What Does The Word ‘Pray’ Mean In Hebrew And Greek

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There are many Christians who pray every day. There are others who think it’s a really spiritual thing and can only do it in certain positions. However, to pray to God simply means to share communication with Him. We can ask Him for things or simply tell Him how we’re feeling. The Lord loves to talk with His people and will give wisdom to all who ask. Let’s explore the Hebrew and Greek definitions of the word pray.

What Does The Word ‘Pray’ Mean In Hebrew?

athar- to burn incense in worship; intercede; pray.

palal- to pray, mediate, intervene, judge. Palal means to come between two parties, always being human beings. For example, palal is used 1 Samuel 2:25: “If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him?” However, this word is also used to describe the prophets while praying on behalf of the Israelites.

“Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.”

-Numbers 21:7. Read more

What Does The Word ‘Faith’ Mean In Hebrew And Greek?

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More than likely, you already have an idea of what faith means. To have faith in God means to believe in Him without a doubt. Although we know Faith in Christ is the only way to heaven, let’s take a closer look at what this amazing substance is.

What Does The Word ‘Faith’ Mean In Hebrew?

emuwn- trustworthyness; faithful.

emuwnah- honesty; truth; faithfulness; firmness; official obligation. The first time this word is used in the text is found in Exodus 17:12: “But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” It can be translated into “to remain in one place.” However, the most common use of this word is to mean “faithfulness”.

“May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.”

-1 Samuel 26:23 Read more

What Is A Budget?

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Growing up, I had no one to teach me how to succeed at finances. I learned how to win with money after I already had a family to feed. A budget was not in my vocabulary nor did I ever hear anyone around me speaking about one.

My family never had any sort of savings. I had no idea what a budget was and how empowering it can be to have one set in place. I’ll be the first in my family to save money, get out of debt, invest money, and become financially free. I’m not there yet, but it all starts in one place: the budget.

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My husband was spectacle at first, but now he loves having a budget set in place. We know all our bills are covered and we have money to spend on ourselves. I feel at peace in our financial life and we agree on every decision together.

What Is A Budget?

written budget

A budget is a written plan that describes what you’re going to spend your money on. If you don’t have a plan, dollars will fly out of your hand into the hands of someone who does have a plan. Winning with money doesn’t happen by accident. This is one of those things that you’re going to have to be intentional about if you want to succeed. Read more

What Does The Word ‘Righteous’ Mean In Hebrew And Greek?

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What Does The Word ‘Righteous’ Mean In Hebrew?

tsadaq- to be in the right, be justified, be just, be righteous. This term can be used to describe someone who has received deliverance from condemnation. For example, tsadaq is used 17 times in the book of Job. Another version of this word is a legal term that involves the entire process of judgment. However, it brings a sense of judicial pronunciation of innocence.

You shall not pervert the judgment of your poor in his dispute. Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked.

-Exodus 23:6-7

tsedeq- There’s two forms of this word: feminine (tsedaqah) and tsedeq. Much research has been done regarding these two words and this is the conclusion: one’s relational and the other’s legal. If a man has a faithful relationship with God, it can be described using tsedeq. However, tsedaqah is also used in a relational way in Genesis 30:33. Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Self-Control

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Self-Control

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice of fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind self-control].”

-2 Timothy 1:7 AMPC

Woo! We finally made it to the last fruit of the Spirit. If you’re new to the series, you can view the other parts by clicking here. Either way, I’m so proud that you want to grow in the area of discipline and self-control. Many people do NOT reach their full potential because they aren’t willing to sacrifice. Discipline hurts. I get it. “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11).

Discipline produces freedom. It can create the life we truly desire. Nothing will happen without an action first occurring. Once an action is taken, then a result can be produced. If you want a different result, you must carry out a new action.

“You can suffer the pain of change or the pain of remaining the same.”

-Joyce Meyer

The question is: Do you want to have a powerful, victorious life? Do you want to obey God in your everyday life? Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Gentleness

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Gentleness

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

-James 4:10

The word gentleness is the same quality as humility and meekness. They all mean this: submission to the Lord, knowing one’s sense of worth and mildness of temper. A humble person is not trying to impress others because they already know who they are in Christ. They carry themselves in authority and is aware of all that belongs to them.

A meek person has the ability to harness their emotions and dictate which actions they will take. A gentle person is not critical, sharp, or pressing. They’re understanding and know which words to speak at what moment.

This is probably the most difficult Christian virtue to master. It feels good to get revenge when it’s in your power to do so. A meek person allows the Lord to fight their fleshly battles while they obey Him by praying for that person and blessing them. A humble person is not puffed up. They know they can do nothing apart from God and rely on Him in all circumstances. It’s a great understanding of, “I’m not better than anyone else, but I have all power through Christ Jesus to do all that needs to be done on earth.”

The best way to grow in this area is to constantly be connected to the Holy Spirit and continually water the fruit with the Word. Try these tips below to really boost your humility walk. Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Goodness

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Goodness

“Depart from evil and do good.”

-Psalm 34:13

How are you feeling today? Did you wake up refreshed? Or did you have a hard time sleeping last night? Was it easy getting ready today or frustrating? And other people, how have they treated you today? All these things affect us, but the way to conquer those things is by keeping a good attitude. Things don’t have to be perfect (in fact, they never will be) for us to display the fruit of goodness. It’s a decision that we make. Decide, “I’m going to treat people good regardless of how I feel.”

I think it’s easy to forget the degree of Jesus’s sufferings. We remember him on the cross, but that was the end of His sufferings. The journey to the mount was way worse. His family tried to kill Him. The religious people of His day constantly plotted how they might overtake Him and kill Him. He lost a large portion of His followers when He told them He was the Living Bread and Water. John the baptist doubted Him. When Jesus needed His disciples to pray with Him and while He was sweating blood, they were snoozing away. One of His disciples betrayed Him and sold Him out for thirty shekels of silver. One of His best friends (someone who witness the transfiguration on the mount) denied Him.

He was beaten. They blindfolded Him and hit his face. Then, at the only hope of being released the town’s people shouted for the release of a murderer instead of Jesus. He was assigned to carry His own cross up a hill. Upon fainting, they appointed Simon to help Him. He was on the cross for 6 hours. That’s 360 minutes! He didn’t curse anyone or plot for revenge…. He just prayed for them.

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