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Tracy

5/31/2020
8:59:00 AM

STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN

Bring them here to me. Matthew 14:18

Do you find yourself at this very moment surrounded with needs, and nearly overwhelmed with difficulties, trials, and emergencies? Each of these is God's way of providing vessels for the Holy Spirit to fill. If you correctly understand their meaning, you will see them as opportunities for receiving new blessings and deliverance you can receive in no other way.

The Lord is saying to you, "Bring them here to Me." Firmly hold the vessels before Him, in faith and in prayer. Remain still before Him, and stop your own restless working until He begins to work. Do nothing that He Himself has not commanded you to do. Allow God time to work and He surely will. Then the very trials that threatened to overcome you with discouragement and disaster will become God's opportunity to reveal His grace and glory in your life, in ways you have never known before.

"Bring [your needs] here to Me." (A.B. Simpson)

My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

What a source--"God"!! What a supply--"His glorious riches"! What a channel--"Christ Jesus"!! It is your heavenly privilege to trust "ALL your needs" to "His glorious riches," and to forget "your needs" in the presence of "His...riches." In His great love, He has thrown open to you His exhaustive treasury. Go in and draw upon Him in simple childlike faith, and you will never again have the need to rely on anything else. C.H.M.

MY CUP OVERFLOWS (Psalm 23:5)

There is always something "over,"
When we trust our gracious Lord;
Every cup is overflowing,
His great rivers all are broad.
Nothing narrow, nothing sparing,
Ever springing from His store;
To His own He gives full measure,
Overflowing, evermore.

There is always something "over,"
When we, from the Father's hand,
Take our portion with thanksgiving,
Praising for the path He planned.
Satisfaction, full and deepening,
Fills the soul, and lights the eye,
When the heart has trusted Jesus
All its needs to satisfy.

There is always something "over,"
When we tell of all His love;
Unreached depths still lie beneath us,
Unscaled heights rise far above:
Human lips can never utter
All His wonderous tenderness,
We can only praise and wonder,
And His Name forever bless.
(Margaret E. Barber)

He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all--how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
Tracy

5/23/2020
5:03:15 PM

STREAMS IN THE DESERT by L.B. COWMAN

Spring up, O well! Sing about it. Numbers 21:17

This was a strange song and a strange well. The children of Israel had been traveling over the desert's barren sands, and they were desperate for water, but there was none in sight. Then God spoke to Moses and said, "Gather the people together and I will give them water" (vs.16).

The people then gathered around with their rods. As they began to dig deeply into the burning sand, they sang, "Spring up, O well! Sing about it." Soon a gurgling sound was heard, and suddenly a rush of water appeared, filling the well and running along the ground. As they had dug the well in the desert, they had tapped the stream that ran below and that had been unseen for a very long time.

What a beautiful picture this is! And it describes for us the river of blessings that flows through our lives. If only we will respond with faith and praise, we will find our needs supplied in the most barren desert.

Again, how did the children of Israel reach the water of this well? It was through PRAISE. While standing on the burning sand and digging the well with their staff of promise, they sang a praise song of faith.

Our praise will bring forth "water...in the wilderness and streams in the desert" (Isa. 35:6), while complaining will only bring judgement. Even prayer by itself may fail to reach the fountain of blessings.

Nothing pleases the Lord as much as praise. There is no greater evidence of faith than the virtue of genuine thanksgiving. Are you praising God enough? Are you thanking Him for the countless blessings He has bestowed on you? Are you boldly praising Him even for the trials in your life, which are actually blessings in disguise? And have you learned to praise Him in advance for answers yet to come?

You're waiting for deliverance!
O soul, you're waiting long!
Believe that your deliverance
Does wait for you in song!
Complain not till deliverance
Your fettered feet does free:
Through songs of glad deliverance
God now surroundeth thee.


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