Faith Is The Substance Of Things Hoped For
by Sharon McClean
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Heb. 11:1—Now FAITH is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things not seen. Deut. 32:18—Of the ROCK who BEGOT you, you are unmindful, and have FORGOTTEN the GOD who FATHERED you. (19) And when the Lord saw it, He spurned them, because of the PROVOCATION of HIS SONS and HIS DAUGHTERS. (20) And He said: I WILL HIDE MY FACE FROM THEM, I will see what THEIR END will BE, (Heb.11:6--But WITHOUT FAITH is it 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.)(Ps. 27:8—When You said “SEEK MY FACE,” my heart said to You, “YOUR FACE, Lord I will seek.” (Ps. 24:6—This is JACOB the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM who seek YOUR FACE.) Returning to Deut. 32:20--for they are a perverse GENERATION, (turned away from that which is right) CHILDREN IN WHOM IS NO FAITH. (21) They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is NOT God; They have moved Me to anger by their FOOLISH IDOLS.
1 Corin. 12:2—Now concerning SPIRITUAL GIFTS, brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: (2) You know that you were GENTILES, carried away to these DUMB IDOLS, however you were LED. (1 Corin. 13:1--Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but HAVE NOT LOVE, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (2) And though I have the gift of prophesy, and understand ALL MYSTERIES and all KNOWLEDGE, and though I have ALL FAITH, so that I could remove mountains, but HAVE NOT LOVE. It profits me NOTHING. (8) LOVE NEVER FAILS. But whether there are prophesies, THEY WILL FAIL; whether there are tongues, they WILL CEASE; whether there is KNOWLEDGE, it will VANISH AWAY. (10) But when that which is PERFECT has come (Col. 3:14—But ABOVE ALL these things PUT ON LOVE which is THE BOND OF PERFECTION.) Returning to 1 Cor. 13:10-- then that which is in part will be DONE AWAY. (Gal.5: 5—For we through THE SPIRIT EAGERLY WAIT for the HOPE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS by FAITH) (Heb.9:28—To those who EAGERLY WAIT for Him He will appear A SECOND TIME, apart from SIN, for SALVATION.) (Rom.4:9—For we say that FAITH was accounted to ABRAHAM for RIGHTEOUSNESS.) Returning to Gal. 5:6--For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision AVAILS ANYTHING, but FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE. (Rom. 13:10—LOVE does NO HARM to a NEIGHBOR; therefore LOVE is the FULFILLMENT of THE LAW.) (James 2:8—If you really fulfill the ROYAL LAW according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” You DO WELL; (9) but if you show PARTIALITY, (Between your neighbor and yourself?) you commit SIN, and are CONVICTED by the LAW as TRANSGRESSORS.)
Matt. 4:1—Then Jesus was LED up BY THE SPIRIT into the WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL. Isaiah 32:13—On the land of MY PEOPLE will come up thorns and briars, yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city; (14) Because the palaces will be forsaken, the bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, a joy of WILD DONKEYS, a pasture of FLOCKS—(15) UNTIL THE SPIRIT is POURED upon US FROM ON HIGH, and the WILDERNESS becomes a FRUITFUL FIELD, and the FRUITFUL FIELD is counted as a FOREST. Is. 29:17—Is not yet a very little while till LEBANON shall be turned into a FRUITFUL FIELD, and the FRUITFULL FIELD shall be esteemed as a FOREST?
(Matt. 13:38—THE FIELD is THE WORLD, the good seeds are the SONS of the KINGDOM, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. (39) The enemy who sowed them is THE DEVIL, the HARVEST is THE END of THE AGE, and THE REAPERS are THE ANGELS. (4) Therefore AS THE TARES ARE GATHERED and BURNED IN THE FIRE, so it will be AT THE END OF THIS AGE. (41) THE SON of MAN will send OUT HIS ANGELS, and they will GATHER OUT OF HIS KINGDOM ALL THINGS THAT OFFEND, and those who practice lawlessness. (43) Then THE RIGHTEOUS will SHINE FORTH as THE SUN in THE KINGDOM of THEIR FATHER. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Heb. 12:27—Now this, “Yet once more, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of thing that are made, that the things which CANNOT be SHAKEN may REMAIN. (28) Therefore, since we are receiving A KINGDOM which CANNOT be SHAKEN, let us have GRACE, by which we may serve God ACCEPTABLY with reverence and godly fear.)
Is. 35:1—The WILDERNESS and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the DESERT shall rejoice and BLOSSOM as THE ROSE; (Is. 27:6—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.) (Returning to Is.35:2--It shall BLOSSOM abundantly and rejoice, even with JOY and SINGING. The GLORY of LEBANON shall be given to IT, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the GLORY of the LORD, the EXCELLENCY of OUR GOD. (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; lift up your voice with strength, say to the cities of JUDAH, Behold, your GOD!
1 Peter 1:22—Since you have PURIFIED your souls in obeying THE TRUTH (Ps. 43:3—Oh send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them LEAD me; let THEM bring me to YOUR HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) (Ps. 2:6—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.) Returning to 1 Peter 1:22--THROUGH THE SPIRIT in SINCERE LOVE of the BRETHREN, LOVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY WITH a PURE HEART, (Ps.24:3—Who may ascend into THE HILL of the Lord? Or who may stand in His HOLY PLACE? (4) He who has clean hands and a PURE HEART, (6) THIS is JACOB, the generation of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.)
Returning to 1 Peter 1:23--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 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.45:20—They have NO KNOWLEDGE, who carry THE WOOD of their CARVED IMAGE, and pray to a god THAT CANNOT SAVE. (21) Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has DECLARED this from ANCIENT TIME? Have not I, THE LORD? And there is NO OTHER GOD BESIDES ME, a just God and a SAVIOR; There is NONE besides ME. (22) LOOK TO ME, and BE SAVED, “ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God, and there is NO OTHER. (Is. 46:12—LISTEN TO ME, you stubborn-hearted, who are far from RIGHTEOUSNESS; (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.
Is. 51:1—Listen to Me, you who follow after RIGHTEOUSNESS, you who SEEK THE LORD: Look to the ROCK from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (2) Look to ABRAHAM your father, and to SARAH who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him. (3) For the Lord will comfort ZION, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her WILDERNESS like EDEN, and her DESERT like the GARDEN of THE LORD; JOY and GLADNESS will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (Joel 1:15—Alas for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY. (16) Is not the FOOD CUT OFF before our eyes, JOY and GLADNESS from the house of our God?)
Is. 61:11—For as the earth brings forth ITS BUD, as the GARDEN causes the things that are sown in it to SPRING forth, so the Lord God will cause RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH BEFORE ALL THE NATIONS. 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.
Chapter 62:1—For ZION’S SAKE I will not hold My peace, and for JERUSALEM’S SAKE I will NOT REST, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as brightness, and HER SALVATION as A LAMP that BURNS. (2) The GENTILES shall see your RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all kings your GLORY. You shall be CALLED by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name. Is. 62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the END OF THE WORLD; say to the daughter of ZION, SURELY YOUR SALVATION IS COMING; behold, His reward is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM, (12) And they shall CALL them THE HOLY PEOPLE, THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD; and you shall be CALLED sought out, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN. Matt. 5:14—You are THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A CITY THAT IS SET ON A HILL CANNOT BE HIDDEN. (15) Nor do they light A LAMP and put it under a BASKET, but on a LAMPSTAND, and it GIVES LIGHT to all who are in the house. (16) Let YOUR LIGHT so SHINE before MEN, that they may see your good works and GLORIFY your Father in heaven. Mark 5:21—And He said to them, “Is a LAMP brought to be put under a BASKET or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a LAMPSTAND? (22) For there is NOTHING HIDDEN which will NOT be REVEALED, nor has anything been kept SECRET but that it should come to LIGHT.
Is. 48:6—You have heard; See all this. And will you not DECLARE it? I have made you hear NEW THINGS from THIS TIME, even HIDDEN things, and you DID NOT KNOW THEM. (7) They are created NOW and NOT from the BEGINNING; and before this day you have NOT HEARD THEM, lest you should say, “Of course I knew them.” (8) Surely you DID NOT HEAR, surely you DID NOT KNOW; surely from long ago your ear was NOT OPENED. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb. (9) For My NAME’S SAKE I WILL DEFER MY ANGER, and for MY PRAISE I will RESTRAIN it from you, SO THAT I DO NOT CUT YOU OFF. (10) Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I HAVE TESTED you in THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION. (11) For MY OWN SAKE, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned? And I will not give MY GLORY to ANOTHER. (17) Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL; I am the Lord your God who TEACHES you to PROFIT, who LEADS YOU BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO.
(Ps. 25 4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) Lead me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me, for You are the God of my salvation, on You I wait all the day. (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. (14) THE SECRET of the Lord is with those who FEAR Him, and He will show them HIS COVENANT.) 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, (Amos 5:20—Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS, and NOT light?) ‘Show yourselves. Acts 3:20—Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the lord, (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.
Returning to Is. 48:18--Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your PEACE would have been like a river, and your RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the sea. (19) Your descendants also would have been like the SAND, and the offspring of your body like the grains of SAND; HIS NAME would NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF nor DESTROYED from BEFORE ME. 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. (23) For the Lord God of hosts will make a DETERMINED END in the midst of ALL THE LAND. (24) Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: O MY PEOPLE who dwell in ZION, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE ASSRIAN. He shall strike you with A ROD and lift us his staff against you, in the manner of EGYPT. (Is. 28:22—Now therefore, do not be mockers, lest your BONDS be made strong; for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts, a DESTRUCTION determined even upon the whole earth.) (Joel 1:15—ALAS for THE DAY OF THE LORD is at hand; it shall come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY. Ps. 92:3—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.
Is. 31:3—Now the EGYPTIANS are MEN, and NOT GOD; and their HORSES are FLESH, and NOT SPIRIT. (4) For thus the Lord has spoken to me: as a LION ROARS, and a young lion over his prey when a multitude of SHEPHERDS is SUMMONED AGAINST HIM, He will not be afraid of their voice nor be disturbed by their noise. So the LORD of HOSTS will come down to fight for MOUNT ZION and for ITS HILL. (5) Like BIRDS FLYING ABOUT, (I’ll fly away O glory?) so will the Lord of hosts DEFEND JERUSALEM, defending, He will also DELIVER it; passing over, He will PRESERVE it. Jer. 46:7—Who is this coming up like a FLOOD, whose waters move like the RIVERS? (8) EGYPT rises up like a FLOOD, and its WATERS move like the RIVERS; and he says, I WILL GO UP and COVER THE EARTH, I WILL DESTROY THE CITY and ITS INHABITANTS. (9) Come up, O HORSES, and RAGE, O chariots! (10) For THIS IS THE DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, a DAY OF VENGEANCE, that He may avenge Himself on His adversaries.
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. Is.8:5—The Lord also spoke to me again, saying: (7) Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them THE WATERS OF THE RIVER, STRONG, and MIGHTY—THE KING OF ASSYRIA and all his glory; He will go over all his banks. (8) He will PASS THROUGH JUDAH, He will OVERFLOW and PASS OVER, HE WILL REACH up to THE NECK; and the STRETCHING OUT of HIS WINGS WILL FILL THE BREADTH OF YOUR LAND, O IMMANUEL.
Is. 36:13—Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and said, “HEAR THE WORDS of THE GREAT KING, THE KING OF ASSYRIA! (14) Thus says the king: do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you; (15) nor let Hezekiah make you TRUST IN THE LORD, saying, “THE LORD WILL SURELY DELIVER US, THIS CITY WILL NOT BE GIVEN INTO THE HAND OF THE KING OF ASSYRIA.” (16) DO NOT LISTEN TO HEZEKIAH; for thus says the KING OF ASSYRIA.” make PEACE WITH ME by a PRESENT and COME OUT TO ME; and EVERYONE OF YOU EAT FROM HIS OWN VINE and EVERYONE OF YOU DRINK WATERS OF HIS OWN CISTERN. (Jere.2:13—For MY PEOPLE have committed TWO EVILS; They HAVE FORSAKEN ME, the FOUNTAIN of LIVING WATERS, and hewn THEMSELVES CISTERNS—BROKEN CISTERNS THAT CAN HOLD NO WATER.) Returning to Is. 36:17--UNTIL I COME AND TAKE YOU AWAY TO A LAND like YOUR OWN LAND, a land of GRAIN and NEW WINE, a land of BREAD and VINEYARDS. (18) BEWARE lest HEZEKIAH PERSUADE YOU, saying, THE LORD WILL DELIVER US. Has any one of the gods of the nations DELIVERED ITS LAND FROM the HAND OF THE KING OF ASSYRIA?
Is. 37:15—Then HEZEKIAH PRAYED to the Lord, saying: (16) “O Lord of hosts, GOD of ISRAEL, the ONE WHO DWELLS BETWEEN THE CHERUBIM, YOU ARE GOD, YOU ALONE, OF ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH, You have made heaven and earth. (17) “Incline Your ear, O Lord, and HEAR; Open Your eyes, O Lord, and SEE, and HEAR all the words of sennacherib, who has SENT TO REPROACH THE LIVING GOD. (18) Truly, Lord, THE KINGS of ASSYRIA have LAID WASTE ALL THE NATIONS and THEIR LANDS, (19) and have cast their gods into the fire for they were NOT gods, but THE WORK OF MENS HANDS—WOOD and STONE. Therefore they have destroyed them. (20) Now therefore, O Lord our God, SAVE us from his hand, THAT ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH MAY KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE LORD, YOU ALONE. (Is. 45:22—LOOK to ME and be SAVED, all you ends of the earth! For I AM GOD, and THERE IS NO OTHER.) Is. 14:24—The Lord of hosts has SWORN, saying, Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand: (25) That I will break the ASSYRIAN in MY LAND, and on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them and his burden removed from their shoulders.
Deut. 4:28—And there you will serve gods, THE WORK OF MEN’S HANDS, WOOD and STONE, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. (29) But from THERE you WILL SEEK THE LORD YOUR GOD, and YOU WILL FIND HIM IF YOU SEEK HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART and SOUL. (30) When you are in DISTRESS, and ALL these things come upon you in THE LATTER DAYS, when you TURN to THE LORD YOUR GOD and OBEY HIS VOICE (31) for the Lord your God is a MERCIFUL God, He will NOT FORSAKE YOU nor DESTROY YOU, nor FORGET THE COVENANT OF YOUR FATHERS which He SWORE to them. (Heb. 6:13—For when God made A PROMISE to ABRAHAM, because He could SWEAR by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, saying, “Surely BLESSING I will BLESS you, and MULTIPLYING I will MULTIPLY you. (Gen.22:15—Then the ANGEL of the LORD called to ABRAHAM a SECOND TIME out of heaven, (16) and said: “BY MY SELF I HAVE SWORN, says the Lord, BECAUSE you have done this THING, and have NOT WITHHELD your SON, your only son, (17) in BLESSING I will BLESS you,
1 Peter 3:9—not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary BLESSING, knowing that you were CALLED to THIS, that you may INHERIT A BLESSING.) Returning to Gen. 22:17--and in MULTIPLYING I will MULTIPLY your DESCENDANTS as THE STARS OF THE HEAVEN and as THE SAND which is on the seashore; (Is. 48:19—Your DESCENDANTS also would have been like the SAND, and the offspring of your body like the GRAINS of SAND; HIS NAME would NOT have BEEN CUT OFF nor DESTROYED from BEFORE ME.) Returning to Gen 22:17--and YOUR DESCENDANTS shall POSSESS THE GATE OF THEIR ENEMIES. (Zech. 8:14—Just as I determined to punish you when your fathers provoked Me to WRATH, says the Lord of hosts, and I would NOT RELENT, (19) So again in these days I AM DETERMINED TO do GOOD to JERUSALEM and to the house of JUDAH. Do NOT FEAR. (16) These are the THINGS YOU SHALL DO: speak each man THE TRUTH to HIS NEIGHBOR; Give JUDGMENT in YOUR GATES for TRUTH, JUSTICE, and PEACE;) (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, 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) (Ps. 82:8—ARISE, O God, JUDGE the EARTH; for YOU SHALL INHERIT ALL NATIONS.)
Returning to 22:18--“IN YOUR SEED ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED, BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE.) (God’s grace?) (Gal.3:13—Christ has redeemed us from THE CURSE of the LAW, having become a curse for us (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.) (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.)
(Rom. 4:9—For we say that FAITH was ACCOUNTED to ABRAHAM for RIGHTEOUSNESS) Returning to Rom. 4:14—For if those who are of the law are HEIRS, FAITH is made VOID and THE PROMISE of no effect, (15) because the law brings about WRATH, (1 Thess.5:9—For God DID NOT appoint us to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) Returning to Rom. 4:15-- for where there is NO LAW) (Rom. 10:4—For CHRIST is THE END of the LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS to every one who believes.) Returning to Rom. 4:15--there is NO TRANSGRESSION. (16) Therefore it is of FAITH that it might be according to GRACE, so THE PROMISE might be sure to ALL the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM, who is the FATHER of us all (17) as it is written, I have made you the FATHER OF MANY NATIONS in the presence of Him whom believed, even GOD, who GIVES LIFE TO THE DEAD and calls those thing which DO NOT EXIST AS THOUGH THEY DID.
Returning to Gal.3:16--Now to ABRAHAM and HIS SEED were the PROMISES made. He does not say, “And to seeds, as of many, but AS OF ONE, and to your SEED, who is CHRIST. (29) And if you are Christ’s, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S seed and HEIRS ACCORDING to THE PROMISE.) (Rom. 4:20—(Abraham) He did NOT WAIVER at the PROMISE of GOD through unbelief, but was STRENGTHENED in FAITH, giving GLORY to God. (21) and BEING FULLY CONVINCED that what He HAD PROMISED HE WAS ALSO ABLE TO PERFORM. (22) And therefore IT WAS ACCOUNTD TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (23) Now it was NOT written for his SAKE ALONE that it was IMPUTED to him, (24) but ALSO for US. It shall be IMPUTED to US who believe in HIM who RAISED UP JESUS OUR LORD FROM THE DEAD.
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 PS. You are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (The SECOND PS. 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.)
Returning to Deut. 4:35--To you it was shown, that you MIGHT KNOW THAT THE LORD HIMSELF IS GOD; THERE IS NONE OTHER BESIDES HIM. (35) Out of heaven He let you HEAR HIS VOICE, that he MIGHT INSTRUCT YOU; On EARTH. He showed you His GREAT FIRE, and you HEARD HIS WORDS OUT OF THE MIDST OF THE FIRE. (Jere. 23:29—Is not MY WORD like A FIRE? Says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?) Returning to Deut 4:36—on earth He showed you His GREAT FIRE, and you HEARD HIS WORDS OUT OF THE MIDST OF THE FIRE. (37) And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose THEIR DESCENDANTS AFTER THEM; and He brought you out of EGYPT with HIS PRESENCE, and with HIS MIGHTY POWER, (38) driving out from before you NATIONS greater and mightier than you, TO BRING YOU IN, to GIVE YOU THEIR LAND as an INHERITANCE, as IT IS THIS DAY. (39) Therefore know THIS DAY, and consider it in your heart, THAT THE LORD HIMSELF IS GOD IN HEAVEN ABOVE and ON THE EARTH BENEATH; THERE IS NO OTHER.
Is. 41:8—But you, ISRAEL, are My servant, JACOB, whom I HAVE CHOSEN, THE DESENDANTS 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; (John 15:16—You DID NOT CHOOSE ME, but I CHOSE YOU and appointed you that you should go and BEAR FRUIT, and that YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN, (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.) Returning to John 15:16--that whatever you ASK the Father in My name He may GIVE you. (Ps. 2:8—ASK of ME and I will GIVE You the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) John 15:8—By THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; so you will be MY DISCIPLES.) (Jacob’s dream! Gen. 29:12-22)
(Gen. 35:10—And God said to him, Your name is JACOB; Your name shall not be called JACOB anymore but ISRAEL shall be your name.) Returning to Ps. 105:5—Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders and THE JUDGMENT OF HIS MOUTH, (6) O seed of ABRAHAM His servant, You CHILDREN OF JACOB, HIS CHOSEN ONES! (7) He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. (8) He HAS REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT FOREVER, THE WORD WHICH HE COMMANDED, FOR A THOUSAND GENERATIONS. (9) THE COVENANT which He made with ABRAHAM, and His oath to Isaac, (10) and confirmed it to JACOB for a STATUTE, to ISRAEL for an EVERLASTING COVENANT.
Luke 1:46—And Mary said: My soul magnifies the Lord, (47) and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. (48) For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. (49) For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. (50) And His MERCY is on those who FEAR him from GENERATION to GENERATION. (51) He has shown strength with His arm; He has SCATTERED THE PROUD IN THE IMAGINATION OF THEIR HEARTS. (52) He has put down the MIGHTY from their thrones, and exalted the LOWLY.(53) He has FILLED the HUNGRY with GOOD THINGS, and the rich He has sent away empty. (Matt. 5:6—Blessed are those who HUNGER and THIRST after RIGHTEOUSNESS for they shall be FILLED.) Returning to Luke 1: 54--He has HELPED HIS SERVANT ISRAEL, in REMEMBRANCE of HIS MERCY, (55) As He spoke to our fathers, TO ABRAHAM and to HIS SEED FOREVER.
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) 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.
Rom10:14—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 THINGS! (Heb. 9:11—But Christ came as HIGH PRIEST of the GOOD THINGS to COME.) 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, 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.
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, (2) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you ; and lo I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, even to the END of THE WORLD. (KJV)
Ps. 22:27—ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD shall remember and TURN to the LORD, and all the FAMLIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP before YOU. (28) For the KINGDOM is the LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
Heb. 4:2—Therefore, since A PROMISE REMAINS of entering HIS REST, let us fear lest any of you seem to come SHORT of IT, (2) for indeed THE GOSPEL was preached to US as well as to THEM; (Gal 3:8—And the Scripture, foreseeing that GOD would JUSTIFY the NATIONS by FAITH, preached THE GOSPEL to ABRAHAM BEFOREHAND, saying “in you ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED. (9) So then those who are of FAITH are blessed with BELIEVING Abraham.) Returning to Heb 4:2--but THE WORD which they heard DID NOT PROFIT THEM, NOT being MIXED WITH FAITH in those who heard it. (3) For we who have BELIEVED DO ENTER THAT REST, as HE HAS SAID: So I SWORE in MY WRATH, they shall NOT enter MY REST, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. (1 Thess. 5:9—For God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through Jesus Christ.)
Ps. 132:8—ARISE, O Lord, to YOUR RESTING PLACE, YOU and THE ARK of YOUR STRENGTH. (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. Hosea 6:6—For I DESIRE MERCY and NOT SACRIFICE, and THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD more than burnt offerings. Hag.2:4—Yet now be strong, zerubbabel, says the Lord: and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and BE STRONG, ALL YOU PEOPLE OF THE LAND, says the Lord, and WORK; (Gal.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 prepared beforehand that we should WALK in THEM.) Returning to Hag. 2:4—and WORK for I AM WITH YOU, says the Lord of hosts. (5) ACCORDING TO THE WORD that I COVENANTED with YOU WHEN YOU CAME OUT of EGYPT, so MY SPIRIT REMAINS AMONG YOU; DO NOT FEAR! (6) For thus says the Lord of hosts: Once more I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; (7) AND I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, and THEY SHALL COME to THE DESIRE OF ALL NATIONS, and I WILL FILL THIS TEMPLE WITH GLORY, says the Lord of Hosts. (John 2:21—But He was speaking of the temple of His body.)
John 17:22—And THE GLORY which You gave Me I have GIVEN THEM, that THEY may be ONE just as WE are ONE: (23) I in THEM, and YOU in ME; that they may be made PERFECT in ONE, and that THE WORLD MAY KNOW THAT YOU HAVE SENT ME, and have LOVED THEM as YOU HAVE LOVED ME.
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 (In the word) and testify that THE FATHER HAS SENT THE SON AS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
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.”
John 3:16—For God so LOVED THE WORLD that HE GAVE His only BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For God DID NOT SEND HIS SON into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him MIGHT BE SAVED.
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These are not just NUGGETS of Scripture. You have given us a whole GOLD MINE. Thanks for sharing. And a special thanks to you for the kind anniversary greetings you added to my "Love Words." May the Lord richly bless you in your marriage, and may He give you many more years. The GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY was very special for us.
"How beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news...", and you always bring us "Good News"! Thank You, Sharon. ..Dennis
Ah, hope is a tree of life and I think I'll sit in the shade of it for awhile and rest in Him. I love the way you put the scriptures together with the Holy Spirit's leading. Faith, Hope, Love and Grace are so interwoven and you showed that here.
Dear Sharon, What nuggets of wisdom from God's Word are in this wonderful study! Sharon, this passage pertains to you, my friend: "Let YOUR LIGHT so SHINE before MEN, that they may see your good works and GLORIFY your Father in heaven." For this is what you are doing as you open your heart and soul to God as you are led to share His Word! May I highlight some of the other passages that spoke to me so deeply? "You will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and soul." You know how this fits into my current struggles and I needed to hear it, again. The following passages were wonderful reminders about what God wants from us and, to me, they are so reassuring: God desires mercy and the knowledge of Him. It is by Grace we have been saved through faith and not of ourselves. It is the gift of God. And, Jesus said that the work of God is to believe in Him whom He sent. These words tell me that my 'job' is to learn all I can about God, believe in Jesus Christ, and acknowledge that I have been saved by God's Grace through faith! AMEN! Thank you, dear Sharon, for giving us this 'life lesson' from God. I love you. Peggy