Jer. 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.

James 1:14-15 – …[B]ut each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

7 ways to fight sin:

James 4:17 – Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

Gal. 5:19-21a – The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy….

James 2:13 – Mercy triumphs over judgment.

2 Chr. 15:7 – Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

Rev. 22:12 – Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.

Prov. 21:30 – There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.

Heb. 13:21 – [May God] equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Prov. 17:26 – The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.

Luke 1:37 – For nothing is impossible with God. (1984 NIV)
Luke 1:37 – For no word from God will ever fail. (2011 NIV)

Luke 12:6-7 – Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Mark 6:4 – Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

1 Cor. 2:14 – The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

Psalm 105:19, NLT – Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.

James 1:19b-21 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

1 Cor. 16:9 – …[A] great door for effective work has opened for me and there are many who oppose me.

Luke 12:51 – Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

Ephesians 4:15 – Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Ecclesiastes 3:3-8

3  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

4  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6  a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7  a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8  a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Mt. 10:34 – Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Mt. 11:12 – And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.

Judges 6:14 – The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

Mt. 28:18 – All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

1 Chron. 14:2 – And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

1 Chron. 14:17 – David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.

Have you fully inhabited the positions of authority you occupy in all areas of your life? Following are some verses that help us understand God’s view of authority.

1 Chronicles 26:6 – Shemaiah had sons with great ability who earned positions of great authority in the clan.

Esther 8:11 – The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives.

Proverbs 29:2 – When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan…

Proverbs 29:16 – … and sin flourishes….

Matthew 10:1 – Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease….

Matthew 16:1 – One day the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus, demanding that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

Matthew 28:18 – Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.”

Luke 7:8 – “I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers.”

Romans 13:1-2 – Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

1 Peter 2:13 – For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority….

Three things to notice in these passages:

  1. Everyone is under some other authority. Everyone.
  2. Authority is given to people; you can’t create it for yourself.
  3. People earn the authority given to them.

These verses give us a picture of servant leadership, but serving with authority.

2 Corinthians 10:8 – I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.

2 Corinthians 13:10 – I am writing this to you before I come, hoping that I won’t need to deal severely with you when I do come. For I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to strengthen you, not to tear you down.

Prov. 25:15 (The Message) – Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.

Luke 19:45 – Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people selling animals for sacrifices.

Prov. 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ec. 9:17 – The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.

Col. 3:12 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Tim. 6:11 – But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

1 Peter 3:14-15 – But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect….

1 John 3:18 – [L]et us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

James 2:14 – What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?

Ps. 19:14 – May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight.

Ex. 22:25 – “If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.”

Prov. 22:7b – The borrower is servant to the lender.

Rom. 13:8 – Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Rom. 12:3 – Think of yourself with sober judgment.

8 ways the Word is alive:

God’s Word is more than words.  It is a person: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

It is inspired.  “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

It is eternal.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

It is perfect.  “And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times” (Psalm 12:6).

It convicts.  “It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).

It spreads.  “But the word of God continued to spread and flourish” (Acts 12:24).

It clashes.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17)

It guides.  “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Luke 11:28 – He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

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Am I wise enough to lead? A self-inventory for personal development

Isaiah 55:9 – “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Mark 9:24 – I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

James 4:8 – Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Deut. 8:17-18 – You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth….

6 ways to worship throughout your workday

1. Anticipate him. “As lightning in the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Mt 24:27). We look forward to that day when Jesus returns as the reigning King.

2. Seek his power. Our faith awakens his will within our own, accomplishing our desires. “[T]hat by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Thess. 1:11).

3. Cry out occasionally. When we hurt, God cares.

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4. Pray as you go. Try it!

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5. Confidently trust. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb11:1). Relying on the Lord builds joy, peace and security.

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Prov. 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Prov. 18:24 – One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:14 – You are my friends if you do what I command.


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