Powerful Verses to Help Win Victory Over Fear

I’ve got a lot going on today, so I’m going to “try” and keep this post short.

In my mind, pretty much any time we fail to answer God’s call or do what He asks us to do, it all comes down to one of two things: laziness or fear.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Sometimes they even come together. We are too afraid to answer God’s call and do our duty, and we are too lazy to move forward.

Because listening to God’s leading and following through is at least a really large part of our walk with God, if laziness and fear are the two main things that keep us from doing that, then it is vastly important that we have a weapon against these two things.

As I said in a previous post, scripture really is our most powerful weapon. In fact, it is our sword. Faith is our shield, but the “the sword of the spirit which is the word of God” is our weapon.

In a previous post I talked about laziness and gave a bunch of verses to overcome it.

You can read it here:

I’m thinking I’ll do the same sort of post today, only my talking is going to be a bit shorter. 🙂

Of course, the fear of the LORD, or the awe of God, if you want to put it that way, is probably the biggest thing that helps us overcome fear. Also knowing that God is truly with us and has gone before us. You can read my post on the fear of God here.

Enjoy these verses! May you be refreshed by the word of God!

“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”-Ephesians 6:14-17

“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, or which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” -Ephesians 6:18-20

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying,
“Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
Your reward shall be very great.”” -Genesis 15:1

“But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.” -Exodus 14:13

“Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” -Numbers 14:9

“Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.” -Deuteronomy 3:22

“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8

“Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.” -1 Samuel 12:20

“So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”” -2 Kings 6:16

“And he said, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”2 Chronicles 20:15

“You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”” -2 Chronicles 20:17

“Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the one with us is greater than the one with him.” -2 Chronicles 32:7

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?” Psalm 27:1

“Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.” -Psalm 27:3

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.” -Psalm 34:4

“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;” -Psalm 46:2

“He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” -Psalm 112:7

“The fear of man brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” -Proverbs 29:25

“Say to those with anxious heart,
“Take courage, fear not.
Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
The recompense of God will come,
But He will save you.”” -Isaiah 35:4

“‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” -Isaiah 41:10

“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” -Isaiah 41:13

“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!”” -Isaiah 43:1

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:8

“Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad,
For the Lord has done great things.” -Joel 2:21

“Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” -Matthew 10:26

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” -Matthew 10:28

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” -Luke 12:7

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” -John 14:27

“But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled” -1 Peter 3:14

“Do not fear what you are about to suffer…………………….Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”-Revelation 2:10


As my pastor says repeatedly, when the Bible is repetitive, God is probably trying to make something clear. Do not fear man. Fear God.

Do not fear for your future, do not fear for you earthly life, fear God alone. The fear of God should motivate you forward, fear of man tries to silence God’s voice. Do not fear. He is with us. He will never leave us.

“God is is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change

And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

Though its waters roar and foam,

Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold.”

-Psalm 46:1-7

I pray you would all find peace and joy in the midst of whatever there is around you to fear. Rest in God and be still. Listen, and obey. Do not fear. He will deliver.


If you would like the verses in PDF format you can download it here:

“Verses That Stand Against Fear”


 

This week’s song is Fear Not by Ellie Holcomb. Enjoy!

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!” -Isaiah 43:1

*All Scripture Quotations are form the NASB Translation

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Some Liebster Awards

I’ve been getting nominated a lot for stuff lately. And being as I didn’t really have a good post idea for today, I figured I’d do a couple of them.

Actually I’ll “only” be doing two because that’s all that I remember.

I was nominated by Hannah at A Need To Breathe and Elisha at Africa Boy

RULES

  1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Display your award.
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate 5 other bloggers.
  5. Ask 6 new questions.
  6. Let your nominees know they were nominated and give them a link to your post.

Thank you Hannah!

For once I’m actually doing it in order!

Hannah’s Questions

Would you rather live near the ocean (tourist town) or on a mountain (totally isolated)?

I detest this question. The selfish answer is on a mountain. However being as the Bible says:

“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
    he breaks out against all sound judgment.” -Proverbs 18:1 (ESV)

Then I suppose it would be less selfish to live in a tourist town especially being as that would be a good opportunity for evangelism.

Do you prefer the middle of winter or the middle of summer, and why?

Middle of the winter. It’s colder.

Would you rather work with a therapy dog, a therapy cat, or a therapy horse on a daily basis, and why?

Therapy dog? ‘Cause I like dogs. Next would probably come therapy horse.

What is your favorite personality trait (in others AND in yourself)?

Patience and a willingness to listen.

Would you choose to be a writer, an editor, or an English professor?

An editor. 🙂

If you had to become an advocate, what would be your cause?

I would be an advocate of voiceless, the fatherless, and the helpless.


Thank you Elisha!

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Elisha’s Questions

If you had the choice to grow or shrink, what would you choose?

I would probably shrink. I don’t tend to like to be the center of attention…..very insightful question.

Do you play any sports?

Nope.

Favorite animal?

1) My dog.

2) My calf.

3) A nice old fashioned large teddy bear.

What is your funniest childhood memory?

I have no idea.

Favorite movie?

Currently Unplanned.

I have lots, though, among which are Mom’s Night Out, Sound of Music, Courageous, Pride and Prejudice, Gifted Hands, Faith Like Potatoes, Amazing Grace, How To Train Your Dragon, Up, Fiddler on the Roof, The Andy Griffith Show, Ratatouille, and Love Comes Softly. Was this supposed to be an exhaustive list? Oops. “Movie” was singular.

Marvel or DC?

I’m new to them both. In fact I don’t think I’ve watched a DC movie. So I guess you could say Marvel?


My Nominees:

My Questions

  1. What is the hardest thing about writing anything?
  2. What are some things you do when you are feeling down?
  3. What is the most beautiful thing that you can see right now?
  4. What are your thoughts on what God’s will is and how find/seek it?
  5. Which of the fruits of the spirit would you say you are struggling with the most right now? (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control)
  6. What is a passage or verse that you go to often?

That is the fastest I have ever done a nomination. Ever. Wow. Probably because I didn’t over think the questions and gave really quick answers to the questions I was given. Also there was only 5 people I had to nominate. A lot quicker than 11-20 people.

Have a great week!

I will leave you with this psalm, one of my favorite psalm as well as on eof the most challenging ones.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brothers to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Coming down upon the beard,
Even Aaron’s beard,
Coming down upon the edge of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon
Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever” -Psalm 133 (NASB)

And, of course, this week’s featured song will be Hineh Ma Tov, otherwise known as “How Good and Pleasant” or Psalm 133.

Enjoy!

Recent Photos and Baby Goats

Hello everyone!!!!!!! Life has been wonderful over here (for the most part) and we’ve been having wonderful weather! It’s been so beautiful I’ve been wanting to take lots of pictures, but pictures just really don’t do it justice.

My calfy-walfy (my bottle-calf) has been doing mostly splendidly. Getting pictures of him turned out a little harder than I thought. One moment he was way over there. He had just seen me and was running through the thick grass with his little tail in the air.

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The next moment I tried to take a picture of him….uh…well…..you’ll see.

This was all I got.

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Yeah. He likes me I guess. Or he wanted some more milk. Either one.

I tried running a little bit and then turning around real fast to try and snap a picture of him before he got to me. Nope. Didn’t work. He’s too fast. I just ended up out of breath and with more calf slobber on my jeans.

So……..I tried climbing on a rock. It….sort of worked. Sort of.

He’s so cute. He loves to be rubbed under his neck. At least whenever he isn’t focused on getting milk. He’ll just start sucking on your fingers.

When he was younger it was okay except for the slobber part, of which he produces gallons, but now he has developed his sandpaper tongue and it kinda hurts. He’s getting so big!!!!!

My sister and my mom were able to get a picture or two of him when he was grazing, a little more recently.

Isn’t he cute? Don’t you love him? I’ve been halter training him and he’s getting pretty good on the halter. I think he wishes he had his own real herd, though. He will once he’s a little bigger and doesn’t need a bottle.

We still have a problem: he comes to Oliver when I call him, and Oliver just matches him. However, everyone else, excepting my dad who just calls him whatever the person he’s with happens to call him, calls him Marco.

When I had my sister edit the previous post I did on Oliver and I was mentioning the disagreement about his name, good thing I read over her edits because this is what I found.

This was what the sentence was supposed to say:

His name is Oliver. But my sister would probably say his name is Marco (it’s not). I think Oliver matches him.

This is what she edited it to say:

His name is Oliver. But my sisters would probably say his name is definitely Marco (because it is). But I think Oliver matches him.

Very sly. She didn’t actually change what I said, after all.

It gave me a good laugh, though. Anyway…..so everyone calls him Marco…..but I’m the one who takes care of him and feeds him, and after all, he likes me best because I’m his adopted mommy. So shouldn’t I get to name him? I guess I’ll just keep calling him Oliver and they’ll keep calling him Marco and we’ll all just keep going on like this. Forever. Oh well.


All the goats are so big!!! Everything is getting so big!! All the animals are growing up. Little ity-bity Lyrabella is SOOO big now. She’s bigger than her brother, Oxford.

Below is Killarney and Lyrabella, and then on the right, just Lyrabella. She’s a silly little goat.

Guess what?

We have ANOTHER BABY GOAT here on the farm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diamond had a kid!

Diamond is my favorite goat, although she is the most mischevious of them all. She’s a La Mancha, which means she is extra curious, stubborn, and has little tiny ears called ‘gopher ears’.

This is Diamond.

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We decided to name the kid Tolkien. He’s so cute! He is a cross between La Mancha and Nigerian Dwarf. Because of which, his ears are kind of funny. They are mostly gopher ears, but they are a little longer and look almost like elf ears.

He’s not the most photogenic, but I managed to get some pictures of him with a little help from my brother.

I love this little guy! He’s already almost as big as Gandolf. (Not quite. Gandolf is GIANT, though). He takes after his mom and likes to butt away all the other goats. Just for fun of course. His mommy takes it all very seriously.

Now for some random pretty photos!!!!!! Enjoy! (Remember: no stealing.)

I was trying to get some pictures of the birds at our bird feeders but didn’t have much to show for all the time I sat there waiting. They didn’t like the noise of the shutter and my only lens doesn’t do a good job of getting in close. Some of them were in focus enough for me to crop them a bunch, though, so here they are!

This was the most in focus of all the ones I took of the hummingbirds. For some reason, the hummingbirds weren’t as afraid of me, but they sure are fast!

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This one was cropped a lot. Goldfinches aren’t very sociable. The chickadees and juncos were a little better.

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The hummingbird wasn’t very in focus in this picture, but the lighting was so pretty!

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This one is funny! It was also cropped a lot and was part of a much larger frame. I got it just as the junco began taking off and thus…the wings. It’s still sort of cool, although it is a little blurry.

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Our herbs have been very productive lately! I love having a whole patch of oregano to pick from when I cook! We also have thyme, parsley, and cilantro. The dill plant isn’t currently producing or has disappeared.

I realized after a second glance at this photo that this was not herbs but some sort of lush weed growing in our garden. Anyway, I took a picture of my feet!

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My week has been mostly trying to work on my bad attitude and then making a little progress and then failing and feeling discouraged. I also got sick on Saturday evening and woke up even more sick on Sunday. I still have a chest cough which is a little annoying, but I’m thankful to be feeling a lot better. I got through Camp NaNo, but because of my cold or the flu, whatever it was, I only made it to 18,000 instead of 20,000 words. Still, it’s cool. I lowered my word count goal once I got sick, so I technically won.

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My sister just made banana chocolate chip muffins so that makes me feel better. I AM DETERMINED TO BE JOYFUL THIS WEEK. With or without banana chocolate chip muffins. It makes me smile just thinking of how blessed I am……..**happy sigh**. I really am so blessed!!!!!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! Have a wonderful month of May!

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Hope you enjoyed all the photos and the update on farm life ’round here!!!

For more posts with cute pictures of baby goats, check out:

This week’s song is Wonderfully Made by Ellie Holcomb. I love this song, so make sure and check it out! Lyrics here.

God be with you through everything you may find yourself doing this week! God be with you all!!!!!

“The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.” -Daniel 2:47 (NASB)

Why do We Serve Christ?

Love this post.

I’m taking a break from blogging today so I can amp up my word count on my Camp NaNo project.

Enjoy!

Skipping Adolescence

IMG_0928Hello everyone! I thought the most fitting way to start my blog was by sharing the most important part: Knowing God.

In American churches today, a huge focus is on serving Christ. We do it through sermons, small groups, evangelizing, fighting against things like abortion, helping others in the church, and the list goes on. It’s great!

Or is it?

What is the drive behind why we do what we do, the root of our fruit? Why are we doing all these things? To reach the lost? To encourage other believers? Probably. But I don’t think it stops there.

Sadly, for a lot of Christians, it is because they think that if they don’t serve Him enough, they won’t get to heaven, or God won’t love them as much.

I used to think that. Not consciously, and I wouldn’t say that’s what I thought. I knew that God loved everyone…

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Let Me Tell You

Let me tell you.

Let me tell about this someone I know, the someone through which everyone exists.

Let me tell you about my God.

There is this Love that nothing can separate, nothing can penetrate, nothing can destroy.

There is a Love that is eternal, a Love that never ends, a Love that reaches to the darkest night.

There is a Light stronger than the strongest darkness, a Light more glorious and beautiful than 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times the most beautiful thing we can imagine.

There is a God who holds all things in His hands, who created the very universe.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

There is a God who measured the waters of the earth in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the very heavens by the span of His hand, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure and weighed the highest mountains in a balance.

Who is able to direct the Spirit of the Lord?

With whom does the Lord of Hosts consult and who gave Him understanding?

Who taught Him the path of justice and taught Him knowledge?

No one. No one but Himself.

There is none but Him who knows the way of knowledge and truth. There is none but my God who knows the path of justice.

He alone is good. He alone is righteous.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Has not the Creator of all heaven and earth been shown to you by what has been made?

I tell you, since the very foundations of the world were laid in place His eternal power and completely divine nature have been clearly seen and understood through all that has been made.

It is HE who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.

It is HE who stretches out the entire universe like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

It is HE who pours forth His glory by the very work of His hands, who displays without words His very attributes.

He makes the judges of the earth meaningless, He merely blows on them and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble.

This is the God I serve.

Yet, with all His power, all His might, He loves us.

What does that even mean? What meaning does that four-letter word even carry?

Words have lost their value, but still:

Let me tell you.

Our Creator, perfect in everything, placed the best of His creation, that which was created in His very image, He placed in a beautiful land of paradise.

But, as we all know the story, He gave them a command. He told them that in the day that they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would surely die.

He walked with them in the garden, and they enjoyed perfect fellowship. He gave them all and more than they would ever need and He protected them with His command from that which would not profit them.

Yet, He gave them the choice. The choice to love Him back after all of eternity, the choice to obey His one command given for their protection.

Yet, they refused to trust Him. They did not wait upon the Lord, they went ahead with their own will and they disobeyed the very command that was meant to protect them.

Yet, still, He loved them. And He loves us still.

What does that word mean? That word “love”?

Well, that, it seems, is what God wanted to show us.

Let me tell you about it, let me tell you about my Elohim.

While we continued to choose to reject His loving commands and while we continued to sacrifice ourselves to sin, He still loved us.

But He was a just God, and our sins still needed to be paid for. The wages of sin is death.

Death. That is what we deserve. Death.

God never lost His control. There is no way for my God to lose His sovereignty.

So with cunning, He crafted the ultimate love story. The one and only TRUE LOVE.

Not recklessly. He was and is intentional and purposeful in all His actions.

So He gave himself.

Who did He give himself to? He gave himself up to us, He gave himself up to death. 

He who knew no sin became sin. How is that possible?

Let me tell you.

He was perfect in every way, the very picture of righteousness, while we were separated from God, loathing ourselves and everyone else. By our own works, we had separated ourselves from God.

Jesus undid what we had done. We shrank from the presence of God. He stood firmly in the Father’s will.

We could not enter into God’s presence, but He did.

And yet, He stooped low, down to us.

He gave up His majesty, He did not wear His glittering crown. He became a man, like us, with the same temptations as us. He had the choice to sin, but He stood firm.

And then, in the most gracious act of love, He gave himself up for us.

Our sin, our violence, our hatred, was laid on Him, the Perfect Son of Man and Son of God.

We mocked Him, we accused Him, we beat Him, we spit on Him, the Anointed One of God, the Messiah. We cried out “Crucify!”. When confronted with His innocence we said: “His blood be on us and on our children.” (Mathew 27:25).

And we got what we wanted, not because of our power, but because of our lack of it. We said we were willing that His innocent blood be on us and our children. Little did we know at the time that it was exactly what God had planned. The blood of an innocent man willingly shed to cover our sins. His blood is on us and on our children.

The high priest said, unknowing that he was fulfilling God’s purpose, “It is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” (John 11:50 ESV) Jesus died for the people.

So He paid death. He defied death. He destroyed death.

He paid the cost of our sins, and oh, what a costly price to pay.

He gave His very life for us.

He gave up His life to defy death. He died so that we would never have to fear it.

He was our Passover lamb, crucified for our salvation. He was the one and only truly Unleavened man. He is our Unleavened bread. He is the Firstfruits of the Resurrection, the Firstborn of God, fulfilling all that the scriptures had prophesied of.

In Him is our fulfillment. In Him is our everything. Without Him, we have, literally, NOTHING.

Will you follow Him?

Will you follow in His footsteps? Are you willing to die to your flesh and be raised up again in new life?

Are you willing to let Him change you from the inside out?

Are you willing?

He is faithful, and will NEVER let you go.

Follow Him.

Let me tell you about the love He has.

Oh, please, I beg you! Let me tell you about Him!!! You will never be the same.

His love is so deep, so wide, so free, it will never run dry. He gives peace, unutterable, beyond understandable, unexplainable, peace. And He gives us freedom from the chains of sin that shackle us.

You, yes, even you, can be forgiven, thanks to the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, thanks to the only one who ever defied death. Praise be to God!!!

He loves you and calls to you, asking that you would be willing to enter into His love. Not for His sake does He call, but for yours. He is for you.

What then shall we say to these things?

If God is for us, who can be against us?

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him, freely give us all things?

Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?

God is the one who justifies; who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.


Most of this post was based off of Isaiah 40, Psalm 19, Romans 1, Romans 8, and other places that I don’t quite remember. (They were mainly from a form of memory/ paraphrase)

Have a wonderful day and weekend, celebrating Resurrection Sunday and remember the hope we have that death has been defeated. Praise the Lord!

For the ending verse, I just wanted to share one of my very favorite verses ever. Enjoy!!!

“In repentance and rest you will be saved,

In quietness and trust is your strength.”

-Isaiah 30:15

The song for this week is “Love Song” also known as “Just To Be With You” by Third Day

Here are the lyrics:

I’ve heard it said that a man would climb a mountain
Just to be with the one he loves
How many times has he broken that promise
It has never been done.
I’ve never climbed the highest mountain
But I walked the hill of calvary

[Chorus:]
Just to be with you, I’d do anything
There’s no price I would not pay
Just to be with you, I’d give anything
I would give my life away.

I’ve heard it said that a man would swim the ocean
Just to be with the one he loves
How may times has he broken that promise
It can never be done
I’ve never swam the deepest ocean
But I walked upon the raging sea

[Repeat chorus]

[Bridge]
I know that you don’t understand
the fullness of My love
How I died upon the cross for your sins
And I know that you don’t realize
how much that I gave you
But I promise, I would do it all again.
Just to be with you, I’ve done everything
There’s no price I did not pay
Just to be with you, I gave everything
Yes, I gave my life away.

 


*All directly quoted verses are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted. Unreferenced verses are probably either from the ESV or NASB translation.

Be Thou My Vision + Some Other Tags

I decided something today. Actually, I decided it yesterday and was excited about it all night.

I have finally decided to do it. Like actually.

And you are probably going….”Do what? What have you decided? Aren’t you going to tell us?”

Yes, I’m going to tell you. I mean….eventually, right?

Actually, I’ll tell you now. Here we go.

I have decided to create a tag.

Remember the post I mentioned last week that I said wasn’t ready? Well, after praying a bit about it, at least for now, I don’t think I should post it. Maybe God just wants me to wait, maybe I need to rewrite it, but for now, it will not be appearing. In case you are wondering, it was titled “Before you get a song stuck in your head: Part 3” as sort of part of my unannounced series on songs being stuck in your head. Anyway. So. Let us see….what was I talking about….oh! I have decided to create a tag.

In all seriousness, I really feel like this tag is not just like any other tag out there.

I’m creating this tag for something other than “getting to know other bloggers” (although that is good) and “awarding bloggers for their hard work” (although that is also good).

This tag is for building up, edifying and pointing to Christ.

Here is the tag image:

Be Thou My Vision

The photo of cherry blossoms was actually one I shot yesterday afternoon/evening, right as the sun was hitting the tree-line (cause we don’t really have that much of a horizon, just a tree-line where the sun sets). The wood background is part of the free backgrounds available on Canva.

Also, another decision that I made is that 10 months is not too late to do an award thing. So I’m going to be doing a really old nomination that I got a long while ago, as well as a recent one.

But, first, this newly created tag.


The Be Thou My Vision Tag

The Rules/ Guidelines:

  • Include these rules in your post
  • Pingback or link to this post: (farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/be-thou-my-vision-tag) That way I can see different people doing it which will be really cool.
  • Thank and/or link back to the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the main questions listed below. Two of them are optional.
  • Nominate anywhere from 2 to 20 people to do the Be Thou My Vision tag. Just make sure to nominate at least 2. Preferably, let them know that they have been nominated/tagged.
  • Optional: If you would like, include the “Be Thou My Vision” Tag image in your post.
  • Optional: Ask your nominees 2-5 questions and/or answer any questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  • Optional: Copy and paste the Purpose of the Be Thou My Vision Tag from below into your post.

The Main Questions:

  1. What is your vision for your life, your blog, etc.?
  2. What do you think of when you think of your ‘inheritance’?
  3. What is your first response when something is beyond you?
  4. What is generally your very first thought about, when you wake up?
  5. (Optional:) What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘dwelling in Christ’?
  6. (Optional:) What is something you have been dwelling on or thinking about more than you ought to? In other words, what is something that has been possibly getting in the way of God in your mind?

The Purpose of the Be Thou My Vision Tag:

The primary purpose of this tag is to edify, build up, and point to Christ. Many tags are filled with random questions like “What is your favorite ice cream flavor”, and while they are often quite fun, they can miss out on the big questions. This tag is meant to build us up in Christ and help us look to the High Ruler of all, our inheritance and our vision. It seems to be quite a big struggle in this age and time to lose sight of our purpose particularly when we are trying to build a platform. Often what started out for God, becomes something we are doing for us. Perhaps this tag will help us all to look to our Lord and pray that he would truly be our vision. That is what I pray for you. May God bless you and may you find that he truly is everything you will ever need.


Just for fun, (as well as for building up), I wanted to include the lyrics to Be Thou My Vision, one of my many favorite hymns.

Lyrics to Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

I love this hymn! It really should be our anthem as Christians.


Now to continue with the Be Thou My Vision Tag.

My Answers to the questions:

  • What is your vision for your life, your blog, etc.?

I guess what really comes to my mind is a life of service. Being able to serve others and share the hope I have, particularly with those who have none, would be the dream or vision of my life. As for my blog, it is my vision that people would be uplifted and drawn closer to Christ and that God would use the words I write for His glory.  I really hope that my posts and my words would not just be ‘fun’ or ‘engaging’ but truly from Him who holds my heart.

  • What do you think of when you think of your ‘inheritance’?

Immediately the verse from 1 Peter pops into my mind. It’s a verse that gives me the ‘chills’ (in a good way) and I really want to share it with you.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:3-5

I just love the part where it says “an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away”. I also think of the places in the Old Testament where it says that the Levites did not get a physical inheritance because God himself was their inheritance.

And then I think of the place in the Bible where a man tells Jesus to make his brother or whatnot share the inheritance with him. 🙂

  • What is your first response when something is beyond you?

Probably my very first response is to be frustrated or to simply give up. After that, I am generally convicted and go to God for wisdom.

  • What is generally your very first thought about, when you wake up?

Most likely my to-do list. Usually, it is very closely determined by what I was thinking about right before I fell asleep. Often my thoughts will wander where they shouldn’t dwell as I’m trying to fall asleep, so occasionally, my first thought is “Lord, forgive me!”. And when I depressed or discouraged my first thought generally is “Lord, help me….I can’t do this alone.”

  • (Optional:) What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘dwelling in Christ’?

I think of my favorite verse in Ezekiel where it talks about our future dwelling place:

“My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” -Ezekiel 37:27 (ESV)

That verse just always leaves me breathless. It’s just so beautiful……..and so…..so….well, so awesome in the true sense of the word. It is full of awe. I love that verse…..

  • (Optional:) What is something you have been dwelling on or thinking about more than you ought to? In other words, what is something that has been possibly getting in the way of God in your mind?

I struggle to clear my mind of all the things I think about or imagine about to focus on God when it was time to do Bible study et cetera.

Hopefully, this was edifying and encourages you to not give in, and not let Satan take your mind off of Christ.


Since this is the very first time the Be Thous My Vision Tag has existed, I am going to nominate guess how many people?

I’m gonna go for the limit: 20 people.

So here we go, let us find a full 20 people to nominate.

My Nominees:

Wow. That was actually really hard.

No pressure to participate, anyone! Whether you participate or not, I hope you are built up, in Christ, and challenged to look to Christ alone!


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Now for the Liebster Award that I got………………..10 months ago. I think maybe I’m trying to beat a record for forgetting about nominations and still doing them? Here we go, sorry Hannah Gaudette for being so extremely late! I think it got lost sometimes in the middle of busy-ness and I totally forgot about it! Better now than never……right?

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Here are the rules:

Sorry, not doing this one completely.

  • Acknowledge and link to the blogger who nominated you.

Thank you Hannah Gaudette! Check out her blog here.

  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked.

Okay.

  • Nominate 11 more bloggers and spread the ‘new blogger’ love.

Ummm…..not doing this. I already nominated 20 people in this post. If I did two Liebster Awards that would be 22 people. So I’ll just do two. Or none. Or something.

  • Ask them 11 fun questions of your own.

Okay.

  • Let them know on their blogs that you have nominated them.

Okay!

Optional Rules

  • Write a paragraph about what makes you passionate about blogging

I’ll skip this one. You can check out this post here if you want to hear all about it or check my About page.

  • List ten random facts about yourself

Okay!

Let us start. My answers to the questions:

  • Why did you start blogging? (I just had to share that one, Anna – thanks!)

Just read this post to read the whole longwinded version. Basically, I wanted to share what God was teaching me, etc., etc. (I’m trying to make this post as short as possible)

  • What is your favorite blogging memory?

Probably coming back from my two-month hiatus and feeling the keys under my fingers once again.

  • What is your favorite writing memory?

Well, I was writing an idea for a story, specifically a scene I had in mind, and my older sister came over and looked over my shoulder. As she read it she started laughing (it was supposed to be funny). It made me smile that it made her smile. :)😊

  • If you could have any breed of cat or dog (or snake, or hamster, or horse, or whatever), what would it be?

It would be fun to have a Jersey cow to milk. We just have cows for beef and goats for milk, but Jersey milk is way better than ordinary cows milk or goats milk.

  • What is your favorite memory of a pet or pets?

Probably when we first discovered that our Bluetick Coonhound actually liked water. We threw a stick in the pond and pretended it was a making noises, and she jumped in after it. Then she didn’t want to stop, once she had gotten wet. It was so funny. I always thought she hated water. She does hate rain, though.

  • What is the one book everyone in the world should read?

Absolutely the Bible. Other than that….hmm….probably Disciplines of a Godly Man/Woman by Kent/Barbara Hughes.

  • Do you like rain?

Yes! Everyone thinks I’m really weird………no one else likes rain….. 😦

Except when it is Fall and we get our first rain shower and we are all so excited that the grass can grow again and fall pasture will come soon. Often when the first fall rain storm hits the whole family will be dancing in the rain. Meanwhile, all the local teenagers and young adults are shivering in hoodies and shorts while I’m in a short-sleeved shirt and jeans dancing in the rain.

  • Cauliflower or broccoli?

I don’t know…….I guess broccoli ’cause it is easier to grow.

  • What is the longest book you’ve read?

I don’t know……maybe something Charles Dickens?

  • What is the longest book or story you’ve written?

I’m currently at 8,759 words on my Camp NaNoWriMo project!!!!! So exciting!!!

  • What do you consider your biggest passion or cause in life?

Serving Christ.

My Nominees are:

  • Anyone who has a blog with under 50 followers and either follows my blog or is followed by me.

My Questions are:

  • The same questions I answered above.

My Ten Random Facts:

  1. I love Jesus
  2. I am writing a blog post right now.
  3. I love music
  4. I love to sing
  5. I love to play cello
  6. I like to read
  7. I like to plan and schedule
  8. I love my dog (or just Bluetick Coonhounds in general). Actually, I like dogs and animals in general, too.
  9. My first favorite book of the Bible is Psalms
  10. My second favorite book of the Bible is Philippians

 

Now for the recent Liebster Award!!!

THANK YOU LYDIA POTTER FOR NOMINATING ME!!! Check out her blog here.

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Display your award.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least 5 other followers to do the same post.
  • Ask 6 new questions to your chosen nominees.
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give a link to your post.

My answers to the questions:

  1. What’s your favorite desert? Cheesecake. Or homemade ice cream. Oh wait, are you talking about a desert? I don’t really know of many deserts. Death Valley sounds kind cool, but I’d never really like to stick around for too long.
  2. What’s your favorite meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)? Dinner.
  3. What’s your favorite brand of clothes? I have no idea. Clothes That Fit maybe? That’s not an actual brand as far as I know but I really don’t have consistent brands that I know of and like.
  4. What’s your favorite time of the day to check on your blog? Often I do it in the morning….when I should be reading my Bible. Anytime really. I should check it less often.
  5. What’s your favorite salty snack? Either homemade popcorn or homemade steak fries.
  6. What’s your favorite sport to watch? I don’t really watch sports. I’ve watched a little football before and it can be fun. Dude Perfect can be fun to watch.

My Three Nominees:

My Questions For You To Answer:

  1. Who is someone who cooks really good food? (i.e. Your mom, grandma, local custom gourmet chef, etc.)
  2. What pets do you have?
  3. What is your favorite board game?
  4. Do you listen to a lot of music?
  5. What are your thoughts when you hear the word ‘religion’?
  6. What is one person on earth that you look up to the most?

YAY!!!!! I’m done!!!!!


Hope you enjoyed this post and were built up by it!!!!!

In case you hadn’t guessed already, “Be Thou My Vision” is the featured song of the week!

Have a wonderful week!!!! May God be your vision.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” -Ephesians 1:18-19a (NASB)

*All Scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

Why I Prefer the NASB Translation + Some Notes on the Hebrew Names of God

The post I originally intended for today is still not ready, so I decided to write a (hopefully) somewhat quicker post on why I prefer using the NASB translation.

Let’s jump right in!

#1: A differentiation between Adonai and YHWH in the Old Testament

I LOVE this aspect of NASB sooooo much! The Hebrew word adon (אָדוֹן) is the word used for lord in the Bible for earthly masters or “lords”. The Hebrew word Adonai (אֲדֹנָי) is an emphasized version of adon, and as far as I can see is always used for either the Angel of the Lord or God (which are one in the same). God is our Lord. But He is so much more. The name Elohim for our God (which is actually cool in that the grammar is plural in one, you should study it for yourself) is actually NOT a unique word. It is used to refer to little-g “gods” in the Old Testament as well. So saying Elohim vs. OUR Elohim actually makes a difference.

There is one name for God that is completely unique: the unspeakable name of YHWH. When I say unspeakable, I am referring to the fact that we have no idea how to pronounce it, because it was only pronounced once a year in Israel by the high priest. With the crumbling and exile of the Israelites, the pronunciation of this Hebrew word was lost. We have two main guesses that you may recognize. Our two main guesses at the pronunciation of YHWH are “Yahweh” and “Jehovah”. The Israeli history of how we have completely lost the pronunciation of this word is a lot more complicated, and since I didn’t brush up on it, I would suggest that you look it up and study it for yourself if you want to learn more about it.

To put into perspective the Jewish reverence for God’s HOLY name, you could read this article. Also, note that there are varieties in spelling and some spell The Lord’s name YHVH instead of YHWH. They are, as far as I know, essentially the same thing, and I don’t know which is how it originally was in Hebrew. I don’t actually read Hebrew, you know.  🙂

And now I would like to talk about the Hebrew word and name for God, YHWH. This name is so unique, so packed with meaning, and it is actually the very name God has given himself. You know when God meets Moses through the burning bush? God called himself a very unique name in that passage which English does not do justice.

Here is the verse:

“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” -Exodus 3:14 (NASB)

HAYAH is the name God uses for Himself in that verse. In English we translate it as “I AM”. Now it turns out that HAYAH is actually derived from YHWH which brings a huge depth to this name. The Jews know that to say you are “I AM” is to say you are God, because when Jesus claimed “Before Abraham was, I AM” they immediately began to pick up stones to stone Him (John 8:58-59).

English just doesn’t portray the meaning and depth of His name. I think I could just study the Hebrew name of God for the rest of my life and never scratch the surface of its depth.

The whole point of all this is that the only English equivalent word we have for YHWH is “Lord”. We actually get that from the fact that whenever the Jews read the scripture, when they came to the word YHWH, they would not say it out loud, so they replaced it with “Adonai” whenever they read or studied it.

For all other translations I’ve found, the word Adonai and the word YHWH appear completely the same in the text. It is so important to me to be able to tell the difference, because it just adds so much more to it …………..YHWH is so much more than just Lord or Master.

However, whenever the word YHWH comes up in NASB, it is capitalized so that you can tell the difference between “Adonai” and “YHWH”. It actually makes things a lot clearer.

For instance:

“I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.” -Psalm 16:2

With Hebrew words this would be more like “I said to the [YHWH], “You are my [Master or Lord], I have no good beside you.”. Isn’t that so cool?

Also on the names of God, when it says “The LORD God” it means “The YHWH Elohim” in Hebrew. I think that is so beautiful.

#2: Italics

You probably can’t notice this when I quote the Bible from NASB in my blog posts, because I like to italicize the whole verse so that you can tell the difference between just a quote and actual scripture, but some words in NASB are italicized.

Here is what the italics mean:

Italics: Words not found in the original text but implied by it.

[Source]

These italics are actually so helpful when I’m studying the Bible, because when you are translating the Bible, it is literally impossible to not apply some bias when it comes to Hebrew words that are not written but are implied in order for grammar to work out right.

But in order for things to make any logical order you need those connecting words in English. Otherwise it just sounds like you have really bad grammar. Here is an example. In order that you can see where the italics are, I will not italicize the rest of it.

“The waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan;” -Joshua 3:16a

What would happen if we took out the italicized “and” that isn’t in the original Hebrew?

“The waters which were were flowing down from above stood rose up in one heap,”

Just sounds like bad grammar right?

But sometimes you can wonder what it would be like without the italicized phrase and possibly compare it to other translations. Be very careful though, often it’s not that it is missing in the Hebrew text. Often there are actually things in the surrounding words that do really imply what is being said. The Hebrew scholars do know more than us about such things!

#3: It really is the most LITERAL translation you can find

“Well, what about ESV?” you may ask. ESV is also a very literal word-for-word translation. However, as for wording and sentence order and finding the closest possible word in English, NASB is better.

The downside to that is NASB has a lot harder grammar structure to try to read out loud, and it has very advanced vocabulary. Younger kids may have to have a dictionary at their side, for instance,  when trying to read the Old Testament in NASB. One example:

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.” -Isaiah 40:28 (NASB)

Versus ESV:

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.” -Isaiah 40:28 (ESV)

Unsearchable vs. inscrutable. Do you happen to know what inscrutable means?

Inscrutable:

a. not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood

b. difficult to understand causing people to feel curious or confused

(sourced from here)

In my opinion, the word ‘unsearchable’ does not have such a depth of meaning.

Unsearchable:

not capable of being searched or explored

Not readily investigated, interpreted or understood, vs. not capable of being searched or explored. The Hebrew word here can actually mean “A thing to be searched out”. I prefer NASB’s take on it here.

I think NASB is more literal and thus has more complicated and exact vocabulary. The first time I showed this verse to my dad in NASB, I had to look up an actual definition to actually explain clearly what “inscrutable” meant.

Another downside to using such literal translation and being closer to the original Hebrew grammar structure, is how hard memorization gets. I have so much trouble memorizing NASB. If you are trying to memorize something, it helps that you know the meaning of a word and can think of the what word comes next using what you know the first word means. I’m not really sure that made sense.

For instance, once I tried to memorize Psalm 139 in NASB. I ran into a problem once I got to the third verse which in NASB says:

You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.” -Psalm 139:3

I would come to that part and I’d be thinking “It’s sort of like analyze or observe my path……what is the word……I think it has a ‘T’ in it………it’s like search out or something….what is that word?”

Sure, I know what the word means, but it’s not an everyday word in my vocabulary so I don’t automatically match it to the meaning.

Also, NASB does not have a whole lot of flow in the Psalms. It’s really hard to sing words like “inscrutable” or “scrutinize”. The grammar flow is also hard.

So I don’t memorize in NASB, instead I use ESV which is almost equally accurate and a whole lot easier to memorize.

I also think it is really good to memorize scripture in a different translation than you usually read scripture in. Why? Because if you are like me, when you read through a passage that you have previously memorized, your eyes sort of lose track of where you are and you can just think of what it is saying in your head.

When you read in a different translation than you have memorized, it really helps you think about what you are reading and to notice what differences there are. Same thing with when you are trying to study a passage in depth. Look it up in several translations.

#4: More balanced team of translators

This is more a reason why I prefer NASB over ESV than just why I prefer NASB.

If you have ever looked at the credits section in an ESV Bible, you may recognize a lot of names. All of the ones I have looked up are Calvinists, although some are more hyper-Calvinistic leaning than others.

Wayne Grudem actually oversaw the whole ESV translation. He also wrote “Systematic Theology” in which when teaching the “doctrine” of reprobation he said this:

“When we understand election as God’s sovereign choice of some persons to be saved, then there is necessarily another aspect of that choice, namely, God’s sovereign decision to  pass over others and not save them. This decision of God in eternity past is called reprobation. Reprobation is the sovereign decision of God before creation to pass over some persons, in sorrow deciding not to save them, and to punish them for their sins, and thereby to manifest his justice”

-“Systematic Theology” by Wayne Grudem, pg. 684

I could go on and on about all the different ways and angles in which I disagree with this statement, but I will save that for another time. At least when he said that God unconditionally (aka randomly?) decided to “pass over some” intentionally punishing them for their sins (while randomly choosing elect few to save), he said that God did it in sorrow. Which means he is not a hyper-Calvinist per say which is a whole lot better than what he could be.

If you want more on Calvinism, try searching my “Calvinism” into my search bar, and about 6 different posts should come up. Although, I do warn you, my posts left a little to be wanted back then and are probably chock-full of typos.

Anyway the point is that he is definitely a Calvinist, (I’m not), and all of the people I’ve looked up who were on the team for ESV are Calvinist. And with how things work in Hebrew, Greek, and translation, it is quite natural that they give a little bit of a biased translation. As far as I have looked up, the NASB translating team was actually a bit more balanced theologically than the ESV team.

Consider this verse and compare the translation:

ESV:

“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction” -Romans 9:22 (ESV)

NASB:

“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?” -Romans 9:22

I find a big difference between “desiring” and “although willing”.

While there is a little of a hard time translating this verse in any sensical way from the Greek into English, due to the confusing order of things, I’m pretty sure that what these two translations have translated “desiring” and “willing” from, is the word “theló” which can mean “being willing, desiring, or intending” depending on the context.

So from this definition, it is hard to say which of these translations are correct. 

However, I don’t find that the ESV makes much sense here. According to their translation, God desired to show His wrath, thus he endured with patience. Wait, what? I think the “although” in NASB makes a bit more sense. I think using the word “intending” would also work pretty well. If we did that it would read:

“What if God, although intending to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?”

[Also, to understand this verse well, it helps to 1) understand that this chapter is primarily talking about Jews vs. Gentiles, God’s chosen ones vs. those outside who are now putting the chosen people to shame by accepting Christ, and 2) Understand that we must look at all of scripture. Consider this verse which brings a little balance to things:

“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” -2 Timothy 2:20-21 emphasis mine]

I consider ESV very reliable, but I do find they have a large bias towards Calvinism, so if I memorized Romans, I would actually maybe want to do it in NASB. NASB has more of a balanced team of translators, so I consider it a little less biased.

Clarification: having zero bias is impossible, contrary to popular belief.

#5: Capitalization of personal pronouns referring to God

I actually just realized this. ESV does not capitalize “He” or “His” even when it is clearly referring to God. Now I know in the original Greek and Hebrew, there is no capitalization, but in English (and other languages) we like to use capitalization to reverence God, and I think that should be applied to the personal pronouns referring to God.

For example, the verse I just quoted above, Romans 9:22:

“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction” -Romans 9:22 (ESV)

“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?” -Romans 9:22 (NASB)

NASB capitalizes “His wrath“, while ESV simply says “his wrath“. I prefer NASB in this instance. 🙂 I don’t think we can have too much respect for God. 


I will say one more downside of NASB: It costs a lot. You can get the kindle version of ESV on Amazon for FREE, because it doesn’t cost the printing. NASB costs money. I personally think you should do whatever is possible to make the Bible accessible, but I do understand that NASB is not as popular as ESV, and that the translators did do a lot of work to make it and want money from it.

It you are going to hand out Bibles for evangelism, I would probably recommend ESV, because it costs so much less and unbelievers may be discouraged from reading the Bible if it has such advanced vocabulary as the NASB does (I’m mean…….it’s not really that bad….but you know).

There is a joke that NASB is the “Nationally Acknowledged Superior Bible”. While it is a sorta funny joke, I most definitely don’t think that NASB is “superior” to any given translation. While I think “The Message” and the “Passion Translation” were simply sloppy jobs at translation and I don’t even really consider them “translations” per say, there are actually a lot of good translations out there, many of which I have never analyzed. Some other fairly good translations are NKJV, NIV, LEB, and CSB, to name a few. The Names of God Translation can be kind of fun, too.


That was it! I hope you enjoyed! Hopefully the other post I’m working on will be ready next week!

If you want to look up the Hebrew and Greek words in scripture you are studying, I would recommend BibleHub Interlinear. However, BibleHub is sometimes hard to navigate, so I would recommend, just searching into Google, DuckDuckGo, or whatever search engine you have, “Biblehub Interlinear {Insert verse you want to look up}” and you can go from there. I look up all my Hebrew and Greek in BibleHub where you can go straight to the Strong’s number. Hopefully this is helpful to you!

This week’s featured song is “As For Me and My House” by John Waller. I love this song! It also brings back a lot of good memories of when my dad has played this song on Saturday mornings. 🙂 You can look at lyrics here. Enjoy!

God be with you and bless you in your studies of His Word!

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” -Mathew 4:4 (NASB)

*All quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted