When we stop and think of all the times he probably should have locked us away, covered us with boils, or otherwise struck us down because of our sin and rebellion, we have to marvel at the utter kindness of God. See yourself as one of those metaphorical branches, a believer who knows your sustenance comes from the vine. Why was Jesus talking about cleansing in the context of pruning the branches from the vines? Too many of us use it in that way, judging ourselves on our daily behavior: Well, you did okay today on the love and joy, but wow! Joseph explained that the dream meant that seven years of famine would follow seven years of plenty, and that Pharaoh needed to prepare for those lean years during the coming prosperous years. His willingness to make an intentional point of forgetting our transgressions is nothing short of, well, divine. About this Item: FaithWords, 2003.
To them, a crown represented victory, a kind of trophy winners of athletic competitions received and people who had distinguished themselves by their service to the community earned. How can we expect him to deliver us if we treat him as if he is of no consequence in our lives? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. But our moments of doubting in no way affect the validity of the guarantees God has made. A Three-Pronged Promise 23 -- 10. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
The next two conditions—praying and seeking his face—go hand in hand. No one can, and no one does. Spend time reading the Bible or another inspirational book, out of love for God and not out of a sense of duty. Fortunately, God not only wants you to rejoice in him, but he also promises to enable you to rejoice in him. Those branches that produce fruit are the ones that have clung to the vine—to Jesus, relying on him for their sustenance. God wants you to put him to the test.
Matthew 13:43 T fully appreciate this promise, look at the verses preceding it. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Lord, I want to see your blessing come upon our nation. Or maybe your difficulty is something good that you feel ill equipped to handle, like preaching the sermon next Sunday while the pastor is out of town or heading up a significant project at work. He wants us to make the most of our time on Earth by sharing the gospel with as many people as we can.
I also wish to acknowledge the fact that Steve Rabey resisted whatever temptation he might have experienced to get even with me, since I once edited his work. And yet, Paul simply reminded us that the one who loves us has given us the victory— and then some—over all those things. Keep me open to your comforting presence and keep me from trying to reason with those things that only you can comprehend. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. Eva: How did you divide the work? This psalm, which also describes the punishment that will come to the wicked, restricts its promises to those people who have that authentic kind of faith, the ones who have placed God in the center of their lives.
A prophet tells it as God sees it, without any fear of the repercussions. Check out what James 4:7 says again. Security in an Insecure World 162 -- 70. If you genuinely confess your sin, he promises to forgive and purify you. You should never fear testing what such a person says and teaches. The truth is, in the overall scheme of redemption, humankind has done zero to merit the kindness of God. There are promises of healing and of help in overcoming adversity, promises of leadership and promises of friendship, promises for our present and our future.
A But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. It was Jesus—God himself—whom Paul was persecuting Acts 9:4—5. Sudan, Indonesia, and a host of other countries are hotbeds of persecution against Christians. Abiding in Christ means living in such a close relationship with him that your spirit is in tune with his. Eva: This is the second book in a series, is that correct? They were nothing if not a resilient lot.
Water was—and still is—a precious commodity in that part of the world, and the image of a productive, fruit-bearing, leafy tree meant far more to the Israelites in that day than it ever could to us. The writer compared the righteous to a tree. We have the Holy Spirit to guide, comfort, and enlighten us—and to convict us of sin, so we might repent and get back to the abundant life God intends us to live. I guess my first response is to say that it is because it is contained in the canon of Scripture, which makes every verse powerful. Jesus—who, by the way, cannot be separated from joy—said God will give you the kind of joy that no one can ever take away from you John 16:22. Thank you for never giving me what I deserve.
Think Fort Knox, only stronger, much, much stronger. They barely got used to having him back when he started talking about leaving again. He also knows what you will need in the future. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. A Divine Inheritance 173 -- 75.