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With joy-filled faith we wait to see Jesus.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Individual fasting should be a secret between you and God.
Matthew 6:16-18
How we pray reveals what we believe about God.
Matthew 6:5-15
You are a new person in Christ.
Colossians 3:1-4
Will we choose the fate of the righteous or the wicked?
Psalms 1
Don’t give in order to impress others.
Matthew 6:1-4
David puts his trust in God when he is in danger and we should also.
Psalms 56:1-4
Love your enemies
Matthew 5:43-47
God has everything and knows everything.
Romans 11:33-36
Members of God’s kingdom should hold on loosely to their honor, possessions, etc.
Matthew 5:38-42
God treasures Israel not because of their worth, but because he chose them.
Deuteronomy 7:1-11
Divorce causes adultery.
Luke 16:18
Marriage is a one-flesh union joined by God; thus, man shouldn’t break this union.
Mark 10:2-9
Marriage is a one-flesh union; breaking this union causes adultery.
Matthew 19:3-9
God provided the perfect solution to man’s lonliness.
Genesis 2:18-25
Marriage is a companionship and a covenant that should not be broken by unfaithfulness.
Faithfulness in Marriage
Beware against committing sins in your heart.
Matthew 5:27-30
Followers of Jesus should keep their word.
Matthew 5:33-37
Divorce does not dissolve the marriage bond (unless it is done on the grounds of sexual immorality).
Matthew 5:31-32
God desires peace between humans
Matthew 5:21-26
For what reason(s) do you worship God?
Psalms 100
Because God’s kingdom requires righteousness, Jesus fulfills the law.
Matthew 5:17-20
We are blessed to be a blessing.
Matthew 5:13-16
Citizens of God’s kingdom go through hard times but are blessed because they will receive the blessings of the kingdom.
Matthew 5:3-12
Praise Jesus for his healing!
Matthew 4:23-25
Are we exercising our gifts in love?
1 Corinthians 13
God will take away everything that is sad.
Revelation 21:1-8
Our future resurrection gives us the ability to persevere in our faith.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
How to discern whether someone is from God.
1 John 4:1-6
Pursue wisdom with everything you have.
Proverbs 4:20-27
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Trials are good for you
James 1:2-4
Trials are doing something good in you.
Published June 1st, 2012; Updated July 12th, 2021
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Because hardships produce perseverance in you, you should consider them as a blessing and allow trials to produce the maximum amount of perseverance so that you become blameless and whole.
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James 1:2-4
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1
Consider yourself blessed, my brothers (in God’s family),
when you meet trials f of various kinds,
when you go through periods of suffering and difficulty, whether big or small,
for you know
because you believe
that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness.
that trials, which test your faith, can actually do you good by helping you gain in the ability to persevere.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
And because trials are steadfast-producing, you should allow trials to give you the maximum amount of steadfastness by not fighting against it,
that you may be i perfect and complete,
so that your steadfastness makes you become blameless and whole (not double-minded),
lacking in nothing.
that is , not deficient in any way with regard to your faith.
View trials as a blessing.
Cooperate with perseverance as it changes you into a complete person.
BECAUSE, trials (which test your faith) produce steadfastness.
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James 1:2-4
Testing of Your Faith 2 e Count it all joy , my brothers, 1 when you meet trials f of various kinds, 3 for you know that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness . 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be i perfect and complete, lacking in nothing .
Romans 5:1-5
Peace with God Through Faith 5 1 a Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, b we 1 have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also c obtained access by faith 1 into this grace d in which we stand, and e we 2 rejoice 3 in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we f rejoice in our sufferings , knowing that suffering g produces endurance , 4 and endurance produces character , and character produces hope, 5 and h hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love i has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Matthew 5:12
12 i Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for j so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
1 Peter 1:6
6 In this you rejoice , though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by p various trials ,
1 Peter 1:7
7 so that q the tested genuineness of your faith —more precious than gold that perishes r though it is tested by s fire—may be found to result in t praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
James 5:11
11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast . You have heard of r the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen s the purpose of the Lord, how t the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
Hebrews 10:36
36 For y you have need of endurance , so that z when you have done the will of God you may a receive what is promised.
2 Peter 1:6
6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control k with steadfastness , and steadfastness with godliness,
1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 Now may b the God of peace himself c sanctify you completely, and may your d whole e spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at f the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:48
48 o You therefore must be p perfect , q as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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Brent Karding
Great marking up of cross-references. Very helpful.
Brent Karding
Because hardships produce perseverance in you, you should consider them as a blessing and allow trials to produce the maximum amount of perseverance so that you become blameless and whole.
Excellent Main Point Summary, based on your Bilateral.
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