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A Collection of Favorite Scriptures, Prayers and Thoughts

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 24:16: '...for a just man falleth seven times, and rises back up again. (but the wicked shall fall into mischief)'

Now, what makes him 'just'?

Anyone who would fall seven times would normally be viewed, by the Church at least, as being wicked. It would not be too hard to understand if one falls once, or if twice, maybe, but falling seven times would certainly be to much for anyone or any church to fathom.

But what makes him 'just' from the standpoint of the Bible?

The Bible recognizes that he has enough sense to realize that he can get back up, and not only get back up but get back in line.

Wherever youve fallen from, no matter what youve done, no matter how many times youve done it, its not too late!

HE is so much in love with you that HIS Mercy endures!

HIS Mercy is everlasting!

It is Not too late!

No matter what you have done;

No matter where you have been;

GOD is still faithful and HE is still just, even when we are unfaithful and when we are not just.

HE is so faithful and just that HE will forgive you of every single, solitary sin, no matter how many promises you have made and broken; no matter how many times you have done it over and over again.

GOD is just waiting on you to confess your sins, by saying,

"Lord, have mercy on me.

Forgive me.

I am not going to make you any more promises.

You know my heart and you know that I want to do right.

Show me how.

Take me, Lord.

Put me back in line.

I love you.

Teach me how to walk right.

Break every bad habit I have and loose me from my every addiction.

Come into my life and my heart and live both in me and through me.

I give you my life for the rest of my life."

And Just that quickly -- You Are Forgiven!

Just that quickly -- You Are Healed!

HE is Your GOD, and You are HIS Child!

No Condemnation. No condemnation, whatsoever or ever!

Do not remember the past sins, because HE has forgotten them.

Isaiah 43:25-26 says: ...I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together; declare thou, that thou mayest be justified...

If HE has forgotten them, then you can forgive and forget too.

You are Healed!

You are Saved!

You are Whole!

In Jesus Name, Amen.

John 14:1-11

"Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you;

for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

And whither I go, you know the way.

Thomas says to him, Lord, we know not whither you go; how know we the way?

Jesus says to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes unto the Father, but by me.

If you had known me, you would have known my Father also: from henceforth you know him, and have seen him.

Philip says to him, Lord, show us the Father, and it suffices us.

Jesus says to him, Have I been so long time with you, and do you not know me, Philip?

He that has seen me has seen the Father;

How say you, Show us the Father?

Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?

The words that I say to you I speak not from myself; but the Father abiding in me does his works.

Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."

Psalms 23
King James Version

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


A Prayer in Tribute to Psalms 23:

Our Father, we realize that the only seasonable act of worship is for us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice.

It is the only response we can make to your goodness. You are the Good Shepherd.

You are utterly trustworthy.

We discover that you do feed us continually; you do lead us; you do guard us and protect us; and we want to say thank you this morning for that.

We want to say again that our bodies are yours to fill and use.

This is the only reasonable thing that we can do.

We thank you for all that you are to us,

in Jesus' name, Amen.