Lord – Is more than “just” a Word

Good Morning Special Creation of GOD — are you holding fast to the Truths He has given you — of who He says you are In Him? —  I so hope we all are!

Remember that “weeping may tarry through the night – but JOY comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 — so whatever you may be carrying or going through this day —  look up and ask the Lord Your God to restore the Joy of your Salvation. Psalm 51:12.

ADONAI – ADONAY – Lord:  That is with a capital “L” – small case “ord” – there is a difference in the Word of God — Lord = Adonai – Lord, Master, Owner.

First time seen in Genesis 15:2:  “And Abram said, “O Lord GOD (O Adonai Jehovah (Yaweh).  Abram recognized God as Lord.

Adon is a Hebrew word meaning “lord” – Adonai is the plural form of Adon and always refers to GOD as Lord or Master.  When Adonay and Yahweh appear together His Name is Sovereign Lord, or Lord God.

Remember the question:  what are we striving for?  Today is the day to ask ourselves: “Who am I following, Who am I listening to, Who am I fully committed to?

The Name of God:  Adonai – indicates “relationship”.

The question is:  When did I commit myself to trust in Adonai and have a relationship with the Living GOD and Jesus Christ His Son?

The Word BELIEVE is a Key Word in the Gospel of John:  A Key word meaning a word that is repeated and unlocks the meaning of the text.

Believe means more than an intellectual assent — meaning — “oh yeah – I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins” but then living — “doing what is right in our own eyes”.  I like to remember Believe with the 3 “C”‘s:

(You can find this definition in the Vines Dictionary — or you can also find in when you look up the word Believe if you are using the YouDiscoverTruth App.

  1.  Firm Conviction (persuasion) that I am a sinner and need a Savior.
  2. Total Commitment (surrender) to the Lordship (Adonai) of Jesus Christ.
  3. Conduct that proves or shows or manifests that persuasion or surrender.

Philippians 1:21:  “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

Do I get up every morning and commit my day to Jesus to Live for HIM – or do I just get up and do my own thing without a thought of the GOD who loves me and saved me and upholds me with His “R” (righteous) Right Hand (Isaiah 41:10).

Because truly, if I am living the same way I did 10 years ago, 5 years ago, 1 year ago with no change in my inner being, I must ask myself – who am I serving in this life – that is like a vapor (James 4:14), and have I, did I, am I really BELIEVING in JESUS and is HE Lord of my life?

More tomorrow —  I am praying for ones, I know of, that are walking through “The valley of the shadow of death” – trials and tribulations at this time — know this:  You are not alone —  HE sees you and HE loves you, He is for you.

PRAYER:

Oh Lord GOD – I confess to you today — I need to just stop- read Your Word (intentionally not just casually) and think on and rest in the Truths about WHO You say You are. Teach me to evaluate truthfully, and examine in my own life who I am living for, and if I am of the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Thank You Lord – for Jesus, Beloved Savior and Lord, that He, Jesus, is the One Who died for me, was buried, was raised, and sits at the right hand of the Father – ever interceding for me!  And He promised the Holy Spirit to now live in me, leading and guiding me into all Truth.  (John 14-16).

Thank You for this day that You have made – I will rejoice in it and watch and see what You do — as I seek You with all my heart, and Trust You, and Live for You.

All praise, glory and honor to You, GOD.

Amen!

Have a Glorious Day!  May His Joy be your Strength today!

 

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All – Sufficient GOD – EL SHADDAI

HE is the One Who pours forth –

GOD is not only the One Who Created and maintains the universe, Who Sees and Knows the beginning to the end – And HE maintains a covenant with His people.

GENESIS 17:1-8 “I AM GOD Almighty, walk before me and be blameless.  I will confirm my Covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”  HE said to Abraham – when Abraham was 99 years old.

There is much application when we stop and think and listen to what GOD is saying.

  • What am I striving for today?
  • Do I strive to walk with GOD and be blameless before Him?
  • Do I continue to allow things in my life that are hindering my walk with GOD?

GOD fulfills His promises.

PSALM 91:  He is the One who is my Comforter, Protector, Rock, Refuge, Present Help in time of need.

SHADDAI – HEBREW #7706 :  Almighty – Shadday – The Almighty #7699:   Shad – that which sustains, pours forth; #7703 :  Shadad – powerful, impregnable.

FROM YOU DISCOVER TRUTHhttp://www.youdiscovertruth.com/

“H7706 šadday from 7703; the Almighty:—Almighty. A masculine noun and name for God meaning Shaddai, Almighty. The word occurs only forty-eight times in the Hebrew Bible, thirty-one times in the book of Job. This is a name for the Lord—the OT people of faith referring to Him as El Shaddai, God Almighty. The term is found in the passages that report God’s promises of fertility, land, and abundance to them, indicating that He, the Almighty, could fulfill His promises (Ge 17:1; 28:3; 35:11).

The Lord appeared to Abraham when he was ninety-nine years old and identified himself as El Shaddai, God Almighty (Ge 17:1). All three patriarchs knew Him by this name (Ge 28:1‒3; 35:11); as did Joseph (Ge 48:3; cf. Ex 6:3);

APPLICATION:  Are you hurting, troubled or frustrated?  He IS El Shaddai -run to Him – He is your All-Sufficient One – He meets our every need (not want).

APPLICATION:  Are you having difficulties at home?  Ill? Lonely?

TRUST   (Believe) in El Shaddai – rest in Him to show you, guide you to the right answers, to help you find your way.

PSALM 84:5:  “How blessed is the man whose strength is in You.”

Vs. 11, 12:  “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

12 O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”

PSALM 9: 9-10:  “The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble;

10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

Our GOD is living and powerful, and HE is able to keep every promise that HE makes.

He told Abraham that He would make him a great nation and He did.  (Genesis 12:2-3).

He is the Covenant Keeping GOD – (Covenant = solemn, binding agreement, promise).

Psalm 33:16-22:  “The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength.

17  A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.

18  Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness,

19  To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine.

20  Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.

21  For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name.

22  Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.”

PRAYER: THANK YOU GOD

You Are All-Sufficient –

Thank You for working out Your Divine plan and will for my life;

Remind me daily, Lord, to run to your ALL-Sufficient arms for help.

I need You, LORD, every day!

Thank You, GOD that You are strong when I am weak.

Lord, Help me to know You as my All-powerful GOD, the One who sustains life.

Increase my reverence and respect and awe of Who You Are – and to Know Your Name!

You are enough for me.

Father, I cling to these Truths today.

May I be a blessing to those Who You place in my life today –

and may You be glorified and honored –

May all praise, glory and honor be unto You,

El Shaddai.

Amen!

El Roi – The GOD Who Sees – He is acquainted with all your ways.

“A person’s life is a reflection of his heart”

Because we know that God has said that “you shall KNOW the Truth will set you Free”John 8:32 – it would behoove us to look at as many Scriptures that show us GOD as EL ROI as possible —

Remember when we study the Truths of God’s Word — Cross References are Key in helping us see all of God’s Counsel correctly.

Today in my quiet time with the Lord – PROVERBS  5:21

“For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD (Jehovah), AND He watches all his paths.”  He is acquainted with ALL your ways.  —  sometimes it is good just to camp out in a passage that will reaffirm GOD’s Truth for you — Psalm 139.

God sees those who are hurting you.

JOB 31:4 “Does He not see my ways, and number all my steps?”

2 CHRONICLES 16:9 “For the Eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the eart that HE may strongly support those whose heart is completely HIS.

PSALM 119:168 “I keep Thy precepts and Thy testimonies, for all my ways are before Thee.”

JOB 34:21 “For HIS eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.”

Do you feel despised?  So did Hagar (Genesis 16)

Do you feel alone?  So did Hagar

Do you feel betrayed?  So did Hagar

What did God instruct Hagar to do?

GOD does see all things – Nothing is hidden from His sight.  He is the Sovereign GOD of the Universe and He is always working.  “He does not forsake those who seek HIM.

(Psalm 9:10).

Run into the strong tower and to Him and call on His Name and rest.

MATTHEW 11:28  
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
We will discover more about the GOD who Sees You — tomorrow.
Have a glorious day!

 

 

Lord, do you see me?

Do you sometimes feel that there is so much going on in this world, so much going on around you that you wonder – does anyone see what I am going through?  Is there anyone who cares?

This week we will look at God – as the GOD who Sees. 

El Roi – from Genesis 16:13 – first time the name of GOD – El Roi is used.

Who is involved?  Abraham, Sarai and Hagar.

God had promised Abraham an heir in Genesis 15.  Genesis 16 there were still no children.

— Instead of listening to Elohim – Creator of all;

— Instead of listening to El Elyon – Most High GOD – Sovereign Lord; who opens the womb and shuts the womb – nothing is too difficult for Him,

…Abraham listens to wrong counsel on this occasion.

Hagar is now pregnant – Genesis 16:4;and Sarai despises her – even though it was Sarai’s idea.  Sarai does not take responsibility for her error but casts blame upon another.  Abraham did not help out the situation, either.

How many times have I tried to help GOD because He wasn’t doing what I thought He should in the timing that seemed right to me; in order to fix a situation the way it seemed He should? (Genesis 16:2)

Hagar flees and in vs. 7:  “Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring”

GOD goes after Hagar, and in vs. 9 He gives her instruction through the angel of the LORD.

Hagar called the name of the LORD  El Roi (Beer-lahai-roi – the well of the living one who sees me ) “Thou art a GOD who sees” or “Thou, GOD do see me”.

GOD sees us – There is NO hiding from GOD.

Truth:

  1. He keeps you.  Psalm 121 (seek your counsel from the LORD not from the world).
  2. He IS acquainted with all your ways.  Proverbs 5:21, Psalm 139:7-12.
  3. He watches over HIS Word to perform it: Jeremiah 1:12
  4. He looks from His dwelling place on all the inhabitants of the earth.  Psalm 33:13-15
  5. He knows where you are – He is Omniscient (all-knowing); Omnipotent (all-present) and Omnipotent (all-powerful).

God knows and God sees.  Trust in Him today — He does not need our help (Genesis 16:2).

GOD sees you – and He cares for you and He sees your affliction. Cry out to Him today.

Abiding Peace in El Elyon – God Most High

God is watching over every event of our lives.  God does not miss anything.

Again, I go back to Joseph – Genesis 45 – 50 and was thinking last night – “how was  Joseph able to get any sleep in his jail situation for 2 years?”

He must have  had a solid understanding of Who GOD is.  That GOD was & is in control:

Of events, angels, history, people.  (which seemed to give him hope and drive to carry on).

Joseph had a solid trust, faith in God that brought perfect peace.

Isaiah 26:3:The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You.”

Acts 16:  Is a chapter about Paul and Silas who encountered some trouble – “a girl having a spirit of divination” (Cross Ref:  Leviticus 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:10; 1 Samuel 28; 2 Kings 21:6; Isaiah 8:19) vs. 16, who began following Paul and crying out (screaming, shrieking, to call aloud) “These are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming the way of salvation.”

She continued to do this for many days.

(What has been plaguing you this week? Did something or someone try and stop you from living your life to the Glory of God the Father?

The truths continue Acts 16:19-24— and Paul and Silas were inflicted with many blows and thrown into prison.

VERSE 25:  “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing Hymns of Praise to God and the prisoners were listening to them;”

I have to ask myself: “how am I responding when I find myself in the midst of hard and difficult situations?”

Then there’s an earthquake and everyone’s chains were unfastened and the jailer and his household were saved.

Not to diminish the GREATNESS of what happened here — but notice the response of Paul and Silas:  Application.

They are praying and singing —  Wow!

Application:

  • God delivers His people – Genesis 14:20;
  • God turns temporary defeats into complete victories.
  • God turns that which makes no sense to complete His perfect and orderly plan.
  • Knowing God as El Elyon should put a song in our hearts, and fill us with His joy.

And while HE is working, people are listening and watching our response.  And in Acts 16 people were saved and brought into the Kingdom of GOD.

Do you know someone whose action(s) are not making sense?  (Kind of like the girl in Acts 16?)  Pray that their “reason” would return to them so that they will bless the Most High God and Praise and Honor Him Who Lives forever.  Daniel 4:34-35.

Romans 8:28-30: And we KNOW that GOD causes (present tense:  keeps on causing) ALL THINGS to work together for good to THOSE who love GOD , to those who are called according to (HIS) purpose.”

PRAYER:

  • Thank you Oh Most High God-that you are in control of the Host of Heaven (Daniel 4).
  • And in control of Governments (Daniel 2:20-23).
  • And in control of our lives (Deuteronomy 32:39).
  • And in control of circumstances, health, finances, events (Isaiah 45:5-7)
  1. Thank you Lord, that nothing can thwart your Divine Plans.
  2. Thank you Lord, that all You have planned for my life is for my good and Your glory.
  3. I may not understand it right now, and I may not like it right now, but I am crying out to You, GOD Most High to hold me close and allow me Lord to be filled with the Peace of Christ which surpasses all comprehension.
  4. May my mind dwell on the things that are True, dear God.  (Philippians 4:8) – And to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.  (2 Corinthians 10:5).

In Your Mighty, Holy Name.  Amen.

Next Week:  El Roi – The GOD Who Sees

Valentine Petals

So today is Valentine’s Day and I am sure I  come across as the kind of wife who has rose petals strewn all over the bed and floor for when my husband comes home from work….

Well what my dear husband came home to was me frantically changing out of my sweats, that I’d been wearing all day, so we can go out and the bed was strewn with something all-right – strewn with his clean underwear and socks that I was now sorting and folding.

It actually kinda made me giggle — which was better than how my day began —

Received some unsettling news that made me walk around the house and grit my teeth going “Grrrrr…” for quite a while — so a walk was definitely in order before I chipped one of my teeth off.

Wow! God can really do some great communicating on a walk —

He drew my focus back to – Him, of course.

To fix my eyes on the author and perfecter of my Faith.

To think about His Sovereignty – and that He has control over all situations.

To think about – Joseph.

Joseph from Genesis – how did he handle the difficult and unfair and daunting circumstances that came to him that he did not invite?

That is where God had me.

So as I walked to King and Country: “Fix My Eyes” —  “it takes a soldier who knows his orders to walk the walk I’m supposed to walk…find faith in the battle, stand tall but above it all; Fix my eyes on You.”

“The things of earth are dimming in the light of Your glory and grace,

I’ll set my sights upon heaven – I’m fixing my eyes on You.”

And my thoughts reflected on Joseph – He was sold into slavery by his own family; we don’t read where he broadcasted about this wrong done to him.  He was thrown into jail for a crime he didn’t commit, in fact in Genesis 39:9 he says “How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?”

He didn’t make constant complaints or threats, or write on the jail walls (ancient email) justifying his case and why everyone needed to agree with him.

He was a man who accepted where God had him and waited on The Most High God for the outcome, whatever that would be.

And the Word says Genesis 39:21:  “But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.”

vs. 23 “The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge BECAUSE the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made to prosper.”

God is The Sovereign Ruler over all — He knows all, He sees all, and He is going to complete His plan.  He never leaves anything undone, and He is not caught off guard by anything.

Will close today with this Scripture — May the Lord comfort your life with these words – He sure did comfort me today!

These are HIS Valentine Petals strewn before us, reminding us that He is Sovereign, He is Mighty, He is Powerful and He is to be Praised.

1 PETER 2:23  “and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
Have a restful evening and Remember:  God Loves you – He is always thinking about you, and He wants His best for you.
Thank you, LORD.

The God Most High: El Elyon – He has the situation under control.

This next Name of the LORD designates God as the sovereign ruler of all the universe.

In pondering about God –  Who IS Sovereign — it brought to mind a prayer request received in early December about a lovely young High School girl who had been in a terrible auto accident with two friends. Daily her dear mom updated MANY as to the current condition of her lovely daughter, for the purpose of prayer and encouragement.  She would give details of the accident and how the miraculous hand of GOD was upon and with these girls.  Every day I was so uplifted and in awe (in the midst of the trial this family was/is facing) of the family’s faith, and testimony of how God was working.

Today, going back and re -reading the first journal entries made me think immediately about the Sovereignty of The Most High.

Isaiah 46:9:  “Remember the former things long past, for I AM God, and there is no other; I Am God and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure… Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.  I have planned it, surely I will do it.”

Another real-life event came to mind as well: Genesis 37 – 45:  Joseph – “The Dreamer, Genesis 37:18”. Whose brothers hated him. (Genesis 37:8); plotted against him (Genesis 37:18); Sold him (Genesis 37:27); and lied to their father about his demise (Genesis 37:32).

In the Sovereign economy of God – who had & has a plan – Joseph was taken to Egypt (Genesis 39),  found favor in Pharaoh’s sight and then went to jail, thanks to Pharaoh’s lying wife.

Sovereign God was with Joseph in jail – Genesis 39:21 & Genesis 40.

Sovereign God “jogged” the cup-bearer’s memory. Genesis 41:9 – (at the end of two full years).

Sovereign God – in His perfect timing – gives Joseph the ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dream (Genesis 41:16), and then gives him some wheels (Genesis 41:43) – and What? set him over all the land of Egypt.  That’s right! God is all over this situation!

The rest of the story is one to read on our own — as it is a page turner —

The key here is in Genesis 50:20 – “And as for you, you meant evil against me, but GOD meant it for good in order to bring about “as it is this day” this present result, to preserve many people alive.”  God’s Sovereignty. Amen.

Daniel 2:20 “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever for wisdom and power belong to Him.  And it IS HE who changes the times and epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is HE who reveals the profound and hidden things.”

  • So dear friend, a couple of things to close on today:
  • You are not alone – in whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself in.
  • You are special to God – He created you, remember?  And He has a plan, a special plan for YOUR life.
  • God has not forgotten you.
  • His Timing is perfect – He works in our circumstances for our Best and for HIS Glory.

We are only seeing part of the Tapestry that He is weaving together —  He is not finished with His Masterpiece yet – You are part of the weaving –

Thank Him, Praise Him today that He has it all under control.  Praise Jesus, that He sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).

Thank Him that He is always working;

Fill your mind and heart with the things of the LORD.

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”

vs. 12 “Apply your heart to discipline, and your ears to words of knowledge.

vs. 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, BUT live in the fear of the LORD always.

vs. 18 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

El Elyon – God Most High: Sovereign God Who rules and Reigns over all.

What/Who can bring strength when circumstances and situations we face are a struggle, hit from out of nowhere, and hard to understand?

Again, knowing God’s Name (which as a reminder explains His Nature, His Character and His Attributes) is what grounds us in strength (His strength – which is greater than any strength we can try to muster on our own).

Strength:

Psalm 18:32The God who girds me with strength

Psalm 18:39For You have girded me with strength for battle;

Psalm 28:7:  “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;

Psalm 46:1:  “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble

Because God is in absolute control, anything that comes to us must go through God first and only comes if He gives permission. – (Job 1 & 2).

Recall what Truths you know about Elohim:

  • He has a purpose and a plan for all Whom He has created.
  • His plans bring Him Glory – to show a correct estimate of Who He is.
  • His plans are not thwarted. (Job 42:2: “`I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”)
  • His plans reveal the message of His love. Matthew 20:28: just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
  • John 15:13:Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

His Name – El Elyon – 1st mentioned in Genesis 14:20 – “And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand”.

God – Elohim — Creator

Most High – Elyon — Sovereign Lord; ruler over all

El Elyon– Elevated; Lofty ; The Supreme – as title; Exalted One.

He is the Highest above all in every realm of life.  He rules and reigns over all.

El Elyon: He (GOD) rules today over the affairs of men.  There is nothing in all of Creation Which GOD does not have total, complete, absolute control.

Daniel 4:34-35:  “and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.

35  “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, `What have You done?”

We will address His Name – El Elyon all week – take time to ask God to speak to you about Who He is and All He wants you to know about Himself.

He will strengthen you and reveal more truths to you about Who He is so that when you face trials and tribulations in life – you will rise up in confidence knowing

  • He holds you in the palm of His hand and
  • He holds our future – He loves us as His special creation and
  • He will lead and guide through every and all circumstances we face.
  • 1 TIMOTHY 6:12:  Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

Elohim – He does not grow tired or weary – He equips you!

Isaiah 40:28-29: “Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting GOD, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

HE will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

HE gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Isaiah 41:10:  “Do not fear, for I AM with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God,

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my “R” right hand.”

Tonight I had the delight and pleasure to talk with my neighbors who briefly shared that one of them is training for the IRON Man Competition. (Like, Wow!)   They shared stories of those who train with determination and perseverance amidst physical obstacles that would cause some to “just quit”.  (Another, Wow!)

It made me reminisce about a vacation we added to a family reunion gathering – visiting Bryce Canyon (what a place to see — go if you have the opportunity).  The boys were younger, and so our hiking adventures were governed by the capacity that we all could handle as a family.

I remember we were coming down a very steep trail  when a petite woman with a pack on her back was RUNNING the trail.  I am pretty sure she lapped us.  “Wow! Really?”  I thought to myself – I was in awe.

This Scripture comes to mind:

2 TIMOTHY 2:5:  “Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.”
For those who have studied the W.O.G. we know that we must look at the verses before and after this Scripture to see what the Author of 2 Timothy desires to convey.
So:
2 TIMOTHY 2:1 “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2  The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
3  Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4  No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” (who? has enlisted you?)
VS. 6:   The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,
9  for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.
 
TO CARRY IT FURTHER:
14  Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
16  But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,
17  and their talk will spread like gangrene.
Elohim- Created us to bring a correct estimate of who HE is – He has created each for His purpose and plan.  His Word is not imprisoned.  He created His Creation to do His will.
John 8:32:  “And the Truth will make you Free.”
It is our privilege and our job to do His will – and HE equips us to do that which HE has called us to do.
Do not look at your job as just a job and just a paycheck to receive — but our jobs are the Calling He has graciously given.
We are Ambassadors of the Creator of the Universe to reflect a correct opinion of WHO HE is in us —  His Name Adonai will be presented in the future.
Pray for the fruit of HIS Spirit to permeate and go forth in His Strength and power (Galatians 5:22-23) and to do that which HE will accomplish and not return void or empty (Isaiah 55:11).
Hebrews 13:20  Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,
21  equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Now go forth and climb and train and be prepared for what Elohim has prepared (before the foundation of the world) for you to do!  He is with you! He will equip you!