Showing posts with label peace. Show all posts
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30 April 2020

evotional Notes Psalm 124+John 12

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Psalm 124
B1 What does this mean?
C1 No matter what battle we face. It may be the battle of depression, persecution, pain, abuse, etc., but we must remember:
D1 If the Lord had not been on our side, there would be no victory or hope. God always wins. It may be at death or before. He knows best. The soul of a believer will not be cast into hell.
D2 Psalms 39:7 GNB What, then, can I hope for, Lord? I put my hope in you.
C2 Psalms 124:8 GNB Our help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. God may send someone, something, some event to help us. We never have to worry about God’s punishment at death.
D1 John 16:33 GNB I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!"
D2 Philippians 4:6-7 GW Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.  7  Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.
D3 James 3:17 GW However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere.
D4 John 11:25-26 GNB Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die;  26  and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
D5 Psalms 23:4-6 GW Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage. 5 You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. 6 Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me all the days of my life, and I will remain in the LORD'S house for days without end.
B2 How do I apply this to my life? Trust God always.

John 12
B1 What does this mean?
C1 Mary of Bethany Anoints Jesus’s Feet
D1 We learn who was present.
D2 We learn what Mary did.
D3 We learn Judas’ response and Jesus’s response.
D4 We learn about Judas’ character. He was outwardly trustworthy, but his actions (stealing) revealed his true character. As it is said, “Actions are louder than words.”
D5 We learn that the Jewish leaders solution to problem was often murder. Lazarus had done nothing worthy of death. If people wish to kill Christians today, the same attitude is revealed.
C2 Jesus Enters Jerusalem Riding a Colt
D1 This feast is the Passover. It is one of 3 feasts that all Israelite men were required to attend. The others were Pentecost and Tabernacles.
D2 Verse 14 & 15 are another fulfilled prophecies. Compare: Top 40 Most Helpful Messianic Prophecies
D3 Barclay (beware) writes on verse 19: We cannot leave this passage without noticing the simplest thing of all. Seldom in the world's history has there been such a display of magnificently deliberate courage as the Triumphal Entry. We must remember that Jesus was an outlaw and that the authorities were determined to kill him. All prudence would have warned him to turn back and make for Galilee or the desert places. If he was to enter Jerusalem at all, all caution would have demanded that he enter secretly and go into hiding; but he came in such a way as to focus every eye upon himself. It was an act of the most superlative courage, for it was the defiance of all that man could do; and it was an act of the most superlative love, for it was love's last appeal before the end.
C3 Jesus Predicts His Death
D1 Verse 21, would all people so desire.
D2 Verse 21, would see Jesus probably refers to be able to speak with Him. Nevertheless, time does not permit it.
D3 Verse 24 not only refers to Jesus’s death but also our death to the world system, worldview, and lifestyle.
D4 In verse 25 Jesus warns about the error of having this life as the highest priority. We are to seek God’s kingdom as our highest priority.
E1 Matthew 6:33 ESV But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
E2 Bible Illustrator has this comment:
Man’s first duty His first duty.
1. In priority of time.
2. In excellence of value.
3. It implies diligence.
4. It implies consideration. How the unjust steward planned his conduct.
5. Seek a personal interest in the kingdom of God.
6. Seek the extension of the Redeemer’s kingdom.
7. Seek the glory of the kingdom
D5 In verse 32, the word all refers to all people. See here.
D6 In verse 32, the word draw is to lead into a certain place.
E1 Even though He draws, that is attracts, believing and trusting in Jesus is up to the individual to accept and reject.
E2 Sometimes, depending on the context, it can mean drag as James 2:6 CSB Yet you have dishonored the poor. Don't the rich oppress you and drag you into court?
E3 In verse 32, it has the idea of draw. See lexicon.
F1 Compare: John 6:44 ESV No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
F2 Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges: ἑλκύσω. Not συρῶ (see on John 6:44). There is no violence; the attraction is moral and not irresistible. Man’s will is free, and he may refuse to be drawn. Previous to the ‘lifting up’ it is the Father who ‘draws’ men to the Son (6:44-45). And in both cases all are drawn and taught: not only the Jews represented by the Twelve, but the Gentiles represented by the Greeks. Πρὸς ἐμαυτόν, unto Myself, up from the earth. The two verses (31, 32) sum up the history of the Church; the overthrow of Satan’s rule, the establishment of Christ’s.
D7 Verse 35 is a warning. Much light has come from the teaching of Jesus Christ. His actions and words were understood, but as the hearers, for the most part, rejected, the light faded and the hearing dulled. Let us not refuse the call from the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 11:28-30 NET Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry."
C4 Most Jews Refuse to Believe
D1 A very sad commentary for sure. God help us. John 12:42-43 WEL Nevertheless, even of the leaders many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess, lest they should be thrown out of the synagogue, 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
D2 Verse 46, darkness refers to the opposite of truth, freedom, peace, safety, rest, hope, etc. If we believe Jesus, we have these good things. If we do not believe, then we have lies, slavery, no peace, no safety, no rest, no hope, etc. Ephesians 5:8 GNB You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light. So you must live like people who belong to the light,
D3 Another warning in verses 47-48: we can either believe in Jesus or reject. This is a genuine warning of our choices. Choices have consequences.
D4 The commandment of verse 50 is the commandment to believe. We can obey the Gospel call or reject.
B2 How do I apply this to my life? As above.

I hope to have a devotional every day on John’s Gospel starting with the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel. This is the way I do my devotions. You may notice grammatical and spelling errors. It is my hope you will also start or continue in your daily reading and thinking about the Scriptures. I do this Monday through Friday. It is a 3 year plan of reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the Old Testament, which takes 3 years, and reading and thinking on 1 chapter in the New Testament once a year for a total of 3 times. So, I read through the Old Testament 1 time and the New Testament 3 times over a period of 3 years. I do this Monday through Friday and use Saturday and Sunday for other devotions.

29 March 2020

A Few Thoughts About Peace

A song by the great blues musician Landon Spradlin

Seeking peace
B1 Psalm 34:14 NIV Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
C1 Most of us at one time or another have said something true or not, then have been attacked by bullying, shaming, gas-lighting, false accusations, etc.
C2 The Christian response must be, “Let’s talk this over.” We are not to seek revenge, bully, shame, rage against them, making others feel they are crazy, lie, etc. We need to seek peace. Proverbs 15:28 NLT The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
C3 The Christian response must be, “Let’s wait to talk this over.” We are not to go on the attack and argue. We need to seek peace, not pick a fight. Proverbs 15:1 NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
C4 We have all failed many times, but with God’s grace we can do what is right.
C5 The word peace is שָׁלוֹם shâlôwm. It means safety, health, peace, friendship, tranquility, etc.
C6 The word seek is בָּקַשׁ bâqash. It means seek, search, make request, etc.
C7 The word pursue is רָדַף râdaph. It means to run after, chase, with diligence and perserverance. It is a high priority.
C8 In seeking and pursuing peace let us remember: Romans 12:9-10 NLT Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
C9 1 Peter 3:8-11 GW Finally, everyone must live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble. Don't pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you, or ridicule those who ridicule you. Instead, bless them, because you were called to inherit a blessing. "People who want to live a full life and enjoy good days must keep their tongues from saying evil things, and their lips from speaking deceitful things. They must turn away from evil and do good. They must seek peace and pursue it.
B2 Matthew 5:9 GW Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called God's children.

Being in peace, calm, and tranquility
B1 Isaiah 26:3 CSB You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.
C1 ESV: You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
C2 NLV: You will keep the man in perfect peace whose mind is kept on You, because he trusts in You.
C3 The word for dependent, stayed, kept, etc. is סָמַךְ çâmak. It means to lean on something for support. We lean on Him, so He is solid support. The flesh may die, but the soul is kept:
D1 Psalm 3:5 NET I rested and slept; I awoke, for the LORD protects me.
D2 John 10:28-30 NIV I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one."
C4 Anxieties are common in this life. Worries about money, health, relationships, family, etc. We face these things.
D1 It is not a sin to worry. There is no verse that states worry is a sin.
D2 Worrying does not mean we do NOT trust God. We can trust God completely and still worry and have cares.
D3 God comforts us in our worries: Psalm 94:19 CSB When I am filled with cares, your comfort brings me joy.
D4 He is the greatest counselor. He does listen and hear our worries, troubles, fears, sorrows, pains, etc. He is there!!! Psalm 142:2-6 NLT I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles. 3 When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. 4 I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me. 5 Then I pray to you, O LORD. I say, "You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. 6 Hear my cry, for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.
D5 He does not leave us: Nahum 1:7 NLT The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.
D6 He wants us to talk to Him: 1 Peter 5:7 NLT Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
D7 Messiah, Yeshua, knows; yes, He knows! Isaiah 53:3-5 NLT He was despised and rejected--a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

16 January 2019

Ephesians 6:21-24

A1 Scripture
B1 Ephesians 6:21-24 NKJV  But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you;  (22) whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts. (23) Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  (24) Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
B2 Ephesians 6:21-24 GNB  Tychicus, our dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord's work, will give you all the news about me, so that you may know how I am getting along.  (22) That is why I am sending him to you—-to tell you how all of us are getting along and to encourage you. (23) May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give to all Christians peace and love with faith.  (24) May God's grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying love.

A2 Outline
B1 Sharing with the brethren
C1 Sent by Tychicus
D1 Beloved brother
D2 Faithful minister in the Lord
C2 Purpose
D1 How we are getting along
D2 To comfort your heart (encourage you)
B2 Ending/blessing
C1 From
D1 God the Father
D2 The Lord Jesus Christ
C2 To give from them to you
D1 Peace to the brethren
D2 Love with faith
B3 Prayer: Grace be with all you love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity

A3 Notes
B1 Sharing information
C1 Nice to update
C2 Gives information for the brethren to know how to pray.
C3 To ensure accountability.
B2 Tychicus
C1 With Paul on third missionary journey. Acts 20:4 NKJV  And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia—also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.
C2 Took letter from Paul to Colossians. Colossians 4:7-8 NKJV  Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.  (8) I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts.
C3 Also went to Ephesus. 2 Timothy 4:12 NKJV  And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
C4 According to tradition, he was Bishop of Chalcedon.
C5 Characteristics
D1 Beloved brother
E1 Same objectives
E2 Same goals
E3 Same motivations
E4 Same Lord
E5 Same salvation
E6 Same forgiveness
E7 Same grace from God
D2 Faithful minister in the Lord
E1 To Lord
E2 To church
E3 To Scriptures
F1 To read
G1 In plain, normal sense
G2 As God's word
G3 Only source of 100% truth
G4 As completely sufficient
F2 To study
F3 To believe
F4 To teach
E4 To Doctrine
E5 To Christian life
E6 To study
E7 To preach
E8 Delivers the same message that he received
C6 Sent by Paul to
D1 Give update information to church
D2 Comfort their worrying hearts
B3 Paul's prayer. Three things
C1 Peace
D1 Not world peace, though that would be nice. Social justice may be nice, but the heart needs to be changed. When God gives a new heart, we treat everyone the way God wants us to (or at least we should).
D2 Is to the brethren. This is both sisters and brothers. It is a general term for those who have placed their faith and trust into Jesus Christ.
D3 Defined
E1 Rest and calm
E2 Words
F1 Old Testament (Hebrew)
G1 Shalom
H1 Health and prosperity
H2 Safety
H3 Friendship
G2 The verbs and adjectives are from the same root word
F2 New Testament (Greek)
G1 Eirene
H1 Quietness, rest and contentment.
H2 From war and unrest
H3 With individuals
H4 With God
G2 The verbs and adjectives are from the same root word
E2 God is the author of peace
F1 Isaiah 9:6 NKJV  "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." As the old saying, "No God, no peace. Know God, know peace."
F2 There is no peace for the wicked (rebels).
G1 Isaiah 57:21 NKJV  There is no peace," Says my God, "for the wicked.
G2 Romans 3:17 UKJV  And the way of peace have they not known.
C2 Love
D1 A choice, a choosing something to be special.
D2 Words
E1 Old Testament (Hebrew)
F1 Ahabah. A general term for love of various types of love as in English.
F2 God’s love to His people. Husband to wife. Friend to friend. Sexual.
E2 New Testament (Greek)
F1 Agape (the word used here)
G1 A choosing of something/one special
G2 Romans 5:8 NKJV  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
G3 Romans 8:35 NKJV  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
F2 Phileo
G1 The feeling of friendship
G2 With the idea of loyalty and seeking the best interests of another
G3 Being fond, really liking something/one as fond of ice cream.
G4 Matthew 6:5 NKJV  And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
G5 John 5:20 NKJV  For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
F3 Eros
G1 Physical love
G2 Not used in the New Testament
F4 Storge
G1 Not used in the Bible.
G2 It is the love of parent for child that is more and higher than for the children of others.
G3 Astorgos is used. It is translated "without natural affection."
G4 2 Timothy 3:3 GW  And lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good.
G5 Romans 1:31 KJV  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.
D3 Love with faith
E1 Two nouns. It is not love (something/someone) with faith. It is love along with faith. Two nouns.
E2 Love is a blessing. It is good. It is of God. This love in this passage is for the Christian fellowship of all believers.
E3 But not only love, but love with faith. The same faith in Jesus Christ, His words, His goals, His rules, His way of life. All the Christians in love and in faith.
E4 With is not the word sun, it is meta. Meta means with as in accompanying. Faith is accompanying love. They are together. As one writes, "love goes with faith."
C3 Grace
D1 Receiving what we do NOT deserve.
D2 Words
E1 Old Testament (Hebrew)
F1 Khane
F2 Same idea as in the New Testament
F3 Proverbs 3:34 NKJV  Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
E2 New Testament (Greek)
F1 charis Favorable actions, kindness, even in the sense of a unasked for, undeserved gift.
F2 1 Corinthians 15:9-10 GNB  For I am the least of all the apostles—-I do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted God's church.  (10) But by God's grace I am what I am, and the grace that he gave me was not without effect. On the contrary, I have worked harder than any of the other apostles, although it was not really my own doing, but God's grace working with me.
B4 Parting words/blessing
C1 To those who love (agape) our Lord Jesus Christ
D1 Not necessarily an emotion as in boyfriend/girlfriend love
D2 John 14:15 GNB If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
E1 Keep is used as in keep the speed limit, that is, obey the speed limit. If it is 55 mph, then one doesn't drive as 85 mph.
E2 Commandments as outlined in the New Testament
C2 In sincerity
D1 Sincerity is the opposite of being a hypocrite, liar, false, having a facade, or fake.
D2 The Greek word is aphtharsia.
E1 Genuine, incorruptible
E2 1 Corinthians 15:42 NKJV So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption." Compare:
F1 Matthew 22:37 NRSV  He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
F2 2 Corinthians 8:8 NRSV  I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others.
F3 Titus 2:7-8 NRSV  Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity,  (8) and sound speech that cannot be censured; then any opponent will be put to shame, having nothing evil to say of us.
A4 Applications
B1 Love God
B2 Love the brothers and sisters
B3 Have faith
B4 Be faithful
B5 Be encouraged