He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted. — Isaiah 61:1
Choices are the hinges of destiny. Every choice has a price tag. — Anonymous
Our heavenly Father will not fill our cups unless our cups are empty. — Anonymous
Man is continually making claim of ownership of himself and what he possesses. — Anonymous
Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.
A lot of church members who are singing “Standing on the Promises” are just sitting on the premises.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Prayer: Don’t give God instructions — just report for duty!
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, than an enemy multiplies kisses. — Proverbs 27:6
“Not everyone who keeps saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will get into the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who keeps doing the will of my Father in heaven. — Matthew 7:21
If we are not encouraging evil we have agreed to go along together with it. — Anonymous, (refer Amos 3:3)
You cannot mould cement after it hardens. Train your child while his life is tender. — Anonymous, (Proverbs 22:6)
The Old Testament opens with man made in the image of God. The New Testament opens with God in the image of man. — Anonymous
The Dead Sea is dead because it always receives but never passes on any blessing to others. — Anonymous
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but kind words are never thrown away. — Anonymous
If you are not meeting evil it is possible that you are in line with evil. If you do not have opposition it is possible that you are in with the enemy, and you are the opposition. — Anonymous
If we are not meeting the opposition of the enemy, it is possible we are marching with them. — Anonymous
The same sun that harden the brick melts the butter. — Anonymous
Many know no reason why they are born. They spend their existence on earth only to drink and consume food, leaving behind them filthy cups and dishes. — Anonymous
A vision without a task is a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery. — Anonymous
= Promises of God =
Psalms 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none.
Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
Eph 1:16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
Philemon 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
De 31:6 — Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Jos 1:9 — “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joh 8:32 — And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
1 John 4:18 — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Ps 82:6 — I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.
Joh 10:34 — Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ‘?
Exodus 23:20 — Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
Isaiah 48:10 — Behold I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
Romans 8:18 — Present sufferings are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed.
Mark 11:24 — Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
2 Corinthians 12:15
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Ego vero libentissime impendam et expendar pro animabus vestris: licet uberius bos diligens, minus diligar.
Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
Psalms 145:18 The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him sincerely.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Hebrews 13:5_Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hearing God’s Voice =
2 Peter 1:21 — Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Job 33:14 — For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.
Joh 5:44 — How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
Ps 116:6 — The LORD protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and then he saved me.
Mt 6:30 — And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!
Isa 41:10, 13 — Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Or I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Isaiah 30:21 — Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.
12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth;
13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.
16 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
20 My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.
21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck.
22 When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress.
25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. — Proverbs 3:5–6
“When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.” — James 1:2–3
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” — Psalm 119:72
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good” — Genesis 50:20
“And not only this, but we also rejoice in our tribulations, knowing that tribulatons brings about perseverance;and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;” — Romans 5:3–4
= Virtues =
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. — James 3:17
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. — Philippians 2:3,4
“The desire to receive God’s treasures and favors is universal. But how few people aspire to wear themselves out and to suffer for the Son of God!” — St. John of the Cross
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
Proverbs 20:7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity — How blessed are his sons after him.
Proverbs 28:6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith developes perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be perfect and complete, not lacking anything. — James 1:2–4
“The wise in heart accepts commands, but the chattering fool comes to ruin.” Proverbs 10:8
“An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of the citadel.” Proverbs 18:19
“He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.” Proverbs 22:11
“ A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
“He who answers before listening-that is his folly and his shame.” Proverbs 18:13
“A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.” Proverbs 18:7
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions.” Proverbs 18:2
“With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.” Proverbs 11:9
“The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.” Proverbs 10:21
“-So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. — Philippian 2:3–4
2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
2:4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.
Deuteronomy 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God
Gal. 2:20 — “it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me…”
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation; and uphold me with Your free Spirit. ~Psalms 51:10
Galatians 6:9–10 — ‘Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good.’
Psalms 11:6 — He said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.”
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
James 1:2–4 — Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Romans 12:2 — “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.. “
Luke 12:15 Beware, & be on ur guard against every form of greed; for not even when 1 has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions
Eph. 5:3 The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians: “Do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among u, as is proper among saints.
“There are two ways of spreading light — to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”- Edith Wharton
Lighting a candle is a sign of our prayer for someone and the offering of our lives … To find the words to pray is difficult and we do not know what to say for the best. Our hearts are too full for words. Our anxieties paralyse us. Light a candle. Let the spirit of God work in you and let it lead you in prayer. -Anonymous church leaflet.
Ecclesiastes 2: [Pleasures Are Meaningless]
In the book of Proverbs a “wise man” is one who:
wins souls — Prov. 11:30
inherits glory — Prov. 3:35
receives commandments — Prov. 10:8
hearkens to counsel — Prov.12:15
guards his tongue — Prov. 29:11
seeks knowledge — Prov. 18:15
disperses knowledge — Prov. 15:7
fears and departs from evil — Prov.14:16
Virtuous Woman: Proverbs 31:10–31
Phil.3:13 — Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
1. The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but delights in the accurate weights.
2. Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
3. Honesty guides good people, dishonesty destroys treacherous people.
4. Riches won’t help on the day of judgement, but right living can save you from death.
5. The godly are directed by honesty; the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.
We may have the “mind of Christ” (Philippians 2:5), be filled with “all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19), and partake of the divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4).
:20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
:21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
:22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
:23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
= Wisdom =
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. — Proverbs 15:1
Proverbs 22:6 — Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:11 — He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.
Ecclesiastes 7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Proverbs 11:25 — Whoever gives to others will get richer; those who help others will themselves be helped.
= Mysteries =
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth — 2 Timothy 3:7
Every House Is Constructed By Someone, But He That Constructed all Things Is GOD. — Hebrews 3:4
Proverbs 18:21 — Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Psalm 39:3 — “My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue.”
1 Thessalonians 5:19 — Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;
1Co 13:8 — Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. — Psalms 90:4
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. — 2 Peter 3:8
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.
For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
“…That He may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.” — Isaiah 28:21
Ephesians 1:11 — In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
John 10:34 Is it not written in the law, “I have said, ‘you are gods’?”
John 14:20 On that day, you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
= Mission =
“Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.” Ecc. 4:13
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another’ as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34
“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” John 15:3
“If the world hates you, you will know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” 1 John 1:7
“In my fathers house there are many mansions, if it were not so, I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, And I will come back again.” John 14:3–4
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you,Rembering you in my prayers.” Ephesains 1:16
“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Prov 17:22
“A mans heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Prov 16:9
“Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time” — Galatians 6:9
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people…” — 1 Peter 2:9
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up this cross and follow me” — Matthew 16:24
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. — 1 John 2:15
= Abiding God =
Galatian 2:20_ The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me & gave Himself for me.
17 and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2 Timothy 3:
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
Luke 9:23_ Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
Matt 25:11_ Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
23_ Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them,
24_ “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25_ When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’
26_ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’
27_ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’
28_ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
God’s Encouragement =
4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
2 Timothy 1:7_ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Galatians 5:22_ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
Romans 1:21 Because though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or thank Him, but rather became vain in their reasonings, and their heart, lacking understanding, was darkened.