Applying The Psalms and Proverbs For Daily Living.

 

  • How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive God's Wisdom And Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Anger?  Proverbs 2
  • How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?            Psalm 62,  Psalm 73,  Psalm 91,  and Psalm 121.

                              

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Proverbs 2

How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive God's Wisdom And Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Anger?  

07-26-2017   Part 1

This afternoon we want to return back to the Book of Proverbs.   As some of you may know for some time we have been working our way through the Psalms and the Proverbs, going back-and-forth looking at certain chapters, and looking at certain verses.

In fact, we have entitled this series, "Applying The Psalms And Proverbs For Daily Living."

For we are learning how that Many of the Psalms and Proverbs can be extremely helpful to you and I, in any situation or circumstance that we are facing, that we are dealing with, if applied.

And here in the Book of Proverbs, chapters 10 thru 30, there are several major themes that we are focusing upon. 

For example, back in December of 2016 Into the beginnings of 2017, we were considering the first major theme of Proverbs, chapter's 10 thru 30.                                                                                                                 And the topic was about verbal communication.                                                                                                         Or, being more aware and cautious of the words that we spoke to another person.  For this is one of the major themes from the Book of Proverbs.

This afternoon we're going to begin to look at another major theme from the book of Proverbs.

And, our new topic from the Book of Proverbs will be called, "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive God's Wisdom And Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Aging?

For when we started off with this study in the Book of Psalms and Proverbs, we began with Psalm 1, back in February of 2015. 

And ever since then, whether or not in the Psalms or in the Proverbs, I have borrowed from that opening phrase in Psalm 1: 1a, "Blessed is the man or the woman."  I have been using that opening phrase each time, as a topical question to challenge us.

Listen, as a blessed man or woman of God, how do you handle or overcome with God's help, the many challenges of life?

And therefore, "How does the blessed man or woman receive God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming, or dealing with anger, adversity, or aging?

So then, how would the blessed man or woman receive God's wisdom and understanding about any matter?

See Proverbs 2: 6&7.                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 6.  For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;                              Vs. 7.  The LORD stores up sound wisdom for the upright; The LORD is a shield to those who walk uprightly.

See James 1: 5-8  (NKJV).                                                                                                                                          Vs. 5.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to them.                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 6.  But let them ask in faith with no doubting!                                                                                                        For the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.                                                 Vs. 8.  That person is a double-minded man, unstable in all their ways.

Again vs. 6.  But let them ask in faith.                                                                                                                       But what does that mean to ask in faith?                                                                                                                   How do we ask in faith for those things we need from the Lord?

But what is ‘faith’?                                                                                                                                             Remember faith is not some kind of supernatural force or power that is been given to us to determine our own purposes, will, or desires or destiny.

The word ’faith’ implies a dependency on another or something.                                                                             There is that looking to,                                                                                                                                                 Or, trusting in,                                                                                                                                                              Or, the relying on someone or something to be my help, my source, my deliverer.

So then, according to James 1: 6, to ask in faith, to ask the Lord for those things I have need of, would imply my dependency on the Lord that I have developed.

Listen, to ask in faith, to ask the Lord for those things I have need of would imply that I am looking to,           Or, trusting in,                                                                                                                                                              Or, the relying on someone or something to be my help, my source, my deliverer.

However, all of this will take some time.  All of this must be done by developing a relationship with God by understanding His attributes and His character traits that are found in the Bible, which will strengthen your faith in Him.

08-02-2017   Part 2

This afternoon we are considering a major theme from the Book of Proverbs, and our new topic is called,  "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receives God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Aging?"

See Proverbs 2: 6&.7.                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 6.  For the LORD gives wisdom from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;                                   Vs. 7.  The LORD stores up sound wisdom for the upright; the LORD is a shield to those who walk uprightly.

But, how do we receive from God, in any matter? 

See James 1:  5-8 NKJV.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 6.  But let them ask in faith with no doubting!                                                                                                         Vs. 7.  For the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.                                   Vs. 8.  that person is a double-minded man, unstable in all their ways.

Again vs. 6.  But let them ask in faith.                                                                                                                         •But what does that mean to ask in faith?                                                                                                                     •How do we ask in faith for those things we need from the Lord?

But what is faith?

Remember, faith is not some kind of supernatural force or power that is been given to us to determine our own purposes, will, or desires or destiny.                                                                                                                     •The word ‘faith’ implies a dependency on another or something.                                                                           •There is that looking to, or trusting in, or, the relying on someone or something to be my help, my source, my deliverer.

However, one must develop their own personal relationship with God, understanding His attributes and His character traits that are found in the Bible by which our faith in the LORD is strengthen.

So, again, in James 1: 6, But let him or her ask in faith.                                                                                               What does that mean to ask in faith?                                                                                                                             How do we ask in faith for those things we need from the Lord?

•See Matthew 7: 7-11.                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 7.  Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.                 Vs. 8.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.     Vs. 9.  For what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?                         Vs. 10.  Or, if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?                                                                                         Vs. 11.  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

•See Mark 11:22-24.                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 22.  So, Jesus answered and said to them, have faith in God!

Now, see Proverbs 3: 5&6.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 5.  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;                                           Vs. 6.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Now, back to Mark 11:22-24.                                                                                                                                         Vs. 22.  So, Jesus answered and said to them, have faith in God!                                                                             Vs. 23.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 

Remember, faith is not some kind of supernatural force or power that is been given to us to determine our own purposes, will, or desires or destiny.                                                                                                             •The word faith implies a dependency on another or something.                                                                     •There is that looking to, or trusting in, or, the relying on someone or something to be my help, my source, my deliverer.

Therefore, Mark 11: 23, must be a divine illustration and not a spiritual principal to practice!

Also, see Luke 17: 6, and the Lord said, If, ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this Sycamore tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.    

08-09-2017   Part 3

Our new topic is called, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman (Receives) God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Aging?"

And our new topic that centers around anger, adversity, and aging is a major theme from the Book of Proverbs that we want to address.

But before we can address these three areas, anger, adversity, and aging from the Book of Proverbs.

Question, how do we hear from the LORD, His wisdom and understanding?                                                       Answer, when we believe and are convinced that God is our help and our source for wisdom and understanding in any and all matters.

Notice again, Proverbs 2: 6&7.                                                                                                                                   Vs. 6.  For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;                              Vs. 7.  The LORD stores up sound wisdom for the upright; The LORD is a shield to those who walk uprightly.

Again notice,                                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 6.  For the LORD gives!                                                                                                                                             Vs. 7.  The LORD stores up! 

But, how do we receive from The LORD His wisdom and understanding in any and all matters?

See James 1:  5&6.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 5.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let them ask of God, who gives to all liberally, and without reproach, and it will be given to them. 

Vs. 6.  But let them ask in faith, with no doubting!   For or because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

So, over the last few Wednesdays we been asking ourselves and challenging ourselves with two basic questions.                                                                                                                                                                   •What is faith?                                                                                                                                                             •And what does it mean to ask in faith according to James 1: 6?

First, we learned what faith is, by what it is not!                                                                                                           That is faith is not some kind of supernatural force or power that is been given to us to determine our own purposes, will, or desires or our own destinies.

So, then, what is true biblical faith really all about?                                                                                               •The word faith implies and means a dependency on another or something.                                                       •There is that looking to, or trusting in, or, the relying on someone or something to be my help, my source, my deliverer.                                                                                                                                                                         And therefore, when we are talking about having our faith in God, one must first know God in order to trust or have faith in God!                                                                                                                                                       But how?                                                                                                                                                                         One must develop an on-going personal relationship by understanding the LORD's attributes and His character traits that are found in the scriptures, by which our faith in the LORD can be developed and strengthened.

Now, remember, there are two basic questions we are trying to understand.                                                 •What is faith?                                                                                                                                                                 •And what does it mean to ask in faith according to James 1: 6?

So, what does that mean to ask in faith?                                                                                                               Notice James 1: 6, But let them ask in faith, with no doubting! 

How do we ask in faith for those things we need from the Lord?                                                                         So, last Wednesday we began to answer this question by looking at Matthew 7: 7&8 and Mark 11: 22&23.

This afternoon, let's go back again to Mark 11: 22-24, because we ran out of time, the last time.                           Notice again vs. 22.   So, Jesus answered and said to them, have faith in God.  How?

Now, see Proverbs 3: 5&6.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 5.  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;                                     Vs. 6.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Now back to Mark 11:22-24.                                                                                                                                       Vs. 22.  So, Jesus answered and said to them, have faith in God!                                                                         Vs. 23.  For most assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 

Now remember, faith is not some kind of supernatural force or power that is been given to us to determine our own purposes, will, or desires or destiny.                                                                                                         •The word faith implies a dependency on another or something.                                                                       •There is that looking to, or trusting in, or, the relying on someone or something to be my help, my source, my deliverer.

Now, notice carefully vs. 23.                                                                                                                                           For most assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain.

Notice Jesus does not say, a mountain or the mountain.                                                                                       But Jesus said, whoever says to this mountain.

Question.  Was Jesus talking about a literal mountain nearby?                                                                                 Or, was Jesus, by using the word this mountain, talking about some kind of obstacle, or, a huge and difficult problem or challenge?

Next.  And Jesus said concerning this mountain, "Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says."

The main point that the Lord is making if you could do this, should you?  Would it be for the glory of God? Would it be for the right reasons? Would it be in the will of God?

Notice again vs. 22.   So, Jesus answered and said to them, have faith in God.  Listen, having faith in God gives me and you the courage and the confidence to speak what we believe about God in our situations and therefore leaving the outcome up to Him!                                                                                                   Therefore, Mark 11: 23 must be a divine illustration and not a principal to practice or perform!

Also, see Luke 17: 6, and the Lord said, if ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamore tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Again, Luke 17: 6, must also be a divine illustration and not a principal to practice or perform!

Lastly, turn to Romans 4: 16&17.

Now, some would agree that Mark 11: 23 is a divine illustration, but it is also a principal to practice or perform! 

And some will use Romans 4: 16&17, to prove their point!

See Romans 4: 16&17,                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 16.  Therefore, it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all. Vs. 17.  As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickened the dead, and called those things which be not as though they were.

Notice vs. 17, as it is written.  God said to Abraham, I have made thee a father of many nations, before God whom Abraham believed, even God, who quickened the dead, and called those things which be not, as though they were.

Now back to Mark 11:                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 24.  Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

•See I John 5: 14&15.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 14.  Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.                                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 15.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 

08-20-2017   Part 4  

Back to our new topic "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receives God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Aging?"

For our new topic that centers around anger, adversity, and aging is a major theme in the Book of Proverbs. So, this afternoon, let's first consider how does the blessed man or woman receives God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with their anger? 

See Proverbs 29: 22.                                                                                                                                                     An angry man or woman stirs up strife, and a furious man or woman abounds in transgression or sin.

A time of discussion with the Group.                                                                                                                             Question, who or what makes you angry?                                                                                                                   Have you become an angry person?                                                                                                                             How are you doing in overcoming or dealing with your anger?  

Listen, this subject about anger is throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, and is very important to God.  And therefore, should be very important to us!

But what is anger?   And is all anger bad?                                                                                                                   First, what is anger?

Anger, or being angry is one of the primary emotions from the soulish part of man, that was also corrupted after the fall of man, which was passed on to each human being.                                                                             By the way, when I say the primary emotions from the soulish part of man, could you name any other primary emotions that we have?

For example:                                                                                                                                                           •Fear.                                                                                                                                                                     •Human love, not God's love or Agape love, but human love.                                                                                   •Sadness.                                                                                                                                                                         •Anger.

These are a few of the primary emotions from the soulish part of man that have been corrupted.                       Which after the fall of man can cause bondage, selfishness, negative behaviors, self- centeredness, etc.

For example, see Genesis 4: 3-7.                                                                                                                                   Vs. 3.  And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.                                                                                                                                                                               Vs. 4.  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,                                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 5.  But He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.         Vs. 6.  So, the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry?  And why has your countenance fallen?                           Vs. 7.  If you do well, will you not be accepted?  And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

Now, is all anger bad?                                                                                                                                                     Two ways to understand anger.   Good anger.  Bad anger.

First, let’s consider bad or sinful, or fleshly or worldly, anger on three levels.

Level one is the most severe of the three.  These are some of the tendencies.                                                       Being angry, mad, outrage, furious, rage, wrath-filled, bitter, hostile, ferocious, vengeful.

Level two.  These are some of the tendencies.                                                                                                           Exasperated, frustrated, upset.

Level three.  These are some of the tendencies.                                                                                               Resentful, aggravated, irritated, agitated, annoyed, bothered, grouchy, grumpy.

Next, let’s consider good anger, or righteous anger, or righteous indignation which can be beneficial.

For example, good anger, righteous anger, or righteous Indignation, can cause one                                             To take action.                                                                                                                                                               To take a stance.                                                                                                                                                           To expose or to make known.                                                                                                                                     To correct or chastise.

For example, Acts 16: 16-18.                                                                                                                                           Vs. 16.  Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.                                                                          Vs. 17.  This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, these men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.                                                                                                             Vs. 18.  And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out that very hour. 

Also, see Galatians 2: 11-14.                                                                                                                                       Vs. 11.  Now, when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed;     Vs. 12.  for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.                                                       Vs. 13.  And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 14.  But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, if you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? 

08-30-2018   Part 5

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receives God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Aging?"  (Repeat)

Notice Proverbs 29: 22.                                                                                                                                             An angry man or woman stirs up strife, and a furious man or woman abounds in transgression or sin.

Now this subject about anger is throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament and is very important to God, and therefore should be very important to us.

Because when anger is Misunderstood.                                                                                                                       In other words, we don't treat it like we would a loaded firearm, that must be handled very carefully.

Or, when anger is Mismanaged.                                                                                                                                    Not even managed or governed, but allowed to act unsupervised.

Or, when anger is Misused.                                                                                                                                       Use to control others, or to create fear, or to manipulate.

Or, when anger is Misrepresented.                                                                                                                             When we try to convince ourselves and others that our anger is a sign of caring, or a sign of love, or a sign of maturity.

Or, when anger is Misplaced.                                                                                                                                         When we target someone else who was not the cause, or the main reason for our anger.

Then anger may lead to, or can result in bondage, selfishness, relational dysfunction, negative behaviors, unhappiness, broken relationships, physical and emotional problems for ourselves. 

However, not all anger is bad!                                                                                                                                       In fact, we have learned from the Bible that there are two ways to understand anger.

•Good anger.                                                                                                                                                                   An example: Acts 16: 16-18.                                                                                                                                       The Apostle Paul angered by the exploitation and demonic possession of a young girl.

•Bad anger.                                                                                                                                                                   An example: Genesis 4: 3-7, God's rejection of Cain's sacrifice.

But this afternoon, let’s ask an important question.  Does God become angry?

See Psalms 7: 11, God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

See Deuteronomy 9: 8.  Also, in Horeb, ye provoked the Lord to wrath, so that the Lord was angry with you to have destroyed you.

Mark 3: 1-5.                                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 1.  And Jesus entered the synagogue again, and there was a man there who had a withered hand.             Vs. 2.  So, the scribes and the Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.                                                                                                                                      Vs. 3.  And Jesus said to the man who had the withered hand, "Step forward."                                                       Vs. 4.  Then Jesus said to the scribes and the Pharisees, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?"  But they kept silent.                                                                                                                   Vs. 5.  And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, Jesus said to the man, "Stretch out your hand."  And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. 

St. John 2: 13-17.                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 13.  Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.                                           Vs. 14.  And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers doing business.                                                                                                                                                               Vs. 15. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables.                                                                             Vs. 16.  And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!"                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 17. Then His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up." 

But remember, the two ways to understand anger, "Good anger," "Bad anger," can Be applied To God Also.

For example, God's anger, is always righteous anger, or righteous indignation, for which a divine action has been taken.                                                                                                                                                                     By which a divine stance is made.   In which the LORD will defend or Protect. or the LORD will denounce.       Or, the LORD will exhort or warn.  By which the LORD will expose or make known, or the LORD will correct or chastise. 

An example Romans 1: 18-32.                                                                                                                                     Vs. 18.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,                                                                                                             Vs. 19.  because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.                      Vs. 20.  For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,                         Vs. 21.  because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.                                                                                 Vs. 22.  Professing to be wise, they became fools,                                                                                                     Vs. 23.  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.                                                                                                           Vs. 24.  Therefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 25.  who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.  Amen.                                                                                                                       Vs. 26.  For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions.  For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.                                                                                                                                               Vs. 27.  Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.                                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 28.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;                                                                                                         Vs. 29.  being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,                                                                  Vs. 30.  backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,     Vs. 31.  undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;                                                                     Vs. 32.  who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.

However, God's anger is never bad or sinful, or fleshly or worldly, or capricious anger. That is, God's anger is never about being angry for no reason, or mad, or bitter.

An example, Romans 103: 8-14.                                                                                                                                     Vs. 8.  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.                                               Vs. 9.  He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.                                                        Vs. 10.  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.                   Vs. 11.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;         Vs. 12.  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.                             Vs. 13.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.                                                      Vs. 14.  For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

09-06-2017   Part 6  

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receives God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming, Or Dealing With Anger, Adversity, Or Aging?"  

Notice Proverbs 29: 22. 

An angry man or woman stirs up strife, and a furious man or woman abounds in transgression or sin.

Now, this subject about anger is throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament and is very important to God, and therefore should be very important to us.

Because when anger is Misunderstood.                                                                                                                       In other words, we don't treat it like we would a loaded firearm, that must be handled very carefully.

Or, when anger is Mismanaged.                                                                                                                               Not even managed or governed, but allowed to act unsupervised.

Or, when anger is Misused.                                                                                                                                           Used to control others, or to create fear, or to manipulate.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Or, when anger is Misrepresented.                                                                                                                               When we try to convince ourselves and others that our anger is a sign of caring, or, a sign of love, or a sign of maturity.

Or when anger is Misplaced.                                                                                                                                         When we target someone else who was not the cause, or the main reason for our anger.

Then anger may lead to,                                                                                                                                                 Or, it can result in sin, personal bondage, selfishness, relational dysfunction, negative behaviors, unhappiness, broken relationships, physical and emotional problems for one's self, just to name a few. 

So, then how does the blessed man or woman receive God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with their anger?

Because most of the time it is bad or sinful, or fleshly or worldly anger that we most struggle with.                   In fact, here is a reminder of some of the tendencies of bad anger.                                                                           •Being constantly angry, mad, outrage, furious, rage-filled, wrath-filled, bitter, hostile, ferocious, vengeful. •Easily exasperated, frustrated, or to get upset.                                                                                                           •Having an ongoing problem with being resentful, aggravated, irritated, agitated, annoyed, bothered, grouchy, grumpy.

So then, how does the blessed man or woman receive from God, His wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with bad anger?

Well, God gives a series of commands and directives both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. And by the way, these are not suggestions, or just good advice from God!  But, these are divine commands and directives for us so that, we can overcome or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Now, let's go over, and receive from God, His commands and directives, which are able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

In Proverbs 22: 24&25, this is one of those commands and directives from God which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in Our lives.

Notice Proverbs 22: 24&25,                                                                                                                                       Vs.  24.  Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go,                                                 Vs.  25.  Lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.         

Next, see Proverbs 14: 29, which is another divine command and directive from God, which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Notice Proverbs 14: 29,                                                                                                                                               He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.

Now, see Proverbs 15:18, which is another divine command and directive from God, which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Notice Proverbs 15:18,                                                                                                                                                   A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger, appeaseth strife.

Now, see Proverbs 16:32, which is another divine command and directive from God, which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Next Proverbs 16:32,                                                                                                                                                   He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Now, see Proverbs 15: 1&2, which is another divine command and directive from God, which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Notice Proverbs 15: 1&2,                                                                                                                                                 Vs.  1.  A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.                                                                   Vs.  2.  The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

Now see Psalms 37: 8, which is another divine command and directive from God, which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Notice Psalms 37: 8.                                                                                                                                                 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, for it only causes harm.                                                             Cease, is a Hebrew verb means, to let go of, to drop it!                                                                                             Forsake to abandon, refrain from.                                                                                                                                   Fret Psalms 37: 1&7, a Hebrew verb that can mean "to be vex or irritated, annoy, to be bother, disturb, or agitated, to be upset over something or someone.

09-13-2017   Part 7   

How does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive From God His Wisdom And Understanding For Overcoming Or Dealing With Bad Anger?

Notice Proverbs 29: 22.                                                                                                                                                 An angry man or woman stirs up strife, and a furious man or woman abounds in transgression or sin.

Now, this subject about anger is throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament and is very important to God, and therefore should be very important to us.

And God gives us a series of commands and directives both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. And by the way, these are not suggestions, or just good advice from God!                                                             But, these are divine commands and directives for us so that, we can overcome or deal with the bad anger in our Lives.

Turn to Ephesians 4:                                                                                                                                               Now, let’s look at the New Testament and see some of the commands and directives from God, which are able to help us to overcome, or to deal with the bad anger in our lives. 

Notice Ephesians 4:                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 26.  Be you angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath,                                                   Vs. 27.  Nor give place to the devil.                                                                                                                               Vs. 31.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice

First, notice Ephesians 4: 26a.  Be angry, and do not sin.

See Psalms 4: 4 from the NKJV.                                                                                                                                Be angry, and do not sin.  Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.  Selah”                                         Psalm 4:4 (NLT).                                                                                                                                                           Don't sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.                                                   Psalm 4:4 (ESV).                                                                                                                                                          Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.  Selah                                     Psalm 4:4 (RSV).                                                                                                                                                             Be angry, but sin not; commune with your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.  Selah                     

Back to Ephesians 4:                                                                                                                                                     Listen, this is not a command to be angry, but this is a command to deal with being angry over a period of time. 

By the way, in Ephesians 4: 26a the grammar in NT Greek is very important to understand concerning this part of the verse.

The words, "be you angry," in NT Greek grammar is,                                                                                           •The tense is, in the present tense.
•the voice is, in the passive voice.                                                                                                                                 •the mood is, the imperative mood.                                                                                                                       •The person is, in the second person.

This means, "be you angry," could be also translated, "angry be you!", "Then do not sin.". How?  Do not let the sun go down on your wrath. 

Notice Ephesians 4: 27.   Nor, or neither give place to the devil.                                                                               The word, 'devil' means ‘slanderer’!                                                                                                                             And what does it mean to be a slanderer?                                                                                                                   To pass on, or share, or to influence someone with misinformation.                                                                         Or, inaccurate information.                                                                                                                                           Or, secondhand information.                                                                                                                                         Or, confidential information, that injures, defames, or that tarnishes the reputation, or that question's the integrity, or that would create doubt and suspicion about someone.

See Ephesians 5: 18.                                                                                                                                                       And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. 

09-20-2017   Part 8

 How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive From God His Wisdom And Understanding For Overcoming Or Dealing With Bad Anger?

Notice Proverbs 29: 22.                                                                                                                                                 An angry man or woman stirs up strife, and a furious man or woman abounds in transgression or sin.

Now this subject about anger is throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament and is very important to God, and therefore should be very important to us.

And God gives us a series of commands and directives both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament so that we can overcome or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

And by the way, these are not suggestions, or just good advice from God! 

But they are divine commands and directives for us so that we can overcome or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Now let’s continue look at the New Testament to see some of the commands and directives from God, which are able to help us to overcome, or to deal with the bad anger in our lives. 

Notice Ephesians 4: 26.  Be you angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath,                       Vs.  27.  Nor, give place to the devil.                                                                                                                             Vs.  31.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice

Now, notice Ephesians 4: 27,                                                                                                                                         Nor, or neither give place to the devil.                                                                                                                           The word "devil" using Strong's Definition: διάβολος diábolos, can means a traducer; a false accuser, a slanderer.

So, what does it mean to be a ‘slanderer’?  To pass on, or share, or to influence someone about another person with misinformation.  Or, inaccurate information.  Or, secondhand information.  Or, confidential information, that injures, defames, or that tarnishes the reputation, or that question's the integrity, or that would create doubt and suspicion about someone.

Now, notice Ephesians 4: 31.                                                                                                                                         Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.

See Colossians 3: 8.                                                                                                                                                       But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 

So, how do we become overcomers in these areas mention in Ephesians 4: 31.  And Colossians 3: 8.

Now, here in Galatians 5: 16, 22&23, we will able to see how God will make it possible for us to be overcomers in these areas just mention. 

See Galatians 5:16.                                                                                                                                                         I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Also Galatians 5: 22&23.                                                                                                                                               But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.

So, once again we see how God will make it possible for us to be overcomers in these areas just mention. 

•Galatians 5:16, Walking in the Spirit.  (Explain)                                                                                                             •Galatians 5: 22, The fruit of the Spirit.   (Explain)

Now here is another divine command and directive from God, which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Now, notice James 1: 19&20.                                                                                                                                         Vs. 19.  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; Why?       Vs. 20. For, or because the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 

Now, again notice vs.19.  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be, swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 

See Ecclesiastes 7: 9.  Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

See Proverbs 14: 17&29.                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 17.  A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated.                                           Vs. 29.  He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.

Now, this will be our last divine command and directive from God, which is able to help us overcome, or deal with the bad anger in our lives.

Now, notice Romans 12: 17-21.                                                                                                                                   Vs. 17.   Repay no one evil for evil.  Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.                                         Vs. 18.   If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.                                               Vs. 19.   Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.                                                                                                                                               Vs. 20.  Therefore, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing, you will heap coals of fire on his head.                                                                                                                                       Vs. 21.  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Quote Psalms 37: 8.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret it only causes harm.

Now, no discussion about the subject of anger would be complete unless we address the matter of being angry with God or mad with God. 

For we must deal with those times when I am angry, disappointed, or upset with God or when I am mad with God.    

Therefore, there at least four different ways that we must address that is going on inside of us.                         For example: first, a Self-denial anger.  Unwilling to admit, or confess that I'm angry, or disappointed, or upset with God.                                                                                                                                                          Secondly, a Suppressed anger. Trying to hide or bury how you really feel.                                                             Thirdly, Withdrawal anger.  Becoming less and less involved, or committed, or a participant.                                I don't pray any more.                                                                                                                                                   I don't read the Bible.                                                                                                                                                     I stopped going to church.                                                                                                                                         Fourthly, a Hate-filled anger.  Becoming more and more disobedient, disrespectful and rebellious.

09-27-2017   Part 9

How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive From God His Wisdom And Understanding For Overcoming Or Dealing With Bad Anger?

Now, no discussion about the subject of anger would be complete unless we address the matter of being angry with God, or being mad with God. 

For we all must deal with those times when we are angry, or disappointed, or upset with God, or even mad with God.

And if we choose not to deal with, or overcome these attitudes towards God, then at least four or a combination of these four angry responses will control you and will lead you astray!                                         •A Self-denial Anger.                                                                                                                                                     Unwilling to admit, or confess that you are angry, or disappointed, or upset with God.                                          •A Suppress Anger.                                                                                                                                                          Trying to hide, or bury how you really feel, think, or believe.                                                                                    •A Withdrawal Anger.                                                                                                                                                       You become less and less involved, or committed, or a participant.                                                                        For example: You don't pray any more.                                                                                                                        You don't serve any more.                                                                                                                                              You don't read your Bible.                                                                                                                                              You have stopped going to church.                                                                                                                              •A Hate-filled Anger.                                                                                                                                                  You are becoming more and more disobedient, sinful, and rebellious towards God and His Word.

Now, in Isaiah 14: we have one of the many of God's creatures, these wonderful beings that He made, called Angels.                                                                                                                                                                        But I believe something must had happened to change some of them.                                                                    Or, example, maybe special privileges were given to some of the angels and not to other angels.                      Or, maybe special privileges were denied to some of the angels, and not to other angels.

Whatever the case, this we know for sure!  One special angel along with the other angels that the LORD had created, willfully led and participated in an angelic coup because of not dealing with his anger, or his disappointment, or being upset with God.                                                                                                                 •It appears that Lucifer was in denial about his anger.                                                                                                •That Lucifer suppressed his anger.                                                                                                                              •That Lucifer's anger caused him to withdrawal from God.                                                                                        •And finally, Lucifer's hate-filled anger led him to be in charge of the angelic coup against God.

See vs. 12.  How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!                                                            How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!                                                                    Vs. 13.   For you have said in your heart:                                                                                                                      I will ascend into heaven,                                                                                                                                               I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;                                                                                                              I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north;                                                  Vs. 14.  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most-High.

There is one more example we should observe that can help us in those moments to deal with and overcome our again anger with God. 

For I believe something must had happened in Genesis 4.   Perhaps over a period of time these things may had happen between Cain and God.  Cain felt, or thought, or believed with Satan's help, that God was unfair or unreasonable.                                                                                                                                                          Or, that God could be partial, showing favoritism to those He preferred.                                                                Or, that God could be rejecting and uncaring.                                                                                                              As a result of these kinds of attitudes that Cain never dealt with, nor, did he overcome, they led him down a certain path.                                                                                                                                                                    •For Cain was in denial about his anger.                                                                                                                      •Cain suppressed his anger.                                                                                                                                      •Cain's anger caused him to withdraw from God.                                                                                                        •Cain's hate-filled anger led him to murder his brother Abel.

See Genesis 4: 3-7.                                                                                                                                                    Vs.  3.  And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD.                                                                                                                                                                    Vs.  4.  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.  And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,                                                                                                                                                                          Vs.  5.  But he did not respect Cain and his offering.  And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.      Vs.  6.  So the LORD said to Cain, why are you angry?  And why has your countenance fallen?                        Vs.  7.  If you do well, will you not be accepted?  And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.  And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

Listen, Cain felt, or thought, or believed with Satan's help, that God was unfair or unreasonable. Or, that God could be partial, showing favoritism to those He preferred.  Or, that God could be rejecting and uncaring.      For Cain was in denial about his anger.                                                                                                                      •Cain suppressed his anger.                                                                                                                                  •Cain's anger caused him to withdraw from God.                                                                                                        •Cain's hate-filled anger led him to murder his brother Abel.

See Genesis 4: 8-10.                                                                                                                                                  Vs.  8.  Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and murdered him.                                                                                                          Vs.  9.  Then the Lord said to Cain, where is Abel your brother?                                                                              Cain said, I do not know.  Am I my brother's keeper?                                                                                                  Vs. 10.  And the LORD said, what have you done?  The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. 

Now, do a time of question & answer or discussion on our topic concerning anger.

10-04-2017   Part 10

Let's continue with our topic from the Book of Proverbs that is three-fold!

That is, how does the blessed man or woman receive God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with, Anger, Adversity, or Aging?     

And this afternoon, let’s begin to focus on this second area in which we need to receive God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming, or dealing with adversity.

And here in Proverbs 24: 10 is a very challenging verse, that is sometimes misunderstood, and sometimes we might feel Insulted or offended by such a straightforward statement.

Proverbs 24: 10 says, If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small!     

•Tell me what you’re thinking?                                                                                                                                        •Tell me how this verse makes You feel?                                                                                                                      •Yet could this verse be true about you and me?                                                                                                        •Instead of receiving this as an insult or criticism, perhaps we should take It as an Admonishment.

Kind of like, when you go to your doctor, and your doctor tells you that “you need to lose weight, because you’re overweight!”

Proverbs 24: 10 says, if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small!

By the way, what is adversity?  Any adverse situation, or circumstance, or matter.  Any trial, tribulation, trouble, difficulty, hardship, misfortune, or challenge.

Notice Proverbs 24: 10 says, If, you faint!  That is fall-out, give-out, give-up, unable to stand, or unable to continue.

Also, notice Proverbs 24: 10 says, in the day of adversity!  That is in the day, or time, or season of a trial or tribulation.  Or trouble, or difficulty.  Or hardship, misfortune, or challenge.

Then your strength.  That is, one’s firmness, commitment, ability.

Then your strength is and was small.  That is, inadequate for the task, situation or circumstance.  Or, is very limited for what is needed.

So then, looking back over the last weeks, months, or years, how have you and I been doing when we were faced with adversity?

Could Proverbs 24: 10 be true about you and me?

So then, how does the blessed man or woman, receive God's wisdom and understanding, for overcoming or dealing with adversity?

See St. John 16: 33. These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Listen, receiving God's wisdom and understanding, for overcoming or dealing with adversity means accepting what Jesus said here in St. John 16: 33.

Look at it carefully, St. John 16: 33.  These things Jesus said I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

10-04-2017   Part 11

Let's continue with our topic From the Book of Proverbs, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming Or Dealing With Adversity?

And here in Proverbs 24: 10, is a very challenging verse, that is sometimes misunderstood, and sometimes we might feel insulted or offended by such a straightforward statement.

Proverbs 24: 10 says, If, you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small!

Could this verse be true about you and me?

Instead of receiving this as an insult or criticism, perhaps we should take it as an admonishment.

Kind of like when you go to your doctor, and your doctor tells you that “You need to lose weight, because you’re overweight!”

Proverbs 24: 10 says, If, you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small!

And by the way, the word adversity means any adverse situation, or circumstance, or matter.  Any trial, tribulation, trouble, difficulty, hardship, misfortune, or challenge.

Therefore, Proverbs 24: 10 says,                                                                                                                                    •If you faint!  That is fall out, give out, give up, unable to stand, or unable to continue.                                          •In the day of adversity!  That is, in the day, or time, or season of a trial or tribulation, or trouble or difficulty, or hardship, misfortune, or challenge.  Then your strength, that is, one’s firmness, commitment, ability.                    •Then you know your strength is (and was) small!  That is, inadequate for the task, situation or circumstance, or is very limited for what is needed.

So, how does the blessed man or woman, receive God's wisdom and understanding, for overcoming or dealing with adversity?

Last Wednesday, we received God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with adversity by accepting what Jesus said in St. John 16: 33.

Next, another way the blessed man or woman, receives God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with adversity is accepting what God reveals here in Proverbs 17: 17.

Read Proverbs 17: 17, A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Listen, receiving God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with adversity means accepting what God reveals here in Proverbs 17: 17.

Look carefully at Proverbs 17: 17.                                                                                                                                    A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.                                                                                  The word ‘born’ can mean, to be born or brought forth with or for a purpose.  As a slang we would say, ‘built’!

Listen, a support system that is both divine and human are needful and will be helpful in times of adversity.

And by the way, what I mean by a support system is, a pre-arranged mutual commitment to each other that we will support and stand by one another in various ways, during times of adversity.

First, a support system that is divine is needful and will be helpful in times of adversity.

See II Timothy 4:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 14.  Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm.  May the Lord repay him according to his works.            Vs. 15.  You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.                                                            Vs. 16.  At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me.  May it not be charged against them.        Vs. 17.  But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear.  Also, I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Next, a support system that is human is needful and will be helpful in times of adversity.

See II Timothy 1: 15-18.                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 15.  This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 16. The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain;                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 17.  but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me.                                          Vs. 18.  The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that day and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.

So, how does the blessed man or woman, receive God's wisdom and understanding, for overcoming or dealing with adversity?

Look carefully at II Timothy 2: 3&4.                                                                                                                                Vs. 3. You therefore, must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.                                                        Vs. 4.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Listen, receiving God's wisdom and understanding, for overcoming or dealing with adversity means accepting what God the Holy Spirit can do to enable us here in II Timothy 2: 3&4.

10-18-2017   Part 12   

Let's continue with our topic From the Book of Proverbs, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming Or Dealing With Adversity?

And here in Proverbs 24: 10, this is a challenging verse, that is sometimes misunderstood, and we might feel insulted or offended by such a straightforward statement.

For Proverbs 24: 10 says, if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small!

Yet could this verse be true about you and me?                                                                                                          Instead of receiving this as an insult or criticism, perhaps we should take it as an Admonishment.

Allow God, the Holy Spirit to provoke us with these words.                                                                                        •If you faint! That is fall out, give out, give up, unable to stand, or unable to continue.                                            •In the day of adversity!  That is, in the day, or time, or season of a trial or tribulation.  Or, trouble or difficulty.  Or, hardship, misfortune, or challenge.                                                                                                                        •Then your strength, that is, one’s firmness, commitment, ability.                                                                              •Then you know what your strength is and was small!  That is, inadequate for the task, situation or circumstance.  Or, is very limited for what is needed.

And if vs. 10 is true about you or me, then with God’s help, we need to change, sooner than later!

So, how does the blessed man or woman, receive God's wisdom and understanding, for overcoming or dealing with adversity?

And last Wednesday, we considered two things.                                                                                                        First, we must have a support system that is divine and human already in-place in times of adversity. 

And secondly, we must endure hardship because of who we are, and who’s we are!                                             Now again, we must endure hardship because of who we are, and who’s we are!

See II Timothy 2: 3&4.                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 3.  You therefore, must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.                                                   Vs. 4.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Notice in vs. 3, the words “Good Soldier!”                                                                                                                    So, let’s remember what a good soldier must go through!                                                                                          See vs. 3.  You therefore, must endure hardship.                                                                                                        Because a good soldier must deal with and adapt to extreme and uncomfortable situations.

Question.  As, a good soldier of Jesus Christ what hardships are you and I enduring?

Notice vs. 4.  No one engaged in warfare or combat entangles themselves with the affairs or the mundanes of this life.                                                                                                                                                                            A good soldier must remain focused at all times on the objective or on the Mission.

Question, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ what Is your objective, or what is your mission?

Now notice vs. 4 again.  No one engaged in warfare or combat or fighting.

A good soldier must realize that they are in a war zone, and not a playground!                                                      And therefore, the attacks by the opposition will come in various ways.                                                                  •Sometime by an overwhelming attack.                                                                                                                        •Sometime by guerrilla warfare.  Tactics may include ambushes, sabotages, raids, or hit-and-run mobile fighting.                                                                                                                                                                            •Sometime by deception.  Like the Trojan horse in ancient history.

See Ephesians 6:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 10.  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Vs. 11.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.                                                            Vs. 12.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.                          Vs. 13. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Next, a good soldier must always remember who called you and me into His service.                                            See vs. 4.  That they may please Him who enlisted them as a soldier.

Remember, we ask the question, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ what is your objective, or what Is your mission?

Answer.  II Timothy 2: 4b, that I may please Him who enlisted them as a soldier.

Also. see II Timothy 4:                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 7.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.                                                  Vs. 8.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

See Matthew 25: 21.  His lord said to him well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord.

See II Corinthians 5: 9&10.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 9. Therefore, we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.                                Vs. 10.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

And lastly, a good soldier must remember at all times where their help comes from.

See II Timothy 2: 1.  You therefore my son, be strong or strengthen in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

See II Corinthians 12: 9&10.                                                                                                                                            Vs. 9.  And He said to me, my grace is sufficient for you, because my strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.            Vs. 10.  Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

10-25-2017   Part 13   

And let's finish up our topic from the Book of Proverbs, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming Or Dealing With Adversity?

For Proverbs 24: 10 says, If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small!

Yet, could this verse be true about you and me?

Instead of receiving this as an insult or criticism, perhaps we should take it as an ‘admonishment’.

See II Timothy 2: 3&4.                                                                                                                                                Vs. 3.  You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.                                                        Vs. 4.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

And over the last couple of Wednesdays, we have been directed by God the Holy Spirit that we must cultivate a soldier mentality.

For example: A good soldier must endure hardship because of who they are, and Who’s they are!

A good soldier must remain focused at all times on the objective or on the mission.                                              A good soldier must realize that they are in a war zone, and not a playground!                                                      A good soldier must always remember who called them into the service of their leader.                                        And lastly, a good soldier must remember at all times where their help comes from.

This afternoon, let’s finish up our study on overcoming or dealing with adversity.

And may I suggest with God’s help, that we cultivate sooner than later, that we cultivate a soldier’s attitude, also.

We must cultivate a soldier-mentality, but also, we must cultivate a soldier’s attitude.

By the way, a soldier’s attitude is, accepting the help of your commanding officer.                                              Accepting that each and every challenge can only make you better.

See again II Corinthians 12: 9&10.                                                                                                                                  Vs. 9.  Jesus said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, because my strength is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore, Paul said, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.                                                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 10.  Therefore, Paul said, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.  A soldier’s attitude!

And with God’s help sooner than later, we must cultivate a soldier’s attitude.

See James 1:                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 2. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,                                                                            Vs. 3. knowing that the testing or the proving of your faith produces patience or steadfastness, endurance, perseverance.

Romans 5: 3&4.                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 3.  And not only, but we glory in tribulations also.  Why?  Knowing that tribulation worketh patience;            Vs. 4.  And patience, experience; and experience, hope.                                                  

I Corinthians 10:13.                                                                                                                                                          No temptation or test or trial has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will-not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation or test or trial will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

II Corinthians 1: 3&4.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 3.  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 4.  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble, with the comfort we ourselves received from God.

11-1-2017   Part 1  

Let's begin our final topic from the Book of Proverbs.

For with God’s help, we have already considered from the Book of Proverbs, how we might overcome or deal with better our anger, and with times of adversity.

And again, using the Book of Proverbs, and other parts of the Old and New Testament, we want to consider how does the blessed man or woman receive God's wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with ours, or someone else, negative attitudes and feelings when it comes to aging?

See Proverbs 20: 29.  The glory, or what makes them stand out, that of young people is their strength, or endurance, toughness, and durability, and the beauty, or what makes them stand out, that of older men and women is the grey head.

These are two natural and positive processes in human development.

And if everything is normal we should look for and expect this kind of progression.

Just as puberty for older children Is a natural process of the human body to acknowledge that maturity and development of a person has reached it’s time by the bodily changes in older children.

For adult men and women, the natural process of the human body to acknowledge that full maturity and development of a person has reached it’s time, is by the greying of hairs throughout the body.

But unfortunately, in modern culture, and in certain parts of the world, the aging process is despised, rejected, ridiculed, devalued, and unwanted.

Negative attitudes and feelings when it comes to aging is very prevalent in most societies.

So, what are some of the negative attitudes and feelings when it comes to aging?

For example: Old age begins at 60.                                                                                                                              Retirement is less difficult for older women than it is for older men.                                                                  Older workers are less productive than younger workers.                                                                                          Sickness and disability come with old age.                                                                                                          Older people cannot learn.                                                                                                                                            Older people are more fearful of death than are younger people.                                                                            Older people are weak and helpless.                                                                                                                            Older people are boring and forgetful.                                                                                                                          Older people are unproductive.                                                                                                                                    Older people are grouchy and cantankerous.                                                                                                              Older women are more of a burden than older men.                                                                                                  Most older people live in institutions.                                                                                                                            The majority of older people are set in their ways and are unable to change.                                                          The majority of older people view themselves as being in poor health.                                                                    The majority of older people are lonely and can be isolated from their families and friends.

And therefore, because of such attitudes and feelings, we want to receive God’s wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with ours, or someone else, negative attitudes and feelings when it comes to aging.

First, let’s be straightforward and honest, there are some things about aging that are negative!

It appears that In the Bible, the aging process began after the fall of man, Genesis chapter 3.  Yet, in spite of all that, most people lived hundreds of years by the grace of God. 

But after the Great flood of Noah’s day, the aging process accelerated, and most people began to Live not as long as before.

See Genesis 5:                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 3.  And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 4.  After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had sons and daughters.        Vs. 5.  So, all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

See Genesis 11:                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 10. This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.                                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 11. And after he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot others sons and daughters.

Now See Psalm 90.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 1.  A Prayer of Moses the man of God.  Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.                Vs. 2.  Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.                                                                                                                    Vs. 10.  The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet our years we boast is only labor and sorrow; Because lives is soon cut off, and we fly away.                                      Vs. 12.  So, teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

But You know what, there are some positive things about aging (only) if you know the Lord!

See II Corinthians 4:  Therefore, we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

11-8-2017   Part 2     

Let's continue with our new topic from the Book Of Proverbs.

How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Receive God's Wisdom & Understanding For Overcoming Or Dealing With Ours, Or Some One Else, Negative Attitudes & Feelings When It Comes To Aging?

See Proverbs 23:22. Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Children ages 4, 6, or 8, were asked to work on a jigsaw puzzle with an older person who was age 75, and with a younger adult who was age 35.  The results revealed that the children who worked on the jigsaw puzzle with the older person age 75, sat farther away from them.  Made less eye contact with them.  Spoke fewer words to them. Initiated less conversation with them.  And asked for less help from that older person.  But, the children who worked on the jigsaw puzzle with the younger adult age 35, sat closer to them.  Made more eye contact with them.  Spoke more words to them.  Initiated more conversation with them.  And asked for more help from the younger adult.

Also, most people are surprised to know that out of these four, one is on the increase more than the others because it really goes unreported.                                                                                                                      •Racial Discrimination.                                                                                                                                                  •Sexual Harassment.                                                                                                                                                      •Child Abuse.                                                                                                                                                                  •Elder Abuse, neglect or devaluing.

And guess which one you’re most likely to experience in your life time?

The devaluing, the neglect, the disrespect, the mistreatment or abuse verbally or physically, for being an older person.

In fact, as many as 1 in 10 older adults are physically, emotionally, sexually, financially exploited, and neglected each year, because in the majority of these cases the abuse goes unreported.

Yet, no matter how old a person may be, we are all entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.

However, with God’s help as older adults we must do our part to change the perception and the stereotypes that our society has created and that most people believe when it comes to aging.                                              •Such as older people are grouchy and cantankerous.                                                                                      •Older people are boring and forgetful.                                                                                                                        •Older people cannot learn and are set in their ways!

And some in the media has created the perception and the stereotypes about older adults that our society has about aging.

For example, the old sitcoms; Sanford And Son.  The Golden Girls, or some movies like on Golden Pond, and Tyler Perry’s “Madea” sequels.

To many of these media stereotypes of older adults are influencing the minds of young people.

That is why local church ministry can be so valuable to younger families because it should be a place where the children and young adults can see and experience what older adults and aging can really be like, when a person is committed to being a doer of the word, and not a hearer only.

And therefore, because of such attitudes and feelings, we want to receive God’s wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with ours, or someone else, negative attitudes and feelings when it comes to aging.

Now, last Wednesday we looked at the reality that there are some things about aging that are negative!

This afternoon let us continue to discover, that there are some positive things about aging only if you know the Lord!

See Philippians 3: 20&21.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 20.  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Vs. 21.  Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

See Luke 24:                                                                                                                                                               Vs. 36.  Now as the Disciples said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, peace to you.                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 37.  But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit.                                            Vs. 38.  And He said to them, why are you troubled?  And why do doubts arise in your hearts?                            Vs. 39.  Behold, My hands and My feet, that it is I, Myself.  Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.                                                                                                                                    Vs. 40.  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.                                                                Vs. 41.  But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, Have you any food here?      Vs. 42.  So, they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.                                                        Vs. 43.  And He took it and ate in their presence.

Also, see I Corinthians. 15: 51-54.                                                                                                                                  Vs. 51.  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all die, but we shall all be changed.                                            Vs. 52.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised or resurrected, being made incorruptible, and therefore we shall be changed.                                Vs. 53.   Because this corruptible body must put on incorruption, and this mortal body must put on immortality.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 54.   So, when this corruptible body has put on incorruption, and this mortal body has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.

11-15-2017   Part 3    

Let's finish up our topic from the Book of Proverbs.
For the last several weeks using the Book of Proverbs, we been able to receive God’s wisdom and understanding for overcoming or dealing with our anger.
Or the times when we are faced with adversity.
Or, ours, or someone else’s negative attitudes and feelings when it comes to aging.
So, let’s finish up this topic when it comes to overcoming or dealing with ours, or someone else’s negative attitudes and feelings about aging?
In fact, there are a few positive things that the Bible teaches about aging, for those who are saved and know the Lord!
For example, Proverbs 13: 22.                                                                                                                                       A good man or woman leaves an Inheritance to their children's children or grandchildren: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
Or, according to Psalms 37:11 says, but the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Matthew‬ ‭5: 5.‬ ‭ Jesus said, blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
See Proverbs 17: 6.                                                                                                                                            Children's children or grandchildren are the crown of older people; and the glory of children are their fathers, or their grandparents.
There are a few positive things that the Bible teaches about aging, for those who are saved and know the Lord!
See Titus 2:                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 1.   But as for you (Titus), speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine:                                              Vs. 2.   So that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;                        Vs. 3.   And likewise, the older women that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.                                                                                                                                    Vs. 4.   that they (the older women), admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, Vs. 5.  to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, so that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
There are a few positive things that the Bible teaches about aging, for those who are saved and know the Lord!
And that is, over time, you have a better perspective about life now that you are older.
See Psalms 37: 25.                                                                                                                                                         I have been young, and now I am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.
Vs. 26.  he is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.                                                            Vs. 27.  Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.                                                                            Vs. 28.  For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints they are preserved forever.  But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
There are a few positive things that the Bible teaches about aging, for those who are saved and know the Lord!
And that is, over time, you have developed yourself in God‘s wisdom and in God‘s word, that you might avoid the many pitfalls this world has to offer.
II Timothy 2: 22.                                                                                                                                                              Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.                                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 23.  But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.                                              Vs. 24.   And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,                            Vs. 25.   in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,                                                                                                                                                Vs. 26.   and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Finally, there are a few positive things that the Bible teaches about aging, for those who are saved and know the Lord!
And that is, overtime you have chosen to be closer, dependent, and more focused on the LORD.
Joshua 23: 2.  And Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders, for their heads, for their judges, and for their officers, and said to them: I am old, advanced in age.
Now see Joshua 24:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 14.  Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river and in Egypt.  Serve the Lord!                                                            Vs. 15.  And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

Psalm 62.   Psalm 73.   Psalm 91   And Psalm 121.

11-22-2017   Part 1    

I would like us to read some verses from this New Testament Book, then I would like to get your impression of what you have heard and read.

Read II Timothy 3:                                                                                                                                                            1.  But know this, that in the last days (perilous times) will come.  And how will we know?                                   2.  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemer, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,                                                                                                                                            3.  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,                                              4.  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,                                                        5.  having a form of godliness, but denying its power.  And from such people turn away!

Question, So, then is it possible that we are living in the trouble times that are described here in verses 1-5?

Question, and if so, how do you give and receive encouragement in times like these?

This afternoon our new topic from the LORD as we return back to the Book of Psalms will be, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

For in the days and weeks ahead, I believe the Lord will help us to see God’s principles to live by, that are in embedded in four special Psalms.                                                                                                                                Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                                        Psalm 73.                                                                                                                                                                    Psalm 91.                                                                                                                                                                    And Psalm 121.

These four special Psalms can reveal to us God’s principles to live by in trouble times, but they also will help us to give and receive encouragement.

Now, embedded here in Psalm 62, are some of the divine principles to live by, and they will help us to give and receive encouragement in these trouble times.

Now, see Psalm 62, and noticed the introduction of the Psalm and who it is by!      David testifies, having received encouragement, he now gives encouragement.

Notice the introduction of this Psalm says, “A Psalm of David.  To the Chief Musician.  To Jeduthun."                   

Now, notice David’s testimony!                                                                                                                                      1.  Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.                                                                      2.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.                                      5.  My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.                                                                    6.  He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.                                                  7.   In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.                                  8. Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.  Selah

Now again, embedded here in Psalm 62, are some of the divine principles to live by, and also, they will help us to give and receive encouragement in these trouble times.

Let’s see if we can identify them!

First in vs. 1, David testifies, having received encouragement, he now gives encouragement.                              1. Truly my soul silently waits for God; (Because) from Him comes my salvation.   The first divine principle to live by, and that will help us to give and receive encouragement in these trouble times is, God is my source!

But tell me what does that mean to you that God is your source especially in troubling times?                            Psalms 33: 20.  Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.                                                            Psalms 130: 5.   I wait the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word, I do hope.                                                            Psalms 37: 39&40.                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 39, But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.                Vs. 40. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.

 11-29-2017   Part 2

Our new topic from the LORD as we return back to the Book of Psalms will be, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

Now, here in Psalm 62, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in trouble times, and that is “my God is my source”!

Now, notice David’s testimony to this fact!

Vs. 1.  Truly, my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.                                                              Vs. 2.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.                                Vs. 5.  David says it again, my soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.                            Vs. 6.  David says it again, He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.          Vs. 7.  In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.                        Vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.  Selah

So, in Psalm 62, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement as we face these troubling times, and that is “my God is my source”!

And last Wednesday we looked at,                                                                                                                                Vs. 1.  Truly my soul silently waits for God (Elohim) the Creator and Sustainer, the source of all things.                  Then David explains why!                                                                                                                                              Vs.  1.  From Him comes my salvation or deliverance, my rescue or my safety.  

Now, this afternoon lets continue to see our God as our source in troubling times!

Notice vs. 2.  He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.

Can you truly say that?                                                                                                                                                    Do you really believe that?

Two things to note.                                                            

First, vs. 2a.  He, only is my rock and my salvation.

Psalm 62:6.                                                                                                                                                                  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

Psalm 62:7.                                                                                                                                                                      In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

The word “rock” can mean, a cleft, a hollow area or an indentation within a rocky wall.                                        The word “rock” can mean, a large rock or boulder, and not a small or medium size pebble or stone.

And figuratively speaking, “rock” can refer to something that is solid and strong, unmovable and durable.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

See Psalm 27:5.                                                                                                                                                          For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

See Psalm 78:35.                                                                                                                                                            Then they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God, their Redeemer.

See Psalm 92:15.                                                                                                                                                            To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Next, vs. 2b.  He is my Defense; therefore, I shall not be greatly moved or overthrown.

My Defense.   A Strong's definition is from the Hebrew verb מִשְׂגָּב misgâb, from H7682.  A cliff or a loft, an inaccessible place, or high fort, a tower, a refuge, or a defense position.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Next, vs. 5. David says I again! My soul, wait silently for God alone!  Because for my expectation or ‘’hope is from Him.

See Psalm 31.                                                                                                                                                                  Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.

See Psalm 146: 5.                                                                                                                                                            Happy or blessed are they who have the God of Jacob for their help, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

See Jeremiah 17: 7&8.                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 7.  Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD.                                                Vs. 8.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Next vs. 6.  He, God only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

Interestingly, the LORD leads David to repeats this very important point again from vs. 2.                                    Remember vs. 2, He, God only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

Do a brief review on these three special words.                                                                                                    The word ”salvation” can mean deliverance, or rescue, or safety.                                                                       The word “rock” can mean, a cleft, a hollow area or an indentation within a rocky wall.                                        The word “rock” can mean, a large rock or boulder, and not a small or medium size pebble or stone.

And figuratively speaking, “rock” can refer to something that is solid and strong, unmovable and durable.

The word “defense” can mean a cliff, or a loft, a inaccessible place, or high fort, a tower, a refuge, or a defense position.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

12-06-2017   Part 3       

Our new topic from the Book Of Psalms will be, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman In Trouble Times, Give And Receive Encouragement?

And here in Psalm 62, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in trouble times, and that is my God is my source! 

Now this afternoon lets continue to see our God as our source in troubling times!

Next, vs 7.  In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength and my refuge is in God.

Notice first in vs. 7.  In God is my Salvation.                                                                                                                  The word, ’salvation’ can mean deliverance, or rescue, or safety.

In God is my glory.  The word, ”glory” in this case can mean, dignity, worthiness, or of value or honor.

See Psalm 3: 3.  But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.

The word, ”glory” in this case can mean, dignity, worthiness, or of value or honor.

See Jeremiah 9: 23&24.                                                                                                                                                Vs.  23. Thus says the LORD:  Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches;                                                                                                              Vs. 24.  But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight, says the LORD.

The word, ”glory” in this case can mean, dignity, worthiness, or of value or honor.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                            Vs 7.  In God is my salvation and my glory.  The rock of my strength.                                                                        God is the rock of my strength!  The word “rock” can mean, a cleft, a hollow area or an indentation within a rocky wall.  The word “rock” can mean, a large rock or boulder, and not a small or medium size pebble or stone.  And figuratively speaking, “rock” can refer to something that is solid and strong, unmovable and durable.

Now, my refuge is in God!  A refuge is a safe dwelling place from enemies and foes.  A place of healing and renewal after a battle.

For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Finally, vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us. Selah

Trust in Him God (Elohim) Creator & Sustainer, the source of all things.                                                                    To have confidence in.  Reliance upon.  Dependence on.                                                                                          At all times! In troubling times?  Yes!

You people!  Not just people in general.  Nor everyone who is alive.                                                                        But a chosen people.  A covenant people.  A unique people.  A people set apart.

See I Peter 2: 9&10.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 9.  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.                                    Vs. 10.  Who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 8. Trust in Him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before Him. Make known, reveal, hold nothing back every desire, care, fear, and concern of your heart.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us.                  A refuge was a safe dwelling place from enemies and foes.  A place of healing and renewal after a battle.

See Psalm 46: 11. The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.                                                    For us to see our God in this way as our source, is vital especially in troubling times.

Back to Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 8.  Trust in Him at all times, you people.  Pour out your heart before Him.  God is a refuge for us.  Selah!

Lastly, the Hebrew word ‘Selah’ is used a lot in the Psalms.  What does ‘Selah’ mean?                                          Selah can mean instruction upon reading of the, something like "stop and ponder what is being said.”  In fact, Selah in The Amplified Bible translates the meaning as "to pause, and think on that."

See Proverbs 4:20-22.                                                                                                                                               Vs. 20.  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.                                                                  Vs. 21.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.                                           Vs. 22.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Now turn to Psalm 73.

Now, with God’s help, let’s continue to learn from four special Psalms from the Book of Psalms.

•Psalm 62.  We learned that God is to be my Source.                                                                                        •Psalm 73.  We will learn that God is to be my Justice.                                                                                     •Psalm 91.  We will learn that God is to be my Protector.                                                                                             •And Psalm 121.  We will learn that God is to be my Help.

For I believe embedded in these four special Psalms are divine principles to live by, that enables us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times.

Now here in Psalm 73, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times, and that is God is my Justice! or, I can find justice from God!

But before we consider Psalm 73, I would like to do an exercise with you.

Please write the words,                                                                                                                                  •Injustice.                                                                                                                                                                          •Inequality.                                                                                                                                                                  •And Unfairness.                                                                                                                                                              Now, write this phrase, “those that are privileged, but they use It in a wrong way!”

Now question, how does the words, Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, make you feel?

If you can, give me an emotional word that would best describes how these words make you feel,                    •Injustice.                                                                                                                                                      •Inequality.                                                                                                                                                                      •Unfairness                                                                                                                                                                      For example,                                                                                                                                                          Angry,                                                                                                                                                                              Sad,                                                                                                                                                                      Offended,                                                                                                                                                                        Victimize,                                                                                                                                                            Outrage,                                                                                                                                                                  Envious,                                                                                                                                                                            Hostile,                                                                                                                                                                            Rebellious,                                                                                                                                                                      Want to Revolt.

Next, now how does this phrase, “those that are privileged, but they use it in a wrong way, make you feel?”

Give me an emotional word that best describes how this phrase, makes you feel!   For example;                         Angry,                                                                                                                                                                              Sad,                                                                                                                                                                      Offended,                                                                                                                                                                        Victimize,                                                                                                                                                            Outrage,                                                                                                                                                                  Envious,                                                                                                                                                                            Hostile,                                                                                                                                                                            Rebellious,                                                                                                                                                                      Want to Revolt.

So then, this afternoon we want to begin to see how (should) the blessed man or woman, give and receive encouragement in troubling times, especially when dealing with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, or those who are privileged and they use it in a wrong way?"

A Psalm of Asaph.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  Truly, God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                                    Vs. 2.  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. Why?                                    Vs. 3.  For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of

12-13-2017   Part 4    

How does the blessed man or woman give and receive encouragement in troubling times, and that is to know that God is my justice? or to say it another way, I find justice from God!

Because here in Psalm 73, there is one very important principle and theme from God to live by, for it will help us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times, and that Is that God is my justice?

So then, this afternoon we want to begin to see how should the blessed man or woman, give and receive encouragement in troubling times, especially when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way?

Vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                                        Vs. 2.  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. Why?                                        Vs. 3.  For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Now fortunately, Asaph confesses and admits his internal struggle when it comes to understanding that God is good!                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.

For Asaph’s main problem was he had a very narrow view in understanding, that God is good!                            •In other words, what does it mean that God is ‘good’?                                                                                         •And who should benefit from God’s Goodness, and who should receive God’s goodness?

Show You what I mean!

Notice vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel.  But is that accurate? Is God only good to Israel?                                    Vs. 1. Continues, good to such as are pure in heart.  But is that accurate?  Is God only good to such as are pure in heart?

Asaph’s main problem was he had a very narrow view in understanding, that God is Good!                                                  

And is that true about you and me as well?                                                                                                                 •In other words, what does it mean that God is good?                                                                                        •And who should benefit from God’s goodness, and who should receive God’s goodness?

First, what does it mean that God is good?

To say that God is good is to extol one of His major character traits.  For our God is intrinsically good.  That is, he didn’t learn how to be good!  And no one taught him to be good!  Because His essence and nature and character is intrinsically good.

Our God, Himself is the definition and the standard of Good!                                                                              Just like God himself is the definition and the standard of love, God is love!

God Himself is the definition and the standard of Good, God is good!

For our God is the very opposite of bad!                                                                                                                    For, some English synonyms for bad areevil, pernicious, wicked, harmful, injurious, sinister, threatening, unhealthy, hostile, adversarial.

But some English synonyms for Good aretrustworthy, dependable, safe, solid, stable, unblemished, flawless, perfect, uncontaminated, uncorrupted, undamaged, unimpaired, benevolent, charitable, kindhearted, merciful.

Psalms 100: 5.  For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

Psalms 136: 1.  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Lamentations 3: 25. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person  who seeks Him.

Nahum 1: 7.  The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.

Back to Psalm 73.                                                                                                                                                            Asaph’s main problem was that he had a very narrow view in understanding, that God is good! 

Could that be true about you and me as well?                                                                                                            •In other words, what does it mean that God is good?                                                                                                •Next, who should benefit from God’s goodness, and who should receive God’s goodness?

Notice vs. 1 again.  Truly God is good to Israel.  But is that accurate?  Is God good to Israel?

Notice vs. 1.  Continues, truly God is good to such as are pure in heart.  But is that accurate?  Is God only good to such as are pure in heart?

Matthew 5: 45, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Acts 14: 17.  Nevertheless God did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

Back to Psalm 73.                                                                                                                                                          See vs. 1. Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.

Question, So, how can a good God let bad things happen?

See Romans 3:                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 10.  As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one.                                                                                      Vs. 11.  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.                                                        Vs. 12.  They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 23.  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

•How can a good God let bad things happen?                                                                                                        See Romans 5:12, Therefore just as through one man, sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.                                                                                                              •How can a good God let bad things happen?                                                                                                            See Romans 8: 28 NASB.   And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

12-20-2017   Part 5   

This afternoon, we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those That Are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way)?

See 1.  Truly, God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                                      2. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. Why?                                                3. For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Now we are blessed to have this kind of honesty.  We are fortunate to have this kind of transparency.

Because Asaph reveals and admits his internal struggle when it came to understanding God’s ways especially when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way!

Now see vs. 2 again.  Asaph said, concerning himself, “But as for me,                                                                      •My feet had almost stumbled;                                                                                                                                      •My steps had nearly slipped!”  Stop there.

This is a word picture, a metaphor to help describe him being tempted to Backslide, to have almost defected, to have experience disillusionment.

Say something about disillusionment.                                                                                                                          Disillusionment can be defined as the negative feelings of disappointment or betrayal resulting from the discovery that something or someone is not as good as one first believed it to be.

Say something about defection.                                                                                                                            Defection can be defined as the turning away from, or the desertion from an allegiance or commitment, loyalty, duty, or a believe or practice.

Say something about backsliding.                                                                                                                                Backsliding can be defined as the relapse or return back to that which you were made free from.

Now notice vs 3, for or because, I was envious of the boastful.  Stop there!

We had a group discussion about the difference between envy, jealousy. covetousness or to covet.

12-27-2016    Part 6   

This afternoon we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give and Receive Encouragement In Troubling times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those That are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way ?

See Vs. 1.  Truly God is good to Israel, good to such as are pure in heart.                                                            Vs. 2.  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped.  This is a word picture, a metaphor to help describe Asaph’s struggle or temptation to backslide, to have almost defected, to have experience disillusionment.                                                                                                                                            Vs. 3.   Why?  For or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

We are blessed to have this kind of honesty.  We are fortunate to have this kind of transparency.

Because Asaph reveals and admits his internal struggle when it came to understanding God’s ways especially when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way!

Now see vs. 3 again, Asaph said concerning himself, for or because, I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Notice he said, “when I saw the prosperity of the Shâlôm can mean, safety or soundness in body.          Shâlôm can mean, health or prosperity.                                                                                                                      •But mainly, the word Shâlôm means, peace, quietness, tranquility, contentment of mind.                                    •Peace or favor within relationships, especially within our covenant relationship with God, only if we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Notice vs. 3 again.   Asaph said, “When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”                                                             •When I saw the wicked experiencing completeness and fulfillment.                                                                       •When I saw the wicked experiencing, safety and soundness in body and health.                                                 •When I saw the wicked experiencing prosperity.                                                                                                      •When I saw the wicked experiencing, peace, quietness, tranquility, and contentment of mind.                             •When I saw the wicked experiencing peace and favor within their relationships.

As a result of this kind of thinking, Asaph with much sarcasm here in Psalms 73: 4-11 characterizes the unfairness, and the lack of justice when it came to the wicked, and what they are able to get away with.

Next, in Psalms 73: 12-16, Asaph expresses pain and regret for living Godly because the way the wicked and the ungodly, seem to get away with everything!

But notice vs. 16.  When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me!

Now, something dramatically happened to change Asaph’s view.                                                                            And surprisingly it happened to him in a familiar place!                                                                                              A place of assembly.                                                                                                                                                      A designated place where the Head of the Church, meets with us, communes with us, and ministers to us.

Quote Matthew 18: 20.  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

Notice vs. 17.  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end, or their outcome! Wow!

This was the turning point for Asaph’s attitudes and feelings, as his attitudes and feelings were confronted by the Head of the Church, and the truth of God’s word!

Quote Psalm 63:2. “So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see your power and your glory.”

Now, notice again Psalm 73: 17, I went into the Sanctuary of God!

The Sanctuary or Worship Center is a sacred place, a Holy place, where everything within that space is consecrated or hallowed.

•And therefore, that space is consecrated or hallowed, it should not be used for personal use.                            •It should not be used or handled in any way that is inappropriate.                                                                          •It should not be used or handled in a way that would dishonors God.

Think about it everything we do or every item within that space is consecrated or hallowed.

For example: the prayers or the giving of thanks.                                                                                                        The worship and the praise, or the music ministry of a choir, or of an individual.                                                    The music or the dance.                                                                                                                                                The seating or symbols that is, a communion table, a cross etc.                                                                                The offering time or the communion time.                                                                                                                    The welcoming of visitors, or the announcements of coming events, or ways to help or volunteer.                      The musical instruments or microphones of the sound system.                                                                                The pulpit or podium or lectern.                                                                                                                                    The baptistery or the ministry platform.                                                                                                                        The call to discipleship or a commitment to Christ.

But perhaps, the most important priority or necessity should be, the Proclamation, the Explanation, the Application, of God’s Word the Bible.

01-3-2018  Part 7

This afternoon we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those that Are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way ?

Now remember, something dramatically happened to change Asaph’s attitude in vs. 2-16.

And surprisingly it happened to him in a most familiar place!

See Psalms 73: 17.  Asaph said, until I went into the Sanctuary of God; then I understood the wicked’s end or their outcome!  Wow!

Notice, the Sanctuary of God, or a place of assembly.

Listen.  A designated place where the head of the church, meets with us, communes with us, and ministers to us.

Quote Matthew 18: 20.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them.

Question.  When we gathered together in His name as He promised to be in our midst whether we are many or few, what do you think is the primary purpose that the LORD has in mind for us? 

As for Asaph, the turning point for helping to change his attitude and his feelings in vs. 2-16, was when his attitudes and feelings were confronted by the head of the church, and the truth of God’s Word!

You know, you and I may disagree at this point.  But, I believe that the most important purpose and priority should be when we come together in the Sanctuary of God is the ‘Proclamation, the Explanation, the Application’, of God’s Word, the Bible.  So that our attitudes and our feelings are confronted by the Head of the Church, and the truth of God’s Word, the Bible!

See Psalm 119: 130. The entrance of Your words gives light; it (your words) gives understanding to the simple.

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

See Psalms 119: 133.  Direct or order my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.

Psalms 119: 9-11.                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 9.  How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your word.                                  Vs. 10.  With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!                 Vs. 11.  Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

See II Timothy 3:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 6.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,                                                                                                                                          Vs. 17.  that the man or woman of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Therefore, it is paramount that we who administer God’s Word on a regular basis, that we do not compromise, that we do not deviate, that we do not capitulate, from the proclamation, the explanation, the application, of God’s Word, the Bible.  So that our attitudes and our feelings can be confronted by the Head of the Church, and the truth of God’s Word, the Bible!

Show you what I mean!

See II Timothy 4: 2.  Preach the word! Be ready in season, and out of season. convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and teaching.                                                                                                                                      Vs. 3.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap-up for themselves, teachers;                                                          Vs. 4.  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Also see I Timothy 4:                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 6.  If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.                                                        Vs. 11.  These things command and teach.                                                                                                                Vs. 13.  Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.                                                                  Vs. 16.  Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine.  Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

01-17-2018    Part 8

This afternoon we want to continue to see How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or those That Are Privilege And They Use It In A Wrong Way?

Now remember, something dramatically happened to change Asaph’s attitude in Vs. 2-16.

And surprisingly it happened to him in a most familiar place!

See Psalms 73: 17, Asaph said, until I went into the Sanctuary of God; then I understood their (the wicked’s) end or their outcome!  Wow!

Listen, as a blessed man or woman, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way.

We can give and receive encouragement because even though it appears that the Unsaved are doing well!

Even though we know that God is good and merciful unto the unsaved that are doing well!

But we also know God will be just and righteous unto the unsaved that are doing well and they have no concern about Him and His judgments!

Show you what I mean!

Now, notice again, Psalm 73:                                                                                                                                       Vs 18.  Asaph said, Surely You, O God Has set the wicked in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs 19.  Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.

Listen, divine retribution is always inevitable because no one is getting away with anything!

Listen, in some cases it may be swift and immediate.                                                                                               In other cases, it can be on hold allowing time for Godly repentance to have its work, or for it to be rejected.

Therefore, with God’s help, we need to address what should be our attitude, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Psalm 37: 1-40 is another song or Psalm of David before he was made king. Actually, David in this song or Psalm is an enemy of the state, and is being persecuted by the existing king of Israel, King Saul, although David was anointed by the prophet Samuel to be the next king of Israel.  David was not to take matters into his own hands.  He had to wait on the Lord's timing, and the Lord's will to be fulfilled.  David has had to learn to encourage himself in dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or dealing with those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way, like King Saul.

And Psalms 37 is another song or Psalm by David, that can help us to encourage ourselves in dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or dealing with those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Now Psalm 37, a Psalm of David.                                                                                                                                  Vs 1.  Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.     According to vs. 1 there are two responsibilities that we have personally in this matter.                                                                                      •Fret not (thyself or yourself)!                                                                                                                                        •Neither be thou or you envious against!  

And there are two groups, that we can never allowed to influence us to do wrong.                                                •Evildoers!                                                                                                                                                                      •The workers of iniquity!                                                                                                                                                The first, responsibility that we have personally in this matter.                                                                                  •Fret not (thyself or Yourself)!

Our English word ‘fret’, can mean, to worry, something or someone.  To be consumed by one's thoughts.  To be agitated about something or someone.

But in Psalms 37: 1, this Hebrew verb חָרָה chârâh,  a primitive root compare H2787; to glow or grow warm; figuratively usually to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy or be angry, be displeased, upset. fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, very, be wroth.  This Hebrew verb is (Hithpael) which means, to heat oneself in vexation.

By the way, synonyms for vexation are annoyance, irritation, aggravation, exasperation, indignation, anger, displeasure, bad mood.

Also, let’s see the words, “fret not” used in other places in the Old Testament.

Psalm 37: 7,                                                                                                                                                               Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him or her who prospers in their way, or because of the person who carries out wicked schemes.

Vs 1.  Samuel 1: 6.  And Hannah’s adversary (the other wife) also provoked her sorely, (for to make her fret), because the LORD had shut up her womb.

Proverbs 24: 19.  Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked.

Now, the second responsibility that we personally have in this matter.  Neither be thou or you envious against!

Also, let’s see the word envy or envious, used in other places in the Old Testament.

Psalm 73: 3 For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:31.                                                                                                                                                              Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.

Proverbs 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the LORD always.

Proverbs 24:1.   Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them.                                                      Proverbs 24:1.   Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked;

Now Psalms 37: 2 says, for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Now, here is a divine promise of pending demise for someone when there is no repentance.

Listen, when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or having deal with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, remind yourself of Psalms 37: 2, “For (they) the evildoers, the workers of iniquity, shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”

Also remind yourself of Romans 12: 19.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.  Amen!

01-24-2018   Part 9   

This afternoon we want to finish up our look at How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times, Especially When Dealing With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Or Those That Are Privileged and They Use It In A Wrong Way?

Because we know even though God is good and merciful unto the unsaved that seem to be doing well!

Yet, one day our God will be just and righteous unto the unsaved that are doing well, and have no concern about Him and His judgements!

Now, notice again Psalms 73: 18, Asaph said, surely You O God has set the wicked in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 19.  Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment!  They are utterly consumed with terrors.

Now, there are some important guidelines for us to follow especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Now notice Psalm 37:                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

And last Wednesday, we considered two areas that we are personally responsible for!                                        •Fret not (thyself or yourself)!                                                                                                                                  •Neither be (thou or you) envious against!

Also, there are two groups that we can never allow to influence us to do wrong.                                                    •Evildoers!                                                                                                                                                                  •The workers of iniquity.

This afternoon, let’s finish up here with Psalms 37:

And these important guidelines for us to follow, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Notice vs. 2.  For (they) evildoers, and the workers of iniquity shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Now, here is a divine promise of pending demise for someone when there is no repentance.

Also, notice vs. 9.   For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.    Vs. 10.  For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 20.  But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows shall vanish.  Into smoke (they) shall vanish away.                                                                                                                Vs. 38.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

Now, here in Psalm 37: are some important guidelines for us to follow, especially when we are subjected to injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Notice vs. 3, Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His, the LORD’s faithfulness, or verily thou shalt be fed.

First, trust in the LORD, how?

See Proverb. 3: 5&6.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.                                            Vs. 6.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Next, do good! Not just do right.  But do good!

Listen, doing right many times can focus the attention, or the recognition on oneself, and on what you did!

But, to do good, focuses the glory and recognition to God!

For example, Genesis 45: 8 says, so now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father or protector to Pharaoh, and lord or steward of all his house, and a ruler or governor throughout all the land of Egypt.

Next, Psalms 37: 4, says, delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.        A conditional promise based on a specific command!

But what is the command?                                                                                                                                        Vs. 4a.  Delight yourself (also) in the LORD Himself!                                                                                                The word ‘delight’ can mean to find pleasure in.                                                                                                        The word ‘delight’ can mean satisfaction, fulfillment, and completeness based on a relationship.

Not only does this verse have a command, "Delight thyself also in the LORD."   But this verse also has a conditional promise, that must be correctly applied.

In Psalms 37: 4b, and (He) the LORD shall give you, the desires of your heart.     Note, that the word translated ‘desires’, the Hebrew verb means, to ask or request something beyond the surface.

Listen, the desires of your heart are not referring to the fantasy’s, or the wants. Nor the superficial, or the mundane.  Nor, the trivial, or the fads of our times.

The desires of your heart are the deeper longings that are beyond the physical, and beyond the atemrial.

In fact, Psalms 37: 4b, is telling us the source of the desires, where they're coming from, and Who's behind them.

The LORD shall give you the desires, that are of the heart.

Listen, if you're truly a child of God, the LORD has given unto you desires over a period of time that are in your heart that are now much different, because you've taken the command of God seriously when it comes to delighting yourself in the Lord.

For example, the desires of your heart are to have and maintain a closer walk with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to daily fulfill the Lord’s or Disciple’s Prayer in Matthew 6: 9-13.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are for Christ to be seated on the throne of your heart, without a competitor, or any competition from you.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to be being filled with the Spirit at all times.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to also walk in the Spirit so that you do not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are that you might decrease and that He (God) might Increase.  Because, it's all about Him and not about you.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to sin less and less, and to obey more and more.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to resist the devil at all times.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to not be conformed to this world, and to love not the World. You want to have an undivided allegiance with God.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to be a doer of the word, and not just to hearer only.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to study to show yourselves approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to be a witness for Christ, to share the Gospel effectively, that sinners might repent and be Saved.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to worship God, in spirit and in truth, and to fellowship regularly with a local church family and with those within the body of Christ.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to Love God with all your heart, soul, and strength.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to truly Love one another in the body of Christ, as well as those who have not yet come to salvation.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to pray without ceasing.  Being consistent in prayer.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to improve in the areas of giving and receiving.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are the soon coming of the 1000-year reign of Christ Jesus on this earth.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to receive a resurrected, glorified body that is sinless and perfect, so that you can serve God more than we did in this life.

Hopefully, the desires of your heart are to hear the Lord say, "Well done good and faithful servant."

Now, notice Psalms 37: vs. 5, commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.        Vs. 6.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

Psalms 37: 5a, the English word ‘commit’, one of the English meanings for the word commit means, to send, to entrust, to relinquish, to give over, or to deliver.

Actually, the Hebrew verb means to roll (literally or figuratively).  To give over, or to deliver, entrust.

The idea here is that of rolling a heavy load or burden from ourselves onto another. Laying it upon them, so that they may bear it for you. "roll your way upon the Lord!"

Quote Psalm 55: 22.  Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He the LORD will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Now Psalms 37: 5b; Trust also in Him, and He (the LORD) shall bring (it) to pass.

Remember Psalms 37: 3 said, trust in the LORD, and do good, dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Next, Psalm 37: 7.  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

See Psalms 37: 7.,                                                                                                                                                            •Rest in the LORD.                                                                                                                                                          •and wait patiently for Him (the LORD).                                                                                                                        •Do not fret, because of the person who prospers in their way.  Or, because of the individual who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Now, let's consider Psalms 37: 7a.                                                                                                                              •Rest in the LORD!

The word ‘rest’ can mean to be silent, to be still, to hold one’s peace.

Psalms 46: 10&11.  Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!                                                                                                                                                                            The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Amos 5: 13&14.  Therefore, the prudent keep silent at that time, for it is an evil time.  Seek good and not evil, that you may live; So, the LORD God of hosts will be with you, as you have spoken.

Now, in Psalms 37: 7.  And wait patiently for Him (the LORD).

Lamentations 3: 25&26.                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 25. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, and to the soul who seeks Him.                                          Vs. 26.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation, the deliverance, the rescue that comes from the LORD.

Psalms 62: 1-2, 5-8.  Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.                                      He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.                                            Vs. 5.  My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.    He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.  Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Psalms 37: 7.  Do not fret, because of the person who prospers in their way.  Or, because of the individual who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Now this is the second time in Psalms 37 that the Spirit of God leads the Psalmist to admonished us concerning these words, do not fret.

In fact, remember Psalms 37: 1, fret not thyself (or yourself)!                                                                                    Fret not thyself (or yourself) is a responsibility that we have personally in this matter.

In Psalms 37: 1, this Hebrew verb also meant to blaze up in angry, to heat oneself into vexation.

Synonyms for vexation. Annoyance, irritation, aggravation, exasperation, indignation, anger, displeasure, bad mood.

See Proverbs 24: 19.  Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked.

Back to Psalms 37:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 8.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret it only causes harm.

When dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or (dealing with) those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, cease from anger.     ‘Cease’ means to abandon, to refrain, to forsake.

Now, the word ‘anger’ used here refers to the rapid breathing through the nose, or nostrils to indicate displeasure, unhappiness, or bad feelings toward something or someone.                                                              Example: Bulls or Buffaloes.

See Ephesians 4: 26&27.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 26.   Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath,                                                          Vs. 27.   nor give place to the devil.

Ephesians 4: 31&32.                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 31.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.              Vs. 32.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Back to Psalms 37: 8.

Next, forsake wrath.

When dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or (dealing with) those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, forsake wrath.

The word ‘forsake’ means to depart from, leave behind, let alone or let go, to abandon, to forsake, to neglect.

See James 1: 19&20.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 19.  So, then my beloved brethren let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath                       Vs. 20.   for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Finally, Psalms 37: 8.                                                                                                                                                      Do not fret!  It only causes harm.  Or, fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

When dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or (dealing with) those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way, do not fret.  It only causes harm, or fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

Do not fret!                                                                                                                                                                  Now, this is the third time within eight versus, that this command, this directive from the LORD has appeared, “do not fret”.

Remember Psalms 37: 1, 7, 8.                                                                                                                                          •Vs. 1.  Fret not (thyself or yourself)!                                                                                                                        •Vs. 7.  Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.                                                                                                                                                                            •Vs. 8.  Do not fret, it only causes harm.  Or, fret not thyself (in any wise) to do evil.

Do not fret!                                                                                                                                                                Again, fret meant to blaze up in angry, or to heat oneself into vexation.

Synonyms for vexation.  Annoyance, irritation, aggravation, exasperation, indignation, anger, displeasure, bad mood.

See Genesis 4: 4-8.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 4.  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.  And the LORD respected Abel and his offering,                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 5.  but the Lord did not respect Cain and his offering.  And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.  Vs. 6.  So, the LORD said to Cain, why are you angry?  And why has your countenance fallen?                            Vs. 7.  If you do well, will you not be accepted?  And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.  And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.                                                                                                                              Vs. 8.  Now, Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

01-31-2018   Part 10  

Our current topic is still, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times? 

And there are four special Psalms from the Book of Psalms that we have been considering for a little while now.                                                                                                                                                                        •Psalm 62.                                                                                                                                                                        •Psalm  73.                                                                                                                                                                  •Psalm 91.                                                                                                                                                                        •And Psalm 121.

These four special Psalms have revealed to us God’s principles for us to live by in troubling times.

But also, these Psalms can help us to give and receive encouragement if we would embrace the major theme in each Psalm.

For example, in Psalm 62, the major theme of that Psalm was my God is my Source!                                            In Psalm 73, the major theme of that Psalm was my God is my Justice?                                                                    In Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm will be my God is my Protector!                                                              And in Psalm 121, the major theme of that Psalm will be my God is my Helper!

Now, here in Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm from God for us to live by, and that will help us in troubling times to be able to give and receive encouragement, is knowing that my God is my Protector!  Amen

Read Psalms 91:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.          Vs. 2.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.                                   Vs. 3.  Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.                        Vs. 4.  He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 5.  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,                                       Vs. 6.  Nor, of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.              Vs. 7.  A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.   Vs. 8.  Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.                                                        Vs. 9.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,           Vs. 10.  No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;                                                      Vs. 11.  For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.                                                Vs. 12.  In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.                                       Vs. 13.  You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.                                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 14.  Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known my name.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 15.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.                                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 16.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

And once again it appears that the major theme of Psalm 91 that will help us to give and receive encouragement in troubling times, is knowing that our God is our Protector!  Amen!

But what do we mean when we say that our God is our Protector?                                                                          Ask the Bible study group what do they mean when they say that your God is your Protector?

Let consider this insight about a Protector.                                                                                                                  A Protector is a highly trained and totally dedicated individual who is committed to protect and to preserve those under their care.                                                                                                                                                    A Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care from times of danger or attack.  From hurt or harm.   Or, from calamity or tragedy.

For example, St. John 17:                                                                                                                                                Vs. 14.  I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 15.  I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

But also, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care in the midst of danger or attack within the hurt or harm.   Or, after the calamity or tragedy.

For example, Psalm 23:                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 4.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.                                                                                                                     Vs. 5.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

So once again, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care from times of danger or attack.   From hurt or harm.  Or, from calamity or tragedy.

But also, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care in the midst of danger or attack.  Within the hurt or harm.  Or, after the calamity or tragedy.

Which means in both cases the one who is being protected must trust in, depend upon, and obey what is been told to them to do.

Now notice vs. 1a.   He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.

But what is the ‘Secret Place’?

See Psalms 27: 5.                                                                                                                                                      For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

Psalms 31: 20.  Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Psalms 32: 7.   You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.  Selah.

02-07-2018   Part 11   

Our current topic is still, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times? 

And here in Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm from God for us to live by, and that will help us in troubling times to be able to give and receive encouragement, is knowing that my God is my ‘Protector’!  Amen

A Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care from times of danger or attack.  From hurt or harm.  Or, from calamity or tragedy.

But also, a Protector is an individual who is able to protect those under their care in the midst of danger or attack within the hurt or harm.  Or, after the Calamity or tragedy.

Which means in both cases the one who is being protected must trust in, depend upon, and obey.

Now, another extremely important thing to know about Psalm 91 is what is been told to them to do.  That, Psalm 91 is one of the many Messianic Psalms from the Book of Psalms.

By the way our English word ‘Messianic’ can mean, the belief and expectation of a Messiah or Christ that is Divine.  Who is a Ruler of a kingdom.  A Deliver, a Champion and a Savior from God.

Messianic is the belief and expectation that Messiah or Christ came the first time, and will come again in the future a second time.

For example, Messianic Jews or Judaism.   A belief system among some Jewish people who believe and have accepted Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) of Nazareth as the promised Messiah of the Hebrew Scriptures.  These Jewish people however do not stop being Jewish.  But, they continue to remain strong in their Jewish identity, lifestyle and culture, while following Yeshua as He is revealed in the Brit Chadashah, or the New Covenant.

In fact, here are a few of the Messianic Psalms that refer to the Messiah in some way from the book of Psalms.

For each Psalm below is a reference to the Messiah in the book of Psalms, which is making reference to Jesus of Nazareth who claim to be the Messiah of Israel and for all mankind.

•Psalms 2: 6-12. The Messiah’s future exhortation.                                                                                                      •Psalms 22: 1-22. The Messiah as the suffering Savior.                                                                                                •Psalms 24: 7- 10. The Messiah as the King of Glory that shall reign forever.                                                            •Psalms 91: 1-16. The Messiah as a Protector.                                                                                                                •Psalms 118: 22-29. The Messiah as the Chief Cornerstone.

Therefore, Psalms 91: is a Messianic Psalm about a Messiah, a Deliver, a Champion, a Savior who Protects those who dwells in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Now, notice vs. 1a.  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.

But what is the secret place, The hiding place, or the shelter?

See again Psalms 31: 20.  Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

See Psalms 32: 7.  You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

See Psalms 90: 1.  Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Now, notice Psalms 91: 1a.  he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.   By the way, “The Most High,” a title name for God used here in Psalms 91: 1.

And In Psalms 91: 9, “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even The Most High your dwelling place.”

The Title Name For God Here In Psalms 91: “The Most High,” is, Elyôwn.  And From The Hebrew language The Title means One Who Is Elevated, Or One who is lofty, Or Supreme.

Also, here in Psalms 91: 1, Grammatically in English The Preposition word “Of,” Can Be helpful in understanding the source concerning the secret place!

Because The preposition word “Of,” can mean belonging or connection.

The preposition word “Of,” can mean, expressing the relationship between a part of the whole.

For Example, the sleeve “of” his coat is a part of the whole, The coat!

Psalms 91: 1 Says, He who (dwells) in the secret place (of) the Most High. 

The word (Dwells) this Hebrew verb is (Qal).  Therefore Dwells means to, remain or stay relationally. To have as One's Abode or Home, or Residence.

Listen the Phrase, The Secret Place, The hiding Place, or The Shelter, is a part of the whole, Which Is The Messiah Himself!

I’m convince that The Secret Place of The Most High, is being in an abiding personal relationship with The Messiah Jesus Christ.

St. John 15: 4&5. 4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

Vs. 5.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

See I John 3:24, Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

02-14-2018   Part 12   

Our current topic is still, How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Give And Receive Encouragement In Troubling Times?

And here in Psalm 91, the major theme of this Psalm from God for us to know and for us to live by in troubling times is, God can be your protector, Amen!

For He is able to protect you from any danger.  Or, He is able to protect you in any situation.

But you and I must trust in, depend upon, and obey what He has told us to do!

Also, remember that Psalm 91 Is one of the many Messianic Psalms from the Book of Psalms.  The word Messianic means, the belief and the expectation of the Messiah or Christ, Who is Divine and yet, human.  Who, is a ruler of a kingdom, a deliverer, and a champion.  A promise Savior, Who came the first time unto His own and they received Him not.  But, He will come again in the future a second time.

By the way, there has only been one person in all of human history that this could be referring to.

And most of us believe that it is Jesus of Nazareth.

For He Himself claimed and He demonstrated supernaturally and prophetically that He was the Messiah!

And therefore, Psalms 91: Is a Messianic Psalm about the Messiah, Jesus Christ who protects those who have an abiding relationship with Him.

Those who have chosen Him as their “Hiding Place”, their ‘’Shelter.  Because as far as they are concerned, He is the “Most High”, He is the ‘Almighty’.

Now, notice vs. 1 again, He or she who dwells in the secret place, the hiding place, the shelter of the Most High.  Shall abide under the shadow or shade, the protective covering of the Almighty.

Notice the verb ‘dwells’.  This Hebrew verb is (Qal).  Therefore, ‘dwells’ means, to remain or to stay relationally connected.  Or, to have as one's abode, or home, or residence.

Next, “the Most High,” a title name for God here in Psalms 91: from the Hebrew language which means, One Who is elevated, or One Who is very lofty or supreme.

Shall abide.  A Strong's Definition: לוּן lûwn, or loon; or לִין lîyn.  In Hebrew the verb is (Hithpalpel), which means to dwell in, or abide under or with.

Also, the word “shall” which starts this phrase, helps us to know that you must be volitional.  You must choose what you are going to do each time!

Shall abide under the shadow, or shade, the protective covering.

The Almighty.  “El Shaddai or Shadday,” is another compound name or title for God like ʻElyôwn, which meant, “The Most High.”

Now, “El Shaddai” is a very complex title or name for God which has multiple meanings that can be very helpful to us.

For example, there is a masculine meaning and there is a feminine meaning to the Hebrew word Shaddai or Shadday.

The masculine meaning of the Hebrew word Shaddai or Shadday, speaks of God’s ultimate strength, ability, and power over anyone or anything.

But the feminine meaning of the Hebrew word Shaddai or Shadday, speaks of God as one who feeds or gives nourishment.  Or, one who nurses to help one to be sustained and grow, i.e, to breast-feed.

And therefore, depending on the context of the verse or verses, El Shaddai or, the Almighty, could be referring to the masculine or the feminine meaning, or both.

Now, this Is the first time El Shaddai or Almighty is used as a title or name for God.

Notice Gen. 17: 1.  When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to Abram, I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

Question.  Did you know that Jesus, not only claimed to be the Messiah, but also claimed to be the Almighty, the El Shaddai of the Old Testament?

Notice Revelation 1: 8.  Jesus is speaking, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, Who Is and Who Was, and Who Is to come, “the Almighty.”

Back to Psalms 91:                                                                                                                                                    Now notice vs. 2.  There is a noticeable change in the narrative at this point.

“I will say of the LORD, He (the LORD) is my refuge, and my fortress; (my God), in Him (the LORD), (my God) I will trust.”

First, an experiential relationship, that gives confidence.

See the beginning phrase, “I will say! “ - first person singular!

Listen, the human writer of this Psalm whomever it may be, is giving their personal testimony.

Experientially, they are sharing their complete confidence that they have in the LORD.                                        For this is not a positive confession, but a relational profession by someone who knows The LORD.

For example, see Psalms 23:                                                                                                                                     Vs. 1.  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.                                                                                                   Vs. 2.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.                                      Vs. 3.  He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.                            Vs. 4.  Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.                                                                                                                Vs. 5.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.                                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 6.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.                                                                                               

See Psalms 18:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 2.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.                                                                                               Vs. 3.  I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So, shall I be saved from my enemies.                    Vs. 4.  The pangs of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.                             Vs. 5.  The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.                                           Vs. 6.  In my distress, I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.