The word “strong” is the Hebrew word “chazaq” (pronounced kha-zak) and means to “strengthen, prevail, harden, be firm, grow firm, and be resolute; to press, be urgent, to sustain or encourage oneself, to make bold, to keep hold of, and to withstand.”
The words “very courageous” are the Hebrew words “m’od ‘amats” and mean “to be exceedingly and abundantly strong, alert, brave, bold, solid, secure, determined, persistent, and to confirm oneself.” Continue reading “Set Like a Flint”
What I see, feel, and hear is likened to a prisoner held captive who, within themselves, is crying out for freedom from oppression and oppressors. The time in captivity has tried to convince you and manipulate you into believing you are someone you are not and that you are alone. The subtle control and manipulation may have caused you to even question your own identity and perhaps believe you are who the oppressors say you are. But, beloved, your cries have been heard. Abba Father has heard you crying out His name for help. Your Warrior Father and the angels in heaven have warred and battled on your behalf and are scattering your enemies with the swinging of His strong arm and with His mighty hand that holds the keys of freedom and victory. Abba has shouted with a mighty voice of triumph and the walls of your prison have crumbled down. The chains have been broken off you and He is washing you clean by the water of His Word and the blood of the Lamb. You have overcome by this and through the word of your testimony! Continue reading “Cry of Freedom”
Luke 7:36 -38 (NKJV) Then one of the Pharisees (Simon) asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
Mark 14:4-6, 9 (NKJV) [emphasis added] But there were some (His disciples [Matthew 26:7], Judas Iscariot Simon’s son [John 12:4], and the Pharisee who had invited Him [Luke 7:39]) who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me…Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.
It is first interesting to note and understand the significance of where Mary was on her journey to where Jesus was. I believe it to be significant to the journey your heart has taken. Simon’s name means “listening, to be heard, reputation. His home was in Bethany (which means “house of dates” or “house of misery“) and Bethany was right at the Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives was and still is one of the most well-known Jewish cemeteries in Israel. Bethany was next to the road that led from Jericho (means “Place of Fragrance“) to Jerusalem (means “foundation/possession of peace“…a place of completeness and wholeness). Continue reading “Fragrant Offering”
Continue to pursue me: to pursue my words and pursue my presence. Immerse yourself in me. I am your everything. I am your supply. I will provide you with an abundance of whatever you need. Hold your hands open wide, turn your face to me, lift up your eyes to where your help comes. It is no longer a dry season. No longer will there be drops here and there. No longer will there be just trickles or tiny rivulets. At times you will find yourself in the rapids, but I am steering your raft, so relax, be at peace and enjoy the ride while staying responsive to my directions. Ask of me and I will live really give you the wisdom and knowledge you will need for your course ahead. Continue reading “River of Peace”