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I am confident that…
Humility means thinking of yourself less, not less of yourself -
December 31, 2004
Quiet times can be anything
not just writing notes from the Word
Spending time with the Lord comes in
Many different shapes -
God makes a strength into a weakness in order to use us even more and make us stronger – January 6, 2006
2 Peter 3:8
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
God doesn’t see time as we do – He is above time. – January 27, 2005
…when I listen
STACI’S FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2004 CHRISTMAS LETTER
Every year, Staci wrote a Christmas letter to our friends and family. The following is an excerpt of the last Christmas Letter she wrote in December 2004:
This has been the most life-changing year I have ever experienced. On January 18, 2004, I was reborn and found my Savior Jesus Christ at a conference put on by Student Venture (apart of Campus Crusade for Christ) in Cocoa Beach. Since then, I have dropped my old ways of living and completely given myself to Christ. My life has been changed for eternity and now everything that I live for makes sense and I don't have to fill my heart with worldly things anymore. I am completely satisfied and Christ has filled every little void in my life. Through Him, I have learned so much about myself and been able to let go of so many things. Everything I do is for the glory of God and I finally know the life that I've been missing. There was a hole in my soul and I was trying to fill it with every little thing but the very one who can heal it. Jesus Christ is my best friend, my helper and teacher, and most importantly, my loving God.
Staci Said, “Everything I do is for the glory of God and I finally know the life I’ve been missing. I knew that he loved me and that he was there, but I didn’t know that it was to this extent that it could really impact your life. I think the most important thing I’ve learned was how to really live my life and what I’m living for. A lot of kids know that they are not living the right way and if they will say something about it, you know they have A Heart to Change.”
Staci woke up every morning at 5:30 AM and spent alone time with God. In doing this, she left behind four journals of her faith. Some of the inspiring things she taught us included asking God for a “one-of-a-kind ministry” not a copy of anyone else’s.
ONE OF STACI’S LAST VERSES SHE WROTE IN HER JOURNAL ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 9, 2005 WAS PSALM 73:23-26
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?
My flesh and my heart may fail,
STACI’S JOURNAL ENTRY
Lord I want to have my own ministry, not a copy of anybody else’s Lord. I know that’s going to happen Father and I pray that you just give me strength to do so and time as well Lord. I pray for the future of your ministry while using me Lord. Let me run for you, let me cheer for you, let me sing for you and let me dance for you God. I want it to be for you and nobody else Lord. You hear me, you see me, you feel me Lord and you answer me. God that’s so awesome.
– Staci, February 3, 2005.
STACI WROTE THIS ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE AT CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST’S STUDENT VENTURE FASTBREAK CONFERENCE HELD ON JANUARY 14-17 2005
With weaknesses, don’t try to hide them –
don’t put on a mask –
Let them out, tell your friends,
Even if you’re too ashamed to admit them, it’s okay to cry.
Talk to people with the same problem –
I can’t be afraid to admit my weaknesses; the weight was lifted off I was carrying a burden I couldn’t feel, and once I let it go,
I then realized the weight of the burden. It broke me.
After confronting my close, and not-so-close friends,
God has given me the best answered prayer:
A feeling of feeling beautiful when he thinks I’m the most beautiful;
A feeling of confidence and security without make-up.
I’m not crying because I’m ashamed anymore,
I’m crying out of pure joy and thanks – because of love.
Thank you Father for one of my best life lessons
STACI DEFINED TRAGEDY
Staci’s Testimony That She Shared So Often
Staci and Luis
I grew up in pretty much a Christian home. Most of my life, I went to church with my family, but I didn’t have God. I knew God in my head, and I believed in Him. But, I didn’t have God in my heart.
I was entering my freshman year of high school and I was basically on the path of destruction. I was around the complete wrong crowd and I totally lived my life for the world – for guys and material things. I just felt so unsatisfied and I just kept searching for something, but I didn’t know what it was. I felt so empty and I always had to have someone make me feel worthy and satisfied, but it always ended up being temporary. I had a hole in my heart, and it was the shape of Jesus. Only Jesus could fill it. I had tried to fill it with everything of the world, but nothing fit. There were always empty spaces and I had lost whatever was in my hole. I tried to fill my life with the world, when Jesus was the only one who could fill my broken heart.
In the August of 2003, a close friend of mine, Aaron (who is a Christian) spoke to me for about 2 minutes about how I was living my life. He said that I was living for boys and that I should be living for God. After he mentioned the thought of looking into God that night, it had caught my interest, but I was always too scared to speak up and ask him. I didn’t want to give up the life that I had. I didn’t think that God could fill me; I thought guys were doing a good job.
So, I kept on living my life and one night in late August, there was a student venture outreach for the freshman football and cheerleaders. I was determined to go to that meeting, but I had no way of getting there because my parents weren’t home. So I ended up going next door to my neighbor and he took me there. I got to the meeting and I thought everything was pretty cool. I thought that Christians were always weird, loser kids who had no lives and did nothing that was fun. I was defiantly wrong, so I decided to join a bible study with my cheerleading squad. Amanda Yacabucchi and Darby were my leaders and God was really working though Amanda and Darby through that bible study. I started to have a little relationship with God, but it didn’t really feel any different. I still wasn’t living for him and I was so unsatisfied. My heart was so empty.
January came around and I attended FastBreak, which is a conference over 4 days with Student Venture. At that time, I was on the freshman cheerleading squad and we had a game for basketball that Saturday night. And it was one of those games that we couldn’t miss because Varsity was away at competition so we had to cover for them. That Saturday night was also the night they spoke about relationships. The night I had to be there, I couldn’t go. So I left Cocoa and went back home, went to the game, and then I went back to Cocoa, missing everything.
The following day I was out on the beach with one of my friends - Luis. One of our Student Venture leaders, Chad, had spoken to Luis saying that he needs to talk to me about how I’m living my life. So we went out on the beach and walked down to Ron Jon’s. On the way there as God was speaking to me through Luis, I could totally see that I wasn’t living my life the way that I needed to be. Through Luis, God had said that I need to grow spiritually when I’m dating someone, and that without God, I will be led into temptation and into sin. He showed me that being a Christian isn’t just about what you believe that it is a lot about your actions as well. I needed to show that I was a Christian. And that God’s love is so satisfying that I don’t need any person of the world to fill it. That all I need in my life is God and I will be good to go for the rest of my life. I needed to change a countless number of things, and was realizing that I was living for the wrong reasons. I was pretty in shock and speechless but everything started to hit me at once. That’s why I wasn’t satisfied, I was missing God. I never thought that it would be Him I was missing, but it was all along. I needed to stop living for the world. I knew that it was going to be tough, but it was going to be the best thing in the end. Through Luis, God was working in me and transforming my heart to see that I was in need of change. So from that point on, I re-dedicated myself to Christ and I gave everything to Him.
I don’t think that I would have got much out of FastBreak if God wasn’t working through Luis. It was then that I realized that I was living wrong and that I needed to make a complete 180 degree change. So from that day on, I have had the most intimate relationship with God, which I never thought was going to happen. And because of that relationship, another relationship had started to develop, very, very unexpectedly. Luis was there for me a lot, especially when I needed Godly advice from a male’s perspective. God was working in the both of us and Luis helped me grow into the person that I am now. We developed into a spiritual relationship and it was totally God’s doing. We had prayer together; whenever he dropped me off we would stop in the Timber Creek parking lot and just pray. We would go through the Bible a lot and just really read God’s word.
We started what we call our triangle when we first started to date. On the two bottom points are Luis and I, and at the top point is God. We wanted God to be the top priority of our relationship and would try to never let our triangle be broken. If it was broken, it would become a “U” and that is something that we always tried to stay away from. It wasn’t going to be a relationship with just me and Luis, it was going to be with Luis, God and I. So we had the most amazing relationship ever, and I had never connected with someone like that. Everything was going great, and we had like basically no problems with our relationship.
Until one day, I had a talk with my mom. My mom and I are really close and I tell her like everything. So, she said to me that she didn’t want me with Luis anymore. All the time she talks about how awesome he is, how great of a guy he is, how much she loves him, and how no body has even compared to him. I was totally devastated. How could my mom like this kid so much, but not want me to be with him? We had an awesome Godly relationship and it made no sense whatsoever.
Luis and I thought that the devil was trying to trick us, because we knew that we were had God with us. So I disobeyed my parents and I started to lose my relationship with my mom. We were constantly fighting (which never happens) and I felt like I couldn’t come to her anymore. Luis and I were so lost on what to do and just prayed about it all the time.
Then one day in the very end of May, 2004, a couple days before Getaway (a conference with Student Venture for a week) I had a very scary quiet time. I just opened my Bible up randomly and read a random verse. It was Ephesians 3:1-6, which basically says, “Obey your parents.” So I immediately closed by Bible and was like “Nat ah, not obeying.” So I tried it again, I opened up my Bible randomly, and it landed on a different verse this time. It was Colossians 3:20, which basically said to “Obey your parents.” So then I started to get a little freaked out and wondering if God was really talking through my mom. So I just really prayed about it before Getaway that I would truly understand what God wanted me to do with our relationship.
At Getaway, I had another quiet time and ended up with 3 more random verses. It was then that I realized that I had to talk to Luis about what was going on. So, one night out on the beach, he was checking up on me spiritually and he asked me what I wanted to learn while at Getaway. I told him basically that I wanted to know when Gods speaking to me, and if he is how to obey. He immediately knew that it was about our relationship, and we totally just were broken. He suggested that we just keep praying about it and see how it goes.
Well, it kept happening. 18 times exactly. Each time, a different verse, saying to either obey your parents, obey God, that discipline is good, and talking about Gods love. While God was speaking to me this whole time, he was preparing Luis for what was going to happen in the future. To just be strong and know that God is with him. Luis and I really looked into it and that’s when he decided that because we gave our relationship to God, that we would have to give it back. God was really speaking to both of us, and we had to obey, even though it was the last thing on earth that we wanted to do. Since I am a very indecisive person, he suggested that the last day of GetAway would be our last day together which was June 6, 2004, our 3 month anniversary. We were going to have the best 4 days together and know that it is all for a good reason that we were going to break up, we just didn’t see it yet. We had to put our trust in God 100% and know that we only go through discipline because he loves us so much.
During that week, we taught each other so much. God was working incredibly. Through all of the sorrow and trouble, I grew in my walk with Christ tremendously. God puts people in your life for reasons that we can’t even imagine; and yet he can take them out in a heartbeat to see our dedication to Him. But in the end, it is always for an awesome reason that we can’t see. One thing that I really learned from this experience was being able to surrender everything to God. He gave His life for us, so we should be able to give everything back to Him. It’s something that is a lot easier said than done. It just really goes to show that God’s ways are truly mysterious.
YOU SAY, GOD SAYS
You say: "It's impossible" God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired" God says: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody loves me" God says: I love you (John 3:34)
You say: "I can't figure things out" God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I can't do it" God says: You can do all things (Philippians 4:13)
You say: "It's not worth it" God says: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)
You say: "I can't forgive myself" God says: I forgive you (Romans 8:1)
You say: "I'm afraid" God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I don't have enough faith" God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
You say: "I feel all alone" God says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
DATING GOD’S WAY
*A.C.T.S.* - PRAYER
Adoration / Tell God who He is to you.
Confession / You've messed up, so tell Him
Thanksgiving / Give thanks to God for what He's blessed you with.
Supplication / Make requests to God for Him to intervene in your life.
STACI KEPT A JOURNAL OF BIBLE VERSES AND INSPIRATIONS THAT WERE SPECIAL TO HER. THE FOLLOWING IS HER LIST AS IT APPEARED IN HER FILE
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
2 Peter 1:5-7/NIV
You are the salt of the earth. —Matthew 5:13
Romans 5:8,9 God proved His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. More surely then, since we have been justified by His blood, we will be saved THROUGH HIM from the wrath of God.
"Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as 'Lord,' but they still won't enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.
Jesus' mother and brothers arrived at the house where he was teaching. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. There was a crowd around Jesus, and someone said, "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you." Jesus replied, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" Then he looked at those around him and said, "These are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." Mark 3:31-35 (NLT)
1 Corinthians 13:4
2 Corinthians 1:6 -> If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
Ephesians 4:2 - Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
John 14:6 -> Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
When a person's steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with his ways. If he stumbles, he will not fall, because the Lord holds his hand. -- Psalm 37: 23,24*
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
The Temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give into it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
"But peter and John replied, 'judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard'"
Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel... "So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith."
"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!," (II Corinthians 5:17).
Jesus said, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you."
Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
[Jesus] was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.
“Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.”
A generous spirit. Sometimes we use the word mercy. You can see it in everything Jesus did. His compassion for the sick as well as the sinner. His gentleness with children. Even as he hung on Golgotha's cross, we see his generosity extended to a dying thief. (Luke 23:43)
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
“The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.”
—Arthur H. Stainback
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed by our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we have been healed"
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries."
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam 16:7)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Philippians 4:6,7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally brothers, 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. 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.” (Philippians 4:8,9)
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear...” 1 John 4:18
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:1-2
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:17
“I will instruct you and teach you in the ways you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do: I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16
“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.” Psalm 73:23,24
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“So we say in confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” Hebrews 13:6
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let you hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called to one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
You are a child of God, pure and spotless before the Father. Even now, your spirit is seated with Christ in heaven (Eph. 2:6).
Romans 8:5 says, “For those who are according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Again, in 2 Corinthians 10:5. “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Philippians 4:8, “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin (Rom. 7:24-25).
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. ...Acts 4:12
...I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? (Jesus' words) ...John 11: 25,26
Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is no other. ...Isaiah 45:22
"I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Jesus' words ...Luke 15:10
"No one can serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth....Matthew 6:24
But I tell everyone who is listening: Love your enemies. Be kind to those who hate you....Luke 6:27
Rather, love your enemies, help them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward. You will be the children of the Most High God. After all, he is kind to unthankful and evil people.
Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us...Romans 5:8
Those who love their lives will destroy them, and those who hate their lives in this world will guard them for everlasting life...John 12:25
Jesus told them, "If God were your Father, you would love me. After all, I am here, and I came from God. I didn't come on my own. Instead, God sent me...John 8:24
Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?...Isaiah 2:22
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me...Psalm 23:4
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Philippians 1:21 For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Exodos 15:1,2...I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted... The Lord is my strength and my song, he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him...
Leviticus 26:12,13 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God...I broke the bars of your yolk and enabled you to walk with heads held high.
Numbers 14:18 The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in love.
Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 8:3...Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Psalm 27:4-5 One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling, he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 30:5 For his anger only lasts a moment, but his favor a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a new heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Psalm 107:1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 113:3From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
Psalm 143:10Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground.
Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects a man's face, so a man's heart reflects the man.
Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
"Christ died once for our sins. An innocent person died for those who are guilty. Christ did this to bring you to God, when his body was put to death and his spirit was made alive." 1 Peter 3:18 CEV
He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I will be nothing. Without Him, I am nothing. But, with Christ, HE strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:7-8
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. Peter 4:11
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds... Ephesians 4:22-23/
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Amos 5:14
Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. Psalm 66.5
Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love. Psalm 33.18
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Corinthians 5:17
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15
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