"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Proud as a Peacock

Posted by Emma on April 29, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect

“Proud as a peacock,” is a common saying. It is little wonder when you look at these elegant birds strutting about. If beauty mattered they would have every right to be proud, but the Bible says, “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30. Fearing the Lord is what matters, not beauty. So do not be like a peacock and be proud of your looks. When you are showing off your beauty, people see you. When you are fearing the Lord, people see Him. Let God live in you and you will be truly beautiful.

Resist the Wicked

Posted by Emma on April 28, 2010 | Filed under: Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.” Psalm 119:61 (KJV)

“Cords of the wicked have surrounded me, Thy law I have not forgotten.” Psalm 119:61 (YLT)

We must never forget God’s law, but especially when surrounded by wickedness.

The first word in this verse is חבלי (chevely) which means cord, rope, or band. Figuratively, this word can talk of a snare. Wicked people will set snares to try and trap people and bring them into their wickedness. The next word is רשעים (resha’im) which means wicked, criminals. Anyone who is a sinner is wicked and separated from God. It is only by God’s grace that any of us are not wicked. There are varying degrees of wickedness, but no matter how much or how little sin you commit without the blood of Christ you will end up in hell.

עודני (ivuduni) is a verb meaning surround. It is as if the Psalmist is saying the snares of the wicked are all round me. They surround me on every side. There are places where it does feel like wickedness surrounds us and everywhere you turn something is trying to entice you to sin.

The word תורתך  (toratecha) means thy instructions, directions, or laws. These are the things God has for us to do written in the Bible. He tells us the correct way to live, it is up to us to do so. לא (lo) is an adverb meaning not. The final word in this verse is the verb שכחתי (shachacheti) which means forget. The Psalmist does not forget God’s law.

When we are surrounded by wickedness and being enticed to sin on every side, it is vitally important that we remember God’s law. If you find yourself in a place of wickedness, you must keep your eyes on God and faithful do what He commands, if you hope to get out unharmed. Wickedness can be very enticing and sometimes hard to spot. It is only through keeping in contact with the Master and following God’s laws that we can avoid sin and stay clear of wickedness. Remember God’s law all the time, it is a big help. When you are enticed by wickedness, make sure you keep your eyes and mind on the Master and His laws. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Keeping God’s laws, help to resist him. So when you are enticed, do not forget God’s laws, when seem to be surrounded by wickedness, do not forget God’s laws, when you feel all is lost, do not forget God’s laws. He will help you through. Focus on Him!


Posted by Emma on April 27, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect

The trees around here are just starting to blossom. It is exciting to watch spring come in, new life growing, and everything starting to bloom. It is even more exciting to watch God work in someone’s life as they become a new creature and blossom as they grow into the image of Christ.

Make Haste to Obey

Posted by Emma on | Filed under: Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.” Psalm 119:60

What a statement to be able to make. I think that if most of us really contemplated what these words meant we would feel ashamed for how we have acted. I have seen very few people who make hast to keep God’s commandments. I know I do not always. I need to change my ways.

The first word in this verse is חשתי (chasheti) which is a verb meaning make haste. This is to move quickly, to rapidly be doing something, to be doing it right away. The next word is  ולא (velo). The ו (vav) at the beginning of the word means and. The main word means not. התמהמהתי (chitemahemaheti) is another verb meaning linger, tarry, wait. This is the opposite of making haste. It is to not be in any hurry to do something, to linger perhaps in hopes that someone else will do it before you can.

לשמר (lishemor) begins with a ל (lamed) meaning to. The main word means keep, watch, preserve. It is to do something. It is to watch over that thing you are doing so that no harm comes to it and it will be preserved for other generations. We should do God’s commands faithfully so that no harm comes to them and others will learn how to do them. The final word in this verse is מצותיך (mitzvotecha) which means thy commandments. These are God’s commandments found in the Scriptures. We know what God wants us to do, we must be faithful and do it.

The Psalmist hurries to obey God and do His commands. He does not delay at all. When you delight in something it is easy to do it quickly. I am sure that helped the Psalmist, since he delighted in God’s commands. The more we delight in God’s commands the easier it will be for us to do them quickly. But we must not wait until they are easy to do, we must do them now. We should quickly do God’s commands every time we get a chance to. We should not wait around hoping someone else will do it. It is our responsibility to do all of God’s commands, let us make haste to do them. If you really make an effort do be quick to obey God, it will affect every area of your life. You will obey your parents right away and not wait for someone else to do what they ask. God says, Honor your father and mother. You will help those in need and not wait for someone else to come to their assistance. God says, love your neighbor as yourself. You will be one hundred percent honest one hundred percent of  the time. God says, do not lie. The list can go on and on. The Bible talks about all areas of life. Be quick to obey God. Do not linger and let another take your opportunity. Be faithful and store up reward in heaven.

Little? No Problem

Posted by Emma on April 26, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect

These flowers are on the small side of things, they are not much taller than the grass that surrounds them. (And no, we do not have super long grass.)  Although they may be small, these flowers still give God glory and show His amazing handiwork. We can be like these flowers. No matter how small or insignificant you may be, you can still give God glory and show His amazing handiwork. Let Him live through you and live each day to bring glory to His name. Stand tall like these flowers and bring the Lord glory and honor!

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