The NASB Strong’s Bible

This NASB Strong’s utilizes the 1995 version of the NASB text.
A modern revision of the American Standard Version of 1901, which is still respected for its accuracy, the New American Standard Bible (NASB) conforms closely to the original Greek and Hebrew but keeps the reader in mind when it comes to readability. The NASB has enjoyed wide use and honor since it first entered the public in 1971.
The popular Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance contains all of the Bible’s meaningful, significant words and their Greek/Hebrew counterparts. James Strong, who saw his mission as making the language of God available to Bible students, published the first edition of his concordance in 1890—without the aid of modern technology. His work, which lasted 35 years, abides to this day as a universal and central tool for studying the Bible.
The Olive Tree Bible App makes using this tool especially easy and fruitful. Tapping or clicking on a word or Strong’s number in the text displays the dictionary information. If you desire to read the text without the visual interference of the Strong’s numbers, you can toggle the numbers off and back on again at will. Because a number represents the underlying Greek or Hebrew word, your search will show you literally every occurrence of that particular word in the Bible, regardless of the form of the word whose number you tapped. This powerful search process gives you the virtual equivalent of the Englishman’s Greek and Hebrew Concordances and of Young’s Analytical Concordance with your NASB.

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What Does the Bible Say About Self-Control?

There are so many things competing for our attention, money, and loyalty. Modern advertising capitalizes on our human desire to have our needs met, taking things a step further by convincing us to regularly indulge and overindulge ourselves on food and drink, sex, entertainment, and more. This mindset of “more and more” elevates our physical self to an unhealthy level. In the Bible, we hear a different message – self-control. It was as counter-cultural then as it is today.

A wise pastor once told me, “you can choose your actions or your outcome, but never both”. This means that either you can choose what you will do in life and let the outcome be as it will be, or you can choose an end point and do the actions that get you there. As we explore the concept of self-control, we must decide if it is an action or an outcome. In other words, is self-control an end, or is it a means to an end?

Verses about Self-Control

Using Olive Tree Bible Topic Threads, we will isolate key passages dealing with self-control and make observations as we go.

“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.” -Proverbs 25:28

Self-control keeps you protected from an enemy.
Lacking self-control makes you vulnerable.
“Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” -1 Corinthians 7:5

This verse is from a larger section about husbands and wives sexually fulfilling each other.
A lack of self-control opens the door to temptation.
Here, a lack of self-control almost seems to be assumed, due to an abstinence from sex.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

This one is a bit more subtle, but the ideas of going into “strict training” and striking “a blow to my body and make it my slave” suggest that the body is subject to the will.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” – Galatians 5:22-24

Self-control is a fruit (or outcome) of the Spirit. When we have the Holy Spirit in us, He strengthens us to be able to control ourselves.
Indeed, our fleshly desires and passions have been put to death with our sin. If we “belong to Christ Jesus”, then we must leave ourselves no room for a lack of self-control.
“Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.” – Titus 1:7-8

This section is addressing the required conduct of church leaders. Those in church leadership must be self-controlled because of the importance of their responsibility – they manage God’s household (the children of God; us)!
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -2 Peter 1:6

This one is my favorite verse about self-control. It is not simply an action nor an effect – it is part of a continuum of Christian development.
At the core is faith, then goodness, then knowledge, and then self-control, then perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. This feels like a lot, but as we mature in Christ, these things naturally progress.
How Do I Get Self-Control?

The issue of acquiring self control has always been difficult for me. I eat and sleep too much. Sometimes, I can’t keep my eyes to myself. I say things I probably shouldn’t. I binge Netflix.

Galatians 5:22-24 tells us that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. We must fix our eyes on Jesus, asking Him to fill us with His Spirit. When we are full of and function in the Spirit, we will see fruit. This is not the end goal, though. Within our development as Christians, 2 Peter 1:6 tells us that self-control is built over knowledge and is a platform for perseverance. If you’re lacking self-control, make sure you first have a solid foundation of faith, goodness, and knowledge.

What is the point in developing character for its own sake? Earlier in Galatians 5, Paul says this:

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” -Galatians 5:13-15

We are called to develop self-control so that we can serve and love others. How can I love you if I cannot keep myself under control? We either choose our actions or our outcome. If our outcome is to love God and others, then one of the actions we develop is self-control.

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Day-1 Completion

Seeking God with all of our heart and soul is what we must do in order to know what we must do, and to know what God’s Will is for our lives. We must seek His Kingdom first and give Him all of what we are going through. We were not created to carry our own burdens. We cast all of our burdens and anything that’s weighing us down to the Lord. We leave it at the feet of Jesus. Only He has the power to fix anything that’s wrong in our lives. God bless you.

Day-1 : Seek God’s Kingdom First- Devotional

Seek God’s Kingdom First

Today we choose to seek God’s Kingdom first in all things! As we begin a new year, we are deciding to start our year prioritizing God. We are not making God’s will and His word one of our many priorities; we are making Him THE priority. We declare we will seek His Kingdom first and surrender our worries, needs, dreams, and desires to Him. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This verse is an invitation to a deeper knowledge of the Lord. As we stir our curiosity and passion for God’s Kingdom by intentionally spending the next 21 Days pursuing more of Him, He will take care of our needs. When God is FIRST, everything else is FINE. By surrendering our anxieties, distractions, and desires, we put God in His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. In doing so, we find freedom in His presence and His provision. As we seek God’s Kingdom first, we are reminded that our purpose, power, and help comes from Him. He is our ultimate source. He is a good father, and he loves us and wants to be in a relationship with us! When God is our priority, we can approach all other relationships, obligations, and tasks in line with His will for our lives. As we seek God’s Kingdom first in all areas, we see transformation in Christ!

Application/ Reflection:

What does it look like to seek God’s Kingdom first in your life?
What areas of your life compete for your priority?
How can you seek a deeper relationship with God during this time of 21 days of prayer and fasting?

God, today I am deciding to put you first. I surrender every distraction that has taken your place in my life, and I repent for the times I have missed the mark. Right now, I choose to surrender and seek you. I thank you that as I seek your Kingdom, you are taking care of every detail of my life. I thank you that I can trust in you and find freedom in surrender. I give you my plans to make room for your will in my life. I pray that you use me to show your love to the world. Have your way. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen!

Who Were the ‘Sons of God’? : An Article from Beyond Today: Web Search

Who were the “sons of God” who married “the daughters of men” and had children who were giants in Genesis 6
Posted on Jan 25, 2011
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Are these “sons of God” angels, as some have concluded? Can angels reproduce?
Scholars debate and disagree over the meaning of the obscure reference to “the sons of God” in Genesis 6:1-4. Some people read into these verses the idea that it refers to angelic beings marrying women and producing a race of giants. Christ explained that is impossible, teaching that angels are neither male nor female (Luke 20:34-36)—that is, they are incapable of reproduction.

Humans are clearly the subject in Genesis 6—not angels. God said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh” (verse 3, emphasis added throughout) and, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth” (verse 7). If angels were capable of reproducing as mankind does, their offspring would be spirit, according to the principle of “according to its kind” portrayed in Genesis 1.

The Bible labels the offspring of these marriages “giants” (Genesis 6:4), meaning simply people of giant stature. Similar people are spoken of in later times, most notably Goliath and his family.

How, then, can we understand Genesis 6:1-4? Human beings are also sons of God. We’re not referring to becoming spiritual sons of God through conversion, but to the fact that all people are sons of God by creation (Luke 3:38). The attitudes and actions of these “sons of God” were so wrong that they provoked God to send the Flood.

Halley’s Bible Handbook raises the possibility that these sons of God were the descendants of Seth. Seth, the Bible records, was made in the image of Adam, who was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26; 5:1-3). Speaking of Seth’s descendants, Genesis 4:26 adds, “Then men began to call on the name of the Lord,” a phrase that could also be rendered, “called after the name of the Lord”—that is, the “sons of God.” If so, the women, “the daughters of men” whom these “sons of God” married were the descendants of unrighteous Cain. By marrying these women, the sons of righteous Seth turned from God, leading Him to say that the entire world was then corrupt (Genesis 6:5-7, 12).

An alternative explanation is that “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2 refers to self-willed men who called themselves “sons of god,” not in worship of the Creator, but of pagan deities. Their marriages were in defiance of the Creator God, as they lived contrary to His will. In light of God’s characterization of society riddled with violence (verses 11 and 13), we surmise that the men forcibly took the women as wives.

Regardless of which explanation is accurate, the idea that a half-spirit, half-human race resulted from angels marrying women is impossible, according to the Bible.

For more information please watch our BT Daily Video Did angels marry women and produce a race of giants?

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