Archive for February, 2015

Blessed be my Rock!

February 28, 2015

Psalm 59:9, 16-17 AMP
9 O my Strength, I will watch and give heed to You and sing praises; for God is my Defense (my Protector and High Tower).

16 But I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning; for You have been to me a defense (a fortress and a high tower) and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 Unto You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my Defense, my Fortress, and High Tower, the God Who shows me mercy and steadfast love.

Watch, give heed and sing praises
To Jesus the Rock of your salvation!

Make a joyful noise
Come into His presence with thanksgiving
The Lord Jesus lives!
Blessed be my Rock! –
Ps 95:1-2;2Sam 22:47;Ps 18:46

Exalted be my Strength, my Defender, Protector and High Tower!
Blessed be Jesus my Deliverer
=> He is mighty to save.
Zeph3:17;Ps18:1-3;Prv18:10

Psalm 50:14-15, 23 NET
14 Present to God a thank-offering! Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 15 Pray to me when you are in trouble! I will deliver you, and you will honor me! 

… 
23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.

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Pleasing in Your Sight

February 25, 2015

Colossians 1:9-10 AMP
9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard of it, have not ceased to pray and make [special] request for you, [asking] that you may be filled with the full (deep and clear) knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [in comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] and in understanding and discernment of spiritual things—

10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].

A Song:
I long to be pleasing in Your sight
Pleasing in Your sight
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer

I long to be pleasing in Your sight
Held as the apple of Your eye
Safe and secure
Beneath Your mighty wings –Ps 17:8
I long to sing –Ps 63:7-8
Pleasing in Your sight
Pleasing in Your sight
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer

I long to be pleasing in Your sight
Pleasing in Your sight
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Song of Solomon 2:14 AMP
14 [So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.

Psalm 19:14 AMP
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.

Never Alone

February 23, 2015

Deuteronomy 31:8 AMP
8 It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].

When darkness seems to surround
And courage seems to flee
Remember who is with you
And promised never to leave.

Remember, when you have Jesus, you are never left alone!

Hebrews 13:5 AMP
5 … for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

Ever Present Help

February 22, 2015

Psalm 46:1-3 NIV
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 34:19 NIV
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all …

No matter how overwhelming your troubles appear,
Do not nurse them
Do not curse them
Do not rehearse them!

Cast them on the Lord
Trust Him to reverse them!

1 Peter 5:6-7 AMP
6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
7 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.

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Related:
Ever Present Help{prayer}

Diligence Brings Rewards

February 20, 2015

Hebrews 11:6 AMP
6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

Diligently seek the Lord!

In prayer and worship
With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your strength -Deut 4:29;Jere 29:13;Deut 6:5

Diligence brings rewards!

Proverbs 8:17 AMP
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.

Diligently seek His face!
Follow hard and be upheld
You will find Him and
Know experiencing His love is better than life!
In the shadow of His wings sing for joy! –Ps 63

 

Word Study

From NetBible Heb 11:6

  • diligently seek[1567] = seek carefully, crave, seek in order to find, strive after

From NetBible Deut 4:29;Jere 29:13

  • seek[01875] = seek with care, in prayer and worship
  • *“You will seek me and find [me] because you will seek me with all your heart.”

From NetBible Prov 8:17;Ps 63:1

  • seek diligently[07836] = seek earnestly, painstakingly, early

From NetBible Ps 63:8

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves
    * pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination

From NetBible Ps 63:3

  • *experiencing – The psalmist does not speak here of divine loyal love in some abstract sense, but of loyal love revealed and experienced.

 

Earnestly Wait!

February 19, 2015

Isa64_4
Image from www.365promises.com

Isaiah 64:4 AMP
4 For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.

No eye has seen
A God like You, Jesus
Who works and acts on behalf of
Those who earnestly wait for You
=>Those who earnestly love, seek and
Trust You!
 -He11:6;1Co2:9;2Chr16:9;Deu4:29

Psalm 27:13-14 AMP
13 [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

Part of waiting on the Lord is trusting His perfect timing!

Psalm 31:14-16 NIV
14 But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

Perfect Timing
Karen Holland

Lord my times are in Your hands
So I’ll trust and I’ll wait
For Your timing, Your perfect timing
For Your love, it never fails.

So I’ll trust and I’ll wait
For Your timing, Your perfect timing
For I know You Lord – You are good
AND You are never late!

Related:
God’s Perfect Timing

Lion of Judah ROAR!

February 18, 2015

Joel 3:16 AMP
16 The Lord will thunder and roar from Zion and utter His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

1 Samuel 2:10 AMP
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them will He thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge [all peoples] to the ends of the earth; and He will give strength to His king (King) and exalt the power of His anointed (Anointed His Christ).

Psalm 29:4 AMP
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

From: A Mighty Thunderous Roar {Article}

All will tremble at the roar of the Lion of Judah (Amos 3:8). To those who contend with the Lord, His roar will show His wrath (Prov 19:12, 20:2). They will tremble in terror. But to those who belong to the Lord it will be protection. They will tremble in awe and respect gathered like protected children around Him.

A song:
Rise up O Lord, rise up
Rise up O Lord, rise up
Num10:35;Ps68:1-2

From the secret place of thunder
Rise up
Lion of Judah
ROAR!

From the secret place of thunder
ROAR!
A glorious mighty thunderous
ROAR!

Rise up O Lord, rise up
Rise up O Lord, rise up
Lion of Judah
ROAR!

Psalm 81:7 AMP
7 You called in distress and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

From NetBible Ps 81:7

  • secret place[05643] = hiding place, covering, protection, shelter
  • *The name Meribah means “strife.” Two separate but similar incidents at the place called Meribah are recorded in the Pentateuch (Exod 17:1-7Num 20:1-13). In both cases the Israelites complained about lack of water and the Lord miraculously provided for them.

The Lord answers the cry of His children
From Zion, the secret place of His thunder
With His mighty, thunderous ROAR!
His ROAR of refuge and protection for His children
A terrifying ROAR to His enemies.

Zion is the Lord’s dwelling place
Zion is where the Lord is enthroned on the praises of His children.

From my article ‘Ascending Mount Zion‘, we saw that the center of the throne is where the Lord is enthroned on the praises of His people. God’s throne, His dwelling place, Zion, is encircled by those singing a new song, it’s here in this atmosphere of praise where the Lamb stands high and lifted up(Rev 5:6, 9-13).

From my article ‘Rise Up, O LORD!‘, Arise found in Psalm 132 links Zion with the Lord’s eternal resting place.

Psalm 132:7-9, 13-14 … Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool. Arise[06965], O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy. … 
… The LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

From: A Mighty Thunderous Roar
Awake the dawn {awake a time of deliverance/vindication}
Join the mighty thunderous roar
Let the triumph of praise be heard!

Deuteronomy 28:7 AMP
7 The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

Humble Dependent Hearts

February 7, 2015

The opposite of haughty eyes and a proud heart
==> Eyes fixed on Christ and a humble heart dependent on Christ!

Haughty Eyes/Proud Heart Eyes Fixed/Humble Heart Scripture
Body full of darkness Body full of light Lk 11:34
Lamp snuffed out Lamp shines bright Prv 13:9
Brought low Delivered/Lifted up Ps 18:27
Lk 14:11
God opposes God gives grace Ja 4:6
Marks earthly wisdom Marks true wisdom Ja 3:13-14
Faint exhausted Live by faith{preserved} Hab 2:4
God far from God hears prayer Prv 15:29
Trusts self = fool Trusts God = wise Prv 28:26
-Zeph 3:12
Stirs up strife Held in perfect peace Prv 28:25;
-Is 26:3
Won’t enter kingdom of heaven Greatest in kingdom of heaven Mt 18:3-4
Brings disgrace Brings honor Prv 11:2
-Prv 29:23
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Haughty Eyes

February 5, 2015

Proverbs 21:4 NASB
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin.

From NetBible Prv 21:4

  • * the life ( = lamp), which is arrogance and pride, is sin.

Proverbs 24:19-20 NASB
19 Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked;
20 For there will be no future for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.

From NetBible Prv 24:20

  • * no future = no future hope, no future reward
  • * lamp put out = life snuffed out like a candle

Luke 11:34-35 NASB
34 The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:34
NLT … Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.

  • lamp[3088] = an eye, like a lamp shows the body which way to turn
  • clear[573] = single(in union, fixed on Christ), whole/sound/healthy(fulfilling it’s office)
  • bad[4190] = diseased, blind, evil

35 Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.

From NetBible Lk 11:35

  • * This is a present imperative, calling for a constant watch – keep your lamps burning

Keep your eyes fixed on Christ
And your lamps burning with fresh oil
==> the golden oil of His Holy Spirit empowered Word!
==> sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion!

Answer to the riddle Judge 14:18:

“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! -Ps 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. -Jdg 14:6

1 Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep. 2 He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; 3 also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side.”

4 Then I said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, “What are these, my lord?”

5 So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.”

6 Then he said to me, “This is(signifies) the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. -Zech 4:1-6

Related:
Keep Your Lamps Burning
Fresh Oil

Inherit Eternal Life

February 3, 2015

From my sunday school this week. Interesting that the parable of the good samaritan brings out the way to inherit eternal life is the same as obeying the “greatest commandments”.

🙂

Luke 10:25-27 AMP
25 And then a certain lawyer arose to try (test, tempt) Him, saying, Teacher, what am I to do to inherit everlasting life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?
26 Jesus said to him, What is written in the Law? How do you read it?
27 And he replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Leviticus 19:18 AMP
18 You shall not take revenge or bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:5 AMP
5 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.

Matthew 22:35-40 AMP
35 And one of their number, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him.
36 Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light—which are heavy?]
37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.
40 These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.

What is implied to be one way for the lawyer to show love toward his neighbor?

Luke 10:25-27 AMP
36 Which of these three do you think proved himself a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers? {The Good Samaritan -Lk 10}
37 He answered, The one who showed pity and mercy to him. And Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.

==> Our love for Jesus should compel us to show mercy.

One cannot say that they love Jesus without obeying Him and loving others.

John 3:36 AMP
36 And he who believes in (has faith in, clings to, relies on) the Son has (now possesses) eternal life. But whoever disobeys (is unbelieving toward, refuses to trust in, disregards, is not subject to) the Son will never see (experience) life, but [instead] the wrath of God abides on him. [God’s displeasure remains on him; His indignation hangs over him continually.]

John 15:10-13 AMP
10 If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love.
11 I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.
12 This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
13 No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.

1 John 4:20-21 AMP
20 If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen.
21 And this command (charge, order, injunction) we have from Him: that he who loves God shall love his brother [believer] also.