Monday, September 16, 2019

a few from 103

I read this yesterday - wanted to share it anyway 😀



Psalm 103:12-18 New Living Translation (NLT)

12 He has removed our sins as far from us
    as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
    tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
    he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
    like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
    as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
    with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18     of those who are faithful to his covenant,
    of those who obey his commandments!

3:20

Here's a bunch of translations & paraphrases of Ephesians 3:20

Just read them & catch the difference in perspective, but also use it to absorb the astounding truth in just this one verse...

Sorry about the funk spacing - I cut & pasted all of the translations in from BibleGateway.com, then eliminated the duplicate ones. I couldn't change the spacing left by the deleted translations.




Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—

Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—


I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen.

Now to the One being able to do super-abundantly beyond all of the things which we ask or think according to the power being at-work in us—

With God’s power working in us, he can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of:
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—
With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of.
Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us—
Now to him who by his power within us is able to do far more than we ever dare to ask or imagine—to him be glory in the Church through Jesus Christ for ever and ever, amen!

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,

Now to the one who is able to do beyond all measure more than all that we ask or think, according to the power that is at work in us,
Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
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Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.

God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
God is able to do much more than we ask or think through His power working in us.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,

So: to the one who is capable of doing far, far more than we can ask or imagine, granted the power which is working in us –

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.

Now to Him who is able to do far beyond all that we ask or imagine, by means of His power that works in us,
Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us,

God can do much more than we ask him to do, or we even think of. He does it by his power which is working in us.



Sunday, September 15, 2019

don't worry

Read this slowly, more than once.

This is Jesus talking, in what is known as The Sermon on the Mount.

Let the reality of these words sink in.

Think about what our lives could be like if we really trusted these words...



Matthew 6
25 “That is why I tell you don't worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

what if...

What would our world look like if we REALLY lived this out?

btw, this is Jesus speaking here, from the section in Matthew called "The Sermon on the Mount"



Matthew 5

43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 

44 But I say, love your enemies! 

Pray for those who persecute you! 

45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. 

For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, 

and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 

46 If you love only those who love you, 

what reward is there for that? 

Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 

47 If you are kind only to your friends, 

how are you different from anyone else? 

Even pagans do that. 

48 But you are to be perfect, 

even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Friday, September 13, 2019

one day @ a time

Sometimes, it's verses like this that enable me to keep on...


Don't get tired of doing what is good.

Don't get discouraged & give up,

for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

Galatians 6:9 (NLT, 1st ed.)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

fruit

Notice that Paul said "when the Holy Spirit controls our lives..."

We gloss over that.

iow, all those fruits ONLY appear if & when the Holy SPirit CONTROLS our lives.

just a thought...



When the Holy Spirit controls our lives,
He will produce this kind of fruit in us:

love,

joy,

peace,

patience,

kindness,

goodness,

faithfulness,

gentleness,

& self control.

Galatians 5:22 (NLT, 1st ed.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

98

These words have been used many, many times in different genres of music...



Psalm 98
Sing a new song to the Lord,
    for he has done wonderful deeds.
His right hand has won a mighty victory;
    his holy arm has shown his saving power!
The Lord has announced his victory
    and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
    The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
    break out in praise and sing for joy!
Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and melodious song,
with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
    Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
    Let the earth and all living things join in.
Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
    Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
before the Lord,
    for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
    and the nations with fairness.