What if You Didn’t Believe? Then What?

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Welcome Back Lynn Mosher as our monthly guest blogger. She always give is pause to ponder. Tonight is not different. 

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I Had Fainted Unless…

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see

the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

(Ps. 27:13 KJV)

Here we go a-pondering! I love to do this. If you’re a fairly new reader, you’ll soon find out that I love to take apart a verse of scripture…by its definitions. New and deeper meanings are sometimes discovered. Let’s see what we can dig out of this one.

*The above verse in other versions:

NKJV: “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

New Living Version: “I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The thing is, “I had fainted,” “I would have lost heart,” or “I would have been without hope” are not in the original. The translators added those words.

In the original Hebrew of the Masoretic Text, it literally says, “Unless I had believed to see the goodness of Jehovah in the land of the living.” It breaks off abruptly, as if he had said, “Oh, had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” We are left to imagine what would have happened had he not believed.

Because of the efforts of his numerous and formidable enemies, David knew his only support and deliverance was God. He believed he would see His goodness. And he did.

*Definitions:

The Hebrew word for unless means if not, except, had not, or were it not that.

Believed means to build up or support, to be firm or faithful, to trust, to be true, to uphold, to nourish, to be established, confirm, enduring, etc.

The word for goodness means beauty, gladness, welfare, prosperity, joy, fairness, etc.

*Rewording

Lynn’s Version might say, “Oh, had I not I believed, trusted, and endured to see God’s beauty, welfare, prosperity, and joy!” If we do not believe, how do we see the evidence of God’s goodness?

Doesn’t that remind you of Hebrews 11:1? “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not being seen.” (The Received Greek Text)

*Application/encouragement:

Because David sought the Lord and believed in His goodness, he said in an earlier verse, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” (Ps. 27:5 NKJV)

David went on to say in verse 14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!” (NKJV)

David’s main message of the whole psalm is wait, hope, and trust in the Lord. So, when you are in the midst of any trouble, always believe and have courage as you wait for the Lord to act on your behalf.

Be encouraged that, in your waiting, the Lord will strengthen you and will hide you in His secret place.

If I had not believed in God’s goodness and His working, deliverance, and love and waited for Him in my life and circumstances, I wonder what would have happened to me? Oh, I shudder even to think about it!

What would have happened to you if you had not believed to see the goodness of God in some trial or circumstance? What will happen in the future if you don’t believe?

From His feet, Lynn

lynnmosher.com

 

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Did Everything Seem Great, and Then all the Walls Caved in on You?

Do you have days where you fell like you are in the driver’s seat and suddenly you are being driven places you did wan to go to?

Jesus has a journey towards the end of His ministry that was like that. In John it talks about His triumphant ride into Jerusalem on having the people calling out, “Savior,” and “Messiah.”

The next day. Jesus gets very angry and “clears out,” the tabernacle and claims it is His Father’s.  Can you imagine the looks on the people’s faces. They were probably saying,  “Didn’t He just says this is my Father’s? That means He is claiming to be the Son of God!”

Two days later, things change dramatically. Jesus informs the disciples that He is going to depart them. The disciples are shocked. They still didn’t get it.

Then the was the last supper. The last supper in the upper room was not an upper for the disciples. They still didn’t understand what Jesus meant. He even said one of them would betray Him, and they still kept eating and drinking wine.

Then Jesus taught them a lesson on being a servant. He took off His robe; got a basin of water and a towel. He proceeded to wash everyone of the disciples feet. Even the one that would eventually betray Him.

The rest of the story may be too hard to share, but you know it don’t you? You understand, right?

Jesus was condemned to death, and was crucified on the cross for you and me.

So many people just don’t get it. But from this story we all need to understand that religion doesn’t save us, Jesus dying on the cross for you and me saves us.

I know you have had days where everything was going great, and then the walls came tunbling down. How did you handle it? Did you crawl in a hole, and wait for the storm to pass?

Think on this:

  • Jesus was never alone. Yes, all His desciples abandoned him, but God was there with Him the whole time. Think of the pain God was going through to see His only begotten Son slowly dying n the cross.
  • There often will be storms and trials come into your life. You too will not be alone. You will have three people with you. God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • With all of them on your side who can conquer you, some misguided angel like Satan? I don’t think so.

Always remember… God will never forsake you or leave you. All you have to do is cry-out to Him in prayer and He will be there.

He may not always answer your prayer the way you thought He might, but also remember this…

All things work to the good of those who believe.

Stay strong…stand tall…. never give up…. NEVER!

 

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Immanuel…..God with us

We are pleased and honored to start having guest bloggers post on our site on Sunday nights, so that readers of this site may be blessed with other Men and Women who also have made it their hope and mission to help others along their journey. I realize it’s Monday night but this is the initiation of the guest blogs                                                                                                                    

We have the priviledge of having Lynn Mosher as our guest blogger for today, a very generous, humble writer that writes for the sole purpose of sharing God’s love and encouraging others. Her personal site is http://lynnmosher.blogspot.com/

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Immanuel…God with Us

The Advent season is upon us once again. It comes more quickly each year. I know, I’m just getting old!

 Since we’ll soon hear the amazing story of Jesus’ birth being told from countless pulpits and since biblical names always have a significance, let’s look into the meaning of Jesus’ name. 

 In the Old Testament, God’s name and His presence were virtually synonymous, which was evidenced in His name Jehovah-shammah, meaning the Lord is present or there.

Jehovah-shammah, dwelling on the throne of heaven, sent His Son to earth to be born in another form, to live personally with His people. His name? “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6 NKJV)

In the New Testament, Jesus was Jehovah-shammah, as Matthew, quoting prophecy, said of His name, “‘They shall call His name Immanuel,’ translated as, ‘God with us.’” (Matt. 1:23b NKJV)

When Jesus came to be with us, He threw off His robe of celestial royalty and dressed Himself in a tiny, pink suit of humanity, and from the birth-manger to the death-tomb, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14 NKJV) The original Greek says that Jesus “tabernacled” among us, which means to pitch one’s tent, to dwell in safety and security under its cover and protection.

That Divine Flesh was known by the name of Jesus, which the Word tells us is a “more excellent name” (Heb. 1:4) and the “name which is above every other name,” (Phil. 2:9b TLB) and to which “every knee shall bow.” (Rom. 14:11)

Calling on that precious name has opened the portals of heaven and shut the gates of hell bringing salvation to lost souls, turning away tornadoes, averting disasters, saving the lives of those in car wrecks, healing people of cancer and AIDS, giving the lame the ability to walk, hearing to the deaf, and sight to the blind, delivering those oppressed by demons, and even bringing some back from death’s grip. Dependence on that name is essential.

The last thing Jesus said to His disciples was, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20 NKJV)

 As we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us remember that He was birthed in obedience that He might die to be with us forever.

 As Immanuel stood before Pilate, he asked, “What then am I to do with Jesus?” (Matt. 27:22 Phillips) What, then, do you do with this Jesus? Do you know that Jehovah-shammah Immanuel is with you…always?

 Prayer: Lord, may all who read this welcome You, Immanuel, God with us, to live in their hearts, filling them with sweet praise because of Your birth.

Lynn

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