Tiffany Ann Lewis: B.A.M. – Be Abba Minded

“BAM!” is a phrase that was coined by Chef Emeril Lagasse as he puts the final touch on a dish he just made. If you are unfamiliar with him, this phrase might not pack the punch it’s intended to. B.A.M!Be Abba Minded, is like a punch to the enemy in the Spirit, kicking everything up to God’s notch through the finished work of the Cross.

How to Be Abba Minded

…if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.—Philippians 4:8

Unfortunately for many of us, meditating on praiseworthy things is not that easy in times of trouble. As we look around we may only see our situation. When that happens, this portion of Scripture

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becomes a burden not a blessing. Can you identify? Maybe you are fighting a disease, maybe you’ve lost everything, maybe your innocence was stolen, or maybe you have buried a child and you wonder, What’s left?

God’s virtue. Let me explain.

The Greek word used here in Philippians 4:8 to define virtue is arete (pronounced ar-et’-ay, Strong’s #703). Arete is a Greek word for excellence. It is defined as a virtuous course of thought, feeling and action. It speaks of moral goodness, moral excellence, and moral actions such as modesty and purity. Now, if that feels like a burden to you and not a blessing, I understand. I have experienced much guilt over the years when I wasn’t able to find something pleasant to meditate upon in the midst of my anguish. The problem was that I was looking around or within for something with virtue…not looking up.

The Value and Importance of God and Focusing on Him

The Lord sent me on a little word search to see how arete was used in the Old Testament when the Bible was translated from Hebrew to Greek. What I found blew my mind. I discovered that this Greek word, arete, is used for the Hebrew word hod.

Now, the Hebrew word hod (Strong’s #1935) is also used to speak of excellences of any kind, and goodness in action. However, the overall usage of this word describes the value and importance of God, not man. Hodov (the “ov” sound at the end means “his”) speaks of His splendor, His glory, and His beauty. This is why we need to Be Abba Minded (B.A.M.), because we will never fully find these on earth.

Now, that is not to say that we can’t find these qualities on earth; they are here, too. Our hearts will overflow with love as we watch our children and grandchildren grow up. Our breath will be taken away as we gaze upon creation. We will weep with wonder as we witness acts of kindness in the most unexpected place. However, these are all temporary…God and His love are eternal. This specific word usage speaks of God’s excellences and His perfections, which are the whole work of our salvation. Glory!

B.A.M! When the going gets tough, and we know it will, we desperately need to Be Abba Minded. We desperately need the peace of God that surpasses all natural understanding to supernaturally guard our hearts and minds through the One who made a way—Jesus Christ.

Beloved, in our darkest moments, yes, even in death, God alone has made a way. This does not guarantee that the dark situation that we are in is going to just bam!, disappear. However, as we become Abba minded and focus on God, we will be able see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the Light of His Glory

I have shared before that when I was going through a season of depression and hardship, I used the hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” as my meditation. If necessary, every thirty seconds, I did what the lyrics said. I turned my eyes on Jesus and prayed that the things of the world (hardships and sorrows), would grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and His grace. I didn’t know then that the phrase “in the light of His glory” was this word we are studying now—hodov—His virtue.

As we turn our eyes (our mental focus) toward Jesus, we position ourselves for a connection with Heaven. Let me explain.

One of the places that we see this type of word usage is in Habakkuk 3:3: “God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory (in Hebrew “hod”/in Greek “arete”) covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.” Spiritually speaking, in this passage we see the saving splendor of God pictured as a connection between Heaven and earth. As His glory/beauty covered the heavens and the earth, the earth in return was full of praise for Him because His glory was revealed.

Beloved, Jesus Christ rose again. That is the glory of God. Therefore, even in life’s most heartbreaking circumstances, there will always be something praiseworthy to meditate on. We might not shout “Hallelujah” or skip down the streets, but we can meditate on the promises of God and rejoice still because one day all our tears will be wiped away. Thank You, Lord.

Jesus is Our Door of Hope

We could stop here, but let’s go a little deeper and see what His Word reveals. In Hebrew, the word hod is created with the three letters hey-vav-dalet, and paints the picture that I just mentioned. All Hebrew letters have a pictograph, a picture which represents it. Because of that, when you look at the Hebrew spelling of words, a picture is painted, so to speak, in the Spirit.

The hey is the picture of beholding something.
The vav is the picture of a nail and a symbol of our redemption.
The dalet is a picture of a door.

After Jesus rose from the dead and before He ascended to Heaven, He made a very important stop. He appeared to His friends and said, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see…” (Luke 24:38-39).

Jesus extended His hands for the beholding. Beloved, let’s take a look and behold (hey) the nail(vav)-pierced hands, for in the beholding we will see our door (dalet) of Hope. Jesus Himself is the door for us. This door is a door of eternal hope that we can walk through in the Spirit, as we Become Abba Minded—B.A.M.

While we are thinking and meditating upon the doorway of Heaven, I would like to share with you one of my favorite passages to close with. “I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope…” (Hosea 2:15a). Notice that this passage is saying that there—there in the wilderness, there in the miserable moments of our lives, there in the depths of our trouble, God will give us a door of hope. God’s love gives.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.—Romans 5:5

Our hope is in the power of the Cross of Christ, which was all motivated by one thing…God’s love. This love will never disappoint us. If we look around or within we will always be disappointed. B.A.M.—Become Abba Minded. When we look up, we will find the hope we long for, and we will be filled with a supernatural peace that surpasses all natural understanding.

B.A.M.—Be Abba Minded. Amen and Amen.

Tiffany Ann Lewis
Dancing with the Flame of the Lord Ministries


Source :  Elijahlist


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