Archive for October, 2018

Refresh Me with Apples!

October 26, 2018

Proverbs 15:23 AMP … A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!
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Proverbs 25:11 NASB … Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time.
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O Lord
Refresh me with apples
Apples of gold
Quicken me
For I am lovesick.
Song 2:5
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Your Word breathed out2Tim 3:16
Your voice heard –Job 33:4
Fills my life with
Grace and glory! Ps 84:11
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Sweet fragrance of Christ
Fragrance of life
2Cor 2:14-17
The scent of apples
Breathed in and out
In the place of praise Pro 25:11
Strengthens and restores.
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Apples of gold
Apples of joy
An incense so sweet
A living sacrifice – 
Eph5:1-2; Ro12:1-2; Is 61:1-3
In the place of apples
In the fragrant place of praise
O Lord, You are my life
My praise! – 
Jer 17:14;Ex 15:2;Ps 132:13-14
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Jeremiah 17:14Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.
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Psalm 84:10-12 … Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD bestows grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in You!
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Word Study
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From Song 2:5

  • lovesick[02470] = to be or become weak, be or become sick, be or become diseased, be or
    become grieved, be or become sorry, wounded

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From  Pro 25:11
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time.

  • apple[08598] = apple associated with fragrance
    *From [05301] = to breathe, cause to breathe out
    and [01054] = place of apples located in Judah[03063] = praise/He shall be praised (assigned to the tribe of Judah Josh 15 v53)
  • spoken[01696] = to declare, converse, command, promise, warn, threaten, prophesy, sing

=>These apples of gold contain a fragrance that can be breathed in and out!
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Apples of gold are breathed by the Holy Spirit. They contain the fragrance of Christ, bringing life. These apples “breathe” – refresh, quicken, revive and restore from sickness, discouragement, faintness, and/or death. They bring joy. Isn’t it interesting that the “place of apples”, the place where these apples are “breathed” is in Judah, assigned to the tribe of Judah = praise/He is to be praised?!
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From  Job 33:4
AMP … [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].

  • spirit[07307] = breath, wind, to inspire prophetically
    *From [07306] = to smell, scent, perceive odor
  • breath[05397] = spirit, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421] = revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

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From  Jer 17:14
NET … Lord, grant me relief from my suffering so that I may have some relief. Rescue me from those who persecute me so that I may be rescued.

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The Sheep and The Good Shepherd

October 25, 2018


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A Song:

Chorus:
Keep in step, keep in step
With the Lord your God  –Gal 5:25
Keep in step, keep in step
Follow hard –Ps 63:8

V1:
With the Good Shepherd –Ps 23:1;Jn 10:14-15
In your sight
Not by power, Nor by might  –Zec 4:6
But by His Spirit follow close behind
Trust the Lord, taste and see –Ps 34:8
Surely, Forever, His goodness, His mercy
Follow as He leads –Ps 23:6

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John 10:24-30The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
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Grieving – Feeling Alone and Rejected?

October 24, 2018


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I was grieved, feeling alone and rejected(because of the Word), when I came upon the above cartoon. It made me smile and really encouraged me!
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What do you do when you feel this way? These passages give some interesting insight!
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Jesus is rejected in His home town –Mt 13:53-58
After this He hears about John’s beheading – what does He do?
=> He withdraws to a private, solitary place –Mt 14:13
This was a deserted, desolate place –Mt 14:15
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It’s very interesting that the crowds followed Him
… to this desolate place and it’s here
… the crowd is shown compassion and sick are healed! –Mt 14:14
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It’s here in this desolate place that the 5000 are fed! –Mt 14:13-21
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Grieved, feeling alone and rejected because of the Word? Mt 13:21
=> Get alone with Christ
=> Let Him encourage you with the Word
=> You will be fed and have more than enough to share!
Mt 14:20
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Isaiah 55:10-11 NASB … For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
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Tweets:
Grieved, feeling alone and rejected because of the Word?–Get alone with Christ–Let Him encourage you with the Word=>You will be fed and have more than enough to share! –Mt 13:21,14:20;Isa 55:10-11 #ComeBoldly
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The good news is that if you face trouble because of the Word and you keep going/obeying=> your roots must be deep! #ComeBoldly #HoldFast #StandFirm

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Nicodemus Study

October 20, 2018

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.The news about Him spread throughout all Syria. Large crowds followed him and they brought to Him all who were sick. –Mt 4:23-25
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The New Birth
John 3:1-21 … 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man[that is , the Son of Man who is in heaven.]. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

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  • Did anything come to mind as you heard this story?
  • Why do you think Nicodemus came by night?
    • Who was Nicodemus? v1-2
      He defends Jesus but really doesn’t commit to following Him
      Jn 7:48-52 {Pharisees claim no Prophet comes from Galilee ignoring –Micah 5:2 – Jesus was born in Bethlehem}
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      He brought spices for the body of Jesus, but only after Joseph of Arimathæa secretly secured the body. –Jn 19:38-39
    • What reason does Jesus give for staying “in the dark”? v19-20
  • What does it mean to be “born again”?
    • What does Nicodemus recognize about Jesus? v2
    • How does Nicodemus understand(or not)
      being “born again”? v4, 11-12
    • How did you first understand being “born again”?
    • How is being “born again” related to the “Kingdom of God”? v3, 5
  • What does it mean to be born of water and Spirit? v5
    • Water could refer to purification and baptism by the Spirit –Titus 3:5
    • Water could refer to water baptism –Jn 1:31-33
    • Water also refers to birthing process. Even when conceived in womb, one must be born “thru the waters” into the world. Spiritual birth is a second new birth determined by the Spirit. v8
  • What does Jesus claim about Himself in this passage?
    • What does the title “Son of God” mean?
      Jesus is God made manifest in human form
      => the Word made flesh –Jn 1:1,14
      Born of Mary and Father God –Lk 1:31-35
    • What does the title “Son of Man” mean?
      • Jesus was truly a human being – fully God/fully human
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        He had a physical human bloodline through Mary
        all the way back to Adam –Lk 3:23-38
      • It’s a prophetic title for the Messiah
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        “Son of Man” is a prophetic description of the Messiah. His kingdom will have no end. –Dan 7:13-14
      • Jesus fulfills the prophecies for both the Messiah and “Son of Man” by fulfilling the prophecies about the “Son of David”
        => the Messiah is fully God/fully human
        from the line of David –2Sam 7:12-16
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        How can Christ be David’s son and Lord? –Mark 12:35-37
    • How do you receive eternal life? v14-16
      • What does the title “Light of the World” mean? –Jn 8:12
      • What does coming into the Light have to do with being “born again”?
      • How does belief show itself? v16-21
      • How open are you to having God’s light shine on your life?

Follow Hard after the Good Shepherd

October 11, 2018


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Follow hardPs 63:8
Keep the Good Shepherd in your sight –Jn 10:14-15
His sheep lack no good thing –Ps 23:1;Ps 34:10
In paths of righteousnessPs 23:3
The Good Shepherd leads to
Rest in green pastures
Beside still watersPs 23:2
He lays His life down for His sheepJn 10:15
He restores my soul.Ps 23:3

Follow hard and surely you will see
His goodness, His mercy
All your days
Ps 23:6
In His presence as He leads.

Your life upheld Ps 63:8
In His presence eternally Ps 23:6
Fullness of Joy forevermore. –Ps 16:11

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 63:8
My soul follows hard after{clings to} You; Your right hand upholds me securely.

  • my soul follows hard[01692] = my soul clings, cleaves, pursues hard enough to overtake, pursues with determination
  • Your right hand upholds[08551] = supports me, secures me
  • * “follow hard” The expression means “to pursue with determination” (see: Judg 20:45; 1 Sam 14:22; 1 Chr 10:2; Jer 42:16).
    => stay right on the heels

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Sweetness and Sovereignty Bible Plan

October 4, 2018


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  1. Deuteronomy 4:39-40Today realize and carefully consider{take to heart, remember & keep firmly in mind} that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below – there is no other! 40 If you obey all the laws and commands that I will give you today, all will be well with you and your children. Then you will enjoy a long life in the land the LORD your God is giving you for all time.
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    There is only one God, the Father, who created everything
    … we exist for Him.
    and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things
    … and we exist through Him.
    1Cor 8:6
    Through the Son, God the Father made the universe
    … and everything in it.
    He 1:2
    Nothing came into being without Him{the Son}!Jn 1:3
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  2. 1 Chronicles 29:10-11So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours ; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all.
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    Jesus name above all namesPhil 2:9
    Head over all thingsEph 1:22
    His kingdom will have no end.Luke 1:33
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    Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise! –Rev 5:12
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  3. 1 Chronicles 29:12-13Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
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    The eyes of the Lord search for and
    Strengthen those whose hearts are
    Fully committed to Him
    2Chron 16:9
    In His hand are power and might!
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    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. –Is 41:10
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  4. 2 Chronicles 20:6-7and he[Jehoshaphat ] said, “O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You. 7 Did You not, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
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    None can stand against the Lord almightyIs 14:27
    No not one
    None like the King of kings
    Lord of lords
    Rev 19:16
    Jesus
    No other rock I know
    No not one!
    Is 44:8;1Cor 10:4
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  5. Nehemiah 9:17They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.
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    Rend your heart
    Wholeheartedly return to the Lord –
    Joel 2:13
    The Lord is a God of forgiveness
    Gracious and compassionate
    Slow to anger
    Abounding in lovingkindness and faithfulness
    Goodness and Truth.

    Yahweh, He is Yahweh! –Ex 34:6
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    Jesus, the Great I AM! –Jn 8:58
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    2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
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  6. Job 42:1-3Then Job answered the Lord: 2 I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. 3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ “Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”
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    Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised
    His greatness is unsearchable! –
    Ps 145:3
    The LORD is the everlasting God
    His understanding no-one can fathom! –
    Is 40:28
    His ways and thoughts are higher –Is 55:8-9
    Too wonderful for me!

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