Knowledge Is Power and Power Is God
by Sharon McClean
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Ps.62:11—God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That POWER belongs to GOD. Ps. 68:35—O God, You are more awesome than your holy places. The God of ISRAEL is HE who gives STRENGTH and POWER to HIS PEOPLE. Ps. 111:2—The WORKS of the LORD are GREAT, STUDIED by ALL who have PLEASURE in THEM. (3) HIS WORK is honorable and GLORIOUS, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER. He has made HIS WONDERFUL WORKS to be REMEMBERED; The Lord is gracious and FULL of COMPASSION. (5) He has given food to those who fear Him; He will be ever mindful of His covenant. (6) He has declared to HIS PEOPLE the POWER of HIS WORKS, in GIVING THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE NATIONS.
2 Peter 1:3—as His DIVINE POWER has given to us all things that pertain to LIFE and godliness, through THE KNOWLEDGE of HIM who called us by GLORY and VIRTUE, (4) by WHICH HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO US EXCEEDINGLY GREAT and PRECIOUS PROMISES, that THROUGH THESE you MAY BE PARTAKERS of THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (5) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, ADD to YOUR FAITH VIRTUE, to virtue KNOWLEDGE, (6) to knowledge SELF-CONTROL, to self-control PERSERVERANCE, to perseverance GODLINESS, (7) to godliness BROTHERLY KINDNESS, and to brotherly kindness LOVE. (8) For if these things are yours and ABOUND, you will be NEITHER BE BARREN nor UNFRUITFUL in THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Acts 1:8—But you shall receive POWER when the HOLY SPIRIT has come upon you; and you shall be WITNESSES to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and TO THE END OF THE EARTH. 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. (KJV) John 17:1—“Father, the hour has come, GLORIFY YOUR SON, that YOUR SON also may GLORIFY YOU, (2) “as YOU have GIVEN HIM AUTHORITY OVER ALL FLESH, that HE SHOULD GIVE ETERNAL LIFE to as many as you have GIVEN HIM. (all) (3) And THIS is ETERNAL LIFE, that they MAY KNOW YOU, the only TRUE GOD, and JESUS CHRIST whom YOU HAVE SENT. (Heb. 8:10—For THIS is THE COVENANT that I will make with the house of Israel after those days the Lord: I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of THEM shall TEACH HIS NEIGHBOR and NONE HIS BROTHER, saying KNOW THE LORD, for ALL SHALL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST OF THEM to THE GREATEST of THEM. (12) For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and THEIR SINS and their lawless deeds I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.
2 Corin. 5:17—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS have PASSED AWAY; behold ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. (18) Now ALL THINGS are OF GOD, who has RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has GIVEN TO US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION, (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.
John 6:32—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.” (51) I am THE LIVING BREAD which came down from HEAVEN. If anyone eats of THIS BREAD, he will LIVE FOREVER; and THE BREAD that I shall give is MY FLESH, WHICH I SHALL GIVE FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD. John 15:8—By THIS MY FATHER is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be MY DISICPLES.
John 14:6—Jesus said to him, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE. NO ONE comes to THE FATHER except THROUGH ME. (7) If you had KNOWN ME, you would have KNOWN MY FATHER ALSO; and from now on you KNOW HIM and have SEEN HIM. (10) Do you not believe that I AM IN THE FATHER, and THE FATHER IN ME? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority, BUT THE FATHER WHO DWELLS IN ME DOES THE WORKS. (11) Believe Me that I AM IN THE FATHER and THE FATHER IN ME, or else believe Me for THE SAKE OF THE WORKS THEMSELVES. (12) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who BELIEVES IN ME, THE WORKS THAT I DO HE WILL DO ALSO and GREATER WORKS THAN THESE HE WILL DO because I go the FATHER. 1 John 4:13—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 and testify that THE FATHER has SENT the SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. (15) Whoever confesses that JESUS is the SON OF GOD, GOD ABIDES IN HIM, and he in Him. (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. (8) He who DOES NOT LOVE does NOT KNOW GOD, for GOD is LOVE. (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.
Ps. 2:1—Why do the NATIONS RAGE, and the people plot a VAIN THING? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us. (4) He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. (5) Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His DEEP DISPLEASURE: (6) Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me, and I will GIVE You, THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.
Acts. 4:25—“who by the mouth, of Your servant David have said: WHY did THE NATIONS RAGE, and the people plot VAIN THINGS? (26) The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS CHRIST. (27) For truly against Your holy Servant JESUS, whom you ANOINTED, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with THE GENTILES and THE PEOPLE of ISRAEL, were gathered together (28) to do WHATEVER YOUR HAND and YOUR PURPOSE DETERMINED BEFORE TO BE DONE. (29) Now, Lord look on their threats, and GRANT TO YOUR SERVANTS THAT WITH ALL BOLDNESS THEY MAY SPEAK YOUR WORD, (30) by STRETCHING OUT YOUR HAND TO HEAL, and THAT SIGNS and WONDERS may be done THROUGH the name of YOUR HOLY SERVANT JESUS. (31) And when they had prayed, the PLACE where they were assembled together was shaken; and THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and THEY SPOKE THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS. 1 Peter 1:22—Since you have PURIFIED your SOULS in obeying THE TRUTH through THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE OF THE BRETHREN, LOVE ONE ANOTHER fervently with a PURE HEART, (23) having been BORN AGAIN, not of CORRUPTIBLE SEED but INCORRUPTIBLE, through THE WORD OF GOD which LIVES and ABIDES FOREVER, (24) because ALL FLESH is as GRASS, and all THE GLORY of MAN as THE FLOWER of THE GRASS. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, (25) BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.
Is. 40:5—THE GLORY of THE LORD shall be REVEALED, and ALL FLESH shall see it TOGETHER; for THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HAS SPOKEN. (6) The voice said, Cry out!” And he said, ‘WHAT SHALL I CRY?” ALL FLESH is GRASS, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. (7) The grass withers, THE FLOWER FADES, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it: SURELY THE PEOPLE ARE GRASS. (8) THE GRASS withers, the flower fades, BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER. (9) O ZION, YOU WHO BRING GOOD TIDINGS, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you, who bring GOOD TIDINGS, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “BEHOLD YOUR GOD!” (10) Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and HIS ARM SHALL RULE FOR HIM; Behold, His reward is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.
Numbers 21:16—And from there they went to BEER, which is THE WELL where the Lord said to Moses, “GATHER THE PEOPLE TOGETHER, and I WILL GIVE THEM WATER.” (17) Then ISRAEL sang this SONG: “SPRING UP, O WELL! All of you sing to it—Is. 12:1—And in that day you will say: O Lord, I will praise You: Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. (2) BEHOLD, GOD IS MY SALVATION, I will TRUST and NOT be AFRAID; for YAH, the Lord, is my STRENGTH and my SONG; He has also become my SALVATION. (3) Therefore WITH JOY you WILL DRAW WATER FROM THE WELLS OF SALVATION. (John 4:10—“If you KNEW the GIFT of God, (Eph.2:8—For by GRACE you have been saved through FAITH, and THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; it is the GIFT of GOD, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast. (10) for we are HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which GOD HAS PREPARED BEFOREHAND that WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.) (Phil. 2:13—for it IS GOD who WORKS in you BOTH to WILL and TO DO for HIS GOOD PLEASURE.) Returning to John 4:10--and WHO it is who said to you, ‘GIVE ME A DRINK,’ you would have asked of Him, and he would have given you LIVING WATER.” (14) But whoever DRINKS of THE WATER that I shall give him will NEVER THIRST, But the WATER that I shall give him will become A FOUNTAIN OF WATER SPRINGING UP INTO EVERLASTING LIFE.
Acts 10:34—Then Peter opened his mouth and said, “In truth I perceive that GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY. (35) But IN EVERY NATION whoever fears Him and works RIGHTEOUSNESS is accepted BY HIM. (36) THE WORD WHICH GOD SENT to the children of ISRAEL, preaching PEACE through JESUS CHRIST—HE IS LORD of ALL—(37) THAT WORD you KNOW, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: (38) HOW GOD ANOINTED JESUS of NAZERATH WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT and WITH POWER, who went about DOING GOOD and HEALING ALL WHO WERE OPPRESSED BY THE DEVIL FOR GOD WAS WITH HIM. Acts 11:1—Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that THE GENITLES had also RECEIVED THE WORD OF GOD. (15) And as I began to speak, THE HOLY SPIRIT fell UPON THEM, AS UPON AS AT THE BEGINNING. (16) Then I remembered THE WORD OF THE LORD, how He said, John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Acts 13:46—Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “IT WAS NECESSARY THAT THE WORD OF GOD should be spoken to you first; but since you REJECT IT, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we TURN TO THE GENTILES. (47) For so the Lord has commanded us: I HAVE SET YOU TO BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BE FOR SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (48) Now when THE GENTILES HEARD THIS they were GLAD and glorified THE WORD OF THE LORD. Is.49:6—Indeed He says, It is too small a thing that You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, (Ps 24:6—This is JACOB the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face.) and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE 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.) Returning to 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; (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.
Rom.9:6—But it is NOT that THE WORD OF GOD HAS TAKEN NO EFFECT. For they are not all ISRAEL who are of ISRAEL, (7) nor are they all children because they are the seed of ABRAHAM; but, IN ISAAC your seed SHALL BE CALLED, (8) That is those who are the children of the flesh, these ARE NOT the children of God; FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE PROMISE ARE COUNTED AS THE SEED. 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. (Rom.5:8—But God demonstrates HIS OWN LOVE toward US, in that while we were STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED for US. (9) Much more then having now been JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD, we SHALL BE SAVED FROM WRATH THROUGH HIM.) (10) For if when we were enemies we were RECONCILED to GOD through THE DEATH of HIS SON, much more having been RECONCILED, we shall be SAVED BY HIS LIFE. (11) And not only that, but we also rejoice in GOD through Jesus Christ, through whom we have now RECEIVED THE RECONCILIATION.) Gal. 3:29—And if you ARE CHRIST’S, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE. Ps. 105:42—For He remembered HIS HOLY PROMISE, and ABRAHAM His servant. (43) He brought out HIS PEOPLE with JOY, HIS CHOSEN ONES with GLADNESS. Acts 13:32—And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—THAT PROMISE which was made to THE FATHERS. (33) GOD has FULFILLED this for US their CHILDREN, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is also written in THE SECOND PSALM: “YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.” (The second Psalm goes on to read: You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) (Acts. 2:32—This Jesus GOD HAS RAISED UP, of which we are all WITNESSES. (33) Therefore being EXALTED to THE RIGHT HAND of GOD, (Heb. 8:1—Now this is the main point of things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at THE RIGHT HAND of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. (2) a Minister of the sanctuary and of THE TRUE TABERNACLE which the Lord erected and NOT man.) (Returning to Acts 2:32) and having received THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, He poured out this which you now see and hear. (39) For THE PROMISE is to you and to your children, and to ALL who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will Call.)
1 Sam.2:10—The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in Pieces: FROM HEAVEN He will thunder against them. THE LORD WILL JUDGE THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. Ps. 96:10—Say among THE NATIONS, “THE LORD REIGNS; THE WORLD ALSO IS FIRMLY ESTABLISHED, IT SHALL NOT BE MOVED; HE SHALL JUDGE THE PEOPLES RIGHTEOUSLY. (13) For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth, He shall judge the world with RIGHTEOUSNESS, and the peoples with HIS TRUTH. Ps. 93:1—The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed, He has GIRDED HIMSELF WITH STRENGTH. SURELY THE WORLD IS ESTABLISHED, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE MOVED.
Luke 24:49—Behold, I send THE PROMISE of MY FATHER upon you; but tarry in the city of JERUSALEM (Ps. 135:21—Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM.) until you are endued with POWER from on high. Ps. 110:1—The Lord said to my Lord, “SIT AT MY RIGHTY HAND, till I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (2) THE LORD SHALL SEND THE ROD OF YOUR STRENGTH OUT OF ZION. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! (3) YOUR PEOPLE shall be VOLUNTEERS in THE DAY OF YOUR POWER; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning YOU HAVE THE DEW OF YOUR YOUTH. (4) The Lord HAS SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, ‘YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK. Heb.5:5—So also Christ did not GLORIFY HIMSELF to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: “YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.” (6) As He also says in another place “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.” (Heb. 7:1—For this MELCHIZEDEK, KING of SALEM, priest of the Most High God, who met ABRAHAM returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, (2) to whom also ABRAHAM gave a tenth part of all, first being TRANSLATED “KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and then also king of Salem, MEANING “KING OF PEACE,” (3) without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, BUT MADE LIKE THE SON of GOD, REMAINS A PRIEST CONTINUALLY. (8) Here mortal men receive tithes, BUT THERE he RECEIVES THEM, OF WHOM IT IS WITNESSED THAT HE LIVES. Heb. 6:17—Thus GOD, determining to show more abundantly TO THE HEIRS OF PROMISE the IMMUABLILITY of HIS COUNSEL, CONFIRMED IT BY AN OATH, (18) that by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, IN WHICH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have FOR STRONG CONSOLATION, who have FLED FOR REFUGE TO LAY HOLD OF THE HOPE SET BEFORE US. (1 Peter 1:3—Blessed be the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, who according to His abundant MERCY has BEGOTTEN US AGAIN to a LIVING HOPE through THE RESURRECTION of JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD.) Returning to Heb. 6:19--THIS HOPE we have AS AN ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both SURE and STEADFAST, and WHICH ENTERS THE PRESENCE BEHIND THE VEIL, (20) Where THE FORERUNNER has entered for us, even Jesus, having BECOME HIGH PRIEST FOREVER according TO THE ORDER of MELCHIZEDEK.
Ps. 31:19—Oh, how great is YOUR GOODNESS, which you have laid up FOR THOSE WHO FEAR YOU, which You have prepared FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN YOU IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SONS OF MEN! (20) YOU SHALL HIDE THEM in THE SECRET PLACE of YOUR PRESENCE from the plots of man; YOU SHALL KEEP THEM SECRETLY IN A PAVILION FROM THE STRIFE OF TONGUES. (21) Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown me HIS MARVELOUS KINDNESS in A STRONG CITY! (22) For I said in my haste, ‘I AM CUT OFF FROM BEFORE YOUR EYES;” Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You.
Ps. 27:5—For in the time of trouble HE SHALL HIDE ME IN HIS PAVILION; IN THE SECRET PLACE OF HIS TABERNACLE HE SHALL HIDE ME; (13) I would have LOST HEART, unless I HAD BELIEVED that I WOULD SEE THE GOODNESS of THE LORD IN THE LAND of the living. Ps. 25:6—Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from of old. (7) Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to YOUR MERCY remember me, FOR YOUR GOODNESS SAKE, O LORD. (8) GOOD and UPRIGHT is THE LORD; Therefore HE TEACHES sinners in THE WAY. (9) The humble He guides in justice, and the humble HE TEACHES HIS WAY. (10) ALL the paths of the Lord are MERCY and TRUTH, to such as keep HIS COVENANT and HIS TESTIMONIES, (11) For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great. (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.
Ps. 107:8—Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for HIS GOODNESS, and for HIS WONDERFUL WORKS to THE CHILDREN OF MEN! (10) Those who sat in DARNESS and in the SHADOW of DEATH, BOUND IN AFFLICTION and IRONS—(11) Because they rebelled against THE WORDS OF GOD, and despised THE COUNSEL of the MOST HIGH. (12) Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was NONE to HELP. (13) Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. (14) He BROUGHT THEM OUT OF DARKNESS and THE SHADOW OF DEATH, and BROKE THEIR CHAINS IN PIECES. (15) Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord For HIS GOODNESS, and for HIS WONDERFUL WORKS to the children of MEN! For He has broken the gates of BRONZE, and CUT THE BARS of IRON in two.
Is.45:1—Thus says the Lord to HIS ANOINTED to CYRUS, (sun) whose RIGHT HAND I have HELD—to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the DOUBLE DOORS, so that THE GATES WILL NOT BE SHUT: (2) I will go before you and make THE CROOKED PLACES STRAIGHT; I WILL BREAK IN PIECES THE GATES OF BRONZE and CUT THE BARS of IRON. (3) I WILL GIVE YOU THE TREASURES OF DARKNESS and HIDDEN TREASURES OF SECRET PLACES, that you MAY KNOW THAT I, THE LORD who call you by your name, AM THE GOD OF ISRAEL. (Amos 5:18—Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! For WHAT GOOD is the day of the Lord to you? IT WILL BE DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT. (20) Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT? Is it not very DARK, with NO brightness in it?) Returning to 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. (Heb. 9:28—So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME apart from SIN for SALVATION.)
Ps. 21:1—The King shall have JOY in Your STRENGTH, O Lord; And in YOUR SALVATION how greatly shall he REJOICE! (2) You have given him his heart’s DESIRE, (Pro. 13:12—hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the DESIRE comes it is A TREE OF LIFE.) Returning to Ps. 21:2-- and have not withheld the request of his lips. (3) For You meet hem with THE BLESSINGS OF GOODNESS; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head. (4) HE ASKED LIFE FROM YOU, and YOU GAVE IT TO HIM—LENGTH OF DAYS FOREVER and EVER. (5) His GLORY is GREAT in YOUR SALVATION; Honor and majesty You have placed upon him. (6) For You have made him MOST BLESSED FOREVER. (13) Be EXALTED, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise YOUR POWER.
1 Chron. 29:10—“Blessed are You, Lord God of ISRAEL, our FATHER, forever and ever. (11) Yours, O lord, is THE GREATNESS, THE POWER, and THE GLORY, THE VICTORY and THE MAJESTY; For ALL that is in HEAVEN and EARTH is YOURS; YOUR IS THE KINGDOM, O LORD, and YOU ARE EXALTED OVER ALL. (12) Both RICHES and HONOR come from YOU, and YOU REIGN OVER ALL. In Your hand is POWER and MIGHT; In your hand it is to make great and TO GIVE STRENGTH TO ALL. (17) I know also, my God, that YOU TEST THE HEART and have PLEASURE in UPRIGHTNESS. As for me, in THE UPRIGHTNESS OF MY HEART I HAVE WILLINGLY OFFERED ALL THESE THINGS; and now WITH JOY I have seen YOUR PEOPLE, who are present here to offer willingly to You. (18) “O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of YOUR PEOPLE, and FIX THEIR HEART TOWARD YOU.
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 UNFAITHFUL WILL BE UPROOTED FROM IT. Ps. 112:1—Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. (2) HIS DESCENDANDTS will be mighty on the earth; THE GENERATION OF THE UPRIGHT will be BLESSED, (3) WEALTH and RICHES WILL BE IN HIS HOUSE, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER. (4) Unto the UPRIGHT THERE ARISES LIGHT in THE DARKNESS;) (Ps. 92:12—The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. (13) Those who are PLANTED in the house of the Lord shall FLOURISH in the COURTS of OUR GOD. (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.) (Pro, 10:30—THE RIGHTEOUS will NEVER BE REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT inhabit the earth.)
James 5:7—Therefore be patient, brethren UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD. See how the farmer waits for the PRECIOUS FRUIT OF THE EARTH, waiting patiently for it until it receives THE EARLY and LATTER RAIN. 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. (Is. 46:12—Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, who are FAR FROM RIGHTOUSNESS; (13) I bring MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall NOT be far off; MY SALVATION shall NOT LINGER, and I WILL PLACE SALVATION IN ZION, FOR ISRAEL MY GLORY.
Gen. 32:26—And He said, “LET ME GO, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” (27) So He said to him, “WHAT IS YOUR NAME?” and he said, JACOB.” (28) And He said, “YOUR NAME SHLL NO LONGER BE CALLED JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you have STRUGGLED WITH GOD and WITH MEN and have PREVAILED. Is. 27:6—In that day SING to her, A VINEYARD of RED WINE! (3) I, the Lord, keep it, I WATER IT EVERY MOMENT; lest anyone HURT IT, I KEEP IT NIGHT and DAY. (4) FURY IS NOT IN ME, who would set briers and thorns against Me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together. OR LET HIM TAKE HOLD OF MY STRENGTH, THAT HE MAY MAKE PEACE WITH ME, and HE SHALL MAKE PEACE WITH ME. (6) Those who come He shall cause to take root in JACOB: ISRAEL SHALL BLOSSOM and BUD, and FILL THE FACE OF THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.
Ps. 22:27—ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE NATIONS SHALL WORSHIP BREFORE YOU. (28) For the KINGDOM IS THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATONS. Ps.20:1—May the name of THE GOD of JACOB defend you; (2) May He remember your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice, (4) May HE GRANT YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR HEART’S DESIRE, and FULFILL ALL YOUR PURPOSE. (5) We will rejoice in YOUR SALVATION, and in THE NAME of OUR GOD we will set up OUR BANNERS! MAY THE LORD FULFILL ALL YOUR PETITIONS.
Gal. 3:13—Christ has redeemed us from THE CURSE of the LAW, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree) (14) that THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM MIGHT COME UPON THE GENTILES IN CHRIST JESUS, that we might RECEIVE THE PROMISE of THE SPIRIT through FAITH. (29) And if you are Christ’s THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS ACCORDING to THE PROMISE. 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.
Ps. 134:1—Behold, HOW GOOD and HOW PLEASANT it is for brethren to dwell together in UNITY! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down ON THE EDGE OF HIS GARMENTS. (3) It is like the dew of Hermon, DESCENDING UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ZION; for THERE THE LORD COMMANDED THE BLESSING—LIFE FOREVERMORE.
Ps. 100:4—Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise, be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (5) For the Lord is GOOD; HIS MERCY IS EVERLASTING, and HIS TRUTH ENDURES to ALL GENERATIONS.
Ps. 132:13—For the Lord HAS CHOSEN ZION; HE has DESIRED IT FOR HIS HABITATION: (14) THIS IS MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER; HERE I WILL DWELL, FOR I HAVE DESIRED IT. Pro. 13:12—Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but WHEN THE DESIRE COMES, IT IS A TREE OF LIFE.
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Peggy took the words right out of my heart and penned them for you. Thank you for sharing this power-packed study with us.
Dear Sharon... You have focused on so many vital TRUTHS from Scripture in this wonderful study! First came a personal blessing when you quoted one of my favorite verses: 2 Corin. 5:17—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS have PASSED AWAY; behold ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW! Those words have uplifted me so often in my life and given me HOPE time and again. As you state in your title, 'Knowledge is Power' and knowledge of the Scriptures allows God's Power to be present within us, and to grow even stronger and to be shared with others. You point out also that God provides the nourishment (Living Water) for our souls and a shining Light out of our own wilderness experiences. As He shields us from the Enemy, He shakes our foe with His might! But, oh, He would much prefer INSPIRING and TEACHING than striking fear in the hearts of others. But, He wants to make His Children aware of the LIFE He has designed for them! Above all, He is the Peacemaker who wants His Children to dwell in unity and LOVE! God bless you for another extraordinary study - you are using the Knowledge God has given you, my friend... He is using you to empower all who know you! With love, Peggy
Thank you for leading us again to the knowledge of truth. The Word of God is powerful, tried and true. Last night as I was meditating from the Word of God, the word "reconciliation" reminded me that we are Ambassadors for Christ, and God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Yes, indeed, there is power in the Word. Blessings, Gloria
Sharon- Excellent work! You have laid out a precious table before us. Hosea 4:6 says that a lack of knowledge of the Almighty is destructive to God's people. We are without excuse. Thank you for this bountiful assortment of both promise and admonition. - very well done! Dennis