Rest in Jesus

January 14, 2019

Matthew 11:28-30Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
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Two kinds of rest

  1. Simply “Come” to Jesus
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    Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. –Heb 4:14-16
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  2. Be “yoked”/walk and learn from Jesus
    * As we walk we, also walk together with others –Gal 6:2
    * Walk and live as children of the Light –Eph 5:6-11

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What “steals” rest?

  1. Fear, doubt => not trusting the Lord {Trust/rely on Him alone –Pro 3:5-7}
  2. Not dwelling/abiding feeding on the Lord’s faithfulness/truth {Abide in Jesus and His Word –Jn 15:4-7}
  3. Not delighting/surrendering all to the Lord {Surrender petitions with prayer and thanksgiving –Phil 4:4-9}
  4. Not totally committing our plans to the Lord {Don’t trust in your own strength –Zec 4:6;Ps 20:7}
  5. Not waiting patiently for the Lord {keep in step –Gal 5:25; Be still and know –Ps 46:10}
  6. Fretting because someone prospers in the world’s way {Friend of world = enemy of God –Jam 4:4}

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 37:3Trust/have faith in the Lord and do good/what is right; Dwell/abide in the land, and feed on/cultivate His faithfulness/truth/righteousness.

  • trust[0982] = have confidence, be bold, be secure
  • dwell[07931] = abide, tabernacle, reside
  • feed[07462] = pasture, tend, graze, shepherd
  • faithfulness[0530] = firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, truth

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From NetBible Ps 37:4Delight/be soft/pliable/surrender yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

  • Delight[06026] = to be soft{pliable}, be delicate, be dainty
  • Desires[04862] = request, petition, prayers

*Faith and obedience (v. 3) will bring divine blessing – answered prayer(v. 4).

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Psalm 37:5 AMP … Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

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From NetBible Ps 37:7Rest/be still in the LORD, and wait patiently/quietly/confidently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way …

  • rest[01826] = be still, quiet, hold peace

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God Makes a Way!

January 12, 2019

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Sovereign Lord there is NOTHING too hard for You!Jer 32:17
There is NOTHING impossible with God!Lk 1:37
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Stand strong in His power and mightEph 6:10-11
JUST BELIEVE  –Mk 5:36
Don’t be afraid
BE STILL and SEE the Lord Jesus fights for youEx 14:14
He moves mountains!Mt 17:20
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Mountains are moving
Strongholds are breaking
{Hold every thought captive} –2Cor 10:5
He is with you and makes a way!
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Jeremiah 32:17Ah, Sovereign LORD, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for You!
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Psalm 27:13-14 AMP … I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait for and confidently expect the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

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Stand strong in the Lord’s power and might –Eph 6:10-11
JUST BELIEVE –Mk 5:36
Don’t be afraid
BE STILL and SEE the Lord Jesus fights for you –Ex 14:14
He moves mountains –Mt 17:20
He is with you and makes a way
Where there is no way!
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Psalm 27:13-14 AMP … I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait for and confidently expect the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

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Don’t Just “Turn” – RUN!

January 10, 2019


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Your name
Is a strong and mighty tower –Pro 18:10
Your name
Is a shelter like no other –Ps 31:19
Your name
Let the nations sing it louder
NOTHING has the power to save –Acts 4:12
But Your name … –lyrics Paul Baloche
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Blessed be the name of the LORD
He is gracious and merciful
Mighty to save –
Zep 3:17
Don’t just “turn”
Whole-heartedly trust Him
=>Run to Him and be safe{saved}!

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Psalm 113:2-3 AMP
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forever.
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the Lord is to be praised [with awe-inspired reverence].

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Proverbs 18:10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe(set on high).

From NetBible Pr 18:10

  • * The “name of the Lord” is a metonymy of subject. The “name” here signifies not the personal name “Yahweh,” for that would be redundant in the expression “the name of Yahweh,” but the attributes of the Lord (cf. Exod 34:5-7) – here his power to protect.
  • * The metaphor “strong tower” indicates that God is a secure refuge.
  • * The metaphor of “running” to the Lord refers to a whole-hearted and unwavering trust in God’s protection (e.g., Isa 40:31).
  • *safe = set on high(the effect of the trust => security – set on high out of reach of danger

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Patience and Thankfulness

January 7, 2019

1Thessalonians 5:18Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in{who belong to} Christ Jesus.
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Colossians 3:12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience …

From NetBible Col 3:12

  • patience[3115] = endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs

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Prayer:
Thank You Lord, I know I can endure any situation because You are working on my behalf. I’m safe in Your hands. Help me to remember to give thanks in both good and bad circumstances!
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Prove what is Right in the Eyes of the LORD!

January 5, 2019

Judges 17:6In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right[03477] in his own eyes.
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Proverbs 14:12There is a way that seems right[03477] to a person, but its end is the way to death.
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Doing what is right in your own eyes seems to end in death
=> the wrong path

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Ephesians 5:9-10 for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth– 10 proving[1381] what is acceptable to the Lord.
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Don’t rely on your own understanding
Don’t be wise in your own eyes
Prove/test what is acceptable/pleasing in the Lord’s eyes
Study/be diligent in rightly dividing the Word of Truth
2Tim 2:15
Trust and acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and
He will make your paths straight/right!
Pro 3:5-7
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Prayer:
Philippians 1:9-11And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment/insight, 10 that you may approve[1381] the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere[1506] 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.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Jdg 17:6 & Pro 14:12

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From NetBible Eph 5:10

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From NetBible 2Tim 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved[1384] to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • be diligent/study[4704] = make every effort with all diligence
  • approved[1384] = shown to be genuine, not counterfeit
  • workman[2040] = teacher, laborer (for God)
  • rightly dividing[3718] = to cut straight, to proceed on a straight path, to make smooth and straight, to teach correctly

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From NetBible Pro 3:5-7
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight[03474]. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

  • straight[03474] = right, smooth, pleasing

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From NetBible Phil 1:10

  • proving[1381]= test, examine, discern approve
    *from [1384]
  • 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.

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Related:
Pure Sincere Hearts{prayer}

 

The Lord Hears and IS Near

January 3, 2019

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I love the Lord, because He hears [and continues to hear]
My voice and my supplications (my pleas, my cries, my specific needs). -Ps 116:1 AMP

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The Lord hears
Prepare your heart
Be of good cheer
Jn 16:33
Call on Him in sincerity and truth
Trust Him, expect an answerPs 145:18
Do not fear Is 41:10
He is near
He delivers and protects those with child-like faithPs 116:6
He hears and IS near!
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Tweets:
Do not fear
Be of good cheer
Call on the Lord in sincerity and truth
He hears and IS near …
Hosanna=Deliver-We pray now PLEASE! –Ps 116:1-2,6
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Jesus openly affirmed His Kingship as the Son of David when He allowed them to shout “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” -John 12:3
=>Quoted Psalm 118:25-26 *Hosanna=Save now, I pray, O LORD
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 145:18
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him; To all who call upon Him in truth.

  • 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

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From NetBible Ps 145:19 and Ps 116:6
The Lord protects the simple (childlike); I was brought low [humbled and discouraged], and He saved/delivered me. –Ps 116:6 AMP
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He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save/deilver them. –Ps 145:19 AMP

  • deliver[03467] = to save, to be liberated, to give victory to
    *from a primitive root, Greek [5614] = hosanna

From NetBible Jn 12:13

  • hosanna[5614] =
    From [03467] = to be liberated, saved, delivered, victorious
    and [04994] = we pray now please
  • The expression ῾Ωσαννά (Jwsanna, literally in Hebrew, “O Lord, save”) in the quotation from Ps 118:25-26 was probably by this time a familiar liturgical expression of praise, on the order of “Hail to the king,” although both the underlying Aramaic and Hebrew expressions meant “O Lord, save us.” As in Mark 11:9 the introductory ὡσαννά is followed by the words of Ps 118:25, εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι κυρίου (euloghmeno” Jo ercomeno” en onomati kuriou), although in the Fourth Gospel the author adds for good measure καὶ ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ (kai Jo basileu” tou Israhl). In words familiar to every Jew, the author is indicating that at this point every messianic expectation is now at the point of realization. It is clear from the words of the psalm shouted by the crowd that Jesus is being proclaimed as messianic king. See E. Lohse, TDNT9:682-84.* Hosannais an Aramaic expression that literally means, “help, I pray,” or “save, I pray.” By Jesus’ time it had become a strictly liturgical formula of praise, however, and was used as an exclamation of praise to God.* A quotation from Ps 118:25-26.

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Related:
The Lord Hears and IS Near{prayer}
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Weeping and Sowing

January 1, 2019


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Psalm 126:4-6 AMP
4 Restore our captivity, O Lord,
As the stream-beds in the South (the Negev) [are restored by torrents of rain].
5 They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing.
6 He who goes back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting], will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

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Why weeping? Why tears? Is sowing seeds always sad?

  • Weeping speaks of enduring and patience in the sowing, inspite of life’s circumstances.
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    … weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. –Ps 30:5
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    so let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. –Gal 6:9

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What is the seed?

  • This is the meaning of the parable{The Parable of the Sower}: The seed is the word of God. –Lk 8:11
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    As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. –Is 55:10-11
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    My teaching will fall on you like rain; my speech will settle like dew. My words will fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. –Dt 32:2

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It’s not the weeping that produces the reaping. It’s the process of patiently sowing the seed{Word} without giving up and trusting the Lord to bring the harvest{rain}, that produces the joy of reaping. This is what we need to remember when our tears tempt us to give up sowing!

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Paul is a true example of this “ministry of tears”!
Acts 20:28-31 AMP
28 Take care and be on guard for yourselves and for the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd (tend, feed, guide) the church of God which He bought with His own blood. 29 I know that after I am gone, [false teachers like] ferocious wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 even from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse and distorted things, to draw away the disciples after themselves [as their followers]. 31 Therefore be continually alert, remembering that for three years, night or day, I did not stop admonishing and advising each one [of you] with tears.

From NetBible Acts 20:31

  • admonish[3560] = warn, exhort, correct, reprove, instruct

Buy the Truth – Sell It NOT!

December 29, 2018

Isaiah 55:1-2 AMPC … Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy].
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The invitaion is to the thirsty, to come to the waters. To come, buy and eat — to buy with no money. What is being bought and eaten?

Proverbs 23:23Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding.

From NetBible Pro 23:23

  • * “Getting truth” would mean getting training in the truth, and getting wisdom and understanding would mean developing the perception and practical knowledge of the truth.

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Be careful what you eat
Deception abounds

“Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the LORD. –Jer 9:6
Eat only what is good and nourishing
Causing you to grow in maturity
Diligently seek the truth
As one would seek hidden treasure
Prov 2:1-5;Jn 17:17
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2 Peter 3:17-18 AMP … Therefore, [let me warn you] beloved, knowing these things beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men [who distort doctrine] and fall from your own steadfastness [of mind, knowledge, truth, and faith], 18 but grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
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Tweets:
Diligently seek the truth
As one would seek hidden treasure
Eat only what is good
Buy the TRUTH-sell it NOT! -Is 55:1-2;Pro 23:23

Let His Handiwork Praise!

December 27, 2018

Ephesians 2:10 AMP … For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
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Praise the LordPs 145:10
For we are His handiwork
Fearfully and wonderfully made
Marvelous beyond compare
Made to praise and
Glorify His holy name
Bless the Lord O my soul
Ps 103:1
He is worthy and greatly to be praised!Ps 145:3
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Handiwork
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Psalm 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous{wondrous} are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
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1 Chronicles 16:9-10 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
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Psalm 90:17 AMPC … And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands—yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.
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Word Study
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handiwork[04639]= made by God, workmanship
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All Your works[04639] shall praise You, O LORD, And Your saints shall bless You. –Ps 145:10
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Let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work[04639] of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work[04639] of our hands. –Ps 90:17
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The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork[04639]. –Ps 19:1

Fruit and Truth

December 26, 2018


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Walk as children of light
Test/prove what is pleasing to the Lord
The unfolding of His words give light –
Ps 119:130
And much fruit! –
Jn 15:7-8
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Ephesians 5:8-10 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth – 10 trying to learn{[1381]=test/prove} what is pleasing to the Lord.
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Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled{satisfied}.
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John 17:17Sanctify them{set them apart} in the truth; Your word is truth.
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