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 judgement. 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

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

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What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘deliver’? Because of the world we live in today, my mind instantly thinks of pizza. (Yum!) But in the biblical sense, it’s not related to food at all. In fact, the Bible calls the Lord our Deliverer. I can speak from experience, God certainly delivered me from a horrible past. I’ve been delivered from sex addiction, alcohol addiction, a smoking addiction, depression and so much more. (You can read my full testimony here!)

What Does The Word ‘Deliver’ Mean In Hebrew?

yasha- save; saviour; deliver; help; salvation; preserved.

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:

“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
But you would not.

-Isaiah 30:15

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

The Lord is Israel's Redeemer.

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In modern society, the word redeem isn’t very common. Although many people are in debt, they don’t use the word redeem when talking about paying off debt. It seems to be a bit old and out of style. However, it’s a very important word when talking about God. He is truly our Redeemer and has paid an incredible price for us to have a wonderful relationship with Him. Therefore, it’s necessary to take a look at what the definition of this word redeem means in the original Bible languages.

What Does The Word ‘Redeem’ Mean In Hebrew?

ga’al- to deliver, redeem, act as a kinsman, avenge. The basic use of this word had to do with the deliverance of people or things that have been sold for debt. For example, in Leviticus 25:25-26 ga’la is used in such way: . If a poor man sold himself to another Israelite (or even a foreigner among them), then the nearest relative to that man had the responsibility to redeem him (buy him back). The person who redeemed their family member is known as a kinsman. Also, following the ‘eye for an eye’ theory, a redeemer was called the “avenger of blood” when taking on the responsibility of executing his brother’s murderer (found in Deuteronomy 19:6). Read more

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

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What Does The Word ‘Faithful’ Mean In Hebrew?

emuwn- trustworthiness; 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

There are times when this word means “truthfulness” when contrasted to false swearing or lying. The underlying meaning of emunah is certain, established, lasting, or continuing. Read more

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

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There are many Christians who pray everyday. 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 Does The Word ‘Glory’ Mean In Hebrew And Greek?

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As a Christian, I’ve heard the word ‘glory’ hundreds of times. “Glory be to God” or “God is glorious”. Although I knew glory was something magnificent, I can honestly say I had no idea what it’s true definition was. Therefore, by doing incredible research I was able to discover exactly what the word glory actually means. Are you ready to find out too?

What Does The Word ‘Glory’ Mean In Hebrew?

addereth- large, splendid, ample.

hadar- splendor, glory, majesty, honor, beauty, excellence. This word is related to the Hebrew words for ‘glory’ and ‘dignity’. However, hadar doesn’t mean overwhelming beauty. It means a combination of of social position and physical attractiveness.

“For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.”

-Isaiah 53:2 Read more

How The Daniel Plan Changed My Life

The Daniel plan changed my life.

Before I began eating healthy, I truly did not know anything about food and nutrition. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. However, one day I was at a new store opening up near my town and I saw a book called, “The Daniel Plan”. I was already interested in learning about psychology and how the body works. Therefore, I decided to buy this book and give it a read.

In the car, I opened it up and began reading. The book instantly sucked me in. The Daniel Plan starts off by Pastor Warren explaining that he was an overweight pastor who neglected his health. Once he realized how much he was destroying his body, he decided to make a change. Although he didn’t expect much support from his congregation, the majority of his church members joined him and dozens were changed.

He teamed up with Dr. Hyman and Dr. Amen to write this book. I absolutely trust their input and sincerity. This book was so amazing and my life will never be the same again after reading it. Here are some key things I learned in this awesome book. Read more

Attributes of God’s Character

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Attributes of God

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I’m utterly amazed by God and I love Him so much! Sometimes, I enjoy worshiping Him simply because of who He is. There are many different names of the Lord. He’s way larger than anything we can ever imagine and His love for us is tremendous! Here’s a list of the different attributes of God (as noted in the bible) that we can worship and praise Him with.

Faithful

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”

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Learning To Love Yourself

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The world we live in can be a very cruel one. From the media telling us we should look one way to the bully at school taunting our every move, it can be difficult to be okay with ourselves. It doesn’t matter what race you are or how old you are, insecurity attacks A LOT of people. The average number of suicides per year in America is 44,965. That number doesn’t even account for the number of people who attempt suicide.

But why?

Everyone has their own story. When I desired to take my life it was because I hated myself. In my eyes, I was disgusting. All the wrong I had done left me feeling nothing but shame. I felt ugly and unattractive. I believed things would never get better and that I was unlovable. Every relationship I had allowed myself to be open and vulnerable in ended in devastation. My heart was torn and beaten beyond recognition. An outer layer of stone formed. My conclusion to all the betrayal was that there must’ve been something wrong with me… right? 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 Faithfulness

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Faithfulness

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”

-Matthew 25:21

Faithfulness means to be loyal without wavering. It’s vital in your walk with God to grow this fruit because the Lord is a jealous God. He expects to be number one and refuses to share you with any other ‘gods’. The relationship of Christ and the church is a representation of marriage. We know we shouldn’t cheat on our spouses, so why would we think it’s okay to cheat on God? One day we serve Him and the next we serve our selfishness. We have to make a decision and be determined that we will live for God and not for everyone else. 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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Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Kindness

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Kindness

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

-Phillippians 2:3-4

Kindness can be described as a few things: compassion, generosity, tenderness, sweetness. When fully developed, this fruit of the Spirit is the salt and light of the world. This makes people stand out in today’s society. It touches the souls of others and can cause tears to flow. There’s a golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Treat others the way you want to be treated.)

There are plenty of ways we can practice sharing kindness with people. In this article, I’ll share a few ideas with you.

Greet People And Smile

I personally love when people greet me. It’s a form of respect from one fellow human to another. Smiling is communicating. It’s just as effective as a, ”hello”. As much as some hate to admit, we all need one another. Every relationship began with some sort of acknowledgment. Start with a smile, and if you feel led by God, start a conversation. That person may end up becoming a new friends of yours. Even if they don’t, you can still make a difference in their life.

One day, I had to go to Shoprite. I wanted to go to the one by my house, but God told me to go to the one across town. Although I didn’t know why, I decided to obey and traveled the 15 minutes to arrive there. In my parked vehicle, I prayed and said, “I don’t know why I’m here. But I believe you sent me so allow me to be aware of my surroundings. Show me where you need me.” Then, I went inside and began to shop as usual. Read more

Grow In The Spiritual Fruit of Patience

Grow in the spiritual fruit of patience

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Patience

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

-Colossians 3:12 NIV

Patience is lacking in our world today. People are so quick to get mad and curse someone out if they did an action they didn’t agree with. I saw a video of this lady yelling at McDonald’s team members because they were out of cookies. It was extremely sad because humans are not perfect (and as someone who used to work in fast food, things run out from time to time). Under the video, the comment section was filled with people who were rooting her on. They were saying things like, “I know that’s right!” and “That will teach them.”

Especially in a work situation, people are usually trying their best with what they are given. I remember one night of work, there was a limited supply of chicken (due to a lack of management). I was the shift leader that night and countless people spoke very nasty to me. It wasn’t my fault! I was doing the best I had with the little that remained. The few people who were still sweet to me refreshed my inner man. That was a HORRIBLE night of work!

Because of that job I had, I grew A LOT in patience. It takes a great amount to agitate me. But even I have my moments where I feel like I’m gonna lose it. That’s because we aren’t meant to deal with situations in our own strength. When we’re connected to the Holy Spirit, we have the ability to wait like He does. Try these things next time you’re in a trying circumstance.

Take A Deep Breath

“When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.”

-Thomas Jefferson Read more