Archive for the ‘Words of the Lord’ Category

His Glory Pours

July 16, 2019

With the voice of many waters –Rev 1:15, Ezek 43:2
The Lion of Judah roars
From the secret place of thunder –Ps 81:7
Deep within the cleft –Ex 33:22
His glory pours …
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With the voice of triumph  –Ps 47:1
Sing a new song –Rev 14:2-3
His Word goes forth with a mighty roar
Truth His glorious sword –Dt 33:29
Grace and glory  –Ps 84:11
Jesus Christ the Living Word. –Jn 1:14
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Seek Him Continually Evermore

July 15, 2019

Lamentations 3:25 … The LORD is good to those who wait for/hope/trust Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
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To You, O LORD, I humbly lift up my soulPs 25:1
Bring joy and rejoicing to Your servantPs 86:4
For I trust in YouPs 143:8
My soul longs/thirsts for You like a thirsty landPs 143:6
Turn Your face towards me
Shine on me and be merciful to me Ps 31:16
As You do for all who love Your name!
Ps 119:132
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Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face/presence continually evermore! –Ps 105:4
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As it is written, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him”
– these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths/deep things of God.  –1Cor 2:9-10
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From NetBible Ps 143:8
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness/loyal love in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.

  • * Here “loyal love” probably stands for an oracle of assurance promising God’s intervention as an expression of his loyal love.
  • * The morning is sometimes viewed as the time of divine intervention ( Ps 30:5; 59:16; 90:14).
  • * To lift up your soul to the Lord means “to desire; to long for the Lord”

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From NetBible Ps 80:3
O God, restore us! Cause Your face to shine upon us! Then we will be delivered!

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Strength to Fight

July 13, 2019

Psalm 18:31-34For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? 32 It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. 34 He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
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It is the Lord who arms with strength to fight –
He goes before to prepare the way
He will be with you
He does not leave you to fight the battle alone!

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Deuteronomy 31:6,8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. …
… 8 It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

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God will have no strength used in his battles but the strength which he himself imparts. Are you mourning over your own weakness? Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory. Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.
Spurgeon Devotion

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Carried Day by Day!

July 8, 2019

Psalm 68:19 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
19 Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day, even the God Who is our salvation! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
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Lift up your eyes and remember
Where your help comes from
Ps 121:1
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My help comes from the LORD,
The Maker of heaven and earth
Ps 121:2
NOTHING , absolutely NOTHING is too hard for Him
The Sovereign Lord
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Humble yourself at His feet
Surrender all
1Pe 5:6-7
The Lord your keeper does not sleep!Ps 121:3
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1 Peter 5:6-7 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, 7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
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“His eyes never slumber,
and His hands never rest;
His heart never ceases to beat with love,
and His shoulders are never weary
of carrying His people’s burdens.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon
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From Ps 68:19

  • Blessed be the Lord, Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour,
    Who daily loads us with benefits, who daily bears our burdens, and carries us in His arms
    The God of our salvation, who delivers us!
    Selah

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From Commentary Ps 68:19

  • It is by God’s favour and might, and not by the sword, that deliverance from the enemies actually threatening the nation is to be expected.
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    God who daily takes our burden for us, i.e., either the burden of trial or of sin. (Comp. a somewhat similar passage, Psalm 99:8, “thou art a God who liftest for us,” i.e., as Authorised Version, “forgivest us.”) But it is quite possible to render, if any put a burden on us, God is our help.

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From Commentary Isa 46:4

  • The nurse – even the mother – soon grows tired of carrying the child, and leaves him to shift for himself. But God’s tender care for his people lasts from their infancy, through their boyhood and manhood, to their old age. The everlasting arms never weary. God’s watchfulness, his providence, his protection, never fail. I have made, and I will bear. The maker of a thing has naturally regard to what he has made, loves it, desires its good, seeks to defend and save it.

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Hold Tight the Word of Life

July 4, 2019

Philippians 2:16 … Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless.

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Hold fast hold forth
Hold tight
Phil 2:16
Press on
Move forward
Phil 3:12-14
Reach for the prize.1Cor 9:24
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Strong in the Lord
And the power of His might
Eph 6:10
Keep on fighting the fight1Tim 6:12
Face set like flintIsa 50:7
Endure hardship2Tim 2:3
Don’t let go
Don’t give up
Hold tight the word of life
It’ll be alright!

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Isaiah 50:7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be dismayed. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone{flint}, determined to do his will. And I know that I will triumph.

From Commentary
For the Lord God will help me; rather, but the Lord God will help me. I shall not be left always in the hands of my enemies. In this confidence the Servant rests, and is not confounded, even when the worst happens to him. He sets his face like a flint; i.e. makes it hard, impassive, expressionless, and at the same time determined, fixed not to give way (comp. Ezekiel 3:8-9).

Glorious Rest in the Lord

July 3, 2019

Zephaniah 3:17The LORD your God is in your midst{with you},
He is mighty{a warrior who gives victory} to save.
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet{calm, renew} you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

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Rest in the LordPs 37:7,62:1,5-6
And His love divineEph 3:19
Joy full of glory1Pe 1:8
At His feet abideJn 15:10-11;Is 60:13
Only Jesus
Only Jesus
Satisfies
… –Jn 4:14,7:37-39
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Isaiah 4:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 then the Lord will create over the entire site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud by day, smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory and brilliance will be a canopy [a defense, a covering of His divine love and protection]. 6 And there will be a pavilion for shade from the heat by day, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and the rain.
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Psalm 91:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].

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From NetBible Zep 3:17

  • save[03467] = to save, to be liberated, to give victory to
    *from a primitive root, Greek [5614] = hosanna
  • He will quiet you[02790] = make silent, give rest
    * “he causes [you] to be silent by his love,” that is, “he soothes [you] by his love.” The present translation follows the LXX and assumes an original reading יְחַדֵּשׁ (yÿkhaddesh, “he renews”) with ellipsis of the object (“you”).

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From NetBible Ps 37:7
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

  • fret[02734] = to burn, kindle, to be angry

=>Resting in the Lord is linked with waiting patiently with NO fretting!

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From NetBible Isa 60:13
The glory of Lebanon will come to you, The juniper, the box tree and the cypress together, To beautify the place of My sanctuary; And I shall make the {resting}place of My feet glorious{full of glory}.

  • beautify[06286] = glorify, adorn
  • sanctuary[04720] = temple, tabernacle, sacred holy place
    Ezek 43:7, where the Lord’s throne is called the “place of the soles of my feet.”
    Isa 66:1, the Lord’s throne is where He rests His feet – He rests/abides
    “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?”
  • glorious[03513] = to bestow honor
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    Isaiah 11:10 AMP
    10 And it shall be in that day that the Root of Jesse shall stand as a signal[banner, rally point] for the peoples; of Him shall the nations inquire and seek knowledge, and His dwelling shall be glory [His rest glorious[03519]]!

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Banner of Truth

June 27, 2019

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Let His banner of truth shine!Ps 60:4
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Psalm 60:4-5 AMP … You have set up a banner for those who fear You {with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder—a banner to shield them from attack} {a rallying point in the face of attack}, A banner that may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5 That Your beloved ones may be rescued; Save with Your right hand{deliver/give victory by your power} and answer us.

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Song 6:10Who is this that grows{rises} like the dawn{Son rise},
As beautiful as the full moon{white one}, As pure as the sun,
As awesome as an army with banners{stars in procession}?

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Crowned with Loving-Kindness and Compassion!

June 27, 2019

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not{one of} all His benefits—
… Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion
Ps 103:1-2,4

Rich in mercyEph 2:4-5
Strong and mighty
King of kings
Lord of lords
Rev 19:16
Jesus
King Jesus.

Word of God
Faithful and true
Rev 19:11-13
Slow to anger
Full of compassion
Ps 145:8
He is able – Jesus Eph 3:20
King Jesus!Jn 18:37
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Through the LORD’S mercies{lovingkindnesses} we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new{fresh} every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!Lam 3:22-23
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From Netbible Ps 103:4
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion

  • crowns[05849] = grant honor, protect, to surround
  • lovingkindness[02617] = goodness, faithfulness, unfailing love, mercy
  • compassion[07356] = tender mercy, the womb
    (as cherishing the fetus), deep affection

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From NetBible Lam 3:22-23
Through the LORD’S mercies{lovingkindnesses} we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new{fresh} every morning; Great is Your faithfulness{your faithfulness is abundant,}!

  • lovingkindness[02617] = goodness, faithfulness, unfailing love, mercy
  • consumed[08552] = destroyed, come to end, cut off
  • compassion[07356] = tender mercy, the womb
    (as cherishing the fetus), deep affection

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Eat Only “True” Food

June 19, 2019

John 6:32,48,55-58 Amplified Bible (AMP)
32 Then Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. …
… 48 I am the Bread of Life [the Living Bread which gives and sustains life]. …
… 55 For My flesh is true [spiritual] food, and My blood is true [spiritual] drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] remains in Me, and I [in the same way remain] in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, even so the one who feeds on Me [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] will also live because of Me. 58 This is the Bread which came down out of heaven. It is not like [the manna that] our fathers ate and they [eventually] died; the one who eats this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] will live forever.”

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Eat only what is trueIs 55:2
True food and true drink
The Bread of Life and the Blood of Christ
Jn 6:32,48,55-58
The Living WordMt 4:4;Jn 6:63;He 4:12
=>The Words of the Lord are pure
Untainted by falsehood or deception.
Ps 12:6
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Take heed to what you hear
Spiritual Wisdom comes from being
Receptive{eating/clinging} to God’s Word.
Mk 4:24-25
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Eating only what is true
{Spiritual Wisdom,”good” leaven, Bread of Life}
=> results in eternal life!
Pro 3:18
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Eating a “mixture”
{Falsehood, deception, “bad” leaven}
Pro 14:12;Mt 7:13-14
=> results in loss of hearing/ seeing = spiritual death.

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The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took & worked into three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. -Mt 13:33
=> ONLY 2 kinds of leaven True&Pure leading to eternal life or Untrue&Impure leading to death
=>Narrow is the WAY!

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Matthew 13:10-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do You speak to the crowds in parables?” 11 Jesus replied to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has [spiritual wisdom because he is receptive to God’s word], to him more will be given, and he will be richly and abundantly supplied; but whoever does not have [spiritual wisdom because he has devalued God’s word], even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 This is the reason I speak to the crowds in parables: because while [having the power of] seeing they do not see, and while [having the power of] hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand and grasp [spiritual things].
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Matthew 13:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Leaven
33 He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like [a]leaven, which a woman took and worked into three [b]measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

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a. Matthew 13:33 This is the first time leaven is mentioned in the New Testament. See Ex 12:15 for the first mention of leaven in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word (seor) refers specifically to the leavening agent (as opposed to dough containing it), which today is thought of as yeast, a type of fungi. In Jewish thinking, leaven was symbolic of impurity and corruption. Jesus used it as a symbol for the corrupt and hypocritical teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees (see especially Luke 12:1; cf Matt 16:11; Mark 8:15), but He also used leaven’s ability to permeate a mass of dough many times its own size as an illustration of the spread of the kingdom of heaven as here and in Luke 13:21.
b. Matthew 13:33 A measure was about a peck and a half, which would be enough bread to feed a hundred people.
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Mark 4:24-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
24 Then He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides. 25 For [a]whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a yearning for truth], even what he has will be taken away from him.”

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a. Mark 4:25 The person “who has” is one who is receptive to God’s word, while the one “who does not have” is the person who is blind to and has rejected the spiritual truth and godly wisdom already given to him. As a result, even what little he had previously understood about Jesus will no longer be clear to him.

Mustard Seed – Small Beginning

June 15, 2019

Matthew 13:31-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
31 Another story by way of comparison He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.
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Mark 4:30-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
30 And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth; 32 Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.
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Luke 13:18-19 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
18 This led Him to say, What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the wild birds found shelter and roosted and nested in its branches.
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Mustard seedMt 13:31-32;Mk 4:30-32; Lk 13:18-19
Mustard seedMt 17:20;Lk 17:1-6
The kingdom at hand
Repent and believe in the gospel!Mk 1:15
Small beginning faith. Zec 4:10
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Mustard seed
Mustard seed

Let your roots grow deep Col 2:6-7
Not by might nor by power, but by His SpiritZec 4:6
Growing, ever growing 2Pe 1:5-9
Becoming a tree
Refined finished faith
He 12:2
More precious than gold
1Pe 1:6-9
Mustard tree
Providing refuge and rest
Mk 4:32
Tree of life
An eternal home.Pro 3:18; Pro 11:30; Jn 17:3
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1 Peter 1:6-9 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, 7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. 8 Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. 9 [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
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What is this “mustard seed”? This small seed of faith?
=>Faith in the gospel!
What is the “finished” result of this ever growing faith?
=>salvation = eternal life = an eternal home = tree of life = mustard tree!

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From NetBible Mt 13:32

  • becomes[1096] a tree = to be made, finished
  • *The point of the parable seems to be that while the kingdom of God may appear to have insignificant and unnoticeable beginnings (i.e., in the ministry of Jesus), it will someday (i.e., at the second advent) be great and quite expansive. The kingdom, however, is not to be equated with the church, but rather the church is an expression of the kingdom. Also, there is important OT background in the image of the mustard seed that grew and became a tree: Ezek 17:22-24 pictures the reemergence of the Davidic house where people can find calm and shelter. Like the mustard seed, it would start out small but grow to significant size.

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