Deniece Williams - If We Are the Light
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God… means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you” (Jam 1:27, NLT). “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov 14:34, NLT). “…It is sin to know what… to do and not do it” (Jam 4:17, NLT; Luke 4:9-12; Pss 40:8). So “…warn [the] righteous people [Isa 54:17 & Rom 3:21-22] not to sin and [if] they listen to you and do not sin, they will live’ (Eze 3:21, NLT). “In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death” (Prov 12:28, NKJV).
“Abram had become very rich [in]... livestock, silver and gold. …Lot was moving around with Abram [and he]… also had flocks, …herds and tents, but the land didn't have enough food for both of them; …so they weren't able to stay together [and] the people who took care of Abram's herds and those who took care of Lot's herds began to argue…. So Abram said to Lot, ‘Let's not argue with each other…. Isn't the whole land in front of you? Let's separate. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left’” (Gen 13:2, 5-9, NIRV).
“…The Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel…, Jeshua…, and… the… remnant of God’s people; [and] they began to work on the house of their God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. …Get to work, for I am with you…” (Hag 1:14 & 2:4, NLT). “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter” (Prov 6:6-8, NLT). “You have six days each week for your ordinary work” (Exo 20:9, NLT).