“Sun, moon, and stars beckon people to worship the Creator—until people lose sight of the living God and begin to worship the sun, moon, and stars themselves.”
"Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain."
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.”
"False gods patiently endure the existence of other false gods. Dagon can stand with Bel, and Bel with Ashtaroth; how should stone, and wood, and silver, be moved to indignation; but because God is the only living and true God, Dagon must fall before His ark; Bel must be broken, and Ashtaroth must be consumed with fire." (1 Kings 18:18-39)
“There is no such “mother” as Mother Nature. Nature itself is powerless to produce life of any kind. In itself, nature is barren. The power to produce life resides in the Author of nature — God. To substitute nature as the source of life is to confuse the creature with the Creator. All forms of nature worship are acts of idolatry that are detestable to God.”
"If we exalt money, status, or sex above the Word of God, we are living in idolatry. Every time we inwardly submit to the strongholds of fear, bitterness, and pride, we are bowing to the rulers of darkness. Each of these idols must be smashed, splintered, and obliterated from the landscape of our hearts."
“Can you worship a God who isn’t obligated to explain His actions to you? Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation?”
“We were placed on earth to know God. Everything else is secondary.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.
“‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.
“let no one be found among you who … practices
divination or sorcery,
engages in witchcraft.”
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God."
“Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves. I am the Lord your God."
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the
“who is, and who was,
and who is to come,
"You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder."
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired, His understanding is inscrutable."
"O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways".
“In biblical thinking, genuine love exists only when good works are done in a context where God rather than the doer gets the credit.”
“I cannot love you as I love myself until I love God as I ought to love Him.”
“We become truly personal by loving God and by loving other humans … In its deepest sense, love is the life, the energy, of the Creator in us.”
“The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.”
― Billy Graham
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
“The only way you can serve God is by serving other people.”
“What is my thought? I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, This is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.”
“When you love the Lord, you long to glorify Him and see the nations fall at His feet in worship. When you love your neighbor as yourself, you share the gospel with him and seek to meet his needs in every way you can, which includes seeing him fall at Jesus’ feet in thanksgiving for salvation.”
"Whoever does not love
does not know God,
because God is love."
“but if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."
"In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus"
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
1 Peter 4:8
"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments."
"Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters."
"Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly."
"Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love."
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:18-19
“God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing.”
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”
“God is love. Therefore love. Without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love.”
“Love is an act of endless forgiveness.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“When I am critical of others, I am actually exposing my own sin. If Christ lives in me, continually extending His mercy toward me, I will reflect His compassion by caring about the needs of others rather than by criticizing them."
“Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from selfishness to service.”
"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving."
"Love is unselfishly choosing for another's good."
1 Corinthians 13:8, 12-13
Love never fails ... For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
“and so we know and rely on the love
God has for us.
God is love. whoever lives in love
lives in God,
and God in them.”
"Dear friends, let us love one another for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
“If I’m not showing grace … have I forgotten the grace I’ve been shown?”
“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.”
“God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite.”
"Hurting people hurt people."
― Author Unknown
“The man or woman who doesn't forgive has forgotten the price that Christ paid for them on the Cross.”
"He who angers you controls you."
“It is said that resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for your enemy to die.”
“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”
“Do not say, ‘I cannot help having a bad temper.’ Friend, you must help it. Pray to God to help you overcome it at once, for either you must kill it, or it will kill you. You cannot carry a bad temper into heaven.”
“in the same way you judge others, you will be judged …why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
"Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else."
1 Thessalonians 5:15
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. "
1 John 4:7-8
Jesus "is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."
1 John 2:2
In Jesus "we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."
"For the Lord you God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him."
2 Chronicles 30:9
“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”
– John Piper
“The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin—but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.”
“We are the son, and God is the father. We have incurred a debt against God, and we can’t pay Him back. So in His mercy, He pays our sins for us. The wages of our sin is death, and He died on our behalf, balancing the accounts.”
“Nothing should keep our minds busier on earth than this great reality: the Holy One of God was declared unholy, so that unholy sinners might stand unblemished before a holy God.”
“God’s faithfulness means that God will always do what He said and fulfill what He has promised.”
“Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift!”
“Those who follow God on earth, live with him forever in heaven. There is a resurrection to eternal life for those who are found in Christ.”
“God does not keep a record of our sins. In fact, as far as east is from the west he removes our transgressions and forgets them. His mercies are new every morning!! So if satan accuses you of your past show him your future ... he comes to kill steal and destroy but Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. We create an atmosphere of life or death by the words we speak. We can create an atmosphere that invites God or evil by the words we speak. We have to ask God to empower us with faith for our dreams to become a reality. Regardless of how bad the situation is around you choose God. Trust Him by walking in faith and expectation that God is going to do something new out of the broken pieces of your life. We cannot comprehend the love of God. He will fulfill His purposes in your life”!
“God cannot change. He cannot be anything other than who He is. Out of His love and His promises, you were selected as His treasure. God’s faithfulness has been the bedrock of His dealings with humanity throughout time.”
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.”
“It was Christ who willingly went to the cross, and it was our sins that took him there.
“His brokenhearted cry on the cross, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do,’ shows God’s heart toward sinners.”
“As Christ struggled up Calvary’s hill and bled upon it, His aim was to eradicate self-love and implant the love of God in the hearts of men. One can only increase as the other decreases.”
"Only in the Cross of Christ will we receive power when we are powerless. We will find strength when we are weak. We will experience hope when our situation is hopeless. Only in the Cross is there peace for our troubled hearts."
“Has it ever occureed to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than the could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship."”
“God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with.”
John Testifies Again About Jesus
John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
“for this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for
the sins of the people.”
"God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
2 Corinthians 5:21
"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved."
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!”
“You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?”
Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
"God’s purpose in us as his children is that we might be dependent upon Him completely."
“God is going to see if, when under stress, are you going to turn to Him, or are you going to turn to other things?”
"So often we think and act as if God was not even alive. We act like He doesn’t even know about the situation that we are going through. We need to be reminded that God is a living God and that He acts on behalf of His people."
“Fear can paralyze us and keep us from believing God and stepping out in faith. The devil loves a fearful Christian!”
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
“Put your expectations on God, not on people.”
“Anything you love more, fear more, serve more, or value more than God is your idol.”
Jacob said, “God was in this place and I did not know it.” How marvelous are the ways of God. Just when I think everything is lost … He says, “I’m not giving up on you.”
“How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear.”
“The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.”
“Any time we open ourselves up to fear, we fall prey to his deceptions and intimidations. Yet, if we submit our hearts to God and stand in faith, we can resist those first fearful thoughts. As we yield to God we can master our reactions to fear and the enemy will soon flee.”
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat …
… God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?"
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:6-7
Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
1 Corinthians 10:12
"We don’t come to Jesus for a better life. We come to Jesus because He is life.”
"The truth that sets us free is this: Jesus is the one and only way to everlasting life."
“If Christ is not all to you He is nothing to you. He will never go into partnership as a part Savior of men. If He be something He must be everything, and if He be not everything He is nothing to you.”
"Christ is God's way to man; Christ is man's way to God. Christ is the true Jacob's ladder. By Him the penitent sinner, the believing soul, the redeemed child of God may come unto the Father and enter into the house of many mansions.”
“There is no other way to experience the joy of eternal life in Heaven other than through Jesus.”
“The Bible comes both to warn and to encourage and always to turn us again to the Lord Jesus Christ.”
"It ought to be placed in the forefront of all Christian teaching that Christ's mission on earth was to give men Life. I am come, He said, that ye might have Life, and that ye might have it more abundantly. And that He meant literal Life, literal spiritual and Eternal Life, is clear from the whole course of His teaching and acting."
"Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ. Accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification and eternal life by virtue of God's grace."
"This one word 'grace' contains within itself the whole of New Testament theology."
“From the sepulcher He arose, with His wounds healed, His scars kept. For this He judged expedient for His disciples, that His scars should be kept, where by the wounds of their hearts might be healed. What wounds? The wounds of unbelief.”
“Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer, let faith fill your heart – so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”
"It is the truth that has died, not God.”
“I have decided to follow Jesus; no turning back …Though none go with me, I still will follow; no turning back, no turning back … My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus; no turning back, no turning back … The world behind me, the cross before me; no turning back, no turning back.”
― “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus” unknown author. For the true story behind the song:
Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
“All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“All those the Father gives me
will come to me,
comes to me
I will never drive away.”
"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
"You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ."
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
“Man may reject you but God is not looking for perfection but willingness to be moldable to do his will.”
"God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called."
“The Bible is a book you can completely rely on to tell you the truth about God – and about yourself.”
“The good news of the kingdom is not freedom from hardship, suffering, and loss. It is the news of a Redeemer who has come to rescue me from myself.”
“Psalms teach us how to worship; Proverbs, how to behave; Job, how to suffer; Song of Solomon, how to love; and Ecclesiastes, how to live.”
"No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace."
― Author Unknown
“To have faith in the Word, Scripture must not grasp us in our critical thought, but in the life of the soul.”
"Pulled out of the mud of your own ego, so that you have stopped thinking that you are somebody, at last you are delivered from yourself and are seeking God for Himself alone."
“The Holy Scripture is like a diamond: in the dark it is like a piece of glass, but as soon as the light strikes it the water begins to sparkle, and the scintillation of life greets us.”
"Certainly we should be very active in seeking God, and Jesus himself called us to 'ask, seek, knock' in order to find him. Yet those who enter a relationship with God inevitably look back and recognize that God's grace had sought them out, breaking them open to new realities."
“God is seeking those who hear His call to a life of worship. Those who heed are those who will walk in His presence. They will know Him intimately as He will manifest Himself to them.”
“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount.”
"While it is good that we seek to know the Holy One, it is probably not so good to presume that we ever complete the task."
“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one
who seeks finds;
and to the one who knocks,
the door will be opened."
" Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."
"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
"Glory in His
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice."
1 Chronicles 16:10
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
"Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always."
1 Chronicles 16:11
"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him."
1 John 3:1
"Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us. But he will answer,
‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’’
“whoever has ears,
let them hear what
the Holy Spirit says …”
“There is a kind of life that leads to death. There is a kind of death that leads to life.”
"The broad road is a road of religion that says heaven but it ends up in hell."
“What we have to ask is, if I keep heading in this direction, where is he going to carry me? Is it going to carry me closer to God? One of satan's most deceptive and powerful ways of defeating us is to get us to believe a lie. And the biggest lie is that there are no consequences to our own doing. Satan will give you whatever you ask for if it will lead you where he ultimately wants you.”
“So here is what it comes down to: the ultimate choice in life is between pleasing ourselves and pleasing God.”
"Make sure the thing you're living for is worth dying for."
– Charles Mayes
“He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain.”
“If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it.”
“Destruction by distraction is difficult to detect when it’s happening, because it doesn’t involve bad things but good things that take the place of the most important things.”
“Humility is a virtue to be highly sought but never claimed, because once claimed it is forfeited.“
"When we change the message of God, we change the God of the message."
“Here is a word for you, believer; rest in it. Be sure that God will be your counselor and friend; He will guide you; He will direct all your ways. In His written Word you have this assurance fulfilled in part, for Holy Scripture is His "counsel" to you. We are happy to have God's Word as our constant guide! What is the sailor without his compass? And what is the Christian without the Bible? This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the harbor of salvation mapped and marked by one who knows the way.”
“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you
in the way
you should go.
If only you had paid
attention to my commands,
your peace would have been like a river,
waves of the sea.”
"There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death."
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
“I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?"
"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."
1 Peter 18-19
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
“Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in”: Aim at earth and you will get neither.”
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."
“There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.”
“God has nothing to say to the self-righteous.”
"Pride is functioning without God."
“To put our hope in wealth is to depend upon it as our ultimate source of security. Only God should occupy this treasured position in our lives.”
“Don’t confuse temporal with eternal value.”
“The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.”
“This good news is revealed to everyone except to those who refuse to believe ... the allure of money, power and pleasure blinds the people from the light of the good news ... those who reject Christ and further their own pursuits unknowingly make satan their god...”
“Those who go to Heaven ride on a pass and enter into blessings tat they never earned, but all who go to hell pay their own way.”
"We are drifting toward a religion which consciously or unconsciously has its eye on humanity rather than on deity."
“Faith is not to get you out of a hard place but to change your heart in the hard place.”
“The more man reaches for material things on the outside, the more he points to his bankruptcy on the inside.”
"Atheists express their rage against God, although in their view He does not exist"
"Hell is dark because 1 John 1:5 said God is light. There’s only death in hell because John 1:4 said God is life.
There’s only hatred in hell because 1 John 4:16 said God is love. There’s no mercy in hell because Psalms 36:5 says the mercy of the Lord is in the Heavens. There’s no strength in hell because Psalms 18:32 said it’s the Lord that gives us strength. There’s no water in hell because Deuteronomy 11:11 says water is the rain of Heaven. There is no peace in hell because Isaiah 9:6 says He (Jesus) is the Prince of Peace.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great
is that darkness!
“No one can serve t
Either you will
hate the one and
love the other, or you will be
devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money."
Jesus went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed,malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly."
"In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God."
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
1 Timothy 6:10
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them."
1 John 2:15
"You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God."
“One of satan's most deceptive and powerful ways of defeating us is to get us to believe a lie. And the biggest lie is that there are no consequences to our own doing. Satan will give you whatever you ask for if it will lead you where he ultimately wants you.”
“Satan knows that the nature of humankind is to act out of how we feel rather than what we know. One of our most important defenses against satanic influence will be learning how to behave out of what we know is truth rather than what we feel.”
“Jesus called satan 'the father of lies.' Why? Because His chief strategy is to deny, confuse, misrepresent, or counterfeit whatever God has said."
"God hates the LUKEWARM GOSPEL OF HALF-TRUTHS that is now spreading over the Globe. This gospel says, 'Just believe in Jesus and you'll be Saved. There's nothing more to it.' It ignores the Whole Counsel of God, which speaks of Repenting from former Sins, of Taking up your Cross, of being conformed to the Image of Christ by the refining work of the Holy Spirit. It is totally silent about the Reality of Hell and an After-Death Judgment."
“If you believe in the Gospel what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.”
“When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.”
“An evil man is clay to God, and wax to the devil; a good man is God’s wax, and satan’s clay.”
"What an absolutely untenable spot to be in. Worship God and die now. Worship the anti-Christ and die forever."
"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."
“the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and
have it to the full.”
"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron."
1 Timothy 4:1-2
"Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son."
1 John 2:22
"... by Jesus' death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death — that is, the devil"
Then Jesus will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."
"The only true conqueror who shall be crowned in the end is he who continues until war's trumpet is blown no more.... Christian, wear your shield close to your armor and cry earnestly to God, that by His Spirit you may endure to the end."
“The number one key to spiritual warfare is prayer.”
“Let God handle your battles today. Stand still and see the salvation of our God!”
“You can’t bring the Gospel without power any more than having fire without heat.”
“Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night. The best way to fight against sin is to fight it on our knees.”
“We are defenseless against our enemy if we are living a lie.”
“I have to keep in mind that the battle is ultimately not mine. It is God’s. And when I suit up in His strength, He goes before me and fights on my behalf.”
"Living in sin will bring death into our lives, whether we know it or not. It is a spiritual law, and it is just as effective as the physical laws. Evil is attracted to sin just as a magnet is attracted to metal. Evil will come after you and hunt you down (Proverbs 13:21; Psalm 140:11). If we continue in sin, it will destroy us."
“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”
“God is our loving, kind, edifying, friend, savior and counselor. He is our bountiful provider when we fall on hard times. God is our divine healer when we are sick. He is our mighty protector who guards us and keeps us safe and free from harm. He is the teacher that fills us with knowledge and wisdom and orders our steps. He is the architect that draws the well thought out plans for our lives. He anoints us with talents, abilities, ease and purpose. God is the prince and author of peace! He will go to battle for us, and fight for us. He is our deliverer!”
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
"Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always."
“the night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on
the armor of light.”
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
"But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on
faith and love as a breastplate,and the hope of salvation as a helmet."
1 Thessalonians 5:8
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds."
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.”
“God’s way of saving men is to send out His servants to tell them the gospel, and the Church has been charged to go into all the world for that very purpose.
Evangelism is man’s work, but the giving of the faith is God’s.”
“We are all missionaries wherever we go. We either bring people nearer to Christ, or we repel them.”
“Beloved, for the sake of a lost and dying world, pay any price, get God’s power and set the prisoners free.”
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
“There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God.”
"The point of your life is to point to Him."
"Don't shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him."
“The key to usefulness in the Kingdom of God begins with self-forgetfulness.”
“God sends people into our lives just when we need them, to say the right word, His word, just when we need it.”
“If you are not fishing (sharing the gospel), you are not following (Jesus).”
“I’d rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.”
Sing to the LORD; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves. Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods!
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but
the workers are few."
Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."
"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
Jesus said, "I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me
the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God."
“for this is what the Lord has
I have made you a light for the gentiles, that you may bring salvation
to the ends of the earth.”
"Be merciful to those who doubt"
“ The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.”
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
“There are few things that we can count on in this unpredictable life - but we can count on storms to come. We can also count on God’s continual and unfailing strength for those storms.”
“God can use each and every person who surrenders her brokenness into His hands … no matter what. That is what the good news of Jesus is all about!”
“Your problems are temporary, but God’s promises are eternal. His promises will outlive your problems and carry you to heaven, where there are no problems, no pain, no death, no tears.”
“No matter what storm you face, you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you.”
"Don't tell God how big your storm is, tell your storm how big God is."
― Author Unknown
“Brokenness is to give up all hope of attaining heaven by any measure of personal goodness. It is to lay down all trust in our own efforts. It is turning wholly to the victory of the cross of Christ, believing he is the only way. Finally, it means trusting him to empower us through his Spirit to live up to his claim on our lives.”
“As you entrust your concerns to Me (Jesus), I receive them into My care and keeping. This lightens your load and helps you to gain traction so you can move forward in dependence on Me. I don’t guarantee you a trouble-free journey, but I do promise to make your life meaningful.”
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
“so do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for
I am your God. I will strengthen you and
I will uphold you with
my righteous right hand.”
"Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord
comforts his people and will have compassion on
his afflicted ones."
"Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy."
“Our sins twisted the crown of thorns; our sins drove the nails into his hands and feet; on account of our sins his blood was shed. Surely the thought of Christ crucified should make us loathe all sin.”
”It wasn’t that Jesus simply stepped up and said “I’ll do this for you.” It is that Jesus became the very embodiment of all that sin is.”
“Jesus held back any words that would have relieved Him from the shame and blame of sin. He was not a sinner, but He took fully the sinner’s place.”
“No Christian is exempt from the battle with sin, and it’s wise to consider what and how we’re actively fighting each day. But we do not fight alone.”
“Heaven is not for good people, it’s for forgiven people.”
“There is only one way to salvation and that is through Christ! God forgives, God loves, he restores but there are consequences to our sin if we don’t repent and come to him before it’s too late. Heaven is the place He has prepared for us!”
“The cross guarantees that even in your darkest moment God will never turn in disgust and walk away. There is no rebellion, no weakness, no foolishness, no evil of heart that the cross can't defeat and grace can't transform.”
“The concept of substitution lies at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man.”
"I have a great need for Christ, I have a great Christ for my need."
"I have never known a man who received Christ and ever regretted it. "
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.
"He Himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, “by His wounds you have been healed.”
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
“Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall."
“When we are born again, a new life – the life of God – is put into us by The Holy Spirit.”
“Through Salvation our past has been forgiven, our present is given meaning, and our future is secured.”
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
“The pain of sacrificing our old selves is nothing compared to the joy of Christ living in us in our transformed lives.”
“Faith is the evidence of new birth, not the cause of it.”
“It’s hard for us to grasp that the moment we turn to him in repentance he quickly and lovingly accepts us as if we had never sinned.”
“When God calls you, there may be many obstacles on the way and you may not get your victory right away. God is transforming us in the process to become into the image of Jesus. Don’t panic and run away or give up on your call. He who has begun a good work on your life is able to bring it to completion.”
“The creation of a new heart, the renewing of a right spirit is an omnipotent work of God. Leave it to the Creator. He which hath begun a good work in you will perfect it unto that day.”
“As is true of man who is born naturally and receives a human nature from his parents, so man born anew receives a new nature, a new capacity for service and devotion to God.”
“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – It is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”
“The same Jesus who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”
“The fear of God is the death of every other fear. Like a mighty lion, it chases all other fears away.”
"God loves us the way we are, but too much to leave us that way."
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit."
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.."
"But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away."
2 Corinthians 3:16
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry."
“[Christ] wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.”
“For Jesus, there is no better way to illustrate God’s free unmerited grace than pointing to a child. For unlike many adults, children are generally entirely unpretentious about receiving a gift. Moreover, “little ones,” that is, the least, regardless of age, are a repeated focus in Jesus’ teaching on discipleship (Mt. 18:5; Lk. 9:48). Indeed, God’s kingdom must be entered in a childlike spirit, a lesson that was yet to be learned by Jesus’ followers.”
“There is a God of awesome grace who meets his children in moments of darkness and difficulty. He is worth running to. He is worth waiting for. He brings rest when it seems like there is no rest to be found.”
“Greatness in the kingdom of God is measured in terms of obedience.”
“To be right with God the Judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is greater.”
“God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense, His children. That He has made Himself available to you at all times.”
“Real true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.”
“Although a Christian should believe simply, he should not ‘simply believe.”
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. There fore,
the lowly position
of this child is the greatest in
the kingdom of heaven.
and whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.”
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him."
1 John 3:1
"For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children."
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."
1 John 2:1
“We find Christ in all the Scriptures. In the Old Testament He is predicted, in the Gospels He is revealed, in Acts He is preached, in the epistles He is explained, and in Revelation He is expected.”
“The overarching message of the Bible is the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“The Bible teaches that Jesus is called God, the Lord Almighty, Israel's King and Redeemer, the Rock, the First and Last, the Alpha and the Omega, and the Beginning and the End. These passages should remove any doubt that Jesus existed long before He was born of Mary!”
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
“Christ is the Word of God. It is not in certain texts written in the New Testament, valuable as they are; it is not in certain words which Jesus spoke, vast as is their preciousness; it is in the Word, which Jesus is, that the great manifestation of God is made.”
“Nowhere do Jesus or the apostles ever treat the Old Testament as human reflections on the divine. It is instead the voice of the Holy Spirit and God’s own breath.”
“It's natural to be skeptical of a story like Noah. However, the greatest miracle in the Bible is not Noah and the flood. The greatest miracle in the Bible is recorded in the first verse: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." If that miracle is true, then every miracle in the Bible is at least possible (including Noah's Ark). If God created the universe, then He can do whatever He wants inside it.”
"The revelation of God starts with creation, but it doesn't end there. God is personal. In the teaching, life and work of Jesus Christ, God communicated everything he desired. Creation is God's general revelation, but Jesus Christ is God's personal message to us."
“Now, if it were the case that Christianity were true, would you want to know it?”
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
supporting scripture for study and encouragement
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
“who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Jesus said, "I and the Father are one.”
Jesus said, "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
“For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side.”
“The first time [Christ] came to slay sin in men. The second time He will come to slay men in sin.”
“What the situation will be like in the world before the Lord returns, namely, Christ will be despised, and the preachers of the Gospel will be regarded as fools.”
“While many try to ignore Jesus, when He returns in power and might, this will be impossible.”
“Bible teaching about the Second Coming of Christ was thought of as “doomsday” preaching. But not anymore. It is the only ray of hope that shines as an ever brightening beam in a darkening world.”
“The second coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Christ will reign in righteousness. Disease will be arrested. Death will be modified. War will be abolished. Nature will be changed. Man will live as it was originally intended he should live.”
“One day the truth of your faith or the evil of your deception will be revealed.”
“What! Get to heaven on your own strength? Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!”
“There is an intimate connection between the life of the Christian here and the enjoyment and the glory in the day of Christ’s appearing.”
“The second coming of Christ shall be utterly unlike the first. He came the first time in weakness, a tender infant, born of a poor woman in the manger at Bethlehem, unnoticed, unhonored, and scarcely known. He shall come the second time in royal dignity, with the armies of heaven around Him, to be known, recognized and feared, by all the tribes of the earth.
“He came the first time to suffer – to bear our sins, to be reckoned a curse, to be despised, rejected, unjustly condemned and slain. He shall come the second time to reign – to put down every enemy beneath His feet, to take the kingdom of this world for His inheritance, to rule them with righteousness, to judge all men and to live forevermore.
“How vast the difference! How mighty the contrast!”
"Precisely because we cannot predict the moment, we must be ready at all moments."
“We are told in Scripture that there will be signs points toward the return of the Lord. I believe that we see those signs in the world today. I believe that the coming of the Lord is near."
“Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the Blessed Hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope—a Blessed Hope enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.”
"Many believe that that they have placed themselves in a sort of safe harbor if they are "neutral" in regard to a decision for Christ. Since they haven't actually rejected the idea of Jesus, they think Heaven is their default destination. The Bible teaches that this is not true. John 3:18 states, "He who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
A lack of a decision is in fact, a decision."
“The main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things.”
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”