Do you answer to the Heebie-Jeebies?

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

Sound mind, sophronismos, Strong’s # 4995: combination of sos, “safe,”and phren “the mind”; thus, safe-thinking. The word means good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

The spirit of fear may find a place by reason of one’s natural temperament, but it is not merely a human mentality; it is not from God; and it can immobilize and torment its victims, making them feel powerless and alone (1 John 4:18).

Indecision or wrong decisions are then made that could give place to bondage and great human suffering. In the face of fear, we are to remember our calling from God (2 Tim. 1 :6). We have within us:

  1. The power of God, through the Holy Spirit, enabling us to no longer be victims (our text);
  2. The perfect love of God, poured into our lives through Jesus Christ and His abiding presence (Rom. 5:5);
  3. The mind of Christ by which we can apply the ways of God in making “sound” choices (2 Tim.1:7).

Applying this truth determines whether we overcome fear or are overcome by it (1 John 5:4).

 

Can we say, “We joyfully accepted the plundering of our goods?”

Not in America, certainly not in our churchs.The plundering is coming ready or not. Can we say what the Apostle Paul wrote in the tenth chapter of Hebrews?

But recall the former days in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and enduring possession for your selves in heaven. Hebrews 10:32-36.

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

Endurance, hupomone, Strong’s # 5281: Constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out, patient endurance. The word combines hupo, “under,” and mone, “to remain.”

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Hupomone is associated with hope. Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father 1 Thess. 1:3 NKJV.

Hupomone refers to the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. It is the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstances, not with a passive complacency, but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat.

What do you think?

God is a great dancer

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor (grace) is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:4, 5 NKJV.

Verse 5 gives a good example of contrasting parallelism common in Hebrew poems.

Joy, rinnah, and Strong’s # 7440 this is a shout of rejoicing; shouting; loud cheering in triumph; singing. The description of rinnah is one of joyful shouting at the time of a great victory. Proverbs 11:10, rinnah describes the jubilation of the righteous when the wicked are eliminated.

Zephaniah 3:17 literally says that God will dance over His beloved people with singing or a shout of joy. Rinnah may best be illustrated by the testimony of the redeemed, returning from captivity.

Life in this verse equal lifetime. The plague lasted all day, so the night was full of weeping. Endure literally “lodge as a guest.” Some awesome parallelisms indeed.

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Artists comments: ”The Dance of Grace is not intended to be an illustration of a moment in the life of Jesus 2000 years ago, but rather a present depiction of the delight and celebration which He invites everyone to join in the present.
Let Him do as only He can – and join in the celebration of His love and the Dance of Grace.”
~ Mark Keathley

What do you think?

Aside

Some see, some hear, yet, the mystery remains

 

And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the *mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.” Mark 4:11, 12 NKJV

*Mystery, secret or hidden truth. depths of jesus

Mystery, musterion, Strong’s # 3466 from mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries,” a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. As New Testament initiates the word means something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God.

The secret thoughts, plans, dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. The “mystery of the kingdom of God” means that kingdom of God has come in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, in His words and works, a kingdom which began to penetrate the human situation in a new way in and through His ministry, which continues to do so through the Body of Christ.

Only by faith can one recognize in the lowly figure of Jesus of Nazareth, the manifestation of God’s rule.

In nonbiblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed, or silenced (Occult). In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col. 1:26). NT musterion focuses on Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection, and dynamic ascension.

 

Are you Happy or Blessed?

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” John 13:17 KJV.

“If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:17 NKJV.

It is interesting to see how we can easily invite the world’s ways into our definitions especially in the translation of God’s Word.

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From Etymology Dictionary: happy (adj.)

late 14c., “lucky, favored by fortune, being in advantageous circumstances, prosperous;” of events, “turning out well,” from hap (n.) “chance, fortune” + -y (2). Sense of “very glad” first recorded late 14c. Meaning “greatly pleased and content” is from 1520s. Old English had eadig (from ead “wealth, riches”) and gesælig, which has become silly. Old English bliðe “happy” survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for “happy” at first meant “lucky.” An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant “wise.”

Happy medium “the golden mean” is from 1702. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can’t be dug up and eaten.

Blessed, makarios, Strong’s #3107, blessed, possessing the characteristic of deity, Makariotes. It indicates the state of the believer in Christ (Mt.5:3-11: “Blessed … for my sake;” Lk. 6:20-22, “blessed… for the Son of Man’s sake”). He is indwelt by God because of Christ and as a result is fully satisfied.

Makarios differs from happy because happy is the person who has good luck (from the root hap, favorable circumstances). A blessed person is one whom God makes fully satisfied, not because of favorable circumstances, but because He indwells the believer through Christ.

To be makarious, blessed, is equivalent to having God’s kingdom within one’s heart (Mt. 5:2, 11; Lk.17:21). Makarios is the one who is in the world yet independent of the world; his satisfaction comes from God and not from favorable circumstances.

Alright fess up all those rabbit’s foots!

Is the Holy Spirit real to you in your life or is He just a theological nuance?

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit…” John 20:21, 22 NKJV. RICHARDCIARAN_GALLERY_AUGUST_2009_Page_03_Image_0001_fs

Jesus’ words help to set in context two different works of the person of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life. First we are made aware on Easter night, the disciples do, in fact, “receive the Holy Spirit” as “the Spirit of life” (Rom. 8:2). Jesus’ word is direct and unequivocal: “Receive”; and in doing so, the disciples are “born again” (John 3:3) by the Holy Spirit’s regenerating work in them (Rom. 8:11-17).

This passage parallels the breath of the Father on Adam in the first creation, as Jesus breathes on them and the “new creation” is begun (2 Cor. 5:17). Second , however, on Pentecost the work of God’s Spirit as the Spirit of power (Isa. 11:2, “might”) is to enable Jesus’ disciples for ministry—witness and service —to fulfill their mission to the world.

In verse 22 “Breathed”: Makes a clear allusion to Genesis 2:7. Now Jesus breathed life into His own. Many interpret the statement “Receive the Holy Spirit” as symbolic and as anticipating Pentecost. Others interpret the Greek to mean immediacy in the sense of “receive right now,” and view the day of the Lord’s Resurrection as marking the transition from the terms of the Old Covenant to those of the New Covenant.

The old creation began with the breath of God; now the new creation began with the breath of God the Son.

 

 

As a former lump, are you cracked and allowing Jesus to shine from within you?

For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.
We are pressed in on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair;
We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted [to stand alone]; we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:6-9 (Amplified Bible)     pot  

 Vessel, skeuos, a vessel, utensil, implement. Figuratively of the human body as formed of clay and thus frail and feeble (2 Cor. 4:7); of persons, ina moral respect (Rom. 9:22,23, refering to those in whom the divine mercy is to be exercised according to the purpose of the divine potter.

I take these verse’s as a warrant for us to be cracked-pots that leak His glorious presence to a darkened world.  This epistle’s theme which is ministry through weak vessels expresses the paradox of how weak human beings can be the vessels of the power of God. In the clay pot my weakness and God’s power come together.

A jar is designed to hold something, so let God fill your jar with His treasures!     

Receive what you were created to hold – HIS life
Receive what you were created to hold – HIS light 

 

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