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Deep Calls to Deep

Greater is HE who is IN YOU than he that is in the world…
—1 John 4:4

That “greater is He” verse has almost become just another cliché among believers, but let us remember that every Word of God is alive1 and accomplishes His purposes2. Recently, Holy Spirit put a loved one*on my heart, the burden to pray would not leave and intensified until I could do nothing put begin lifting that person up to The LORD in prayerful lamentation. During the praying process, I recognized a few passages of scripture being spoken; I will include them towards the end of this writing. But first, I will share a conclusion of the prayer session. Holy Spirit’s beautiful reminder of Truth— His Words of Encouragement to bless3 any ‘ear’ who can hear3 with heartfelt intentions1 to please The LORD. So, it is my prayer that every reader be blessed by Holy Spirit’s response:

Greater is He who is IN YOU giving you daily strength as you reach deep within. It is true “Deep calls to deep” and visa versa. The Word tells you that you can do all things that He has called you to do. You must believe that, but first you must also remember what He has called you to do.
The praise upon your lips gives you courage to your ears; that courage affects your feet to march on your path; it is set for you.  Remember, it is HE, not you, who gives the ability. So, trust; put your trust in Him, not yourself. Victory belongs to those who SAY:  

“TheLORD is MY SHELTER and MY STRONGHOLD. I trust MY GOD; He alone rescues ME from evil traps set for my destruction. He even sends His angels to help me; they lift my hands when my arms are I am weary and steady my feet when I begin to trip.” 4

     His love envelopes you, feel His embrace.  As long as you breathe, His plans for you are designed and are in motion, ever going forward, not back—Look ahead, keeping your eyesight towards what is!
—WOE (2017-0329)

DeepCallsToDeep-WatchListen-724x408-408The “Deep calls to deep “reference is found in Psalm 42, verse 7. Although the context of the verse seems somewhat negative, describing doom when the waters “crash” against you, the spiritual meaning is nothing but the opposite. The rest of the passage gives promise of God’s ever presence to those whose soul “thirsts” for God “as the deer pants for water” (v.1-2). Perhaps a personal story of similar circumstance can further define this meaning. Once while in a praise and worship service, I heard TheLORD suggest I “walk out into deeper waters”. Seeing a visual image of what He was asking, my response was, “But, LORD, I will drown!”
I heard Him say, “Yes, exactly!”  It was then that I had an “Aha!” moment—Deep was calling deep! His request was drawing me even closer to Him, to breathe in His goodness so that I could live more fully! It’s only in our dying to self that we truly live.

 My soul is dry and thirsts for You, True God, as a deer thirsts for water. I long for the True God who lives. When can I stand before Him and feel His comfort? Right now I’m overwhelmed by my sorrow and pain; I can’t stop feasting on my tears… In the roar of Your waterfalls, ancient depths surge, calling out to the deep. All Your waves break over me; am I drowning? Yet in the light of day, the Eternal shows me His love. When night settles in and all is dark, He keeps me company—His soothing song, a prayerful melody to the True God of my life… Despite all my emotions, I will believe and praise the One who saves me, my God.
[Psalm 42 (VOICE): 1-3, 7-8, 11]

While researching on Biblegateway.com I found an interesting commentary in The Voice Bible about the second grouping of psalms (Psalms 42–72): ”… in referring to God (it) shows a preference for the word “God” … that appears as “YHWH” in the Hebrew Scriptures. …As the translation suggests, the divine name (God) implies that the one True God transcends time and yet He is “with” His people.”

The phrase praise upon your lips gives you courage to your ears refers to the Truth of “faith comes by hearing” spoken by Paul in his letter to the church in Rome (10:17). This verse speaks of “rhema”, a Word spoken to address a certain circumstance or for a specific purpose. When our faith arises it certainly can give us the courage to persevere because his Word is like “a lamp unto our feet” 5.  In the same chapter of the letter (v. 8), Paul quotes from the book of Deuteronomy (30:14) to emphasize that faith speaks what it believes: “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”.  The Voice Bible commentary for this passage states, “Faith is not something we do. It is a response to what God has done already on our behalf, the response of a spirit restless in a fragmented world.” So, we hear His Word and speak it when we believe. In turn, hearing it repeated, allows our faith to take courage in its truths!

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

1 John 4:4 (MSG) My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world.

Philippians 4:13 (AMP) I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
(MSG) Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

Ephesians 6:10 (AMP) … be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

Colossians 1: 9-14 (VOICE) [Paul’s prayer for The Church.] Father, May they clearly know Your will and achieve the height and depth of spiritual wisdom and understanding. May their lives be a credit to You, Lord; and what’s more, may they continue to delight You by doing every good work and growing in the true knowledge that comes from being close to You. Strengthen them with Your infinite power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have everything they need to hold on and endure hardship patiently and joyfully. Thank You, Father, as You have made us eligible to receive our portion of the inheritance given to all those set apart by the light. You have rescued us from dark powers and brought us safely into the kingdom of Your Son, whom You love and in whom we are redeemed and forgiven of our sins [through His blood].
v. 10-11 (AMP) …walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts… strengthened and invigorated with all power, according to His glorious might, to attain every kind of endurance and patience with joy…
v. 11-12
(TLB)
…be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens—always full of the joy of the Lord, and always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the Kingdom of light.

Romans 10:17 (VOICE) So faith proceeds from hearing, as we listen to the message about God’s Anointed.
(NLT) Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news––the Good News about Christ.
(BBE) So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
(MSG) The point is, Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to.

Proverb 3:3-6 (VOICE) Stay focused; do not lose sight of mercy and truth; engrave them on a pendant, and hang it around your neck; meditate on them so they are written upon your heart. In this way, you will win the favor of God and others, and they will think well of you. Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.

Proverb 4:26 (VOICE) Take care you don’t stray from the straight path, the way of truth, and you will safely reach the end of your road.

Hebrews 12:12, 13 (TLB) So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves but become strong.

Psalm 139: 16 (TLB) You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
v.16-18 (VOICE) You see all things; You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb; Every detail of my life was already written in Your book; You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it. Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them! How grand in scope! How many in number! If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable! Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.
[Click HERE to read the Psalm in its entirety.]

1 John 4:16 (NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
(MSG)  We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.
(AMP) And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells {and} continues in love dwells {and} continues in God, and God dwells {and} continues in him.

1 Corinthians 8:3 (AMP) But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him].

~~ BE ENCOURAGED ~~

*NOTE: ”loved one”— B.N. knows his/her identity; that’s what’s important. The other important fact is that although this was a personal WOE we all have the potential to benefit from it.

SOURCES

1— Heb.4:12 (AMP) For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing {and} sifting {and} analyzing {and} judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

2—Is.55:11 (AMP) So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please {and} purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

3—Mark 4:9, 23; Mt.11:9, 15 (AMP) And He said, He who has ears to hear, let him be hearing [and let him consider, and comprehend] Mt.13:16 (AMP) But blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear.

4PS.91 [Victory belongs to those who say…]

5—Psalm 119:105 (NLT) Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
(MSG) By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.

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Bible Versions: AMP-Amplified Bible; TLB- The Living Bible; MSG-The Message; VOICE-The Voice Bible.

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3 thoughts on “Deep Calls to Deep

  1. Many times, the burdens placed on our hearts from the spirit is a burden for us to pray (Col. 4:12). Actually, we cannot pray more than our burden. To continue to pray without a burden is surely ineffective, and it comes from the self-will. The burden of prayer that comes from the Spirit can only be relieved through prayer. In fact, no burdens can truly be alleviated except by finding out God’s will. If God burdens our spirits with a certain burden, we can only relieve the burden in our spirit by fulfilling what God wants us to do, either through prayer or through proclaiming His message. Only when we have a burden in our spirit to pray can we pray in intercession with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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