Guard My Heart & Words

August 26, 2015

Proverbs 18:21 AMP
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Death and life are in the power of the tongue
A harvest is reaped from one’s speech
Death or life
Good or evil.

The fruit of one’s mouth flows from what fills the heart.

Luke 6:45 AMP
45 The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.

Above all else, keep and guard your heart
=> for from it flows not only fruit that satisfies but
=> the springs of life.

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Lord, help me to guard my heart and lips that I may speak only life.

A word spoken at the right time – O how good it is!Prov 15:23

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Proverbs 18:20-21 AMP
20 A man’s [moral] self {stomach}shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words{harvest of his lips} he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

From NetBible Prov 18:20

  • * Two images are used in this proverb: the fruit of the mouth and the harvest of the lips. They are synonymous; the first is applied to the orchard and the second to the field. The “mouth” and the “lips” are metonymies of cause, and so both lines are speaking about speech that is productive.
  • * “A man’s moral self” = This is rendered “his stomach” because of the use of שָׂבַע (sava’, “to be satisfied; to be sated; to be filled”), which is usually used with food (cf. KJV, ASV “belly”).

    => Productive speech is not just satisfying – it meets the basic needs of life. There is a practical return for beneficial words.

Proverbs 4:23 AMP
23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

From NetBible Prov 4:23

  • NET … Guard your heart with all vigilance,  for from it are the sources of life.
  • NKJV … Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
  • BBE … And keep watch over your heart with all care; so you will have life.
  • NLT … Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

Related:
Guard My Heart & Words{prayer}

More of Jesus

August 23, 2015

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John 3:30

AMP … He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]
NLT … He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
NET … He must become more important while I become less important.

From ODB:

Not I but Christ be honored, loved, exalted;
Not I but Christ be seen, be known, be heard;
Not I but Christ in every look and action;
Not I but Christ in every thought and word.

Oh, to be saved from myself, dear Lord,
Oh, to be lost in Thee,
Oh, that it may be no more I,
But Christ that lives in me.
—Whiddington

Related:
More of Jesus{prayer}

Steadfast Heart

August 22, 2015

Psalm 128:1 AMP
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who fears, reveres, and worships the Lord, who walks in His ways and lives according to His commandments.

Psalm 112:1, 7-8 AMP
Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. …
… 7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord.
8 His heart is established and steady, he will not be afraid while he waits to see his desire established upon his adversaries.

A Steadfast Heart

A steadfast heart
Firmly fixed
Immovable 
Secure
Anchored in the fear of the Lord
Delights to walk in His ways

Held in perfect peace
Trusting

Unafraid
Wise –Ps 111:10
Triumphant
Blessed!

Isaiah 26:3 AMP
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.

1 Corinthians 15:58 AMP
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].
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Word Study

From NetBible Ps 112:7

  • firmly fixed[03559]= stable, established, secure

From NetBible Ps 112:8

  • steady[05564]= to lean,lay, rest upon, to stand fast, steadfast
  • * see his desire established upon his adversaries =  looks in triumph on his enemies.

From NetBible Isa 26:3

  • keep[05341]= guard with fidelity, watch over, protect
  • perfect peace[07965] = complete peace, safety
    with God especially in covenant relationship – entering into a relationship of wholeness/ unity
  • stayed on[05564]= to lean,lay, rest upon, to stand fast, steadfast
  • trust[0982] = to be confident, secure, sure
    to hide for refuge

From NetBible 1 Cor 15:58

  • firm[1476]= steadfast
  • immovable[277]= firmly persistent to be unmoved

Good Soil = Good Heart = Good Fruit

August 20, 2015

Luke 8:15 AMP
But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.

Good soil = A good heart

=>To bear good fruit
Plant God’s word in your heart
Persevere and
Keep it with steadfast patience.

Abide vitally united to the “Vine”.

John 15:4-5 AMP
4 Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

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Word Study
From NetBible Lk 8:15

  • hold it fast[2722] = keep it, cling to it, retain it
    * There is a tenacity that is a part of spiritual fruitfulness.
    * Bearing fruit takes time (steadfast endurance), just as it does for the farmer. See Ja 5:7.
  • a just (noble, virtuous)[2570] and worthy[18] heart = a honest and good heart
  • patience[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, endurance, perseverance
    * from [5278]  = to preserve under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ
    => to endure, bear bravely and calmly: ill treatments

 

Related:
Steadfast Heart{prayer}

Unforgiveness = Healing Block

August 19, 2015

Luke 5:17-26 NASB
17 One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. 18 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. 26 They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

The power to heal was present – Jesus was teaching – the Pharisees did not receive. Looking at who did receive healing shows some interesting things. Jesus had “revelation” of the faith of the friends and He must have also had “revelation” of the state of the paralytic – the need for forgiveness of sins – before physical healing takes place. Here the physical healing of the paralytic confirms the authority of Jesus to forgive sins.

This account in Mark shows that Jesus was both preaching and teaching before this healing. What’s the difference between preaching and teaching?

Mark 2:1-3 NKJV
And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.

What did Jesus preach?

Matthew 4:17 NASB
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Luke 24:47 NASB
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

* Preaching = a salvation message
* Teaching = a specific word from the Lord

Is it a coincidence that this is the message that the paralytic needed to hear before his healing? Jesus had “revelation” that the paralytic repented of his sins and that in this case this is what was needed. It also implies that at times unforgiveness may be another block to healing.

This shows how important it is to be in step with the Holy Spirit – Jesus ministered healing in many ways depending on the individual being ministered to. Only He has knowledge of what state each heart is in and has need of.

Matthew 6:15 NASB
15 … if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Mark 11:25-26 NASB
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. 26 [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

Unbelief = Healing Block

August 18, 2015

Mark 16:17-18 NASB
17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Looking at the above passage alone could lead to the assumption that a miracle of healing is guaranteed every time someone has the boldness of faith to lay hands on the sick. Is this true?

Mark 6:1-6 NASB
Jesus went out from there and *came into His hometown; and His disciples *followed Him. 2 When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.” 5 And He[Jesus] could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He wondered at their unbelief. And He was going around the villages teaching.

Even Jesus’ healing power was hindered at times – unbelief(refusing to believe, trust who Jesus is) – seems to block this power. Jesus had “revelation” that unbelief was the block here. The above passage seems to show that both revelation and teaching are needed for this unbelief to be removed and healing to occur.

If confronted with unbelief also remember the prayer of the father whose son was plagued with convulsions and in need of deliverance.

Mark 9:22-24, 28-29 NASB
22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
… 28 … His disciples began questioning Him[Jesus] privately, “Why could we not drive it out?” 29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”

Beneath His Wings

August 16, 2015

Beneath His wings
=> Shelter
==> Refuge
===> Comfort
====> Trust
===> Strength
==> Peace
=> Joy
Every thing I need!

In His shadow beneath His wings
My soul finds rest  –Ps 62:1-2
and joyfully sings!
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O Lord Jesus, Keep me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me under the shadow of Your wings. Uphold me, that my soul may find rest and joyfully sing! –Ps 17:8, 63:7-8

Psalm 61:4 AMP
I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 5:11-12 AMP
But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
12 For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).

Related:
In the Shadow of Your Wings{prayer}

He is GREATER!

August 15, 2015

1 John 4:4-6 AMP
4 Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.
5 They proceed from the world and are of the world; therefore it is out of the world [its whole economy morally considered] that they speak, and the world listens (pays attention) to them.
6 We are [children] of God. Whoever is learning to know God [progressively to perceive, recognize, and understand God by observation and experience, and to get an ever-clearer knowledge of Him] listens to us; and he who is not of God does not listen or pay attention to us. By this we know (recognize) the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.

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Notice the “ground” of the overcomes’ victory
The Spirit of Truth –
Jn 4:24,16:13
A firm foundation
Jesus Christ the Rock of ages –
Is 26:4
A firm place to stand.
Ps 40:2

Be careful who you listen to, choose wisely
There are only 2 places to stand!

Greater is He who lives in the children of God
=> than He who is in the world.

John 10:27-29 AMP
27 The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.

1 John 2:26-27 AMP
26 I write this to you with reference to those who would deceive you [seduce and lead you astray]. 27 But as for you, the anointing (the sacred appointment, the unction) which you received from Him abides [permanently] in you; [so] then you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him], just as [His anointing] has taught you [to do].

Become All Things to All Men?

August 11, 2015

1 Corinthians 9:21-23 AMP
21 To those without (outside) law I became as one without law, not that I am without the law of God and lawless toward Him, but that I am [especially keeping] within and committed to the law of Christ, that I might win those who are without law.
22 To the weak (wanting in discernment) I have become weak (wanting in discernment) that I might win the weak and overscrupulous. I have [in short] become all things to all men, that I might by all means (at all costs and in any and every way) save some [by winning them to faith in Jesus Christ].
23 And I do this for the sake of the good news (the Gospel), in order that I may become a participator in it and share in its [blessings along with you].

What did Paul mean when he said that he became all things to all men?

Often V22 is used by the “seeker friendly” evangelists to justify changing the message and/or doctrine of the gospel to accommodate its recipients{being careful not to offend}. Is this really what Paul was saying?

V21 give us a clue that Paul was not willing to change his doctrine or become lawless. He was also not willing to change His preaching on Christ crucified even if some were offended by this.

1 Corinthians 1:22-23 AMP
22 For while Jews [demandingly] ask for signs and miracles and Greeks pursue philosophy and wisdom,
23 We preach Christ (the Messiah) crucified, [preaching which] to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block [that springs a snare or trap], and to the Gentiles it is absurd and utterly unphilosophical nonsense.

Paul’s freedom in evangelism was not to be used to satisfy flesh{avoid conflict}.

Galatians 5:13 AMP
13 For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for selfishness], but through love you should serve one another.

1 Corinthians 9:27 AMP
27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].

Paul simply meant that he would use peole’s own beliefs and ways to show them the truth.  Not change the truth to make it more welcoming.

Related:
Are seeker-sensitive churches biblical?

Prove and Reprove

August 10, 2015

Prove what is pleasing to the Lord
Don’t be deceived
The fruit of light produces goodness, righteousness and truth.

Reprove – have no fellowship with works of darkness.

2 Corinthians 6:14 AMP
… Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?

The fruit of Light exposes(pierces) the darkness.

John 3:20-21 AMP
For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed and reproved. 21  But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].

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Ephesians 5:6-11 KJV
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

NLT … Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins,  for the terrible anger of God comes upon all those who disobey him.

7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

From NetBible Eph 5:7

  • partakers[4830] = associate, companion

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit{light} is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

From NetBible Eph 5:10

  • proving[1381] = to test, examine, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not)
  • acceptable[2101] = pleasing

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

From NetBible Eph 5:11

  • fellowship[4790] = share company, co-participate
  • reprove[1651] = convict, refute, correct, rebuke, expose

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