Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Spirit-Filled Life Bible: Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word, New Living Translation, ©2013

Edited by: Jack Hayford
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Find the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. Dr. Jack Hayford, founding pastor of The Church on the Way, has led a team of anointed leaders to produce the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible. Even after more than twenty years, the Spirit-Filled Life Bible offers a fresh look at the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit. This Bible addresses important issues of Spirit-filled living in the context of solid biblical scholarship.

Features include:
  • Kingdom Dynamic—41 themes throughout the Scripture that give us values as we advance the gospel throughout the world
  • Word Wealth—More than 550 key terms defined and brought to life pulling the language from the original Greek and Hebrew to everyday English
  • Truth-In-Action—Practical charts pulling out practical application from every book of the Bible
  • Detailed book introductions to each of the 66 books of the Bible
  • Verse-by-verse study notes
Jeremiah 29:10-14
10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

29:11-14 Seeking God and Spiritual Warfare, FAITH'S WARFARE. Throughout Scripture we find repeated references to God's people seeking after Him. Implied in these passages is a quest for God that includes a level of intensity beyond what might be termed ordinary prayer. The word "look" along with "wholeheartedly" suggests an earnestness that borders on desperation. The word "look" (Hebrew darash) suggests a "following after," or close pursuit of a desired objective; it also implies a diligence in the searching process. In 2 Chronicles 15:2, Azariah promises the Lord will be with His people if they "seek" (darash) after Him—another indicator of God's emphasis on intensity and diligence in prayer. (2 Kgs 19:8-19/Ezra 8:21-23) D.E.

Hosea 5:13-15
13 “When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were,
    Israel turned to Assyria—
to the great king there—
    but he could neither help nor cure them.
14 I will be like a lion to Israel,
    like a strong young lion to Judah.
    I will tear them to pieces!
I will carry them off,
    and no one will be left to rescue them.
15 Then I will return to my place
    until they admit their guilt and turn to me.
For as soon as trouble comes,
    they will earnestly search for me.”

5:15 search, baqash (bah-kahsh); Strong's #1245: To seek, to diligently look for, to search earnestly until the object of the search is located. Baqash can apply to seeking a person, a particular item, or a goal (such as seeking to destroy a city, 2 Sam 20:19). Baqash occurs more than 210 times in the Bible. Peace is to be searched for earnestly (Ps 34:14).

Letting the Life of the Holy Spirit Bring Faith's Works Alive in You!


1 Growing in Godliness
Sometimes  believers tend to be spiritually nearsighted. We face the same temptation today as did God's people in Malachi's day: the temptation to look at ungodly circumstances around us and question God's integrity and character. We must not mistake God's patience for apathy. We need God's eternal vision and to set our eyes on His desired outcome. His ways are higher than our ways, so let us walk in godliness, honoring the Lord.

2:17          Be careful to seek God's perspective about the situations in which you find
                 yourself. Set your heart to see God's eternal perspective. Know certainly
                 that evil will be punished in God's perfect time.

3:13-16     Do not confuse God's patience with indifference. Do not grow weary in well
                 doing. Be encouraged; the Lord knows those who fear Him. He has kept a
                 record of all you have done because you honor and esteem His name
                 (Gal 6:9).

Detailed book introductions to each of the 66 books of the Bible

Author: Hosea
Date: About 750 B.C.
Theme: Return to God
Key Words: Sin, Judgment, Love

Author (with name meaning)
Background (historical setting) and Date (from-to)
Content The Book of Hosea is about a people who needed to hear the love of God, a God who wanted to tell them, and the unique way God chose to demonstrate His love to His people.
Personal Application
These lessons stand out clearly from the Book of Hosea:
  1. If the people around us do not see the love of God in us, they will not find it anywhere. Like Hosea, all believers are called to demonstrate to their neighbors by their attitudes and by their actions God's love in Christ to a world blindly groping for indications of authentic love.
  2. The only perfect example of love is found in God Himself. When  God enters into marriage with His people, He recites vows that promise permanence, a right relationship, fair treatment, love unfailing, tenderness, security, and continuing self-revelation (2:19, 20). Our love must drink from this spring; then draw for others, offering to them, not the best form of human love we can give, but the pure, undiluted love of God in Christ.
Christ Revealed
The Holy Spirit at Work
Outline of Book

Verse-by-verse study notes
Acts 2:39
39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away*—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

2:39 The promise of the Holy Spirit (see v.33; 1:4,5; Luke 24:49) is a gift for every believer in every generation. This includes Gentiles (see Isa 5:19; Eph 2:13, 17). Peter's words clearly extend to every believer in every era and everywhere, full reason to expect the same resource and experience that was afforded the first believers who received the Holy Spirit at the birth of the church.

***Thank you to BookSneeze for sending me a copy of the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible: Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word, Jack W. Hayford, Editor; Signature Series ~ New Living Translation® (NLT) for this review. No other compensation was received.***

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