The Word: Episode 0723 Ephesians 6:18

“Live By Faith”

January 31, 2019

“Live By Faith”

Blessings folk!

The gospel.
The power of God unto salvation.

Rom 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

It is in the gospel that the righteousness of God is revealed…His “rightness”, His character, His nature, etc.

Rom 1:17

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written,
“BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

Only by the gospel do men attain righteousness.
Only by the gospel can we live by faith.
Faith to faith…an interesting phrase and thought.
We have faith by the faith given by God…faith unto faith.

Yet, we do not speak and share the gospel.

It is the calling of every true believer to share the gospel in the way God has empowered by His Spirit in your life.

We think this means standing behind a pulpit or podium.
We think this means standing on the street corners.
We think this has a speaking role/function within the organizational church.

Not true.

All these have a purpose, but the greater role is that of a true Believer simply sharing what the Lord has done in their life.
Day in.
Day out.
With family.
With friends.
With co-workers.
With “strangers”.
All in the “normal” process of life.

Folk will be drawn to such a manifestation of God’s power and Presence in our lives.

Allow Him to flow.
Allow Him to speak.
Rejoice in what He does.

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The Word: Ephesians 6:13-17

“The Cross"

January 30, 2019

“The Cross"

Blessings folk!

More about the power of God…

The Body of Christ today is tempted with being “too cute”.

Even among true Believers there is temptation to “be relevant”, “to simplify”, “to explain”.

The gospel does not need the “help of man”.

One will hear messages about “the better life” - and the gospel is never mentioned.
One will hear teachings on baptism and “church membership” - and the gospel is never mentioned.
“Series” after “series” are taught without a clear declaration of the gospel.
They are powerless.

Yes, there is need for teaching for Believers, but first things first.
Many who “believe” are not true Believers.
Many have never heard/nor believed the true gospel.

Rather, the cleverness of man is exalted over the gospel of Christ.

The true gospel…Jesus’ coming in the form of flesh, His living a sinless life, His dying (on the cross), His burial (proving He was dead), His resurrection (proving He is alive and victorious over death)…is the power of God unto salvation. The Spirit reveals this through Paul.

Paul reminded the church that he did not come to them with cleverness of speech nor ritualism.

He came preaching the gospel.
He dared not void the gospel…”the cross of Christ”.

1Co 1:17-18

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Yes, the world will think it foolish.
But, when they believe, they are saved, transformed and conformed to His likeness.

To those who reject the gospel, the cross is foolishness.
They are perishing.
Now.
Then.

To those who believe, the cross is the power of God.
We are being saved.
Now.
Then.

Believe.
Receive the power of God unto salvation.
Live in the power of God.

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Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 3

Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 3

The Word: Episode 0721 Ephesians 6:10-12

“Fully Preach the Gospel of Christ”

January 29, 2019

“Fully Preach the Gospel of Christ”

Blessings folk!

A few more verses on the Gospel and the power of God…

Remember…

Rom 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Now…think and meditate upon this…

Rom 15:18-19
For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed,

in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Paul was only going to speak of two things:

  1. What the Lord had done through him…
  2. The full gospel of Christ

Note the results:
  1. The Gentiles were obedient…they believed the word Paul preached, the gospel of Christ.
    1. They were obedient in word
    1. They were obedient in deed

The full preaching of the gospel of Christ is accompanied by power.
Power of signs.
Power of wonders.
Power of the Spirit.

Most of what is called “preaching” today is not.
It is talking.
It is reading.
It is “entertaining”.
It is powerless.

True preaching of the gospel will be in the power of the Spirit.
True preaching of the gospel will bring obedience…true salvation…by word and deed.
True preaching of the gospel will see the power of signs and wonders.

All else is deception
Why do we allow/support such?

Oh yeah, the “tickling of the ears” thing…

2 Ti 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but wanting to have their ears tickled,
they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Time’s a-wast’n.

How long will we endure/support the prominence of perversion of the gospel?

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The Word: Episode 0720 Ephesians 6:10-11

“You Are Mistaken…”

January 28, 2019

“You Are Mistaken…”

Blessings folk!

Let us look a little more at the Gospel and the power of God.

The organizational, religious church is totally powerless in relationship to the Holy Spirit.
They do have power within other spiritual forces.

This is nothing new.
Judaism of Jesus time upon earth was the same.
The religious rulers were far more interested in their power and position than in the Truth of Jesus.

Read this encounter.
Give close heed to the last verse…

Mat 22:23-29

On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection)
came to Jesus and questioned Him,

asking, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘IF A MAN DIES HAVING NO CHILDREN, HIS BROTHER AS NEXT OF KIN SHALL MARRY HIS WIFE, AND RAISE UP CHILDREN FOR HIS BROTHER.’

“Now there were seven brothers with us;
and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother;

so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh.

“Last of all, the woman died.

“In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be?
For they all had married her.”

But Jesus answered and said to them,
“You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.

The Pharisees had just failed in seeking to entrap/trip up Jesus.
Now the Sadducess tried.
You saw the hypothetical question that they hypocritically asked.
Why hypocritically?

They did not believe in heaven.
They did not believe in angels.
They did not believe in the afterlife.
They did not believe in a resurrection from the dead.
Basically modern day “liberals.”

The inquiry was cynical at its foundation.

Note their dripping sarcasm…”in the resurrection…” they did not believe it…”whose wife will she be”…perverted a practice of the Law of raising up seed unto a brother…”for they all had married her”…one translation says “they all had her”.

You can hear the condemnation in the wording.
The undertones are unmistakable.

Jesus’ response.
He gave an answer that speaks to all we are facing within the Body of Christ.

They were mistaken.
They did not understand Scripture.
They did not understand the power of God.

I am constantly amazed how the Body rejects the Word of God.
I see it regularly.
Church members ask questions.
They read Scripture.
Then discuss how they feel.
???
All the while refusing to see the very answer in front of them in the Word.

The church today rarely, if ever, considers the power of God.
We think that is for some by-gone days.

Wake up folk.

Understand the Scripture.
Understand the Power of God.
Times-a-wast’n.

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The Word: Episode 0719 Ephesians 6:5-9

“The Gospel: The Power of God Unto Salvation”

January 27, 2019

“The Gospel: The Power of God Unto Salvation”

Blessings folk!

The organizational “church” has a real problem.

For the most part, the organizational, religious “church” has rejected the gospel.

Too many emphasize the “distinctive doctrines of man”.
Too many give greater heed to their own documents than the Word.
Too many refuse to preach the good news of the gospel.

Beware!

If emphasis is upon “denominational doctrine”…
If emphasis is upon “membership”…
If emphasis is upon “baptism”…
If emphasis is upon “bible study”…
If emphasis is upon “small groups”…

If anything is taught or spoken about more than the gospel, beware.

Sadly, such is the norm.

Many shrewdly skim around and skip upon “gospel” words, themes, Bible passages, yet they do not preach/teach (live?) the basic foundational truths.

Know this…

The gospel…the Good News of Jesus’ incarnation, life, death, burial and resurrection…is the power of God.

Rom 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


When we believe this message…
When we repent…
When we confess…sin…
When we confess Jesus as Savior/Lord…
We are saved.
The power of the gospel of what the Lord has done for us.

Tragically one rarely hears the gospel.
We experience entire baptism gatherings and never hear the gospel referenced.
We experience worship times when the Word is judicially avoided.
We are berated with “stories”, “examples”, “relevant issues”.

Such will not save.
Only the gospel.

The world is dying because we refuse to preach/teach/proclaim/live the gospel.

1Th 1:2-5

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;

constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,

knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;

for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

It is time for the gospel to come in word.
It is time for the gospel to come in power.
It is time for the gospel to come in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
It is time to prove that we are people of the Word.

Quit playing religious games

Repent, then press on…

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The Word: Episode 0718 Ephesians 6:1-4

“Seek Your Servant"

January 26, 2018

“Seek Your Servant"

Blessings folk!

We have arrived!
The last stanza of Psalm 119.
Have you not be amazed by the truths about the Word?

Read the passage…

Psa 119:169-176

Tav.
Let my cry come before You, O LORD;
Give me understanding according to Your word.

Let my supplication come before You;
Deliver me according to Your word.

Let my lips utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes.

Let my tongue sing of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness.

Let Your hand be ready to help me,
For I have chosen Your precepts.

I long for Your salvation, O LORD,
And Your law is my delight.

Let my soul live that it may praise You,
And let Your ordinances help me.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments.

Note three points.

  1. The Psalmist petitioned the Lord “according to Your Word”.
Do we do this?
Do we even know the Word enough to petition according to His Word?

(2) The way the Word is described…we have seen this throughout the Psalm.
Statutes
Commandments
Precepts
Law
Ordinances
Commandments

(3) The Psalmist acknowledges that he has gone astray like a lost sheep, yet he has not forgot the Lord’s commandments.
He asks the Lord to seek him.

Interesting.

When we go astray do we ask the Lord to seek us?
Do we repent?
Do we call upon Him to see?
Perhaps we should.

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The Word: Episode 0717 Ephesians 5:31-32

“Seven Times A Day”

January 25, 2019

“Seven Times A Day”

Blessings folk!

We press on in the closing stanzas of Psalm 119.

Note all the Psalmist says about himself…and the Word.

Psa 119:161-168

Shin.
Princes persecute me without cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your words.

I rejoice at Your word,
As one who finds great spoil.

I hate and despise falsehood,
But I love Your law.

Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous ordinances.

Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble.

I hope for Your salvation, O LORD,
And do Your commandments.

My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.

I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You.

Psalmist:

  • Persecuted without cause
  • Stands in awe of the Word of the Lord
  • Rejoices at the Lord’s Word
  • Hates and despises falsehood
  • Loves the Lord’s law
  • Praises the Lord seven times a day
  • Knows that those who love the Lord’s law have great peace, do not stumble
  • Hopes for the Lord’s salvation
  • Does the Lord’s commandments
  • Keeps the Lord’s testimonies, precepts, testimonies
  • Loves them
  • All his ways are before the Lord
May we do likewise:
  • Rejoice…at the Word
  • Hate/despise…falsehood
  • Love…the law
  • Praise the Lord…because of His righteous ordinances
  • Hope for HIs salvation…do His commandments
  • Keep His testimonies, precepts, testimonies
  • Love His Word
  • Keep all His ways before us

Look at the action verbs.

Let us live it.


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The Word: Episode 0716 Ephesians 5:31

“The Sum of Your Word is Truth. Revive Me!”

January 24, 2019

“The Sum of Your Word is Truth.
Revive Me!”


Blessings folk!

Hang in there!

We are in the final stretch of our cursory reading of Psalm 119.
Again, it is amazing how much detail the Lord gives us.
It is notable the repetition that He uses.
He wants us to know some things.
He describes His Word as:
  • Law
  • Statutes
  • Ordinances
  • Testimonies
  • Precepts
  • Truth
  • As well as others

Read the next stanza.
Watch how the Word is described and what it does.
Watch the Psalmist’s situation and his response/desire.

Psa 119:153-160

Resh.
Look upon my affliction and rescue me,
For I do not forget Your law.

Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your word.

Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes.

Great are Your mercies, O LORD;
Revive me according to Your ordinances.

Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.

I behold the treacherous and loathe them,
Because they do not keep Your word.

Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness.

The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

Whoa!

The Psalmist was in a challenging time.
He was afflicted
He needed rescuing.
He wanted the Lord to plead his cause.
He wanted the Lord to redeem him.
Three times he asked the Lord to revive him.
- according to Your Word
- according to Your ordinances
- according to Your lovingkindness

People were coming against him…
- wicked
- persecutors
- adversaries
- treacherous
These did not keep the Word of the Lord.
They did not seek the statutes of the Lord.
They had forgotten His Law.
They rejected the testimonies of the Lord.
The Psalmist loathed them because of such.

The Psalmist closes this stanza by asking the Lord to consider how he loved His precepts.
Then, this declaration:
The sum of Your Word is truth.
Every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

That is the bottom line.
The Word of the Lord is truth.
His Truth is everlasting.

Will you know it?
Will you live it?

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The Word: Episode 0715 Ephesians 5:25-30

“I Cried…”

January 23, 2019

“I Cried…”

Blessings folk!

We continue to experience the wonder and depth of the Word of God as described in Psalm 119.

Would we not do well to read a stanza from this Psalm every day?

You will have noticed several patterns…

  • The Word described as…
    • Law
    • Statutes
    • Commandments
    • Precepts
    • Ordinances
    • Instructions
    • etc. I am certain I have forgotten a couple. Happy

  • The Psalmist situation
  • The Psalmist response to the Word
  • The benefit of the Word to those who believe
  • The judgment of the Word upon those who refuse to believe

Read the next stanza, watching for insights to the patterns we have seen…

Psa 119:145-152

Qoph.

I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD!
I will observe Your statutes.

I cried to You; save me
And I shall keep Your testimonies.

I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I wait for Your words.

My eyes anticipate the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.

Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances.

Those who follow after wickedness draw near;
They are far from Your law.

You are near, O LORD,
And all Your commandments are truth.

Of old I have known from Your testimonies
That You have founded them forever.

The Psalmist cried out to God!

  • I cried with all heart. Answer me!
  • I will observe Your statutes
  • I cried to you. Save me!
  • I cried. Help!
  • I wait. For Your Words
  • I meditate. On Your Words
  • I cried. Hear my voice
  • I cried. Revive me, according to Your ordinances
  • You are near!

Have you ever felt this way?

Cry out to the Lord.
He is near.
He will help.
He will revive.
He will save.

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The Word: Episode 0714 Ephesians 5:21-24

“The Word: Forever…”

January 22, 2019

“The Word: Forever…”

Blessings folk!

The next stanza of Psalm 119.

Note the “situation” of the Psalmist…

Psa 119:137-144

Tsadhe.
Righteous are You, O LORD,
And upright are Your judgments.

You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness
And exceeding faithfulness.

My zeal has consumed me,
Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.

Your word is very pure,
Therefore Your servant loves it.

I am small and despised,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.

Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
Yet Your commandments are my delight.

Your testimonies are righteous forever;
Give me understanding that I may live.

The Psalmist…

  • Zeal had consumed him…because his adversary had forgotten the Lord’s words
  • Loves the word of the Lord
  • States he is “small”
  • States he is despised
  • Does not forget the precepts of the Lord
  • Trouble and anguish have come upon him
  • The commandments of the Lord are his delight
  • Desired understanding to live

The Word:
  • Judgments
  • Testimonies
  • Precepts
  • Law
  • Commandments

The Word brings…
  • Understanding
  • Delight
  • Righteousness
  • Truth
  • Pure
  • Forever…

Know the Word.
Live the Word.

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Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 2

Hebrews Part 1 - Lesson 2

The Word: Episode 0713 Ephesians 5:15-21

“My Eyes Shed Streams of Water”

January 21, 2019

“My Eyes Shed Streams of Water”

Blessings folk!

The Psalmist continues with declaring the wonder of the Word…
  • Testimonies
  • Commandments
  • Precepts
  • Statutes
  • Law

Psa 119:129-136

Pe.
Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul observes them.

The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.

I opened my mouth wide and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
After Your manner with those who love Your name.

Establish my footsteps in Your word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.

Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.

Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.

My eyes shed streams of water,
Because they do not keep Your law.

What do we learn about the Word?

  • Wonderful
  • Gives light

What did the Psalmist ask the Lord to do?
  • Give understanding
  • Turn to him
  • Be gracious to him
  • Establish his footsteps in His Word
  • Do not let iniquity have dominion over him
  • Redeem him from oppression
  • Make Your face shine upon Your servant
  • Teach me Your statutes

What was the Psalmist’s response?
  • He cried because he did not keep the law
  • He declared the Lord’s testimonies to be wonderful
  • He observes them
  • He longed for the Lord’s commandments
  • He kept the Lord’s precepts

Do we keep the Word of the Lord?
Does it break our hearts when we do not?

The Lord empowers believers to live holy before him.

We simply abide in Him to do so.

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The Word: Episode 0712 Ephesians 5:17-18

“It Is Time For The Lord to Act”

January 20, 2019

“It Is Time For The Lord to Act”

Blessings folk!

In the next stanza of Psalm 119 the Psalmist makes a bold statement.

Psa 119:121-28

Ayin.
I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.

Be surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the arrogant oppress me.

My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
And for Your righteous word.

Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
And teach me Your statutes.

I am Your servant; give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies.

It is time for the LORD to act,
For they have broken Your law.

Therefore I love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.

Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything,
I hate every false way.

The statement?
“Is is time for the Lord to act”.
This is not some proclamation of soulish hubris on the part of the Psalmist.
It is an understanding that the Lord will only “wait so long” when it comes to sin.
The oppressors had broken the Law of the Lord.
They were living “every false way”.
The Lord would act.

The Psalmist states forthrightly that he has:

  • Done justice
  • Done righteousness
  • Longed for the Lord’s salvation
  • Served the Lord
  • Loved the Lord’s commandments above gold
  • Esteemed the Lord’s precepts as correct in all things
  • Hated every false way

Again we see the Word:
  • Statutes
  • Testimonies
  • Law
  • Commandments
  • Precepts

The Psalmist asked the Lord:
  • Do not let the arrogant oppress me
  • Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
  • Teach me Your statutes
  • Give me understanding
  • Let me know Your testimonies

De we believe?
Do we live this way?
Do we trust this way?

Cry out to the Lord.
Trust the Lord.

It is time for the Lord to act.

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The Word: Episode 0711 Ephesians 5:11-17

“Uphold Me”

January 19, 2018

“Uphold Me”

Blessings folk!

Let us look a little closer at the “Samekh” stanza of Psalm 119…

Read again…

Psa 119:113-120

Samekh.
I hate those who are double-minded,
But I love Your law.

You are my hiding place and my shield;
I wait for Your word.

Depart from me, evildoers,
That I may observe the commandments of my God.

Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

Uphold me that I may be safe,
That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.

You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes,
For their deceitfulness is useless.

You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross;
Therefore I love Your testimonies.

My flesh trembles for fear of You,
And I am afraid of Your judgments.


Note what the Psalmist does/determines:

  • Hates the double-minded
  • Love the Lord’s Law
  • Hides in the Lord
  • Shielded by the Lord
  • Waits for the Word of the Lord
  • Demands evildoers to depart from him
  • Wants evildoers to depart so that he can observe the commandments of God
  • Asks the Lord to sustain him according to His Word, so as to live
  • Does not want to be ashamed of the hope he has in the Lord
  • Seeks the Lord to uphold him
  • Desires to regard the statutes of the Lord continually
  • Loves the testimonies of the Lord
  • Trembles for fear of the Lord
  • Is afraid of the Lord’s judgments

Note what the Lord does…
  • Hides us
  • Shields us
  • Sustains us
  • Is our Hope
  • Upholds us
  • Rejects those who wander from His statutes
  • Removed the wicked of the earth…interesting…that which is yet to come spoken as if it has already occurred…which it has…
  • Judges

The Lord reveals so much to us about Himself, His Word and the life we as Believers have in Him.

Do you believe?
Do you truly believe unto salvation?
Do you live according to His word?

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The Word: Episode 0710 Ephesians 5:7-10

“The Double-Minded”

January 18, 2019

“The Double-Minded”

Blessings folk!

What do you fear?
What do you hate?

We know that we are not to fear anything other than the Most High God…
We know that we are not to hate…

Read.
Watch the emotion of the Psalmist.
Watch what he requests.

Psa 119:113-120

Samekh.
I hate those who are double-minded,
But I love Your law.

You are my hiding place and my shield;
I wait for Your word.

Depart from me, evildoers,
That I may observe the commandments of my God.

Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

Uphold me that I may be safe,
That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.

You have rejected all those who wander from Your statutes,
For their deceitfulness is useless.

You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross;
Therefore I love Your testimonies.

My flesh trembles for fear of You,
And I am afraid of Your judgments.

The Psalmist hated those who are double-minded.
Do we not all?
Especially when we encounter the double-minded in the mirror.
But, the juxtaposition.
I love Your law.

What is double-minded?
Saying one thing, doing another.

Professing belief/faith in God, living in the belief/faith of man.

Again we see the Word of the Lord described…

  • Law
  • Commandments
  • Statutes
  • Testimonies
  • Judgments

The Psalmist hid himself in the Lord.
Where do we “hide”?

The Psalmist declared the Lord to be his shield.
Who do we turn to for protection?

We have seen these truths reiterated in Psalm 119.
They are important.
They are foundational.
Do we live in them?

Believe.

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The Word: Episode 0709 Ephesians 4:5-6

“Your Word: A Lamp/Light”

January 17, 2019

“Your Word: A Lamp/Light”

Blessings folk!

Look at the intensity of the Psalmist.
What has he decided to do?
Why?
On what did he depend?

As we have seen in previous stanzas, the Word of the Lord is described as:
  • Ordinances
  • Law
  • Precepts
  • Testimonies
  • Statutes

Psa 119:105-112

Nun.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

I have sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

I am exceedingly afflicted;
Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word.

O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD,
And teach me Your ordinances.

My life is continually in my hand,
Yet I do not forget Your law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me,
Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.

I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart.

I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even to the end.

The Psalmist:

  • Had sworn the Word of the Lord
  • Had confirmed the Word of the Lord
    • So to keep His righteous ordinances
  • Was exceedingly afflicted
  • Ask the Lord to revive him
    • According to His Word
  • His life was continually in danger
    • Yet he did not forget the Law
  • The wicked laid snares for him
    • Yet he had not gone astray from the precepts of the Lord
  • He had inherited the testimonies of the Lord….forever
    • They, the testimonies of the Lord, are the joy of his heart
  • He inclined his heart to perform the statute of the Lord
    • Forever
    • To the end

Is this our attitude?
What illumines your path?
By what word do you live?
What is the joy of your heart?

The word of man?
The Word of the Lord?

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The Word: Episode 0708 Ephesians 5:3-4

“Sweeter Than Honey”

January 16, 2019

“Sweeter Than Honey”

Blessings folk!

We continue to the next stanza of Psalm 119.

Note the repetition of thought.
Repetition is the heart of mastering a matter.
Repetition implants truth in our soul.

How is the Word of the Lord described?
We have seen it before, many times.

What benefit did the Psalmist derived?
Does it apply to us?

Psa 119:97-104

Mem.
O how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever mine.

I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.

I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.

I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.

I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.

How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

The Word:

  • Your Law
  • Commandments
  • Testimonies
  • Precepts
  • Ordinances
  • Sweeter than honey

What did the Psalmist do?
What are we to do?
  • Love the Law of the Lord
  • Meditate upon the Word of the Lord all day
  • Observe the Lord’s precepts
  • Restrain our feet from every evil way
  • Keep His Word
  • Do not turn aside from His ordinances
  • Hate every false way

What does the Word of the Lord do for us?
  • Make wiser than enemies
  • Insight, more than all our teachers
  • Understanding, more than the aged
  • Taught by the Lord

The Lord will teach us.
His Word is ours forever.
If we receive…
If we learn…
Then wisdom, insight and understanding are to be had…to the praise of the glory of His grace.

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The Word: Episode 0707 Ephesians 5:1-2

“You Established the Earth…”

January 15, 2019

“You Established the Earth…”

Blessings folk!

We press on with the next stanza of Psalm 119.

We see the Word described as in previous stanzas…
  • Word
  • Ordinances
  • Law
  • Precepts
  • Testimonies
  • Commandment

The Psalmist declares some things and asks for some things that we have seen before.

There Is a subject covered that we have not seen….

Psa 119:89-96

Lamedh.
Forever, O LORD,
Your word is settled in heaven.

Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations;
You established the earth, and it stands.

They stand this day according to Your ordinances,
For all things are Your servants.

If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction.

I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have revived me.

I am Yours, save me;
For I have sought Your precepts.

The wicked wait for me to destroy me;
I shall diligently consider Your testimonies.

I have seen a limit to all perfection;
Your commandment is exceedingly broad.

The Psalmist…

  • The Law is his delight
  • Would have perished without the Law
  • Will never forget the Lord’s precepts
  • Revived by the precept of the Lord
  • The Psalmist is the Lord’s
  • The Psalmist calls for the Lord to save him
  • The Psalmist sought the Lord’s precepts
  • Considered the Lord’s testimonies when the wicked attacked
  • Has seen a limit to all

Look at what we learn about the Lord and His Word.

The Word is settled in heaven forever.
FOREVER!

Then this…

The Lord established the earth.
He created the earth.
The earth stands.
“They stand this day according to Your ordinances…”
They?
All of creation.
Sun.
Moon.
Stars.
All

Then this…
“For all things are Your servants.”

The faithfulness of the Lord continues throughout all generations.
All creation serves Him.
The Word of the Lord controls all.

Selah!

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Hebrews 1 - Lesson 1

Hebrews 1 - Lesson 1

The Word: Episode 0706 Ephesians 4:31-32

“Revive Me…”

January 14, 2019

“Revive Me…”

Blessings folk!!

The next stanza shows the Psalmist in a challenged state of mind.
Note his status.

As in previous stanzas the Psalmist speaks of the Word in various ways.
Note what the Word does for him.

Psa 119:81-88

Kaph.
My soul languishes for Your salvation;
I wait for Your word.

My eyes fail with longing for Your word,
While I say, “When will You comfort me?”

Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget Your statutes.

How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?

The arrogant have dug pits for me,
Men who are not in accord with Your law.

All Your commandments are faithful;
They have persecuted me with a lie; help me!

They almost destroyed me on earth,
But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts.

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.

The state of the Psalmist?
What did the Psalmist desire?

  • My soul languishes…for Your salvation
  • My eyes fail…with longing for Your Word
  • He spoke…when will You comfort me?
  • Like a wineskin in the smoke
  • Questioned the number of his days
  • Questioned when the Lord would execute judgment upon persecutors
  • Undergoing persecution
  • Almost destroyed by the enemy

How did the Psalmist respond?
  • Requested reviving by the Lord
  • Did not forsake the Lord’s precepts
  • Called for help from the Lord

The Word…as we have seen…
  • Comfort
  • Statutes
  • Law
  • Commandments
  • Precepts
  • Testimonies

What does/will the Lord do?
  • Salvation
  • Comfort
  • Execute judgment
  • Help
  • Revive

Are you listening to what the Lord is saying to you in Psalm 119?

Life will change if we will…

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The Word: Episode 0705 Ephesians 4:30

“May…”

January 13, 2019

“May…”

Blessings folk!

Psalm 119
The next stanza.

Psa 119:73-80

Yodh.
Your hands made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

May those who fear You see me and be glad,
Because I wait for Your word.

I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

O may Your lovingkindness comfort me,
According to Your word to Your servant.

May Your compassion come to me that I may live,
For Your law is my delight.

May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie;
But I shall meditate on Your precepts.

May those who fear You turn to me,
Even those who know Your testimonies.

May my heart be blameless in Your statutes,
So that I will not be ashamed.

Look at how the Psalmist begins this stanza.
What does he base his requests upon?

“Your hand made and fashioned me…”

God made each of us.
The Word is clear about that.

The Psalmist is saying “you created me, now give me understanding”.

How is the Word described?

  • Commandments
  • Law
  • Precepts
  • Testimonies
  • Statutes

What did the Psalmist desire?
  • Understanding
  • Learning the commandments
  • To be seen by those who fear the Lord, and be glad
  • To wait for His Word
  • Comfort of the lovingkindness of the Lord
  • The compassion of the Lord
  • The arrogant to be ashamed, for they lied about him
  • To meditate upon the Lord’s precepts
  • Those who feared the Lord to turn to Him
  • A blameless heart as to the Lord’s statutes
  • To be not ashamed

Lastly, what did the Psalmist declare about the Lord?
  • The Lord’s judgments are righteous
  • In faithfulness the Lord had afflicted him

This is the Lord we believe.
This is the Lord Who lives in us.

Why live in the flesh?
Live in the power of the Spirit.

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The Word: Episode 0704 Ephesians 4:29

“Word of the Lord? Riches?”

January 12, 2019

“Word of the Lord? Riches?”

Blessings folk!

We continue through Psalm 119…each eight-verse stanza at a time.

The Psalmist continues to declare the good things the Lord has done for him.
The Psalmist continues to make requests of the Lord.
The Psalmist continues to testify of the power of the Word.

Watch for all.

Psa 119:65-72

Teth.
You have dealt well with Your servant,
O LORD, according to Your word.

Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.

Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.

You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.

The arrogant have forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.

Their heart is covered with fat,
But I delight in Your law.

It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.

The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

What do we learn about God?

  • Deals well with His servants
  • Deals according to His Word
  • He is good
  • He does good
  • Teaches His statutes

What about the Psalmist?
  • God’s servant
  • Desired to be taught about good discernment and knowledge, statutes
  • Believed the Lord’s commandments
  • Once was astray
  • Affliction brought Him back
  • Keeps the Lord’s Word…after affliction
  • Had been lied about
  • Determined to observe the Lord’s precepts with all his heart
  • Delighted in the law of the Lord
  • Learned that affliction can be good…learned the Lord’s statutes
  • Now knew that the Law of the Lord is better than thousands of pieces of gold/silver.

The Lord’s:
  • Word
  • Commandments
  • Statutes
  • Precepts
  • Law

Are they better to you than the riches of the world?
Which do you pursue? The Word? Riches?

We often “say” the right thing.

Which does your life reveal?

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The Word: Episode 0703 Ephesians 4:28

“I Have…”

January 11, 2019

“I Have…”

Blessings folk!

As mentioned before, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter/psalm in the Bible.
Many verses that tell us about the Lord and His Word.
It tells us about our relationship to the Word.

As you read, give attention to what the Psalmist does…”I…”.
Watch what the Word does…
Forget not, the Lord is our portion…

Psa 119:57

Heth.
The LORD is my portion;
I have promised to keep Your words.

I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word.

I considered my ways
And turned my feet to Your testimonies.

I hastened and did not delay
To keep Your commandments.

The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have not forgotten Your law.

At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You
Because of Your righteous ordinances.

I am a companion of all those who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.

The earth is full of Your lovingkindness, O LORD;
Teach me Your statutes.

The Lord is our portion:

  • Word
  • Testimonies
  • Commandments
  • Law
  • Ordinances
  • Precepts
  • Statutes

Each describes and element of the Lord’s Word to us.

The Psalmist (and we?):
  • Promised to keep His Words
  • Sought His favor with all our heart
  • Asked the Lord to be gracious to us
  • Considered His ways
  • Turn our feet toward His testimonies
  • Hastened/did not delay to keep His commandments
  • Have not forgotten His law, though the wicked encircle us
  • Gives thanks to the Lord at midnight
  • Fear Him

Rejoice in the Lord and His Word revealed to us.
Know this, the earth is full of His lovingkindness.

Ask Him to teach you His statutes.
He will.
Through the Word.
Through creation.
Through the Spirit.
Through OneAnother.


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The Word: Episode 0702 Ephesians 4:26-27

“I Observe Your Precepts”

January 10, 2019

“I Observe Your Precepts”

Blessings folk!

As we continue with the next stanza of Psalm 119…amazing how much information the Lord has given us about the Word in this Psalm…give close heed to what the Word does, how it is described and what it did for the Psalmist and does for us.

Psa 119:49-56

Zayin.
Remember the word to Your servant,
In which You have made me hope.

This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.

The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.

I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O LORD,
And comfort myself.

Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who forsake Your law.

Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.

O LORD, I remember Your name in the night,
And keep Your law.

This has become mine,
That I observe Your precepts.

The Word described as…

  • Our hope
  • Comfort
  • Source of reviving
  • Law
  • Ordinances
  • Statutes
  • Precepts

What did the Psalmist do/receive?
  • Hope
  • Comfort in affliction
  • Revived
  • Stood firm as arrogant derided him
  • Remembered the Lord’s ordinances
  • Burned with indignation due to the wicked who forsake Your law
  • Sang the Lord’s statutes as songs…in the house of my pilgrimage…his body!
  • Remembers the Lord’s name in the night…upon His night bed…
  • Keeps the Lord’s law
  • Observes His precepts

It is paramount that we learn/know/live the Word of the Lord.

We are seeing how much we receive from the Word.
The Word provides insight, etc. into all situations of life.

Why would we not seek it?
Why would we reject it?

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The Word: Episode 0701 Ephesians 5:25

“I Will…”

January 9, 2019

“I Will…”

Blessings folk!

The next stanza of Psalm 119 is a series of declarative statements by the Psalmist.

He has decided some things based upon the Word of the Lord.

They are bold.
They are decisive.
They are life-changing.

Should we not do the same?

Psa 119:41-48

Vav.
May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O LORD,
Your salvation according to Your word;

So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.

And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I wait for Your ordinances.

So I will keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.

And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.

I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings
And shall not be ashamed.

I shall delight in Your commandments,
Which I love.

And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I love;
And I will meditate on Your statutes.

The Psalmist…

  • Request that the lovingkindnesses of the Lord come to him
  • Request the salvation of the Lord according to His Word

Then the Psalmist states why and the fruit thereof…
  • I will have an answer for those who reproach, I trust in Your Word
  • I wait for Your ordinances
  • I keep Your law continually, forever and ever
  • I will walk in liberty
  • I will seek Your precepts
  • I will speak of Your testimonies before kings
  • I shall not be ashamed
  • I shall delight in Your commandments, which I love
  • I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments
  • I will meditate upon Your statutes

Note the actions…
  • Walk
  • Seek
  • Speak
  • Not ashamed
  • Delight
  • Lift up hands
  • Meditate

Note how the Lord’s Word is described…
  • Ordinances
  • Law
  • Precepts
  • Testimonies
  • Commandments
  • Statutes

When reading through Psalm 119 in this manner one might be tempted to think that we as Believers are called to keep The Law in the manner of the Old Covenant Israelite.
No.
We do all this.
We keep all this.
We do it in/through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Be difference.
Are you doing so?

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The Word: Episode 0700 Ephesians 4:17-24

“Teach Me, Revive Me”

January 8, 2019

“Teach Me, Revive Me”

Blessings folk!

Press on through Psalm 119.

The next stanza.
Give close heed to what the Psalmist is requesting of the Lord.
The actions.
The deeds.
Give close heed to what we learn about the Word.

Psa 119:33-40

He.
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.

Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law
And keep it with all my heart.

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies
And not to dishonest gain.

Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.

Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.

Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.

Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.

Psalmist’s requests?

  • Teach me the way of Your statutes
  • Give me understanding…why? Observe law. Keep it with all my heart.
  • Make me walk in the path of Your commandments.
  • Incline my heart to Your testimonies, not to dishonest gain.
  • Turn my eyes from looking at vanity
  • Revive me in Your ways
  • Establish Your Word to Your servant
  • Turn away my reproach
  • Revive me through Your righteousness

What do we learn about the Word?
  • To be taught, statutes
  • To be observed to the end
  • To be observed
  • To be kept
  • Path to be walked
  • Delight in them
  • The Lord’s testimonies
  • Way of revival
  • God establishes Word in us
  • Produces reverence for God
  • Ordinances are good
  • God’s precepts are to be longed for
  • The Word of the Lord revives us through the Lord’s righteousness.

Turn to the Lord in this manner.
Watch what He does.

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The Word: Episode 0699 Ephesians 4, Romans 1

“Revive/Teach/Strengthen… The Word"

January 7, 2019

“Revive/Teach/Strengthen… The Word"

Blessings folk!

Psalm 119 reveals the wonder, glory, power and purpose of the Word of God.

There is much information for us.

Here is the next stanza…

Psa 119:25-32

Daleth.
My soul cleaves to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.

I have told of my ways, and You have answered me;
Teach me Your statutes.

Make me understand the way of Your precepts,
So I will meditate on Your wonders.

My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Your word.

Remove the false way from me,
And graciously grant me Your law.

I have chosen the faithful way;
I have placed Your ordinances before me.

I cling to Your testimonies;
O LORD, do not put me to shame!

I shall run the way of Your commandments,
For You will enlarge my heart.

Much could/should be explored with each statement…beyond the confines of this format.

Seize/grasp the basics.

Note the condition of the Psalmist:

  • His soul cleaves to the dust
  • He had told his ways to God…God answered
  • He wanted understanding
  • His should weeped because of grief
  • He had false in him
  • He had decided to chose the faithful way
  • He was clinging to the testimonies of the Lord
  • He had determined to run the way of God’s commandments

Look at the requests of the Psalmist…
  • Revive me…according to Your Word
  • Teach me…Your statutes
  • Make me understand…the way of Your precepts
  • Strengthen me…according to Your Word
  • Remove the false from me…by graciously granting me Your law
  • Do not put me to shame…I have chosen the faithful way/Your ordinances, Your testimonies
  • Enlarge my heart…I shall run the way of Your commandments

We see the pattern.

Often believers desire to be revived, to be taught, to understand, to be strengthened, to know the truth, to have their hearts enlarged…yet, they refuse to spend meaningful, substantive time in the Word.

They refuse to allow God to speak to them through the Word.
They refuse the move and teaching of the Spirit.

Read the Word.
Learn the Word.
Meditate upon the Word.

Ask the Lord to:
  • Revive
  • Teach
  • Bring understanding
  • Strengthen
  • Remove the false
  • Remove the shame
  • Enlarge the heart

The Lord will transform you through His Word.

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The Word: Episode 0698 Ephesians 4:17-18

“Your Word…"

January 6, 2019

“Your Word…"

Blessings folk!

Let us look at the next stanza of Psalm 119.
Give close attention to what the Psalmist says about himself.
Give close attention to what is said about the Word.
Give close attention to what is revealed about God.

Psa 119:17-24

Gimel.
Deal bountifully with Your servant,
That I may live and keep Your word.

Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law.

I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Your commandments from me.

My soul is crushed with longing
After Your ordinances at all times.

You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,
Who wander from Your commandments.

Take away reproach and contempt from me,
For I observe Your testimonies.

Even though princes sit and talk against me,
Your servant meditates on Your statutes.

Your testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors.

The Psalmist/Servant
- Deal bountifully with me

  • That I may live
  • That I may keep Your Word
  • Open my eyes
  • Am a stranger on earth
  • Soul is crushed with longing…for Word
  • Take away contempt/approach from me
  • Observe Your testimonies
  • Princes talk about him
  • Your testimonies are his delight
  • Testimonies are his counselors

The Word
  • Wonderful things in the law
  • Commandments
  • Ordinances
  • Testimonies
  • Statutes
  • Counselors

God
  • Deals with servants
  • Open eyes
  • Hides/reveals commandments
  • Takes away reproach and contempt

Are we walking in this relationship with the Word/Lord?

It will transform.

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The Word: Episode 0697 Ephesians 4:16

“Keep the Word…”

January 5, 2019

“Keep the Word…”

Blessings folk!

Blessed is the man that walks in the righteous commandments of the Lord.

Look at the next stanza of Psalm 119.

Psalm 119:9-16

Beth.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.

With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.

Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.

Blessed are You, O LORD;
Teach me Your statutes.

With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Your mouth.

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.

I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.

I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word.

Evaluate yourself in light of each verse.

Do you…

  • Keep your way pure according to the Word of the Lord?
  • Seek the Lord with all your heart?
  • Not wander from His commandments?
  • Treasure His Word in your heart?
  • Bless the Lord?
  • Not sin against Him?
  • Speak of His ordinances with your lips and mouth?
  • Rejoice in the way of His testimonies…as much as in riches?
  • Meditate upon His precepts?
  • Regard His ways?
  • Delight in His statutes?
  • Remember His Word?

If we do these things, then we are blessed.
The Lord will keep.
The Word of the Lord will protect, guide, reveal, etc.

Learn the Word.
Know the Word.
Live the Word.

New Bible study begins this coming week - Hebrews.
Local and online.
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The Word: Ephesians 4:11-17

“The Lord God…”

January 3, 2019

“The Lord God…”

Blessings folk!

It is good to begin the new year with the goal of immersing oneself in the Word of God.

Here is a good resource to do so…
https://www.readscripture.org/

Psalm 119 is a simply amazing declaration of the wonder, glory and power of the Word of God.

It is looonnnggg… Happy
176 verses.
The longest Psalm.
The longest chapter in the Bible.

The verses are divided into “stanzas”.
Each stanza begins with the next letter in the Hebrew alphabet, an acrostic structure.
That is the reason that you will see a Hebrew word at the beginning of each stanza.

As we examine the Psalm, pay attention to the following:
  • What is revealed about God/His Word
  • What is revealed about man
  • What is the outcome of the Word

Let us read a stanza…

Psa 119:1-8

Aleph. (first letter in Hebrew alphabet)

How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the LORD.

How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.

They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.

You have ordained Your precepts,
That we should keep them diligently.

Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!

Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon all Your commandments.

I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.

I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not forsake me utterly!

What has the Lord done?
He has a Law.
He is seek-able.
He has “ways” by which we are walk.
He has ordained precepts.
He has statutes.
He has commandments.
He is upright of heart.
He is righteous of judgment.

Meditate and reflect upon this.

Tomorrow we will look at the Psalmist/our response/etc.

Selah!

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The Word: Ephesians 4:11-13

“The Word/Plan”

January 2, 2019

“The Word/Plan”

Blessings folk!

The Word of the Lord is Truth and Power.
The very Word of the Lord will transform us.

I am planning to walk through Psalm 119…was starting today…when I ran across an article.

It is from
biblegateway.com, a major online Bible study source.

It is about the number one searched verse for the year 2018.

What do you think it was?
John 3:16?
No.
Genesis 1:1?
No.
Psalm 23?
No.

It was Jeremiah 29:11.

Here is the first paragraph from the article…

Out of more than 2 billion page views conducted by visitors to Bible Gateway during 2018,
the most popular verse for the year was Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This verse ranked second in 2016 to John 3:16.


Think on this.

People, believers and unbelievers, are searching to know if God has a plan.
He does.

They want to know if He has a plan for them.
He does.

They want to know what the plan is.
They want to know God’s intent.
The Lord makes it clear…
To prosper them.
To not harm them.
To give them hope.
To give them a future.

This is the reason we must know and live the Word of the Lord.

The Lord reveals what we need.
The Lord reveals what the world needs.

Know the Word.
Study the Word.
Meditate upon the Word.
Live the Word.

Wait until you see what Psalm 119 says about the relationship to the Word of the Lord and the lives we live…

Here is the link to the full article -
https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2018/12/this-is-the-most-popular-verse-in-2-billion-pageviews-during-2018-on-bible-gateway/

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The Word: Episode 0693 Ephesians 4:11

“God In the New Year”

January 1, 2019

“God In the New Year”

Blessings folk!!

Another new year!
An exciting time.
A place to begin again.
A place to learn from the past and press on.

Read Psalm 65 again.

Today as we start the new year, rejoice in what we learn about God from this Psalm.

Psa 65:1-13

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God,
And to You the vow will be performed.

O You who hear prayer,
To You all men come.

Iniquities prevail against me;
As for our transgressions, You forgive them.

How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple.

By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation,
You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;

Who establishes the mountains by His strength,
Being girded with might;

Who stills the roaring of the seas,
The roaring of their waves,
And the tumult of the peoples.

They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow;
You greatly enrich it;
The stream of God is full of water;
You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.

You water its furrows abundantly,
You settle its ridges,
You soften it with showers,
You bless its growth.

You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
And Your paths drip with fatness.

The pastures of the wilderness drip,
And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.

The meadows are clothed with flocks
And the valleys are covered with grain;
They shout for joy, yes, they sing.


God…

  • Forgives transgressions
  • Chooses those who He brings near to Himself
  • Does awesome deeds
  • Answers us in righteousness
  • Is God of our salvation
  • Is trust
  • Establishes mountains
  • Stills the roaring seas
  • Stills the tumult of the people (that is a great truth!)
  • Performs sign
  • Makes the dawn and the sunset shout for joy
  • Visits the earth, causes it to overflow…water, grain
  • Waters, settles ridges, softens it, blesses the earth
  • Crowns the year with bounty/fatness
    • Pastures of the wilderness, drip with fatness
    • Hills, gird themselves with rejoicing
    • Meadows, clothed with flocks
    • Valleys, covered with grain
    • They all shout for joy
    • They all sing

Do you believe?
If so, join with creation in rejoicing unto the Lord.

Enter a new year with the understanding of Who God is.
Know He desires good for you.
Know that He will bring it forth.

Abide in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord.
Go in the Lord.

Selah!

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