“Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory…” (Isa 43:7, NLT). “…We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things—[‘…that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord… [to] observe and hear all… [His] words…’ (Deut 6:18; 12:28)]—He planned for us long ago. …You Gentiles used to be outsiders. …In those days you were living apart from Christ.
“…[In] Christ Himself… lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:2-3, NLT). If we recognize this, then we will pray the prayer of Moses: “…Guide me clearly along the way you want me to travel so that I will understand you and walk acceptably before you…” (Exo 33:13, TLB). According to the Psalmist, God will always answer this prayer—“…I will instruct you and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress” (Pss 32:8, TLB). “For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but my kindness shall not leave you.
“…There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph 4:5, TLB). “…Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14, TLB), as in “…set apart…” (Pss 4:3, TLB). Furthermore, history shows that believers in different periods of church history have been compromised, and they were unaware of their true state. For example, the “…message… sent to… [the leader of the church in Sardis stated]: ‘I know your reputation as a live and active church, but you are dead’” (Rev 3:1, TLB). Similarly, the “…message… sent to… [the leader of the church in Laodicea stated]: ‘…You are neither hot nor cold!
“…Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own. …A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, …you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night.
“…Get moving…” (Exo 14:15, NLT)! “…Settle down and work to earn [your] own living” (2 Thes 3:12, NLT). “Whatever you do, do well. For when you go the grave, there will be no work or planning or wisdom” (Eccles 9:10, NLT). “Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands…” (1 Thes 4:11, NLT). “If you suffer, …it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs” (1 Pet 4:15, NLT). “…In quietness and confidence is your strength…” (Isa 30:15, NLT).
1. "…The longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel, [Galatians 3:29 | Acts 7:2], to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right