His Purpose VS what i desire

Psalm 57:2 (ESV)

I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth
57 To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

1 Samuel 24:3 (ESV)

And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave.

1 Samuel 24:4–7 (ESV)

And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’ ” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord’s anointed.” So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.

1 Samuel 24:8–15 (ESV)

Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage. And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’? 10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 See, my father, see the corner of your robe in my hand. For by the fact that I cut off the corner of your robe and did not kill you, you may know and see that there is no wrong or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life to take it. 12 May the Lord judge between me and you, may the Lord avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.’ But my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Israel come out? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog! After a flea! 15 May the Lord therefore be judge and give sentence between me and you, and see to it and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.”

1 Samuel 31:4–6 (ESV)

Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and mistreat me.” But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him. Thus Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, and all his men, on the same day together.

2 Samuel 1:10 (ESV)

10 So I stood beside him and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown that was on his head and the armlet that was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”

2 Samuel 1:13–16 (ESV)

13 And David said to the young man who told him, “Where do you come from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite.” 14 David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15 Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go, execute him.” And he struck him down so that he died. 16 And David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’ ”

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Happy and Joyfull

Below are three uses of the world happy.  The first one seems to me to be in a sarcastic way, meaning she is not happy, but happy that she can make her husband happy.  The second one is an oberservation of how happy people are.  And, the third one, is because God’s people did not serve happily.

Genesis 30:9–24 (NIV)

When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. 10 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. 11 Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad. 

12 Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 Then Leah said, “How happy I am! The women will call me happy.” So she named him Asher. 

My Thoughts: I wounder in Genesis 30:12 where Leah states she is happy, I wounder if it is in a sarcastic way.  Even though she is happy that her husband has a son, is she truly happy about it in her heart?

1 Kings 10:8 (NIV)

How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!  [Said the Queen of Sheeba to Solomon]

My Thoughts: This is complete and honest admiration of Solomon’s wisdom by the Queen of Sheeba.

Deuteronomy 28:47–48 (NIV)

47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, 48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.

The word Pray . . .

 

My Thoughts: I never really felt that words made a difference – overall in the Bible, I am not sure it makes that much of a difference; however, after discovering such important words such as, Pray, Love, God have are used so many different times per translation of the Bible, I am amazed how it does effect the impact the verses have on me.

I am a little blown away by the NIV adding words, such as pray or a version of the word.  It makes me more reserved in my trust of what is being said.  Like I mentioned, I have read both the ESV and the NIV and I did not come away with less of an impression of God, Jesus Christ, Heaven, or Hell.

If you know nothing of either version, the ESV (English Standard Version) is considered a word for word translation, the NIV (New International Version) is considered a “dynamic equivalence.”  So, if you really want to have a greater confidence with what was actually said, I would use the ESV.  The NIV is the bestselling Bible translation and is for a good reason, the reading is easier, mor poetic and flows more naturally.

The New International Version English Standard Version
Jn 17:1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. Jn 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
Jn 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, Jn 17:20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
Jn 18:1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Jn 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

Can you. . .?

Matthew 16:2–4 (NIV)

He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.  A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

Serve – one another – like Christ!

Philippians 2:1–4 (NIV)

Imitating Christ’s Humility

2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Versions of Pride

‎English Standard Version ‎The New International Version
‎‎Ga 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. ‎‎Ga 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
‎‎2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. ‎‎2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
‎‎3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. ‎‎3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.
‎‎4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. ‎‎4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
‎‎5 For each will have to bear his own load. ‎‎5 for each one should carry their own load.
‎‎6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. ‎‎6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
‎‎7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. ‎‎7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
‎‎8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. ‎‎8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
‎‎9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. ‎‎9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
‎‎10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. ‎‎10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Pride and Ego are not in the Bible

I was looking for scriputre that might talk about pride or ego, so I looked for these words in the Bibles I have – and they were not there.  So, I put the question to the internet and came across this article.  I thought it was well done, so I thought you might enjoy the read too.  For more information about this article, you can find it at this location: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-ego.html

Question: “What does the Bible say about ego?”

Answer: While the word ego does not appear in the Bible, concepts and principles regarding the ego certainly do. The word ego generally refers to an exaggerated sense of self-importance, which usually results is an excessive preoccupation with “self.” But dying to self, the polar opposite of ego, is the biblical model for Christians. The Bible is filled with admonitions against the self because of man’s inherent desire to be worshiped. In fact, all the various forms of modern idolatry have self at their very core. The dark forces of this age have convinced many that contentment is achieved only by satisfying the urges of the self. And we can trace this all the way back to the Garden of Eden where Eve became stirred by Satan’s lie that she could “be like God” (Genesis 3:5).

The opposite of ego is humility, and both the Old and New Testaments are laden with references to living humbly. In the book of Micah we read, “What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). King Solomon declared, “Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4). One verse that epitomizes why we are to be humble is Peter’s exhortation in his first epistle: “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5, emphasis added).

Indeed, Scripture makes it clear that God hates pride and arrogance (Proverbs 8:13). In fact, it was pride that turned Lucifer into Satan. Isaiah 14:13-14 describes Satan’s astounding focus on self: “I will ascend…I will raise…I will sit… I will ascend…I will make myself like the Most High.” This is a perfect example of pride going before destruction (Proverbs 16:18), for in the next verse in Isaiah we see where Satan’s pride got him: “But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit” (v.15). Christ reiterated the fate of the proud, warning that “whoever exalts himself will be humbled” (Matthew 23:12). Clearly, an inflated ego and its focus on self are not in keeping with the Christian call for humility. Rather, it is the antithesis of what characterizes true Christians—dependence on God and service to others.

A humble heart has no room for ego or pride or arrogance because it recognizes that all we have and all we are comes from God, as Paul reminded the Corinthians: “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). Every gift, every talent, every breath we take—all are from God, as is our most precious gift, salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9). “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded…by the law of faith” (Romans 3:27).

Jesus Christ is the perfect example of humility (Mark 10:45Philippians 2:5-8). “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Indeed, Jesus did not come to earth to be served, but to serve, making “himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:7). We see an expression of Christ’s selfless attitude in the Garden of Gethsemane when He said to His Father in heaven, “Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39), and then on the following day when He humbly endured the tortures of the cross so that we could be reconciled to our Father in heaven.

Paul is another beautiful example of humility in action. Next to Jesus, he was probably the most significant figure of the Christian era. And even though he was perhaps the greatest advocate of Christ there ever was, he still considered himself as the “least of the apostles” and the “worst” of sinners (1 Corinthians 15:91 Timothy 1:15). He always encouraged those who followed Christ to emulate His humility, encouraging them, and us, to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves,” adding that we should not simply look to our own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2: 3-4Romans 12:10). That is the essence of humility and the opposite of ego.

Jesus taught us that the greatest commandments were to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love our neighbor as we love our self (Matthew 22:3739). When we strive to keep these commandments, we take the focus off ourselves and place it where it should be—on God and on helping others. In the Christian life devoid of ego, the “I will” becomes a “thy will.”