Proverbs: The LORD Will Reward

“31Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. 32For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence. 33The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. 35The wise inherit honor, but fools get only shame.” ~Proverbs 3

I will not envy the wicked his wickedness

For surely his reward he receives now

I will not envy the violent one his violence

For his reward is in destruction

And his end will be death

I will not envy

For the Lord is my Avenger

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I will not envy the wicked his wickedness

For surely his reward he receives now

I will not envy the perverse one his passion

For his reward is winning the argument

And his end will be loneliness

I will not envy

The Lord is my confidant

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I will not envy the wicked his wickedness

For surely his reward he receives now

I will not envy the proud his pride

For his reward is the praise of men

And his end will be a lost soul

I will not envy

The LORD is my pleasure

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I will not envy the wicked his wickedness

For surely his reward he receives now

I will not envy the fool his foolishness

For his reward is in freedom without responsibility

And his end will be eternity in nothing

I will not envy

The LORD is my everything

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I will not envy the wicked his wickedness

For surely his reward he receives now

His reward is life on the earth

And his end is the curse of the LORD

Him I will not envy, for him I pray for mercy

For wicked is what I was until the LORD

He clothed me

The LORD is my righteousness

The LORD is my blessing

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God rewards each according to his deeds

God will reward you

So hold on a little longer

Keep doing the good things

God will reward you

Do not envy

God will reward you

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Galatians 6:

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Matthew 16:

26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Psalm 1:3

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

1 Peter 5:5

Young men, in the same way, submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Psalm 18:26

With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the crooked You show Yourself astute.

Psalm 138:6

For though the LORD is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar.

Daniel 12:3

“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Zechariah 5:3-4

Then he said to me, “This is the curse that is going forth over the face of the whole land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears will be purged away according to the writing on the other side. I will make it go forth,” declares the LORD of hosts, “and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name; and it will spend the night within that house and consume it with its timber and stones.”

Leviticus 26:

14“ ‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it. 17I will set my face against you so that you will be defeated by your enemies; those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee even when no one is pursuing you.

Meditation on Time

1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” ~Ecclesiastes 3

Time is wearing away at all of us.

For some it goes so fast we don’t know where the day has gone.  Could it really still have been 24hrs?

And still others have the opposite problem; nothing seems to be happening and they look at the clock, hoping it’ll soon be over, only to find that five minutes have passed since the last time they looked.

But time is also drawing us ever closer to events unavoidable.  Happy memories with family, sad moments with friends, angry moments with siblings, and sick days on the weekend.

Sometimes there’s a celebration, of new life.

Sometimes there’s a tragedy, for death.

Time brings each of us to these moments, some terrible and some wonderful.  It presents us every second with new choices that we hope we do good with and await the consequences.

Very often we feel an enmity with time, thinking that we wouldn’t be so anxious if we weren’t so shackled to the round devices on our walls.

And still we waste precious time on making everything about us seem so perfect: our families, our homes, our appearances, our relationships, our lives.

But time is not fooled by outward appearance; it sees every time we tumble and fall.

The curse Adam and Eve brought upon us, did it also reach time’s ears?

If so, what will it be like when all things reach the end, when God comes in all His righteousness, and makes all things new?

We know that His children will live with Him in all perfection.

Time will see us glorifying God for all eternity.

No longer are we shackled to time’s timeline of a cursed life.

Now time can move as it was meant to; rather than worrying about us, it will be glorifying Christ.

“31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40)

5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”a 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” ~Romans 2

Honor the Lord

6“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery… 11“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” ~ Deuteronomy 5

Out of slavery

You came out of darkness

You cried out and I

The LORD your God

Heard and answered you

I saved you

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Who in heaven

Or on the earth

Is like the Living God?

The Egyptian gods

Could not stop My power

And you followed Me

Out of the dark land

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Why do you despise Me now

My dear children?

Why curse with My Holy Name?

You treat as worthless

That which formed you

You trample in the dirt

That which had compassion

On you

You do this by falsely worshipping Me

You do this by not surrendering to Me

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Am I

The Holy One

Worthless?

Am I

The Eternal One

Useless?

Was it I who tempted you

In the garden of Eden?

Was it I who lied to you

With forked tongue?

Was I unjust to be wrathful

Destroying the earth in a flood?

Was I cruel

When I let Noah live?

When he saw the rainbow in the sky

Did he curse My Name?

Did he hear My voice

And shrug his shoulders?

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At My voice the earth was formed

At My Name

The nations tremble

When I say “I AM”

Armed men fall down and tremble

What I say will come to pass

And no one can change it

I have mercy on whom I have mercy

And justice on those I have justice

Who can make Me worthless

Who is not themselves meaningless?

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I will judge the one

Who curses My Name

I will make desolate

The one who tramples Me in the mud

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But for the sake of My Name

I have chosen some to glorify Me

They will know Me

And honor Me

And I will lead them on to Life

My Name provides all you need

My Name is the way to righteousness

Cling to Me

There is nothing left to fear

Only be holy

As I AM

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3So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.  4Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”  5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.  “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.” ~John 18

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1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.  4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,a I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~Psalm 23

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6“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.  “It is you priests who show contempt for my name.

“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’

7“By offering defiled food on my altar.

“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’

“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.  9“Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.” ~Malachi 1

My Cry for Mercy

It seems strange
To cry for mercy
Mercy– something
That I certainly
Never deserve
But still I cry
I beg the Lord
Every day
For mercy
For myself
Because of my sin
My sins are so many
Marring the image
God has placed in me
God is molding me to be
Yes, my sin has marred it
And what I deserve
Is to be abandoned
Left to myself
Left to destruction

But the Lord
Is good in every way
He cannot stand
To look on sin
Yet He sent His Son
He sent You, my Lord Jesus
To become this wickedness
And to die on the cross
And rise righteous
On the third day
Now I am clean, though not perfect
Now I am Yours, Lord
And with confidence I come
I come before Your throne
And I cry out
I cry out for mercy
And I know
I know with certainty
You hear me
And You will answer me
Because You are my Father
My Savior
My Strength

I cry
I cry out for mercy, Lord
I cry out for mercy
For those I know
Who near to my side
I see their pain
I see their distress
And I am grieved for them
Lord, I cry for mercy
I cry for them, Lord
And not only I
But Your Son
Interceding on their behalf
And not only Jesus
But Your Spirit prays for them
You are praying for them
And for this I find comfort

I cry
I cry for mercy, Lord
I cry for mercy
For those lost
And unknowing of You
Who do not hear
Who do not understand
Who are following the path
The wicked path of destruction
Blindly going towards the fire pit
Who will speak?
Who will tell them?
Will they listen?
Oh Lord
Have mercy on them
Have mercy on the one
Who carries the message
So very faithfully
Have mercy, Lord

Lord, have mercy
But not as I will
As You will
As it is in heaven
Amen

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“1Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.

2I cry out to God Most High,
to God, who vindicates me.
3He sends from heaven and saves me,
rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.” ~Psalm 57

“14“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” ~Psalm 91

“1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’ ”a

8First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

15The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:

16“This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”

17Then he adds:

“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”

18And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let 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. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”d and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”e 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37For,

“In just a little while,
he who is coming will come
and will not delay.”

38And,

“But my righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.”

39But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” ~Hebrews 10

JESUS=TRUTH

LORD
My GOD,
I want to
Personify
TRUTH.
And the people
Of the world,
They ask me,
“What is TRUTH?”
Just as Pilot
Asked my LORD,
The WAY
The TRUTH
And the LIFE.
Do you know
Why they crucified HIM?
HE proclaimed to be GOD,
That HE was the
UNCHANGEABLE TRUTH.
Although the Pharisees
Distorted GOD’s face,
HIS character was the same,
Proven by CHRIST.
But they called HIM a blasphemer.
They called HIM a lie.
So they killed HIM
On the cross,
Cursed HIM on a tree.
HE who was not a lie
Took on the shackles of sin
From us to HIMSELF.
GOD looked
Saw HIS SON, an ugly lie,
Turned HIS back
Until HE died.
But JESUS was GOD
And the TRUTH never dies.
On the third day HE arose
And declared victory
Over sin, death, the world.
HE is the LIFE to us
Who perish
HE is my LIFE
HE is the WAY
To the MOST HOLY PLACE
HE is the UNPERISHABLE
UNCHANGEABLE
INDESTRUCTABLE
VICTORIOUS
LIVING TRUTH
I want to personify TRUTH
I want to personify HIM

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This is a beautiful song about Christ. Happy Easter everyone! God bless!