To Live By His Ways Or By His Acts

Psa 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel We often prefer God’s acts (miracles) to God’s ways (His word). To know God’s ways is to know Him...

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Aim For Faithfulness Over Success

Pro 12:11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense., Pro 13:11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it....

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Having Hope Against Hope

Rom 4:17-18, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence...

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Vengeance Is The Lord’s

Rom 12:19-21, 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy...

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Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Rom 12:16-18, 16 Live in harmony with one another...17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it...

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What Kind Of Streams Are Flowing Out Of You?

Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Some believers find it hard to testify of God's blessings in their lives perhaps in fear of being labeled showoffs, and others who...

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Blessing Those Who Don’t Deserve It

Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. By nature we retract where we feel denied, rejected, opposed, disrespected, exposed to danger or suffering. We are drawn to want to...

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Grace Warms The Heart

Rom 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. The gifts of grace warms believers’ hearts to contribute/distribute to the needs of the saints. Men in want are to be...

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Grace Empowers

Rom 12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Attitude drives how we approach these 3 areas of our lives in dealing with the gifts of grace. 1."Let...

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Gifts Are Various, Grace Is One

Rom 12:4-6, 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members...

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It Is All By The Grace Given

Rom 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according...

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Conformed Or Transformed

Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable...

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The Act Of Spiritual Worship

Rom 12:1...holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship" (c) Abel offered an excellent sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. God received it based on "what" and "how". He gave to God a...

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What “A Living Sacrifice” Means

Rom 12:1 ...to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, ... (b) In the light of his teaching on God’s mercies, Paul l encourages believers to therefore present their bodies as a living sacrifice as...

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The “Therefore”…

Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, ..., (a) The style of Paul's writings are often broken into two categories, 1. Orthodoxy, emphasis on doctrine (teaching) that is correct...

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True Riches

Jas 1:9-11, 9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11  ... The poor or lowly brother is...

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Why We Should Pray For Wisdom

Jas 1:5-6, 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,...

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The Picture Of The Righteous

Psa 92:12-15, 12 The righteous flourish like the PALM TREE and grow like a CEDAR in Lebanon. Palms are one of the best known trees families. Many common products, foods, beauty, shade come from palms....

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Lest We Lose Focus

Mat 14:22-34, 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” The wind was boisterous as Peter stepped out of...

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Held By The Power Of God

Mat 14:22-34, 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. To be used of God is solely to rely...

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God In Christ Is With Us

Jos 1:5...Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Joshua's covering and blessings as with the Israelites was under the umbrella of Moses,...

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The Duty Of Masters

Eph 6:9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. Paul addresses masters last with a...

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The Duty Of Bondservants

Eph 6:5-8, 5 Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;... The charge is for servants to obey and work...

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The Duty Of Parents

Eph 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. The admonition here is for both fathers and mothers. Paul may be...

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The Duty Of Children

Eph 6:1-3, 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you...

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When God Blesses Others On Your Account

Gen 30:27-30, 27 But Laban said to him, “...I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you...29 Jacob said to him, “...30 ... you had little before I came, and...

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God’s Blesses Faithfulness

Gen 30:25-26, 25 As soon as Rachel had borne Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “...26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, that I may go, for you know the...

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God’s Providence Even In Our Foolishness

Gen 30:17, And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son....Gen 30:22  Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. God promised Abraham that through his...

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Manipulation At Work

Gen 30:15 But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son's mandrakes also?” Rachel said, “Then he may lie with you...

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The Drive Of Desperation

Gen 30:14 In the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son's...

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Finding Identity

Gen 30:12-13, 12 Leah's servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, “Happy am I! For women have called me happy.... Rachel's maid by this time bore 2 sons to Jacob while...

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Missed Opportunity

Gen 30:3-4, 3 Then she said, “Here is my servant Bilhah; go in to her, so that she may give birth on my behalf, that even I may have children through her.” 4 So she gave...

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Misguided Approach To Solutions

Gen 30:2 Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb? Jacob diagnosed right in his response to Rachel...

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Misdiagnosis Seeks Wrong Solutions

Gen 30:1, "....She said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I shall die!” (b) The last thing any patient wants is for a doctor to make incorrect diagnosis of their illness. Incorrect diagnosis leads to...

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Lack Of Contentment Breeds Envy

Gen 30:1 When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. (a) Jacob labored 7 years for Rachel only to be tricked to marry Leah her sister. Jacob determined to marry Rachel...

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Reserved Tanks

2Ki 7:3-4, 3 Now there were four men who were lepers ...said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘Let us enter the city,’ the famine is...

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Thriving On Dry Land

Gen 26:1-14, 2 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will...

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A Fresh Start While In The Desert

Gen 21:17 And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her,...Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he...

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I Am Your Shield

Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” There are times you are forced...

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Victory For God’s Glory

Joh 12:32-33, 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die After His death, burial, resurrection...

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Being Fruitful

2Pet 1:1-8, 8 For if these things are yours  and abound, you will be neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (NKJV) In this chapter Peter gives ingredients for fruitful...

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Standing Strong On Bended Knees

Mark 6:30-32, 30 Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to...

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Nothing Replaces Prayers

Matt 17:19-21, 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”, 20, “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; … 21 However, this kind does not...

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How We Do God’s Work

Mark 6:7-13, 7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits...12 So they went out and preached that people should...

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Patience Dictates The Pace

Jas 1:4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. The previous vs. highlights faith as a necessity to produce/develop steadfastness (patience). Patience cannot be dictated...

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Command For The Husbands, Part 3

Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. The husband's duty to the wife is the commandment...

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Command For The Husbands, Part 2

Eph 5:26-28, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any...

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Command For The Husbands, Part 1

Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, Paul in three verses gives instructions to the wives, and to the husbands, he has more to say...

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Command For The Wives, Part 2

Eph 5:23  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body The metaphor is taken from the head in the natural body,...

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Command For The Wives, Part 1

Eph 5:22  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. The first 21 verses of this chapter, Paul speaks of the general rule for both husbands and wives as believers in Christ. From vs...

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Walking In Wisdom, Part 2

Eph 5:18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit In speaking of wisdom, Paul gives a few examples of how we should walk in it. Wisdom...

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Walking In Wisdom, Part 1

Eph 5:15-17, 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil... Godly marriage calls for walking in wisdom, that is Paul’s third point. Paul...

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Marks Of Walking In The Light, Part 3

Eph 5:10-14, 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. This is finding the will of God (the permissive or general and the perfect will of God). To find God’s permissive will is to...

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Marks Of Walking In The Light, Part 2

Eph 5:9  (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), The second point the apostle makes in walking in the light is displayed in a life of Righteousness which means moral...

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Marks Of Walking In The Light, Part 1

Eph 5:9  (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), Paul provides 3 marks of a person walking in the light or 3 aspects of the Christian character The fruit of...

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Walking In The Light

Eph 5:8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. The apostle having laid out his first point, that of walking in love, he...

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Pursuit Of Love

Eph 5:1-7, 2  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. As growth is required in many areas,...

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Walking In Love

Eph 5:1-7, 1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for...

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Imitators Of God

Eph 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. The opening of chapter 4 the apostle gave us a charge to walk worthy of our calling. This was in general the conduct in the church...

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Blessed Assurance

2Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Fear is the absence of courage which may result from the threat...

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God Is Our Source

Col 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men We work because God called us to it and made away for it. The aspect of work did...

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Wisdom And Faith At Work

Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. As tomorrow is promised to no one, we need the wisdom of this verse to talk sense to...

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True Test Of Love

Mal 2:10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? Corrupt practices are the genuine fruit and...

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Preparation With Wisdom Is Of God

Jer 32:6-8, “6 And Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in...

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Triumph In The Midst Of Disappointments

2Ti 4:16-17, 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me,...

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The Steadfast Love Of God

1Jn 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. John in 14 vs discusses the love of and from God...

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When We Pray God Works

Exo 17:11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. To impress upon Israel the importance of intercessory prayer, God had Moses on top of the mountain raising...

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When Ambitions Cloud Your Judgment

1Sam 16:6-7, "6 When they came, he (Samuel) looked on Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him." 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance  or on...

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Wonder Working Prayer Power

1Cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power., 1Thess 1:5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power Ministers are accountable both...

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The Summary Of Christian Life

Eph 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. God will not ask us to do what He has not already done for mankind. The only...

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Put Off, Put On, Part 3

Eph 4:29-31, 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,...

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Put off, Put On, Part 2

Eph 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. We have a continuation...

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Put off, Put On, Part 1

Eph 4:25-27, 25 Therefore, putting away lying, "let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the...

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Instructions For Christian Living

Eph 4:17-24, 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, ... Paul’s amdomnishes believers...

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Marks Of Maturity In The Faith

Eph 4:15  but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— Maturing (perfecting) love is the key to unlocking the doors to all graces. Php 1:9-11, "9 And...

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Maturity In The faith

Eph 4:14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting Biblical discernment is...

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Gifts Are Various, Grace Is One , Part 2

Eph 4:13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;...

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Various Gifts According To Grace, Part 1

Eph 4:11-12, 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of...

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The Gifts And The Giver, Part 2

Eph 4:8-10, 8 Therefore it says,“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” Paul quotes here Psa 68:18-19. Christ first descended to earth, lived, died, resurrected and...

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The Gifts And The Giver, Part 1

Eph 4:7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. The believers’ conduct is the principle center in this chapter over gifts. God is more about working on...

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Essentials For Unity

Eph 4:4-6, 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all,...

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Maintain The unity

Eph 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There are certain things that require effort to push through anything that works against it. As it’s been said, you...

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The Means Of Unity, Part 2

Eph 4:1-2 1... walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 ... bearing with one another in love(b), The best Christians have need to bear one with another, and to make the...

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The Means Of Unity, Part 1

Eph 4:1-2 1... walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience(a), bearing with one another in love(b), The ingredients to season our calling are outlined in...

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Walking In Your Calling

Eph 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, A couple of weeks ago we concluded Ephesians 3, we...

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Recognizing The Wisdom Of God

1Ki 3:16-28, 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to...

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Wisdom Is A Defense

1Ki 3:7-9, 7 ... I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen,...

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The Walk Recognized

1Ki 3:5-6, 5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask! What shall I give you?" 6 And Solomon said: "You have shown great mercy to Your...

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The “Sinner’s Prayer”—To Pray or Not To Pray?

2Cor 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. Is the sinner's prayer a biblical practice? Do we see anyone in Scripture even going to...

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Who’s The Rock?

Mat 16:17–19 "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you,  you are Peter, and on this rock, I...

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Ripening Like Almonds

Num 17:8 On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth bud and produced blossoms, and...

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The Effective Workings Of God

Jer 1:11-12, 11 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” 12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have...

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The Effectiveness Of Our Calling

Jer 1:9-10, 9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me,“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10...“ God by His angel touched the...

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Strength Magnified In Weakness

Jer 1:9-10, 9 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me,“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 ... The call of God is often to...

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The Work Of God

Jer 1:4-5, 4 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a...

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A Few Ordinary Men

Jer 1:1-3, 1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the LORD came ... The call...

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A Worthy Workout, Part 2

Phil 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Steve Lawson states,...

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Abiding in Prayer, Part 2

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. Charles Spurgeon states, "Power in prayer is the focus of our...

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