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‘But If Not’ Faith

Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. —Daniel 3:17-18, KJV

Sometimes God Is Silent

God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. —Psalm 83:1

Getting God's Attention

And Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? Was no one found who turned back to give glory to God, except this foreigner?" —Luke 17:17-18, NAS

God's Inflexible Impartiality

God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him. —Acts 10:34-35, NAS

Beware of Your Competitor: The Body

No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. —1 Corinthians 9:27

Refining the Anointing

Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. —Hebrews 5:8

Run for the Prize

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. —1 Corinthians 9:25

Right or Wrong, Leave It to God

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. —Philippians 2:13, NAS

How to Cope With the Past

Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me. —Psalm 129:1-2

How to Handle Criticism

I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. —1 Corinthians 4:3-4

Pray in the Spirit

Build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. —Jude 20

Resilient Love

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. —Jeremiah 31:3

Your Silence Is Golden

Do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say. —Luke 12:11-12

Let Go and Let God

The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. —John 12:25

Ultimate Joy

"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." —John 4:34-35

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