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God's reminders

Friday, April 30, 2010

Oh, the love of God is so immense and overflowing! Whether you have just met Him or have known Him all your life, He always has new things to say. Words that you have heard before take on new meaning. This morning, Moody Bible Institute's "Today in the Word" was based on these verses:

Ephesians 3: 14-21

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

My first thought, as I read these words, was that I need to memorize this! It's not like I've never run across them before, but it struck me this morning that while, yes, I'm spending time in God's Word everyday (by conviction from our worship on Sunday night!), that I need to do more. Study, of course, but also MEMORIZE to make the words a part of me. How can the Word of God work in my life if I can't remember it?

Okay. So, yes, I know that! But today, perhaps because of the conviction I felt on Sunday, it means more. So, today, and as long as it takes me to memorize these words, I will be praying them for anyone the Spirit brings to mind. God is so good, and His mercy really does endure forever!

Here's a link to an online Bible, in case you haven't heard about it!

www.biblegateway.com
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  • no profile photo CD1937231
    Thank you Clair.It is amazing how The Holy Spirit works.I have difficulty memorizing bible verses but I've found that they come to mind when the situation arises and I know that that is the work of The Holy Spirit within me.
    Stay blessed!
    Roz.
    4105 days ago
  • -H0LY-Y0GA-
    I LOVE Biblegateway.com! It is so helpful for study! Thanks for the reminder about memorization - hiding God's Word in our hearts is not only a blessing but also a great survival tactic!
    4110 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4519295
    Claire:
    Just what I needed to read this morning after another very trying week at school. When I am in the midst of the storms of life I do recall verses of God's promises to me as His child.
    I need to add this one. AND I believe I need to start memorizing some verses once again. Thanks for being led by the spirit to write this blog and share it.
    Sandy
    4110 days ago
  • JUDYPETE1
    How funny? coincidental? divine intervention/support?

    1. Last Saturday, the speaker at our WELCA gathering used the last part of your quote above. It was very interesting and encouraging!

    2. I use biblegateway often....love the site!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    4110 days ago
  • KTANNAR
    how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

    This is the part that I have high lighted in my Bible. I have prayed it many times for myself, when I run into a hard day. I also have a note to be filled to all the fullness.. If we are totally filled we aren't looking for anything else to fill us.

    It is hard to grasp even a small portion of this love.


    4110 days ago
  • SEWSWITHHOTGLUE
    Thank you for the link!

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    4111 days ago
  • PATTYCAKE17
    Hi Claire, Nice blog!Try to memorize the words that you most relate to first, so you not only can recite them by rote, but because they are most meaningful to you. Your writing is so beautiful because you are so sincere and motivated by His spirit within you. If you ask, He can recall any verse you need at the moment, and sometimes what you need to say is not always what you think you should say!So keep listening and reading, and you will gather a wealth of scripture in your heart and mind over the years, like a dictionary of verses that can be recalled when needed. God bless you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4111 days ago
  • B-FLAT
    it's funny how we can read over those words at times and they mean nothing, at other times the Holy Spirit melts them into our heart...best of luck as you memorize them!

    not sure what version that was...NIV??? I love the first sentence (I'm not sure that it's so poetic in my KJV)...thanks for sharing!
    4111 days ago
  • AUFAN1989
    Thank you for sharing that! I had to pass on that verse to someone else who needed it today. God works in mysterious ways!
    4111 days ago
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