What is the opposite of vanity?
…and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, He made them in the likeness of God.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
THEN you will be able to TEST AND APPROVE what GOD’S WILL is. (Romans 12:2)
HIS KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD.
Lord give us the faith and Your strength to meet any situation. I believe You will supply all our need according to Your TRUE riches in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior Amen.
As Hannah, As Daniel, As Joseph, As the woman with the issue of blood, even as the Syro-Phoenician woman,
I keep crying out,
“Abba Father You know all things, Help us. Lead us. Guide us. Protect and deliver us”
I want to hear You say, “well done good AND faithful servant ENTER in to the JOY of the LORD.”
I want to walk well-pleasing to You in spirit AND in truth.
keep my heart turned toward You even as the flower seeks the sun, even as the bird greets the dawn.
I know that in my flesh is no good thing and apart from You I can do nothing but all things are possible by faith!
We bring the SACRIFICE of praise into the HOUSE (family) of the LORD!
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the Lord has done!
I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.
The cords and sorrows of death were around me, and the terrors of Sheol (the place of the dead) had laid hold of me; I suffered anguish and grief (trouble and sorrow).
Then called I upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I beseech You, save my life and deliver me!
Gracious is the Lord, and [rigidly] righteous; yes, our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He helped and saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have delivered my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling and falling.
I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
I believed (trusted in, relied on, and clung to my God), and therefore have I spoken [even when I said], I am greatly afflicted.
I said in my haste, All men are deceitful and liars.
What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for all His bountiful dealings?]
I will lift up the cup of salvation and deliverance and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord, yes, in the presence of all His people.
Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones).
O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid; You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord, yes, in the presence of all His people,
In the courts of the Lord’s house—in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
A Living Sacrifice
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
THEN you will be able to TEST and approve what God’s will is—
His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)
“Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” God asked.
“For Abraham shall become a mighty nation,
and he will be a source of blessing for all the nations of the earth.
And I have picked him out to have godly descendants and a godly household—
men who are just and good—so that I can do for him all I have promised.”
To the church, composed of all those registered in heaven;
and to God who is Judge of all;
and to the spirits of the redeemed in heaven, already made perfect;
Humble Service in the Body of Christ.
Since you became alive again, so to speak, when Christ arose from the dead, now set your sights on the rich treasures and joys of heaven where he sits beside God in the place of honor and power.
Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here.
You should have as little desire for this world as a dead person does.Your real life is in heaven with Christ and God. And when Christ who is our real life comes back again, you will shine with him and share in all his glories.
Away then with sinful, earthly things; deaden the evil desires lurking within you; have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires; don’t worship the good things of life, for that is idolatry.
God’s terrible anger is upon those who do such things.
You used to do them when your life was still part of this world;
but now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language.
Don’t tell lies to each other; it was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing;
now it is dead and gone.
You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you.
In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all.
Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others.
Don’t worry about making a good impression on them, but be ready to suffer quietly and patiently.
Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Most of all, let love guide your life, for then the whole church will stay together in perfect harmony.
Let the peace of heart that comes from Christ be always present in your hearts and lives, for this is your responsibility and privilege as members of his body. And always be thankful.
Remember what Christ taught, and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise;
teach them to each other and sing them out in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing to the Lord with thankful hearts.
And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus,
and come with him into the presence of God the Father to give him your thanks.
You wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what the Lord has planned for you.
And you husbands must be loving and kind to your wives and not bitter against them nor harsh.
You children must always obey your fathers and mothers, for that pleases the Lord.
Fathers, don’t scold your children so much that they become discouraged and quit trying.
You slaves must always obey your earthly masters,
not only trying to please them when they are watching you but all the time;
obey them willingly because of your love for the Lord and because you want to please him.
Work hard and cheerfully at all you do,
just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters,
remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns.
He is the one you are really working for.
And if you don’t do your best for him, he will pay you in a way that you won’t like—
for he has no special favorites who can get away with shirking.
Why let the nations say, “Their God is dead!”
For He is in the heavens and does as He wishes. Their gods are merely man-made things of silver and of gold.
They can’t talk or see, despite their eyes and mouths!
Nor can they hear, nor smell, nor use their hands or feet, nor speak!
And those who make and worship them are just as foolish as their idols are.
O Israel, trust the Lord! He is your helper. He is your SHIELD.
O priests of Aaron, trust the Lord! He is your helper; He is your SHIELD.
All of you, His people, trust in Him. He is your helper; He is your SHIELD.
Jehovah is constantly thinking about us, and He will surely bless us.
He will bless the people of Israel and the priests of Aaron, and all, both great and small, who reverence Him.
May the Lord richly bless BOTH you AND your children.
Yes, Jehovah Who made heaven and earth will personally bless you!
The heavens belong to the Lord, but He has given the earth to all mankind.
The dead cannot sing praises to Jehovah here on earth, but we can!
We praise Him forever! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Unless the Lord Builds the House
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
If you must choose, take a good name rather than great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver and gold.
The rich and the poor are alike before the Lord who made them all.
A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
True humility and respect for the Lord lead a man to riches, honor, and long life.
The rebel walks a thorny, treacherous road; the man who values his soul will stay away.
Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it.
Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
The unjust tyrant will reap disaster, and his reign of terror shall end.
Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor.
Throw out the mocker, and you will be rid of tension, fighting, and quarrels.
He who values grace and truth is the king’s friend.
The Lord preserves the upright but ruins the plans of the wicked.
The lazy man is full of excuses. “I can’t go to work!” he says. “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”
A prostitute is a dangerous trap; those cursed of God are caught in it.
A youngster’s heart is filled with rebellion, but punishment will drive it out of him.
He who gains by oppressing the poor or by bribing the rich shall end in poverty.
Listen to this wise advice; follow it closely, for it will do you good, and you can pass it on to others: Trust in the Lord.
In the past, haven’t I been right? Then believe what I am telling you now and share it with others.
Don’t rob the poor and sick! For the Lord is their defender. If you injure them, he will punish you.
Keep away from angry, short-tempered men, lest you learn to be like them and endanger your soul.
Unless you have the extra cash on hand, don’t countersign a note. Why risk everything you own? They’ll even take your bed!
Do not move the ancient boundary marks. That is stealing.
Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!