Posts Tagged ‘sincere heart’

Lavished Grace Upon Grace

February 27, 2020

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1 John 3:1-3 … Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed{lavished} on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
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From the song in the previous post the phrases “the riches of His grace” and the word “lavished” were impressed on my heart. This leads to Ephesians 1:7-8.
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Ephesians 1:7-8 … In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight …

  • From NetBible Eph 1:8
    lavish[4052] = to have in abundance, abounding
    **”Abounding” is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
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  • From NetBible Jn 1:16
    From His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
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    =>grace “on top of” grace, = accumulation
    => probably based on this verse: Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You{reveal, teach} and that I may find grace in Your sight{eyes} Ex 33:13

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The riches of His grace, grace upon grace is an ongoing process lavished on us in abundance! This causes us to mature and grow more and more like Him; much like the process of a bud growing to a full blooming flower as it receives sunlight!

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The following prayer takes on deeper meaning!!
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Philippians 1:9-11 … And this I pray, that your love may abound[4052] still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

  • From NetBible Phil 1:9
    abound[4052] = to have in abundance, abounding, lavish
    **”Abounding” is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
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  • From NetBible Phil 1:10
    sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
    *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.
  • What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart! The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing of the “Son/sun”. A heart the will grow; much like a bud growing to a full blooming flower in the sunlight!

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Washed by the Water in the Word

February 23, 2020

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. –Matthew 5:8
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Worship in spirit and truth
Be washed by the water in the word
Pure hearts see and love fervently …
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Love one another fervently from a pure heart. –1Peter 1:22
All who have this hope in Him{Jesus} purify themselves, just as He is pure. –1John 3:3
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Word Study
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From NetBible Jn 4:23
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

  • worship[4352]proskuneo = to kiss the hand towards one (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand), in token of reverence, bow down-prostrate oneself(or kneel) in homage – worship, adoration
    • Psalm 2:12 … Kiss the Son = in trembling kiss His feet, pay homage in purity
    • The homage is to the Lord of Psalm 2:2 and to the Son of Psalm 2:7 — the Messiah King. Homage, kissing a King also implies submission. Like above: worship[4352]proskuneo this is to pay homage in recognition of royalty, to show submission to a king, to be under the king’s reign – like a dog licking his master’s hand.

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From NetBible Eph 5:26
so that He{Jesus} might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word

  • sanctify[37] = make holy
    * purify: free from the guilt of sin
    * purify: internally by renewing of the soul

  • John 17:17Sanctify[37] them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
  • John 17:19And for their sakes I sanctify[37] Myself, that they also may be sanctified[37] by the truth
  • 1John 3:3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He{Jesus} is pure.
    • 1 John 3:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
      3 And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).

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From NetBible Mt 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

  • pure[2513] = clean, sincere, blameless, innocent
    * purified by fire
    * free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt
    * free from falsehoods
    * like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit (Jn 15:2)

    • 1Peter 1:22-23 Since you have purified{cleansed} your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren{believers}, love one another fervently with a pure[2513] heart. 23  for you have been born again [that is, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] not of seed which is perishable but [from that which is] imperishable and immortal, that is, through the living and everlasting word of God.
    • Prayer:
      Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV
      9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be *sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

      From NetBible Phil 1:10

      • sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
      • *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested
        as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

      What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart!

      The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

    • I am being transformed by a renewed mind!!
      Romans 12:1-2 AMP … Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
  • see[3700] = to look at, to behold
    * to gaze – with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable

Matthew 5:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.
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Prove what is Right in the Eyes of the LORD!

January 5, 2019

Judges 17:6In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right[03477] in his own eyes.
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Proverbs 14:12There is a way that seems right[03477] to a person, but its end is the way to death.
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Doing what is right in your own eyes seems to end in death
=> the wrong path

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Ephesians 5:9-10 for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth– 10 proving[1381] what is acceptable to the Lord.
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Don’t rely on your own understanding
Don’t be wise in your own eyes
Prove/test what is acceptable/pleasing in the Lord’s eyes
Study/be diligent in rightly dividing the Word of Truth
2Tim 2:15
Trust and acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and
He will make your paths straight/right!
Pro 3:5-7
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Prayer:
Philippians 1:9-11And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment/insight, 10 that you may approve[1381] the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere[1506] and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Jdg 17:6 & Pro 14:12

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From NetBible Eph 5:10

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From NetBible 2Tim 2:15
Be diligent to present yourself approved[1384] to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • be diligent/study[4704] = make every effort with all diligence
  • approved[1384] = shown to be genuine, not counterfeit
  • workman[2040] = teacher, laborer (for God)
  • rightly dividing[3718] = to cut straight, to proceed on a straight path, to make smooth and straight, to teach correctly

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From NetBible Pro 3:5-7
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight[03474]. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

  • straight[03474] = right, smooth, pleasing

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From NetBible Phil 1:10

  • proving[1381]= test, examine, discern approve
    *from [1384]
  • sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
  • *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

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Related:
Pure Sincere Hearts{prayer}

 

Consuming Fire

August 16, 2016

A song:
Consuming fire, consuming fire
Down in my soul, down in my soul
His word like a fire
His word like a fire
Down in my soul, down in my soul
Can’t be contained …

Jeremiah 23:28-29 NKJV … The prophet{false} who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord.
29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord,
“And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

From NetBible Jer 23:28-29

  • NLT … 28 Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between chaff and wheat!
  • NET … 29 My message is like a fire that purges dross!  It is like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces!  I, the Lord, so affirm it!

From Biblehub

  • Matthew Henry Commentary
    23:23-32 Men cannot be hidden from God’s all-seeing eye. Will they never see what judgments they prepare for themselves? Let them consider what a vast difference there is between these prophecies and those delivered by the true prophets of the Lord. Let them not call their foolish dreams Divine oracles. The promises of peace these prophets make are no more to be compared to God’s promises than chaff to wheat. The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them? The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.

There is a difference between chaff and wheat!

His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire. -Lk 3:17

Hearts of stone vs. Hearts of flesh

I will give them singleness of heart(undivided heart) and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their hearts of stone and give them tender hearts(hearts of flesh) instead, Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. –Ezk 11:19-20

Hearts of stone, hardened hearts
=> unhumbled, unpurged, uncleansed
=> smashed by the hammer of His word
=> burned like chaff

Hearts of flesh, tender hearts
=> melted made pliable
=> humbled, purged, cleansed by the fire of His word

Deuteronomy 4:24The LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

From NetBible Dt 4:24

  • *For God to be “jealous” means that his holiness and uniqueness cannot tolerate pretended or imaginary rivals. It is not petty envy but response to an act of insubordination that must be severely judged

Prayer:
Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be *sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

From NetBible Phil 1:10

  • sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
  • *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested
    as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing through His word. This is how “love” abounds!

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Treat Others In All Purity

March 28, 2015

1 Timothy 5:1-2 AMP
1 Do not sharply censure or rebuke an older man, but entreat and plead with him as [you would with] a father. Treat younger men like brothers;
2 [Treat] older women like mothers [and] younger women like sisters, in all purity.

Treat others as if in a family relationship, “in all purity”.

1 Peter 1:22 AMP
22 Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.
23 You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

Obedience to the Truth – the ever living, ever lasting Word of God,
through the Holy Spirit purifies the heart. This purification precedes the ability to love one another fervently.

John 14:21 AMP
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]

Obedience to the Truth reveals the one who really loves the Father and the Son – Jesus Christ. This is the one who the Son reveals Himself to.

Without obeying the Truth through the Holy Spirit can there be any real/sincere biblical love for each other? For the Father and the Son?

Prayer:
Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be *sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

From NetBible Phil 1:10

  • sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
  • *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested
    as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

Sincere Love

July 4, 2014

Romans 12:9 AMPC …  [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.

From NetBible Ro 12:9

  • NASB … Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
  • BBE … Let love be without deceit. Be haters of what is evil; keep your minds fixed on what is good.
  • NRSV … Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.
  • sincere[505] = genuine, without hypocrisy
  • hate[655] = abhor, separate from[575]
  • hold fast[2853] = cling, keep company with, be united, glue together

* Sincere love = both turning, separating from evil{hate evil} and clinging to good{fix your mind on good}

1 Peter 1:22 AMPC … Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.

From NetBible 1 Pe 1:22

  • NKJV … Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart
  • BBE … And as you have made your souls clean, being ruled by what is true, and loving one another without deceit, see that your love is warm and from the heart
  • sincere[505] = genuine, without hypocrisy
  • pure[2513] = clean
    – purified by fire
    – like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
    – free from every admixture of what is false, sincere genuine
  • * “having purified,” as the preparation for the love described in the second half of the verse.

* Sincere love = obeying the Truth through the Holy Spirit

Pure in Heart – Lift Up Your Heads!

February 12, 2014

Psalm 24:3-4,7 NKJV … Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy [dwelling]place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. … Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV … Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

Who may lift up their heads and ascend into the hill of the Lord? Into His dwelling place/presence?
==> Those with clean hands and a pure heart

From NetBible Ps 24:4

  • *clean hands – pure heart ==>The “hands” allude to one’s actions, the “heart” to one’s thought life and motives.
  • pure[01249] = clear, sincere
    From[01305] = to purify, select, polish, choose, purge, cleanse or make bright, test or prove, examine

From NetBible Mt 5:8

  • pure[2513] = clean, purified by fire, sincere, blameless, innocent, free from falsehoods
    * like a vine cleansed by pruning and so fitted to bear fruit
  • see[3700] = to behold, to allow oneself to be seen

==> Those who have not lifted up their souls to an idol

From NetBible Ps 24:4

  • lift up[05375] = rise up, look up
  • *lift up his soul to an idol ==> here means to “long for” or “desire strongly.”
    ==>the opposite of Ps 143:8 -lift up his soul to the Lord
    Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness 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.

The words above give a beautiful picture of what a pure heart is. A heart that so longs for the Lord’s presence that it willingly submits to the Lord’s purifying fire or pruning. A heart that longs to hear and do the Lord’s will alone. The pictures of a pure heart above are much like the picture painted below in Paul’s prayer(Phil 1:9-11). 

The strong’s word – heilikrines [1506] for sincere in his prayer is very interesting. It means pure, sincere, unsullied. Looking more closely at this word, we see it is actually a compound word. The first part comes from heile (the sun’s ray), the second from krino (to judge). So the two parts together mean to be found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light!

What a beautiful picture of a sincere/pure heart!

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

From NetBbible Phil 1:10

  • *sincere – heilikrines[1506] = pure, unsullied
    *found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light
    *from heile (the sun’s ray) and [2919]; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.
Philippians 1:9-11 NKJV … And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God..Psalm 139:23-24    Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Related:
A Sincere Heart
Pure Sincere Hearts{prayer}
Whiter than Snow{prayer}

A Sincere Heart

March 9, 2009

Philippians 1:9-11    And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be *sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

The strong’s word – heilikrines [1506] for sincere is very interesting. It means pure, sincere, unsullied. Looking more closely at this word, we see it is actually a compound word. The first part comes from heile (the sun’s ray), the second from krino (to judge). So the two parts together mean to be found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light!

What a beautiful picture of a sincere heart.

The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing.

 

Psalm 139:23-24    Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Psalm 51:10-12    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

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From http://classic.net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Phi&chapter=1&verse=10

*sincere – heilikrines [1506]

1) pure, sincere, unsullied

2) found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light

from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.

Related:
Whiter than Snow{prayer}