Comforted to Comfort

September 20, 2014

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NLT
God Offers Comfort to All

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort[3874]. 4 He comforts[3870] us in all our troubles so that we can comfort[3874] others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort[3870] God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort[3874] through Christ.

John 14:16 AMP
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter [3875](Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever …

From NetBible 2 Cor 1:3-5Jn 14:16

  • comfort[3874] paraklesis = a calling near, summons for consolation/help
  • comforts[3870] parakaleo = to call to one’s side/aid
  • comforter[3875] parakletos = summoned, called to one’s side/aid

What do you do when facing a crisis? When you are in pain? When you are suffering?

There is One who is the source of ALL comfort, who will “come alongside” to help ==> Jesus Christ

==> IF you ask


CloseComfort
Image from 365 Promises

John 14:18 …KJV
I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.

From NetBible Jn 14:18

  • leave[863] = depart from, abandon
  • comfortless[3737] => leave fatherless, bereaved
    *abandon as orphans = leave you helpless

Jesus promises not only to comfort you but to use you to comfort others, to turn your trial into good!

Equipped With Joy

September 19, 2014

Psalm 30:2, 9-12 AMP
2 O Lord my God, I cried to You and You have healed me.

9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit (the grave)? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth and faithfulness to men?
10 Hear, O Lord, have mercy and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!
11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

From NetBible Ps 30:11

  • girded me with gladness = clothed me with joy
  • clothed-‘azar[0247] = girded(metaphorical of strength), encompassed, equipped
  • joy-simchah[08057] = joy, mirth, gladness, joy (of God)
    *The root denotes being glad or joyful with the whole disposition, the whole heart [08056] [08055]

Oak

Isaiah 61:1-3, 10-11 AMP
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word].

The Lord has girded His ‘oaks of righteousness’ with gladness 
They are equipped with His joy, His strength -Neh 8:10
Clothed with joy as with a garment which surrounds, 
encompassing on every side. -Ps 30:11

==> To set captives free, that the Lord may be glorified

==> these oaks are a praise on display before the nations
==> an everlasting sign Ps 92:15;Isa 55:12-13
Of the Lord’s faithfulness

He is our Rock!

Psalm 92:12-15 AMP
12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].
13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].
15 [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

 

From NetBible Ps 92:12-15

  • flourish[ 06524] = to break forth as a bud, i.e. bloom; generally, to spread; specifically, to fly (as extending the wings); figuratively, to blossom, break forth (out), bud, flourish, make fly, grow,
    spread, spring (up).
  • full of sap[01879] = filled with vitality
    *from [01878] = anointed, fat
  • rich in verdue[07488]= fresh, green, flourishing

Psalm 92:10 AMP
10 But my horn (emblem of excessive strength and stately grace) You have exalted like that of a wild ox; I am anointed with fresh oil.

Be anointed with fresh oil, the oil of joy
TODAY!

Kiss the Son{with me}

September 18, 2014

Streams in the desert
Living water let it flow
A drink for the people of God -Is 43:20-21
Living water
Living stones
To proclaim the praise
Of the One and Only
Kiss the Son
The Holy and anointed One
Worship in Spirit and Truth
Won’t you bow down and
Kiss the Son
With me?

Psalm 2:11-12 AMP
11 Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling [lest you displease Him].
12 Kiss the Son [pay homage to Him in purity], lest He be angry and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. O blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him!

John 4:23-24 AMP
23 A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.
24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).

From NetBible Ps 2:11-12

  • * The Hebrew verb translated “serve” refers here to submitting to the Lord’s sovereignty as expressed through the rule of the Davidic king. Such “service” would involve maintaining allegiance to the Davidic king by paying tribute on a regular basis.
  • *Kiss the Son = in trembling kiss His feet, pay homage in purity
  • kiss[05401] = HEBREW nashaq: kiss

From NetBible Jn 4:23-24

  • worship[4352] = GREEK proskuneo: to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand)

‘Kiss the Son’ – the hebrew translates nashqu bar as “pay homage in good faith” or “pay homage in purity”. The homage is to the Lord of Psalm 2:2 and to the Son of Psalm 2:7 — the Messiah King. Homage, kissing a King also implies submission. The Greek word for worship captures this idea – proskuneo – to kiss the hand toward, to do reverence or homage by kissing the hand, to bow oneself in adoration. This is to pay homage in recognition of royalty, to show submission to a king, to be under the king’s reign – like a dog licking his master’s hand.

1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
15 Therefore by Him[Jesus] let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Related:
Kiss the Son{archive}
Kiss the Son{article}

From the Rising of the Sun!

September 17, 2014

Psalm 113:1-4 AMP
1 Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forever
3 From the rising of the sun to the going down of it and from east to west, the name of the Lord is to be praised!
4 The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens!

From NetBible Ps 113:3

  • * “from the rising of the sun to its setting.” The extent is not temporal (“from sunrise to sunset”) but spatial (“from the place where the sun rises [the east] to the place where it sets [the west].” In the phenomenological language of OT cosmology, the sun was described as rising in the east and setting in the west.

Who should praise the Lord?
==> His servants

When?
==> From this time forth and forever

Where?
==> From the east to the west; All over the whole earth!

** An interesting thought
==> Whenever the sun sets – it is rising in another part of the earth.
===> So the Lord should be praised ALL the time EVERYWHERE!

SunSmile

Psalm 118:24 AMP
24 This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Precious Thoughts

September 11, 2014

Psalm 139:17-18 AMP
17 How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.

Sand
Image from 365Promises

Psalm 40:5, 16-17 AMP
5 Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; no one can compare with You! If I should declare and speak of them, they are too many to be numbered.

16 Let all those that seek and require You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified!
17 [As for me] I am poor and needy, yet the Lord takes thought and plans for me. You are my Help and my Deliverer. O my God, do not tarry!

True Bread – A Sign

September 10, 2014

 

John 6:29-31 NASB
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” 30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’”

What “sign” is given, that one may see and believe?
=>True Bread

John 6:32-35 NASB
32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

From NetBible Jn 6:32

  • true[228] = *that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name, in every respect corresponding to the idea signified by the name, real, true genuine
    * opposite to what is fictitious, counterfeit, imaginary, simulated or pretended*From [227] = loving the truth, speaking the truth, truthful

True Bread =  Jesus came down out of heaven
=>Jesus the Son gives life to the world
=>Jesus is the bread of life
=>Jesus is the Truth, loves Truth, speaks Truth

John 6:47-51 NASB
47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

Matthew 4:4 NASB
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’

True Bread = Jesus is Living Bread/ Living Word
=>Eating Jesus, His flesh/body, His words
==>Brings eternal life

John 6:53-55,63 NASB
53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

True Food = Jesus flesh/body, Words spoken
True Drink = Jesus blood, His life giving Spirit

True Bread must be eaten{digested/applied}
With True Drink{the Holy Spirit}

Romans 10:17 NASB
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

From NetBible Ro 10:17

  • word[4487] = rhema: an utterance by a living voice

 

Related:
Without True Bread there is No Life!
Daily Bread and Thanks
Drink Offering

Joyful Tree Bloom

September 7, 2014

Psalm 84:4-5,10 AMP
4 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
5 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness.


Joyful Tree Bloom

Joyful tree planted in the courts of the Lord
Ever praising
Ever green
Ever fresh
Anointed with fresh oil
Ever new
The oil of joy
Before the throne of God
Before the Lamb
Living waters flow.

Joyful tree bloom
An everlasting joy
An everlasting love
An everlasting sign

An everlasting song.
-Isa 55:12-13, 56:5;Isa 61:1-3,10-11;Rev 3:7-13;Ps 84:10;Rev 7:17, 22:1-3

NewTreeDv

Psalm 92:12-15 AMP
12 The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].
13 Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].
15 [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

From NetBible Ps 92:12-15

  • flourish[ 06524] = to break forth as a bud, i.e. bloom; generally, to spread; specifically, to fly (as extending the wings); figuratively, to blossom, break forth (out), bud, flourish, make fly, grow,
    spread, spring (up).
  • full of sap[01879] = filled with vitality
    *from [01878] = anointed, fat
  • rich in verdue[07488]= fresh, green, flourishing

 

Related:
Joyful Tree
An Everlasting Song
Blossom – Spread Your Wings
Wings, Blossoms, Pomegranates Blooming!
Fresh Oil
The Song of the Dove Rising

Sing to the Lord a New Song

September 1, 2014

Psalm 96:1,4,10Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. … For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. … Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.”

Sing to the Lord
A new song
Sing to the Lord who reigns
Sing to the Lord for He is great
And greatly to be praised.

Sing, sing, sing to the Lord
Sing with all your might
Sing, sing, sing to the Lord
And celebrate the King!
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Psalm 149:1-2 AMP
1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, praise[08416] Him in the assembly of His saints!
2 Let Israel rejoice in Him, their Maker; let Zion’s children triumph and be joyful in their King!

Word Study

From NetBible Ps 96:1

  • * A new song is appropriate because the Lord is constantly intervening in the world as its just king in fresh and exciting ways.. See also Pss 33:3; 40:3; 98:1.

From NetBible Ps 149:1-2

High praise is associated with the song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb; singing a new song.
From Harps of God:
The harp goes with the singing of the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb; it is associated with singing a new song. The new song in (Rev 15:2-4) seems to spring forth as a celebration of victory, a celebration of deliverance by the Lord’s mighty hand. It is also a celebration of the confession of truth, of the goodness and greatness of the Lord. A similar thing is seen in Psalms 33:1-5, 43:3-5, 71:22-24.

Psalm 40:3 … He has put a new song in my mouth — {high} praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.

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Related:
Sing A New Song
Lord Prepare Me
Seek His Face

Keep Your Lamps Burning

August 31, 2014

Psalm 119:105 AMP
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Luke 11:34-35 NASB
34 The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:34
NLT … Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.

  • lamp[3088] = an eye, like a lamp shows the body which way to turn
  • clear[573] = single(in union, fixed on Christ), whole/sound/healthy(fulfilling it’s office)
  • bad[4190] = diseased, blind, evil

35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:35

  • * This is a present imperative, calling for a constant watch – keep your lamps burning

From my previous posts both the word and the eye are lamps.

  •  the spiritual person with the single eye(connected to Christ’s Spirit)
    uses God’s word as a lamp to light his path and so walks a straight path
  • the spiritually blind person doesn’t use God’s word and Spirit to judge(they may not even know they are blind) and so walks a crooked path ==> they have no lamp or light

A lamp in ancient times was a vessel with oil and a wick carried in the hand to light the path to walk on.

  • The picture here is that as we walk, our hand (which speaks of our works) needs to hold up (apply/do) the lamp (which is the Word)
    ==> then our lamps will be lit and burning and our eyes will see the “straight” path before us!

Luke 12:35-36 AMP
35 Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning,
36 And be like men who are waiting for their master to return home from the marriage feast, so that when he returns from the wedding and comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately.

Ephesians 6:14 AMP
14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God …

Related:
The Eye = The Lamp
Making Crooked Paths Straight!

The Eye = The Lamp

August 30, 2014

Luke 11:33-36 NASB
33 “No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.

From NetBible Lk 11:33

  • * The point is that the light of Jesus’ teaching has been put in public view.
  • see[991] = discern, perceive, understand
    * to turn the thoughts or direct the mind to a thing, to consider,
    contemplate, to look/gaze at, to weigh carefully, examine

34 The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:34
NLT … Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.

  • lamp[3088] = an eye, like a lamp shows the body which way to turn
  • clear[573] = single(in union, fixed on Christ), whole/sound/healthy(fulfilling it’s office)
  • bad[4190] = diseased, blind, evil

35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:35

  • * This is a present imperative, calling for a constant watch – keep your lamps burning

36 If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it will be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays.”

From NetBible Lk 11:36

  • full of light[5460] = bright character
    * from [5457] = full of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual
    purity associated with it

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What are your eyes fixed on? 

To be full of light, keep your lamps burning …

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Related:
Making Crooked Paths Straight!


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