He Gives Visions

The Spirit Of The Lord

33: He gives visions

[ The Day of the Lord ] “Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old people will have dreams, and your young people will see visions. Joel 2:28

Yes, even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will proclaim my message.Acts 2:18

‘This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams. Acts 2:17

God promised to pour out His Spirit on us. His Spirit as promised would enable us to proclaim His message, see visions and have dreams. The ability to see visions is a good gift which helps us personally and helps the church. Where there is no vision, men perish.

The Apostles and messengers of the gospel had visions, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and great grace was upon them. They were given grace to preach the gospel without timidity, fear and shyness,. They were given grace to heal and deliver, grace to see visions about the past, present and future and grace to dream supernatural dreams. The Lord our God was with them and upon them.

And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all (Acts 4:33 NKJV)

The Lord is the one that gives visions and the visions that come from Him are not lies but truth – they come to pass and they explain the past and present with great insight, light and revelation. They also enable us present the gospel accurately because the same Spirit that wrote the Bible through men is the one that was promised and is with us to give us all the insight we need.

He is the perfect interpreter and explainer of the Bible that He wrote. The Scriptures or parts of it can be hidden from us and we can only understand it when the meaning of the words have been given to us and our eyes are opened or enlightened by inner supernatural revelation and wisdom.

But the disciples did not understand any of these things; the meaning of the words was hidden from them, and they did not know what Jesus was talking about. Luke 18:34

He gives meaning to the Scriptures and they come alive. Visions can be used to explain the Bible. God showed Peter a vision that explained to Him that he must not call anyone that God has cleansed, unclean.

About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. Acts 10:9-16

The Bible advises us not to despise inspired messages because when we do that, we despise and scorn the giver – the Holy Spirit. We are also advised to desire spiritual gifts. May the Lord who gives visions, be upon us and accompany us to the mountain top of Christian maturity.

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Putting On The Word

 

Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior (Titus 2:9 – 2:10 ESV)

Putting on the word of God, shows itself and reflects in godly character. Some people think that it only shows in faith and how much faith they have but this Scripture provides great insight. The word of God produces diverse fruits not just one. Faith is only one of the fruits.

When we adorn ourselves in the word of God, we should manifest good acts and works. Love, kindness. faith, patience, hope, gentleness, peace, righteousness, humility and other positive traits and virtues should accompany the word of God that is resident in our lives. In fact, having godly character as described in the Scripture above is summarized as showing ‘all good faith.’

There is faith that shows itself in good works and manifests as holiness and there is the stubborn persistent faith that knows how to pray, trust and obtain favors from God. The two are intertwined and interrelated because one enhances the other. Jesus was a man of mega faith because He Himself said that the father always heard Him.

Before Jesus opened His mouth to present a prayer request, the Father already heard Him and was present to answer His prayer. In the Scripture Jesus said, ‘ you always hear me.’

I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11:42

If you study the life of Jesus closely, you will observe that Jesus was godly, holy and righteous. He had a burning zeal and passion for God and God’s house and was a God pleaser. He was constantly chasing after God, not after faith or how to get His prayers answered. Relationship is very important. He loved God dearly and there was extraordinary, magnetic, powerful, all encompassing love flowing between Him and The Father.

That is how it should be. If we are chasing after methods of how to get blessings and get our prayers answered or how to have the biggest faith in the world, yet we do not care about pleasing God or seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness and make that a number one priority, we become mammon worshipers and idolators.

This is because our heart that was created for loving God and chasing after Him is now panting and lusting after worldly, material, physical goodies that will surely pass away. If we are in the right relationship with God, God will hear our prayers and bless us but if we make favors and blessing take the place of an active, vibrant relationship with God and pleasing God, we are on the wrong lane and need to reverse back into the right lane – pleasing God.

Jesus had all the good qualities and He is our example. So it is vanity to boast about how much we know the word of God or how super our faith is, if we do not combine faith with other attributes expected in a child of God. Faith without works is dead. Faith is super important because without faith it is impossible to please God, however the Bible tells us that love is the greatest.

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:17

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

We must have mature faith and we must also have mature love, hope, gentleness, patience etc. We must thereby work out our salvation daily by combining all the holy attributes expected of a believer.

Putting on the word means putting on holiness, good fruits, godliness, and all godly attributes including faith, hope and love. May God who started a good work in us complete it in Jesus name.

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He Gives Love

image1CA8909EB-9FD9-4D9B-8831-5C78A61B2B06The Spirit Of The Lord

27: He gives life

This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us. Romans 5:5

I urge you, friends, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that the Spirit gives: join me in praying fervently to God for me. Romans 15:30

The Holy Spirit gives love. The Bible tells us that God is love and His Spirit is full of love. Love is a virtue that is greatly lacking in the world and in mankind because man is naturally selfish and self preserving. It is very difficult for someone who is self focused and self gratifying to have love.

This is because love requires sacrifice and God intentionally made it so. He wants love to cost us something. Love is not easy and it is not cheap. God Himself had to come as Jesus to suffer and show us love and the way to love.

In order to love, we must offer ourselves as living sacrifices and die to the flesh and human nature which loves pleasure and fun. We cannot die to the flesh without the Holy Spirit. He is the one that produces good fruits in us. God poured out His love on us by means of His Holy Spirit. The more we yield to Him and depend on Him, the more His love flows and manifests through us.

It is all by the grace of God. If we try to love by our own effort, we will fall flat on our faces because without Him, we can do nothing and man’s power is of no use as long as love and spirituality is concerned. Even physical power and energy is given by God as a blessing.

Jesus Himself loved by the power of the Holy Spirit when He was on earth. He was constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will manifest hundred fold fruits of love, peace, joy, gentleness etc.

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23

He is the one that gives us the ability to love. Even the love that non believers have is from God because He is the author of life and love. Jesus Christ produces love in us by His Holy Spirit so we must cling to Him and His Spirit as Lord.

Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11

May we cooperate with the Holy Spirit so that we can be filled with His Spirit and in turn be filled with the fruit of love to bless a dying world. May we become effective as Christians instead of failures in love. When we fail in love, we have failed as Christians and are no longer effective.

May we please God always by the love that the Holy Spirit gives. Come Lord Jesus.

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He Sanctifies Us

The Spirit Of The Lord

14. He Sanctifies Us

According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:2 ESV)

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us. He is awesome and powerful and He is the Lord. He is also God. Because of this, He is the only one that can make us Holy, complete and pure. He does this by planting the word of God inside us and also enables us to accept His word and retain them in our spirit. It is only by His power that we can understand, keep and practice the word of God.

Without the help of the Holy Spirit we are nothing and less than nothing – we are simply helpless and powerless.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:7

Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Acts 5:3

Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” Acts 5:4

Jesus Himself constantly walked with the Holy Spirit – He needed Him. Jesus was full of wisdom, truth, grace and power by the Holy Spirit. This should serve as a lesson to us and give us some wisdom. If Jesus, the son of God needed the Holy Spirit to fulfil His fathers will, we also need Him.

We must be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to please God completely and be healthy and effective in our daily walk with God including being successful in ministry. Nothing else will do.

 

 

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Passion Will Sustain Our Relationship

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4. Passion Will Sustain Our Relationship

And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. (Revelation 21:6 ESV)

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come. ” And let the one who hears say, “Come. ” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Revelation 22:17 ESV)

In this vision, I was in the Spirit, telling the Lord how much I love Him. The Lord loves to hear words of love and worship and He had commanded me in the past to keep expressing my love to Him and not be cold towards Him.

As I was pouring out my words of love, worship  and adoration to Him, He came upon me and I was filled with joy and exhilaration. A heavenly love enveloped me and I was in ecstasy and great delight. Then I saw His garment and exclaimed to Him, “I saw your garment! I saw your garment!” He was putting on a magnificent white inner garment and an elegant outer garment made of gold. The heavenly garment was beautiful beyond description as I marvelled at the glorious design.

Then I said to Him, “ I love you. What are your likes and dislikes? Tell me what will sustain our relationship.”

Then the Lord replied in a stern voice. “Passion. Passion will sustain our relationship.” Then I came out of the trance.

I guess the Lord’s voice was stern because He had taught me the importance of seeking His presence and desire for His presence but I still fall short of the level of passion and intimacy He desires. He wants hot burning love that will magnetise Him to us not tepidness, lukewarmness and coldness.

The Lord is full of love, passion and fire and He also desires love, passion and fire. Love for Him leads to constant obedience and the command to us in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Holy Spirit is part of obedience. He is constantly waiting for us to embrace Him but we are filled with self effort and self dependence.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18

The conclusion is that passion is very essential and vital in our relationship with Him. We must desire and hunger for Him and His presence in order to be constantly filled. We should do this in the place of prayer, intimacy, fellowship, worship and constant communion with Him.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with us always. Amen.

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Broken Hearted

Broken hearted

Slim and tender

Lovely and precious

Kind and compassionate.

 

You were the broken

Hearted girl

You gave love

You got betrayal

Broken trust

And shattered dreams.

 

Broken hearted

You got the opposite

Of what you gave

And you gave up on love.

 

Broken hearted

Love is a mystery

Love is a risk

Pick up your broken heart

And pick up courage

To love again.

 

Broken hearted

Don’t let the past

Destroy and ruin

Your future

Open your heart

And let yourself

Love again.

Smile Once Again


Smile once again

For me

And my glory.


Child of destiny,

I remember when you

Were so happy

And so secure

Enjoying beauty and grace.

 

You were dazzling and lovely,

Decorated and crowned,

Swirling in the arms of love and mercy

Dancing with Angels

Eating with me.

 

Yes,

You ate at my chest

In my inner chamber

And courts

And I fed you with golden love

And drips of honey mixed with

Tender mercy and loving kindness.

 

Love overpowered you

And you called me darling

And sweetheart

As we became one

In worship.

 

You inhaled my breath

And became intoxicated with my

Fragrance and glory.

 

You danced for me

And never stopped

Because I was your joy

And constant delight.

 

I watched you dance and dance

And your dance of glory

Pleased me greatly.

 

Your new name became

Cherished

Treasured

And beloved

 

You never stopped muttering

Words of love and worship

To me

Your bridegroom and beloved.


What happened my child?

What happened?

You fell and lost touch

With my glorious presence.


There you are,

Sitting in the mud

By the village square

With your left hand

On your chin.

 

In your eyes

Your sorrow shows.

 

You are

Unhappy and defeated

Lost and tired.

 

I see you

Sighing and confused

Longing and dreaming

Wishing and hoping

For the treasures that

You lost.

 

Your face has a constant deep frown

Masked with dejection.

Your tears are blood and sorrow

And your gown is stained, rumpled and grey.

 

You lost your sparkling embroidered

White garment 

And it seems like

All hope of finding it

Is gone.

 

Your make up is dust and ashes

You look rejected

And dejected

Lacking in luster

And beauty.

 

All who pass by you

Wonder at your calamity

Of beauty to ashes.

 

They shake their heads

In great amazement

And disbelief.


My beloved,

Rise up from that mud

And dirt

And shine once again.

 

Reconnect with me.

Start digging again,

And watch the biggest smile

Take over your face.


Smile once again,

My love

Smile for me

And my father

Because you are

Greatly loved and treasured.



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Your Pain Is My Pain

He will bring justice to the poor of the people;He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. (Psalm 72:4 NKJV)

What a wonderful promise. Our God is an awesome God, He is not partial or complacent when it comes to protecting the weak and needy. When He looks at them, His heart gets filled with love and compassion.

He knows what it feels like to be poor because He is the creator. He can feel all things. Jesus said that whatever we do to the least of the brethren, we do to Him. That means, He feels everybody’s pain and injustice.

If you have ever been oppressed and needy you will definitely understand. I understand because I know what it feels like to be oppressed. It is not a very good feeling, in fact it is one of the worst feelings on earth.

An oppressed person cries many silent cries and his spirit is in a state of perpetual weeping and mourning. The Lord Himself counts those silent and hidden tears because He sees all. He is the God that sees all.

I remember sometime ago when a South London man that I became friends with out of pity dealt mercilessly with me. He betrayed my trust and friendship with great recklessness and irresponsibility.

The first time I met him, he presented himself as a victim, however, when he gained my trust and pity he became the hunter – the victim became the hunter and the helper became the prey. After this man dealt with me, I was in great pain, sorrow and turmoil.

The Lord had previously warned me about this man but I did not listen. I convinced myself it was the devil that spoke – how silly.

When the man became the hunter after his prey – me, the Lord appeared in a white cloud one afternoon and spoke to me saying, “he thinks he will get away with his actions but He won’t.” At this point, I had not yet understood the full extent of the evil intention that this man had for me. Then after a while, this mans true intention and the harm he intended became open. He hurt me and showed himself fully as someone that had the intention to harm me further. At this discovery, I was in pain and shock.

The Lord spoke to me again and said, ”you will face your judgement.” I still did not understand the reality of what He said until my stomach started burning like fire, and a great sorrow gripped me.

The Lord then appeared to me again, sitting on a chair. I threw myself on the floor at His feet rolling and crying and I could sense He was not happy with me. He scolded me and said I behaved badly. At that point I could not argue with Him or lie.

I was just making excuses but I felt that He was so right and my excuses were useless and lame. When the Lord speaks and you are wrong, you accept your judgement. I had taken wrong steps and I did not pay attention when He warned me about this man.

After some days, the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Your pain is my pain.’ Remember that I had brought this upon myself through my disobedience. However, the pain was just too much. It was unbearable and the Lord became my comforter.

I always knew His love but that was a deeper revelation of His love that I had not known or imagined. It felt very personal and real. He felt my pain very deeply and I could feel His love through His words and voice. For those who doubt, God definitely has deep emotions and feelings.

After the great blow and pain the man gave me, I saw myself in a trance saying, “ Holy Spirit take me home, I want to see God the father and I want to see Jesus.’ Wow, I did not know that my spirit was traumatised.

Physically, I felt I was okay and the pain would just go away, but the Lord showed me the condition of my spirit. It was the first time that I realised that the Lord who had been having this wonderful, amazing relationship with me was the Holy Spirit.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

He had told me long before that vision that I would have a good relationship with the Holy Spirit but it was not deeply impressed on my mind. I always called Him Jesus and I never realised that it was the Holy Spirit until I said that.

May be I just never differentiated the two. Of course, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ so in that sense He is Jesus but to be more specific He is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the manifest power and glory of God and He is at the right side of God.

The manifest presence of God is constant in heaven. The Holy Spirit is the one who manifests the presence of God on earth. The manifest presence of God is not constantly present on earth. However, we can experience the manifest presence of God by the Holy Spirit.

We can only experience Jesus who is life and glory by the spirit of Jesus – the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the father and son and He makes heaven real on earth.

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23

The Lord said nothing when I told Him I wanted to go home. I was even surprised that I was asking the Lord to leave this earth – what about my ministry? I was simply shocked at my request but He rightly ignored my request.

Some days later, in a trance He appeared to me in a white cloud. Then next thing I knew, I was lying on the cloud and I expected the cloud to be soft but it was hard! I just lay on the cloud like a baby for some time and when I came out of the trance I felt good, comforted and consoled.

After that vision, my spirit was refreshed and healed and I was able to forget the pain. He saw and heard my silent cry, tears, sorrows and pain even though I had disobeyed His instruction. I was judged but He comforted me in judgement.

When Hagar cried her own silent tears, He appeared as the God Who Sees. He felt her pain even though it was Hagar who provoked her mistress. He still felt pity for her but asked her to go back and behave herself by submitting to Sarai. This is an aspect of God that I like so much – His compassionate nature.

When we hurt the poor, we hurt Him. When we oppress and cheat the needy, He feels it like it is His own pain and injustice. He is saying today and every other day, through this Scripture that He will bring justice to the poor and will save the needy. Glory to God.

There is hope for the neglected, abused and poor because our God sees and hears their cries for justice and mercy. Justice will rise up and meet them. God will break in pieces the oppressors of mankind and save the oppressed. Most especially, when we get to Heaven, He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

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The Secret

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant. Psalm 25:14

Just as everyone has secrets, God also has secrets. There are some secret keys to His glorious heart. Some translations say the friendship of the Lord is with those who fear Him. Secrets are given to friends not acquaintances or enemies. A secret given to the wrong person can destroy. Remember Samson. Judas knew the secrets about Jesus’s movements and led His enemies to Him.

In relationships, it is the ability of a spouse to master the key and ways into the beloveds heart that will determine their ability to please the beloved. If you focus on selfishness and your desires, you ruin it all. If you focus on your partners needs and desires, you will please them and if they focus on your needs and desires, they will please you in return.

Let’s face it – we all have needs and desires that we cannot fulfil and satisfy by ourselves. The need for companionship comes along with being human and if you are in a relationship and is being isolated and you feel isolated, then something is wrong. In a good relationship, we should feel loved, safe and cherished.

In our relationship with God, God wants to feel loved and appreciated. He created us for love, fellowship and companionship with Himself and others. If we prove ourselves to be selfish and incapable of giving and receiving love then we have defeated the purpose of our creation – we become useless to God and our fellow men. Life is about purpose.

Man has the capacity to turn Himself into a nuisance to God and His fellow men. May we never turn ourselves into nuisances to God and men.

We must seek the keys to God’s heart. We need to prove ourselves as people capable of love and companionship. Other men should feel safe around us.

If you are a man and other men feel scared of leaving their wives, daughters and sisters in your presence, something is wrong. If those men feel that you will exploit them sexually then you have turned yourself into a nuisance.

If you are a woman who keeps gossiping and is not capable of being faithful to any man, you have turned yourself into a nuisance.

The list is endless – if you are reckless and can cause all sorts of damage to others just to please and satisfy yourself, then you have turned yourself into a nuisance. You have defeated the purpose of your creation. We were created to love God and other humans. We should make effort to make others happy. Put a smile on someone else’s face not exploit, cheat and steal from them.

If we fear, love and cherish the Lord, He will give us the direct keys to His heart. He will teach us His secrets and covenants in such a way that pleasing Him becomes a delight. When we get to the place where our food is to do His will and finish His work, then we can truly say that we are victorious

My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. John 4:34

When Jesus said ’food’, He meant His passion, desire, pleasure, will, joy, love, dream is to do the will of God. It gave Him great joy and happiness to please His father. He was a perfect lover of God. With God only love will do, nothing else matters but love.

Love is all that matters in life, we must become great lovers of God and men instead of nuisances.

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Broken Wings

You were a very beautiful bird

Free to fly and constantly flying.

Beautiful and graceful,

Gentle and tender.

 

You delighted in golden mountains

And blue rivers.

You drank from silver brooks

And Heaven’s springs

One day,

While you were asleep,

A snake sneaked into your room

And mercilessly broke your wings.

 

You woke up

Unaware of your calamity,

You flapped your silver wings

To fly,

And you couldn’t.

You looked at your side

And realized that your wings were

Broken.

You were overcome with grief

And wept bitterly.

You were inconsolable in your loss.

 

After a while,

You picked up courage

And struggled to fly again

But you couldn’t.

Confused and ashamed,

You ran into a grave

And hid yourself

To mourn your loss.

The pit became your home.

 

One hut afternoon

In summer,

You came out of your grave

To try again.

 

You looked left and right

To make sure you were alone.

You stood upon the earth,

and walked to an apple tree with shaky legs.

Under the apple tree,

You struggled to fly again.

 

As I watched you struggle and try to fly,

I was overcome by

My love and compassion

And I came down from my throne.

 

I carried you on my own wings, to the top

Of your favorite mountain.

And we talked for for months.

There I fed you with love and mercy

And I taught you

Great and powerful mysteries of love.

 

Most especially, I thought you how to

cling to my good news,

rejoice in my salvation and celebrate my redemption.

And you fell deeply in love

With me – Your teacher and redeemer.

 

When I saw that your love

Was very pure and acceptable,

I came upon you

And mended your broken wings and

Fixed it to perfection.

I crowned you with extraordinary grace.

 

Then I sat on my throne

And watched you fly.

You soared and soared,

Into the heavens and above the heavens.

You sang with the saints

And mingled with angels.

The inhabitants of Heaven

rejoiced with palm leaves and danced

For joy.

You were covered with diamond and gold

You became the most beautiful bird

My Cinderella.

 

I introduced you

To the highest echelons of society.

You wined and dined with princes

And lived your life in the rainbow

Of my afterglow – sparkling and shining.

 

I showed you off to all creation,

And I boasted with you

And delighted in you.

You are blessed Indeed,

O beloved princess of heaven!

 

How wonderful you are, O Lord

You have promised great things to

Your princes and princesses.

May we constantly

Trust you to mend our broken wings.

May we remain in constant fellowship with you until

We behold and experience your great glory.

 

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