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Live

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I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. (John 6:57-58, NLT)

Men and women must “live” upon him [Jesus]. They must find in daily association with him the guidance, inspiration and strength needed for healthy living. — Edward Increase Bosworth

Follow my advice, always treasure my commands. Obey my commands and live! Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes. Tie them on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, NLT)

Remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake. (1 Peter 1:17-20, NLT


Pray

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God does nothing except in response to believing prayer. — John Wesley

The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer; not those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray. — S.D. Gordon

Effective prayer is often like the felling of a great tree—it takes repeated blows. — John Eldredge

Units of prayer combined, like drops of water, make an ocean which defies resistance. — E.M. Bounds

God calls us to offer holy, believing, persevering prayer that flows from relationship with the Lord and His family—this is the kind of prayer that accomplishes much. — Mike Bickle

You are helping us by praying for us. (2 Corinthians 1:11, NLT)


Humble

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The eminently humble Christian is as it were clothed with lowliness, mildness, meekness, gentleness of spirit and behavior, and with a soft, sweet, condescending winning air and deportment; these things are just like garments to him, he is clothed all over with them. Pure Christian humility has no such thing as roughness, or contempt, or fierceness, or bitterness in its nature; it makes a person like a little child, harmless and innocent, that none need to be afraid of; or like a lamb, destitute of all bitterness, wrath, anger, and clamor.

                                                                                    — Jonathan Edwards

All of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. (1 Peter 5:5-6, NLT)

God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. — Jim Cymbala

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12, NIV)

True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. (Proverbs 22:4, NLT)


Strong

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We are all too weak to make it to God without a Savior, and we are even too weak to make it to our own dreams. The smart people are the ones who have found in Jesus Christ all the power of heaven and earth. Of course, that also makes them very strong. — M. Craig Barnes

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10, NIV)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God showed up and said to him, “I am The Strong God, live entirely before me, live to the hilt! I’ll make a covenant between us and I’ll give you a huge family. (Genesis 17:1-2, MSG)

All the valor and heroic spirit in the world will not equal the Spirit of God in a person’s life. —Dennis Kinlaw

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. (1 Corinthians 4:20, NLT)


Abhor

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Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9, ESV)

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. (Proverbs 8:13, ESV)

I suppose that one of the deepest characteristics of worldliness is an illicit spirit of compromise. … Worldly compromise takes the medium-line between black and white, and wears an ambiguous grey. It is partisan of neither midnight or noon. It prefers the twilight, which is just a mixture of midnight and noon and is equally related to both. — J.H. Jowett

Let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him make himself scarce. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. (James 4:7-10, MSG)


Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. (Luke 11:23, NIV)


But Now . . . an Easter Poem

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𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙉𝙤𝙬 . . .
by Ryan M. Roberts

Where Jesus walked, the disciples followed;
But not all the way.
“Where I go now, you can’t. But later . . . ”
Was all that He would say.

After midday prayers, Peter’s words rang out,
“No matter what or where or who;
You are mine, and I am yours,
I will die with you!”

Amid friends, huddled ‘round the fire that night;
“Hosanna in the highest!” a bright memory.
With hopes high, resolve low,
The glow faded into Gethsemane.

Watching ends in darkness,
Prayers turn to sleep,
And Peter’s vow, though earnest,
Was more than he could keep.

He followed Jesus at a distance;
Keeping warm by the fire of his foe.
When asked, “You’re with Jesus, yes?”
Three times his response was, “No.”

Then came the loss, despair . . . the death.
A look, the whip, a crown, the hill,
A cross, the cry, a spear thrust forth;
The King of Kings to kill.

Three days passed, Peter sat alone;
With guilt and regret—his choice.
Now what? Now where? Now who?
“He’s gone!”
Peter leapt at Mary’s voice.

He ran to the tomb, bent low, went inside,
Echoes, predictions, rags filled the space.
“Tear down this temple and in three days it will rise.”
Peter left, wonder full on his face.

There were sightings and sayings that, “He is alive!”
Stories no book could contain.
Yet ashamed, Peter watched the Christ from afar;
He should laud, but his failures remained.

Peter said to his friends, “Let’s fish,” and they went,
To row and to cast was no chore.
The fish, they were few, but the company good;
Then they heard a voice from the shore.

Jesus was there, by the fire, cooking fish.
He said, “Come my friends, let’s eat.”
Peter pledged all his love—heart, mind and soul,
Jesus smiled and said, “Feed my sheep.”

“Your own efforts and failures, left you lost and in chains,
But through my wounds and my death you are free.
Where I went, you could not go on your own,
But now . . . in my power, Follow Me.”