Isaiah 25:1 ” O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.”

The steadfastness and certainty of the Lord can not be more apparent than knowing that what He has planned for us was decided long before this world began.  This is shown even more beautifully in Isaiah 14:24, “The Lord Almighty has sworn, ‘Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.’ ”  God and His Word does not change…nor will His purpose and plans for your life.

Philippians 2: 3-4 ” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

What would this world be like if everyone honored and sought the good of others before themselves?  If there was only humility and kindness rather than conceit and selfishness in all our interactions?  What would the world be like if our focus was on becoming more like Jesus and less like the world?

Job 16: 20-21 ” My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man He pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.”

As it says in Romans 8:34, “Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.”  He is our close friend that not only knows us intimately, but knows our Judge intimately.  Jesus is our mediator, our arbitrator, and the one that will always appeal on our behalf.  What a friend we have in Jesus.

John 7:37 ” Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”

When Jesus stood, He did so without bias or partiality towards any certain people group.  When He spoke, it wasn’t directed  to only a select few.  Jesus showed  no favoritism, bigotry, or chauvinism as He invited all to accept the free gift of eternal life.  And that invitation still stands today to every man, woman, and child across this wide world. There is no barrier left  that can  prevent you from receiving this gift offered by a loving Savior.

The Tomb’s still empty.

On that Resurrection Sunday they found the stone rolled away and the tomb where they had laid  Jesus  empty…and somehow we tend to forget the power it took for that miracle to happen.  We forget the magnitude of Jesus taking every sin ever committed by mankind on Himself.  We downplay the sacrifice He made for us while we were yet sinners.  So the next time you’re racked by fear and doubt…remember the tomb’s still empty.  When discouragement and anxiety try to take over your life…remember the tomb’s still empty.  When the world seems in turmoil and paranoia…remember the tomb’s still empty, and God’s still in control…and if you had been the only person on earth, Jesus would have died for you.

Proverbs 15:28 ” The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.”

Elsewhere in Proverbs it says that the prudent give thought to their ways…and taking a moment to meditate before speaking is probably the most telling distinction between a righteous and unrighteous person.  For you’ll find that the mouth is the external manifestation of a man’s inner character and integrity.

Proverbs 14:33 ” Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.”

We tend to perceive things through our senses…but they aren’t always correct or reliable.   But intelligent  insight and sound judgment are far superior to charged up emotions or senses any day.  And to think about it… even a fool can gain wisdom and discretion…by simply keeping his mouth shut!

I John 2:17 ” The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

All the world’s affections and fascinations will not last…they are here but a day and then gone.  The only thing that remains…the only true thing we can base our life and faith around is the person of Jesus Christ.  For it’s by Him and Him alone that we might be saved.

I John 2:16 ” For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.”

The corrupt nature of man hasn’t change one bit from when this scripture was written to today…or for that matter…from when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.  Man’s means and manners on the most part involve fulfilling and satisfying those sinful needs and pleasures that can never be fully appeased.  Proverbs 27:20 tells us that our eyes are never satisfied.  The world is always searching for the next new thing…the next new entertainment …the next new indulgence…never to be satisfied by the status quo. There is only one thing that can fully satisfy that longing and that is  a relationship with the living Jesus.

I John 2:15 ” Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

The world view of love is selfish…it focuses on greed, ambition, self-glory, and what I can get out of.  In contrast, God’s love – agape love – is unconditional.  It’s not depended on what you can do for me, or what I can get from you.   Agape love can not be offended, it will never retaliate, it will never stop loving…for agape love is a decision, not a feeling.

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