Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Love Will Hardly Even Notice When Others Do It Wrong

1 Corinthians 13 has always been called "The Love Chapter" of the Bible.  Why?  Because Paul breaks down and explains what true love really means.  I love to read the different versions of this scripture and my favorite version for this particular scripture reading is The Living Bible.  Notice that I have highlighted below a portion of verse 5 that really impacts me because it is so hard from me to not notice when others do it wrong.  I know I fall short in some of the others too.

Who do you know lives true love as Paul describes in these verses?  Besides Jesus, my Mother is the only person that I have ever known who truly lived in true love all the time.

If you know of someone, like Jesus and my Mom, that truly lives or lived the true love that Paul has described I would love to hear from you in the comments below.  If you would rather your comments to be kept private then please use the contact us form on the sidebar.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

4 Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. 5 It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. 7 Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Common English Bible (CEB)

4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, 5 it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, 6 it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

4 Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful,
5 not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered,
and it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not gloat over other people’s sins
but takes its delight in the truth.
7 Love always bears up, always trusts,
always hopes, always endures.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

4 Love is kind and patient,
never jealous, boastful,
proud, or 5 rude.
Love isn’t selfish
or quick tempered.
It doesn’t keep a record
of wrongs that others do.
6 Love rejoices in the truth,
but not in evil.
7 Love is always supportive,
loyal, hopeful,
and trusting.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 5 Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. 6 Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. 7 Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

4 Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. 5 It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. 6 It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Good News Translation (GNT)

4 Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; 5 love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; 6 love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. 7 Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Living Bible (TLB)

4 Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, 5 never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. 6 It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. 7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 The Message (MSG)

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Life Version (NLV)

4 Love does not give up. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. Love does not put itself up as being important. Love has no pride. 5 Love does not do the wrong thing. Love never thinks of itself. Love does not get angry. Love does not remember the suffering that comes from being hurt by someone. 6 Love is not happy with sin. Love is happy with the truth. 7 Love takes everything that comes without giving up. Love believes all things. Love hopes for all things. Love keeps on in all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Living Translation (NLT)

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

4 Love’s great-hearted; love is kind,
knows no jealousy, makes no fuss,
is not puffed up, 5 no shameless ways,
doesn’t force its rightful claim,
doesn’t rage or bear a grudge,
6 doesn’t cheer at others’ harm,
rejoices, rather, in the truth.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things,
love hopes all things, endures all things.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

4 Love is patient,
love is kind,
it does not envy,
it does not brag,
it is not puffed up,
5 it does not behave inappropriately,
it does not seek its own way,
it is not provoked,
it keeps no account of wrong,
6 it does not rejoice over injustice
but rejoices in the truth;
7 it bears all things,
it believes all things,
it hopes all things,
it endures all things.


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 The Voice (VOICE)

Paul boils it all down for the believers in Corinth. Religious people often spend their time practicing rituals, projecting dogma, and going through routines that might look like Christianity on the outside but that lack the essential ingredient that brings all of it together—love! It is a loving God who birthed creation and now pursues a broken people in the most spectacular way. That same love must guide believers, so faith doesn’t appear to be meaningless noise.

4 Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; 5 it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs 6 or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! 7 Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Don't Let Yourself Feel Discouraged - Always Keep Busy Working For The Lord

This Verse of the Day was exactly what I needed to hear today as often feel discouraged in my simple ministry for the Lord.  Why?  I guess the enemy whispers in my ear that no one is cares about reading this blog.  He says, "why don't you give up because you are not seeing anyone being blessed by what you do."

He also said, "Remember that person who said that your blog articles by email make him mad and that he deletes them and never reads them.?"  I remember thinking to myself, "Yes, I do remember and I remember how much that hurt."  I did give up for a while, but I kept feeling the Lord impressing on me to get back to work.

I asked the Lord why should I keep going if my articles make people mad and I'm not see any fruits for my labors.  He said to my spirit, "Don't look for your results there are results that happen in peoples lives that you will never see."  He went on to say, "Your job is to keep planting the seeds (the Word) and then let Him go to work."  He says He sends the Holy Spirit to water the seeds and it is the Holy Spirit that reaps the harvest.  The results or the fruit of my labors will be made known when He gives me my rewards.  

1 Corinthians 15:58 The Voice (VOICE)

58 My dear brothers and sisters, stay firmly planted—be unshakable—do many good works in the name of God, and know that all your labor is not for nothing when it is for God.


1 Corinthians 15:58 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

58 Therefore, my dearly loved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord—because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

58 So, my dear family, be firmly fixed, unshakeable, always full to overflowing with the Lord’s work. In the Lord, as you know, the work you’re doing will not be worthless.

1 Corinthians 15:58 New Living Translation (NLT)

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

1 Corinthians 15:58 New Life Version (NLV)

58 So then, Christian brothers, because of all this, be strong. Do not allow anyone to change your mind. Always do your work well for the Lord. You know that whatever you do for Him will not be wasted.

1 Corinthians 15:58 New English Translation (NET Bible)

58 So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58 The Message (MSG)

58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Living Bible (TLB)

58 So, my dear brothers, since future victory is sure, be strong and steady, always abounding in the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever wasted as it would be if there were no resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:58 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

58 So, then, brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

58 So, my dear brothers, stand firm and immovable, always doing the Lord’s work as vigorously as you can, knowing that united with the Lord your efforts are not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Amplified Bible (AMP)

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].

Sunday, February 26, 2017

How To Overcome Feelings of Inferiority


Why do we have those feelings?  I guess all us have felt the feelings of inferiority at one time or another, but should we?  We should never allow ourselves to compare our worth to others based on our looks, achievements, money, or worldly status.  The Lord designed each one of us for a specific purpose and plan.  When you have those feelings of inferiority remind yourself of the following scripture verses and start praising the Lord for the way He made you.  Give Him thanks for all He has done.  Get in the habit of worshiping Him and you lose the feelings of "self" and your mind will switch to the feelings of love for the Father and others.




Psalm 139:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

14
I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.


Psalm 139:14 Common English Bible (CEB)

14 I give thanks to you that I was marvelously set apart.
Your works are wonderful—I know that very well.


Psalm 139:14 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

14 I thank you because I am awesomely made,
wonderfully; your works are wonders —
I know this very well.


Psalm 139:14 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

14 and I praise you
because of
the wonderful way
you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous!
Of this I have no doubt.


Psalm 139:14 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

14 I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way.
I know how amazing that was!


Psalm 139:14 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

14 I will give thanks to you
because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.
Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.


Psalm 139:14 Living Bible (TLB)

14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.

Psalm 139:14-16 The Message (MSG)

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.


Psalm 139:14 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

14 I praise You, for I am awesomely, wonderfully made!
Wonderful are Your works—
and my soul knows that very well.


Psalm 139:14 The Voice (VOICE)

14 I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Lord God Has Chosen You To Be Like Him


Colossians 3:12 The Voice (VOICE)

Paul tells them the key to remain unified is to show compassion and forgiveness toward one another.

12 Since you are all set apart by God, made holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a holy way of life: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Colossians 3:12 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves in tender compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience—

Colossians 3:12 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

Love, Peace and Thanksgiving

12 These are the clothes you must put on, then, since God has chosen you, made you holy, and lavished his love upon you. You must be tender-hearted, kind, humble, meek, and ready to put up with anything.

Colossians 3:12 New Life Version (NLV)

12 God has chosen you. You are holy and loved by Him. Because of this, your new life should be full of loving-pity. You should be kind to others and have no pride. Be gentle and be willing to wait for others.

Colossians 3:12New King James Version (NKJV)

Character of the New Man

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

Colossians 3:12-14 The Message (MSG)

12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Colossians 3:12 Living Bible (TLB)

12 Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. Don’t worry about making a good impression on them, but be ready to suffer quietly and patiently.

Colossians 3:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

Colossians 3:12 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Your New Life With Each Other

12 God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient.

Colossians 3:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper];

Friday, February 24, 2017

We Make Plans But God's Purpose Prevails

We naturally attempt to map out our future with plans and schemes to make our will happen.  Our future is not ultimately in our control.  God already has plans for each of our lives and He will make sure that His plans for us are accomplished.

My interpretation of this verse is we can make plans all we want to, but we don't need to try so hard.  The Lord wants us to include Him in our plans and He will bless those plans if those plans are within His will for us.  Our job is to relax and trust in Him to guide and direct us in the paths He has prepared for us.

Proverbs 19:21 Amplified Bible (AMP)

21
Many plans are in a man’s mind,
But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).


Proverbs 19:21 Common English Bible (CEB)

21 Many plans are in a person’s mind,
but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.


Proverbs 19:21 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

21 One can devise many plans in one’s mind,
but Adonai’s plan will prevail.


Proverbs 19:21 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

21 We may make a lot of plans,
but the Lord will do
what he has decided.


Proverbs 19:21 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

21 People might make many plans, but what the Lord says is what will happen.

Proverbs 19:21 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

21 Many plans are in the human heart,
but the advice of the Lord will endure.


Proverbs 19:21 Good News Translation (GNT)

21 People may plan all kinds of things, but the Lord's will is going to be done.

Proverbs 19:21 The Message (MSG)

21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans,
but God’s purpose prevails.


Proverbs 19:21 New Life Version (NLV)

21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s plan that will stand.

Proverbs 19:21 The Voice (VOICE)

21 The impulses of the human heart may run wild,
but the Eternal’s plan will prevail.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

He Shouts Joy Over You

Zephaniah 3:17 is a wonderfully encouraging and uplifting scripture.  Below you will find a few key phrases from the different translations that I found to be very exciting.  Can you just imagine the Lord  shouting, dancing and singing about us individually.  I had never thought about His displaying His pleasure with us in this manor before.  I am so looking forward to this event.

He will rest in His love for you

He will joyfully sing because of you

He will delight over you with joy

He will quite you with His love

He will dance for joy over you with singing

With His love He will give you new life.

He will have joy over you with loud singing

He take great delight in you

He renews you by His love

He shouts joy over you

He will sing and be joyful about you

He will rejoice over you with great gladness

He will love you and not accuse you

The Lord Himself exulting over you in a happy song

Celebrates over you with shouts of joy

He will show how much he loves you
and how happy he is with you.

He will laugh and be happy about you


Zephaniah 3:17 The Voice (VOICE)

17 The Eternal your God is standing right here among you,
and He is the champion who will rescue you.
He will joyfully celebrate over you;
He will rest in His love for you; He will joyfully sing because of you like a new husband.


Zephaniah 3:17 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

17 Adonai your God is in your midst—
a mighty Savior!
He will delight over you with joy.
He will quiet you with His love.
He will dance for joy over you with singing[a].’


Zephaniah 3:17 New Life Version (NLV)

17 The Lord your God is with you, a Powerful One Who wins the battle. He will have much joy over you. With His love He will give you new life. He will have joy over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17 New English Translation (NET Bible)

17 The Lord your God is in your midst;
he is a warrior who can deliver.
He takes great delight in you;
he renews you by his love;
he shouts for joy over you.”


Zephaniah 3:17 New Century Version (NCV)

17 The Lord your God is with you;
the mighty One will save you.
He will rejoice over you.
You will rest in his love;
he will sing and be joyful about you.”


Zephaniah 3:17-18 Living Bible (TLB)

17-18 For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.” Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song.

“I have gathered your wounded and taken away your reproach.


Zephaniah 3:17 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

17 The Lord your God is with you.
He is a hero who saves you.
He happily rejoices over you,
renews you with his love,
and celebrates over you with shouts of joy.


Zephaniah 3:17 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

17 The Lord your God is with you.
He is like a powerful soldier.
He will save you.
He will show how much he loves you
and how happy he is with you.
He will laugh and be happy about you,



Zephaniah 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17
“The Lord your God is in your midst,
A Warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with joy;
He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins],
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In God We Trust



Psalm 91:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
 




2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”

Psalm 91:2 Common English Bible (CEB)

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold!
You are my God—the one I trust!”



Psalm 91:2 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

2 who say to Adonai, “My refuge! My fortress!
My God, in whom I trust!” —



Psalm 91:2 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

2 Then you will say to the Lord,
“You are my fortress,
my place of safety;
you are my God,
and I trust you.”


Psalm 91:2 Good News Translation (GNT)

2 can say to him,
“You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust.”


Psalm 91:2-13The Message (MSG)

91 1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.





Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How To Receive Your Great Reward


Hebrews 10:35-36 The Voice (VOICE)

35 Remember this, and do not abandon your confidence, which will lead to rich rewards. 36 Simply endure, for when you have done as God requires of you, you will receive the promise.

Hebrews 10:35-36 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

35 Therefore, do not lose your boldness, which has great reward. 36 For you need perseverance so that, after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.

Hebrews 10:35-36 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)

35 So don’t throw away your confidence. It carries a great reward. 36 What you need is patience, you see; then, when you’ve done what God wants, you will receive the promise.

Hebrews 10:35-36 New Life Version (NLV)

35 Do not throw away your trust, for your reward will be great. 36 You must be willing to wait without giving up. After you have done what God wants you to do, God will give you what He promised you.

Hebrews 10:35-36 New Century Version (NCV)

35 So do not lose the courage you had in the past, which has a great reward. 36 You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-39 The Message (MSG)

32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.

It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;
he’ll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.
But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.


Hebrews 10:35-36 Living Bible (TLB)

35 Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! 36 You need to keep on patiently doing God’s will if you want him to do for you all that he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 Expanded Bible (EXB)

35 So do not ·lose [throw away] ·the courage you had in the past [or your confident trust in God; or your boldness], which has a great reward. 36 You must ·hold on [persevere; endure], so you can do ·what God wants [the will of God] and receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

35 So don’t throw away that courage of yours, which carries with it such a great reward. 36 For you need to hold out; so that, by having done what God wills, you may receive what he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 Amplified Bible (AMP)

35 Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. 36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Lord Is My Shepherd










The Lord Is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
2
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
3
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
4
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.
5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
6
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 23 Common English Bible (CEB)

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.

23 1 The Lord is my shepherd I lack nothing.
2 He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
he leads me to restful waters;
3 he keeps me [a] alive.
He guides me in proper paths
for the sake of his good name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff—
they protect me.


5 You set a table for me
right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil;
my cup is so full it spills over!


6 Yes, goodness and faithful love
will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live[b] in the Lord’s house
as long as I live.


Psalm 23 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

23 (0) A psalm of David:
(1) Adonai is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
2 He has me lie down in grassy pastures,
he leads me by quiet water,
3 he restores my inner person.
He guides me in right paths
for the sake of his own name.
4 Even if I pass through death-dark ravines,
I will fear no disaster; for you are with me;
your rod and staff reassure me.
5 You prepare a table for me,
even as my enemies watch;
you anoint my head with oil
from an overflowing cup.
6 Goodness and grace will pursue me
every day of my life;
and I will live in the house of Adonai
for years and years to come.


Psalm 23 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

(A psalm by David.)

The Good Shepherd
23 You, Lord, are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.
2 You let me rest in fields
of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water,
3 and you refresh my life.
You are true to your name,
and you lead me
along the right paths.
4 I may walk through valleys
as dark as death,
but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me,
and your shepherd’s rod[a]
makes me feel safe.
5 You treat me to a feast,
while my enemies watch.
You honor me as your guest,
and you fill my cup
until it overflows.
6 Your kindness and love
will always be with me
each day of my life,
and I will live forever
in your house, Lord.


Psalm 23Good News Translation (GNT)

The Lord Our Shepherd[a]
23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have everything I need.
2 He lets me rest in fields of green grass
and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
3 He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths,
as he has promised.
4 Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
I will not be afraid, Lord,
for you are with me.
Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.
5 You prepare a banquet for me,
where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an honored guest
and fill my cup to the brim.
6 I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life;
and your house will be my home as long as I live.


Psalm 23 The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

23 1-3 God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through
Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.


Psalm 23 New Life Version (NLV)

The Lord—Our Shepherd
23 The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. 2 He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. 3 He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name. 4 Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help. These comfort me. 5 You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me. You have poured oil on my head. I have everything I need. 6 For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life. Then I will live with You in Your house forever.

Psalm 23 The Voice (VOICE)

Psalm 23
A song of David.

Psalm 23 is the best known and most beloved psalm in the collection. Surprisingly, it casts humanity as sheep—stupid, helpless sheep. But the long-lasting appeal of Psalm 23 is a direct result of that casting because the imagery is both soothing and accessible.

When he was a boy, King David was a shepherd watching his father’s flocks in the hills around Bethlehem. In those days, too, it was common to refer to kings in the Near East as shepherds; but not all shepherd-kings cared for their sheep. Though David tried to shepherd his people well, he knew the truth: the Eternal is the true Shepherd.

In John 10:11 Jesus makes a bold claim. He declares that He is the good shepherd. Immediately His disciples detected the resonance of Psalm 23 in His words. Those of us who follow Jesus today come to know Him as that gentle but strong shepherd who guides us through life if we will follow Him.

1 The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always.
2 He provides me rest in rich, green fields
beside streams of refreshing water.
He soothes my fears;
3 He makes me whole again,
steering me off worn, hard paths
to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.
4 Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness,
I am not overcome by fear.
Because You are with me in those dark moments,
near with Your protection and guidance,
I am comforted.
5 You spread out a table before me,
provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies;
You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,
filling my cup again and again with Your grace.
6 Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me
where I go, always, everywhere.
I will always be with the Eternal,
in Your house forever.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lord Corrects Those He Loves

The Lord Corrects Those He Loves

Proverbs 3:11-12 The Voice (VOICE)

11 My son, do not ignore the Eternal’s instruction
or lose heart when He steps in to correct you;
12 Because the Eternal proves His love by caring enough to discipline you,
just as a father does his child, his pride and joy.[a]


Proverbs 3:11-12 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Discipline as the Father’s Love
11 My son, never despise Adonai’s discipline
or dread His correction.
12 For Adonai loves those He reproves,
even as a father, the son in whom he delights.[a]


Proverbs 3:11-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.[a]


Proverbs 3:11-12 New Life Version (NLV)

11 My son, listen when the Lord punishes you. Do not give up when He tells you what you must do. 12 The Lord punishes everyone He loves. He whips every son He receives.


Proverbs 3:11-12 New Century Version (NCV)

11 My child, do not reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t get angry when he corrects you.
12 The Lord corrects those he loves,
just as parents correct the child they delight in.


Proverbs 3:11-12 Names of God Bible (NOG)

11 Do not reject the discipline of Yahweh, my son,
and do not resent his warning,
12 because Yahweh warns the one he loves,
even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.


Proverbs 3:11-12 The Message (MSG)

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.


Proverbs 3:11-12 Living Bible (TLB)

11-12 Young man, do not resent it when God chastens and corrects you, for his punishment is proof of his love. Just as a father punishes a son he delights in to make him better, so the Lord corrects you.

Proverbs 3:11-12 Good News Translation (GNT)

11 My child, when the Lord corrects you, pay close attention and take it as a warning. 12 The Lord corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud.

Proverbs 3:11-12 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

11 Do not reject the discipline of the Lord, my son,
and do not resent his warning,
12 because the Lord warns the one he loves,
even as a father warns a son with whom he is pleased.


Proverbs 3:11-12 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

11 My child, don’t turn away
or become bitter
when the Lord corrects you.
12 The Lord corrects
everyone he loves,
just as parents correct
their favorite child.


Proverbs 3:11-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11
My son, do not reject or take lightly the discipline of the Lord [learn from your mistakes and the testing that comes from His correction through discipline];
Nor despise His rebuke,
12
For those whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Holy Spirit Is My Helper




The Holy Spirit Is My Helper

Today's teaching is going to be a little different as I feel impressed by the Lord to help you with a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit's role in our lives.   On June 21, 2016 the Lord impressed upon me to write an article about "The Perfect Family".   Please take a moment to click on the link to read the article.

Pastor Jimmy Evans preached a wonderful sermon, "The Spirit of Marriage", that teaches an even deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit.  Please take the time to watch the sermon in its entirety and I think you will see why the Lord Impressed upon my to share this sermon with you.


Friday, February 17, 2017

A Man's Greatest Treasure Is His Wife - She Is A Give From The Lord


A Man's Greatest Treasure Is His Wife - She Is A Give From The Lord



Proverbs 18:22 Amplified Bible (AMP)

22
He who finds a [[a]true and faithful] wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor and approval from the Lord
.


Proverbs 18:22 Common English Bible (CEB)

22 He who finds a wife finds what is good,
gaining favor from the Lord.


Proverbs 18:22 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

22 He who finds a wife finds a great good;
he has won the favor of Adonai.


Proverbs 18:22 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

22 If you find a wife, you have found something good. She shows that the Lord is happy with you.

Proverbs 18:22 Good News Translation (GNT)

22 Find a wife and you find a good thing; it shows that the Lord is good to you.

Proverbs 18:22 The Message (MSG)

22 Find a good spouse, you find a good life—
and even more: the favor of God!


Proverbs 18:22The Voice (VOICE)

22 The man who finds a wife finds something good,
and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The tongue can bring death or life, those who love to talk will reap the consequences.




Today's "Verse of the Day" has an amazing truth that most people do not understand.  I was tempted to comment on the embarrassingly stupid things I see people post on Social Media, but I will not go there today.  I think this scripture says it all.

Proverbs 18:21 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

21 Death and life are in the control of the tongue.
Those who indulge in it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21 Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

21 Death and life be in the works of [the] tongue; they that love it, shall eat the fruits thereof (they who nurture it, shall eat its fruits).

Proverbs 18:21 Names of God Bible (NOG)

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words.


Proverbs 18:21 The Message (MSG)

21 Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.


Proverbs 18:21Living Bible (TLB)

21 Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences. Men have died for saying the wrong thing!

Proverbs 18:21 Good News Translation (GNT)

21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.

Proverbs 18:21 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words.


Proverbs 18:21 Expanded Bible (EXB)

21 ·What you say can mean [L In the power of the tongue are] life or death.
Those who ·speak with care [love it] will ·be rewarded [L eat its fruit].


Proverbs 18:21 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

21 The tongue can speak words that bring life or death. Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.

Proverbs 18:21 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

21 Words can bring death or life!
Talk too much, and you will eat
everything you say.


Proverbs 18:21 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

21 The tongue has power over life and death;
those who indulge it must eat its fruit.


Proverbs 18:21 Amplified Bible (AMP)

21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I Will Trust and Not Be Afraid



Isaiah 12:2 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

2 “See! God is my salvation.
I am confident and unafraid;
for Yah Adonai is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation!”


Isaiah 12:2 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

2 Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation.

Isaiah 12:2 Common English Bible (CEB)

2 God is indeed my salvation;
I will trust and won’t be afraid.
Yah, the Lord, is my strength and my shield;
he has become my salvation.”


Isaiah 12:2 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

2 I trust you to save me,
Lord God,
and I won’t be afraid.
My power and my strength[a]
come from you,
and you have saved me.”


Isaiah 12:2 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

2 God is the one who saves me.
I trust him, and I am not afraid.
The Lord Yah is my strength.
He saves me, and I sing songs of praise about him.[a]”


Isaiah 12:2 Expanded Bible (EXB)

2 [L Look; T Behold] God is ·the one who saves me [L my salvation];
I will trust him and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord ·gives me [L is my] strength and ·makes me sing [L my song; or my defense/protection].
He has ·saved me [L become salvation/deliverance/victory for me].”


Isaiah 12:2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

2 Look! God is my Savior.
I am confident and unafraid,
because the Lord is my strength and my song.
He is my Savior.”


Isaiah 12:2 The Message (MSG)

2 “Yes, indeed—God is my salvation.
I trust, I won’t be afraid.
God—yes God!—is my strength and song,
best of all, my salvation!”


Yeshayah 12:2 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

2 Hinei, El is my Yeshuah (Salvation); I will trust, and not be afraid; for Hashem G-d is my strength and my zemirah; He also has become my Yeshuah (Salvation).

Isaiah 12:2 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

2 Behold, God is my salvation!
I will trust and will not be afraid.
For the Lord Adonai is my strength
and my song.
He also has become my salvation.”[a]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

There Is No Greater Love



John 15:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

13 No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.

John 15:13 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

13 The greatest way to show love for friends is to die for them.

John 15:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13-15 The Message (MSG)

11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.