Kept

October 29, 2014

Isaiah 43:1-3 AMP
1 But now [in spite of past judgments for Israel’s sins], thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt [to the Babylonians] for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba [a province of Ethiopia] in exchange [for your release].

Do not be afraid
Those who are Mine
Are kept through the deep waters
Are kept through the fire
Are kept and not forsaken!

Those who are Mine
Are kept because they trust Me
And have set their love upon Me
They have a personal knowledge of My mercy and love.

Do not be afraid
Those who are Mine
Are kept as the apple of My eye
Safe and hidden beneath My wings!

Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings. -Ps17:8

Psalm 91:1,14-15 AMP
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

14 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].
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

From NetBible Ps 91:1,14-15

  • *  In this psalm an individual (perhaps a priest) addresses one who has sought shelter in the Lord and assures him that God will protect him from danger (vv. 1-13). In vv. 14-16 God himself promises to keep his loyal follower safe.
  • * The Lord is compared here to a bird who protects its young under the shadow of its wings (see v. 4).
  • *  The divine name used here is “Shaddai” (שַׁדַּיshadday; see also Ps 68:14). Shaddai (or El Shaddai) is the mighty king (sovereign judge) of the world who grants life/blesses and kills/judges. In Genesis he blesses the patriarchs with fertility and promises numerous descendants. Outside Genesis he both blesses/protects and takes away life/happiness.
  • dwells[03427] = abides, remains, have one’s abode, to marry (give a dwelling to)
  • set his love[02836] = clings to, will not let go, devoted to
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Fragrant Apples of Gold

October 25, 2014

Proverbs 15:23 AMP
23 A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

Proverbs 25:11 NASB
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.

Song of Solomon 2:5 NASB
5 Sustain me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, because I am lovesick.

Refresh me O Lord
With Your word
Breathe on me the sweet fragrance of life
Revive, refresh, restore my soul
with fragrant apples
Your precious apples of gold.

Your word, Lord, breathed
Spoken at the right time
Brings life
O how good it is
What a joy and delight!

The above scripture and word from the Lord prompted me to look more closely at the relationship between fragrant apples, and the breathing in and out of God’s words. I was surprised at the study of the word apple from the verses above.

From  Prov 25:11

  • apple[08598] = apple associated with fragrance
    *From [05301] = to breathe, cause to breathe out
    and [01054] = place of apples located in Judah[03063] = praise/He shall be praised (assigned to the tribe of Judah Josh 15)
  • spoken[01696] = to declare, converse, command, promise, warn, threaten, prophesy, sing

These apples of gold contain a fragrance that can be breathed in and out!

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 AMP
14 But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
15 For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing …

Job 33:4 AMP
4 [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].

From  Job 33:4

  • spirit[07307] = breath, wind, to inspire prophetically
    *From [07306] = to smell, scent, perceive odor
  • breath[05397] = spirit, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421] = revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

 

Apples of gold are breathed by the Holy Spirit. They contain the fragrance of Christ, bringing life. These apples refresh, quicken, revive and restore from sickness, discouragement, faintness, and/or death. They bring joy. Isn’t it interesting that the “place of apples”, the place where these apples are “breathed” is in Judah, assigned to the tribe of Judah = praise/He is to be praised?!

 

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True Deliverance

October 18, 2014

Psalm 25:14-15 AMP
14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net.

True deliverance comes from the Lord
To those who fear (revere and worship) Him
To those who know and trust Him
Who have tasted His mercy
Whose eyes are ever toward the Lord.

Psalm 9:9-10 AMP
9 The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).
10 And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity].

Courage

Be of good courage
The Lion of Judah never fails or forsakes
His roar is your protection and deliverance!

Joel 3:16 AMP
16 The Lord will thunder and roar from Zion and utter His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

1 Samuel 2:10 AMP
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them will He thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge [all peoples] to the ends of the earth; and He will give strength to His king (King) and exalt the power of His anointed (Anointed His Christ).

 

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Protection

Peace of the Lord

October 15, 2014

 

PeaceAll
image from www.365promises.com

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Remember, at ALL times, the peace of the Lord is only a prayer away!

Philippians 4:4-7 AMP
4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!
5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Prayer:
2 Thessalonians 3:16
AMP
16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all.

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The Lord Fulfills His Purpose

October 13, 2014

PS138_8
Image from 365 Promises

Psalm 138:8 AMP
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever—forsake not the works of Your own hands.

NIV … The LORD will fulfil his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures for ever—do not abandon the works of your hands.

NASB … The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

From Treasury of David

“The work which his goodness began,
The arm of his strength will complete;
His promise is yea and Amen,
And never was forfeited yet.”

Faith’s full assurance: “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.”
Faith’s firm foundation: “Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever.”
Faith’s fervent prayer: “Forsake not the works of thine own hands.”

Take heart
The Lord will never abandon or forsake
He will finish and perfect what He began
His purposes fulfilled

Surrender to the work of His mighty hands.

Be Strong and Courageous

October 11, 2014

2 Timothy 1:7 AMP
7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

From NetBible 2Tim 1:7

  • spirit[4151] = Holy Spirit, breath of God
  • timidity[1167] = fearfulness, cowardice
  • power[1411] = strength, ability, might
  • love[26] = agape: brotherly love, affection, good will, benevolence
  • sound mind[4995] = self-control, moderation, discipline

Be strong
Be of good courage
For it is the Lion of Judah who goes with you
Wherever you go.

 
Joshua 1:9 AMP
9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Lord when we are afraid, help us to remember, that You the Lion of Judah are with us in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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An Open Door

October 8, 2014

Revelation 3:7-9 AMP
7 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open:
8 I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name.
9 Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and learn and acknowledge that I have loved you

The Lord acknowledges those who keep His word and guard His message; Those who do not deny His name.

Is there an open door before you? Trust in the Lord and go through it!

Is there a closing door? Trust in the Lord’s guidance -no matter how good it “looks” on the other side of the closed door.

Trust in the Lord to open and close the right doors.

OpenDoor
Image from: 4evermaybe

He gives and takes away – but I will “choose” to say
BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD! JESUS!

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Jesus You are Able!

October 1, 2014

Jesus Christ
Precious oil
A healing balm poured forth is Your name
You are able, more than able
To do the impossible – Lk1:36-37
Yesterday, today, forever the same -He 13:8
You never change
You alone are my praise!

Jesus
You are able, more than able
A healing balm poured forth is Your name
You alone are my praise! – Jer 17:14

Ephesians 3:20-21 AMP
20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Jeremiah 8:22 AMP
Is there no balm{medicinal ointment} in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people restored? [Because Zion no longer enjoyed the presence of the Great Physician!]

From NetBible Jer 8:22

  • *balm = medicinal ointment
  • *Jeremiah is lamenting that though there is a remedy available for the recovery of his people they have not availed themselves of it.

Song 1:3 NKJV
Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you.

From NetBible Song 1:3

  • ointment[08081] = anointing oil usually perfumed

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Be Ready to Defend!

September 28, 2014

1 Peter 3:14-16 AMP
14 But even in case you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, [you are] blessed (happy, to be envied). Do not dread or be afraid of their threats, nor be disturbed [by their opposition].
15 But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.
16 [And see to it that] your conscience is entirely clear (unimpaired), so that, when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed [of slandering your good lives].

Do not be afraid
By anyone who opposes your life in Christ.

Instead acknowledge Him as Lord
Remind the opposition of who the Lord Jesus is
And to whom you belong!

The Sovereign Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth will vindicate you!

Psalm 26:1-3 AMP
1 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind.
3 For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth [faithfully].

Thank You Lord Jesus, You are our hope, our help and shield. Help us to keep Your mercy and loving-kindness ever before our eyes. And help us walk in Your truth, that others may see and ask for an account of our hope!

Psalm 115:11 AMP
11 You who [reverently] fear the Lord, trust in and lean on the Lord! He is their Help and their Shield.

Related:
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An Assuring Word

September 24, 2014

Jeremiah 17:14 AMP
14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.

From NetBible Jer 17:14

  • save[03467] = deliver, to give victory, to help,preserve, rescue
  • praise[08416] = song or hymn, adoration, glory
    *from [01984] = to shine, boast, glory, celebrate

From BlueLetterBible

  • praise[08416] = person or thing in which one glories -Jer 17:14 &
    Due 10:21 … He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.

Heal me O Lord
And I will be healed
Save me
And I will be saved

Heal me O Lord
And I will be healed
Send forth
Your assuring word -Ps 107:20

For You alone are my praise
Jesus You are my praise

A healing balm poured forth -Jer 8:22
Jesus You alone are my praise.

 

Psalm 107:20 AMP
20 He sends forth His {assuring}word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.

From NetBible Ps 107:20

  • word[01697] = speech, saying, utterance

    *Heb “he sent his word.” This probably refers to an oracle of assurance which announced his intention to intervene (see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 [WBC], 59)

  • heals[07495] = to mend (by stitching), to cure, repair, make whole
  • rescues[04422] = delivered, saved, preserved

    *Heb “he rescued from their traps.” The Hebrew wordשְׁחִית (shekhit, “trap”) occurs only here and in Lam 4:20, where it refers to a trap or pit in which one is captured. Because of the rarity of the term and the absence of an object with the verb “rescued,” some prefer to emend the text of Ps 107:20, reading מִשַׁחַת חַיָּתָם (mishakhat khayyatam, “[he rescued] their lives from the pit”). Note also NIV “from the grave,” which interprets the “pit” as Sheol or the grave.

 

Jeremiah 8:22 AMP
Is there no balm{medicinal ointment} in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people restored? [Because Zion no longer enjoyed the presence of the Great Physician!]

From NetBible Jer 8:22

  • *balm = medicinal ointment
  • *Jeremiah is lamenting that though there is a remedy available for the recovery of his people they have not availed themselves of it.

Related:
Heal Me O Lord
A Healing Word{An Assuring Word}
A Healing Balm

 


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