12:24

My child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear, that it may gild with glory any storm clouds which may arise , and smooth the rough places upon which you may have to tread. It is short, only five words, but let them sink into your inmost soul; use them as a pillow upon which to rest your weary head. This thing is from ME.

Have you ever thought of it, that all that concerns you concerns Me too? For, “he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of mine eye” (Zech.2:8).You are very precious in my sight (Isaiah 43:4). Therefore, it is My special delight to educate you.

I would have you learn when temptations assail you, and the “enemy comes in like a flood,” that this thing is from Me, that your weakness needs My might, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.

Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not under-stand you, who never consult your taste, who put you in the background? This thing is from Me. I am the God of circumstances, Thou camest not to thy place by accident, it is the very place God meant for thee.

Have you not asked to be made humble? See then, I have placed you in the very school where this lesson is taught; your surroundings and companions are working out My will.

Are you in money difficulties? Is it hard to make both ends meet? This thing is from Me, for I am your purse-bearer and would have you draw from and depend upon Me. My supplies are limitless (Philippians 4:19). I would have you prove My promises. Let it not be said of you, “In this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 1:32).

Are you passing through a night of sorrow? This thing is from Me. I am the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. I have let earthly comforters fail you, that by turning to Me you may obtain everlasting consolation (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). Have you longed to do some great work for Me and instead have been laid aside on a bed of pain and weakness? This thing is from Me. I could not get your attention in your busy days and I want to teach you some of My deepest lessons. “They also serve who only stand and wait,” Some of My greatest workers are those shut of from active service, that they may learn to wield the weapon of all-prayer.

This day I place in your hand this pot of holy oil.
Make use of it free, My child,
Let every circumstance that arises,
every word that pains you,
every interruption that would make you impatient,
every revelation of your weakness be anointed with it.
The sting will do as you learn to see Me in all things.
Laura A. Barter Snow

I love the thought of anointing all situations in my life with His holy oil, consecrating them to His use through me. I’m not too good at this; often I get too involved to stop, step back and ask for God’s grace and strength, but I’ll continue to try. Maybe a little oil can on my desk would be a good reminder.

‘Just Do It’

“I have a habit of procrastination.”
They say (who ever they are)
that confession is good for the soul,
but I guess all of you didn’t really need to know that.
Anyway, I hope I can remember something of this reading
and ‘just do it’ instead waiting to get ‘a round to it.’

‘No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome
by putting them off till to-morrow.
It is only when they are behind us and done,
that we begin to find that
there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards,
and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties
unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant.
Accomplished, they are full of blessing,
and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us.
Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquility,
and hindering our communion with God.
If there be lying before you may bit of work from which you shrink,
go straight up to it, and do it at once.
The only way to get rid of it is to do it.
Alexander Maclaren

Sister Sandy Coleman once brought a lesson on undone chores
as a string of onions hanging around our neck.
How good it is to get rid of that string onion by onion.

She hath done what she could: Mark 14:8

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31

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God, That Cannot Lie

Jeremiah 33:25-26
Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night,
and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant . . .

Titus 1:2
In hope of eternal life,
which God, that cannot lie,
promised before the world began;

Planet Convergence March 25, 2012

Mark your calendar now
if you want to see the next celestial convergence
of Venus, Jupiter, and the moon.
On November 18, 2052, you’ll be able to peer
through the evening darkness
as those solar system neighbors “gather”
in a tiny area of the sky.
That remarkable juxtaposition of reflective spheres
last sparkled the night sky on December 1, 2008,
and it will happen again 4 decades from now.

This predictability,
as well as things such as eclipses
and the return of Halley’s Comet (July 28, 2061),
prove the orderliness of the universe.
If no fixed set of laws governed the movement
of everything in the universe,
such predictions could not be made.

Are these set rules more than random standards?
Can we see God’s hand in these celestial certainties?
Look at Jeremiah 33:25-26.
God has in view the covenantal relationship
between Himself and His people,
and He uses a scientific fact in the analogy.
In effect, God says that His fixed universal laws,
“the ordinances of heaven and earth,”
have the same certainty
as His promises to His covenant people.

God’s laws have governed the universe since its creation—
and continue to do so with astounding predictability.
So mark your calendar,
and be amazed by God’s unchanging control.  — Dave Branon”

Wherein God,
willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs
of promise the immutability of his counsel,
confirmed it by an oath:
That by two immutable things,
in which it was impossible for God to lie,
we might have a strong consolation,
who have fled for refuge to lay hold
upon the hope set before us:
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,
both sure and stedfast, . . . Hebrews 6:17-19

God Is What He Is

. . . Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
I AM hath sent me unto you.
Exodus 3:14b

Do you know anyone who goes around saying, “I am”?
Neither do I.
When we say “I am,”
we always add another word,
“I am happy.”
“I am sad.”
“I am strong.”
“I am Max.”
God however starkly states, “I AM”
and adds nothing else.

“You are what?”
we want to ask.
“I AM,” he replies.
God needs no descriptive word
because He never changes.
God is what He is.
He is what He has always been.
His immutability motivated
the psalmist to declare,
“But thou are the same” Psalm 102:27
the writer is saying,
“You are the One who is.
You never change.”
. . . . Traveling light, Max Lucado

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Be Convinced

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for,
being convinced of what we do not see
Hebrews 11:1

True faith drops its letter in the post office box,
and lets it go.
Distrust holds on to a corner of it,
and wonders that the answer never comes.
I have some letters in my desk
that have been written for weeks,
but there was some slight uncertainty
about the address or the contents,
so they are yet unmailed.
They have not done either me
or anybody else any good yet.
They will never accomplish anything
until I let them go out of my hands
and trust them to the postman and the mail.

This the way with true faith.
It hands its case over to God,
and then He works.
That is a fine verse in the Thirty-seventh Psalm:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord,
trust also in Him, and He worketh.”

But He never worketh till we commit.
Faith is a receiving or still better,
a taking of God’s proffered gifts.
We may believe, and come, and commit, and rest;
but we will not fully realize all our blessing
until we begin to receive and come into the attitude
of abiding and taking.
–Days of Heaven upon Earth

Psalm 37:3-7
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: . . .

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It Is Possible


I waited patiently for the Lord;
and He inclined unto me,
and heard my cry.–Psalm 40:1

It is possible,
when the future is dim,
when our depressed faculties can form
no bright ideas of the perfection
and happiness of a better world,

–it is possible still to cling to the conviction of God’s merciful purpose towards His creatures, of His parental goodness even in suffering;

still to feel that the path of duty, though trodden with a heavy heart, leads to peace;

still to be true to conscience;

still to do our work,
to resist temptation,
to be useful, though with diminished energy,
to give up our wills
when we cannot rejoice under God’s mysterious providence.

In this patient, though uncheered obedience,
we become prepared for light.
The soul gathers force.
WM. E. CHANNING.

Psalm 22:24
For he hath not despised nor abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him;
but when he cried unto him,
he heard.

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Abundantly Able

And being absolutely certain
that whatever promise He is bound by,
He is able to make good
Romans 4:20

We are told that Abraham could look at his own body
and consider it as good as dead
without being discouraged,
because he was not looking at himself
but at the Almighty One.
He did not stagger at the promise,
but stood straight up unbending
beneath his mighty load of blessing;
and instead of growing weak he waxed strong in the faith,
grew more robust,
the more difficulties became apparent,
glorifying God through His very sufficiency
and being “fully persuaded”
(as the Greek expresses it)
“that he who had promised was,”
not merely able,
but as it literally means “abundantly able,”
munificently able,
able with an infinite surplus of resources,
infinitely able “to perform.”

He is the God of boundless resources.
The only limit is in us.
Our asking,
our thinking,
our praying are too small;
our expectations are too limited.
He is trying to lift us up to a higher conception,
and lure us on to a mightier expectation and appropriation.
Oh, shall we put Him in derision?
–A. B. Simpson

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How Can We Know the Way?

John 14:1-4, 6
Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him,
Lord, we know not whither thou goest;
and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,

I am the Way – That leads so the Father: –
the Truth that teaches the knowledge of God,
and directs in the way: –
the Life that animates all those who seek and serve him,
and which is to be enjoyed eternally at the end of the way.

Christ is the Way:
1. By his doctrine, John 6:68.
2. By his example, 1 Peter 2:21.
3. By his sacrifice, Hebrews 9:8, Hebrews 9:9.
4. By his Spirit, John 16:13.

He is the Truth:
1. In opposition to all false religions.
2. To the Mosaic law, which was only the shadow, not the truth or substance, of the good things which were to come. And
3. In respect to all the promises of God, 2 Corinthians 1:20.

He is the Life,
both in grace and glory;
the life that not only saves from death, but destroys it.

No man cometh unto the Father
By any other doctrine,
by any other merit,
or by any other intercession than mine.

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Establish, Strengthen, Settle You

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1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace,
who hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus,
after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect,
stablish,
strengthen,
settle you.

Notes from Clarke’s Comentary

But the God of all grace
The Fountain of infinite compassion, mercy, and goodness.
In the name of the God of all grace; the God who is the most merciful and the most compassionate, who is an exuberant Fountain of love and compassion to all his intelligent offspring.

Who hath called us
By the preaching of the Gospel.

Unto his eternal glory
To the infinite felicity of the heavenly state.

By Christ Jesus
Through the merit of his passion and death, by the influence of his Holy Spirit, by the precepts of his Gospel, and by the splendor of his own example.

After that ye have suffered a while
Having suffered a little time; that is, while ye are enduring these persecutions, God will cause all to work together for your good.

Make you perfect
He will make you perfect. – Put you in complete joint as the timbers of a building.

Stablish
Make you firm in every part; adapt you strongly to each other, so that you may be mutual supports, the whole building being one in the Lord.

Strengthen
Cramp and bind every part, so that there shall be no danger of warping, splitting, or falling.

Settle
Cause all to rest so evenly and firmly
upon the best and surest foundation,
that ye may grow together to a holy temple in the Lord:
in a word,
that ye may be complete in all the mind that was in Christ;
supported in all your trials and difficulties;
strengthened to resist and overcome all your enemies;
and after all abide, firmly founded, in the truth of grace.

Sunday Bible Reading

Isaiah 41:8-10

But thou, Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend.
Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
and called thee from the chief men thereof,
and said unto thee,
Thou art my servant;
I have chosen thee,
and not cast thee away.
Fear thou not;
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea,
I will help thee; yea,
I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness.

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