Redeem Me; Revive Me; Give Me Life

Psalm 119:154″ Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me and give me life according to Your word.”(AMP)  This passage has  been the  cry of my heart since the day I chose to receive Christ as my Lord, Master and Savior. I am reminded of  a  beautiful song by Carman “Revive us oh Lord” and singing it  with hundreds at a concert at Great  America a theme park in Santa Clara, CA.  A dear friend received the Holy Spirit that night in the midst of all those people, his arm around my shoulders and tears streaming down his face he  was filled  with Joy and  renewed in his  faith.

Here are the Strong’s numbers to use with Brown, Briggs, Driver Hebrew Lexicon or the Gensenius Hebrew  Chaldee Lexicon. I challenge you to start studying with me each week.

Plead [H7378] (8798)

My Cause [H7379]

Redeem [H1350] (8798)

Revive /Give Life [H2421] (8761)

according to your Word [H565].

Online interlinear Bible

Psa  119:154 KJV Plead [H7378] (8798) my cause [H7379], and deliver [H1350] (8798) me: quicken [H2421] (8761) me according to thy word [H565].
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An Excerpt from Joni Parsley/Daily Devotion

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prayers are appreciated but sincere prayers are the ones that move mountains. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) We have to pray, especially in these situations, and we must pray in earnest. We have to strongly desire a result that produces what is needed. In this context, prayer is for another, especially for those with physical or spiritual weaknesses. The follow up verse describes how Elijah, who was a man like us, was able to pray and accomplish God’s purposes. He saw results because his prayer was effectual and fervent.  That kind of prayer “availeth much”. A fervent prayer is impassioned and an effectual prayer is sufficient to produce the desired result. Simply put, it’s effective, deeply felt and significantly internalized.

In other words, a prayer that availeth much, is one that has been effectual – the effectual part comes first! In this verse, we find that it’s also the prayer of a righteous man – one in right standing with the Father. One good way to get there is by having a pure heart, a pure life and a mindset that puts others first. In essence, when we pray with a right heart, with a passion for others, with a faith that is aflame, and with the assurance that God can and will supply the needs while  making necessary provisions – it is then that the prayer will avail much.

1 Thessalonians 5:11-17 New Living Translation (NLT)

I love this passage of scripture, it exemplifies everything I want to do and be as a follower of Christ. It reminds me to give respect to my leaders and all leaders in the Body of  Christ, getting to know them is the key. I know a woman who said she did not want to get to know her pastors outside of Church as it would be like going through their drawers and closets and then she would be unable to respect them. I was baffled as  have always wanted to know my leaders and be known by those I lead. Her approach is what I call a pedestal approach and if you put a man or woman on a pedestal they will eventual fall. A pedestal separates the leaders from those that  follow them and prevents the leader from teaching by the example of their life whether it be by their victories or failings. I did lead my friend to this very passage of scripture and I hope she has chosen to get to know her leaders. She knew me, but I wasn’t her pastor, although I was her children’s teacher and principal. I hope that I have made a difference in the lives of all I have come in contact with whether it be in person, online, as a friend, as a leader, or simple someone they struck up a conversation with somewhere out of boredom. I wish all who read here a blessed day, a bright future and the knowledge that there is a lifting up.

New Living Translation (NLT

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Daily Devtion/Journal Prompt: 7-Fold Nature of the Holy Spirit

I love the Amplified Bible, it is my favorite study Bible. It helped me understand who the Holy Spirit is and what he is to me and what he does for me. All of John chapters 14-16 speak to me of Christ’s love for me and all who receive Him. Truth is His love is for all humanity even though scripture tells us in Zechariah 13: And in all the land, says the Lord, two-thirds shall be cut off and perish, but one-third shall be left alive.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined and will test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will hear and answer them. I will say, It is My people; and they will say, The Lord is my God.

Jesus explains to the disciples in John 14  that he must leave and not only gives them/us hope for His return but leaves us in the care of the Holy Spirit and bequeathed to us HIS Peace. I am often asked how I can remain so unruffled when difficulties arise and my only explanation is the Peace that Christ has given us enables me to sleep well and allow Him to handle the problems. Understanding that I do not need to worry and I can trust God with all my problems has enabled me to move forward when I would otherwise have been stuck in the quicksand of worry, doubt and fear. Knowing I can ask the Holy Spirit for help, that it is my right as a Believer has been so freeing in my Christian walk. I sincerely hope  that you find that same freedom and peace.

May I suggest that you use an English dictionary, a Vines Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, a Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s  Greek English Lexicon as well as the Brown, Driver, Briggs or  Gesenius Hebrew Chaldee lexicon. Studying with original language resources is like finding the Mother Lode, they are literally a gold mine for study. Many are also available online free for your use, they are available for purchase  at Amazon.com and  www.Christianbook.com, also for a fast find when you don’t have time to drag out all those resources you can get The New Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible Words.

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—

17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.

26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

Have a blessed day and I hope this journal prompt blesses you and brings you peace

Daily Reflection – The Works of the Flesh versus the Fruit of the Spirit

As Christians we often read, claim, and memorize verses like Galatians 5:22-26, but we rarely reflect on verses 17-21. Why you ask, well it’s because we’re Christians, we received Christ as our Savior and we often think we don’t need to focus on those dirty verses about the  works of the flesh. Well, NEWSFLASH! We do need to reflect on those verses, the  entirety of scripture is for our reproof, edification and training. Because we often are guilty of those nasty things listed in verses 20&21. We need to examine our lives honestly and repent when and where necessary, so that we will produce the Fruit of the Spirit. So, with reflection reproof, repentance, and edification in mind spend a a couple of days on these nine verses.

May the peace of God be  with you in your daily life and may His blessings overtake you and cause an abundant overflow in you house that you may bless others.

 

Galatians 5:17-26

Amplified Bible (AMP)

517 For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.

18 But if you are guided (led) by the [Holy] Spirit, you are not subject to the Law.

19 Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency,

20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),

21 Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,

23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[f]that can bring a charge].

24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.

25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit [g]we have our life in God, let us go forward [h]walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]

26 Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.

Daily Scripture for Reflection and Journaling

I have discovered that many people internalize scripture better if they use a journal to reflect on the verse, chapter or book of the Bible they are reading. Simply put this is the habit of having daily personal devotions. Family devotions often take the form of reading and discussion which is how I have structured many a morning Chapel during my teaching career in private Christian Education K-12.

Below I have given 15 verses from the 29Galatians Chapter 3, feel free to click this  link to Bible Gateway  and choose a different version/translation  that you are more comfortable with and by all means read the entire chapter before reflecting on these verses. I chose the verses I felt were key to understand salvation by grace through faith. The very first scripture I memorized as an adult was Galations 3:13-14. Please by all means find OT and NT cross references, I supplied a few to get you started. The particular devotion/journal, because of it’s length can be used for a weeks worth of reflection and journaling/discussion. I will post daily, but you can use the longer ones for over a seven day period doing two scriptures or more a day and then a final analysis after having reflected on them separately. Feel free to leave comments or privately email me at revkathe95223@gmail.com and reference this blog in the subject line.

Galations  3:2 (AMP) Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying the Law and doing its works, or was it by hearing [the message of the Gospel] and believing [it]? [Was it from observing a law of rituals or from a message of faith?]

Then does He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing in and adhering to and trusting in and relying on the message that you heard?

11 Now it is evident that no person is justified (declared righteous and brought into right standing with God) through the Law, for the Scripture says, The man in right standing with God [the just, the righteous] shall live by and out of faith and he who through and by faith is declared righteous and in right standing with God shall live.

13 Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified);

14 To the end that through [their receiving] Christ Jesus, the blessing [promised] to Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, so that we through faith might [all] receive [the realization of] the promise of the [Holy] Spirit. Cross reference Deuteronomy 28:2-13 and   Romans 4 :13 For the promise to Abraham or his posterity, that he should inherit the world, did not come through [observing the commands of] the Law but through the righteousness of faith.
Romans 4:12-14 (in Context)

15 To speak in terms of human relations, brethren, [if] even a man makes a last will and testament (a merely human covenant), no one sets it aside or makes it void or adds to it when once it has been drawn up and signed (ratified, confirmed).

16 Now the promises (covenants, agreements) were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed (his Offspring, his Heir). He [God] does not say, And to seeds (descendants, heirs), as if referring to many persons, but, And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir), obviously referring to one individual, Who is [none other than] Christ (the Messiah).

17 This is my argument: The Law, which began 430 years after the covenant [concerning the coming Messiah], does not and cannot annul the covenant previously established (ratified) by God, so as to abolish the promise and make it void.

18 For if the inheritance [of the promise depends on observing] the Law [as these false teachers would like you to believe], it no longer [depends] on the promise; however, God gave it to Abraham [as a free gift solely] by virtue of His promise.

19 What then was the purpose of the Law? It was added [later on, after the promise, to disclose and expose to men their guilt] because of transgressions and [to make men more conscious of the sinfulness] of sin; and it was intended to be in effect until the Seed (the Descendant, the Heir) should come, to and concerning Whom the promise had been made. And it [the Law] was arranged and ordained and appointed through the instrumentality of angels [and was given] by the hand (in the person) of a go-between [Moses, an intermediary person between God and man].

24 So that the Law served [a][to us Jews] as our trainer [our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us] until Christ [came], that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith.

25 But now that the faith has come, we are no longer under a trainer (the guardian of our childhood).

26 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.

27 For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.

28 There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male [b]and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.