Love you all, praying for you!
Praying that your joy would be full today, in His Presence, in His Word, in His Truth, His Hope, and in the obedience that He leads you in. A friend was sharing today about the other side of obedience – God gives encouragement. Praying that everything He has for you today – you would walk in it completely – coming back to PiVAT all day, and PRISM in His Word - that nothing would be left over, or unopened. He truly has good for you – not just by the end of the week if you walk in His ways and plans for you – but even today! in progress! His joy in this journey makes even the journey not just the destination - so worth it! Praying for you.
God challenging me recently. Proverbs 28:1 - The wicked flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. The wicked are different from the righteous, the righteous are different from the wicked. The righteous are bold as a lion. How bold are you? How righteous are you? What is righteous? Right Standing and Right Speaking. Righteous tsaddiyq <tsad-deek’> means: just, lawful, to be made right, cleanse, clear self, do justice, do justly. Webster’s 1828 says – righteous: just, accordant to the divine law, one holy in heart and observant of the divine commands in practice. So the Righteous – have been made righteous by faith in Jesus Christ – and they walk in righteousness – they do what is right. Righteousness is right standing and right speaking. Faith in his death on the cross to cover your sin – that makes you righteous before God. And then as you walk in this newness of life – the righteousness of God in Christ, is there any unconfessed sin in your life? - that affects your standing. (not your salvation – but your standing) You can’t be the righteousness of God in Christ – and act unrighteously. It’s hard to be bold – when you know there is unconfessed sin in your life. Confess any sin – and turn from it. This is repentance – God will surely forgive you - I John 1:9. Then you will always remain in the right standing – of the righteousness that you are in Christ.
And if you are in right standing, are you right speaking? Are you speaking His Word? Are your words filling your heart with His word today? It’s hard to be bold without a sword. The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Praying that you will soak in PRISM today. Right standing and Right speaking – this is who the righteous are and what they do – and they are bold as a lion.
But here is the last thing God showed me, and I was surprised. I looked at that word bold as a lion. Bold – Websters 1828 defines bold as daring, courageous, brave, fearless, confident. But the word "bold" used in Proverbs 28:1 – is the word batach <baw-takh’> that was a surprise. That Hebrew word – “baw-tack” in Hebrew is mentioned 120 times in the Old Testament – and Proverbs 28:1 this is the only time it translated as the English word – ‘bold.” 107 times – that same word was translated as a variation of the word “trust,” (trusted, trusteth etc.) The most famous verse that contains this word baw-tack – is probably Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding… in all your ways – submit to him, and He will direct your paths. That’s why the righteous (those in right standing and right speaking) are bold as a lion – because their trust is in HIM! That word baw-tack – means to ‘run to for refuge, to trust, be confident, sure, bold, care-less, put confidence in. No wonder the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Praying that you will stand right and speak right. That you will always be in right standing and right speaking. You have been made the righteousness of God in Christ – your standing is secure. Confess any sins – let none rule over you, and speak right - by the Word of God. Fill your mouth with His Word, and His promise. Put your trust in him and you will be bold as that lion. Bold isn’t rude, the kindness of God leads us to repentance. But as you are in right standing and right speaking… the Lion of Judah will rise up within you. Your confidence will be in Him! The Holy Spirit will help you be bold – through trust - not rude or unkind, but speaking the truth in love at the right time. Right Standing and Right Speaking. It’s how the righteous walk in all the good that God has for them!
Love you all,
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