Monday, December 29, 2014

a word for 2015...trusting...


As I was praying, seeking God for a word for 2015, I felt He kept leading me back to the word trusting

It was spring break 
of my senior year in high school. I was invited to attend a Young Life inner city retreat. During the quiet time, I took my Living Bible and sat down under a tree. My Bible fell open to this Scripture, and a bright ray of sunlight shining through the tree seemed to highlight it on the page and inscribe it on my heart…
We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have—for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently. Romans 8:24-25 TLB

Trusting became my word that year and that Truth has circled back in my life over the years through this Scripture from the same Living Bible...
But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day! Habakkuk 2:3 TLB

As I prayed and pondered the word trusting for 2015, I sensed there will be many situations and circumstances that will come into my life in the coming year in which I will be trusting my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Then, as if to reassure me of His hold on me, this Scripture came to my mind, and I dug a little deeper with a word study…
For He Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake, nor let you down, relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!--Hebrews 13:5 Amplified


It is notable
that there are five separate Greek words (ou me ... oud ou me) that convey a negative sense. God wants to make it very clear that this is an irrefutable, eternal promise to all His children. Amen!

Has said - Mark it down that the phrase "has said" is intensive and adds emphasis to the fact that the following promise was spoken by the Lord Himself. Furthermore, the verb said is in the perfect tense which means that God's statement has been made at some point in time in the past and has not been retracted or reversed, but is still in effect. His Word is a faithful (trustworthy) Word.

Never - this is a double negative - Never, ever is the idea. He could not state this point any stronger. In the Greek, the promise is very emphatic...I will never, never, never leave thee.

I like K.S. Wuest's rendering...”For He himself has said, and the statement is on record, I will not, I will not cease to sustain and uphold you.”

Desert (aniemi) has a range of meanings, including to send back, to relax, to loosen, not to uphold, to let sink…but in this verse in Hebrews it refers to the fact that God will not abandon us. He is not going to leave us, fail to uphold us or let us sink! “I will in no way let you go.” "I will not relax my hold on you."

Forsake (egkataleipo from en = in + kataleípo = forsake, desert <> kata = intensifies or strengthens the next word + leipo = leave behind, idea of forsaking) means to abandon, desert, or leave in straits. It speaks of forsaking someone in a state of defeat or helplessness, even in midst of hostile circumstances.

Wuest writes that forsake is a compound of three Greek words eg meaning “in,” kata meaning “down,” and leipo meaning “to leave.” Leipo has the idea of forsaking one, kata suggests rejection, defeat, helplessness, and eg refers to some place or circumstance in which a person may find himself helpless, forsaken. The meaning of the word is that of forsaking someone in a state of defeat or helplessness in the midst of hostile circumstances. The word in its totality means “to abandon, desert, leave in straits, leave helpless, leave destitute, leave in the lurch, let one down.”

There are three negatives before this word, making the promise one of triple assurance. It is, “I will not, I will not, I will not let thee down, leave thee in the lurch, leave thee destitute, leave thee in straits and helpless, abandon thee.” All of which means that our God will come to our rescue when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, praise His Holy Name! (K.S. Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament)

Take a moment to ponder these wonderful words of life from this music video of Healer by Hillsong
You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You
I trust in You
I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe Lord
I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need
My healer


Was this encouraging to you? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, I'd love to hear from you!

Linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee for Your Heart as an encourager.

15 comments:

  1. So nice to meet you through Kelly's link-up! Thank you for this encouragement that you've written with careful thought and word study. I love the Scriptures with the versions that you shared. What a sweet assurance to know that God will in no way let us go! May 2015 be a rich year of trusting Him.

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    1. Thank you for taking time to stop by and leave such an encouraging comment! Many blessings to you in the new year too :)

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  2. Thank you for your detailed study. You provide depth and detail that is so valuable and needed! Cheering you!

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    1. Kelly, thank you so much for your kind comments! I so much appreciate the opportunity to link up with your wonderful website ... http://purposefulfaith.com ... What a wonderful cheerleader of faith and encouragement you are...many blessings in the new year ❤️

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  3. hey beth ... happy new year, my Wednesday friend! i wasn't going to do the whole word thing this year because i haven't done a thing the last 2 years. but God gave me something in my quiet time with Him yesterday that just jumped out and grabbed my heart.

    to hear your word is a blessing. you've been a blessing to me, too!

    happy new year, girl!

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    1. Linda, don't you just love that, when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ makes His presence so real to us in our quiet times? Thank you so much for sharing that with me, and for all the many times you stop by here and leave such uplifting and encouraging comments. Many blessings to you in the new year ❤️

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  4. trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have.
    What an amazing promise. Thank you for sharing that version Beth!

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    1. Sarah, thank you for taking time to leave your encouraging comments! That exact promise..."trusting means looking forward to getting something we don't yet have"...was so amazing that my husband and I included this Scripture when we wrote our wedding vows in 1973 ❤️

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  5. Great word! It's always fun to read what word friends and bloggers choose. I chose CREATE this year. Every word must mean something to them. Trusting is full of promise and possibilities.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time to leave your comments. I love the word "create" ...so open-ended, full of possibilities ❤️

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  6. WOW- trust is my word for 2015 as well- it was not my original plan but throughout the past week God has changed it to that. I have yet to write my post on it yet- still fleshing it all out in my head but it's being processed!

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    1. Tami, thank you so much for your comments. So glad you shared with me that your word for 2015 is "trust"... it will be a wonderful word for the new year :)

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  7. Beth, what a great blog, I am so glad to meet a fellow sister in the Lord. I loved the verses and song. I almost chose TRUST but went with . Romans 12:2 will be my verse, And do not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

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    1. Diana, thank you so much for your encouraging comments! I LOVE Romans 12:2...transformed...what a great word...all is grace ❤️

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  8. Hi Beth, your post is encouraging. God Bless you for sharing your message. Happy new year to you.
    http://purposefulandmeaningful.blogspot.com

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