Keep Looking Up!!

May 12, 2017

Psalm 42:5 … Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Help and my God.

Trust in the Lord
Lay your requests at His feet 

Lift up your eyes –Ps 123:1
Know where your help comes from

Help comes from the LORD
Your King and GodPs 5:2
The Maker of heaven and earthPs 121:1-2
The Sovereign Lord
Nothing absolutely NOTHING is too difficult for Him!Jer 32:17

Trust in the Lord
Lift up your soul –Ps 143:8
Expectantly wait for His answer

Keep looking up! –Ps 5:1-3
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Psalm 143:8  Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,
For I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.

Psalm 5:1-3 … Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my complaint.
2 Listen to my cry for help
My King and my God,
For to You pray.
3 In the morning I lay my requests before You
And expectantly wait for Your answer
I will look up!

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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From NetBible Ps 42:5
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, For the help of His countenance.

  • countenance[06440] = face, presence
  • help[03444] = saving intervention, victory

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From NetBible Ps 123:1To You I lift up my eyes

  • lift up[05375] = marry, desire, long for

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From NetBible Ps 143:8

  • * 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 5:3

  • In the morning is here viewed as the time of prayer (Ps 59:16; 88:13) and/or of deliverance (Ps 30:5).
  • look up[06822] = keep watch, observe closely, await expectantly

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Paradise

May 10, 2017

From the Abraham’s Bosom Study – Paradise in the bible is very interesting. It appears 3 times in the New Testament.

Luke 23:43And He said to him[the thief], “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

From NetBible Lk 23:43

  • In the NT, paradise is mentioned three times. Here it refers to the abode of the righteous dead. In Rev 2:7 it refers to the restoration of Edenic paradise predicted in Isa 51:3 and Ezek 36:35. In 2 Cor 12:4 it probably refers to the “third heaven” (2 Cor 12:2) as the place where God dwells.

The thief on the cross before Jesus is risen is among the righteous dead in Paradise

2 Corinthians 12:2-4I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— 4 was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

Paradise is in the third heaven where God dwells

Revelation 2:7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.

To eat of the tree of life means eternal life.
=> To be in Paradise is to have eternal life
=> In the restored Eden
=> In the New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem(Rev 21)

John 17:3This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

To be in Paradise = Eternal Life in the New Restored Eden means being in relationship with the Father, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom the Father sent.

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Abrahams Bosom Study

May 8, 2017

Luke 16:19-31
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— 28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”

  1. Who is this parable aimed at? Who is the rich man?
    v19: The rich man loved to live in splendor and dress up his outward appearance
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    Luke 16:14-15Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
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    Luke 11:43 … Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places.
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    Matthew 23:27-28“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
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  2. Who is the rich man’s Father?
    v24: Rich man cries to Father
    V25: Abraham answers
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    John 8:39-40,44-47They[Jews Pharisee] answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. …
    … 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
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  3. Where did the rich man go?
    v23: Hades – a place of torment
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  4. What is meant by the bosom of Abraham? 
    v25 : a place of comfort
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    From NetBible Study Dictionary

    v22-23: refers to the custom of reclining on couches at table, which was prevalent among the Jews, an arrangement which brought the head of one person almost into the bosom of the one who sat or reclined above him. To “be in Abraham’s bosom” thus meant to enjoy happiness and rest at the banquet in Paradise(Lk 23:43(with Christ/repentance), 2Cor 12:2-4(3rd heaven), Rev 2:7; Jn 17:3(eternal life)). The rabbis divided the state after death into a place for the righteous and a place for the wicked.

    *Thus, John leaned on the bosom of Jesus at supper (Jn 21:20).

    *Jesus leans on the Father’s bosom(Jn 1:18)
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    Matthew 8:11-12And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 but the sons of the kingdom{Jews like Jn 8} will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    From the Old Testament

    Hagar was in Abraham’s bosom(Gen 16:5)

    The Lord carries the lambs close to His heart/bosom(Isa 40:11)

     

  5. Who is the Father of Lazarus? What does the name Lazarus mean?
    v20: The name Lazarus[2976] means “whom God helps”
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    Galatians 3:6-9 NASB … Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. 8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.  
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  6. What was promised to Abraham?
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    Genesis 12:3 NASB … And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
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    Genesis 22:16-18 NASB … “By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you[Abraham] have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
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  7. What is Abraham’s seed? Who are Abraham’s children?
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    Galatians 3:16
    Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.
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    Jesus is the promised seed – the hope of mankind through Mary(the womans seed (Gen 3:15)
    See: Genealogy of Jesus
    See: Prophecy: The Promised Seed(Line of Mary)
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    Jesus is the son of Abraham through the royal bloodline(Mt 1:1).
    See: Prophecy: Royal Line Through David’s Son Solomon
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    Romans 5:17 … For if by the transgression of the one[Adam], death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
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  8. What did Abraham do by faith?
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    Hebrews 11 =>
    The Triumphs of faith!

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=> the rich man is the son of Abraham in the flesh but not in the spirit of faith

=> Lazarus is the son of Abraham in the spirit of faith

Hebrews 11:13-16 … All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

 

 

 

Triumph in His Praise = Set Free!

May 6, 2017

2 Chronicles 20:21-22After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting{ for His love endures for ever}. 22 As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

Sing for joy from a position of rest{lie on bed}
High praises in your mouth
Double-edged sword in your hand
Triumph in His praise
By His hand
Deliverance is yours!

Psalm 149:4-6For the Lord takes delight in His people; He exalts the oppressed{crowns the humble} by delivering them. 5 Let the saints rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand …

From NETBible Psalm 149:4-6

  • * Heb “in glory.” Here “glory” probably refers to the “honor” that belongs to the ’s people as a result of their deliverance (see v. 4).

Psalm 106:47 NKJV … Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and (glory) triumph in your praise.

Jehovah Jireh

May 6, 2017

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Word Study
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From NetBible Genesis 22:14
And Abraham called the name of the place, The–LORD–Will–Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided{SEEN}.

  • The–LORD–Will–Provide[03070] = Jehovah-jireh = “Jehovah sees”
    *from [03068] and [07200]; Jehovah will see (to it) => the Lord sees and provides for the necessities of His servants
    * a symbolical name for Mount Moriah => Here Solomon’s temple was built, on the spot that had been the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite (2 Sam. 24:24, 252 Chr. 3:1
    =>”Mount Moriah” of the Chronicles is identical with the “mountain” in “the land of Moriah” of Genesis, and that the spot on which Jehovah appeared to David, and on which the temple was built, was the very spot of the sacrifice of Isaac.
    => now covered by “Dome of the Rock”
  • provided[07200] = seen, looked at, perceived, have vision

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Jehovah Jireh means …
The Lord will see to it
=> He will provide

Where God guides
He provides.Gen 22:14
Where He leads
He supplies all needs!Phil 4:19

I will look up –
Lift my eyes to the Lord
To be my HELPER
my PROVIDER
Even when I can not see it
I will trust that He is
JEHOVAH JIREH!
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Psalm 121:1-2 AMPC … I will lift up my eyes to the hills [around Jerusalem, to sacred Mount Zion and Mount Moriah]—From whence shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 123:1-2 AMPC … Unto You do I lift up my eyes, O You Who are enthroned in heaven.
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, and as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy and loving-kindness for us.

Stand Firm – Look Up

May 5, 2017

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Isaiah 7:9 … If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand{endure} at all.
1 Corinthians 16:13Keep alert{be on guard}, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.

Stand FirmIs 7:9
Steadfast2Cor 1:21
Firmly fixedPs 112:1,7-8
Upon the RockPs 40:2
Trust in the LordPs 125:1
Look up
Lift up your eyes Ps 121:1;Ps 123:1
And SEE! – Ex 14:13-14

In the mount of the LORD it will be provided{SEEN}. –Gen 22:14
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Psalm 112:1,7-8 … Praise the LORD. Blessed is the one who fears the LORD,  who takes great delight in keeping His commands. …
… 7 They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firmly fixed{steadfast}, secure{trusting} in the LORD. 8 Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will SEE[07200] triumph over their foes.

 

Word Study
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From NetBible Isaiah 7:9
MSG … If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.

  • believe[0539] = stand firm, trust, remain, endure
  • There is a wordplay in this verse: If you will not believe{stand firm}[0539] , Surely you shall not be established{you will not endure}[0539]* “Believe” (תַאֳמִינוּ, ta’aminu) is a Hiphil form of the verb אָמָן (’aman); “endure” (תֵאָמֵנוּ, te’amenu) is a Niphal form of this same verb.

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From NetBible 1 Corinthians 16:13

  • Be alert and on your guard = Be on watch
    watch[1127] = give strict attention to, be vigilant, keep awake
  • Stand firm = Stand fast, Stand true to what you believe

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From NetBible  Exodus 14:13-14
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will SEE the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still{hold your peace}.

  • salvation[03444] = deliverance, victory, health, welfare
  • stand still[03320] = stand firm without fleeing, station yourself
    -> fear not – stand firm that you may SEE[07200]

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From NetBible Genesis 22:14
And Abraham called the name of the place, The–LORD–Will–Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided{SEEN}.

  • The–LORD–Will–Provide[03070] = Jehovah-jireh = “Jehovah sees”
    *from [03068] and [07200]; Jehovah will see (to it) => the Lord sees and provides for the necessities of His servants
    * a symbolical name for Mount Moriah => Here Solomon’s temple was built, on the spot that had been the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite (2 Sam. 24:24, 252 Chr. 3:1
    =>”Mount Moriah” of the Chronicles is identical with the “mountain” in “the land of Moriah” of Genesis, and that the spot on which Jehovah appeared to David, and on which the temple was built, was the very spot of the sacrifice of Isaac.
    => now covered by “Dome of the Rock”
  • provided[07200] = seen, looked at, perceived, have vision

Deeply Rooted = Stand Firm

May 3, 2017

Colossians 2:6-7 NLT …And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him{walk in Him}. 7 Let your roots grow down into Him{be firmly rooted} and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.

The wind may blow, but those deeply rooted in Christ STAND FIRM forever!
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Proverbs 12:3 NLT … Wickedness never brings stability; only the godly have deep roots.

From NetBible Pro 12:3

  • * “a root of righteousness” = stresses the security of the righteous; they are firmly planted and cannot be uprooted – they have deep roots”. The righteous are often compared to a tree (Pro 11:30;Ps 1:3, 92:13)

Proverbs 10:25When the storm{whirlwind} has swept by, the wicked are gone{swept away}, but the righteous stand firm forever{has an everlasting foundation.}.

From NetBIble Pro 10:25

  • * “storm wind” – “whirlwind” is used in prophetic passages that describe swift judgment and destruction.
  • * stand firm = everlasting foundation => this metaphor stresses the eternal security that the righteous have – the wicked have no such security.

Sustain and Renew

April 28, 2017

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Jeremiah 15:16 NLT … Your words are what sustain me. They bring me great joy and are my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.
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Sustain me O Lord
As You promise

Revive me with Your WordPs 119:107
Beneath Your Wings
In my secret place of rest –
Ps 91:1
I wait on and trust in You
You restore my soul 
Ps 23:3 
Your word renews. 

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Prayer:
Ephesians 4:23-24[May] you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

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From NetBible  Ps 119:116
Sustain{uphold} me according to Your Word{promise}, that I may live[02421]; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope{do not let my hopes be dashed}.

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From NetBible  Ps 119:107
I am suffering terribly. O Lord, revive[02421] me with Your word!

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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[02421].

  • spirit[07307] = breath, wind, to inspire prophetically
    *From [07306] = to smell, scent, perceive odor
  • breath[05397] = spirit, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421] = revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

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From NetBible Ps 23:3
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

  • restores[07725] = to bring back, to restore, refresh, repair
  • soul[05315] = life, person, mind, living being
    *from [05314] = to take breath, refresh oneself

From Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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Sustained{prayer}
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Be Strong and Brave

April 27, 2017

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1 Corinthians 16:13Be on guard, Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong!

2Timothy 1:7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

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Be strong
Be brave –
Ps 31:24
Be bold as a lion –
Pro 28:1
Be alert
Be on your guard
Be courageous –
Josh 1:9
Be of sound mind
Be confident –
Ps 27:13
Be expectant
Be filled with hope –
Ro 15:13
Be sure
Be firm –Col 4:12
=> fully able to STAND STRONG in the Lord
… and the power of His might!Eph 6:10
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From NetBible Ps 31:24
NET … Be strong and confident, all you who wait on the Lord!NASB … Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD.

MSG … Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect GOD to get here soon.

NKJV … Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.
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From NetBible Col 4:12
NIV … … stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

NASB … … stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

NKJV … … stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

  • stand firm= stand perfect
    perfect[5046] = brought to its end, finished, wanting nothing necessary to completeness, mature
  • stand fully assured=  fully confident/certain
    assured[4135] = completely convinced/confident, to carry out completely,  entirely accomplish
  • in everything willed by God = in everything God wants you to do,  in all the purposes of God

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The Merciful Lord does not Forget!

April 25, 2017

Blue Letter Daily Promise
(For the LORD thy God [is] a merciful God;) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them. (Deuteronomy 4:31)

Reflection
God in His mercy has promised that He will always be with His children of faith. He remembers His promises and will never break them! What an awesome God we serve!

Psalm 111:4 NASB … He has made His wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate.