Daily Archives: March 14, 2007

Comforting the Feebleminded KJV Style

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I just read a post about someone having an extremely trying day due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorderthen walked into do my bible study on Thessalonians.
This is a paraphrase of what it says;
The Thess. believers  suffered persecution and it was wearying and apparently some were in danger of fainting.
 But fainting is not of the Lord, even under persecution. We are to stand, suffering, affliction and persecution are all part of the christian life.

God uses these to mold us and make us into the image of Christ and to demonstrate to the world the sufficiency of Christ which makes us more than conquerors.
we may be individually strong sometimes in suffering, but we must realize if one member is affected, the whole body is affected.
we are responsible to minister to those who are fainthearted.
some scholars think that verse 14 of 1 thess 5

{14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.}

the ‘encourage the fainthearted’ may refer to:
1. those not naturally bold
2. those temporarily overwhelmed by the stress of things and/or
3. those with little courage.
Encourage  (NASB) or Comfort (KJV) 3888, Strongs, paramuqeÑomai

is to comfort/console and is in the present imperative, PIM, which means to command to do something in the future and involves continuous or repeated action.
Fainthearted  (NASB) 3642, Oligopsuchos, or feebleminded (KJV) means timid, discouraged, its only stated in Thess., from oligos=little and psucho=soul, mind.

It then goes on to talk about hebrews 12:1-3 and we are to write out a statement showing how to encourage someone who is fainthearted from these verses.
I will try to answer these questions.

I’m still not very good at getting from the interpretation to the application.
  1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

since we have these witnesses, testimonies, examples to look at, we can be assured of, no matter what, we are His. Our life is a race to the finish, eternity in heaven with our Lord. These witnesses were sinful people just like us and God took them and used them and made them His.

2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

He endured the cross and the shame and is at the right hand of the Father, as will we someday. He did it in joy, as we should also suffer for the cause, His cause. Fixing our eyes on Him, will help us to endure, giving up the whatever it is that weighs us down, giving it to Him, will , now, see I can just get lost in translation, maybe I’m too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.

3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Consider, think about how much He endured and had the Father to bear up under, We have Jesus to bear up under. At times we feel our crisis’ are/is so great, but never a great an undertaking as the Son of man.

Maybe if I think about more, I can come up with something better than that.

But then again, whats more encouraging than scripture?

Sounds kinda weak, maybe I’m just not in the ‘spirit’ right now. 🙂

Its basically an encouragement that we have Christ to help us when we need it and also to look back at some figures in the bible to see their faults and their faith. And that we should look to Jesus for that encouragement.

I get a kick out of the fact fainthearted is feebleminded. Sometimes I feel feebleminded, like right now, in fact.

I better just go to bed. Sweet Dreams.

Praise be to the True Living God of heaven and Earth.

Kristina

~posted at 10 pm

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Topical Wives ~ Textbook Edition

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I found this when I was looking up references for deaconesses. Sorry, but I don’t have time to link all the scripture, please print out and keep on hand, I’m sure all us wives need to be reminded of this stuff from time to time 🙂
I love the way these are categorized.
 

Torrey’s Topical Textbook
Wives 
Not to be selected from among the ungodly

 *Genesis 24:3; 26:34,35; 28:1 DUTIES OF, TO THEIR HUSBANDS To love them
Titus 2:4
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To reverence them
Ephesians 5:33

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To be faithful to them
1 Corinthians 7:3-5,10

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To be subject to them
Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:22,24; 1 Peter 3:1

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To obey them
1 Corinthians 14:34; Titus 2:5

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To remain with them for life
Romans 7:2,3

* 

SHOULD BE ADORNED

*

 Not with ornaments
1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 3:3
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With modesty and sobriety
1 Timothy 2:9*

With a meek and quiet spirit
1 Peter 3:4,5*

With good works
1 Timothy 2:10; 5:10
 *GOOD *

Are from the Lord
Proverbs 19:14
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Are a token of the favour of God
Proverbs 18:22
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Are a blessing to husbands
Proverbs 12:4; 31:10,12
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Bring honour on husbands
Proverbs 31:23
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Secure confidence of husbands
Proverbs 31:11
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Are praised by husbands
Proverbs 31:28
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Are diligent and prudent
Proverbs 31:13-27
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Are benevolent to the poor
Proverbs 31:20
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Duty of, to unbelieving husbands
1 Corinthians 7:13,14,16; 1 Peter 3:1,2

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Should be silent in the Churches
1 Corinthians 14:34

*

Should seek religious instruction from their husbands
1 Corinthians 14:35

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Of ministers should be exemplary
1 Timothy 3:11

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Good-Exemplified

Wife of Manoah
Judges 13:10

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Orpah and Ruth
Ruth 1:4,8

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Abigail
1 Samuel 25:3

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Esther
Esther 2:15-17

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Elizabeth
Luke 1:6

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Priscilla
Acts 18:2,26

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Sarah
1 Peter 3:6

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 Bad-Exemplified

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Samson’s wife
Judges 14:15-17
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Michal
2 Samuel 6:16
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Jezebel
1 Kings 21:25
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Zeresh
Esther 5:14
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Job’s wife
Job 2:9
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Herodias
Mark 6:17
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Sapphira
Acts 5:1,2 
*I don’t see Eve on either list.

This Friday, the hubby and I are taking four 14 year old boys to the beach house for the weekend for my sons birthday.

Please pray for me!!!! 😉

***Also, could someone please tell me the best way to type this stuff out, its irritating that when i copy and paste from Word or notepad, I can’t put spaces between lines and such, HELP!!!!!!!!(thats why you see all the freaking asterisks!)