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Isaiah 54:17

Behold, they may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me.

Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you.

(Amplified Translation)

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Analysis Paralysis and the Amplified Translation

Since changing from my past NIV Bible Translations to the Amplified (which I had to since I tore the others up) I have discovered some interesting verse differences.

Preferring an NIV I must admit the Amplified is growing on me.  It is wordy, descriptive, a longer narrative than other translations. However, the potential of understanding certain sentences or phrases in verses is broken down for the reader to comprehend more of what God is saying to us.

Romans 8: 6-8 are in this category.

“Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].” (Amplified Bible)

The words that struck me are “the mind of the flesh which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit.”


Many people are or have tried to make life decisions or choices by sense and reason only. While it may work temporarily or in specific situations it isn’t a recipe for success.

Reasoning leads to analyzing everything from point A to Point B leaving nothing out in between.  Dissect it, break it down, and tear it up piece by piece. Cover every angle, curve and side until there is nothing left resulting in making no decisions at all.

In Psychological circles this is referred to as Analysis Paralysis. Old wounds surface causing the analyzer to go overboard to disprove the initial wound or a present application of the wound. In other words, reliving a trauma that was never dealt with or removed.

Analysis Paralysis forms from certain deep seeded pain, low self-esteem and worry.

Sense can be sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste. Common sense is perceiving, understanding or judging that which is reasonably expected by most people.

Both can become obsessions or used in part for acquiring major goals in life. Again, these are not complete on their own nor do they promise positive results.

The Holy Spirit is the glue for the other two that holds it all together. God meant for his saints to connect the 3.
Anything independent of the Holy Spirit is subject to large voids, mistakes and negative consequences.  

God filling us with his spirit is truth, life and the best guide to keep us out of trouble.

Now how good is that?