What is Biblical Lexicology?

LEXICOL’OGY, n. [Gr. a dictionary, and discourse.]
The science of words; that branch of learning which treats of the proper signification and just application of words.


Greetings and salutary felicitations of the Christmas season,

I am a Biblical lexicologist and a semantic purist. I study the proper uses and meanings of words, phrases, colloquialisms, and cliches with a Biblical perspective and set of beliefs. I believe that we ought to examine our speech and our listening to discern whether what we are saying coincides with what we are trying to say. Surprisingly, it is rare that this actually occurs. It is a fine art to articulate effectively. And it is an art that needs to be learned, especially by Christians.

Lexicologists are many times associated with the utilization of profound, obscure, gargantuan, and intimidating words. Sometimes this is true, but the actual fact of the matter is that lexicologists do not strive to use big words merely: they strive always to use the correct words. So do not be afraid, gentle reader, I will not attempt to impress you, but to teach you a little of what little I know of the art and science lexicology.

Every language has a set of definitions. Every language has a different set. There are definitions and meanings that might be in one language and not in another. Some languages have whole parts of speech and grammatical differentiations that are completely absent in other languages. This is because each culture governs the language, and each culture has a unique set of ideas and priorities that are integrated into its vocabulary.

Every language has a set of words. Every language has a different set. Every language has a system of grammar. Every language has a different system. There is never a perfect one-to-one relationship between the definitions and the words, though. Many things prevent this, and I will not go into them now, so suffice it to assert that it is true. Each word has several variations of meaning, and each meaning (generally) has several words that can represent it in slightly different ways. These variations work with idiosyncrasies, exceptions, accepted norms, and rules of grammar to create a dizzying situation calculated to incite confusion in communication.

Now, this situation also creates unimaginable opportunities to communicate uniquely in each language and dialect of language. Each language has its own signature, if you will, of how and when you say certain things to get across certain ideas. These must be examined and learned if we are to communicate effectively for the glory of God.

Many things change these patterns of language over time. Common usage, clashes with alternate languages, and technological innovations are but a few of the currents that mold the riverbank of language. Sometimes we need to deliberately make an alteration in the lexicon to provide for a dramatic transformation in the prevailing thoughts of a community. Sometimes we need to go back and revive a dying set of verbiage to recall a worldview and mindset that is likewise dying. Sometimes we need to clarify and separate the meanings of multiple words that clash with each other, rendering their use dangerous to effective communication. Sometimes we need to make new words entirely, because we have discovered an entirely new concept.

All of these changes can be good, or they can be bad. They can be used for evil, or they can be used for the glory of God. Our duty as Christians is to combat the bad and champion the good. Therefore we need to discern these. Therefore we need skilled lexicologists, and a thriving community of Christians with a heart of semantic purity.

Half of any debate is defining the terms. Each word has a specific meaning in a specific context. Each conversation or article or book has a unique context which determines what each of its words mean. If a worldview controls the definitions of a community, that worldview in effect controls that community’s communication, which means that it controls its effectiveness and output.

If we let the world control our definitions, we let the world control us. Therefore, we as Christians need to take back the lexicons and dictionaries of our world, and champion the definitions and meanings advocated in the Bible. The devil has calculated to eliminate our effectiveness as witnesses and warriors for Christ, and he has partially succeeded by neutralizing our language so that we are tied hand and foot when it comes to talking to anyone. We need to fight back and redefine our terms, on our terms (pun intended).

Therefore, I will be posting a series on Biblical semantics, analyzing the meanings of several words that are key to several areas of the Christian life. Pray for me that God would grant me the insight and the wisdom to discern and articulate effectively.

With joy and peace in Christ,

Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

Walking with God

Greetings and felicitations of the day,

Now I’m going to talk about walking with the Lord. Remember, these things, for the most part, I did not create or learn on my own. They are the principles which was taught to me by men who had also found freedom through them, and I am simply wanting to share the insights into the Bible that helped me in a tremendous way. I cannot claim any merit for them.

What is called your ‘walk with God’ is simply your relationship with Him. What degree of influence He is having in your life; how full you are of His love and mercy; how much you feel His presence in your everyday life; how ‘alive’ your prayers and Bible-reading are; your level of fellowship with Him on a personal level. Your walk is a crucial part of your journey to freedom: if you are weak in your reliance on God, you are weak in your resistance of temptation; if you are far from God, you are standing on your own against the wiles and snares of the world, the devil, and your flesh, and that is (or should be) a terrifying thought.

John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

I John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.


There are several things which affect your relationship with God. Search your life to see whether you are failing in any of these areas.

Relationships with others

Your relationship with your parents, your siblings, your friends, and your teachers is crucial to your relationship with God. If you hold bitterness or anger against any of them, you will find it hard to truly meet with God. If you do not have true love for your family, you will not have true love for God.

I John 2:9-11 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

I John 4:20-21 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

James 4:11-12 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Romans 12:10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;


Gratefulness

Yes, I know that gratefulness is one of the other principles, but it also links in intrinsically with your walk. I just want to leave a note to make it clear that if you are ungrateful, you cannot have fellowship with God. For by being ungrateful you are declaring to God that His blessings and way for you is ‘not enough’ for you. This is base pride. You must humble yourself and see that everything, even your life itself, is a gift.

Psalm 39:4-7 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it [is; that] I may know how frail I [am.]
5 Behold, thou hast made my days [as] an handbreadth; and mine age [is] as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state [is] altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely every man walketh in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up [riches,] and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.


Openness

You must not hide anything from God: be utterly open with Him. Seek for sin in your life and pray God to reveal it to you that you might repent of it. Fear not reproof; embrace it.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:

Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


There are many more aspects of a pure and undefiled walk with the Lord, but as you search diligently for a sweet fellowship with Christ, He will answer your prayers and reveal Himself to you through humbling. Trust, hope, and learn to thirst and hunger after a true relationship with Him, and He will give you the desire of your heart, for the desire of your heart will be Him.

James 4:8-10 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.


With love, mercy, and prayer for your growing in Christ,
Jay Lauser

Link Serendipity

Greetings,

When I am not coding or writing, I am reading. Sometimes I read books (or rather, most of the time). Sometimes I read blogs. When I first entered the blogosphere, I had about five blogs that I read, and I went to each site individually each day. That list grew very rapidly as I got more involved in things. I eventually started using Google Reader, which immediately trebled and quadrupled my list. Then I found Google’s Bundles, and I immediately added a couple hundred more feeds!

Needless to say, the consequence of all these feeds was the persistent state of being about 1500 posts behind in my reader (or more, I don’t know since it doesn’t count past 1000). But it still makes it easier for me to keep up with the ten or so top blogs and sites that I absolutely love. As another post in Saturday Serendipity, I want to share with you some of these ones for your perusal and benefit. Let me know which ones you like!

http://www.therebelution.com

Of course, it is almost prerequisite for me to mention the Rebelution at least in passing. It has changed my life, and even if it hadn’t, being a Moderator on the forums should impel me to promote it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, most of my readers already know a lot about it, but if you do not, feel ashamed if you do not examine this sight deeply.

http://parunak.com/pursuingtitus2/

This blog is one of my top favorites. The authoress really thinks through things in a very refreshing, Biblical, and out-of-the-box way. There are very few things that we disagree on, which is amazing. Read her posts on modesty and music, and you will see what I mean.

http://menwithpens.ca/

This is an amazing site on writing of almost any kind. Their articles are good training for fiction writers, copywriters, or even readers who are interested in the art of writing.

http://callofthecreator.blogspot.com/

This is a blog of an author friend of mine, who is looking to get her first novel published. I love her perspectives on the various aspects of writing Christian fantasy.

http://robert.epictales.org/

Here is another Christian fantasy fiction blog, by another author friend of mine (I have a lot of those). I refer to him quite often in search of resources.

That’s all for now, folks! Of course there are a lot more I could mention, but you can always go browsing through the links on my sidebar to find those. ๐Ÿ™‚

With joy and peace in Christ,

Jay Lauser

Submission

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God

This is one of the ways that the Holy Spirit works in our lives as Christians (Eph. 5:18). He uses our fellow Christians to teach us humility, to provide us away to serve God by serving our fellow men (Col. 3:22), to hold us accountable in every area of our lives to the Spirit’s workings (Heb. 13:17), as well as to our obedience to the law (I Cor. 6:1-3). This injunction of submitting ourselves does not specify โ€œto his pastor,โ€œ but โ€œto one another,โ€ calling to mind Pro. 27:17. This teaches us to also submit ourselves to our peers for help and guidance. For we do not submit ourselves to them because they are our betters, but we submit to and serve them as a way to submit ourselves to and serve Christ (Col. 3:22-23).

Just as every leader must first learn to be able to truly serve before he can truly lead (Luke 14:8-11, John 14:13-15), so it is that when each one is serving one another selflessly, it becomes natural for, not only also for them to submit to each other for accountability, but for each to provide accountability to whoever asks it of him. By selfless serving, leaders are made. By each serving each selflessly an atmosphere of mutual accountability is created. An atmosphere of trust and loyalty is also generated by such magnanimous generosity, and accountability and submission thrives in such an atmosphere.

Luke 2:51a And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:

Even Christ, when He was young, even though he knew who He was, submitted Himself to His mother, who was earthly. How much more should I, imperfect, sinful, depraved, young and inexperienced, obey and submit myself unto those wiser than me as well as to God’s teaching?

I Corinthians 16:15-16 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with [us,] and laboureth.


We ought to serve those that serve, especially those that serve wholly in the work of God. Those elders who rule well are therefore worthy of double honor (I Tim. 5:17, Rom. 13:5, I Pet. 5:5).

I Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

We must respect and obey those who have more experience and knowledge than us: we are subject unto them. Also, we have a responsibility to those younger than us (i.e. our siblings) to show them a good example. Also, we must humbly remember that everyone is โ€œolderโ€ than us in some area: therefore we must be humble and be in subjection to all.

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


He made Himself of no reputation (greek#2758 = to make empty; to make of none effect; to abase); He took on Him the form of a servant; He was made in the likeness of men (the infinite God became finite man); He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. And the outcome: God has exalted Him above all others, so that at the last day, every knee will bow to Him and confess His Lordship. Christ placed God first in His life continually and perfectly, and God’s glory was therefore manifest in Him and made Him Lord of all.

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Submit to suffering

Christ suffered for us infinitely. What an immeasurable debt for us! Christ was perfectly sinless, and suffered ultimately, yet He had no thought or vestige of anger or revenge in His heart. How can we, deserving of hell, say that any discomfort we feel is undeserved compared to His sacrifice? He, for us, bore our penalty, and thereby reaped immeasurable glory. All He asks in return is for us to cast aside our broken cisterns, drink His living water (Jer. 2:143), and follow in His perfect way and footsteps by obeying His Word. How can any sacrifice we do equal His? So how can we complain at any injustice? How can we refuse to submit ourselves to any suffering for His name?

God the Father, greatest of all fathers. The perfection of Justice, Love, and Wisdom. How can we doubt His power, His omnipotence, or His Love? So how can we not trust ourselves to His everlasting arms as Jesus, who hazarded most on the foreknowledge, power, and love of His eternal Father, did? Who would know better than He? He knows that suffering is but a tool in God’s hand, and naught would befall Him but what the Lord desired for Him. How can we with our imperfect minds and knowledge doubt but that a perfectly loving and caring God who also knows everything and can do anything, can and will perfect for us a perfect way and will in our absolute best interest?

I hope that this short study in submission will help you. Study the verses and apply them to your life. Submission is a crucial attitude to battling sin, but it must be practiced in every area of life. Seek conviction and take action.

With love and prayer in Christ,
Jay Lauser

Merry Christmas!

Greetings and Felicitations,

Many times the mere mention of a person’s name will elicit a joyful response in his heart. Many times a simple Thank You, or a You Are Welcome, will do the same. Many times a little gift given unasked will lighten a person’s day.

There have been times where a person has given his life for another’s, but that sacrifice is not received with joy, but with apathy. This is tragic, but it is true.

Over two thousand years ago, a great gift was made. It was a greater gift than even the gift of life itself, which had been given around four thousand years earlier. God came in human form to walk among us. He taught us many things and gave us hope.

Yet although this gift was great, it was only the prelude to the greatest gift of all. Christ, the Son of God, gave His life to us. Sacrificing Himself for our sakes, He hung on a cross in our place. Yet, all too often, we neglect to even thank Him.

I pray that this Christmas season you will think on what we are remembering and celebrating: the coming of Christ, God’s gift, and also Christ’s subsequent gift to us: His life, for our liberty.

May God bless and keep you on this festive day for His glory!

With joy and peace in Christ,
Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes

P.S. This is a copy of the Christmas email that I sent out. If you missed it, you should have commented or dropped me a line so that I have your email address. ๐Ÿ™‚

Provision for the Flesh

Meditate upon and study these verses. Apply them and seek to find applications in your life.

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof.]

Proverbs 4:23-27 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Ephesians 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

I John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Romans 8:4-8 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Galatians 5:16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.


Not making provision for the flesh is one of the most practical and demanding things that Christ demands of us in our walk with Him. For us to live in freedom, we must put off the actions and habits of our bondage. We must forsake the fellowship and participation of those things which please and strengthen our flesh. This may seem obvious to some, but how few of us actually do it?

It is all a matter of priority: what do we desire most? What is truly the most important thing in our lives? Do we really trust God that He is truly worth the sacrifices He demands of us? Do you desire bondage to sin and death or to righteousness and holiness? Do you desire the blessings of the fruit of the spirit in your life, or do you desire the pleasures of sin for a season?
Don’t allow the same situations to occur over and over again that bring you greater temptation: eradicate them! Get rid of (with your parent’s permission) any movie, book, magazine, or whatever it is that is a temptation to you. Even if you are controlling it, but you know that it is there, get rid of it. You don’t need it, and you don’t need it adding more weight to your struggles. Whatever God convicts you about, obey it. Don’t dare not to dare.

Here is the challenge: live a month of your life in such a way as to be absolutely certain that there is absolutely no provision for the flesh and that there is a large amount of provision for the spirit. How? For one month (at least), do not watch any TV or movies: use the time instead reading the Bible, not something else. Do a hard thing that is well worth it and take the dare! Bite the bullet and post to let me know that you accept. Find someone to hold you accountable to it. Right now in your battle you need as little an amount of provision for the flesh and as much provision for the spirit as possible. Post if you think of any other things to include in the challenge; I just included TV because it is an obvious one.

With love, faith and satisfaction in Christ alone,
Jay Lauser

Mercy

Mercy is the action of love and charity. Mercy is much more than just not condemning someone when they deserve it, though that is a big part of it. I cannot explain the infinite depths and beauties of mercy, but I will talk about a few of its aspects to get you started on a study of your own. These short studies that I am giving you are not sufficient, on their own, to compensate for a lack of follow-up study and reading on your own. What you learn between you and God from His Word is more precious than any sermon.

To start off, how important is it to God for you to show love? How much of a priority should it be in your life to seek to find God’s love in your life, that it may flow out and shine through you to others?

I John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

I John 3:14-19 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God,] because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

I Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor,] and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

John 15:12-14 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

John 13:34-25 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Study diligently and prayerfully the whole book of first John.

Not only is seeking God and His righteousness not an option for a believer, but demonstrating that love to others must follow. If you have the love of Christ in you, you will practice that love to others.

Mercy is, in essence, the showing of love to others no matter what, specifically to their needs or wants. The greatest sin you can commit, some have said, is to refuse to show mercy to others when you have received mercy unfathomable from God. You who have been shown mercy, dare not to not pass it on!

There are many ways to show mercy in little and in big ways. If you diligently seek the Lord and His mercy you will find ways to do it, but only as you humble yourself to others. One of the most powerful ways of showing mercy when you are struggling with sexual sin is mercy praying.

Mercy praying can be done for anybody, anywhere, anytime, so it is constantly available to you when you are in temptation. It is also amazingly effective: you cannot lust after a girl if you are praying mercy for her or anybody else! Pray fervently to God to show His mercy to her until there is not even a hint of inclination to lust after her, then go pray mercy for somebody else or pray thankfulness and praise for your deliverance.

Specifically, here is what you can pray mercy for somebody for:

  1. that they would be humbled gently before God so that they can see their need of Him and see His glory;
  2. that they would be molded and fashioned and strengthened to God’s will so that they could be blessed by being a mighty tool in His hand;
  3. that they would be blessed in all that they do, that those they care about would be blessed, and that they would see the mighty providential hand of God;
  4. that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit of God, strengthening, guiding, and encouraging them;
  5. that they would come to a beautiful knowledge and understanding of the mysteries of God’s kingdom;
  6. that they would be filled with God’s love and mercy for others;
  7. and etc.

All of these things applies to everyone, including yourself, Christians, and non-Christians. You can even pray these things for somebody who is further along in their walk with the Lord than you! If they are not saved, you can also pray for their salvation.

I have used this and prayed my way right through crowded downtown, filled with lustful images and opportunities for failure. I prayed mercy for hours in those temptations, and by Christ’s spirit in me, I triumphed.

With love, prayer, and mercy in Christ,
Jay Lauser

Meekness

Meekness, is, as I’ve said before, one of the most important things to learn in your struggles with sexual sin. Pride is your worst enemy, and the only way to combat a prideful heart is to combat it with a meek and quiet spirit. Put off the old man with his prideful ways, and renew your thinking towards other people, yourself, and God by putting on a meek and lowly heart.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.


Pride is a terrible burden to bear, and it will block your every effort to find freedom. It clouds and blinds your vision to your sin, and refuses to let you repent of it. The most important thing that you can get rid of in your battles is pride.

Proverbs 2:4 An high look, and a proud heart, [and] the plowing of the wicked, [is] sin.

Proverbs 16:5 Every one [that is] proud in heart [is] an abomination to the LORD: [though] hand [join] in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.


Seek in all things to be humbled: it is the best thing that can ever happen to you. Only by humbling can you see the glory of God and feel and use His strength.

Deuteronomy 8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Matthew 23:12 & Luke 14:11And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:9-14 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are,] extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

I Peter 4:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:


You can make no progress in your walk with God, or in any other of these principles, if you do not seek daily, and cry out to God to humble you. Many times it will hurt, but ‘the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.’

With love and prayer for your progress of salvation in Christ,
Jay Lauser

Gratitude

Gratitude

How important is gratitude? A worthy question; and the answer is simple: it is crucial.

Romans 1:21-22 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

II Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,


Lack of thankfulness is given as one of the two reasons why our minds and hearts become darkened and unable to profit from the light of God, right next to refusing to glorify and give God the rule of us. Ingratitude is also ranked as equal to blasphemy, unholiness, and covetousness.

Think about it. If you are being truly grateful to God for what He has given you, for what He is, for what He has promised to you, for what He has planned for you, will you be able to commit any sin? I challenge you to name one sin that does not have its roots in ingratitude. Lust is by nature the opposite of gratitude: they cannot coexist. And if you are ungrateful in one area of your life separate from that of purity, than you will find that it is harder for you to remain pure. If you live your life consciously and consistently seeking to be thankful for all of God’s blessings, you will find new strength to battle temptation.

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

I Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

Psalm 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;


With love and joy and thanks in Christ,
Jay Lauser

Repentance

Greetings,

Repentance is a turning from and a turning to. It is an act of realization and action. It is accompanied by emotion, but is not emotion-driven. Repentance is a seeking for God; a seeing of your weakness and need; an understanding of God’s worthiness and glory; a humbling cry out to Him for forgiveness and the grace and strength to return to Him; an acknowledgment of the worthlessness of what you had sought, and the glory and value of what you now seek; a renewed longing after things higher than you. It is a breaking of the heart, a contrition in spirit and in decision. You must turn from your actions of sin and begin again to do the things which obey, glorify, and honor God’s commands.

This is the action, your part.

Next I will describe the promise, the Lord’s part.

The Lord promises that, to those who humble themselves and seek His face, He will not only hear them, but He will empower, strengthen, and give them the grace they need to find their desires. When your desire is only Him, He will give you that desire, which is more than what sin promises. God actually gives you the object of the desires that He awakens in you, and He is the only one who will: everything else simply increases the desire and gives you less, making you dryer and dryer. The Lord promises with unfailing faithfulness to increase not only your blessings and fruit, but to increase your capacity for them! He gives you more than you can ever imagine or hope or grab for!

Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


Jeremiah 29:13-14a And ye shall seek me, and find [me,] when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity,


Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Isaiah 66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place,] with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Psalm 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Seek the Lord by doing His will, sowing the seeds of obedience and repentance.

Hosea 10;12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Trust God, learn to love His ways, for they are the only ways worth loving.

James 4:4-10 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.


I pray for all of you, my comrades and friends, by who’s side I fight, that you may find the mercy and strengthening grace of Christ.

With hope, faith, and prayer in Christ,

Jay Lauser