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Faith Testing

July 20, 2017

Proverbs 17:3 NET … The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold, likewise the Lord tests hearts.

Faith testing
Allows your patient endurance to grow
Ja 1:3
Producing proven character and hope!Ro 5:3-4

Tested proven faith is of greater worth
… than gold refined in the fire! 1Pe 1:7

The purifier sits before the crucible(Mal 3:3), fixing his eye on the metal, and taking care that the fire be not too hot, and keeping the metal in, only until he knows the dross to be completely removed by his seeing his own image reflected (Ro 8:29) in the glowing mass. So the Lord in the case of His elect (Job 23:10; Ps 66:10; Pr 17:3; Isa 48:10; Heb 12:10; 1Pe 1:7)

Hebrews 10:35-37 NLT …  So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord, no matter what happens. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.

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Word Study
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From NetBible Prv 17:3

  • * When the Lord “tests” human hearts, the test, whatever form it takes, is designed to improve the value of the one being tested; removing impurities

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From NetBible Ja 1:3,  Heb 10:36Rom 5:3

  • NET … the testing of your faith produces endurance
  • NLT … when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow
  • BBE …  the testing of your faith gives you the power of going on in hope
  • NKJV … the testing of your faith produces patience
  • endurance[5281] =  steadfastness, constancy, perseverance, steadfast waiting for
    *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

The Lord on High = Mighty to Save!

July 19, 2017

Psalm 93:4 AMPC … 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.

Mightier than the waves
The Lord on high
He is mighty to save  Zeph 3:17
The Lord an ever present help in trouble –Ps 46:1
Greater than any trial you face
Forever He reigns! –Ps 29:10

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Zephaniah 3:17 … The LORD your God is with you{in your midst}, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet{renew, refresh, bring into rest) you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

From NetBible Zeph 3:17

  • NET …  He renews you by His love
  • NIV … He will quiet you with His love
  • NLT …  With His love, He will calm all your fears
  • BBE … He will make His love new again

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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].
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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

Cornerstone: Broken or Crushed

July 4, 2017

Jeremiah 23:28-29 AMPC … The prophet who has a dream, let him tell his dream; but he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What has straw(chaff) in common with wheat [for nourishment]? says the Lord.
29 Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?

False prophets and
Those who stumble after them –
Mt 3:12, 13:41-42;Ps 1:4
Their eyes are not satisfied with seeing
Their ears are not filled with hearing. Ecc 1:8
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Hard, unyielding hearts of stone
Unwilling to be purified  –Jer 23:14;Ezek 13:16,22
By the fire of the Lord’s word –
Mt 5:8
These will stumble on the Rock of offense  –
1Pe 2:8
And be crushed to a fine powder(
dust/death) –Mt 21:44
By the cornerstone –
Eph 2:20
The living word – Jesus Christ. –
Eph 2:20
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For My word is like a fire
And a hammer that breaks.
The rock(
stubborn resistance) in pieces! –Jer 23:29

Matthew 21:42-44 AMPC … Jesus asked them, Have you never read in the Scriptures: The very Stone which the builders rejected and threw away has become the Cornerstone; this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? 43 I tell you, for this reason the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce the fruits of it. 44 And whoever falls on this Stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom It falls will be crushed to powder [and It will winnow him, scattering him like dust].
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Only 2 choices=> Life or death
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Deuteronomy 30:19 AMPC … I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.
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Matthew 5:8 … Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513]= clean, purified by fire
    — free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
    — in a similitude, like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
    — free from every admixture of what is false=> sincere genuine

What is the Chaff to the Wheat?

July 4, 2017

Jeremiah 23:28-29 AMPC … The prophet who has a dream, let him tell his dream; but he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What has straw(chaff) in common with wheat [for nourishment]? says the Lord.
29 Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?

What is the chaff to the wheat?
My word is like wheat
Solid food for the true prophets and those who follow them
Food which brings life –
Mt 4:4
And discernment(eyes that see).He 5:11-14
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As the fire consumes the chaff
My word will consume the false prophets
And those who stumble after them. –
Mt 3:12, 13:41-42;Ps 1:4
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Matthew 13:41-42 NASB … The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, 42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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Only 2 choices=> Life or death
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Deuteronomy 30:19 AMPC … I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.

 

Keep Walking THROUGH

June 23, 2017

Isaiah 43:1-3But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
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The Lord enables His children to walk through things that they would not be able to walk through on their own!

Psalm 73:26My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

=> Trust the Lord! He will enable you to walk THROUGH in His strength!

=> It’s through the fire that faith is refined and made strong!

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1 Peter 1:6-7 NASB … In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Walk in Delight

June 22, 2017

Psalm 1:1-2,6How blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law they meditate day and night. … 6 the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Delight in the fear of the Lord!

Blessed is the one who delights in obedience to the Lord –Ps 112:1
Who uses His word as a lamp to their feet
And a light to their path. –
Ps 119:105

Trust in the Lord and do good –Ps 37:3
Bow before Him
With a humble, soft, pliable heart. –
Ps 37:4

Blessed is the one who surrenders and trusts Him 
They walk in tender hearted delight! 2Ki 22:19
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John 8:12Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; the one who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

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The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy and loving-kindness. Psam 147:11

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From NetBible Ps 1:1-2

  • *  To “walk in the counsel of the wicked” means to allow their evil advice to impact and determine one’s behavior.
  • * “Path” here refers to the lifestyle of sinners. To “stand in the pathway of/with sinners” means to closely associate with them in their sinful behavior.
  • * The Hebrew word “scoffers” refers to arrogant individuals (Pro 21:24) who love conflict (Pro 22:10) and reject wisdom/correction (Pro 1:22; 9:7-8; 13:1; 15:12). To “sit in the assembly” of such people means to completely identify with them in their proud, sinful plans and behavior.
  • * The sequence “walk–stand–sit” envisions a progression from relatively casual association with the wicked to complete identification with them.
  • * delight in meditation in order to obey

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Psalm 37:3-4 … Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

From NetBible Ps 37:4

  • Delight[06026] = to be soft{pliable}, be delicate, be dainty
  • Desires[04862] = request, petition, prayers

*Faith and obedience (v. 3) will bring divine blessing (v. 4).

2 Kings 22:18-19 … Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard what I spoke against this place . . . I also have heard you, says the Lord.

From NetBible 2Ki 22:19

  • Tender[07401] = to be soft, sensitive, responsive, penitent
  • Humbled[03665] = to be brought into subjection
    * two key references Lev 26:41 & 2 Chron 7:14 indicate that so long as a person, or nation, is arrogant or self sufficient, God can do nothing for them

Hand in Hand – Hold

June 15, 2017

When the Lord delights in our way{upright way}
Our steps are made firm{ordered, established} by the LORD
Though we stumble, we will not fall
=> for the LORD holds the upright by the hand.
Ps 37:23-24

Psalm 1:6 AMPC … For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God’s will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought).

From NetBible Ps 1:6

  • * the LORD knows{guards, watches over, protect} the way of the righteous

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1John 1:5-10 … 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. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 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. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.