God's Words of Comfort

 

A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:


Discipline – Commitment – Determination – Diligence – Growth – Maturity – Discipleship – Self-Denial

 
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. Deuteronomy 8:5 (ESV)
 
What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 10:12 (NKJV)
 
The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. Deuteronomy 28:13-14 (ESV)
 
If it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
 
Yahweh searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek Him, He will be found of you. 1 Chronicles 28:9 (WEB)
 
The one whom God corrects is happy, so do not hate being corrected by the Almighty. God hurts, but He also bandages up; He injures, but His hands also heal. Job 5:17-18 (NCV™)


CA Tropical FlowerCommit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday. Psalms 37:5-6 (RSV)
 
All this has come on us, Yet have we not forgotten You, Neither have we been false to Your covenant. Our heart has not turned back, Neither have our steps declined from Your way. Psalms 44:17-18 (WEB)
 
Happy are those who are strong in the Lord, who want above all else to follow Your steps. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping it will become a place of springs where pools of blessing and refreshment collect after rains! They will grow constantly in strength and each of them is invited to meet with the Lord in Zion. Psalms 84:5-7 (TLB)
 
Teach me Thy way, O LORD; I will walk in Thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy name. I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify Thy name for evermore. Psalms 86:11-12 (KJV)
 
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Psalms 92:12 (KJV)
 
Lord, happy is the man You discipline and teach from Your Law to give him relief from troubled times until a pit is dug for the wicked. The Lord will not forsake His people or abandon His heritage, for justice will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Psalms 94:12-15 (HCSB)
 
I will not die, but live, and declare the Lord's works. Psalms 118:17 (HNV)
 
I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy Word. Psalms 119:15-16 (KJV)
 
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of Thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Psalms 119:33-35 (KJV)
 
Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed That I will keep Your righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your Word. Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your judgments. Psalms 119:105-108 (NKJV)
 
Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest. The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain. Psalms 126:5-6 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
My child, do not reject the Lord's discipline, and don't get angry when He corrects you. The Lord corrects those He loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in. Proverbs 3:11-12 (NCV™)
 
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 (WEB)
 
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise! Even though they have no prince, governor, or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. Proverbs 6:6-8 (NLT)
 
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Proverbs 7:1-3 (KJV)
 
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Proverbs 8:13 (RSV)
 
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD. Proverbs 8:32-34 (KJV)
 
Snowy Fall Sierras Owens ValleyHe becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, But the hand of the diligent brings wealth. Proverbs 10:4 (WEB)
 
Wisdom is found on the lips of a person who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of one without sense. Proverbs 10:13 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it - how shortsighted to refuse correction! Proverbs 12:1 (The Message)
 
He who guards his mouth guards his soul. One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. Proverbs 13:3 (WEB)
 
The lazy will not get what they want, but those who work hard will. Proverbs 13:4 (NCV™)
 
Poverty and shame come to him who refuses discipline, But he who heeds correction shall be honored. Proverbs 13:18 (WEB)
 
If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24 (NLT)
 
It's a school of hard knocks for those who leave God's path, a dead-end street for those who hate God's rules. Proverbs 15:10 (The Message)
 
He who ignores instruction despises himself, but he who heeds admonition gains understanding. Proverbs 15:32 (RSV)
 
Commit your deeds to the LORD, And your plans shall succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (HNV)
 
A wise person will learn more from a warning than a fool will learn from a hundred lashings. Proverbs 17:10 (NCV™)
 
Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't, you are helping them destroy themselves. Proverbs 19:18 (GNT)
 
To do what is right and true is more pleasing to the Lord than an offering. Proverbs 21:3 (BBE)
 
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 (ESV)
 
He who keeps watch over his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23 (BBE)
 
A youngster's heart is filled with foolishness, but discipline will drive it away. Proverbs 22:15 (NLT)
 
Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV)
 
Pay attention to your teacher and learn all you can. Don't hesitate to discipline children. A good spanking won't kill them. As a matter of fact, it may save their lives. Proverbs 23:12-14 (GNT)
 
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools! Proverbs 26:3 (WEB)
 
Knacker in the WindowOne who works his land will have an abundance of food; But one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. Proverbs 28:19 (WEB)
 
Scolding and spanking a child helps him to learn. Left to himself, he brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15 (TLB)
 
Discipline your children and you can always be proud of them. They will never give you reason to be ashamed. Proverbs 29:17 (GNT)
 
The ants are not a strong people, Yet they provide their food in the summer. Proverbs 30:25 (WEB)
 
Do your planting in the morning and in the evening, too. You never know whether it will all grow well or whether one planting will do better than the other. Ecclesiastes 11:6 (GNT)
 
If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all. Isaiah 7:9 (NRSV)
 
The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. Isaiah 50:7 (ESV)
 
You have disciplined me, and I was disciplined, like an untrained calf; bring me back that I may be restored, for You are the Lord my God. Jeremiah 31:18 (ESV)
 
It is good for a young man to be under discipline, for it causes him to sit apart in silence beneath the Lord's demands, to lie face downward in the dust; then at last there is hope for him… Although God gives him grief, yet He will show compassion too, according to the greatness of His loving kindness. Lamentations 3:27-29, 32 (TLB)
 
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 6:8 (KJV)
 
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" Matthew 7:7 (KJV)
 
"Every one who hears these My teachings and acts upon them will be found to resemble a wise man who builds his house upon rock; and the heavy rain falls, the swollen torrents come, and the winds blow and beat against the house; yet it does not fall, for its foundation is on rock. And every one who hears these My teachings and does not act upon them will be found to resemble a fool who builds his house upon sand. The heavy rain descends, the swollen torrents come, and the winds blow and burst upon the house, and it falls; and disastrous is the fall." Matthew 7:24-27 (WNT)
 
"When the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away." Matthew 13:6 (KJV)
 
[The main point regarding the Parable of the Mustard Seed is that even the smallest of seeds can grow into something large. We as believers begin at a single point like a tiny seed, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and as our faith and commitment grows and matures, we become trusted disciples for our Lord. The Kingdom of Heaven had a very small beginning, but would eventually grow to find believers worldwide. However, the mustard seed is alarge garden plant, but in the parable it grows into a tree, large enough to have birds nesting in its branches. This could be a prophecy of evil, referring to Satan represented by the birds, influencing false teachers and prophets, and they would, in turn, be masquerading as servants of righteousness.]
Another parable He put before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." Matthew 13:31-32 (RSV)
 
Then said Jesus unto His disciples, "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it." Matthew 16:24-25 (KJV)
 
[The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids, or Virgins, teaches us to always be ready, and remain faithful anticipating the Lord's return. Although many believe that the bridesmaids in this parable represents the Church, I think that this is a reference to those left after the Great Tribulation, and are awaiting the return of the Messiah, as indicated in the first sentence, ‘when the end comes.’ According to 1st century Jewish weddings, when a young man saw a girl he wanted to marry, he first asked her father for his approval. If he agreed, he then asked his daughter if she agreed, and if all were in agreement, the young man would then go and prepare a home for himself and his future wife. He likely would not return to her until the house was ready for habitation. During this time, the young woman and her bridesmaids were to keep a continual watch for him, for they knew not when he would come for her. The actual wedding date would not be known to her until the house was finished, and the groom appeared. When all was ready, however, the groom would often try to surprise the girl and show up unexpectedly, and steal her away when no one was looking. Then, when the bridesmaids discovered that the she was gone, a great torchlight procession would occur through the town and the wedding celebration would begin, typically lasting seven days. Now, through Biblical symbolism, we know that the bridegroom refers to the Lord, and the bride refers to the Church. Since the bride is never mentioned in this parable, she, or the Church, has already been spirited away, so the bridesmaids refer to people alive after the Tribulation. The oil in this passage refers to the Holy Spirit, which is given to believers when they accept Jesus Christ, at the moment of salvation. So, this ‘oil’ or Holy Spirit, can’t be ‘given’ away by anyone who has it, it must be obtained personally. Of all of those left behind to face the Great Tribulation, some will come to faith through Jesus Christ, and some won’t. All believers are encouraged to maintain their faith during the Tribulation so as not to lose their salvation. Since all the bridesmaids had oil to begin with, those that maintain their faithfulness to the end when the Messiah returns—the five wise bridesmaids—will enjoy the blessings of the Kingdom. Those who lose their faith along the way, or have their oil run out—the five unwise bridesmaids—will have the door closed upon them forever.]
"When the end comes, the kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids. They took their oil lamps and went to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish bridesmaids took their lamps, but they didn't take any extra oil. The wise bridesmaids, however, took along extra oil for their lamps.
 Glacier Small Waterfall      "Since the groom was late, all the bridesmaids became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight someone shouted, 'The groom is here! Come to meet him!' Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready. The foolish ones said to the wise ones, 'Give us some of your oil. Our lamps are going out.' But the wise bridesmaids replied, 'We can't do that. There won't be enough for both of us. Go! Find someone to sell you some oil.'
     "While they were buying oil, the groom arrived. The bridesmaids who were ready went with him into the wedding hall, and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids arrived and said, 'Sir, sir, open the door for us!' But he answered them, 'I don't even know who you are!' So stay awake, because you don't know the day or the hour."
Matthew 25:1-13 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:18-19 (NRSV)
 
"For the earth bears fruit readily: first the plant, then the ear, next the full grain in the ear." Mark 4:28 (CPDV)
 
"Whoever is not ready to give up all he has may not be My disciple." Luke 14:33 (BBE)
 
Then Peter said, "See, we have given up our homes and have followed You."
      "I solemnly tell you," replied Jesus, "that there is no one who has left house or wife, or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of God's Kingdom, who shall not certainly receive many times as much in this life, and in the age that is coming the Life of the Ages." Luke 18:28-30 (WNT)
 
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, "I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of Life." John 8:12 (KJV)
 
"If a man wishes to be My servant, let him follow Me; and where I am, there too shall My servant be. If a man wishes to be My servant, the Father will honor him." John 12:26 (WNT)
 
"I am the true Vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in Me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit He prunes to make it bear more fruit." John 15:1-2 (NRSV)
 
"I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who continues in Me and in whom I continue bears abundant fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If any one does not continue in Me, he is like the unfruitful branch which is at once thrown away and then withers up. Such branches they gather up and throw into the fire and they are burned.
     "If you continue in Me and My sayings continue in you, ask what you will and it shall be done for you. By this is God glorified--by your bearing abundant fruit and thus being true disciples of Mine."
John 15:5-8 (WNT)
 
"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another." John 15:15-17 (KJV)
 
For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' Acts 17:28 (KJV)
 
For if men are controlled by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly things. If they are controlled by their spiritual natures, they give their minds to spiritual things. Because for the mind to be given up to earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means Life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 (WNT)
 
You see that God is kind and also very strict. He punishes those who stop following Him. But God is kind to you, if you continue following in His kindness. If you do not, you will be cut off from the Tree. Romans 11:22 (NCV™)
 
Twilight Blue SoCal BeachAnd that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we [first] believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14 (KJV)
 
We are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming, God's building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each man be careful how he builds on it. For no one can lay any other foundation than that which has been laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:9-11 (WEB)
 
Which shall it be? Shall I come to you with a rod, or in a loving and tender spirit? 1 Corinthians 4:21 (WNT)
 
Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly, or box like one who beats the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (HCSB)
 
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NRSV)
 
Brothers, do not choose to have the minds of children. Instead, be free of malice like infants, but be mature in your minds. 1 Corinthians 14:20 (CPDV)
 
Therefore, my dear brethren, be firm, unmovable, busily occupied at all times in the Lord's work, knowing that your toil is not fruitless in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (WNT)
 
Be alert. Be firm in the Christian faith. Be courageous and strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. 2 Corinthians 6:1 (The Message)
 
Having such great promises as these, dear friends, let us turn away from everything wrong, whether of body or spirit, and purify ourselves, living in the wholesome fear of God, giving ourselves to Him alone. 2 Corinthians 7:1 (TLB)
 
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (KJV)
 
For now we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and we who have been baptized into union with Christ are enveloped by Him. We are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free men or even merely men or women, but we are all the same—we are Christians; we are one in Jesus Christ. And now that we are Christ’s we are the true descendants of Abraham, and all of God’s promises to him belong to us. Galatians 3:26-29 (TLB)
 
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
 
Fall Colors Maple Leaves NNThe fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no Law. Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live by the Spirit, let's also walk by the Spirit. Let's not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26 (WEB)
 
Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith. Galatians 6:9-10 (WEB)
 
I am in prison because I belong to the Lord. God chose you to be His people, so I urge you now to live the life to which God called you. Always be humble, gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit, so make every effort to continue together in this way. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NCV™)
 
We will no longer be babies. We will not be tossed about like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced by every new teaching we hear from people who are trying to fool us. They make plans and try any kind of trick to fool people into following the wrong path. No! Speaking the truth with love, we will grow up in every way into Christ, who is the head. The whole body depends on Christ, and all the parts of the body are joined and held together. Each part does its own work to make the whole body grow and be strong with love. Ephesians 4:14-16 (NCV™)
 
You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 (NRSV)
 
Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear. Don't grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed to the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:29-32 (WEB)
 
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light." Ephesians 5:10-14 (RSV)
 
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 (RSV)
 
For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground. So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God's approval as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation as your helmet and the Word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies. Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God's people. Ephesians 6:13-18 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. Philippians 4:1 (KJV)
 
My God will use His wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Philippians 4:19 (NCV™)
 
Therefore, just as you have received the Lord Jesus Christ, walk in Him. Be rooted and continually built up in Christ. And be confirmed in the faith, just as you have also learned it, increasing in Him with acts of thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7 (CPDV)


Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2 (WEB)
 
MultiColor RanunculasLet the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 (KJV)
 
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what He has kept for His people. For Christ is the real Master you serve. Colossians 3:23-24 (GNT)
 
Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (WEB)
 
Run away from the evil young people like to do. Try hard to live right and to have faith, love, and peace, together with those who trust in the Lord from pure hearts. 2 Timothy 2:22 (NCV™)
 
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.
     Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterwards; and now He sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about His patience as sinful men did such terrible things to Him. After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood. Hebrews 12:1-4 (TLB)

 
Have you entirely forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you, His children? He said, "My child, don't ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes those He accepts as His children."
     As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Whoever heard of a child who was never disciplined? If God doesn't discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children after all. Since we respect our earthly fathers who disciplined us, should we not all the more cheerfully submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father and live forever?
     For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God's discipline is always right and good for us because it means we will share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:5-11 (NLT)
 
But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 (KJV)
 
But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God's perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God's teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy. James 1:25 (NCV™)
 
Suppose a Christian brother or sister is poorly clad or lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "I wish you well; keep yourselves warm and well fed," and yet you do not give them what they need; what is the use of that? So also faith, if it is unaccompanied by obedience, has no life in it--so long as it stands alone. James 2:15-17 (WNT)
 
Tioga Lake WinterDraw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 (NKJV)
 
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2 (KJV)
 
From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God's will and not by human desires. 1 Peter 4:2 (GNT)
 
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 1 Peter 4:7 (NLT)
 
Be always growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be all glory, both now and to the day of Eternity! 2 Peter 3:18 (WNT)
 
He who professes to know Him, and yet does not obey His commands, is a liar, and the truth has no place in his heart. But whoever obeys His Message, in him love for God has in very deed reached perfection. By this we can know that we are in Him. The man who professes to be continuing in Him is himself also bound to live as He lived. 1 John 2:4-6 (WNT)
 
And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 1 John 2:28 (KJV)
 
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent also loves his child. This is how we know that we love God's children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden. 1 John 5:1-3 (HCSB)
 
Dear friends, use your most holy faith to grow. Pray with the Holy Spirit's help. Remain in God's love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. Jude 20-21 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
"I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth." Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV)
 
"I correct and discipline everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act." Revelation 3:19 (GOD’S WORD®)
 
 
 
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Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
Scripture taken from the Good News Translation – Second Edition, Copyright 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by permission.
 
GOD’S WORD® is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations. Quotations are used by permission.
 
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
 
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
New Century Version® ("NCV™"), Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Bible text from the New Century Version® is not to be reproduced in copies or otherwise by any means except as permitted in writing by Thomas Nelson Publishers, Attn: Bible Rights and Permissions, P.O. Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214-1000.
 
Scripture quotations marked TLB are taken from the Holy Bible, The Living Bible, a paraphrase, copyright 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
 
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
 
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
 
The King James Version (KJV) is in the Public Domain.
 
The Bible in Basic English (BBE) is in the Public Domain.
 
The Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible (CPDV) is in the Public Domain.
 
The World English Bible (WEB) is in the Public Domain.
 
The Hebrew Names Version (HNV) of the World English Bible is in the Public Domain.
 
Weymouth New Testament of Modern Speech (WNT), Third Edition 1913, is in the Public Domain.