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FOUNTAIN OF MY SOUL By Pst. Victor Okereke (De Edifier)

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I AM LIFE-STREAM

“A fountain of joy alive in you”: How Music Tunes the Soul

I recorded this collection during the month of October 2018. Having a clear calendar for the month, I felt the Lord telling me that there was a reason I had no ministry obligations for the entire month. As I asked the Lord ‘why?’ I felt led to record this project, coupling some of my favorite songs. Worship with me and find rest for your soul as you walk intimately with Jesus through these song. I AM LIFE-STREAM

A fountain that flows from above;
I have passed from the waters of strife
And come to the Elim of love;
I have drunk of the heavenly well,
In the depths of my being it springs.
No mortal can measure or tell
The gladness the Comforter brings.

Fountain of my soul


Oh, come to the Fountain of Life,
The fountain that never runs dry;
Oh, drink of the boundless supply,
For Christ is the Fountain of Life.

I have come to the Fountain of Blood
That for guilt and uncleanness doth flow;
I have washed in its sin-cleansing flood
And my garments are whiter than snow.
I count not my righteousness mine—
’Tis Jesus that lives in my soul.
I partake of His nature divine,
And in Him I am perfectly whole.

I have come to the Fountain of Health,
A boundless and endless supply;
’Tis a secret man’s wisdom or wealth
Can never discover or buy.
But the secret my Lord hath revealed
In the fountain that flows from His side,
In the stripes by whose pain we are healed,
In Himself as He comes to abide.

I have come to the Fountain of Joy;
His joy is the strength of my heart.
My delight is unmixed with alloy,
My sunshine can never depart.

From my spirit within flows a fountain of life—
The Triune God flowing in me;
God the Father’s the source, Christ the Son is the course,
And the Spirit imparts life to me.

And my soul-life at last I lay down;
O Lord, deepen the pure flow of life;
At Your coming may life be my crown.

In the fresh, tender grass Jesus makes me lie down;
He leads me by waters of rest;
No more struggle and strain; all self-effort is vain;
In the flow I am perfectly blessed.

Jesus called me one day to the Holiest Place,
To live in His presence divine;
Hallelujah, I’ve heard an encouraging word:
“Abide—you’re a branch in the vine.”

Who can satisfy my soul, like You
Who on earth can comfort me and love me like You do
Who could ever be more faithful and true
I will trust in You, I will trust in You, my God

Who can satisfy my soul, like You
Who on earth can comfort me and love me like You do
Who could ever be more faithful and true
I will trust in You, I will trust in You, my God

There is, who is a King
(There is a fountain, who is a King)
Victorious warrior
(Victorious warrior and Lord of everything)
My rock, my very own
(My rock, my shelter, my very own)
Blessed Redeemer, who reigns upon the throne, oh yes

There is a fountain, who is a King
(Who is a King)
Victorious warrior and Lord of everything
(Victorious warrior)
My rock, my shelter, my very own
(My rock, yes He is, He is, my very own)
Blessed Redeemer, who reigns upon the throne
(Blessed Redeemer, who reigns)

Who could ever be more faithful and true
I will trust in You, I will trust in You, I will trust in You, my God

I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain,
I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul.

I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean,
I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.

GOD KNOWS YOU INTIMATELY

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Matthew 10:30

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

As much as I love my wife, I have never bothered to count the number of hairs on her head. I don’t have the time to do so and I doubt I will ever want to.

Every day, your hair drops. Yet, God knows how many hairs are left on your head. And He also knows how many are growing back! He knows because He bothers to count them again. When it comes to you, He always has time for every little thing about you.

So when Jesus said, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered,” He was not exaggerating. He never exaggerates. He means what He says and He says what He means. So for the Lord to say that the very hairs of your head are all numbered means that He wants you to know that He is very interested in you and has intimate knowledge about you—your body, family, finances, relationships…everything in your life!

He knows the pain you have been having in your body. He is aware of the financial worry which you have been keeping from your family. He sees how your nasty boss is treating you. He understands the hurts you have been keeping in your heart. He hears your heart’s cry for a miracle baby.

Your heavenly Father wants you to know that as long as something concerns you, He does not overlook it.

God knows you intimately. He knows every small problem you are worried about and every single burden you have. And when you approach Him for help, He has all the time for you as if no one else exists. That is how valuable you are to Him and how absorbed He is in you!

Thought For The Day

God knows every single care you have and He has all the time for you as if no one else exists.

DE EDIFIER

HARDCORE TRUTH ABOUT MARRIAGE!!!

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There is nothing that threatens the security of a wife than the thought of another woman competing for the attention and affection of her husband. Nothing is more painful. Nothing is more disrespecting. Nothing is more insulting. Nothing is more belittling and degrading.

Marriage flourishes when the couple work together as a team; when both husband and wife decide that winning together is more important than keeping score.

Good marriages don’t just happen. They are a product of hard work.

Your children are watching you and forming lasting opinions on love, commitment, and marriage based on what they see in you. Give them hope. Make them look forward to marriage.

Husbands: The reason why other women look attractive is because someone is taking good care of them. Grass is always green where it is watered. Instead of drooling over the green grass on the other side of the fence, work on yours and water it regularly. Any man can admire a beautiful woman, but it takes a true gentleman to make a woman admirable and beautiful.

When a husband puts his wife first above everyone and everything except God, it gives his wife the sense of security and honor that every wife hungers for.

A successful marriage doesn’t require a big house, a perfect spouse, a million dollars or an expensive car. You can have all the above and still have a miserable marriage. A successful marriage requires honesty, undying commitment and selfless love and Jesus at the center of it all.

Pray for your spouse every day; in the morning, in the afternoon and at evening. Don’t wait until there is a problem. Don’t wait until there is an affair. Don’t wait until something bad happens. Don’t wait until your spouse is tempted. Shield your spouse with prayer and cover your marriage with the fence of prayer.

The people you surround yourself with have a lot of influence on your marriage. Friends can build or break your marriage; choose them wisely.

One spouse cannot build a marriage alone when the other spouse is committed to destroying it. Marriage works when both husband and wife work together as a team to build their marriage.

Don’t take your spouse for granted. Don’t take advantage of your spouse’s meekness and goodness. Don’t mistake your spouse’s loyalty for desperation. Don’t misuse or abuse your spouse’s trust. You may end up regretting after losing someone that meant so much to you.

Beware of marital advice from single people. Regardless of how sincere their advice may be, most of it is theoretical and not derived from real life experiences. If you really need Godly advice, seek it from God-fearing, impartial and prayerful mature couples whose resolve has been tested by time and shaped by trials.

Dear wife, Don’t underestimate the power of the tongue on your marriage. The tongue has the power to crush your marriage or build it up. Don’t let the Devil use your tongue to kill your spouse’s image, self-confidence and aspirations. Let God use your tongue to build up your marriage and bless and praise your spouse.

Please, send this to as many couple as you know, love and care about…

Also send to singles to help prepare their minds for marriage. God bless you.

DE EDIFIER

FOR LIFE, YOUR WIFE DESERVES TO BE LOVED AND HONORED EVERY SINGLE DAY

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DE EDIFIER'S WIFE

Honoring my wife is a life-long commitment. There are days that are easier than others … but it’s important that I strive to honor her in some ways, every day.

Here are eight ways to honor your wife for a lifetime:

1. Talk to her

Don’t just talk at her. Talk to her and with her. Share your life with her — your hopes and dreams. Tell her how beautiful she is and how much you love her, often. Carve out some time every day to turn off the TV, put away your cell phone, and just talk with her.

2. Save the best of you for her

I’m tired when I get home from work. I’m even more tired after I’ve played with my kids and we’ve put them to bed. But, regardless, she needs and deserves the best of me. Don’t spend everything you have at work. Don’t exhaust all the energy you have left with your kids. Give her the best. And that can be in the morning too!

3. Keep your eyes on her

Guys are visual creatures. It’s easy for us to check out the girl with the low-cut shirt on at work, or tune in to the Miss America pageant in hopes to catch a glimpse of the swimsuit competition. Don’t. The only woman you should be checking out or looking at in this way is your wife. And, guys, she sees the glances that you try to hide when you’re together. She needs to know that she is the only one for you — in every way — especially physically.

4. Be consistent in your behavior

When your wife isn’t around, you should act the same as you do when she is by your side. Most importantly, how we act when we’re talking with another woman. In other words, would you compliment her like that if your wife were there? Would you touch her hand like that if your wife were there? Would you talk about that subject if your wife were there? Would you share that detail of your life if your wife were there? Be consistent in how you act and behave, especially when your wife isn’t there.

5. Support her dreams

It can be easy to be selfish and make it all about you. And, as guys, this is especially difficult for us. But, if you’re talking to her as I outline above, you’re going to uncover her hopes and dreams for her life. You should be her biggest cheerleader. Support her with everything you have and all that you are.

6. Speak highly of her

Once again, this should be done when she’s there and when she’s not. And, the best way to do this is through a third-party affirmation. This is when you’re talking to someone with your wife right there and you say “Let me tell you about how amazing my wife is …” or “Did you know that my wife is an amazing writer …” and so on. But, you definitely want to be sure that you’re speaking highly of her when she’s not around – especially when you’re talking to another woman.

7. Handle conflict fairly

Fights and disagreements are going to happen. And, you’re going to be tempted to go for the low blow and say something that will really hurt her deep. Don’t do it. Fight fair. Don’t bring up things that you know are hot buttons for her and don’t use manipulation to win an argument. And, don’t be afraid to be wrong … or to give in. It’s really OK to lose a fight to your wife. And, if you’re communicating regularly on a deep level, conflict is much easier to resolve.

8. Give her full access to your life

Lastly, she should have full access to every area of your life — Facebook, cell phone, email, etc. This shows that you have nothing to hide and it builds an unbelievable level of trust with her (and it keeps you accountable). And, don’t wait on her to ask you. Be proactive. Give her your passwords today and take a step to full transparency.

Will you get with your wife tonight and go down this list together to make sure you’re on the same page? And, if you’re a wife, will you LOVINGLY share this with your husband?

DE EDIFIER

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT DRINKING BEER

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The world is in love with beer and many companies endorse it, such as the NFL. Watch commercials during an NFL game especially the Superbowl and I guarantee you will see a Coors Light, Heineken, or Budweiser commercial. Should Christians automatically dismiss beer because the world promotes it? Well not necessarily. Scripture has a lot to say about alcohol. First, I recommend not drinking it in the first place so you don’t cause others to stumble and so you don’t fall into sin, but drinking alcohol is not sinful.

Drunkenness is sinful. Drunkenness is what leads people to hell. Christians can drink beer, but only in moderation. We must be careful when we use the word moderation because many people try to deceive themselves. This is what they do. They buy a six pack of beer and drink 3 or 4 in a row and say, “dude it’s moderation calm down”. Seriously! Once again I recommend not drinking, but if you do happen to drink, always remember how will it affect you and others around you. With alcohol comes responsibility.

What does the Bible say?

1. Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

2. Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

3. Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.

4. Isaiah 5:9-12 The Lord All-Powerful said this to me: “The fine houses will be destroyed; the large and beautiful houses will be left empty. At that time a ten-acre vineyard will make only six gallons of wine, and ten bushels of seed will grow only half a bushel of grain.” How terrible it will be for people who rise early in the morning to look for strong drink, who stay awake late at night, becoming drunk with wine. At their parties they have lyres, harps, tambourines, flutes, and wine. They don’t see what the Lord has done or notice the work of his hands.

5. 1 Peter 5:7-8 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Is drinking beer a sin? No

6. Proverbs 31:4-8 “Kings should not drink wine, Lemuel, and rulers should not desire beer. If they drink, they might forget the law and keep the needy from getting their rights. Give beer to people who are dying and wine to those who are sad. Let them drink and forget their need and remember their misery no more. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; defend the rights of all those who have nothing.

7. Psalm 104:13-16 You water the mountains from above. The earth is full of the things you made. You make the grass for cattle and vegetables for the people. You make food grow from the earth. You give us wine that makes happy hearts and olive oil that makes our faces shine. You give us bread that gives us strength. The Lord’s trees have plenty of water; they are the cedars of Lebanon, which he planted.

8. Ecclesiastes 9:5-7 The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. Whatever they did in their lifetime—loving, hating, envying—is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth. So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!

Drunkenness is a sin.

9. Ephesians 5:16-18 So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him.

10. Romans 13:13-14 The night is far gone, the day of his return will soon be here. So quit the evil deeds of darkness and put on the armor of right living, as we who live in the daylight should! Be decent and true in everything you do so that all can approve your behavior. Don’t spend your time in wild parties and getting drunk or in adultery and lust or fighting or jealousy. But ask the Lord Jesus Christ to help you live as you should, and don’t make plans to enjoy evil.

11. Galatians 5:19-21 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom.

12. 1 Corinthians 6:8-11 But, instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong, cheating others, even your own brothers. Don’t you know that those doing such things have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshipers, adulterers or homosexuals—will have no share in his Kingdom. Neither will thieves or greedy people, drunkards, slanderers, or robbers. There was a time when some of you were just like that but now your sins are washed away, and you are set apart for God; and he has accepted you because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.

Reminders

13. 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

14. Proverbs 23:29-30 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

15. Proverbs 23:20-21 Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

Glory of God

16. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

17. Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Bible examples

18. 1 Samuel 1:13-17 Hannah was praying inwardly. Her lips were quivering, and her voice could not be heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Eli told her, “How long will you stay drunk? Put away your wine!” “No, sir!” Hannah replied. “I’m a deeply troubled woman. I’ve drunk neither wine nor beer. I’ve been pouring out my soul in the Lord’s presence. Don’t consider your maid servant a worthless woman. Rather, all this time I’ve been speaking because I’m very anxious and distressed.”“Go in peace,” Eli answered. “May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”

19. Isaiah 56:10-12 Israel’s watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep. They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.”Come,” each one cries, “let me get wine! Let us drink our fill of beer! And tomorrow will be like today, or even far better.”

20. Isaiah 24:9-12 No longer do they drink wine with a song; the beer is bitter to its drinkers. he ruined city lies desolate; the entrance to every house is barred. In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all joyful sounds are banished from the earth. The city is left in ruins, its gate is battered to pieces.

21. Micah 2:8-11 Lately my people have risen up like an enemy. You strip off the rich robe from those who pass by without a care, like men returning from battle. You drive the women of my people from their pleasant homes. You take away my blessing from their children forever. Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place, because it is defiled, it is ruined, beyond all remedy. If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people!

DE EDIFIER

FIVE WAYS TO GROW IN THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

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The anointing is upon you by the Spirit of God, teaching you what Jesus said and leading you further into the Scriptures. The anointing of the Spirit guides you as you read and consume the Scripture, loving the Lord, hungering and thirsting for His righteousness.

Here are five things you can do to continue to grow in the precious anointing:

1. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit every day, adoring Him (2 Cor. 13:14). Talk to Him directly, building friendship with Him, continuing dialogue with Him about everything. Invite Him to your daily Bible reading and ask Him questions. Write down His answers when He speaks to you.

2. Keep your heart pure, aware of His kindness and holiness. He is the Spirit of justice and burning in Isaiah 4:4 which is a purifying and cleansing fire that washes away sin and prepares for His glory and presence. According to Matthew 3:11, Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit and fire, the experience occurring on the Day of Pentecost which empowers us for proclaiming the gospel. It also sanctifies us to walk in holiness in our lives.

3. Let the Holy Spirit teach you the Scriptures (1 John 2:27). As you do this, you will be assured that you remain in Him as He teaches you the truth and then you are to go and teach others what He has taught you. You are anointed to bring God’s transformation to the world.

4. Value and cherish the anointing, not grieving the Spirit by our words and actions (Eph. 4:30). When we value and cherish His anointing, we make room for it in every part of our lives, expressing love and respect to Him, being careful with our words and conduct, cultivating His presence everywhere we go. As we do this we make ourselves available for Him to use us any time and see Him move in power through us.

5. Glorify Jesus (John 16:14). If you give testimony about miracles, signs and wonders, give reference to Him throughout all of it, because He was the One who accomplished the ministry. You were there, but He did the work through you and those with you. He manifested the healings and miracles, so give Him all the credit.

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THE THINGS A WOMAN DOES THAT ANNOYS HER MAN/HUSBAND

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1. Double standards. Don’t have the mentality of you can do little or no wrong and he is to blame for every mess in your love life

2. Refusal to move on. Don’t dwell on an issue that you both have addressed. Learn to look forward

3. Unlovable tendencies. Don’t frustrate his attempt to love you by being picky, withdrawing, rigid, difficult and harsh

4. Silent treatment. Don’t shut out the same man you claim to love even when angry with him. This solves nothing

5. Blowing things out of proportion. Don’t magnify an issue that you lose sight of the bigger picture. Don’t exaggerate just to show him how badly he has messed up

6. Condescending attitude. Don’t belittle him, or talk to him in a disrespectful way even if you earn more than him

7. Dependency on feelings. Learn to control your emotions and don’t be shifty and inconsistent, you’re hot then cold, in then out

8. Materialism. Don’t make life to be about things. It’s good to have a good lifestyle but don’t be superficial. Have depth

9. Impatience. Appreciate his growth. Growth is growth no matter how big or slow. Appreciate the process you two have to go through

10. Flirting. Don’t flirt with other men claiming you are bored. That is a form of unfaithfulness

11. Baseless suspicion. Don’t assume he is doing wrong or is cheating based on your own personal insecurities

12. Forcing issues. Don’t force your man to be who he is not. Don’t wish him to be another man you admire, in fact, don’t admire another man above him. Inspire him to be the best original him

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THE THINGS A MAN DOES THAT ANNOYS HIS WOMAN/WIFE

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1. Checking out other women’s butt and boobs when they walk. It shows lust and a hyena mentality

2. Lying. Women can tell when a man is lying. She is a grown up, she can handle the truth

3. Avoiding correction. What is the point of her being in your life if she can’t build you and watch out for you?

4. Over selling and under delivering. Don’t talk a big game and do little. If you said you will do something, do it

5. Removing the heart in sex. She doesn’t want to be a sex object so don’t cheapen her by demanding sex yet you treat her badly

6. Uncleanliness. Man, you are a grown up. Take care of yourself. Wear clean things, brush your teeth, change clothes, wash up, wash your hands

7. Sexist jokes. Don’t look down on women then laugh about it

8. Laziness. Don’t be lazy treating your woman/wife like a house help, being lazy in tidying up the mess you make, being lazy in building a life. Be motivated even if life is tough and doors keep closing

9. Sideling her in decisions. Women hate it when their men fail to keep them on the know and do things without consulting them

10. Watching porn. She cringes that you lust after other women for sexual stimulation

11. Public humiliation. Don’t order her around or treat her like a trophy, respect her like a Queen

12. Self centered ego. Don’t be so full of yourself that living with you becomes dreadful

13. Flirting with other women claiming it is nothing serious. Doing so shows disrespect to what you have with her

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I LOVE THIS ARTWORK.

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I LOVE THIS ARTWORK.

I love this artwork.

It best expresses what intimacy is all about.

Intimacy in itself is an art.

Scripture talks beautifully about intimacy…. It says “And Adam knew his wife”… “And Abraham knew his wife”

Look at that, intimacy is about knowing your partner. No wonder Joe Thomas, that RnB singer sings “I want to know what turns you on”

Turning on is not just physical…

“My love, I want to know what turns you on emotionally? Take me to the depths of your heart where no one has been, that place where no one pays attention to because they are busy focusing on your looks. Tell me what arouses your feelings, come alive in my presence, become vulnerable with me. I want to water your emotions, I want to make you feel cared for and valued”

“My love, I want to know what turns you on mentally. I want to know what conversations I can have with you that stimulate your mind and arouse your curiosity. I want to tell you deep things that make you admire me”

“My love, I want to know what turns you on spiritually. Our two naked and horny bodies are just carriers of two human spirits dancing together, let our human spirits commune and fellowship this moment. I want to get to the core of you, I want to dig to the part of you that is the image of God, that part where you look at my spirit and know that you are not alone”

“My love, I want to know what turns you on visually. What moves, dressing, posture, rhythm that I do makes your blood run. I want to know your moaning face, I want to witness how you curl your body when I drive you crazy. I want to be there and see how you get to the climax. I want to know these private exhibitions where you let loose and orgasm”

“My love, I want to know what turns you on phyiscally? What parts of your skin when I touch excites you and gives you pleasure? What is the right amount of pressure should I use with my fingers, lips, tongue and aroused intimate organs to make you feel good? How do you love to be kissed? Are your ears, feet, neck, inner thighs sensitive? Do you love it rough, gentle, fast, slow, or a mixture of it all? What is your favourite position? How many times can you climax? What is the most sensitive part of your flesh? Can I explore your body and keep a journal of it in my mind? Can I tell you the many secrets about your body that you know not?”

Intimacy is being known, being in the arms of the one who loves and gets you; the one who not only seeks to know you but also uses the knowledge of you to please you

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BLESSED WITH THE EXCELLENT AND THE PLENTY

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Deuteronomy 28:4

“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

Would you want to buy a chair that Jesus made? I would, even if it cost US$1,000 because it would be of superb quality. Whatever Jesus did, He did it with perfect excellence.

And because Christ is in you, the things which you produce will be of exceptional quality too. That includes your children, who will be champions. Deuteronomy 28:4 says, “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks”.

God was using terms that the Israelites understood since they were farmers and shepherds. Today, “your ground” is the place of your work. This means that “the produce” of your work shall be of excellent quality.

That is not all. God promises that quantity will always follow quality because Deuteronomy 28:11 says that the Lord will “grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body,” which means that you will have plenty of children, “in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground,” which means that your business will flourish and you will be a leading producer in the area of your specialty.

My friend, your excellence and plenty do not come by your efforts. They come by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who paid for you to have divine provision—“though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich”. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Jesus was made destitute of all material things at the cross. He had nothing! As He hung on the cross, He watched the Roman soldiers gamble for His robe. His last possession on earth was gambled away. He became poor, so that you could be blessed with the excellent and the plenty!

Thought For The Day

Jesus was made destitute of all material things at the cross, so that you could be blessed with the excellent and the plenty!

DE EDIFIER

JESUS IS YOUR RESTORER AND NOURISHER

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Ruth 4:15

And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age…

Famine impoverished the life of Naomi, an Israelite. But it was the deaths of her husband and two sons that left her completely destitute. (Ruth 1:1–5) Or so she thought, until Boaz, who was a wealthy and close relative, entered her life.

As her kinsman-redeemer, Boaz married Ruth, Naomi’s widowed daughter-in-law. And through that union, Naomi had a grandson. The birth of her grandson gave her a new lease of life, causing the womenfolk in her village to declare that the restorer of life and the nourisher of her old age had come into her life. (Ruth 4:14–16)

Boaz is a picture of Jesus, our kinsman-redeemer. Jesus became our kinsman when He was born into this world as one like us. And He became our Redeemer when He paid with His life and blood at the cross to redeem us.

Jesus gave Himself to us as our restorer of life and nourisher of our old age. When the restorer of life is in our lives, what we have lost can be restored. (Joel 2:25−26) And with the nourisher of our old age in us, our bodies can be gloriously renewed even though we advance in our years.

That is why when Moses died at the age of 120, his eyes were not dim and his natural vigor was not diminished. (Deuteronomy 34:7) Caleb, at 85 years old, could still drive out the giants from the land. God had literally nourished his body and made it strong for war. (Joshua 14:11) Sarah was certainly rejuvenated in her old age by God for she was still desirable to a king at the age of 90. (Genesis 20:1–2) God even renewed her womb. She received strength to conceive seed (Hebrews 11:11), giving birth to Isaac in her old age.

Beloved, God is outside of time and your faith in Him brings you into this timeless zone. There, what the years have stolen will be restored. And even as your years increase, you will not grow weak and weary because the restorer of life and nourisher of your old age is in you!

Thought For The Day

With Jesus the nourisher of our old age in us, our bodies can be gloriously renewed even though we advance in our years.

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