Archive for January, 2016

Praising Warrior of the Lord

January 31, 2016

The LORD delights in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation/deliverance. Let the saints be joyful{triumph} in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds{in a place of rest}. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two–edged sword in their hand …Ps 149:4-6

The praising warrior of the Lord
Holds the two-edged sword –Ps 149:6
Set aflame with high praise
The praising warrior stands in the gate \0/-Isa 28:6; Amo 5:15
Strong in the Lord and the power of His might!Eph 6:10

The Lion of Zion revealed
Midst shouts joy and new songs of victory –Rv 5
From the secret place of thunder –Ps 81:7
He roars! –Joel 3:16
“The battle belongs to the Lord”! –
Ex 14:13-14, 2 Chr 20:22

The Lion of Judah reigns –Rv 5:5
Glory in His holy name –Ps 105:3
There is triumph in His praise –Ps 106:47
Praise ye the Lord! HalleluYah! –Ps 149:9

Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Tell of all His wondrous deeds! Glory{shine} in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore! –Ps 105:2-4

Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. –Ps 24:7-8

The Fire & The Sword{article}

The Scent of Rain

January 28, 2016

Proverbs 16:15 AMPC … In the light of the king’s countenance is life, and His favor is as a cloud bringing the spring rain.

Before the rain
The cloud of the King’s presence
The fragrance of Christ
The fragrance that brings life –
2Co 2:14-15

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 NET … But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and who makes known through us the fragrance that consists of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing – …

His name an ointment poured forthSong 1:3
A sweet perfume
The mere scent revives –
Job 14:8-9
Bringing joy to the heart –
Pro 27:9

The scent of life
The scent of the Bridegroom
The scent of joy
The scent of anticipation –
Job 29:23
The scent of rain …

His going forth is as certain as the dawn –Hos 6:3
As sure as the sunrise … –
Ps 19:5

Job 29:23 AMPC … And they waited for me as for the rain, and they opened their mouths wide as for the spring rain.

Hosea 6:3 NASB … So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.

Psalm 72:6 NASB … May He come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.


Word Study
Song 1:3 NKJV … Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment[08081] poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you.
From NetBible Song 1:3Pro 27:9
Ointment[08081] and incense bring joy to the heart –Pro 27:9

  • ointment[08081] = perfume, oil, fatness, richness, anointing
  • fragrance[07381] = savor, scent, odor (as if blown) => to perceive by breathing in – from [07306]
  • *  Wearing colognes was associated with joy (Ps 45:7-8Eccl 9:8Isa 61:3) because they were worn on festive occasions

Job 14:8-9 AMPC … Though its roots grow old in the earth and its stock dies in the ground, 9 Yet through the scent [and breathing] of water [the stump of the tree] will bud and bring forth boughs like a young plant.


From NetBible Job 14:9

  • scent[07381] = savor, fragrance, odor (as if blown) => to perceive by breathing in – from [07306]
  • bud[06524] = bloom,  to spread – to fly (as extending the wings), to flourish, blossom, break forth (out), bud, flourish, make fly, grow, spread, spring (up).


From NetBible  Hos 6:3

  • teachers/rain[03384] = to shoot arrows, to throw water, rain, to flow as water, to instruct, to point out (as if by aiming the finger)
  • Commentary = some interpret teacher as the same word as rain, because doctrine from the mouth of a teacher drops like rain upon the tender herb, and as showers on the grass –Dt 32:2


Be Ready to Listen and Heed

January 22, 2016

Revelation 3:20 AMPC … Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.

Be ready
Stay alert and keep watch
Listen for the knock at the door
Be quick to open the door
His sheep{servants} know His voice –
Jn 10:4
And will not follow another … –
Jn 10:5

Luke 12:35-37 AMPC … Keep your loins girded and your lamps burning, 36 And be like men who are waiting for their master to return home from the marriage feast, so that when he returns from the wedding and comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are those servants whom the master finds awake and alert and watching when he comes. Truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them recline at table and will come and serve them!

From NetBible Lk 12:35

  • Keep your loins girded[4024] = with truth as a girdle
    =>to equip one’s self with knowledge of the truth
    * dressed for service – ready to run
  • Keep your lamps burning =  * be ready at all times
    *Clarke: Let the candle of the Lord be always found burning brightly in your hand.

Proverbs 8:34 AMPC … Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

From NetBible Pro 8:34

  • listens[08085] = to hear, listen to, obey, give heed
  • watching[08245] = awake, alert
  • waiting[08104] = to keep, guard, observe, give heed

Guard Your Heart – Above All

January 21, 2016

James seems to know that there is a connection between what flows from the mouth and the heart.

James 1:26 NKJV … If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

James 3:10-12 NKJV … Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

The mouth speaks{flows} from what fills the heart  …

Luke 6:45 NLT … A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

Matthew 15:18 NKJV … But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

Above all that you guard
Keep and diligently guard your heart
For out of it flow the springs of life … –
Pro 4:23



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


The mouth speaks{flows} from what fills the ❤ =>Diligently guard Ur ❤ above all!



Blessed Be the Name of the LORD!

January 18, 2016

Psalm 42:5 NKJV … Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

Job 13:15 NKJV … Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him …

No matter what it looks like or what happens
CHOOSE to trust in the LORD
=>Patiently wait, hope, expect His goodness
=>Expect His deliverance/salvation –
Job 13:16
CHOOSE to praise Him for His help/intervention
say “Blessed be the name of the LORD!”
Job 1:21-22

As you trust and praise Him no matter what
You will taste and see His goodness for yourself!Job 42:5

Psalm 34:1,8 AMPC … I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. …
… 8 O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.

Gold Refined

January 13, 2016

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

From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513]= clean, purified by fire
    — in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit

Gold refined in the fire –Pro 17:3
Tested, proven faith more precious than much gold –
1Pe 1:7
Purified by obedience to the Truth thru the Spirit
 –1Pe 1:22
Faith alive and controlled by the Holy Spirit –Gal 5:25
Following closely, keeping in step –
Job 23:11
Treasuring His living words more than daily bread –
Job 23:12;Mt 4:4
Unafraid, willing to be led even through fire –
Isa 43:2
Tested, proven faith shines through Jesus Christ our Lord –1Pe 1:7
Yielding much fruit, showing who you belong to –
Jn 15:8
Bringing honor glorifying our Father. –Mt 5:16

I counsel you to buy gold from Me refined and tested by fire
That you may be rich{in Christ} –Rev 3:18

1 Peter 1:6-7 AMPC … [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, 7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.

Job 23:10-12 AMPC … But He knows the way that I take [He has concern for it, appreciates, and pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold [pure and luminous].

11 My foot has held fast to His steps; His ways have I kept and not turned aside. 12 I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed and treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

James 1:2-4 AMPC … Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. 3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

Come Forth as Gold{prayer}
Gold{prayer log}
Pure Gold{prayer log}

Speak a Word in Due Season

January 10, 2016

Know how to speak a word in due seasonIsa 50:4
Not an old word(that worked in the past) –Ex 16;4,14-15
Not a word from man(that seems right)
Pro 14:12
But a fresh, new in the moment
Word from the Lord.
2Tim 4:2;Pro 15:23,25:11

Be quick to listen and slow to speak –Ja 1:19
Ask humbly in faith to hear, expecting an answerJa 1:5-7
Be ready to obeyJa 1:22,25
Listen attentively as one being taught
Listen carefully before speaking. –Isa 50:4

With humility comes wisdom –Pro 11:2
The Lord teaches the humble His way
Ps 25:9-10

Be still in the presence of the LORD{Rest in the LORD}, and wait patiently for Him to act.Ps 37:7

Manna comes daily with dew formed in stillness –Num 11:9
=>Ask, listen and speak from a position of rest in the Lord.

Isaiah 50:4 AMPC … [The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught].

From NetBible Isa 50:4

  • taught[03928] = learned, discipled, instructed
  • wakens[05782] = rouses, to be triumphant
    – from primitive root (rather identical with [05783] through the idea of opening the eyes)
  • to hear[08085] = listen(attentively) to obey, to perceive(intelligently) by ear

Two Kinds of Rest{blog}
Waken My Ear{prayer}

Abba! Father!

January 8, 2016

Image from 365promises

Galatians 4:6-7 AMPC … And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! 7 Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.

Romans 8:14-18 AMPC … For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! 16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. 17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory. 18 [But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!

If we are His children then we are His heirs
The Cry Abba Father means complete submission/surrender
Only if we we share His suffering then we will share His glory …

Special obedience is learned through sharing in His suffering …

This results in the purifying of your faith resulting in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.


Cry Abba Father=Complete submission=>Only if we we share His suffering can we share His glory-Not my will but yours!

Jesus crys Abba! Father! Not my will but yours!

Hebrews 5:8 AMPC … Although He[Jesus] was a Son, He learned [active, special] obedience through what He suffered.

Mark 14:36 AMPC … And He[Jesus] was saying, Abba, [which means] Father, everything is possible for You. Take away this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You [will].

1 Peter 1:6-7 NASB … In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

James 1:3-4 AMPC … Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. 4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

From NetBible Ja 1:4

  • NIV … Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  • NASB … Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  • NLT … …when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
  • MSG … So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
  • NRSV … Let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
  • NKJV … Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

The Most High = Dwelling Place

January 5, 2016

John 14:23 NKJV … 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[3438]{dwelling, abode, mansion} with him”.

Psalm 91:9 NKJV … Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place[04583]{home, habitation, refuge} …


  • you will rest in the shadow of the Almighty –Ps 91:1
  • His faithfulness/truth will be your shield or protective wall –Ps 91:4
  • No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your tent  –Ps 91:10
  • The Lord will deliver and protect you –Ps 91:14

Psalm 71:1-3 NASB … In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed.
2 In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
Incline Your ear to me and save me.
3 Be to me a rock of habitation[04583]{dwelling , habitation, refuge} to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.

John 14:2-3 NKJV … In 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. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

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


Strong Tower{prayer}

Ephesians 1: Salutation

January 3, 2016

Ephesians 1:1-2 AMP … Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the divine will (the purpose and the choice of God) to the saints (the consecrated, set-apart ones) at Ephesus who are also faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus:

2 May grace (God’s unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

From Biblegateway

  • *  The books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon are believed to have been written by Paul while he was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome (a.d. 60-62) (cf 6:20).

From NetBible Eph 1:1

  • * Some scholars suggest that this was intended as a circular letter for various churches of Asia Minor (modern Turkey), sent from Rome first to Ephesus and then to the other churches. At the same time, Colossians was dispatched. Going counterclockwise through Asia Minor, this letter would first come to Ephesus, the port of entry, then to Laodicea, then Colossae(Col 4:16).
  • apostle[652] = apostle, messenger, he that is sent, commissioned by Christ=>Paul was chosen by Christ who appeared directly to him Acts 9:15-20
  • saint[40] = holy, set-apart
  • faithful[4103] =  trustworthy, sure, believing in Christ & God’s promises

From NetBible Eph 1:2

  • grace[5485] = favor, blessing
    =>the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of Christ
    =>same word for thankfulness
  • peace[1515] = quietness, rest, tranquillity
    =>the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ- no fear

Saints faithful in Christ are marked by the holiness, grace, thankfulness and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ no matter the circumstance.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB … Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.