Good Friday

April 18, 2014

Luke 23:34 AMP … And Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Luke 23:43 AMP … And He answered him, Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

John 19:26-27 AMP … So Jesus, seeing His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, [Dear] woman, See, [here is] your son!
27 Then He said to the disciple, See, [here is] your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own [keeping, own home].

Matthew 27:46 AMP … And about the ninth hour (three o’clock) Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?—that is, My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking and failing Me in My need]?

John 19:28 AMP … After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished (ended), said in fulfillment of the Scripture, I thirst.

John 19:30 AMP … When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Luke 23:46 AMP … And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit! And with these words, He expired.

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Image from Cross Cards

God Can Be Trusted

April 16, 2014

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV … Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4 BBE … In the time of my fear, I will have faith in You. In God will I give praise to His word; in God have I put my hope; I will have no fear of what flesh may do to me.

Fear can be powerful, but we don’t have to let fear rule. Fear can be over ruled by trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Like the above psalm, we can declare, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You, Lord!”

God can be trusted! The is no limit to His understanding and wisdom(Isaiah 40:28). Trust in the Lord, for His perfect love casts out all fear(1 John 4:18).

Psalm 147:5 AMP
Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless!


Trust in the Lord
Soar on wings like eagles!
-Isa 40:31

Hosanna in the Highest

April 13, 2014

Zechariah 9:9 AMP
9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Mark 11:8-10 NIV
8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9 Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,

“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
10 “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

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The new testament word hosanna[5614] is the greek spelling of the hebrew words yasha’[03467] na’[04994] found in the old testament in only one place. It means ‘Save now, I pray’. It’s a cry for help.

Psalm 118:25-26 NIV Save now[03467] , I pray, O LORD; O LORD, grant us[04994]  success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

Over the years hosanna changed from being a cry for help to a form of praise – a shout of hope and exultation. So Hosanna to the Son of David means “The Son of David is our salvation! Hooray for the king! Salvation belongs to the king!” And Hosanna in the highest means “Let all the angels in heaven join the song of praise. Salvation! Salvation! Let the highest heaven sing the song!”

Do we greatly rejoice like this – that Jesus is in our midst?

Look at the following verse – do you wear your salvation around your neck – as a “garland of hosannas” ? As songs of great rejoicing and deliverance?

Psalm 32:7 MSG  GOD’s my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

Psalm 32:7 NASB  You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

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This Palm Sunday Let’s rejoice greatly as they did on the first Palm Sunday, that Jesus is in our midst. Let’s celebrate the King of kings.

Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

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Related:
Hosanna by John Piper
Garlands of Hosannas
Don’t Let the Rocks Cry Out{article}

God’s Good Hand

April 12, 2014

Ezra 8:22 AMP
22 For I was ashamed to request of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy along the way, because we had told the king: the hand of our God is upon all them for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.

2 Chronicles 15:2 AMP
2 … The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, craving Him as your soul’s first necessity], He will be found by you; but if you [become indifferent and] forsake Him, He will forsake you.

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Quotes:
… and now all this being said to the king, after this, to desire a guard to protect them, it would look as if they had not that favour in the sight of God, and did not believe what they had said, but distrusted his power and providence towards them; therefore, rather than reflect any dishonour on God, they chose to expose themselves to danger, seeking his face and favour, and relying on his goodness and power. -Gill

It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. -Spurgeon

Those who seek God, are safe under the shadow of his wings, even in their greatest dangers; but those who forsake him, are always exposed. -Matthew Henry

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Remember
– God’s hand IS there upholding you –
Even if you can’t see it right now.

Seek Him as your soul’s first necessity!

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Today Lord, help me to seek You as my soul’s first necessity. Thank You that those who earnestly seek and rely on You are under the protection of Your mighty right hand.

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Related:
Upheld – Led by His Hand{prayer}
Spurgeon – Ezra 8:22
Ezra 8:22 Commentary

God Chooses the Weak

April 9, 2014

From 365 Promises

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1 Corinthians 1:27-31 AMP
27 [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.
28 And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are,
29 So that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God.
30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].
31 So then, as it is written, Let him who boasts and proudly rejoices and glories, boast and proudly rejoice and glory in the Lord.

Let him who boasts- boast in the Lord!
He chooses the weak to confound the world.

Jeremiah 9:24 AMP
24 But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

Righteous and Full of Mercy

April 8, 2014

From 365 Promises

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Psalm 116:5 NKJV
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.

From NetBible Ps 116:5

  • merciful[07355] = to love deeply, be compassionate, have tender affection

In view of the LORD’s great love and mercy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ His Son:

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -He 4:16

It only takes a mustard seed of faith – use the faith you have!

Luke 17:5-6 AMP
5 The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God).
6 And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.

God’s Handiwork

April 6, 2014

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Image form 365 Promises

Isaiah 64:8 AMP … Yet You, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, You are the potter;
we are all the work of Your hand.

Psalm 139:14 AMP … I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 145:10 AMP … All Your works praise You, Lord;
Your faithful people extol You.

All of God’s works praise Him -
How much more should His people praise Him?

The Anchor of Our Soul

April 5, 2014

Hebrews 6:16-20 AMP
16 Men indeed swear by a greater [than themselves], and with them in all disputes the oath taken for confirmation is final [ending strife].
17 Accordingly God also, in His desire to show more convincingly and beyond doubt to those who were to inherit the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose and plan, intervened (mediated) with an oath.
18 This was so that, by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God ever to prove false or deceive us, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before [us].
19 [Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil,
20 Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.

From Our Daily Bread

We have an anchor that keeps the soul,
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love. —Owens

Our hope is securely fastened in Jesus Christ who redeemed us once and for all when He died, rose again, and ascended to heaven.

This hope, the anchor for our soul, is the Rock, Jesus Christ! 

We’ll be steady in the storm if we’re anchored to Christ the Rock.

Related:
The Anchor Holds
The Strength of Our Anchor

Quiet Confidence

April 2, 2014

Isaiah 30:15-16 AMP
15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not …

Look at the context of this verse. This message is directed at Israel during one of their rebellions against God. God issues this warning that they can only be saved by returning to Him. This warning still applies today. We cannot hope to be saved without returning back to God.

The interesting part of this verse is the part about rest. Look closely at what resting in the Lord is, it’s not passive – waiting around for the Lord to do something! It’s quiet confidence in Him. When we are truly trusting in the Lord’s ability to rescue us, we find peace and strength. This rest comes from knowing that He is in control and capable of saving us from even the darkest of places. Yet, as the last phrase says, our pride often makes us unwilling.

Run to Win!

March 29, 2014

From 365 Promises

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1 Corinthians 9:24-25 AMP
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.
25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.

There is not a solitary crown given to the fastest runner, or the runner with the most endurance, but for everyone who finishes! ==> So keep running your race. Don’t stop. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, who is waiting at the end of your running lane ready to present you with a crown of glory that will last forever!

Hebrews 12:1-2 AMP
1 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.


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