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Be Thankful!

November 27, 2011

Colossians 3:15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful[2170].

Being thankful means to be grateful; grateful enough to express this gratitude to the one who has shown you favor.

Jesus Christ is our peace. It’s only through His sacrifice, His blood that we can have fellowship and peace with God(Eph 2:13-14;Rom 5:1-2). Only because of Jesus, our Passover[Lamb](1Cor 5:7), can we come before God with a grateful heart and offer our thanks.

When we do this in our own heart the peace of Christ rules!

1 Thessalonians 5:18In everything give thanks[2168]; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

When we come before God with a grateful heart and offer our thanks in everything the peace of Christ rules no matter what our circumstances!

Philippians 4:6-7Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving[2169], let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We can can give thanks through Jesus on our own or together as part of His body. Through Jesus we can be full of gratitude and rejoice exceedingly together for His indescribable gift!

Hebrews 13:15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that give thanks[3670] to His name.

2 Corinthians 9:15Thanks[5485] be to God for His indescribable gift!

Word Study: Be Thankful
From http://concordances.org/greek/2170.htm

  • Be thankful[2170] eucharistos: mindful of favours, grateful

    properly, thankful for God’s grace working out what is (eternally) good;

    grateful, which literally means “grace-ful (thankful) for God’s grace” (what brings His eternal favor)

From NetBible 1Thes 5:18

  • give thanks[2168] = to be grateful, to express gratitude towards
    *From [2170]

From NetBible Phil 4:6

From NetBible Heb 13:15

  • sacrifice of praise[133] = a thank offering
    *From [134] = to praise, extol, to sing praises in honour to God
  • fruit of lips[2590] = praises, which are presented to God as a thank offering
    *the soul is compared to a plant that is to bring forth fruit
  • give thanks[3670] = to confess, declare to one another, to praise, celebrate with one another
    *From [3674] = persons assembled together

From NetBible 2Cor 9:15

  • Thanks[5485] = grace which affords joy, gratitude
    *From [5463] = be glad, rejoice exceedingly

Psalm 100 Study – 7 Ways to Praise

November 26, 2011

Psalm 100 AMP
A Psalm of thanksgiving and for the thank offering.

1 MAKE A joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!

3 Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

5 For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.

From Psalm 100 and the word study below, we see 7 ways to praise the Lord:

  1. make a joyful noise in triumph
  2. serve with gladness – with exceeding joy, glee
  3. come before Him with ringing, joyful singing
  4. enter His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering
  5. into His courts with the praise of a new song
  6. be thankful with all your heart
  7. bless and affectionately praise His name as if kneeling to your King
Word Study: 7 Ways to Praise
From NetBible Ps 100:1 A Psalm of Thanksgiving[08426]
MAKE A joyful noise[07321] to the Lord, all you lands!
ruwa[07321]= shout aloud for joy in triumph

  • From NetBible Ps 47:1
    Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout[in joy][07321] to God with the voice of triumph[07440]!

    • voice of triumph[07440] = loud ringing cry or shout of joy
      *From [07442] = a creaking (or shrill sound) for joy
From NetBible Ps 100:2
Serve the Lord with gladness[08057]!
simchah[08057]= exceeding joy, glee, rejoicing

  • From NetBible Ps 16:11
    You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness[07648] of joy[08057]; In Your right hand there are pleasures[05273] forever.

    • fullness[07648] = satiety, abundance
    • pleasures[05273] = delight, singing, sweetly sounding, musical
  • From NetBible Ps 30:11
    You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed[0247] me with gladness[08057]

    • clothed[0247] = girded, encompass, equip
  • From NetBible Prov 10:28
    The hope of the righteous is gladness[08057]
  • From NetBible Zeph 3:17
    The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness[08057], He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing[07440].
From NetBible Ps 100:2
Come before His presence with singing[07445]!r@nanah[07445]= ringing cry, joyful singing
*From [07442] = a creaking (or shrill sound) for joy
From NetBible Ps 100:4
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving[08426]towdah[08426] = thank offering, sacrifice of praise
*an extension of the hand, i.e. (by implication) avowal, or (usually) adoration; specifically, a choir of worshippers:-confession, (sacrifice of) praise, thanks(-giving, offering).

  • From NetBible Lev 7:12
    If he offers it[peace offering] for a thanksgiving[08426], then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving[08426], unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil.

    • sacrifice[02077] = the passover, thank offering, slaughter
      *From [02076] = to slaughter for blood sacrifice
  • From NetBible Ps 50:23
    He who sacrifices[02076] thank-offerings[08426] honours Me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.
  • From NetBible Ps 69:30
    I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving[08426].
  • From NetBible Ps 26:6-7
    I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O LORD, that I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving[08426], And tell of all Your wondrous works.

From NetBible Heb 13:15
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

      • sacrifice of praise[133] = a thank offering
        from [134] = to praise, extol, to sing praises in honour to God
      • fruit of lips[2590] = praises, which are presented to God as a thank offering
        *the soul is compared to a plant that is to bring forth fruit
      • give thanks[3670] = confess, acknowledge, declare, praise, celebrate
        from [3674] = persons assembled together

From NetBible Hos 14:2
Take words with you, And return to the LORD. Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices[fruit] of our lips[as sacrificial bulls].

From NetBible Ps 100:4
into His courts with praise[08416]t@hillah[08416]= song or hymn of public adoration
*Associated with the new song

  • From NetBible Ps 22:3
    You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises[08416] of Israel.
  • From NetBible Isa 60:18
    you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise[08416].
  • From NetBible Ps 40:3
    He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise[08416] to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.
  • From NetBible Ps 149:1
    Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, His praise[08416] in the assembly of the saints.
  • From NetBible Isa 42:10
    Sing to the LORD a new song, His praise[08416] from the ends of the earth …
From NetBible Ps 100:4
Be thankful[03034] to Himyadah[03034]= to confess/acknowledge the name of God, especially to revere or worship with extended hands
*The giving of oneself in worship and adoration – absolute surrender.

  • From NetBible Psa 9:1
    I will give thanks[03034] to the LORD with all my heart[03820]; I will tell of all Your wonders.
  • From NetBible Psa 111:1
    Praise the LORD! I will give thanks[03034] to the LORD with all my heart[03824], In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
  • From NetBible Psa 138:1
    I will give You thanks[03034] with all my heart[03820]; I will sing praises to You before the gods.
  • From NetBible Prov 3:5-6
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart[03820] and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge[03045] Him, and He shall direct your paths.

    • with all your heart[03820] = inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding
      *a form of [03824] = the heart; also used (figuratively) verywidely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect;
    • acknowledge[03045] = to know, be acquainted with
      Heb “know him.” The verb יָדַע (yadah, “to know”) includes mental awareness of who God is and the consequential submission to his lordship. To know him is to obey him. The sage is calling for a life of trust and obedience in which the disciple sees the Lord in every event and relies on him. To acknowledge the Lord in every event means trusting and obeying him for guidance in right conduct.
From NetBible Ps 100:4
bless and affectionately praise[01288] His name. barak[01288] = to bless, adore, kneel
*to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration)

  • From NetBible Ps 34:1
    I will bless the LORD[01288] at all times; His praise[08416] shall continually be in my mouth
  • From NetBible Ps 63:4
    So I will bless You[01288] as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
  • From NetBible Ps 95:6
    Come, let us worship[07812] and bow down, Let us kneel[01288] before the LORD our Maker.

    • worship[07812] = to bow down, prostrate oneself before superior[God] in homage
  • From NetBible Ps 103:2
    Bless[01288] the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits—

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Related:
7 Reasons and 7 Ways to Praise
Psalm 100 – Seven Commands of Thanksgiving

Hem Me In!

November 21, 2011

Psalm 139:1,5-6,9-10O LORD, You have searched me and You know me. … You hem me in—behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. … If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.

You go before, You go behind
You prepare the Way, the path of life
Hem me in LORD, hem me in
Oh the joy in Your hand
Hold me fast LORD, hem me in
By Your hand
Hem me in
By Your hand lead me on
Hold me fast!

Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.


1 Thessalonians 1:4
MSG … It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.

Word Study

From NetBible Psalm 139:5

  • hem me in[06696] = to shut in, beseige, enclose
    *the root means to secure a valuable object
    *Here it describes God’s every effort to confront the psalmist on every side leaving no place of escape from His presence

From NetBible Psalm 139:10

  • hold me fast[0270] = take possession, enclose

From NetBible Psalm 32:10
the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.

  • unfailing love[02617] = goodness, kindness, faithfulness, mercy, lovingkindness
  • surrounds[05437] = encompass, encircle, envelop, besiege
  • trusts[0982] = to have confidence, hope, security, refuge

From NetBible Psalm 125:1-2
Those who trust in the LORD are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.

  • trusts[0982] = to have confidence, hope, security, refuge
  • surrounds[05439] = round about, from every side
    *From[05437]

From NetBible Psalm 16:11

  • In Your presence is fullness of joy =
    … “abundance of joy [is] with your face.”
    • fullness[07648] = abundance, satisfaction (of food or (figuratively)joy)
    • joy[08057] = exceeding gladness, mirth, glee, rejoicing
  • In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. =
    … “delight [is] in your right hand forever.”
    • pleasures[05273] = delight, singing, sweetly sounding, musical

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Related:
Hem Me in LORD!
Hem Me In{prayer}

Faith

November 20, 2011

Faith trusts and then sees.

Proverbs 3:5-6 CEV … With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let Him lead you and He will clear the road for you to follow.

When you see great obstacles in the way ahead
Don’t stop walking
Continue forward one step a time and trust
Don’t focus on the obstacles and doubt
Trust the Lord with all your heart
He will make a way
And open a door before you.

Doubt sees the obstacles. Faith sees the way.

Doubt sees the darkest night. Faith sees the day.

Doubt dreads to take a step. Faith soars on high.

Doubt questions,’Who believes’ Faith answers,’I’.

……………………………………………………..-unknown

Faith is taking the first step
Even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

……………………………………………………..-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hebrews 11:1 NLT … Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Be Strong in His Grace

November 19, 2011

2 Timothy 2:1 AMP … Be strong (strengthened inwardly) in the grace (spiritual blessing) that is [to be found only] in Christ Jesus.

Be strong

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient{content} in Christ’s sufficiency]. -Phil 4:13 AMP

in the grace

My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! -2Cor 12:9 AMP

found only in Christ Jesus!

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I shall never be shaken. -Ps 62:1-2

Word Study

From NetBible 2 Tim 2:1

  • be strong[1743] = empowered
  • grace[5485] = loving-kindness, mercy
    *divine influence upon the heart affording joy

    • From [5463] = to rejoice exceedingly

From NetBible Phil 4:11
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances

  • content[842] = strong enough sufficient for one’s self, independent of external circumstances, to be satisfied

From NetBible 1Sam 30:6
David strengthened himself in the LORD His God

  • strengthend[02388] = encouraged, secure

From NetBible 2Cor 12:9

  • grace[5485] = loving-kindness, mercy
    *divine influence upon the heart affording joy

    • From [5463] = to rejoice exceedingly
  • sufficient[714] = to be enough, to be satisfied, to be content
  • strength[1411] = full power, might
  • made perfect[5048] = made complete
    *add what is yet wanting in order to render a thing full
  • weakness[769] = want of strength, infirmity
  • may rest[1981] = dwell, abide
    *to fix a tent or habitation on

    • From [4637] = tabernacle, dwell
      *to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion)

Expectantly Look

November 18, 2011

When you don’t know what to do
Wait while I open the door for you to go thru
Trust Me ……………………………..-Prov 3:5
Expectantly look to Me …………..-Ps 123:2
I will direct your steps …………..-Prov 3:6
You will go forward with joy
And be led forth with peace! …..-Isa 55:11-12

Have you ever been in a situation where circumstances were pressing in on you to act? Pressing circumstances make you want to flee. This is where I was recently; the Lord encouraged me with the above words. In response I started praying and singing to the Lord.

I will wait for You Lord
I will wait on You
I will wait for You Lord
Expectantly wait for You …

My singing was interrupted by a voice saying “Is that you Karen?”. I was stunned and looked to see who was speaking. How could this woman hear me, I was singing so softly? I went over to her and we started talking. She did not hear my song. As we spoke we talked of the Lord. All of a sudden she said “Trust the Lord!”. I knew this was the Lord speaking to me. He knew I was having a had time waiting for Him to make a way for me where there was no way. I also knew it was from the verse the Lord often uses to encourage me when I’m unsure of which way to go.

Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP … Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

I shared this with the woman. We were both filled with joy! The woman was glad to know the Lord used her to encourage me. And my heart was lifted knowing that the Lord heard me and was near me; He was helping me!

Psalm 28:7 AMP … The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.

After this my heart greatly rejoiced and I praised the Lord with my song even more. My circumstances are not yet changed but the Lord is helping me to wait and  expectantly look for His hand to open the door before me.

:)

Word StudyFrom NetBible Prov 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

  • Trust[0982] in the Lord = confidently rely/lean on the Lord
    *here the object of the secure trust is the Lord who is a reliable object of confidence.
  • with all your heart[03820] = inner man, mind, will, understanding, soul, whole being, wholheartedly
  • lean not[08172] = rely not, trust not
    *relying on one’s own understanding is compared to leaning on something that is unreliable for support
  • your own understanding[0998] = discernment, knowledge, wisdom
    *inherent human understanding functions in relative ignorance unless supplemented by divine wisdom (Job 28:12-28; 39:26).
    * It is dangerous for a person to rely upon mere human wisdom (Prov 14:12; 16:25).

From NetBible Prov 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

  • fear of the Lord[03374] = respect, reverence, honor, awe, worship
  • knowledge[01847] = discernment, understanding, wisdom
    from to know[03045] = acknowledge him
  • understanding[0998] = discernment, knowledge, wisdom

From NetBible Ps 123:2
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, … so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us.

  • *Servants look to their master for food, shelter, and other basic needs.
  • *look to the Lord = wait upon the Lord

From NetBible Ps 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.

  • wait[06960] = look eagerly for, hope, expect patiently
  • my soul waits = I rely on him with my whole being, my whole heart
  • His word[01697] = speech, utterance, command
  • hope[03176] = wait in anticipation, wait for his assuring, expect, trust

From NetBible Prov 3:6
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. NKJV

Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. CEV

  • Acknowledge[03045] = know him
    *includes mental awareness of who God is and the consequential submission to his lordship. To know him is to obey him. The sage is calling for a life of trust and obedience in which the disciple sees the Lord in every event and relies on him. To acknowledge the Lord in every event means trusting and obeying him for guidance in right conduct.
  • In all your ways[01870] = manner, habit, path
    *This is a call for total commitment in trust for obedience in all things.
  • direct your paths[03474] = to be made level, be laid smoothly out
    *This phrase means “to make the way free from obstacles,” that is, to make it successful. The straight, even road is the right road; God will make the way smooth for the believer.

From NetBible Isa 55:11-12
My word … will not return to Me void …
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace …

  • word[01697] = speech, utterance, command
  • void[07387] = empty, in vain, without effect
  • *God’s plans are realized and his deeds accomplish something positive producing fruit.
  • go out[03318] in joy[08057] = {proceed, go forward, led out} in {mirth, gladness, rejoicing}
  • led forth[02986] in peace[07965] = {carried, borne} in {safety, contentment, rest}

Walk Humbly, Walk Peacefully

November 13, 2011

Walk humbly -Mic 6:8;1Pe 5:6
Trust Me to direct Your steps
Trust Me to open the way before you.
-Prov 3:5-6

My Presence will go with you,
… and I will give you rest. -Ex 33:14

Walk peacefully in the joy of My presence
In the strength of My Spirit.
-Isa 55:11-12, Zech 4:6-7

Psalm 29:11 NLT … The LORD gives His people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace.

With ALL You’ve Got

November 11, 2011

Use NOW what God has given you
Count not it’s worth as small
Your little is a lot when you give your all.

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Deuteronomy 6:5 MSG … Love GOD, your God, with your whole heart: love Him with all that’s in you, love Him with all you’ve got!

2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
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Only the Lord can count all the apples in one seed.

An apple has about 5 seeds — easy to count.

But one seed can grow into an apple tree, bearing thousands of apples, all with their own seeds which can become even more trees bearing even more apples and on and on, ad infinitem.

Do not despise small beginnings!  -Zech4:10

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Wholeheartedly{prayer}

He Makes All Things Beautiful

November 9, 2011

Ecclesiastes 3:11He has made everything beautiful in His time.

No matter how bleak the circumstances
The Sovereign Lord holds them in His hand
And can make all things beautiful again.
New every morning
GREAT is His faithfulness!

Lamentations 3:21-23This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’S never ending mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. [They are] new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

God Isn’t Finished Yet!

November 6, 2011

I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Phil 1:6

Be patient. Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You may not be where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. God has the final say and He is faithful to finish what He starts!

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. -Heb 10:36-37 NLT

Word Study

From: Heb 10:36 and Rom 5:3
*patient endurance – hupomone [5281]
1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance
1a) in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from
his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by
even the greatest trials and sufferings
1b) patiently, and steadfastly
2) a patient, steadfast waiting for
3) a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance

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Related:
Patient Endurance
Persist, Delay is not Denial