They drive by a house in their expensive car, gazing at the beauty of the slate roof, the spotless sandy brick, the paned custom windows and the red steel door – polished like their car, faced with a brass framed, leaded glass storm door. They comment to each other about the wealthy appeal of the home and keep on driving. Did they see the gutters? No.. Did they even think that without them, there would be water spots and paint stains running all the way down the house and the garden in the front would have a trench from the water that eroded it, from a lack of direction? No.. The least expensive, most ignored part of the house, keeps it looking the best. Some people only notice the best, rather than the source of its preservation. Gutters collect and direct the abundance of rain that gathers at the top,down the spout and out into the world.
We can learn from the gutters, in that we should also pour out the abundance that God pours upon us – out into the world, even when we’re at the top. The effect of not collecting and directing this abundance poured upon us, will only bring the erosion of our purpose here. Maintaining continuous flow and direction, eliminates clogs and blocks.
Are people only seeing the good parts of your house or the parts of your house that are doing good. Don’t idolize your parts – utilize them.
Your body (house) is a temple of the living God and from you will pour rivers of living water. (1 Corinthians 6:19 – 2 Corinthians 6:16 – John 7:38 – Isaiah 58:11)
Live in the present – In the presence of God
The present – like a gift – the gift of God
His presence is a gift.
Be content in all situations
For His presence is always there.
Don’t yield to the flesh
Surrender to God
Don’t let your flesh be your reward
Absence from the flesh, is presence with God.
No new words today – just a few that have already been spoken by others.
“I may not the worlds smartest man, but I know what love is.” Forest Gump
“Light of the world, shine on me – Love is the answer
Shine on us all, set us free – Love is the answer
When you feel afraid – love one another
When you’ve lost your way – love one another
When you’re all alone – love one another
When you’re far from home – love one another
When you’re down and out – love one another
When all your hope runs out – love one another
When you need a friend – love one another
When you’re near the end – love one another
We have to love one another” Todd Rundgren
John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love, one to another.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.
John 15:17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law.
Galatians 5:13 For you have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and to good works:
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
1 John 4:12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.
2 John 1:5 And now I beseech you, both man and woman, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
“I will be blessed – because you love me
I will have joy – because you love me
I will have peace – because you love me
I will love you – because you love me
Love makes us one” Mark Ettinger
I want to be a blessing in this life
For my life is God’s Blessing
I want to live a life that speaks of Christ
To show the mercy God has given me
So that He receives the Glory
To live by Grace in all sufficiency
I want to live the words that I sing
Then His word will be living
So it won’t be me but His love people hear
For it’s faith that comes by hearing
And the hearing by His Word
And by His Spirit hearts will be restored
Yes by His Spirit hearts will be restored
Living through me – Blessing through me
Giving through me – Loving through me
Healing through me – Mercy through me
A living blessing
God, I am your vessel-that you fill
My vessel is not perfect in structure
Though still, you fill it
I have flaws and little cracks
I’m not the most attractive
Though you fill me
Never let me think that my vessel is above you
or great because you fill me
You cannot fill any vessel that puts itself above you
I am your vessel and can only hold what you put into me
When I pour it out, you will fill me again
You are the potter
I would not be a vessel without you
I would only be full of myself, if you did not fill me
So fill me and pour me out- by your hand
Pour me out where you will
And fill me- again and again.