Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 18-20; Psalm 8

The Area of Focus is The Kitchen

Thursday is Floor Day—Give Attention to Your Hard Floors—Hardwood, Laminate, Linoleum, Tile

In Your Area of Focus Give Your Floors and Baseboards a Little Extra TLC.

Unpacking My Suitcase: Taking Out the Trash

IMG_0351Let’s give the post I tried to write a few days ago that went into the ether another try. Wholly leaning on Jesus!

Galatians 5 includes a list of what God packs in us when we allow Him and what we all too often pack into ourselves. We live again in a society full of pagan influences. We don’t think of the things we laugh at on television or on many a talk show as pagan but they are. They are god-less, absent the One true God.

So the list in Galatians 5:19 that is called the works of the flesh include sins that indulge our sensuality and focus on ourselves—what we consider our needs, our wants, our desires.

When we arrive at Galatians 5:22 we come to what God’s Spirit wants to work in us.

As a new believer a long time ago and to this day, I learned and am still learning a lot by doing word studies. So I am using a variety of word study resources so you can look at each of these words—today the works of the flesh, tomorrow the fruit of the Spirit.

Let’s look again at this portion of Scripture—

16I say then•walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the Flesh17For the flesh desires what is against the Spiritand the Spirit desires what is against the fleshthese are opposed to each otherso that you don’t do what you want18But if you are led by the Spirityou are not under the law.

19Now the works of the flesh are obvious:

porneia: fornication

Original Word: πορνεία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: porneia
Phonetic Spelling: (por-ni’-ah)
Short Definition: fornication, idolatry
Definition: fornication, whoredom; met: idolatry.

HELPS Word-studies

4202 porneía (the root of the English terms “pornography, pornographic”; cf. 4205 /pórnos) which is derived from pernaō, “to sell off”) – properly, a selling off (surrendering) of sexual purity; promiscuity of any (every) type.

[See also the contrasting term, 3430 /moixeía (“marital unfaithfulness“).])

  • Moral impurity Thayer’s Greek Lexicon

STRONGS NT 167: ἀκαθαρσία

ἀκαθαρσία, (ας, ἡ (ἀκάθαρτος) (from Hippocrates down), uncleanness;

a. physical: Matthew 23:27.

  1. b. in a moral sense, the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living: Romans 1:24Romans 6:192 Corinthians 12:21Galatians 5:19Ephesians 4:19Ephesians 5:3Colossians 3:51 Thessalonians 4:7; used of impure motives in 1 Thessalonians 2:3. (Demosthenes, p. 553, 12.) Cf. Tittmann i., p. 150f. )
  • Promiscuity (HELPS Word-studies

766 asélgeia (from aselgēs/“brutal”) – properly, violent spite which rejects restraint and indulges in lawless insolence (wanton caprice).

eidólolatria: image worship

  • Original Word: εἰδωλολατρεία, ας, ἡ
    Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
    Transliteration: eidólolatria
    Phonetic Spelling: (i-do-lol-at-ri’-ah)
    Short Definition: worship or service of an image
    Definition: service (worship) of an image (an idol).


STRONGS NT 5331: φαρμακεία

φαρμακεία (WH κια, so T (except in Galatians 5:20; cf. the Proleg., p. 88); see Iota),φαρμακείας, ἡ (φαρμακεύω);

a. the use or the administering of drugs (Xenophon, mem. 4, 2, 17).

b. poisoning (Plato, Polybius, others): Revelation 9:21 (here WH text Tr marginal readingφαρμακῶν; many interpretations refer the passage to the next entry).

c. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it: Galatians 5:20(where see Lightfoot) (Wis. 12:4 Wis. 18:13; for כְּשָׁפִים, Isaiah 47:9; for לָטִים, Exodus 7:22Exodus 8:18; for לְהָטִים, Exodus 7:11); tropically, of the deceptions and seductions of idolatry, Revelation 18:23.)


echthra: enmity, hostility

Original Word: ἔχθρα, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: echthra
Phonetic Spelling: (ekh’-thrah)
Short Definition: enmity, hostility
Definition: enmity, hostility, alienation.

HELPS Word-studies

Cognate: 2189 éxthra – properly, enemy (hatred, hostility); enmity. See 2190 (exthros).


eris: strife

Original Word: ἔρις, ιδος, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: eris
Phonetic Spelling: (er’-is)
Short Definition: contention, strife
Definition: contention, strife, wrangling.

HELPS Word-studies

2054 éris(a primitive word, NAS dictionary) – literally quarrel, strife; properly, a readiness to quarrel (having a contentious spirit), affection for dispute.


  •  jealousy,  Strong’s 2205 zḗlos (an omamopoeic term that mimics the sound of water bubbling over from heat and perhaps derived from 2204 /zéō, “to boil”) – properly, burning emotion (inner feeling boiling over, “boiling from heat,” J. Thayer); (figuratively) something very fervent (“red-hot”) as with Spirit-fueled zeal to serve the Lord. This root (zē-) is used both negatively (“jealousy”) and positively (“zeal”) depending on the context.

[The root (zē-, “zeal”) literally means “hot enough to boil.” It is metaphorically used of “burning anger, love, zeal” (A-S) – i.e. to burn (in spirit). It can refer to “boiling anger, love, zeal, for what is good or bad” (J. Thayer).]

2372 thymós (from thyō, “rush along, getting heated up, breathing violently,” cf. J. Thayer) – properly,passion-driven behavior, i.e. actions emerging out of strong impulses (intense emotion).

When 2372 /thymós (“expressed passion”) is used of people it indicates rage (personal venting of anger, worth). This flaw is completely absent of the Lord expressing (inspiring) intense anger. Accordingly, 2372 (thymós) is used of God’s perfect, holy wrath in Revelation (Rev 14:10,19,15:1, etc.). This anger is directed against sin with intense opposition and without sin.

[Only the Lord exercises righteous wrath, so we must depend solely on Him as we experience (express) anger.]

2052 eritheía (from eritheuō, “work for hire”) – properly, work done merely for hire (as a mercenary), referring therefore to carnal ambition (selfish rivalry).

Ancient Greek uses 2052 /eritheía (“mercenary self-seeking”) of acting for one’s own gain, regardless of the discord (strife) it causes. 2052 /eritheía (“selfish ambition”) places self-interest ahead of what the Lord declares right, or what is good for others.

1370 dixostasía (from dixa, “separately” and 4714 /stásis, “a standing, stance”) – properly, separate-standings (“standing apart”), used of divisions which wrongly separate people into pointless (groundless) factions.

  • factions,(The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon
 Strong’s Number:   139


Original Word Word Origin
airesiß from (138)
Transliterated Word TDNT Entry
Hairesis 1:180,27
Phonetic Spelling Parts of Speech
hah’-ee-res-is Noun Feminine
  1. act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city
  2. choosing, choice
  3. that which is chosen
  4. a body of men following their own tenets (sect or party)
  5. of the Sadducees
  6. of the Pharisees
  7. of the Christians
  8. dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims
 NAS Word Usage – Total: 9
factions 2, heresies 1, sect 6
NAS Verse Count


1 Corinthians




2 Peter




Greek lexicon based on Thayer’s and Smith’s Bible Dictionary plus others; this is keyed to the large Kittel and the “Theological Dictionary of the New Testament.” These files are public domain.

  •  envy, HELPS Word-studies

5355 phthónos (a primitive word, perhaps akin to 5351 /phtheírō, “decay, break-down, corrupt”) – properly, strong feeling (desire) that sours, due to the influence of sin; (figuratively) the miserable trait of being glad when someone experiences misfortune or pain.

5355 /phthónos (“the feeling of ill-will“) refers to the jealous envy that negatively “energizes” someone with an embittered mind5355 /phthónos (“ill-will”) conveys “displeasure at another’s good; . . . without longing to raise oneself to the level of him whom he envies, but only to depress the envied to his own level” (R. Trench, 90).

            methé: drunkenness

Original Word: μέθη, ης, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: methé
Phonetic Spelling: (meth’-ay)
Short Definition: drunkenness
Definition: deep drinking, drunkenness.

2970 kṓmos (originally, village-merrymaking that took place at the gathering of the grapes, Souter) – a riotous party (drunken feast) which hosted unbridled sexual immorality; hence, revelings (debauched “partying”).

[2970 (kṓmos) had the original meaning, ” ‘a carousal,’ such as a party of revelers parading the streets, or revels held in religious ceremonies, wild, furious, and ecstatic” (K. Wuest, Word Studies, Vol 2, Pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter, 112).]

Tomorrow—Galatians 5:22 Unpacking Treasure



Friday, January 9, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 21-23; Psalm 9

Are of Focus—The Kitchen

Friday is Wrap Up the Week Day

Clean out your car

Clean out your purse

Vacuum the traffic areas in your home


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