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Word Study: electrify / stir up

I was specifically praying for someone that the Lord would increase passion and hunger in them and found myself asking the Lord to “electrify” them. The Lord then spoke a word to me. I have it posted in Nature Walks. ~ Mary

From Dictionary.com
1. To charge with or subject to electricity; apply electricity to.
2. To supply (a region, community, etc.) with elecrical power.
3. To equip for the use of electric power, as a railroad.
4. To excite greatly; thrill.
Synonyms:
4. stir, rouse, dazzle. Also: jolt, frenzy, wire, thrill, stir, transport

Another Dictionary
1. To produce electric charge on or in (a conductor)
2. To wire or equip (a building) for the use of electric power. To provide with electric power.
3. To thrill, startle greatly, or shock.

Study in The Word

Electrify doesn’t appear in the Hebrew or Greek, but the word “stir” does!

  • Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the LORD’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. Exodus 35:21
  • And all the women whose hearts stirred with wisdom spun yarn of goats’ hair. Exodus 35:26
  • But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wifestirred him up. 1 Kings 21:25
  • Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom… 2 Chr 36:22
  • “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred. Hosea 11:8
  • So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, Haggai 1:14
  • For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. John 5:4
  • But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. Acts 13:50

Hebrew words for stir up:
‘uwr #5782
to rouse oneself, awake, awaken, incite
to be triumphant
Note… interestingly, this word is a primitive root word and is identical with #5783 through the idea of opening the eyes! And it means to be exposed, be bared, be laid bare or naked.

garah #1624
to cause strife, stir up, contend, meddle, strive, be stirred up
to excite oneself against, engage in strife
to excite oneself (against foe), wage war

‘akar #5916
to trouble, stir up, disturb, make (someone) taboo
to disturb, trouble
to be disturbed, be stirred up

SIGNIFICANCE
My heart’s cry was to “electrify” a person’s heart and passion. As can be seen in the meaning of ‘uwr, I could have also prayed that the Lord would open their eyes, lay bare their soul, and minister to their spirit. Note particularly in the Hosea 11:8, that our God’s heart can be stirred to sympathy as well! Last of all, as can be seen in the other scriptures where “stirred” was negative, we can see the enemy’s influence. As His soldiers, we can take authority over their influence.