— 1 Peter 1:13b (NIV)
Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. (1 Kings 3:3 NIV)
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. (Psalm 3:3 NIV)
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3 NIV)
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” (Zechariah 3:3, 4 NIV)
This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ” (Matthew 3:3 NIV)
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Luke 3:3 NIV)
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ” (John 3:3 NIV)
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. (2 Corinthians 3:3 NIV)
Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? (Galatians 3:3 NIV)
For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— (Philippians 3:3 NIV)
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3 NIV)
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV)
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he 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, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7 NIV)
All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:3 NIV)
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. (Revelation 3:3 NIV)
— Romans 5:6-8
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— Mark 9:24
Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 —
2:4 I increased my possessions: 26
I built houses for myself; 27
I planted vineyards for myself.
and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
2:6 I constructed pools of water for myself,
to irrigate my grove 31 of flourishing trees.
2:7 I purchased male and female slaves,
and I owned slaves who were born in my house; 32
I also possessed more livestock – both herds and flocks –
than any of my predecessors in Jerusalem. 33
2:8 I also amassed silver and gold for myself,
I acquired male singers and female singers for myself,
yet I maintained my objectivity: 40
2:10 I did not restrain myself from getting whatever I wanted; 41
I did not deny myself anything that would bring me pleasure. 42
So all my accomplishments gave me joy; 43
this was my reward for all my effort. 44
2:11 Yet when I reflected on everything I had accomplished 45
and on all the effort that I had expended to accomplish it, 46
like chasing the wind!Matthew 6:19-21 —
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
About the Son he says,
"Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
He also says,
"In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”
Hebrews 1:1-3, 8-12
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While reading this, it’s been very difficult to not underline almost every single verse in my Bible - so I basically did just that.
Praise God for a tangible source of knowledge that we can use to pursue righteousness.
Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity
1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.*
*(Here’s the beauty of the New Testament/New Covenant - this blessing is available to not just the Jews, but to Gentiles [everyone], too! Rid yourselves of anxiety, and through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, you will obtain a peace from God that surpasses ALL understanding/human comprehension! And by telling us at the end of v. 5 that ‘The Lord is near’, Paul is letting us know we should be urgent in rejoicing, letting our gentleness be evident to all, and cutting out our anxiety and receiving His peace.)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.*
*(I love verses 8-9. Here Paul tells us a few other ways to obtain God’s supernatural peace. Some nonbelievers may argue that they believe pornography, for example, is right, lovely, and admirable to them. I’m sure they think it is if their eyes are not fixed on Jesus. But the word I love here is ‘pure’. Abstaining from pornography is a perfect example of a step towards purity in the eyes of God and this wording is just another example that the perfect words were chosen for our present-day Bible. The text here was not reflected from Paul’s personal theology but was written by Paul through the influence and breath (2 Timothy 3:16) of God’s Holy Spirit.)
Thanks for Their Gifts
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.*
*(In my Bible, I wrote this prayer down pertaining to verses 11-13: “Lord, provide me with that v. 11-13 mentality! I want and need to be content no matter what the circumstances.” We all need to be pursuing and praying for such a mentality! With the peace we have learned how to obtain in verses 4-9, being content, no matter what the circumstances, can and will come much easier. The ever so popular v. 13 may seem cliché, but it is so true! God, and God alone, gives us the strength to drop our anxiety, pray and petition in thanksgiving to Him, receive His peace that is above all understanding, and finally to be content whatever the circumstances.)
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.*
*(Verse 18 is yet another example of Paul’s remarkable contentedness. Let’s remember that at the time this letter was written to Philippi, Paul was imprisoned in Rome. Still, while in shackles, he was rejoicing in the Lord and was blessed with a content heart. Next, verse 19 is a humbling verse. Too often I find myself doubting God when my ‘wants’ aren’t provided. I chuckle after feeling this way, because I know according to the riches of the glory of Jesus Christ, my ‘needs’ (which are far more important than my ‘wants’) will be provided and that’s really all I ‘need’.)
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.