The accension

 


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Jesus name above





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Write every word



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When the roll




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Rock of ages



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for the blood



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Love one another




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I am the vine




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John 3 16




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sacrifice








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All to thee





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search me





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A soft answer




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Feed Your Faith




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God's toolkit





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He Love you





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Jesis first




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Where to go When
In thee oh Lord   
As you look through the topics and sciptures on this page you might want to add a scripture or topic.  Please email your suggestions to Ken Moreland

Afraid

  • Psalm 34:4 - I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.
  • Matthew 10:28 - “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
  • 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
  • Hebrews 13:5, 6 - Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you”.

Anxious

  • Psalm 46 – 1. God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
    2. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
    3. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! 4. A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High.  5. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. 6. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders and the earth melts!  7. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. 8. Come; see the glorious works of the Lord:  See how he brings destruction upon the world.
    9. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.  10.Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.” 11. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

  • Matthew 6:19-34 19. “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 

22. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 24. “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 25. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26. Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28. “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29. yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

 31. “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

  • Philippians 4:6 - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
  • 1 Peter 5:6, 7 - So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Backsliding

  • Psalm 51 - Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.  2.  Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
    3.  For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.  4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;  I have done what is evil in your sight.  You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.  5. For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. 7. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow8. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.  9. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.  10. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me11. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.  12. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
    14. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.16. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. 17. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. 18. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  19. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
  • 1 John 1:4-9 - We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.  5. This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  8.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Bereaved

  • Matthew 5:4 - God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

Bitter - Critical

  • 1 Corinthians 13 - If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5. or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9. Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10. But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.

11. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Conscious of sin

  • Proverbs 28:13 – People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Defeated

  • Romans 8:31-39 - What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32. Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33. Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36. (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37. No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Depressed

  • Psalm 34 - I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises2. I will boast only in the Lordlet all who are helpless take heart.  3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.

4. I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. 5. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.  6.  In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles7. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

8. Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! 9. Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. 10. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

11. Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord12 Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? 13. Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
14. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

15. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. 16. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth. 17. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.  He rescues them from all their troubles. 18. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. 20. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!  21. Calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.  22. But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Disaster threatens

  • Psalm 91 - Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
     2. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
     3. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 4. He will cover you with his feathers.  He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
    5. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.  6. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. 8. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.

9. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10. no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.  11. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.   12. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 13. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14. The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.  I will protect those who trust in my name15. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.  I will rescue and honor them. 16. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

  • Psalm 118:5-6 - In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. 6. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.  What can mere people do to me?
  • Luke 8:22-25 - One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. 23. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. 24. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”   When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”  The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

Discouraged

  • Psalm 23 - The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.  2. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.  3. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  4. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil.  My cup overflows with blessings. 6. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
  • Psalm 42:6-11 - My God!  Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you— even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.  7. I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. 8. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

 9. “O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me?   Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” 10 Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?” 11. Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?  I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

  • Psalm 55:22 - Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
  • Matthew 5:11-12 - “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you[a] and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:8-18 - We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

11. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. 13. But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”14. We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 15. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 16. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

  • Philippians 4:4-7 - Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5. Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6, Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7, Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Doubting

  • Matthew 8:26 - Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
  • Hebrews 11 - Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.  3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

 4.  It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.  5. It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”  For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6.  And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

 7.  It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.  8. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11. It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 12. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13. All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17. It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18. even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19. Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

 20. It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.   21 It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.   22. It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.  23. It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.  24. It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26.  He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29. It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.  30. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.  31. It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

 32. How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33, By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34. quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35. Women received their loved ones back again from death.

   But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

 39. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Facing crisis

  • Psalm 121 - I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there?  2. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!  3. He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.  4. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.

5. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.  6. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.  7. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.  8. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

  • Matthew 6:25-34 – “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26. Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28. “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29. yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?  31. “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  34. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


  • Hebrews 11 - Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.  3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

 4.  It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.  5. It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”  For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6.  And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

 7.  It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.  8. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11. It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 12. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13. All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17. It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18. even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19. Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

 20. It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.   21 It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.   22. It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.  23. It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.  24. It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26.  He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29. It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.  30. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.  31. It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

 32. How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33, By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34. quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35. Women received their loved ones back again from death.

   But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

 39. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Faith Fails

  • Psalm 42:5 - Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again— my Savior and 6. My God!
  • Hebrews 11 - Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.  3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

 4.  It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.  5. It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”  For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6.  And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

 7.  It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.  8. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11. It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 12. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13. All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17. It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18. even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19. Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

 20. It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.   21 It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.   22. It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.  23. It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.  24. It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26.  He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29. It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.  30. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.  31. It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

 32. How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33, By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34. quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35. Women received their loved ones back again from death.

   But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

 39. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Friends fail

  • Psalm 41:9-13 - Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely,  the one who shared my food, has turned against me.  10. Lord, have mercy on me.  Make me well again, so I can pay them back!  11. I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me. 12. You have preserved my life because I am innocent; you have brought me into your presence forever. 13. Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting.  Amen and amen!
  • Luke 17:3-4 - So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”
  • Romans 12:14-21 - Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17. Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge;  I will pay them back,” says the Lord. 20. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” 21. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
  • 2 Timothy 4:16-18 - The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. 17. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death. 18. Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

Leaving home

  • Psalm 121 - I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? 2. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! 3. He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. 4. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. 5. The Lord himself watches over you!  The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. 6. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. 7. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. 8. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

  • Matthew 10:16-20 - “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17. But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me. 19. When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Lonely

  • Psalm 23 - The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows;  he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.  4. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
  • Hebrews 13:5-6 - Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you. 6. So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

Needing God's protection

  • Psalm 27:1-3 - The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,  so why should I tremble?  2. When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.  Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
  • Psalm 91 - Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2. This I declare about the Lord:  He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;  he is my God, and I trust him. 3. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. 4. He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.  His faithful promises are your armor and protection.  5. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. 6. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. 7. Though a thousand fall at your side,  though ten thousand are dying around you,  these evils will not touch you.   8. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. 9. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, 10. no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. 11. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.  12. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. 13. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! 14. The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. 15. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. 16. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
  • Philippians 4:19 - And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Needing guidance

  • Psalm 32:8 - The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6. Seek his will in all you do,  and he will show you which path to take.

Needing peace

  • John 14:1-4 - “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
  • John 16:33 - I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
  • Romans 5:1-5 - Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
  • Philippians 4:6-7 - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Needing rules for life

  • Romans 12 - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.  2. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 3. Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.  4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5. so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

6.  In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

9. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. 17.  And don’t think you know it all. Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. 20. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Overcome

  • Psalm 6 - O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage.  2. Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3. I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? 4. Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. 5. For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave?  6. I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. 7. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. 8. Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer. 10. May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.  May they suddenly turn back in shame.
  • Romans 8:31-39 - What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32. Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33. Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36. (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

 38. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • 1 John 1:4-9 - We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy5. This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  8. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Prayerful

  • Psalm 4 - Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent.  Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer2. How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make groundless accusations?  How long will you continue your lies?  3. You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for himself. The Lord will answer when I call to him4.  Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. 5. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”  Let your face smile on us, Lord7. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. 8. In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

  • Psalm 42 - As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. 2. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? 3. Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” 4. My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! 5. Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?  I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and 6. my God!  Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you—even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.  7. I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. 

8. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs,  praying to God who gives me life. 9. “O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” 10. Their taunts break my bones.  They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?” 11. Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!

  • Luke 11:1-13 – Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  2. Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:   “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon.  3. Give us each day the food we need, 4. and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  And don’t let us yield to temptation”

5.  Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6. ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7. And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8. But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.  9.And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11. “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12. Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13. So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

  • John 17 - After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you. 2. For you have given him authority over everyone. He gives eternal life to each one you have given him. 3. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. 4. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5. Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. 6. “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7. Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.9.My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you. 10. All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory. 11. Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. 12. During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. 13. “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.   20.I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!  25.O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
  • 1 John 5:14-15 - And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

Protected

  • Psalm 18:1-3 - I love you, Lord; you are my strength. 2. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. 3. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
  • Psalm 34:7 - For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Sick - In pain

  • Psalm 38 - O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage! 2. Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me. 3. Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins. 4. My guilt overwhelms me— it is a burden too heavy to bear. 5. My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins. 6. I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief. 7. A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken. 8. I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart. 9. You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.10. My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind. 11. My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family stands at a distance. 12. Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.  Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery. 13. But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak. 14. I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply. 15. For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God16. I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.” 17. I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain. 18. But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done. 19. I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason. 20. They repay me evil for good. and oppose me for pursuing good.   21. Do not abandon me, O Lord.  Do not stand at a distance, my God. 22. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.
  • Matthew 26:39 - Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
  • Romans 5:3-5 - Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10.  That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
  • 1 Peter 4:12-13,19 - Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed

19.  So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Sorrowful

  • Psalm 51 - - Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion,  blot out the stain of my sins.  2.  Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.  3.  For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.  4. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;  I have done what is evil in your sight.  You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.  5. For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

7. Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow8. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.  9. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.

10. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me11. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.  12. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
14. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

16. You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. 17. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
 18. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  19. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

  • Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn,  for they will be comforted.

  • John 14 - Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going."  5. Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"  6. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."  8. Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."  9.  Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10. Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12.  I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

 15. "If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever17. the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."  22.  Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"  23.  Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.  25.  "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  28. "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30. I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31. but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.  "Come now; let us leave.

  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4.  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18. Therefore encourage each other with these words.

Tempted

  • Psalm 1 - Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked  or stand in the way of sinners        or sit in the seat of mockers.  2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  3.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water,  which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.  4. Not so the wicked!  They are like chaff  that the wind blows away. 5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.  6. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,  but the way of the wicked will perish.
  • Psalm 139:23-24 - Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24. See if there is any offensive way in me,  and lead me in the way everlasting.
  • Matthew 26:41 - Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
  • 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 - So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
  • Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
  • James 4:7 - Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • 2 Peter 2:9 - if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
  • 2 Peter 3:17 - Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.

Thankful

  • Psalm 100 - Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!  2, Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy3. Acknowledge that the Lord is God!  He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  4.5.  For the Lord is good.  His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Enter his gates with thanksgiving;  go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.  
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • Hebrews 13:15 - Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.

Traveling

  • Psalm 121 - I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? 2. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!  3. He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. 4. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. 5. The Lord himself watches over you!  The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. 6. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. 7. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. 8. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,  both now and forever.

Trouble, in

  • John 14:1-4 -  “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  3. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4. And you know the way to where I am going.”
  • Hebrews 7:25 - Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

Weary

  • Psalm 90 - Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! 2. Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. 3. You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!” 4. For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours. 5. You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning. 6. In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.
     7. We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. 8, You spread out our sins before you—  our secret sins—and you see them all. 9. We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan. 10. Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty.   But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;  soon they disappear, and we fly away. 11. Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. 12. Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. 13. O Lord, come back to us!  How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! 14. Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives15. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. 16. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. 17. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful.  Yes, make our efforts successful!
  • Matthew 11:28-30 - Then Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 - So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
  • Galatians 6:9-10 - So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

Worried

  • Matthew 6:19-34 - – 19. “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 

22. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. 23. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

 24. “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

 25. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26. Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

 28. “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29. yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

 31. “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 34. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

  • 1 Peter 5:6-7 - So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

 

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