Monday, July 30, 2012

False Teacher

Joyce Meyer

joyce meyerJoyce Meyer was born on June 4, 1943.  She is married, has four children, and lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri.  She runs the Joyce Meyer Ministries organization (  When examining the site's statement of faith we are glad to see an affirmation of the Trinity, that man is a sinner, that without Jesus we can have no relationship with God, that salvation is a free gift, and eternal hell of conscious damnation.  There is a concern with the statement on "divine healing," since there are so many aberrant groups that also affirm divine healing but say Christians must claim it and people who are sick are in sin.  However, I am not aware of what Meyer's position is on this.
The Joyce Meyer Ministry takes in a great deal of money.  She travels in a private jet and has several multimillion dollar homes. 
"While Meyer's previous salary is unknown, a recent series of investigative articles in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed Meyer's ministry purchased for Joyce and Dave a $2 million home, a $10 million private jet, and houses worth another $2 million for the couple's children, who also work for the ministry. The articles also outlined Meyer's recent personal purchases, including a $500,000 vacation home. Meyer, 60, lives in Fenton, Missouri, near St. Louis." (1/1/2004,
Having a lot or a little money is neither good nor bad.  If she has earned it all fairly through her work, fine.  Nevertheless, this article will focus on her teaching, not on her finances.  Let's take a look at scripture, then Joyce Meyer's teachings. 

First, what does the Bible say?

It is absolutely necessary that we Christians use biblical discernment when supporting any preacher and/or teacher of the gospel.  It is irrelevant whether or not we like the person, think the person is a good speaker, or if the person says things that are uplifting.  Instead, we must be as noble as the Bereans.
  • "Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so," (Acts 17:11).
  • "Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to exceed what is written, in order that no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other," (1 Cor. 4:6).
If the Bible says that even Paul was checked by scripture, and that we are not to exceed scripture's teaching, then aren't we obligated to judge what Mrs. Meyer says against the word of God?  Of course we are.  It is not enough to just believe what she says, no matter how good the words are or how well she presents them.  Let's not be taken in by a public figure who is confident, assertive, and appears to be biblical.  Our duties as Christians include biblical discernment - which can only be done by examining what she says and comparing it with scripture.

What does Joyce Meyer teach?

For the most part Joyce Meyer preaches a positive, biblical message that is of great value to many people.  We applaud her desire to be biblical, to point women to godly submission and humility, to trusting God, being loving, to have value based in what Christ has done for us, etc.  These are all good.  However, there are some very significant errors that need to be addressed.  Some of them are so bad that she is outside of biblical orthodoxy and must be considered a false teacher.  Let's take a look at what Joyce Meyer has said.
Following is a list of quotes from Joyce Meyer, along with responses.
  1. Jesus stopped being the Son of God:  "He could have helped himself up until the point where he said I commend my spirit into your hands, at that point he couldn’t do nothing for himself anymore. He had become sin, he was no longer the Son of God. He was sin."(
    1. Response:  This is heresy.  Jesus did not ever stop becoming the son of God.  Essentially what she is saying is that Jesus stopped being divine, the eternal son, second person of the Trinity. This is an attack on the very nature of Christ and it is a dangerous false teaching.  Joyce Meyer needs to repent and retract this statement.  There is no place in Scripture that says Jesus stopped being the son of God.  She's adding to the word of God and placing in the hearts and minds of listeners false doctrine.
  2. Jesus was born again:  "The minute that blood sacrifice was accepted Jesus was the first human being that was ever born again," (
Read more-->HERE.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


This, beloved, is what it looks like when the Father draws a man to the Son:
  1. It’s not the quality of the man’s understanding.
  2. It’s not the quality of the man’s works.
  3. It is the power of the Father to draw men unto the Son by the power of His Word.
  4. The man wakes up and is convinced he understands the world and reality.
  5. Men are men.
  6. Bread is bread.
  7. Blood is blood.
  8. Then, suddenly, out of the blue, the Word of God comes like a mighty conqueror.
  9. It pierces the heart of men.
  10. It wakes them up.
  11. The world that seemed rightside up is now upside down.
  12. The Savior who seems a rejected and despised failure is seen for what He truly is.
  13. O, may you know the power of the saving hand of the Father to draw you to the Son.
  14. May you fall down at His feet and cry: “I don’t understand it all but I’ve come to believe you are the Holy One sent from God. You alone have the words of eternal life. Save me! May I feed on your flesh. May I drink your blood. Give me the spiritual nourishment I have been lacking as I have been stumbling blindly through this world.” 
  15. Such a request, the Son is delighted to grant.
  16. He will lay hold of you with such a strong Hand that none can pluck you out.
~Author Unknown~

Monday, July 23, 2012


"Sometimes we have seen a model marriage, founded on pure love, and cemented in mutual esteem.
Therein, the husband acts as a tender head; and the wife, as a true spouse, realizes the model marriage-relation, and sets forth what our oneness with the Lord ought to be.
She delights in her husband, in his person, his character, his affection; to her, he is not only the chief and foremost of mankind, but in her eyes he is all-in-all; her heart's love belongs to him, and to him only.
She finds sweetest content and solace in his company, his fellowship, his fondness; he is her little world, her Paradise, her choice treasure.
At any time, she would gladly lay aside her own pleasure to find it doubled in gratifying him. She is glad to sink her individuality in his.
She seeks no renown for herself; his honor is reflected upon her, and she rejoices in it.
She would defend his name with her dying breath; safe enough is he where she can speak for him."

~ Charles Spurgeon

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A String of Pearls Unstrung

A Theological Journey into Believers' Baptism

Fred A. Malone

Copyright © 1998 Founders Press. All rights reserved. Do not duplicate or redistribute in any form. If you would like a print version of this pamphlet, copies can be ordered from Founders Press.

Dr. Fred Malone is the Pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Louisiana. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and the PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Malone also serves as a trustee of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

To ensure I do not trespass, I have not included any 'taste' (paragraphs) here.  To read the entire article, you may contact the Founders Press (link above) or read more -->HERE.

This article is well written and worth sharing with others who may be questioning the difference between paedo (infant) or credo (believer) baptism.

His blessings to the beloved family of God.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Psalm 63

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 

To see thy power and thy glory, 
so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; 
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed, 
and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. 

My soul followeth hard after thee: 
thy right hand upholdeth me. 

But those that seek my soul, to destroy it,
shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.

But the king shall rejoice in God; 
every one that sweareth by him shall glory:

but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Note: I have had a horrid time trying to get fonts, set up and pictures to 'publish' as I've set them up.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Justification and Sanctification

Courtesy Chapel Library

A.W. Pink

There are two principal effects that sin produces that cannot be separated: the filthy defilement it causes, [and] the awful guilt it entails. Thus, salvation from sin necessarily requires both a cleansing and a clearing of the one who is to be saved. Again: there are two things absolutely indispensable in order for any creature to dwell with God in heaven: a valid title to that inheritance, [and] a personal fitness to enjoy such blessedness. The one is given in justification; the other is commenced in sanctification. The inseparability of the two things is brought out in [the following verses]…“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1Co 1:30). “But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified” (1Co 6:11). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1Jo 1:9).

“These blessings walk hand in hand; and never were, never will be, never can be parted. No more than the delicious scent can be separated from the beautiful bloom of the rose or carnation: let the flower be expanded, and the fragrance transpires. Try if you can separate gravity from the stone or heat from the fire. If these bodies and their essential properties, if these causes and their necessary effects, are indissolubly connected, so are our justification and our sanctification.”(43)

“For like as though Adam alone did personally break the first covenant (44) by the all-ruining offence, yet they to whom his guilt is imputed do thereupon become inherently sinful through the corruption of nature conveyed to them from him, so…Christ alone did perform the condition of the second covenant. (45) [And] those to whom His righteousness is imputed do thereupon become inherently righteous through inherent grace communicated to them from Him by the Spirit. So teacheth the Apostle in…Rom 5:17, ‘For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.’ How did death reign by Adam’s offence? Not only in point of guilt whereby his posterity were bound over to destruction, but also in point of their being dead to all good, dead in trespasses and sins. Therefore, the receivers of the gift of righteousness must thereby be brought to reign in life, not only legally in justification, but also morally in sanctification.” (46)

Though absolutely inseparable, yet these two great blessings of Divine grace are quite distinct. In sanctification, something is actually imparted to us; in justification, it is only imputed. Justification is based entirely upon the work Christ wrought for us; sanctification is principally a work wrought in us. Justification respects its object in a legal sense and terminates in a relative change—a deliverance from punishment, a right to the reward; sanctification regards its object in a moral sense and terminates in an experimental change both in character and conduct—imparting a love for God, a capacity to worship Him acceptably, and a [fitness] for heaven. Justification is by a righteousness [outside of] us; sanctification is by a holiness wrought in us. Justification is by Christ as Priest and has regard to the penalty of sin; sanctification is by Christ as King and has regard to the dominion of sin: the former cancels its damning power; the latter delivers from its reigning power.

They differ, then, in their order (not of time, but in their nature), justification preceding, [and] sanctification following: the sinner is pardoned and restored to God’s favor before the Spirit is given to renew him after His image. They differ in their design: justification removes the obligation unto punishment; sanctification cleanses from pollution. They differ in their form: justification is a judicial act by which the sinner is pronounced righteous; sanctification is a moral work by which the sinner is made holy: the one has to do solely with our standing before God, the other chiefly concerns our state. They differ in their cause: the one issuing from the merits of Christ’s satisfaction; the other proceeding from the efficacy of the same. They differ in their end: the one bestowing a title to everlasting glory; the other being the highway that conducts us thither. “And an highway shall be there…and it shall be called The way of holiness” (Isa 35:8).

From Studies in the Scriptures, available from CHAPEL LIBRARY.
42 See FGB 193, Hypocrisy, available from CHAPEL LIBRARY.

43 James Hervey (1714-1758), Theron and Aspasio: A Series of Dialogues and Letters upon the Most Important and Interesting Subjects, Vol. 2 (London: Rivington, 1789), 67.

44 first covenant or Covenant of Works – the agreement or administration that God established with Adam in the Garden of Eden before his fall into sin. It established man’s obligation to obey God with the penalty of death for disobedience (Gen 2:16-17).

45 second covenant or Covenant of Grace.

46 Thomas Boston, “A View of the Covenant of Grace from the Sacred Records” in The Complete Works of the Late Rev. Thomas Boston, Vol.8 (London: William Tegg, 1853), 454.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Evils within the Church

Courtesy Chapel Library

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Jude 1-25

Jude, “the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,” speaks to us in the tone of an ancient prophet. His voice is that of Elijah or John the Baptist. It is “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” He speaks to the declining churches of his day. He speaks to the Church of the last days. It is against the evils within the Church that he specially warns. What a picture does he draw of error, licentiousness, worldliness, spiritual decay, and ecclesiastical apostasy! Who could recognize the image of the primitive Church in the description he gives of prevailing iniquity? The world had absorbed the Church, and the Church was content that it should be so…

It is a picture for the Church in our day to study, for we are rapidly becoming part of the world and falling into the snares of “the god of this world” (2Co 4:4). Nay, and we glory in this as “progress,” “culture,” and “enlightenment,” as freedom from the bigotry of other centuries and the narrowness of our half-enlightened ancestors, who did not know how to reconcile contraries and to join what God has put asunder; how to believe everything alike; how to combine earth’s pleasures and gaieties with the joy of God; how both to pray and to dance; how to revel and to weep for sin; how to wear both the “white raiment” and the jeweled ball dress; how to maintain friendship both with God and with His enemies; how both to pamper and to starve the flesh; how to lay up treasure both on earth and heaven; how to drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils; how to be partaker of the Lord’s Table and the table of devils.

The names that he applies to these inconsistent brethren will seem to some hard and strange. “Spots in their feasts of charity,” “clouds without water,” “trees whose fruit withereth,” “twice dead, plucked up by the roots,” “raging waves of the sea,” “wandering stars,” yet naming the name of Christ and numbered among His disciples! O darkness of the human heart! O subtlety of the flesh! O deceitfulness of sin! What is there that a man will not profess when it suits his purpose? What contradictions of life, creed, and conscience will he scruple at, (68) when ambitious of position, fame, or wealth? O Church of the living God on earth, how art thou disfigured and defiled by those on whom thy name is written! How many are in thee who are not of thee, nay, who hate thee in their hearts while wearing thy livery; (69)  for whom the reveling and banqueting of earth have charms far beyond thy simple bread and wine; who are at home in the gay lighted hall of midnight mirth, but out of place in the upper chamber of thy Lord and Master; for whom the fair faces of earth have an attraction that thy holiness and beauty inspire not; for whom the luxuries of the social feast have a relish which they cannot find in that which is to thee better than angels’ food, that flesh which is meat indeed, and that blood which is drink indeed!(Joh 6:55).

In this day of half-discipleship, of double service, (70) of religious worldliness and worldly religiousness, how needful it is that the awful words of the Apostle be studied by the Church of God! We need them now! Ere long we shall need them more. Every day do we see, read, or hear of things and scenes in connection with professing churches of Christ that make us ask, “The Church or the world, which is it?” Are we not often constrained to say to ourselves, “Are Christ’s words no longer true? Have the broad and the narrow ways become one? Is there now no Church, or is there now no world?”

Not as if all this were strange and new, either in our days or in the Apostle’ our days or in the Apostle’s.  The germs of this apostasy were  seen before the flood. It was of such men that Enoch prophesied when he proclaimed a coming judgment and a coming Lord (verse 14). “Ungodly deeds,” “hard speeches,” “great swelling words”—these were in Enoch’s day. They were swept off by the avenging flood of water. They are now again coming up in the last days in wider and more awful development, waiting to be consumed by the flood of the devouring fire with which the Lord, when He comes, is to purge this polluted earth, that He may bring out of it the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. Greater, indeed, and more hateful must be the wickedness of the last days…It is written of the last times, “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure” (Psa 2:4-5). The way of Cain, the error of Balaam, the gainsaying (71) of Korah will be all combined and repeated in the wickedness of the last days. Then the human heart shall, unchecked, be permitted to overflow. Do we not see the beginnings of this overflow in our own times?...

The whole of this epistle is full of solemn thought for us. It is very similar in tone to the apocalyptic epistles to the seven churches, and seems almost like a preface to them. Its warnings against declension from truth and holiness, against worldliness and luxury, against inflated self-sufficiency and boastfulness, against profligacy (72) and carnality, against a fruitless religion and an empty name are very appalling and sound like a prelude to the last trumpet—a voice from heaven so loud and penetrating that it would seem as if even the dead would awake under its terrible thunder. What sins it exposes in the Church of God! What departures from first love! What debasement in evil! It takes up and echoes the apostolic warnings of earlier days. Here we find the summary of the sins and apostasies of Christendom. The “strong delusion,” which believes the lie, is here (2Th 2:2). The fatal friendship between God and the world is here (Jam 4:4). The often denounced fellowship between the clean and the unclean is here (1Co 10:21). Here is represented to us the last great lapse to the Christian Churches and with it the ending of the times of the Gentiles: the commixture (73)  of religion and irreligion, of error and truth, of fleshly lusts and a confident profession, of antinomian laxity (74) and a high profession, the alliance—political, or  philosophical, or scientific, or ecclesiastical—between Egypt and Israel, between Babylon and Jerusalem (2Ti 3:1-7). Here we see the Church absorbed in the world and the world in the Church, each delighted with the other; the sons of Belial sitting at the “feast of charity” and at the Supper of the Lord; error the companion of truth, and truth the ally of error; the fine arts—music, painting, sculpture—all made to minister, not to religion,  but to the production of religious sensations, which make men believe that they are religious when they are mere admirers of the beautiful and solemn in sight and sound. (75)

Thus does Jude warn us, as Paul did, against the perilous times of the last days. perilous times of the last days. The Church of our age may not be chargeable with such declension as in the days of Jude. The fine gold may have become dim, but is not altogether dross. Yet modern Christianity has in it but little of the miracle or magnificence of early times. It is not so holy, so prayerful, so joyful; nor yet so high, so noble, so splendid. The grandeur of apostolic saintship has disappeared. How poor is much of the religion we see around us! How hollow and superficial! Sullen in some, flippant in others, showy in others, bustling and talkative in others, worldly and political in others, sensational and sentimental in others—in all, second-rate, even when sincere and true.

One of the most sorrowful things amongst us is the  going back of many who “did run well,” who were once zealous and sound in the faith, but have been swept into the torrent of “progress.” They boast of keeping abreast of the age and mistake the snares of Satan as “an angel of light” for the “leadings of providence” and teachings of the Holy Ghost; leaving their first faith and love; taking one of earth’s meteors for the heavenly pole star. (76)  Politics, pleasure, gaiety, business, philosophy, science have come between them and the glory, if not between them and the cross. Leanness of soul, lowness of spirituality, lukewarmness in everything but outward religious bustle describe their present condition. They do not thrive nor bear fruit. They have come to be once more in love with this present evil world, from which they had been delivered. They have become stagnant in the routine of external service and conventional talk. They have thrown themselves into the spirit of the age in its full breadth—a breadth too narrow to include the glory of earth’s coming King and the power of the Holy Spirit, but broad enough to contain in it the dark subtleties of anti-Christian error, at least in their germ or idea, which in its full development will not only deify humanity and worship creature intellect and power, but will enthrone force, and numbers, and money, and commerce, and art with all that is called “nature” and “natural laws,” as the true regalities of earth, the true elevators of the race, and accomplishers of the destinies of man!

That any of Christ’’s sheep shall perish, we do not believe. God’s eternal purpose secures them forever. But we see strange things in our time. Men believe one thing today, another tomorrow, and a third the next, and they call it progress! The voice of the age is reckoned the voice of God! Truth has become flexible and principle as pliant (77) as wax. Men who looked as like Christians as any could look, turn back into error or worldliness. They did run well, but they have been “hindered that they should not obey the truth” (Gal 5: 7). They have been “bewitched” (Gal 3:1), so as no longer to obey the truth. They began in the Spirit, and they are trying to perfect themselves by the flesh. Some who once preached the gladness of the glad news have plunged into the gloom of popery or ritualism. Others, who seemed to live in prayer and were absorbed in the study of the one blessed Book, now think prayer needless because of God’s universal Fatherhood, and the Bible, though the best of books, only one of an ascending series, all of them inspired; who look on novels and newspapers, depicting what they call “life and character,” as our true textbooks for daily study; who are persuaded that this world is not so evil as some narrow Christians think it, and that its feasts, luxuries, and gaieties are good things, which a Christian ought not to abjure (78) but to enjoy.

When we see these things, we stand in awe, perplexed as to what next may happen, asking, “Are there few that be saved?” and alarmed at finding how closely an unbeliever may resemble a believer, and how far down  a Christian may be permitted to sink without totally falling away. Let us not be deceived by the vain show in which men are walking. In spite of all fancied progress, that word is still true, “We are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” No amount of “culture” can change the natural man. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh” (Joh 3:6); and the “progress” of the flesh, however goodly it seems, must be ever downward. When that which is perfect is come, and that which is in part has been done away; when the Kingdom that cannot be moved has been set up, then the world’s true progress begins, and the divine “culture” will take the place of the human. Then, as we look back, we shall be astonished at the shallow thing that men call progress now and see in it man’s last proud effort to enter heaven without being born from above; to be a god to himself, and by his own intellect and energy to rectify the world that he has ruined—a world that can only  be restored by the power of the Holy Ghost and the enthronization of its long absent King.

From “Light and Truth: Bible Thoughts and Themes” in The Life and Works of Horatius Bonar CD, Lux Publications,
Horatius Bonar (1808--1889): Scottish Presbyterian minister whose poems, hymns, and religious tracts were widely popular during the 19th century; born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

68 scruple at – question.
69 livery – the distinctive uniform style of dress worn by a person’s servants.
70 double service – that is, serving God and mammon.
71 gainsaying – to speak against; contradiction.
72 profligacy – shameless immorality.
73 commixture – mixing together.
74 antinomian laxity – looseness in morality because of a denial of God’s Law.
75 It is said, that in the last days of the old Roman Empire, when its “decline” was passing into its “fall,” everything was paralyzed by luxury save music, which was cultivated to utter intoxication. Old Rome died music mad.—Horatius Bonar
76 pole star – North Star.
77 pliant – supple; easily bent.
78 abjure – give up; abstain from

Monday, July 9, 2012


"People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.

We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith.

We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated."

~D.A. Carson~

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Notes on Supralapsarianism & Infralapsarianism

There was a recent set of posts, comments, back and forth about this topic, with this page being shared.  I've been pondering upon the necessity of making this an issue which divides...while doctrine is EXTREMELY important...I'm wondering if we aren't spending more time counting beans in the barn, rather than out spreading seed in the fields.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, or if you've never considered it, be exhorted and encouraged to spend time daily in HIS be wholly submitted to HIS will where ever He has you during this season.  Bloom where you're planted.  May the peace of God, which passes ALL understanding, guide, direct and keep you as you seek to know Him more intimately with each passing day, hour and minute.

May the glorious thought of His return keep all of us actively, fervently preparing and warning of the Master's return. ~ Melissa

And if this is a repeat of something I've shared previously...well perhaps HE wants us to review!


"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Romans 9:21).

Copyright ©  1998, 2000 by Phillip R. Johnson. All rights reserved.
(Special thanks to Larry Wing for encouraging me to put this on line.)

This page looks at four major ways of ordering the soteriological elements of God's eternal decree—with a particular focus on the difference between supralapsarianism and infralapsarianism. I have summarized the differences in a side-by-side comparison below. Explanatory notes follow.
Summary of Views
  1. Elect some, reprobate rest
  2. Create
  3. Permit Fall
  4. Provide salvation for elect
  5. Call elect to salvation
  1. Create
  2. Permit Fall
  3. Elect some, pass over the rest
  4. Provide salvation for elect
  5. Call elect to salvation
  1. Create
  2. Permit Fall
  3. Provide salvation sufficient for all
  4. Elect some, pass over rest
  5. Call elect to salvation
  1. Create
  2. Permit Fall
  3. Provide salvation for all
  4. Call all to salvation
  5. Elect those who believe

The distinction between infralapsarianism and supralapsarianism has to do with the logical order of God's eternal decrees, not the timing of election. Neither side suggests that the elect were chosen after Adam sinned. God made His choice before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4)—long before Adam sinned. Both infras and supras (and even many Arminians) agree on this.

Read more -->HERE.

Monday, July 2, 2012


I use this word, a lot...and while reading noticed it in this verse:

Pro_5:6  Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. 

Then a variation a few verses later:

Pro 5:21  For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.

Searching for just the word ponder brought up only Proverbs 5:6 and 4:26

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Proverbs 5:6, 21 and 4:26 use the same Hebrew word.

H6424 -  A primitive root; properly to roll flat, that is, prepare (a road); also to revolve, that is, weigh (mentally): - make, ponder, weigh.

So...used elsewhere?

Psa 58:2  Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 

Psa 78:50  He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; 

Isa 26:7  The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.

Word Study Series offered:

A verb meaning to weigh out, to make level, to ponder. It means to calculate the weight of something. It is used figuratively of weighing out, pondering evil (Ps. 58:2[3]); and of the Lord's leveling or cleansing a path for His anger to pass over in judgment (Ps. 78:50). It means to guard, to watch carefully one's way of life (Prov. 4:26). It describes making one's way of life just, fair, level (Is. 26:7).

Unfortunately, they offered no synonyms; however, had these:

chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate
think, cogitate, cerebrate
Meditate...not in the worldly sense of meditation of emptying one's mind...but as we are admonished in these verses:

Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 

Psa 63:6  When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Psa 77:12  I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. 

Psa 119:15  I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

Psa 143:5  I remember the days of old; I meditate (H1897) on all thy works; I muse (H7878) on the work of thy hands.

Which are all:

H1897 - A primitive root (compare H1901); to murmur (in pleasure or anger); by implication to ponder: - imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, X sore, speak, study, talk, utter.

These verses:

Psa 119:23  Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

Psa 119:48  My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes. 

Psa 119:78  Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

Which are all:

H7878 - A primitive root; to ponder, that is, (by implication) converse (with oneself, and hence aloud) or (transitively) utter: - commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, talk (with).

Meditate in the NT:

1Ti 4:15  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 

G3191 - From a presumed derivative of G3199; to take care of, that is, (by implication) revolve in the mind: - imagine, (pre-) meditate.
  • G3199 - A primary verb; to be of interest to, that is, to concern (only third person singular present indicative used impersonally it matters): - (take) care.

May the Lord of Glory, fill your spirit, soul and mind with HIS goodness.
May HIS attributes continually be reviewed before you.
May you (and I!) ponder, think, muse and meditate upon Him and His word more and more each day.

Blessings ~ Melissa

Closing with this thought:

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7