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Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, whatever things are of good report, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise, meditate on these things, think on and weigh and take account of these things, fix your minds on them, and dwell on these things.[combined scripture based on the New King James Version (NKJV), the Amplified Bible (AMP), and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)]
Leviticus 19:26 nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying, neither shall you use magic, omens, or witchcraft [or predict events by horoscope or signs and lucky days].
Deuteronomy 18:10 No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorceryOMEN: anything perceived or happening that is believed to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; portent; a prognostic; prophetic significance; presage: a bird of ill omen; foreboding; sign; a phenomenon or occurrence regarded as a sign of future happiness or disaster; prophetic significance
When the media reports the stock market is down, the economy is circling the drain, and your bank balance tells you money is short, this is when you reject the burden of fear and think about Who provides for you. Disregard and do not become consumed with bad news. Think on the good your heavenly Father has planned for you and trust Him to deliver you.
Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
Yet now hear, O Jacob, My servant and Israel, whom I have chosen.
Thus says the Lord, Who made you and formed you from the womb, Who will help you: Fear not, O Jacob, My servant, and you Jeshurun [the upright one—applied to Israel as a type of the Messiah], whom I have chosen.
One will say, I am the Lord’s; and another will call himself by the name of Jacob; and another will write [even brand or tattoo] upon his hand, I am the Lord’s, and surname himself by the [honorable] name of Israel.
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.
Who is like Me? Let him [stand and] proclaim it, declare it, and set [his proofs] in order before Me, since I made and established the people of antiquity. [Who has announced from of old] the things that are coming? Then let them declare yet future things.
Fear not, nor be afraid [in the coming violent upheavals]; have I not told it to you from of old and declared it? And you are My witnesses! Is there a God besides Me? There is no [other] Rock; I know not any.
All who make graven idols are confusion, chaos, and worthlessness. Their objects (idols) in which they delight do not profit them, and their own witnesses (worshipers) do not see or know, so that they are put to shame. Who is [such a fool as] to fashion a god or cast a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
Behold, all his fellows shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen, [how can they make a god?] they are but men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand forth; they shall be terrified, they shall be put to shame together.
The ironsmith sharpens and uses a chisel and works it over the coals; he shapes [the core of the idol] with hammers and forges it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint.
The carpenter stretches out a line, he marks it out with a pencil or red ocher; he fashions [an idol] with planes and marks it out with the compasses; and he shapes it to have the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, that it may dwell in a house.
He hews for himself cedars, and takes the holm tree and the oak and lets them grow strong for himself among the trees of the forest; he plants a fir tree or an ash, and the rain nourishes it.
Then it becomes fuel for a man to burn; a part of it he takes and warms himself, yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. [Then out of the remainder, the leavings] he also makes a god and worships it! He [with his own hands] makes it into a graven image and falls down and worships it!
He burns part of the wood in the fire; with part of it he [cooks and] eats flesh, he roasts meat and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire!
And from what is left [of the log] he makes a god, his graven idol. He falls down to it, he worships it and prays to it and says, Deliver me, for you are my god!
They do not know or understand, for their eyes God has let become besmeared so that they cannot see, and their minds as well so that they cannot understand.
And no one considers in his mind, nor has he knowledge and understanding [enough] to say [to himself], I have burned part of this log in the fire, and also I have baked bread on its coals and have roasted meat and eaten it. And shall I make the remainder of it into an abomination [the very essence of what is disgusting, detestable, and shamefully vile in the eyes of a jealous God]? Shall I fall down and worship the stock of a tree [a block of wood without consciousness or life]?
That kind of man feeds on ashes [and finds his satisfaction in ashes]! A deluded mind has led him astray, so that he cannot release and save himself, or ask, Is not [this thing I am holding] in my right hand a lie?
Remember these things [earnestly], O Jacob, O Israel, for you are My servant! I formed you, you are My servant; O Israel, you shall not be forgotten by Me.
Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, you depths of the earth; break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and He glorifies Himself in Israel.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and He Who formed you from the womb: I am the Lord, Who made all things, Who alone stretched out the heavens, Who spread out the earth by Myself [who was with Me]?—
[I am the Lord] Who frustrates the signs and confounds the omens [upon which the false prophets’ forecasts of the future are based] of the [boasting] liars and makes fools of diviners, Who turns the wise backward and makes their knowledge foolishness,
[The Lord] Who confirms the word of His servant and performs the counsel of His messengers, Who says of Jerusalem, She shall [again] be inhabited, and of the cities of Judah, They shall [again] be built, and I will raise up their ruins,
Who says to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your rivers, Who says of Cyrus, He is My shepherd (ruler), and he shall perform all My pleasure and fulfill all My purpose—even saying of Jerusalem, She shall [again] be built, and of the temple, Your foundation shall [again] be laid.
VIRTUE: from the original Greek word aretē meaning a virtuous course of thought, feeling and action; moral goodness; any particular moral excellence, as modesty, purity VIRTUE: (modern day definition) moral excellence; goodness; righteousness; conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude; a particular moral excellence; a good or admirable quality; manly excellence; valor; goodness, integrity; any admirable quality, feature, or trait; moral life and conduct, moral excellence, moral strength, manliness, valor, excellence, worth; power. The seven cardinal virtues (early 14c.) were divided into the natural (justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude) and the theological (hope, faith, charity). PRAISEWORTHY: from the original Greek word epainos meaning approbation, commendation, praise PRAISE: the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation; the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God; the state of being approved or admired; a ground for praise, or a merit; to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol; to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song; applause, approbation, compliment, honor
Job 20:2-7 Therefore do my thoughts give me an answer, and I make haste [to offer it] for this reason. I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame, but out of my understanding my spirit answers me. Do you not know from of old, since the time that man was placed on the earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless and defiled is but for a moment? Though his [proud] height mounts up to the heavens and his head reaches to the clouds, Yet he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, Where is he?
Deuteronomy 11:18 Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads.
Proverbs 2:2 Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];
Proverbs 23:12 Apply your mind to instruction and correction and your ears to words of knowledge.
GOD IS SOVEREIGN
GOD IS IN CONTROL
GOD IS TRUSTWORTHY
GOD IS FAITHFUL
GOD TRUMPS ANYTHING ELSE OUT THERE
2 Timothy 2:8 Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] risen from the dead, [as the prophesied King] descended from David, according to the good news (the Gospel) that I preach.
Think Before You Speak
The Voice of God
God’s Voice is Truth
Choosing to Hear and Obey God’s Voice
God’s Voice Leads you, Comforts you, Blesses you
Learning to Hear and Trust God’s Voice
God is Sovereign
God is in Control
God Has a Plan for Your Life
God is Trustworthy
God Sees A Bigger Picture Than We Do
God Teaches the Cycle of Trust
God Strengthens Us
God Fights For Us
God is Bigger Than ANY Need We Have
God Never Puts Us Where He Can’t Keep Us
Standing on the Promises
Body Soul Spirit
Armor of God