Archive for January, 2014

Beatitudes: Beautiful Attitudes

January 29, 2014

THE BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:1-12) get their name from the Latin word beatus, meaning blessed. They teach both blessings and the attitudes of the heart that receive these blessings.

From Cultivating Beatitude Attitudes

“When [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.  And opening His mouth He began to teach them” (Matt. 5:1- 2).

Jesus’ earthly ministry included teaching, preaching, and healing. Wherever He went He generated great excitement and controversy. Usually great multitudes of people followed Him as He moved throughout the regions of Judea and Galilee. Thousands came for healing, many came to mock and scorn, and some came in search of truth.

On one such occasion Jesus delivered His first recorded message: the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). In it He proclaimed a standard of living diametrically opposed to the standards of His day–and ours. Boldly denouncing the ritualistic, hypocritical practices of the Jewish religious leaders, He taught that true religion is a matter of the heart or mind. People will behave as their hearts dictate (Luke 6:45), so the key to transformed behavior is transformed thinking.

At the beginning of His sermon Jesus presented the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12): a list of the godly attitudes that mark a true believer and insure true happiness. The Greek word translated “blessed” in those verses speaks of happiness and contentment. The rest of the sermon discusses the lifestyle that produces it.

Jesus taught that happiness is much more than favorable circumstances and pleasant emotions. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily depend on circumstances at all. It is built on the indwelling character of God Himself. As your life manifests the virtues of humility, sorrow over sin, gentleness, righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and peace, you will experience happiness that even severe persecution can’t destroy.

Lord send Your Holy Spirit to minister to me as I study the below attitudes and blessings. Help me to make any attitude changes that may be shown to me. Thank You that as I do this, I will experience the true joy of knowing and being more and more like You, Jesus Christ my Savior.

Matthew 5:3-12 NASB … Attitude … Blessing

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
From NetBible Mt 5:3

  • Blessed[3107] = happy, fortunate
    *The term Blessed introduces the first of several beatitudes promising blessing to those whom God cares for. They serve as an invitation to come into the grace God offers.

for theirs IS the kingdom of heaven.

From NetBible Mt 5:3

  • *The present tense here is significant. Jesus makes the kingdom and its blessings currently available. This phrase is unlike the others in the list with the possessive pronoun being emphasized.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn,

for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the gentle,

for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful,

for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,

for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Related:
Beatitudes: Blessedness Meaning
Blessed: The Beatitudes – NKJV vs MSG
Theme: Blessed Beatitudes
Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
Pure in Heart – Lift Up Your Heads!

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Bless the LORD!

January 26, 2014

Bless The Lord 36
Psalm 103:1-5 {NASB, AMP}
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;

Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!

I Will Not Leave You

January 25, 2014

John 14:18I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

From NetBible Jn 14:18

  • leave[863] = depart from, abandon
  • orphans[3737] => leave fatherless, comfortless, bereaved
    *abandon as orphans = leave you helpless

When your sky is cold and lonely
And your heart is filled with fear
I will wrap my arms around you
Know that I AM here …

And I will keep you safe and sound
Thru the darkness that surrounds …

I will never leave you
Nor forsake you
Know that I AM with you
You will never be alone …

I will be right where you are …

Deuteronomy 31:8The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Honey: Taste and SEE

January 19, 2014

1 Samuel 14:27-29But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened. 28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly put the people under oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food today.’” And the people were weary. 29 Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See now, how my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.

What does the honey represent in this passage?

  • What is sweet and brightens the eyes?
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    Psalm 19:7-10 … The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

    • From NetBible 1 Sam 14:27,29; Ps 19:7-10
      • brighten/enlighten[0215] = shine, to be illuminated, revive
    • Psalm 34:8-10Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing .
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      From NetBible 1 Sam 14:29;Ps 34:8

      • see[07200] = inspect, perceive, consider
      • taste[02938] = eat, perceive(figuratively)
    • Proverbs 24:13My child, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste
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      From NetBible Prv 24:13

    • Psalm 119:103 … How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
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      From NetBible Ps 119:103

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Psalm 119:130The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
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From NetBible Ps 119:130

  • light[0215] = shine, to be illuminated, revive
  • simple[06612] = untrained, inexperienced
  • *simple = that is, the one who is young and still in the process of learning right from wrong and distinguishing wisdom from folly. See Ps 19:7.

===> Honey represents God’s word which is good ,
Sweet to the taste and
Enlightening the eyes distinguishing wisdom from folly!

===> After Jonathan tasted a little honey,
He saw the folly Saul’s oath. -1 Sam 14:24-32

Two Kinds of Rest

January 16, 2014

Matthew 11:28-30 AMP
28 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.]{I will give you rest}

  • The condition for receiving this rest is to simply “Come” to Jesus.
  • This rest is given

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

  • The condition for receiving this rest is to be “yoked” with and “learn” from Jesus. {to walk with Him}
  • This rest is found
  • Jeremiah 6:16 … Thus says the Lord,
    “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
  • Isaiah 30:20-21 … Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

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Are you “walking” with Jesus? Are you listening intently for His voice/direction? Are you listening intently to apply/obey the wisdom you learn from the Lord Jesus Christ?

Today, if you hear the voice of Jesus Christ the Lord
Do not harden your hearts
Be careful to listen and obey
To walk in His “way”
The “way” He directs!

Then you will “find” rest for your soul. -Heb 3:7-19
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My people have forgotten Me
Thus says the Lord
They burn incense to worthless gods and so
Stand at the crossroads and see
They have stumbled in the way they should go
Consider your path
They no longer follow the ancient paths
Ask for the ancient paths
Instead they walk in bypaths 
Where the good way is  
And on roads not built up.
And walk in it –

Then you will find rest for your souls.
-Jeremiah 18:15, 6:16

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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 11:29

  • * A yoke is a wooden bar or frame that joins two animals like oxen or horses so that they can pull a wagon, plow, etc. together. Here it is used figuratively of the restrictions that a teacher or rabbi would place on his followers.
  • learn[3129] = to increase one’s knowledge, to hear/be informed, to learn by use and practice

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From NetBible Jer 6:16

  • walk[01980] = to come, to go/proceed, to be led

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From NetBible Isa 30:21

  • hear[08085] = listen(attentively) to obey, to perceive(intelligently) by ear
  • walk[01980] = to come, to go/proceed, to be led

Related:
The Bread of Adversity and Rain{blog}
Bow Your Ear{blog}
Peace in Wisdom{prayer}

Soft Light from a Stable Door

January 14, 2014

 “Soft Light from a Stable Door,” a song based on a beautiful poem by the English poet Lilian Cox.

To listen, click here: Soft Light from a Stable Door

Soft Light from a Stable Door
Words by Lilian Cox
Music by Steve Givens & Jim Russell

Soft light from a stable door
Lies on the midnight lands;
The wise men’s star burns evermore,
Over all the desert sands.

To all peoples of the earth
A little Child brought light;
And never in the darkest place
Can it be utter night.

No flick’ring torch, no wav’ring fire,
But Light the Life of men;
Whatever clouds may veil the sky,
Never is night again.

To all peoples of the earth
Never is night again.
The wise men’s star burns evermore
Never is night again.
Soft light from a stable door
Never is night again.
Never is night again.
Never is night again.
Never is night…

Matthew 2:9-10
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

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Jesus My Soul Longs For You!

January 12, 2014

Jesus I long for You
As the deer pants for streams of water
So my soul longs for You
My soul longs for You, the Living God.

Jesus my one desire
Living water to my soul, only You can satisfy
Draw me, draw me away in Your steadfast love
My lips will brim praises like fountains
-Ps87:7
And I will follow hard after You.

Related:
Keep Reaching
Draw Me Away
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 42:1-2
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When can I come and appear before God?

  • soul pants{thirsts}[06165] = longs for
  • thirsts[06770] = suffer thirst, parching as if in the desert

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Form NetBible Psalm 84:2
My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

  • soul longs[03700] = desperately wants, yearns, pines after
  • faints[03615] = desperately wants, yearns

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From NetBible Ps 63:1
O God, You are my God; Earnestly I seek You; My soul thirsts[06770] for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

  • earnestly[07836] = look early or diligently for
  • yearns[03642] = pines after, faints with longing.

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From NetBible Ps 63:3-4,8
Because experiencing Your loyal love is better than life itself, my lips will glorify You. For this reason, I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. … My soul follows hard after You; Your right hand upholds me.

  • The psalmist does not speak here of divine loyal love in some abstract sense, but of loyal love revealed and experienced.
  • my lips glorify[07623] = brim praises like fountains
  • follow hard[01692] = a determination to cling, cleave, be joined, to run after with determination to overtake and capture

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From NetBible Song 1:4
Draw me after you, let us make haste, let us run together! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you!

  • Draw[04900] = to lead
    *The verb מָשַׁךְ (mashakh, “draw”) is a figurative expression (hypocatastasis) which draws an implied comparison between the physical acting of leading a person with the romantic action of leading a person in love. Elsewhere it is used figuratively of a master gently leading an animal with leather cords (Hos 11:4) and of a military victor leading his captives (Jer 31:3). The point of comparison might be that the woman wants to be the willing captive of the love of her beloved, that is, a willing prisoner of his love.
  • run after[07323] = to eagerly hurry, chase
  • rejoice[01523] = spin, circle around(dance, leap) in joy
  • be glad[08055] = be merry, to brighten up, shine in joy
  • everlasting love[0160] = God’s love to His people
  • lovingkindness[02617] = unfailing love, goodness, mercy, kindness, faithfulness

Broken Bread Poured Out Wine

January 3, 2014

1 Peter 1:18-19 AMP
18 You must know (recognize) that you were redeemed (ransomed) from the useless (fruitless) way of living inherited by tradition from [your] forefathers, not with corruptible things [such as] silver and gold, 19 But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ (the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot.

Psalm 36:7 … How precious[03368] is Your lovingkindness[02617]O God!

From NetBible Ps 36:7

  • precious[03368 = priceless, excellent, exquisite, valuable, prized, rare
  • lovingkindness[02617] = mercy, unfailing steadfast love, goodness, faithfulness

Therefore the children of men take refuge[put their trust] in the shadow of Your wings.

 

Psalm 63:3,7 … Because [experiencing] Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. … Because you are my help, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

From NetBible Ps 63:3

  • lovingkindness[02617] = loyal love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness
    * The word “experiencing” is supplied in the translation for clarification. The psalmist does not speak here of divine loyal love in some abstract sense, but of loyal love revealed and experienced.
  • praise[07623] = to soothe, still, stroke, calm, glory triumph
    *My lips brim praises like fountains glorifying You!

From NetBible Ps 63:7

  • sing for joy[07442] = greatly rejoice, celebrate, triumph, overcome

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Broken Bread – No Greater Love
By Karen Holland

A body offered for all
The blood of the perfect Lamb
Broken bread, poured out wine
The Lamb, the Son of God
No greater love than this.

A life lain down
Broken bread, poured out wine.

A living sacrifice
The pearl of greatest price
A life lain down for friends
No greater love than this.

John 15:13Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 12:1-2Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Related:
Precious Mercy
Love Beyond Understanding
Broken Bread – No Greater Love

Many Mansions

January 2, 2014

John 14:2In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

From NetBible Jn 14:2

  • mansions[3438] = dwelling place, abode
    * to make an (one’s) abode
    * metaph. of the God the Holy Spirit indwelling believers
    *from Greek[3306] = residence

John 15:4-5Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

From NetBible Jn 15:4

John 14:6,23-24Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. … Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me”.

From NetBible Jn 14:23

  • home[3438] = dwelling place, abode
    * to make an (one’s) abode
    * metaph. of the God the Holy Spirit indwelling believers
    *from Greek[3306] = residence

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==> It’s interesting to note the strongs word for abide in the above Jn 15 scripture is the verb form of the words for “many mansions” and “home” found in Jn 14.

==> In Rev 21, the residence noun and verb are different from the above – yet the same idea is present – of  the Father and Son making a home – this time it’s brand new!

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Revelation 21:1-5 … Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

From NetBible Rev 21:3

  • tabernacle[4633] = dwelling place, residence, habitation
  • dwell[4637] = reside, abide, take up residence
    *figuratively to occupy as in a mansion
    *–Or to reside as God did in the Tabernacle of old