Practical living and God’s Word.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 NKJV.

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All of us as Christians are too inexperienced in much of life to be without a guide. God’s Word is that guide. Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible; it unfolds manifold (God’s wisdom full of many shades, tints, hues, and colorful expressions) features of the Word in a dynamic manner that assists us in life’s most practical circumstances.

Of all the 176 verses none focus on this more clearly than verse 105. In this verse we see how God’s Word lights the way, giving direction for each step (“to my feet”) and supplying wisdom for long-range plans (“to my path”).

Joshua under Moses is a great example of a man who learned to lead from God’s chosen leader. Joshua spoke of the regular application of God’s Word to life as the most certain way to both success and prosperity in daily living (Josh. 1:8).

The lesson to be learned above all others is that knowledge and practical application of the Word will keep one from sin and thus enable him to know and serve God appropriately (119:9, 11, 92, 98, 105, 130, 133, 176).

Ps. 119:130 says, the entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple ( pethawee #6612,  foolish). God’s Word gives a truth that points us toward the avoidance of making decisions based on human delusion or outright senselessness.

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A great reminder is found in Proverbs 6:23, For the Commandment (not a suggestion) is a lamp, and the Law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life…

Has God’s Word been a guide to you in your daily walk? More often than I like to admit, our Lord has asked me if I won’t obey His Word perhaps I need a trip to the shed—a place where I learn lessons the hard way rather than submitting to His prescribed way in the Word. He has even shown me drag marks where I have been rebellious and He has helped me to see that I am not obeying Him. The saying comes to mind, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Let God’s Word guide, correct, instruct, lead, teach, and confirm. Do not proceed ahead without it—ever.     psalm-119-105

Tomorrow: The Authority of God’s Word over Our Lives.

The Content and Intents of the Heart.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting. Psalm 139:23, 24. 

Hebrews 4:12 says, for the Word of god is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Webster’s thesaurus defines the word “Intents” to mean “purpose, aim, determination, and plans” (of the heart). The word “contents” means “ingredient, matter contained, its components, elements, subject matter, and substance.”

So from this verse we see all that our hearts contain is the sum total of who we really are. We live and speak by the contents of our hearts. What our hearts contain seeks to assert its power to operate in and through us.

Proverbs 23:7 says, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Is that something beneficial or detrimental to our walk with our Lord Jesus? I would like to suggest that a complete heart inspection is called for to answer this question.contents and intents

Many people are destroyed because they are unaware of the hidden desires of their hearts. Our Lord Jesus came from the contents of God the Father’s heart for the sole purpose of dwelling in the hearts of man. Therefore when God the Father views our hearts, He expects to see our Lord Jesus there! Where is the kingdom of God? According to Luke 17:21 it is within us.

Most of us have been told for years to focus on sin, to war, struggle, rebuke, and fight sin, when we should have been taught to focus where God is focused—our hearts—where the real battles rages. Have you taken time to search out all the things that lie deep within your heart?

Referring to Hebrews 4:12 says, for the Word of god is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God reveals the intents and contents of the heart of God towards man. The Word of god is designed to seed and grow within the heart of man. The Bible voices God’s concern, purpose, and intent for mankind.

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 says, All Scripture is given by inspiration of god, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect (fully mature) thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Listen to this next point: (spoken to a captive audience, prison house humor at Lewis Prison, Gila Bend Arizona) the intent of our heart determines what the sin is—even if there is no physical “sin act.” The intent to sin is seeded within the contents of the heart, which produces vivid thoughts and imaginations, which results in heart sins and or outward sins of the flesh, in god’s sight, we never have to actually commit the act to be guilty of the crime.

Matthew 5:28 gives an example: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. What? Does this saying of Jesus mean that we can commit a sin, even adultery, within our soul and not just bodily? The answer is yes!

From this Scripture we can conclude that it is not the acts of the flesh that determine the sin, but the inward status of the heart. God is focused on our heart’s motives, intents, thoughts, and imaginations; by them He determines the sin. Most Christians are flesh focused and sin –conscience while God is heart focused and destiny minded.

This Scripture reveals that sin is first an act of the heart. The character, motives, intents, and purposes of the heart are what God judges. Again Proverbs 23:7, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. That’s why it is so very important that what’s contained in the Scriptures become firmly rooted in the deep recesses of our hearts.

Let’s take a closer look at the content of our hearts. The heart is God’s creation and design, the engine and life of human body naturally and spiritually. It determines purpose, character, destiny and eternal life. The heart is a vessel of extreme intimacy it contains vast knowledge and unlimited memory base. It is the fountain of wisdom and understanding. The heart makes decisions and holds our purposes, thoughts and will. Proverbs 27:19 declares, as in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

I believe this means that when we study our hearts our heart studies us; when we look at our heart, it looks back at us. When we speak to our heart, it speaks back to us. The intents of the heart reflect our desires, motives, contents and influence the heart towards righteousness or unrighteousness, godliness or ungodliness. Intents and contents are inseparable.

A meaningful investigation of the contents of the heart will lead to an exploration of the intents as well. Intents are intense and powerful, they show up in one’s character, attitude, and temperament.

We have an example from the book of Daniel. Daniel was shown to have an excellent spirit because his intent was to please God. Because of this Daniel was used mightily. Daniel’s good intents and contents protected his heart from the lion’s den he found himself in and was a defense against the enemy’s attack on his integrity and service to God.

The intent of Daniel’s heart created a desire to not defile himself with food from the king’s table. The contents of Daniel’s heart were revealed by his intents to remain faithful and obedient to the will of God. Godly intents of the heart propel us into God’s presence (gives us intimacy) and ensures His continued protection as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, famine, and destruction. Godly intents ensure our eternal position and soundness of character.

In closing we must practice discovering the true intents and contents of our hearts in and through the presence of the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 says, for the weapons of our warfare are not, carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalthe itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Father God must see His Son within our hearts, and we must give Him all of our hearts and allow Him to build within us His kingdom, daily, our hearts must be turned to and tuned in with God’s purpose and kept in a “Yes, Lord” position.

The Inner and Outer Court.

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“But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me, and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood,” says the Lord God. “They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My Table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge. And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they shall put on linen garments; no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house.” Ezekiel 44:15-17 NKJV.

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As the Holy Spirit leads people to and through revival, He calls us to our ultimate priority; to worship God in the innermost sanctuary of His presence (verse 16).All ministry must become the natural outflow of an intimate relationship with God, who alone can impart life, healing, forgiveness, and cleansing.

Ezekiel tells us what he sees as the “inner court” ministry to the Lord, The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple  (Ezk.43:5 and again here in our text Vs. 15-17) and “outer court” ministry to the people (44:19).

The priests who neglected the inner court were called an abomination to God (Ezk.44:13). In In contrast, faithful priests who ministered to the Lord with worship and adoration in the inner court received God’s enablement to minister to the needs of the people in the outer court.

God gives us His pattern and calls us to:

  • Come near, that is, to daily put God at the center of our lives;
  • Minister to God, that is to give Him the glory, honor, and power that are due Him (Rev.4:10,11);
  • Stand before Him, that is, to wait upon God, totally available to Him, acknowledging His lordship over us.

Tomorrow: Repentance in Revival.

Yeshua ha-Mashiach

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“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks and sixty -two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times…” Daniel 9:25.

Messiah, mashiach, Strong’s # 4899: Anointed one, messiah from the verb mashach “To anoint”, ‘To apply the holy anointing oil to an individual.” In Leviticus 4:3, 16 mashiach describes the high priest and anointed kings, such as Saul ( 2Sam. 1:14) and David (2Sam.19:21; Ps.18:50). In the Psalms and in Daniel, mashiach is particularly used for David’s anointed heir, the king of Israel and ruler of all nations (Ps. 2:2; 28:8; Dan. 9:25,26).

Jesus’ earliest followers called Him Jesus the Messiah or in Hebrew, Yeshua ha-Mashiach,  “Messiah” or “Anointed One” is Christos in Greek and is the origin of the English form “Christ.” Whenever the Lord is called “Jesus Christ,” He is being called “Jesus the Messiah.”

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Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw vision of God. Ezekiel 1:1.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. Matthew 3:16. (emphasis mine). Our Lord Jesus saw the heavens opened as well as the Prophet Ezekiel point being they were awake.

Vision, chazon, Strong’s #2377 OT:  A supernatural presentation of certain scenery or circumstances to the mind of a person while awake. A prophetic vision, dream, oracle, revelation; especially the kind of revelation that comes through sight, namely a vision from God.

Vision, horama, Strong’s #3705 NT: To see behold. A spectacle, that which is seen. Used of supernatural appearance, a vision. Visions reveal God’s nature (Gen.15:1). We can talk back and forth with our Lord in the vision, Gen.15:2 along with Acts 9:10-16, (emphasis on verse 16-show) “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

One of the most breathtaking experiences comes to from Moses’ account in Exodus 3:1-6. Another definition given for Vision #3705 “That which is seen, a sight, spectacle, a sight divinely granted in ecstasy.” Acts 7:31.What is the definition of ecstasy? a state of consciousness characterized by expanded spiritual awareness, visions or absolute euphoria. A state of overwhelming emotion-especially rapturous delight.  A mystic or prophetic trance Acts 10:17,19. This is the only ecstasy that is proper and fulfilling, the exact opposite of the synthetic drug called ecstasy (MDMA).lord appereared to abram

Here are some Scriptures that show the place visions played in the Apostle Paul’s experience: Acts 7:56-8:1; 9:1-16; 13:2-4; 14:19; 16:9,10; 18:9-11; 22:17,18; 27:22-25; 2 Cor.12:1-4; Gal.1:11, 12; 2:2; Eph.3:1-5.

So are visions limited to the apostles and prophets as the Cessationists believe or is the Continuationists view point valid? Let’s talk.

Tomorrow: Symbolism and its role in dreams and visions.

God saw the light, that it was good…

Then god saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31, NKJV.

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Good, tob, Strong’s #2896: Good, goodness, beautiful, joyful, precious, whatever is right, pleasant, or happy; the opposite of sorrow or evil. This adjective has a much wider range of meaning than the word “good” has in English.

Here in Genesis we have the divine approval in the “was good,” formula that will occur seven times to emphasize creations quality and aptness for its purpose. Genesis 1:4,1:10, 1:12, 1:18, 1:21, 1:25, and 1:31.

We see in the first occurrence in Genesis 1:4, the Creator evaluates His product: “God saw the light, that it was good.” Shortly thereafter, tob is used in contrast with its antonym ra’(bad or evil) as in Genesis 2:17. We are to hate evil,(Ps.97:10) as an extremely simple but an extremely accurate means of evaluating our regard for God and His ways.

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good.

Jesus is Seeker Friendly.

When You said, “Seek My face, My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8.NKJV

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Seek, bagash, Strong’s #1245: To seek, to look with expectation of finding. To search until the object of the search is located. Bagash can apply to finding a person (Seek to meet up with Jesus), a particular item(Saul looking for his father’s donkeys), or a goal (Seeking to destroy a city, 2 Samuel 20:19).

Peace is to be searched for earnestly (Ps.34:14). The Lord’s face, that is, His presence, must especially be sought (Ps.27:8). child_psalm_27_8

Are you in the sickroom of despair, or the throne room of divine splendor?

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction,(the pit) who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies… Bless the Lord, O my soul! Psalm 103:1-4, 22.Psalm 103.1-5

A Pit, shahat, Strong’s #7845: a pit, (especially as a trap, a place with no way out) figuratively destruction, corruption, ditch, grave, pit. A word with a lot of significance. In the Septuagint (Greek translation of the OT) it is rendered diaphthora #1312 this word is used by Luke in Acts 2:27, 13:35, which he refers to it as “corruption” it is destruction in a moral sense. a spiritual and moral impurity that leads to a place (pit, hell, sheol). The Hebrew peoples reference to the netherworld deep below the earth.

In our text psalm 103 is called by some an envelope Psalm… it ends exactly the same way it begins, the subject matter being enclosed (enveloped) between the opening and closing statements. It is truly about our souls being set free from the eternal separation from God and being placed in heaven in His presence forever, rather than in a pit, a place of darkness, or a room of sickness far from heaven.

In my digging I have come upon some beautiful nuggets from princes of the pulpit, like Charles Spurgeon, and John Philips. Spurgeon in speaking on the 5 times the word “Blessings” is used said, “We often, write our blessings in the sand, and we engrave our complaints in marble!”

John Philips said, “The man who enjoys the blessings of God is rich beyond measure, though he may possess little of this worlds treasure.” Philips goes on to remind us of David’s words about the benefits of God’s salvation in verses 3-5 David just as contemporary then as now gives us a 6 pack of verbs attributed to God…He forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and renews.

In verse four of Psalm 103—Who redeems your life from destruction. Philips says this verse can be translated, “Who redeems your life from going to waste.”

Are you in the sickroom of despair, or the throne room of divine splendor?

Has God Redeemed Your Soul from the Power of the Grave?

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from my eyes.”  Hosea 13:14.

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Grave, she’-ol, Strong’s #7585: The grave, the place of the dead; the netherworld; hell. This term is very broad in that it can speak of the visible grave where dead bodies are laid and the abyss, that unseen world to which the soul departs to in death.

The place is covered with dust Job 17:16; Isaiah 38:10 and the dead there are sometimes spoken of as “shades.” The Jewish idea of shades comes from their underworld existence as “shadows of their former selves”, without blood or breath or soul (נֶפֶשׁ  nephesh), “weak” or “sick” (Isaiah 14:10).

The meaning of “grave” is seen in Genesis 37:35; 42:38; and 1 Kings 2:6. Many Scriptures speak about She’-ol Ps.9:17;16:10;55:15;139:8;Isa.14:9-11.

The assumed root of She’-ol is sha’-al, “to ask, demand, require.”  Therefore  “hell” is hungry, is greedy devourer of humanity, is never full or satisfied, but is always asking for more (Proverbs 27:20). In our text we have God’s promise that He will save His people from the power of She’-ol.

Truly God is Good to Israel, and to such as are Pure in Heart.

 

“I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.” Ezekiel 34:14.

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Good, tob, Strong’s #2896: What is good, goodness; whatever is right, pleasant, or happy, what is pleasing in the sight of God; the opposite of sorrow or evil. In the book of beginnings Genesis, we read the evaluations of the Creator and His product expressed in a term repeated seven times. “God saw the light, that it was good.”

The divine approval formula expressed seven times.

  • And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:4.
  • And god called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good vs.10.
  • And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw it was good vs.12.
  • And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good vs.18.
  • So God created the great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind. And God saw that it was good vs. 21.
  • And god made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good vs.25.
  • Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day vs.31.

In our text, God speaks assurance to His flock that He will rescue them from their cruel leaders; He will find good (rich) pasture (in Palestine)to nourish them and will provide a fold (promised kingdom over Israel Acts 1:6) where they can rest in safety.

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