Finding Favor With God
by Sharon McClean
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Ps. 119:57—YOU are MY PORTION, O Lord; I have said that I would KEEP YOUR WORDS. (58) I have entreated YOUR FAVOR with MY WHOLE HEART; be MERCIFUL to me ACCORDING to YOUR WORD. (59) I thought about my ways, and TURNED my feet to YOUR TESTIMONIES.
Gen. 17:9—And God said to Abraham: As for you, you shall keep MY COVENANT, you and your DESCENDANTS after you throughout THEIR GENERATIONS. Deut.10:15—The Lord delighted only in your fathers, to LOVE them; and HE CHOSE THEIR DESCENDANTS after them, you above all peoples, as IT IS THIS DAY
Is. 41:8—But you ISRAEL, are My servant, JACOB, Ps. 24:6—This is JACOB, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Returning to Is. 41:8--But you ISRAEL, are My servant JACOB, whom I HAVE CHOSEN, the DESCENDANTS of ABRAHAM My FRIEND, (9)You whom I have taken FROM the ENDS OF THE EARTH, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have CHOSEN YOU and have not cast you away.)
Deut. 10:12—“And now, ISRAEL, what does the Lord your God require of You, but to FEAR the Lord your God (Pro. 14:27—The FEAR of the Lord is a fountain of LIFE, to AVOID the SNARES of DEATH) (Pro. 1:7—The FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of KNOWLEDGE.) (Is. 45:20—They have NO KNOWLEDGE, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that CANNOT save. (22) Look to Me, and be saved, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God, and there is NO OTHER. Ps.147:11—The Lord takes pleasure in those who FEAR Him, in those who HOPE in HIS MERCY. Pro. 22:4—By HUMILITY and THE FEAR of the Lord are RICHES and HONOR and LIFE. Deut.8:18—And you shall remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you POWER to get WEALTH, that HE may ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT which He swore to your fathers, as it is THIS DAY.
Pro. 1:23—Turn at my reproof; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you: I will make MY WORDS KNOWN to YOU. (24) Because I have called and you REFUSED, I have stretched out my hand and NO ONE regarded, (25) because you disdained all MY COUNSEL, and would have none of my REPROOF, (26) I also will LAUGH at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, (27) When your terror comes like a storm, and YOUR DESTRUCTION comes LIKE a WHIRLWIND, (Joel 1:15—Alas for the Day! For the DAY of THE LORD is at hand: It shall come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY.) (Ps. 58:9--He shall take them away as with a WHIRLWIND, as in HIS LIVING and burning WRATH.) (Ps. 37:9—Cease from anger, forsake WRATH; Do not fret—it only causes harm. (9) For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, THEY SHALL INHERIT the EARTH.)
John 15:10—“If you keep My commandments, you will ABIDE IN MY LOVE, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in HIS LOVE. 1 John 4:1—and whatever we ask that we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and DO THOSE THINGS that are PLEASING in HIS SIGHT. (23) And THIS is His COMMANDMENT; that we should BELIEVE on the name of HIS SON JESUS CHRIST and LOVE one ANOTHER, as He gave us commandment. (John 6:28—Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God? (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, THAT you BELIEVE in HIM whom HE SENT.”)
Returning to 1 John 3:24--Now he who keeps his commandments, ABIDES in HIM, and HE in HIM. And by THIS we know that HE ABIDES in US, by THE SPIRIT whom HE HAS GIVEN US. John 4:9—In this THE LOVE of GOD was manifested toward us, that God has sent HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON into the world, that we might live through Him. (11) Beloved, if GOD so LOVED US, we also ought to love one another. (12) No one has seen God at any time. If we LOVE one another, GOD ABIDES IN US, and HIS LOVE has been perfected IN US. (13) By THIS we know that we abide in HIM and HE in US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (In the word) and TESTIFY that THE FATHER has SENT the SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. 16) And we have known and believed THE LOVE that GOD HAS FOR US. GOD IS LOVE, and he who ABIDES IN LOVE abides in GOD, and GOD IN HIM.
1 John 5:3—For THIS IS THE LOVE of GOD, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are NOT burdensome. (4) For whatever is BORN of GOD OVERCOMES THE WORLD. And THIS is the VICTORY that has overcome the world-OUR FAITH.
(Rom. 4:13—For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was NOT to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the Law, but through THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. (15) Because THE LAW brings about WRATH, for where there is NO law there is NO transgression. Gal. 3:29—And if you are CHRIST’S, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.
Returning to Pro.1:27—When distress and anguish come upon you. (28) Then they will call on me, but I will NOT answer: They will seek me diligently, but they WILL NOT FIND ME. (29) BECAUSE they HATED KNOWLEDGE and DID NOT CHOOSE the FEAR OF THE LORD. (30) They would have none of my COUNSEL, and despised ALL my REPROOF. (1 Tim. 3:16—ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for DOCTRINE for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS, (17) that the man of God may be COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED for EVERY GOOD WORK.)
Eph. 4:10—And He Himself gave some to be APOSTLES, some PROPHETS, some EVANGILISTS, and some PASTORS and TEACHERS, (12) for THE EQUIPPING of the saints for the WORK of MINISTRY,
2 corin. 18—Now all things are of GOD, who has reconciled us to HIMSELF through JESUS CHRIST, and has given us THE MINISTRY of RECONCILATION, (19) that is, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING the WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES to THEM, and HAS COMMITTED to us THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION. Returning to Eph. 4:12--for the EDIFYING of THE BODY of CHRIST, (13) till we ALL come to THE UNITY of THE FAITH
(Heb.11:1—Now FAITH is the substance HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen. (6) But WITHOUT FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM, for he who comes to God must believe that HE IS and that HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE who DILIGENTLY SEEK Him.) Col.2:18—And He is THE HEAD of THE BODY, THE CHURCH, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in ALL THINGS HE MAY HAVE the PREEMINENCE. (19) For it pleased the Father that IN HIM all THE FULLNESS should dwell, (20) and by HIM to RECONCILE ALL THINGS to HIMSELF, by HIM, whether thing ON EARTH or THINGS in HEAVEN, having made PEACE through the BLOOD of HIS CROSS. Eph. 1:22—And He put ALL THINGS under His feet, and GAVE HIM to be HEAD of ALL THINGS to THE CHURCH, (23) which is HIS BODY, the FULLNESS of HIM who FILLS ALL in ALL. Eph.5:26—that he might SANCTIFY and CLEANSE it WITH THE WASHING OF THE WATER BY THE WORD, (27) that He might present it to Himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Returning to Eph. 4:13—TILL we ALL COME to the UNITY and THE KNOWLEDGE of THE SON OF GOD, to a PERFECT man, TO THE MEASURE of THE STATURE of THE FULLNESS of CHRIST; (14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of DOCRINE, by the trickery of men, in the CUNNING CRAFTINESS by which they lie in wait to deceive, (15) but, SPEAKING the TRUTH in LOVE, may GROW UP in ALL THINGS into HIM who is the HEAD---CHRIST—(16) from whom the WHOLE BODY, joined and KNIT together by what EVERY JOINT supplies according to the effective working by which EVERY PART does ITS SHARE, causes GROWTH of THE BODY for the EDIFYING of ITSELF in LOVE.
Col.2:2—that their hearts may be ENCOURAGED, being KNIT together in LOVE, and ATTAINING ALL RICHES of the FULL ASSURANCE of UNDERSTANDING, to THE KNOWLEDGE of THE MYSTERY of GOD, BOTH of THE FATHER and of CHRIST, (3) in whom are HIDDEN all the TREASURES of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE. Exodus 16:33—And Moses said to AARON, “Take a pot and put an omer of MANNA in it, and lay it up before the Lord, to be kept FOR YOUR GENERATION.” (34) As the Lord commanded Moses, so AARON laid it up before THE TESTIMONY , to be KEPT. Rev. 2:17—He who has an ear, let him hear what THE SPIRIT says to THE CHURCHES. To him who OVERCOMES I will give some of the HIDDEN MANNA to EAT. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. (12) He who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of MY GOD and he shall go out no more. And I will write the name of MY GOD and THE NAME OF THE CITY of MY GOD, the NEW JERUSALEM, which comes down out of heaven from MY GOD. And I will write on him My NEW NAME.
Is. 45:1—Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to CYRUS, whose right hand I have held—“to subdue NATIONS before him and loose the armor of kings, to OPEN the DOUBLE DOORS, so that the gates WILL NOT SHUT: (2) I WILL GO BEFORE YOU and MAKE THE CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT; I will break the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. (3) I will give you the TREASURES of DARKNESS and HIDDEN RICHES of SECRET PLACES. (Ps. 31:20—You shall hide them in the SECRET PLACE of YOUR PRESENCE.) that You may KNOW that I, the Lord, WHO CALL YOU by your NAME, am the GOD of ISRAEL. (4) For JACOB My servant’s sake, and ISRAEL My elect, I HAVE EVEN CALLED YOU by YOUR NAME; Gen. 32:27—So He said to him, “WHAT IS YOUR NAME?” And He said, “JACOB.” (28) And He said “Your name shall no longer be CALLED JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you struggled with God and with men, and have PREVAILED.”)
Returning to Is. 45:6—I am the Lord, and there is NO other. (7) I form the light and create Darkness, I make PEACE and create CALIMITY; I, the Lord, do ALL these things. (8) RAIN down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the Lord have created it. Hosea 6:3—Let us KNOW let us pursue THE KNOWLEDGE of THE LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will COME TO US LIKE THE RAIN, like THE LATTER and FORMER RAIN to the earth.
Pro. 16:14—As messengers of DEATH is the KINGS WRATH, but A WISE MAN will APPEASE IT. (15) In the light of the king’s FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR is LIKE A CLOUD of THE LATTER RAIN. Ps. 30:4—Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and GIVE THANKS at the REMEMBRANCE of His holy name. (5) For His anger is but for a moment, HIS FAVOR is for LIFE. Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning. (6) Now in my prosperity I said, “I SHALL NEVER be MOVED. (7) Lord by YOUR FAVOR You have made my mountain strong; You HID YOUR FACE, and I was TROULBLED. (Ps. 67:1—God be MERCIFUL to us and BLESS us, and cause HIS FACE to SHINE upon US. (2) That YOUR WAY may be known on EARTH, YOUR SALVATION among ALL NATIONS.)
Hosea 10:12—Sow for yourselves RIGHTEOUSNESS; reap in MERCY; Break up your fallow ground, for it is TIME TO SEEK the LORD, TILL HE COMES and RAINS RIGHTEOUSNESS on YOU. Hosea 12:6—So you, BY THE HELP of YOUR GOD, RETURN OBSERVE MERCY and JUSTICE. Jere. 3:14—“RETURN, O backsliding children,” says the Lord: for I AM MARRIED to YOU. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I WILL BRING YOU to ZION. Jere. 4:1—“If you will RETURN, O Israel,” says the Lord, Return to Me; and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, THEN YOU SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (2) And you shall SWEAR, “The LORD LIVES,’ in TRUTH, in JUDGMENT, and in RIGHTEOUSNESS; THE NATIONS shall BLESS THEMSELVES in HIM, and in HIM they shall GLORY.
Is. 10:21—The REMNANT will RETURN, the REMNANT of JACOB, to THE MIGHTY GOD. (22) For though your people, O Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet A REMNANT of THEM will RETURN; the DESTRUCTION DECREED shall OVERFLOW with RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Joel 1:15—Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand; It shall come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY.) Ps.35:8—Let DESTRUCTION come upon him unexpectedly, and let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very DESTRUCTION let him FALL. Ps. 90:3—YOU TURN man to DESTRUCTION, and say ‘RETURN, O children of men. (4) For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like A WATCH in THE NIGHT! 1 Thess. 5:6—Therefore let us NOT sleep as others do but let US WATCH and be SOBER; for those who SLEEP, sleep at NIGHT, and those who get DRUNK are drunk at night. (8) but let us who are of THE DAY be SOBER, putting on the BREASTPLATE of FAITH and as a HELMET THE HOPE OF SALVATION. (9) For God did not appoint us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. (Is. 29:9—Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are DRUNK but NOT with WINE, they stagger, but NOT with intoxicating drink. (6) For the Lord has poured out on you THE SPIRIT OF DEEP SLEEP, and has CLOSED YOUR EYES, namely THE PROPHETS, and has COVERED your HEADS, namely the seers. (Pro. 19:15—Slothfulness casts one into a DEEP SLEEP, and an idle person will suffer hunger. (Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST after RIGHTEOUSNESS, for they shall be filled.)
1 Peter 1:13—Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, BE SOBER and REST YOUR HOPE FULLY UPON the GRACE that is to be brought to you at THE REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST. Rev. 22:10—And He said to me, ‘DO NOT SEAL THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY of THIS BOOK, for the time is at hand. (Signed sealed and delivered.) (John 6:27—Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food that endures to everlasting life, which the son of man will give you, because God the Father has SET HIS SEAL on HIM. (32) but My Father gives you THE TRUE BREAD from heaven. (33) For the BREAD of GOD is HE who comes down from heaven and GIVES LIFE to THE WORLD.) 1 Peter 5:8—Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary THE DEVIL walks about like a roaring lion, seeking WHOM he may devour. (9) Resist him, steadfast in the FAITH, knowing that THE SAME SUFFERINGS are experienced by YOUR BROTHERHOOD in THE WORLD.
Joel 2:23—Be glad you CHILDREN of ZION, and rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you THE FORMER RAIN faithfully, and He will CAUSE THE RAIN TO COME DOWN for YOU—THE FORMER rain, AND the LATTER RAIN in the first month, (24) The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. (25) So I will restore to you the years that the swarming LOCUST has eaten. The crawling LOCUST, and the consuming LOCUST, and the chewing LOCUST, MY GREAT ARMY which I HAVE SENT among YOU. Joel. 2:11—The Lord gives voice before HIS ARMY, for His camp is very great and very terrible; WHO can ENDURE IT. (12) Now, therefore, says the Lord. “TURN to ME with ALL YOUR HEART, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. (13) So REND YOUR HEART, and NOT your garments; RETURN to THE LORD your GOD. For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great KINDNESS ; and HE RELENTS from DOING HARM. (14) who KNOWS if HE will RELENT and LEAVE A BLESSING BEHIND HIM. Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him SHALL INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him shall be CUT OFF.
Ezekiel 22:30—So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in THE GAP before Me ON BEHALF OF THE LAND, that I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT; but I FOUND NO ONE. Is. 12:4—The Lord of hosts musters THE ARMY for BATTLE, they come from a far country, from the end of heaven, EVEN THE LORD and HIS WEAPONS of INDIGNATION TO DESTROY THE WHOLE LAND. Is. 10:5—Woe to ASSYRIA, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is MY INDIGNATION. (7) Yet he does not MEAN SO; nor DOES HIS HEART THINK SO; BUT IT IS IN HIS HEART to DESTROY and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS.
2 Chron. 6:26—When heaven is SHUT UP and there is NO RAIN because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and TURN from their sin because YOU AFFLICT THEM, (Ps. 119:66—TEACH me GOOD JUDGMENT and KNOWLEDGE, for I believe your commandments. (67) Before I was AFFLICTED I went astray, but now I KEEP YOUR WORD.) Returning to Chron.6:27- then HEAR in HEAVEN, and forgive the sin of Your servants, YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL, that YOU MAY TEACH THEM THE GOOD WAY IN WHICH THEY SHOULD WALK; (Is. 25”4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord and TEACH me. (12) Who is the man that FEARS the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) Returning to 2 Chron 6:27--and send RAIN on YOUR LAND which YOU have GIVEN to YOUR PEOPLE as AN INHERITANCE. (Is. 45:8—RAIN down, you heavens from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; Let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together, I, the Lord have created it.)
Returning to 2 Chron 6:28--When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, LOCUSTS or GRASSHOPPERS; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; WHATEVER PLAGUE or WHATEVER SICKNESS THERE IS; (29) WHATEVER PRAYER, whatever supplication is MADE by ANYONE, or BY ALL YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this house: (30) THEN HEAR from HEAVEN Your DWELLING PLACE, and FORGIVE, and GIVE to EVERYONE ACCORDING TO ALL HIS WAYS, whose HEART YOU KNOW (31) that they may FEAR you, to WALK in YOUR WAYS AS LONG AS THEY LIVE IN THE LAND (Promise land) WHICH YOU GAVE TO THEIR FATHERS.
Deut. 32:2—Let MY TEACHING drop AS THE RAIN, MY SPEECH distill as THE DEW, AS RAINDROPS on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass. (3) For I proclaim the name of the Lord: ASCRIBE GREATNESS TO OUR GOD. (4) He is THE ROCK, HIS WORK is PERFECT; for all HIS WAYS are JUSTICE, A GOD of TRUTH and without INJUSTICE, RIGHTEOUS and UPRIGHT is He.
Pro.2:21—For the UPRIGHT will dwell in the land and the BLAMELESS will remain in IT; (22) But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, and the UNFATHFULL will be uprooted from IT. Ps. 92:14—They shall still bear fruit IN OLD AGE; They shall be fresh and flourishing, (15) to declare that THE LORD is UPRIGHT; He is my Rock, and there is NO unrighteousness in HIM. Ps. 38:25-I have been young, and NOW am OLD; Yet I have not seen the RIGHTEOUS forsaken. Nor HIS DESCENDANTS begging BREAD. (26) He is ever MERCIFUL, and LENDS; HIS DESCENDANTS are BLESSED. (27) Depart from evil and DO GOOD; and DWELL FOREVERMORE (28) For the Lord LOVES JUSTICE, and does not forsake HIS saints; They are preserved forever, BUT THE DESCENDANTS of THE WICKED shall be CUT OFF. (29) THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL INHERIT THE LAND, AND DWELL IN IT FOREVER. (30) The mouth of THE RIGHTEOUS speaks WISDOM, and his tongue talks of JUSTICE. (34) Wait on the Lord, and KEEP HIS WAY, and HE SHALL EXALT YOU TO INHERIT THE LAND; (37) Mark the BLAMELESS MAN, and OBSERVE the UPRIGHT; for the FUTURE of that man is PEACE.
Ps. 37:1—Trust in the Lord, and do GOOD; DWELL in THE LAND, and feed on HIS FAITHFULNESS. (4) DELIGHT yourself also in the Lord, and HE shall GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART. (9) For evildoers shall be cut off, but those WHO WAIT on THE LORD, THEY SHALL INHERIT the EARTH. (11) But the meek shall INHERIT the EARTH, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of PEACE. (18) The Lord KNOWS the days of the UPRIGHT, and THEIR INHERITANCE shall be FOREVER. (22) For those who are blessed by HIM shall INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be cut off.
Rom. 10:14—How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have NOT HEARD? And how shall they hear WITHOUT A PREACHER? (15) And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, who bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THING. Is. 52:7—How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings GOOD TIDINGS, who proclaims SALVATION, who says to ZION, ‘YOUR GOD REIGNS!” (10) The Lord has made bare HIS HOLY ARM, in THE EYES OF ALL the NATIONS. And ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE the SALVATION of OUR GOD. (12) For you shall not go OUT with haste, NOR GO BY FLIGHT; For the Lord will GO BEFORE YOU, and the GOD OF ISRAEL WILL BE YOUR REAR GUARD. (15) So shall HE SPRINKLE MANY NATIONS. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been TOLD THEM THEY SHALL SEE, and WHAT THEY had NOT HEARD THEY SHALL CONSIDER.
Ps. 44:1—We have HEARD with our ears, O God, our fathers have TOLD US, what deeds You did in their days, in days of old: (2) How you drove out the nations with Your hand, but them YOU PLANTED; How you AFFLICTED the peoples, and cast them out. (3) For they did not gain possession of the land (Promise land) by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; But it WAS YOUR RIGHT HAND, YOUR ARM, and THE LIGHT of YOUR COUNTENANCE, because YOU FAVORED them. (4) You are my King, O God; COMMAND VICTORIES for JACOB. (5) Through You we will push down our enemies: through YOUR NAME we will trample down those who RISE against us. (6) FOR I WILL NOT TRUST MY BOW, NOR SHALL MY SWORD SAVE ME. (7) But You have SAVED US FROM OUR ENEMIES, and have put to shame those who hated us.
Luke 1:68—Blessed is the Lord God of ISRAEL, for He has visited and redeemed His people. (69) And has RAISED UP a horn of SALVATION for US. In the house of His servant David. (70) As He spoke by the mouth of His HOLY PROPHETS, who have been SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN, (71) That we should be saved from OUR ENEMIES and from the hand OF ALL who HATE US, (72) To perform the MERCY promised to our fathers and to remember HIS HOLY COVENANT, (73) THE OATH which HE SWORE to our father ABRAHAM: (74) to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our ENEMIES, might serve Him without FEAR, (75) In HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS before Him all the days of our life. (76) And you, child, will be called the prophet of THE HIGHEST; for you will go before THE FACE of the Lord to PREPARE HIS WAYS. (77) To give KNOWLEDGE of SALVATION to HIS PEOPLE by the remission of their sins, (78) Through the tender MERCY of OUR GOD, with which THE DAYSPRING from on high has visited us; (79) To give LIGHT to those who SIT IN DARKNESS and THE SHADOW of DEATH, TO GUIDE OUR FEET into THE WAY of PEACE.
Is. 49:8—Thus says the Lord: In an ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD YOU, and in THE DAY of SALVATION I have HELPED you: I will PRESERVE YOU and give YOU as a covenant to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate heritages; (9) That you may say to the prisoners, “Go forth, to those who are in DARKNESS, “Show yourselves. (Is. 49:6—Indeed He says it is too small a thing that You should by MY servant to raise up the tribes of JACOB, and to restore the preserved ones of ISRAEL; I will also GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BE FOR MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Is. 45:22—LOOK TO ME and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR I AM GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER.
Acts 3:20—and that he may SEND Jesus Christ who was preached to you before, (21) “whom heaven must receive until the TIMES of RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, which GOD has SPOKEN by THE MOUTH of ALL HIS HOLY PROPHETS since the world began. 2 Chron.20:20—“Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; BELIEVE HIS PROPHETS, and YOU SHALL PROSPER.” (21) And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should PRAISE the BEAUTY of HOLINESS, as they went out before the army and were saying: “PRAISE THE LORD, For HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER.
1 Chron. 16:29—Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. OH, WORSHIP the Lord IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS! (Heb. 12:14—Pursue PEACE with ALL MEN, and HOLINESS without which NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD.)
(30) Tremble before Him, all the earth. THE WORLD ALSO IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (31) Let the heavens rejoice, and let the EARTH be GLAD; and let them say AMONG the nations, “THE LORD REIGNS. (33) Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field rejoice, and all that is in it. (33) Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord, FOR HE IS COMING TO JUDGE THE EARTH. (34) Oh give thanks to the Lord, for HE IS GOOD! FOR HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. (35) And say, Save us, O God of our salvation; GATHER US TOGETHER and DELIVER US FROM THE GENTILES, to Give THANKS to Your holy name, to TRIUMPH in YOUR PRAISE. Ps. 33:1-Rejoice in the Lord, O you RIGHTEOUS! For PRAISE from THE UPRIGHT is BEAUTIFUL. Ps. 47:2—For the Lord Most High is AWESOME; He is a GREAT KING OVER ALL THE EARTH. (3) He will SUBDUE the peoples under us, and THE NATIONS under our feet.(4) He will choose our INHERITANCE FOR US, the excellence of JACOB whom He LOVES. (7) For GOD is the KING of ALL THE EARTH; sing PRAISES with UNDERSTANDING.
Pro. 9:10—The FEAR of the Lord is the BEGINNING of WISDOM, and THE KNOWLEDGE of THE HOLY ONE IS UNDERSTANDING. Isaiah 49:7—The HOLY ONE of ISRAEL; and HE HAS CHOSEN YOU. (8) Thus says the Lord: In an acceptable time I have HEARD You and in the day of salvation I have HELPED YOU; I will preserve YOU and give YOU as A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate heritages; (9) That YOU may say to the prisoners, “Go forth, to those who are in DARKNESS, “Show Yourselves.
Ps. 119:57—You are MY PORTION, O Lord; I have said that I would keep YOUR WORDS. (58) I ENTREATED YOUR FAVOR with MY WHOLE HEART; be MERCIFUL to me according to YOUR WORD.
Ps.89:1—I will sing of the MERCIES of the Lord FOREVER; with my mouth will I make known YOUR FAITHFULNESS to ALL generations. (2) For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up FOREVER; YOUR FAITHFULNESS you shall ESTABLISH IN THE VERY HEAVENS. (3) I have made a COVENANT with My CHOSEN, I have SWORN TO MY SERVANT DAVID: (4) YOUR SEED I WILL ESTABLISH FOREVER, and BUILD UP YOUR THRONE TO ALL GENERATIONS. Ps. 78:68—But chose THE TRIBE of JUDAH, Mount ZION which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT His SANCTUARY like THE HEIGHTS, like THE EARTH which HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER. (70) He also CHOSE DAVID His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; (71) From following the ewes that had young He brought him, TO SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE. (72) So he shepherded them according to the integrity of HIS HEART, and GUIDED THEM by the SKILLFULNESS of his HANDS.
Luke 1:31—And behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call HIS NAME JESUS. (32) HE WILL be GREAT, and will be called the SON of THE HIGHEST; and the Lord God will give Him THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID. (33) And He WILL REIGN over the house of JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM there will be NO END.
Matt. 11:25—At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you HAVE HIDDEN these THINGS from the wise and prudent and have REVEALED them to BABES. (27) ALL THINGS have been DELIVERED to ME by My Father, and NO ONE KNOWS the SON except THE FATHER. Nor does anyone KNOW THE FATHER except the SON, and he to whom the Son wills to REVEAL Him.
Matt. 28:18—Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ALL AUTHORITY has been GIVEN to ME in heaven and on earth. (19) “Go therefore and make disciples of ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of THE FATHER and of THE SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and LO I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. (NKJ)
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I always say AMEN to the Word of God. Thanks Sis. for these carefully selected verses that speak to all of us who have ears to hear and willing heart to absorb the truth. Love, Gloria
Dear Sharon- Often we are admonished to "brighten the corner where we are." But you have brightened my world, and I trust the world of many others, as you have faithfully held forth the Word of God's Truth. This is marvelous! Thank You! Dennis Carey
Sharon, This is another excellent 'study'... and God's Hand is surely upon your words. You wrote, "THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, THAT you BELIEVE in HIM whom HE SENT." Oh, yes... BELIEVING in the Son is the key that enables us to receive God's WISDOM, which leads to UNDERSTANDING His Word, and allows FAITH to lead the way to VICTORY, as God's LOVE is spread throughout His World! It all then returns to our primary 'purpose' as God's Children - to 'believe in Him whom God sent'! Well done...AGAIN! You are a blessed servant of the Lord and a dear and precious friend! With great love and admiration, Peggy
I saw a license plate on Tues. that said, "Favored of God." Wow! If only more people understood that and grabbed hold of what we have as children of God. Awesome.
I love the verses that you placed together here. God's Word is precious , a deep well that holds a timeless message for His children. God bless you always as you write for His glory.
WOW,what an amazing compilation of Great Scripture verses to feed the soul and to Encourage the Body of Christ!!! I was Greatly Blessed and Encouraged!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Great anointed piece!!!:) With much Love, Dee "Numbers 6:242,5,26" p.s. Thanks for the Birthday e-mail it so Blessed my heart,I Love you too,Sis!!!:)