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ye have been called unto liberty
      “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13) The liberty of the child of God is one of his priceless possessions. Made free by the Son, he is free indee ... read more

(We) have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty
      “(We) have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Cor. 4:2) On the prev ... read more

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly
      “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.” (Prov. 18:24) Even though all modern versions translate this verse differently, the King James Version enshrines the valuable truth that friendships must be cultivated. They thrive on attention but ... read more

A wise man will hear
      “A wise man will hear.” (Prov. 1:5) The essential difference between the wise man and the fool in the book of Proverbs is that the wise man will hear and the fool won’t. It isn’t a question of the fool’s mental capacity. Actually he may have unusual ... read more

According to your faith be it unto you
      “According to your faith be it unto you.” (Mt. 9:29) When Jesus asked two blind men if they believed that He was able to give them sight, they replied that they did. As He touched their eyes, He said, “According to your faith be it unto you,” and their ... read more

Adam…begat a son in his own likeness
      “Adam…begat a son in his own likeness, after his image.” (Gen. 5:3) It is a basic fact of physical life that we beget children in our own likeness, after our image. Adam begat a son in his own likeness, and called his name Seth. When people saw Seth th ... read more

All things are yours
      “All things are yours.” (1 Cor. 3:21-23) The unsaintly saints in Corinth had been squabbling over human leaders in the church. To some Paul was the ideal. Others made Apollos their favorite. And still others felt that Cephas was superlative. Paul is te ... read more

And be ye kind to one another
      “And be ye kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:32 NASB) There is a definite order to be followed in connection with Scriptural forgiveness. If we would follow this order we wo ... read more

And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God
       “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed until the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30) Just as it is possible for us to quench the Spirit in the meetings of the church, so it is possible for us to grieve Him in our private lives. ... read more

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place
      “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place…they departed into a desert place…the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them…Jesus…was moved with compassion.” (Mark 6:31 ... read more

And herein do I exercise myself
      “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.” (Acts 24:16) In a society like ours,, and with a corrupt old nature like ours, we are constantly faced with problems of ethics that test the sinc ... read more

And I will bless them that bless thee
      “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.” (Gen. 12:3) When God first called Abraham to be the head of His chosen earthly people, He promised to bless the friends of that nation and to curse its enemies. In the intervenin ... read more

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness
      “And I will give thee the treasures of darkness.” (Isa. 45:3) When God made this promise to Cyrus, He was speaking of material treasures from lands of darkness that Cyrus would conquer. But we are not doing violence to the verse when we take it and app ... read more

And it came to pass
      “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.” (Exodus 17:11) Israel was in conflict with the forces of Amalek. Moses was on top of the hill,, overlooking the battle field. Th ... read more

And Jesus went about all Galilee
      “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” (Matt. 4:23) A recurring problem among Christians is maintaining t ... read more

and let us run with endurance the race
      “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Heb. 12:1, NASB) Many people have a view of the Christian life that is excessively idealistic. They think it should be one uninterrupted series of mountaintop experiences. They read Chri ... read more

And the Lord was with Joseph
      “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a -prosperous man.” (Gen. 39:2) I have heard that one of the earliest versions of the English Bible translated this verse, “And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a luckye fellow.” Perhaps “luckye” at that ti ... read more

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more
      “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Heb. 10:17) God’s ability to forget sins that have been covered by the blood of Christ is one of the most soul-satisfying truths in Scripture. It is a great wonder when we read, “As far as th ... read more

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good
      “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.” (Rom. 8:28 NASB) This is one of those verses that perplex us most when the going is roughest. As long as the win ... read more

And when they were assembled with the elders
      “And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. “(Matt. 28:12, 13) The Lord Jesus had no sooner risen from th ... read more

another angel came
      “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.” Rev. 8:3. We believe that the ... read more

Are there not twelve hours in the day?
      “Are there not twelve hours in the day?” Qohn 11:9) When Jesus suggested going back to Judea, the disciples were terrified. The Jews had tried to stone Him there only recently, and now He was talking about a return visit. In answer to the disciples’ ap ... read more

as dying, and, behold, we live
      “…as dying, and, behold, we live.” (2 Cor. 6:9) The Bible is full of paradoxes, that is, truths that seem contrary to what we would normally suppose or truths that seem to contradict one another. G. K. Chesterton maintained that paradox is truth standi ... read more

as he is, so are we in this world
      “…as he is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17b) Here is one of those New Testament truths that shocks us by its sheer audacity. We would not dare to utter the words if we did not see them in the Bible. But they are gloriously true, and we can reve ... read more

as thy days, so shall thy strength be
      “…as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” (Deut. 33:25) God promises to give His people strength according to their needs at any particular time. He does not promise it in advance of the need, but when the crisis comes, the grace is there to meet it. ... read more

as to the Lord, and not to men
      “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.” (Eph. 6:7) Paul’s instructions to slaves (Eph. 6:5-8) are freighted with meaning for all who profess to be servants of Jesus Christ. They show, first of all, that any honorable work, no ... read more

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers
      “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Heb. 13:2) Hospitality is not only a sacred duty (Be not forgetful to entertain strangers); it carries within it the promise of glorious surprises (for there ... read more

Be ye doers of the word
      “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22) There is a subtle deception that attending meetings, conferences and seminars is doing the work of God. We listen to messages and talk about what we know we should ... read more

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule
      “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule.” (Psa. 32:9) It seems to me that the horse and the mule picture two wrong attitudes we might have when we are seeking the Lord’s guidance. The horse wants to charge ahead; the mule wants to lag behind. The horse ... read more

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice
      “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam. 15:22) God’s instructions to King Saul were clear enough. Slay the Amalekites and destroy all their possessions. All of them. Don’t take any spoil. But Saul spared ... read more

Beloved, do not believe every spirit
      “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1 NASB) We live in a day when cults are multiplying with amazing rapidity. Actually there ... read more

Beloved, if God so loved us
      “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” (1 John 4:11). We must not think of love as an uncontrollable, unpredictable emotion. We are commanded to love, and this would be quite impossible if love were some elusive, sporadic sen ... read more

But go ye and learn what that meaneth
      “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.” (Mt. 9:13) God is far more interested in how we treat other people than in how many religious ceremonies we go through. He prefers mercy to sacrifice. He places practical mo ... read more

But God hath chosen
      “But God hath chosen…the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (1 Cor. 1:27) If a carpenter can take waste, scrap lumber and make a splendid piece of furniture out of it, it brings more credit to him than if he uses only th ... read more

But I have all, and abound: I am full,
      “But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.” (Phil. 4:18) Paul’s letter to the Philippians was really an acknowledg ... read more

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ
       “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” (2 Cor. 2:14 NASB) It is generally understood that Paul here borrows a figure from the victory para ... read more

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God
      “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” (1 Cor. 2:14) The natural man is the one who has never been born again. He does no ... read more

But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul
      “But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.” (1 Sam. 16:14) There are verses in the Bible that seem to assign evil actions to God. For example, when Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel, “God ... read more

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord
       “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18) The Bible teaches that we become like what we worship. That important in ... read more

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in
      “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt. 18:6) It would be difficult to imagine a more effective an ... read more

by love serve one another
      “…by love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13) Someone has said, “Self thinks itself great and is served. Love serves and is great.” A popular Gospel singer witnessed to the man sitting next to him in a restaurant and had the joy of leading him to Christ ... read more

Canst thou by searching find out God?
      “Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?.” (Job 11:7) There are other attributes of God that must be mentioned, even if only briefly. Contemplation of these divine perfections lifts the soul from earth to ... read more

Cast thy bread upon the waters
      “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” (Eccl. 11:1) Bread here is probably used, figuratively, for the grain from which it is made. In Egypt, seed was sown on flooded areas. As the waters receded, the crop came forth. ... read more

Cease ye from man
      “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” (Isa. 2:22) When we give a man or woman the place in our life that only God should have, we are in for a bitter disappointment. We will soon learn that the best ... read more

Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord
      “Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.” (Judges 5:23) The Song of Deborah rehearses the curse on Meroz for stayi ... read more

Cursed be he that doeth the work of Jehovah negligently
      “Cursed be he that doeth the work of Jehovah negligently.” (Jer. 48:10 ASV) The work of the Lord is so important, pressing, sublime and awebegetting that a curse rests upon anyone who does it negligently. The God who wants and deserves the best cannot ... read more

Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord
      “Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” (Jer. 23:24b) When we speak of God’s omnipresence, we mean that He is present in all places at one and the same time. A Puritan named John Arrowsmith told of a heathen philosopher who once asked, “Where ... read more

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests
      “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:4 NASB) The key word in Philippians 2 is “others.” The Lord Jesus lived for others. Paul lived for others. Timothy lived for others. Epaphroditus l ... read more

Don’t worry over anything whatever
      “Don’t worry over anything whatever.” (Phil. 4:6, Phillips) There is so much that a person could worry about—the possibility of cancer, heart trouble or a multitude of other diseases; foods that are supposedly harmful, accidental death, a communist tak ... read more

dwelleth no good thing
      “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.” (Rom. 7:18) If a young believer learns this lesson early in his Christian life, he will save himself from a world of trouble later on. The Bible teaches that there is NO GOOD THING ... read more

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