Archive for February, 2014

Lifter of My Head

February 28, 2014

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Psalm 3:1-4 AMP … LORD, HOW they are increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are saying of me, There is no help for him in God.
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill.
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Often when I’m discouraged and feel like I have no strength of my own to lift my head, I think if only I can lift my eyes to the Lord Jesus – He will lift my head. The Lord is faithful, one time the Lord gave me the following song and did just that!

Jesus: The Lifter of My Head

I will lift my eyes past the hills
I will lift my eyes past the mountains

Psalm 121:1-2 AMP … I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]–From whence shall my help come? … My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

And trust in You, Jesus
To lift my head.

My glory, my shield
Jesus the lifter of my head
My glory, my shield
Jesus, I’ll trust in You
To lift my head

Past the hills
Past the mountains
Jesus, I’ll trust in You
To lift my head.

From ODB-Lift Up Your Eyes

Lift up your eyes, discouraged one,
The Lord your help will be;
New strength will come from Him who said,
“For rest, come unto Me.” —Anon.

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.

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Related:
Jesus: The Lifter of My Head
The Strength of Our Anchor
Lift Up Your Eyes{article}

Confidence in Troubled Times

February 27, 2014

Psalm 91:1 AMP … He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

From NetBible Ps 91:1

  • Almighty[07706] = most/all powerful, sovereign King
  • dwells[03427] = to remain, abide
  • remain stable and fixed[03885] = abide, lodge, dwell

From Our Daily Bread Devotion

Father God, in the midst of my trouble, teach me to rest in the fact that You are almighty. Thank You for the confidence I have that You are stronger than anything that threatens my life.

Jeremiah 32:17Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.

God is greater than our greatest problem.

Peace at ALL Times

February 25, 2014

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Psalm 34:14 AMP … Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!

From NetBible Ps 34:14

  • seek[01245] = search out, require, desire, request
  • pursue[07291] = run after, chase, attend closely

Philippians 4:1-9 NASB … Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. 3 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.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, 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. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

There seems to be 5 things we can do to have ‘The Peace of God’ guard our hearts

  1. Live in harmony
    From NetBible Phil 4:2
    >>harmony[5426] = agree, be of the same mind in the Lord
  2. Help fellow workers
    From NetBible Phil 4:3
    >>help[4815] = assist, succor
  3. Rejoice in the Lord always!
    From NetBible Phil 4:4
    >>rejoice[5463] = be glad, joyful
  4. Let your gentleness be evident
    From NetBible Phil 4:5
    >>gentleness[1933] = mildness, patience
  5. Pray away anxiety
    From NetBible Phil 4:6
    >>anxious for nothing[3309] = troubled for nothing, don’t worry or fret
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    MSG … Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.

And 2 more to dwell/abide with ‘The God of Peace’!

  1. Dwell on the truth
    From NetBible Phil 4:8
    >>dwell[3049] = think on, consider, reckon
  2. Practice the truth
    From NetBible Phil 4:9
    >>practice[4238] = do, exercise, perform

 

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. -2Thess 3:16 AMP

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Related:
The Peace of God – The God of Peace
Pursue the Peace of God

Heals Broken Hearts

February 23, 2014

Psalm 34:17-19 NET … The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He delivers{saves}  those who are discouraged.
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;

From NetBible Ps 34:18

  • broken[07665] = shattered in pieces
  • discouraged[01793] = crushed/smashed into dust/powder, contrite

Psalm 147:3 AMP … He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

From NetBible Ps 147:3

  • broken[07665] = shattered in pieces
  • bind[02280] = bandage, encourage, doctor, heal
  • wounds[06094] = pain, hurt, injury, sorrow, troubles

Broken Hearts
Crushed
Broken shattered in pieces
Take heart
The Lord is near.

Trust Him to bandage ALL your wounds
Healing ALL your pain and sorrow.

Do not fear
The Lord is near
He hears the cries of His people
Shed no tears
The Lord is near
Take heart
-Ps27:13-14
The Lord is near.

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Trust that the Prince of Peace can take our broken pieces and
Give His unbroken peace.

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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. -2Thess 3:16 AMP

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Related:
Broken Hearted
The Lord is Nigh

Strong Tower

February 22, 2014

Proverbs 18:10 … The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.

From NetBible Pr 18:10

  • * The “name of the Lord” is a metonymy of subject. The “name” here signifies not the personal name “Yahweh,” for that would be redundant in the expression “the name of Yahweh,” but the attributes of the Lord (cf. Exod 34:5-7) – here his power to protect.
  • *  “a tower of strength,” with “strength” regarded as attributive by most English versions. The metaphor “strong tower” indicates that God is a secure refuge.
  • * The metaphor of “running” to the Lord refers to a whole-hearted and unwavering trust in God’s protection (e.g., Isa 40:31).
  • * “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.

Whole-hearted and unwavering trust in the Lord = running into the strong tower 🙂

The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation). And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity]. -Ps 9:9-10 AMP

From NetBible Ps 9:9-10

  • *He is a high tower(elevated place) in times of trouble. Here an “elevated place” refers to a stronghold, a defensible, secure position that represents a safe haven in times of unrest or distress (cf. NEB “tower of strength”; NIV, NRSV “stronghold”).
  • *“To know” the Lord’s “name” means to be his follower, recognizing his authority and maintaining loyalty to him. See Ps 91:14, where “knowing” the Lord’s “name” is associated with loving him.
  • Psalm 91:14 AMP … Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
Thank You Lord that You will never forsake those who love, trust and rely on You. Help us to experience Your love, mercy, kindness and protection TODAY. Praise You Lord Jesus, Your name is a strong tower the righteous run into and are safe!

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Because He Cares

February 19, 2014

1 Peter 5:5-7 AMP … … Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility [as the garb of a servant, so that its covering cannot possibly be stripped from you, with freedom from pride and arrogance] toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.

Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Psalm 55:22 AMP … Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). 

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Humble yourself before the Lord
By casting ALL your care on Him
Release the weight of it – no burden is too heavy for Him
He is faithful to sustain you
BECAUSE
He affectionately and watchfully cares for you!

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I love to dwell upon the thought
That Jesus cares for me,
It matters not what life may bring—
He loves me tenderly.  —Adams

Because God cares for us, we can leave our cares with Him.
{above poem & quote from ODB}

Thank You Lord Jesus for carrying our burdens. Help us each to remember how much You care, so that we may humbly cast ALL our cares on You.

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens. Selah -Ps 68:19 NIV

Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day He carries us in His arms. -Ps 68:19 NLT

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Word Study

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From NetBible 1Pe5:5-7

  • **“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that in due time he may exalt you.” The sentence was rearranged so that the English reader could more clearly see the connection between “casting” (v. 7) and “humble” (v. 6).
  • *Casting. According to ExSyn 630, “Although treated as an independent command in several modern translations (e.g., RSV, NRSV, NIV), the participle [casting] should be connected with the verb of v 6, ταπεινώθητε [tapeinwqhte, Humble yourselves]. As such, it is not offering a new command, but is defining how believers are to humble themselves. Taking the participle as means enriches the understanding of both verbs: Humbling oneself is not a negative act of self-denial per se, but a positive one of active dependence on God for help.

Related:
Be Humble Before the Lord
Cast Your Cares{ODB}
Day After Day

Fragile

February 16, 2014

Feeling fragile? About to be shaken?
==> Take refuge in the Lord!

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Psalm 16:1Keep me safe, O God, for in You I take refuge.

From NetBible Ps 16:1

  • *taking refuge in God = seeking His protection/shelter. Seeking His protection implies putting trust in Him = Trust in the Lord!
  • refuge[02620] = flee for protection, put trust/hope/confidence in
  • keep me safe[08104] = preserve/protect/guard me

==> Set the Lord continually before; Rejoice in the Lord!

Psalm 16:8-9I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure{in safety} …

From NetBible Ps 16:8-9

  • *set the Lord continually before = constantly trust Him and His protection
  • shaken[04131] = slip, be moved, fall
  • *rests secure = rests in safety = rests in hope

The Lord’s Love NEVER Fails!

February 15, 2014

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The Lord’s love NEVER fails; NEVER comes to an end!

1 Corinthians 13:8,13Love never fails{never ends}. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. … And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

From NetBible 1Cor 13:8,13

  • fails[1601] = perish, fall away, end
  • remain[3306] = abide, continue, endure

His love never gives up, never runs out on me
New every morning, beginning afresh each new day!

Lamentations 3:22-23 AMP … It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

From NetBible Lam 3:22-23

  • fail[03615] = cease, end, finish, exhaust

Give thanks to the Lord, He is good and His love endures forever!

Psalm 107:1,43 AMP … O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! … Whoso is wise [if there be any truly wise] will observe and heed these things; and they will diligently consider the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord.

From NetBible Ps 107:1,43

  • endures forever[05769] = unending, perpetual, permanent, age to age, for all time

One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains

Your love never fails
it never gives up
it never runs out on me

On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains

In death and in life
I’m confident and covered by the power
of your great love
My debt is paid
there’s nothing that can separate my heart
from your great love

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Related:
One Thing Remains
He’s Always Been Faithful to Me

To See Jesus is to Become Like Him

February 14, 2014

1 John 3:2-3 AMP
2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.

1 John 2:28 AMP … And now, little children, abide (live, remain permanently) in Him, so that when He is made visible, we may have and enjoy perfect confidence (boldness, assurance) and not be ashamed and shrink from Him at His coming.

==>Believers will become more and more like God than they are now by seeing Him more and more clearly as He really is.

1 Corinthians 13:12 AMP … For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

2 Corinthians 3:18 AMP … And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

3 And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).

==>This future hope of seeing Jesus face to face, more and more, as He really is, should encourage believers to submit their hearts to the Lord’s purifying fire/pruning.

1 John 2:6 AMP … Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.

Luke 6:40 AMP …  A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) will be like his teacher.

Psalm 24:3-4,7 NKJV … Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy [dwelling]place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. … Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV … Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

==>This hope of seeing Jesus face to face, that is why the pure in heart are so blessed.

A heart that so longs for the Lord’s presence that it willingly submits to the Lord’s purifying fire or pruning. A heart that longs to hear and do the Lord’s will alone. That is the heart that will increasingly see Jesus face to face and become like Him. That is the hope that will purify and transform us even now, day by day, if we allow it.

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Word Study
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From NetBible 1 Jn 3:2

  • * What believers will be is to be revealed later.  In light of the mention of the parousia(2nd coming) 1Jn 2:28, it seems likely that an eschatological revelation of the true character of believers is in view here.
  • *The phrase we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is has been explained two ways: (1) believers will really become more like God than they now are, and will do this through seeing God as he really is; or (2) believers will realize that they are already like God, but did not realize it until they see him as he is. One who sees a strong emphasis on realized eschatology in the Gospel of John and the Epistles might opt for the second view, since it downplays the difference between what believers already are in the present age and what they will become in the next. It seems better, though, in light of the statement in 3:2a that “what we will be has not yet been revealed” and because of the reference to Christ’s parousia(2nd coming) in 1Jn 2:28, that the author intends to distinguish between the present state of believers and what they will be like in the future. Thus the first view is better, that believers really will become more like God than they are now, as a result of seeing him as he really is.

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From NetBible 1Co 13:12

  • * “we are seeing through [= using] a mirror by means of a dark image.” Corinth was well known in the ancient world for producing some of the finest bronze mirrors available. Paul’s point in this analogy, then, is not that our current understanding and relationship with God is distorted (as if the mirror reflected poorly), but rather that it is “indirect,” (i.e., the nature of looking in a mirror) compared to the relationship we will enjoy with him in the future when we see him “face to face” (cf. G. D. Fee, First Corinthians [NICNT], 648). The word “indirectly” translates the Greek phrase ἐν αἰνίγματι (ejn ainigmati, “in an obscure image”) which itself may reflect an allusion to Num 12:8 (LXX οὐ δι᾿ αἰνιγμάτων), where God says that he speaks to Moses “mouth to mouth [= face to face]…and not in dark figures [of speech].” Though this allusion to the OT is not explicitly developed here, it probably did not go unnoticed by the Corinthians who were apparently familiar with OT traditions about Moses (cf. 1 Cor 10:2). Indeed, in 2 Cor 3:13-18 Paul had recourse with the Corinthians to contrast Moses’ ministry under the old covenant with the hope afforded through apostolic ministry and the new covenant. Further, it is in this context, specifically in 2 Cor 3:18, that the apostle invokes the use of the mirror analogy again in order to unfold the nature of the Christian’s progressive transformation by the Spirit.

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From NetBible 1 Jn 3:3

  • *In this context the use of ἁγνίζω would remind the readers that, if they have the future hope of entering the Father’s presence (“seeing him as he is” in 1 Jn 3:2), they need to prepare themselves by living a purified lifestyle now, just as Jesus lived during his earthly life and ministry (cf. 1Jn 2:6). This serves to rebut the opponents’ claims to moral indifference, that what the Christian does in the present life is of no consequence.
    1 John 2:6 (see note there). Since purity of life is mentioned in the context, this almost certainly refers to Jesus in his earthly life and ministry as the example believers should imitate (a major theme of the author throughout 1 John).

 

Related:
Pure in Heart – Lift Up Your Heads!
To Be Like Jesus{prayer}

Trust in the Lord with ALL Your Heart!

February 13, 2014

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. 

I can trust the Lord for His way is perfect
==>flawless, sound, complete and entirely in accord with truth

His word is proven
==> tried, absolutely reliable!

When I trust in Him I have His protection; He is my shield.

6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

To acknowledge Him is to know and obey Him. This is a call for total commitment in trust for obedience in all things.

==>Proverbs 3:6 CEV … Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. 

 

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

  • 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 Ps 18:30
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; Heis a shield to all who trust in Him.

  • perfect[08549] = flawless, sound, complete and entirely in accord with truth
  • proven[06884] = tried, absolutely reliable -Ps 12:6
  • shield[04043] = protector, buckler

 

Related:
His Way is Perfect
Expectantly Look