The Earth is the Lord

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The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 24:1-6 We ourselves are not our own; our bodies, our souls, are not. Even those of the children of men are God’s, who know him not, nor own their relation to him. A soul that knows and considers its own nature, and that it must live forever when it has viewed the earth and the fulness thereof, will sit down unsatisfied. It will think of ascending toward God, and will ask, What shall I do, that I may abide in that happy, holy place, where he makes his people holy and happy? We make nothing of religion if we do not make heart-work of it. We can only be cleansed from our sins, and renewed unto holiness, by the blood of Christ and the washing of the Holy Ghost. Thus we become his people; thus we receive a blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of our salvation. God’s peculiar people shall be made truly and forever happy. Where God gives righteousness, he designs salvation. Those that are made meet for heaven, shall be brought safely to heaven and will find what they have been seeking.

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REFLECTING GOD’S LOVE

GOD CAN DRAW OTHERS CLOSER TO HIM AS THE EVIDENCE OF HIS PRESENCE SHOWS IN AND THROUGH US. AMEN

REFLECTING GOD'S LOVE ~ PRAYER WARRIOR ~ C'EST LA VIE .... BY. LA V.

King James Bible

The Tablets are Replaced

(Deuteronomy 10:1-11)

1And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brokest 2And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 3And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount. 4And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 5And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.8And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 9And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

The Lord Renews the Covenant

(Joshua 8:30-35)

10And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.

11Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 12Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: 13But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 14For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: 15Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; 16And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. 17Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

18The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, at the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.

19All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male20But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

21Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day, thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest. 22And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end. 23Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel. 24For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.

25Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the Passover be left unto the morning.

26The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

27And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. 28And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

The Radiant Face of Moses

(2 Corinthians 3:7-18)

29And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 30And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come nigh him. 31And Moses called unto them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 32And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. 33And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. 34But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 35And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again until he went in to speak with him.

Respect, For God’s Character

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1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of …
Parallel Verses … Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. … Honor everyone: love the brotherhood, fear God, Honor the king. … which it cannot be, if there is not a just and careful discharge of all relative duties: the apostle here treats of these distinctly. … Outdo yourselves in honoring one another. Amen; Blessings to All.

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Verses

  •  Exodus 20:7
    “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
 
  • Deuteronomy 5:11
    ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
 
  • Exodus 23:20-21
     “Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. “Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression since My name is in him.
 
  • Leviticus 18:21

    ‘You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.

 
  • Leviticus 19:12
    ‘You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.
 
  • Leviticus 22:31-33
    “So you shall keep My commandments, and do them; I am the LORD. “You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the LORD.”
 
  • Leviticus 24:10-16
    Now the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the sons of Israel; and the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel struggled with each other in the camp. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moses. (Now his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.) They put him in custody so that the command of the LORD might be made clear to them. read more.
 
  • Psalm 86:9-11
    All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
 
  • Jeremiah 3:16-17
     “It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the LORD, “they will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the LORD.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again. “At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of the LORD,’ and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the LORD; nor will they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.
 
  • Malachi 2:1-2
     “And now this commandment is for you, O priests. “If you do not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name,” says the LORD of hosts, “then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.
 
  • Exodus 3:5-6
    Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob ” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
 
  • Exodus 33:19-23
     And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; read more.
 
  • A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him?
 
  • Isaiah 6:1-5
    In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” read more.
 
  • Zephaniah 1:7
    Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice, He has consecrated His guests.
 
  • Zechariah 2:13
    “Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused from His holy habitation.”
 
  • Deuteronomy 4:2
    “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
 
  • Deuteronomy 12:32
    “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.
 
  • Joshua 1:7-8
     “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
 
  • Proverbs 30:5-6
     Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
 
  • 2 Peter 1:19-21
    So we have the prophetic word made more sure to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark placeuntil the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
 
  • Revelation 22:18-19
    I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which was written in this book.
 
  • Leviticus 19:30
    ‘You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD.
 
  • 1 Samuel 6:19-20
     He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter. The men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall He go up from us?”
 
  • 2 Samuel 6:1-7
    Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart. read more.
 
  • Habakkuk 2:20
    “But the LORD is in His holy temple Let all the earth be silent before Him.”
 
  • Matthew 21:12-13
     And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”
 
  • Mark 11:15-17
    Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who were selling doves and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”
 
  • Luke 19:45-46
    Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling, saying to them, “It is written, ‘AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”
 
  • John 2:13-17
    The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; read more.
 
  • Jeremiah 7:11
    “Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the LORD.
 
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
    But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
 
  • Acts 23:1-5
    Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?” read more.
 
  • Exodus 22:28
    “You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people.
 
  • Acts 28:7-10
    Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed us and entertained us courteously three days. And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had happened, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and getting cured. read more.
 
  • Philippians 2:29-30
    Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.
 
  • 1 Timothy 5:17-18
    The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”
 
  • Hebrews 13:7
    Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
 
  • Exodus 20:20
    Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”
 
  • 2 Chronicles 6:30-31
     then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men, that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You have given to our fathers.
 
  • Proverbs 16:6
    By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
 
  • Hebrews 11:7
    By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

 

  • 1 Peter 1:14-17

    As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

Alive with Christ

Here is one of thee Cross References; Psalm 1:10; Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 1:10

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2:1-10 Sin is the death of the soul. A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures. When we look upon a corpse, it gives an awful feeling. A never-dying spirit is now fled, and has left nothing but the ruins of a man. But if we viewed things aright, we should be far more affected by the thought of a dead soul, a lost, fallen spirit. A state of sin is a state of conformity to this world. Wicked men are slaves to Satan. Satan is the author of that proud, carnal disposition which there is in ungodly men; he rules in the hearts of men. From Scripture it is clear, that whether men have been most prone to sensual or to spiritual wickedness, all men, being naturally children of disobedience, are also by nature children of wrath. What reason have sinners, then, to seek earnestly for that grace which will make them, of children of wrath, children of God and heirs of glory! God’s eternal love or good-will toward his creatures, is the fountain whence all his mercies flow to us; and that love of God is great love, and that mercy is rich mercy. And every converted sinner is a saved sinner; delivered from sin and wrath. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favour of God; and he saves, not by the works of the law, but through faith in Christ Jesus. Grace in the soul is a new life in the soul. A regenerated sinner becomes a living soul; he lives a life of holiness, being born of God: he lives, being delivered from the guilt of sin, by pardoning and justifying grace. Sinners roll themselves in the dust; sanctified souls sit in heavenly places, are raised above this world, by Christ’s grace. The goodness of God in converting and saving sinners heretofore, encourages others in after-time, to hope in his grace and mercy. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not of works, lest any man should boast. These things are not brought to pass by any thing done by us, therefore all boasting is shut out. All is the free gift of God, and the effect of being quickened by his power. It was his purpose, to which he prepared us, by blessing us with the knowledge of his will, and his Holy Spirit producing such a change in us, that we should glorify God by our good conversation, and perseverance in holiness. None can from Scripture abuse this doctrine, or accuse it of any tendency to evil. All who do so, are without excuse.

 

1As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 3We all lived among them at one time in the cravings of our flesh, indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath.

4But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, demonstrated by His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

8For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.

One in Christ

11Therefore remember that formerly you who are Gentiles in the flesh and called uncircumcised by the so-called circumcision (that done in the body by human hands)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

14For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility 15by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace16and reconciling both of them to God in one body through the cross, by which He extinguished their hostility.

17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

A Temple in the Lord

19Therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens of the saints and members of God’s household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21In Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in Him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in His Spirit.

IT’S GOOD TO TEST YOUR FAITH.

IT GOOD TO TEST YOUR FAITH …
Examine yourselves whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Or do you not recognize yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are unapproved?
◄ 2 Corinthians 13:5 ►2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in …

… Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. …

1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the …

… Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they
are from … You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. …

Judges 3:1 These are the nations the LORD left to test all those …

◄ Judges 3:1 ►. …. These are the nations the LORD left to test all those …

Daniel 1:12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us …

… “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing
but vegetables to eat and water to drink. …

1 Corinthians 10:9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did …

… We should not test Christ, as some of them did–and were killed by snakes. …

John 6:6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in …

… He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to
do. … He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. …

1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,

… but test them all; hold on to what is good, …. … but test everything that is said. …

2 Corinthians 13:6 And I trust that you will discover that we have …

… And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. …

2 Corinthians 2:9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you …

… Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand
the test and be obedient in everything. …

Judges 2:22 I will use them to test Israel and see whether they …

… I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the
way of the LORD and walk in it as their ancestors did …

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there …

… Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the
floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room …

Deuteronomy 8:16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness …

… He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known,
to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. …

Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you …

… Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah. … You must not test
the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah. …

Luke 10:25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test …

… On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. …

Exodus 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has …

… Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you so that
the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning …

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13:1-6 Though it is God’s gracious method to bear long with sinners, yet he will not bear always; at length, he will come, and will not spare those who remain obstinate and impenitent. Christ at his crucifixion appeared as only a weak and helpless man, but his resurrection and life showed his Divine power. So the apostles, how mean and contemptible soever they appeared to the world, yet, as instruments, they manifested the power of God. Let them prove their tempers, conduct, and experience, as gold is assayed or proved by the touchstone. If they could prove themselves not to be reprobates, not to be rejected of Christ, he trusted they would know that he was not a reprobate, not disowned by Christ. They ought to know if Christ Jesus was in them, by the influences, graces, and the indwelling of his Spirit, by his kingdom set up in their hearts. Let us question our own souls; either we are true Christians, or we are deceivers. Unless Christ is in us by his Spirit and power of his love, our faith is dead, and we are yet disapproved by our Judge.

 

              2 Corinthians 13:5
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    Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.

    1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the …

    Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they
    are from You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God.

    Judges 3:1 These are the nations the LORD left to test all those …

    Judges 3:1 ►. …. These are the nations the LORD left to test all those

    Daniel 1:12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us …

    “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing
    but vegetables to eat and water to drink.

    1 Corinthians 10:9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did ...

    ... We should not test Christ, as some of them did–and were killed by snakes.

    John 6:6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in …

    He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to
    do. He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,

    but test them all; hold on to what is good, …. but test everything that is said.

    2 Corinthians 13:6 And I trust that you will discover that we have …

    And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.

    2 Corinthians 2:9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you …

    ... Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand
    the test and be obedient in everything.

    Judges 2:22 I will use them to test Israel and see whether they …

    I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the
    way of the LORD and walk in it as their ancestors did

    Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there …

    Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the
    floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room

    Deuteronomy 8:16 He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness …

    He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known,
    to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.

    Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you …

    Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah. You must not test
    the LORD your God as you did when you complained at Massah.

     test …Luke 10:25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to

    ... On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.

    Exodus 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has …

    Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you so that
    the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning ...

Living Sacrifices

Living Sacrifices 12:1-3
Romans 12:2 ►
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Living Sacrifices
1Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. 3For by the grace was given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment, according to the measure of faith God has given you.….

Follow Your Heart... By. La V. Mintz (1)

Living Sacrifices

12:1,2 The apostle having closed the part of his epistle wherein he argues and proves various doctrines which are practically applied, here urges important duties from gospel principles. He entreated the Romans, as his brethren in Christ, by the mercies of God, to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to Him. This is a powerful appeal. We receive from the Lord every day the fruits of his mercy. Let us render ourselves; all we are, all we have, all we can do: and after all, what return is it for such very rich receivings? It is acceptable to God: a reasonable service, which we are able and ready to give a reason for, and which we understand. Conversion and sanctification are the renewings of the mind; a change, not of the substance, but of the qualities of the soul. The progress of sanctification, dying to sin more and more, and living to righteousness more and more, is the carrying on this renewing work, till it is perfected in glory. The great enemy to this renewal is conformity to this world. Take heed of forming plans for happiness, as though it lay in the things of this world, which soon pass away. Do not fall in with the customs of those who walk in the lusts of the flesh, and mind earthly things. The work of the Holy Ghost first begins in the understanding, and is carried on to the will, affections, and conversation, till there is a change of the whole man into the likeness of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. Thus, to be godly is to give up ourselves to God.

Ephesians 6:13 ► Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Amen
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pRAYING aMOR... bY. lA 6:10-18 Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armour of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armour is made to be worn, and there is no putting off our armour till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labour to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God’s grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee. If we give way, he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armour, we give him the advantage. The different parts of the armour of heavy-armed soldiers, who had to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy, are here described. There is none for the back; nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare. Truth, or sincerity, is the girdle. This girl on all the other pieces of our armour and is first mentioned. There can be no religion without sincerity. The righteousness of Christ, imputed to us, is a breastplate against the arrows of Divine wrath. The righteousness of Christ implanted in us fortifies the heart against the attacks of Satan. The resolution must be as greaves, or armour to our legs; and to stand their ground or to march forward in rugged paths, the feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Motives to obedience, amidst trials, must be drawn from a clear knowledge of the gospel. Faith is all in all in an hour of temptation. Faith, as relying on unseen objects, receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, and so deriving grace from him is a shield, a defence every way. The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Also, hard thoughts of God, and as to ourselves. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. A good hope of salvation, a Scriptural expectation of victory, will purify the soul, and keep it from being defiled by Satan. To the Christian armed for defence in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armour. There are other duties of religion, and of our stations in the world, but we must keep up times of prayer. Though set and solemn prayer may not be reasonable when other duties are to be done, yet short pious prayers darted out, always are so. We must use holy thoughts in our ordinary course. A vain heart will be vain in prayer. We must pray with all kinds of prayer, public, private, and secret; social and solitary; solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favours received. And we must do it by the grace of God the Holy Spirit, in dependence on, and according to, his teaching. We must preserve in particular requests, notwithstanding discouragements. We must pray, not for ourselves only, but for all saints. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves. Have not we, when God has called, often neglected to answer? Let us think upon these things, and continue our prayers with patience.