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September 8, 2017

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands(stands firm, is fixed, endures) forever.

Stand firm, stand secure
Stand your ground

Where hope is found

On His word secure
Anchored in heaven

On His word sure
Standing firm forever.Ps 119:89

Stand firm, stand secure
Stand sure, endure
On His word
Stand your ground
Where hope is found.


Stand firm-Stand secure-Stand sure-ENDURE=>On His word-Anchored in heaven-Stand Ur ground-Where hope is found 4ever!


Psalm 119:89Forever, O LORD, your word stands firm(stands secure, is settled/fixed) in heaven.

Ephesians 6:10-13Finally, beloved, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground(stand firm) on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.


Guard Against the Terror of Night

September 1, 2017

Do not be afraid of sudden terror  –Pro 3:25
Nor the lies/trouble from the wicked when it comesPro 19:5
For the Lord will be your confidence
And will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.Pro 3:26

Take hold of the sword of the Lord – the word of GodEph 6:17
Lift up your shield of faithEph 6:16
Guard against the terror of night!Song 3:8

Psalm 91:5, 8-9You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day …
… you will see the wicked paid back. 9 For you have taken refuge in the Lord, my shelter, the sovereign One.


Take hold of the Lord’s Sword-Lift up Ur shield ofFaith-Guard against terror of night-The lies/trouble of the enemy!
Even in the darkness-Light dawns 4 the upright=>They’ll have no fear of evil tidings &face their foes triumphantly!


Word Study
From NetBible Pro 3:26
For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

  • * The LORD will be your confidence = “the Lord will be at your side.”

From NetBible Eph 6:16
Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

  • faith[4102] = conviction/belief of the Truth

From NetBible Ps 91:5
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day …

  • * probably alludes to a sneak attack by enemies in the darkness of night (see Song 3:8).

From NetBible Song 3:8
All of them are wielders of the sword, Expert in war; Each man has his sword at his side, Guarding against the terrors of the night.
From NetBible Ps 91:9
For you have taken refuge in the Lord, my shelter, the sovereign One{the Most High your dwelling place/habitation}.

  • shelter[04268] = refuge, trust, from rain or storm, from danger of falsehood


Truth Divides!

August 22, 2017

Jesus prays:
Sanctify them{set them apart} in the truth; Your word is truth.Jn 17:17

Jesus says:
If you continue to follow my teaching(Word/doctrine), you are really my disciples …
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.Jn 8:31-32

Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.Mt 10:34

John 3:21 The one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.

Truth(doctrine) does divide! {This is a good thing!}
=> It separates the true disciples from the world
=> It separates from error
=> It separates from darkness

Notice also that false teaching/doctrine should cause division …
Be careful who you listen to and stand with!

Romans 16:17-18 NASB … Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions(divisions) and hindrances contrary to the teaching(doctrine) which you learned, and turn away from them. 18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

1John 4:4-6Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. …
… 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears{listens to} them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Mark 4:23-25If any one has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend.

24 And He[Jesus] said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. 25 For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force] …

Jesus prays=Sanctify them{set them apart} in the truth-Your word is truth. –Jn 17:17=>Be careful who you stand with!
Only 2 choices=TheSpirit ofTruth or the spirit ofError(the world)=>Choose wisely-He who has ears will hear theTRUTH!


Sparrow Alone

August 11, 2017

*Psalm 102 title: The psalmist laments his oppressed state, but longs for a day when the Lord will restore Jerusalem and vindicate His suffering people.

Psalm 102:7 AMPC … I am sleepless and lie awake [mourning], like a bereaved sparrow alone on the housetop.

Eyes open in the black of night –Mt 6:22-23
Alone watching
Overwhelmed like a bereaved sparrow
Insignificant and despised
For people ignore Your wordsPs 119:139
They do not keep your law
[they hear it not, nor receive it, love it, or obey it]
Streams of tears flow from my eyesPs 119:136
Yet I do not forget Your precepts
For the righteousness of Your unchanging word
Gives me understanding and life.Ps 119:141, 144

I yearn for the Lord, more than the watchmen do for the morning –Ps 130:6

Weeping may last for the night; But joy comes in the morning! –Ps 30:5


Today, take heart! You may feel alone like the bereaved sparrow overwhelmed in the darkness, but the Lord sees=> you are NOT forgotten, like the sparrow you are in His care. –Lk 12:6-7
STAND FIRM!! –Phil 1:27-30



Feeling like a bereaved sparrow alone?=Take ❤!>Joy comes in the morning light of SONrise=>Even so-Lord come quickly!

Narrow is the Way

August 8, 2017

Matthew 7:13-14Enter through the narrow(straight) gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But the gate is small(straight) and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Narrow is the way
Hard pressed on every side  
2Cor 4:8
Tho darkness closes in
Do not be afraid
Even in the darkest valley
Jesus stays close beside –
Ps 23:4
He is the One and Only 
The way, the truth, the life –
Jn 14:6
The straight gate –Jn 10:7
Opening to the tree of life. Rev 2:7

Revelation 2:7Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Revelation 22:14Blessed are those who wash their robes{who do His commandments}, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

Narrow&HardPressed is the way-Fear not-Jesus stays close beside-The One&Only Straight Gate-Opens to theTree of Life!


Narrow&HardPressed is theWay-But the straight gate is open to those with robes washed white as snow=>Do not lose ❤!


Word Study
From NetBible Mt 7:14 & 2Cor 4:8

Matthew 7:13-14Enter through the narrow(straight)t[4728] gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But the gate is small(straight)[4728] and the way is narrow[2346] that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

  • straight[4728] = narrow, small
  • narrow/hard pressed[2346] = to press (as grapes), to experience trouble, affliction, distress

2Corinthians 4:8, 16-17We are hard pressed[2346] on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair …
… 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!



Hard Pressed?

August 7, 2017

Feeling overwhelmed?
Crushed by the darkness?
Hard pressed on every side? 
2Cor 4:8

Don’t give up
Fix your eyes on Jesus
Keep moving forward 
Heb 12:1-3
Remember Gethsemane = oil press.



Fresh oil is extracted from olives when they are pressed or crushed. Jesus was hard pressed in a garden of Gethsemane.

Isaiah 53:5He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.


Don’t give up!

The gate is small(straight) and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Mt 7:14


Word Study
From NetBible 2Cor 4:8 & Mt 7:14

2Corinthians 4:8We are hard pressed[2346] on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair …

  • Hard pressed[2346] = to press (as grapes), to experience trouble, affliction, distress, narrow


Matthew 7:14For the gate is small(straight) and the way is narrow[2346] that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

From NetBible Gethsemane

  • *Probably from the Aramaic gath shemanim, “oil press”
  • *Mentioned (Mt 26:36; Mk 14:32) as a place (chorion), margin “enclosed piece of ground,” to which Jesus and the disciples retired after the last supper
  •  *Situated across the brook Kidron (Jn 18:1) probably at the foot of Mount Olives( Lk 22:39)
  • *Gethsemane has not come down to us as a scene of mirth(joy); its inexhaustible associations are the offspring of a single event–the agony of the Son of God on the evening preceding His passion(Mt 26:36-46).


The Lord on High is Mightier!

July 18, 2017

O Lord, the waves roar, the waves roar and crash! –Ps 93:3

Who is mightier than the surging(roaring) waters?Ps 93:4
Who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves and the turmoil of the nations? –Ps 65:7
Whose voices thunders over the mighty sea?Ps 29:3
Do not be afraid – The Lord is our refuge and strength
An ever present help in times of trouble!Ps 46:1-3
Be still and know
The Lord of hosts is a mighty warrior
Ps 46:10-11
The Lord on high is mighty – above all! –Ps 93:4

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name
Worship the LORD in holy array, in the beauty of holiness!
Ps 29:2
The LORD sits as Sovereign King enthroned forever!Ps 29:10

When the waves roar&crash=>Fear not-The Lord onHigh is mighty-King above all-TheLord of hosts is with us! #PraiseHim


Word Study
Psalm 93:3-4 AMPC
3 The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up the roaring of their waves. 4 The Lord on high is mightier and more glorious than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea.

  • From NetBible Ps 93:4
    * The surging(roaring) waters here symbolizes the hostile enemies of God who seek to destroy the order he has established in the world. The Lord is depicted as elevated above and sovereign over these raging waters.

Psalm 65:6-7 AMPC
6 Who by [Your] might have founded the mountains, being girded with power, 7 Who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples?

  • From NetBible Ps 65:7
    *The raging(roaring) seas=the commotion made by the nations. The raging seas symbolize the turbulent nations of the earth (see Ps 46:1-3,6; Is 17:12)

Psalm 46:1-3,10-11 AMPC
1 God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], 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 into the midst of the seas, 3 Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! …
… 10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 29:1-3,10-11 AMPC
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Give to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness or in holy array. 3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon many (great) waters. …
… 10 The Lord sat as King over the deluge(flood); the Lord [still] sits as King [and] forever! 11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

  • From NetBible Ps 29:3
    *The psalm depicts the Lord in the role of a warrior-king, so the thunder is his battle cry. The Lord is depicted as elevated above and sovereign over the raging waters(his enemies).
  • From NetBible Ps 29:10
    *The psalmist views the threatening chaotic sea – surging(roaring) waters, as a contemporary manifestation of the destructive waters of old(the flood –Gen 6)

Good to be Near

July 15, 2017

Psalm 73:28But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge …

Draw near
Draw nigh
Into the secret place –Ps 91:1
Safe beneath the shadow of His wings –Ps 91:4
The Lord your refuge
So good to be near and
Trust in the Lord –Ps 73:28
Beneath His wings –Ps 36:7-8,61:4,63:7
His glory, His presence a protective canopy  –Is 4:5
His banner over you is love!  –Song 2:4

Song 2:4 AMPC … He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love [for love waved as a protecting and comforting banner over my head when I was near Him].

Draw near-Beneath His wings-So GOOD to be near-His glory Ur covering-His banner over U is love! #TrustHim -Ps 73:28


Isaiah 4:5-6 AMPC … And the Lord will create over the whole site, over every dwelling place of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be a canopy (a defense of divine love and protection). And there shall be a pavilion[tabernacle] for shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge and a shelter from storm and from rain.

From NetBible Isa 4:5-6

  • dwelling place[04349] = established place, habitation
  • canopy[02646] = divine protection, defense
  • pavilion[05521] =tabernacle, booth

Psalm 26:8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

From NetBible Ps 26:8

  • where Your glory dwells = where your glory shines, your splendor revealed

Set The Lord Continually Before!

July 9, 2017

Psalm 28:7 NLT … The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Set the Lord continually before
Constantly trust in Him
Know He is always with you
Right beside you  –
Is 41:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower
Call on His name
Whole-heartedly run to Him
Be set on high
Safe in His hand
Your heart made glad
Your body(
life) rests secure
In hope!


Psalm 16:8-9I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body(life) also will rest secure(in hope).

From NetBible Ps 16:8-9

  • *set the Lord continually, always before = constantly trust Him and His protection
  • *rests secure = rests in safety = rests in hope
  • rest[07931] = settle down, abide, dwell, tabernacle, reside
  • shaken[04131] = slip, be moved, fall

Proverbs 18:10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe(set on high).

From NetBible Pr 18:10

  • * The metaphor “strong tower” indicates that God is a secure refuge – able to protect
  • * The metaphor of “running” to the Lord refers to a whole-hearted and unwavering trust in God’s protection (e.g., Isa 40:31).
  • *safe = set on high(the effect of the trust => security – set on high out of reach of danger

His Love Never Fails or Ends!

July 8, 2017

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases
His mercies never come to an endLam 3:22
They are new every morning; New every morning
Great is Your faithfulness, O LORD
Great is Your faithfulness!Lam 3:23

1 Corinthians 13:8, 13 … Love never fails{never ends}. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. …
… 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

From NetBible 1Cor 13:8,13

  • fails[1601] = perish, fall away, end
  • remain[3306] = abide, continue, endure => It’s interesting to note the strongs word for remain in the above  scripture is the verb form of the words for “many mansions” found in Jn 14:2.


Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place
For God’s children
A permanent dwelling place in the Father’s house
Filled with His unfailing, never ending love!


John 14:1-6 … “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

From NetBible Jn 14:2

  • many mansions[3438] = a staying/permanent, abiding, dwelling, abode *from Greek[3306] = residence
    * Jn 15:4 Abide[3306] in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. => It’s interesting to note the strongs word for abide in the above Jn 15 scripture is the verb form of the words for “many mansions” found in Jn 14.
  • * Jesus is going ahead of believers to prepare a place for them, a permanent dwelling place in the Father’s house

Whoever is wise, let him heed these things{take all this to heart} and consider the great love{and mercies} of the LORD. -Ps107:43