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Day Seventy-One

That Which Cannot Fail:

The Answer and Access to What You Have Most Wanted!

“Know, recognize and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.” Deut 7:9 Amp

            Inside every man, woman, and child on earth there is a need and aching hunger to know their God.  This honest need can be twisted, contorted, and wrecked by our attempts to satisfy it with things other than God Himself.  This hunger is a true impulse and desire from God – but you and me can corrupt it by what we yield to in an attempt to scratch that God-given itch.  But the answer to this need, the fulfillment of this life-long hunger – is to set our love on God!  That is to acknowledge Him, and set our desire – that hunger for the preeminent thing in our lives – lovingly upon Him.  As we do that in sincerity – we set in motion a chain of events, blessings, and outpourings from God – that would stagger you in their immensity and enormity!  Interested?  Check this out…

            In Psalm 91:14, we see the very entrance, allure, and promise for this place of awesomeness in God.  The Amplified Bible (of course) renders this most specifically.  I like that!  It says of the one who has made God – his God, his refuge, and his fortress:

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness – trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.”

Our entrance and access to these promises – rests on this one thing:  that we set our love on Jesus Christ! It means we set our singularly highest desire upon Him.  We make Him our greatest focus and pursuit.  We become fully attached to Him in all things.  The imagery used here is of the pillars that stand in the temple court (Jachin and Boaz) that frame the entrance to the inner court.  These pillars have capitals and sockets that are banded on them and hooks used to attach these decorative works.  In the same way – we are to be so attached to the Lord as to be seen as one work – one piece – one integral part with Him.  Yet unlike this artistic work on the pillars – our work of setting our love on Jesus is not a single crafting effort.  It is in fact the work of a lifetime: of daily choices, moment by moment elevations of the Lord and reassertions of His priority and preeminence in our lives.  Nothing else should take His place or come before Him! This is the setting of our love upon Him!

            As we make this choice to set our love upon Him in this way, something greater than we could imagine begins to happen.  A gate is opened that releases floodgates of the Lord’s love for us!  Now I want to be clear here.  The Lord’s love is not conditional – it has already preceded our own love for the Lord.  But our choice to set our love upon the Lord in this manner of singular devotion has an impact of tsunami proportions that we cannot minimize. God first loved us – yes – while we were yet sinners.  Our response to that love – when meeting the requirements known by God as “setting our love upon Him” – will issue forth in these promises being met.

            Another important aspect for this is the “knowing” – having personal knowledge of the Lord’s love, mercy and kindness for us.  As I have meditated on the Lord’s love described in 1Cor 13:1-10, the knowledge of His love has begun to bring me to a new dimension of experience.  His love never fails.  As a force in my life that I submit to continually – it will lead me, keep me, and guide me.  Like water which when entering a room has force, can move objects, can swirl, surge, and crest – the Lord’s love in me can move me.  His love urges, controls and impels me.  Not my perception of His love – nor my understanding of His love – but His actual love!  In Him – I live and move and have my being!  He is the source and fountainhead of the living waters within me.  By His Holy Spirit I can not only experience Him – but be a fulcrum for the focusing of these waters that He wants.

            Now listen to this carefully – and may it rise as living water within you! One of my favorite passages, Isaiah 58:11, says this:  “And the Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. And you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.” There is only one thing in this world that fails not: the love of God.  It never fails, never fades, and never comes to an end.  Living water, from the Lord, is endued with love from God.  It bubbles up within us when we receive the Lord as Savior.  John 4:14 says: “But whoever takes a drink of the water that I give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.”

            We are the very garden of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Song of Solomon 4:12)  We are fed with His love as with waters from artesian wells springing up within us – feeding the needs we have for relationship with Him and saturating us with His love.  No greater gift has ever been purchased for us or been extended so freely.  But it is contingent on our willingness to receive it, and then to set our love upon Him.  It is there in that place of recognition and obedience that we receive the abundance of what He has for us.  It satisfies us beyond every desire and imagination.

            Where I set my desire, my longing, my love upon Him – He releases streams of living water which never fail – and which I cannot contain they are so full!

            Have you heard the cry of your own heart?  Have you seen its need that seems like a bottomless pit that nothing can fill?  Look to the Savior.  The thing which will satisfy your greatest need has been purchased for you.  It stands in readiness for you.  It is the love from Your God and Savior.  Make Him your Savior today, and set your love upon Him in an enduring, continuous way.  Then get ready for the outpouring of His love that will quench every thirst and meet every hunger.  He is the Answer!


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