2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
God is long–suffering, He is patient and He in no way rushes anything. He does not have to be concerned with time! To Him a thousand years is as one day and one day is as a thousand years. The point is that the final judgment, the end of the earth and the heavens, is coming.… Read More
Acts 1:4-5 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The apostles were to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Until that event took place, His command was to wait. Waiting is one of the hardest things for us to do these days.… Read More
Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
Prayer should be continual, not sporadic; a habit, not an isolated act. Prayer should be in the Spirit, that is, inspired and led by the Spirit. Formal prayers that are recited merely by repetition are of little value in tearing down strongholds intended by the hosts of hell. Prayer requires spiritual eagerness, alertness, and concentration to be effective.… Read More
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 – For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.… Read More
James 1:14-15 – But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Every one of us is tempted. We have wicked lusts and impure appetites constantly urging us on in sin. Are you a helpless victim then, when you are drawn away by your own desires and enticed? No, you may expel all thoughts of sin from your mind and concentrate on subjects that are pure and holy (Phil.… Read More
Acts 17:30 – “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent…”
There was a time when God shut His eyes to paganism. Now light has come into the world. God asks men everywhere to turn to Him. Light creates responsibility. Now God is commanding all men everywhere to repent. He has presented God as the Creator in His past work. He shows God as the Redeemer in His present work. Now he shows God as the Judge in His future work.… Read More
1 John 5:11 – And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
The gospel stated in the simplest of words, God gave all people eternal life, and that life is only found in Jesus Christ His Son. The greatest of gifts ever given to anyone for all of history is God’s gift of eternal life to those who will believe in His Son Jesus. Mankind may take part in producing the physical life of a human being, but only God can graciously give eternal life to men and women of faith.… Read More
Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
The first thing you must do, to have strong faith, is to believe that God is. Believe that God exists. When God told Moses who He was, He said, “I AM WHO I AM.” (Exodus 3:14) In other words, God said, “I am whatever you need.” Are you lonely?… Read More
Luke 6:35 – But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
The practice of loving your enemies is modeled by God Himself, as He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Many of Jesus’ teachings are already found in the Old Testament and have been the foundation of godly living all along.… Read More
2 Corinthians 12:9 – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Paul’s prayer had been answered, but not in the way the Apostle was expecting. God said to Paul, “I will not remove the thorn, but I will do something better: I will give you grace to bear it. And just remember, Paul, that although I have not given you what you asked for, yet I am giving you what you need most deeply.… Read More