1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (The Message Bible)
Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
1 John 2:15-17 (The Message Bible)
Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world – wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important – has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all it’s wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out – but whosoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
(11) I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.(12) When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. (13) When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, (14) I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. God’s Decree. (The Message Bible)
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (KJV)
Our Daily Bread – Day 312
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. James 4:8 (RSV)
Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Use your words to build people up, not to tear them down. Verbal abuse is just as hurtful as physical abuse. Your words have power, so choose them wisely.
Abraham had a strong faith in God and did not waver. He trusted and believed that if God said it, it would come to pass. Without faith it is impossible to please God, so we should always remember to ask God to increase our faith. I want greater faith to prepare me for the next level, in Christ. A closer walk with thee…