Archive for December, 2011

Christ In You the Hope of Glory!

December 30, 2011

Jesus Son of God
The radiance of God’s glory
-Heb 1:3
Shining forth in the face of Christ
Treasure in a jar of clay.
-2Cor 4:6-7

The fullness of joy and light
The presence of Christ
Radiant joy beaming forth -Ps 34:5;Acts 2:25-28;Ps 16:8-11

Christ in you, the hope of glory! -Col 1:27

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. -Mt 5:14

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

Blessed Be My Rock

December 28, 2011

Psalm 18:46 The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock{My protector is praiseworthy!}! The God who delivers me is exalted as king!

My protector is praiseworthy!

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; His greatness no one can fathom! -Ps 145:3

… The goodness of God endures continually. -Ps 52:1

His lovingkindness/mercy is great{towers} towards us; the truth/faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! -Ps 117:2

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. -Ps 103:11

The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it! -Jn 1:5

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. -Isa 40:8

Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. -Ps 119:89

Isaiah 26:4Trust in the LORD forever, For in “YAH” the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock{an enduring protector, everlasting strength}.

Psalm 136:1Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His lovingkindness/mercy endures forever.

Word Study

From NetBible Ps 18:46

  • The Lord Lives[02416] = alive, green, flowing fresh water, reviving (of the springtime)

    *Here the statement is an affirmation of the Lord’s active presence and intervention. In contrast to pagan deities, he demonstrates he is the living God by rescuing and empowering the psalmist.

  • Blessed[01288] be = to kneel, adore, praise, salute
  • my Rock[06697]
    *“my rocky cliff,” which is a metaphor for protection. My protector is praiseworthy!
  • The God who delivers[03468] me is exalted[07311]as king! *“the God of my deliverance.” 2 Sam 22:48 reads, “the God of the rocky cliff of my deliverance.”

    *The words “as king” are supplied in the translation for clarification. Elsewhere in the psalms the verb רוּם (rum, “be exalted”), when used of God, refers to his exalted position as king (Pss 99:2; 113:4; 138:6) and/or his self-revelation as king through his mighty deeds of deliverance (Pss 21:13; 46:10; 57:5, 11).

From NetBible Isa 26:4

  • trust[0982] = be confident, secure, safe

God is Able!

December 27, 2011

Lifted up
Defeated the grave
Raised to life
Our God is able
In His name we overcome
For the Lord
Our God is able

Jesus Christ our Lord is able!
He is more than able to do all we ask or imagine!
He is God almighty
He is greater than all ….

Psalm 145:3 … Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; His greatness no one can fathom.

Ephesians 3:20-21 … Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

The Word Became Flesh

December 25, 2011

John 1:14 … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. -Jn 1:4-5

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. -2 Cor 4:6

The Son is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high … -Heb 1:3

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isa 9:6

Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace … -Eph 2:13-14

Jesus Son of God
The radiance of His glory
Full of grace and truth
Full of joy
Light and life.

He Himself the Prince of Peace; our peace.

Oh, to behold the Father’s glory in the face of Christ!
Jesus, please give me eyes for You alone
My heart trusts in You
“Your face, O LORD, I do seek.”

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 leaps for joy, and I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. -Ps 28:7

Do not hide Your face from me
O LORD, I plead. -Ps 27:4,8-9

Numbers 6:24-26“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

Word Study

From NetBible Heb 1:3

  • radinace[541] = reflected brightness, shining forth
    *reflected brightness of Christ in that He perfectly reflects the majesty of God

From NetBible Jn 1:14

  • grace[5485] = hat which affords joy, pleasure, delight, thanks, gratitude

From NetBible Ps 28:7

  • My heart leaps for joy[05937] = greatly rejoice, triumph
  • songs of thanksgiving[03034] =songs of praise, confession(acknowledge name of God)

Blessed Belief

December 19, 2011

John 20:29Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

Blessed though you have not seen Him
Even though you do not see Him now
You believe in Him
You trust Him
You love Him
and are filled with joy
Joy unspeakable
Full of glory.

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. -1Pe 1:8-9

Let this jubilant song burst from deep within your soul.

I love you, O LORD, my strength. -Ps 18:1

Jesus my strength
Jesus my song.


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 salvation. Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. -Isa 12:2-3

Joy complete.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. -Jn 15:9-11

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Related:
Joy Burst
Hope Rises Midst the Darkness

Blessed Trust in the LORD!

December 16, 2011

Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope and confidence is in the LORD. -Jer 17:7

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the one who trusts in Him! -Ps 34:8

The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and trust in Him. And all the upright in heart shall glory. -Ps 64:10

Those who trust in the Lord are blessed!

  • The Lord directs their path.

    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

  • They are surrounded, encirclred in the Lord’s unfailing love/mercy/goodness as with a shield

    … the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
    -Ps 32:10-11

    [LORD]How great is Your goodness, which You store up for Your loyal followers! In plain sight of everyone You bestow it on those who trust {take shelter} in You. -Ps 31:19

    Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. -Prov 30:5

  • They are kept in perfect peace.

    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. -Isa 26:3

  • They are glad, joyful in the Lord!

    I have set the LORD continually before me{I constantly trust in the Lord}; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope{My life is safe.}. -Ps 16:8-9

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Prayer

Let all who trust{take refuge} in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. For surely, O LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield. -Ps 5:11-12

O Lord, you have been our dwelling place, our refuge, our protector through all generations! … Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. -Ps 90:1,14

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Word Study

From NetBible Jer 17:7; Ps 34:8; Ps 64:10; Ps 32:10-11; Ps 31:19; Prov 30:5; Isa 26:3; Psa 5:11

  • trusts[02620] = confide in, hope in,
    to flee for protection, refuge or security
    *from [0982] = to trust, feel safe, confident, secure

  • hope[04009] = refuge, security
  • unfailing love[02617] = mercy, lovingkindness , goodness, faithfulness
  • surrounds[05437] = encompass, enclose, envelop
  • keep[05341] = to safeguard , watch over, preserve, protect

From NetBible Ps 64:10; Ps 16:8-9; Ps 5:11-12; Ps 32:11; Ps 90:14

  • “I have set the LORD continually before me” This may mean that the psalmist trusts in the Lord’s protection (see the following line v9).
  • glad[08055] = to cause to rejoice, brighten up, be merry
  • glory[01984] = to shine, praise, boast, celebrate
    *primitive root greek [239] = praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah!{adoring exclamation}
  • rejoices[01523] = to be joyful, to spin around/circle enthusiastically in joy
  • shout for joy[07442] = loud cry or singing for joy in celebration of overcoming/ triumph in the LORD
  • rest[07931] = to dwell, tabernacle, reside, abide
  • hope[0983] = security, safety
    *from [0982] = to trust, feel safe, confident, secure

Remember to Who You Belong!

December 9, 2011

Remember!

Hear Him calling you by name.
You are His – precious in His sight!
Held in His gaze
Protected by His hand
Because you are loved with His unfailing love
You will not be consumed!

But this I recall{REMEMBER} and therefore have I hope and expectation:

It is {ONLY}because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness!

The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. -Lam 3:21-24

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

December 9, 2011

Matthew 5:3 NKJV … Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3 NLT … God blesses those who realize their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.

Matthew 5:3 MSG … You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?

From NetBible Mt 5:3

poor[4434] = needy, helpless, powerless to accomplish an end
*begs for daily living
Synonym: [5870] = earns his bread by daily labour

spirit[4151] = the third person of the triune God, the Holy Spirit, coequal, coeternal with the Father and the Son

The poor in Spirit

  • Know that they need Jesus Christ as their Savior
  • Know that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to obtain help
  • Know that apart from Jesus Christ they can do nothing
    I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. -Jn 15:5
  • Are willing to daily depend on and trust in Jesus Christ alone
    If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself[disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also.] -Lk 9:23 AMP

Are blessed

  • The poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven
    for they have realized their need and willingly submit to Jesus Christ’s rule
  • The poor in Spirit are rich in faith
    Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him? -Ja 2:5 AMP
  • The poor in spirit are provided for out of God’s goodness
    You, O God, did send a plentiful rain; You did restore and confirm Your heritage{inheritance} when it languished and was weary. Your flock found a dwelling place in it; You, O God, in Your goodness did provide for the poor and needy. -Ps 68:9-10

    They are restored and refreshed
    All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son deliberately wills to make Him known. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] -Mt 11:27-28 AMP

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

December 7, 2011

Matthew 5:4 NKJV … Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5:4 MSG … You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

Those who mourn[3996] = Synonym for: To Grieve[5932]
Grief manifested, so great that it cannot be hid. Usually accompanied by weeping/ loud wailing

Mark 16:10She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned[3996] and wept[2799].

These shall be comforted.

John 14:15-18 KJV … If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God. -2Cor 1:3-4 AMP

Related:
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn{Prayer}

Bible Study: You Are Blessed

December 4, 2011

From NavPress: Bible Study: You Are Blessed

You Are Blessed
Scripture Who blessed? Nature of Blessing
Deut 33:29 Israel(God prevails) The Lord is a protective shield & triumphant sword!
Ps 1 Those who delight in the Lord’s commands The Lord guards the way of the righteous
Ps 32:1-2 Those whose sins are forgiven Joy/relief of sins being covered
Ps 41:1-3 Those who consider the poor, weak & helpless Life is protected and preserved –  sickbed is overturned
Ps 84:4-7 Those who dwell in the Lord’s house & ever praise Strength in the Lord is obtained- go from strength to strength
Ps 94:12-13 Those who the Lord corrects or instructs Protected in times of trouble
Ps 106:3,5 Those who promote justice Share in gladness of God’s nation and inheritance
Ps 112:1-9 Those who fear the Lord and delight in His commands Integrity endures, the Lord honors and vindicates the righteous
Ps 119:1-2,6 Those who walk in the law of the LORD and seek Him wholeheartedly Unashamed
Pro 3:13-14 Those who find wisdom and gain understanding The moral “benefit” of wisdom is more “profitable” than silver
Pro 20:7 Those who walk in integrity The Lord blesses the children of the righteous
Isa 30:18 Those who wait for the Lord in faith The Lord shows mercy and has compassion on those who wait for Him
Isa 56:1-2 Those who promote justice The Lord openly vindicates the righteous
Beatitudes
Mt 5:3 Those who are poor in spirit Theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Mt 5:4 Those who mourn They will be comforted
Mt 5:5 Those who are meek/gentle They will inherit the earth
Mt 5:6 Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness They will be satisfied/filled
Mt 5:7 Those who are merciful They will be shown mercy
Mt 5:8 Those who are pure in heart They will see God
Mt 5:9 Those who are peacemakers They will be called children of God
Mt 5:10 Those who are persecuted for righteousness Theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Mt 5:11-12 Those who are insulted and falsely accused because of the Lord Their reward in heaven is great

To Ponder:
* Do you notice any patterns among the people who are blessed? In the blessings themselves?

* How do the Beatitudes compare with the list from the Old Testament?

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Related:
Blessed: The Beatitudes – NKJV vs MSG