What Your Behavior Accomplishes

If you sin, what do you accomplish against Him?Or if your transgressions are multiplied, what does it do to Him?If you are righteous, what does it give Him?Or what does He receive from your hand?Job 35:6–7 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Elihu asks Job a series of probing questions. …

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Salt is Good

“Salt is good. But if the salt has lost its saltiness, how shall it be made salty? 35 *It is neither fit for the land nor for the manure pile. So men throw it out.“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”Luke 14:34–35 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) This …

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Know the Master’s Will

“That servant who knew his master’s will, but did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who unknowingly committed acts worthy of punishment shall be beaten with few stripes. For to whom much is given, of him much shall be required. And from him to …

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Sow to Yourselves Righteousness

Sow to yourselves righteousness, reap mercy, break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and rains righteousness upon you.Hosea 10:12 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Hidden gems abound in the writings of the prophets. This is one of my favorites. In …

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They Have not Known my Ways

For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, and as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me and tried Me, though they had seen My …

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Suffering as a Privilege

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you. But rejoice insofar as you share in Christ’s sufferings, so that you may rejoice and be glad also in the revelation of His glory.1 Peter 4:12–13 — Modern English …

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Live as Servants of God

Dearly beloved, I implore you as aliens and refugees, abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.1 Peter 2:11 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Now comes the practical application again. This echoes Peter's introduction to this epistle where he calls his audience pilgrims or refugees. We are …

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It’s Time to Take in Jesus and Put Away the Former Things

Therefore put away all wickedness, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.1 Peter 2:1 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) Because of all the things Peter addresses previously, we ought willfully live differently. That means putting away the former things we did by habit. That different way of living would …

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Guard your Minds

Therefore guard your minds, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children do not conduct yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance. But as He who has called you is holy, so be holy in …

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Those Who are Sanctified are All of One

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that should come to you have inquired and searched diligently, seeking the events and time the Spirit of Christ, who was within them, signified when He foretold the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not …

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