>the main things i’m feeling right now about my personal situation(s) are these:
1) the pure in heart will see God. we need to think on, not of, pure things. i think the preposition “on” seems a little more permanent. (matt. 5:8; phil. 4:8)
pure (G53) “hagnos” – innocent, modest, blameless, perfect, chaste, clean
(G2513) “katharos” – clean pure, unsoiled, in a natural sense, void of evil
we all sin. how in the world can we be blameless??
-innocent of great transgression (ps. 19:13)
-trusting in the Lord without wavering (ps. 26:1)
-doing what is righteous (ps. 15:2)
-speaking truth from the heart (ps. 15:2)
-walking according to the law of the Lord (ps. 119:1)
-making a straight way by righteousness (prov. 11:5)
-shining like stars in the universe [[becoming blameless and pure]] (phil. 2:15)
-sanctified by the God of peace (1 thess. 5:23)
-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain (titus 1:7)
-no lie being found in your mouth (rev. 14:5)
wow. i think that covers it. what beautiful and well-rounded definitions of what “blameless” is. so. i need to be/do those things to be blameless, pure, clean, etc.
2) after i’ve done everything i can, i stand.
“therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” eph. 6:13
to stand firm (G2476) “histemi” – to cause to stand, to place in a balance (i love this one!), to be established, to continue, to abide, to persist, to endure.
it’s an action verb. it seems passive, as when you’re standing you’re not really moving. but this is what we do in the midst of a battle when we can’t do anything else to remedy a situation. to move it forward. but we are prepared with the armor of God to fight the good fight (1 tim. 6:12).
i love the Word of God. it’s a delightful scavenger hunt. one verse leads to another, which leads me to the back of the bible with the hebrew and greek dictionaries, which lead me to my big fat bible dictionary, which in the end all lead me back to worshiping the only One whose opinion and will matter in the end. i realize through the study of His Word that He is eternal, omnipotent, and sovereign. through Him all things are made and sustained. it keeps me on the edge of my seat, wondering with anticipation what’s around the corner.
i remember the things He’s done in the past. i remember the pit of darkness and depression from which He rescued me. amazing. absolutely amazing in every sense of the cliche word.
wow. it’s late. goodnight world.