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May these covenant promises of the Lord encourage you and keep you "walking in faith and in love." "Covenant" needs to be believed and spoken as "THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST"; "Law" needs to be believed and practiced as "Law of Love and Liberty", being led by the Holy Spirit.

Some of these scriptures reveal the sovereign action of God that requires no human effort or intervention. Other verses seem to require belief and intercession. Confidence in the SOVEREIGNTY of GOD needs to be joined with FAITH in Holy Spirit-inspired intercession.


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Families Honoring Christ

"But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart
and a good conscience and a sincere faith."

Earl & Diane Rodd
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Hebrews 11:6
6. And 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 seek Him.

James 2:20
20. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

Galatians 5:6
6. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.

May the following covenant promises of the Lord encourage you and keep you "walking in faith and in love" no matter what events are swirling around you. "Covenant" is the belief in the power of the blood of Jesus Christ combined with the establishment of the law of Love and Liberty through submission to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, Who guides us into all truth. What you believe in your heart is to be spoken.

Some of these scriptures reveal the sovereign action of God that requires no human effort or intervention. Other verses seem to require belief and intercession. Confidence in the SOVEREIGNTY of the LOVE of GOD needs to be joined with FAITH in Holy Spirit-inspired intercession.

Romans 8:25
25. But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
26. And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words;
27. and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to {the will of} God.
28. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren;
30. and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
31. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
32. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
33. Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies;
34. who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36. Just as it is written, #"\For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long\; \We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.\"#
37. But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39. nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Know what God has done.

Deuteronomy 30:6
6. "Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live.

Romans 2:28
28. For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.
29. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

Colossians 2:8
8. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
9. For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
10. and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
11. and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
12. having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13. And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
14. having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
15. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Philippians 3:3
3. for we are the {true} circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

Psalms 37:25
25. I have been young, and now I am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Or his descendants begging bread.
26. All day long he is gracious and lends; and his descendants are a blessing.


Love God - spirit, soul, mind, will, emotions and body,.

Psalms 103:17
17. But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children,
18. To those who keep His covenant, and who remember His precepts to do them.

Psalms 69:35
35. For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it.
36. And the descendants of His servants will inherit it, and those who love His name will dwell in it.

Psalms 112:1
1. Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in His commandments.
2. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Proverbs 22:6
6. Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.



  1. What God will do.
  2. What God is doing.
  3. What God has done.

Isaiah 54:3
3. "For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. And your descendants will possess nations, and they will resettle the desolate cities.

Isaiah 54:13
13. "And all your sons will be taught of the LORD; and the well-being of your sons will be great.

John 6:44
44. "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.

John 12:32
32. "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself."

John 6:45
45. "It is written in the prophets, 'and they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

I Thessalonians 4:9
9. Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for {anyone} to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

FAITH: assurance, foundation, confirmation, the title deed, belief based on the "hoped for" promise or covenant of God; FAITH: doesn't need anything in the five senses for the conviction of this reality; FAITH: Believes and perceives God's word as the truth, the real fact, not what the five senses observe; FAITH: God calls into being what doesn't exist! FAITH: Does not waver in unbelief concerning the promises of God; FAITH: gives glory to God and grows strong; FAITH: Moves in steps from FAITH TO FAITH. FAITH: Fully assured that if God promises it, He is willing and able to bring it into existence, to perform it.


Believe God.

John 6:47
47. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.

John 4:53
53. So the father knew that {it was} at that hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives"; and he himself believed, and his whole household.

John 11:40
40. Jesus *said to her, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"

Acts 16:31
31. And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household."

Acts 18:8
8. And Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.

Mark 9:23
23. And Jesus said to him, "'If You can!' All things are possible to him who believes."

Mark 9:29
29. And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer."

It only takes one "believer believing and continuing to believe".

I Corinthians 7:14
14. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.

Keep on believing, asking, seeking, knocking

Matthew 7:7
7. "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
8. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened."

Matthew 15:28
28. Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed at once.

Mark 11:22
22. And Jesus answered saying to them, "Have faith in God.
23. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be {granted} him.
24. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be {granted} you.
25. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.
26. [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."]

Matthew 17:19
19. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"
20. And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.
21. ["But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."]

Matthew 16:17
17. And Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal {this} to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
18. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.
19. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

II Corinthians 4:13
13. But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed, therefore I spoke, "'We also believe, therefore also we speak;"


Work with God by agreeing with Him

Luke 22:31
31. "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded {permission} to sift you like wheat;
32. but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."

Luke 10:18
18. And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
19. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.
20. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."

Isaiah 14:10
10. "They will all respond and say to you, 'Even you have been made weak as we, You have become like us.
11. 'Your pomp {and} the music of your harps Have been brought down to Sheol; Maggots are spread out {as your bed} beneath you, and worms are your covering.
12. How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations!'
13. "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
14. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'
15. "Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.
16. Those who see you will gaze at you, they will ponder over you, {saying,} 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms,
17. who made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities, who did not allow his prisoners to {go} home? '

Ephesians 3:8
8. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
9. and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things;
10. in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly {places.}
11. {This was} in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
12. in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

Luke 4:16
16. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
17. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,
18. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden,
19. to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."
20. And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him.
21. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Mark 16:14
14. And afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining {at the table;} and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.
15. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
16. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
17. And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;
18. they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly {poison,} it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
19. So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
20. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.] [{And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.}]

Isaiah 65:1
1. "I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask {for Me;} I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here am I, here am I,' to a nation which did not call on My name.
2. I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk {in} the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,

Isaiah 65:8
8. Thus says the LORD, "As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, 'Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it,' So I will act on behalf of My servants In order not to destroy all of them.


Love God - spirit, soul, mind, will, emotions, and body.

Psalms 90:16
16. Let Thy work appear to Thy servants, aAnd Thy majesty to their children.

Isaiah 44:3
3. 'For I will pour out water on the thirsty {land} and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, and My blessing on your descendants;
4. And they will spring up among the grass like poplars by streams of water. '
5. "This one will say, 'I am the LORD'S'; and that one will call on the name of Jacob; and another will write {on} his hand, 'Belonging to the LORD,' and will name Israel's name with honor.

Isaiah 59:21
21. "And as for Me, this is My covenant with them," says the LORD: "My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring's offspring," says the LORD, "from now and forever."


Intense labor with God

Isaiah 65:23
23. "They shall not labor in vain, or bear {children} for calamity; for they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD, and their descendants with them.

Colossians 1:24
24. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is the church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ's afflictions.
25. Of {this church} I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the {preaching of} the word of God,
26. {that is,} the mystery which has been hidden from the {past} ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints,
27. to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28. And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.
29. And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

Galatians 4:19
19. My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you--
20. but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Philippians 1:29
29. For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
30. experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear {to be} in me.

Proverbs 11:21
21. Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.

Psalms 102:28
28. "The children of Thy servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before Thee."

Colossians 4:12
12. Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

Psalms 144:12
12. Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;

Deuteronomy 7:9
9. "Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation

See what God sees by knowing what God knows.

Know what God knows by seeing what God sees.

Deuteronomy 29:29
29. "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

John 5:19
19. Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless {it is} something He sees the Father doing; for whatever {the Father} does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
20. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and greater works than these will He show Him, that you may marvel.

Ephesians 1:16
16. I do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention {of you} in my prayers;
17. that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
18. {I pray that} the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19. and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. {These are} in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
20. which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly {places},
21. far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.
22. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
23. which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all.

John 14:9
9. Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and {yet} you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10. Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
11. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.
12. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater {works} than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.
13. And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do {it.}
15. If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
16. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;"


Trust God - spirit, soul, mind, will, emotions, and body.

Isaiah 8:18
18. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

Isaiah 49:25
25. Surely, thus says the LORD, "Even the captives of the mighty man will be taken away, and the prey of the tyrant will be rescued; for I will contend with the one who contends with you, and I will save your sons.


Patiently inherit God's Promises

Psalms 132:12
12. "If your sons will keep My covenant, and My testimony which I will teach them, their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever."

Acts 2:38
38. And Peter {said} to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself."

Ephesians 2:13
13. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

II Peter 3:9
9. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Romans 10:6
6. But the righteousness based on faith speaks thus, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down),
7. or 'Who will descend into the abyss?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). "
8. But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart"-- that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
9. that if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;
10. for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
11. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed."
12. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same {Lord} is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him;
13. for "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved."

Hebrews 6:11
11. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,
12. that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Past Parental Obedience

Present Parental TRUST and

Daily Parental LOVE and OBEDIENCE

II Timothy 3:15
15. and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 78:1
1. (A Maskil of Asaph.) Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,
3. Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.
4. We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
5. For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, that they should teach them to their children,
6. That the generation to come might know, {even} the children {yet} to be born, {that} they may arise and tell {them} to their children,
7. that they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments,
8. and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

I Peter 1:13
13. Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober {in spirit,} fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
14. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts {which were yours} in your ignorance,
15. but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all {your} behavior;
16. because it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."
17. And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay {upon earth};
18. knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
19. but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, {the blood} of Christ.
20. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you
21. who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.


Love God. Trust God. Know God is doing what He says

Jeremiah 32:37
37. "Behold, I will gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath, and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and make them dwell in safety.
38. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God;
39. and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good, and for {the good of} their children after them.
40. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.
41. And I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.'
42. "For thus says the LORD, 'Just as I brought all this great disaster on this people, so I am going to bring on them all the good that I am promising them.


Learning to Love God and embrace His Lordship together

Philippians 1:27
27. Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ; so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
28. in no way alarmed by {your} opponents-- which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that {too}, from God.
29. For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
30. experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear {to be} in me.

Philippians 2:1
1. If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
2. make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
3. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;
4. do not {merely} look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
5. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
6. who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7. but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, {and} being made in the likeness of men.
8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth,
11. and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12. So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
13. for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for {His} good pleasure.
14. Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
15. that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
16. holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

II Corinthians 5:14
14. For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
15. and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16. Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know {Him} {thus} no longer.
17. Therefore if any man is in Christ, {he is} a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
18. Now all {these} things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
19. namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21. He made Him who knew no sin {to be} sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Psalms 20:1
1. (For the choir director. A Psalm of David.) May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you {securely} on high!
2. May He send you help from the sanctuary, and support you from Zion!
3. May He remember all your meal offerings, and find your burnt offering acceptable! Selah.
4. May He grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill all your counsel!
5. We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
6. Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven, with the saving strength of His right hand.
7. Some {boast} in chariots, and some in horses; but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
8. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stood upright.
9. Save, O LORD; May the King answer us in the day we call.

U yoU N aNd I I T Together Y Yoked

Matthew 11:28
28. "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
29. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.
30. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

Romans 15:5
5. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus;
6. that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7. Wherefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

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