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"Proverbs 11:25...'A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.'"

"Proverbs 22:9...'A generous person will be blessed'"

"Luke 6:38...'Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.'"

“Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own picked representatives…by putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling…gentle ways, and patience – which is tireless, long-suffering and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper.”
~ Colossians 3:8,12

"Till the Storm Passes By"

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try,
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by"
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.
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Beware Of Blockages

In the Scriptures, God states that He hears His children’s prayers only if their hands are clean and their hearts are pure (Psa. 66:18; 24:3-5; Isa. 1:15). It's the general belief that a loving God always has His ear open to the cries of His children. However, throughout Scripture God says the opposite. The entire first chapter of Isaiah deals with this situation. Many of God’s children go their own way, relying on their relationship to Jehovah as a valid credit card with the Lord to receive blessings "on demand." They don’t seem to realize that their actions are described by God as "laden with iniquity," "a head that is sick," a people with open sores full of infection (Isa. 1:4-6). He rejected their sacrifices and worship as hypocritical, and said that "when you spread forth your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; when ye make prayers, I will not hear…" (Isa. 1:15).

However, in the face of this kind of open coldness, disobedience and rejection of His pleadings, God says, "…though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land" (Isa. 1:18-19).

"Christians" today are deluded into thinking that as long as they pray and go through the forms of worship that they have a right to go to God when they have a need, great or small, and God must and will hear them. Yet He says so clearly that if there's sin in our hearts "He will not hear us" (Psa. 66:18). He will hear the cries of those who are serious about returning to Him (Mal. 3:7), and who are determined to walk with Him from now onward. Only our God can be that loving, patient and forgiving. Read His words in Hosea 14:4: "I will heal their backsliding. I will love them freely: for Mine anger is turned away from him."
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How's Our Fruit-bearing?

"The branch cannot bear fruit of itself."
(John 15:4)

How did we begin to bear fruit? It was when we came to Jesus and cast ourselves on His great atonement, and rested on His finished righteousness. Ah! what fruit we had then! Do we remember those early days? Then indeed the vine flourished, the tender grape appeared, the pomegranates budded forth, and the beds of spices gave forth their smell. Have we declined since then? If we have, let's charge ourselves to remember that time of love, and repent, and "do thy first works". Let's be most in those engagements which we've experimentally proved to draw us nearest to Christ, because it's from Him that all our fruits proceed. Any holy exercise which will bring us to Him, will help us bear fruit. The sun is, no doubt, a great worker in fruit-creating among the trees of the orchard: and Jesus is still more so among the trees of His garden of grace. When have we been the most fruitless? Hasn't it been when we've lived farthest from the Lord Jesus Christ, when we've slackened in prayer, when we've departed from the simplicity of our faith, when our graces have engrossed our attention instead of our Lord, when we've said, "My mountain standeth firm, I shall never be moved"; and have forgotten where our strength dwells---hasn't it been then, that our fruit has ceased? Some of us have been taught that we have nothing out of Christ, by terrible abasements of heart before the Lord; and when we've seen the utter barrenness and death of all creature power, we've cried in anguish, "From Him all my fruit must be found, for no fruit can ever come from me." We're taught, by past experience, that the more simply we depend upon the grace of God in Christ, and wait upon the Holy Spirit, the more we shall bring forth fruit unto God. Oh! to trust Jesus for fruit as well as for life.




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