Remember the Good and Don’t Give Up!

February 17, 2020

Galatians 6:9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
I choose to remember
The good God has done –Ps 77:12,103:2;Lam 3:21-23
Because it
Frames my perspective –Is 64:4;1Co 2:9
For why
I do not give up
As I wait for
What He will do.

Isaiah 64:4 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
4 For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.
1Corinthians 2:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 but just as it is written [in Scripture],
“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”


Hide and Abide

February 17, 2020

Psalm 17:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 Keep me [in Your affectionate care, protect me] as the apple of Your eye; Hide me in the [protective] shadow of Your wings.
Psalm 33:18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
18 Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness
Hide and –Ps 17:8,32:7
Abide –Col 3:16-17;Jn 8:31-32
Safe and secure –Ps 61:4
Beneath His wings reside –Ps 91:1
Vitally connected
To the Vine –Jn 15:4
Kept as the apple of His eye!

Colossians 3:16-17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
16 Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.
Psalm 91:1 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
Psalm 61:4 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
4 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]!

Word Study
John 8:31-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free

John 15:4 AMPC … 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..

  • From NetBible  Jn 8:31, Jn 15:4
    • abide[3306] = remain, continue to be present, to last, endure, dwell

From NetBible Ps 61:4
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the cover of Your wings. Selah

  • abide[01481] = dwell, remain, inhabit
  • tabernacle[0168] = tent, home, habitation
  • trust[02620] = to confide in, have hope, make refuge, seek protection
  • cover[05643] = hiding place, shelter, secret place (Ps 32:7, Ps 91:1)



Be Still – Peaceful Heart

February 13, 2020

A sound-healthy heart at peace gives life to the body –Proverbs 14:30

Be still in His presence
Cease striving and know
Peace and life that only Jesus can give …
Be still, and know that I am God –Psalms 46:10
He{Jesus} Himself is our peace –Ephesians 2:14


From NetBible Pro 14:30
A sound heart{a heart at peace} is life to the body …

  • sound heart[04832] = healing, cure, sound (of mind)
    * from [07495] = to heal, make healthful, to cure, make whole
    * sound heart = a healing heart = a heart at peace
    * A healthy spirit is tranquil, bringing peace to the body
    =>sound heart = sound mind (2Tim 1:7)

    • 2 Timothy 1:7 AMP … For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].
  • life[02416] = living, alive(of man)
    – green (of vegetation)
    – flowing, fresh (of water)
    – reviving/renewed (of the springtime)

    • I am saved by grace through faith and made alive (Eph 2:5,8)

From NetBible Ps 46:10
Be still{Cease-let go striving, Be at peace}, and know{recognize} that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

  • Be still and know
    • * To the nations who rage against God and His people, this is a rebuke to stop fighting/ striving against the Sovereign Lord
    • * To God’s children this is a call to trust and rest secure in the Sovereign Lord’s protection
  • exalted means recognized as Sovereign King => The Lord of Hosts, King of Glory(Ps 24:10) who fights and delivers on behalf of His children(Ps 46:11)

From NetBible Eph 2:14
He{Jesus} Himself is our peace

  • peace[1515] = tranquility, security, safety, quietness, rest


Father – Remind Me You’re Here!

February 12, 2020

God’s presence quiets/soothes/renews our hearts
With His love –Zeph 3:17
Let Him speak an assuring word to your heart. –Ps 119:50
In the shadow of His wings
In the secret place
Come and find rest –Ps 91:1
Sweet mercy –Ps 57:1
Be held in perfect peace
As you cling to Him –Ps 63:7-8
Trust in the Lord Jesus –Is 26:3
He will not leave you comfortless! –John 14:18

=>Intimacy with the Lord brings His rest, mercy, peace, comfort and healing!

Word Study
Psalm 119:49-50 AMPC … Remember [fervently] the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.
From NetBible Ps 119:50

  • affliction[06040] = suffering, pain, sorrow, trouble
  • revived[02421] gives life, quickened, restored, refreshed
    –>from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death
    His quickened word –>revives, refreshes, restores, brings hope, healing and life!

Job 42:5I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You{Lord}
From NetBible Job 42:5

  • * Job is simply saying that this experience of God was real and personal – more intimate than before


Jesus – Your Name = Strong and Mighty Tower

February 11, 2020

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You’re with me in my struggles and Your power is greater than any storm on my horizon.


The author of Psalm 107 is unknown. Many scholars believe it was written sometime after a remnant of Jews returned to Israel following their seventy-year exile in Babylon. The psalm features four types of people in distress and how God rescued them. They include those in the wilderness (vv. 4–9), people in captivity (vv. 10–16), those who are sick (vv. 17–22), and those in distress (vv. 23–32). In each section we find the refrain: “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress” (vv. 6, 13, 19, 28). And each time after God graciously delivers them, the people are exhorted: “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind” (vv. 8, 15, 21, 31).


New Waves of Mercy

February 11, 2020

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. –Ps 30:5
As the new day dawns
New waves break and move forward
Joy unspeakable full of glory –1Pe 1:8
Mercies never ceasing –Ps 103:17
New every morning
Great is His faithfulness! –Lam 3:23

Because of the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed
For His compassions never fail! –Lam 3:22

Safe in the Father’s Arms

February 11, 2020

Safe in the Father’s arms
Because the hands that hold the world
Are holding your heart
–Phil Wickham: Safe
Let the little children come …
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. –Matthew 19:14

Come with simple childlike faith
Know the wonder and joy of being safe
Held in the Heavenly Father’s embrace

… Taking the child in his arms, Jesus said, “Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.” –Mark 9:36-37

Open Door

February 11, 2020

I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name. –Revelation 3:8
The Lord acknowledges those who keep His word and guard His message; Those who do not deny His name.
Follow His lead!



Bread Blessed and Broken

February 6, 2020

Mark 6:41-43 Amplified Bible (AMP)
41 Taking the five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and said a blessing [of praise and thanksgiving to the Father]. Then He broke the loaves and [repeatedly] gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and He divided up the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied. 43 And the disciples picked up twelve full baskets of the broken pieces [of the loaves], and of the fish.
Bread blessed and broken open –Lk 22:19-20
By Jesus – the Bread of Life –Jn 6:35
His words spirit and life –Jn 6:63
Eaten and chewed –Jn 6:58
Shared among His people –Mt 14:13-21;Mk 6:30-43
Yield an abundance of Life/Healing –Is53:4-5;Ps107:20;Jn 10:10,17:3
Taste and See the goodness of the Lord –Psa 34:8
Savor and enjoy the flavor! –Jere 15:16;Psa 19:10
Matthew 26:26-28 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Lord’s Supper Instituted
26 Now as they were eating Jesus took bread, and after blessing it, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the [new and better] covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many [as a substitutionary atonement] for the forgiveness of sins.


Word Study
From NetBible
* Jn 6:54Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
* Jn 6:56He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Jn 6:57As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.
* Jn 6:58This is the bread which came down from heaven––not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.

  • eats[5176] = consumes, gnaw=chew{slowly}


Make a Joyful Noise to the Rock

February 5, 2020

Psalm 95:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)
Let Us Sing Songs of Praise
1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Make a joyful noise with the voice of triumphPsalms 47:1
Rejoice and sing to the Rock of your salvationPsalms 98:4;95:1-2
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised
Great and awesome is His name!1Chronicles 16:25;Psalms 99:3
Jesus, blessed be His name!1Corinthians 10:4;Psalms 113:2
Psalm 89:15 English Standard Version (ESV)
15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face …

  • From NetBible Psa 89:15
    *festal shout[08643] = joyful sound, shout of joy/rejoicing
    -from joyful noise[07321] = shout in triumph/joy
  • From NetBible Psa 47:1-2
    Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout{make a joyful noise[07321] } to God with the voice of triumph! 2 For the LORD Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth.