Thursday, July 31, 2008

ABCs of the Word - Be of Good Cheer!

My new Bloggy friend found over at Grey Like Snuffie is hosting The ABCs of The Word every Thursday. Every once in a while I will be chiming in. Today I'll just let the scripture speak for itself. These words come from the Amplified Bible, which takes the King James and gives the Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT) more descriptive meanings to some of the words which don't translate as vividly into our English.

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence
. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]"
John 16:33

16 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

I LOL when I read yours. I picked a B verse and naturally went to something that was cammanding in tone. And you naturally picked something that is encouraging. What a surprise. You have such a sweet heart!

grey like snuffie said...

Love it. And feel free to jump in whenever it works---no legalism here. :)

ellen b. said...

I love these verses. So encouraging and I love cheerfulness!!

Cori G. said...

Wow! What a great translation. I just love the amplified Bible. It's great for study. I write in bullet points can you tell?
I've never been to your blog, but it looks wonderful. I think I'll peek around for awhile and I'll definetly
be back.

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

what a great idea! Thanks for sharing that!

And thanks for praying for my little hope, I appreciate it SOOO much! Have a great day!

Edge of Design said...

I'll have to have a peek at the blog to see what it is all about. You have me curious that's for sure. I hope you're doing alright today and having some fun at whatever it is you're up to today.

Knit-Wit said...

Great verse

I am slowly getting around to catching up on my blog reading. Looks like you have had a lot going on this summer.

Denise said...

I really love this my friend.

Renee said...

Thanks for stopping by and your lovely comment! Have a wonderful weekend.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Girl....that was a word in due season.
I like the way it said He has deprived the world of it power.
I'll stand on that.

Cecily R said...

Fabulous picture. Perfect for the theme!!

Love that you chose something so positive. I needed that this Monday morning!

Stacey said...

You are ever encouraging.

I tagged you on my blog today!

Irritable Mother said...

"I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you."
I love the way this is stated! Yes, He has deprived the world of power to harm, and I can trust Him. *peaceful sigh*

Edge of Design said...

I haven't "seen" you in awhile. Are you on holidays?

Sharon Brumfield said...

Thinking of you and praying for you!
\o/---keeping those arms up!

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What does this mean in my life? This means that in life we are meant to be free. While historically mankind has not always enjoyed the opportunity to fully appreciate what that means, we are so indescribably fortunate as to live in a time of the greatest spiritual, physical, financial and political freedom ever known. Freedom doesn't come cheap, nor does it come easy. But the best things in life don't come that way do they? As I write this I am struck by how this sounds like a political statement, and for me this is much more of a spiritual thing, but, same goes for that (political that is). Freedom doesn't come easy. And it's worth whatever fight you have to make to overcome in your life in order to live a life that succeeds. Now the questions is - what is success for you? What is your standard? In my mind what is needed is a definite target - because you can't hit and maintain a moving target. A stable, rock-solid, anchor with no variable, yet multi-faceted. Something pure, just and worthy. If you look at any web page of news you can see that our society is certainly lacking in this area. What a great time to live as a rebel! Nowadays to be a rebel, all you have to do is be willing to engage in the battle of life, while anchored to Christ!