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Jesus Questions

November 7, 2019

Jesus often taught in questions and answered questions with another question. Look at the questions Jesus asked below. Ask the Lord to put a question on your heart – then look up the scripture reference. See what the Lord speaks to you heart. I did this recently on a retreat – it was very revealing!
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  1. Pray for understanding as you read the passage.
  2. What is this passage about?
  3. What does this passage tell you about God?
  4. How does the question Jesus asked challenge the hearer? You?
  5. What is God through the Holy Spirit saying to you through this passage? Is there a practical application?

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100 Questions that Jesus asked:

  1. And if you greet your brethren only, what is unusual about that? Do not the unbelievers do the same? (Matt 5:47)
  2. Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? Matt 6:27
  3. Why are you anxious about clothes? Matt 6:28
  4. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye yet fail to perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? (Matt 7:2)
  5. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? (Matt 7:16)
  6. Why are you terrified? (Matt 8:26)
  7. Why do you harbor evil thoughts? (Matt 9:4)
  8. Can the wedding guests mourn so long as the Bridegroom is with them? (Matt 9:15)
  9. Do you believe I can do this? (Matt 9:28)
  10. What did you go out to the desert to see? (Matt 11:8)
  11. To what shall I compare this generation? (Matt 11:6)
  12. Which of you who has a sheep that falls into a pit on the Sabbath will not take hold of it and lift it out? (Matt 12:11)
  13. How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and take hold of his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? (Matt 12:29)
  14. You brood of vipers! How can you say god things when you are evil? (Matt 12:34)
  15. Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? (Matt 12:48)
  16. Why did you doubt? (Matt 14:31)
  17. And why do you break the commandments of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matt 15:3)
  18. How many loaves do you have? (Matt 15:34)
  19. Do you not yet understand? (Matt 16:8)
  20. Who do people say the Son of Man is? (Matt 16:13)
  21. But who do you say that I am? (Matt 16:15)
  22. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life and what can one give in exchange for his life? (Matt 16:26)
  23. O faithless and perverse generation how long must I endure you? (Matt 17:17)
  24. Why do you ask me about what is good? (Matt 19:16)
  25. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink? (Matt 20:22)
  26. What do you want me to do for you? (Matt 20:32)
  27. Did you never read the scriptures? (Matt 21:42)
  28. Why are you testing me? (Matt 22:18)
  29. Blind fools, which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred….the gift of the altar that makes the gift sacred? (Matt 23:17-19)
  30. How are you to avoid being sentenced to hell? (Matt 23:33)
  31. Why do you make trouble for the woman? (Matt 26:10)
  32. Could you not watch for me one brief hour? (Matt 26:40)
  33. Do you think I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than 12 legions of angels? (Matt 26:53)
  34. Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? (Matt 26:53)
  35. My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me? (Matt 27:46)
  36. Why are you thinking such things in your heart? (Mark 2:8)
  37. Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed rather than on a lamp stand? (Mark 4:21)
  38. Who has touched my clothes? (Mark 5:30)
  39. Why this commotion and weeping? (Mark 5:39)
  40. Are even you likewise without understanding? (Mark 7:18)
  41. Why does this generation seek a sign? (Mark 8:12)
  42. Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and still not see? Ears and not hear? (Mark 8:17-18)
  43. How many wicker baskets full of leftover fragments did you pick up? (Mark 8:19)
  44. [To the Blind man] Do you see anything? (Mark 8:23)
  45. What were arguing about on the way? (Mark 9:33)
  46. Salt is good, but what if salt becomes flat? (Mark 9:50)
  47. What did Moses command you? (Mark 10:3)
  48. Do you see these great buildings? They will all be thrown down. (Mark 13:2)
  49. Simon, are you asleep? (Mark 14:37)
  50. Why were you looking for me? (Luke 2:49)
  51. What are you thinking in your hearts? (Luke 5:22)
  52. Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I command? (Luke 6:46)
  53. Where is your faith (Luke 8:25)
  54. What is your name? (Luke 8:30)
  55. Who touched me? (Luke 8:45)
  56. Will you be exalted to heaven? (Luke 10:15)
  57. What is written in the law? How do you read it? (Luke 10:26)
  58. Which of these three in your opinion was neighbor to the robber’s victim? (Luke 10:36)
  59. Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? (Luke 11:40)
  60. Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbiter? (Luke 12:14)
  61. If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? (Luke 12:26)
  62. Why do you not judge for yourself what is right? (Luke 12:57)
  63. What king, marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king marching upon him with twenty thousand troops? (Luke 14:31)
  64. If therefore you are not trustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? (Luke 16:11)
  65. Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18)
  66. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? (Luke 18:7)
  67. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)
  68. For who is greater, the one seated a table or the one who serves? (Luke 22:27)
  69. Why are you sleeping? (Luke 22:46)
  70. For if these things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? (Luke 23:31)
  71. What are you discussing as you walk along? (Luke 24:17)
  72. Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter his glory? (Luke 24:26)
  73. Have you anything here to eat? (Luke 24:41)
  74. What are you looking for? (John 1:38)
  75. How does this concern of your affect me? (John 2:4)
  76. You are a teacher in Israel and you do not understand this? (John 3: 10)
  77. If I tell you about earthly things and you will not believe, how will you believe when I tell you of heavenly things? (John 3: 12)
  78. Do you want to be well? (John 5:6)
  79. How is it that you seek praise from one another and not seek the praise that comes from God? (John 5:44)
  80. If you do not believe Moses’ writings how will you believe me? (John 5:47)
  81. Where can we buy enough food for them to eat? (John 6:5)
  82. Does this (teaching of the Eucharist) shock you? (John 6:61)
  83. Do you also want to leave me? (John 6:67)
  84. Why are you trying to kill me? (John 7:19)
  85. Woman where are they, has no one condemned you? (John 8:10)
  86. Why do you not understand what I am saying? (John 8:43)
  87. Can any of you charge me with sin? (John 8:46)
  88. If I am telling you the truth, why do you not believe me? (John 8:46)
  89. Are there not twelve hours in a day? (John 11:9)
  90. Do you believe this? (John 11:26)
  91. Do you realize what I have done for you? (John 13:12)
  92. Have I been with you for so long and still you do not know me? (John 14:9)
  93. Whom are you looking for? (John 18:4)
  94. Shall I not drink the cup the Father gave me? (John 18:11)
  95. If I have spoken rightly, why did you strike me? (John 18:23)
  96. Do you say [what you say about me] on your own or have others been telling you about me? (John 18:34)
  97. Have you come to believe because you have seen me? (John 20:29)
  98. Do you love me? (John 21:16)
  99. What if I want John to remain until I come? (John 21:22)
  100. What concern is it of yours? (John 21:22)

*** Added Soul Searching Bible Questions

  1. Why are you downcast{in despair, depressed}, O my soul? Why so disturbed{upset, troubled } within me? –Psalms 42:5,11,43:5
  2. Many people profess/proclaim their loyalty, but a faithful/trustworthy person – who can find? –Proverbs 20:6

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Jesus is My Joy

November 6, 2019

My answer to the question:
Who is Jesus to you?
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Jesus is my joy
In His presence is fullness of joy
This joy of Jesus is for now and forever –Psalms 16:11
Jesus is the Everlasting God –Isaiah 40:28-31;Psalms 90:1-2
Everlasting Joy –Isaiah 35:10, 51:11
My favorite way to share the joy of Jesus
Is through worship –Psalms 33:1,147:1
I can’t believe this joy in Jesus is for me
Is mine! –Song Solomon 6:3
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Psalms 33:1 NKJV … Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
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Psalms 147:1 NKJV … Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
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Song Solomon 6:3 NKJV … My beloved has gone to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed His flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies. 3 I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine. He feeds his flock among the lilies.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 16:11
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence[06440] is fullness[07648] of joy[08057]; In Your right hand there are pleasures[05273] forever.

  • presence[06440] = before the face of
  • fullness[07648] = abundance, satisfied – in excess
  • joy[08057] = celebrate, take great pleasure in – exceeding joy=fullness
  • pleasures[05273] = delight, sweetness, sweet music /singing
  • * abundance of joy[08057] is with Your face/presence[06440]
    -The plural form of the noun שִׂמְחָה {simkhah, “joy”-may emphasize the degree of joy experienced.} occurs only here and in
    Ps 45:15They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession and enter the royal palace.
    Ps 45:1My heart overflows[07370] with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
  • overflows[07370] = is moved, gushing – indites{ boils or bubbles up – a metaphor taken from a fountain that sends up its waters from the earth in this way.}

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From NetBible Ps 147:1
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant[05273], and praise is beautiful.

  • pleasant[05273] = delight, sweetness, sweet music /singing **same as pleasure in Psalm 16:11!

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Nailed to the Cross

November 4, 2019

Colossians 2:12-15 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
12 [Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead. 13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. 15 [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
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Dead in your sinColossians 2:13
Sentenced{decreed} to death
Christ nailed to the cross 
Bore our sins in His own body on the tree1Peter 2:24
The debt paid
The decree of death cancelled
At the cross.Colossians 2:14
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Come kneel down before the cross
Surrender all
Be forgiven
Made alive in Christ Colossians 2:13
Bitter waters
Made sweet Exodus 15:22-27
At the cross
On the tree 1Peter 2:24
The decree of death replaced
With the decree of Life
Exodus 15:26
Come and see
Receive! John 1:35-39
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1 Peter 2:24 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
24 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.
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Exodus 15:25-26 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
25 And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree which he cast into the waters, and the waters were made sweet. There [the Lord] made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there He proved them, 26 Saying, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Col 2:14
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Light Has No Shadow

October 24, 2019


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Light has no shadow!
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God is light
In Him there is no darkness at all!
1John 1:5
He never changes or casts shifting shadowsJames 1:17
Jesus Christ the Light of the worldJohn 8:12
The Spotless Lamb
Pure and Holy1Peter 1:19
The Word made flesh, full of grace and truthJohn 1:14
In Him was life and the life was the light of mankindJohn 1:4
The Lamb
The lamp and light of the city of God!Revelation 21:23
{There will be no night there} –Revelation 21:25
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1 John 1:5 NASB … This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

From NetBible 1Jn 1:5

  • 3 Claims: 1 John 6, 8, 10 NASB
    • 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth
    • 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
    • 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
  • 3 Counter Claims: 1 John 7, 9, 2:1 NASB
    • 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin
    • 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
    • 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

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James 1:17 AMPC … Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

… who does not change like shifting shadows. NIV
… with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. NASB
… Unlike them[the heavenly lights], He never changes or casts shifting shadows. NLT
… with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. NRSV
… with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. NKJV

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Revelation 21:22-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all] and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the glory (splendor, radiance) of God has illumined it, and the Lamb is its lamp and light. 24 The nations [the redeemed people from the earth] will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring into it their glory. 25 By day (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed [in fear of evil]; 26 and they will bring the glory (splendor, majesty) and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed will ever enter it, nor anyone who practices abominations [detestable, morally repugnant things] and lying, but only those [will be admitted] whose names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

A Mighty Fortress

October 17, 2019

Psalm 46:1-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
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 and slip into the heart of the seas, 3 Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.

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Psalm 59:17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
17 Unto You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my Defense, my Fortress, and High Tower, the God Who shows me mercy and steadfast love.
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The Lord is our refuge – our shelter
He is our place of safety, protection, hope and trust!
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The Lord is our strength
He is our power, might, boldness and praise!
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A Mighty Fortress is our God
A Tower of Strength never failing
Nothing can separate us from His love!

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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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A Mighty Fortress is our God
A Tower of Strength never failing
The name of Jesus true and strong
No other power could ever save us
You are good / You are good
Mighty Fortress
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Yesterday and Today and Forever
Your love will remain
Nothing has the power to sever Your love
You are good You are good
And Your mercy endures
You are good You are good
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He won’t abandon
He won’t deceive
He won’t desert us
He won’t ever leave
He’ll never forsake us
He won’t ever run
He’ll never reject us
The Faithful One
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Your love will remain
Your love will remain
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble

  • refuge[04268] = shelter from rain or storm, from danger, from falsehood
    *from [02620] = take shelter, safety, place of protection, hope, trust
  • strength[05797] = power, might, boldness, dominion, praise
    *strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise)

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From NetBible Ps 59:17
O my Strength, I sing praise to You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.

  • strength[05797] = power, might, boldness, dominion, praise
    *strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise)
  • fortress[04869] = refuge, defense, high tower, safety, protection

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Remember the Good Way

October 4, 2019

Jeremiah 6:16This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls”. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

ASK Jesus where the “Good Way” is
And walk in it! –
Jere 6:16
Follow Him even if nobody else does!
Jesus IS the ONLY good WAY, TRUTH and LIFE!
Jn 14:6
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There is a way that seems right to a person,  but its end is the way that leads to death. Pro 14:12, 16:25
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it
Enter through the narrow gate –
Jn 10:7
Narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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Remember the “Good” Way is narrow! –Mt 7:13-14
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Safeguard sound wisdom and discretion
Then you will walk in safety
And not stumble.
Pro 3:21,23
Wisdom’s ways are pleasant
And all her paths are peaceful. 
Pro 3:17
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Word Study
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From NetBible Proverbs 3:17

  • pleasant[05278] = kind, delightful, beautiful
  • peaceful[07965] = complete, sound, safe

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Related:
Lord – Lead me{prayer}
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The Names of Jesus Bible Plan

October 2, 2019


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  1. 1John 2:1-2ADVOCATE
  2. John 1:29-31LAMB of GOD
  3. John 11:21-25RESURRECTION & LIFE
  4. 1Peter 2:22-25 SHEPHERD & GUARDIAN of SOULS
     @Khollandsblog
    #ScripturePrayer May Jesus – the Good Shepherd and Guardian of souls – lead us and guide us in His Way TODAY! #PRAISE His Way is Perfect! –John 10:14-17;1Peter 2:22-25;Psalms 18:30
  5. Acts 10:42-43JUDGE
  6. 1Tim 6:14-16KING of KINGS LORD of LORDS
  7. Isaiah 53:3-5MAN of SORROWS
  8. Revelation 3:14-16AMEN & FAITHFUL & TRUE WITNESS
  9. 1Corinthians 10:1-4The ROCK
  10. Hebrews 6:19-20HIGH PRIEST & ANCHOR
  11. John 10:7-9THE DOOR
  12. John 6:32-35BREAD of LIFE
  13. Song Solomon 2:1-3ROSE of SHARON
  14. Revelation 22:12-14ALPHA & OMEGA
    Behold! I am coming soon
    My reward is with me to pay each one
    According to what he has done! –Rev 22:12
    I am the Alpha and the Omega
    The Beginning and the End
    The First and the Last –Rev 22:13
    Who is and who was and who is to come – the Almighty –Rev 1:8
    There is no God but Me. –Is 44:6
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    Blessed are those who do His commandments{wash their robes}
    That they may have the right to the tree of life
    And may enter through the gates into the city. –Rev 22:14
    To the thirsty I will give freely
    From the spring of the water of life. –Rev 21:6

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    I AM the Alpha & Omega
    The First & Last
    Who is & who was & who is to come–the Almighty –Rev 1:8
    There is no God but Me. –Is 44:6
    Jesus=I AM
    To the thirsty I give freely
    The water of life! –Rev 21:6
    Blessed are those who wash their robes. –Rev 22:13-14
  15. John 3:1-3TEACHER
  16. Ephesians 1:3-6THE BELOVED
  17. 1Timothy 2:3-6SAVIOR & MEDIATOR
  18. John 10:11-14THE GOOD SHEPHERD
  19. John 8:12 – THE LIGHT of the WORLD
    Jesus Christ the Light of the world –John 8:12
    The Spotless Lamb
    Pure and Holy –1Peter 1:19
    The Word made flesh, full of grace and truth –John 1:14
    In Him was life and the life was the light of mankindJohn 1:4
    The Word a lamp to my feet and
    A light for my path. –Psalms 119:105
    The Lamb
    The lamp and light of the city of God! –Revelation 21:23
    {There will be no night there} –Revelation 21:25

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    Jesus-Light of the world –John 8:12
    The Spotless Lamb-Pure and Holy
    The Light of mankind
    The Word-Lamp to my feet & Light to my path
    The Lamb-Lamp & Light of the city of God!
    {There will be no night there} –Revelation 21:23,25
  20. John 1:1-5THE WORD
  21. Ephesians 2:19-22CHIEF CORNERSTONE
  22. Colossians 1:15-18IMAGE of the INVISIBLE GOD
  23. Hebrews 12:1-2AUTHOR & FINISHER of OUR FAITH
  24. Matthew 1:23-25IMMANUEL
  25. Isaiah 9:6-7WONDERFUL COUNSELOR – MIGHTY GOD
    …………………. EVERLASTING FATHER – PRINCE of PEACE
  26. John 3:15-17ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
  27. Luke 1:76-79DAYSPRING
  28. Job 19:25-27REDEEMER
  29. Revelation 1:7-8ALMIGHTY
  30. Revelation 22:16-17THE ROOT & OFFSPRING of DAVID
    …………………………….. BRIGHT & MORNING STAR
  31. John 14:3-6THE WAY – THE TRUTH – THE LIFE
    JESUS
    I AM the Way
    – the door by which you are saved –Jn 10:9
    I AM the Truth
    – the Word made flesh who is full of Grace & Truth –Jn 1:14
    I AM the Life
    – in Him was life, and that life was the Light of mankind –Jn 1:4
    No one comes to the Father except through Him!
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Names of Jesus in Revelation

September 30, 2019

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Jesus Christ …. Revelation 1:1
Faithful Witness ….. Revelation 1:5
First Begotten of the Dead ….. Revelation 1:5
Prince of the Kings of the Earth …..  Revelation 1:5
Alpha and Omega ….. Revelation 1:8
First and Last ….. Revelation 1:8,11,13
Son of Man ….. Revelation 1:13
He that liveth and was dead ….. Revelation 1:13,18
He that holdeth the seven stars ….. Revelation 2:1
He who walketh midst the golden candlesticks ….. Revelation 2:1
He who hath the sharp sword with two edges ….. Revelation 2:12
Son of God ….. Revelation 2:18
He which searches the reins and hearts ….. Revelation 2:23
He that hath the seven Spirits of God ….. Revelation 3:1
He that hath the seven stars ….. Revelation 3:1
He that is holy and true ….. Revelation 3:7
He that hath the key of David ….. Revelation 3:7
He that openeth and no man shutteth ….. Revelation 3:7
He that shutteth and no man openeth ….. Revelation 3:7
The Amen ….. Revelation 3:14
The faithful and true witness ….. Revelation 3:14
The beginning of the creation of God ….. Revelation 3:14
Lord ….. Revelation 4:11
Lion of the tribe of Judah ….. Revelation 5:5,9
The root of David ….. Revelation 5:5,9
A lamb as it had been slain ….. Revelation 5:6-7
The Lamb ….. Revelation 5:8-9
Lord of Lords ….. Revelation 17:14
King of Kings …… Revelation 17:14
Faithful and true ….. Revelation 19:11
Rider of the white horse ….. Revelation 19:11
The Word of God ….. Revelation 19:13-16
Christ ….. Revelation 20:4
The Lord God of the Holy Prophets ….. Revelation 22:6
Beginning and the end ….. Revelation 22:13
The bright and morning star ….. Revelation 22:16

Look Up and Expect!

September 18, 2019

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Psalm 5:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will prepare [a prayer and a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].

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In the morning, O Lord,
– A time of prayerPs 88:13
– A time of sacrifice
– A time of deliverance and joy
Ps 30:5
– A time of singing
 –Ps 59:16
You will hear my voice –
I will direct it to You.

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I will watch and expectantly wait
For You to speak to my heart
=>I will look up
And trust in You Lord!
Ps 27:14
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Psalm 88:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 But I have cried out to You, O Lord, for help;
And in the morning my prayer will come to You.

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Psalm 30:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may endure for a night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

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Psalm 59:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 But as for me, I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; Yes, I will sing joyfully of Your lovingkindness in the morning; For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress.
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Psalm 27:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 Wait for and confidently expect the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 5:3
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up{wait expectantly/watch for an answer. }.

  • In the morning is here viewed as the time of prayer (Ps 59:16; 88:13) and/or of deliverance&joy (Ps 30:5).
  • look up[06822] = keep watch, observe closely, await expectantly
    Micah 7:7But as for me, I will watch expectantly/look up[06822] for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.

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From Biblehub Ps 27:14

  • Wait on the Lord = to trust in the Lord; to rely upon Him
    Expect His timely help
  • Be of good courage = be strong – do not faint- do not be dismayed. Still hope and trust in the Lord.
  • The Lord will strengthen your heart and uphold you in the wait

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Related:
Jewish Hours of Prayer/Sacrifice

Choose Wisely – The “Better” Part

September 15, 2019

Luke 10:38-42 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Martha and Mary
38 Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. 40 But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.” 41 But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good{better} part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”
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Has anyone ever made statements like this to you?

  • I am serving all “alone”; you are only listening at Jesus feet
    => you are not helping!
  • You seem only to be worshipping, praying and listening for the Lord’s words => Why aren’t you “busy” serving?

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Another interesting thing was pointed out to me recently
=>Martha did welcome Jesus into her home, but was too “busy” serving to ask Jesus what He wanted her to do. She actually interrupts Jesus to tell Him what to do!
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Choose wisely – the better part!
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Word Study
From NetBible Luke 10:38-42

  • Bethany = where Martha, Mary & Lazarus lived Jn 11:1
    *Martha welcomed Jesus into her home as her guest
  • Mary took the initiative to sit at Jesus feet and listen to His words
  • Martha was distracted with much serving
    *Distracted means to be pulled away by something
  • Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things
    * double vocative Martha, Martha communicates emotion indicates urgency
  • But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.
    * good treated as a positive for comparative (“better”)
    part[3310] = distinct from the whole – an assigned portion, share

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