Call Upon Him in Truth

March 29, 2015

The Lord is righteous and faithful in ALL He does
He is near all those who love Him – His loyal followers.

Prepare your heart
Call on Him sincerely and in truth
Expect an answer.

The Lord is faithful to deliver and mighty to save!  -Zep 3:17

Let all who live praise his holy name forever!  -Ps 145:21

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Psalm 145:17-21 AMP
17 The Lord is [rigidly] righteous in all His ways and gracious and merciful in all His works.

From NetBible Ps 145:17

  • gracious and merciful[02623] = faithful, kind, holy

18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.

From NetBible Ps 145:18

  • near[07138] = nigh(in place, kindred or
    time), approachable, allied, at hand
  • sincerely and truth[0571] = firmness, faithfulness, sureness, reliability, honesty
    *from [0539] = to be certain He will answer

19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.

From NetBible Ps 145:19

  • *fulfills desire for deliverance
  • NET … He satisfies the desire  of his loyal followers;  He hears their cry for help and delivers them.

20 The Lord preserves all those who love Him, but all the wicked will He destroy.

From NetBible Ps 145:20

  • preserves[08104] = keeps, guards, protects, takes care of

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless (affectionately and gratefully praise) His holy name forever and ever.

From NetBible Ps 145:21

  • NET … My mouth will praise the Lord.  Let all who live praise his holy name forever!

Treat Others In All Purity

March 28, 2015

1 Timothy 5:1-2 AMP
1 Do not sharply censure or rebuke an older man, but entreat and plead with him as [you would with] a father. Treat younger men like brothers;
2 [Treat] older women like mothers [and] younger women like sisters, in all purity.

Treat others as if in a family relationship, “in all purity”.

1 Peter 1:22 AMP
22 Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.
23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

Obedience to the Truth – the ever living, ever lasting Word of God,
through the Holy Spirit purifies the heart. This purification precedes the ability to love one another fervently.

John 14:21 AMP
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]

Obedience to the Truth reveals the one who really loves the Father and the Son – Jesus Christ. This is the one who the Son reveals Himself to.

Without obeying the Truth through the Holy Spirit can there be any real/sincere biblical love for each other? For the Father and the Son?

Prayer:
Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be *sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

From NetBible Phil 1:10

  • sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
  • *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested
    as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

Breathe

March 25, 2015

A song:
Sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet Spirit of life
Oh how I need You
Breathe on me once again
Refresh, restore, revive
Oh how sweet the fragrance of Christ!

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 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:
16 To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. …

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].

Along with the above song and scripture the Lord impressed the smoldering wick upon my heart.

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The smoldering wick He promises not to snuff out! It only needs the Holy Spirit to breathe on it once again – to burst into flame and be restored/revived.

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He restores: breathes refreshment and new life into my soul!

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Word Study
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From NetBible  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

From NetBible Ps 23:3

  • restores[07725] = to bring back, to restore, refresh, repair
  • soul[05315] = life, person, mind, living being
    *from [05314] = to take breath, refresh oneself

From Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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Christ is Risen Indeed

March 23, 2015

Luke 24:6 NKJV
6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee …

Mark 16:6 NKJV
6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.

Luke 24:32-36 NKJV
32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples
36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

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After it’s proclaimed Christ is risen indeed, Jesus appears in their midst and says “Peace to you” …

How amazing is that!

Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Be Revived!

March 20, 2015

Psalm 138:7-8 AMP
7 Though I walk in the midst{center} of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.
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.

The Lord Jesus will not forsake you – the work of His hands!
Today if you walk in the midst of trouble, remember the Lord’s right hand. Call on His mercy, He is mighty to save and deliver.

Today, be revived, quieted with His mercy and unfailing love!

Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
17 The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

Our God is Greater

March 14, 2015

The scripture and song below were on my mind this week.

Isaiah 41:10 AMP
10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

Our God is Greater! by Chris Tomlin

Chorus:
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other. Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.

When you are afraid
Remember who is with you!

If you look at your difficulties and know you can’t
=> Remember God is with you and He can!

If many appear to be against you and you feel weak
=> Remember God is with you and He is not only strong
=> He is more than able! -Eph 3:20-21

God is greater than our greatest problem or difficulty!

Today be encouraged and don’t be afraid or discouraged
=> Remember how much the Father cares for the sparrow.

 

Matthew 10:29-31 AMP
29 Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice.
30 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Firmly Fixed

March 12, 2015

Psalm 112:7 AMP
7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.

Prayer:
Thank You Lord Jesus that when our hearts are firmly fixed, trusting in You – we will not be afraid! Keep our hearts fixed on You – Jesus Christ our Rock. Amen.

Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP
3 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
4 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

From: Treasury of David

Verse 7.
“He shall not be afraid,” etc.: peaceful.
“His heart is fixed”: restful.
“Trusting in the Lord”: trustful; the cause of the former.

Verse 7.
The waves: “evil tidings.”
The steady ship: “he shall not be afraid.”
The anchor: “his heart is fixed, trusting.”
The anchorage: “in the Lord.”

The Help of His Presence

March 11, 2015

Psalm 42:5 NKJV
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

From NetBible Ps 42:5

  • countenance[06440] = face, presence
  • help of His countenance = help of His presence/ face
    => help of His saving acts/ intervention/ tangible presence

Psalm 67:1-3 AMP
1 God be merciful and gracious to us and bless us and cause His face to shine upon us and among us—Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!—
2 That Your way may be known upon earth, Your saving power (Your deliverances and Your salvation) among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise You [turn away from their idols] and give thanks to You, O God; let all the peoples praise and give thanks to You.

From NetBible Ps 67:1-3

  • cause His face to shine = may God smile on us, show His mercy/intervention
  • shine[0215] = become a light, illuminate
  • * When God demonstrates his favor to his people, all nations will recognize his character as a God who delivers.
  • let the people praise[03034] = give thanks, confess the name/character of God
    =>especially to revere or worship (with extended hands)

David put all of his hope in the saving acts/ intervention, the tangible presence of the Lord.

This was not only for his own benefit
==> there is also a corporate benefit

The Lord’s face shines upon{individuals} and among{corporate}

==> that the world may see and come to know the Lord Jesus Christ also.

 
Matthew 5:14-16 AMP
14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

Presence

March 7, 2015

Psalm 42:1-5 NKJV
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

 

What do you long for? How vital is the Lord’s presence to you individually /corporately?

What would happen if Jesus appeared in a visible tangible way, in your midst, during your gatherings. What impact would His presence have?

Without His presence isn’t singing is just singing, preaching and teaching mere words, and everything else just another meeting?

Take another look at the above scripture. David had a passion in his heart for the presence of the living God. He compared this passion to a deer panting for water brooks. Think about this for a moment.

The deer needs the water to have life. The deer also needs to continually return to the water brook to drink. One drink is not enough to sustain life. The deer’s very life depends upon it’s ability to continually drink.

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Also look at where David places all of his hope(v5) => in the help of the Lord’s countenance. Isn’t this another way of saying all of his hope was in the saving acts of the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention?

Check your heart today – where is your passion? How hard are you seeking the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention? Individually /corporately? How much of your hope is placed in the Lord’s tangible presence /intervention?

Deuteronomy 4:29 AMP
29 But if from there you will seek (inquire for and require as necessity) the Lord your God, you will find Him if you [truly] seek Him with all your heart [and mind] and soul and life.

2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV
9 For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. …

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Reliance Upon the Spirit

March 6, 2015

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NASB
Paul’s Reliance upon the Spirit

1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Rely upon the Lord Jesus Christ
On His wisdom
On His strength
On His power
==> that faith rests not on the wisdom of men
==> but on the power of God in the demonstration of His Spirit!

 

ChosenWeak
Image from 365 Promises

 
Related:
God Chooses the Weak
Reliance Upon the Spirit{prayer}


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