Archive for January, 2011

Walk by Faith

January 30, 2011

2 Corinthians 5:7  we walk by faith, not by sight–

Hebrews 11:1  NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Hebrews 11:27 [Motivated] by faith he left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king; for he never flinched but held staunchly to his purpose and endured steadfastly as one who gazed on Him Who is invisible.

Exodus 2:15  When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh’s presence and took refuge in the land of Midian, where he sat down by a well.

Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. –St. Augustine

When times are hard and your eyes can’t see the light
Remember what He said:
Walk by faith and not by sight.

It’s much easier to walk on water when you know it’s frozen firm beneath your feet and there’s no chance of sinking!
hahaha!

Bear One Another’s Burdens

January 29, 2011

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass{sin}, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

you who are spiritual
spiritual[4152] = controlled and directed by the Holy Spirit
From [4151]

restore in the spirit of gentleness
spirit[4151] = the Holy Spirit
gentleness[4236] = mildness, meekness, humility
* merciful execution of justice on behalf of those who have no voice by those who are in a position of authority {Eph 4:2}

consider yourself first, lest you also be tempted
consider[4648] = take careful notice, watch
tempted[3985] = be enticed to sin

Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. -Ps 139:23-24

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so{in this way} fulfill the law of Christ.

For the power of the life–giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. -Rom 8:2

Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. -Rom 14:1

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. -1 Thess 5:14

Ephesians 4:1-6 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

And Can It Be

January 28, 2011

“And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Savior’s blood?
… No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus and all in Him is mine.
Alive in Him, my living Head,
I’m clothed in righteousness divine.
Bold, I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.” -Charles Wesley

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Cast your futile efforts down
Down at Jesus’ feet;
Stand in Him, in Him alone,
Gloriously complete. -Proctor

Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God by whose blood we are saved and made as white as snow. Help us each know today that we are free from any condemnation brought against us because we are in Christ Jesus. Help each heart say with assurance “I am His and He is mine.” -Song 2:16,6:3,7:10;Isa 43:1-2

I Shall Yet Praise Him

January 26, 2011

Psalm 42:5 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.

Last sunday during worship my heart was singing:

Praise You Lord Jesus for the help of Your countenance, for the light of Your face, for Your smile!

I knew it was from the above scripture. For the Lord showed me in the past the connection between His countenance, the light of His face, His favor and His smile.

Psalm 44:3 For by their own sword they did not possess the land, and their own arm did not save them, but Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, for You favored them, and smiled upon them.

Psalm 89:15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence{face}, O LORD.

What I didn’t notice until just today when I looked this up again was that Psalm 42:11 & Psalm 43:5 were similar but not exactly the same as Psalm 42:5.

Psalm 42:11, 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

Did you see the difference? Instead of praising Him for the help of His countenance – His smile, it’s ‘my’ countenance! It’s as if the Lord’s antidote to a downcast soul is to start praising Him for the help of His face, presence, favor, smile. Try it and see if it doesn’t help your countenance. This really put a smile on my face!

Psalm 34:5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Praise You Lord Jesus for the help of Your countenance, for the light of Your face, for Your smile! Praise You Lord Jesus for the help of ‘my’ countenance, ‘my’ smile!


Word Study

From Netbible Psalm 42:5
countenance[06440] = face, presence
help[03444] = saving intervention, victory

From Netbible Psalm 44:3 & Netbible Psalm 89:15
*“light of your face.” The idiom “light of your face” probably refers to a smile (see Eccl 8:1), which in turn suggests favor and blessing (see Num 6:25Pss 4:6; 31:16; 44:3; 67:1; 80:3, 7, 19; 89:15Dan 9:17).

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Related:
The Smile of His Countenance

Sing, O Barren, Sing

January 24, 2011

Sing, O barren, sing -Isa 54:1
Fear not, for you will not be put to shame -Isa 54:4
You will be reestablished when I vindicate you -Isa 54:14
You will not be afraid
Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated
No weapon that is formed against you will prosper. -Isa 54:17

Sing, O barren, sing
Sing to the well
Draw water from the well, with joy!

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my deliverer. Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. -Isa 12:2-3

… I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert … I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to My people, My chosen, the people I formed for Myself that they may proclaim My praise. -Isa 43:19-21

 

The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. -Isa 35:10

 

Spring up, O well! Sing to it!
The well, which the leaders sank, which the nobles of the people dug, with the scepter and with their staffs.” And from the wilderness they continued to Mattanah, and from Mattanah to Nahaliel, and from Nahaliel to Bamoth, and from Bamoth to the valley that is in the land of Moab, at the top of Pisgah which overlooks the wasteland. -Num 21:17-20

Word Study

From Netbible Num 21:19-20
Mattanah[04980] = “gift of Jehovah”

Nahaliel[05160] = “torrents{gush, rush, flow} of God”

Bamoth[01120] = “high places” or “great high place”

Pisgah[06449] = “cleft”

Jeshimon[03452] = “waste, wilderness, desert, desolate place”

Sing, O barren, sing
Sing to the well
Draw water from the well, with joy
Be lifted from the depths to the heights
-Hab 3:17-19
Placed in the cleft
See the streams in the desert burst forth.

From In the Cleft

Drink from the river of delight
The fountain of life
Sing for joy
In the shadow of His wings
An everlasting crown
Upheld
In the cleft of the Rock
The desert rose blooms
The dove sings.

-Ps 91:1-2; Isa 32:2; Ps 36:7-9; Ps 63:7-8; Isa 35:1,6,10; Song 2:14

 

The Peace of God – The God of Peace

January 21, 2011

This is an interesting look at a familiar passage, from: Phil 4:1-9 Study.

There seems to 5 things we can do to have ‘The Peace of God’ guard our hearts and 2 more to dwell/abide with ‘The God of Peace’! I never looked at this passage this way before. Hope this encourages you as it did me.

  • 1. Live in harmony

    I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony{agree} in the Lord -Phil 4:2

  • 2. Help fellow workers

    Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. -Phil 4:3

  • 3. Rejoice in the Lord always!

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!-Phil 4:4

  • 4. Be gentle, humble, patient

    Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. -Phil 4:5

  • 5. Pray out anxiety

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. -Phil 4:6

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Phil 4:7

  • 6. Dwell on Truth

    Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. -Phil 4:8

  • 7. Practice Truth

    Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. -Phil 4:9

And the God of peace will be with you. -Phil 4:9

Let us pursue ‘The Peace of God’ which surpasses all understanding by seeking the face of Christ thru faith in ‘The God of Peace’ – the Prince of Peace!

In the Cleft

January 15, 2011

Psalm 91:1-4 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” … Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth will be your shield and buckler.

Hide me in the cleft
In the cleft of the Rock
In the secret place of the Most High
Help me to abide.

My hiding place
A shelter from the storm
In the shadow of His wings
My God, in Him I will trust!

Streams in the desert
Drink from the river of delight
The fountain of life
Sing for joy
In the shadow of His wings
An everlasting crown
Upheld
In the cleft of the Rock
The desert rose blooms
The dove sings.

-Ps 91:1-2; Isa 32:2; Ps 36:7-9; Ps 63:7-8; Isa 35:1,6,10; Song 2:14

… I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert. … I give waters in the wilderness and streams in the desert to give drink to My chosen people, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim My praise. -Isa 43:19-21

Call Upon the Name of the Lord

January 13, 2011

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe{set safely out of reach}.

Exodus 34:5-7 Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty , visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation”.

Call upon the name of the Lord

Call upon His mercy
His goodness
His truth

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. -Ps 27:5

Wholeheartedly run into Him

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

Be set on high, safely out of reach.

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Word Study

From Netbible Prov 18:10
*The metaphor of “running” to the Lord refers to a whole-hearted and unwavering trust in God’s protection
*safe- Heb “is high” or “is inaccessible.” This military-type expression stresses the effect of the trust – security, being out of danger (see HALOT 1305 s.v. שׂגב). Other scriptures will supply the ways that God actually protects people who trust him.

safe[07682]
to be set on high, inaccessibly high, out of reach

The Sun of Vindication

January 8, 2011

For for you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. -Mal 4:2

Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, And the light of the sun will be sevenfold, As the light of seven days, In the day that the LORD binds up the bruise of His people And heals the stroke of their wound. -Isa 30:26

Who is this that grows{rises} like the dawn, As beautiful as the full moon{white one}, As pure as the sun, As awesome as an army with banners{stars in procession}? -Song 6:10

Who are these that fly along like clouds, Like doves to their nests? -Isa 60:8

The Sun of Vindication IS rising for His people

They are crowned with everlasting joy

Their faces radiant

The moon reflecting the sun

The splendor of the King

The bright Morning Star.

…………………Isa 35:10;Isa 60:5,19-21;Jere 31:12;Rev 2:16,26-28

Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. -Dan 12:3

Streams in the desert

The rose blooms.

From NetBible Mal 4:2

* Here the Hebrew word צְדָקָה (tsÿdaqah), usually translated “righteousness” (so KJV, NIV, NRSV, NLT; cf. NAB “justice”), has been rendered as “vindication” because it is the vindication of God’s people that is in view in the context.

* The expression the sun of vindication will rise is a metaphorical way of describing the day of the Lord as a time of restoration when God vindicates his people (see 2 Sam 23:4; Isa 30:26; 60:1, 3). Their vindication and restoration will be as obvious and undeniable as the bright light of the rising sun.

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Related:
Wings of Dawn
Dance for Joy
Forget Me Not
There is a River

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Let Hope Rise

January 7, 2011

Hebrews 10:35-37 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.

Be strong and do not give up!

Remember it’s during the darkest part of the night
That the bright morning star appears
Before the glory on the wings of dawn.

Hope rises in the darkest part of the night.

Wait, hope for and expect the LORD; Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Yes, wait for, hope for and expect the LORD! -Ps 27:14

Dawn, the Rising Son is never far behind the morning star.

Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. – 2 Chron 15:7


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For those who revere His Holy name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. — Mal 4:2

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” … To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’— just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. –Rev 2:16, 26-28

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Rom 15:13

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Related:
Hope Poured Out – HOLD FAST!
Hope Rises Midst the Darkness