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Keep Seeking Things Above

June 30, 2020

James 4:4 Don’t you know that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God?
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Do not conform to the pattern of this world
But be transformed
Renew your mind –Rom 12:2
Think on these things –Phil 4:8-9
The greatness of the Lord Jesus
None can fathom –Ps 145:3
How high-wide-deep is the love of Christ
=>beyond measure. –Eph 3:14-21
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Set your mind on things above
Not on things on the earth
For your life is now hidden with Christ in God. –Col 3:1-3
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Word Study
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From NetBible Rom 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

  • conform[4964] = comply with, fashion one’s self according to
  • transform[3339] = to change into another form, to transfigure
    *like Christ’s appearance on the mount of transfiguration
    ** He was transfigured[3339] before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. –Mt 17:2
  • renewing[342] = renovation, complete change for the better
    *from [341] = to cause to grow up-strengthen, to be changed into a new kind of life as opposed to the former corrupt state
  • test/approve[1381] = examine, discern, scrutinize
    (to see whether a thing is genuine or not)

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From NetBible Col 3:1-3
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

  • seeking[2212] = to seek in order to find out – by thinking, meditating, reasoning, to enquire into, strive after, crave, worship God
  • set your mind[5426] = have understanding, be wise, same mind i.e. agreed together

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In One Accord

June 25, 2020

Psalm 133 New King James Version (NKJV)
Blessed Unity of the People of God
A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.
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Dwelling in unity as the people of God
In one accord –Acts 2:1-3,46-47
The precious oil “runs down” from the head
Down Aaron’s beard{The high priest}
Down the rest of the body
Down off the edge of his garments.
=> a testimony of the Lord’s commanded blessing=eternal life through Jesus Christ!
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So how do you get this oil to run down covering the body of Christ creating a testimony that goes out and adds to the body?
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So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God and having favor{grace} with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. –Acts 2:46-47
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As you wholeheartedly seek Me in prayer and worship
You will find Me available to you! Jeremiah 29:13

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 133:1

  • dwell[03427] = remain, sit, abide
    -to cause (cities) to be inhabited
  • unity[03162] = altogether, side by side, as a unit

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From NetBible Ps 133:2

  • edge[06310] = mouth (as organ of speech-means of blowing)
    -mouth, opening, orifice (of a well, river) -testimony

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From NetBible Acts 2:1-3
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[3661in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting[25213 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat[2523upon each of them.

  • one accord[3661] = gathered together, in unison, in chorus
    * Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to “rush along” and “in unison”. The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonise in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of Christ’s church.
  • sitting[2521] = to have a fixed abode, to dwell
  • sat[2523] = to have fixed one’s abode, rest, to settle(hover, dwell)
  • From NetBible Acts 2:46-47
    So continuing daily with one accord[3661] in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 praising God and having favor{grace} with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

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From NetBible Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek[01245Me{in prayer and worship} and find Me when you search for [01875Me with all your heart.

  • seek[01245] His face{presence} = require, desire, exact, request -to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer
  • seek[01875] His strength = seek with care, diligently inquire, require
    -seek deity in prayer and worship
    -usually to follow (for pursuit or search)

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Wise and Innocent-Serpents and Doves

June 1, 2020

Matthew 10:16 AMPC … Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves.

This imagery of being sent out like sheep in the midst of wolves is also found here in Paul’s warning:
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Acts 20:27-31 For I[Paul] have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will(counsel) of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
=>Be on your guard against those who distort the truth = be EQUIPPED WITH the whole counsel of God!
=>Wary and wise as serpents = EQUIPPED WITH the whole counsel of God!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP) … All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; 17 so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 Amplified Bible (AMP) … The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient and tolerant when wronged. 25 He must correct those who are in opposition with courtesy and gentleness in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and be led to the knowledge of the truth [accurately understanding and welcoming it], 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
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Innocent as doves(gentle, patient able to apply God’s word, no deceit)
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Innocent as doves in evil, but mature in thinking

1Corinthians 14:20 Amplified Bible (AMP) … Brothers and sisters, do not be children [immature, childlike] in your thinking; be infants in [matters of] evil [completely innocent and inexperienced], but in your minds be mature [adults].
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Listen and Rest Secure

May 28, 2020

All who listen to me[wisdom] will live in peace and safety, and rest securely – unafraid of harmProverbs 1:33
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Christ the power and wisdom of God! –1Corinthians 1:24
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*Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and LEARN from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28-29

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Word Study
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From NetBible Pro 1:33

  • listen[08085] = to hear and obey
    *whoever “listens” will enjoy the benefits of the instruction.
  • peace and safety[0983] = security, confidence
    *living in a permanent settled condition without fear of danger
    Deut 33:12; Ps 16:8-9
  • rest securely[07599] =  live undisturbed, secure, quiet peace
    *They will be at peace and be secure[07599] and no one will terrify them. –Jere 30:10

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How to Persevere?

May 11, 2020

James 1:4 … Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
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This verse led me to ask “How do you persevere”?
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The answer seemed to be ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit’.
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Zechariah 4:2-6 … He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand{menorah} of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left. So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord.”?” Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.
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So what is this lamp stand with seven branches which are lamps filled with golden oil?
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Judges 14:18 … “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”
=> His Holy Spirit{strength} empowered Word{golden oil}

His Holy Spirit empowered Word enlightens the eyes –1Samuel 14:27
And brings joy to the heart –Psalm 19:8
The joy of the Lord is your strength!  –Nehemiah 8:10
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His Holy Spirit empowered Word enables you to
Fix your eyes on Jesus-the author and finisher of our faith
And “run” the race with patient endurance=perseverance! –Hebrews 12:1-3
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Psalm 19:7-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned [reminded, illuminated, and instructed]; In keeping them there is great reward. …
… 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.

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Word Study
.From NetBible Ja 1:4 , Heb 12:1 , Heb 10:36

  • perseverance[5281] = steadfastness, constancy, {cheerful, hopeful}endurance, patience
    *in the NT the characteristic of one who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
  • complete[3648] = perfectly sound, whole, wanting nothing
  • Perseverance produces maturity, completeness –James 1:4
  • Perseverance produces proven character and hope-A hope that does not disappoint because of God’s love poured out by the Holy Spirit –Romans 5:3-5
  • Perseverance allows you to “run and finish” the race  –Hebrews 12:1-3
  • And receive what was promised=great reward! –Hebrews 10:35-36

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Answer to Samson’s Riddle Judges 14:18:
“What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”

The Lord’s words are sweeter than honey!
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! –Psalm 119:103

The Spirit of the LORD’s empowerment is stronger than any lion
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him(Samson), and he tore the lion apart as one would have torn apart a young goat, though he had nothing in his hand. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
Judges 14:6

=> His Holy Spirit empowered word
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From NetBible Ps 19:8 , 1Samuel 14:27 {honey enlightens}

  • enlighten[0215] = illuminate, bring light, insight
  • The entrance{doorway} of Your words gives light{enlightens}; It gives insight to the simple. Psalm 119:130

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Refreshed-Strengthened-Equipped with Joy!

April 25, 2020

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Psalm 30:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
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1 Chronicles 16:10-11,27 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence].
… Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence; Strength and joy are [found] in His place (sanctuary).
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Joy in the presence of the Lord
Seek His face continually –1Chronicles 16:10-11,27
Be filled with His Spirit –Ephesians 5:18-21
Overflowing joy
Joy unspeakable
Full of glory –1Peter 1:8
Fullness of joy in His presence –Psalm 16:11
With joy draw water from the well of salvation –Isaiah 12:3
Be refreshed – strengthened
Equipped with joy! –Psalm 30:11
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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 30:11
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded{clothed, equipped} me with gladness{joy}

  • girded me with gladness = clothed me with joy
  • clothed-‘azar[0247] = girded(metaphorical of strength), encompassed, equipped
  • joy-simchah[08057] = joy, mirth, gladness, joy (of God)
    *The root denotes being glad or joyful with the whole disposition, the whole heart [08056] [08055]

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Quicken Me

April 20, 2020

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Job 33:4 AMPC … [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].
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The words from the Song in the previous post are still on my heart: Jesus breathe through me.
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So how does Jesus “breathe” through us?
The answer came from the scriptures and word study below.
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Jesus “breathes” His word(Psalm 119:107)! His words are spirit and life(John 6:63)!
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When the Holy Spirit breathes on the Word it’s like seed quickened to life, i.e. it germinates, springs up, grows.  This quickening, giving life – revives, restores, and/or refreshes, from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death. The work and power of the Spirit of Truth is revealed!
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Prayer:
Jesus breathe through me. Bring life as only You can. Life that reveals the work and power of the Spirit of Truth = a testimony of Jesus bringing glory to His name.

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Psalm 119:105,107 AMPC … Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. …
… I am sorely afflicted; renew and quicken me [give me life], O Lord, according to Your word!
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John 6:63 AMP … It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].

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Word Study
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From NetBible  Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

  • 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 Psalm 119:107
I am afflicted very much; Revive{quicken}[02421] me, O LORD, according to Your word.
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From NetBible John 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life{quickens}; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

  • Spirit[4151] = breath {of the wind}, HolySpirit, emphasizes work and power of the Spirit of Truth
    • [4154] = to breathe, to blow {of the wind}
  • gives life[2227] = quickens, makes alive, restore life, revitalize
    ** seeds quickened into life, i.e. germinating, springing up, growing

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Related:
Quicken Me{prayers}
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Jesus Breathe Through Me

April 18, 2020

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Job 33:4 AMPC … [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].
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A Song:
Jesus breathe through me
You’re the air I breathe
By Your breath I live
Jesus breathe through me
In You I live, move and have my being –Acts 17:28
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Jesus breathe through me
Let every breath
Let every breath breathe praise –Psalm 150:6
Let every breath
Let every breath glorify Your name! –Psalm 50:23
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Jesus breathe through me …
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Psalm 50:23 AMPC … He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.
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A Prayer:
2Thessalonians 1:11-12 … We pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Word Study
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From NetBible  Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

  • 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 Psalm 50:23
He who sacrifices thank-offerings honors-glorifies Me; And to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation-deliverance of God.

  • * Gratitude characterizes genuine worship.
  • * Psalm 50:14-15 Present to God a thank-offering! Repay your vows to the Most High-sovereign One! Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor-glorify Me.
    • * The Lord desires thankfulness for His blessings and acknowledgement of absolute dependence on Him

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Related:
Be Glorified{prayers}
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Our God the Rock Bible Plan

April 14, 2020

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1. Deuteronomy 32:1-12

  • I proclaim the name of the LORD
    And ascribe greatness to our God!
    He is the Rock
    His works are perfect
    All His ways are just
    He is faithful and true
    Righteous and upright is He. –Deuteronomy 32:3-4
    The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior! –2Samuel 22:47
    The LORD Most High reigns
    Over all the earth
    He is exalted far above all gods
    The Sovereign King – He reigns! –Psalm 97:9
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    The Lord alone
    The Rock
    Continually instructs, guides
    Guards, protects and
    Keeps His people as the apple of His eye.
    He spreads His wings over them
    Even as an eagle overshadows her young
    He bears them up on eagles wings. –Deuteronomy 32:10-12
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    “My Rock in whom I trust” –Psalm 91:1-2
    He will bear you up on eagles wings! –Exodus 19:4
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2. Deuteronomy 32:13-18
3. Deuteronomy 32:19-31
4. Deuteronomy 32:32-44
5. Psalm 28:1-7
6. Psalm 119:89-96
7. Psalm 21:1-7
8. Psalm 27:1-5
9. Psalm 18:46-50

  • The LORD lives! Blessed be – Praise be to my Rock!
    The God who delivers me
    Exalted be God my Savior
    My King! –Psalm 18:46
    Therefore I will give thanks to You
    And sing praises to Your name, O LORD! –Psalm 18:49
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10. Psalm 18:1-6

  • I love You, O LORD, my strength
    The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer
    My shield, my high tower
    In whom I take refuge
    I will call upon the LORD
    He is worthy to be praised
    He is my deliverer! –Psalm 18:1-3
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    I will love You Lord, my shield
    I will love You Lord, my strength
    I will love You Lord, my Rock
    Forever all my days I will love You Lord!

11. 1 Samuel 2:1-10
12. Psalm 31:1-5
13. Psalm 12:1-8
14. Hebrews 13:1-8
15. Psalm 95:1-11
16. Psalm 40:1-8
17. Psalm 61:1-8
18. Psalm 94:17-23
19. Psalm 62:1-8
20. Hebrews 6:16-20
21. Psalm 102:24-28
22. Psalm 90:1-12
23. Psalm 144:1-8
24. Isaiah 26:1-8
25. Psalm 71:1-8
26. Isaiah 44:6-8
27. Hebrews 6:16-20
28. 1 Cor. 10:1-4
29. Romans 1:16-20
30. Psalm 115:1-9
31. Revelation 22:8-13
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More:
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1. Psalm 73:26 AMPC … My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.

  • Decree: Jesus Christ is the firm Strength of my heart
    My Portion and Rock forever.
    Psalm 73:26
    I continually put my trust in the Lord
    I will not be shaken!
    Psalm 16:8
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    **Like David, encourage and strengthen yourself in the Lord. Sit at His feet – at the feet of the Rock and firm Strength of your heart – your Portion forever!
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    1 Samuel 30:6 AMPC … David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
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Staying Awake in Prayer

April 13, 2020

Matthew 26:40-41Then He{Jesus} came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
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From the below word study the word for watch means to keep awake, alert, vigilant, to arouse or cause to rise. It’s also the same word in Colossians 4:2!
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=> To keep watchful, devoted-alert in prayer, be thankful with grateful praise!Colossians 4:2
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What I didn’t notice before was how the word rise is related to this process. Look at Luke 22:46 the parallel verse to Matthew 26:41!
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Luke 22:46Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise[450] and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”
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Mark 5:41-42Then, gently taking the child by the hand, He{Jesus} said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl{lamb-of my Tallit}, I say to you, get up{arise[1453]}.”
42 Immediately the girl arose[450] and walked, for she was twelve years of age . And they were overcome with great amazement.

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=> Little lamb of my Tallit{prayer shawl} do not sleep = ARISE! Watch and Pray. Keep alert with thanksgiving and grateful praise.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Matthew 26:40, Matthew 26:41, Colossians 4:2
Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, “What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?

  • watch[1127] = keep awake, alert, vigilant, to arouse
    *from [1453] =to arouse, cause to rise

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From NetBible Col 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful{keeping alert} and thankful{grateful praise}.

  • thanksgiving: eucharistia[2169] = actively grateful to (to God as an act of worship)
    *From http://concordances.org/greek/2170.htm
    Be thankful[2170] eucharistos: mindful of favours, grateful – properly, thankful for God’s grace working out what is (eternally) good; grateful, which literally means “grace-ful (thankful) for God’s grace” (what brings His eternal favor)

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From NetBible Luke 22:46
Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

  • rise[450] = to stand up(right), to raise up from laying down, to raise up from the dead

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From NetBible Mark 5:41-42
Then, gently taking the child by the hand, He{Jesus} said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl{lamb-of my Tallit}, I say to you, get up{arise[1453]}.” Immediately the girl arose[450] and walked, for she was twelve years of age . And they were overcome with great amazement.

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From NetBible Nehemiah 2:18{the wall}, 1Chronicles 22:19{the sanctuary}
“Arise and build.”

  • arise[06965] = rise up, stand up, endure, be established, build

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Related:
Watchful Thanksgiving{article}
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