— Romans 5:6-8
Scripture presents two aspects of being complete before God:
First, we are instantly made complete in Christ in our legal position (justification).
Second, we progressively become “complete in obedience” in our living condition before God (sanctification).
You are complete in Him (Col. 2:10)!
— Hebrews 11:1
and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever."
— Psalm 73:21-26 NIV
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— Mark 9:24
— Proverbs 19:20 (NIV)
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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.