Only one King


Romans 6:8-14 (ESV)
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

The above verses are such a encouragement to me. It is just so undeserving…this new life in Christ!

Now this I know, I have first-hand experience. Sin is a horrible master, it is never satisfied. You do what it calls for and it is not content. The tempter will show right back up with a new and greater opportunity.

With this in mind, verse 11 is an awesome blessing as I read my Father’s words, “So you also much consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (vs. 11).” I mean, there goes that mind thing again…I am to consider, think carefully about what God has spoken here and regard myself to dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. No man said that, it is God-breathed. My body and my mind do not have to be controlled by sin.

Before Christ, sin had control but Jesus died so my old nature could die and I could become a new creature in Christ. Jesus broke the power of sin and as a child of God I am to walk out this new life by surrendering my all to Christ.

Verse 12-13a gives clear instructions toLet not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness…”

It’s that word, “reign” that really gets my attention and causes me to rejoice…because it takes all the fight out about my allowing the flesh to have its way. It allows me to see how necessary this instruction is for my walk with Christ. 

I know it is a simple definition but when I see the word, reign, I immediately think rule, control, sovereign. When I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, I surrendered every bit of rule, control, sovereignty, authority to Him. It would be impossible to be surrendered to both sin and Christ. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not that I live a perfect life but believers are commanded to “present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.”  

This verse tells me to present my entire being to God – body, soul, and spirit and then become His instrument. He is the Source and Power as I walk by His Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26)! This is absolutely my great blessing and honor- for the glory of God and my benefit. It is absolutely nothing we deserve BUT GOD…! And verse 14, gives us reason to know it is possible and rejoice:

“14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” As the song says, “I’m free, I’m free, no more chains holding me. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! I’m free!”


Romans 6.14

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Conquered by the blood of Jesus

Revelation 12.11

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:7-11

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,

    but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
    as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Hebrews 10:5-10

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The curtain

Mark 15.38

On Saturday, we read Exodus 26 which gives the instructions for the making of the tabernacle itself. So many things could be pointed out but will only do a few.

The courtyard was rectangular in shape and measured 150′ x 75′. The tabernacle had two rooms, the Most Holy Place which was 15′ x 15′ and the outer room the Holy Place which was 15′ x 30′. The Scriptures describe the frame, walls, silver bases, boards, and posts.

The inner room contained the ark of the testimony and the outer contained the table of showbread, the lampstand, and the altar of incense.

Exodus 26:31-33 tells us of the awesome beauty of the curtain that hung between the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place:

31 “Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. 32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. 33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.

The white linen fence around the sacred area reminds us of the holiness and purity of the Lord. While the goatskins are what would be seen from the outside, the priests were able to behold the majesty and beauty of the Lord from the inside which would most likely take our breath away. Blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen with figures of angels worked into it. Purple is the color of royalty and speaks of our King. Scarlet symbolizes the precious blood of Jesus who takes away the sin of the world.  “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18).”

This veil separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Only the High Priest was permitted behind the veil and that was only once a year on the Day of Atonement. He could only enter the Most Holy Place once a year after he had first made a sacrifice for his sin and the sin of the people. The veil showed that God could not be approached by sinful people without their being consumed by His holiness.

BUT God…
When Jesus died on the cross, this curtain was torn in two from top to bottom…from the top proves this could only be done by God himself. It indicated that by His death Jesus had opened the way into God’s presence forever for those who have faith in Him.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:37-38

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22

How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah  Psalm 84:1-2,4


Matthew 27.51

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The Table of Showbread

Table of Showbread

23 “Make a table of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high. 24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it. 25 Also make around it a rim a handbreadth wide and put a gold molding on the rim. 26 Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are. 27 The rings are to be close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table. 28 Make the poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold and carry the table with them. 29 And make its plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings. 30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.
Exodus 25:23-30

The Israelites were instructed to make a table of acacia wood and overlay it with pure gold. It was to measure three feet long, a foot and half wide and twenty-seven inches high. Remember the acacia wood symbolizes our Savior’s humanity and the gold His deity. Again, we see the gold rings to insert poles to carry the table and a gold molding around the rim.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 14The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-2,4,14
In verse 30, the Jews were instructed toPut the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.” The table was to hold the showbread as well as gold plates, along with gold ladles, bowls, and pitchers for handling the incense and drink offerings. 
According to Leviticus 24:5-9, each week twelve loaves of bread were made of the finest flour and baked and placed on the gold table to acknowledge that the 12 tribes of Israel were “sustained constantly under the watchful eye and care of their Lord (Warren Wiersbe).”  The bread was a thank offering for God faithfulness to His people. New loaves were placed on the table each Sabbath and the old ones were eaten in the Holy Place by the priests on duty.
The showbread pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ who described Himself as the Bread of Life. John 6:25-58

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. 46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

John 6.35

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Hope for today: throwing off


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3

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Wisdom Wednesday

1 John 2.2aMy dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  1 John 2:2

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday and we continue to give God glory for His grace and mercy…for so loving the world that He Himself atoned for our sins! It is amazing to me the number of people, even Christians, who would rather not discuss “the blood.” The number of times that I have been told that it is “just too horrible for me.” I thought I would find so simple words and ask God to open our hearts to understand that “the blood” gives us reason to shout. Only the One, True, and Living God could love us so much that He would give His Son as our Sacrificial Lamb. This truth is not to be avoided but embraced with such love that it causes us to worship this God as our Lord, Savior, and Greatest Treasure. Perhaps just one of the Scriptures or quotes below will cause you meditate on the loving goodness of God…bow before Him…and worship.


“The whole of the Old Testament, every book, points toward the Great Sacrifice that was to come—that of Jesus’ sacrificial giving of His own life on our behalf. Leviticus 17:11 is the Old Testament’s central statement about the significance of blood in the sacrificial system. God, speaking to Moses, declares: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

A “sacrifice” is defined as the offering up of something precious for a cause or a reason. Making atonement is satisfying someone or something for an offense committed. The Leviticus verse can be read more clearly now: God said, “I have given it to you (the creature’s life, which is in its blood) to make atonement for yourselves (covering the offense you have committed against Me).” In other words, those who are covered by the blood sacrifice are set free from the consequences of sin.”

Mercy 16For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Mercy 21But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5mercy-20.jpgFor you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19Mercy 19And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
Revelation 5:9
Mercy 18He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…Titus 3:5Mercy 10The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29Mercy 17God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. Romans 3:25aMercy 14For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17Mercy 11


This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10Mercy 7And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14Mercy 5

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The Ark

Exodus 25.10

10 “Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. 11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. 16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.   Exodus 25:10-16

Remember that the Lord said to Moses in verse 9, “Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings EXACTLY like the pattern I will show you. The tabernacle of the Lord where His presence would dwell and He would meet with His people.

Exodus 25:10 – 30:6 gives the EXACT directions of how to construct the tabernacle and furnishings. We will not look at the detail of each piece but the ark as described above is of most important.

It was to be a rectangular chest built from acacia wood (2’3″ wide, 3’9″ long, and 2’3” high). The chest was to be overlaid inside and out with gold. The chest was to be mounted on four legs and have four rings. Two gold-covered poles were to made to fit through the rings so the chest could be carried from place to place.

Moses was to place the two stones tablets with the Testimony written on them inside the ark (Exodus 25:16, 21). The ark also contained a jar of manna (Exodus 16:33) and Aaron’s rod (Numbers 17:10). It is also known by different names within the Bible:

Once again, we have the privilege of reading the verses, meditating, and seeing the character and nature of our God! All of this with redeeming man in His heart…all of this as a shadow, pointing to Jesus as our Great High Priest!

Hebrews 7:26-8:5

26 Such a High Priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a High Priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If He were on earth, He would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

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“Come up to the LORD”


“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance, but Moses alone is to approach the Lord; the others must not come near. And the people may not come up with him.”

When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the Lord had said.

He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he splashed against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

As we begin Chapter 24, we find such a blessed invitation, “Come up to the Lord.” Ahhhhhh…Come up to the Lord!

In today’s society,  there is much discussion about privilege, how about the privilege we see here? It is the greatest one man will receive. Come up to the Lord and worship! The privilege of being called and chosen by the One, True and Living God. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified (Romans 8:28-30).”

In the Exodus 24:1-8, we see the LORD summon Moses and Aaron, Aaron’s two sons Nadab and Abihu, and the 70 elders to come up the mountain. All but Moses were to keep their distance out of honor and respect for the Lord’s majesty and holiness. We remember that the Israelites encouraged Moses to go alone. (Exodus 19:12-13, 24; 20:18-21).

In my mind, I have a picture of Moses at the top of the mountain. Aaron and the leaders, further down the mountain, and the people all the way at the bottom of the mountain. I am mindful that God honored the peoples choice. We did not see Him reach down and jerk the people to the top against their will. The people are where they want to be despite there being so much more of God to behold and experience. The unchanging God declares in James 4:8,Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” It is a privileged invitation for none of us deserve God to draw near.

God will confirm His covenant with His people but first Moses leads them in worship at the foot of Mount Sanai, erects the twelve pillars representing the twelve tribes, and offers burnt and fellowship offerings to the LORD. Moses then reads the people ALL the LORD’s words and laws (Exodus 20:1-23:33). The people commit to obeying the Word of the Lord, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”

Moses sprinkles blood as a symbol of the legal transaction between God and the people. What a beautiful picture of the great New Covenant that was yet to come. Jesus established and ratified the New Covenant with His own blood.

And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Luke 22:20

 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” 1 Corinthians 11:25-26).

Jesus then commissioned His disciples to go out in the world and issue the Grand Invitation to “Come up to the Lord.” What a great privilege and there is no greater relationship.

John 4:23-24 tells us that the LORD is seeking for those who will draw near, But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

We were created for this relationship to the glory of God!
How privileged we are!  Hallelujah! Selah!

James 4.8

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Hope for today: made alive with Christ

Hope13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Colossians 2:13-15

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hearts touched by God…

1 Samuel 10.26

Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him
went men of valor whose hearts God had touched. 1 Samuel 10:26

This verse was part of my devotions recently and God touched my heart to remember the true nature of the battles we face as believers. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:12-13).”

The Lord reminded me to look to Him for the battles, struggles, and disappointments of life for He can make my heart one of valor. Our God is so powerful that He can touch weak, fearful, and discouraged hearts and turn them to hearts with great courage, boldness, and determination when facing the enemy’s fiery darts.

So I pray that no matter the fiery trial you are facing, no matter the fear that floods your mind, the disappointment or discouragement that overwhelms- for God to touch your heart and my heart with the courage, boldness, and determination to stand on the promises of God.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” 1 Peter 4:12-14

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:8-11

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).”

…indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister (Colossians 1:23).”

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).”

Joshua 1.9

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