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They Are a Mere Breath

February 26, 2015

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They  Are  a Mere Breath

Some people  become  leaders  of various sorts  just because  they talk a lot  and drown out  the voices  of others.     They are domineering  —  down right pushy  and arrogant  about their own opinions  —  readily using untruths  to tear others down.     Their  “leadership”  is not appreciated  because of its oppressive haughtiness.     And,  of course,  there is also  enemy leadership  that is the end result  of wars.

This sort  of oppressive leadership  has been common  since the beginning  of history  and God  has often allowed it  —  using it  as a discipline  for His wayward children.     The Old Testament  is filled with accounts enemy rule.     But,  in each case,  God let His children know  that when their hearts  would become repentant  and they would return  to Him  in faith,  He would  give them relief  from oppression  and enemy rule.

Psalm 94 tells  of God’s faithfulness  in watching over  His dear children  during their times  of discipline.     The enemies  of God’s children  need to realize  that they,  too,  will have  to face  God Almighty’s  final judgment.     They need  to treat  God’s children  with fairness  and respect  and will not ultimately get away  with any  of their evils.     Psalm 94:10-11  tells us,

He who chastens  the nations,  will He not rebuke,
Even He who teaches man knowledge?
The LORD  knows  the thoughts  of man,
That they  are a mere breath.

Arrogant  oppressors  will be rebuked  by the LORD.     No one  will escape  God’s judgment  by lying  —  or making excuses.     The self-defense  of oppressors,  unbelievers,  and liars  are “a mere breath”.     It’s all worthless  because God  “knows the thoughts  of man”.

The same goes  for all who preach false doctrines  in an effort  to gain leadership  over others.     1 Corinthians 3:20  says,

The LORD knows  the reasonings  of the wise,  that they are useless.

God’s children  are diligent  in following His given word,  rather than the opinions  and leading  of men.     With God  as our Teacher  as we humbly  study His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for teaching us  in Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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That I May Know Him

February 25, 2015

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That  I May  Know Him

We need  to know  what is most important  in life  —  or we’ll miss it  and be devastated.     When Job considered  his life,  he said  in Job 1:21,

Naked  I came  from my mother’s womb,
And naked  I shall return there.

If  we can’t take  anything  with us  when we die,  what is our purpose  in living  through all these troubles  and challenges?     In the midst  of his great sufferings,  Paul knew  his purpose  in living well.     Paul tells us  in Philippians 3:8-10,

I count  all things  to be loss  in view  of the surpassing value  of knowing  Christ Jesus  my Lord,  for whom  I have suffered  the loss  of all things,  and count them  but rubbish  so that  I may gain Christ,  and may be found  in Him,  not having a righteousness  of my own  derived  from the Law,  but that  which is  through faith  in Christ,  the righteousness  which comes  from God  on the basis  of faith,  that  I may know Him  and the power  of His resurrection  and the fellowship  of His sufferings,  being conformed  to His death.

Life is  most well  worth living  when  we allow God  to guide us  through our sufferings  —  while learning  to trust only  in Jesus’ sufferings  and righteousness  on our behalf.     When we have learned  to trust Jesus  in every circumstance,  we will  have come  to really  “know Him”.     Jesus’  “resurrection” has the power  to sustain  and save us eternally.      Jesus’ sufferings  draw us close  to Him  in  “fellowship”  as we face  our sufferings  and realize  that God  is in the process  of strengthening us  in a true faith,  hope,  and love.

That makes our sufferings  easier to bear  because we  “know Him”  and trust Him.     That’s  what life  is all about.

Looking forward  to being  with Jesus eternally,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for letting us see  that life is worthwhile  in a blessed fellowship  with You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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For What Is a Man Profited?

February 24, 2015

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For What  Is a Man Profited?

It’s so obvious  that we’re much better off  in this world  when we work  for a living.     One needs  to take on  the responsibility  of caring  for themselves  and their family.     We can earn  a home,  some clothes  on our backs,  and food  that satisfies.     But people start  to go far beyond  the basics.     It doesn’t take much  for human nature  to start dreaming  of a bigger  and “better” home,  more expensive clothes,  and more expensive foods.

Life morphs  from meeting needs  to meeting greeds.     Our priorities  in life  gradually change  over time,  so that we become  a far different person  from what we ever  imagined ourselves  to be.     Hearts change  and become proud  as they pat themselves  on the back  for blessings  that really are from God.

The changed heart  is a heart  that loves  the things  of the world  much more  than God.     That’s the sad part,  because absolutely  no one  can take the stuff  of this world  with them  when they die.     All those prideful greeds  are worthless  in the end.     That’s why Jesus tells us  in Luke 9:25,

For what  is a man profited  if he gains  the whole world,  and loses  or forfeits  himself?

Our souls  are much  more valuable  than any  of the stuff  of this world.     We’ll fully realize that  when we die  because  our souls  stay with us.     That’s why it’s much more important  and blessed  to live  in fellowship  with God now  —  paying attention  to what is true  for all eternity  — and paying attention  to the blessedness  of eternal truth,  faith,  hope,  and love.     Why “forfeit”  eternal life  for what is worthless  in eternity?

As we learn  to trust  and follow Jesus  in this life,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  there is nothing better  than being  with You!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Names To All

February 23, 2015

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Names  To All

Our names  are special.     They point  to us  as an individual  —  separate,  of value,  and different  from others.     We are not  just an unidentifiable,  unimportant,  meaningless object.     There probably aren’t  that many people  who know us  in our sphere  of being  —  but what is utterly amazing  is that  God Almighty  intimately  knows each  and every one  of us.     He knows  our thoughts,  intentions,  every movement,  and how many hairs  are on our heads.

That’s a lot  of information  to know  when one considers  how many people  are in this world.     Our puny minds  can forget someone’s name  in a very short time  —  but God  never forgets anything  about any  of us.

To add  to that,  Psalm 147:4  tells us  even more  about God’s knowledge  and care.     It says,

He counts  the number  of the stars;
He gives names  to all  of them.

The Hebrew word  for “counts”  includes  the idea  of God  having determined  just how many stars  there should be  —  their size,  orbit,  and every other aspect  of their being.     Then  —  “He gives names  to all  of them”.     He didn’t just name  the largest,  most influential ones.     God gave  names  to all  of them”.      Everyone  is important  in God’s eyes  —  just like each  of us.

That’s important  to remember  when we’re  down-in-the-dumps  about the stuff  going on  in our lives.     This creation  is so vast,  far beyond  our wildest imagination.     And yet  God,  our Creator,  highly values  every single aspect  of it.

That is good reason  to say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD God,  thank You  for always caring  for each  and every one  of us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Sustained From My Birth

February 22, 2015

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Sustained  From My Birth

No matter how old or young  we are  —  how rich  or poor  —  how strong  or maimed  —  how educated  or uneducated,  it is the Lord  who sustains  and tenderly cares  for us  according to His wisdom.     An old psalmist  praised God  for His faithful care,  and said  to God  in Psalm 71:5-6,

You  are my hope;
O  Lord God,  You are my confidence   from my youth.
By You  I have been sustained  from my birth;
You are He  who took me  from my mother’s womb;
My praise  is continually  of You.

As the psalmist  thinks  of all the various,  overwhelming  troubles  he has had  throughout his long life,  he continues to praise God  for caring  for him  through thick  and thin.     We too  can think through  our lives  and see  how it is God  who has gotten us  this far.     Each of us  has a list  of personal experiences  in which  we must admit  that it is God,  who led us through.

We all need  to be thankful  and praise God  for the really  wondrous ways  in which He has led us  to where we are today.     We can’t explain  just how God did it all,  but we can see  that He amazingly  caused things  to work out  for our good  in the end.     We need  to admit that  and thank Him  —  and entrust  our future  to Him.

The old psalmist  knew how  to thank God  and gratefully declared  in verse 17,

O  God,  You have taught me  from my youth,
And  I still declare  Your wondrous deeds.

As we entrust  our lives  into God’s care,  we gratefully say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for faithfully teaching us,  so that  we can tell others  of Your saving love  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Yet Not With a Whole Heart

February 21, 2015

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Yet Not  With a Whole Heart

The Old Testament  gives us  the history  of the kings  of Israel,  along with  all the promises  of a Savior.     In that thousand year  time frame,  Israel had many different kings  —  the good,  the bad,  and the ugly.     The good  put all their efforts  into leading Israel  according to God’s word.     There were blessings  during their reigns.     The ugly  did many evil things  in their rebellion  against God,  and defiantly  led the people  into idol worship.

Amaziah was very wishy-washy,  acting however  his feelings  and pride  led him.     Regarding Amaziah,  2 Chronicles 25:2  says,

And he did right  in the sight  of the LORD,  yet not  with a whole heart.

There were times  when Amaziah  followed God’s leading  through His prophets  —  and other times  when he had  so much pride  and stubbornness  that he became evil  and did things  his way     Those were times  in which God caused him  to be defeated  by his enemies.     Amaziah’s worst downfall  was when he started worshiping  the idols  of the kingdoms  he had defeated.     That act  of defiance  finally led some people  of Jerusalem  to murder him.

To know  what is right,  good,  and decent  —  but then,  proudly rebel  against  God’s love  —  doesn’t make  any real sense.     That person  seems  to have acknowledged  God’s power,  love,  and authority  to judge us all  —  but they still want  to test  the waters  and do evil,  just because they “feel like it”.

Whenever we are tempted  to be wishy-washy  in staying strong  in the truths  of God,  we need  to pray  with King David  in Psalm 51:10,

Create  in me  a clean heart,  O God,
And renew  a steadfast spirit  within me.

We need  to remember  that God wants  to help us  in every time  of weakness  and temptation.     We lean  on His faithful love  instead of our deceptive feelings  and evil whims.

In the joy  of His faithful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  keep us strong  in Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Man Christ Jesus

February 20, 2015

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The Man  Christ Jesus

Just because  Jesus  is fully God  and fully man  at the same time,  He is the only one  able to save us  from our sins.     And  —  the Bible specifically directs  all Christians  to pray  to Jesus.     1 Timothy 2:5-6  says,

For there is one God,  and one mediator  also between God  and menthe man  Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself  as a ransom  for all,  the testimony borne  at the proper time.

In this passage  everyone needs  to pay  full attention  to the words  one mediator”.     There are not many mediators  “between God  and men”  —  just one.     Because  we have only  one mediator”,  Jesus is  the only legitimate person  we are  to pray to.     This passage  should wake everyone up  to the truth  that it is wrong  to pray  to any saint.     No saint  is to be regarded  as a “mediator”  for us.     That would be  making out like  Jesus either does not care  about our needs  —  is unable  or unwilling  to speak  for us  —  or does not have  the power  and authority  to speak  for us.

This passage names  only Jesus  as our “mediator”.     A  “mediator”  is one  who will  speak up  for us,  and see to it  that our prayers  are answered.     There is no other   “mediator”  “between God  and men”.     So why  should any one  be audacious enough  to pray  to a saint  —  and be a put-down  to our Savior  and Redeemer?

Let us consider  2 Peter 3:18,

Grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord  and Savior  Jesus Christ.

Fully assured  of His love  and power,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for praying  for us  and keeping us  in Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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