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Faith Testing

July 20, 2017

Proverbs 17:3 NET … The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.

Faith testing
Allows your patient endurance to grow
Ja 1:3
Producing proven character and hope!Ro 5:3-4

Tested proven faith is of greater worth
… than gold refined in the fire! 1Pe 1:7

The purifier sits before the crucible(Mal 3:3), fixing his eye on the metal, and taking care that the fire be not too hot, and keeping the metal in, only until he knows the dross to be completely removed by his seeing his own image reflected (Ro 8:29) in the glowing mass. So the Lord in the case of His elect (Job 23:10; Ps 66:10; Pr 17:3; Isa 48:10; Heb 12:10; 1Pe 1:7)

Hebrews 10:35-37 NLT …  So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Prv 17:3

  • * When the Lord “tests” human hearts, the test, whatever form it takes, is designed to improve the value of the one being tested; removing impurities

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From NetBible Ja 1:3,  Heb 10:36Rom 5:3

  • NET … the testing of your faith produces endurance
  • NLT … when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow
  • BBE …  the testing of your faith gives you the power of going on in hope
  • NKJV … the testing of your faith produces patience
  • endurance[5281] =  steadfastness, constancy, perseverance, steadfast waiting for
    *in the NT the characteristic of one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
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The Lord on High = Mighty to Save!

July 19, 2017

Psalm 93:4 AMPC … The Lord on high is mightier and more glorious than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea.

Mightier than the waves
The Lord on high
He is mighty to save  Zeph 3:17
The Lord an ever present help in trouble –Ps 46:1
Greater than any trial you face
Forever He reigns! –Ps 29:10

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Zephaniah 3:17 … The LORD your God is with you{in your midst}, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet{renew, refresh, bring into rest) you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

From NetBible Zeph 3:17

  • NET …  He renews you by His love
  • NIV … He will quiet you with His love
  • NLT …  With His love, He will calm all your fears
  • BBE … He will make His love new again

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The Lord on High is Mightier!

July 18, 2017

O Lord, the waves roar, the waves roar and crash! –Ps 93:3
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Who is mightier than the surging(roaring) waters?Ps 93:4
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Who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves and the turmoil of the nations? –Ps 65:7
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Whose voices thunders over the mighty sea?Ps 29:3
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Do not be afraid – The Lord is our refuge and strength
An ever present help in times of trouble!Ps 46:1-3
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Be still and know
The Lord of hosts is a mighty warrior
Ps 46:10-11
The Lord on high is mighty – above all! –Ps 93:4

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name
Worship the LORD in holy array, in the beauty of holiness!
Ps 29:2
The LORD sits as Sovereign King enthroned forever!Ps 29:10
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Word Study
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Psalm 93:3-4 AMPC
3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up the roaring of their waves. 4 The Lord on high is mightier and more glorious than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea.

  • From NetBible Ps 93:4
    * The surging(roaring) waters here symbolizes the hostile enemies of God who seek to destroy the order he has established in the world. The Lord is depicted as elevated above and sovereign over these raging waters.

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Psalm 65:6-7 AMPC
6 Who by [Your] might have founded the mountains, being girded with power, 7 Who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples?

  • From NetBible Ps 65:7
    *The raging(roaring) seas=the commotion made by the nations. The raging seas symbolize the turbulent nations of the earth (see Ps 46:1-3,6; Is 17:12)

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Psalm 46:1-3,10-11 AMPC
1 God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, 3 Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! …
… 10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

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Psalm 29:1-3,10-11 AMPC
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Give to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness or in holy array. 3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon many (great) waters. …
… 10 The Lord sat as King over the deluge(flood); the Lord [still] sits as King [and] forever! 11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

  • From NetBible Ps 29:3
    *The psalm depicts the Lord in the role of a warrior-king, so the thunder is his battle cry. The Lord is depicted as elevated above and sovereign over the raging waters(his enemies).
  • From NetBible Ps 29:10
    *The psalmist views the threatening chaotic sea – surging(roaring) waters, as a contemporary manifestation of the destructive waters of old(the flood –Gen 6)

Prayer in Secret = Rewarded in Open

July 16, 2017


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Matthew 6:1, 5-6 AMPC
1 Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven. …
… 5 Also when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already.
6 But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

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Galatians 1:10
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

From NetBible Gal 1:10

  • *For a Jew this concept of being a servant or slave to Christ did not connote drudgery, but honor and privilege.

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Lord, thank You for the privilege of being Christ’s servant. May my prayers be pleasing in Your sight. May they rise to You like incense; a fragrant offering through my Lord Jesus Christ. –Ps 19:14, 141:2

Good to be Near

July 15, 2017

Psalm 73:28But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge …

Draw near
Draw nigh
Into the secret place –Ps 91:1
Safe beneath the shadow of His wings –Ps 91:4
The Lord your refuge
So good to be near and
Trust in the Lord –Ps 73:28
Beneath His wings –Ps 36:7-8,61:4,63:7
His glory, His presence a protective canopy  –Is 4:5
His banner over you is love!  –Song 2:4

Song 2:4 AMPC … He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love [for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near Him].
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Isaiah 4:5-6 AMPC … And the Lord will create over the whole site, over every dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love and protection). And there shall be a pavilion[tabernacle] for shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge and a shelter from storm and from rain.

From NetBible Isa 4:5-6

  • dwelling place[04349] = established place, habitation
  • canopy[02646] = divine protection, defense
  • pavilion[05521] =tabernacle, booth

Psalm 26:8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

From NetBible Ps 26:8

  • where Your glory dwells = where your glory shines, your splendor revealed

The Good Shepherd’s Care

July 14, 2017


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Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.Ps 100:3

Today let the Good Shepherd care for you
Let Him nourish you
Feed on His faithfulness 
Ps 37:3
Rest and
Be carried in His able arms
Close to His heart. 
Is 40:11

Blessed be the Lord, our Savior; He daily bears our burdens. Each day He carries us in His arms and loads us with benefits! Ps 68:19

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits! Ps 103:2
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Word Study

Psalm 28:9 AMPC … Save Your people and bless Your heritage; nourish and shepherd them and carry them forever.

From NetBible Ps 28:9

  • NET … Deliver your people! Empower the nation that belongs to You! Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms at all times!
  • MSG … Save your people and bless your heritage. Care for them; carry them like a good shepherd.
  • shepherd[07462] = to pasture, tend, graze, feed, care for

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Set The Lord Continually Before!

July 9, 2017

Psalm 28:7 NLT … The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Set the Lord continually before
Constantly trust in Him
Know He is always with you
Right beside you  –
Is 41:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower
Call on His name
Whole-heartedly run to Him
Be set on high
Safe in His hand
Your heart made glad
Your body(
life) rests secure
In hope!

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Psalm 16:8-9I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body(life) also will rest secure(in hope).

From NetBible Ps 16:8-9

  • *set the Lord continually, always before = constantly trust Him and His protection
  • *rests secure = rests in safety = rests in hope
  • rest[07931] = settle down, abide, dwell, tabernacle, reside
  • shaken[04131] = slip, be moved, fall

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Proverbs 18:10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe(set on high).

From NetBible Pr 18:10

  • * The metaphor “strong tower” indicates that God is a secure refuge – able to protect
  • * The metaphor of “running” to the Lord refers to a whole-hearted and unwavering trust in God’s protection (e.g., Isa 40:31).
  • *safe = set on high(the effect of the trust => security – set on high out of reach of danger

His Love Never Fails or Ends!

July 8, 2017

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases
His mercies never come to an endLam 3:22
They are new every morning; New every morning
Great is Your faithfulness, O LORD
Great is Your faithfulness!Lam 3:23

1 Corinthians 13:8, 13 … Love 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. …
… 13 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 => It’s interesting to note the strongs word for remain in the above  scripture is the verb form of the words for “many mansions” found in Jn 14:2.

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Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place
For God’s children
A permanent dwelling place in the Father’s house
Filled with His unfailing, never ending love!

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John 14:1-6 … “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 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. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

From NetBible Jn 14:2

  • many mansions[3438] = a staying/permanent, abiding, dwelling, abode *from Greek[3306] = residence
    * Jn 15:4 Abide[3306] in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. => 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” found in Jn 14.
  • * Jesus is going ahead of believers to prepare a place for them, a permanent dwelling place in the Father’s house

Whoever is wise, let him heed these things{take all this to heart} and consider the great love{and mercies} of the LORD. -Ps107:43

Ecclesiastes 4

July 7, 2017

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Worldly -Without God Godly – With God
The oppressed
Have no comforter
Have no deliverer
Oppressors have power
Ecc 4:1
The Holy Spirit is the Comforter –Jn 14:16,26
The Father is
… the God of ALL comfort –2Cor 1:3-4
The Lord is helper and deliverer –Ps 40:17
The Lord delivers the oppressed
… but brings down the proud –Ps 18:27
The Lord provides safety for
… the oppressed –Ps 9:9
More than conquerors in Christ –Ro 8:35-39
Better to be dead
Best never to be born
Ecc 4:2-3
To live is Christ and to die is gain –Phil 1:21
Neither death, nor life separate us
… from Christ’s love –Ro 8:35-39
All labor & skillful work
Motivated by envy
Like chasing the wind
Idleness is no better
Ecc 4:4-5
Unless the LORD builds the house
its builders labour in vain –Ps 127:1
Give yourselves fully to labor in the Lord
… labor in the Lord is not in vain –1Cor 15:58
Do not grow weary while doing good
… in due time we will reap a harvest –Gal 6:9
Grasping for the most
Labor can offer
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 4:6
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD
… than great treasure with trouble –Pro 15:16
Godliness with contentment
… is great gain –1Tim 6:6
Meaningless to be alone
Not content with wealth
None to share with
None to leave it to
Ecc 4:7-8
Two are better than one
If one falls the other can help
Two together can provide warmth
Two together can provide stronger defense
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Three are better than two
Ecc 4:9-12
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Members of the body of Christ
… need each other –1Cor 12:18-21
Grasping for prestige
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 4:13-16
Humility & the fear of the LORD
… are riches, honor and life –Pro 22:4

Vanity of Pleasure and Treasure

July 7, 2017

Ecclesiastes 2:1,11 I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be vanity/meaningless/futile. …
… But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish(treasure), it was all so meaningless. It was like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere under the sun.

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Worldly Pleasure/Treasure Godly Pleasure/Treasure
According to the human heart
Proved to be meaningless
Ecc 2:1
The human heart is deceitful Jer 17:9
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Following Christ’s heart(path life)
In His presence fullness of joy
At His right hand pleasures forevermore
Ps 16:11
Self-indulgent laughter
Is foolish
Accomplishes nothing
Ecc 2:2
Self-indulgent laughter
Is a judgement from the Lord
Leads to perpetual sleep
Jer 51:39
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Healthy laughter/joy in the Lord
Brings strength, honor and healing
Ps 126:2;Pro 17:22,31:25;Neh 8:10
Self-indulgent pleasure
(intoxicating wine) is folly
Ecc 2:3
Self-indulgent pleasure
Leads away from Godly wisdom Pro 20:1
Leads to ruin and drowsiness
(lack of discernment) Pro 23:21
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Instead be filled with the Spirit
To have discernment to know God’s will/wisdom
Eph 5:17-18
Increase of building projects
Accumulation of slaves & herds
Accumulation of silver & gold
Acquired a universal reputation
Total self-indulgence
All meaningless
Like chasing the wind
Nothing gained from them on earth
Ecc 2:4-11
Store lasting treasures in heaven
Where your treasure is
There your heart will be also
Mt 6:19-21
The benefits of worldly wisdom
Worldly pleasure/treasure
Are meaningless
Like chasing the wind
All die and are forgotten
Life is loathed
Ecc 2:15-17
Absent from the body
=>Present at home with the Lord
2Cor 5:8
At the last trump
We will all be raised & changed
Together with Christ
1Cor 15:51-52
Life in Christ
Eternal love & joy
1Pe 1:8-9
Despair results because
All the fruit of labor
May be left to fools
Ecc 2:18-23
Apart from God
None can eat, drink or find joy
Ecc 2:24-26
The kingdom of God
Is not a matter of eating & drinking
But righteousness, peace & joy in the Holy Spirit
Ro 14:17
Abide in Christ
To bear fruit that remains
Jn 15:5,16