Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, "God, my exceeding joy."
I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.
The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon
The liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free
And they follow me
One with Christ Jesus
Sustained by Feeding
Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. -Proverbs 10:6 Be a Blessing and Receive Blessings We are living the just man's life, in the world's life of sin. It is our choice to continue living in God's righteousness or to go with the flow with the sinful world. Proverbs 10:6 tells us that whatever we choose, we either gain blessing or curse. What a man sows, that he will also reap. Righteousness brings us great blessings, however, the wicked, due to their ungodly choices and ways, are using violent words hurting each other emotionally and even physically causing violence, cruelty and injustice. Let us make our choices according to His word and according to His ways, we'll never regret it.
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. -Proverbs 8:13 Hate Evil and Honor God The fear of the Lord is the greatest duty and goal of life, it is necessary to have a proper relationship with Him. Fearing God gives Him grave respect. Fear of the Lord means we have reverential desire to please Him. He wants His people to be people of character - people of humility, moral behavior, and helpful speech. Since we fear God, we hate sin, we continue to develop good character that will reflect His attitude. We hate the things He hates like pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and vile speech. Do not claim to fear the Lord, if you hold on to even a single sin. True believers will hate evil because they know if they partake in evil things, they will be subjected to the chastising hand of God.
God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7 Saved to Serve Timidity refrains us in our desire to want to speak out to others about spiritual truths. Our lack of courage or confidence hinders us from doing so. A Christian does not have to have fear or worry or anxiety of any kind. God gave us a kind of spirit that gives us courage in order to tell other people what they need to hear about the Lord and His will, it is the kind of spirit that we need to have if we are going to be effective in our fervency of evangelistic efforts. Instead of a Spirit of fear, we have been given a Spirit of power that is accompanied by love and self-discipline.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. -Mark 10:25 Leave Everything You Have and Enter the Kingdom of God At an early age, we were taught by our parents that this life requires success for happiness and that success often comes through the acquisition of wealth. Wealth is not always evil, it is even useful to buy our needs, but when someone gains a lot of wealth and their daily lives become focused on maintaining that wealth and subsequently how to gain more, forgetting about God, that is evil. That "eye of a needle" was a narrow mountain pass of which it was difficult for a camel to go through, yes the way to everlasting life is narrow, not everyone can pass through it. The rich man so often is blind to his spiritual poverty because he is proud of his accomplishments and has contented himself with his wealth.
Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. -Proverbs 4:27 Eyes on the Goal Our Christian goal is to maintain God's love keeping ourselves from evil. Setting our eyes on Christ will help us stay on track. He is the map, the leader, our teacher, our mentor, our signpost. Let us set our eyes on pleasing God in each part of life, and do not be turned away by anything. God does not wants us to allow ourselves to wander by and sample every form of temptation available. He wants us to get away from every wrong or tempting thing.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. -John 1:12 Receive, Believe and be saved! What a great verse! It shows how much God loves us that He claims us as his own and will bring us to his Kingdom. Jesus is the greatest gift of God we ever had and as we accept him as our personal savior, we become God's children. Receiving Christ allows us to have full access to God because of him. Supreme triumph will be given for those who receive and believe in him and will be granted a new life. We heard God's message in Jesus, we received his grace offered in his Son, and we are now God's children!