Joy of the Lord

July 22, 2016

Image from 365Promises

Nehemiah 8:10 AMPC …  … be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.

From NetBible Neh 8:10

  • strength[04581] = place of safety, stronghold, protection, refuge, rock

Psalm 95:1-2 AMPC … O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

Make a joyful noise to the Rock{stronghold} of your salvation!! For the joy of the Lord is your strength!

1 Peter 1:8 NIV … Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in{trust} Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy …

From NetBible 1Pe 1:8

  • inexpressible = indescribable, greater than words, unspeakable
  • glorious = full of glory, full of honor

Karen Holland … 7-24-2016

Joy, joy, joy
The joy of the Lord
Down deep in my soul
With joy draw water from the well –Is 12:3
Jubilant song bursting forth –Ps 98:4
Joy unspeakable, full of glory
My strength, my stronghold
Jesus my song. –Is 12:2

Joy, joy, joy
Fullness of joyPs 16:11
At the feet of Jesus
Turn your eyes
Taste and see –Ps 34:8
Beautiful Joy –Ps 27:4

Greater than words
None can imagine or fully tell!

Let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be overcome with joy and rejoice exceedingly! –Ps 68:3

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” –1Cor 2:9


Joy of the Lord{prayer}

Put on the Whole Armor

July 19, 2016

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Put on the whole armor of God
Stand strong
Stand firm
Against all the strategies
And the deceits of the devil –
Eph 6:11
Tighten the belt of truth around your loins –
Eph 6:14
Let your loins be girded{supported with Truth}
And keep your lamps burning –Lk 12:35
The percepts{statues} of the Lord
Give discernment{understanding} –Ps 119:130
To expose every deceitful way –Ps 119:104

Without the belt of truth firmly tightened
You can not carry the sword of the Spirit
Which is the word of God! –
Eph 6:17
Without the sword there is NO protection
Against the terrors of the night –
Song 3:8

God’s word is a lamp unto your feet –Ps 119:105
Revealing the path of life! –Pro 10:17

From Keep Your Lamps Burning

A lamp in ancient times was a vessel with oil and a wick carried in the hand to light the path to walk on.

  • The picture here is that as we walk, our hand (which speaks of our works) needs to hold up (apply/do) the lamp (which is the Word) ==> then our lamps will be lit and burning and our eyes will see the “straight” path {path leading to life} before us!

Ephesians 6:10-17 AMPC … 10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. 11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. 13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. 14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of {righteousness}integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, 15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. 16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

Psalm 91:4 NLT … He will shield you with His wings. He will shelter you with His feathers. His faithful promises are your armor and protection{your protective wall}. 

Step by Step

July 16, 2016


Step by step walk carefully with the LORD
=> persist, don’t give up
And not only you but those you are helping along
Will make it to the “other side” !!!!!Pro 4:26;1Tim 4:16

Proverbs 20:24 NIV … A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?

Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV … Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.


Step by step walk carefully with the LORD-Don’t give up=>Both U & those U help will make it to the other side!

Blind Leading Blind?

July 15, 2016

Luke 6:37-40 NASB … “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

39 And He[Jesus] also spoke a parable to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.”

Isn’t this a warning to be careful who you listen to or follow?
There is a great danger in listening to false teachers or people who have no spiritual discernment => sight.

If unsound instruction is listened to or undetected{unjudged}, how can we expect the listener to become anything but unsound in faith?

The blind one who NEVER judges or who judges with something other than God’s word, has no discernment and so can not lead.

John 7:24 AMPC … Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously.

Hebrews 5:11-14 NASB … Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the WORD of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern{judge} good and evil.

Titus 1:9-10 AMPC … He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy WORD of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound (wholesome) doctrine{teaching, instruction} and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error].
10 For there are many disorderly and unruly men who are idle (vain, empty) and misleading talkers and self-deceivers and deceivers of others. [This is true] especially of those of the circumcision party [who have come over from Judaism].


Be very careful who U listen to & follow-The blind who NEVER judge &have no discernment-Can only lead into a PIT …

If unsound instruction is listened to or undetected{unjudged}=>the faith of the listener becomes unsound #JudgeRight

Trust in the Lord & Wings

July 9, 2016

The Bird of Paradise flower resembles an exotic bird in flight.

Psalm 56:4 AMPC … By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?

My heart may fail
My spirit may grow weak
The Lord Jesus Christ is the strength of my heart
My portion –Ps 73:26
My everlasting refuge –Dt 33:27
My ever present help –Ps 46:1
My strong tower –Pro 18:10
My place of safety
To which I can continually come{fly} –Ps 71:3

Whenever I am afraid –Ps 56:3
I will fly like a dove
On the wings of “Trust in the Lord”
To settle down and be at rest
In a safe place. –
Ps 55:6

Beneath His wings
I will trust and –Ps 91:4
Not be afraid
For the LORD{YAH} is
My strength and song –
Is 12:2
My everlasting Rock!Is 26:4


Psalm 55:6 … Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

From NetBible Ps 55:6

  • NET … “I wish I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and settle in a safe place!
  • rest[07931] = settle down, abide, dwell, tabernacle, reside,  have habitation

From Biblehub Ps 55:6

  • Oh that I had = literally: who will give me[wings like a dove]

Isaiah 40:31 AMPC … But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Psalm 28:7 NET … The LORD is my strength and my shield{my protection}, I trust in Him with all my heart and I am helped, My heart leaps for joy and with my song I thank Him in gratitude! 

Consider This Sign

June 28, 2016

Luke 2:12 NASB … This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Consider this sign
a humble simple sign
a sign to deny self …

Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done. -Lk 22:42

If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. -Lk 9:23

Luke 2:34-35 NASB …  And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed— 35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

The King’s sword(1Ki 3:24)
Pierces even the purest of souls (Mary).

The sword(word of God) judges, reveals
… and dividesEph 6:17;He 4:12-13
Hearts embracing Christ and His word revealed
Hearts secretly corrupt also revealed
… to the one an aroma of death
… to another an aroma of life.2Co 2:15-16

Christ the priceless cornerstone to those who believe
But to those who disobey His word
… a Stumbling Block
… a Rock of Offense. 

1 Peter 2:6-8 NASB … For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,” 8 and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

Open My Dove

June 22, 2016

Song 5:2 … The Beloved about Her Lover: I was asleep but my heart was awake. A voice! My beloved was knocking:
The Lover to His Beloved:  ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, My dove, my perfect one! For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of the night.’

Lift up your eyes
Know where your help comes from –
Ps 121:1-2
Be still –
Ps 46:10
In the secret place beneath His wings –
Ps 91:1
Be held in His gaze in perfect peace –
Is 26:3
Open to receive the dew of His presence. –
Song 5:2

The desert rose{lily, dove} opens and blooms –Isa 35:1
With the dew of His[Jesus Christ] presence –Hos 6:3
With His reign{rain} … 

Isaiah 35:1The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose{lily}

From NetBible Isa 35:1

  • blossom[06524]parach = a primitive root; to break forth as a bud, i.e. bloom; generally, to spread; specifically, to fly (as extending the wings); figuratively, to flourish:-X abroad, X abundantly, blossom, break forth (out), bud, flourish, make fly, grow, spread, spring (up).



Prove and Hold Fast to Good

June 20, 2016

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 AMPC … But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. 22 Abstain from evil [shrink from it and keep aloof from it] in whatever form or whatever kind it may be. 

From NetBible 1Thess 5:21

  • prove[1381] = to test, examine, scrutinise (to see whether a thing is genuine or not)
  • hold fast[2722] = keep in memory, take possesion of

Test and prove ALL things
Learn what is pleasing to the Lord –
Eph 5:10
Hold fast to what is good –
1Thess 5:21
Have no fellowships with evil
Instead expose and reprove it –
Eph 5:11
Don’t be deceived –
Eph 5:6
The fruit of Light[the Spirit]
Is expressed in all goodness, righteousness and truth. –
Eph 5:9

In the Lord Jesus Christ there is no darkness at all! –1Jn 1:5

Ephesians 5:9-11 AMPC … For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. 10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. 11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them].

From NetBible Eph 5:10

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

From NetBible Eph 5:11

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

1 Thessalonians 5:23 AMPC … … May the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

Let the Peace of Christ Reign!

June 19, 2016

1 Corinthians 14:33 AMPC … For He [Who is the source of their prophesying] is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order.  …

John 14:27 AMPC … Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

Do not be afraid, do not let your hearts be troubled. Choose to let the peace of Christ rule and reign your heart!

Colossians 3:15 AMPC … And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

From NetBible Col 3:15

  • rule[1018] = to be an umpire, to direct, control, govern
  • thankful[2170] = mindful of favours, grateful

2 Thessalonians 3:16 AMPC …  Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all.


Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. Now, may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times. -Col3:15;2Thess3:16


Dew Revealed at Dawn

June 15, 2016

Deuteronomy 32:2 NASB … Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As the droplets on the fresh grass and as the showers on the herb[new growth].

The dew of  heaven
Drops –Ps 68:8, Jdg 5:4
From heaven
Forms in the stillness
Against the darkness of night.  –Num 11:9

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His [assuring]word I put my hope.Ps 130:5

The dew revealed at dawn
With the rising Son
The bread of heaven –
Jn 6:58
In the beauties of holiness 

From the womb of dawn –
Ps 1110:3
Like diamonds full of light

Full of life
Lilies blossom dripping dew –
Hos 14:5, Song 5:13
Healing wings –
Mal 4:2Ps 68:13
Arise and shine! –
Is 60:1, 8

My soul waits[yearns] for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.Ps 130:6


Psalm 119:49-50 AMPC … Remember [fervently] the [assuring]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 word quickened revives, refreshes, restores, brings hope and life!


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