Bible Topics: Moodiness

Definition: Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental; especially prone to becoming depressed, pessimistic or unpleasant in disposition. 1. Moodiness saps our spiritual and physical strength and leads on a downward spiral. * Job 23:2 Even today is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. * Psalm 77:3b I complained, and my … Read more

Bible Topics: Memory

Definition: In this context, memory means retaining or recalling past experiences or facts; recollection. 1. The human mind, with its ability to remember, is a marvel of God’s creation — for which we should be thankful. * Psalm 119:73 [David prays for help to learn the Word.] Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: … Read more

Bible Topics: Memorizing the Word

Definition: To commit to memory; to learn by heart. In regards to memorizing God’s Word, the second definition is even more meaningful, as memorization of the Word should go deeper than mere mental retention of facts or figures, reaching the fiber of our being. 1. The Lord admonishes us to plant His Word in our … Read more

Bible Topics: Meekness

Definition: Showing patience and humility; gentleness; submissiveness; strength and courage under control. 1. Meekness is one of the fruits of the Spirit which we should both pray for and cultivate in our personal lives. * Zephaniah 2:3a Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek … Read more

Bible Topics: Meddling and Busybodies

Definitions: Meddling means busying oneself unduly in the matters of others; butting in; interfering. A busybody is one who meddles in the affairs of others and gossips about it. 1. The Lord forbids meddling in the affairs of others. * Leviticus 19:16a Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people. … Read more

Bible Topics: Laziness and slothfulness

Definitions: The Biblical term for laziness is slothfulness, which is habitual inactivity, reluctance to work or exert oneself in any way, sluggishness. Another term the Bible uses for a lazy person is a “sluggard.” 1. The lazy person takes what he thinks is the easy way out, but always suffers in the end. * Proverbs … Read more

Bible Topics: Kindness and courtesy

Definitions: Kindness is a readiness to assist or show consideration for others; of a gentle, sympathetic, or benevolent nature; helpfulness, thoughtfulness. Courtesy is polite behavior; consideration in interacting with others. 1. God’s kindness towards His children is boundless, steadfast and unconditional. * Psalm 89:33 My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer … Read more

Bible Topics: Humor

Definition: The quality that makes something laughable or amusing. The ability to express or enjoy what is amusing or comical. 1. There is a time and place for humor. * Genesis 21:5-7 [Ninety-year-old Sarah laughed with joy at the miraculous birth of their son, Isaac, in her old age:] And Abraham was an hundred years … Read more

Bible Topics: Haste; rashness

Definition: Haste is quickness; hurry; an overeagerness to act; rashness. Rashness is unwise haste; recklessness; a response without due deliberation (prayerfulness and forethought) or caution. 1. Haste is often the Devil’s trap to get us moving too quickly and catch us in an unprayerful, unguarded moment. * Proverbs 14:29b He that is hasty of spirit … Read more

Bible Topics: Happiness and joy

Definitions: Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment. Joy is a feeling of great pleasure or happiness that comes from success, good fortune, or a sense of well-being; gladness. 1. True happiness is a gift from God. * Psalm 4:7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their … Read more

Bible Topics: Greed

Definition: Desire for possessing more than one needs, especially money or property. 1. Although the objective of greed is gratification, the result is always greater unhappiness. * Proverbs 15:27a He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house. * Proverbs 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never … Read more

Bible Topics: Gossip and Tattling

Definition: Idle talk or rumor, especially about other people, and usually in a critical or condescending vein; the telling of secrets; repeating or discussing scandal. 1. The Bible clearly forbids gossip. * Leviticus 19:16a Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people. * Psalm 15:1,3 Lord, who shall abide in … Read more

Bible Topics: Getting alone with God

Definition: Getting alone with God refers to times of private prayer and communion with the Jesus. 1. The secret of prayer is secret prayer. * Isaiah 26:20 [Secret prayer protects God’s people from His judgments on the wicked.] Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as … Read more

Bible Topics: Gentleness

Definition: Kindness, consideration, tenderness, friendliness; not severe, violent or loud. 1. Jesus is often characterized in both the Old and New Testaments by His gentleness. * Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those … Read more

Bible Topics: Friendship

Definition: The attachment of one person to another marked by mutual affection and trust; intimacy. 1. Seeking the right kind of friendship is encouraging, strengthening and bears good fruit. * Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts. * Proverbs 2:20b Walk in the … Read more

Bible Topics: Foolishness

Definition: Behavior which is unwise or lacking in good sense or judgement. It can also mean behavior that is silly, shallow, or not to any positive, constructive end. 1. Some of the symptoms and manifestations of foolishness and the foolish: * Psalm 14:1a [Unbelief in God:] The fool hath said in his heart, There is … Read more

Bible Topics: Flattery

Definition: Excessive or insincere praise; praising another to promote one’s own interests. 1. Jesus gave no place to those who tempted Him with flattery. * Luke 20:20-23 And they watched Him [Jesus], and sent forth spies, which should feign [pretend to be] themselves just men, that they might take hold of His Words, that so … Read more

Bible Topics: Fellowship – Dissociation

Definition: Fellowship is the sharing of interests, ideals or experiences amongst fellow believers; companionship, friendship. Dissociation is the act of separating yourself — not only in body, but in spirit and attitude — from the body of Christ. 1. “Fellowship” describes the relationship of true Christians, united in His Spirit. * John 13:35 By this … Read more

Bible Topics: Feeling left out

Definition: Related to feelings of loneliness, isolation, or rejection; feeling left out is an awareness, either real or imagined, of being excluded from the company or activities of others. 1. Jesus sometimes felt left out, too. So He knows how it feels. * Matthew 26:55,56b In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are … Read more

Bible Topics: Fear of failure

Definition: A worrisome concern about a possibly unsuccessful performance or endeavor. Fear of failure is often born of pride; it’s fear of what others will think, fear of embarrassment, fear of being ashamed. 1. Fear of failure comes from a lack of faith, which actually causes failure; for only faith succeeds. * Number 13:27,28,30-33; 14:1-3,34 … Read more

Bible Topics: Fascination for evil

Definition: To fascinate is to grip so as to take away the power to move, act, or think for oneself; to attract and hold by charming qualities. 1. Because the Lord abhors evil, those who are drawn to it alienate themselves from Him. * Genesis 6:5,6 And God saw that the wickedness of man was … Read more

Bible Topics: Familiarity

Definition: Unduly intimate or forward; excessively bold, presumptuous, rude, disrespectful. 1. Familiarity leads to a loss of respect for one another. * Matthew 13:55a,57 [The familiarity of Jesus’ Own family and neighbors caused them not to take Him seriously:] Is not this the carpenter’s son? 57 And they were offended in Him. But Jesus said … Read more

Bible Topics: False Accusations

Definition: False accusation is very closely related to slander. Slander is a false report maliciously uttered, with the intention of injuring the reputation of another. 1. Accusing others falsely, or “bearing false witness,” as it is usually referred to in the Bible, is specifically condemned and forbidden by the Lord. * Exodus 20:16 [The Ninth … Read more

Bible Topics: Fair play – Cheating

Definition: Fair play is conformity to godly rules. Cheating is obtaining advantage by unfair or fraudulent means; dishonest behavior; deception; trickery. 1.Fair play is a fundamental characteristic of the righteous that sets them apart from the wicked. * Psalm 15:1-2 Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill? 2 … Read more

Bible Topics: Evil Associations, Bad Company

Definition: Friendships or partnerships which have negative effects upon our attitudes, actions, or physical or spiritual well-being. 1 .We are influenced, for better or for worse, by those with whom we associate. * Proverbs 13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. * 1 Corinthians … Read more

Bible Topics: Encouragement

Definition: That which inspires courage, confidence, hope, renewed strength of heart and soul; moral support. 1.The positive effects of encouragement: * Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. * Proverbs 15:23b A word spoken in due season, how good is it! * Proverbs 16:24 … Read more

Bible Topics: Empathy

Definition: Identifying oneself with another person’s feelings, experiences, and emotions, particularly in regards to misfortune; compassion, sympathy, understanding. 1.We should put ourselves in the place of others, and consider how we would feel if positions were reversed. * Job 2:11,13 [Realizing that Job had been overcome by calamity and his grief was too great for … Read more

Bible Topics: Dreams

Definition: A state of mind in which images, thoughts, and impressions pass through the mind of a person who is sleeping. 1.God can speak to us through dreams. * Genesis 28:12-16 And he [Jacob] dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven: and behold the … Read more

Bible Topics: Dares

Definition: To challenge to perform an action, especially as a proof of courage. Dares usually involve acts which are reckless, foolish, disobedient or in defiance of authority. 1.Examples from the Bible where the Devil, His persecutors, even His Own family challenged Jesus: * Matthew 4:5-7 [Jesus uses the Word to defeat the Enemy who tempts … Read more

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