Hebrews 11:6 – Without Faith

Hebrews 11:6
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But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

-The important take away from this verse is that faith in the Lord is very important; look at the verse from the opposite direction to see why it is so important.  If faith is the only way to please God, it means that not having faith can only be displeasing to God.  No matter what we say, what we think, or what we do; if we come into the presence of the Lord with anything other than faith, all He has for us is displeasure.

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John 4:23 – The Father Seeketh Such

John 4:23
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But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

-Everything you need to know about the framework of our relationship with God can be summed up in this verse.  Why did God give man free will instead of just creating a race of robots?  Because He seeketh such to worship Him.  Why does God lead us by faith instead of just appearing to us and leading us by sight?  Because He seeketh such to worship Him.  We might think that if God did things differently, it would be easier on us, but if He seeketh such to worship Him, don’t you want to be one of the “such”?

Exodus 16:3-4 – Miraculous Provider

Exodus 16:3-4
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And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

-Scripture constantly reminds us of the Lord’s promise to always take care of us.  “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).  “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing” (Psalm 34:10).  “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).  For a people who are always at the mercy of circumstances beyond our control, the Lord obviously realized the need to continuously reinforce His miraculous provision.  Consider the account here in Exodus; so certain is the Lord’s promise to provide, that the heavens will sooner rain bread than for God’s people to go hungry.  Oceans will be moved before God will allow His people to be trapped (Exodus 14).  God Himself died on a cross because He refused to allow the people He loved so dearly to remain captive to sin and death (John 3:16).  If the Lord can do all this, if the Lord HAS done all this; do you think He will have any difficulty bringing us through the relatively small troubles that we face individually?

Isaiah 42:8 – Glory to God Alone

Isaiah 42:8
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I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

-When we read this verse, it’s easy to dismiss the warning from God as simply applying to idols, false gods and graven images.  But notice that God insists that He will not give His glory to another, any other.  Consider that if we are not operating solely through the power of God, that means we are either relying on our own strength or seeking praise and motivation from those around us which puts us into the same category as all of the false teachers that lead people astray and the false idols that the Lord hates.  “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?” (John 5:44)  God will only honor those who live through the power of Christ, and here Christ Himself questions the faith of any who live by any other means or for any other benefit.

1 John 4:8 – God Is Love

1 John 4:8
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He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

-Can you imagine how much different this universe and our lives would be if this verse of scripture said that God is hate?  We spend so much time questioning God and picking apart His methods, when we should all be thanking Him on bowed knees for not being a cruel, sadistic God.  Think about it, if God was a terrorist, or a pedophile, or a murderer- what could any of us do about it.  But for all of the things that God could have been, He is instead loving, selfless, just, empathetic, and wonderful.  I could go on but I could never do it any better than John did here; God. Is. Love.

Romans 5:8 – God is Love

Romans 5:8
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But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

-How many of us would give up our child even for a friend- much less and enemy.  1 John 4:10 says “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  If Love is defined by sacrificing the holy and blameless Son of God for the sake of a race of worms, we should all be ashamed when we apply the term “love” to anything less.

1 Corinthians 6:19 – Ye Are Not Your Own

1 Corinthians 6:19
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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Romans 6:6
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Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that we should no longer serve sin.

Ephesians 2:2-3
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Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

-Many think that by not accepting the Lord, they are instead choosing to go their “own way”.  The saddest irony is that we are never our own; we all belong to sin and are servants of Satan- “the god of this world“. (2 Corinthians 4:4)  To choose “freedom” from God is to in fact choose bondage to everything that is not of God.

Ephesians 2:8-10 – Not of Works

Ephesians 2:8-10
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For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

-Take a moment and reflect on all the good things that you have done in your life for those around you; hopefully it’s a considerable list. But no matter how long your list may be, it doesn’t even begin to chip away at the great debt of sin which we all owe. The simple truth it that no matter how good or how plentiful your deeds may be, at best it can only benefit other people, while all sin is against God. What good could any of us ever do that would benefit God personally? Not only are we unable to pay for our sin debt, it turns out that we don’t even deal in the right currency. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Christ paid for our sins with His own blood; blood that can settle every debt and satisfy even the Father in Heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 – Fear Before Him

Ecclesiastes 3:14
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I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
-The Bible goes into great detail about the importance of fearing God and there are many influences in the world that will teach you that same lesson.  The world and even Satan himself will teach you to fear the Lord, but this verse of Scripture in Ecclesiastes gives us great insight into the difference between learning to fear God according to His word versus learning to fear God from an ungodly influence.  The difference is simple.  The things that God does will lead us to fear before Him, as in to come into His presence with fear.  The world and the devil will teach you that you should run from God in fear.  God will always seek to close the distance with mankind; He went so far as to send His own Son to die so that we might be able to draw near to Him.  If what you’ve learned about God leads you to believe that you should keep your distance, you need a new teacher.  The choice is simple, you can either run away in fear from the One being in the whole universe who cannot be hidden from, or you can let fear motivate you to receive the Savior who teaches us to “Fear Not”.

Mark 10:4-5 – God is not Mocked

Mark 10:4-5
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And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.
5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

-In the beginning, the Lord made marriage a sacred, lifelong commitment; but over time that had been diluted so far that even a divorce could be permitted if desired. The people thought that God was condoning divorce, while in fact He was merely suffering it. Many times in life it may appear that the Lord has “relaxed” on certain things but in reality He is simply showing mercy because the only alternative to mercy is to destroy us. Since the Lord is “not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9), He instead “suffers” with us. But don’t make the mistake of confusing God’s mercy for His blessings; the Bible tells us that “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11), and that God is never mocked. (Galatians 6:7)