Salvation

Trusting In The Lord

And so, dear brothers and sisters,
I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you.
Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind He will find acceptable.
This is truly the way to worship Him.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you,
which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
If you do this, you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying.

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Then you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.

My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly.
By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;
by understanding he created the heavens.
By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth,
and the dew settles beneath the night sky.

My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
They keep you safe on your way,
and your feet will not stumble.
You can go to bed without fear;
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
for the Lord is your security.
He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it
when it’s in your power to help them.
If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say,
“Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
Don’t plot harm against your neighbor,
for those who live nearby trust you.

Don’t pick a fight without reason,
when no one has done you harm.
Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.
Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord,
but he offers his friendship to the godly.
The Lord curses the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the upright.
The Lord mocks the mockers
but is gracious to the humble.
The wise inherit honor,
but fools are put to shame!
Proverbs 3

By the Grace of God, go we.

The Christian Armour

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

I am strong in the Lord,
and in the power of His might.

I put on the whole armour of God,
that I may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood
but against principalities, against powers,
against rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I take unto me
the whole armour of God
that I may be able to
withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.

I stand therefore, having
my loins girt about with truth,
and having on the
breastplate of righteousness;
and my feet are shod with the
preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all,
I take the shield of faith,
wherewith I shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And I take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of God;

I pray always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit, and
watching thereunto with perseverance
and supplication for all saints;

And for me,
that utterance may be given unto me,
that I may open my mouth boldly
to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds
that therein I may speak boldly,
as I ought to speak.

Amen and Amen
Ephesians 6:10-20

By the Grace of God, go we.

Dealing With Abuse

Better to be patient than powerful;
better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
Proverbs 16:32 NLT

A gentle answer deflects anger,
but harsh words make tempers flare.
The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
The Lord is watching everywhere,
keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.
Gentle words are a tree of life;
a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:1-4 NLT

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault,
ye which are spiritual, restore such an one
in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself,
lest thou also be tempted.
Galatians 6:1 KJV

That ye may be blameless and harmless,
the sons [daughters] of God, without rebuke,
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Philippians 2:15 KJV

And fear not them which kill the body,
but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear Him which is able to
destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28 KJV

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV

But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer
insists on leaving, let them go.
In such cases the Christian husband or wife
is no longer bound to the other,
for God has called you to live in peace.
I Corinthians 7:15 NLT

Know ye not that the unrighteous
shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,
nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,
nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 KJV

And I will pray the Father,
and he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever;
[Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not,
neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14:16-17 KJV

Be ye angry, and sin not:
let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21 KJV

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves,
but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written,
Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Romans 12:19 KJV

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time
[are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory
which shall be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 KJV

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God,
and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.
He prowls around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour.
Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.
Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters
all over the world are going through
the same kind of suffering you are.
In his kindness God called you to share in
his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus.
So after you have suffered a little while,
he will restore, support, and strengthen you,
and he will place you on a firm foundation.
All power to him forever! Amen.
1 Peter 5:6-11 NLT

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to
the glory he will reveal to us later.
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day
when God will reveal who his children really are.
Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse.
But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day
when it will join God’s children
in glorious freedom from death and decay.
For we know that all creation has been groaning
as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
And we believers also groan, even though we have
the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory,
for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering.
We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God
will give us our full rights as his adopted children,
including the new bodies he has promised us.
We were given this hope when we were saved.
(If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it.
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have,
we must wait patiently and confidently.)
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.
For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for.
But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings
that cannot be expressed in words.
And the Father who knows all hearts
knows what the Spirit is saying,
for the Spirit pleads for us believers
in harmony with God’s own will.
And we know that God causes everything to work together
for the good of those who love God
and are called according to his purpose for them.
For God knew his people in advance,
and he chose them to become like his Son,
so that his Son would be the firstborn
among many brothers and sisters.
And having chosen them, he called them to come to him.
And having called them,
he gave them right standing with himself.
And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?
If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Since he did not spare even his own Son
but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?
No one — for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
Who then will condemn us?
No one — for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us,
and he is sitting in the place of honor
at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?
Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity,
or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute,
or in danger, or threatened with death?
(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day;
we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory
is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing
can ever separate us from God’s love.
Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow –
not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed,
nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:18-39 NLT

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4 KJV

By the Grace of God, go we.