During worship Sat night we sang, 'Blessed Be The Name of The LORD', the bridge is The LORD gives and the LORD take away, which I've never understood, nor found a scripture that says that. As we were singing I asked the LORD and He gave me this;
I give salvation and I take away sin
I give life and I take away death
I give health and I take away sickness and disease
I give peace and I take away fear
I give victory and I take away defeat
I give shelter and I take away exposure
I give Sonship and I take away rejection
I give My Kingdom, and I take away the world
I give light and take away darkness
I give wisdom and I take away ignorance
I give vision and I take away confusion
I give constant and take away variableness
I'm sure there is more that the LORD gives and takes away, keep adding to this list what He shows you.
Fear can be devastating and cause us to do nothing when there is something that we should be doing. Fear is like pain it tells us that something is wrong. Fear keeps us from standing on the edge of a cliff. We should use fear as a guide to help keep us from pride and sin.
Jesus said, “And do not fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matt. 10:28
That is why Job, David, Solomon, and others have said ‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of Wisdom.’ They understood that fearing the LORD delivers us from all other fear, guiding us in serving and obeying Him and not ourselves or others.
While listening to a worship CD I could barely hear a few people in the gathering worshipping and I thought of all the times I have seen the worship team jumping and dancing while only a few if any of those gathered to worship join in the dancing before the LORD. And, I thought, “why do so few people join the fullness of worshipping GOD as David did?” Then I thought, “why am I sitting here thinking about it?” So I got up and started worshipping The True and Living GOD and I started dancing around the living room. This started a reoccurring thought about our dog and how GOD probably wants us to behave in His presence. She gets so animated, jumping around, running back and forth, and making her version of happy sounds when we come home or she knows it is about meal time. Even though I get irritated at her for dogging my every step from room to room expecting me to meet her desires, I know that Elohim does not get irritated at me for seeking Him in everything I do to meet my needs and desires as I let go of my pride and flesh and just worship Him in Spirit and Truth, dancing, calling out my love and praise, singing and declaring His virtues. “Help me Father where I am lazy and prideful to get off the couch and just enter in to the Spirit and the Truth.”
1. logos (I) denotes “the expression of thought”—not the mere name of an object—(a) as embodying a conception or idea; (b) a saying or statement, (1) by God, (2) by Christ, In connection with (1) and (2) the phrase “the word of the Lord,” i.e., the revealed will of God (very frequent in the OT), is used of a direct revelation given by Christ, in this respect it is the message from the Lord, delivered with His authority and made effective by His power; sometimes it is used as the sum of God’s utterances, discourse, speech, of instruction; doctrine.
(II) “The Personal Word,” a title of the Son of God.
2. rhema denotes “that which is spoken, what is uttered in speech or writing”; in the singular, “a word,” in the plural, speech, discourse.
The significance of rhema (as distinct from logos) is exemplified in the injunction to
take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Eph. 6:17; here the reference is
not to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to
our remembrance for use in time of need, a prerequisite being the regular storing of the
mind with Scripture.1
“Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of GOD. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge; for it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; let them all be fixed upon your lips, so that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, that I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth to those who send you? Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law. Every word of GOD is pure; he is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.” (Prov. 1:23, 2:1-6, 22:17-21, 30:5-6)
Jesus is the living Word, John 1:1-18
The Bible is the Word of GOD and He has a lot to say about His Word, in Lk. 11:27-28 Jesus says, “And it happened as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!’ But He said. ‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the Word of GOD and keep it!’” 2 Tim. 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of GOD and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of GOD may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” He instructs us in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Jesus says in Rev. 22:18-19, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, GOD will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, GOD shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” David has a lot to say about the Word in Ps. 119(read it).