Posts Tagged ‘Open my eyes’

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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Enlighten My Eyes

April 9, 2020

Psalm 13:3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitchlike darkness], lest I sleep the sleep of death …
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Jesus
Enlighten my eyes –Psalm 13:3
To behold Your beauty –Psalm 27:4
To tase and see Your goodness –Psalm 34:8
In the light of Your face. –Psalm 89:15
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Lord in Your gaze
Your peace so deep
Please hold me in Your mercy
As I linger at Your feet.
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Enlighten my eyes Lord
Speak to my heart
To seek Your face
Open the eyes of my heart –Ephesians 1:18
Your face Lord, I will seek! –Psalm 27:8
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Jeremiah 29:13 NET … When you seek Me in prayer and worship, you will find Me available to you. If you search for Me with all your heart and soul …
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Psalm 89:15Blessed are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of Your presence/face, LORD!
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 @Khollandsblog
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❤ ❤ ❤ Lord, enlighten my eyes of my faith to behold Your face as I seek You! Please, let me be open to Your call.
Revive-Restore me in the Light of Your face!
Psalm 13:3 #SeekHim ❤ ❤ ❤
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❤ ❤ ❤ Blessed are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of Your presence/face, LORD!
Psalm 89:15 #SeekHim ❤ ❤ ❤

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Word Study
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From NetBible Ps 13:3
Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death …

  • lighten{give light to} the eyes = revive to see the face of the Lord shine{His favor, smile}

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From NetBible Ps 27:4, Ps 27:8
Psalm 27:4,8 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. …
… When You said , “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

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  • seek[01245] = require, desire, exact, request
    -to search out (by any method, specifically
    in worship or prayer
  • behold[02372] = to see (by experience), perceive, prophesy
    *Psalm 11:7 The LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold[02372] His face.
    ** To “see” God’s “face” means to have access to his presence and to experience his favor

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From Netbible Jeremiah 29:13
Jeremiah 29:13When you seek[01245] me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you search[01875] for me with all your heart and soul …

  • search for[01875] = seek with care, enquire, to follow
    – in prayer and worship

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From NetBible Ps 89:15
Blessed are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of Your presence/face, LORD!

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Faith “Sees” with an Understanding Heart

June 20, 2019

Hebrews 11:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
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Hebrews 11:1 NKJV … Now faith is the *substance[5287] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  • substance[5287] = a setting or placing under, firm foundation, confidence, firm trust, assurance
    *from a compound of [5259] = place under
    and [2476] = make to stand, firm, fixed, established on sound foundation
  •  Hebrews 1:3
    The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature{substance[5287]}, and upholds all things by the word of His power. …
  •  Hebrews 3:14
    For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance{substance[5287]} firm until the end …

    • partakers[3353] = partners, companions, sharing in work
    • hold fast[2722] = keep secure, keep firm possession of{from going away}, keep (in memory)

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Look how faith in Jesus Christ affects what our “spiritual eyes” see!
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Interesting, looking at Matthew 13 – we see the opposite of faith = hearts that do not “see”. The key seems to be how receptive your heart is to receiving, understanding and applying God’s word. It is also a warning to not devalue God’s word …
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Matthew 13:10-16 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]. 14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

‘You will hear and keep on hearing, but never understand;
And you will look and keep on looking, but never comprehend;
15 For this nation’s heart has grown hard,
And with their ears they hardly hear,
And they have [tightly] closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart, and turn [to Me]
And I would heal them [spiritually].’
16 But blessed [spiritually aware, and favored by God] are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
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See how all this is linked with walking in obedience.
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1 John 2:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 But whoever habitually keeps His word and obeys His precepts [and treasures His message in its entirety], in him the love of God has truly been perfected [it is completed and has reached maturity]. By this we know [for certain] that we are in Him: 6 whoever says he lives in Christ [that is, whoever says he has accepted Him as God and Savior] ought [as a moral obligation] to walk and conduct himself just as He walked and conducted Himself.
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2 Corinthians 5:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—
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Matthew 13:23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands and grasps it; he indeed bears fruit and yields, some a hundred times [as much as was sown], some sixty [times as much], and some thirty.”
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Prayer:
Ephesians 1:17-19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. 18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength.
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Pour Out Praise!

July 19, 2018

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Psalm 119:171 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
171 My lips shall pour forth praise [with thanksgiving and renewed trust] when You teach me Your statutes.
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Psalm 119:135 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
135 Make Your face shine [with pleasure] upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.
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The Lord’s face shines with pleasure
He smiles
As His servants desire and are taught by Him …

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Prayer:
May your trust in the Lord be renewed, your lips brim praises like fountains and your arms wave like banners
As He teaches you His word and ways …
… He will smile!

Lord open our eyes to truly see
Wonderful things in Your law. –Ps 119:18

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Word Study
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Psalm 119:171 Let my lips burst forth with {overflow,utter} praise, for You have taught me Your principles.

From NetBible Ps 119:171

  • utter[05042] = to flow, pour out, pour, gush forth, spring, bubble up, ferment
  • principles[02706] = statute, ordinance, decree, prescribed limit, boundary

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Psalm 119:135 … Make Your face shine{smile} upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes{principles}.

From NetBible Ps 119:135

  • shine[0215] = to light, be illuminated, lighten (of the eyes, his law)
    Enlighten[0215] my eyes –Ps 13:3
    The LORD make His face shine[0215] on you –Num 6:25
    The unfolding of your words gives light[0215] –Ps 119:130
    The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening[0215] the eyes –Ps 19:8
  • principles[02706] = statute, ordinance, decree, prescribed limit, boundary

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Psalm 63:1-5
A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

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1 O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory.

MSG … So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory.

3 Because experiencing Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise{glorify} You.

MSG … In Your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains.

4 So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

MSG … I bless You every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to You.

5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness{the richest of foods}, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.

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Revive Me to Declare!

April 3, 2017

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Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
That I may keep Your word and live. –
Eph 1:18;Ps 119:17-18
Your testimonies{unchanging word} are my delight

They are my counsellors{the guide of my footsteps}. –Ps 119:24
Revive{quicken} me according to Your word. –Ps 119:25
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What profit is there in my blood[wine], if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness{truth}? –Ps 30:9
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Give light to my eyes to behold Your face –Ps 13:3
Smile  on your servant –Ps 31:16
Revive me again that I may rejoice and be glad in You! –
Ps 85:6
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I will not die, but live and declare the works of the LORD!Ps 118:17
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Tweets:
Lord-Give light to my eyes=Revive{quicken} me according to UrWord=>to rejoice&live to declare Ur works! Smile on me!
https://t.co/A2hDdNGEqn

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Word Study
.From NetBible Ps 85:6
Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?

  • revive[02421] = to live, to bring/restore to life, to quicken
    * from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death
  • rejoice[08055] = be glad, make glad, to brighten up, make joyful

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From NetBible Ps 13:3
AMPC … Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; lighten the eyes [of my faith to behold Your face in the pitchlike darkness], lest I sleep the sleep of death …

  • lighten{give light to} the eyes = revive to see the face of the Lord shine

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Related:

Open Eyes Lord!

September 21, 2016

Open eyes Lord
That they may see
For it’s only in Your light Lord, that eyes can see!Ps 36:9

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling. –Ps 43:3

I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not hid away Your steadfast love and Your truth from the great assembly.
11 Withhold not Your tender mercy from me, O Lord; let Your loving-kindness and Your truth continually preserve me!
Ps 40:10-11

 

Eyes to See

January 22, 2012

Pray for eyes to see My provision.

I know it’s dark and that
There are obstacles that can not be moved in your own strength
Trust Me to roll away the stone.

Trust Me and look up
Lift up your eyes.

When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. -Mk 16:4

Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” …

… Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 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}.” -Gen 22:4-5, 13-14

Open the eyes of our hearts LORD!

Ephesians 1:17-19 … I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, – since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength.

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Word Study

From NetBible Mk 16:4

  • looked up[308] = become able to see, to recover (lost) sight
  • saw[2334] = to perceive with the eyes, to discern, to enjoy the presence of one

From NetBible Gen 22:4-5, 13-14

  • lifted up[05375] his eyes = rise up, elevate, marry
  • and saw[07200] = inspect, perceive, consider, provide
  • worship[07812] = bow down, prostrate oneself
  • The–LORD–Will–Provide[03070] = Jehovah-jireh = “Jehovah sees”
    *from [03068] and [07200]; Jehovah will see (to it)

Related:
Who Will Roll Away the Stone?