Struggling, Wrestling, Striving

Take a stand against the Adversary by coming close to God.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

What do the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart reveal about who you think you are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and the meditation of his heart? Do they bring you close, more aware of his presence with, in and around you?

As you spend time resting in the word of God daily, forgetting everything you know except Jesus the Messiah, are you aware of a growing desire for your every word and thought to please the Lord? Are you becoming conscious of the Lord’s response to your every word and thought?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root as the Spirit of God brings them to life in you. Pause and linger over those that especially call to you.

Above all else.

Prov 4:23 – Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life. (TLB)

Guard your affections.

Matt 6:34 – “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (MSG)

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now. Have you learned to live in the right now, giving your entire attention to what God is doing?

Either, or.

Matt 6:24-33 – “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)

Either anxious, or faith in God. What condition is your soul in?

Solomon is an example of seeking first God’s kingdom and his righteousness.

An understanding mind.

1 Kings 3:7-14 – And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (ESV)

“I am your servant. I am but a little child. You have made me king. I do not know how…”

What did Solomon ask the Lord God for?

How did the Lord God respond?

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them.

They do not cry to me from the heart.

Hos 7:13-14 – Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me. They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; for grain and wine they gash themselves; they rebel against me. (ESV)

Contrast the affections of Solomon’s heart with that of God’s people generations after Solomon’s reign.

Guard your affections. Is being able to discern between good and evil the desire of your heart? Do you long to know and walk according to the Lord God’s thoughts and his ways? Or is grain and wine or the modern world’s ways and goods the treasure and desire of your heart, our heart? Who do we, individually and collectively, rely on to discern our needs and get what we want?

I would redeem them, but…
They speak lies against me.

Are you and I guilty of speaking lies against the Lord God, maybe not even aware that we are doing so?

1 John 1:10 – If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his Word is not in us. (CJB)

His Word is not in us.
O you of little faith. Lacking confidence in Christ.1

Hardened because sin has tricked you.

Heb 3:12-15 – So brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that will turn you away from the living God. But encourage each other every day while it is “today.” Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you. We all share in Christ if we keep till the end the sure faith we had in the beginning. This is what the Scripture says: “Today listen to what he says. Do not be stubborn as in the past when you turned against God.” (NCV)

Guard your heart.
Guard your affections.
Be careful that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart.
We all share in Christ.

Be careful.
Unbelieving heart will turn you away from the living God.
Lacking confidence in Christ will turn you away from the living God.

Evil, unbelieving, untrusting heart,
Hardened because sin has tricked you.
The Word of God.
Listen to what he says!
Today!
Do not be stubborn.

Hardened: stubborn, dry, tough.2

Your affections influence everything.

Prov 4:23 – Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life. (TLB)

Solomon began so well, having been given great advantages, having a humble and pure heart, yet sin tricked even him over time as he grew lax in guarding his affections.

According to the chronology in 1 Kings 11:42, Solomon was about 20 years old when he was crowned. He assumed leadership of Israel at a time of great material and spiritual prosperity. During his 40-year reign (970 B.C. – 930 B.C.), he expanded his kingdom until it covered about 50,000 square miles-from Egypt in the south to Syria in the north to the borders of Mesopotamia in the east…

As the years passed, Solomon’s court reached a standard of luxury that had never existed in Israel’s history…

Solomon’s concern with the ethics of everyday life is evident in his Proverbs. They show that Solomon loved wisdom and was always trying to teach it to others. They also indicate he was a keen observer who could learn from the mistakes of others…

One of Solomon’s first major feats was the construction of the TEMPLE in Jerusalem as a place for worship of the God of Israel… The building was completed after seven years. The Temple was famous not for its size-since it was relatively small-but for the quality of its elaborate workmanship…

After the Temple was completed, Solomon planned an elaborate program of dedication. He invited the leaders of all twelve tribes to attend as he presided over the ceremony. The ARK OF THE COVENANT was brought into the most sacred place in the Temple as a cloud filled the room to hide God’s presence. King Solomon then blessed the crowd, recounted the history of the building of the Temple, and offered long prayers of dedication while standing at the altar. This reveals the admirable spirit of devotion in Solomon’s heart.

Immediately after the dedication, the Lord appeared to Solomon once again. He assured the king that his prayers had been heard and that the Temple had been blessed. He also warned Solomon that the divine favor and protection which had been bestowed upon Israel would continue only if their faith remained uncorrupted by other beliefs. If idolatry should be introduced, Israel would be punished and the Temple would be destroyed.

After completing the Temple, Solomon built the palace complex… many cities to assist the development of his trade empire… To protect his kingdom, he built fortresses and lodgings for his army…

Trade with other nations was another of Solomon’s contributions to the nation of Israel… Solomon entered into trade agreements with a number of nations, increasing Israel’s wealth and prestige.

Although Solomon had a strong army, he relied upon a system of treaties with his neighbors to keep the peace. Egypt was allied with Israel through the marriage of Solomon to the daughter of the Pharaoh. The sea-faring cities of Tyre and Sidon were also united to Israel by trade agreements.

Solomon’s reign brought changes not only to Israel but also to his own life. Near the end of his life, the king lost the ideals of his youth, becoming restless and unsatisfied. His writings in Ecclesiastes, proclaiming that “all is vanity,” support the view that the world’s wisest man had become a pathetic figure in his old age.

Solomon’s greatest sin was his loss of devotion to the God of the Hebrew people. In this, he fell victim to his own trade agreements. By custom, beautiful women were awarded to the most powerful member of a treaty to seal the covenant. The constant influx of wives and concubines in Solomon’s court led eventually to his downfall. Thus, Solomon broke the Mosaic Law and violated the warning not to stray from the path of his father David.

The large number of foreign women in Solomon’s court made many demands upon the king. He allowed these “outsiders” to practice their pagan religions. The result was that Jerusalem, and even its holy Temple, was the scene of pagan practices and idol worship (1 Kings 11:1-13).

Solomon’s own faith was weakened. Eventually he approved of, and even participated in, these idolatrous acts. The example he set for the rest of the nation must have been demoralizing. This unfortunate error was a severe blow to the security of Solomon’s throne and to the nation he had built…

Years before Solomon’s death, his heavy taxation of the people brought unrest and rebellion. Surrounding nations began to marshal their forces to free themselves of Israel’s tyranny, but the most serious uprising came from within the nation itself… The result was a division of Solomon’s United Kingdom into two separate nations-the southern kingdom of Judah and the northern kingdom of Israel.

Unfortunately, Solomon was not strong enough to withstand the temptations that go along with a long life of luxury. His contribution to the nation of Israel is figured largely in material terms. He made Jerusalem one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world, and he will always be remembered as a great builder. The tragedy is that after the building of the Temple, Solomon did very little to promote the religious life of his people.3

Can you relate with Solomon? Are conditions in the modern world similar, with its temptations that go along with a life of luxury that so many of us lead? Have we become lax in guarding our affections? Have our affections for the Lord God been eroded and divided as Solomon’s were, entangled with other beliefs, and caught up in material terms? How engaged are we in maintaining and promoting pure hearts, single-mindedly and wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord God? Have we been tricked by sin and become hardened, turning away from the living God? Are we aware of subtle trickery constantly working to entice and draw us away from the Lord God?

Solomon’s prayer indicates that at some point he was aware of the pull of temptation.

Two things I ask of you.

Prov 30:7-9 – Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. (ESV)

Did Solomon recognize that his discernment between good and evil was becoming muddied? Remove far from me falsehood and lying.

Was Solomon beginning to experience the emptiness of material luxury and the world’s definition of success? Feed me with the food that is needful for me. Nothing more. Nothing less. Guarding his affections.

Are you aware of lies and falsehoods that have tricked you? Have you found a way to protect yourself against them?

The flesh is weak.

Mark 14:38 – Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (ESV)

Either flesh and temptation; or spirit and careful guarding of affections. Watch and pray. The spirit is willing.

Take a stand against the Adversary by coming close to God.

James 4:7-10 – Therefore, submit to God. Moreover, take a stand against the Adversary, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded people! Wail, mourn, sob! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom! Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (CJB)

Submit: to be, make subject to; be under obedience.4
Wail, mourn, sob. Humble yourselves before the Lord.
Take a stand: stand against, oppose; resist, withstand.5

Submit to God. Come close to God, and he will come close to you,
The Adversary will flee from you.
God will lift you up.

Purify your hearts, you double-minded people!
Heart: the thoughts or feelings, mind; brokenhearted.6

Double-minded: two-spirited, vacillating in opinion or purpose.7
No one can serve two masters.
Either anxious, or faith in God.
Either money, or God.

Do you have someone who helps you, so you won’t become hardened because sin has tricked you? Do you have someone who will perceive and confront you when they see double-mindedness in you?

Read the texts again. What thoughts and questions and emotions arise? Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

Double-minded, two-spirited, vacillating in opinion or purpose.

His word does not stay in you.

John 5:37-44 – “In addition, the Father who sent me [Jesus] has himself testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice or seen his shape; moreover, his word does not stay in you, because you don’t trust the one he sent. You keep examining the Tanakh [Scriptures] because you think that in it you have eternal life. Those very Scriptures bear witness to me, but you won’t come to me in order to have life! “I don’t collect praise from men, but I do know you people — I know that you have no love for God in you! I have come in my Father’s name, and you don’t accept me; if someone else comes in his own name, him you will accept. How can you trust? You’re busy collecting praise from each other, instead of seeking praise from God only. (CJB)

Either anxious, or faith in God.
Either anxious, or trusting the one that God sent.
How can you trust?
You’re busy collecting praise from each other, instead of seeking praise from God only.

The mind controlled by the old nature.

Rom 8:7-8 – For the mind controlled by the old nature is hostile to God, because it does not submit itself to God’s Torah [Law] — indeed, it cannot. Thus, those who identify with their old nature cannot please God. (CJB)

The mind controlled by the old nature does not, cannot make itself subject to God.

A sense of the presence of the holy.

Jacob was born in answer to his father’s prayer…, but he became the favorite son of his mother… He was nicknamed Jacob because, at the birth of the twins, “his hand took hold of Esau’s heel”… According to the accounts in Genesis, Jacob continued to “take hold of” the possessions of others-his brother’s birthright… his father’s blessing… and his father-in-law’s flocks and herds…

The most dramatic moments in Jacob’s life occurred at Bethel…at the ford of the River Jabbok… and on his deathbed…

The experience at Bethel occurred when he left the family home at Beersheba to travel to Haran (a city in Mesopotamia), the residence of his uncle Laban… On the way, as he stopped for the night at Bethel, he had a dream of a staircase reaching from earth to heaven with angels upon it and the Lord above it. He was impressed by the words of the Lord, promising Jacob inheritance of the land, descendants “as the dust of the earth” in number, and His divine presence. Jacob dedicated the site as a place of worship, calling it Bethel (literally, House of God). More than 20 years later, Jacob returned to this spot, built an altar, called the place El Bethel (literally, God of the house of God), and received the divine blessing…

The experience at the ford of the River Jabbok occurred as Jacob returned from his long stay at Haran. While preparing for a reunion with his brother, Esau, of whom he was still afraid… he had a profound experience that left him changed in both body and spirit.

At the ford of the Jabbok, “Jacob was left alone”… It was night, and he found himself suddenly engaged in a wrestling match in the darkness. This match lasted until the breaking of the dawn. The socket of Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he struggled with this mysterious stranger, but he refused to release his grip until he was given a blessing. For the first time in the narrative of Genesis, Jacob had been unable to defeat an opponent. When asked to identify himself in the darkness, he confessed he was Jacob-the heel-grabber.

But Jacob’s struggling earned him a new name. For his struggle “with God and with men” in which he had prevailed, his name was changed to Israel (literally, Prince with God). In return, he gave a name to the spot that marked the change; it would be called Peniel-“For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved”…

In these first two instances, a deep spiritual sensitivity is evident in Jacob. He appears outwardly brash and grasping, always enriching himself and securing his future. Yet he responded readily to these night experiences-the dream and the wrestling contest-because he apparently sensed “the presence of the holy” in each of them. He also proved to be a man of his word in his dealings with Laban (Gen 31:6), and in the fulfillment of his vow to return to Bethel (35:1-3)…8

Jacob apparently sensed the presence of the holy in these dramatic experiences.

Does it take unusual, dramatic, or traumatic life experiences, or can we develop a sense of the presence of the holy in everyday moments of our life? Perhaps with a practice such as forgetting everything but the Messiah.

I have seen God face to face.

Gen 32:30 – So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (NKJV)

I think this is the deep longing of God’s heart that he shares with every human heart. This desire for face to face knowing.

Have you had such an experience?
Do we know who we are? Do we know our name? What defines us?

Struggling, wrestling, striving. For what do we strive? Does our name reveal the answer?

We cannot serve two masters. Whom do we serve? Are we aware?
Can we discern between good and evil?
Have we learned to sense and rest in the presence of the Holy?
Are we learning to walk step in step with the Holy, our affections one with his?

Strive.

Heb 12:14 – Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (ESV)

Strive for peace: to join; prosperity: one, quietness, rest, set at one again.9
Strive for holiness: the state of purity; a purifier.10
Strive: to struggle, to compete for a prize, to contend with an adversary. Fight, labor fervently.11

How do we strive effectively in this paradox of contending with our adversary and at the same time strive for peace, unity, quietness, and rest with everyone?

Submit to God. Come close to God, and he will come close to you. And the Adversary will flee from you.

When you pray.

Matt 6:5-8 – “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners, so that people can see them. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already! But you, when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. “And when you pray, don’t babble on and on like the pagans, who think God will hear them better if they talk a lot. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (CJB)

Pray to your Father who is in secret.
Secret: concealed, private, hidden, inward.12

Identify with the Spirit.

Rom 8:5 – For those who identify with their old nature set their minds on the things of the old nature, but those who identify with the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (CJB)

We plead with you, God, because of your compassion.

Dan 9:18-19 – My God, turn your ear, and hear; open your eyes and see how desolated we are, as well as the city which bears your name. For we plead with you not because of our own righteousness, but because of your compassion. (CJB)

Desolated: devastation; figuratively, astonishment: waste.13

I wonder if it’s possible to know this sense of astonishment that comes with discovering the devastation and waste of our old nature unless or until we’ve come face to face with the Lord God and been met there in our desolation by his compassion?

Not what I want, but what you want!

Matt 26:39 – Going on a little farther, he [Jesus] fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me! Yet — not what I want, but what you want!” (CJB)

Read the texts again. Chew upon these words. Turn them over and over in your mind and allow their significance to be absorbed by mind, body, soul and spirit.

Hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Matt 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (ESV)

For what or whom do you hunger? Grain and wine – the things that our old nature identifies with? Or for the One who satisfies down to the depths of your soul and spirit?

I am.

John 6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (ESV)

Whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
Believes in me: to or into, indicating the point reached or entered of place, time, purpose.14

I am. The point entered or reached. I am place. I am time. I am purpose. I am.

In me.

Come to me and you shall not hunger.
Believe, trust in me, enter place, time, purpose, and you shall never thirst.

Jesus said to them, “I am…”
Am: the first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist (used only when emphatic)15

You’re about to come alive.

John 14:19-20 – In just a little while the world will no longer see me [Jesus], but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you. (MSG)

Just before the religious and political authorities of the world came to arrest and put Jesus to death, he told his followers, “I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.”

In: denoting fixed position in place, time or state, and instrumentality, medially or constructively, i.e. a relation of rest.16

The world will no longer see me, but you are going to see me,
Because I am alive,
And you’re about to come alive.

Fixed position.
“I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.”
A new way to be, to exist, to see, to live. In Christ. A “beyond this world” life, right now.

The Source.

1 Cor 1:30 – He [God] is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (ESV)

In God/the source of: denoting origin, the point whence action or motion proceeds, from, out of place, time, or cause.17

God is the source. God is the point where action proceeds. God is the place, the time, the cause of action or motion.

“I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.”

In the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

2 Peter 1:1-2 – Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (ESV)

“I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you.”
To those who have obtained a faith…by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Purpose. Instrumentality, medially or constructively. A relation of rest.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Grace: graciousness of manner or act; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life.18
Peace: to join; prosperity; one, quietness, rest, set at one again.19
Knowledge: recognition, full discernment, acknowledgement; to become fully acquainted with, perceive.20

Struggling, wrestling, striving in prayer, in secret, inwardly, identified with the Spirit, our minds set on the things of the Spirit, seeking praise from God only.

In this place, in every place, in this time, in every time, in this state, in every state, take a stand against the Adversary by coming close to God, in intimate relationship with the One who is the point whence action proceeds, in a relation of rest with the One who is instrumental in giving us life by working in us his wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, the One who is the point and purpose, the beginning, the middle, and the end of everything.

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

 

Inhale.
Exhale.

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty that you may serve him.

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him, and becoming intimately, fully acquainted. Become reverently responsive to what he says.

Ps 24:3-6 – Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.  He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. (ESV)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

I seek your face Lord God.

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

Let me receive blessing and righteousness from the God of my salvation.

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature, he is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. Through Jesus, our Messiah, God is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1You of little faith: NT:3640 <START GREEK>o)ligo/pisto$<END GREEK> oligopistos (ol-ig-op’-is-tos); from NT:3641 and NT:4102; incredulous, i.e. lacking confidence (in Christ): KJV – of little faith.

NT:4102 <START GREEK>pi/sti$<END GREEK> pistis (pis’-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: KJV – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2Hardened: <START GREEK>sklhru/nw<END GREEK> skleruno (sklay-roo’-no); from NT:4642; to indurate, i.e. (figuratively) render stubborn: KJV – harden.

NT:4642 <START GREEK>sklhro/$<END GREEK> skleros (sklay-ros’); from the base of NT:4628; dry, i.e. hard or tough (figuratively, harsh, severe): KJV – fierce, hard. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

3(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

4Submit: NT:5293 <START GREEK>u(pota/ssw<END GREEK> hupotasso (hoop-ot-as’-so); from NT:5259 and NT:5021; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey: KJV – be under obedience (obedient), put under, subdue unto, (be, make) subject (to, unto), be (put) in subjection (to, under), submitself unto. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Take a stand: NT:436 <START GREEK>a)nqi/sthmi<END GREEK> anthistemi (anth-is’-tay-mee); from NT:473 and NT:2476; to stand against, i.e. oppose: KJV – resist, withstand. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Heart: NT:2588 <START GREEK>kardi/a<END GREEK> kardia (kar-dee’-ah); prolonged from a primary kar (Latin, cor, “heart”); the heart, i.e. (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle: KJV – (+broken-) heart (-ed). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7Double-minded: NT:1374 <START GREEK>di/yuxo$ <END GREEK> dipsuchos (dip’-soo-khos); from NT:1364 and NT:5590; two-spirited, i.e. vacillating (in opinion or purpose): KJV – double minded. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

9Peace: NT:1515 <START GREEK>ei)rh/nh <END GREEK> eirene (i-ray’-nay); probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity: KJV – one, peace, quietness, rest,  set at one again. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

10Holiness: NT:38 <START GREEK>a(giasmo/$ <END GREEK> hagiasmos (hag-ee-as-mos’); from NT:37; properly, purification, i.e. (the state) purity; concretely (by Hebraism) a purifier: KJV – holiness, sanctification. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

11Strive: NT:75 <START GREEK>a)gwni/zomai<END GREEK> agonizomai (ag-o-nid’-zom-ahee); from NT:73; to struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or genitive case (to endeavor to accomplish something): KJV – fight, labor fervently, strive. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

12Secret: NT:2927 <START GREEK>krupto/$<END GREEK> kruptos (kroop-tos’); from NT:2928; concealed, i.e. private: KJV – hid (-den), inward [-ly], secret. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

13Desolated: OT:8077 <START HEBREW>hm*m*v= <END HEBREW> shemamah (shem-aw-maw’); or shimamah (shee-mam-aw’); feminine of OT:8076; devastation; figuratively, astonishment: KJV – (laid,  most) desolate (-ion), waste. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

14In: NT:1519 <START GREEK>ei)$<END GREEK> eis (ice); a primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases: KJV – [abundantly-], against, among, as, at, [back-] ward, before, by, concerning,  continual,  far more exceeding, for [intent, purposefore],,  forth, in (among, at, unto, -so much that, -to), to the intent that,  of one mind,  never, of, (up-) on,  perish,  set at one again, (so) that, therefore (-unto), throughout, til, to (be, the end, -ward), (here-) until (-to), … ward, [wherefore-], with. Often used in composition with the same general import, but only with verbs (etc.) expressing motion (literally or figuratively). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

15Am: NT:1510 <START GREEK>ei)mi/<END GREEK> eimi (i-mee’); the first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist (used only when emphatic): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

16In: NT:1722 <START GREEK>e)n <END GREEK> en (en); a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between NT:1519 and NT:1537); “in,” at, (up-) on, by, etc.: KJV – about, after, against,  almost,  altogether, among,  as, at, before, between, (here-) by (+all means), for (… sake of),  giveself wholly to, (here-) in (-to, -wardly),  mightily, (because) of, (up-) on, [openly-],  outwardly, one,  quickly,  shortly, [speedily-],  that,  there (-in, -on), through (-out), (un-) to (-ward), under, when, where (-with), while, with (-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

17In God/the source of: NT:1537 <START GREEK>e)k <END GREEK> ek (ek) or ex (ex); a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote): KJV – after, among,  are, at, betwixt (-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+abundantly above), for (-th), from (among, forth, up),  grudgingly,  heartily,  heavenly,  hereby,  very highly, in, …ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since,  thenceforth, through,  unto,  vehemently, with (-out). Often used in composition, with the same general import; often of completion. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

18Grace: NT:5485 <START GREEK>xa/ri$<END GREEK> charis (khar’-ece); from NT:5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): KJV – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

19Peace: NT:1515 <START GREEK>ei)rh/nh <END GREEK> eirene (i-ray’-nay); probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity: KJV – one, peace, quietness, rest,  set at one again. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

20Knowledge: NT:1922 <START GREEK>e)pi/gnwsi$ <END GREEK> epignosis (ep-ig’-no-sis); from NT:1921; recognition, i.e. (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement: KJV – (ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).

NT:1921 <START GREEK>e)piginw/skw <END GREEK> epiginosko (ep-ig-in-oce’-ko); from NT:1909 and NT:1097; to know upon some mark, i.e. recognize; by implication, to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge: KJV – (ac-, have, take) know (-ledge, well), perceive. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

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