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Proverbs 30 ESV;NIV
The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle. The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out. Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One. Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name?…
Isaiah 61:10-11 MSG;NIV;KJV
I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations. I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God…
Matthew 5:44-45 ESV
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Jesus, the Son of His Father I Heaven, loved His enemies and prayed for those who persecuted Him (See Matt. 5:44-45). Did Jesus choose His enemies? In light of this, how would you define an “enemy”?
Wilkin. J. (2015). Sermon On The Mount (p. 71). Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press
I will not follow you but will walk with you as long as we are going in the same direction. If I feel you are going astray, please know that I will continue on a different path.
When your enemies try to harm you, know that God is already there. Watching and interceding on your behalf. He is your revenger and protector. Walking with you through the fire.
Daniel 3:8-12 MSG
Just then, some Babylonian fortunetellers stepped up and accused the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “Long live the king! You gave strict orders, O king, that when the big band started playing, everyone had to fall to their knees and worship the gold statue, and whoever did not go to their knees and worship it had to be pitched into a roaring furnace. Well, there are some Jews here—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—whom you have placed in high positions in the province…
Wilkin, J. (2013), Sermon On The Mount (p.23). Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press
On a hot summer day late in the afternoon you are greeted by a couple at your front door. They are new in town and need a place to stay. Because you believe “what’s yours is theirs” you welcome them with open arms. They promise as soon as they find a place to stay they will be on their way. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months and they still have not found a place to live. But remember “what’s yours is theirs”. Late in the night you hear a noise coming from your children’s bedroom. Entering the room you find the couple has done unspeakable things, things you could have never imagined and as you scan the floor you see your dog in the corner with his mouth taped shut. But remember “what’s yours is theirs”.
Do not expect me to give as a country what you are not willing to give as a family!
YOU GO FIRST!
Acts 2:1-11 MSG
When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound…
1 Corinthians 1:7-9 MSG;AMP
Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale. And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.…
Luke 11:8-13 MSG;AMP
“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need. “Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live…
Isaiah 42:1-9 ESV;AMPC;MSG
Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.…
Matthew 12:22-37New International Version (NIV)
Jesus and Beelzebul
22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.
30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (emphasis mine)
(n.d.). BibleGateway. Retrieved from https://www.biblegateway.com/
Thinking . . . . .
Will you unite (gather) or will you divide (scatter) ?
The greatest tragedy in our lives isn’t the evil or suffering we experience. The greatest tragedy is when we refuse to give it over to God.
Hovid, jC. (2013) FAST TRACK (p.25) Nashville, TN: Lifeway Press
Ezekiel 3:4-8 NASB
Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely…