Monday, June 30, 2008

James 1:27

"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (NASB)


This is pure (katharos: no uncleanness, free from corrupt desire, sin and guilt) and undefiled (amiantos: unsoiled, free from that by which the nature of a thing is deformed) religion (threskeia: worship, religious discipline) in the sight of (para: before, near, beside) our God and Father: to visit (episkeptomai: to look after, have care for, provide for) orphans (orphanos: fatherless, those without a teacher, guide, guardian) and widows (chera: deficient ones) in their distress (thlipsis: affliction, trouble, anguish, persecution, burden), and to keep oneself unstained (aspilos: unspotted, spotless, irreproachable) by the world (kosmos: the ungodly multitude; whole mass of men alienated from God and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ).


Unclean, unsoiled worship that is near to God is to care for the fatherless (those that don’t know Him as Abba) – it is also to look out for the ones lacking the love of a husband (we are the Bride of Christ, He is to be our Husband) for these are afflicted and in trouble. It is also to remain unstained and unaffected by the ungodly world, for it is hostile toward your Lord Jesus Christ.


Am I a part of what God defines as worship? Am I filtering my every thought and decision to make sure that I’m unstained and unblemished by this world? Am I reaching out to the hurting and broken that are around me?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

So what is "Rhema Word"?

Well, the blogosphere has just expanded a bit more today. It all started when I'd run across Scripture after Scripture full of truth and wisdom whenever I'd be studying for teaching-type articles. I'd repeatededy find so many verses, many that most of us have heard hundreds of times, that have been so misinterpreted throughout the years. When I'd look into them, time after time I'd say "Oh, so that's what that verse is saying!". We need to know what the Bible is really saying. I vowed a couple years ago to never again just take someone else's word for it and my understanding of the Word has never been the same because of it.

With that in mind, this blog will be simple - one verse every day, the original text detailed, a summary of what it is really saying to us and then a challenge to apply it to your own life. I'd encourage you to bookmark this site now and return daily. If you don't have a routine of seeking God's Word for yourself each day, then this is for you.

The verse in the logo says it all - just as we feed our physical man each day, we are to feed our spirit-man each day with the Word of God. The word "rhema" (pronounced hray'-mah) is Greek for utterance. A rhema is a verse or portion of Scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention with application to a current situation or need for direction.

So, open your Bible, expect the Lord to speak... you might be surprised at what comes alive within you!