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One Things….

I LOVE THIS VERSE!  Wrote about it about this time last year.  I’m pasting it here for ya’ll again.  Treat this kindly and reverently.  It is Wonderful!

I’ve been a’thinkin’……

Saturday, April 3, 2010 – just so you know we are back to the present day:

Been meditating on “Stand fast.”  It’s mentioned 12 times in 6 verses in the New Testament; and this is the King James translation.  But, I am intrigued with how one can stand and make it fast at the same time!  (Those of you without a sense of humor, maybe I’d better say, “without a warped sense of humor,” are saying “Duh!” right now.)  Okay – I’ll go on to some other oddities that I have noticed and get more serious and don’t write me about “stand fast.”  I really know what it means.  Now:

Ps. 27:4 (NAS) – “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:  that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty (lit.: delightfulness) of the LORD, and to meditate (lit.: inquire) in His temple.”

First time I read this I counted three things; but since God breathed “one thing,” I reread to discover that beholding the delightfulness of the Lord and meditating, inquiring in His temple” would be what David would be doing when he was dwelling in the house of the Lord every day of his life.  He only had to seek “one thing” – to dwell in the house of the Lord – the rest would be the result. 

(It was in 1970 that I discovered this little verse with its jewels and I made it “my” verse and desire.)

Another “one thing” is Philippians 3:13 & 14 (NAS) – “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Again, I could number 3 things here.  However, the “one thing” is pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward calling – meaning that what was behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead is all ONE motion, or attitude, or act of the will, along with “pressing on.”  I have heard this verse misused so many times!  “Well, you know, Paul said to forget all the stuff in our past and press on.”  Read in the preceeding verses what Paul counted as “dung.”  His successes!  Things that were actually “gains” to his career.  His confidences “in the flesh.”  His own righteousnesses. 

Again, there was only “one thing” to be accomplished – and, it is done all in one motion, one decision, one determination.

In John 20, Martha thinks Jesus does not care that she is left doing all the serving (even though this was her home and she had invited the guests) and asks the Lord to tell Mary to help her.  But, He doesn’t tell Mary to help her worried sister, He tells Martha something much more important: “  Luk 10:42 (KJV)  “But one thing is needful (as an employment): and Mary hath chosen that good part (participation), which shall not be taken away from her.”   Back up to verse 39 and you will discover what Mary was participating in – listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet.

And, at the top of today’s Daily Light reading is 2 Peter 3:8 –”But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”   Comments on this one need be for another time, and I may have already written about it earlier in my blogging.  For now:  beware that you are not ignorant of this one thing because day 6 is about over!

One more thing! I want to address the one motion aspect that you must use in other verses, like: James 4:7.  In studying this verse, it needs to read for our understanding like this: “Submit to (put yourselves under and in obedience to) God and withstanding the adversary, he will be fleeing from you.” 

I keep hearing the above verse quoted out of context.  “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  Submitting to and obeying God is the “one thing” to do in this verse; and in doing that, the rest of the verse will be taking place.  Read the chapter for context.  Read the whole book of James for context.  Read the whole Bible for context.  Know the ONLY ONE theme of the Bible.  Takes place right from the beginning:  “GOD SAID…” and the adversary has ONLY ONE aim: “HATH GOD SAID?…..

April 2, 2011 Posted by | Pages from my journal, Reading the Psalms | Leave a comment

Got a “Coat of Mail?”

“Coat of mail” appears one time in the Bible.  I’ll tell you where in a minute; but, first let’s define this piece of armour:

n., pl., coats of mail.
An armored coat made of chain mail, interlinked rings, or overlapping metal plates; a hauberk. Mail armour provided an effective defence against slashing blows by an edged weapon and penetration by thrusting and piercing weapons; in fact the Royal Armoury at Leeds concluded that “… it is almost impossible to penetrate using any conventional medieval weapon…”[16][17] Generally speaking, mail’s resistance to weapons is determined by four factors: linkage type (riveted, butted, or welded), material used (iron versus bronze or steel), weave density (a tighter weave needs a thinner weapon to surpass), and ring thickness (generally ranging from 18 to 14 gauge in most examples). Mail, if a warrior could afford it, could provide a significant advantage to a warrior when combined with competent fighting techniques. However, a good sword blow arriving in exactly perpendicular angle to the surface could cut through the links[citation needed]; when the mail was not riveted, a well placed thrust from a spear or thin sword could penetrate, and a poleaxe or halberd blow could break through the armour. In India, punching daggers known as katars were developed that could pierce the light mail used in the area.   Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/mail-armour#ixzz1IHgX9fsT

When you read the above again, let your mind bring portions of Scripture to the top of your thoughts.  Like: a lion that devours, full armour needed for praying, a soldier mentioned in Timothy, and such like.  So here’s the passage in the Bible:  Ps 91:1-7  – 

1, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the MOST HIGH Shall abide under the shadow of THE ALMIGHTY.
    2, I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress: My God; in Him will I confide.
    3, Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, And from the noisome pestilence.
    4, He shall cover thee with His feathers, And under His wings shalt thou flee for refuge: His truth shall be thy shield and coat of mail. 

    5, Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
    6, Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
    7, A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee.

Your coat of mail is made of TRUTH – HIS TRUTH!  Is yours of a dense weave?  What are its links?  Is it defending the onslaughts of the devil? 

 

April 1, 2011 Posted by | Reading the Psalms | Leave a comment

It took a long time to pray this morning…

In reading the Psalms every month, I come up with an extra day on the 31st because the Psalms are easily divided by 30.  So – on the months that have 31 days, I read Ps. 119.  It’s the longest one that I usually skip until then.  I LOVE this Psalm!  I PRAY it and so look forward to it!  Discovering some years ago E. W. Bullinger’s notes concerning this Psalm, my love for God’s perfect Word, purified 7 times, was enhanced with this knowledge.  I will paste it for you below.  This URL contains Bullinger’s indexes  –  http://www.therain.org/appendixes/; but I have downloaded a new Bible study program from the internet called, Bible Explorer which contains all his notes.  I am using this program here:

 An Acrostic Psalm (Ap. 63. VII), in which each verse in each of the twenty-two sections commences with the twenty-two successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet: i. e. the first eight begin with Aleph (= A), the second eight with Beth (= B), &c.: making 176 verses in all (i. e. 8 x 22). For the ten words (corresponding with the Commandments) which are characteristic of this Psalm, see Ap. 73.

Appendix #73
THE TEN WORDS OF Psa 119
The number of the words which are frequently repeated in Psa 119 has been variously given and enumerated by expositors and commentators. It will be better to give them here on the authority of the Massorah (Ap. 30). The rubric on verse 122 is as follows: “Throughout the whole of the Great Alphabet [i.e. the Alphabetic Psa 119] there is in every verse one of the following ten expressions
“DEREK (= Way),
“EDUTH (= Testimony),
PIKKUDIM (= Precepts),
MIZVAH (= Commandment),
‘IMRAH (= Saying),
TORAH (= Law),
MISHPAT (= Judgment),
ZEDEK, ZEDAKAH, and ZADDIK (= Righteousness),
HOK, and HUKKAH (= Statutes),
DABAR (= Word), which correspond to the Ten Commandments; except one verse, in which there is none of these: viz. verse 122.” (Massorah, Ginsburg’s Edition, Vol. II.)

The following list includes all the “Ten Words” given above, with every occurrence in the Psalm, together with the first occurrence of each word.
1.
WAY (derek) is from darak, to tread with the feet, and denotes the act of walking. Hence it is used of a going, or way, or journeying. The first occurrence is Gen 3:24. It occurs in this Psalm thirteen times: vv. 1, 3, 5, 14, 26, 27, 29, 30, 32, 33, 37, 59, 168.
2.
TESTIMONIES (‘eduth) is from ‘ud, to turn back again, to go over again, to reiterate, hence, to testify. The first occurrence is Gen 21:30 (edah). It occurs in this Psalm twenty-three times; nine times (‘eduth), vv. 14, 31, 36, 88, 99, 111, 129, 144, 157; fourteen times (‘edah, fem. sing.), vv. 2, 22, 24, 46, 59, 79, 95, 119, 125, 138, 146, 152, 167, 168.
3.
PRECEPTS (pikkudim) is from pakad, to take oversight or charge: hence, mandates enjoined on others. It occurs only in the Book of Psalms (see Psa 19:8; see Psa 103:18; see Psa 111:7119119:4, 119:15, 27, 40, 45, 56, 63, 69, 78, 87, 93, 94, 100, 104, 110, 128, 134, 141, 159, 168, 173.
4.
COMMANDMENTS (mizvah) is from zavah, to set up, constitute. Hence, constitutional commands. First occurrence Gen 26:5. In Psa 119 it occurs twenty-two times: vv. 119:6, 10, 19, 21, 32, 35, 47, 48, 60, 66, 73, 86, 96 (sing.), 98, 115, Psa 119:127, 131, 143, 151, 166, 172, 176.
5.
WORD (‘imrah) is from ‘amar, to bring forth to light; hence, to say. The verb is very regularly followed by the words used; hence ‘imrah means an utterance and the purport of it. Not the same as dabar (No. x below), which refers to the articulate utterance of it. The first occurrence is in Gen 4:23, and is rendered “speech”. In plural only once, Psa 12:6119119:11, 119:38, 41, 50, 58, 67, 76, 82, 103, 116, 123, 133, 140, 148, 158, 162, 170, 172. With dabar the two occur forty-two times.

6.
LAW (torah) is from yarah, to project, issue: hence, to point out, to show (Pro 6:13). Then, to instruct, teach. The Torah contains Jehovah’s Instructions to His People, pointing out to them His will. First occurrence is in Gen 26:5 (pl.). In Psa 119 it occurs twenty-five times: always in the singular: viz. vv. 119:1, 18, 29, 34, 44, 51, 55, 61, 70, 72, 77, 85, 92, 97, 109, 113, 126, 136, 142, 150, 153, 163, 165, 174.
7.
JUDGMENT (mishpat) is from shaphat, to set upright, erect (cp. Eng. right, and German richten and recht); hence, to judge. Mishpat means judgment. Its first occurrence is in Gen 18:19 (in Jehovah’s mouth). In Psa 119 it occurs twenty-three times (always in plural, except four times), viz.: vv. 119:7, 13, 20, 30, 39, 43, 52, 62, 75, 84, 91 (ordinances), 102, 106, Psa 119:108, 120, 121, 132 (as thou usest to do, see note), Psa 119:137, 149, 156, 160, 164, 175.
8.
RIGHTEOUSNESS, RIGHT, &c. (zedek, masc.), is from zadak, to be right, upright, just, righteous. Hence the noun means rightness. By comparing the first occurrence (Lev 19:15) with the second (Lev 19:36) we get the idea that the word has special reference to equal balancing. Zedek (masc.) occurs twelve times, and is rendered “righteousness”: vv. Psa 119:123, 142 (second), Psa 119:144, 172; “right”, v. Psa 119:7, 62, 106, 138, 160, 164; “justice”, v. Psa 119:121. Zedakah (fem.), first occurrence, Gen 15:6. In Psa 119, “righteousness”, vv. 119:40, 142 (first). Zaddik (adj.), spoken of a king (2Sa 23:3), once, in v. 137. The three words fifteen in all.
9.
STATUTE (hok and hukka) is from hakak, to hew, cut in, engrave, inscribe; hence, to decree, or ordain. The noun = a decree or ordinance. First occurrence, Gen 26:5 (hukkah fem.). In Psa 119 it occurs twenty-two times: viz.: vv. 119:5, 8, 12, 16 (hukkah, fem.), Psa 119:23, 26, 33, 48, 54, 64, 68, 71, 80, 83, 112, 117, 118, 124, 135, 145, 155, 171.

10.
WORD, WORDS (dabar), is from dabar, to arrange in a row; hence, to set forth in speech. It refers to the articulate form of what is said, whether spoken or written (cp. v above); to the mode or manner by which the ipsissima verba are imparted. The first occurrence is in Gen 11:1 (“speech”). In Psa 119 it occurs twenty-four times, three of them in pl., viz.: vv.Psa 119: 9, 16, 17, 25, 28, 42 (twice), 119:43, 49, 57 (pl.), Psa 119:65, 74, 81, 89, 101, 105, 107, 114, 130 (pl.), Psa 119:139 (pl.), Psa 119:147, 160, 161, 169.

You still with me?  I just love to read and study this way.  Just reading the above will give you a deeper love for it.  Have a BLESSED day – now, and in the age to come!

March 31, 2011 Posted by | Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Reading the Psalms | Leave a comment

Ps. 23-26 by Chuck Missler…

http://www.khouse.org/6640/currentbroadcast/

January 19, 2011 Posted by | Reading the Psalms | Leave a comment

Forgive, forget, and move on….

“forgive, forget, and move on.” Is this possible? And, most importantly, do we ever really forget.  This is my response to a reader:

I’m picking up your question here as I head to bed and I am a morning person; but I have a short answer tonight.

We are to forgive as “He forgives us.”  Right?

Our Lord’s forgiveness is not in effect until we ask for it, based on His shed blood for our sins.  Upon confession, HE remembers no more.  Or does He?  Perhaps the confusion is on that word, “remembers.”  God knows everything from beginning to end.  What He does do is not bring it back to His mind to be dealt with at the judgment seat.  It is no longer on our account. 

 So, how can I forgive others as He has forgiven me?

 When asked for forgiveness from the offending party, I completely forgive, first, by saying so; and then, by not bringing it up again in my memory or to the offender’s memory.  It WILL come to my memory.  I offer it (the thought, the memory) back to Him as a sacrifice of praise, acknowledging His forgiveness of me and the strength He gives me to not bring it up again to the offender.  The length of time this takes until it no longer jumps, unwanted, back to my memory is usually in relation to the depth of the hurt.  Sometimes,  I have to excuse myself from the reminding situation when all my flesh is screaming at me in memory of past hurts, and get alone with the Lord.  This is most important.  My bottom line motivation is to please the Lord.  I get alone with Him, immediately, or as soon as possible and admit my temptations to bring it all up again.  If your bottom line is not to please the Lord, then forgiving as He forgives us is not possible.  And, I still fail.  And, I still ask His Forgiveness and it is freely given me.

That may not cover your question concerning “forgive, forget, and move on.”  It cost our Lord’s life to provide forgiveness.  It will cost us our “self, fleshly life.”  But, you will not forget.  Never think carelessly about the forgetting process.  It is a long haul when the offense is deep; but one can be led to the point of peace and contentment by continually going to the throne of grace for mercy and help; as you offer to the Lord the sweet-smelling sacrifice of your will before him.

 Now – if the person never acknowledges his/her sin as it concerns you?

 No forgiveness can take place unless it is asked for!  That’s as Biblical as it can be.  Our part is to pray, wait, and remain in the attitude of forgiveness, if asked for.  Again, we must remain before the Lord with every thought, word, and attitude.  Just think.  It does give us opportunity to ever be before Him in praise and thanksgiving, asking for – and receiving – His help and grace for every need.  And, with no guilt on our part.  It is good, by the way, to discern where one’s feeling guilty comes from – someone else, or from the Lord.  Pay close attention to your guilt before the Lord, but take lightly someone attempting to put guilt upon you.  By the way, the Blood was shed for our guilt, as well as our sins!

 Now, that “move on” part.  I think, perhaps, I have covered it, in a way.  It is done with the Lord, only – His help, strength, grace, etc.  It is not done stupidly or foolishly.  Wise decisions must be made and practiced.

One of the best things I have done to help with personal relationships is read the Proverbs through every month for years!  There are 31 chapters, so that fits a chapter a day for most months and 2 chapters on shorter months.  You will learn how to treat a fool – or a jerk!  How you had better not co-sign a loan with someone.  How you need a wise friend so that “iron can sharpen iron.”

 Reading the Psalms through every month help with my worship and confession.  There are 150 Psalms.  Read 5 a day.  I read the one of the same number for the day – tomorrow, for example, is the 19th.  So, I begin with Ps. 19, add 30 to it and read Ps 49 next, then 79, then 109, and then, my favorite, 139!  I love the 19th of the month!!  These are good ones and it is amazing to see how they fit one another.

 FORGET ABOUT THE SHORT ANSWER! J 

October 21, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Prayer, Proverbs, Reading the Psalms | Leave a comment

READING THE PSALMS….a personal testimony ……

Okay, I have told you how to read the Psalms (and Proverbs) every month – add 30 to the day’s date, etc.  Yesterday was the 19th, so I read Psalm 19, 49, 79, 109, and 139.  I guess the 19th is my favorite day!  I started to write about it – Ps. 19, –   where God compares His Word written in the heavens and His written Word and its benefits  –   and 139,  –  where I read how wonderful I am  🙂  no- it is “how fearfully and wonderfully I am made.”

This morning, however, begins with Psalm 20, where God reminds me again and again of His faithfulness and His responsibility to hear my cries and respond with His best answer at the time.  He has NEVER failed to meet our needs; but He doesn’t use the same methods every time.  I believe that when I was the most immature, but sincere, He was most blantant in His answers.  Thirty-three years later than the answer I am going to relate to you, He expects me to be thirty-three years more mature in Him – walking, moving and living – abiding in Him and bearing fruit – that my prayers and His answers are just tripping over each other in joyful praise. 

This story is kinda like the time the disciples were in a  storm at sea  (Mt. 14) because the Lord had sent them on by themselves, and He came to them when and how they least expected it- walking on the water!  

Many times since 1976, I have smiled and reminded myself not to figure out when nor how He would “appear” in my need, since it would come when and where I would least expect it.  “Mary, just ride the waves and wait!  I know where you are!”

Early in the year 1976, I noticed my husband being weary and worried.  I asked what was bothering him.  Oh, he was just concerned about our finances. 

 We were “home missionaries” in West Virginia.  We had been commissioned by First Baptist Church in Athens, TN, where Ansel Baker was pastoring.  This church had voted to send $200 a month toward our support.  The Home Mission Board contributed also, but we still struggled with finances.  There was no parsonage.  We had to provide our own housing –  yada,  yada,  yada.  Let’s skip to the good part!

“How much do we need to meet our needs and catch up, Bob?”

“$3,000.00.”   (This is 1976, would this be $30,000 today?)

The next day was February 20th.  Early morning devotions and Psalm reading for both of us – separately.

I record in my prayer requests our need for $3,000.

Bob is reading Ps. 50.  He gets to verse 10: “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.”

“Father, sell a cow or two for us!” – he prayed.

This is Feburary 20th.        March passes.     April……..May……….June……….July……….

In the afternoon of August 20th…..a knock at the door.

An officer, standing there, hands Bob a certified envelope and a form he must sign.    Done – with wonder.

I join him for the opening ceremony.

A one-page hand-written note and a certified check for $3,000!

Note reads:  “Back in FEBRUARY, I sold some timber off my land.  I asked the Lord what to do with the tithe.  He said, ‘send it to the preacher husband of Mary,’ and I have been trying to get ya’ll’s address ever since.”

It was from an aunt (Daddy’s sister) who lived in Texas.  I had never met her.

The Lord didn’t sell any of His cattle – He sold  trees off one of those thousand hills!

August 20, 2009 Posted by | About, Prayer, Reading the Psalms | 1 Comment

   

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