Voice of Inspiration
by Andy Castro
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Psalm 91:6 KJV
Strong's Definition of pestilence.
From H1696 (in the sense of destroying); a pestilence
Root word def:
V) rbd (דבר DBR) - Speak: A careful arrangement of words or commands. KJV
After studying and meditating on this verse, here is a little of what I see and hear.
The enemy is allowed to put us in circumstances that expose our deepest fears. Exposing fears is a part of our life's process to forge in us an unshakable faith ( Click for more )
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Psalm 91:5 KJV
We can see here the author is still speaking to himself. Still making declarations to his soul. King David did something amazing recorded in 1 Samuel 30:6(KJV), And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
David's tribe of people were going to kill him. He was greatly distressed as we all would ( Click for more )
'He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. ' Psalm 91:4 KJV
Strong's Definition of truth. Contracted from H539; stability; figuratively certainty, truth, trustworthiness: - assured (-ly), establishment, faithful, right, sure, ( Click for more )
'Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 'Psalm 91:3 KJV Strong's definition of "noisome." From H1933 (in the sense of eagerly coveting and rushing upon; by implication of falling); desire; also ruin: - calamity, iniquity, mischief, mischievous (thing), naughtiness, naughty, noisome, perverse thing, substance, very wickedness. Strong's definition of "pestilence." Comes from:H1696 (in the sense ( Click for more )
'I will say of the Lord; He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 'Psalm 91:2 KJV
Strong's Definition of the word "say."
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude): - answer, appoint, avouch, bid, boast self, call, certify, challenge, charge, + (at the, give) command (ment), commune, consider, declare, demand, X desire, determine, X expressly, X indeed, X intend, name, X plainly, promise, publish, report, require, say, speak (against, of), X still, X suppose, talk, tell, term, X that is, X think, use [speech], utter, X verily, X ( Click for more )
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. KJV Psalm 91:1
Strong's definition of the word Almighty.
Comes from the root word "shâdad."
A primitive root; properly to be burly, that is, (figuratively) powerful (passively impregnable); by implication to ravage: - dead, destroy (-er), oppress, robber, spoil (-er), X utterly, (lay) waste.
I love the definition of the word "Almighty." ( Click for more )
' For all the pagan world is [greedily] seeking these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Only aim at and strive for and seek His kingdom, and all these things shall be supplied to you also. Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom!'
Luke 12:30-32 AMPC
Most of what Jesus has been trying to do with me since my discipleship started in 2000 is to break me of the idea that I can make anything happen without Him. He’s been tearing down the walls of pride, selfishness, ( Click for more )
Matthew 23:23 ESV
'"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. '
Luke 11:42 ESV
'"But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. '
This is nearly a miracle!
Two different writers of the recorded words of Jesus state the same thing. There’s ( Click for more )
I could see, in my mind, an Olympian gold medal winner running his victory lap with the fiery torch.
I hear the Lord say to start running the victory lap now. Start seeing yourself as the victor in any given situation.
Romans 8:37 AMP 'Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. '
As you run, people will see the fire of God that you carry. A flame that cannot be quenched.
You've been in the elite training course for the God of army angels. He will not send you to battle ( Click for more )
I’ve heard it for years. The “Blame Game”. Family, friends and co-workers blame, blame, blame. I did it for many years. But what good does it do? Does it somehow solve problems? Does it strengthen relationships? Does it insure a strong future for you or others? Of course not.
So why blame?
v Blame can give us a false sense of self-confidence.
+ If we fail at a project or relationship, blaming someone else could make us feel as if we gave it our best shot.
v It can shift negative attention off us and cast else where. ( Click for more )
Today we will be discussing the third and final step of this three part series on goal setting.
This a different view on the subject since most thoughts on the matter seem to be writing on goals for things and general desires. I am focusing on a biblical view of goal setting. Since Mankind has fallen, God has been in the works to restore Mankind to Himself. We have a large part to play in this restoration. Therefore He has given us a good work to do to help accomplish His restoration plan. The Spirit of God holds the plans and He lives in us. We are to find out what those plans ( Click for more )
In "Don't Do It" Part 1 I told you not to write your goals until you read my blog on the subject. I talked about how our thoughts play a big part in our ability to set and reach goals. I mentioned we need to align our thinking to the process of achieving goals. The following are the steps I suggested we take before we set our goals and I briefly shared my thoughts on step one.
1. Find out what the plans are for our life.
2. Make it our spiritual, mental and emotional focus.
3. Set our life goals around the plans.
Today I will focus on step two.
When we ( Click for more )
Put that pen down!
Don't do it!
Do not write your goals down. At least not until you have read this blog.
I've gone through this for to many years. Setting goals for the new year and failing at them. Here is how I now look at goals and goal setting. (Short version)
Every thing that man has done, invented or created began with a thought. When Cain killed Abel it began with a thought. When the first horse carriage was created, it began with a thought. When we get up in the morning to get our coffee, tea or soda, it begins with a thought. All we do ( Click for more )
Twas the night before Christ was born and all through the barn, all the creatures were stirring wondering who these two were. Mary was frightened and Joseph unsure of what the heck God was doing. It seemed like a blur. They had to leave home to give birth in a barn. It didn't make a bit of sense. The Redeemer born in a barn! And it was anything but silent. The person who wrote "Silent Night Holy Night" apparently didn't have kids. With restless animals and Mary in labor it was not silent. Joseph had to be on edge and unsure what to do. And who ( Click for more )
The title was "10 Things You Can Do to Finish Strong, and Focus Forward" by Brian Holmes. (http://www.brianholmes.com/065) Brian Holmes is one of my favorite bloggers and he always has something good to say. He gives practical information blended with his faith and I always come away with something good from his blogs and podcast.
What struck me most about the 10 things he listed, though all were good, was number 4. It states as follows. Be ruthless with unbelief and negativity. Personally I believe this should be number 1. It is the beginning of what it will take to ( Click for more )
Twas the night before Christ was born
and all through the barn,
all the creatures were stirring
wondering who these two were.
Mary was frightened and Joseph unsure,
It seemed like a blur.
They had to leave home to give birth in a barn. It didn't make a bit of sense. The Redeemer born in a barn. And it was anything but silent. The person who wrote "Silent Night Holy Night" apparently didn't have kids. With restless animals and Mary in labor it was not silent. Joseph had to be on edge and unsure what to do. And who delivered the baby? Did neighboring ( Click for more )
Recently the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s started to invade my mind I had to wonder about value of the spirit of the holidays.
It seems that Thanksgiving has turned into a starting line for an Olympic sprint for the rest of the season.
The advertisers start to tease us with the great deals that are coming up, loudly proclaiming, "On your mark"!
The ads continues through Thanksgiving week adding, "get set"!
And at the very moment at our Thanksgiving dinner, when we put the final bite of pumpkin pie in our mouth, ( Click for more )
The heart beats faster with every gaze into the eyes of your love. Your hands sweat and it's harder to breath. The excitement level is near maximum capacity and you wonder how you could ever live another year, day or moment without the love. It's beyond passion and purpose. It's what you were made for. It's internal and eternal. It's consuming and it's more than desirable. To live without your love is to die daily and it's to wade in the deepest darkness of the shallow waters of an empty and directionless life. Yet we dodge our love daily for fear of rejection and we lay aside the ( Click for more )
Am I hearing the sound of applause?
Do I hear the sound of victory?
Do I ever hear the sound of praise for a good days work?
Does my heart ever shout out loud simply because I took action toward my purpose in life?
Does my heart ever give me a standing ovation because I did something courageous.
These are the questions I've started to ask myself.
Why is this important?
We all want to be praised, noticed or acknowledge. Whether it's for the work we do or the sacrifice we made or the clothes we wear. All we have to do is look at Facebook. We see all the selfies ( Click for more )
It's true. I see dead people.
It's not a daily occurrence but, on average, every couple of weeks or so. I have to wonder why I am privileged to see them. I didn't ask for this, and I certainly didn't expect it to happen. When it first happened, I was quite shocked and moved emotionally. ( Click for more )
It was the same pattern as before. Subtle, stealth and snipe are the staple words for how He works. It’s His modus operandi to apply maximum damage with little visibility.
Who is this guy?
He is God.
But not just any god, He is the God of army angels. In the beginning He spoke the stars, moon, sun and earth into existence. But when it came to mankind, the reflection of Himself, He took special attention. Silently He molded the future of the earth’s existence, keeping the fallen, in anxious terror.
It was a stealth move.
We see it from time to time ( Click for more )
Two men were escaping from their enemy. At one point they made a small make shift raft in a river so it would help pull them down stream. It was working pretty well until they realized there was a waterfall not to far in front of them. They suddenly panicked as the water current got stronger and was pulling them faster and faster to the edge of the deadly waterfall. With the sound of the waterfall haunting them they narrowly escaped as they desperately struggled to swim to the rivers edge.
This is how life is concerning self-development.
Let's clarify the meaning of self-development. ( Click for more )
I recently read a very interesting article about people who live in, “The City of The Dead”. The City of the Dead is a four-mile stretch of tombs and mausoleums in Cairo, Egypt. The article states that tens of thousands live in the tombs without water or electricity. Yet they have a satellite dish and a television because it’s free. What a contrast of living and dying.
In the book of Mark, chapter 5:2-5, it describes a man who lived amongst the tombs.
1. He was under the power of an unclean spirit
2. He continually lived among the tombs
3. ( Click for more )
3Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, he was working at the wheel.
4And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
I am intrigued with these scriptures. They are very telling of Gods authority and great love.
In context, God is talking about Israel. But I’m thinking of Job. Job is described in Job 1:1 (Amp) as a man that was blameless and upright, and one who [reverently] feared God and abstained ( Click for more )
1Lord, HOW they are increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. 2Many are saying of me, There is no help for him in God. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 3But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3
"When it rains it pours" is how the old saying goes.
The scripture above has a sense of this saying weaved in it.
I'm sure you, as I have, experience this when you go through a difficult time in your life. It seems as if more problems heap on top of others.
But it's not just the problems ( Click for more )
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