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I turned to this in my journal today so I thought I would post it in case it helps someone!

2/09/20 CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD 

Today I was reluctant to sit with the Lord.  Yesterday I thought I heard strong meat that seemed “good” but I realized it was the enemy’s voice.  I rebuked it in Jesus Name. And then later I wondered if it was the Lord and asked Him for forgive me.  I do NOT want to be sifted as in the old days!  Lord help! 

HEARD: Confidence. 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance (confidence) of things hoped for, the evidence (conviction) of things not seen.

Faith is the confidence and conviction of what is hoped for that is not yet seen.

Substance in the Greek means:

  • A setting under, like a support
  • Assurance
  • Confidence

  

12/05/14  DIG DEEPER TO ESTABLISH FAITH

Your turn.  I saw a magnifying glass.  It would be a factor if it could not be established here.  Finding a difference here.  Sandy.  A little more confidence.  My beloved.  I am establishing you 

WORD TO PONDER:  ESTABLISHING MORE CONFIDENCE AS YOU ARE WILLING 12/05/14

I have you under the spotlight now beloveds.  I AM searching for the reluctant ones, the ones who are so broken and have gone through such a sifting they are not sure what is stable and what is not.  I have seasons of tearing down and building up. 

I am building your confidence and faith in Me dear one!  Yes I understand you have very little self-confidence, but in Me you can do all things.  I have taught you how to lean upon Me, ask My help and search for Me in your daily life.  I AM all you need and I weave everything in your life together to establish your faith and set you strong and sure upon My Word.  Thank you for being willing to step up to the plate when I draw you to do so.  Thank you for following through.

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thess 2:16-17 NKJV)

 
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The Gk meaning of substance (confidence) really was quickened to me;

Strong's Greek Dictionary
5287. ὑπόστασις hypostasis (hypóstasis)

Search for G5287 in KJVSL; in KJV.

ὑπόστασις hypóstasis, hoop-os'-tas-is

from a compound of G5259 and G2476; a setting under (support), i.e. (figuratively) concretely, essence, or abstractly, assurance (objectively or subjectively):—confidence, confident, person, substance.

feminine noun

I began thinking about how we LEAN on the Lord and how unsettled of a feeling it is NOT to lean on Him.  When I get those unsettled feelings, like I am hanging in thin air with no support, I realize my faith is shaky and I need PEACE.  I RUN to Him and find my peace!

This Greek meaning of a setting under for support really makes sense to me!

When I read and ponder on this support word:   "ὑπόστασις hypóstasis, hoop-os'-tas-is - from a compound of G5259 and G2476a setting under (support), i.e. (figuratively) concretely, essence, or abstractly, assurance (objectively or subjectively):—confidence, confident, person, substance."

I am brought to pictures I have seen of grape vines, how they are supported with trellis and stakes, how it helps hold them up when they are growing, like this 

Image result for stakes supporting vines grapes

Image result for stakes supporting vines grapes

and just after that, I watched a video clip, they were saying that one of the words for intercession means "to stake yourself to someone."   

I know we need to stake ourselves to God, but sometimes I also want to be reassured that God is also seeking me out to stake Himself to me (just wanting to know more of His love this way, knowing that He is faithful to be there when we feel that we are fainting or drooping)

John 15: 4 TPT: For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.

There are words from a song called Abide, by House Fires band:

You're not going anywhere, I'm not going anywhere
Let Your love quiet fear,  Let Your love be near
I am Yours, You are mine My reward, my delight
All my life I abide in You
I'm the branch, You're the vine
Everything I want to find  All my life I abide in You.
 
Prayer: when we feel shaky, or weary, or it is difficult to cling to You, Lord, will You please also stake Yourself to us, so we can feel strength in Your love for us, so we can stand and cling. Abide. In Jesus name. amen.

you are welcome to do so, @ Beth, and just to let you know, I was feeling shaky and really alone at the time of writing that... But then here is what I saw shortly after that, on Words To Ponder (Sandy's website) 

NESTLED UNDER MY WING
Precious child! Nestled and warm, just where I want you to be. Close to My heart beat. You are always welcome precious one. My wings may be covering your sight and muffling the sounds around you. But what matters is that you are as close to Me as possible and under My wings you are safely sheltered.

Ps 61:3-4 For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in your tabernacle forever: I will trust in the shelter of your wings. Selah.

(Reciprocal. In reading that, I felt encouraged of His desire to also be close to us, just like when we want to be close to Him, and need to lean on Him.  This ministered to me, hope it too encourages you too.)

I have to say that I had been feeling a nudge re: supporting in finances, and I am sorry that I did not respond earlier. But I will do so now, and will be mindful of this in the future, and also keep this need in prayer. @ Sandy

And I thank you and Wayne, there have been plenty of times where I felt like I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, and then I would go to the QW and read what others had seen, heard, felt in the Lord that described what I was experiencing.  Thank you for hosting a place of belonging.  Prayers for blessing, healing, and peace, Laura 

Love this post and all the contributions. They all ministered to me. I have prayed and believed God for a new accommodation. Now it's time to trust to provide. I'm standing on Job 36:16 "Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness ; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness". That's my 'setting under(support)'. Humanly it's not easy but I must remain on this support. Confidence. Thanks family.

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