Amos 8:11 ” The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘ When I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.’ “

We need to be able to hear God’s truths…His revelations, promises, and commands.  But in the world today, it’s very difficult to make out His voice amidst all the noise and chaos.  Our minds are constantly being bombarded by worldly racket that so easily drowns out that still small voice.  The only way we can receive from God is to make a concerted effort to shut out the world daily…and listen to Him.

Zechariah 7: 9-10 ” This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’ “

If you took all the “Red Letter” words in the gospels and rolled them together, it would sound like this scripture.  Everything Jesus taught is described within these verses.  Live your life with integrity, goodwill, and kindness towards all…do not persecute the downtrodden among you…keep your conscience clear of all wickedness.

John 10:29 ” My Father, Who has given them to Me is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

God’s promise to Believers in this verse is not only one of protection and safe haven in the palm of His mighty hand, but  the wonderful promise of eternal life spent in heaven.  As Jesus stated in John 17:24, ” Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory…”

I John 4:4 ” You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

God’s promise in this chaotic and ever frightening world reveals His Power to Believers.  The Lord can’t isolate or insulate you from the troubles of this world, but in this scripture He promises you that He has overcome the world – and chiefly, the devil.  And if He resides within…you also are a overcomer .  For if God is your protector, who can be against you?

Hebrews 13:5 ” Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

This is a promise of comfort to all Believers – of God’s unfailing presence in a tumultuous world.  This promise is absolute…God will never write you off,  leave you behind, or abandon you.  It is unconditional and abiding forever in its meaning…He will never leave you  forsaken.

Romans 11: 33-36 Doxology

” Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!

Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been His counselor?

Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.

To Him be the glory forever!       Amen. “

Ezekiel 18: 31-32 ” Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live! “

Repent and live!  A simple and very straightforward command…so why don’t we heed it?  A sinful person’s heart is full of wickedness and fails to see the truth.  By hardening their heart and mind against God, they refuse to ask for forgiveness and turn their lives around, thus forfeiting eternal life.

Proverbs 3:7 ” Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

We think that we’re far too intelligent to fall for the schemes of the devil…or that we’re too clever to be pulled into a compromising situation.  We blithely  go so far as to dabble in the gray areas of sin, thinking we have the good judgment to stop any time we want.  Being too wise in our own eyes can show just how foolish we really are.

Ephesians 4: 22-24 ” You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Our old self wants anything that’s forbidden, immoral, or unrighteous.  It wants its way, and won’t take “No” for an answer when it comes to feeding those evil desires.  But we are to discard that old self and put on the brand new self when we accept Jesus as our Savior…becoming a new creation, redeemed by His blood, and full of truth and goodness.

Hebrews 3: 3-4 “…just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”

It’s probably said best in Genesis 1:1, ” In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.”  At the very start of time, the Lord created everything…out of nothing. With all His creative power, He took nothingness and made magnificence.  From out of that void of blackness, He spoke, and  everything came into being.

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