Archive for February, 2020

Abide in His Love

February 28, 2020


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1 John 4:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him.
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Know and abide in God’s love
On His love rely –1Jn 4:16
The Lord’s love NEVER fails –1Cor 13:8
Never comes to an end! –1Cor 13:13
Abide in His love
=>Your joy will be made full and complete! –Jn 15:9-11
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1 Corinthians 13:8, 13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. …
… 13 And now there remain{abide}: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.

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John 15:9-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain{abide} in My love [and do not doubt My love for you]. 10 If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain{abide} in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain{abide} in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.
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Word Study
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From NetBible  1Jn 4:16;1Cor 13:8,13;Jn 15:9-10

  • abide[3306]= remain, continue to be present, to last, endure, dwell
    => It’s interesting to note the strongs word for abide in the above  scripture is the verb form of the words for “many mansions[3438]” found in Jn 14:2.

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From NetBible 1Cor 13:8

  • fails[1601] = perish, fall away, end

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Lavished Grace Upon Grace

February 27, 2020

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1 John 3:1-3 … Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed{lavished} on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
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From the song in the previous post the phrases “the riches of His grace” and the word “lavished” were impressed on my heart. This leads to Ephesians 1:7-8.
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Ephesians 1:7-8 … In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight …

  • From NetBible Eph 1:8
    lavish[4052] = to have in abundance, abounding
    **”Abounding” is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
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  • From NetBible Jn 1:16
    From His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
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    =>grace “on top of” grace, = accumulation
    => probably based on this verse: Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You{reveal, teach} and that I may find grace in Your sight{eyes} Ex 33:13

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The riches of His grace, grace upon grace is an ongoing process lavished on us in abundance! This causes us to mature and grow more and more like Him; much like the process of a bud growing to a full blooming flower as it receives sunlight!

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The following prayer takes on deeper meaning!!
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Philippians 1:9-11 … And this I pray, that your love may abound[4052] still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

  • From NetBible Phil 1:9
    abound[4052] = to have in abundance, abounding, lavish
    **”Abounding” is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
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  • From NetBible Phil 1:10
    sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
    *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.
  • What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart! The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing of the “Son/sun”. A heart the will grow; much like a bud growing to a full blooming flower in the sunlight!

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Beloved

February 25, 2020

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BELOVED
–My Love[07474]
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You are Beautiful
Song 1:15
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Chosen
1Peter 2:9
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Made for a Purpose
Ephesians 2:10
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A Precious Child of God
1John 3:1
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His Treasured Possession
Song 6:3
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Forever Loved!
–Jeremiah 31:3

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Song 2:14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret places of the cliff, Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your face is lovely.
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A Song:
In His eyes, in His eyes
So much love, in His eyes –1Jn 3:1
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Lift up your face to Jesus
Look deep, deep in His eyes
Deep in His eyes of grace –Eph 1:4-8
Be held in His gaze –Ps 32:8
A costly jewel –Mal 3:17
A beloved child –1Jn 3:2
So precious in His sight – Is 43:4
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In His eyes, in His eyes
So much love for His child.
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1 John 3:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed{lavished} on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

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Be Amazed!

February 25, 2020

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Today – get a glimpse of how wide – how deep- how great is the love of Christ for you. –Ephesians 3:18
Be amazed!

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Ephesians 3:14-21 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
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20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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I Belong to my Beloved

February 25, 2020

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“Fear not, I have redeemed you; I call you by name,
you are Mine!” –Isaiah 43:1

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You are loved with an everlasting love
I will never forget you
My treasured possession
A living stone to declare My praise …
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I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine. –Song 6:3
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Word Study
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From NetBible Song 6:3

  • * This is the second occurrence of the poetic refrain that occurs elsewhere in 2:16 and 7:11. The order of the first two cola are reversed from 2:16: “My beloved is mine and I am his” (2:16) but “I am my beloved’s and he is mine” (6:3). This may signal a shift in her view of their relationship: Originally, she focused on her possession of him, now she focused on his possession of her. => intimacy with the Lord has grown

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From NetBible Jeremiah 31:3
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness{unfailing love, mercy} I have drawn you”.
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From NetBible Isaiah 43:1, Isaiah 43:4
“Fear not, I have redeemed you; I call you by name,
you are Mine!” …
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Since you are precious and special{honored} in my sight,
and I love you …

  • The beasts of the field will glorify Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My chosen people{elect of God}. –Isaiah 43:20
  • “They will be mine,” says the LORD Almighty, “on the day that I prepare My own treasured possession{jewels}, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” –Malachi 3:17
    =>Those who fear the Lord, become His treasured possession{jewels} whom He will never forget – even in time of great judgement
    =>We are of greater worth to the Father than the most stunning jewels imaginable, because of the price He was willing to pay
    =the precious blood of Christ. –1Peter 1:19

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From NetBible Isaiah 43:21
The people whom I formed for Myself Will declare{show forth} My praise.

  • But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light –1Peter 2:9
    =>a people who have received His mercy –1Peter 2:10
    =>living stones{jewels} –1Peter 2:5

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Overcome!

February 25, 2020

We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. –Rom 8:37

Overcome
By the blood and a word of testimony
Full of grace and truth.

Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Rom 8:39
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Word Study

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From NetBible Rev 12:11
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

  • overcame[3528] = to conquer, prevail, get the victory
  • blood[129] = atoning blood of Christ
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    Isaiah 1:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    18“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord.
    “[a]Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
    Though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.

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    Footnotes:
    Isaiah 1:18 There was a legend among the rabbis that on the Day of Atonement a scarlet woolen thread was tied to the door of the temple, and when the scapegoat reached the wilderness (Lev 16:10), if the sins of Israel were forgiven the thread would miraculously turn white.
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  • testimony[3141] = witness as if before a judge
    *from [3144] = those who after his example have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death
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  • John 18:37 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    37 So Pilate said to Him, “Then You are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say [correctly] that I am a King. This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth [who is a friend of the truth and belongs to the truth] hears and listens carefully to My voice.”
  • Psalm 25:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    10 All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness{mercy} and goodness and truth and faithfulness-To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
  • Matthew 5:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    14 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden
  • 1Peter 3:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    15 But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect.

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Romans 8:37-39 Amplified Bible (AMP)
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. 38 For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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John 1:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).
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Identity verses:
In Jesus Christ I am

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Washed by the Water in the Word

February 23, 2020

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. –Matthew 5:8
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Worship in spirit and truth
Be washed by the water in the word
Pure hearts see and love fervently …
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Love one another fervently from a pure heart. –1Peter 1:22
All who have this hope in Him{Jesus} purify themselves, just as He is pure. –1John 3:3
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Word Study
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From NetBible Jn 4:23
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

  • worship[4352]proskuneo = to kiss the hand towards one (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand), in token of reverence, bow down-prostrate oneself(or kneel) in homage – worship, adoration
    • Psalm 2:12 … Kiss the Son = in trembling kiss His feet, pay homage in purity
    • The homage is to the Lord of Psalm 2:2 and to the Son of Psalm 2:7 — the Messiah King. Homage, kissing a King also implies submission. Like above: worship[4352]proskuneo this is to pay homage in recognition of royalty, to show submission to a king, to be under the king’s reign – like a dog licking his master’s hand.

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From NetBible Eph 5:26
so that He{Jesus} might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word

  • sanctify[37] = make holy
    * purify: free from the guilt of sin
    * purify: internally by renewing of the soul

  • John 17:17Sanctify[37] them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
  • John 17:19And for their sakes I sanctify[37] Myself, that they also may be sanctified[37] by the truth
  • 1John 3:3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He{Jesus} is pure.
    • 1 John 3:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
      3 And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).

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From NetBible Mt 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

  • pure[2513] = clean, sincere, blameless, innocent
    * purified by fire
    * free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
    * free from falsehoods
    * like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit (Jn 15:2)

    • 1Peter 1:22-23 Since you have purified{cleansed} your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren{believers}, love one another fervently with a pure[2513] heart. 23  for you have been born again [that is, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] not of seed which is perishable but [from that which is] imperishable and immortal, that is, through the living and everlasting word of God.
    • Prayer:
      Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV
      9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be *sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

      From NetBible Phil 1:10

      • sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
      • *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested
        as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

      What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart!

      The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

    • I am being transformed by a renewed mind!!
      Romans 12:1-2 AMP … Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
  • see[3700] = to look at, to behold
    * to gaze – with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable

Matthew 5:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.
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Loved with an Everlasting Love

February 22, 2020

Jeremiah 31:3“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness{unfailing love} I have drawn you”.
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You are precious in His sight –Isaiah 43:4
Beauty will rise from your ashes
And bloom as the desert after the rain –Isaiah 61:3,35:1-2
You are not forgotten! –Isaiah 49:15-16
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Luke 12:6-7 … Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
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Remember the Good and Don’t Give Up!

February 17, 2020

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Galatians 6:9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
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I choose to remember
The good God has done –Ps 77:12,103:2;Lam 3:21-23
Because it
Frames my perspective –Is 64:4;1Co 2:9
For why
I do not give up
As I wait for
What He will do.
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Isaiah 64:4 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
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.
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1Corinthians 2:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 but just as it is written [in Scripture],
“Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”

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Hide and Abide

February 17, 2020

Psalm 17:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 Keep me [in Your affectionate care, protect me] as the apple of Your eye; Hide me in the [protective] shadow of Your wings.
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Psalm 33:18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
18 Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness
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Hide and –Ps 17:8,32:7
Abide –Col 3:16-17;Jn 8:31-32
Safe and secure –Ps 61:4
Beneath His wings reside –Ps 91:1
Vitally connected
To the Vine –Jn 15:4
Kept as the apple of His eye!
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Colossians 3:16-17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
16 Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.
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Psalm 91:1 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
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Psalm 61:4 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
4 I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
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John 8:31-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
31 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free

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John 15:4 AMPC … Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me..
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  • From NetBible  Jn 8:31, Jn 15:4
    • abide[3306] = remain, continue to be present, to last, endure, dwell

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From NetBible Ps 61:4
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the cover of Your wings. Selah

  • abide[01481] = dwell, remain, inhabit
  • tabernacle[0168] = tent, home, habitation
  • trust[02620] = to confide in, have hope, make refuge, seek protection
  • cover[05643] = hiding place, shelter, secret place (Ps 32:7, Ps 91:1)

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