About Love #96-146

  1. Love never fails. If things are failing in your life, then check your love level.
  1. Love is not just an attribute of God, God IS love. God is not faith, but He is full of faith. God is not mercy, but He is merciful. However, God IS love. That’s the essence of who He is.
  1. There are no limitations to those who walk in God’s love.
  1. The revelation of all possibilities is in the understanding of my love identity.
  1. The Church has been in the state of reason and emotion for a long time. They feel good, and may run around, yet don’t have the success or victory rate you should have if you got the revelation of His love. When you’re in a real fight, you have to know how to use the Sword of the Spirit and be led by the Spirit. The Church needs to go to the reality of who you really are in Christ and what you have on the inside of you and be able to use the Sword of the Spirit accurately and skillfully.
  1. Ephesians 3:14-21 – Love Identity. How do I access or activate this kind of love identity?
  1. Love is the highest you can go in the realm of the Spirit. Love is higher than faith, and even higher than the blood of Jesus. Love is God and God sent the Blood. Love is higher than the Gifts of the Spirit.
  1. Love is the most excellent way.
  1. God is love and love is God’s whole identity. When you love God, you got all the promises of God, from Genesis to Revelation. You have the fullness of God.
  1. Love makes you more than a conqueror. Romans 8:20. Anything defeating me is only temporary.
  1. Ephesians 3 (prayer Paul prayed for inner strength to be bold, strong, victorious, joyful).
  1. Romans 5 you can be in the greatest battle. We glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. And hope makes not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. “Hearts” is referring to your soul. The love of God is shed abroad in my mind and emotions, and I am conscious of the fact that God will never leave me or forsake me.
  1. God’s love is shed abroad in your emotions. Say “touch me Lord Jesus”, and He will.
  1. God can shed abroad His love into your imagination. Can you imagine what would happen to your life?
  1. Romans 12:2 cannot work without love. You cannot fully renew the mind with just the Word, but you need the love of God to renew the mind. The perfect will of God means love.
  1. The love of God is shed abroad in our will.
  1. Perfect love casts out fear. 2 Timothy 1:7. The power, love and a sound mind cannot work without love.
  1. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee with My right hand.
  1. Ephesians 3:14, inner man is your soul.
  1. The root of the Spirit is love. Everything else is the fruit.
  1. When you get out of love, you get into the flesh and into pride.
  1. Your first works is love.
  1. Love is the master of the Spirit world.
  1. When you are all upset and walk out of love, you are not as powerful as you could be.
  1. The love walk is not an emotional love walk. It’s triumphant.
  1. Satan downplays love because he knows how powerful it is. This world demonstrates weak love.
  1. Be rooted and grounded in love.
  1. Love surpasses knowledge.
  1. Love surpasses facts. I’ve got something in me to stir up miracles.
  1. Love is supernatural.
  1. Your life will be transformed by God’s love inside of you.
  1. You have to be strengthened in your inner man by God’s love, before you qualify for the next verse. Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …”
  1. The richest attribute of God’s Glory is love.
  1. Galations 5:6 says faith which works by love.
  1. Love is the ground wire.
  1. The stagnation and frustration you’ve been going through is over. Love makes grace show up.
  1. You will be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life, because of a deeper love relationship between you and God.
  1. Love will never let you down, even when you make a mistake.
  1. “The past won’t last.” Whatever you need wiped out can be wiped out by the power of love.
  1. Love gives. “For God so loved the world that He gave …”
  1. “God so loved the world” … that’s you and me. He loves us just the way we are. He just wants you to surrender yourself to Him and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
  1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit involves tongues, but is a baptism of the love of God.
  1. Works don’t replace love.
  1. Return to your first love and first work (Revelation 2:1-7).
  1. All limitations can be crossed by love.
  1. We are called in Christ to make marks which cannot be erased, and love makes those marks.
  1. Because of love I will live and declare the glory of the Lord.
  1. Love brings results to our prayers and faith.
  1. “Lord, spread Your love through my imagination.”
  1. Love heals the broken heart.
  1. There is no greater love on earth than being a grandparent.
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About Love #1-54

  1. Loving God and loving others is the #1 Kingdom principle.
  1. Our love walk is vitally necessary when it comes to receiving healing and deliverance, or whatever it is that we are asking the Lord for.
  1. The failure to walk in love can prevent a person from receiving their healing and can block the flow of God’s blessings.
  1. Whatever we receive from the Lord, we receive by faith.
  1. Faith works by love (Galations 5:6).
  1. Without love, our faith will not work properly.
  1. If we are not receiving answers to our prayers, perhaps we need to check up on our love walk.
  1. Unforgiveness and hatred are deadly to our love walk, and these are blessing blockers.
  1. To hate our brother is the same as walking in darkness, according to 1 John 2:11.
  1. We cannot say that we love God and are walking in the light, yet hate our brother at the same time (1 John 1:5-8, 2:9).
  1. Hatred is as the sin of murder, and no murderers will inherit eternal life (1 John 3:15, Revelation 21:8).
  1. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  1. If you do not have love in your heart for someone, the Holy Spirit can place that love there.
  1. Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
  1. In the Old Testament, there was probably nothing of greater importance than the burnt offerings and sacrifices. Yet love is superior to all of the sacrifices.
  1. David said in Psalms 51:16-17 that God does not delight in sacrifices and burnt offerings, but in a broken and contrite heart.
  1. The heart and attitudes of man is what God is after.
  1. Mark 12:33 (NKJV) says, “And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
  1. The law of Moses contains numerous laws.  However, if we just walk in one law – the law of love – we will have fulfilled the law.
  1. Romans 13:8-10 (NKJV) says, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
  1. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
  1. If you walk in love, you will not break any of the ten commandments.
  1. Jesus commands us to love one another.  John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  1. In John 14:21 Jesus said that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments.
  1. In John 15:13 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
  1. Greek word for “love” = Agape (noun).  Sacrificial, unselfish love; benevolence; good will.  God’s love for mankind.  Our love for God and others.  Agape love involves feelings of affection, but is based on a decision of the will.  Agape love always gives, and puts the interests of others before its own.
  1. Agape is a term used for the Love Feasts in the early church.  The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary states: “At this meal the Christians, in connection with their common Redeemer Jesus Christ, ignored all distinctions of rank, wealth and culture, and met as members of one family.”
  1. Greek word for “love” = Agapao (verb). To regard the best welfare of another.  To have preference for one another.  To prize and treasure.  Love for the brethren.  God’s love for mankind as demonstrated by giving His one and only Son.  Our love for God demonstrated in affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of benefits received.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Phileo – friendship; to be kindly disposed to one; tender affection; personal attachment; sentimental feelings; to love from the heart.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philos – a dear one; to be fond of; a friend; an associate; a neighbor.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philadelphia – brotherly love; the love which Christians cherish for each other as brethren.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philandros – affectionate as a wife; a wife showing affection to her husband.  Titus 2:4a.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philoteknos – loving one’s offspring or children.  Titus 2:4b.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philanthropia – love of mankind; benevolence; philanthropy.  Acts 28:2; Titus 3:4.
  1. Greek word for “love”: Philanthropos – love of mankind; philanthropy; humane; kindness.  Acts 27:3.
  1. Agape (noun) and agapao (verb) is the highest form of love, and is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
  1. Without agape love in operation, it is not possible to act in genuine phileo or philos love (love for the brethren, family and friends).
  1. In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us a clearer understanding of what it means to walk in agapao love.
  1. Love is Patient (Greek: makrothumeo) – to be long spirited, forbearing, patient; to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others; to be mild and slow in avenging; to be long suffering; slow to anger, slow to punish.
  1. Love is Kind (chresteuomai) – to show oneself helpful; to act benevolently; to show oneself mild.
  1. Love is Not Envious (zeloo) – to have warmth of feeling against; to be heated or boiling; jealousy.
  1. Love is Not boastful (perpereuomai) – braggart; to vaunt oneself.
  1. Love is Not Proud or Arrogant (phusioo) – to be haughty; to inflate; blow up; blow out; to cause to swell up.
  1. Love is Not Rude (aschemoneo) – to be (or act) unbecoming; behave unseemly.
  1. Love is Not Self-Seeking (zeteo) – seek; require; demand (one’s own way); selfishness; self-centeredness.
  1. Love is Not Easily Angered (paroxuno) – to exasperate; to irritate; provoke; rouse to anger; to be sharp.
  1. Love Thinks No Evil (Greek: kakos) – troublesome; injurious; pernicious; destructive; baneful; keeping a record of wrongs.
  1. Love Does Not Rejoice in Iniquity (Greek: adikia) – injustice; moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act).
  1. Love Rejoices in Truth (Greek: aletheia) – what is true in any matter under consideration (opposed to what is feigned, fictitious, false); truth as a personal excellence; that candor or mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit.
  1. Love Bears All Things (Protects) (Greek: stego) – to roof over, (figuratively) to cover with silence; to keep secret; to hide; conceal; to protect or keep by covering; to preserve; to bear up against; hold out against, and so to endure, bear, forbear.
  1. Love Believes All Things (Trust) (pisteuo) – to have faith (in, or with respect to, a person); to think to be true; to be persuaded of; to credit; place confidence in.
  1. Love Hopeth All Things (Expect) (elpizo) – to expect; expect the best.
  1. Love Endures All Things (hupomeno) – abide, remain; i.e. bear trials; have fortitude; persevere.
  1. Love Never Fails (or Falls) (pipto) – to fall; used of descent from a higher place to a lower; used of descent from a standing to a prostrate position; to fall from a state of uprightness; i.e. to sin; to come to an end; cease.

Healing in the Bones – Part 3 of 3

What the Bible Has To Say About Healing in the Bones and Marrow:

  1. The fear (reverence of the Lord) is health to the nerves, navel, sinews, marrow and bones.
  2. A broken heart and deferred hope dries up the bones
  3. Unconfessed sin dries up the bones. Confession and repentance of sin restores life back into the bones
  4. Praising God and trusting in the Lord is strength to the bones
  5. Good news and pleasant words are life to the bones
  6. Restoration, joy, blessings of the Lord, and longings fulfilled are nourishment to the bones
  7. A merry heart is medicine to the bones and the whole body
  8. Bad character is like rottenness in the bones
  9. The Word of God is a two-edged sword, even dividing the joints from the marrow
  10. The Holy Spirit breathes life into those dry bones so that they may live
  11. The fire of God in our bones
  12. Anointing power virtue stored in the bones
  13. Pain and aching in the bones at night
  14. Morrow moistening the bones
  15. Burning sensation in the bones (negative kind of burning)
  16. Bones being out of joint

In the previous post, Healing in the Bones – Part 2 of 3, we talked about how fearing (reverencing) the Lord brings health to the body and nourishment to the bones. In this post, we will focus on the other 15 points about what the Bible has to say about the condition of the bones.

A broken heart, sorrow and deferred hope (and hopelessness) dries up the bones:

Proverbs 17:22 KJV

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs 13:12 AMP

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

Psalms 6:2-3 AMP

2 Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am weak (faint and withered away); O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled (KJV says “vexed in the bones”; NLT says “agony in the bones”).

3 My [inner] self [as well as my body] is also exceedingly disturbed and troubled. But You, O Lord, how long [until You return and speak peace to me]?

Psalms 6:2-4 TLB

2 Pity me, O Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, for my body is sick,

3 and I am upset and disturbed. My mind is filled with apprehension and with gloom. Oh, restore me soon.

4 Come, O Lord, and make me well. In your kindness save me.

Psalms 22:14-15 NLT

14 My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me.

15 My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay.

Psalms 102:5 AMP

By reason of my loud groaning [from suffering and trouble] my flesh cleaves to my bones.

Unconfessed sin dries up the bones. Confession and repentance of sin restores life back to the bones:

Job 20:11

His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.

Psalms 31:10 AMP

For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my iniquity, and even my bones have wasted away.

Psalms 32:3-4 AMP

3 When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

4 For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalms 38:3 AMP

There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation; neither is there any health or rest in my bones because of my sin.

Psalms 51:8-10 AMP

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice.

9 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.

Praising God and trusting in the Lord is strength to the bones:

Isaiah 58:11 NIV   The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame (other translations say “bones”). You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Psalms 63:5 KJV

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.

Good news and pleasant words are life to the bones:

Proverbs 15:30 AMP

The light in the eyes [of him whose heart is joyful] rejoices the hearts of others, and good news nourishes the bones.

Proverbs 16:24 NKJV

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

Restoration, joy, blessings of the Lord, and longings fulfilled are nourishment to the bones:

Isaiah 25:6 NASU

The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine.

Isaiah 66:13-14 KJV

13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

Proverbs 13:12 AMP

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

A merry heart is medicine to the bones and the whole body:

Proverbs 17:22 KJV

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Bad Character is Like Rottenness in the Bones:

Proverbs 12:4 AMP

A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 14:30 AMP

A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

The Word of God is a two-edged sword, even dividing the joints from the marrow:

Hebrews 4:12 AMP

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

The Holy Spirit breathes life into those dry bones so that they may live:

It’s only by the Spirit of the Lord that the wilderness is transformed into an Eden (Isaiah 51:3). The Lord will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. He will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water (Isaiah 41:18). Also see Isaiah 35.

Ezekiel 37:1-10

1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.

2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.

3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!

5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.

6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.

8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”

10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet — a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’

12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.

13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.

14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.”

The fire of God in our bones:

The fire speaks of the Shekinah, the Spirit of God, the anointing and presence of the Lord burning in our bones. He burns in us and through us, hopefully, setting others ablaze as well. The fire speaks of passion, love, fervency for the Lord.

It also denotes consecration, purification and sanctification of the refining fire of the Lord removing the dross and purifying us like gold.

Malachi 3:2-4 (KJV) says,

2 “But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.”

In Jeremiah’s case, he was called as a prophet to the nations. The Word of the Lord was inside of him and burned in his bones. To not proclaim the Word was like fire shut up in his bones, and he could not contain it. He just had to declare the Word regardless of the response of the hearers.

Jeremiah 20:9 AMP

If I say, I will not make mention of [the Lord] or speak any more in His name, in my mind and heart it is as if there were a burning fire shut up in my bones. And I am weary of enduring and holding it in; I cannot [contain it any longer].

Anointing power virtue stored in the bones

2 Kings 13:21

And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.

Pain and aching in the bones at night

Job 30:17

My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest (KJV).

The Amplified Bible says it this way:

My bones are pierced [with aching] in the night season, and the pains that gnaw me take no rest.

The Living Bible says:

My weary nights are filled with pain as though something were relentlessly gnawing at my bones.

Morrow moistening the bones

Job 21:24

His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

Burning sensation in the bones (negative kind of burning)

Job 30:30

My skin is black and dropping off me; and my bones are burning with the heat of my disease (BBE – Bible in Basic English).

My skin is black and peeling. My bones burn with fever (TLB).

Bones being out of joint

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; it is softened [with anguish] and melted down within me. My strength is dried up like a fragment of clay pottery. AMP

My strength has drained away like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart melts like wax; my strength has dried up like sun-baked clay. TLB

PRAYER:

Father God, breathe upon each and every person right now with the breath of Your Spirit. Transform their ruins and waste places into an Eden. Turn their wilderness into springs of water. Let them blossom in the desert like the rose, and come out of the wilderness leaning on their Beloved Jesus.

Where hope has been deferred, let the desire be fulfilled. May the joy of the Lord be our strength. May our bones come alive with hearing good news and seeing those promises come to pass in our lives.

I speak life to those dry bones in the Name of Jesus. Live! Those dry bones shall live and declare God’s goodness in the land of the living. May the fire of God burn in those bones. I declare that passion be restored for God’s presence.

I cancel every plan of the enemy over people’s lives. And I decree life over people’s physical health, life over their emotions, life over their mind, life over their soul, life over their family, life over their finances, life over their ministry. I speak life in Jesus’ Name. Lush and green — is what I declare over you right now. May you flourish like the green tree planted by streams of water, always bearing fruit.

Be blessed and encouraged today.

Healing in the Bones – Part 2 of 3

What the Bible Has To Say About Healing in the Bones and Marrow:

  1. The fear (reverence of the Lord) is health to the nerves, navel, sinews, marrow and bones.
  2. A broken heart and deferred hope dries up the bones
  3. Unconfessed sin dries up the bones. Confession and repentance of sin restores life back into the bones
  4. Praising God and trusting in the Lord is strength to the bones
  5. Good news and pleasant words are life to the bones
  6. Restoration, joy, blessings of the Lord, and longings fulfilled are nourishment to the bones
  7. A merry heart is medicine to the bones and the whole body
  8. Bad character is like rottenness in the bones
  9. The Word of God is a two-edged sword, even dividing the joints from the marrow
  10. The Holy Spirit breathes life into those dry bones so that they may live
  11. The fire of God in our bones
  12. Anointing power virtue stored in the bones
  13. Pain and aching in the bones at night
  14. Morrow moistening the bones
  15. Burning Sensation in the bones (negative kind of burning)
  16. Bones being out of joint

In this post, we will focus on the first point, which is fearing (reverencing) the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-8 KJV

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.   It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

I like how the Amplified words this passage, especially Verse 8. Notice it talks about healing to the nerves, as well as to the bones:

Proverbs 3:5-8 AMP

5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

7 Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. [Proverbs 8:13.]

8 It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.

The primary Hebrew word for “fear” (as it relates to revering the Lord) is the word yare’.

The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines yare’ as:

Yare connotes standing in awe. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Genesis 22:12.

The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Exodus 14:31.

There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe” of Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates in Exodus 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Exodus 20:20. In this passage, the word represents fear or dread of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Genesis 15:1.

When we fear God, things will go well for us and we will see and enjoy many good days upon the earth.

In the Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the fear of the Lord is defined as:

“This kind of fear has its spring in love, and prompts to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. It has virtues of godly character. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. This kind of fear dreads God’s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres His Holiness, willingly submits to His will, is grateful for His benefits, sincerely worships Him, and conscientiously obeys His commandments.”

God tells us in His Word that fearing the Lord prevents sickness and promises healing. Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

The fear of the Lord prolongs our life. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

Fearing the Lord does not mean that you have to be frightened by God’s Presence (with the thinking that God is mean and harsh, ready to strike you if you make a mistake). The Lord is very tender, gracious and kind. He is more loving and gentle than a mother who has compassion for her nursing child.

I wanted to clarify the meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, because many people have a wrong view of Father God. Many see God as being an angry dictator, ready to punish them for the least little thing. This kind of thinking creates a distance between them and God, as well as a lack of complete trust in God. They live under a dark cloud of guilt and condemnation (except that the condemnation is both self-inflicted and devil-influenced). Or in other words, they believe the deception of the enemy who tries to make them believe that God is cruel.

A distorted view of the Father could occur because of an upbringing in a legalistic religious atmosphere, or if they were fatherless or their father (and/or other male authority figures) were abusive. God is not like man. Often times, His reputation gets marred when people try to compare Him to their earthly relationships. God is a loving Father, and He wants the best for us.

Jesus, who is God, walked in the fear of the Lord toward His Father (reverencing Him, obeying what the Father said, showing Him honor and respect, in awe of God, loving Him, and wanting to please His Father in every way).

Isaiah 11:1-3 is a Messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus.It says, “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.”

Jesus is our example of how to fear Father God.

HEALING PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD

God promises in His Word healing and health to those who fear Him.

Malachi 4:2 states: “But to you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (“wings” being defined as the hem of the garment, edge of the cloak).”

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.

Prolonged years is promised to those who fear the Lord. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days” (xref Deuteronomy 6:2).

Proverbs 9:10-11 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 19:23 declares that the fear of the LORD tendeth to life. And he that hath it shall abide satisfied. He shall not be visited with evil.

ADDITIONAL 88 BENEFITS TO FEARING THE LORD

Benefit #1 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #2 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)

Benefit #3 of fearing the Lord: Deliverance from your enemies (Exodus 23:27, 2 Kings 17:39)

Benefit #4 of fearing the Lord: Dwelling in safety and not oppressing anyone (Leviticus 25:17-18)

Benefit #5 of fearing the Lord: Live upon the earth and teach your children (Deuteronomy 4:10)

Benefit #6 of fearing the Lord: That it might be well with you and your children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)

Benefit #7 of fearing the Lord: Preservation of life (Deuteronomy 6:24)

Benefit #8 of fearing the Lord: Declared righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Benefit #9 of fearing the Lord: Enter into your promised land (Deuteronomy 8:6-10)

Benefit #10 of fearing the Lord: God will do great and awesome things for you (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

Benefit #11 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from thinking they are better than others (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #12 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from turning aside from God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #13 of fearing the Lord: Prevention and healing of sicknesses and plagues (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)

Benefit #14 of fearing the Lord: Your offspring learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)

Benefit #15 of fearing the Lord: God will hear our cry (Psalms 22:23-24). God will hear your cry, and save you, and preserve you (Psalms 145:19-20).

Benefit #16 of fearing the Lord: Secret of the Lord revealed (Psalms 25:14, KJV). God confides in those who fear Him (Psalms 25:14, NIV).

Benefit #17 of fearing the Lord: “The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear Him” (Psalms 25:14, ASV).

Benefit #18 of fearing the Lord: God makes His covenant known to them who fear Him (Psalms 25:14b)

Benefit #19 of fearing the Lord: God will release your feet from the snare (Psalms 25:15)

Benefit #20 of fearing the Lord: Identity in His Name (Deuteronomy 6:13)

Benefit #21 of fearing the Lord: God’s great goodness is laid up for those who fear Him (Psalms 31:19)

Benefit #22 of fearing the Lord: God will hide you in the shelter of His Presence from conspiracies of man (Psalms 31:20)

Benefit #23 of fearing the Lord: God will keep you safe in His pavilion from accusing tongues (Psalms 31:20)

Benefit #24 of fearing the Lord: Eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear Him (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #25 of fearing the Lord: He will deliver you from death (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #26 of fearing the Lord: He will keep you alive in famine (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #27 of fearing the Lord: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalms 34:7)

Benefit #28 of fearing the Lord: You will lack nothing (Psalms 34:9-10)

Benefit #29 of fearing the Lord: See many good days (Psalms 34:11-14)

Benefit #30 of fearing the Lord: God will raise a banner for you (Psalms 60:4)

Benefit #31 of fearing the Lord: Salvation is near to them that fear Him (Psalms 85:9; Acts 13:26)

Benefit #32 of fearing the Lord: Soul is delivered from the lowest hell (Psalms 86:11-13)

Benefit #33 of fearing the Lord: God will regard the prayer of the destitute (Psalms 102:15-17)

Benefit #34 of fearing the Lord: Longevity of life; days prolonged (Deuteronomy 6:2)

Benefit #35 of fearing the Lord: Abundant mercy (Psalms 103:11)

Benefit #36 of fearing the Lord: Generational mercy (Luke 1:50)

Benefit #37 of fearing the Lord: Qualified and God-appointed to be a leader (Exodus 18:21, 2 Samuel 23:3)

Benefit #38 of fearing the Lord: Lovingkindness of the Lord from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17)

Benefit #39 of fearing the Lord: God gives meat (sustenance) to those who fear Him (Psalms 111:5)

Benefit #40 of fearing the Lord: Your seed shall be mighty upon the earth (Psalms 112:1-2)

Benefit #41 of fearing the Lord: Wealth and riches (Psalms 112:1-3). Riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)

Benefit #42 of fearing the Lord: To the upright, light arises in darkness (Psalms 112:1-4)

Benefit #43 of fearing (reverencing) the Lord: God is your help and shield (Psalms 115:11)

Benefit #44 of fearing the Lord: Blessing for both small and great (Psalms 115:13)

Benefit #45 of fearing the Lord: You shall increase more and more, you and your children (Psalms 115:13-14)

Benefit #46 of fearing the Lord: A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

Benefit #47 of fearing the Lord: Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13)

Benefit #48 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will answer you in distress, and set you in a large place (Psalms 118:4-5)

Benefit #49 of fearing the Lord: The Lord establishes His Word to His servant (Psalms 119:38)

Benefit #50 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #51 of fearing the Lord: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Psalms 147:11)

Benefit #52 of fearing the Lord: Be secure, without fear of evil (Proverbs 1:29-33)

Benefit #53 of fearing the Lord: The upright shall dwell in the land (Proverbs 2:21)

Benefit #54 of fearing the Lord: Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #55 of fearing God: The Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings—wings defined as hem of a garment (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #56 of fearing the Lord: That you would sin not (Exodus 20:20)

Benefit #57 of fearing the Lord: You will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #58 of fearing the Lord: When you walk through darkness and can’t see your way, your trust is in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10)

Benefit #59 of fearing the Lord: Your children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #60 of fearing the Lord: There is hope for you, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18)

Benefit #61 of fearing the Lord: Things will be well with them who fear the Lord (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

Benefit #62 of fearing the Lord: When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God shall raise up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)

Benefit #63 of fearing the Lord: For the good of you and your children (Jeremiah 32:39-41)

Benefit #64 of fearing the Lord: Multiplication (Acts 9:31)

Benefit #65 of fearing the Lord: Perfecting holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Benefit #66 of fearing the Lord: Submission to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)

Benefit #67 of fearing the Lord: Noted as a man or woman of faith (Hebrews 11:7)

Benefit #68 of fearing the Lord: Offering to God pleasing service and acceptable worship (Hebrews 12:28)

Benefit #69 of fearing the Lord: Depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

Benefit #70 of fearing the Lord: Entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1)

Benefit #71 of fearing the Lord: Judgment avoided (1 Peter 1:17)

Benefit #72 of fearing the Lord: Great reward (Proverbs 13:13; Revelation 11:18)

Benefit #73 of fearing the Lord: As a witness to the unbeliever (1 Peter 3:2)

Benefit #74 of fearing the Lord: God has compassion on those who fear Him (Psalms 103:13)

Benefit #75 of fearing the Lord: You shall dwell in prosperity and your seed shall inherit the earth (Psalms 25:12-13)

Benefit #76 of fearing the Lord: When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you (Psalms 128:1-2)

Benefit #77 of fearing the Lord: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, your children like olive plants around your table (Psalms 128:1-4)

Benefit #78 of fearing the Lord: You shall see your children’s children (Psalms 128:6)

Benefit #79 of fearing the Lord: One who fears the Lord will avoid all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)

Benefit #80 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever (Psalms 19:9)

Benefit #81 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life, to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #82 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord tends to life, and he that has it shall abide satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #83 of fearing the Lord: God will teach you how to choose the best (Psalms 25:12, Living Bible)

Benefit #84 of fearing the Lord: Following Jesus’ example—He feared the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Benefit #85 of fearing the Lord: Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Benefit #86 of fearing the Lord: Happy is the man who fears God (Proverbs 28:14)

Benefit #87 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #88 of fearing the Lord: Visitation from God (Acts 10:22)

Healing in the Bones – Part 1 of 3

Health of the Bones According to a Medical Perspective:

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone, “bones are rigid organs that form part of the endoskeleton of vertebrates. They function to move, support, and protect the various organs of the body, produce red and white blood cells and store minerals.

Bone tissue is a type of dense connective tissue. Because bones come in a variety of shapes and have a complex internal and external structure they are lightweight, yet strong and hard, in addition to fulfilling their many other functions.

The types of bone tissue that makes up bone include:

  1. The mineralized osseous tissue, that gives it rigidity and a honeycomb-like three-dimensional internal structure.
  2. Marrow
  3. Endosteum
  4. Periosteum
  5. Nerves
  6. Blood Vessels
  7. Cartilage

Bones have eleven main functions:

  1. Protection — Bones can serve to protect internal organs.
  2. Shape — Bones provide a frame to keep the body supported.
  3. Movement — Bones, skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints function together to generate mobility.
  4. Sound transduction — Bones are important in the mechanical aspect of overshadowed hearing.
  5. Blood production — The marrow, located within the medullary cavity of long bones and interstices of cancellous bone, produces blood cells in a process called haematopoiesis.
  6. Mineral storage — Bones act as reserves of minerals important for the body, most notably calcium and phosphorus.
  7. Growth factor storage — Mineralized bone matrix stores important growth factors such as insulin-like growth factors, transforming growth factor, bone morphogenetic proteins and others.
  8. Fat Storage — The yellow bone marrow acts as a storage reserve of fatty acids.
  9. Acid-base balance — Bone buffers the blood against excessive pH changes by absorbing or releasing alkaline salts.
  10. Detoxification — Bone tissues can also store heavy metals and other foreign elements, removing them from the blood and reducing their effects on other tissues.
  11. Endocrine organ — Bone controls phosphate metabolism by releasing fibroblast growth factor – 23 (FGF-23), which acts on kidneys to reduce phosphate reabsorption. Bone cells also release a hormone called osteocalcin, which contributes to the regulation of blood sugar (glucose) and fat storage.”

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_marrow, “bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the hollow interior of bones. In adults, marrow in large bones produces new blood cells. It constitutes 4% of total body weight, i.e. approximately 2.6 kg (5.7 lbs.) in adults.

There are two types of bone marrow:

  1. red marrow (consisting mainly of hematopoietic) tissue
  2. yellow marrow (consisting mainly of fat cells). Red blood cells, platelets and most white blood cells arise in red marrow. Both types of bone marrow contain numerous blood vessels and capillaries.

Types of Stem Cells:

  1. Hematopoietic precursor cells: promyelocyte in the center, two metamyelocytes next to it and band cells from a bone marrow aspirate.
  2. Bone marrow contains three types of stem cells.
  3. Hematopoietic stem cells give rise to the three classes of blood cells that are found in the circulation: white blood cells (leukocytes), red blood cells (erythrocytes), and platelets (thrombocytes).
  4. Mesenchymal stem cells are found arrayed around the central sinus in the bone marrow. They have the capability to differentiate into osteoblasts, chondrocytes, myocytes, and many other types of cells. They also function as “gatekeeper” cells of the bone marrow.
  5. Endothelial stem cells.”

Spiritual Significance of the Health of the Bones:

In the Bible, especially among the Hebrews, bones and marrow had much spiritual significance. According to the Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, the bones of Joseph were revered by the Israelites (Exodus 13:19).

In the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14), the dry bones express utter helplessness and hopelessness. The dead bones came to life, showing that the nation of Israel would be restored after their 70 years of captivity in Babylon.

The Fausset’s Bible Dictionary says the following about the bones:

The framework of the body; so the breaking of them expresses overwhelming sorrow, which prostrates body and mind (Isaiah 38:13). As the surgeon must sometimes break a bone to save a patient of lameness for life, so God breaks that He may heal. Self-will and self-righteousness must be broken, that we may run the way of God’s commandments. When one has a “broken and contrite heart,” “the bones which God has broken rejoice” (Psalms 51:8,17). Not a bone of Jesus was broken, as antitype of the paschal lamb (Exodus 12:46; John 19:33,36).

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states the following about the bones:

“Bony frame,” “body,” “strength,” Psalms 35:10; “the whole man”; Luke 24:39, “flesh and bones” = the solid and tangible framework of the body; figuratively the substance). Figurative: Very often we find the use of these words in metaphorical phrases, in which a disease or a discomfort of the body denotes certain emotions or mental attitudes. Thus the expression “rottenness of the bones” (Proverbs 12:4; 14:30) signifies the feelings of a man whose wife causes him shame and confusion, or is equivalent to “envy” and “jealousy.” The same phrase is used in Habakkuk 3:16 for utter dejectedness through the anticipation of approaching evil.

Similarly the “shaking of the bones” (Job 4:14) is expressive of fear, and denotes dejection and sadness in Jeremiah 23:9. The “burning of the bones” is found as a symptom of Job’s disease (Job 30:30), and stands for grief, depression of spirit in Psalms 102:3 and Lamentations 1:13, and also for the feeling of Jeremiah, when he attempted to hold back the Divine message (Jeremiah 20:9), while “dryness of bones” (Proverbs 17:22) is the opposite of “good health.”

Other similar expressions of mental distress are the “piercing of the bones” (Job 30:17), the bones are “troubled” (Psalms 6:2), “out of joint” (Psalms 22:14), “consumed” (Psalms 31:10 the King James Version), “wasted away” or “waxed old” (Psalms 32:3), “broken” (Psalms 51:8; Lamentations 3:4), “ill at rest” (Psalms 38:3).

“Bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh” (Genesis 2:23), means having the same nature, and the nearest relation (2 Samuel 5:1) and affection (Ephesians 5:30).

The Bible also refers to the marrow in the bones quite frequently, and is usually used figuratively. The Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines marrow as the soft tissue inside the hollow cavities of bones. The Nelson’s goes on to say “The Bible uses the word marrow figuratively. “Moist marrow” means good health and physical comfort (Job 21:24). To eat marrow refers to eating the choicest of foods (Isaiah 25:6). To fear the Lord and depart from evil is marrow (refreshment, medicine, strength) to one’s bones (Proverbs 3:8). The word of God divides the “joints and marrow” (Hebrews 4:12), symbolizing the power of the Bible to penetrate to the inner depths of a person’s thoughts and motives.

McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia says the following about marrow:

mo’ach, fatness, Job 21:24; kindred is the verb machah’, Isaiah 25:6, “fatness unmarrowed,” i.e. drawn out from the marrow-bones, and therefore the most delicate; Hebrews 4:12), the soft, oleaginous substance contained in the hollow of the bones of animals (Job 21:23); used figuratively for the delicate and most satisfying provisions of the Gospel (Isaiah 25:6), and likewise in the New Testament for the most secret thoughts of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Other terms so rendered are (che’leb, Psalms 63:5, fat or fatness, as elsewhere rendered) and (shikku’y, Proverbs 3:8, a moistening, i.e. refreshing of the bones; or “drink,” as in Hosea 2:5).

Marrow is the nourisher and strengthener of the bones; it is said to moisten the bones: “The marrow (moach) of his bones is moistened” (Job 21:24). The fear of Yahweh “will be health to thy navel, and marrow (shiqquy, margin “refreshing, Hebrew moistening”) to thy bones” (Proverbs 3:8). Thus, the expression is used figuratively of the things which alone can satisfy the soul: “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow (chelebh, “fat”) and fatness” (Psalms 63:5); “In this mountain will Yahweh of hosts make unto all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow (memuchayim, particle, plural, Pual of machah), of wines on the lees well refined” (Isaiah 25:6). In the Epistle to the Hebrews the writer speaks of the word of God, which is “living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow” (Hebrews 4:12).

Old Testament Words for “Marrow”:

OT:8250   shiqquwy (shik-koo’-ee); from OT:8248; a beverage; moisture, i.e. (figuratively) refreshment.

OT:8248 shaqah (shaw-kaw’); a primitive root; to quaff, i.e. (causatively) to irrigate or furnish a potion to.

About Faith #51-75

About Faith #51-75

#51 Faith … The heroes of faith are mentioned in Hebrews 11. They obtained a good report through faith (Hebrews 11:39).

#52 Faith … The trying of your faith works patience. Let patience have her perfect work so that you may be entire, lacking nothing (James 1:3-4).

#53 Faith … If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God and ask in faith, not wavering like the waves of the sea (James 1:5-6).

#54 Faith … The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up (James 5:15).

#55 Faith … Faith can stand under trial. That the trial of your faith, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise, honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus (1 Peter 1:7).

#56 Faith … Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls (1 Peter 1:9).

#57 Faith … Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-9).

#58 Faith … Our [My] faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4).

#59 Faith … One way to build up your faith is by praying in the Holy Ghost (in tongues) – Jude 20.

#60 Faith … Faith is confident, firm-relying trust in what we don’t see with our natural eyes.

#61 Faith … Faith sees with the spirit. You have to get a picture of something on the inside first before you see it on the outside.

#62 Faith … Faith involves “saying” in Mark 11:23, and saying (epo 2036) is PAST TENSE in the Greek meaning “to speak or say (by word or writing)”. Faith speaks as if you ALREADY have the answer or miracle in your hands.

#63 Faith … When we say what we believe, we release our faith to go to work on our behalf (Mark 11:23-24).

#64 Faith … There is personal faith (believing for your own needs) and corporate faith (faith to believe for others to receive their miracle).

#65 Faith … Once you release the word of faith, never back up. Press in. Keep moving forward.

#66 Faith … In God’s realm, you believe it first and then you see it.

#67 Faith … Fear always attacks when you need to operate in faith.

#68 Faith … Whatever you need, find Scriptures in the Word for it so that your faith has a foundation upon which to believe.

#69 Faith … Faith is Heaven’s currency. It doesn’t do you any good unless you spend it. The more faith you spend, the more you’ll have to spend.

#70 Faith … The spirit of faith never says “it’s coming”. It says “it’s here, I have it right now”. It believes it’s already received the promise or answer. If it is here, I begin to make preparation for what’s here like it is here.

#71 Faith … Faith has to be in two places: 1) in your heart 2) in your mouth. This is how salvation works (Romans 10:9-10).

#72 Faith … You cannot claim what is not in your heart and expect it to come to pass. Faith involves no doubt in the heart.

#73 Faith … Faith sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. Corrie ten Boom

#74 Faith … Rest and Joy are two keys to the fight of faith. Lynne Hammond

#75 Faith … When you’ve truly stepped into the place of faith and grace, there is a peace and an ease about things.

Love, Pt. 9 – Pride/Humility

This message is about the subject of pride. Pride is at the root of all the reasons why love is often not demonstrated to the degree that it should be.

As an example, a common scenario is arguments and strife in relationships. Proverbs 13:10a says, “Pride only breeds quarrels …”

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, love is defined as:

 

  • Being patient
  • Being kind
  • Not being jealous
  • Not being arrogant
  • Not being rude
  • Not behaving unbecoming
  • Not selfish
  • Not demanding one’s own way
  • Not easily angered
  • Does not keep a record of wrongs
  • Does not rejoice in unrighteousness
  • Rejoices in truth
  • Bears all things
  • Protects
  • Believes for the best
  • Trusts
  • Hopes
  • Perseveres
  • Faithful

 

Pride is at the root of impatience. Impatience says, “Unless everything is done in my time table then “I get upset and show my agitation” … “I am the most important person around here and get irritated with delays or if I have to listen to what someone says longer than I wish to” … “However, when I have something to say, I expect others to give me their undivided attention.”

Pride is at the root of self-centeredness and demanding one’s own way. Self-absorption says, “My needs and wants are more important than everyone else’s needs and wants” … “My time is more valuable than other people’s time.”

Pride is at the root of being easily provoked and displaying temper tantrums. Anger says, “I am the most important person and I have rights to react, yell, scream or tell someone off if they irritate me for any reason or do not do what I want them to do. I can treat someone any way I wish.”

Anger is all about control and control is backed by pride. Control says, “I want it my own way and I will do whatever it takes to get my own way” … “I’m going to call the shots.”

Everyone experiences anger, but the Bible says to be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26). In many situations, a person who is easily angered will often be abusive verbally, mentally, emotionally and even physically. Abusers are very wounded, insecure individuals and they hurt other people. Abusers are very self-centered and usually blame others around them for their problems. When they are confronted, they are often even more explosive. They may apologize and say that it will never happen again, but the abuse usually continues until the victim stands up to him/her. Deliverance for the abuser comes when they humble themselves before God and before man, take responsibility for their life and actions, and seek for professional help.

Pride is at the root of keeping a record of offenses, holding grudges and being unforgiving. Pride refuses to let go of the wrongs committed against them. To forgive is an act of humility. To forgive is to grant grace, mercy and pardon even when you feel like the person who offended you does not deserve it. Sometimes it is hard to forgive because we feel like the other person is being let off the hook and getting by with what they did. Yet God has forgiven us of sin after sin, and has shown us abundant grace and mercy when we did not deserve it. To the extent we show mercy is the extent we will receive mercy.

Pride is believing that you are better than others, and others are lower than you.

Pride is more concerned about appearances (How will I look?) than in what is the right thing to do.

Pride causes barriers between denominations, races, and economic status.

First Corinthians 13:4-5, in the Amplified Version, says that agape love is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily, it is not conceited and it is not inflated.

Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the lowly is wisdom. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 29:23 says, “A man’s pride shall bring him low; but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

To love others is to have a spirit of humility. First Peter 5:5-6 says, “Yes, all of you clothe yourselves with humility, to serve one another. For God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”

Humility is defined in the Greek as: “having a humble opinion of oneself, modest, lowliness of mind.” (Low self-esteem is not humility.)

Philippians 2:3-4 instructs us to let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

In Verses 5-11 of Philippians 2, we are reminded of Christ’s example of humility:

5   Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus

6   Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.

7   But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

8   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.

9   Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.

10 That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.