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    Eternal Oases of God
    by Frank Lee Jennings

    His praises come up in my mouth.
    Not with my eyes, within my heart
    I see, I know He's here. I press ahead
    though often weak and perplexed

    into my feeble weakness He pours strength
    replaces perplexity with clarity, weariness
    ​​with joyful energy, rising again I go out joyful in the anointing and presence of God's Holy spirit

    as I yield my tongue to His spirit His might
    flows into me. Spiritual power now I too
    can do all things through Jesus Christ.
    He'll never fail leave, nor turn away from me

    friends, kinsmen, forsake me, turn away their faces
    I look, as the psalmist, for love, gentleness, a kind word, compassion, prayer, yet I abide alone, save for Jesus the Christ and His Holy Spirit

    but I trust He will change things, create reborn hearts and lives anew, change the times and seasons
    Hearts and faces He will turn again to face me
    He will transform, change and turn me around to face others

    let me regard, offer hope, love, a kind word, forgetting myself. Even as He was obedient unto death
    He prayed for them, offering God's love instead of man's gall. I follow His pattern, His ways, footsteps. Come with me He says.

    I'm astounded. I thought He had finished long ago His saving, molding, shaping, changing of me
    After decades He's all new, working yet on this small pot resting in His hands, removing blemishes, flaws perfecting, adding glaze in high heat, so when struck a high clear ring

    "Climb out of yourself" He demands
    "Step into the ever new me"
    Let go all holds on the old man. Divided
    houses fall to ruin. God's new creations
    will abide for eternity.

    I clasp the Master's garment as we walk together into the wilderness worshipping Him as we go, side by side on the narrow path I yield to the council of His spirit. Help me Jesus

    firey darts often fill the air around me
    fired to kill and wound but God's armor
    protects me. I raise the shield of faith above
    while slashing back the enemy with the
    sword of God's word

    quench flaming arrows and lies
    hear His words inside me. Truth
    I absorb the peace He radiates
    as if a dry sponge gasping for water
    calmed by His spirit, I look ahead

    wondering about beyond, but
    I need not consider tomorrow
    turning my meditation to Him
    I recall past deliverances, sweet grace
    as Samson saw at the lion's honeycomb

    walking on, His joy lifts my heart
    Faith, I will not let go of Him.
    Faith, I will not stop
    Faith, He will never fail or desert me
    Faith, He speaks through me

    dark forces beset and wrestle me
    assaulting my peace, I stand still
    over and again His words, love
    We'll up inside, wisdom He's given me
    my health, peace, joy are assured

    I speak God's promises constantly
    pray in the spirit. Secrets from God.
    Secrets to God, a pure language
    Jesus, the only sure anchor, a harbor
    nothing else holds so fast and secure

    everything else must fail, fall, break
    no matter how fierce or fearful, my
    enemies flee before Him, vanish
    tremble at the sound of His name
    I speak as the very oracles of God

    He freely gives me strength
    to move forward, again do exploits
    a joyful heart, peace with purpose
    I'm walking on in life, never alone
    nothing must deflect my calling

    now I through Him lift up others,
    fellow travelers, seeing their needs
    I speak, do what He says
    comforting as I was comforted
    I was not whole until broken

    a green rising now appears in
    the shimmering waves of heat
    lush green growth near ahead
    flowers by the flowing water, a
    treasury of ministry to wayfarers

    heat, pressure, assaults all fade
    replaced by cool breezes of peace
    they sweep around and through me
    inside me, praise God, inside me!
    each touch heals hidden wounds

    on the long desert wilderness
    journey of life, Jesus has guided
    me to yet another oasis. His yoke
    light, easy and a joy to bear
    I need never lay it down

    adversaries, trouble, pressure, all
    rage against His pilgrims. Trying
    to grind us down. Turn us aside.
    He carries us on waves of grace
    it is clearly seen by the unbelievers

    I remain in His glory as long as I might
    rejoicing in His magnified presence
    basking in the glow of His peace
    refreshed in the rays of His wonderful
    gentle loving power

    I move on, but never from Him
    or from His grace, but walking
    with Him I journey on life's path
    a path He's set and mapped for
    me. A path to His heavenly city,
    an oasis I carry through the deserts

    He carries me forward with Him, for
    in Him we live, move, have our very being
    His presence is the eternal oasis that goes along
    we need never depart being refreshed by His grace

    even as I journey forth and do battle
    search and seek the lost, raise up
    the fallen, sowing seed by the way
    watering seed sown by others
    being pruned by the things I suffer

    He makes oases inside us, His children
    those wearied in their journeys
    He has prepared them before us so
    where He is we may also be, and so dwell
    in His glory. In Him we live, move, have life

    an eternal oasis of peace and joy
    flowing with living water
    where we can freely drink
    as we walk and do His will
    ever flowing waters of life

    Psalms 110:7
    He shall drink of the brook by the wayside;
    Therefore He shall lift up the head
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