Archive for February, 2019

The Sign of Jonah

February 27, 2019

Matthew 12:38-42 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Scribes and Pharisees Ask for a Sign
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”

39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.

Supernatural signs and wisdom

  • Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom v38, 41, 42
  • What might the motives of the Jews be?
    They were testing Jesus.  –Mt 16:1
    They seeking a sign of their own choosing while ignoring the signs Jesus performed{healing blind mute} fulfilling the scripture/prophecy –Isa 35:5-6
    Satan also asked for a sign of His own choosing –Mt 4:6-7
  • We preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness –1Cor 1:22-23

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=> Are there any “signs” we are ignoring? Are we asking for signs of our own choosing?

=> Are we seeking the Lord “amiss”? –Ja 4:3
ex. “God, if You want me to do X, then You please do Y, and I’ll know it’s okay.”

The sign of Jonah – The sign of the dove – The sign of resurrection

  • The sign of Jonah is resurrection
    – pictured as three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish v40
  • Jonah[2495] = dove, The sign of the dove  –Jn 1:32-33
  • – baptism which is also picture of resurrection, passing through death into new life. –Col 2:11-12Rom 6:3-5
  • The sign of Noah is also a sign of baptism/resurrection –1Pe 3:20-22
  • True Bread is the ability to hear and apply God’s word with the Holy Spirit I= a sign of new life/baptism/resurrection –Jn 6:29-31, 47-51, 63; Mt4:4
  • His sheep/followers hear and obey His voice –Jn 10:4; Heb 3:7-11

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=>What sign are you seeking? Signs and wonders? Resurrection? Baptism? Born again? Hearing the Shepherd’s voice?
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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 12:39

  • sign[4592] = of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God’s

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From NetBible Mt 12:40

  • sign of the prophet Jonah[2495] = dove
    *Resurrection is pictured in being spit out alive. It is the resurrection that limited the time in the fish belly grave to three days, and that is the sign.

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Sign of the “dove” = baptism which is also picture of resurrection, passing through death into new life.

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John 1:32-33 New King James Version (NKJV)
32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

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From Answers in Genesis

  • Jewish way of counting the “Third Day”:

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Related:
True Bread – A Sign{blog}

Revealing Words

February 25, 2019

Matthew 12:31-37 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Unpardonable Sin
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

A Tree Known by Its Fruit
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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Words spoken about “Son of Man” or Holy Spirit

  • Reveal who with Jesus and who is against Jesus v31-32
  • Reveal who belongs to the kingdom and who doesn’t v32
    {The unpardonable sin = continued rejection or lack of conviction of HS}
  • *Is Jesus “King” of your heart? Do you hear and obey His voice(Jn 10:4)? Are you convicted by HS?(Jn 16:8)

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A Tree Known by Its Fruit

  • Words reveal good trees/fruit or bad trees/fruit v33
  • The mouths speaks and reveals what is in hearts/character v34-35
    By your words you will be justified or condemned v36-37
  • *What “fruit/character” is revealed by your speech? Is it gracious? Is it wise? Does it promote learning or healing?

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Colossians 4:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].
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Proverbs 16:21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
21 The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
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From NetBible Mt 12:31

  • blasphemy[988] = slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name

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From NetBible Mt 12:32

  • *The Unpardonable Sin = Three things must be kept in mind:
    (1) the nature of the sin is to ascribe what is the obvious work of the Holy Spirit (e.g., releasing people from Satan’s power) to Satan himself;
    (2) it is not simply a momentary doubt or sinful attitude, but is indeed a settled condition which opposes the Spirit’s work{conviction}, as typified by the religious leaders who opposed Jesus; and
    (3) a person who is concerned about it has probably never committed this sin, for those who commit it here (i.e., the religious leaders) are not in the least concerned about Jesus’ warning.

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From NetBible Mt 12:36

  • idle[692] = useless, lazy, ineffective, without work

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From NetBible Prov 16:21
The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning.

  • prudent[0995] = to have discernment, insight, understanding, to teach/instruct
  • sweetness[04986] = pleasantness

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 @Khollandsblog
Tweets:
What “fruit/character” is revealed by your speech? Is it gracious? Is it wise? Does it promote learning or healing? –Matthew 12:31-37

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Stones of Remembrance

February 24, 2019


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When Joshua led God’s people to the Jordan River(Joshua 3:15–17); God parted the waters and God’s people walked through on dry land. In remembrance of this miracle twelve stones were taken from the middle of the riverbed and stacked on the other side (Joshua 4:3, 6–7). Something similar had happened years before in an escape from Egypt (Exodus 14:21-31).
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These “stones of remembrance” are a good reminder of God’s past faithfulness. They also remind us to trust God in the present and with the future!
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What “stones of remembrance” can you remind yourself of today?
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Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to me over the years! Help me to trust You in the present and with the future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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 @Khollandsblog
Tweets:
What “stones of remembrance” can you remind yourself of today? The Lord is faithful – trust Him with your present and future!
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Joshua 4:3-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’ ”

4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; 5 and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”

Trust His Timing!

February 21, 2019

The following encouraged me today.
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From ODB.org:

Habakkuk lived in Judah in the late seventh century bc before the Israelites were taken into exile. The prophet found himself in a society that overlooked social injustice and was immobilized by the fear of imminent invasion by the Babylonians (Habakkuk 1:2–11). He asked the Lord to intervene and remove suffering (1:13). God replied that He would act justly but in His timing (2:3).

In faith, Habakkuk chose to trust the Lord. Even if the suffering did not end, the prophet believed that God would continue to be his strength.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 AMPC … Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will rejoice  in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation! 19 The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

Are you disappointed in the pace of God’s plans?

Choose to trust the Lord and His timing no matter the circumstances you find yourself in today!

Isaiah 64:4 AMPC … 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.

Jesus Brings the Everlasting Kingdom

February 20, 2019

Matthew 12:22-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
A House Divided Cannot Stand
22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

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Jesus is the “son of David” the Messiah

  • What does the title “son of David” mean?
    • Jesus in the royal{legal} bloodline of Joseph makes Him:
      The Messiah, the Son of David and the Son of Abraham.Mt 1
    • Jesus in the physical bloodline of Mary makes Him the promised seed(Gen 3:15)
      =>The Son of God. –Lk 3:23-38
    • Jesus as the Messiah = fully God/fully man
      Is the fulfillment of the prophecy of the seed from the line of David –2Sam 7:12-16
      “Son of Man” is a prophetic description of the Messiah. His kingdom will have no end. –Dan 7:13-14
    • Jesus himself confirms He is the Messiah = fully God/fully man
      How can Christ be David’s son and Lord? –Mark 12:35-37

Jesus is more powerful than Beelzebub

  • Jesus healed the blind mute by casting out the demon v22, 27
  • Jesus rebuked the “blind” Pharisees
  • Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil –1Jn 3:8
  • What keeps you from seeing and/or speaking the things of God and His kingdom?

Jesus brings and rules the everlasting kingdom of God

  • Demons cast out by Spirit{Finger} of God v28 –Lk 11:20
  • Confirms Jesus as Messiah who rules and reigns the everlasting kingdom of God
  • He who does not gather with Me scatters v30
  • Who rules your heart? Do you know Jesus as “King”? Are you gathering with Jesus?

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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 12:22

  • demon-possessed[1139] = to be under the power of a demon.
    =>In the NT, these are persons, afflicted with especially severe
    diseases, either bodily or mentally, (such as paralysis, blindness,
    deafness, loss of speech, epilepsy, melancholy, insanity, etc.)
    whose bodies in the opinion of the Jews demons had entered, and so
    held possession of them as not only to afflict them with ills, but
    also to dethrone the reason and take its place themselves;
    accordingly the possessed were wont to express the mind and
    consciousness of the demons dwelling in them; and their cure was
    thought to require the expulsion of the demon.

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From NetBible Mt 12:24

  • Beelzebub[954] = “lord of the house”
    => a name of Satan, the prince of evil spirits
    *Hebrew for [01176] = “lord of the fly”
    => a Philistine deity worshipped at Ekron

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Healing in Jesus Name

February 18, 2019

Song 1:3 NKJV
Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you.

From NetBible Song 1:3

  • ointment[08081] = anointing oil usually perfumed

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A Song:
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Your name poured forthSong 1:3
A healing balm –Jer 8:22
Sweet fragrance of Christ
Sweet fragrance of life  –2Co 2:15-16
Healing flows at the name of Jesus Acts 4:30

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Healing flows, this I know
At the name of Jesus
A healing balm.

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Jeremiah 8:22 AMP
Is there no balm{medicinal ointment} in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people restored? [Because Zion no longer enjoyed the presence of the Great Physician!]

From NetBible Jer 8:22

  • *balm = medicinal ointment
  • *Jeremiah is lamenting that though there is a remedy available for the recovery of his people they have not availed themselves of it.

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Seek and Draw Close

February 18, 2019

Isaiah 30:20-21Though the Lord gives you “the bread of adversity” and “the water of affliction”, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
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Seek and draw close1Chron 16:11
Close to King Jesus
The rain{reign} of His presence
Brings life and refreshmentPro 16:15
Draw close enough to see “eye to eye”
See with “the eyes of His dove” Song 4:1;Song 1:15; Song 5:12
He will come like rain Hos 6:3
And teach you the way in which you should go! Ps 32:8
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Psalm 32:8 … I will instruct you and teach[03384] you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
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Hosea 6:3 … 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[03384] watering the earth.
.From NetBible   Ps 32:8Hos 6:3

  • rain watering/teach[03384] = to shoot arrows, to throw water, rain, to flow as water, to instruct, to point out (as if by aiming the finger)

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Isaiah 30:20 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

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Mountain of the Lord

February 15, 2019

ProVision seen in the mount of the Lord –Gen 22:2,14
Upon the mountain of spices
Until the day breaks and the shadows flee Sos 4:6, 2:17
A strong scent released
The fragrance of Christ 
2Cor 2:15-16
A voice of rejoicing Ps 118:15
Triumph in His praisePs 106:47
I will not die, but livePs 118:17
As the Lord meets needs
In unexpected and surprising ways! Phil 4:19

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Psalm 118:14-17 AMPC … The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation. 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation{deliverance} is in the tents{tabernacles} and private dwellings of the [uncompromisingly] righteous: the right hand of the Lord does valiantly and achieves strength! 16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly and achieves strength! 17 I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord.

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Related:
Marvelous Sight{blog}
Marvelous Sight{prayer}

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Song 4:6Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of frankincense.

  • The hill of frankincense is Calvary, where, “through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself”{a fragrant offering –Eph 5:2}; the mountain of myrrh is His embalmment & burial in the garden(Jn 19:39-42) till the resurrection “daybreak.” (*from Jameison-Fausset-Brown)a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil{usually made from myrrh}, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table . -Mt 26:7Many commentaries think the mountain of myrrh – Heb mor, points to Mt Moriah- the place of myrrh(referring to the spices burnt as incense) where the temple was built(2 Chr 3:1) and where Abraham offered up his son Isaac, foreshadowing Christ’s sacrifice. (Matthew Henry, Wikipedia) Abraham called this place ‘The LORD Will Provide’. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided{seen}” (Gen 22:2,14).

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Genesis 22:14And Abraham called the name of the place, The–LORD–Will–Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided.”

  • From NetBible Gen 22:14
    The–LORD–Will–Provide[03070] = Jehovah-jireh = “Jehovah sees”
    *from [03068] and [07200]; Jehovah will see (to it) => the Lord sees and provides for the necessities of His servants
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    * a symbolical name for Mount Moriah => Here Solomon’s temple was built, on the spot that had been the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite (2 Sam. 24:24, 252 Chr. 3:1
    =>”Mount Moriah” of the Chronicles is identical with the “mountain” in “the land of Moriah” of Genesis, and that the spot on which Jehovah appeared to David, and on which the temple was built, was the very spot of the sacrifice of Isaac.
    => now covered by “Dome of the Rock”
  • provided[07200] = seen, looked at, perceived, have vision

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A Pleasing Servant

February 7, 2019

Matthew 12:15-21 NKJV
Behold, My Servant
15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16 Yet He warned them not to make Him known, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
18 “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel nor cry out,
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench,
Till He sends forth justice to victory;
21 And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

A Pleasing Servant Knows God’s Will

  • Jesus God’s chosen servant in whom God is well pleased
    Fulfills prophecy and has God’s Spirit ––v15-18
    =>Knows God’s will and what pleases Him

A Pleasing Servant Has Righteous Judgement

  • Jesus proclaims Justice
    =>Has righteous judgement ––v18-19

A Pleasing Servant Encourages Trust/Hope in Jesus

  • Gentiles will trust/hope in Jesus name ––v20-21
    =>Encourages trust/hope in Jesus name

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Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
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How diligently are you seeking the Lord?

  1. Seeking to find out what pleases Him?
    Ephesians 5:8-11 NKJV
    Walk in Light
    8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
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    Galatians 1:9-10 NKJV
    Only One Gospel
    9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
  2. Seeking Him to judge righteously?
    Do not judge according to appearance ––Jn 7:24
    Do not judge unto condemnation ––Lk 6:37-39
    Judge using God’s word to discern good from evil ––He 5:11-14;Mt 7:6
    Judge to gently correct ––2Tim 2:24-26
  3. Seeking Him to encourage others to build their trust/hope in Jesus?
    Hebrews 12:12-13 NKJV
    Renew Spiritual Vitality
    12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
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    2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NKJV
    Comfort in Suffering
    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
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    Romans 12:12 NET
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction/suffering, faithful/devoted in prayer.

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From NetBible He 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him , for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

  • diligently[1567] = seek after carefully, crave

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From NetBible Gal 1:10
… For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

  • bondservant[1401] = devoted to Christ above one’s own interests

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From NetBible Mt 12:18
… He will declare justice[2920] to the Gentiles.

From NetBible Jn 7:24
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment[2920].

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From NetBible Is 42:1
… He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

  • justice[04941] = judgement, decide case
    *from [08199] = judge, govern, vindicate, punish

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From NetBible Ro 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction/suffering, faithful/devoted in prayer.

  • patient[5278] =  to preserve/abide: under misfortunes and trials to hold fast to one’s faith in Christ

Smoldering Wick

February 6, 2019


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A song:
Sweet, sweet Holy Spirit
Sweet Spirit of life
Jesus I need You
Breathe on me
Breathe on me once again  –Job 33:4
Refresh, revive, restore –Ps 85:6
Fan into flame –2Tim 1:6
Oh how sweet the fragrance of Christ –2Cor 2:14-16
My strength my beautiful song! –Is 12:2
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“He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax.” Doth not that suit thy case? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, He will not break thee; but on the contrary, will restore and strengthen thee. Thou art like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from thee; but He will not quench thee; He will blow with His sweet breath of mercy till He fans thee to a flame”. -Spurgeon
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Psalm 150:6 AMP
6 Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
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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].
From NetBible  Job 33:4

  • Spirit[07307] of God = wind/breath of heaven, Holy Spirit, inspires prophetic utterances, Shekinah glory manifest
  • breath[05397] of the Almighty = spirit of God, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421]revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

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From NetBible Ps 85:6
Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

  • revive[02421] = to live, to bring/restore to life, to quicken
    * from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death
  • rejoice[08055] = be glad, make glad, to brighten up, make joyful

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From NetBible  Ps 150:6
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

  • breath[05397] = spirit of God, divine inspiration
  • praise[01984] = shine, flash forth light, celebrate

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