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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Guilty-Before God.

Bible Questions Answered:
“...I tried to witness to a girl I have known for some time, and she blew up and said she was not a sinner. She said she has never blasphemed God, stolen, hated or lusted and on. So I didn't know what to say about that....”
Sheila/ Melbourne, Australia (Victoria)

Bible Answer:

In Matthew chapter four, the Devil came to Jesus, to tempt Him, to do what was wrong. Three times Jesus over came his tempter, by quoting The Word of God.

This is such a splendid point, why we should do our best to read, and remember the inerrant Word Of God.

When someone claims to be sinless, quote to them The Word.

Sin: Offense against God, religion or good morals.
New World Dictionary

Morals: Relating to dealing with, or capable of making the distinction between, right and wrong in conduct.
New World Dictionary

The Word:

I Kings 8:46 NLT
If they sin against you—and who has never sinned?..."

Job 25:4 NLT
How can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone born of a woman be pure?

Psalm 14:3 KJV
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Psalm 51:5 NLT
For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

Psalm 53:3 KJV
Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Proverbs 20:9 NLT
Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”?

Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Isaiah 53:2,3,6 KJV
2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 64:6 KJV
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Romans 3:10,23 KJV
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:9-12,23 NLT
9 "...all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin.
10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one.
11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God.
12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one."
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Galatians 3:22 KJV
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

I John 1:8-10 KJV
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and The Truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is Faithful and Just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Anyone who says that they have never sinned, make God a liar, because He has said, that ….

Romans 3:23 KJV
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:4 KJV
"...let God be true, but every man a liar..."

Psalm 32:1-7 NLT (A Psalm of David)
1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record The Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to The Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the flood waters of judgment.
7 For you are my Hiding Place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.

Proverbs 30:12 KJV
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

Lamentations 3:40-42 KJV
40 "...let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to The Lord.
41 Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say,
42 “We have sinned and rebelled..."



Friday, June 28, 2013

Rejection

Bible Questions Answered:
“...as Christians we see, church less people, gays, drinkers, so many hating Christian people because we believe the Bible that says sinful practices are evil and wrong and rejecting the Lord means hell. Are Christians going to be hated more and more the way this is going?”
Andrew/ Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom

Bible Answer:

Two thousand years ago....

Acts 19:8-10,23-41 NLT (Paul at Ephesus.)
8 Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God.
9 But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way. So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him. Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
10 This went on for the next two years, so that people throughout the province of Asia—both Jews and Greeks—heard the word of The Lord.

(A Riot takes place in Ephesus.)

23 About that time, serious trouble developed in Ephesus concerning The Way.
24 It began with Demetrius, a silversmith who had a large business manufacturing silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis. He kept many craftsmen busy.
25 He called them together, along with others employed in similar trades, and addressed them as follows:
Gentlemen, you know that our wealth comes from this business.
26 But as you have seen and heard, this man Paul has persuaded many people that handmade gods aren’t really gods at all. And he’s done this not only here in Ephesus but throughout the entire province!
27 Of course, I’m not just talking about the loss of public respect for our business. I’m also concerned that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will lose its influence and that Artemis—this magnificent goddess worshiped throughout the province of Asia and all around the world—will be robbed of her great prestige!”
28 At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
29 Soon the whole city was filled with confusion. Everyone rushed to the amphitheater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, who were Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia.
30 Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn’t let him.
31 Some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, also sent a message to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the amphitheater.
32 Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn’t even know why they were there.
33 The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander forward and told him to explain the situation. He motioned for silence and tried to speak.
34 But when the crowd realized he was a Jew, they started shouting again and kept it up for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
35 At last the mayor was able to quiet them down enough to speak. “Citizens of Ephesus,” he said. “Everyone knows that Ephesus is the official guardian of the temple of the great Artemis, whose image fell down to us from heaven.
36 Since this is an undeniable fact, you should stay calm and not do anything rash.
37 You have brought these men here, but they have stolen nothing from the temple and have not spoken against our goddess.
38 “If Demetrius and the craftsmen have a case against them, the courts are in session and the officials can hear the case at once. Let them make formal charges.
39 And if there are complaints about other matters, they can be settled in a legal assembly.
40 I am afraid we are in danger of being charged with rioting by the Roman government, since there is no cause for all this commotion. And if Rome demands an explanation, we won’t know what to say.”
41 Then he dismissed them, and they dispersed.

The Apostle Paul was stoned to death in Lystra, by his enemies, resurrected back to life, and his preaching and teaching ended when in Rome he was beheaded for his faith.

The Rejection of God:

I Samuel 8:7 KJV
And The Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.

II Chronicles 30:6-10 NLT
6 At the king’s command, runners were sent throughout Israel and Judah. They carried letters that said:
O people of Israel, return to The Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that He will return to the few of us who have survived the conquest of the Assyrian kings.
7 Do not be like your ancestors and relatives who abandoned The Lord, The God of their ancestors, and became an object of derision, as you yourselves can see.
8 Do not be stubborn, as they were, but submit yourselves to The Lord. Come to His Temple, which He has set apart as holy forever. Worship The Lord your God so that His fierce anger will turn away from you.
9 “For if you return to The Lord, your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by their captors, and they will be able to return to this land. For The Lord your God is gracious and merciful. If you return to Him, He will not continue to turn His face from you.”
10 The runners went from town to town throughout Ephraim and Manasseh and as far as the territory of Zebulun. But most of the people just laughed at the runners and made fun of them.

II Chronicles 36:15,16 NLT
15 The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent His prophets to warn them, for He had compassion on His people and His Temple.
16 But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until
The Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.

Psalm 50:17 NLT
For you refuse My discipline and treat My words like trash.

Psalm 81:11 KJV
But My people would not hearken to My voice; and Israel would none of Me.

Proverbs 1:7,24 KJV
7 The fear of The Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded;

Isaiah 5:24 NLT
24 Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble and dry grass shrivels in the flame,
so their roots will rot and their flowers wither. For they have rejected the law of The Lord Of Heaven’s Armies they have despised The Word of The Holy One Of Israel.

Jeremiah 6:10 NLT
To whom can I give warning? Who will listen when I speak? Their ears are closed, and they cannot hear. They scorn The Word Of The Lord. They don’t want to listen at all.

Jeremiah 36:16-25 NLT (King Jehoiakim burns The Lord's warnings, to repent.)
16 When they heard all the messages, they looked at one another in alarm. “We must tell the king what we have heard,” they said to Baruch.
17 “But first, tell us how you got these messages. Did they come directly from Jeremiah?”
18 So Baruch explained, “Jeremiah dictated them, and I wrote them down in ink, word for word, on this scroll.”
19 “You and Jeremiah should both hide,” the officials told Baruch. “Don’t tell anyone where you are!”
20 Then the officials left the scroll for safekeeping in the room of Elishama the secretary and went to tell the king what had happened.
21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. Jehudi brought it from Elishama’s room and read it to the king as all his officials stood by.
22 It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm.
23 Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up.
24 Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard.
25 Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn’t listen.

Zechariah 7:11,12 NLT
11 “Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing.
12 They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions or the messages that The Lord Of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why The Lord Of Heaven’s Armies was so angry with them.

Luke 7:30 KJV
But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of Him.

I Thessalonians 4:8 KJV
He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.


The rejection of The Lord Jesus Christ:

Isaiah 50:6 KJVI gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not My face from shame and spitting.

Isaiah 53:5 KJVBut He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

Matthew 8:34 KJV
And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus: and when they saw Him, they besought Him that He would depart out of their coasts.

Mark 6:3 KJV
Is not this the Carpenter, The Son Of Mary, the Brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not His sisters here with us? And they were offended at Him.

Luke 4:28,29 KJV
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
29 And rose up, and thrust Him out of the city, and led Him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong.

Luke 23:18 KJV
And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this Man, and release unto us Barabbas:

John 1:11 KJV
He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

John 12:48 KJV
He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: The Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Hebrews 2:10 KJV
For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make The Captain Of their Salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 13:12 KJV
Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate.

I Peter 3:18 KJV
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, The Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by The Spirit:


Rejection and anger against God's people:

Matthew 5:11 KJV
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.

Matthew 10:22,39 KJV
10 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.

Matthew 19:29 KJV
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Acts 5:41,42 NLT
41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for
The Name of Jesus.
42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is The Messiah.”

Romans 8:17 KJV
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.

II Corinthians 4:11 NLT
Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.

Hebrews 11:24-26, 36-38 KJV (Read the whole chapter.)
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

James 5:10,11 KJV
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of The Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of The Lord; that The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

I Peter 2:20,21 NLT
20 "...if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps.

I Peter 5:8-11 NLT
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.
10 In His kindness God called you to share in His Eternal Glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.
11 All power to Him forever! Amen.


Will evil grow worse and worse?

II Thessalonians 2:5-8 NLT (Apostle Paul)
5 Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you?
6 And you know what is holding him (The Antichrist) back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes.
7 For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until The One (God The Holy Spirit) who is holding it back steps out of the way.
8 Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed...”

The earthly stage is readying itself for the Beast Man (Revelation 13:1-10), the Antichrist. Is it any wonder why we see more and more killings, muggings, rapes, etc. etc. etc.

John 8:44 KJV (Jesus speaks to unbelievers of His day.)
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Paul speaks to Christians:
Philippians 2:15 KJV
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Luke 22:32 KJV (Our Lord told Peter.)
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not...”

And our Savior, and Great High Priest, intercedes for “us,” as well!

John 17:9-26 KJV
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given Me; for they are thine.
10 And all Mine are thine, and thine are Mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy Truth: thy Word is Truth.
18 As thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through The Truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in Me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent Me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory, which thou hast given Me: for thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.
25 O Righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent Me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.

Luke 12:35,36 NLT (Jesus)
35 “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning,
36 as though you were waiting for your Master..."



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fornication

Bible Questions Answered:
“My boy friend and I have been going together for over a year now, and he wants us to have sex. I don't think this is ok, but I am confused on the whole issue.....”
Sheryl/ Huntington, New York U.S.A.

Bible Answer:
Here is what the Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians.

I Thessalonians 4:1-12 NLT
1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of The Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more.
2 For you remember what we taught you by the authority of The Lord Jesus.
3 God’s will is for you to be holy* (Sanctification KJV) , so stay away from all sexual sin.
4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness* and honor—
5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and His ways.
6 Never harm or cheat a Christian brother in this matter by violating his wife, for The Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before.
7 God has called us to live holy*(Holiness - KJV) lives, not impure lives.
8 Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God Himself has taught you to love one another.
10 Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more.
11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.
12 Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.

*Holy, Holiness-(Sanctification - KJV) Greek: Hagiasmos (Hag-ee-as-mos): Purification, i.e. (the state) purity; a purifier: -holiness, sanctification.

The Word:

Adultery: Sexual immorality, by the married.
Fornication: Sexual immorality, by unmarried singles.

Exodus 20:14 KJV
Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Proverbs 6:32,33 KJV
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

Matthew 5:27,28 KJV
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Matthew 15:19 KJV
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Romans 1:28-32 KJV (Notice the group, fornicators are grouped in.)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate 0mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness*; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity*; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

*Maliciousness-Greek: Kakia (Kak-ee-ah): Badness, i.e. depravity, trouble: -evil, malice (iousness), wickedness.

*Malignity-Greek: Kakoetheia (Kak-o-ay-thi-ah): Bad character, i.e. mischievousness:-malignity.

I Corinthians 6:9-13,18-20 KJV
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (homosexuality), nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by The Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13"...the body is not for fornication, but for The Lord; and The Lord for the body.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 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.

Galatians 5:19-21 KJV
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness*,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance*, emulations*, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

*Lasciviousness-Greek: Aselgeia (As-elg-i-a): Mean, filthy, lasciviousness, wantonness.
*Variance-Greek: Eris (Er-is): Quarreling, wrangling: contention, debate, strife, variance.

*Emulations-Greek: Zelos (Dzay-los): Heat, i.e. zeal (in a favorable sense, ardor; in an unfavorable one, jealousy, as of a husband , or an enemy, malice): emulation, envy, fervent mind, indignation, jealousy, zeal.

Ephesians 5:3 KJV
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Colossians 3:5 NLT
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality (fornication KJV), impurity, lust, and evil desires..."

Jude 1:7 KJV
Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

II Peter 2:12-14 NLT
12 These false teachers are like unthinking animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed. They scoff at things they do not understand, and like animals, they will be destroyed.
13 Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They delight in deception even as they eat with you in your fellowship meals.
14 They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. They lure unstable people into sin, and they are well trained in greed. They live under God’s curse.

I Corinthians 6:18 KJV
Flee fornication.
Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.



Sunday, June 23, 2013

Witnessing To Those Around Us

Bible Questions Answered:
“...so I have witnessed to this man at the shop for over a year but I don't see anything taking hold. Is there a time when we say enough and just move on so to speak?”
Cael/ Oslo, Norway

Bible Answer:
Our Lord, always warned the wicked, and never stopped warning them.
We need to be a people of “faith.” Prayers are not always answered in the time space we appreciate, but in God's time and requirements.

Jesus said....
Matthew 7:7,8 KJV
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The import here, is that of insistent spiritual exercise of faith! When one believes for something, if it is worthy of believing for at all, when is the proper time to stop believing? Never, for if it was of any significance, it is right and proper to go on believing for it.

We may sow the seed, Jesus told us, but another may reap the harvest. The wonderful thing is that the seed took root, grew and produced the fruit God had intended!

John 4:34-38 KJV
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor: other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors.

Keep witnessing The Word Of The Lord, if you can, and if you can't, because this individual doesn't want that, remember you can always minister to others through “The Fruits Of The Spirit.”

Galatians 5:22,23 KJV
22 But The Fruit Of The Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance:

Ephesians 5:9 KJV
(For The Fruit Of The Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Whatever you do, saints of God, keep sowing the seed of God's Word!

BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES

Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Refrain

Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves,
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves,

Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Refrain

Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Refrain

Words: Knowles Shaw, 1874. Shaw wrote mu­sic for these lyr­ics, but George Mi­nor’s tune is un­i­ver­sal­ly used to­day.

Music: George A. Mi­nor, 1880

Hear the music here:

Psalm 126:5,6 KJV
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Isaiah 32:20 KJV
Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters..."

Daniel 12:3 KJV
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Matthew 25:23 KJV
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Luke 10:2 KJV
Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore The Lord Of The Harvest, that He would send forth laborers into His harvest.

Galatians 6:9 KJV
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

I Corinthians 15:58 KJV
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of The Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in The Lord.

Revelation 22:12 KJV
And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Revelation 14:13 KJV
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in The Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith The Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

More on witnessing, see the blog: Witnessing


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bible Lesson: Miracles Of The Old Testament: Miraculous Supply Of Oil.

Bible Lesson: Miracles Of The Old Testament: Miraculous Supply Of Oil.

Occasion: Miracle Of God Delivers Widow From Debt.

Location: Moab

Bible Text:
II Kings 4:1-7 NLT
1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets (the sons of the prophets - KJV)  came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared The Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.”
2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.
3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors.
4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”
5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another.
6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.
7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”


1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared The Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.”

Leviticus 25:39-41 NLT
39 “If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell himself to you, do not treat him as a slave.
40 Treat him instead as a hired worker or as a temporary resident who lives with you, and he will serve you only until the Year of Jubilee.
41 At that time he and his children will no longer be obligated to you, and they will return to their clans and go back to the land originally allotted to their ancestors.

A widow and her two sons were in deep poverty, so much so that her creditor wished to take her two sons and make them slaves. Her husband had been a Godly man, a prophet and a member of the sons of the prophets.

What would Elisha do?

2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.
3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors.
4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”

What was it the Lord told Moses...
Exodus 14:15,16 KJV
15 And The Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto Me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

Genesis 18:14 KJV (The Lord asked Abraham...)
Is any thing too hard for the Lord?

The Supernatural is only Natural, with God, for He lives in the Supernatural.

What do you have? God uses what we have, if we give it to Him.
2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.

Elisha had a plan...

Exodus 14:16 KJV
But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea

God would make a miracle out of what the widow had. All she had was oil, but that would be enough.

5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another.
6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.


II Kings 4:3 KJV
Then he (Elisha) said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

One is reminded of the song written long ago by Lei­la N. Mor­ris.

Are you longing for the fullness
Of the blessing of the Lord
In your heart and life today?
Claim the promise of your Father;
Come according to His Word,
In the bless├Ęd, old time way.

Refrain

He will fill your heart today to overflowing.
As the Lord commandeth you,
“Bring your vessels, not a few.”
He will fill your heart today to overflowing
With the Holy Ghost and power.

Bring your empty earthen vessels,
Clean through Jesus’ precious blood.
Come, ye needy, one and all;
And in human consecration
Wait before the throne of God
Till the Holy Ghost shall fall.

Refrain

Like the cruse of oil unfailing
Is His grace forevermore,
And His love unchanging still;
And according to His promise,
With the Holy Ghost and power
He will every vessel fill.

Refrain

Words & Music: Lei­la N. Mor­ris, 1912
(Top left icon-to hear the music)

Oil, in Biblical typology is a symbol of God The Holy Spirit. When Kings and Prophets were anointed, oil was poured on their heads as a sign of their being consecrated to the Lord.

Leviticus 8:10,12 KJV
10 And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.
12 And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.

Dear friend, is your vessel, your life, filled with the precious presence of God? Filled to overflowing?

I Corinthians 6:19,20 KJV
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple (vessel) 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.

Psalm 23:5 KJV
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Matthew 25:1-13 KJV (This parable told by Jesus.)
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet
The Bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While The Bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, The Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, The Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein The Son Of Man cometh.

Hebrews 1:9 KJV
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bible-Names For The

Bible Questions Answered:
“What does the word bible mean by itself...”
Heriberto/ El Cajon, California

Bible Answer:

The Word "Bible," does not appear in the Word of God. Bible has a Greek origin from the word for papyrus. Papyrus was a plant the Egyptians used in the making of paper. Greeks called the papyrus plant biblos. Scrolls were written on papyrus and thus they were known as biblos. The Greek word "biblia," means scrolls or books.

The Bible is such a writing, a compilation of books, and it has gone by many names.

THE LAW:

Psalm 119:1 KJV
Blessed are the undefiled in The Way, who walk in The Law* Of The Lord.

*Law-Hebrew: Towrah (To-raw): Torah-A precept or statue, the Decalogue or Pentateuch: law.

Psalm 19:7 KJV
The Law Of The Lord is perfect, converting the soul: The Testimony of The Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Deuteronomy 31:26 KJV
Take this book of The Law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.


THE TESTIMONY:

Psalm 119:2 KJV
Blessed are they that keep His Testimonies*, and that seek Him with the whole heart.

*Testimonies-Hebrew: Edah (Ay-daw): Testimony, witness.

Isaiah 8:20 KJV
To The Law and to The Testimony*: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

*Testimony-Hebrew: Tuwdah (Teh-oo-daw): Attestation, i.e. a precept usage: testimony.


PRECEPTS:

Psalm 119:4 KJV
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy Precepts* diligently.

*Precepts-Hebrew: Piqquwd (Pik-kood): Appointed, i.e. a mandate (of God); commandment, precept, statue.


STATUE:

Psalm 119:5 KJV
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes*!

*Statues-Hebrew: Choq (Khoke): An enactment, hence an appointment (of time, space quantity, labor or usage): appointed, bound, commandment, convenient, custom, decree, due, law, measure, necessary ordinance, portion, set time, statue, task.


COMMANDMENT:

Psalm 119:6 KJV
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments*.

*Commandments-Hebrew: Mitsvah (Mits-vaw): A command, whether human or divine: (which was) commanded, law, ordinance, precept.

Exodus 24:12 KJV
And The Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a Law, and Commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.


JUDGMENT:

Psalm 119:7 KJV
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments*.

*Judgments-Hebrew: Mishpat (Mish-pawt): A verdict, a sentence or formal decree, divine law, determination, form to be judged, judgment, (of lawful manner), measure, order, ordinance, right, sentence.

Leviticus 9:16 KJV
And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to The Manner*.

*Manner-Hebrew: Mishpat.


WORD:

Psalm 119:9 KJV
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy Word*.

*Word-Hebrew: Dabar (Daw-bawr): A word; (as spoken of) or thing; advice, answer, chronicles, commandment, confer, counsel, decree, judgment, reason, somewhat to say, speech, spoken, thought, tidings,, word.
New Testament:


THE WORD

Luke 11:28 KJV
But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word* of God, and keep it.

*Word-Greek: Logos (Log-os): Something said (including the thought): a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; communication, concerning, doctrine, preaching, reason, speaker, speech, talk, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.


WORDS OF THE LORD:

Psalm 12:6 KJV
The Words* Of The Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

*Words-Hebrew: Imrah (Im-raw): Commandment, speech, word.


New Testament:
WORD OF CHRIST:

Colossians 3:16 KJV
Let 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.

*Word-Greek: Logos (Log-os): Something said (including the thought): a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; communication, concerning, doctrine, preaching, reason, speaker, speech, talk, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.


BOOK:

Psalm 40:7 KJV
Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book* it is written of me,
*Book-Hebrew: Cepher (Say-fer): Writing, (the art or a document); a book: evidence, letter, register, scroll.


THE GOSPEL:

Romans 1:16 KJV
For I am not ashamed of The Gospel* of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

*Gospel-Greek: Euaggelion (Yoo-ang-ghel-ee-on): A good message, i.e. the gospel.


SCRIPTURES:

Romans 1:2 KJV
(Which He had promised afore by His prophets in The Holy Scriptures*,)

*Scriptures-Greek: Graphe (Graf-ay): Document, i.e. holy Writ (it contents or statement in it): scripture.

II Timothy 3:15 KJV
And that from a child thou hast known The Holy Scriptures*, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

*Scriptures-Greek: Gramma (Gram-mah): A writing, i.e. a letter, note, epistle, book, etc. scripture, writing.


ORACLES:

Acts 7:38 KJV
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles* to give unto us:

*Oracles-Greek: Logion (Log-ee-on): An utterance (of God): oracle.
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT:

Ephesians 6:17 KJV
And take the helmet of salvation, and The Sword* Of The Spirit, which is The Word Of God:

*Sword-Greek: Machaira (Makh-ahee-rah): A knife,war, judicial punishment: sword.


TRUTH:

John 17:17 KJV
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth*.

*Truth-Greek: Aletheia (Al-ay-thi-a): True, truly, truth.


WORD OF LIFE:

Philippians 2:16 KJV
Holding forth The Word Of Life*; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.


*Life-Greek: Zoe (Dzo-ay): Life (time). 


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Love

Bible Questions Answered:
“....what is the first love, and how was it lost?”
Carrie/ Oslo, Norway

Bible Answer:
Bible Text:
Revelation 2:1-7 KJV
1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks (lamp stands);
2 I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name's sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what The Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that over cometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

The church at Ephesus, was founded by the Apostle Paul, a place very near and dear to his heart. Though he faced opposition, for three years he labored there.

In this congregation were Aquila and Priscilla and Timothy.
The Apostle John received this revelation from the Lord on the Isle of Patmos, later he would reside in Ephesus.

The Ephesian believers had been zealous. They became a great description of what a Christian Church should be.

2 I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name's sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

The Devil and his emissaries, have, as their sought after place of occupation, the church of Jesus Christ.
The Nicolaitanes, a group infiltrating the church, were those who turned Christian freedom and liberty into a spiritual license to be in the flesh. They demanded sensuality, heathen customs, and immorality, as part of worship.

In the Ephesian church, somewhere between all their patience and labor, the worst thing had happened.
They had grown spiritually superior, and mechanical, while their zealous love of the Master, had grown cold.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

(Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; )

Christians, just being spiritually correct is “not,” enough!

Ecclesiastes 7:20 KJV
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Isaiah 53:6 KJV
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 64:6 KJV
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV
8 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.

Titus 3:5,6 KJV
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of The Holy Ghost;
6 Which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;

I John 1:8 KJV
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and The Truth is not in us.

Romans 3:9,10,23 KJV
9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

I Corinthians 10:12 KJV
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Galatians 3:22 KJV
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Philippians 3:12-14 NLT
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Hebrews 12:1-4 NLT
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, The Champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
3 Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

The Christian faith, is opposing sin, is full of patience, is of labors and correction, but one thing more than all! The Christian faith is “DYNAMIC,” and not “static.” And that is how we must be in our adoration of The Living, Loving Savior.

Christians, should never rest on their laurels, (i.e. past accomplishments), while growing cold in love to The One who made our salvation possible!

Christians we must carefully maintain that “first love,” relationship with our precious Lord!

Deuteronomy 4:29 KJV
But if from thence thou shalt seek The Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

II Chronicles 15:15 KJV
And all Judah rejoiced...with all their heart, and sought Him with their whole desire; and He was found of them: and The Lord gave them rest round about.

Psalm 18:1 KJV
I will love thee, O Lord, my Strength.

Psalm 34:18 KJV
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 42:1,2 NLT
1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, The Living God..."

Psalm 73:25 KJV
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

Psalm 84:2 KJV
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of The Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for The Living God.

Psalm 116:1,2 KJV
1 I love The Lord, because He hath heard my voice and my supplications.
2 Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.

Psalm 119:2 KJV
Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart.

Song Of Solomon 8:6-8 MSG (The Message)
6-7 Hang my locket around your neck, wear my ring on your finger. Love is invincible facing danger and death. Passion laughs at the terrors of hell. The fire of love stops at nothing— it sweeps everything before it. Flood waters can’t drown love, torrents of rain can’t put it out. Love can’t be bought, love can’t be sold— it’s not to be found in the marketplace.

Matthew 5:6 KJV
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Hebrews 6:10-12 NLT
10 For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other believers, as you still do.
11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true.
12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.