Applying The Psalms and Proverbs For Daily Living.

  • How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman Deal With Times, When There Is Trouble?    Psalm 20
  • The LORD of ‘Hosts’ Is With You, No Matter What!    Psalm 46:
  • How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman Deal With Times, When There Is Trouble, Whether Trouble With A Big 'T' or Trouble With A Little 't'.     Psalm 50:
  • How Does The Man or Woman Be Led of the Lord All the Days of Their Lives?       Psalm 91: 
  • How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Become A Doer Of The Word and Not A Hearer Only? Proverbs 4:20-23.
  • Psalm 23
  • Proverbs 16: 16-19
  • Psalm 37:
  • Proverbs and Psalms - How Can The Blessed Man or Woman Better Communicate?  
  • How Should The Blessed Man or Woman Deal With Those Times of Disobedience, Resistance, Waywardness, And Sinfulness In Their Lives?    Psalm 51:
  • Psalm 51,  Psalm 32,  Psalm 103.   
  • 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 Should The Blessed Man or Woman Deal With Times When There Is Trouble?” Whether Trouble with a big ‘T’, whether Trouble with a big ‘T’ invades or intrude into our lives, or Trouble with a little ‘t’ invades or intrudes into our lives.   "Preparedness Plan"

8-26-2015   Part 1

There are 5 different Psalms from the Bible, that can really help you and I to be better prepared and to have a strategy in place, so that when Trouble occurs, you might be an over-comer and not be overcome?  
The 2nd of the 5 different Psalms from the Bible is; Psalm 20
: 1-5 &7. (Read)

Now, this next part to our preparedness plan, or the strategy we are to have in place, or that we should be working on, so that when Trouble occurs, you might be an overcomer and not be overcome is to be able to Biblically encourage yourself, and someone else. 
Question: Do you know how to Biblically, encourage yourself, and someone else?

For Example: Trouble with a big "T" invades or intrude into your life.  you just been laid off from your job; you received a negative medical report from your doctor; you were at fault, in an injury car accident; you find out, your love one has been arrested; your spouse wants a divorce; you been falsely accuse by a non-Christian; or, financially, your lose a lot of money because of poor management, or the mismanagement of your affairs.                                                                         Question: Do you know how to Biblically, encourage yourself, and someone else?

Or, if it is Trouble with a little "t" invades or intrude into your life.   For Example: This is your second or third speeding ticket, in a month; your car is having mechanical problems; you had a misunderstanding with a co-worker on your job;
or you forgot a very important event or appointment.
Question: Do you know how to Biblically, encourage yourself, and someone else?  See 1 Samuel 30: 1-6.

In 1 Samuel 30: 6 (KJV) "but David encouraged himself IN the LORD his God."
This Hebrew verb Chazaq, that is translated into English as "encouraged".  Means, to be strengthen, to prevail, to be harden or to be strong, to be courageous, to be firm, to be resolute.

Parsing Information.
Stem: Hithpael
Aspect: Imperfect
* The Hithpael Imperfect verb form occurs 533 times in the Old Testament.

(Hithpael)
to strengthen oneself
to put forth strength, use one's strength
to withstand
to hold strongly with

So then, how do we encourage ourselves?  What do you do?  Here is a short list, that some in the Body of Christ will do to encourage themselves when faced with trouble or troubling situations.
Pray, talk to God.
Fast and Pray.
Rebuke or Bind the Devil, or Demons.
Confess or Speak the Word, over their situation.
Contact certain people, and asked them to pray for you.
Enter into Praise and Worship.
Read the Word, read your Bible.
Quote scripture to yourself.
Read and Memorize scripture.
Read a Christian biography about someone's life.
Listen to Christian music.
Go for a walk, or go for a drive.
Think positive.

You may or may not agree, with some of the things on this list.   Listen, none of these things mentioned, or a combination of these things, is the biblical way that you are to encourage yourself, or someone else.

In 1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV) "but David encouraged himself, How? IN the LORD his God."   The focus is not on what we do our List.  The focus is to be IN the LORD our God.   1 Samuel 30:6 in The New English Translation says, But David drew strength from the LORD his God.

IN is one of many preposition words. IN is a function word, to indicate a host of things.

For example: IN is used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, or position within limits. <in the lake> <wounded in the leg> <in the summer>  <went in the house>.
IN is used as a function word to indicate means, medium, or instrumentality
<written in pencil> <bound in leather>
IN is used as a function word to indicate limitation, qualification, or circumstance
<alike in some respects> <left in a hurry> <broke in pieces>
IN is used as a function word to indicate purpose <said in reply>

"But David encouraged himself, IN the LORD his God."
IN is used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, or position, for example, the LORD his God.

Listen, It is IN the Lord his God, David is able to be encourage, strengthen, resolute.
It is IN the Lord his God, he was able to encourage others to have courage, to have hope.
It is because and through the Lord your God, you too can overcome, stand, glorify God.

Close with some examples, of what we can obtain; what we can have; what we can do, based on the words IN the LORD, IN God, IN Christ.
Psalms 4: 5,  Trust IN the LORD.
Psalms 31: 24,  Hope IN the LORD.
Psalms 32: 11,  Be glad IN the LORD.
Psalms 33: 1,  Rejoice IN the LORD.
Psalms 37:7,  Rest IN the LORD.
Psalms 56: 11,  IN God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Psalms 62: 7,  IN God is my salvation and my glory: and my refuge is IN God.
Titus 3: 8,  They which have believed IN God might be careful to maintain good works.
Romans 12: 5,  We are one body IN Christ.
1 Corinthians 1: 2,  We are sanctified IN Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 2: 14,  We triumph IN Christ.
Philippians 3: 14,  The high calling of God IN Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5: 18,  This is the will of God IN Christ Jesus concerning you.
2 Timothy 2: 1,    Be strong in the grace that is IN Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2: 10,  The salvation which is IN Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

9-2-15   Part 2

This next part to our Preparedness Plan, or the strategy we are to have in place, or that we should be working on.  So that when Trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome, is to be able to biblically encourage yourself and someone else. 
Question: Do you know how to Biblically, encourage yourself, and someone else?

In 1 Samuel 30: 6 (KJV)  "but David encouraged or strengthen himself IN the LORD his God." 
"David encouraged himself".   This Hebrew verb ‘Chazaq’ that is translated into English as “Encouraged" means, to be strengthened, to prevail, to be harden or to be strong, to be courageous, to be firm, to be resolute.
Question: Do you know how to Biblically encourage yourself, and someone else?

Here is a short List, that some in the Body of Christ will do to encourage themselves, when faced with trouble or troubling situations;
Pray, talk to God.
Fast and Pray.
Rebuke or bind the Devil, or Demons.
Confess or speak the Word, over their situation.
Contact certain people and asked them to pray for you.
Enter into Praise and Worship.
Read the Word, read your Bible.
Quote scripture to yourself.
Read and memorize scripture.
Read a Christian biography about someone's life.
Listen to Christian music.
Go for a walk, or go for a drive.
Think positive.

Listen, none of these things mention, or a combination these things, is the Biblical way that you are to encourage yourself, or someone else.

In 1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV); "but David encouraged himself”.  How? “IN the LORD his God."
1 Samuel 30:6; in The New English Translation says, but David drew strength from the LORD his God.

"But David encouraged himself, IN the LORD his God."
IN is one of many preposition words.                                                                                                 IN is a function word, to indicate a host of things .                                                                                IN is used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, source or position, for example      IN the LORD his God.

The focus is not on what we do our list.  The focus is to be in the LORD your God.
Listen, it is IN the Lord his God, David is able to be encourage, strengthen, resolute.
It is IN the Lord his God, he was able to encourage others to have courage, to have hope.
It is because and through the Lord your God, you too can overcome, stand, glorify God.

Now, the 2nd of the 5 different Psalms from the Bible that will prepared us, that should be the strategy we have in place, or that we are working on, so that when Trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome, is to be able to Biblically encourage yourself, and someone else. 

Now, in Psalm 20
: 1-5 &7, there are 6 things to know about encouraging yourself, and someone else, when Trouble Occurs.                                                     

First, in vs. 1, "The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob-defend you."
2ndly, in vs. 2,  "The LORD, send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion."
3rdly, in In vs. 3, "The LORD, Remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice; Selah.
4thly, in vs. 4, "The LORD, Grant you according to your own heart, and fulfil all you counsel.
5thly, in vs. 5, "We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. The LORD, fulfil all your petitions.
6thly, in vs.7, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Let's deal with the first one in Psalm 20
: 1, "The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you."  This word “hear you” means; to answer you, or to respond to you.

Does God hear us, does God respond to us, in the day of trouble?   See Psalms 3: 4, See Psalms 4: 1, See Psalms 17: 6.
See Psalms 34: 4, See Psalms. 61: 1-3.  Now, back to Psalm 20
: 1a, "The LORD hear you in the day of trouble."

Listen, however, if in the day of trouble that is sometimes caused by my sin, in which I never confessed to God.
Or, I'm still in disobedience to God, and there has been no repentance by me.   See Psalms. 66: 18, & Isaiah. 59: 1 & 2, they are important reminders, I must consider.   The Solution.   I John 1: 8 & 9; Psalms. 32: 1-6a.

Now, back to Psalm 20
: 1a, "The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you."

Finally, the Name of the God of Jacob, defend you.
2 Things:
*What is the Name of the God of Jacob?
*How can this Name defend you?

1st.  What is the Name of the God of Jacob?  Notice Psalm 20
: 1.  Carefully, the LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you.  What is the Name of the God of Jacob?  The LORD! 

2ndly. How can this Name defend you?  Defend means, to set someone or something on high (securely).
See Psalms 46: 7&11.

9-9-15   Part 3

This next part to our Preparedness Plan, or the strategy we are to have in place, or that we should be working on.  So that when Trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome, is to be able to biblically encourage yourself and someone else. 

Now, in Psalm 20: 1-5 &7, there are six things to know about encouraging yourself and someone else when trouble occurs.

Last Wednesday, we considered the first one, in vs. 1, "The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you."

Tonight, let's consider the second one out of the six things we ought to know about encouraging yourself and someone else when trouble occurs.   

Notice vs. 2.  "The LORD, send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion."  Two things to notice.
First, the LORD, send you help from the sanctuary.
The LORD, send you help.  Explain; to send or to stretch out, to extend.

Explain; help, aid, help, or personal assistance.  See Genesis 2:18.  “And the LORD God said, it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”  See Psalm 115: 9-11, Psalm 122:1.

What Is the Sanctuary?  Set-apartness, holiness, sacredness, separateness, dedicated, hallowed, consecrated of God Himself.
Of a place, a Temple.
Of a thing, an Alter.   See Hebrews 4:16.

Secondly, the LORD, strengthen you. Explain; to support, sustain, stay, establish, strengthen, comfort, (Qal) to support, sustain, to sustain, stay of heart.  See Psalm 41: 1-3.
1.  Blessed is he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
2. The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
3. The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.

The LORD, strengthen you out of Zion.  Where or what Is Zion?  "parched place."   Another name for Jerusalem, especially in the prophetic books.
The Hebrew name Tzion (
ציון), or “Zion” as it is commonly translated, appears at least 157 times in the Bible.  These verses refer alternately to a “Mount Zion,” “the daughter of Zion,”  “virgin daughter of Zion,” and many of them are just plain, “Zion.”
The first few times that Zion is mentioned, the verse actually gives another piece of identification of the fortress of Zion: “It is the city of David” (II Samuel 5:7, I Kings 8:1), which is the area in Jerusalem where King David established his kingdom.
In other places, such as in the verse, “Mount Zion on which You dwelt,” the reference is to the presence of God in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.  The same is true of the verse in Isaiah 2:3: “For out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”  The idea of Torah coming from Zion is a reference to the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court, which held court in the Temple.  Generally, however, Zion refers to the city of Jerusalem, (and is used in conjunction with Jerusalem), and the entire Land of Israel, and metonymically, to the Jewish people. Thus, God tells the prophet Isaiah, “And I placed My words into your mouth to say to Zion that you are My people.”

2 Samuel 5:7.  Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion that is, the City of David.

1 Kings 8: 1.  Now Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the chief fathers of the children of Israel, to King Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the City of David, which is Zion.

Psalms 14: 7.  Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of His people, Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.  
See Hebrews 12: 22-24.

So Then, I know two more things in how to encourage myself in the LORD and someone else when trouble occurs. 
1. The LORD, will send me or them help.
2 . The LORD, will strengthen you or them.

Let's consider the third one out of the six things we ought to know about encouraging yourself and someone else when trouble occurs.

Notice vs. 3, "The LORD, remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice; Selah.".  Two things to notice.
 

First, The LORD, remember all your offerings.
The LORD, remembers.  Explain; to be mindful of, to remember, to recall, to call to mind. 
To remember" is used of God in remembering persons (Genesis 8:1; 19:29, etc.), His covenant (Genesis 9:15; Ex 2:24; Ezekiel 16:60, etc.), in answering prayer (Jude 16:28; Nehemiah 13: 14, 22, Psalm 20:3, etc., and in other ways.
Genesis 8: 1.  Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark.  And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.

Genesis 30: 22.  Then, God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb.
Psalms 25: 7. “Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O LORD”.

The LORD remember all your offerings.  Explain; gifts, tributes, offerings, presents, oblations, sacrifices.
Psalms 96: 8. “Give to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts”.

Secondly, The LORD, accept your burnt sacrifice, Selah.
The LORD, accept.  Explain; receive favorably; Psalm 20:3, of sacrifice, "accept thy burnt-sacrifice",  "accept as fat," to receive with favor”, "to take pleasure in"; "well-pleasing."  (Piel) to make fat, to anoint; to find fat (of offering - acceptable); to take away ashes (from altar).

The LORD, accept your burnt sacrifice. Explain; the Hebrew word for “burnt offering” actually means to “ascend“ literally to “go up in smoke.” The smoke from the sacrifice ascended to God, “a soothing aroma to the LORD” (Leviticus 1:9).  Technically, any offering burned over an altar was a burnt offering, but in more specific terms, a burnt offering was the complete destruction of the animal (except for the hide) in an effort to renew the relationship between Holy God and sinful man.  With the development of the law, God gave the Israelites specific instructions as to the types of burnt offerings and what they symbolized.
The burnt offering is one of the oldest and most common offerings in history.  It’s entirely possible that Abel’s offering in Genesis 4:4 was a burnt offering, although the first recorded instance is in Genesis 8:20 when Noah offers burnt offerings after the flood.  God ordered Abraham to offer his son, Isaac, in a burnt offering in Genesis 22, and then provided a ram as a replacement.  After suffering through nine of the ten plagues, Pharaoh decided to let the people go from bondage in Egypt, but his refusal to allow the Israelites to take their livestock with them in order to offer burnt offerings brought about the final plague that led to the Israelites’ delivery (Exodus 10:24-29).

See Hebrews 6:10.

What Is Selah?  Used 74 Times in the Old Testament, mostly In the Psalms, and in the book-of Habakkuk Chapter 3 only.  Instruction on the reading of the text, something like "stop and listen."
Selah can also be used to indicate that there is to be a musical interlude at that point in the Psalm.  The Amplified Bible translates Selah as "pause, and think of that."
Selah notes a break in the song and as such is similar in purpose to Amen, in that it stresses the importance of the preceding passage.

So Then, I know two more things in how to encourage myself in the LORD and someone else when trouble occurs.
1. The LORD, will remember all (my or their offerings.
2 . The LORD, will accept my or their burnt sacrifice, (Selah).

9-16-15   Part 4

The next part of our Preparedness Plan; or the strategy we are to have in place, or that, we should be working on so that when trouble occurs we might be an overcomer and not be overcome, is to be able to Biblically encourage yourself and someone else.

Now in Psalm 20: 1-5 & 7, there are six things to know about encouraging yourself and someone else when trouble occurs.

Let’s consider the fourth one-out of the six things we ought to know about encouraging yourself and someone else when trouble occurs.

Notice verse 4.  “The LORD grant you according to your own heart and fulfill all your counsel.”  Two things to notice.                                                                                                                       First, the LORD grant you according to your own heart.  The LORD grant.  Explain.  The stem is ‘Qal’.  The Hebrew word means; to give, bestow, permit, ascribe, employ.                                

The next phrase, according to your own heart.  The heart.  Explain – it is the inner part of man.  One’s mind.   One’s will.  One’s emotions, etc.    Your own heart.  The word own implies that which is individual, or personal, or direct.                                                                                       The LORD grant you personally individually directly according to your own heart.  Again Psalm 20:4 says the LORD grant or to give, bestow, permit, ascribe, employ, according to your own heart.                                                                                                                                                        

Is this possible that the LORD grant or to give, bestow, permit, ascribe, employ, according to your own heart?  Yes, but there is a condition.  This is a conditional promise.                               As we have seen manytimes in the Bible that the promises God made to certain people there was conditions that they had to fulfill and thus He would do His part on their behalf.  The condition for this promise in Psalm 20: 4 is better understood and revealed in Psalms 37:4.

See Psalms 37:4.  ‘Delight’ thyself also in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of thine heart.  Two things to notice.                                                                                                             First, ‘Delight’ thyself also in the LORD.  Selah!  The word ‘also’ would imply an experience that is familiar.  In other words, we know how to ‘Delight’ in various ways.  In English, ‘Delight’ means; a high degree of gratification, joy, extreme satisfaction.  Synonyms for ‘Delight’; to adore, to appreciate, to bask in, to be fond of, to be partial to, to be pleased with, to cherish, to derive pleasure from.  ‘Delight’.  The stem is ‘Hithpael in Hebrew means; to be happy about, to exquisite ‘Delight’ in.

A  Biblical In-depth look at the Word ‘Delight’.  The idea of delight occurs approximately 110 times in Scripture in various forms.  Less than fifteen occurrences are found in the New Testament.  The related concept of "please" occurs about 350 times, about seventy-five of these occurrences in the New Testament.

 The Old Testament. Two of the most common Hebrew terms for ‘Delight’

1.  To bend towards, to be inclined towards [an object or person].                                                   2. To ‘Delight’ or take pleasure in.

Even God ‘Delights’ in the obedience of his children, more than in sacrifices (1 Samuel 15:22). Obedience to His commands so pleases God, that he will prosper His people as they walk in His way (Numbers 14:8, Deuteronomy 30:9).  God ‘Delights’ in his people (Psalm 16:3).

God is also ‘Delighted’ with honesty in business (Proverbs 20:23), a blameless life (11:20), truthfulness (12:22), and the prayers of the upright (15:8).  God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26), and he promises to deliver those in whom he ‘Delights’ (Psalm 18:19).

God ‘Delights’ in showing mercy (Micah 7:18), and kindness, justice, and righteousness bring him pleasure and cause him ‘Delight’ (Jeremiah 9:23).

God placed Solomon on the throne of Israel because he ‘Delighted’ in him (1 Kings 10:9, 2 Chronicles 9:8).

God had special ‘Delight’ in his Servant-Messiah, upon whom he put his Spirit (Isaiah 42:1).

A man might ‘Delight’ in another man, (Samuel 18:22, Ester 6: 6-11), or a man might ‘Delight’ in a woman (Genesis 34:19).

Well-behaved children bring ‘Delight’ to the heart of their parents (Proverb 29:17).

 People are encouraged to ‘Delight’ in that which pleases God, his law (Psalm 1:2, 112:1-9).

God's statutes are to be our continual ‘Delight’ (Psalm 119:24, Psalm 119:70, Psalm 119:77, Psalm 119:174).

We are to ‘Delight’ in God's law because we love it (Psalm 119:41-48). 

We are to rejoice in the Lord and ‘Delight’ in his salvation (Psalm 35:9), for in so doing, we will receive the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).

It is possible for people to ‘Delight’ in or take pleasure in that which is foolish or evil. 

Some people ‘Delight’ in doing wrong" (Proverbs 2:14), in voicing their own opinions (18:2), in lying (Psalm 62:4), and in waging war (Psalm 68:30).

It is clear that the object of our ‘Delight’ or pleasure is critical.

It is possible to ‘Delight’ in those things that are good and proper; it is also possible to ‘Delight’ in that which is an abomination to the Lord (Isaiah 66:3).

In The New Testament, the Greek word most commonly used for ‘Delight’ is eudokeo [eujdokevw], usually used when God's purpose, resolve, and choice are in view.

God points out his ‘Delight’ in his Son at both the baptism and transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 3:17, 17:5).

This pleasure points to a distinct anointing and blessing that rest upon Jesus.  Indeed, "God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him" (Colossians 1:19).

God's peace rests upon those in whom he ‘Delight’ (Luke 2:14), and God works in those destined for salvation according to his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

God is not pleased, however, with the disobedient and unbelieving (I Corinthians 10:5).

As our supreme example, Jesus took great pleasure in honoring and obeying his father (John 5:30 8:29).  That which ‘Delights’ Jesus should be our ‘Delight’ as well.  We should make it our all-consuming desire to please him (2 Colossians 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, 4:1, 1 John 3:22).

We are to ‘Delight’ after God's law in the "inner man" (Romans 7:22).

We are to ‘Delight’ in our weakness, for this is when God's power is most clearly revealed in our lives (2 Corinthians 12:10).

We should not, on the other hand, ‘Delight’ in false humility or religion (Colossians 2:18).

Our desire should be directed toward the salvation of souls (Romans 10:1).

Faith is essential if we are to please God (Hebrew 11:6), and God is especially ‘Delight’ when we pray to those in authority (1 Timothy 2:3).

In the essential relationships of life, God is pleased when wives submit to their husbands, husbands love their wives, children obey their parents, parents encourage their children, slaves obey their masters, and masters treat their slaves kindly (Colossians 3:18-4:1).  

It is as living, holy sacrifices that we become pleasing to our Father in heaven (Romans 12:1).

See some examples of the use of the word, ‘Delight’ in the Old Testament.                                   In Job 27: 10.  “Will he ‘Delight’ himself in the Almighty.  Will he always call upon God?”

In Isaiah 58:14.  “Then shalt thou ‘Delight’ thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

In Psalm 37.  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he ‘Delights’ in His way.”

Back to Psalm 37:4.  Remember two things to notice;                                                                  First, ‘Delight’ thyself also in the LORD.”                                                                                     Second, “and the LORD shall give you the ‘Desires’ of your heart.”

Not only does this verse have a command, ‘Delight’ thyself also in the LORD”, but, this verse also has a God-ordained promise that must be correctly applied.

In Psalm 37:4b, “and the LORD shall give you the desires of your heart.”

First, your heart.  Explain – it is the inner part of man.  One’s mind.   One’s will.  One’s emotions, etc.  The word – ‘your’ implies that which is individual, or personal, or direct.

See Psalm 37:4b, “and the LORD shall give you the ‘Desires’ of your heart.”  Note that the word translated ‘Desires’ (‘mishalot’) comes from the Hebrew verb sha’al, which means to ask or request something beyond the surface.

The ‘Desires’ of your heart are not referring to the fantasy or the wants, nor the superficial or the mundane, as well as, the trivial or fads of our times.

The ‘Desires’ of your heart are the deeper longings that are beyond the physical and beyond the material.

In fact, Psalm 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.

For the LORD has given me these ‘Desires’ that are of the heart. 

For example, some of the ‘Desires’ of my heart are much different now than they used to be.       The ‘Desires’ of my heart.
A closer walk with Thee, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To Daily Fulfilling the Lord’s Prayer, in Matthew 6: 9-13.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
For Christ to be seated on the throne of my heart, without a competitor, or any competition by me.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To be being filled, with the Spirit.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To Walk in the spirit, so that I do-not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
That I might decrease, and that He might increase. It's all about Him, and not about me.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To Sin less and less, and to Obey more and more.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To Resist the devil, at all times.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To Not be conformed to this world, and to love not the World.  An Undivided Allegiance.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To be a doer of the word, and not just to hearer only.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To study to show myself approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To be a witness for Christ, to share the Gospel effectively, that sinners might repent and be Saved.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To Worship God, in spirit and in truth.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To love God, with all my heart, soul, and strength.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To truly love one another, in the body of Christ.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To Pray without ceasing.  Being consistent in Prayer.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To improve in the areas of Giving and Receiving.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To improve in all areas as, a Husband.
To improve in all areas, as a Father.
To improve in all areas, as an In-Law.
To improve in all areas, as a Pastor.
To improve in all areas, as a Friend.
To improve in all areas, as a Man.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To one day depart and to be with Christ, either by the Rapture of the church, or by death.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
Is the soon coming, of The 1000 Year Reign of Christ Jesus on this earth.

The
‘Desires’ of my heart.
To receive a Resurrected Glorified Body.


The ‘Desires’ of my heart.
To hear the Lord say, well done good and
faithful servant.

Back to Psalm 20:4.  Secondly, the LORD fulfill all your counsel.

The LORD fulfill.  Explain.  The stem is ‘Piel’, the Hebrew word means to satisfy, to fulfill, to accomplish, to complete, to confirm.                                                                                                 All your counsel.  Explain.  Your purpose, by implication, a God-ordained plan for you.

See Jeremiah 29:11.                                                                                                                         (HCSB) Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you - this is the LORD’s declaration – plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.                                   (ESV) Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.                                                              (NIV) Jeremiah 29:11.   For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.                                                         (NASB) Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.                 

Back to Psalm 20:4.

So then, I know two more things in how to encourage myself in the LORD, and someone else, when trouble occurs.                                                                                                                        First.  The LORD will grant me or them, according to our own hearts.                                       Second.  The LORD will fulfill all my, or their counsel, purpose or God-ordained plan for you.

9-23-2015   Part 5

The next part of our Preparedness Plan; or the strategy we are to have in place, or that, we should be working on so that when trouble occurs we might be an overcomer and not be overcome, is to be able to Biblically encourage yourself and someone else.

Now is Psalm 20: 1-5 & 7, there are six things to know about encouraging yourself and someone else when trouble occurs.

Let’s consider the fifth one-out of the six things we ought to know about encouraging yourself and someone else when trouble occurs.                                                                                                                                  

Notice verse 5.  We will rejoice in Your Salvation and in the name of our God.

“We Will or I Will.”                                                                                                                              This is a Statement of Determination.                                                                                              This is a Statement of Commitment.                                                                                                This is a Statement of Purpose.                                                                                                     There is nothing casual or compromising about a statement that begins with “We Will or I Will”.

Now Notice 2 areas.
We ‘Will’ Rejoice in Your Salvation.
We ‘Will’ Rejoice in The Name Of Our God.

Rejoice means feelings of triumphant, or elation or jubilation.
In Hebrew the verb is Piel, which means to give a loud cry (in joy, exultation, or praise).

1st. Rejoice in your Salvation means, God's help, God's deliverance, God's health, God's who saves, or is saving, God's welfare.
Psalm 13: 5.   But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in salvation.
Habakkuk 3: 18.   Yet, I ‘
Will’ rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

2nd. Rejoice In the ‘Name’ of our God.  The Word ‘Name’ can mean the reputation or fame or glory of a person or thing.
Also, in Scripture, the ‘Name’ is a designation for God, Himself.
So then, Psalm 20: 5, we ‘
Will’ rejoice in Your Salvation, and in the name of our God.
Also, Psalm 20: 5, we ‘
Will‘ rejoice in Your Salvation, andin the name of our God.  We ‘Will‘ set up our banners.
We ‘
Will‘ set up our Banners.

Again, We ‘
Will‘ or I ‘Will‘.
This is a statement of Determination.
This is a statement of Commitment.
This is a statement of Purpose.
There is nothing casual or compromising about a statement, that begins with we ‘
Will’ or I ‘Will‘.

We ‘
Will‘ set up our (or my) banner.  In Hebrew the verb is Qal, which means to set up (the standard) (in battle).
We ‘
Will‘ set up our banners, in way of triumph; which among other ways was celebrated by the setting up of banners or trophies.

What is a banner all about?
A long strip of cloth bearing a slogan or design, either hung in a public place, or carried in a demonstration or a procession.  Or an ensign, displaying a distinctive, or symbolic device or legend.
A banner can be present as an award of honor or distinction, like a military ensign.
Finally, when a military unit is on the attack, and once a city was breached and their forces were able to overcome a city, the person called, the Standard-Bearer, their job was to place the banner so the forces would know where the rallying point was, inside the city.  Most of the time, it would be at the seat of government.  Sometimes, at the palace of a deposed king, or even at the temple of a god.

Nave's Topical Bible:
Definition of and General Scriptures concerning an ensign used by each of the tribes of Israel in camping and marching; Numbers 1:52; 2:2.
Banners used as; Psalm 20:5, Song Of Solomon 6:4, 10.
Used in war; Jeremiah 4:21.
Used to direct the route to cities which were well defended; Jeremiah 4:6.
To call attention to news; Jeremiah 50:2; 51:12.
References concerning; see ARMIES; BANNER; ENSIGN.
Figurative; Isaiah 49:22; 62:10, Jeremiah 4:6.

 

And, in Hebrew, the verb is Qal, which means to set up (the standard) (in battle).

Exodus 17:15.  And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah Nissi.

One of the compound Names of Jehovah, like Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, or Jehovah Nissi, "The LORD is my Banner."  The Lord himself would be the standard of His people.

Psalm 20:5.  We ‘
Will‘ rejoice in your salvation, andin the name of our God, we will set up our banners.

Finally, the LORD, fulfill all your petitions.  Petitions, means requests or desires.

The LORD, fulfill all your petitions, is not a promise to do everything you want or ask for, but a good reminder in times of trouble. Without hesitation we should bring ever requests and desired before the Lord. Then we must trust him, to do what is right and well pleasing in his sight.
The LORD, fulfill all your petitions, is a reminder to stay hopeful in times of trouble.

So then, I know three more things, in how to encourage myself in the LORD, and someone else, when trouble occurs. 
1.  I ‘
Will‘ Rejoice in His Salvation and in the Name of my God.
2.  I ‘
Will‘ set up my banner.
3.  The LORD, fulfill all my petitions.

Let's consider the final one-out of the six things we ought to know about encouraging yourself and someone else, when trouble occurs.                                                     

Notice vs. 7.  “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God”.

Again, two things to notice.
First, some trust in chariots and some in horses.

Trust. The word ‘Trust’ was added by the English translators of most English Bibles. In the King James, and the New King James Versions, this is why the word ‘Trust’ is italicized.  I think it helps to make the point very well.

What is chariots and horses all about?

Chariots.  Horse-drawn vehicles used for carrying important people when travelling or on ceremonial occasions, and in war for carrying warriors. The chariot is used as a symbol of military power, the power of God and as a picture of God's angelic army.

Horses.  The animal most commonly associated with war and battle, the horse also appears figuratively in poetic and prophetic literature.  Its domesticated usage was mainly for personal travel and the haulage of heavy loads.
See Psalm 33: 17.
See Isaiah 31: 1.

Secondly, But, we ‘
Will‘ remember, the Name of the LORD our God.

But, we Will.
Again, we ‘
Will‘ or I ‘Will‘.
This is a statement of Determination.
This is a statement of Commitment.
This is a statement of Purpose.
There is nothing casual or compromising about a statement, that begins with we ‘
Will’ or I ‘Will‘.

Remember, In Hebrew the verb is Hiphil, which means to cause to remember, or be reminded. To cause to be remembered, keep remembrance.  To make a memorial, make remembrance.

The Name of the LORD our God, means the word ‘Name’ can mean the reputation or fame or glory of a person or thing.
Also, In Scripture the ‘Name’ is designation for Go, Himself.

So then, I know two more things in how to encourage myself in the LORD and someone else, when trouble occurs. 
1.  Some ‘Trust’ In chariots and some in horses, but I ‘
Will‘Trust’ in the LORD my God.
2.  I ‘
Will‘ remember the Name of the LORD our God.

                                                                        +++++++++++++++++++++

"The LORD of ‘Hosts’ Is With You, No Matter What!"

Psalm 46: 1-3;  7, 10 & 11. 

10-14-2015   Part 1                   

"How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman Deal With Times When There Is Trouble?"   Whether Trouble With A Big "T" or Trouble With A Little "t".

There are 5 different Psalms from the Bible that can really help you and I to be better prepared, and to have a strategy in place, so that when trouble occurs, you might be an overcomer and not be overcome? 

The 1st Psalm we considered to be a part of our Preparedness Plan, or a strategy we should have In place, so when trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome was Psalm 9: 9, 10 & 13.  The theme was "Knowing The Character of God When Trouble Occurs."

The 2nd Psalm we considered to be a part of our Preparedness Plan, or a strategy we should have In place, so when trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome was Psalm 20: 1-5 &7.  And the theme was "To Be Able To Biblically Encourage Yourself, And Someone Else."

The 3rd Psalm we should consider to be a part of our Preparedness Plan, or a strategy we should have In place, so when trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome is Psalm 46: 1-3;  7, 10 & 11.    Read Psalm 46: 1-3, 7, 10 & 11.   The theme is, "The LORD of ‘Hosts’ Is With You, No Matter What!" 

This is the 3rd out of the 5 different Psalms we should know, to be a part of our Preparedness Plan, or a strategy we are to have in place, so when trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome.

Let's notice first, that the LORD of ‘Hosts’ is with you.
See vs.7The LORD of ‘Hosts’ is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
See vs. 11 The LORD of ‘Hosts’ is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Two things to notice.
1st.  What does the LORD of ‘Hosts’ Mean?
2nd.  And who is the LORD of ‘Hosts’, The God of Jacob?

1st. What does the LORD of ‘Hosts’ Mean?
The LORD, what does this name for God, tell you about God?
The Eternal One or the Self-Existent, or the Becoming One.
I Will Be Whatever You Need Me To Be.  Jehovah is His Covenant name, to His People.

What Does (The LORD) Of ‘Hosts’ Mean?
The title, The LORD of ‘Hosts’, Or "LORD God of ‘Hosts’," Or "God of ‘Hosts’," occur over 270 times in the Old Testament.  Most of the uses are subsequently found in the prophets. 59 times in Isaiah; 80 times in Jeremiah; 9 times in Amos; 12 times in Haggai; 46 times in Zechariah; & 24 times in Malachi. In the Psalms, 6 of the 15 uses are associated with prayer for God's aid.

Hosts’ can mean, a human army.
Hosts’ can mean, the angelic world.
Hosts’ can mean, the sun, moon, and stars.
Hosts’ can mean, the whole of creation.
Hosts’ can mean, that which goes forth, an army into warfare.
While the word ‘Hosts’ probably had special reference to angels, the title the Lord of ‘Hosts’ became used to designate God as the One who is supreme over all the innumerable ‘Hosts’ of spiritual agencies, or of what are described as "the armies of heaven."
Eventually, it was used as equivalent to "the Lord all-sovereign."

The specific phrase "Lord of Sabaoth" is found twice in the NT, in Romans. 9:29 & James.5:4.
Another compound name for God, "Jehovah Sabaoth" - The LORD of ‘Hosts’ (or armies).

In 1 Samuel 17: 45. "Then David said to the Philistine (Goliath), "You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of ‘Hosts’, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied."

Two things to notice.
1st.  What does the LORD of ‘Hosts’ mean?
2nd.  And Who is the LORD of ‘Hosts’, the God of Jacob?

2ndly. And Who is the LORD of ‘Hosts’, The God of Jacob?

Notice again, Psalm 46: 7&11
See vs.7The LORD of ‘Hosts’,  The God of Jacob or Israel.
See vs. 11 The LORD of ‘Hosts’, The God of Jacob or Israel.

See Psalm 20: 1a.
So then, what is the Name of the God of Jacob?  Answer: "The LORD! "

Who is the LORD of ‘Hosts’?  See Psalm 24: 7-10

Back to Psalm 46: 7 & 11.
Next vs. 7The LORD of ‘Hosts’ is with us.
         vs. 11 The LORD of ‘Hosts’ is with us.

What does that mean, The LORD of ‘Hosts’ is With’ us?

This Hebrew preposition word ‘With’, can also mean: along; among; beside; or near.

The LORD of ‘Hosts’ is With’ us!
Two main ideas to consider.
1. To protect or defend.
2. To preserve or help.

See Deuteronomy 31: 8
See Joshua 1: 9
See Judges 6: 12
See Zephaniah 3: 17
See Matthew 1: 23

Back To Psalm 46: 7&11
Vs.7 The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Vs.11 The God of Jacob is our refuge.

What is a Refuge?  A high place or secure height, a retreat or stronghold.
A place of resort and safety. The principal words in the Old Testament are machceh  (Psalms 14:6; 46:1; 62:7,8; Isa 4:6, etc.), and manoc (2Samuel 22:3; Psalm 59:16, etc.), both applied chiefly to God as a "refuge" for His people.  For the King James Version "refuge" in Deuteronomy 33:27, the Revised Version (British and American) has "dwelling-place," and in
Psalm 9:9, "high tower."  Conversely, the Revised Version (British and American) has "refuge" for the King James Version "shelter" in Psalm 61:3, and "Hope" in Jeremiah 17:17.

Psalms 18:2 (KJV)
2 The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower.

Psalms 46:1 (KJV)
1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalms 91: 1,2 (KJV)
1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2. I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

See Proverbs. 18: 10.  The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Back to Psalm 46: 7&11
Vs.7The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Vs. 11 The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

What does Selah mean?  Used 74 times in OT, mostly In the Psalms, and in the book of Habakkuk, chapter 3 only.

Selah instruction on the reading of the text, something like "stop and listen."
Selah can also be used to indicate that there is to be a musical interlude at that point in the Psalm.
Selah in The Amplified Bible translation means "pause, and think of that."
Selah notes a break in the song, and as such is similar in purpose to Amen, in that it stresses the importance of the preceding passage.

 Wed. 10-21  Part 2

This evening, with God's help, let's consider again, Psalm 46: 1-3; 7, 10 & 11. 

This is the 3rd out of the 5 different Psalms we should know, to be a part of our Preparedness Plan, or a strategy we are to have in place, so when trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer, and not be overcome.

Read Psalm 46: 1-3, 7, 10 & 11. 

The theme is, "The LORD Of Hosts Is With You, No Matter What!"  (Repeat)

Notice v7 & v11
The LORD of hosts [is] with us; the God of Jacob [is] our refuge. Selah.

In Psalm 46:   v7     The God of Jacob is (our refuge).
                        v11   The God of Jacob is (our refuge).
What is a Refuge?  High place or secure height, a retreat or stronghold, a place of safety.
See Psalms 46: 1.  God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
See Psalms 9: 9.    The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.
See Psalms 91: 2.  I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress, my God; in him will I trust.
See Proverbs. 18: 10.   The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Back To Psalm 46:
V7    The God of Jacob is our refuge (Selah).
V11   The God of Jacob is our refuge (Selah).

What Does (Selah) Mean? 
Selah instruction on the reading of the text, something like "stop and listen."
Selah in The Amplified Bible translates the meaning "to pause, and think on that."

Now read Psalm 46: 1.  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

3 things to notice.
1st. God is our refuge and strength.

Notice this Psalm 46: 1,  Does not begin with the LORD, like in vs 7 & 11,
But notice Psalm 46: 1, begins with God (El·ō·hēm').

God (El·ō·hēm')  What do you know about this name for God in the Bible?

A few things to know about the name Elohim.
First, this name for God, is the first name that God chooses to reveal himself, in the first chapter of the book of Genesis.
Next, this name reveals His supreme power as the creator, sustainer, and designer of all things both seen and unseen, both in heaven and in earth.
Finally, this name for God, reveals the plurality God, not three separate gods among many.  But this name for God, reveals the plurality God, His nature, essence, and substance. 
God has revealed himself as three in one, and yet God is one.  See Gen.1:26 and I John 5: 7.

Back to Psalms 46: 1.
Therefore to be able to recognize God El·ō·hēm') for who he is, and for what he can do.
To be willing to be depend upon such a God El·ō·hēm') in troubling times is really the purpose
of this Psalm.
So then, God is our refuge and strength.

Our (refuge) Psalm 46:
V7    The God of Jacob is our refuge.
V11  The God of Jacob is our refuge.

What is a Refuge?  High place or secure height, a retreat or stronghold, a place of safety.

Our (strength).   Strength in various applications, to show might, to give power, to make strong.
Isaiah 40: 31
Isaiah 41: 10
Ephesians 3: 16
Ephesians 6: 10
Philippians 4: 13

Back to Psalms 46: 1.
Next, God is a very present.
Two important ideas.
To be present, to come forth, to appear, to exist, to meet with.
To be found sufficient, or to be enough.

Finally, God is Help in trouble.
To give aid, or proven help.

How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman Deal With Times, When There Is Trouble?" 
Whether (Trouble) With A Big "T" or Trouble With A Little "t".
This evening with God's help, let's consider again Psalm 46.

The theme of Psalm 46 according to vs 7 & 11.   Is, "The LORD of Hosts is with you, no matter what!"  (Repeat)

Read Psalm 46: 1-3, & 10.

1.   God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2.  Therefore, we will not fear.
Though, the earth be removed.
Though, the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 
3.  Though, its waters, and be troubled, 
Though, the mountains shakes, with its swelling.  Selah
10.  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 you, no matter what!"  

Now, remember v1, God (El·ō·hēm') is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble or in times of trouble.

Speak about what trouble does, and how trouble effect us;
1. Trouble challenges our safety and security.
2. Trouble challenges the status quo, or the normal-ness of life. 
3. Trouble challenges the illusion that we are in-control and in-charge of everything.

Now in v2.  Where it says, "therefore we will not fear."  I like to deal with that shortly. 

But first let's see how trouble challenges our safety and security.
How Trouble challenges the status quo, or the normal-ness of life. 
How Trouble challenges the illusion that we are in-control and in-charge of everything.

In Psalm 46: 2 & 3, the Psalmist uses 4 separate thoughts to make his point about trouble.
In v2. Though, the earth or land or ground or soil be removed, (or change, alter).

Next, though, the mountains (hillside) be carried totter, shake, slip into the midst of the sea; 
In v3. Though, its waters of the sea, roar (to be in a stir), (be in a commotion), and be troubled, (to boil), (foam up)

Finally, Though, the mountains or (hillside) , shakes, or (to quake) with its swelling (a rising up). 

Now in v2a.  Therefore, we will not (fear). 
The Hebrew verb,(Qal) means to fear, or to be afraid.
There is a difference in being in a constant state of fear, or being constantly afraid. 
And to experiencing a temporary time of being fearful or afraid.
In v2a.  Therefore, we will not (fear).  With God's help, we don't need to be in a constant state of fear, or being constantly afraid.  See Psalm. 118: 5 & 6,  II Timothy. 1: 7.

Back to Psalm 46. 
Three important reasons why we don't need to be in a constant state of fear, or being constantly afraid. 
1st. According to vs 1, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2nd. According to vs 7 & 11, the LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. 
3rd. According to v10, know that I am God.

Now, in v10. (Be still). The Hebrew verb (Hiphil) means to relax, to forsake or let go, to be quiet.

Now, see Lamentations 3: 26.
(Quietly) There are two important ideas behind this Hebrew Word.
1st. To be silent, literally to wait in silence, that is to abstain from murmuring and complaining out loud, or among others.
Philippians
2: 14 says, Do all things without complaining and disputing." 
Another translation says, Do whatever you need to do, but don't be a complainer, or a fault finder leading others into arguments or strife.

2nd. Or, to be still. Not overreacting, not being quick to speak, having time alone, the need for solitude to be able to think and pray.

Back to Psalm 46
In v10.  Know that I am God.
The Hebrew verb (Qal) means:
to learn to know.
To perceive and see, to find out and discern.
To discriminate, distinguish.
To know by experience.
To recognize, admit, acknowledge, confess.
To consider.

In v10.  Know that I am God.
See Psalm 100: 3.
See Isaiah 45: 5-7, 8, 12,

In v10.  God says, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  But how?  Isaiah. 43: 1-3.

                                                                          +++++++++++++++++++++

"How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman Deal With Times, When There Is Trouble?" 
Whether Trouble With A Big "T" or Trouble With A Little "t".   

Psalm 50: 14, 15 & 23

Wed. 11-11  Part 1

There are 5 different Psalms from the Bible, that can really help you and I to be better pared, and to have a strategy in place, so that when trouble occurs, you might be an overcomer, and not be overcome.

This evening with God's help, let's consider the 4th.  Out of the 5 different Psalms from the Bible, Psalm 50: 14, 15 & 23.
 
The theme of Psalm 50 according to v15 is, "That I might glorify God, in the day of trouble." 

Read Psalm 50:14, 15 & 23,


Now, this next part to our Preparedness Plan, or the strategy we are to have in place, or that we should be working on so that when trouble occurs, we might be an overcomer and not be overcome is to glorify God in the day of trouble."

V15.  And call upon me in the day of trouble: 
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

A definition of glorifying, or the glorification of someone is you must decrease, and they must increase.
First.  You must decrease.  What does that mean, what does it look like?

The constant humbling of yourself. 
A willing obedience to another.
A commitment to serve another's Interest, over your own.
Finally, to see them (the other person), in a higher position, than yourself.
You must decrease in order to glorify, or give glory to another.

Next, They must increase.  What does that mean, what does it look like?

They deserve all the credit.
They deserve all the recognition.
They deserve all the adoration.
They deserve your total allegiance.
They must increase in order to be glorified, or giving the glory that is due to them.

As you can see, to glorify, or to give glory to another is a different mindset one must have, or one must be given, it does not come naturally.
For this mindset is voluntary, there is a willingness, and there is an understanding or an insight of why this must be.  See 1 Chronicles. 16: 29.

Jesus as a model of how you must decrease, and some must increase.  Philippians
2: 6-8.
“Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, (to empty Himself) taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”


Lucifer's self-glorification model that we struggle with, and we must avoid.  Isaiah 14: 12-14.
“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! 
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; 
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, 
I will be like the Most High."

Some biblical and practical ways, how to Glorify God?
Matthew 5:16.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Romans 15: 6.  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 6: 20.  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1 Corinthians 10: 31.  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink

Wed. 11-18  Part 2

"How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman Deal With Times, When There Is Trouble?" 
Whether Trouble With A Big "T" or Trouble With A Little "t".


There are 5 different Psalms from the Bible, that can really help you and I to be better pared, and to have a strategy in place, so that when trouble occurs, you might be an overcomer, and not be overcome.

This evening with God's help, let's consider the 4th, out of the 5 different Psalms from the Bible, Psalm 50: 14,15 & 23.
 
The theme of Psalm 50 according to v15 is, "That I might glorify God, in the day of trouble." 

Read Psalm 50:14, 15 & 23,

Now, the theme of Psalm 50, according to v15 is, “That I might glorify God in the day of trouble”.

V15.  And call upon me in the day of trouble:  I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

A definition of glorifying God or the glorification of God is, you must decrease and He must increase.  What does that mean?  What does that look like?  We already talked about this, last time.

In fact you might remember, we finish up by understanding some of the ways in which we could glorify God.  For example;                                                                                                          Matthew 5: 16                                                                                                                             Romans 15:6                                                                                                                                          1 Corinthians 6:20                                                                                                                            1 Corinthians 10:31

But here in Psalm 50: 14 & 23a, are some additional ways in which we can glorify God:         First, Psalm 50: 14a.  Offer to God thanksgiving.

The word, offer is from the Hebrew verb ‘Qal’ that means; to sacrifice or to give sacrificially, or to slaughter.

There is Thanksgiving.  And there is Sacrificial-thanksgiving!   Explain the difference.

Thanksgiving is, Psalm 100: 4.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name.                                                                              Or, Colossians 3:15.   And let the peace of God rule in your hearts to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Sacrificial-thanksgiving is, Philippians 4:6.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.                               Or, Ephesians 5:20.   Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                               Or, 1 Thessalonians 5:18.   In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.                                                                                                                                   Or, Hebrews 13: 15.   By Him, or by reason of, or on account of, or because of, or for this reason, therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Now, according to Psalm 50: 14b, here is another way in which we can glorify God.              Psalm 50: 14b.  Pay your vows to the Most High.

First, the words, the ‘Most High’ is another name or title for God, another compound name for God like ‘l Shaddai’, ‘l Elyōn’, ‘l Olam God Everlasting’, ‘l Roi’, and ‘l Gibbor’, the’ Mighty God’.   Gibbor means strong or mighty, the picture of God as a Warrior and Champion.

The Most High, the Hebrew word, ‘el·yōn’ which means to elevate, to see as lofty or Supreme.

Now the word, ‘Pay’, is from the Hebrew verb ‘Piel’ that means; to complete or finish, to make good on, to requite, to recompense.

The word, vow or vows.  A solemnly promise to do a specified thing.  To dedicate to someone or something, especially to a deity to God, also concretely, a thing promised, vowed. 

Synonyms are: to swear, to pledge, to  undertake.                                                                              See Ecclesiastes 5: 4-6.

According to Psalm 50:14.  Another way in which we can glorify God is to pay your vows to the Most High.

A vow or vows are solemnly promise to do a specified thing.  Or, to dedicate to someone or something, especially to a deity to God.

Have you ever promised god, you would do something?                                                                    Have you ever dedicated or present yourself to God, a re-baptism or consecrated yourself to God for a purpose, or a cause, or to live holy?                                                                                     Have you ever told God that if He would help you, or that He would heal you, or that if He would change your situation, or that He would deliver you that you would serve Him?                   Or, that you would live for Him?                                                                                                              Or, that you would be committed to Him?                                                                                         Or, that you would preach His gospel?

According to Psalm 50:14, another way in which we can glorify God is to pay your vows to the Most High.

Pay your vows!  Complete or finish, make good on, or requite.

Remember Ecclesiastes 5: 4-6.

Back to Psalm 50: 23.

Finally, according to Psalm 50:23a, here is another way in which we can glorify God.

Psalm 50:23a.  Whoever offers praise, glorifies Me.  The word, ‘Offers’ is again the same Hebrew verb ‘Qal’ that we saw before in vs 14 means; to sacrifice, or to gives sacrificially, or to slaughter.

The word ‘Praise’; in English is from an old French word ‘Preisier’; to prize, in the sense, to set a price on, to attach value to.

‘Praise’ in English can mean, to express warm approval or admiration of someone.                     To praise a child, or a spouse, or a friend.                                                                                            To speak highly of someone based on their character, or some attributes.

But the word, ‘Praise’, is the Hebrew work ‘Tō·dä'’.  To confess what one has done, a thank-offering, to give thanksgiving in songs of liturgical worship or by hymns of praise.   Tō·dä' means an extension of the hand, i.e., by implication a vowel, or usually adoration; specifically, a choir of worshippers.

Close with Psalm 69: 30.  I will praise Tō·dä', the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Wed. 12-2-2015  Part 1

"How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman Deal With Times, When There Is Trouble?" 

Psalm 91: 14-16.

There are 5 different Psalms from the Bible, that can really help you and I to be better pared, and to have a strategy in place, so that when trouble occurs, you might be an overcomer, and not be overcome.

This evening with God's help, let's consider the 5th out of the 5 different Psalms from the Bible, Psalm 91: 14-16.

Now, the theme of Psalm 91, according to vs 15 is, “You can lean on me in times of trouble, never alone, never abandoned, never without help or assistance,” saith the LORD.

See vs 15.  He or she shall call upon Me and I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble.  “You can lean on Me,” saith the LORD.

Lean On Me, by musician and songwriter Bill Withers in 1972.

“Lean on me when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend.  I’ll help you carry on.”           “Please, swallow your pride, if I have things you need to borrow.  For no one can fill those of your needs, that you won’t let show.”

“If there is a load, you have to bear, that you can’t carry, I’m right up the road, I’ll share your load, if you just call me.”                                                                                                                  “Call me (If you need a friend).                                                                                                       “Call me (Call me, uh-uh)”                                                                                                              “Call me (When you need a friend)”                                                                                               “Call me (if you ever need a friend)”

Now the words, “Lean ON”, is a phrasal verb of Lean.  To rely upon. Or to give support or stability to.  To give temporary or permanent rest or relief in.

Now, in Psalm 91: 14-16, two important things to observe:  There is our part.  There is God’s part.  Tonight – our part.  Next week, God’s part.

Two things to notice about our part:                                                                                                                                                                   In vs 14a, because he or she has set their love upon Me.  And in vs 15a, he or she shall call upon Me.  This is our part.

First, in vs 14a, because he or she has set their love upon Me.                                                    Psalm 91:14 (NET)  “Because he is devoted to Me.”                                                                    Psalm 91:14 (BBE)  “Because he has given Me his love.”                                                            Psalm 91:14 (ESV)  “Because he holds fast to me in love.”

Do you love God?  What does that mean?  What does that look like?  Mark 12:29-31, St. John 14: 15, 1 John 2: 15-17, Revelations 2: 24.

Next, in vs 15a, he or she shall call upon Me.  To call upon God is to summon or invite.  To call and commission or appoint.  Psalm 14 5:18, Isaiah 55:6, Roman 10: 12-14.

Wed. 12-9-2015   Part 2

There are 5 different Psalms from the Bible, that can really help you and I to be better pared, and to have a strategy in place, so that when trouble occurs, you might be an overcomer, and not be overcome.

This evening, let's finish up with the 5th out of the 5 different Psalms from the Bible, Psalm 91: 14-16.

Read Psalm 91: 14-16.

Now the theme of Psalm 91 according to vs. 15 is, “You can lean on me in times of trouble, never alone, never abandoned, never without (help or assistance), saith the LORD.”

See vs. 15.  He or she shall call upon Me and I will answer them; I will be with then in trouble.   “You can lean on me, saith the LORD.”

Now the words, “lean on”, is the phrasal verb of lean.  To rely upon, or to give support or stability to.  To give temporary or permanent rest or relief in.

Now in Psalm 91: 14-16.  Two important things to observe.  There is our part.  There is God’s part.   Last week we looked at our part.  Tonight, let’s consider God’s part.

Seven important things to notice;  

1.  Vs. 14b.  God says, “I will deliver him or her.”                                                                                    2.  Vs. 14c.  God says, “I will set him or her on high, because they have known my name.             3.  Vs. 15a.  God says, “I will answer him or her.”                                                                                  4.  Vs. 15b.  God says, “I will be with him or her in trouble.”                                                                  5.  Vs. 15c.  God says, “I will deliver him or her and honor them.”                                                          6.  Vs. 16a.  God says, “I will satisfy him or her with long life.”                                                             7.  Vs. 16b.  God says, “I will show them My salvation.”

 Several important factors we need to consider as we look at these seven statements from God;  First, these are not promises for you and I to claim.

Next, these statements from God are not designed to create in us some expectation that the Lord is obligated to do these things mentioned I verses 14-16, at any time.

Next, these seven statements from God are predictable outcomes according to His will, plan, and purpose for a certain individual that the Lord has chosen to glorify Him in.  We cannot choose ourselves.

Next, the purpose of these statements from God is to remind us and to inspire us to have faith in God, knowing that He is able to do according to His will, plan, and purpose as He has chosen to do so.

Lastly, seven times God says, “I will.”                                                                                                   “I will.” is a statement of determination.                                                                                              “I will.” is a statement of commitment.                                                                                                 “I will.” is a statement of purpose.                                                                                                  There is nothing casual or compromising about a statement that begins with “I will.”

 Now, seven important things to notice concerning God’s part:                                                  First, vs. 14b.  God says, “I will deliver him or her.”  In Hebrew, the verb is ‘Piel’, which means to bring into security, to deliver, to cause to escape or to slip away.    See Psalm 34:17.

 Next, vs. 14c. God days, “I will set him or her on high because they have known my name.”  I will set him or her on high. In Hebrew, the verb is ‘Piel’, which means to set (securely) on high, to elevate, to exalt.  Two examples, the life of Joseph and the life of Daniel.  “Because they have known My name.”  To know, is to recognize, admit, acknowledge, to confess, to consider.

“My name”, the word ‘name’ can mean the reputation, or the fame, or the authority, or character of a person.  Also, in scripture, the ‘name’ or “My name” is designation for God Himself.  See Psalm 9:10.

 Next, vs. 15a. God says, “I will answer him or her.” In Hebrew, the verb is ‘Qal’, which means to respond to.  To heed, or pay attention to.

 Next, vs. 15b.  God says, “I will be with him or her in trouble.”  To be with, is companionship, loyalty, commitment, reliability.

 Next, vs. 15c.  God says, “I will deliver him or her and honor them.”  I will deliver him or her.  In Hebrew, the verb is ‘Piel’, which means to pull out, tear out, to rescue, to set free.  Also this verb can mean to equip (for fight); to strengthen.  II Peter 3: 9a.  And honor them.  In Hebrew, the verb is ‘Piel’, which means to make heavy or weighty, of great value.  To make honorable.  An example:  young David after his victory over Goliath.

Next, vs. 16a.  God says, “I will satisfy him or her with long life.”  Proverbs 3:2 said, “For length of days, and long life, and peace shall add to you.”   Physical longevity is definitely in mind here.

Now remember, there are several things to keep in mind.

Psalm 91: vs. 16a is not promises for you and I to claim.

Psalm 91: vs. 16a.  This statement from God is not designed to create in us some expectation that the Lord obligated to do this at any time, to any one, and in any place.

Psalm 91: vs. 16a.  This statement from God is predictable outcomes according to His will, plan, and purpose for a certain individual that the Lord has chosen to glorify Him in.  We cannot choose ourselves!

Psalm 91: vs. 16a.  The purpose of these statements from God is to remind us and to inspire us to have faith in God, knowing that He is able to do according to His will, plan, and purpose as He has chosen to do so.

By the way, how should we determine what is long life?  What standard do we go by?

The generations after the fall of Adam and Eve and before the flood;                                           The patriarchal period Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph.                                                                 The period after the Exodus - Moses, Joshua, Caleb.

What about the Child of God whose life is not long, or was cut short?                                         Did God make a mistake or did God miss it?

 Finally, vs. 16b.  God says, God says, “I will show them My salvation or deliverance.”

Psalm 50: 23.  “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the Salvation of God.”

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“How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman Become A Doer Of The Word and Not A Hearer Only?”

Proverbs 4:20-23.

12-16-15   Part 1

How do you really feel about the Bible, God's Word?
The Bible, God's Word is boring.                                                                                                                             The Bible, God's Word is irrelevant, out of touch with today.                                                                                The Bible, God's Word is hard to understand.                                                                                                        The Bible, God's Word is just too much to read.                                                                                                   The Bible, God's Word is too difficult to practice or follow.                                                                                      The Bible, God's Word I don't like it, it makes me feel convicted, ashamed, sinful.                                                   The Bible, God's Word I'm just too busy to get into it.                                                                                           The Bible, God's Word I have really more important things to do than to read through it.                              Maybe we would never say these things, but our actions show how we really feel.                                       How do you really feel about the Bible, God’s Word?

Now see Psalm 119: 1-8.                                                                                                                                            How do you really feel about the Bible, God’s Word?

Listen.  My attitude before Salvation and after Salvation about the Bible, God’s Word will determine everything.

The Bible, God’s Word will determine whether I’m truly Saved or Lost.                                                                   The Bible, God’s Word will determine whether I’m walking in freedom or bondage.                                               The Bible, God’s Word will determine whether I will have hope or despair.                                                             The Bible, God’s Word will determine whether I will live with insight or confusion.                                            The Bible, God’s Word will determine whether I will experience true transformation or just conformity to this world.                                                                                                                                                                           My attitude before Salvation and after Salvation about the Bible, God’s Word will determine everything.

Now, see Proverbs 4:20-23.                                                                                                                                     Our topic based on Proverbs 4: 20-23 will be, “How does the blessed man or woman become a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only?”

Becoming a doer of the Word and not a hearer only.  What does that mean?  What does that look like?

Now see James 1:22.  “But you be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourself.”                          First, but you be doers of the Word.

Here in James 1:22, the word, ‘but’ is a sharp contrast of the one who hears and acts upon or applies what the Bible teaches to their lives against the one who simply hears and does nothing else.

Next, the phrase, “you be doers!”  Prove yourselves, the NASB says.  The Greek Text implies, “be continually”, or “keep on striving to be a doer.”

But what’s a doer?   Two things to note.

First, a doer, the emphasis is what you are, rather than just what you do.  These are people whose very lives are dedicated not only to learning God’s Word but also to faithful and continuance obedience to it.

2ndly, a doer carries the characterization of the whole personality.  All of the person’s inner being, the mind, the soul, the spirit, and the will, all of the time.

For example;  It is one thing to have to fight for a few days or weeks in an armed conflict; it is something else to be a professional soldier whose whole life is dedicated to warfare.

It is one thing to make periodic repairs around the house; it is another to be a professional builder.

It is one thing to teach an occasional class in Sunday school; it is another to be called and divinely gifted to teach the Word of God.

Listen. It is essential to hear the Word with an attitude of submission, but even that is not enough.  Obedience to the Word is the most basic spiritual requirement and is the common denominator for all doers.

A doer will not be inwardly satisfied with merely knowing the Word.  Their conscience and the prompting of the indwelling Holy Spirit will keep convicting them of their failure until they become obedient.

The bottom line for the doer is not a momentary feeling of compliance or commitment, but a long-term obedience to the Scripture.

 01-13-16  Part 2

 Turn to Proverbs 4:
Any Goals,  any New Year's resolutions?

Well, now that we are back in the Book of Proverbs, and based on Proverbs 4: 20-23,
Perhaps, all of us, as a goal, as a New Year's resolution we will discover, See Proverbs 4: 20-23.                       A hearer only, what does that mean, and what does that look like?                                                                          Now again, let's go back to the Book of James.

James 1: 22, “But you be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” 
To Be, or Not to Be?
To Be, doers of the word!
And Not to Be, hearers only, deceiving yourselves!
Becoming a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only, what does that mean, and what goes that look like?
Last month, we learned what a doer was? 

This evening, let's consider what "a hearer only is?"
See James 1: 22, “But you be doers of the word, and not hearers only.  Stop there!

A Hearers only.  The Greek word for Hearers is Akroates, which was used of those who sat passively in an audience, and listened to a singer or speaker. (Repeat)

In fact, even today at most colleges or universities, and in many of their classes, they have individuals who are called “Class Auditors.”  
These individuals are not enrolled as part-time, or full-time students, but are merely there to hear the lecture, or the instructor's teachings. 
They sign up for the class, pay a nominal auditor’s fee, and then they can sit through the lectures, or the instructor's teachings. 

As a class auditor, everything for that class is optional for them!
For example, some may take notes, but they are not required to do so. 
Some might read the textbook, but that’s optional too.
Class auditors don’t write papers, nor take tests or final exams.
For they are not in it for the course credit, they are merely hearers of the instruction, not doers.  In other words, they are not held accountable for what they hear. 

And tragically, most churches have many who attend who are ‘Auditors’. 
Those who willingly expose themselves to the teaching and preaching of the Word, but have no God-given interest, or desire for God's Word, that can alter or change them, or that can help them overcome the day-to-day issues that are a part of life . 

Listen, Hearing, listening, and Receiving the Word, is a necessary first step. 

Yet, God's Word, must be Understood, Studied, Broken-Down, and then Applied to our lives personally, and then to the day-to-day issues that come up in life.   And that’s the key!

Let's see an important Principle from, Acts 17: 11.
An important Principle from, II Tim. 2: 15.  
An important Principle from, II Tim. 3: 14-17.                                                                                                              Back to James 1: 

James 1: 22, “But you be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” 
Deceiving yourselves.

Has anyone here ever been deceived by someone? 
Do you remember how you felt, after everything was exposed and you found out the truth?
Did you promised yourself, that you would never allow yourselves to be deceived or tricked like that again?

Yet in my opinion, the worst deception that could ever be perpetrated against you, is self-deception or deceiving you own self!
Why do you think self-deception or deceiving your own self, is the worst kind of deception?
Listen, James 1: 22, “But you be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” 
Anyone who merely hears the Word without acting on it, “deludes themselves.” 

For example, see James 1: 23.
Vs. 23, for if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, that person is like an individual, observing their natural face, their morning face after waking up, in a mirror. 
This is the face before washing!
This is the teeth and breath before cleaning!
If a man, this is the face before combing or brushing facial hair!
If a woman, this is the face before applying lotion or make-up!
This is the natural face!

Next, vs. 24 says, for they observe themselves in a mirror, yet goes away, or turn away from the mirror, and immediately forgets, what kind of person they were. 
The morning face after waking up!
Face not washed!
Teeth and breath not clean!
If a man, facial hair not combed or brushed!
If a woman, no lotion or make-up!

Vs. 24 says, for they observes themselves in a mirror, yet goes away, or turn away from the mirror, and immediately forgets, what kind of person they were. 
How is this possible?
The answer is, they deceive their own selves.
The answer is, they delude their own selves.

Listen, for them, the mirror is not a tool for correction, or for improvement, or for change.

Listen, the mirror has become merely an item to have and to own but not to inform, or to bring about change in them.
Listen, if a mirror is used correctly, it can be a necessary tool, to bring correction and improvement to the one who is unable to see, what others see.

Close with this quote.  

The playwright, William Shakespeare, from one of his famous plays, a play called "Hamlet." 
One of the character says to his son, 
"To thine own self be true."
What does this quote from Shakespeare mean to you?

01-20-16     Part 3

Proverbs 4: 20-23. 

Vs 20.  My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my savings.                                                         Vs 21.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart.                                           Vs 22.  For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.                                                        Vs 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring or flows the issues of life.

Questions.  So, becoming a doer of the Word and not a hearer only.  What does that mean?  And, what does that look like?

Now again, let’s go back to the book of James for some insight and help.                                                     James 1:23

Vs 23.  For if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer that person is like an individual, observing their natural face, i.e;                                                                                                                                                        Their morning face after waking up (in a mirror).                                                                                                         This is the face before washing.                                                                                                                             This is the teeth and breath before cleaning.                                                                                                             If a man, this is the face before combing or brushing facial hair.                                                                             If a woman, this is the face before applying lotion or make-up.                                                                             This is a natural face.  

Now notice vs 24.  For this is the key.                                                                                                                      For they observe themselves in a mirror, yet goes away, or turn away from the mirror and immediately forgets what kind of person they were.

The morning face after waking up!
Face not washed!
Teeth and breath not clean!
If a man, facial hair not combed or brushed!
If a woman, no lotion or make-up!

Vs. 24 says, for they observes themselves in a mirror, yet goes away, or turn away from the mirror, and immediately forgets, what kind of person they were. 
How is this possible?
The answer is, they deceive their own selves.
The answer is, they delude their own selves.

Listen, for them, the mirror is not a tool for correction, or for improvement, or for change.

Listen, the mirror has become merely an item to have and to own but not to inform, or to bring about change in them.
Listen, if a mirror is used correctly, it can be a necessary tool, to bring correction and improvement to the one who is unable to see, what others see.  However, vs. 25 gives hope and the right perspective.

“But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty (the Bible) and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what they do.”

Now, in vs 25, there are three things to notice.                                                                                                           1st.  Vs 25a.  “But the one who looks into.”

Who so looketh – (παρακύψαϛ parakupsas).  This word means, to stoop down near, to bend forward near, so as to look at anything more closely. 

The objective is if a person would attentively look into, and continue in the law of liberty, and not do as one who went away ad forgot how he looked, he would be blessed.

Therefore, the emphasis is not in the manner of looking, it is on the duty of continuing or persevering in the observance of the law.

“The Perfect Law”.  See Psalm 19: 7a.

The Perfect Law of ‘Liberty’.  See St. John 8: 31 & 32.

Back to James 1:25a.  “But the one who looks into The Perfect Law of Liberty.”                                                       Like a mirror, God’s Word is a tool for correction, or for improvement, or for change.                                             Like a mirror, God’s Word is not an item to have and to own, but to inform and to bring about change.           Like a mirror, God’s Word if used correctly, it can be a necessary tool to bring about correction and improvement to the one who is unable to see, what others see.

Now, in James 1:25, there are three things to notice.                                                                                           2nd.  Vs 25b.  And continues in it.  What?  God’s Word – the mirror.                                                                         To persevere in the study, belief, and obedience of the Word in all conditions and in whatever trials or afflictions.  And is not a forgetful hearer.

Strong’s definitions:   έπιλησμονή epilēsmonḗ, from a derivative of G1950; negligence; forgetful or forgetfulness.  Forgetful is to fail to hold in mind, and the forgetfulness may be either innocent or blameworthy.

In the Old Testament, the Word is most frequently used as translation of shakhach in a blameworthy sense; to forget the covenant, the law, Yahweh - their God (Deuteronomy 4: 9,23,11; 6:12, Judges 3:7, 1 Samuel 12:8, Psalm 44:20, etc.).  In an innocent or neutral, sometimes good sense, it is used in Genesis 27:45, Deuteronomy 24:19, Job 9:27; 11:16; 24:20, Psalm 102:4, etc.  It is also used of God forgetting or not seeming to care (Psalm 9:12; 10:1112; 13:1; 42:9; 77:9, Isaiah 49:15, etc.).  To ‘forget; sometimes means to forsake (Psalm 45:10; 74:19, etc.).

In the New Testament, epilanthanomai is used of simple forgetting (Matthew 16:5, Mark 8:14, etc. in Luke 12:6 the sense of care in implied), Philippians 3:13 “forgetting the things which are behind,” has the force of leaving behind.  ‘Forgetful’ in James 1:25 is epilesmone, the Revised Version (British and American) “a hearer that forgetteth.” ‘Forgetfulness’ Psalm 88:12, “the land of forgetfulness,” is a synonym for Sheol, where all forget and are forgotten, the Revised (British and American) has “forget not” for “be ignorant of” 2 Peter 3:8, similarily 2 Peter 3:5.

But a doer of the work.  Word Studies, 2041 ѐrgon (for ergō, “to work, accomplish”) – a work or worker who accomplishes something.  2041/ ѐrgon (‘work’) is a deed (action) that carries out (completes) an inner desire (intension, purpose).                                                                                                                                                  But a doer of the work literally means, a doer of work, or a doer that worketh, as the noun, there is no article.

The New American Standard Bible says, not having become a forgetful hearer, but a (an effectual) doer.

The International Standard Version says, thereby demonstrating that he is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of what that law requires.

Now in James 1:25.  There are three things to notice.                                                                                                 3rd.  Vs 25c.  This kind of person will be blessed in what they do or in his deed more correctly I his doing.  Only here in New Testament.  The preposition (in) marks the inner connection between doing and blessedness.  “The life of obedience is the element wherein the blessedness is found and consists”.

This man shall be blessed in his deed, or ‘doing’, and while he is doing, not that he is blessed for what he does, but ‘in’ what he does.  See Psalm 19:11.  The having in hearing the Word, and looking into it, and in submitting to every ordinance of the Gospel, the presence of God, the discoveries of his love, communion with Christ, and communication of grace from him by the Spirit so that Wisdom’s ways become ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.  See Psalm 65:4, moreover in all such a man does, he is prosperous and successful in all he does, he prospers and so he is blessed in his deed by God, whose blessings makes rich, both in spirituals and temporals,  there seems to be an allusion to the blessed man in Psalm 1:1,

Back to Proverbs 4.                                                                                                                                                  See Proverbs 4:40

My son or My child.   Give attention to my words.                                                                                                       Strong’s definitions:      qâshab, a primitive root; to prick up the ears, i.e. hearken – attend, (cause to) hear (-ken), give heed, incline, mark (well), regard.  The Hebrew verb is Hiphil to pay attention, give attention.

Incline your ear to my saying.                                                                                                                           Strong’s Definitions:       nâtâh, a primitive root; to stretch or spread out by implication, to bow (down, - ing), bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of application (as follows) – afternoon, apply, carry aside, decline, deliver, extend, go down, be gone, incline, intend, lay, let down, offer, outstretched, overthrown, pervert, pitch, prolong, put away, shew, spread (out), stretch (forth, out), take (aside), turn (aside, away), wrest, cause to yield.

The Hebrew verb is Hiphil.

01-27-16  Part 4

Proverbs 4: 20-23. 

So, becoming a Doer of the Word and not a Hearer only.  What does that mean?  And, what does that look like?                                                                                                                                                                          Well, according to Proverbs 4:20-23, it all comes down to our attitude!                                                                   But what does my attitude really have to do with anything?

Have you ever been around someone who had a bad attitude, or a positive attitude about something? Maybe, it was something that they have read or studied?                                                                                   Maybe, it was something that they saw or experienced.                                                                                       Maybe, it was something that they were told or have heard.

Have you ever been around someone who had a bad attitude, or a positive attitude about something?  What did you notice?

 I believe we can have a good attitude, or a positive attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror.                                                                                                                   Maybe, it was something that you and I have read or studied.                                                                           Maybe, it was something that you and I saw or experienced.                                                                             Maybe, it was something that you and I were told or have heard.

However, I believe we can have a bad attitude, or a negative attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror.

Again, maybe it was something that you and I have read or studied.

Maybe, it was something that you and I saw or experienced.                                                                        Maybe, it was something that you and I were told or have heard.

Listen.  My attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror will determine if I will be a doer of the Word or a hearer only.

And, here in Proverbs 4:20-23, it’s all about my attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror, whether or not I will be a doer of the Word or just a hearer only.

Notice, it starts with Proverbs 4:20.                                                                                                                           Vs 20.  “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.”  This is parental talk!   This is a parent dealing with the attitude of their child.                                                                                                             My ‘son’ is not about gender. It’s about a spiritual relationship.  My Child. Give attention to my words.

Strong’s definitions       qâshab, a primitive root; to prick up the ears, i.e. hearken – attend, (cause to) hear(-ken), give heed, incline, mark (well), regard.  The Hebrew verb is Hiphil to pay attention, or to give attention to my words.

This is a parent dealing with the attitude of their child. Next, incline your ear to my sayings.

Strong’s Definitions:       nâtâh, a primitive root; to stretch or spread out by implication, to bow (down, - ing), bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of application (as follows) – afternoon, apply, carry aside, decline, deliver, extend, go down, be gone, incline, intend, lay, let down, offer, outstretched, overthrown, pervert, pitch, prolong, put away, shew, spread (out), stretch (forth, out), take (aside), turn (aside, away),

The Hebrew verb is Hiphil, which means to bow down, or to cause to yield your ear to my sayings.  This is a parent dealing with the attitude of their child.

Notice the phrase in vs 20.  “My Words and My Sayings”.

My Words.     Strong’s definitions:       dâbâr; from H1696; a word by implication, a matter (of spoken of) or thing.  Adverbially, a cause: act, advice, afairk answer, any such thing, because of ,book, business, care, case, cause, certain rate, chronicles, commandment, commune(ication), concern(ing), confer, counsel, dearth, decree, deed, duty, message, speech.

My Sayings.    Strong’s definitions:     êmer; from H559; something said, a speech, a word.

In both cases, this is God speaking to His Child the things He has preserved for him or her in the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty.

Now in verse 21, God continues this parental talk.

Notice vs 21.  “Do not let them (My words or My sayings) depart from your eyes; keep them (My Words, My Sayings) in the midst of your heart.

Once again, God is speaking to His child the things He has preserved for him or her in the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty.

Two things to do!  And it is all about your attitude!

Listen, if we are going to be doers of the Word and not just hearers only, then the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror, must not depart from our eyes. 

And we must keep the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror, in the midst of, or at the center of our hearts.

Notice vs. 21.  “Do not let them (My Words or My Sayings) depart from your eyes.

Strong’s definitions:      lûwz; a primitive root; (compare H3867, H3874, and H3885) to turn aside, i.e. (literally) to depart, (figuratively) to depart.

This Hebrew verb is Hiphil which means to be lost from view.                                                                                 Not to neglect them.                                                                                                                                                  But  frequently read of them.                                                                                                                                   Let them be always before your sight.                                                                                                                      It is all about your attitude.  Think about your tv viewing or a device you use with a screen.                                 Notice vs. 21.  “Do not let them (My Words or My Sayings) depart from or to be lost from your view.                 We must know how to handle distractions better.  Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD.

Next, vs. 21 says to keep them (my words or my sayings) in the midst of, or at the center of your heart.

Strong’s definitions:      shâmar; a primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with horns), i.e. guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc., be foward, be circumspect, take heed (to self).  Keep(er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure (that lay) wait (for), watch (man).

This Hebrew verb is Qal, which means to keep, retain, treasure up (in memory).

If we are going to be doers of the Word and not just hearers only, then the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror, must be kept in the midst of, or at the center of your heart.

Psalm 119:11 says, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

Next time, we are going to spend more time with this area concerning the heart and it’s relationship to the Word of God, based on verses 21b and 23.

Vs 21b.  Keep them (My Words or My sayings) in the midst of, or at the center of your heart.                             Vs 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs or flows the issues of life.                          Finally, vs 22.  For they (My Words or My Sayings) are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.

Two things to consider.

If we are going to receive the benefits as being a doer of the Word, or just a hearer only, then we must have the right attitude.

For they (My Words or My Sayings) are life to those who find them (My Words or My Sayings).

The Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, is life-giving.  A true necessity for spiritual life.  Spiritual food for the soul.

1 Peter 2:2.  “As newborn babes desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.”

2nd in vs 22, God is speaking, “for they My Words or My Sayings) are health to all your flesh.

If we are going to receive the benefits as being a doer of the Word, or just a hearer only, then we must have the right attitude.

Proverbs 3:8.  “It will be health to our flesh and strength to your bones.”  Or, it shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.

02-17-16  Part 5

Proverbs 4: 20-23.
Vs. 20. “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. “
Vs. 21.  “Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. “
Vs. 22. “For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” 
Vs. 23. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart springs or flows the issues of life.”

Question,  So becoming a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only, what does that mean, and what does that look like?

Well, according to Proverbs 4: 20-23, it all comes down to our attitude!

Listen, my attitude, when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God's Mirror, will determine if I will be a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only.

And here in Proverbs 4: 20-23, it's all about myattitude and yours, 
Again when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God's Mirror (whether or not) I will be a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only.

For example, notice, in Proverbs 4: 20.
Vs. 20, “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. “

‘My Son’, is not about gender, it's about a spiritual relationship, ‘My Child’.

Now remember, this is parental talk!
This is a parent addressing the attitude of their child about certain matters.

Vs. 20, “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.” 

Now. notice vs. 21.  God continues His parental talk with us! 

Notice vs. 21.  “Do not let them (My words or My sayings) depart from your eyes.  
Keep them (My words or My sayings) in the midst of your heart.”

Two things to do!  And it is all about our attitude!

“Do not let them (My words or My sayings) depart from your eyes.  
Keep them (My words or My sayings) in the midst of, or at the center of your heart.

Listen, if we are going to be doers of the Word and not just hearers only, then the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror, must not depart from our eyes. 

And we must keep the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God’s Mirror, in the midst of, or at the center of our hearts.

But Notice vs. 22, For they (My words or My sayings) are Life to those who find them, My words or My sayings) are health to all their flesh. 

If we are going to receive the benefits as being a doer of the Word, or just a hearer only, then we must have the right attitude.

First, in vs. 22, God is speaking, ‘For they (My words or My sayings) are (Life) to those who find them.”

Strong's Definitions: חַי chay, from H2421; alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year).  Also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively, age, alive, appetite, (wild) beast, company, congregation, life(-time), live(ly), living (creature, thing), maintenance, merry, multitude, (be) old, quick, raw, running, springing, troop.

Vs. 22, Says “For they (My words or My sayings) are life) or alive!”

In Hebrews 4: 12 says, For the word of God is, living and powerful,
Sharper than any two-edged sword,
Piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow,
And, is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Greek Word for “living’ (2198) (zao) refers to natural physical life as opposed to death. 
The words just spoken possess vital power in themselves to exert and impart vitality to the reader's soul.  
The Word is not dead, inert, or powerless but has a living power, and is adapted to produce this effect.

Like seeds, they live and grow wherever they are planted.
Even after lying dormant for years, they still can germinated once planted.
Thus, is it with the Word of God: it lives and abides forever, and in every soil and under all circumstances it is prepared to prove its own life by the energy with which it grows and produces fruit to the glory of God.

In 1 Peter 1: 23, 24, 26,  You have been born again, not of seed which is perishable, but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.   For, all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. 
The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.

Listen, God's Word is not a mere dead letter, that will soon vanish away:

It lives in the decrees of heaven: it lives and will live forever: 
Jesus alludes to the living aspect of the Word of God declaring "the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." St. John 6: 63.

Back To Proverbs 4: 22.                                                                                                                                         2ndly, in vs. 22, God is speaking, ”For they (My words or My sayings) are health to all your flesh.” 
Here In verse 22,  is an expectation, or a predictable outcome that should be recognized.                            
God is speaking, ”For they (My words or My sayings) are health to all your flesh.” . 

The Hebrew word for ‘health’ used here from Strong's Definitions:
מַרְפֵּא Marpêʼ, from H7495; properly, curative, i.e. literally (concretely) a medicine, or (abstractly) a cure; figuratively (concretely) deliverance, or (abstractly) placidity (in-)cure(-able), healing(-lth), remedy, sound, wholesome, yielding.  Also means healing of the body, but is used in a figurative sense as of promoting soundness of mind and moral character in Proverbs 4:22; 12:18; 13:17; 16:24, as also in Jeremiah 8:15, where the Revised Version (British and American) renders it "healing.

Also, Shalom, is part of the formal salutation still common in Palestine. I n this sense it is used in Genesis 43:28; 2 Samuel 20:9; the stem word means "peace," and is used in many varieties of expression relating to security, success and good bodily health. 

Also, Yeshu‘ah, which specifically means deliverance or help, occurs in the refrain of Psalm 42:11; 43:5, as well as in Psalm 67:2; in the American Standard Revised Version it is rendered "help." 

Also, Riph'uth, is literally, ‘healing,’ and is found only in Proverbs 3:8. 

Also, Arukhah, is also used in the same figurative sense in Isa 58:8; Jeremiah 8:22; 30:17; 33:6; literally means "repairing or restoring"; it is the word used of the repair of the wall of Jerusalem by Nehemiah (chapter 4).

The word ‘health’ occurs twice in the New Testament: 
Also, soteria in Paul's appeal to his shipmates to take food (Acts 27:34), he says it is for their soteria, literally, ‘safety’; so the American Standard Revised Version, the King James Version ‘health.’ 

Also, the verb ‘hugianino’ is used in III Jn. 1:2, in the apostle's salutation to Gaius.

If we are going to receive the benefits) as being a doer of the Word, or just a hearer only, then we must have the right attitude.

02-24-16    Part 6

Proverbs 4: 20-23.
Vs. 20   My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 
Vs. 21   Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. 
Vs. 22   For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 
Vs. 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

Question. So, becoming a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only, what does that mean, and what does that look like?

Well, according to Proverbs 4: 20-23, it all comes down to our attitude!

Listen, my attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law Of Liberty, God's Mirror, will determine If I will be a doer of the Word, or a hearer only.

And here in Proverbs 4: 20-23, it's all about my attitude and yours, 
Again when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible,  the Perfect Law of Liberty, God's Mirror, (whether or not)  I will be a doer of the Word, or just a hearer only.

For example, notice, in Proverbs 4: 20.
Vs. 20.  My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 
Now remember, this is parental talk!
This is a parent addressing the attitude of their child about certain matters.

Now, notice vs. 21.  God continues His parental talk with us! 
Notice vs. 21.  Do not let them (My words or My sayings) depart from your eyes.  
Keep them (My words or My sayings) in the midst of your heart.

But notice vs. 22.  For they (My words or My ssayings) are Life to those who find them, My words or My sayings) are health to all their flesh. 
If we are going to receive the benefits as being a doer of the Word, or just a hearer only, then we must have the right attitude.

Now notice vs. 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.
The word ‘keep’ means to guard, in a good sense to protect, maintain, or obey.

Your heart means that part of the soul of man that is internal, which effects our desires, feelings inclinations, actions, thinking, passions, and attitudes.
It is that part of us that can be committed, or engage, or involved in whatever we deed important, necessary, desirable, or fulfilling. 
The heart is a place of authority, like a seat or a throne in which the Lord must govern and not we ourselves. 
The heart is the very core of us, like the control center of that individual, which needs constant divine supervision, because of Jeremiah 17: 9 & 10.

Now, keep your heart with all diligence means the guarding of a post or a prison; a watchfulness.

For out of it are the issues means the point action of flowing or coming out. 
For example, Luke 8: 43, and a woman having an issue of blood for twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any.
This Hebrew word tots'aoth, from yatsar, "to go forth," a place from which anything goes forth, like a fountain head. 
Synonyms for issue are: discharge, emission, release, outflow, outflowing, secretion, emanation, exudation, effluence technical efflux.
In Hebrew, it can mean an exit, i.e. (geographical) boundary, or (figuratively) deliverance, (actively) source border(s), going(s) forth(out), issues, outgoings. Spring of all action is preserved. 
For out of it are the issues of life, which means alive, life, live(ly), living.

See Luke 6:45.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Back to Proverbs 4: 23.
Let's see if we can say this verse in another way, that may could help.
Listen, vs. 23. Keep or protect or maintain, and have the right attitude about this part of your being).  For your heart is like the soil of ground where things can grow, and develop.  With all diligence, like a guard, stay at your post be watchful, concerning your heart.  For or because out of it (the heart) spring or flows, like a fountain head, life, things that are healthy, or like the soil of ground where things can grow, and develop, that can bring forth life, things that are healthy.

You know, it's interesting how much Jesus our Lord, talked about the matters of the heart.
Mark 7: 6&7.  
Mark 7: 21-23. 
Now, see Luke 8: 4-8, there is a well-known parable that Jesus gave both in Matthew and Mark we want to consider at this time.

In fact, here in Luke 8: 11-15, Jesus himself gives the explanation, the interpretation, and the application of His own parable.

Now there are four important factors this parable in Luke 8: 11-15 that Jesus reveals.

Let’s deal with the 1st. factor that this parable reveals;
"The Word Of God Works."    

Notice Luke 8: 11.  Now the parable is this: the seed is the Word of God.
Also, see Luke 8: 5a.  A sower went out to sow his seed.

And like a seed, the Word of God will work. 
The only real issue is the heart, the soil. 
The issue is not about the skill, or the personality of the one preaching or teaching, instead, it's all about the state of a person's heart.                                                                                    
Isaiah 55: 10 & 11.
Hebrews. 4: 12 & 13

Back to Luke 8: 
There here are four important factors that this parable in Luke 8: 11-15 reveals.

The 2nd. factor that this parable reveals is; The Wrong Response During Times of Spiritual Attack, External Pressures, And Personal Temptations Will Neutralize God's Word To You. 

For example, you can have a defiant or uninterested heart. 

See Luke 8: 5b.  A sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

Now, see vs. 12.  Those by the way side are they that hear (hearers only), then comes the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 
Listen, this is a wrong response during a time of spiritual attack, or external pressures, or personal temptations that will neutralize God's Word to you.

Next, you can have an impulsive, or immature heart.
See Luke 8: 6a.  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 

Now, see vs. 13.  They, on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; but these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 
Listen, this is a wrong response during a time of spiritual attack, or external pressures, or personal temptations that will neutralize God's Word to you.

Finally, you can have a preoccupied, or discontented heart.  
See Luke 8: 6b.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 

Now, see vs. 14.   And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 
Listen, this is a wrong response during a time of spiritual attack, or external pressures, or personal temptations that will neutralize God's Word to you.

There are four important factors that this parable in Luke 8: 11-15 reveals.

The 3rd factor that this parable reveals is; Know, Only 1 out of 4 People Will Experience Truth, Change, & Spiritual Growth, When God's Word Is Shared, Received, And Believed.  (Repeat)  

See Luke 8: 8.  And others fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit a hundredfold. 

Now, see vs. 15.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. 

Only 1 out of 4 people will experience truth, change, & spiritual growth, when God's Word is shared, received, and believed. 

03-02-16    Part 7

Proverbs 4: 20-23.

Vs 20.  My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.                                                 Vs 21.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your (heart).                              Vs 22.  For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.                                             Vs 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

Becoming a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only, what does that mean, and what does that look like?Well, according to Proverbs 4: 20-23, it all comes down to our attitude!

Listen, my attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of-Liberty, God's mirror, will determine if I will be a doer of the Word, or a hearer only.

And here in Proverbs 4: 20-23, it's all about my attitude, whether or not, I will be a doer of the Word,  or just a hearer only.

 Now, notice vs 23.  Here is the key, keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

 Let's see if we can say this verse in another way, that might could help.

Listen, vs 23, keep or protect or maintain, and have the right attitude about this part of your being.  For your heart is like the soil of ground where things can grow and develop.  With all diligence, like a guard, stay at your post be watchful, concerning your heart.  For, or because out of it the heart spring or flows like a fountain head (life), things that are healthy, or like the soil of ground where things can grow and develop, that can bring forth life, things that are healthy.

Our Lord spoke much about the matters of the heart.   In fact, Luke 8: 4-8, there is a well-known parable that Jesus gave both in Matthew and Mark we are considering at this time.

However, in Luke 8: 11-15, Jesus himself gives;                                                                                              The Explanation,                                                                                                                                              The Interpretation,                                                                                                                                                  and The Application of His own parable.

 There are four important factors this parable in Luke 8: 11-15 that Jesus reveals.                                     This 4th factor that this parable reveals is the condition of your heart is important. 

Notice Luke 8: 5, a sower went out to sow his seed, and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowl of the air devoured it.

 Listen, the first type of heart condition we can have before Salvation, and even after Salvation if we are not careful would be a defiant or uninterested heart. 

 Luke 8:12 says, -Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of (their hearts), lest they should believe and be saved.

Those by the wayside are they that hear!

The first kind of soil or heart condition is, the wayside soil. 

This is the soil that was never plowed up, because it was that soil that was around in the field, that was used as a pathway to walk upon or, to ride upon, it was beaten down, and was very hard, like a trail. 

And because of this type of soil, the Wayside soil was never plowed up.

The seed is thrown onto this hard surface, it can't absorb it.  The seed can't penetrate. 

After a while, the birds fly down, eat the seed, and what's left gets trampled underfoot.

 Listen, before Salvation, and even after Salvation, if we are not careful this is the person on whom seed was sown, but it did not penetrate their heart.

Because this kind of heart does not care about God 's standards, rules, commandments, or laws enough to practice them or obey them.

This kind of heart demands to be in control of it's own needs, wants, and desires.

This kind of heart only wants what it wants, no matter the consequences. 

For this heart is unplowed, and over time like a trail, the heart grows callous and hard, because it had never been broken up by the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

 However, this is scary, this is alarming, but even after Salvation concerning the Bible, God's Word, we can have an uninterested heart as well.   

So, likewise, this heart is unplowed, and over time like a trail, the heart grows callous and hard, because again, it had never been broken up by the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

 Listen, this could be me or you, the one on whom seed was sown, but the Bible, God's Word does not move you, nor interest you any longer.                                                                                                          The Bible, God's Word is for you, boring.                                                                                                      The Bible, God's Word is for you, irrelevant - out of touch with today.                                                              The Bible, God's Word to you is too hard, too understand.                                                                         The Bible, God's Word to you is, too much too read.                                                                                  The Bible, God's Word to you is too difficult to practice to live out.                                                            The Bible, God's Word to you is, I'm just too busy get into.                                                                          The Bible, God's Word to you is something to endure or tolerate, depending on who is preaching or teaching.  And, if they can amuse you, or, entertain you, or amaze you with their so-called, "signs & wonders."

 See II Timothy 4: 3 & 4.

 Listen, only God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity is the only one, who can intervene upon the heart of a man, 

So that the Word of God can have affect, so to bring about conviction, repentance, belief and trust in the Lord.      

 Here are a few things to remember, about the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit, before Salvation or after salvation to grant us a heart, like Jesus said in Luke 8: 15 one that has been prepared and made receptive the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.  

 See St. John 16: 7-11. This is before Salvation.                                                                                                See Acts 7: 51.  This is both before Salvation & after Salvation.                                                                  See Ephesians 4: 30.  This is after Salvation.                                                                                                  See Genesis 6: 3.  This is before Salvation.                                                                                                           See Titus 3: 3-5.  This is before Salvation.

 Remember, the results of the hearing of the Word, always depend on the condition of the soil or heart, and not the skill of the sower.                                                                                                            Because the sower is anyone who presents and communicates the seed, God's Word.           

So, if you hear God's Word or the message of Jesus Christ, and you turn your back and walk away, that doesn't say anything about the seed nor the sower, that says everything about the soil. That's a revelation of where your heart is. 

03-09-16  Part 8

Proverbs 4: 20-23.                                                                                                                                                      Vs 20.  My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.                                                        Vs 21.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.                                        Vs 22.  For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.                                                      Vs 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it (the heart) spring or flows the issues of life.

Becoming a doer of the word, and not a hearer only, what does that mean, and what does that look like? Well, according to Proverbs 4: 20-23, it all comes down to our attitude!

Listen our attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God's Mirror, will determine if I will be a doer of the Word, or a hearer only.

And here in Proverbs 4: 20-23, it's all about my attitude whether or not I will be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only.

Now, notice vs. 23.  Here is the key.   Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

Now, let's go back to Luke 8: 11-15, for there are 4 important factors about this parable that Jesus reveals and we already have looked at the first 3 factors.

Let's come back and consider this 4th.  Factor again that this parable reveals and that is, the condition of your heart really matters. 

For example, Luke 8:12 says, those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Listen, this first type of heart condition we can have before Salvation, and even after Salvation if we are not careful, is a defiant or uninterested heart. 

On last week's Bible study we wanted to reveal two major problems about this heart condition.  

The first problem is, the condition of the soil or the heart itself.  Luke 8:12 says, those by the wayside are they that hear only.  (wayside soil)

The second problem is, the permission that is allowed or given to the devil to influence the outcome.  Luke 8:12 says, then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Jesus says, Satan the evil one is allowed to snatch away the seed.                                                                 Satan wants to make sure the Word of God never has a chance to penetrate the heart and produce.            But how is he allowed to do this?   See II Timothy 4: 3&4.

Back to Luke 8.                                                                                                                                                       Next, Luke 8: 6 says, and some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

The second condition, before Salvation and even after Salvation if we are not careful is an impulsive or immature heart.  

Luke 8:13.  But the ones on the rock or bedrock just underneath the soil, are like those who when they hear, receive the word with joy and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.

This next heart condition should really concern us.  For to have either an impulsive or immature heart or both, is a very serious issue of the heart that needs to be addressed. 

Now, there is a very important observation which is alarming, and needs to be understood.   You can have penetration, but no results.  

In Luke 8: 6 & 7.  The seed has entered the soil, it has made contact with the soil and begins to produce a result. 

Yet, you can have the penetration of the seed into the soil, and yet have no growth and no fruit, no change and no commitment, no life and no Salvation.

Unlike before, in Luke 8: 5 when the seed did not penetrate because of the hard surface, the seed just remained on the surface and did not penetrate and was removed.

But in Luke 8: 6 &7, the seed has entered the soil, it has made contact with the soil and begins to produce a result.  And you can have the penetration of the seed into the soil and yet have no growth and no fruit, no change and no commitment, no life and no Salvation.

Now, in Luke 8: 13, our Lord reveals 3 things about the impulsive or the immature heart.                                  1st.  This type of heart condition, the impulsive or the immature heart, enjoys the experience, but never counting the cost.                                                                                                                                                 Notice vs. 13a.  But the ones on the rock or bedrock just underneath the soil, are like those who when they hear, receive the word with joy.

Now, see Mark. 4: 16.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 16.  And these are they likewise which are sown or scattered on bedrock just underneath the soil; who when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness.

An example - the multitude of Jesus days.  See St. John 6: 12-14, 26 & 27, 60, 64, 66.

Back to Luke 8: 13.                                                                                                                                                         In Luke 8: 13.  Our Lord reveals 3 things about the impulsive or the immature heart.

2ndly. This next type of heart condition, the impulsive or the immature heart believes superficially, and therefore easily turns to unbelief.                                                                                                                          Luke 8:13. But the ones on the rock or bedrock just underneath the soil, are like those who when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.

Now, see Mark 4: 17.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 17.  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

A couple of examples of the impulsiveness & the immaturity of Judas.

The promise of reward but then the 3rd prediction of the Lord 's passion.  See Mark 10: 28-34.

Then the distain & unbelief of Judas towards Jesus after that.  See St. John 12: 3-6.

Part 9    3-16-16   

Proverbs 4: 20-23.
Vs 20.  My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.                                                 Vs 21.  Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.                                 Vs 22.  For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.                                              Vs 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it (the heart) spring or flows the issues of life.

Becoming a doer of the word, and not a hearer only, what does that mean, and what does that look like?

Well, according to Proverbs 4: 20-23, it all comes down to our attitude!

 Listen our attitude when it comes to the Scriptures, the Bible, the Perfect Law of Liberty, God's mirror, will determine if I will be a doer of the Word, or a hearer only.

And here in Proverbs 4: 20-23, it's all about my attitude whether or not I will be a doer of the word, and not a hearer only.

 Now, notice vs. 23.  Here is the key.   Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

 Now again, let us turn back to Luke 8:  Because believe it or not, Jesus Our Lord had much to say about matters of the heart.

Now, in Luke 8: 12-15, there are these 4 types of heart conditions.

Now, last Wednesday we began to look at the second heart condition in vs 13.

This second condition, before Salvation and even after Salvation if we are not careful is an impulsive or immature heart.  

Now, Luke 8:13.  But the ones on the rock or bedrock just underneath the soil, are like those
who when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.

Now in Luke 8: 13, our Lord reveals 3 things about the impulsive or the immature heart.

1st. This type of heart condition,
The impulsive or the immature heart, enjoys the experience, but never counting the cost. 
•Remember the multitude in St. John 6 whom Jesus fed and would not commit.

 2nd.  This type of heart condition, the impulsive or the immature heart, believes superficially and therefore it easily turns to unbelief. 
•Remember the disciple Judas!
This evening, remember we said in Luke 8: 13, our Lord reveals 3 things about the impulsive or the immature heart.

Let's look at the final one, for an impulsive, or immature heart will reveal its true intentions, and motives whenever faced with trials, test, or pressures. 

Now see Mark 4: 17.  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

Let's consider a few examples of an impulsive or the immature heart that did revealed its true intentions, and motives whenever faced with a trial, or a test, or pressure that came into the life of Simon Peter that night before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
See Mark. 14: 26-31.
In the Upper Room.

See Mark. 14: 32-38.  
In the Garden of Gethsemane.

See Mark. 14: 66-72.
In the Courtyard of the Home of the High Priest.  

Back to Luke 8:
Now, Luke 8: 7 says, “and some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.” 

This third condition, before Salvation and after Salvation concerning the Bible, God's Word, you can have a preoccupied or discontented heart. 

Luke 8: 14 says, "And that which fell among thorns (weeds) are they, which, when they have heard go forth, then cometh the devil and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection."

Now Notice Mark 4: 18, Now these are the ones, sown among thorns; who are the ones who
 hear the word.

Notice the word thorns, which is translated in most of our English Bibles as thorns, is actually thorny weeds, or weeds with a thorny top among its foliage.

Next, in vs 19 there are 3 things that are mentioned here that are like weeds, that will enter in, and choke off the Word of God.  Causing the heart of that person to be unfruitful, or spiritually unproductive.
Or, to bear no fruit for God.
Or, to lack evidence that they are, what they say they are!  
For Jesus said, "you will know them by their fruit."  
Where is the evidence, that you are what you say you are?
Notice vs 19, but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things, entering in choke the Word, the Seed, and it, (the heart of the person), who hears the Word, becomes unfruitful.

The 3 things that Jesus said that are like weeds, notice Mark 4: 19,
The cares of this world.
The deceitfulness of riches.
The lust or desires for other things.

 At least one, or a combination of these three things mentioned that Jesus reveals that the devil will use against you. 

First, the cares of this world.
Explain cares.  The worries, the anxieties, the crisis, the stresses.
Explain, this world, or age, or time.

For example: Groups like Isis, National Security, the Global Conflicts around the world, especially in the Middle East, the 2016 presidential election.

See Luke 21: 25-28; & 34-36.
Let's consider the second one.  Notice Mark 4: 19, the deceitfulness of riches.
Listen, the deceitfulness of riches, can make you think, you will be always happy.

The deceitfulness of riches. can make you think, all your problems are solved now. 
The deceitfulness of riches, can make you think, that you are safe and secure.
The deceitfulness of riches, can make you think, that which you have will last forever.
The deceitfulness of riches, will make you feel good about yourself, that you have arrived,  you are special, you are important.
The deceitfulness of riches, will give you a temporary high, or a false euphoric feeling, 
A deceitful form of self-satisfaction.
The deceitfulness of riches, may cause you, to forget the Lord who made all of this possible.
The deceitfulness of riches may cause you, to be unthankful and unappreciative, forgetting where you came from.
The deceitfulness of riches may cause you, to treat others wrongly and unfairly.
The deceitfulness of riches may cause you, to trust in what you have, instead of trusting in God.
The deceitfulness of riches may cause you, to be dishonest and deceptive.
The deceitfulness of riches may cause you, to be very selfish, stingy, a hoarder, instead of being generous and a cheerful giver.
The deceitfulness of riches may cause you, to be discontented, never satisfy, always seeking more, always wanting something else, unable to say in your heart, it's enough, I have enough,  I'm good!

See Matthew. 6: 24.
See Deuteronomy 8: 11-14, &17.
See I Timothy 6: 5.
See I Timothy 6: 9&10. 
Here is the balance we need.  See I Timothy 6: 6-8, 17-19.

 Part 10    3-23-16    

 "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Become A Doer Of The Word, And Not A Hearer Only?" 
See Proverbs 4: 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

Now again, let us turn back to Luke 8:  For our Lord Jesus had much to say about the matters of the heart.
Now, last Wednesday we began to look at the third condition in vs. 7 & 14. 

See Luke 8: 7 says, “and some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.” 

See Luke 8: 14 says "And that which fell among thorns are they, which when they have heard go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection."

Now this the third condition that can occur either before Salvation, as well as, after Salvation if we're not careful concerning our attitude about the Bible, God's Word, we can have a preoccupied or discontented heart. 

Now, let's go to Mark 4: 18.

Notice Mark 4: 18.  Now these are the ones, sown among thorns; who are the ones who hear the Word.
By the way, the word thorns, which is translated in most of our English Bibles is actually thorny weeds, or weeds with a thorny top among its foliage.

As a result, in vs.19, there are 3 things that are mentioned here that are like weeds, that will enter In, and choke off the Word of God.

The 3 things that Jesus said that are like weeds, notice Mark 4: 19,
The cares of this world.
The deceitfulness of riches.                                                                                                                                     The lust or desires for other things.
At least 1, or a combination of these 3 things mentioned, Jesus said that the devil will use against us. 

Now, last Wednesday, we looked at the first two;                                                                                                 "The cares of this world."
"The deceitfulness of riches."

Now, this evening, let's consider the third and final one.                                                                                          "The lust or desires for other things."

The word ‘lust’ or ‘desires’, is from a Greek word here Epithumia, which means a desire, or an eagerness for, any kind of inordinate desire or lust, or passionate desire, or strong feelings, or urges one can have.

‘Lust’ or ‘desires’, can be positive or negative, depending on whether such things are being inspired by God, Himself, or Satan.
For example, ‘lust’ or ‘desires’, that can be positive when they are inspired by God, Himself. 

Notice I Corinthians 12: 31 says, “but earnestly desire the best gifts.  And yet I show you a more excellent way. 

Also, I Timothy 3: 1 says, this is a faithful saying: if a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. 

Back to Mark 4: 19.
Next, notice the words, the lust or desires for other things.                                                                                        So, what are those other things, that the Lord is talking about, that can choke the Word in us like weeds?

Question.  What are those other things that Jesus is referring to? 

Listen, What are those other things, that get in the way what it comes to our commitment to the Lord?
What are those other things, those lifestyle choices that we are making, that causes us to be sinful before the Lord, and disobedient to the Word of God?
What are the other things in our lives that we are allowing, that hinder a closer walk with God?

Now, let us go back to Luke 8: 14.
See Luke 8: 14, Jesus said, “when they have heard God's Word, go out and are choked because of or with cares, riches, and pleasure(s) of life.

The pleasure(s) of life.  This is extremely helpful in interpreting correctly, what Jesus was saying to us in Mark 4: 19. Remember, "the lust or desires for other things."

So, what are those other things that Jesus is referring to? 
Here in Luke 8: 14, Jesus identifies it as "the pleasure(s) of life."

Now this phase, " pleasure(s) of life.  Our Lord uses a word from the original language, to express the kind of pleasure that we should be concerned about. 

Because, not all pleasures are sinful, or bad, or wrong!  (Explain)
But again, Our Lord uses a word from the original language, to express the kind of pleasure that we should be concerned about that is sinful, that is bad, that is wrong!  
The Greek word hēdonḗ comes from another Greek word handano (to please one-selves); the self-satisfaction of physical appetite or especially sensuous pleasures.
It is referring to pleasure, that is an end, in and of it-self.  
It is the fulfillment of bodily desires at the expense, of other things or anyone else.
In fact, the Greek word hēdonḗ is at the root of our English word, "hedonism," or "hedonistic."

Hedonism, or Hedonistic means, self-indulgence, self-fulfillment. 
For many, both then and now, this is a philosophy to be embraced.  
For many, both then and now, this is a lifestyle to pursue.

The founder of the Playboy Empire Hugh Hefner, is a good example of this philosophy, this lifestyle.
Hefner, coined the phrase,  "The Playboy Philosophy."
Which is no more than Hedonism, or being Hedonistic about life.
But Hugh Hefner, was not the first!

Believe it or not, a person in the Bible, a man of God, a ruler of God's people subjected himself to Hedonism, or being Hedonistic about life.
See Ecclesiastes 2: 1 -11, the futility of self-indulgent pleasure.
    
Back to Luke 8: 
Finally, see Luke 8: 8 & 15. 

Luke 8: 8 says, “And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit a hundredfold. 

Luke 8: 15 says, "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, even though the devil cometh and bring forth fruit with patience."

The forth condition, before Salvation and hopefully after Salvation concerning our attitude about the Bible, God's Word we can have a prepared or receptive heart. 

Now, look carefully at verse 15 again.  There are at least 3 things that Jesus promises concerning this type of heart condition; 
that is predictable, 
that is hope filled or gives hope, 
and that which is attainable.

The first thing that Jesus promised, and that is when the heart is right, the Word of God will work in those who have an honest or noble and good heart.  Notice Vs. 15a.

But the ones that fell on the good ground, are like those who with an honest or noble and good heart. 
Noticed Jesus did not say, a perfect, or a flawless, or a sinless heart.

For the Lord promises that which is attainable, an honest or noble and good heart. 
The word ‘honest’ or ‘noble’ and good heart.  καλός which can mean the integrity of someone or something.

The word ‘good’ - agathós which can mean the quality of a thing.  Which describes where it originated from. A good heart can only originate from God, and can be only empowered by Him through faith in Him.

The word ‘heart’ means, that part of the soul of man that is internal, a place of authority, like a seat or a throne in which the Lord must govern, and not we ourselves. 
The heart is the very core of us, like the control center of that individual, which needs constant divine supervision, because of Jeremiah 17: 9&10. 

Divine Revelation.  See Jeremiah 17: 9&10.
See also Mark 7: 21-23.

Back to Luke. 8: 15 says, “But the ones that fell on the good ground, are like those who with an

honest or noble and good heart.

Question.  How does one get to this point?
What must I do to have an honest and good heart?

Listen, before Salvation or after Salvation, the only one who can grant us a heart, like Jesus describe in Luke. 8: 15, one that is prepared and receptive, can only come by the work and ministry of God the Holy Spirit. 

Therefore, two things are required from us in cooperation with God the Holy Spirit.
A daily request(s) to God.
A daily commitment to God.

1st. A daily request(s) to God.  See Psalms 51:10. 
In other words, break up that fallow ground of my heart.  Jeremiah 4: 3, Hosea 10: 12 &13.

Lastly, a daily commitment to God.  See Proverbs 4: 20-23.

Part 11    3-30-16    

 "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Become A Doer Of The Word, And Not A Hearer Only?"      See only Proverbs 4: 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

Now again, let us turn back to Luke 8:  For our Lord Jesus had much to say about the matters of the heart.   Now, let’s finish up this parable that Jesus taught concerning the four types of heart conditions that we could experience.

Now, notice vs. 15.  “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it, and bear fruit with patience.                                                                        There are at least three things that Jesus promises concerning this final heart condition,                        that is Predictable,                                                                                                                                                  that gives Hope,                                                                                                                                                      and that which is Attainable.

 Now, last Wednesday, we looked at the first thing that Jesus promised.  See vs. 15.  Those having heard the word with an honest or noble and good heart.

This evening, let’s consider the second thing that Jesus promised, and that is when the heart has been made right by God and not ourselves, then the Word of God will be kept and practiced by those who hear it.  (Repeat)

Notice vs. 15 again.  But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who having heard the Word with a noble and good heart.  Keep it.

Turn to James 1:

There are at least three things here in James 1: 22-25 that reveals that we must do and not do when it comes to keeping and practicing the Word of God.

Now the first, the Holy Spirit reveals that which we must do and must not do, is here in James 1:22.

Now, the second thing the Holy Spirit reveals that which we must do and must not do, is here in James 1: 23 & 24.

Finally, the third thing the Holy Spirit reveals that which we must do and must not do, is here in James 1: 25.

Now back to Luke 8.

Now let’s consider the third and final thing that Jesus promised and that is when the heart has been made right by God and not ourselves then we can produce fruit and be fruitful for God.  (Repeat)

Now, notice vs. 15.  But the ones that fell on the good ground, are those having heard the Word with an honest or noble and good heart, keep it, and bear fruit with, or because of patience or perseverance.

For this phrase with, or because of, patience or perseverance is contrasted with the other types of heart conditions mention in Luke 8: 13 & 14.

Listen, anyone after Salvation whose heart is like what it says in verse 15, with God’s help, they now have an honest or noble and good heart, and they have kept the Word which they have heard.  This kind of heart will produce fruit and be fruitful for God because it has chosen to persevere, no matter what.

Now with God’s help, let’s consider just a few brief things about this subject of fruit and being fruitful for God.

What is fruit?                                                                                                                                                     This multifaceted word ‘fruit’, that is used 106 times in the Old Testament, and 70 times in the New Testament.   For example;  See Matthew 7:20.  See Hebrews 13:15.  See 1 Corinthians 16:15.   See Colossians 1:10.

Basically the word fruit can be the produce of something or someone.                                                  When used figuratively, fruit is the human actions and words are viewed as fruit growing out of a person's essential being or character. 

Fruit is the outward expression of power working inwardly, and so in itself beyond observation, the character of the fruit giving evidence of the character of the power that produces it (Matthew 7:16, 17, 18, 19, 20).

 Did you know that God Himself, bears or produces fruit?  

 Galatians 5: 22 &23.   There are nine Godly characteristics produced by the Holy Spirit and not ourselves.  There are nine Godly characteristics produced by the Holy Spirit in the life and in the heart of every true believer, in every committed follower Christ, no exceptions.

 So how do we become fruitful for God?                                                                                                       Now see Hosea 14:8 from the NIV, “Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols”?                                 Then the Lord said, I will answer him and care for him.                                                                                       Then Ephraim said, I am like a productive juniper; and then the Lord said, your fruitfulness comes from me.

 Also, see St. John 15:16. 

You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go, and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.

Finally, see Mark 4:20.  There are varying degrees of fruitfulness. 

“But these are the ones, that were sown on good ground, those who hear the Word, accept it, and bore fruit: some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred”.

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Become A Doer Of The Word, And Not A Hearer Only?"  
See Proverbs 4: 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

Now again, let us turn back to Luke 8:  For our Lord Jesus had much to say about the matters of the heart.

"How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Become A Doer Of The Word, And Not A Hearer Only?"  

See Proverbs 4: 23.  Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it the heart spring or flows the issues of life.

Now again, let us turn back to Luke 8:  For our Lord Jesus had much to say about the matters of the heart.

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How Does The Man or Woman Be Led of the Lord All the Days of Their Lives?

Psalm 23

 4-13-16    Part 1

 As you know, we have been working our way through the book of Psalms and through the book of Proverbs since February of 2015. 

 We have been going back-and-forth from one book to the other book, looking at certain chapters, and looking at certain verses.

 We have entitled This Series, "Applying The Psalms And Proverbs For Daily Living." (Repeat)

And what we have learned, is how many of the Psalms and Proverbs can truly help you and I, in any situation or circumstances, or in dealing with everyday life, if applied.

 And so then, we started off with The Book of Psalms, Psalm 1. In February of 2015. 

Also, we borrowed from that opening phrase in Psalm 1: 1a, "Blessed is the man or woman." 

We have been using that opening phrase, each time as a topical question, whether in The Book of Psalms or in The Book of Proverbs.

For we ask ourselves an important question each time.  For example, and you might remember some of these.

Who is a blessed man or woman?  Psalm. 1: 1-6.  

How is the blessed man or woman to live?  Proverbs. 3: 1-10. 

How should the blessed man or woman deal with times when there is trouble?  And we considered 5 different Psalms from the book of Psalms to answer this question.  For example;                             Psalm 9: 9-10 & 13.                                                                                                                                       Psalm 20: 1-5 & 7.                                                                                                                                                   Psalm 46: 1-3, 7, 10 & 11.                                                                                                                              Psalm 50: 14 &15.                                                                                                                                                  Psalm 91: 14 & 15.

And most recently, "How does the blessed man or woman, become a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only?”  Proverbs. 4: 20-23.

This evening, as we return back to the Psalms, we want to begin by asking another question,            "How does the blessed man or woman, be lead of the LORD, all the days of their lives?" (Repeat)

But what do we mean, to be led of the LORD, all the days of our lives? 

Our English word ‘led’ implies, the need for help, guidance, and leadership that is lacking, in the one that is being led.

Notice Psalm 23: 2b & 3b.                                                                                                                                  Vs 2a.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.                           Vs 3a.  He restores my soul;                                                                                                                                    Vs 3b, He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 

Also, ‘led’ implies, a willingness to follow.  Not being forced or driven, but to follow willingly.             Notice Romans 8: 14.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.                 Notice Galatians 5: 18.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.                              Notice Matthew 4: 1.  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

To be very honest, to be led of the LORD, all the days of our lives, is that a blessing we should pursue?  And what would it take to live like that, and to be led like that?

First, see James 4: 7.  Therefore, submit to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

See I Peter 1: 14-16.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 14, as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;           Vs. 15, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,                                           Vs. 16, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.

To be led of the LORD, all the days of our lives is that a blessing we should pursue?                                  And what would it take to live like that, and to be lead like that?

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

See Galatians 5: 16, 24 & 25.                                                                                                                            Vs. 16.  I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.                                        Vs. 24.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.                      Vs. 25.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Finally, to be led of the LORD, all the days of our lives, is that a blessing we should pursue?                  And what would it take to live like that, and to be lead like that?

See Luke 22: 42.  Jesus said, Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; never-the-less, not My will, but Yours, be done.

An Outline for Psalms 23: 1–6.

So then, how does the blessed man or woman, be led of the LORD, all the days of their lives?            What does that mean, and what does that look like? 

First, my acceptance of the Lord, as my Shepherd.                                                                                         Vs 1a.  The LORD is my shepherd.

How does the blessed man or woman, be led of the LORD, all the days of their lives?                           What does that mean, and what does that look like? 

Next, my confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.                                                                                            Vs 1b.  I shall not want. 

How does the blessed man or woman, be led of the LORD, all the days of their lives?                          What does that mean, and what does that look like? 

Next, my trust in the Lord, as my Caretaker.                                                                                                       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. 

How does the blessed man or woman, be led of the LORD, all the days of their lives?                          What does that mean, and what does that look like? 

Next, my dependency upon the Lord, as my Protector.                                                                                  Vs 4.  And 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. 5a.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

How does the blessed man or woman, be led of the LORD, all the days of their lives?                          What does that mean, and what does that look like? 

Finally, my being receptive to the Lord, as my Benefactor.                                                                                 Vs 5b. 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.

How does the blessed man or woman, be led of the LORD, all the days of their lives?                          What does that mean, and what does that look like?  

First, my acceptance of the Lord, as my Shepherd.                                                                                      The word, ‘accept or accepting’.                                                                                                                           To consent, to receive a thing offered; “he accepted a pen as a present”. Synonyms: receive, take, get, gain, obtain, acquire.                                                                                            To believe or come to recognize an opinion, explanation, etc., as valid or correct.  "This tentative explanation came to be accepted by the group.”                                                                                              

Now verse 1a.  The LORD is my shepherd.

Two important questions we need to answer that are found at the beginning of verse 1 before we can really get started!                                                                                                                                                   See verse 1a, The LORD is my shepherd.                                                                                                      First question, who is the LORD?                                                                                                                         Second question, what is a Shepherd anyway?

Now, who is the LORD?  This name or title for God, should be familiar to most of us. 

For during the course of our study in Psalms, and in Proverbs, this is the primary name or title that keeps on reoccurring.                                                                                                                                                  For example, see Psalms 1: 6.                                                                                                                                 See Psalms 9: 9 &10.                                                                                                                                               See Proverbs 1: 7.                                                                                                                                                   See Proverbs 3: 5 & 6.                                                                                                                                         

What does ‘LORD’ mean?                                                                                                                                        What does this name for God tell you about God Himself?                                                                               He is the Eternal One,                                                                                                                                       Or, the Self-Existent One,                                                                                                                                   Or, the Becoming One,                                                                                                                                            Or, the Great I am of Exodus 3: 13 &14; Exodus 6: 2 & 3.

In other words, God will be whatever you need Him to be.  Remember, some of the compound names such as; JEHOVAH-JIREH: The LORD who provides.                                                                                         JEHOVAH-RAPHA: The LORD who heals.                                                                                                         JEHOVAH-NISSI; The Lord our banner.                                                                                                                  For Yahweh, Jehovah, or I Am, is His covenant name to His people.

Next, what is a Shepherd anyway?                                                                                                               What does Shepherd mean?                                                                                                                                 What is a Shepherd/Pastor all about?                                                                                                                   One who Leads & Guides.                                                                                                                              One who Protect & Guards.                                                                                                                                  One who Provides & Feeds.                                                                                                                              One who Cares & Comfort.

Our Lord Jesus, spoken of himself, as a shepherd.  The Good Shepherd. St. John 10:11. 

In other parts of the New Testament, Jesus is spoken of as a shepherd as well.                                             The Great Shepherd. Hebrews 13:20.                                                                                                                    The Shepherd and Bishop or Overseer of our souls.  1 Peter 2:25.                                                                  The Chief Shepherd 1 Peter 5:4.

4-20-16    Part 2

“How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Be Lead Of The LORD, All The Days Of Their Lives?”            What does that mean?   And what does that look like? 

 Read Psalms 23: 1-6.

Now go back and point out a few things of importance.

 First, a brief survey of Psalms 23.                                                                                                                  This Psalm or Song was written and compose by David before his kingship. 

Psalm 23: 1-6, has a total of 117 words.                                                                                                               David refers to himself 17 times with words like:                                                                                             Vs. 1a, my shepherd.                                                                                                                                          Vs. 1b, I shall not want.                                                                                                                                      Vs. 2, makes me to lie down in green pastures; leads me beside the still waters.                                      Vs. 3, restores my soul; leads me in the paths of righteousness.                                                                      Vs. 4, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,  I will fear no evil;  You are with me;          rod and staff, they comfort me.                                                                                                                       Vs. 5a, prepare a table before me.  in the presence of my enemies.                                                                Vs. 5b, anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.                                                                                         Vs. 6, goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life;  And I will dwell in.

 However, David identified the LORD throughout this Psalm 12 times with words like:    Vs. 1a, The LORD.  Vs. 2,  He makes, He leads,                                                                                                                                  Vs. 3, He restores,  He leads,  For His Name’s sake.                                                                                         Vs. 4,  For You are with,  Your rod and Your staff they comfort,                                                                   Vs. 5a, You prepare a table, You anoint,                                                                                                        Vs. 6, the house of the LORD.  A little background about this Psalm.

This Psalm is probably a personal testimony of David, concerning how the LORD cared for him, protected him, and kept him, during the times of King Saul's persecutions of him.

Psalm 23: 4 & 5 may be a clue.

 Now, last Wednesday we consider the first one, how you and I must Accept the Lord, As our Shepherd.  And we asked two important questions.

 First question, Who Is The LORD?

 Now the Second important question we answered was, What is a Shepherd anyway? 

 Also, the Lord, my shepherd is one of the many compound names for Jehovah.                                    This one is, Jehovah-Rohi.                                                                                                                              The primary meaning of Rohi is, "to feed" and "lead to pasture," as a shepherd does his flock. 

Now, this evening let us continue to understand how does the blessed man or woman, (can be led) of the LORD, all the days of their lives?  But what does that mean, and what does that look like? 

Notice your outline, 2nd, my confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.                                                      Listen, I must have confidence in the Lord, as my Provider. 

See Psalm 23: Vs. 1b, "I shall not want."                                                                                                                I must have confidence in the Lord, as my Provider. 

 Define Confidence, full trust; or belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or a thing.

Could you name two people, or two things, that you have confidence in?

 Define Provider. What is A Provider?                                                                                                                 A person or thing that provides.                                                                                                               Someone who provides the means for subsistence, and care for another, or for others.                     Some synonyms for the word Provider. A donor, a giver, a contributor, your source.                                   I must have confidence in the Lord, as my Provider. 

 See Genesis. 22:14.

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah–Jireh: as it is said to this day, in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

Jehovah-Jireh, in Genesis 22:14 means The Lord Who Provides.                                                                 The name is literally, the Lord, Who sees, or the Lord, Who will see to it.                                                One, Who will see to our needs and provide for us.                                                                                           This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord, Who will see to it that my every need is met.                   One, Who knows my need because He sees.                                                                                                     One, Who is able to meet my need in just at the right time as He did for Abraham, and                        One, Who can meet it fully. 

 See Psalm 23: Vs. 1b, "I shall not want." 

This maybe a little misleading the way it comes across in some English translations of the Bible.           For some have interpreted this to mean, that they should get everything they want!

 But the correct understanding of the phrase, is seen in some other English translations for example;  

New International Version -  The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible -  The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. 

New Living Translation -  The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

Aramaic Bible in Plain EnglishLord Jehovah will shepherd me and I shall lack nothing.

World English BibleYahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.

For our English words "want or lack" is actually from a Hebrew verbחָסֵר châçêr.

Strong's Definitions: חָסֵר châçêrW, this Hebrew verb (Qal) a primitive root; to lack, or to be lacking. Or to diminish, or decrease.                                                                                                                                        By implication, to fail, want, lessen: be abated, cause to fail, have lack, make lower, having want. 

 Another way to understand it is, "all my needs are taken care of”.

4-27-16 Part 3    

“How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Be Lead Of The LORD, All The Days Of Their Lives?”          What does that mean?  And what does that look like? 

To help us answer those questions we are looking at Psalm 23: 1-6.                                                         Now we are still considering vs 1, the LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 

So far, we have been able to answer these questions with the help of our outline.

1st, My acceptance of the Lord, as my Shepherd.                                                                                            Vs 1a, the LORD is my shepherd.                                                                                                                         2nd, My confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.                                                                                                 Vs 1b, I shall not want. 

Now we are still dealing with #2, my confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.

Listen, I must have confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.                                                                         See Psalm. 23: Vs. 1b, "I shall not want."                                                                                                            We must have confidence in the Lord, as my Provider. 

 Like Abraham, Genesis. 22:14, who witnessed God's ability to provide for his every need, and Abraham called the place as a memorial to God, Jehovah–Jireh.                                                                             Jehovah-Jireh means, the Lord who will see to our needs and provides.

Now notice, see Psalm. 23: vs 1b, "I shall not want."                                                                                     This maybe a little misleading the way it comes across in some English translations of the Bible.          For it does not mean as some have interpreted this to mean, "that they should get everything they want!"

The correct understanding of the phrase, is from a Hebrew verb חָסֵר châçêr.                                                 Strong's Definitions: חָסֵר châçêr, this Hebrew verb (Qal) a primitive root; to lack, or to be lacking.  Or, to diminish, or decrease.  By implication, to fail, want, lessen: be abated, cause to fail, have lack, make lower, having want. 

Another way to understand it is, "all my needs are taken care of, I shall lack nothing."                                   Listen, I must have confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.  

Two important questions.                                                                                                                                   #1.  How do I build confidence in the Lord, as my Provider?                                                                      #2.  Is the Lord as my Provider a conditional thing, or unconditional thing?            

#1. How do I build confidence in the Lord, as my Provider?                                                                                There are at least 3 areas that will build confidence in the Lord has your provider.                                               1.      Knowing His Ability.                                                                                                                                        Psalm 84: 11                                                                                                                                                              For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he                withhold from them that walk uprightly.                                                                                                                2.    Knowing His Reliability.                                                                                                                                   Hebrews 13: 5 & 6                                                                                                                                                  Vs 5. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:            for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.                                                                                Vs 6. So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto                me.                                                                                                                                                                           3.    Knowing His Availability.                                                                                                                                  Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ                 Jesus. 

Next, #2. Is The Lord as my Provider a conditional thing, or unconditional thing?                                           Listen, God as Provider to His people is conditional and is based on at least three areas.  

1st  Our Trust, Faith, or Belief.                                                                                                                           Hebrews 11: 6 says, But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.                                Matthew 6: 30-33.                                                                                                                                              Vs 30.  Now, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?                                                                        Vs 31. Therefore, do not worry saying, what shall we eat?  What shall we drink?   Or, what shall we wear?   For after all these things the Gentiles seek.                                                                                        Vs 32.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.                                                          Vs 33.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

2nd. Our Obedience.                                                                                                                                              Isaiah 1:19 says, If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.                               Psalm 37: 25 says, I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.                                                                                                                    See Deuteronomy 28: 1-68.

3rd. Our Generosity.                                                                                                                                  Proverbs 19: 17 says, He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what he has given.                                                                                                                                                                      II Corinthians 9: 6-8.                                                                                                                                           Vs 6.  But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.                                                                                                                                            Vs 7.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.                                                                                                                                                        Vs 8.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 

5-11-16 Part 4

 “How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Be Lead Of The LORD, All The Days Of Their Lives?”          What does that mean?                                                                                                                                            And what does that look like? 

 To help us answer those questions we are looking at Psalm 23: 1-6.                                                               Also, we have been able to answer these questions with the help of our outline.                                      1st, My Acceptance of the Lord, as my Shepherd.                                                                                         Vs. 1a, The LORD is my shepherd.                                                                                                                         2nd, My Confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.                                                                                            Vs. 1b, I shall not want. 

 This evening let us begin with this next part on our outline, (3rd) My Trust in the Lord, As My Caretaker or Custodian.

 Notice 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.  

Trusting in the Lord, as my Caretaker or Custodian.                                                                                           Three important questions we need to ask and answer.                                                                                   1. What is a Caretaker or Custodian?                                                                                                                   2.  And who needs a Caretaker or Custodian?                                                                                                 3.  And how do you trust the person who is caring for you?

First, what is a Caretaker or Custodian?                                                                                                             A Caretaker a person who is a caregiver. A Custodian is one that guards, protects, or maintains.             A Custodian is one entrusted with guarding and keeping lives, or property, or equipment.

On the other hand, a person who is a caregiver, for example, is one who gives, physical, or emotional, or medical care and support to another, such as a child, an elderly person, or someone who is sick.

2ndly, who needs a Caretaker, or Custodian?                                                                                         Anyone who is unable, or unwilling to, care, or maintain, or do for themselves, for whatever reason.

3rdly, how do you trust a person who is caring for you?                                                                                  At least these three things would help.                                                                                                               Knowing The Person.  An issue of intimacy and friendship.                                                                         Knowing Their Character.  An issue of honesty and reliability.                                                                           Knowing Their History.  An issue of one's background, and experience.

Now at least these 3 things would help.                                                                                                       First, knowing the person.                                                                                                                               An issue of intimacy and friendship.                                                                                                                     See vs. 1 again, the LORD is my shepherd.

Knowing The Person.  An issue of intimacy and friendship.                                                                        First, how well do I know the Lord?                                                                                                                      By Biblical revelation.                                                                                                                                           Reading and studying the Bible.                                                                                                           Attending a group Bible Study.                                                                                                                             Attending regularly a church service.

How well do I know the Lord?                                                                                                                           By Personal experience.                                                                                                                                       During a crisis.                                                                                                                                                         After a challenge or difficulty, that the Lord brought you through.                                                                     In the midst of an illness, or sickness, or the death of a love one.                                                                     Correction and forgiveness for past acts of disobedience or rebellion.

So then, how well do I know the Lord?

Next, how would you describe your relationship with the LORD,                                                                       Is it one of intimacy?                                                                                                                                               An openness?                                                                                                                                                         A closeness?                                                                                                                                                           An understanding?                                                                                                                                                  A caring?                                                                                                                                                         Enjoy spending time together?

Next, how would you describe your relationship with the LORD.  Is it one of friendship?

In most healthy friendships you can experience;                                                                                               Support or help when needed.                                                                                                       Companionship, or being there for you.                                                                                                               Empathy or understanding.                                                                                                                                   Encouragement.                                                                                                                                                     Protection.                                                                                                                                                               A willingness to listen.                                                                                                                                       Or, straight talk letting you know when you are wrong, or going the wrong way.

Now remember, how do you trust a person who is caring for you?                                                                    At least these three things would help.

2ndly,  Knowing Their Character.  An issue of honesty and reliability.                                                         See Vs.1 again, The LORD is my shepherd.                                                                                                    Knowing Their Character.   An issue of honesty and reliability.

Question, How well do you & I know the Lord's Character with the help of The Bible?                                  Could you name at least three character traits concerning the Lord that are helpful to you personally?        The Lord is Faithful.                                                                                                                                              The Lord is Merciful.                                                                                                                                              The Lord is Gracious.

Now, remember, how do you trust a person who is caring for you?                                                                  At least these three things would help.

3rdly, knowing their history.  An issue of one's background and experience.                                             See vs.1 again, the LORD is my shepherd.                                                                                                          By the way, a background check will usually involve an investigation of someone's employment, education, affiliations, credit history, and criminal records.

Imagine the effort we would go through, in wanting to know the background of a person that we were considering to be the caretaker, or the caregiver of a child, an elderly love one, or of one who is medically or mentally challenged. 

We would want to know as much as humanly possible, about this person. Whatever time, or money, or personal involvement on our part, we must know a person's history in order to trust this person who is caring for you or someone you love.

With the help of the Old Testament and some parts of the New Testament, we could do a background check, an in-depth investigation if you would on the LORD, and His experience.

 For example, the children of Israel.

 Now, remember, we would want to know as much as humanly possible, about the LORD.            Whatever time, or money, or personal involvement on our part. We must know His history in order to trust this One who is caring for us and those we love.

Now let's continue to understand trusting in the Lord, as my Caretaker or Custodian.

Now, notice vs.2, He the Lord (my Caretaker or Custodian), 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. 

Notice the verbs.                                                                                                                                                     In vs. 2, He ‘makes’ me to lie down.                                                                                                                      In vs. 3, He ‘restores’ my soul and He ‘leads’ me.                                                                                               The Lord, my Caretaker or Custodian, knows what's best for me, better than I do for myself.  

Therefore, notice the progression,                                                                                                                       He ‘makes’.                                                                                                                                                             Then He ‘restores’.                                                                                                                                                   Then He ‘leads’.

5-18-16   Part 5

 This evening let us continue to deal with the next part on our outline #3, My Trust In The Lord, As My Caretaker or Custodian.

Notice vs. 2&3.

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. 

Again, trusting in the Lord, as my Caretaker or Custodian.

Now, the Psalmist beginning at vs. 2-6, begins to identify himself, being like one of God's creatures.  And the creature that he identifies with is most interesting. 

For he does not identify himself to be like a bear, or lion, or some other strong, or intelligent, or a very capable creature.

The creature that he identifies with is a sheep! 

Now, here are a few of the negative characteristics of sheep, that are very similar to the spiritual characteristics of human beings, whether saved or unsaved. 

For example;

#1.  Unable to escape or defend themselves from enemies or predators.                                          Because sheep are very slow animals, who cannot escape from a predator.                                    Because they have no camouflage, they really stand out all white and woolly.                                   Because they have no weapons for defense, such as horns, claws, or powerful jaws. 

Again, here are a few of the negative characteristics of sheep that are very similar to the spiritual characteristics of human beings, whether saved or unsaved, 

#2.  Sheep have no sense of direction and can get lost very easily.  They also tend to follow one another blindly and will easily follow a person, having no discernment or caution, for sheep are not very intelligent.

Finally, here are a few of the negative characteristics of sheep that are very similar to the spiritual characteristics of human beings, whether saved or unsaved.

#3.  Sheep are basically helpless, creatures who cannot survive long on their own, for they need a shepherd.  And unfortunately, sheep don't realize that they need a shepherd.   So they will try to do things on their own. Sheep can be very stubborn, contrary, and wayward.

Now, at this point beginning at vs. 2, the Psalmist recognizes and appreciates how the Lord is willing, to be His shepherd.

Now, notice vs.2 again, He makes me to lie down (where)? in green pastures.  The ‘green pastures’ pictures a place of food and rest.

This time, let's talk about the characteristics of a ‘Good Shepherd’.

Being a shepherd was a very demanding job, and a difficult responsibility.  Usually no ownership.  No companionship or help in the journey.  No stability, always on the move.  No appreciation or thanks by the ones in his care.

For example, the shepherd must prepare the pasture fields all alone with no help before the sheep will eat.  Because sheep will not lie down when they are hungry, they first must be fed and a good shepherd knows this.

Next, a good shepherd concerning the pasture fields, all alone, with no help will also need to cultivate the field by removing any large stones, and thorny-like plants or bushes. 

Finally, a good shepherd usually would build a hedge or fence around the field to corral the sheep within, for their own protection.  Because sheep have a natural tendency to wander off and get lost, and a good shepherd knows this.

Listen, when sheep go astray, they are in danger of not being found, they are in danger of being attacked, and they are in danger of killing their own selves by falling off cliff sides, because they do not have good eyesight, nor do they hear well.  In fact, sheep have been known to plunge blindly off a cliff following one after another. 

Now, notice vs.2 again.  He makes me to lie down (where?) in green pastures. Green pastures pictures a place of rest also.

Sheep are dumb animals, and they don't learn very well, even when it comes down to knowing when to rest.  For when sheep rest, they need a place that is peaceful and tranquil, because sheep are easily frightened and become confused when startled, and a good shepherd knows this.

Now, also notice in vs. 2, how the Lord, my Caretaker or Custodian, leads me beside the still waters.  Or, He leads me beside quiet or calm waters. 

Notice the words, “leads me”, or “leadeth me”.  They are used twice in verses 2 and 3, but they are two different Hebrew verbs.

Here in vs. 2, it is the Hebrew verb,נָהַל nâhal,(Piel), which means to lead to a watering place or station and cause to rest there. To lead or bring to a station or goal. To lead, guide. To give rest to.  To refresh (with food).

Sheep will not drink from fast-flowing streams out of fear of drowning.  Because their wool is like a sponge, that would absorb the water, preventing them from swimming or floating.  Therefore, many times the Shepherd will go out of his way to temporarily, dam-up a fast-flowing streams so the sheep can quench their thirst, for a good Shepherd knows this.

Next (vs.3), The Lord my Caretaker or Custodian, He restores my soul.

First, the word soul, comes from the Hebrew word נֶפֶשׁ  nephesh, the spirit of the person.

Like in Genesis. 2: 7, And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Now the word ‘restores’ that is used here has a different idea than in English.  There are two important ideas, that this Hebrew Verb that is translated in English as restore can mean.

First, the word ‘restores’, comes from the Hebrew verb  שׁוּב shûwb, (Polel) which means, to refresh, repair, or revive and reinvigorate when one is exhausted and weary, (in this case) when the soul or spirit become exhausted, wearied, troubled, anxious, worn down with care and toil.

In Psalm 19: 7, The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Remember, there are two important ideas, that this Hebrew verb that is translated in English as restore can mean.

For the word ‘restoreth’, can also mean, to bring back, either from one’s errors, or wandering.  Remember, no creature is more ready to go astray than a sheep.

Psalm 119: 176 says, I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget your commandments. 

Isaiah 53:6 says, All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Luke 15: 4-7.                                                                                                                                                             Vs. 4.  What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?                                                          Vs. 5.  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.                                                       Vs. 6.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!                                                                                       Vs. 7.  I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

 Peter 2:25 says,  For, you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

But when God shows us our errors, gives us repentance, and brings us back to our duty again, he restores our souls; and if he did not do so, we would wander endlessly and be undone.

Oral tradition has it, that a shepherd may break the leg of a wayward sheep, so that it does run off again. Then, for a time he will carry it, so that it will become dependent on the shepherd and the flock

5-25-16   Part 6  

This evening let us continue to deal with the next part, on our outline, #3, My Trust In The Lord, As My Caretaker or Custodian.

Notice vs. 2 & 3.

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. 

Again, Trusting In The Lord, As My Caretaker or Custodian.

Now, at this point beginning at vs. 2, the Psalmist, recognizes and appreciates how the Lord is willing, to be His shepherd.  In fact, let's talk about the characteristics of a good shepherd.

Now, notice vs. 2 again, 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. 

Now in vs. 3, He the Lord (My Caretaker or Custodian),  He leads me, in the paths of- righteousness, for His name’s sake.

First the words, He Leads me, or leadeth me.  Ntice, this is the second time He leads me, or leadeth me has been used, see vs. 2.

There are two different Hebrew verbs, in this case is the Hebrew verb,נָחָה- nâchâh (Hiphil), which means to lead, or guide, not to drive, or force, or to make.

The idea is that the shepherd is to be out in front, giving leadership, direction, and guidance.   Also, that was interesting that in those days, when a shepherd was leading his flock, the flock could be divided into 3 sections. 

The first section, was those few sheep that wanted to be close to the shepherd, usually some by his left hand, and some by his right, and some that were right in back of him, upon his heels while he walked.

Many times in this first section, those sheep that were the closest, the shepherd would reach into a small bag that he carried around his chest, and would pull out of the bag during the journey, a special treat that would be in his hand, that he would give to those sheep that was nearby. 

Now the second section, or the middle section, was the section that most sheep preferred, and it was the largest section within a flock.

The third section, was the section that is where the problematic sheep existed. From this section or group, 

were the sheep that would straggle too far behind, that were easily distracted, that were prone to wander away. 

Next, in vs.3, He Leads me, or leadeth me, in the paths of righteousness.  

The Hebrew word translated “paths,” from Strong's Definitions: מַעְגָּל maʻgâl, or feminine מַעְגָּלָה maʻgâlâh; from the same as H5696; a track (literally or figuratively); also a rampart (as circular) going, path, trench, way side.  In other words, a pathway, a course, a road.

Notice the word ‘paths’ is plural, meaning more than one.  When a shepherd was leading his flock, he knew the terrain very well.  He would choose paths or pathways, or courses, or roads to travel, depending on the condition of his flock, the time of year, and the area that was before him.

Next, in vs.3, He Leads me, or leadeth me, in the paths of righteousness. 

Our English word ‘righteousness’, which is use here in vs. 3, comes from a Hebrew word, צֶדֶק tsedeq, in this case, is not referring to one's position with God as a result of believing God, or trusting in God.            Instead, the word righteousness means, what is right or just, or normal, or the rightness of a matter. 

Listen, by God's Providential Will, the LORD our Shepherd directs you and me to that which is right or just. 

As our Caretaker, as our Shepherd, the LORD knows what He is doing,                                                          He knows where He is taking us,                                                                                                                          He knows what is best for us,  No matter what it looks like at the time.

In fact, at the end of vs. 3 we are reassured that God does what He does concerning us "for His Name’s sake." 

The word, "name" in old testament times referred not only to a person's identity, but to a person's reputation, their ability, their capability, their honesty, their integrity.    In other words, for the glory of His reputation, His Name, is on the line.                                                                                                                     Can He do this?                                                                                                                                                       Can this really happen?                                                                                                                                      Will this be successful?                                                                                                                                          Does He have the ability?

Most shepherds in ancient times didn't have a lot of resources and wealth.  Their job or position was not one of prestige and honor. But one thing a shepherd did have was his name or his reputation.

Again, at the end of vs. 3 we are reassured that God does what He does concerning us for His Name’s sake.                                                                                                                                                                       Now remember in vs.3, He leads me, or leadeth me, in the paths of righteousness.

Notice the word paths is plural, meaning more than one.                                                                                   Remember the word righteousness means what is right or just, 

Listen, by God's Providential Will, the LORD our Shepherd directs you and me to that which is right or just. 

Now notice vs. 4, Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Listen, by God's Providential Will, the LORD our Shepherd directs you and me to that which is right or just. 

Vs. 5a. You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.                                                Could this be right?  Could this be true? Would a shepherd really do this, and risk his sheep?              Now, this leads us to the next point on our outline that we need to understand.

#4.  My dependency upon the Lord as my Protector.                                                                                  Now, let's notice vs.4. Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. 

It is interesting that this sentence begins with an affirmation, affirming that the Shepherd, in this case, the LORD, is in charge and knows what He's doing (Yes), even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Now vs. 4. Yes, even 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. 5a. You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. 

4th, my dependency upon the Lord, as my Protector.

Sheep have a natural tendency to wander off and get lost.  

When sheep go astray, they are in danger of getting lost, being attacked, even killing themselves by drowning or falling off cliffs. In fact, they have been known to plunge blindly off a cliff following one after another. 

Sheep are basically helpless creatures who cannot survive long without a shepherd, upon whose care they are totally dependent. Likewise, like sheep, we are totally dependent upon the Lord to shepherd, protect, and care for us. 

Sheep are essentially dumb animals that do not learn well and are extremely difficult to train.                     They do not have good eyesight, nor do they hear well.                                                                                   They are very slow animals who cannot escape predators; they have no camouflage and no weapons for defense such as claws, sharp hooves, or powerful jaws.                                                                         Furthermore, sheep are easily frightened and become easily confused. 

C. Psalm 23:2. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures."                                                                               1. Green pastures pictures a place of tranquility and a soft bed of grass.                                                         2. Green pastures are a place of rest.                                                                                                                   3. The shepherd should not be a slave driver, but one who provides rest for his sheep.                                    We should not treat our sheep as dogs, telling them that them must fetch this that or the other for              us all the time.

D. Psalm 23:2. "He leadeth me beside the still waters."                                                                                          1.  Again the shepherd is to care for the sheep not just feed them.                                                                   2. God has given you that role and position of a shepherd.                                                                               3. We should not do it out of compulsion, but voluntarily.                                                                                   4. We should not do it for money, but willingly.                                                                                                    5. We should not be lords over the sheep, but lead by being examples to the flock. The result is that             we receive a crown of glory.                                                                                                                              6. The shepherd leads by still water.  The sheep will drown in swift  water.  Their wool is like a sponge            that absorbs the water so that the cannot swim out.  The shepherd again should lead them to the             still water that they can drink without fear of drowning.

E. Psalm 23:3. "He restoreth my soul."                                                                                                                     1. The soul is the mind will and emotions.                                                                                                            2. How does the shepherd do this?                                                                                                                           a. He affirms the sheep rather than bring critical.                                                                                                b. He encourages the sheep rather than being discouraging to them.                                                              c. He instructs rather than condemning them.                                                                                                    d. He speaks blessing over them rather than cursing them.                                                                              e. He protects them rather than feeding them to the wolves.                                                                            f. He gathers them together with the flock rather than scattering them in  the wilderness.                        3. The shepherds are to bring healing.                                                                                                                    a. God rebukes the shepherds of Israel  "The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have                     ye healed that  which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken,  neither have ye             brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with                 force and with cruelty have ye ruled them" (Ezekiel 34:4).                                                                              b. Jesus sent out the twelve to shepherd the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  "And as ye go,                       preach, saying, the kingdom of heaven is at  hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the                  dead, cast out devils:   freely ye have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:7-8).    

F. Psalm 23:3. "He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."                                              1.  He leads the sheep by example teaching the sheep what is the right path.                                                    a. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not part from it"                                    Proverbs22:6).                                                                                                                                                2.  He is also willing to go after the lost sheep.  "And he spake this parable unto them,  saying, What              man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he chose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine            in the wilderness,  and go after that which is lost, until he find it?  And when he hath found  it, he                layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and          neighbours, saying unto them, rejoice  with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.  I say                unto you,  that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more  than over                    ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance" (Luke  15:3-7).                                                         a. He leaves the flock to go after the one that is lost until he finds it.                                                                b. He brings it back upon his shoulders, rejoicing.                                                                                                  (1). Oral tradition has it that the shepherd breaks the leg of the sheep so that it does run off                              again.                                                                                                                                                                 (2). He carries it so that it will become dependent on the shepherd and the flock.                                         (3). He rejoices that he has found it.                                                                                                                  c. Loving discipline often requires restrictions to be placed upon the sheep.  "He that spareth his                   rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Proverbs 13:24).                            3. The shepherd should also realize that his own reputation is at stake. 

G. Psalm 23:4.  "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for the          art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."                                                                                           1.   The shepherd should provide security for the sheep providing a freedom from fear for the sheep.       2. The good shepherd must be willing to give his life for his sheep.  "I am the good shepherd: the                 good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep".  (John 10:11).                                                                             3.  The shepherd should be willing to stay with his sheep rather leaving them to the wolf.  "But he that            is an hireling, and not the shepherd,  whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and                leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  The hireling            fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep" (John 10:12-13).                                         4    The rod represents the authority of the shepherd. It was like a club that the shepherd used to                    protect his sheep.                                                                                                                                                   Note: To have authority one must submit to authority.  The shepherd himself should be under                    authority.                                                                                                                                                             5.  The staff was a long stick with a hook on the end used as an aid to pull the sheep out of the pit if it            fell into one.                                                                                                                                                        6. The shepherd must be willing to fight for his sheep.  And David said to Saul, let no man's heart fail             because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.  And Saul said to David,  thou art not         able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from         his youth.  And David said unto Saul, thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and         a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:   And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it           out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and                 slew him.   Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as         one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living " (I Samuel 17:32-36).                                          a. His first concern was for the sheep.                                                                                                                     (1). He went after the enemy.                                                                                                                                 (2). He smote (attacked) the enemy.                                                                                                                      (3). He took the lamb out of the enemy's mouth.                                                                                             b. Our tendency is to get angry at the sheep.  Imagine the bear walking away carrying the sheep in                his mouth by the sheep's hind leg and the shepherd hollering at the sheep.                                                  (1). "I told you so!"                                                                                                                                                   (2). "You can't do anything right!"                                                                                                                           (3). "You are always running away!"  (Just maybe this attitude is the reason the sheep keep                                running off.)

 H. Psalm 23:5. "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies."                                         1. The shepherd must prepare the food for the sheep.                                                                                          a. The shepherd must prepare the field.                                                                                                                   (1). He must remove the stones and thorn bushes.                                                                                              (2). He may also need to cultivate and irrigate the field.                                                                                     (3). He builds a hedge about the field.                                                                                                             b. He must spend time in the Word.                                                                                                                          (1). "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,                             rightly dividing the word of truth" (II Timothy 2:15).                                                                                       (2)  If a shepherd does not study the Word, he has nothing to share with his sheep.                            2. The shepherd again must feed the sheep.                                                                                                           a. "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to                     faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" (II Timothy 2:2).  If two people will teach two               each, then four will be taught.  If the four will then teach two each while the two are teaching                     two more, then ten people will be taught. You see there is a multiplication factor.                                     b. If the shepherd properly feeds the sheep, they will be strong and multiply.                                       Illustration:  I built a bird feeder for our back porch, provided, a birdbath, and a place the birds could come out of the hot summer sun.  Now, I think birds from all over town come to our back porch.  When a shepherd feeds his flock, provides water for their thirst and protection, more sheep will come.  When we lived in Ft. Worth, Texas, we on an occasion visited a church where people filled up the isles on Sunday night to worship and hear the Word preached.  The church had just moved into their second new building and it was overflowing.                                                                                                                                3.  The enemy will be watching for the sheep, but so should the shepherd be watching for the enemy.  

I. Psalm 23:5. "Thou anointest my head with oil"                                                                                                     1. The anointing is to bring a sense of worth.   "And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the            son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;  and set him before Eleazar the        priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a  in their sight" (Numbers 27:18-19).  Moses              placed Joshua before the priest and all the congregation putting him into a position of authority.           2. The shepherd in the field anointed the head of the sheep with oil and spice to protect it from                     harmful insects.                                                                                                                                                       a.  "For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto                     yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed               the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.   For I know this, that after my                 departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.   Also of your own                     selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.   Therefore,               watch and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and               day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is               able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Act                   20:27-32).                                                                                                                                                         b.    APPLICATION: We should be willing to anoint others and pray for them.  "Is any sick among                       you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in               the name of the Lord" (James 5:14).                                                                                                            3. The shepherd should watch and pray for the sheep.                                                                                          a. He may pray a hedge about them to protect them from wrong outside influence.  (Hosea 2:6-7).            b. He may bind the enemy to protect them from the enemy in general.  (Mark 3:27).                                      c. He may cast down strongholds to protect them from the enemy within.  (II Corinthians 10:4-5).

 J. Psalm 23:5. "My cup runneth over."                                                                                                                      1. The shepherd should not be stingy, but generous toward his sheep.                                                            2. The shepherd should bless the sheep beyond measure.                                                                                    a. "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might                       have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).                                                            b.  How?  Through giving attention (giving quality time to), praise, affirmation, thanksgiving,                             provision, and promotion. He should also rejoice with the sheep when they make progress.

 K. Psalm 23:6. "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life."                                            1. The shepherd should be GOOD to the sheep.                                                                                                2. The shepherd should show mercy.                                                                                                                       a. Mercy is not dealing out what is deserved.                                                                                                      b. Don't always scold the sheep or punish them when they go astray.

     3. "All the days of my life"                                                                                                                                            a. Parents should look beyond the 18th birthday or when the child leaves the home.                                    b. Employers should look beyond the last day the employee works.                                                               c. Pastors should look at what the individual may carry with them when he goes somewhere else.

L. Psalm 23:6. "And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."                                                                         1. The shepherd should provide a place that one can call home.                                                                       2. The parent should not say, "well, if you leave now you, are never to come back again."                           3. In Luke 15:11-32, there is the story of the selfish son who demanded his left home.                                       a.  The son wasted his life and his inheritance but was free to return home.                                                     b. The father waited and watched for his return.                                                                                                 c. The father saw him coming from a distance.                                                                                                   d. The father greeted him, hugged him, and kissed him welcoming.                                                                 e. The father blessed him by putting a robe, a ring, and shoes upon him.                                                        f. The father celebrated his son's return and threw a big party for him.

6-1-16   Part 7  

This evening, let us continue to deal with the next part on our outline, #4, My Dependency Upon The Lord, As My Protector. 

Now notice vs. 4, Yes, even 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. 5a, You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. 

Now listen, You and I must depend upon the Lord, as our Protector.                                                           But what does that (really) mean? 

Well, it all depends on your understanding, your perspective, your experience of what a protector is, and what a projector does.

So what is your understanding?                                                                                                                          After careful thought, here is my definition, my understanding.

A Protector is an individual highly trained and totally dedicated to protect and preserve those under their care.

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

Or, a Protector is an individual that is able protect those under their care in times of danger or attack or hurt or harm, calamity or tragedy. 

Remember I said, a Protector was an individual highly trained and totally dedicated to protect and preserve those under their care.

The keyword is, one must be willing to be under their care!                                                                     Which means to me, one must be trusting, depended, and obedient to what is been told to them.

In times of danger or attack or hurt or harm, calamity or tragedy.                                                             From times of danger or attack or hurt or harm, calamity or tragedy. 

One must be, trusting, depended, and obedient to what is been told to them.

Also, very important, it is up to the Protector to determine and decide which one they will employ.           Whether protection from or in times of danger or attack or hurt or harm, calamity or tragedy. 

Now close with an open discussion with the group about this question.

Question, how do you and I get to the point that we can accept whichever way the Shepherd will lead us, and whatever the Shepherd will term to protect us?

6-8-16  Part 8

This evening, let us continue to deal with vs. 4a.  “Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” 

Now, listen, you and I must depend upon the Lord, as our Protector. 

Now, here in Psalm 23: 4a, there are six things you ought to know about this well-known phrase, "Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."

First, the picture here in vs. 4a, is one of a migration.                                                                                                 Vs 4a says, Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.                                                    The need to migrate from one area, and the necessity to move to another.                                                            Listen, a herd or a flock of domesticated animals, must be rotated or moved around, within their region or surroundings, from time to time.                                                                                                                                    Listen, based on the region and the weather conditions and resources can change dramatically, in a short period of time.                                                                                                                                                                 Therefore, herds or flocks of domesticated animals must be rotated or moved around within their region or surroundings, from time to time.

Now, notice, the region verse 4a - the valley of the shadow of death.                                                                       And the words, ‘the valley’ is the key to our understanding.                                                                                    Not the hilltop or the mountaintop, but the valley, the flatlands, the lowlands, or a canyon.                                   Listen, based on this kind of region, the valley and the weather, (extreme heat). The conditions and resources, will change dramatically, in a short period of time.                                                                                    The need to migrate from one area, and the necessity to move to another is so important, for the welfare of the flock.

Now, here in Psalm 23: 4a, there are six things you ought to know about this well-known phrase, "Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."

Secondly, let's consider this next thought about vs 4a, a good plan in a tough area. (Repeat)                                Vs 4a says, Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.                                                     Now, think about it, this planned journey is purposeful, or on purpose, and not accidental, or a mistake, or the Shepherd's loss of direction, or even some kind of rescue effort by the Shepherd.                                          This planned journey is purposeful, or on purpose. Why?

Remember vs 2, You make me to lie down in green pastures.    You lead me beside the still waters.         Listen, everything is about to change dramatically, but the sheep don't know that.

You see, in the Country of Israel in the late spring, or early summer, the shepherd would begin to lead the flock, unto higher ground, and away from the limitations and extremes, of the valley or canyon.                         Therefore, this is planned journey, not accidental, or a mistake.

Now, here in Psalm 23: 4a, there are six things you ought to know about this well-known phrase, "Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."

Thirdly, let's consider another thought about vs 4a, and that is, an acknowledgement of what is real, and the acceptance of my journey. (Repeat)                                                                                                                              Notice again vs 4a.  The words Yes, though or even though, is an acknowledgement of a fact, or a reality, concerning a present condition, or situation, or matter. (Repeat) 

We could say it this way, in spite of the fact, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death!                         Or, although this is the way it is, I walk through the valley of the shadow of death! 

The acknowledgement of what is real, and the acceptance of this present condition, or situation, or matter, will be a part of my journey for a while, is so important.                                                                      

Listen, you cannot have hilltops and mountaintops and no valleys!                                                                     You cannot get to a hilltop or a mountaintop, until you go through the valley!                                                        And once you have arrived upon the hilltop or the mountaintop, it will be all the more blessed, because with the shepherd's help, you overcame the bitterness and the struggles of the valley. (Repeat) 

In vs 4a, the words Yes, though or even though, is an acknowledgement of a fact, or a reality, concerning a present condition, or situation, or matter. 

See I Peter 4:12-14.

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His Glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of Glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”

See James 1:2-8

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 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 him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Now here in Psalm23: 4a, there are six things you ought to know about this well-known phrase, "Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."

Fourthly, Let's consider another thought about vs 4a, and that is, the Shepherd's goal here for His sheep is progressive. (Repeat)                                                                                                                                                      See vs 4a, Yes, though or even though I walk through.                                                                                             Listen, the Shepherd's goal here for His sheep is progressive.                                                                                 First, the Shepherd's goal here for me is that I walk to the valley,                                                                             and not around,                                                                                                                                                             nor away from it.

Next, the Shepherd's goal here for me is that I walk in the valley,                                                                             and not above,                                                                                                                                                               nor beyond it.

Finally, the Shepherd's goal here for me is that I walk through the valley,                                                                 not to remain,                                                                                                                                                                 or be stuck in it.                                                                                                                                                          For the Shepherd's goal for His sheep is progressive.                                                                                                In vs 4a, the Shepherd's goal here for His sheep is progressive.

Now here in Psalm23: 4a, there are six things you ought to know about this well-known phrase, "Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death."

Fifthly, let's consider another thought about vs 4a, and that is, we are presented with a place and a picture. (Repeat) 

Notice again vs 4a, Yes, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.                                       The valley of the shadow of death, here is to be taken both literally and figuratively. 

Literally.                                                                                                                                                                           The valley of the shadow of death, is a place, a region that is part of the topography of Israel.                           Once again this is the low lands, the flatlands, like being at the bottom of a canyon, like the Grand Canyon, a deep ravines or gorge that can become very difficult, treacherous, and dangerous.

Now, figuratively.                                                                                                                                                           The valley of the shadow of death, is a picture. A picture of difficulty, hardship, or trial.                                       The valley of the shadow of death, includes, but is not limited to, the following, or a combination of the following.                                                                                                                                                                         •The physical death of a love one, or someone special to you.                                                                                 •An unwanted divorce.                                                                                                                                                   •A layoff, or being fired.                                                                                                                                               •An unfaithful partner.                                                                                                                                                   •A medical challenge for you or someone you love.                                                                                                  •A prodigal child.                                                                                                                                                         •Some failure or set back.                                                                                                                                             •Something threatening, or intimidating.                                                                                                                     •Something scary or fearful.                                                                                                                                         •Some obstacle or barrier.                                                                                                                                             •Something impossible, or what seems to be beyond hope.

Remember, the valley of the shadow of death, in this case, is a place of difficulty, hardship, or trial.                     It is the very opposite, of being on the hilltop or the mountaintop, secure, or a sense of accomplishment or blessing.                                                                                                                                                                         The valley of the shadow of death, is a place of difficulty, hardship, or trial.

Next, let's consider another thought about vs 4a, and that is, we are presented with a symbol and a standard.  Notice vs 4a, the shadow of death.

In the Hebrew Bible the words, "the shadow of death," is actually one word.

Strong's Definitions: צַלְמָוֶת tsalmâveth, from H6738 and H4194

The Hebrew word is perhaps composed of tsel, "shadow," and maweth, "death," and the idea of "the valley of the shadow of death" was most probably derived from the deep ravines, darkened by over-hanging briars, etc., through which the shepherd had sometimes to lead or drive his sheep to new and better pastures.

This Hebrew word could be translated into English like this;                                                                                      Shade of darkness, a place of the dead, the graveyard.                                                                                            Deep shadow of darkness or death.

In the following places in the Bible, "shadow of death" is rendered.

Job 10:21-22Job 12:22Job 16:16Job 24:17 Job 28:3Job 34:22Job 38:17;Psalm 44:19Psalm 107:10Psalm 107:14Jeremiah 2:6Jeremiah 13:16Amos 5:8; Luke 1:76-79.

Let's do this with the time we have left, may I show you a few places outside of Psalms 23:4a where this phrase "The Shadow of Death," is actually used in the Bible. There are 14 times.

Psalms 107: 9-12 NKJV                                                                                                                                                   For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High, therefore He brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help.

Psalms 107: 14&15 NKJV                                                                                                                                               He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.                           Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Isaiah 9: 2-7 NKJV                                                                                                                                                         The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; They rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.  For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, and garments rolled in blood will be used for burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a Child is born, 

Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Luke 1: 76-79 NKJV                                                                                                                                                       And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the day spring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

06-15-16 Part 9

This evening let us continue to deal with from our Outline, My Dependency Upon The Lord, As My Protector. 

Now, remember, the Shepherd and His flock are on the move from the area that was mention in vs 2a, for You make me to lie down in green pastures; You lead me beside the still waters.

Again, the Shepherd and His flock are on the move.

However, in order to get to the intended destination, the Shepard has made an important decision. For vs 3b says, You leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake. 

Therefore, the Shepherd makes two necessary decisions concerning His flock.                                            First, in vs 4a, Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.                                                  And secondly, in vs 5a, You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.

Now, for the last few Wednesdays, we have focused on the Shepherd's first necessary decision out of vs 4a, to go through the valley of the shadow of death, and all that means, both literally and metaphorically.

This evening, let’s focus on the Shepherd's second necessary decision out of vs 5a, You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. 

It may seem unthinkable to us, that a Shepherd would deliberately place the flock in danger.                     Yet, these two versus actually reveals to us the ‘Greatness’ and the ‘Goodness’ of our Shepherd!

Listen, His Goodness in vs 4b, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.                                                              His Greatness, in vs 4b, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me, for You know how to use them well.

And we will consider vs 4b, in detail later, but let us continue to focus on the Shepherd's second necessary decision out of vs 5a, You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. 

Four things to consider;                                                                                                                                         First.  The personal touch for the preparation, "You prepare."                                                                          Once again, there is something personal and helpful going on here. Sheep are helpless creatures.         The word ‘prepare’, a definition.                                                                                                                         To arrange, to set up, to get ready, to make ready, to make possible.

St. John 14: 2 & 3.                                                                                                                                                   In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so,                                                                               I would have told you.                                                                                                                                            I go to prepare a place for you.                                                                                                                          And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Secondly.  The object or place that receives the preparation, "A table before or for me."                             Are we now indoors?                                                                                                                                             Is vs 5a, now dealing with a Host with a Guest?                                                                                                 Can sheep eat at a table?                                                                                                                                   Table means, a place to dine upon, or to eat upon, or a place of fellowship and communion.

See Revelation 3:20.                                                                                                                                               Behold, I stand at the door and knock.                                                                                                               If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Thirdly.  The proximity of enemies, that are near the object or place of the preparation, "In the presence of, or in the midst of, in close proximity of, my enemies."

Psalms 3: 5 & 6.                                                                                                                                                     Vs 5.  I lay down and slept;                                                                                                                                     I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.                                                                                                                   Vs 6.  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, who have set themselves against me all around. 

Psalms 56: 9.  When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me.

Matthew 6: 13a.  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

 

06-22-16   Part 10  

This evening let us continue to deal with from our outline, My Dependency Upon The Lord, As My Protector. 

Now remember, the Shepherd and His flock are on the move from the area that was mention in vs 2a, for You make me to lie down in green pastures; You lead me beside the still waters.

However, in order to get to the intended destination, the Shepherd makes two necessary decisions concerning His flock.

First, in vs 4a, walking through the valley of the shadow of death.                                                                    And secondly, in vs 5a, You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.

This evening, let’s finish up our look at the Shepherd's second necessary decision from vs 5a, You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. 

Now, we mentioned last time that there were four things to consider from Psalm 23: 5a.

1st.  The personal touch for the preparation, "You Prepare"                                                                             2ndly.  The object or place that receives the preparation, "A table before or for me."                                   3rdly.  The proximity of enemies, that are near the object or place of the preparation, "In the presence of, or in the midst of, in close proximity of, my enemies."                                                                                         Finally.  The enemies that are near the object or place of the preparation, "my enemies."

So then, this evening let's focus on this 4th and final thing to consider out of Psalm 23: 5a, the enemies that are near the object or place of the preparation, in which he calls them "my enemies." 

Did you know that you have enemies? 

A definition for an enemy.                                                                                                                                     An opponent, an adversary, or someone in opposition with you, someone who dislikes or misunderstands you, someone who is a detractor or challenger in your life, someone who despises, hates, and intends to bring about your destruction or your demise.

Unfortunately, sheep have a variety of natural enemies.  Depending upon that part of the world they are part of, there can be several categories of natural predators and harmful enemies to sheep.

For example; wild dogs like wolfs, large cats like mountain lions or cougars, bears like grizzlies and black bears, birds of prey like eagles and condors, any venomous snakes, and even certain flying insects are natural predators and harmful enemies to sheep.

And likewise, as children of God, as the sheep of His pasture, we are to have some natural enemies within and without.

Remember, a definition for an enemy is an opponent, an adversary, or someone in opposition with you, someone who dislikes or misunderstands you, someone who is a detractor or challenger in your life, someone who despises, hates, and intends to bring about your destruction or your demise.

As children of God, as the sheep of His pasture, we are to have some natural enemies within and without.

First, let's consider the enemies that are without, that are external, that are both supernatural and natural beings.

For example, beings that are supernatural, Satan himself. 

See I Peter 5: 8.                                                                                                                                                     Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 

However, what should we do as God's defenseless sheep?  Deal with this enemy in one's power or strength?

See I Peter 5: 9-11.                                                                                                                                                 Resist the devil, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 

May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered awhile, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.                                                                        To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Next, the enemies that are without, that are external, that are supernatural.                                                   For example, supernatural beings that are a part of the demonic network lead by Satan. 

See Ephesians 6: 12&13.                                                                                                                                       For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, or human beings, but we do wrestle against, principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

However, what should we do as God's defenseless sheep?  Deal with this enemy in one's power or strength?

See Ephesians 6: 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, the enemy that is without, that is external, but is natural or human.                                                       For example, ungodly, sinful, or profane men and women. 

See Psalms 1: 1.                                                                                                                                                       Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

See Matthew 10:16-22.

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.  Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.  But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak.  For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. “Now, brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.  And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.  But he who endures to the end will be saved.

See Matthew 10: 35&36.                                                                                                                                       Unsaved or very immature saved - Love ones or family members.

Matthew 10: 35&36.                                                                                                                                                Jesus said in vs.35.  For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 

Fellow church members, or individuals within the Body of Christ, who can't get along.

See Philippians 4:2 AMP.                                                                                                                                        I entreat and advise Euodia and I entreat and advise Syntyche to agree and to work in harmony in the Lord.

However, what should we do as God's defenseless sheep?  Deal with these enemies in one's power or strength?

See Matthew 5: 44.                                                                                         

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

See Romans 12: 17-21.

Repay no one evil for evil.  Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 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.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

See Proverbs 16: 7.

When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even their enemies to be at peace with them.

Next, the enemy that is without, that is external, but is still natural, the world system, the kingdom of darkness.

See I John 2: 16.

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

See St. John 15: 18-21

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. 

Yet, because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.

If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. 

If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 

But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

However, what should we do as God's defenseless sheep?  Deal with this enemy in one's power or strength?

See Galatians 6: 14.

But God forbid that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Finally, as children of God, as the sheep of His pasture, we to have many natural enemies within and without.

There is an enemy that is within us, that is internal, my unredeemed flesh or my sin nature when I walk not in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit.

See Romans 7:18-25. 

For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.  For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.  Now, if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.  I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.  For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

However, what should we do as God's defenseless sheep?  Deal with this enemy within in one's power or strength?

See Galatians 5: 16-18.

This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Galatians 5: 24&25.

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

06-29-16   Part 11  

This evening let’s finish up this portion of our outline, Our Dependency Upon the Lord, As our Protector. 

Now remember, the Shepherd, the LORD, has made two necessary decisions concerning His flock.

First, in vs. 4a, to walk through the valley of the shadow of death.                                                                   And secondly in vs. 5a, You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.

This evening, lets focus on the Peace, the Confidence, the Security and Protection we can depend on when required to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, or when required to be in the presence of our enemies.

So then, the Peace, the Confidence, the Security and Protection that I can depend upon, where does it come from?

Notice vs. 4b, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 

According to vs. 4b, three things enables me and you to have Peace, Confidence, Security and Protection is a Confidence, a Presence, an Ability. 

First, A Confidence. vs. 4b, I will fear no evil!                                                                                                      "I will," are strong words of determination and confidence.

But we must be very careful as God's people, as God's sheep, never to imply, nor believe when using the words "I will," is because of our own power, strength, or ability.

Perhaps it is better to say, "with God's help, I will_______."                                                                               The phrase "I will fear no evil," must be understood correctly. 

This phrase is not talking about the absence of fear when faced with bad tidings or situations.   But the personal choice, or having the right attitude to overcome ones fears at that time. 

Here are a few verses from the Bible to meditate upon, to understand better, that would help us to begin, or to continue to grow-in and develop, when it comes to making a personal choice, or having the right attitude to overcome when faced with fears of all kinds.

Psalms 27: 1-3.                                                                                                                                                       The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.  Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.

Psalms 112: 6-8.                                                                                                                                                     Surely he or she will never be shaken; for the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.  He or she will not be afraid of evil tidings; His or her heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.  His or her heart is established; He or she will not be afraid, until they see their desire upon their enemies.

St. John 14: 27.                                                                                                                                                       Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Isaiah 35: 4.                                                                                                                                                           Say to those who are fearful-hearted, be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.

Back to Psalm 23.                                                                                                                                                   According to vs. 4b, three things enables us to have Peace, Confidence, Security and Protection. 

Secondly, "A Presence."                                                                                                                                        Vs. 4b.  For You are with me!

Here are a few verses from the Bible to meditate upon, to understand better, that would help us to begin, or to continue to grow-in and develop, when it comes to God's Presence like a shepherd.

Psalms 46: 7&11.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 7.  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.                                                                Vs. 11. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Isaiah 41: 10.                                                                                                                                                           Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 43: 1-4,                                                                                                                                                        But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.  For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.  Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore, I will give men for you, and people for your life.

II Timothy 4: 16&17.                                                                                                                                               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.

Joshua 1: 9.                                                                                                                                                             Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Back to Psalm 23.                                                                                                                                                   According to vs. 4b, three things enables us to have Peace, Confidence, Security and Protection. 

Finally, "An Ability".  Vs. 4b, Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.                                                             In other words, because You know how to use them in defense of me.

Here are a few verses from the Bible to meditate upon, to understand better, that would help us to begin, or to continue to grow-in and develop, when it comes to God's Protection like a shepherd.

Jeremiah 20: 11, from The NIV.  But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.

Exodus 14: 13&14.                                                                                                                                                   And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid.  Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today.  For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 

The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.

II Chronicles 20:17.                                                                                                                                                 You will not need to fight in this battle.  Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!  Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.

07-06-16   Part 12     

You might remember our topic for this study through Psalms 23, "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Be Lead Of The LORD All The Days Of Their Lives?"

What does that mean?   And what does that look like?                                                                                       To help us, we have been following an outline that has five parts to it.

•1st.  My acceptance of the Lord, as my Shepherd.                                                                                             Vs. 1a. The LORD is my Shepherd.

 •2nd.  My confidence in the Lord, as my Provider.                                                                                               Vs. 1b.  I shall not want.

 •3rd.  My trust in the Lord, as my Caretaker.                                                                                                        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.

•4th.  My dependency upon the Lord, as my Protector.                                                                                     Vs. 4a.  And yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.                                                                                                                           Vs. 5a. You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.

Finally, my being receptive to the Lord, as my Benefactor.                                                                               Vs. 5b.  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.

This evening, we come to the 5th and final part of our outline, and we are coming to the final words or phrases of Psalms 23. 

For little while, as we study together the middle of Psalms 23, vs. 4a & vs. 5a, you could feel and sense that things were difficult, challenging, and unfavorable.

But now we are able to begin with this very positive, uplifting, feel good portion, of Psalms 23. 

Now, the 5th and final part of our outline, will help us to consider what it means to be receptive to the Lord, as my Benefactor.

A definition for ‘Benefactor’.                                                                                                                                 A Benefactor person, an individual who confers a benefit; kindness; generosity; help or aid.  Benefactors tend to be individuals of a great means, wealth, power or influence. However, benefactors can be very common individuals, who are willing to sacrifice and be involved with helping others in their situation.

See Luke 10 for the story of the Good Samaritan.  Luke 10: 33-35.                                                                 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.  And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.

Now what does it means to be receptive to the Lord, as my Benefactor.                                                       A  definition for ‘Receptive’.                                                                                                                                   Able and willing to receive what one is offering are giving.  To be open-minded and teachable.  Willing to consider or accept that you need help or assistance, advice or direction.

Now there are 4 Important Phrases to understand that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor.

 •Vs. 5b.  You anoint my head with oil.                                                                                                                  •Vs. 5b.  My cup runs over.                                                                                                                                    •Vs. 6a.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.                                                  •Vs. 6b.  And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Let's consider the First Important Phrase to understand that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor.

Vs. 5b. You anoint my head with oil.  A few reasons to anoint with oil from the Bible.                                   •Celebrational or Ceremonial.   A Guest.

Luke 7: 46.  You did not anoint my head with oil, but this woman has anointed my feet with fragrant oil.

•Medicinal purposes: to protect, to soothe, or to repel.                                                                                    Luke 10: 33&34.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.  And when he saw him, he had compassion.  So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 

Consecration: king, prophet, priest, or a facility.                                                                                                 I Samuel 16:13.  Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Symbolic: The presence of God of during times of affliction.                                                                           James 5: 14.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Medicinal purposes, to protect, to soothe, or to repel, it's probably the picture that is in view here.

Sheep could be victims of venomous snakes when grazing in the grass.  Yet when oil was applied around their head, it works as a repellent.

Sheep are often tormented by flying insects such as flies, also known as the nose fly. Yet when oil was applied around their head, it works as a repellent.

This First Important Phrase reminds us to be receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor. 

That which would seem so needed, or beneficial, yet some sheep could be very stubborn, uncooperative, even running off from this process, that was being provided for them.

Let's consider the Second Important Phrase to understand that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our benefactor.

Vs. 5b.  My cup runs over.                                                                                                                                     It wasn't unusual for a shepherd to provide an alternative water source while the sheep were traveling when they could not find a stream, river, pond or lake.

Watering wells along the path that Shepherd would travel would be the only source of water.  Shepherds had to improvise away to getting the water out of the well and then making it available to the sheep. 

Sometime, after bringing the bucket up full of water from the well.  The shepherd would dip both hands into the bucket full of water forming a cup shaped with his hands in which the sheep could individually come up and drink from the overflowing water from his hands. 

Also, usually around the wells on the ground would be these stone like, cups shape containers, to capture the overflow when retrieving water from the well.  The small individual containers around the well were used for livestock to drink from.  

Now, that which would seem generous or helpful, for some sheep they would be very reluctant or impatient of these methods that was being provided for them.

07-13-16   Part 13

This evening, we return back to the 5th and final part of our outline we called, "My Being Receptive to the Lord, As My Benefactor."

Also, we are coming to the final words or phrases of Psalms 23.                                                                               In fact, there are four important phrases to understand, that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor.

Vs. 5b. You anoint my head with oil.                                                                                                                           Vs. 5b.  My cup runs over.                                                                                                                                               Vs. 6a.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life vs. 6b, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Now last Wednesday, we considered the first two phrases, that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor.

Vs. 5b.  You anoint my head with oil.                                                                                                                             Vs. 5b.  My cup runs over.

May I recommend a book called, "A shepherd looks at Psalms 23," by W. Phillip Keller, a former sheep shepherd.

Now this evening let focus on the last two phrases, that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor.

According to Psalms 23: 6, there are two things to notice and appreciate, if the LORD is your Shepherd.         •Your immediate present, the here & now, is indeed hopeful.                                                                                   •Your upcoming future when this life is over, is a blessed certainty.

First, your immediate present, the here & now, is indeed hopeful.

See vs. 6a, surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, in the here & now.                     •Surely, is a word which means to declare seriously, or positively; or affirming, in other words, Of no doubt, with certainty.                                                                                                                                                                 Goodness and Mercy, or better "Your Goodness and Your Mercy."

Also, out of all the character traits of God that could have been used, by the writer of Psalms 23 such as God's faithfulness, being loving, or being long-suffering.                                                                                         But, the writer chose instead, Goodness and Mercy.

So what is Goodness? 

Goodness is defined as, a virtuous character trait within an individual, as well as that which enable them to graciously enhances or makes better, another's plight, situation, or circumstance.

See Psalms 31: 19.                                                                                                                                                         Oh, how great is Your Goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You,                                               Which You have prepared for those who trust in You, In the presence of the sons of men!

See Psalms 27: 13&14.                                                                                                                                                    I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.                                                                                                                                                                             Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!

Now what is Mercy?

Mercy is define also as a virtuous character trait within an individual, as well as that which enables them to withhold or hold back, condemnation or judgment, punishment or execution, sentencing or justice, when dealing with the guilty, the sinful, the disobedient, or an opponent.

For Mercy will enable an individual to be compassionate or tenderhearted, or full of pity and gentleness to the miserable and the needy, or towards an enemy or a stranger.

See Psalms 33: 22.                                                                                                                                                       Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

See Psalms 94: 17&18.                                                                                                                                                   Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul would soon have settled in silence.  If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up.

"Your Goodness and Your Mercy,"                                                                                                                                •Shall follow me, or pursue me and overtake me.

This is the only place in all The Old Testament that this Hebrew word is used in a positive way.  Strong's Definitions: רָדַף râdaph, this Hebrew verb is Qal, a primitive root; to run after, usually with hostile intent; to pursue, put to flight, chase, dog, attend closely upon, to persecute, harass. An example, Exodus 14: 9, So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.

But here in Psalms 23: 6b, it is used to describe how God is committed to helping us.

Listen, my being receptive to the Lord, as my Benefactor, reassures me of His unfailing commitment, and His relentless determination is to the point, that His Goodness and His Mercy, shall follow me, or pursue me and overtake me.

Finally, Your Goodness and Your Mercy," shall follow me, or pursue me and overtake me.                                 •All the days of my life, or in every day of my life.

Listen, God's Goodness and Mercy, is a daily part of my life, whether or not I acknowledge it, or recognize it, or appreciate it.  Yet with certainty, it will be that way for the rest of my days.

For remember, God's Goodness is that character trait within God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that enable them to graciously enhances or makes better, Our plight, situation, or circumstance.

And remember, God's Mercy again is that character trait within God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that enable them to withhold or hold back, condemnation or judgment, punishment or execution, sentencing or justice, when dealing with the guilty, the sinful, the disobedient, or an opponent.

For God's Mercy allows Him to be compassionate or tenderhearted, or full of pity and gentleness to the miserable and the needy, or towards an enemy or a stranger.

Now, here is an example of God's Goodness & Mercy combined together in a passage of scripture.

See Psalms 103:1-5, 8-14, 17.                                                                                                                                           Vs. 1.  Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!                                                 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; or Goodness.                                                             Who forgives all your iniquities,                                                                                                                                   Who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction,                                                                   Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,                                                                                        Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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

Vs. 17.  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.

07-20-16   Part 14  

This evening, let's finish up the 5th & final part of our outline that we called, "My Being Receptive to the Lord, As My Benefactor."

Also, we are coming to the final words or phrases of Psalms 23. 

In fact, there are four important phrases to understand, that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor.

For example,                                                                                                                                                         Vs. 5b.  You anoint my head with oil.                                                                                                                   Vs. 5b.  My cup runs over.                                                                                                                                     Vs. 6a.  Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.                                                   Vs. 6b.  And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Now, last Wednesday, we said that there were two things to notice and appreciate, if the LORD is your Shepherd. 

First, your immediate present, the here & now, is indeed hopeful.                                                                   Vs. 6a.  Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

Now, this evening lets finish up with the lst phrase, that could help us to be more receptive to the Lord as our Benefactor. 

According to Psalms 23: 6b, the final things to notice and appreciate, if the LORD is your Shepherd.        •Your upcoming future when this life is over, is a blessed certainty.

See 6b.  And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

You might recall that some of the movies and children's storybooks of the past, would sometime begin with, "Once upon a time."                                                                                                                                    And then, at the very end of the movie or the book sometime it would say, "And they live happily ever after!" 

Why do you think that the writer of the story book or the movie would tell you that at the end, "And they live happily ever after?" 

I think because of the plot drama!  Some evil, or bad, or destructive, or impossible situation, was at work. And you needed a hero or heroine at the climactic ending of the movie or the book to save the day. 

Afterward, when the dust had settled, and the evil, or bad, or destructive, or impossible situation, was resolved.  Then the writer of the story book or the movie would tell you at the end, "And they live happily ever after! " 

Interestingly, in God’s story in the Bible, it could be said based on the last book of the Bible, the New Testament book called "Revelation," and especially in the last two chapters 21&22, we could truly say, and they live happily ever after! 

Also, here in Psalms 23: 6b, these 10 words in English, sum up the certainty we can depend upon.

For the picture here, is the Shepherd and the sheep's final arrival to the sheepfold, the journey is complete, they are home.

But, remember the plot drama that unfolded back in verses 4&5.                                                                   Some evil, or bad, or destructive, or impossible situation, was at work.                                                          And you needed a hero at the climactic ending to save the day.                                                                      Afterward, when the dust had settled, and the evil, or bad, or destructive, or impossible situation, was resolved.

According to Psalms 23: 6b, if the LORD is your Shepherd, your upcoming future when this life is over, is a blessed certainty.

See 6b.  And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever, and we would say, “And they live happily ever after!”                                                                                                                                                                       According to vs. 6b, I see at least four important things.                                                                                   Assurance.                                                                                                                                                               Existence.                                                                                                                                                             Destination.                                                                                                                                                           Permanency.

See 6b, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

See the words “I will”!                                                                                                                                           First, what are we dealing with, self-determination, or divine assurance?                                                       •Self-Determination, I make it possible.                                                                                                             •Divine Assurance, God makes it possible.

 I will," are strong words of determination & confidence.

But we must be very careful as God's people, as God's sheep, never to imply, nor believe when using the words "I will," is because of my own power, strength, or ability.                                                                       Perhaps it is better to say, "With God's help, I will_______             ."

LORD Jesus as my Shepherd because of You O God, I have Assurance, determination and confidence in my upcoming eternal destiny.

See Ephesians 2: 8&9.                                                                                                                                           For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Next.  And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

See the words “dwell in”.                                                                                                                                      To dwell in implies, an Existence or being a part of something special.                                                           To remain, or stay, or to have as one's abode or resident.                                                                                It is the same word also in Psalms 91: 1, He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under t he shadow of the Almighty.

See Psalms 27: 4.                                                                                                                                                 One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.

Next, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.                                                                                   See the words the "house of the LORD".  The Destination, the reality.

See St. John 14: 2&3.                                                                                                                                           In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.                                          I go to prepare a place for you. 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

See Psalms 65: 4.                                                                                                                                                   Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple.

LORD Jesus as my Shepherd, because of you I will dwell, remain, abide, as a final destination, in the house of the LORD, in the Father’s house of John 14, in the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21&22.

Finally, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

See the word ‘forever’, endless days or length of the days, but also Permanency!    The idea is, never-ending, constant, always, with no end. 

Unlike on earth, in this life where everything good, or pleasant, or enjoyable, comes to an end, or it stops, becomes obsolete, or is only temporary. 

In the Father’s house, everything and everyone is permanent, never-ending, constant, always, with no end, forever.

LORD Jesus as my Shepherd because of you, this will be my permanent and lasting dwelling forever, Your answer to Murphy's Law.

Now, according to Psalms 23: 6b,                                                                                                                       Is the LORD truly your Shepherd so that you can truly live happily ever after?

St. John 10: 14-16.                                                                                                                                                   I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine.   As the Father knows Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

St. John 10: 26-28.                                                                                                                                               But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.

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                                                      Proverbs  6: 16-19,                                                                                                                                 Applying The Psalms And Proverbs For Daily Living                                                

08-03-2016     Part 1

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

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

We are learning, how many of the Psalms and Proverbs can truly help you and I, in any situation or circumstances that we dealing with, if applied.

Now this evening before we return back to one of the Proverbs, I would like to do an exercise with you.   You will need a piece of paper, and a pen or pencil.

Now I'm going to read to you a statement, and I want you to listen to it carefully.                                           Read the statement.

In a relationship with another person, whether a spouse,                                                                                      or children,                                                                                                                                                                      or grandchildren,                                                                                                                                                          or a sibling,                                                                                                                                                                      or a relative,                                                                                                                                                            or a good friend.

Over time you will begin to see and know the things they like or dislike, and its effect on you, whether positively or negatively. 

Now, the exercise.                                                                                                                                                 Pick one person that you feel you know really well, and write down two things they like, and two things they dislike.

Then, write down how does it affect you positively or negatively, based on the two things they like, and the two things they dislike. (Repeat)

After a little time, have the group share what they wrote down.

Now, recently, we completed the topic, "How Does The Blessed Man Or Woman, Be Lead Of The LORD All The Days of Their Lives?" from Psalms 23.

This evening, as we return back to the Proverbs, we want to begin by asking another question, and remember we have borrowed from the opening phrase of Psalm 1: 1a, "Blessed is the man or woman." 

And we have been using that opening phrase, each time as a topical question, whether in the Book of Psalms or in the Book of Proverbs.

We want to begin by asking another question how well does the blessed man or woman know the likes and dislikes of God, and how should it affect me? 

Question, has God revealed to us, or made known to us, by His commands, and His directive, His likes and dislikes?

Next Question.  And how should it affect me?                                                                                                   Well, in Proverbs 6: 16-19 God reveals to us, or made known to us several areas He dislikes.

Read Proverbs 6: 16-19. 

These six things the LORD hates. Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:                                                        A proud look.                                                                                                                                                          A lying tongue.                                                                                                                                                      Hands that shed innocent blood.                                                                                                                          A heart that devises wicked plans.                                                                                                                        Feet that are swift in running to evil.                                                                                                                   A false witness who speaks lies.                                                                                                                         And one who sows discord among brethren.

Question.  How does this affect you positively or negatively, based on this list from Proverbs 6: 16-19? 

Now these six things The LORD hates. Yes, these seven are an abomination to Him.                                   This is only a summary and not a completed work of all things the Bible teaches.                                         But a summary from the lesser to the greater.                                                                                                   A proud look.                                                                                                                                                          A lying tongue.                                                                                                                                                               A false witness who speaks lies.                                                                                                                                  One who sows discord among brethren.                                                                                                                   Feet that are swift in running to evil.                                                                                                                              A heart that devises wicked plans.                                                                                                                                Hands that shed innocent blood. 

We will consider each one over time, and other verses from the Bible from the old and the New Testament that will correspond with it.

The most important point is that we have the same concern for the things that God likes and dislikes, as we do when it comes to the different human relationships that we are involved in.

Whether it’s with a spouse,                                                                                                                                    or children,                                                                                                                                                            or grandchildren,                                                                                                                                                  or a sibling,                                                                                                                                                              or a relative,                                                                                                                                                            or a good friend.

Over time, you will begin to see and know the things they like or dislike, and its effect on you, whether positively or negatively. 

Proverbs 6: 16.  These six things the LORD hates!

Now what, is Hate?                                                                                                                                                 To have an intense or passionate dislike for something or someone.                                                             Too cold or indifferent towards someone or something.                                                                                     Or, to show less favor too, or to show a dislike for someone or something.

Question. Does the LORD hate? See Proverbs 8: 13.                                                                                           See Isaiah 1: 14.                                                                                                                                                       See Zechariah 8: 17.                                                                                                                                             See Malachi 2:16.                                                                                                                                                   See Revelation 2: 6.

09-07-16  Part 2

This evening, as we return back to The Book of Proverbs, and we want to continue to ask and answer the question. How well does the blessed man or woman know the likes and dislikes of God, and how should it affect you and I? 

For God has revealed to us,                                                                                                                                And made known to us,                                                                                                                                       His likes and dislikes, throughout the Scriptures.

And here in Proverbs 6: 16-19,  God’s reveal to us, or made known to us, several areas, that the LORD dislikes.

Read Proverbs 6: 16-19.                                                                                                                                        These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:                                                        A proud look,                                                                                                                                                        A lying tongue,                                                                                                                                                        Hands that shed innocent blood,                                                                                                                        A heart that devises wicked plans,                                                                                                                    Feet that are swift in running to evil,                                                                                                                   A false witness who speaks lies,                                                                                                                          And one who sows discord among brethren.

Now, remember, this is only a brief summary, and not a completed list of all the things the Bible teaches that the LORD dislikes.  

In fact, appears that this is a summary from the lesser, to the greater.

For example,

Vs. 17.  A proud look.                                                                                                                                            Vs. 17.  A lying tongue.                                                                                                                                            Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies.                                                                                                          Vs. 19.  One who sows discord among brethren.                                                                                          Vs. 18.  Feet that are swift in running to evil.                                                                                                   Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans.                                                                                                     Vs. 17.  Hands that shed innocent blood. 

Yet, the most important thing we can learn from these four verses, is that we would have the same concern for the things that God dislikes, in the same way we do concerning other human relationships that we are involved in.

Now, see Proverbs 6: 16 says,                                                                                                                             These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him.

Last month, on the first Wednesday in August we dealt with the word ‘Hate’ that was used here.             What is ‘Hate’?                                                                                                                                                         Being cold or indifferent towards someone or something.                                                                                 Or, to show less favor too, or to show a dislike for someone or something.

Question. Can the LORD hate? Proverbs 8: 13, Isaiah 11: 4, Revelation 2: 6.

This evening, briefly let's deal with this other word in verse 16, ‘Abomination’.

Notice Proverbs 6: 16 says,                                                                                                                                 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him. 

Does anyone know what the word ‘abomination’ mean?                                                                                 Well, Abomination is in the Bible is used over 113 Times.

Strong's Definitions: תּוֹעֵבַה tôwʻêbah, or תֹּעֵבַה ʻêbah; feminine active participle of H8581; something that is declared & revealed as disgusting abhorrence or unacceptable Spiritually & Morally) especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol: abominable (custom, thing), abomination.

Our English word abomination comes from an Old French word abominacion, which means horror, repugnance, disgust.

Some English Synonyms for Abomination.                                                                                                       Detestable, Disgusting, Outrageous, Disgraceful, Abhorrence.

So, what are some of things that are an abomination to God?                                                                           What are some of the things that are Detestable, Disgusting, Disgraceful, Outrageous, Abhorrence to God?

•Idol worship, Deuteronomy 7: 25; 27: 15; 32: 16.                                                                                                 •An unjust weights and measures, Deuteronomy 25: 13-16; Proverbs 11: 1.                                                     •Homosexuality, Sodomy, Leviticus 18: 22.                                                                                                         •Human sacrifice, Sorcery, and Necromancy. Deuteronomy 18: 10-12.                                                               •The wages of a prostitute, or the price of a dog, using it as a vow or consecrated gift or offering.  Deuteronomy. 23: 18.

Again, how well do we know the likes and dislikes of God, and how should it affect you and I ? 

Remember, God has revealed to us, and made known to us, His likes and dislikes, throughout the Scriptures.

Yet, the most important thing we can learn from these four verses, is that we would have the same concern for the things that God dislikes in the same way we do concerning other human relationships that we are involved in.

Now, here in Proverbs 6: 17-19, let's consider these seven areas one by one.  And, with God's help, let us understand the Issue behind each one these.

The first one in Proverbs 6: 17 is, “a proud look”, that the LORD hates, and is an abomination to Him.       Now, at first glance it doesn't seem to be that serious.                                                                                               Why such a strong reaction from God, to such a minor thing?                                                                                 A proud look, come on! 

Remember, a few things we saw in the book of Deuteronomy, and in the book of Leviticus that the Lord said was an abomination to Him. 

•Idol worship.                                                                                                                                                           •Human sacrifice,                                                                                                                                                    •Sorcery,                                                                                                                                                                   •Necromancy.                                                                                                                                     •Homosexuality, Sodomy. 

A Proud Look, Come on!                                                                                                                                       But wait to you see what it is really referring to, and what it really means!                                            Actually, "proud look" in Proverbs 6: 17 in Hebrew is all one word.

Strong's Definitions: רוּם rûwm, the Hebrew verb is (Qal) which means literally or figuratively,               •Self-exalting or extolling when comparing one's self with others.                                                         •Given to haughtiness and pride, over another.                                                                                                  •The lifting up of one's self in their own eyes, while despising, judging, or condemning a person or a group, an ethnicity, or a Sect. 

Some English Synonyms for "Proud look" are Superiority, Favored, Predominance, Supremacy.

Proverbs 6: 17a, could easily be translated as, a prideful look at one's self, and a rejecting view of others.

A very good example of this behavior, of this kind of sin that God hates, and is an abomination to Him, is revealed to us by the Son of God Jesus Christ, which I believe is a true story, and not a parable only, to make a point.

See Luke 18: 9-14.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 9.  Also, Jesus spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 10.  Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.                 Vs. 11.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.                                                                            Vs. 12.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.                                                                             Vs. 13.  And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner!                                                                                            Vs. 14.  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

09-14-16  Part 3

Our topic, “How well does the blessed man or woman know the likes and dislikes of God, and how should it affect you and I? “  And here in Proverbs 6: 16-19, God revealed to us, or made known to us, several areas, that the LORD dislikes.

Read Proverbs 6: 16-19. 

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:                                                               A proud look,                                                                                                                                                                 A lying tongue,                                                                                                                                                    Hands that shed innocent blood,                                                                                                                               A heart that devises wicked plans,                                                                                                                             Feet that are swift in running to evil,                                                                                                                             A false witness who speaks lies,                                                                                                                                   And one who sows discord among brethren.

Now remember, this is only a brief summary, and not a completed list of all the things the Bible teaches that the LORD dislikes.  

In fact, appears that this is a Summary from the lesser, to the greater.

The most important thing we can learn from these four verses in Proverbs 6, is that we would have the same concern for the things that God dislikes, in the same way we do concerning other human relationships that we are involved in.

In other words, if we believe that we are in a relationship with God and not just part of another religion, then it should matter to us, and it should help us to want to change and repent.

• Last Wednesday, we dealt with the first one in Proverbs 6: 17, “A Proud Look”, that the LORD hates, and is an abomination) to Him. 

• This evening, let's deal with the next one here in Proverbs 6: 17, “A Lying Tongue”, that the LORD hates, and is an abomination to Him. 

Lying seems to be a way of life for many people. We can lie at the drop of a hat. The book, "The Day American Told the Truth," says that 91 percent of those surveyed, lie routinely about matters they consider unimportant or to save face or embarrassment.  36 percent lie about important matters, 75 percent to friends.  Among family members of the same family, 86 percent lie regularly to parents, 73 percent to their own siblings, 69 percent to spouses. 

Listen, a tongue that speaking lies habitually, knowingly, and willingly, to deceive or to hurt the reputation of another, or to flatter to have favor, is a most detestable evil that the LORD hates, and is an abomination to Him.  For is there anything in which a person more resembles the Devil, who is the father of lies?

The word ‘lying’ in Hebrew from Strong's Definitions: שֶׁקֶר sheqer, sheh'-ker; from H8266; an untruth; by implication, a sham (often adverbial): without a cause, deceit(-ful), false(-hood, -ly), feignedly, liar, lie, lying, vain (thing), wrongfully.

The Hebrew word for ‘tongue’, Lashown means it can be literal as the instrument of the mouth for eating, or figuratively as for speech.

Now think about it, a proud look, that was the first sin committed by Satan.

Isaiah 14: 12-14.  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! 

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;                                                 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,                                                                                                           I will be like the Most High.

And lying is the second sin recorded in the Bible by Satan.                                                                                 See Genesis 3: 4, then the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die.

Also, see St. John 8: 44, You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father, or the sSurce of it.

But, Proverbs 12:22 reminds us that, lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. 

Proverbs 13:5.  A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame. 

Ephesians 4:25. Therefore, having put away lying, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one  of another. 

But what about Rahab the harlot?  See Hebrews 11: 30&31.                                                                              Rahab the harlot was commended not for her lying but for her faith.  Her good deed was that of welcoming the spies in peace.  By faith she risked her life, trusting that the spies would later save her and her family, even though she was a harlot.  Rahab feared the Lord.  She trusted the living God more than she feared Jericho's king.  But she did not trust God to the point of watching how He could save her if she replied to the king in truth.

What about Corrie Ten Boom?                                                                                                                                 Like Rahab the harlot, Sister Corrie Ten Boom, who saved a number of lives by lying to the Gestapo during Hitler's rampage.  Hiding some Jewish survivors in her home.  Indeed, she was remarkably heroic.  But when she chose to lie about hiding Jewish people from the Gestapo, she wasn't imitating God.  Sister Ten Boom's situation like many other situations was so tangled up in sin that it seems like her best option was to lie. What ten Boom's case shows is not that lying is honoring to God, but rather that human circumstances can degenerate into something so depraved that lies get mixed in with acts of faith.

•The Seven types of lies you and I need to overcome;.                                                                                                1. You speak a lie.                                                                                                                                                           A single lie can become a match that lights a bonfire.  Unless we confess the truth about our lie, we are probably on our way to the 2nd type.                                                                                                                           2. You lie to protect self or your reputation. That is, you lie about having lied.                                                       If you lie about one thing, it is likely you will lie about another.   As one author puts it, "lies are weaklings; they need bodyguards."                                                                                                                                                       3. You develop a habit of lying.                                                                                                                                   A liar at this level might, just out of habit, lie about something trivial for no benefit.                                                 4. You believe your own lies.                                                                                                                                    You now believe the lies that you are telling others. We can lie so effectively that we even lie to ourselves. We self-deceive.

Take note: Just because we are deceived honestly and truly by the wiles of our own crookedness does not mean we are innocent or exempt from the need to repent.  On the cross, Jesus said, "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."  Jesus' prayer suggests that sins committed unknowingly are still sins in need of forgiveness. Lying is sinful even when we do so subconsciously.  It's important to understand that self-deception is self-imposed. To be deceived by someone else or shielded from the full truth is not the same as self-deception.  Self-deception is a vice.  Pontius Pilate self-deceived by telling himself that truth is inaccessible. When face to face with Jesus, Pilate guardedly asked, "What is truth?"  Pilate had a motive for not wanting to know the truth. Pilate wasn't willing to be seen in the light of the truth of his own cowardice.  Pilate's very question was pitted against the truth of his own poor character in contrast to the innocence of Jesus.  At this 4th type of lying a person enters into denial as well.  They stop looking at their internal moral compass and therefore ceases to feel guilty anymore.                                                                                               5. You lie and you rationalize it.                                                                                                                              Now you not only believe the lies are not lies, you justify the lies as a positive good.  Now the lying is not just part of normal life, but a virtue it "helps the company grow," "it saves jobs," and so forth.  This is the type of thinking that contributed to the scandals at Enron and World Com, and to the 2007 subprime housing debacle.

This 5th type of lying is especially tempting at the leadership level.                                                                  One of my mentors warned me to be careful in taking on the deanship at A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary.  He said, "The higher up you go in an organization, the harder it is to tell the truth."  A lot of times the lie is justified for the sake of the institution or some other larger good.

This 5th type of lying happens in the personal realm too.  "You don't understand," says the adulteress. "My husband and I never had a real marriage. We have had 30 years of cohabitation and child-rearing, but nothing like what I have with my new lover.  He and I are experiencing love for the very first time. This is not adultery. It is love.”

6. You lie with effectiveness.                                                                                                                                         The main technique is to compartmentalize.  You start isolating statements, ignoring what was said in other contexts. Liars are often found in the upper echelons of bureaucracy. A liar might smoothly move from one constituent to another, "saying each of these things, swearing in each instance that he is telling the truth."

"This institution is going to stay true to our stated core values." "Please don't pay attention to our stated core values; those were written by a committee who no longer works here." "Core values reside in people. It really doesn't matter what is stated on paper." "Don't let those stated values stop you from giving; it's long been public knowledge that I myself disagree with three or four of them." "I can assure you that our stated core values serve as our guiding compass."

7. You see lying as mandatory.                                                                                                                                 This 7th type flips duty on its head, making lying mandatory.  For example, in a dysfunctional family that operates at this level, the grown siblings might kowtow (bow down) to a parent, for the sake of keeping dark family secrets hidden.  In organizational life, executives repeat corporate lies and say to their lieutenants, "Beware of self-anointed whistle blowers; they are critical and self-righteous."

Liars stone the prophets (John 16:2).

Because people are created in the image of God, we can't simply lie without trying to seem truthful in some way.  That explains why the 5th type of lying take pains to rationalize their thinking and assume the pseudo-upright posture of being dutiful.

09-21-16  Part 4

Proverbs 6: 16-19.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 16.  These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:                                      Vs. 17.  A proud look, A lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,                                                           Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,                                          Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

And here in Proverbs 6: 16-19, God reveal to us, or made known to us, several areas, that the LORD dislikes, hates.

Now remember, this is only a brief summary, and not a completed list of all the things the Bible teaches that the LORD dislikes, hates.                                                                                                                                In fact, appears that this is a summary from the lesser, to the greater.

The most important thing we can learn from these four verses in Proverbs 6, is that we would have the same concern for the things that God dislikes, in the same way we do concerning other human relationships that we are involved in.

In other words, if we believe that we are in a relationship with God and not just part of another religion, then it should matter to us, and it should help us to want to change and repent.

ow, last Wednesday we dealt with vs. 17, "A Lying Tongue," that the LORD also hates, and is an abomination to Him. 

This evening, let's deal with the next one here in Proverbs 6: 17, that the LORD hates, and is an abomination to Him. hands that shed innocent blood.

Focus on the word ‘hands’ for a moment.                                                                                                             Hands are merely the instrument, and sometimes the hands themselves can be used as a weapon, or they can hold an item that can be used to harm another person.                                                             Next, hands that shed or cause to pour out the shedding of blood is a euphemism for to slay or to kill.   Next, the word ‘blood’, the shedding of blood.  Why is blood so important?

See Leviticus 17: 11&14.                                                                                                                                     Vs.11.  For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.                                                           Vs. 14.  For it, the blood is the life of all flesh.  Its blood sustains its life. 

Therefore, I said to the children of Israel, You shall not drink the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood.  Whoever eats it shall be cut off.Next, the word ‘innocent’.

This word originally referred to a certain kind of preferred sacrifice, like someone that was young in age, or naïve. 

But later, this word ‘innocent’ came to refer to, a non-combatant or civilian.  A defenseless or unarmed person.  A harmless or helpless person.  A victim, or someone who is being targeted.

Therefore, innocent blood has come to mean, the deliberate act of premeditated murder against, a non-combatant or civilian.  A defenseless or unarmed person.  A harmless or helpless person.  A victim, or someone who is being targeted.

A few contemporary areas we should consider about this subject, hands that shed innocent blood.

 For example:

•Abortions as a form of contraception.                                                                                                      •Partial birth abortion procedures.    By the way, God's people should show mercy, love, and grace to help anyone who's ever had to make such a decision, or has had to live with such a decision.        •Human sacrifice for medical purposes, or to harvest organs or tissues.                                                          •A mass shooting.                                                                                                                                              •A terrorist attack.                                                                                                                                                  •Some homicide.                                                                                                                                                     Some assinations.                                                                                                                                                 Are we being desensitized?                                                                                                                                  •By some video games.                                                                                                                                         •By some music videos.                                                                                                                                         •By some movies.                                                                                                                                                    •By some Halloween movies.

 See Proverbs 1: 10, 11&16.                                                                                                                                       Vs. 10.  My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.                                                                                      Vs. 11.  If they say, “come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause.                                                                                                                                                         Vs. 16.  For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

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.

See Genesis 6: 11-13.                                                                                                                                          Vs. 11. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.                                  Vs. 12.  So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 13.  And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

See Genesis 9: 6.  Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man, their blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. 

See Matthew 5: 21-24.                                                                                                                                           Vs. 21.  You have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.                                                                                                                    Vs. 22.   But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment. 

And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council.  But, whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.                                                                                                                                Vs. 23.  Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 24.  Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way.  First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Listen, the hands are merely the instrument, but murder comes from within first.

An Internal Problem.                                                                                                                                               See Mark 7:21-23.                                                                                                                                                   For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.   All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

See Galatians 5: 19-21.                                                                                                                                           Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Also, a spiritual seduction by the devil or demons, that this is the solution to your situation.

See St. John 8: 44.                                                                                                                                                  You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.  He was a murderer from or in the beginning in two areas.

First, this refers to the seduction of Adam and Eve.  Death was denounced against sin, Genesis 2:17

The devil deceived our first parents, and they became subject to both spiritual and physical death, Genesis 3.  As he was the cause why death came into the world, he may be said to have been a murderer in that act, or from the beginning. 

Secondly, it was by the Devil's instigation, that Cain killed his brother.  

See 1 John 3:12; "Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother." society or culturally acceptable in the world's system.See Romans 1: 28-32.

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; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 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, in Romans 13: 8-10, is an important overview that we need to apply and  practice.

Romans 13:                                                                                                                                                               Vs. 8.  Owe no one anything, is a caution about having too much financial indebtedness.     But there is one area of exception, except, we are to love one another, endlessly, for it is a debt that we owe, that we can never pay off.                                                                                                                                              For the one who is truly loving another person, has fulfilled the law God that was commanded.             For example, A brief summary from the 10th Commandments.                                                                         Vs. 9.  For the commandments says;                                                                                                               7th.  “You shall not commit adultery,”                                                                                                             6th.  “You shall not murder,”                                                                                                                                 8th.  “You shall not steal,”                                                                                                                                       9th.  “You shall not bear false witness,”                                                                                                                 10th.  “You shall not covet,”                                                                                                                                   And if there is any other commandment they are all summed up in this saying, namely, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Vs. 10.  Love does no harm to a neighbor; because you are loving your neighbor as you would yourself, therefore, love in action, is the fulfillment of the law of God that was commanded. 

Either way, the shedding of innocent blood, the deliberate act of premeditated murder are issues of the heart, governed by our flesh.

Yet, the shedding of innocent blood, can only be controlled and overcome by walking in the Spirit.  See Galatians. 5: 16.

And walking in God's love.   See Ephesians 5: 1&2.

09-28-16 Part 5     

Proverbs 6: 16-19.                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 16.  These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:                                                 Vs. 17.  A proud look,                                                                                                                                                     A lying tongue,                                                                                                                                                    Hands that shed innocent blood,                                                                                                                             Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans,                                                                                                                 Feet that are swift in running to evil,                                                                                                                         Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies,                                                                                                                      And one who sows or plants discord among brethren.

Now, last Wednesday, we dealt with vs. 17, hands that shed innocent blood, that the LORD also hates, and is an abomination to Him. 

This evening, lets deal with the root cause for all of the six things mentioned in Proverbs 6: 17-19. 

For example:                                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 17.  A proud look, but, what is the root cause?                                                                                                       A lying tongue, but the root cause?                                                                                                                               Hands that shed innocent blood, but, what is the root cause?                                                                                   Vs. 18b.  Feet that are swift in running to evil, but, what is the root cause?                                                               Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies, but, what is the root cause?                                                                        And the one who sows discord among brethren, but, what is the root cause?

By the way, what is meant by the phrase, "the root cause?"                                                                               Where do most roots grow?                                                                                                                                           Beneath the surface is where the roots of plant or tree grows.                                                                                 Not on top of the surface being visible and noticeable but beneath.                                                                         But under the surface, hidden, quiet, unnoticed, growing.

The root cause.                                                                                                                                                               The fundamental reason for the occurrence of a problem, an action, a behavior, or a conduct.                           The root cause, is an initiating cause for a condition that leads to an outcome or effect. 

And here in Proverbs 6: 18a, presents to us the key, the root cause to every sin problem we have, to every work of the flesh that we could ever commit! 

To every worldly and demonic inspired thought, idea, or motive.                                                                               Proverbs 6: 18a, presents to us the key, the root cause.

Now, read Proverbs 6: 18a,                                                                                                                                          A heart that devises wicked plans.  Other translation says it this way;                                                                   A heart that plots, wicked schemes.                                                                                                                           An heart that deviseth, wicked imaginations.                                                                                                             A heart that plots evil.                                                                                                                                                   A heart that deviseth, wicked purposes. 

Question.   So what kind of heart is capable such things?                                                                               Answer.   Actually, any heart, saved or unsaved, that is not moment by moment, day by day, willingly & submissively, under the control, and is being governed by God the Holy Spirit.  Upon whom the individual's heart-throne, the Lord Jesus is seated, and in command.  Totally committed to living by God's Word, the Bible. 

Remember, throughout the Books of Proverbs and Psalms, the central concern, the number one issue to be aware of concerning oneself is the heart

For example:                                                                                                                                                                   Proverbs 3: 1, 3, 5.                                                                                                                                                           ·My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands.                                                                     ·Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. ·Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

Now, let us observe some important verses in the Bible, that can give us an autopsy report about the heart condition of man.

Jeremiah 17: 9.   The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? 

Mark 7: 21-23.                                                                                                                                                             For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

Luke 8: 11-15.                                                                                                                                                               Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Genesis 6: 5.                                                                                                                                                                 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

For Example:                                                                                                                                                                   Genesis 4:  Cain murderers Abel.                                                                                                                                 Genesis 11: 1-9.  The building of the Tower of Babel, a false worship center devoted to astrology, was also called, a ziggurat.                                                                                                                                                           Genesis 19:  Sodom and Gomorrah and that entire region was judged and destroyed.                             Genesis 34:  A couple of Jacob's Sons, commit mass murder.                                                                      Genesis 37:  Joseph's brothers turn against him.                                                                                         Proverbs 6: 18a.  A heart that devises wicked plans. 

The word, ‘Devise’.                                                                                                                                                     Genesis 39:  Potiphar's wife tries to sexually seduce Joseph, and falsely accuse him of a sexual assault.

Strong's Definitions: חָרַשׁ chârash, khaw-rash'; a primitive root; to scratch, i.e. (by implication) to engrave upon any surface. To plough; hence (from the use of a tool).  To fabricate any material that is needed. To invent, create, to construct,  manufacture; to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts: to make up for the purpose of deception.

Devises, chârash, khaw-rash';   Figuratively, to devise (in a bad sense); hence (from the idea of secrecy) to be silent, to let alone; hence (by implication) to be deaf (as an accompaniment of dumbness): altogether, cease, conceal, be deaf, devise, ear, graven, imagine, leave off speaking, holding one’s peace, being quiet, practice secretly, keep silence, be silent, speak not a word.

1 Samuel 23: 9.  When David knew that Saul plotted (fabricated) evil against him, he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here.                                                                                                                                       Proverbs 3: 29.  Do not devise or fabricate evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety’s sake. Proverbs 6: 14.  Perversity is in his heart, He devises or fabricate evil continually, He sows discord.      Proverbs 12: 20.  Deceit is in the heart of those who devise or fabricate evil, but counselors of peace have joy.

Question.  So what kind of heart is capable such things?                                                                                         Answer.  Actually, any heart, saved or unsaved, that is not, moment by moment, day by day, willingly & submissively, under the control, and is being governed by God the Holy Spirit. upon whom the individual's heart-throne, the Lord Jesus is seated, and in command. totally committed to living by God's, Word the Bible. (Repeat) 

Now, our hope, our solution.                                                                                                                                         Jeremiah 17: 10.                                                                                                                                                               I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

I Samuel 16: 7.                                                                                                                                                             But the LORD said to Samuel,                                                                                                                                       Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the Heart.

Psalms 51: 10,   Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Ephesians 3: 17.                                                                                                                                                             That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love.

Psalms 119: 10&11.                                                                                                                                                     With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

Proverbs 4: 23,   Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring forth, the issues of life.

10-06-2016  Part 6     

Our topic has been, how well does the blessed man or woman knows the likes and dislikes of God, and how should it affect me and you? 

In other words, if you and I believe that we are in a relationship with God, and not just part of a religion, then it should matter to us, and it should help us to want to change and repent.

And here in Proverbs 6: 16-19, God has revealed to us, or made known to us, several areas, that the LORD dislikes or hates.

Read Proverbs 6: 16-19.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 16.  These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:                                                    Vs. 17.  A proud look,  A lying tongue,  Hands that shed innocent blood,                                                                  Vs. 18.  A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,                                                      Vs. 19.   A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows or plants discord among brethren. 

Now with God's help, over the past several weeks, we've been able to consider the first four out of the seven. Vs. 17.  A proud look, A lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,                                                                      Vs. 18a.  A heart that devises wicked plans.

This evening, lets finish up our series as we consider the final three phrases of Proverbs 6 That LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him.   

Now, it appears that these last three phrases of Proverbs 6,                                                                                     Vs. 18b.  Feet that are swift in running to evil,                                                                                                               Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows or scatter seeds of discord among brethren. 

All three of these phrases have one thing in common, no regard for the consequences of one's actions.     That is, the hurt and the harm, their actions will cause for themselves, and for others.

Notice vs. 18b, feet that are swift in running to evil.                                                                                                 No regard for the consequences of one's actions.                                                                                                       That is, the hurt and the harm, your actions will cause for yourself, and for others.

Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies.                                                                                                                       No regard for the consequences of one's actions.                                                                                                     That is, the hurt and the harm, your actions will cause for yourself, and for others.

Vs. 19.  And one who sows or scatters discord among brethren.                                                                               Once again, no regard for the consequences of one's actions.                                                                                 That is, the hurt and the harm, your actions will cause for yourself, and for others.

Also, appears that the LORD'S focus is on three specific areas.                                                                               Personal.                                                                                                                                                                     Legal.                                                                                                                                                                               Relational.

First, Personal. Vs. 18, Feet that are swift in running to evil.                                                                                 Again, no regard for the consequences of one's actions. that is, the hurt and the harm, your actions will cause for yourself, and for others.

In fact, there seems to be a heart attitude that is very presumptuous, that God is obligated to rescue, deliver, or help me when I been willfully disobedience to Him! 

And a good example would be Samson, who was one of the Judges of Israel.  See the Book of Judges chapters 13-16.

Proverbs 1: 16.  For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

Isaiah 59:7. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

Romans 3:15. Their feet are swift to shed blood. 

Next, Legal. Vs. 19.  A false witness who speaks lies.                                                                                             This appears to be dealing with legal matters within a community.                                                                           It can be civil or criminal matters.                                                                                                                                 It can be Ecclesiastical, that is things related to a local church, or in the body of Christ.

By the way, the word speaks, is from the Hebrew for verb that is Hiphil, פּוּחַ pûwach, a primitive root; that means to excite, or to inflame a matter.

See Exodus 20: 16, is the 9th commandment of the 10 Commandments, thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Proverbs 25:18.  A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. 

Deuteronomy 19:16-20.                                                                                                                                                 Vs.  16.  If a false witness rose up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;                               Vs.  17.  Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;                                                                                               Vs. 18.  And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;                                                                                                                               Vs. 19.  Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 20.  And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.

In Genesis 39, Potiphar's wife testified falsely against Joseph, in order to have him put to death. 

In 1 Kings 21: 10-15, Jezebel the wife of King Ahab, testified falsely against Naboth, a vineyard owner in order to have him put to death.

In Matthew 26: 59, now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death. 

Finally, Relational.  Vs. 19.  And one who sows or scatter seeds of discord among brethren.

By the way, the word, sows, is from The Hebrew for verb that is Piel, שָׁלַח shâlach, to throw or shoot forth or out, to scatter or spread.                                                                                                                                                 The word, discord, Strong's Definitions: מְדָן mᵉdân, a form of H4066: that means discord, or strife.

Discord, can be broken down into the prefix dis, meaning "different," and cord, which stems from an old word for "heart."  So, that leaves us with "different hearts."  So, if we're talking about music, discord means a lack of harmony tones that clash so badly your ears bleed.  But when there's discord between people, their hearts are in different places which usually results in more than a few raised voices clashing disharmoniously.

Synonyms for discord;                                                                                                                                                     disagreementdivisiondisputecontentionfriction, strifedisunity, incompatibility

Antonyms for discord;                                                                                                                                                   understandingaccordpeaceagreement, friendshipunityharmonyunisonconcord.

Proverbs 6:14.  Fowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.

Proverbs 26: 20.  Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Matthew 12: 34-37.                                                                                                                                                           Vs. 34.  Brood of vipers!  How can you, being evil, speak good things?  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.                                                                                                                                                         Vs. 35.  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.                                                                                                                             Vs. 36.  But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.                                                                                                                                                                         Vs. 37.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

3 John 1: 9-10.                                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 9.  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.                                                                                                                                                                             Vs. 10.  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.    

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                               How should the blessed man or woman, deal with injustice, inequality,                                                              unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way?                                                                   Applying The Psalms And Proverbs For Daily Living."  Psalms 37

10-13-2016   Part 1

Now this evening we want to return back to the Book of Psalms.

As you know, for some time we have been working our way through the Psalms and the Proverbs going back-and-forth from one book to the other book, looking at certain chapters, and looking at certain verses.

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

We are learning how many of the Psalms and Proverbs can truly help you and I, in any situation, or circumstances, that we dealing with, if applied.

Now, this evening before we consider one of the Psalms again, but I would like to do another exercise with you. 

Please write the words, Injustice. Inequality.  Unfairness.   And this phrase, those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way. 

Now question, how do those words and that phrase make you feel?                                                        Give me an emotional word that best describes how the words, Injustice. Inequality, Unfairness.  Or, this phrase, those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way.  How does it makes you feel.

For example,                                                                                                                                                           Angry,                                                                                                                                                               Sad,                                                                                                                                                                     Offended,                                                                                                                                                         Victimize,                                                                                                                                                               Outrage,                                                                                                                                                                   Envious,                                                                                                                                                                   Hostile,                                                                                                                                                                     Rebellious,                                                                                                                                                        Want to Revolt.

Now, this evening as we consider one of the Psalms again, remember we have borrowed from the opening phrase of Psalm 1: 1a, "Blessed is the man or woman." 

For we have been using that opening phrase, each time as a topical question, whether in the book of Psalms or in the Book of Proverbs.

This evening we want to begin by asking another question, "How should the blessed man or woman, deal with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, or those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way?" 

Injustice.  Whether it is social, political, racial, gender, religious, educational, economical, environmental, locational, or technological.                                                                                                                                                    

For it appears for now that in this life, and in this world, you will have Injustice.

Inequality.  Whether it is social, political, racial, gender, religious, educational, economical, environmental, locational, or technological. 

For it appears for now that in this life, and in this world, you will have Inequality.

Unfairness.  Whether it is social, political, racial, gender, religious, educational, economical, environmental, locational, or technological. 

For it appears for now that in this life, and in this world, you will have Unfairness.

Those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.                                                                                Whether social, political, racial, gender, religious, educational, economical, environmental, locational, or technological. 

For it appears for now that in this life, and in this world, you will have those that are privileged and they will use it in a wrong way.

So how should the blessed man or woman, deal with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way?"

In 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 privilege 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, see Psalms 37: 1.                                                                                                                                         Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 

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.                                                                                                                       Annoyance,                                                                                                                                                         Irritation,                                                                                                                                                       Aggravation,                                                                                                                                                           Exasperation,                                                                                                                                                       Indignation,                                                                                                                                                         Anger,                                                                                                                                                                     Displeasure,                                                                                                                                                      Bad mood.

Remember in the beginning we asked to write down your feelings about some words.                              Angry,                                                                                                                                                                      Sad,                                                                                                                                                                         Offended,                                                                                                                                                                Victimize,                                                                                                                                                                 Outrage,                                                                                                                                                                  Envious,                                                                                                                                                                  Hostile,                                                                                                                                                                  Rebellious,                                                                                                                                                            Want to revolt.

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.

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.

The second responsibility that we have personally in this matter.                                                                      Neither be thou or you envious against!                                                                                                           To be envious of.                                                                                                                                                To excite to jealous anger.                                                        

Also, let’s see the words, 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: 19.   Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked;

10-19-2016   Part 2

How should the blessed man or woman, deal with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way? 

Here in 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, read Psalms 37: 1.                                                                                                                                                   Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 

Now last time, we focused on these opening words of Psalms 37: 1, and with God's help we are able to see at least two important things. 

First, the responsibility that we have personally in this matter according to verse 1. When faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or having to deal with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way. 

And I believe there are three things that I must do myself with God's Help. 

First, a personal examination of oneself.                                                                                                                     Fret not thyself or yourself, neither be thou or you envious against.                                                                     "Why am I feeling this way about that, or about him or her, or them?"                                                                     "Am I doing that which God told me not to do?"

Next, a personal confession before God.                                                                                                                   Fret not thyself or yourself, neither be thou or you envious against.                                                                       "Lord I admit, for I refuse to be in denial."                                                                                                                     "Lord I confess and acknowledge this sin in my life."

Finally, a personal time of repentance.                                                                                                                     Fret not thyself or yourself, neither be thou or you envious against.                                                                       "Lord, help me & strengthen me to have a different attitude about this!"                                                                   "Lord, help me & strengthen me to change my behavior, my actions, my reactions!"

Now again, from these opening words of Psalms 37: 1, we are able to see at least two important things. 

And the second thing, there are two groups that can never be allowed to influence us to do wrong, when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or having to deal with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way. 

See Psalms 37: 1.                                                                                                                                                          Fret not thyself because of Evildoers, neither be thou envious against the Workers of Iniquity. 

Now, beginning here at Psalms 37: 2 -40, we begin to answer, and we begin to understand, who are the Evildoers, and who are the Workers of Iniquity.  For In some cases they are those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way. 

Show you what I mean! 

Psalms 37: 7.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for God; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, or, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Psalms 37: 9.  For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 

But in Psalms 37: 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.

The Wicked is used 11 times in Psalms 37.  Strong's Definitions: for the wicked is, רָשָׁעrâshâʻ, from H7561; morally wrong; concretely, an actively a bad person: ungodly, a wicked man that does wrong.

So in Psalms 37: 12, the wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.

In Psalms 37: 14.  The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.

In Psalms 37: 17.  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.

In Psalms 37: 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. 

In Psalms 37: 21. The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives.

In Psalms 37: 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.

In Psalms 37: 32. The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

In Psalms 37: 35.  I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree, or a green bay tree.

In Psalms 37: 38.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

And In Psalms 37: 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.

Now, beginning here in Psalms 37: 2-40, we begin to answer and to understand, how not to fret ourselves! How not to be envious against! 

Here in Psalms 37: 2, it begins, for they who are the they?                                                                                     The Evildoers, the Workers of Iniquity.  They shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

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

Listen, when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or having deal with those that are privilege, 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.

But, remember 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! 

Note:  In the Bible study group that evening, we had a long discussion.  Each person was willing to share their view, or their opinion about a question I proposed concerning God's divine justice. 

Question.  Since we know that nobody is getting away with anything as far as God is concerned, what about the man or woman that has come to Christ and is truly Saved, but they operate in the flesh on occasion. Galatians 5: 19-21.                                                                                                                                                         Vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,         Vs. 20.  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath or anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 21.  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Eventually, they die and go to heaven, because of their personal faith in Christ, and for the forgiveness of their sins in this life.

Yet, because of their disobedience, walking in the flesh, a person, an individual, a group, a ministry, a home, a family has been greatly affected because of them.  

Devastation and dysfunction.                                                                                                                                         Hurt and disillusionment.                                                                                                                                               And other problems continue in the lives of those who were affected.

Then, I read to the group, 

II Corinthians 5:10.  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 or she has done, whether good or bad.

Also, I read to the group, 

I Corinthians 3: 12-17.  Now, if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.  If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.  Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.  For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Then I admit it to the group that I struggle, and I'm not sure about God's ways in this matter.

What do you think?                                                                                                                                                         Please feel free to give your response to this matter.

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10-26-2016   Part 3   

How Should The Blessed Man Or Woman, Deal With Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, or Those That Are Privileged And They Use It In A Wrong Way? 

Here in Psalms 37, this Psalm of David, can be a help and encouragement to us when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.

Now last time, we focused on Psalms 37: 2.  For they, the evildoers, or the workers of iniquity, shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.                                                                          This is a divine, pending promise of demise, when there is no repentance. 

Now this evening, let's continue to seek direction in how should the blessed man or woman, deal with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way? 

Because unfortunately, too often we have the wrong attitude about this, or we received wrong advice!

For example:                                                                                                                                                         Take matters into your own hands!                                                                                                                       Strike first, and ask questions later!                                                                                                                       Cause those around you to be discourage, dissatisfied, or disillusion!                                                         Be as uncooperative and as difficult as possible!                                                                                           Sow seeds of discord, disharmony, and disrespect.                                                                                         Think like a victim and see everyone else as the enemy!

However, beginning in Psalms 37: 1-8, 27&34, we have from the LORD 17 specific directives or guidelines to follow when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, or for dealing with those that are privilege and they use it in a wrong way.  

We saw the first two directives or guidelines to follow in Psalms 37: 1, do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

Now, let's continue with three more directives or guidelines to follow from the LORD that are revealed to us.

Notice in Psalms 37: 3 says,                                                                                                                                  Trust in the LORD.                                                                                                                                                And do good.                                                                                                                                                          Dwell in the land.                                                                                                                                               And verily, thou shalt be fed, or sustain or taken care of, is the blessed result of obedience to have hope in!

First, trust in the LORD.  How?                                                                                                                         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.

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! 

See Genesis 45: 8.  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, dwell or remain in the land.                                                                                                                  Don't allow yourself to be intimidated, or bullied.                                                                                               Don't allow yourself to be ran off, or chased away.

See Joshua 1.                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 2.  Moses, My servant is dead.  Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them the children of Israel.                                                                              Vs. 3.  Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.         Vs. 5.  No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will not leave you nor forsake you.                                                                                                   Vs. 6.  Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.                                                                                                     Vs. 7.  Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.                                                                                                                                 Vs. 8. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.                                                                      For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.                                    Vs. 9.  Have I not commanded you? Be the strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

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

For the KJV translates this part of Psalms 37: 3, the best.

The word verily comes from the Hebrew word 'emuwnah, which can mean literally firmness.  Or, figuratively it can mean security; morally fidelity, faith-fully, ness, stability, steady, of truth.

The word ‘fed’ in English comes from the Hebrew word, Ra`ah) which means to tend a flock; i.e. pasture it; intransitively, to let graze.                                                                                                                  Generally, this Hebrew word means to rule; by extension, to associate with as a friend or Shepherd, same Hebrew word from Psalms 23: 1.                                                                                                           The main idea of this word is, to be sustain or taken care of.

Now in Psalms 37: 4, there is another the directive or guideline to follow from the LORD are that is revealed to us.

Notice Psalms 37: 4.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. 

Two things to notice.                                                                                                                                             First, delight thyself also in the LORD.

First, the word ‘also’ would imply an experience that is familiar.  In other words, we know how to delight in various ways.

Now our English ‘delight’ means: a high degree of gratification: joy; extreme satisfaction.

Some English Synonyms for delight:                                                                                                                  to adore,                                                                                                                                                                 to cherish,                                                                                                                                                             to bask in,                                                                                                                                                              to be fond of,                                                                                                                                                        to appreciate,                                                                                                                                                     to be partial to,                                                                                                                                                       to be pleased with,                                                                                                                                                to derive pleasure from.                                                                                                                                         But the Hebrew word for delight’ the stem is Hithpael, which means: to be happy about, to take exquisite delight in.

Here is a Biblical in-depth look at the word ‘Delight’.                                                                                         Delight occurs approximately 110 times in Scripture in various forms.  Less than fifteen occurrences are found in the New Testament.                                                                                                                                The related concept of ‘please’ occurs about 350 times, about seventy-five of these occurrences in the New Testament.

The Old Testament. Two of the most common Hebrew terms for delight.                                                      1. To bend towards, to be inclined towards an object or person.                                                               2.  To delight or take pleasure in.

Even God delights in the obedience of his children, more than in sacrifices.  1 Samuel 15:22.      Obedience to His commands so pleases God, that he will prosper His people as they walk in His way. Numbers 14:8; Deuteronomy 30:9.                                                                                                                    God delights in his people.   Psalm 16:3.

God is also delighted with honesty in business, Proverbs 20:23; a blameless life,  Proverbs 11:20; truthfulness, Proverbs 12:22; and the prayers of the upright, Proverbs 15:8.

God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness to those who please him, Ecclesiastes 2:26; and he promises to deliver those in whom he delights, Psalm 18:19.

God delights in showing mercy, Micah 7:18; and kindness, justice, and righteousness bring him pleasure and cause him delight, Jeremiah 9:23.

God placed Solomon on the throne of Israel because he delighted in him. 1 Kings 10:9; 2 Chronicles 9:8.   God had special delight in his Servant-Messiah, upon whom he put his Spirit, Isaiah 42:1.                           A man might delight in another man, 1 Samuel 18:22; Ester 6:6-11, or a man might delight in a woman, Genesis 34:19. Well-behaved children bring delight to the heart of their parents, Proverbs 29:17.     People are encouraged to delight in that which pleases God, his law, Psalm 1:2; Psalms 112:1-9.  God's statutes are to be our continual delight, Psalms 119:24; Psalms 119:70; Psalms 119:77; Psalms 119:174. 

We are to delight in God's law because we love it. Psalm 119:41-48.                                                            We are to rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation, Psalm 35:9, for in so doing we will receive the desires of our hearts, Psalm 37:4.                                                                                 

It is possible for people to delight in or take pleasure in that which is foolish or evil.                                Some people delight in doing wrong, Proverbs 2:14; in voicing their own opinions, Proverbs 18:2; in lying, Psalm 62:4; and in waging war, Psalm 68:30.                                                                                                     It is clear that the object of our delight or pleasure is critical. It is possible to delight in those things that are good and proper; it is also possible to delight in that which is an abomination to the Lord. Isaiah 66:3.

Now in the New Testament.                                                                                                                                The Greek word most commonly used for ‘delight’ is eudokeo [eujdokevw], usually used when God's purpose, resolve, and choice are in view.                                                                                                     

God points out his delight in his Son at both the baptism and transfiguration of Jesus.                   Matthew 3:17; 17:5. This pleasure points to a distinct anointing and blessing that rest upon Jesus. Indeed, "God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (Colossians 1:19). God's peace rests upon those in whom he delights (Luke 2:14), and God works in those destined for salvation according to his good pleasure (Phillipians 2:13). God is not pleased, however, with the disobedient and unbelieving (1 Corinthians 10:5).

As our supreme example, Jesus took great pleasure in honoring and obeying his father (John 5:30; 8:29). That which delights Jesus should be our delight as well. We should make it our all-consuming desire to please him (2 Colossians 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; 4:1; 1 John 3:22).

We are to delight after God's law in the "inner man" (Romans 7:22). We are to delight in our weakness, for this is when God's power is most clearly revealed in our lives (2 Corinthians 12:10). We should not, on the other hand, delight in false humility or religion (Colossians 2:18).  Our desire should be directed toward the salvation of souls (Romans 10:1).  Faith is essential if we are to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and God is especially delighted when we pray to those in authority (1 Timothy 2:3). In the essential relationships of life, God is pleased when wives submit to their husbands, husbands love their wives, children obey their parents, parents encourage their children, slaves obey their masters, and masters treat their slaves kindly (Colossians 3:18-4:1).  It is as living, holy sacrifices that we become pleasing to our Father in heaven (Romans 12:1).

Now remember two things to notice.                                                                                                                   First, delight thyself also in the LORD. 

Secondly, and the LORD shall give you, the desires of your heart.                                                                   Not only does this verse have a command, "delight thyself also in the LORD."                                               But this verse also has a God-ordained promise, that must be correctly applied.                                            In Psalms 37: 4b, and the LORD shall give you, the desires of your heart.

First, your heart’s the inner part of a man, one's mind, one's will, one's emotions, etc.                               The word ‘your’ implies that which is individual, or personal, or direct.                                                         Psalms 37: 4b, and the LORD shall give you, the desires of your heart. 

Note, that the word translated ‘desires’ the Hebrew word ‘mishalot’ comes from the Hebrew verb ‘sha'al’, which means, to ask or request something beyond the surface. 

Listen, the desires of your heart are not referring to the fantasy, 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 material.                                                                                                                                                                   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. 

If you're truly a child of God, the LORD has given 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 our hearts is a closer walk with thee O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The desires of our hearts is to daily fulfill the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6: 9-13.

The desires of our hearts is for Christ to be seated on the throne of our heart, without a competitor, or any competition from us.

The desires of our hearts is to be being filled, with the Spirit at all times. 

The desires of our hearts is to walk in the Spirit so that I do not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

The desires of our hearts is that we might decrease, and that He might increase.                                     For it's all about Him and not about us.

The desires of our hearts is to sin less and less, and to obey more and more.

The desires of our hearts is to resist the devil at all times.

The desires of our hearts is to not be conformed to this world, and to love not the world.  We want to have an undivided allegiance with my God.

The desires of our hearts is to be a doer of the Word, and not just to hearer only.

The desires of our hearts is to study to show ourselves approved, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

The desires of our hearts is to be a witness for Christ, to share the Gospel effectively, that sinners might repent and be Saved.

The desires of our hearts is to worship God, in spirit and in truth, and to fellowship regularly with a local church and with those in the body of Christ.

The desires of our hearts is to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength.

The desires of our hearts is to truly love one another in the body of Christ, as well as those who have not yet come to salvation.

The desires of our hearts is to pray without ceasing. 

Being consistent in prayer.

The desires of our hearts is to improve in the areas of giving and receiving.

The desires of our hearts is the soon coming of the 1000-year reign of Christ Jesus on this earth.

The desires of our hearts is to receive a resurrected glorified body that is sinless and perfect, so that we can serve God more than we did in this life.

The desires of our hearts is to hear the Lord say, "Well done good and faithful servant."

11-02-2016   Part 4   

Here in Psalms 37, this Psalm of David, can be a help & encouragement to us when dealing with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Now last time, we focused on Psalms 37: 3&4.  

Now this evening, let's continue to seek direction in what should the blessed man or woman do, specifically when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way?  

Because unfortunately, too often we can have the wrong attitude about matters like this, or either we can receive wrong advice!                                                                                                                                                 For Example:                                                                                                                                                                   •Take matters into your own hands!                                                                                                                     •Strike first, and ask questions later!                                                                                                                             •Cause those around you to be discourage, dissatisfied, or disillusion!                                                                     •Be as uncooperative and as difficult as possible!                                                                                                     •Sow seeds of discord, disharmony, and disrespect.                                                                                                 •Think like a victim and see everyone else as the enemy!

However, beginning in Psalms 37: 1-8, 27&34, we have from the LORD 17 specific directives, or guidelines, (or verbs) to follow, when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.  

Now, let's continue with two more directives, or guidelines, (or verbs) to follow, from the LORD that are revealed to us.

See Psalms 37: 5,                                                                                                                                                         Commit your way to the LORD,                                                                                                                               Trust also in Him, and He (the LORD) shall bring it to pass.                                                                                         Bring what to pass?

Notice Psalms 37: 6.  He (the LORD) shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 

Let's consider the first directive, or guideline, or verb to follow from the LORD, that is revealed to us here in Psalms 37: 5a.                                                                                                                                                                 See Psalms 37: 5a.                                                                                                                                                         Now the English word ‘commit’, this is a helpful translation if you know that our English word ‘commit’ has a variety of meanings. 

Note: see an English dictionary to understand the different meanings for this word.                                               Yet, one of the English meanings for the word ‘commit’ means, to send, to entrust, to relinquish, to give over, or to deliver.

Actually, there is a Hebrew verb גָּלַל gâlal, and that verb is (Qal).  That 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!" 

See 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.

Back to Psalms 37: 5.                                                                                                                                                     Next, Commit, entrust, or give over your way to the LORD.                                                                                         See the word ‘way’, your ‘way’.                                                                                                                                 The Hebrew word translated in most English Bibles as ‘way’ can mean; a course, a way, or a path.                For example: a golf course, or a race course have something in common, a degree of difficulty, challenge, and surprises.                                                                                                                                                               In other words, the course, the way, or the path that you are upon at the time, may have some difficulty, challenge, or surprises along the way.

Listen, no matter what ‘way’ you are in at the time, or dealing with when faced with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way, we are to commit, entrust, or give over those areas like a heavy load, or burden from ourselves onto another.              We are to lay it upon the Lord so that He may bear it for us.  "Roll your way upon the Lord!"  

Now, let's consider the second directive, or guideline, or verb to follow from the LORD, that is revealed to us here in Psalms 37: 5b.

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

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

Psalms 37: 5b.  Trust also in Him (the LORD).                                                                                                               Now, noticed the word in this phrase the word ‘trust’.                                                                                                 This word translated ‘trust’ in most of our English Bibles, is used in the Old Testament over 117 times. 

But what is ‘Trust’?                                                                                                                                                           Trust is a firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.                                                     Trust means to have or to place confidence in or to be depended on.

Listen, and when it comes to God, trusting in the Lord is believing and knowing that the one being trusted is upright in character, possessing the ability and power, to bring to pass whatever is needed. 

Yet having the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, to know what is best, as well as having the integrity to do what is right.

Some reminders about trusting in the Lord.  See Psalm 118: 8&9; Psalm 146: 3-6; Jeremiah 17: 5-8.

Listen, this subject about trust maybe one of the most important subjects to know, study, and practice in all the Bible.  Trust and faith is the foundation for everything.                                                                                       It is the first step that we make in our walk with the Lord.  And it will sustain us for the rest of our days.

I believe we were designed by God to be able to trust or have faith in someone or something other than ourselves.  From our birth to our death, we were designed by God to be able to trust or have faith in someone to care for us, to protect us, to support us, to help us in various ways.

Yet, there is one major problem when it comes to trust, you and I put ourselves into a vulnerable position to have to rely on someone or something other than ourselves. 

And that could be a problem to trust in a person or in people, often can lead to disappointment and frustration, because no one is perfect.

Nevertheless, we were designed by God to be able to trust or have faith in someone or something other than ourselves.  From our birth to our death, we were designed by God to be able to trust or have faith in someone.

However, trust can only be established and maintained where there is,                                                                   1.  An ongoing relationship with one being trusted.                                                                                                     2.  Then over a period of time, we observe the character of that person.                                                              3.  Then over a period of time, we are affected positively by the ability of that person. 

Listen, only then can trust be established and maintained in that relationship.                                                       So then, the way we have trust in human relationships that is based on,                                                                 1.  An ongoing relationship with one being trusted.                                                                                                     2.  Then over a period of time, we observe the character of that person.                                                                 3. Then over a period of time, we are affected positively by the ability of that person. 

God is saying to us, do the same with Him.  The way we learn to trust in people, is the same way we are to trust in God.

A.  Having a on ongoing relationship with God.                                                                                                     How does that start?  Through Christ.  See St. John. 14: 6.                                                                                  How does that continue?  Knowing that we are in a relationship and not just in a religion.                                   But talking together a regular prayer life.  Regularly spending time together, getting to know God by His Word, the Bible.

B.  The way we learn to trust in people, is the same way we are to trust in God.                                                     Observing and being informed about the character of God by His Word, the Bible.

Here are a few character traits concerning God.                                                                                                         1.  God's character traits are such that He is, Righteous.  See Psalm 145: 17.                                                             2.  God's character traits are such that He is, Loving.  See Jeremiah 31:3.                                                                 3.  God's character traits are such that He is, Good.  See Nahum 1: 7.                                                                       4.  God's character traits are such that He is, Faithful.  See Psalm 9: 10.                                                                   5.  God's character traits are such that He is, Longsuffering. See 2 Peter 3: 9.                                                         6.  God's character traits are such that He is, Gracious.  See Psalm 84: 11.                                                               7.  God's character traits are such that He is, Merciful.  See Lamentations 3: 22.

C.  The way we learn to trust in people, is the same way we are to trust in God.                                            Being affected positively by the abilities of God.  And what are some of the abilities and the attributes of God that would help you to know God, so that you could trust and have faith?

Here are a few;                                                                                                                                                               1.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He is, Sovereign.  See Daniel 4: 34&35.   Isaiah 46: 9&10.             2.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He has a will, purpose, and plan, in what He does and what He allows, and what He does not do, or what He does not allow.   See Genesis 45: 5&7; Genesis 50: 19&20.       3.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He is, able to causes, everything, to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  See Romans 8: 28.                                           4.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He is, in-charge and in control.  See Revelation 1: 17&18.  For in Revelation 1: 18, keys are a symbol of being in-charge and in control.                                                                       5.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He is, Almighty or Omnipotent.  See Revelation 1: 8; Jeremiah 32: 17.                                                                                                                                                                                   6.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He is, All-Knowing or Omniscient.  See Romans 11: 33&34.             7.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He is, All-Seeing or Omnipresent.    See Proverbs 15: 3;                 II Chronicles 16: 9.                                                                                                                                                         8.  God's abilities or attributes are such, that He is, Upholding-all-things-together.   See Colossians 1: 16&17.     9.  God's abilities or attributes allows Him to show, His Shepherd-like-care for you and I.  See Psalm 23: 1-6.    

11-09-2016  Part 5   

Here in Psalms 37, this Psalm of David, can be a help & encouragement to us when dealing with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privileged and they use it in a wrong way.

Now last time, we focused on Psalms 37: 5.  Actually, Psalms 37: 5&6 go together.

See Psalms 37: 5.                                                                                                                                       Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He (the LORD) shall bring (it) to pass.                         Bring what to pass?

Notice Psalms 37: 6, He (the LORD) shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 

Notice Psalms 37: 6.   He (the LORD) shall bring forth your righteousness as the light.                                As a metaphor, this Light reveals all things, or makes all things clear and visible.

The Psalmist uses poetic language to describe his hope in God to vindicate us.  When dealing with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privilege, and they use it in a wrong way.

Next, He (the LORD) shall bring forth your justice as the noonday.  For the noonday light is a time that the sun is at its brightest. 

Also, the Psalmist again uses poetic language to describe his hope in God to justify us, when dealing with Injustice, Inequality, Unfairness, Mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.

Now, let's continue with three more directives, or guidelines, or these verbs from the LORD to follow, that are revealed to us here in Psalms 37.                                                                                                              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 the first one in Psalms 37: 7a.                                                                                               Rest in the LORD!

Strong's Definitions: דָּמַם dâmam, a primitive root (compare H1724,H1820); Qal) to be silent, to be still, to hold ones peace.   Psalms 4: 4.   Be angry, and do not sin.   Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still, be silent, hold one’s peace. Selah

See 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 let's consider the next one in Psalms 37: 7.                                                                                                 And wait patiently for Him (the LORD).                                                                                                                 Strong's Definitions: חוּל chûwl, khool; or חִיל chîyl; a primitive root; properly, to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner). To trust, to wait carefully (patiently) having been wounded.

See 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

Finally, let's consider the last one in 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.              By the way, synonyms for vexation, annoyance, 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.      Two kinds of people not to fret about.                                                                                                          The person who prospers in their way.  Or, the individual who brings wicked schemes to pass. 

See Psalms 73: 1-6, 16-20, 28.                                                                                                                        Truly God is good to Israel, to such as, are pure in heart. 

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped.  For I was envious of the boastful when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

For there are no pangs in their death, but their strength is firm.  They are not in trouble as other men, nor are they plagued like other men.  Therefore, pride serves as their necklace; violence covers them like a garment.

When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.  Surely, You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.  Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! 

They are utterly consumed with terrors.  As a dream when one awakes, so, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.

But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.

11-16-2016   Part 6  

Here in Psalms 37, this Psalm of David, can be a help and encouragement to us when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.

Now, last time, we focused on Psalms 37: 7.                                                                                                                 This evening let's consider three more directives, or guidelines, or these verbs from the LORD to follow, that are revealed to us here in Psalms 37. 

See Psalms 37: 8.                                                                                                                                                         Cease from anger and forsake wrath.                                                                                                                           Do not fret, for it only causes harm, or, fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 

So what makes you angry?                                                                                                                                             Injustice.                                                                                                                                                                           Inequality.                                                                                                                                                             Unfairness.                                                                                                                                                                       Mistreatment.                                                                                                                                                         Dealing with those that are privilege, and they use it in a wrong way.

Now, the subject of anger in the Bible is a very interesting subject, for the Bible never condemn this emotion, but it always warms of it's consequences.

What comes to mind when you hear the words,                                                                                                         Anger management!                                                                                                                                                   Or, anger detox!                                                                                                                                                               Or, controlling your anger before it controls you. 

In Psalms 37: 8, shows us a more constructive, appropriate, and a healthier way when dealing with our angered, especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privilege, and they use it in a wrong way arises.

Now let's consider the first one in Psalms 37: 8a.                                                                                                       Cease from anger.                                                                                                                                                 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.                                                                                                                                                                             The Strong's Definitions: רָפָה râphâh, and this verb is (Hiphil) which means to abandon, to refrain, to forsake. 

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.

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’, the Hebrew verb is (Qal) which means to depart from, leave behind, let alone or let go, to abandon, to forsake, to neglect.                                                                                                                               The word ‘wrath’ is anger bottled-up and released uncontrollably.  

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.

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

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 3rd time within 8 verses, 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 is from a Hebrew verb which meant, to blaze up in angry, or to heat oneself into vexation.

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

Psalms 37: 8.                                                                                                                                                                   For it, fretting, that is to blaze up in angry, or to heat oneself into vexation.  Can only cause harm, Or, fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

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.

11-30-16    Part 7

This evening we are going to finish up our look at Psalms 37.

This very important Psalm of David, has been a help and encouragement to us when dealing with injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.

Now last time, we focused on Psalms 37: 8.

This evening, let's consider four more directives, or guidelines, or these verbs from the LORD to follow, that are revealed to us here in Psalms 37, giving us a total of 17.

Now notice Psalms 37: 27.                                                                                                                          Depart from evil.                                                                                                                                               and do good; and dwell forevermore or always. 

Now notice also in Psalms 37: 34.                                                                                                                                 Wait on the LORD.                                                                                                                                              And keep His way, and the LORD shall exalt you to inherit (to take possession of) the land, when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Now here in Psalms 37: 27& 34, the LORD shows us a more virtuous way, when dealing with times when we are angered, especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, comes against us or those who we love.                                                                                                                                            Or, when dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.

Remember in Psalms 37: 8, how the LORD showed us a more constructive, appropriate, and a healthier way, when dealing with our anger, especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, or dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way arises.

See again See Psalms 37: 8.                                                                                                                                 Cease from anger.                                                                                                                                             and forsake wrath.                                                                                                                                                  Do not fret, for it only causes harm, or fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 

Now, here In Psalms 37: 27& 34), continues to show us a more virtuous way, when dealing with times when we are angered.                                                                                                                                            So, what do you think I mean way in dealing with times when you or I are angered?                                   In fact, what is a more virtuous way referring to?

A more virtuous way is referring to a higher moral standard than that which most people tend to gravitate too.

A more virtuous way is referring to a commitment to personal excellence, based on personal beliefs and values that come from God and His Word, that governs or controls our behavior, our conduct, our actions and our reactions.

For example, some virtues that we should consider and develop.                                                                     Fidelity or faithfulness.                                                                                                                             Honesty.                                                                                                                                                      Patients.                                                                                                                                                                  Humility.                                                                                                                                                            Self-control.                                                                                                                                                            Slow to anger.                                                                                                                                                          Slow to speak.                                                                                                                                              Courage.                                                                                                                                                                  Compassionate.                                                                                                                                                      Merciful.                                                                                                                                                                Devoted or committed.                                                                                                                                          Being wise and cautious. 

A more virtuous way is referring to a higher moral standard than that which most people tend to gravitate to.

A more virtuous way is referring to a commitment to personal excellence, based on personal beliefs and values that come from God and His Word, that governs or controls my behavior, my conduct, my actions and my reactions.

Now let's consider the first two virtuous ways, when dealing with times when we are angered, especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, comes against us or those who we love.   Or, when dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.

See Psalms 37: 27.                                                                                                                                                  Depart from evil.                                                                                                                                                      and do good; and dwell forevermore or always. 

First, depart from evil, that which is brought about by Satan, or our flesh, or wicked people.                 With God's help, here is a virtuous way, that comes from God and His Word, that can govern or control  Our behavior, our conduct,                                                                                                                                  Our actions and our reactions, in times when we are angered.                                                             Especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, comes against us. or those who we love. Or, when dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way is, depart from evil.

The word ‘depart’ from Strong's Definitions: סוּר çûwr, or שׂוּר sûwr; a primitive root which in this case the verb is ‘Qal’. This means the word can be translated,                                                                                       To turn aside from.                                                                                                                                                  To depart away from.
To be removed from or to avoid.

See Psalm 34: 14.  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

See I Peter 3: 10-12.  For one who would love life and see good days.                                                             Let them refrain his tongue from evil, and their lips from speaking deceit.                                                  Let them depart from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it.                                                 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers;                               But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.

Next, do good and dwell forevermore, or always. 

Again, with God's help here is another virtuous way, that comes from God and His Word that can govern or control our behavior, our conduct, our actions and our reactions, in times when we are angered.  Especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, comes against us. or those who we love.  Or, when dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way is do good and dwell forevermore, or always. 

Remember Psalms 37: 3 says,                                                                                                                                Trust in the LORD.                                                                                                                                                  and do good.                                                                                                                                                          Dwell in the land.                                                                                                                                                     And verily thou shalt be fed, or sustain or taken care of, is the blessed result of obedience to have hope in!                                                                                                                                                                     Listen, do good!                                                                                                                                                     Not just do right.                                                                                                                                                      But doing good!

Listen, doing right many times can focus the attention, or the recognition on oneself, and on what you or I did!                                                                                                                                                                         But, to do good, focuses the glory and recognition to God and not unto oneself! 

Now, let's consider the final two virtuous ways, when dealing with times when we are angered, especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, comes against us or those who we love.                                                                                                                                                                   Or, when dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way.

See Psalms 37: 34.                                                                                                                                               Wait on the LORD.                                                                                                                                            And keep His way and the LORD shall exalt you to inherit (to take possession of) the land; when the wicked are cut off you shall see it.

First see the words, wait on the LORD.

Again, with God's help here is another virtuous way, that comes from God and His Word, that can govern or control our behavior, our conduct, our actions and our reactions, in times when we are angered, especially when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, comes against us. or those who we love.    Or, when dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way is wait on the LORD.

The word ‘wait’ from Strong's Definitions: קָוָה qâvâh, a primitive root which in this case the verb is ‘Piel’. This means the word can be translated, to wait,  to look eagerly for something or someone,  to lie in wait for.

Remember Psalm 37: 7.  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. 

See Psalm 27: 14.  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the LORD.

Finally, Keep His way.

Again, with God's help here is another virtuous way, that comes from God and His Word, that can govern or control our behavior, our conduct, our actions and our reactions, in times when we are angered.  Especially, when injustice, inequality, unfairness, mistreatment, comes against us. or those who we love. Or, when dealing with those that are privileged, and they use it in a wrong way is keep His way.

The word ‘keep’ from Strong's Definitions: שָׁמַר shâmar, a primitive root which in this case the verb is ‘Qal’. This means the word can be translated, to have charge of, to guard, to keep watch to protect or preserve.  Keep His way, the ways of The Lord.   

See Psalms 25: 4&5.                                                                                                                                      Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.

See Psalms 86: 11.                                                                                                                                         Teach me Your way, O LORD;  I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.

See Isaiah 55: 8&9.                                                                                                                                                 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways, My ways, says the LORD.                               For as the heavens are higher than the earth. So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Keep His way and The LORD shall exalt you to inherit (to take possession of) the land; When not if, but when the wicked are cut off, you shall to see it. Wow!

The LORD shall exalt you.                                                                                                                                  Notice, Not you exalt you but the LORD shall exalt you! 

The words ‘exalt’ from Strong's Definitions: רוּם rûwm, From a primitive root; this verb is ‘Polel’ which means; to lift up, or raise up, to exalt or to extol honor upon.

Vs. 34, says keep His way and the LORD shall exalt you to inherit (to take possession of) the land.     Listen, I believe this promise of the exultation of God's people, (those) from Old Testament times, and (those) from New Testament times, will have its fulfillment during the 1000-year reign of Christ on earth.

See Revelation 20: 4.                                                                                                                                             And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and rulership was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus, and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the beast mark on their foreheads or on their hands.  And they also were resurrected and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

See Daniel 7: 27.                                                                                                                                             Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.  For His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, but all dominions shall serve and obey Him.

See Daniel 7: 18.                                                                                                                                                But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.

Back to Psalms 37.                                                                                                                                                 Vs. 34b says, when, not if, but when the wicked are cut off.

The words ‘cut off’ from Strong's Definitions: כָּרַת kârath, a primitive root; this verb is ‘Niphal’ which means to be cut off, to fail.  To be cut down. 

Vs. 34b says, when, not if, but when the wicked are cut off, the LORD will allow or permit you to see it, especially from the Word of God, the Bible. 

For example, several times throughout Psalms 37, the LORD has reassured His people of His justice and His judgment against the workers of iniquity.

Psalms 37: 2.                                                                                                                                                 Psalms 37: 9-11.                                                                                                                                                       Psalms 37: 20.                                                                                                                                                        Psalms 37: 28&29.                                                                                                                                       Psalms 37: 38.

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                                          How Can The Blessed Man or Woman Better Communicate?                                                                                      "Applying The Psalms And Proverbs For Daily Living."

12-07-16    Part 1

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

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

We are learning, how helpful are the Psalms & Proverbs to you and I, in any situation or circumstances that we are dealing with, if applied.

Now, this evening as we return back to the Book of Proverbs, from Chapters 10, all the way to Chapter 30, it appears that each one of these Chapters 10-30, that the Proverb that is given in each verse, usually stands alone in it’s statement, it's idea, it's message, and in it’s directive from God to us. 

For example, Proverbs 10: 1-5.                                                                                                                               Vs. 1.  The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.                                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 2. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.                              Vs. 3.  The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.  Vs. 4.  He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.                          Vs. 5.  He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

Listen, the Proverbs that is given in each verse, usually stands alone in it’s statement, it’s idea, it's message, and in it’s directive from God to us.

Also, from chapters 10-15 each one of these Proverbs are known as 'Contrastive' Proverbs.  Because of the word ‘but’ used in most of the Proverbs as we move forward into chapters 10-15, which gives a contrast to something or someone. 

The Point is, our study in the Book of Proverbs as we move forward will be different from now on.  For we will be dealing with some of the major themes from the Book of Proverbs, instead of focusing on a particular chapter and then certain verses from that chapter.

Like we did In Proverbs 6: 16-19.                                                                                                                           These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. 

Therefore, with God's help our first major theme from the Book of Proverbs moving forward  will be to address the subject of, Verbal Communication, or, being more aware and cautious of the words that we speak to another person. 

What do you think of when I use the phrase, “freedom of speech”?   (Open up for discussion).

Now are you aware?                                                                                                                                               Did you know?                                                                                                                                                 That the word you speak to another person can have a tremendous effect upon them?                               Your words can build them up or your words can tear them down.                                                               Your words can make them smile or your words and make them cry.                                                           Your words can motivate and inspire, or your words can cause someone to give up. 

Once again, are you aware?                                                                                                                                 Did you know?                                                                                                                                                     That the words you speak to another person can have a tremendous effect upon them?

So then, our new topic from the Book of Proverbs will be, “How Can The Blessed Man or Woman Better Communicate”?

Because the words that I speak to another person will have a tremendous effect upon them.    Therefore, I need to be more aware and cautious of what I say.

Now, there is a very important insight that the Son of God, or God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, reveals to us the source, or, where our words begin, or come from before we speak them!  And it is not our brains!

Read Luke 6:45.                                                                                                                                                     A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.  For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Now review again what the Bible teaches about the heart.  

And here in Proverbs 6: 18a, presents to us the key, the root cause to every sin problem we have, to every work of the flesh that we could ever commit! 

To every worldly and demonic inspired thought, idea, words or motive.                                            Proverbs 6: 18a, presents to us the key, the root cause.                                                                             Proverbs 6: 18a, A heart that devises wicked plans. 

Question.  So, what kind of heart is capable of such things?                                                                             Answer.  Actually, any heart, 

Saved or unsaved, that is not moment by moment, day by day, willingly and submissively, under the control, and is being governed by God the Holy Spirit.  Upon whom the individual's heart-throne, the Lord Jesus is Seated, and in Command. totally committed to living by God's Word, the Bible.

Remember, throughout the Books of Proverbs and Psalms, the central concern, the number one issue to be aware of concerning oneself is the heart!  

For example, Proverbs 3:  1, 3, 5.                                                                                                                      Vs. 1.  My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands.                                                   Vs. 3.  Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.                                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 5.  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

Now, let us observe some important verses from The Bible that can heulp us, understand the condition of the heart of man.

Jeremiah 17: 9.                                                                                                                                                         The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? 

Mark 7: 21-23.                                                                                                                                                     For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

Luke 8: 11-15.                                                                                                                                                           Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.                                                                              Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.                                                                                                    But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.                                                                      Now, the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.                                                                  But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Genesis 6: 5, is God's Indictment before bringing judgment to all mankind.                                             Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

12-14-2016    Part 2  

Our new topic, “How Can The Blessed Man Or Woman Better Communicate”?

Because the words that we speak to another person, can have a tremendous effect upon them.  Therefore, we need to be more aware and cautious of what we say.

Read Proverbs 17: 20.                                                                                                                                         He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

Another Bible version says it this way of Proverbs 17: 20, nothing good comes to him whose heart is fixed on evil purposes: and he who has an evil tongue will come to trouble.

Now, last Wednesday towards the end of our study we focused on a statement that our Lord Jesus Christ revealed.  It is a very important insight if you and I are serious about changing and improving and growing in this area.  Because the words that we speak to another person, can have a tremendous effect upon them. 

And here in Luke 6: 45, our Lord Jesus helps us to focus on where our words actually begin where do they really come from before we speak them?  Surprisingly it is not from our brains!

See Luke 6:45.                                                                                                                                                       A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.  Because out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Wow!

Remember Proverbs 17: 20, nothing good comes to him or her whose hearts are fixed on evil purposes: and those who have and evil tongue will come to trouble.

Now, there is another serious matter we must acknowledge if we are going to change, improve, and grow in this area in how we communicate.  Because the words that we speak to another person, can have a tremendous effect upon them. 

Notice James 3: 2-10.                                                                                                                                         Vs. 2.  For we all stumble or err, or sin, or can be the cause of another to fall, in many things.  However, if anyone does not stumble or, is the cause for one to stumble or fall, to err, or sin by their words, and by what they say to another person., that person is perfect, or very mature and has grown up, able to bridle or control the whole body.                                                                                                                                    So then, with God's help, we must grow-up and mature, having bridling our mouths!

And here, vs. 3 &4 are two illustrations that will prove a point.                                                                       Vs. 3.  Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.             Vs. 4.  Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, yet the ships are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 

Next, one more illustration that the will prove the point that when the tongue is not bridled or under control, it will have a tremendous effect that will be destructive and devastating.

Vs. 5.  Even so the tongue is a little member, and it boasts great things.  See how great a forest can be effected by a little fire that kindles!                                                                                                                  Vs. 6.  Likewise, the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.   The tongue is so set among our members, that it can defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell, and evil place.                                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 7.  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tame and has been tame by mankind. 

But no man can tame the tongue (that is apart from God's help and that person's commitment to obeying the Scriptures on this topic, other than that, it cannot be done).

Vs. 8.  Because it (the tongue) is an unruly evil.  Also, the tongue is full of deadly poison.                             Vs. 9.  For with it (the tongue) we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude the likeness of God.                                                                                                          Vs. 10.  Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Listen, when the tongue is not bridled or under control, it will have a tremendous effect that will be destructive and devastating.

And remember, no man can tame the tongue, that is apart from God's help, and that person's commitment to obeying the Scriptures on this topic, other than that, it cannot be done.

So then, you and I must deal with this matter revealed to us in Luke 6: 45 and in James 3: 2-10, as a sin in our lives if we lack the control, the maturity, and the obedience to God's Word in this area.  We must seek the Lord's help daily in order to change and improve and grow in this area. For we know the words that we speak to another person, can have a tremendous effect upon them. 

So then let's first start in Psalms 32: 5-6.                                                                                                             I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD, and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah                                                                               For this cause, everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near me.

See Psalms 139: 23&24.                                                                                                                                         Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

See Psalms 119: 10&11.                                                                                                                                         With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!   Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

See Psalms 141: 3&4.                                                                                                                                              Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.                                                   Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.

Finally, Ephesians 4: 29-31.                                                                                                                               Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.                                                                                                                                  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.                  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.                 Listen, when the tongue is not bridled or under control, it will have a tremendous effect that will be destructive and devastating. 

12-21-2016   Part 3  

Our new topic, “How Can The Blessed Man Or Woman Better Communicate?“   Because the words that we speak to another person, can have a tremendous effect upon them.                                                         Therefore, we need to be more aware and cautious of what we say.

Now, this evening let's identify some specific areas from the Book of Proverbs that God can use to help us to change, to improve, and to grow in how we communicate with others.                                                   Because we know the words that we speak to another person, can have a tremendous effect upon them.

Now notice first, Proverbs 12: 18, there is that which one can speak, it is like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.                                                                                                                           Now, let's interpret.