Category Archives: Determination

Act, Don’t React!

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

How we respond when we have been hurt or wronged is an eloquent indication of the depth of our walk with God.

As Christians we are called to a higher standard than the world. That standard highlights our inability to live the Christian life in our own strength. We can’t pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. We are totally inadequate for the task.

The following passages of Scripture reveal the standard to which we are held accountable as Christians:

• Luke 6:27-29 – But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
• Romans 12:21 – Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
• 1 Peter 3:9 – Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Two wrongs do not make a right. The writer of Proverbs says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). We do not need to treat others in the same way that we have been treated. It is clear from these passages of Scripture that we need to act – not react. Neither should we simply be passive; but God’s Word confirms the need to actively rise above the tit-for-tat behavior that characterizes so many failing relationships.

This is what should set us apart as Christians; and why we need to daily draw on the power of the Risen Christ. The wrongs committed against us are opportunities for us to grow in our walk with God as we acknowledge the Truth of His Word and submit ourselves to be governed by its principles rather than our emotions.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

Home Is The Boot Camp for Life

Boot-camp“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank…” (Daniel 1:8).

Daniel had been taken from the security of his home and family into the corruption and sensuality of Babylon. He was a teenager. His decisions, however, were not governed by hormones but by inward convictions. As a young man, Daniel purposed in his heart to do what was right. Where did he learn that? He learned it at home.

Home is the boot camp for life. It’s the Basic Training that helps prepare a child for every eventuality. The Training Manual is the Word of God. Parents have sixteen plus years to build God’s Ways into the life of each child. That sounds like a long time but it quickly passes.

Parents, if you want to pass on to your children a purpose that’s worth living for, then you need to start teaching them and passing on convictions that are worth standing alone for. If our children do not have a purpose worth standing for, then they have absolutely nothing worth living for.

Life is meaningless apart from Jesus Christ, and it is the responsibility of every Christian parent to communicate this to their children. The most effective way to communicate this truth is not only to teach it but to practice it. Show them that Jesus Christ is important to you by spending time with them in God’s Word. If they ask you a question, don’t just tell them what you think. Ask them what God thinks and take them to the Word of God for their answers. Don’t just tell them they can’t do a certain thing, explain the Biblical principle behind the restriction.

Following Scriptural principles represents a far superior way of life than anything else that the world has to offer. When a Christian stands alone in doing what is right or refusing to do what is wrong, he is saying to the world, “I have something worth standing for.”

The world today is frantically looking for meaning and purpose in life and they’re not going to find it in Christianity unless we as Christians are willing to make a stand for the Truth of God’s Word without compromise.

Give your children the desire to follow God’s ways by being a living demonstration of its truths and principles.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries

Take The Biblical High Ground

“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men…” (1 Thessalonians 5:15).

How do you resolve a conflict where both parties feel that they have been wronged and both feel equally justified in their anger and bitterness? This can often feel like a stale-mate situation.

But all it takes is one person with the character and determination to decide to do what is right. If you are a child of God through faith in Christ, you can – and should – respond with the kindness and patience of the Spirit of God rather than the revengeful and impatient spirit of man (Philippians 4:13). We can “obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

If someone has wronged and hurt you, you do not need to retaliate in kind. Two wrongs do not make a right. Your response is always subject to your will. You always have a choice. You do not need to be hateful, angry, or cruel to a person who hurts you.

Conflict begins at the point when you allow yourself to have hurt feelings and then you choose to nurse that hurt and dwell upon it. Proverbs 15:18 says, “A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.”

There is never any Biblical justification for anger or bitterness – “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). Take the Biblical high ground and choose to do what is right. Do not respond with your emotions, but with your will, choose to respond Biblically and graciously. Paul says in Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries

He Gave Away His Life in Handfuls

Although growing up in Northern Ireland, I had the privilege of attending Columbia Bible College in the United States. In March of 1990, Robertson McQuilkin, the former president of Columbia Bible College, announced his resignation with the following letter.

“My dear wife, Muriel, has been in failing mental health for about 8 years. So far I have been able to carry both her ever-growing needs and my leadership responsibilities at Columbia Bible College. But recently it has become apparent that Muriel is contented most of the time she is with me and almost none of the time I am away from her. It is not just “discontentment.” She is filled with fear – even terror – that she has lost me and always goes in search for me when I leave home. Then she may be full of anger when she cannot get to me. So it is clear to me that she needs me now, full time.

Perhaps it would help you to understand if I shared with you what I shared at the time of the announcement of my resignation in chapel. The decision was made, in a way, 42 years ago when I promised to care for Muriel “in sickness and in health . . . till death do us part.” So, as I told the students and faculty, as a man of my word, integrity has something to do with it. But so does fairness. She has cared for me fully and sacrificially all these years; if I cared for her the next 40 years I would not be out of debt. Duty, however, can be grim and stoic. But, there is more; I love Muriel. She is a delight to me – her childlike dependence and confidence in me, her warm love, occasional flashes of wit I used to relish so, her happy spirit and tough resilience in the face of her continual distressing frustration. I do not have to care for her, I get to! It is a high honor to care for such a person.”

Two words go together in Scripture to demonstrate the love of Christ: the words “loved” and “gave.” Paul talks in Galatians 2:20 about “the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Ephesians 5:2 exhorts us to “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…” That is the love that the Christian husband is to have for his wife.

Paul uses the Greek word agape. It’s the highest form of love. The world’s love is always object oriented. The person is loved because she’s pretty or because he’s got lots of money; but the moment a person looses that quality, the love based on that quality disappears. But agape love isn’t like that. It gives and it gives sacrificially.

Of Oliver Goldsmith it was said, “He gave away his life in handfuls.” That’s the Christian husband.

Morris Hull
Home Life Ministries
Robertson McQuilken’s Resignation Speech

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Quotes on Determination

  • “When I say, ‘I can’t,’ it means ‘I won’t.’” – Oswald Chambers
  • “To have failed once is not so much a pity as is not to try again.” – John Wanamaker
  • “When God is about to do something great, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something truly magnificent, He starts with an impossibility.” – Armin Gesswein
  • “Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” – William Penn

Personal Evaluation: Determination

  • Do you determine to follow Christ, no matter what the cost?
  • Do you have Biblical commitments that will direct your decisions in life?
  • Do you commit to reach a goal and overcome any obstacles you encounter along the way?
  • Do you have a motivating purpose in life?
  • Do you persevere on tasks that are more difficult than what you expected?
  • Do you allow problems or failures to keep you from trying again?

The Power for True Success

Overcome Discouragement By Recognising The Benefits of Adversity

There are many benefits of adversity and trials. Often when we begin to experience pressure or problems — especially in our marriage — our natural reaction is “How can I get out of this?” We look for an easy way out and completely miss the spiritual lessons and benefits God wants us to learn. Our first response to adversity should not be to try and remove it, but to ask the Lord to show us His purpose in allowing it. Adversity can do one of two things: If we respond to it correctly, it can be one of the greatest motivations for spiritual growth; if  we respond to it with humanistic reasoning and try to get out from under it, it can be one of the deadliest means of discouragement. 

There are many benefits that God wants us to learn through suffering, but we will only experience them as we go through suffering and as we respond to it correctly.

1. Suffering is God’s way of getting our attention

Although I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was just a child, my teenage years were years of rebellion. During this time, the people I respected the most and looked up to were successful businessmen. Because I had believed Satan’s lies, I made one serious mistake after another. Shortly after leaving school I started my own business. I had all kinds of plans and goals for my life but none of them included the Lord. I was a Christian but I was living for nobody but myself.

Then on  March 7th, 1979, I was driving along a little twisty road in county Down, Northern Ireland; and the next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital operating theater  I later learned that I had been involved in a head-on collision with a truck. When they found me, my heart had already stopped beating, and it took them almost an hour to cut me out of the car. I had a fractured skull, broken leg and ribs. A week later I had a blood clot in my lung, and the doctors told my parents that they didn’t think I was going to survive one particular night.

As I lay in that hospital bed for almost a month, God brought a verse to my mind: Matthew 25:21  “…Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” I realized that I had come within an inch of eternity twice within a period of  a week. If I had died, I would have gone to be with the Lord because I had accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior; but I also knew with equal certainty that those were words that Jesus Christ could never have said to me — because I had done absolutely nothing for Him.

As a result of that accident, I lost my business; and at the time, I thought it was the worst possible thing that could ever have happened to me. But now, as I look back on it, I say, “Thank God for it!” – because God used that car accident to get my attention. He used that car accident to cause me to take my eyes of the temporal things of this world and to focus them upon eternal, spiritual realities. This was a major turning point in my Christian life.

Many of us are too busy with our own plans and goals that we have little or no time for God’s. But when trials come, we are suddenly faced with problems and pressures too big for us to handle. God uses suffering as a motivation to take our eyes off temporal things so that we can clearly see eternal realities.

2. Suffering is a signal to re-evaluate our priorities

Having the wrong priorities will have devastating consequences, not only upon our lives, but also upon the lives of those we love the most. The rebellion of an eldest son of a pastor that I know, caused him to re-evaluate his priorities and spend more time with his younger children.

If we are experiencing adversity, it may be that the Lord is directing us to re-evaluate our priorities.

3. Suffering is God’s way of demonstrating the sufficiency of Christ

A KGB agent put a gun to the head of a Romanian pastor and told him to renounce Christ or he would be shot. The pastor told him that he would never deny his Savior and that death only meant that he would be ushered into the presence of Christ. The KGB agent pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. The agent had used an empty gun because he wanted to see the reality of this man’s faith. When he saw that the pastor’s faith was genuine, he asked how he too could become a Christian.

If we follow our own human reasoning and try to get out from under the pressure of adversity and trials, the world will never understand that Jesus Christ is sufficient for any situation. When Christians divorce and churches split because of our selfishness and pride, we damage God’s name and reputation.

Recognizing the spiritual benefits of adversity can help us to see God’s purposes more clearly.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries

How to Demonstrate Determination

at Home

  • Finishing projects that you have started and left undone.
  • Pursuing excellence in the appearance and harmony of the home, while avoiding the trap of perfectionism.
  • Refusing to let the latest trends dictate how the family functions.
  • Young people focusing on their parents’ vision for the family without allowing the opinions of others to disillusion them.

at Work/School

  • Seeking counsel from authorities regarding important decisions.
  • Setting daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
  • Purposing beforehand what your response will be toward temptation.

at Church

  • Purposing to be an energy-giver at church and not an energy-taker.
  • Resolving a grievance or problem as soon as possible.

Character Definitions of Determination

  • Learning to give whatever energy is necessary to complete a project. Learning how to reduce a seemingly impossible task to achievable goals (Character Clues Game)
  • Looking at insurmountable obstacles as opportunities to cry out for God’s supernatural intervention (The Power for True Success)
  • Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time regardless of the opposition (Character First!)

Bible Verses Related to Determination

03335 ruy yatsar yaw-tsar’

probably identical with 03334 (through the squeezing into shape), ([compare 03331]); TWOT-898; v

AV-form 26, potter 17, fashion 5, maker 4, frame 3, make 3, former 2, earthen 1, purposed 1; 62

1) to form, fashion, frame

1a) (Qal) to form, fashion

1a1) of human activity

1a2) of divine activity

1a2a) of creation

1a2a1) of original creation

1a2a2) of individuals at conception

1a2a3) of Israel as a people

1a2b) to frame, pre-ordain, plan (fig. of divine) purpose of a situation)

1b) (Niphal) to be formed, be created

1c) (Pual) to be predetermined, be pre-ordained

1d) (Hophal) to be formed

  • Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed <03335> man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. {of the dust…: Heb. dust of the ground}
  • 2 Kings 19:25 Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that I have formed <03335> it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps. {long…: or, how I have made it long ago, and formed it of ancient times? should I now bring it to be laid waste, and fenced cities to be ruinous heaps?}
  • 1 Chronicles 4:23 These were the potters <03335>, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.
  • Psalms 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s <03335> vessel.
  • Psalms 33:15 He fashioneth <03335> their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
  • Psalms 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned <03335>, when as yet there was none of them. {all…: Heb. all of them} {which…: or, what days they should be fashioned}
  • Isaiah 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter <03335> treadeth clay.
  • Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed <03335> thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
  • Isaiah 43:21 This people have I formed <03335> for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
  • Isaiah 44:2 Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed <03335> thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
  • Isaiah 44:10 Who hath formed <03335> a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
  • Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth <03335> it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. {with the tongs: or, with an axe}
  • Isaiah 44:21 Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed <03335> thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
  • Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker <03335>! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth <03335> it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
  • Isaiah 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed <03335> it, I will also do it. {that…: Heb. of my counsel}
  • Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed <03335> against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
  • Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed <03335> thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. {ordained: Heb. gave}
  • Jeremiah 19:1 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter’s <03335> earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
  • Amos 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth <03335> the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. {wind: or, spirit}
  • Amos 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed <03335> grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings. {grasshoppers: or, green worms}
  • Habakkuk 2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker <03335> thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker <03335> of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? {maker of…: Heb. fashioner of his fashion}
  • Zechariah 11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter <03335>: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirtypieces of silver, and cast them to the potter <03335> in the house of the LORD.
  • Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth <03335> the spirit of man within him. 

0559 rma ‘amar aw-mar’

a primitive root; TWOT-118; v

AV-said 4874, speak 179, answer 99, command 30, tell 29, call 7, promised 6, misc. 84; 5308

1) to say, speak, utter

1a) (Qal) to say, to answer, to say in one’s heart, to think, to command, to promise, to intend

1b) (Niphal) to be told, to be said, to be called

1c) (Hithpael) to boast, to act proudly

1d) (Hiphil) to avow, to avouch

  • Genesis 1:3 And God said <0559>, Let there be light: and there was light.
  • Genesis 1:6 And God said <0559>, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. {firmament: Heb. expansion}
  • Genesis 1:9 And God said <0559>, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
  • Genesis 1:11 And God said <0559>, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. {grass: Heb. tender grass}
  • Genesis 1:14 And God said <0559>, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: {the day…: Heb. between the day and between the night}
  • Genesis 1:20 And God said <0559>, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. {moving: or, creeping} {life: Heb. soul} {fowl…: Heb. let fowl fly} {open…: Heb. face of the firmament of heaven}
  • 2 Chronicles 2:1 And Solomon determined <0559> to build an house for the name of the LORD, and an house for his kingdom. 

02161 Mmz zamam zaw-mam’

a primitive root; TWOT-556; v

AV-thought 5, devise 3, consider 1, purpose 1, imagine 1, plot 1; 13

1) to have a thought, devise, plan, consider, purpose

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to consider, fix thought upon

1a2) to purpose, devise

1a3) to plot (of evil intent)

  • Genesis 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined <02161> to do.
  • Deuteronomy 19:19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought <02161> to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
  • Psalms 17:3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed <02161>that my mouth shall not transgress.
  • Psalms 31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised <02161>to take away my life.
  • Psalms 37:12 The wicked plotteth <02161> against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. {plotteth: or, practiseth}
  • Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil <02161>, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
  • Proverbs 31:16 She considereth <02161> a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. {buyeth: Heb. taketh}
  • Jeremiah 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed <02161> it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
  • Jeremiah 51:12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised <02161> and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon. {ambushes: Heb. liers in wait}
  • Lamentations 2:17 The LORD hath done that which he had devised <02161>; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.
  • Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the LORD of hosts thought <02161> to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us. {take…: or, overtake}
  • Zechariah 8:14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought <02161> to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:
  • Zechariah 8:15 So again have I thought <02161> in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. 

07760 Mws suwm soom or Mys siym seem

a primitive root; TWOT-2243; v

AV-put 155, make 123, set 119, lay 64, appoint 19, give 11, set up 10, consider 8, turn 5, brought 4, ordain 3, place 3, take 3, shew 2, regard 2, mark 2, disposed 2, care 2, misc 48; 585

1) to put, place, set, appoint, make

1a) (Qal)

1a1) to put, set, lay, put or lay upon, lay (violent) hands on

1a2) to set, direct, direct toward

1a2a) to extend (compassion) (fig)

1a3) to set, ordain, establish, found, appoint, constitute, make, determine, fix

1a4) to set, station, put, set in place, plant, fix

1a5) to make, make for, transform into, constitute, fashion, work, bring to pass, appoint, give

1b) (Hiphil) to set or make for a sign

1c) (Hophal) to be set

  • Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put <07760> the man whom he had formed.
  • Genesis 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set<07760> a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
  • Genesis 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set <07760> in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
  • Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed <07760> in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 

2919 krinw krino kree’-no

perhaps a primitive word; TDNT-3:921,469; v

AV-judge 88, determine 7, condemn 5, go to law 2, call in question 2, esteem 2, misc 8; 114

1) to separate, put asunder, to pick out, select, choose

2) to approve, esteem, to prefer

3) to be of opinion, deem, think, to be of opinion

4) to determine, resolve, decree

5) to judge

5a) to pronounce an opinion concerning right and wrong

5a1) to be judged, i.e. summoned to trial that one’s case may be examined and judgment passed upon it

5b) to pronounce judgment, to subject to censure

5b1) of those who act the part of judges or arbiters in matters of common life, or pass judgment on the deeds and words of others

6) to rule, govern

6a) to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions, because it was the prerogative of kings and rulers to pass judgment

7) to contend together, of warriors and combatants

7a) to dispute

7b) in a forensic sense

7b1) to go to law, have suit at law

  • Matthew 5:40 And if any man will sue <2919> thee at the law <2919>, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
  • Matthew 7:1 Judge <2919> not, that ye be <2919> not judged <2919>.
  • Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge <2919>, ye shall be judged <2919>: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
  • Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging <2919> the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • Luke 6:37 Judge <2919> not, and ye shall <2919> not be judged <2919>: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
  • Luke 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast <2919> rightly judged<2919>.
  • Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined <2919> to let him go.
  • Acts 20:16 For Paul had determined <2919> to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. 

3724 orizw horizo hor-id’-zo

from 3725; TDNT-5:452,728; v

AV-determine 2, ordain 2, as it was determined + 2596 + 3588 1, declare 1, limit 1, determine 1; 8

1) to define

1a) to mark out the boundaries or limits (of any place or thing) 1b to determine, appoint

1b1) that which has been determined, acc. to appointment, decree

1b2) to ordain, determine, appoint

  • Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined <3724>: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
  • Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate <3724> counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
  • Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained <3724> of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
  • Acts 11:29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined <3724> to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
  • Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined <3724> the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
  • Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained <3724>;whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. {hath given…: or, offered faith}
  • Romans 1:4 And declared <3724> to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:{declared: Gr. determined}
  • Hebrews 4:7 Again, he limiteth <3724> a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 

5021 tassw tasso tas’-so

a prolonged form of a primary verb (which latter appears only in certain tenses); TDNT-8:27,1156; v

AV-appoint 3, ordain 2, set 1, determine 1, addict 1; 8

1) to put in order, to station

1a) to place in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place, to appoint

1a1) to assign (appoint) a thing to one

1b) to appoint, ordain, order

1b1) to appoint on one’s own responsibility or authority

1b2) to appoint mutually, i.e. agree upon

For Synonyms see entry 5844

  • Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed <5021> them.
  • Luke 7:8 For I also am a man set <5021> under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it{one: Gr. this man}
  • Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained <5021> to eternal life believed.
  • Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined <5021> that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
  • Acts 22:10 And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed <5021> for thee to do.
  • Acts 28:23 And when they had appointed <5021> him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
  • Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained <5021> of God. {ordained: or, ordered}
  • 1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted<5021> themselves to the ministry of the saints,) 

1011 bouleuw bouleuo bool-yoo’-o

from 1012; ; v

AV-consult 2, be minded 2, purpose 2, determine 1, take counsel 1; 8

1) to deliberate with one’s self, consider

2) to take counsel, resolve

  • Luke 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth <1011> whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
  • John 12:10 But the chief priests consulted <1011> that they might put Lazarus also to death;
  • Acts 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel <1011> to slay them.
  • Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined <1011> to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.
  • Acts 27:39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded<1011>, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:17 When I <1011> therefore was <1011> thus minded <1011>, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose <1011>, do I purpose<1011> according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?

Hymns and Choruses Related to Determination

  • I Am Resolved (Palmer Hartsough, 1844-1932)
  • Where He Leads Me (E.W. Blandy, 19th Century)
  • O Jesus, I Have Promised (John E. Bode, 1816-1874)
  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus (Attributed to an Indian prince)
  • All for Jesus (Mary D. James, 19th century)
  • I Surrender All (Judson W. Van de Venter, 1855-1939)

Daniel Purposed in His Heart

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank…” (Daniel 1:8)

Daniel is a man whose life and experience touches right where we are. He is a man who is trying to live a Godly life in the midst of a corrupt, pagan society. Daniel is different from all the other prophets – Jeremiah, Isaiah and the other prophets were in what we would term, “full-time ministry.” Daniel was called into secular employment – he was a government official. But God was able to use Daniel just as much as any full-time prophet because the power in Daniel’s ministry lay not in his calling but in his character.

Daniel was a man of Biblical convictions! He believed God’s Word and he obeyed it! He didn’t try to rationalize it or ignore it. He accepted it as the single authority by which to live no matter what the circumstances or consequences might be! He was taken as a teenager from his family, yet he stood alone and remained true to God and to His Word. Where did Daniel learn these convictions? He learned them at home!

Parents, if you want to pass on to your children a purpose that’s worth living for, then you need to start teaching them and passing on Biblical convictions that are worth dying for. Spend time with your children in God’s Word. Show them that the Bible is the ultimate authority for life – not Hollywood, not their teachers at school, and certainly not their peers.

Could I encourage you – if you are not spending time with your family around the Word of God, then you are missing out on one of the most effective ways to pass on your faith to the next generation.

Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries

Responding to Adversity

Some teach that if you’re a Christian that you will be healthy, wealthy, people will love you, children will flock to you, and birds will sit on your shoulder. Nothing could be further from Biblical truth.

Paul says in Philippians 1:12, “But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.” Paul saw the benefits of his suffering and he saw how his imprisonment was not hindering the Gospel but rather it was furthering it. There are many benefits that God wants us to learn through suffering and difficult times.

Often when we begin to experience pressure or problems — especially in our marriage or in a job or even at church — our natural reaction is “How can I get out of this?” We look for an easy way out and completely miss the spiritual lessons and benefits that God wants us to learn. Our first response to adversity should not be to try and remove it, but to ask the Lord to show us His purpose in allowing it.

Are there character qualities that God is trying to develop in your life? Is He trying to develop the quality of forgiveness or meekness or humility? Is He trying to develop a spiritual mindset or a servant’s spirit?

Adversity can do one of two things: if we respond to it with humanistic reasoning and try to get out from under it, it can be one of the deadliest means of discouragement; if we respond to it correctly, it can be one of the greatest motivations for spiritual growth.

Two Frogs In Cream

Two frogs fell into a can of cream,
Or so I’ve’ heard it told:
The sides of the can were shiny and steep,
The cream was deep and cold.
“O, what’s the use?” croaked Number 1,
“Tis fate; no help’s around.
Good-bye, my friends. Good-bye, sad world”
And weeping still, he drowned.
But Number 2, of sterner stuff,
Dog-paddled in surprise.
The while he wiped his creamy face
And dried his creamy eyes.
“I’ll swim awhile, at least,” he said –
Or so I’ve heard he said:
“It really wouldn’t help the world
If one more frog were dead.”
An hour or two he kicked and swam,
Not once he stopped to mutter;
But kicked and kicked and swam and kicked.
Then hopped out, via butter


You Can’t Run the Country If…

With his six-foot, three-inch frame, and carrying over 210 pounds, former President Lyndon B. Johnson was given some weighty wisdom by his wife. Mrs. Johnson told the President: “You can’t run the country if you can’t run yourself.” The President took that word to heart, and pulled his weight down to about 187 pounds.