Food for thought….
“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
The Anglo-Saxon people that first came over here on the Mayflower and stole this land from the Native Americans, I consider them as undocumented. There was no money exchanged at that time, they just fought their way and stole. Therefore, they were undocumented criminals who migrated here.
Regarding the African Diaspora, there was money exchanged between the same White- Anglo Saxons and certain African tribes that sold their African captives at the time. Yet money was exchanged for those Africans to cross the Atlantic and to work this land, build this country on their backs. There was plenty of documentation that took place during this period (slave trade) as records were meticulously kept as it pertained to auctions that were conducted and the slave owners and their slaves that they kept and traded amongst each other. Therefore the Native Americans and the Africans were the only two groups of people that were here “legally”.
Chain Migration actually started with this same group of Anglo-Saxons , many generations later, here were are.
So who are you , White- Anglo Saxons ( Trump supporters) to have the audacity to say that you have the right to determine who gets to go and who gets to stay! To me, you’re no better than the “bad hombres” that you say that you’re trying to protect us from. Who protected the Native Americans from you?
Food for thought as we consider Immigration Reform!
Ram in the Bush
When was the last time you heard a reference to the biblical story about Abraham, Isaac and the ram in the bush? It’s been a long time since God has placed it on my heart; or that I have heard any reference in general.
Today is Ash Wednesday , in the Christian faith it marks the beginning of the Lenten season; the 40 day period ( as a symbol and reminder of the 40 days that Moses spent on Mount Sinai communing with God, received the Ten Commandments and that Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness after His baptism ) that preceded the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.
Many people have always referenced and/or tied this story ( Ram in the bush) in terms of God’s provision ; this is true to the extent that God provided His sacrifice as an outcome of Abraham passing the test of faith that God had just presented to him. However, the real essence of this story ( and the Lenten season) is the willingness to sacrifice the one true thing ( in this case – person) we love as a testament of our love for, our willingness to sacrifice and obey God. God made provision ( in this case a substitute for the sacrifice itself- Isaac- in the form of a Ram) only After he saw the depth of Abraham’s love for Him, and the depth of his faith – enough to be willing to trust and obey Him even when he was not presented with any answers.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. ”Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.
As you may recall, God had promised Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age; Abraham was 75 years old when God promised him Isaac. Sarah and Abraham had to wait 25 years for their promise of their seed (Isaac) to be fulfilled. Abraham and Sarah were well in age- they were OLD; Sarah thought the idea of having a child as old as she was ( eggs all dried up) that she literally laughed at the notion. It got to a point that it was taking so long for the promise to manifest that Sarah took things into her own hands ( with Abraham’s full cooperation) by giving Abraham her hand maid / servant/slave- Hagar- to bare a seed on their own; Ishmael was the result.
To finally have their promise fulfilled, they really adored Isaac -only for God to turn around and ask them to give him back? Literally give him up by sacrificing him — REALLY?
I’m sure Abraham had to dig deep into his core in order for him to stir up the level of faith that required him to trust and obey God to the extent that he did.
I also believe that this is something that God wants us to reflect on as we approach lent. I also firmly believe that the Lenten season’s purpose is to help us to remember God’s ultimate sacrifice- His Son Jesus.
As a covenant with us – His believers- He’s asking us to what level are we willing to sacrifice , to trust and to obey. 😘🙏🏾
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son , your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you. ”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you. ”
Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son. ”
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. ”
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.
When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4:1-11pp — Mk 1:12,13; Lk 4:1-13
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Timeline of Abraham
Regardless of what side you may be on…it’s time to pray for all of our leaders, so that all may go well with us- our nation, our world! 🙏🏾😘
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Pray for All Men
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
So I am home, chillin , relaxin -” easy like Sunday morning”- and I ” stumble” on this wonderful eye opening, enlightening, refreshing, transformatative documentary that focuses on an interfaith ministry at NYU. This ministry was birthed out an alliance that grew into a close friendship between an Imam and a Rabbi. To say that the whole story pertaining to these two men , their respective families , the students that they work with , and their work /ministry as a whole touched me deeply is an understatement at best.
I could try to attempt to describe the documentary and the ministry in greater detail , however , I choose not to because I don’t want to do it any injustice. Let’s just say for the moment that if watching how these two spiritual leaders from different backgrounds, different beliefs, were able to find that they a lot of commonalities, respected each other’s differences, while managing to stay true to themselves , taught their students to do the same while incorporating charity and social justice wasn’t enough….
…..while watching the credits roll, I noticed that Chelsea Clinton was the Executive Producer and one of the founders of the “Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership”…I had an aha moment…how bad could her parents be if they raised such an insightful, compassionate , brilliant, intelligent and dynamic young woman and leader in her own rite as Chelsea? Which made me think further- perhaps I had it right all along – Unconditional love is the only thing that truly matters and the 2016 election really did boil down to love versus hatred; or as our illustrious president is also starting to realize, it all boils down to ” good versus evil” or at least that what he was saying as of yesterday.
“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations,” Mr. Trump said in a cavernous hall filled with heads of state eager to find favor with the new president. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion, people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”
And to think that I was watching this documentary during the time that the above mentioned president is addressing an audience of predominantly Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabi, during the first leg of his first foreign trip as president.
I think not– I am still amazed at how God – who is always in control, even we don’t always understand or like what He is allowing in our lives- always gives us what we need even before we realized the real need. I needed to watch this – to experience this.. Of Many…
Thank you Lord for your steadfast love,
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
I was listening to a podcast in which a FB post by a well known singer was mentioned regarding Christians and depression. I have not seen the actual post ( was probably taken down after some backlash) ; however the podcast alluded to the statement made by this well known artist as saying to the effect that ” a person stays depressed for several years because they do not know who they are or whose they are”. This comment has been resonating and leaving an awful taste within my spirit for the past few days.
This is not the time for ignorance, especially amongst those that call themselves servants of the Most High God….
Please, please, please know the difference between long suffering and depression. Knowledge is power; therefore either get it or have a seat – ” my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” ( Hosea 4:6).
This lack of real knowledge ( of God) is a prime example that touches the core of the problems that are challenging the Body of Christ. Lack of knowledge of the things pertaining to godliness due to the lack of truly establishing a real relationship w/God, spending time in His Presence and in His Word. A lot of people professing to be believers and followers of Christ are also the one that the Apostle Paul describes as ” having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”. He then goes on to instructing us to ” Mark them and then turn away from them”. (2Tim3:5).
I also believe this falls into category regarding the wickedness that God wants us to turn away from ( 2Chr7:14-15) before He will heal our land.
The following is an excerpt from my personal journal that I have been sitting on for several weeks.
On Nov 8, 2016 (the morning of the election itself ) I felt God impress upon me to vote for Trump; however- I waved the impression aside and voted for Hilary because I could not wrap my brain at the time as to why God would possibly instruct me to do so. I have since repented.
The next morning, He again prompted me to pray for Trump and his administration as He has regarding President Obama and his predecessors, ( according to 1Tim 2:1). However, it’s been more of a hit or miss regarding Trump.
I can really relate to the Prophet Jonah right now, because although I sense that America as a whole is trying to wake up – you’re still seeing things through a glass dimly ( ICor13:12, Eph 1:18).
I’ve said it before- all the talking and protesting is not going to make a difference when you’re dealing with pure evil. This is real spiritual warfare- the only weapons that are going to be effective are spiritual weapons (2Cor 10:4) and only after we as a nation have truly repented (2Chron 7:14).
Therefore if God has to use the Trump administration , Putin and ISIS to bring this nation to it’s knees then so be it!
Consider this perhaps your final warning!
***************************GAIL MCNAIRJANUARY 15, 2017 8:47 PM
The Word of the Lord to America…
What is coming through the Trump administration because we have forsaken the Lord…
Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.
I strongly believe that this is why God instructed me to vote for and pray for Trump; not because Trump has special favor/connection with God – more so that this is a part of God’s plan to bring America to it’s knees.
Trump Prepares To Halt Syrian Refugee Admissions, Limit Muslim Entry
Why ISIS supports Trump election
Plenty and plenty of warnings have gone forth and yet we as a Body of Christ are still for the most part stuck on carnal! Basically judging from recent posts and what is happening in the news – we haven’t fully repented. There are a handful of believers who have recently awaken out of their stupor but the remainder of us are still full of ourselves, full of pride and just plain evil.
Evil is what is at play here, if you have been wondering why the Democrats haven’t stood up, raised their voices, fists more so that what they have (which has been out of pressure from the sprinkling of righteous indignation on both sides of the aisle and the Green Party) is because although they are the lesser of the two evils, they’re still evil. Dick Gregory was right- “when you have evil and you vote for the lesser of the two evil, you’re evil”. Evil is not going to rise up against evil. Evil would rather bow (in this case concede) to evil rather than bow down to righteousness and repent!
So brace yourselves- the enemy has been giving you a glimpse, a forecast of what’s to come (the increase of hate crimes within the last month alone, key administrative /cabinet appointments, denial of any Russian cyber activity influencing the elections- when have you ever heard of a US President/ President-Elect -taking sides with a formidable opponent against their own country?) and it’s going to get worse. All of the protesting and monitoring in the world will not stand up to evil. Only God’s righteousness can stand up, has stood up, and actually has overcome evil! (2Cor 10:4), (Mark 3:23 The same resurrection power that raised up Jesus from the dead and overcame the enemy (satan) is still in us- the believers today, we just have to tap into that power through prayer! (Eph 1:19-22).
Pride comes before destruction, so unless we as a Body of Christ truly repents, the only group(s) that may survive the inevitable destruction are the Muslims and perhaps the Jewish. Heck, God even sent one of His Jewish messengers to address us ( before Congress) and warn us last year. The Muslims have been awake (on key matters) for a long time, they have been speaking truth for a long time and they are faithful in their seeking through their devout prayers. The Jewish likewise…and no, i am not encouraging you to convert to either Islam nor the Jewish religions…Jesus still is The Way, The Truth and The Light, no one comes to the Father but through Him. Correct me if I am wrong, however, the last I checked the Muslims still saw Him as a mere human (a Prophet, yet still human) and not the actual Messiah.
The Window of Grace is still open, however it is rapidly closing, now is the time to sincerely repent! (Rev 2:21-22)
Insight into the Insights…
2 Timothy 2:15-16
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
I stumbled onto the following three videos earlier this morning. I was curious about what the company of prophets were saying… (I am still praying through; and will continue to do so until I get a peace , don’t yet have a peace concerning the election- therefore seeking, praying, and discerning -Phil 4:6-7).
In the mouth of two or three witnesses a word is established (2Cor 13:1) – therefore I am finding it interesting that there is a consensus amongst the company of prophets that Hilary was expected to win. I also am in agreement to base things on the Word of God, discernment based on the Word of God in addition to time spent forth in prayer and so forth.
Although I never came out and actually said ” thus saith the Lord”, I still had a strong belief, impression that she was going to win; although as we all know she did the popular vote. But for things to turn out so differently even though that was the consensus – leads me to believe that we should not be putting a period(.), nor an exclamation point (!) on the whole matter as of yet- but rather a … ( to be continued)…
In the meantime- I felt impressed to share the following videos and to admonish you that as you view these videos – chew on them as you would chew on fish ( eat the meat , but throw away the bones) there’s some truth ( meat) in every one of them; however there are also bones. Watch and pray!
Prophet Brian Carns- I have a lot of respect for Prophet Carns, and that respect has been here for several years now.
Prophet Demetrius Sinegal-
Prophet Todd Hall -https://youtu.be/9kZp4tRpT1Q
So, as I mentioned in my FB video that I just posted; I have been scratching my head , reflecting over this whole election, processing things and simply asking God Why?
Why did you allow this to happen? I am not sure if many of you know about the petition from Change.org that is circulating for the electoral college to change their vote on December 19th. I actually signed the petition and I urge to sign as well. However, after I signed it, I asked God what would it take to actually make the petition effective and successful? Well, that when He began to deal with me about repentance. He reminded me about the times even more recently that He has warned us of what would happen to this country if we didn’t heed to His warnings and Repent.
As I also stated in my FB video, God has been sending missionaries to the US to warn us for many years, most recently He has been sending His men and women within our nation to warn us as well. In fact He reminded me of how He sent warnings through me, starting with the prophecy Consider Yourselves Warned ( see link below) that was given on July 26, 2015. That was the first time in a long time that He admonished me to share the following scripture- 2Chronicles 7:14-15. In that prophecy I asked a remnant to stand with me regarding that scripture and prayer. God also sent other warnings including the admonishment to awake and put on strength ( Is:52:1). And if you haven’t realized it yet- the results of this election is another warning.
Because we did not heed to any of warnings He allowed the wicked schemes of the enemy to come to pass.
As I stated in the video and stated at other times as well, the Body of Christ has to heal before the healing of the nation can take place.
We have not heeded His warnings yet nor have we been paying attention and we got blind sided – Are We Ready To Start Paying Attention Now???
This whole thing also reeks of greed! The slave trade was not based on racism but greed, one African selling other Africans( whom they had captured) to European traders out of pure greed. That’s what is coming into mind as I continue to reflect and pray on this. Especially as it pertains to both ” white evangelicals and a speckle of black evangelicals” selling out the American public as a whole for greed. So please add greed to the long list.
Repentance starts first and foremost from the pulpit. Preachers, pastors and teachers have to Repent from their ungodly living that is not pleasing to God and lead by example by leading Godly lives. Those of you who are shacking, fornicating, drinking, drugging, viewing porno, living the down- low, homosexuality, child molestors, and the list goes on-
Repent, confess your sins before God , He will forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1John1:9).
Stop preaching lies, rhetoric( including your own doctrine on prosperity to pad your own wallets) your own opinions, perspectives and personal agenda; but teach people the Word of God. Teach the people how to enter into a personal relationship with God. Teach them the truth ( based on the Word of God) in the spirit of love. Teach how to effectively apply the Word of God to their daily lives.
Again we are not talking about religion, legalism, beating people over the head with a bible; but we’re talking about teaching about the grace, love and mercy of God. If you don’t know how to do that because you are not a true believer yourself and/or you simply do not know or not willing to then –Sit Down!
God is NOT Playing!
He is not requiring us to be perfect but He’s looking for willing hearts and minds. He wants to know that we are willing to Repent, invite Him into our hearts and begin to know Him and allow Him to reveal Himself to us through Grace.
The Republicans and ” political experts” are saying that this petition is giving people a false sense of hope because the Republicans have the majority on both sides. From where I stand that’s not democracy at all, where there’s just one perspective, one voice is being heard. On top of that you add the KKK, and Putin’s influence into the mix- definitely not looking like anything that God would co- sign on. They would have you to believe that, but I know different and I hope you do too.
They simply had a better strategy and we were blind sided because we were sleeping and weak. We were weak because we were not praying like we should.
In order for God’s will to be done on earth as it in heaven – there has to be a partnership between heaven and earth. In order for that partnership to take effect we ( the Body of Christ) has to be on one accord.
Again, I truly want this petition to be effective, I would love to see His Perfect Will to be done
However repentance has to take place before change can be effective.
Scriptures to reflect
Consider Yourselves Warned….
Like so many of you – as I was watching the results of the election the other night… I felt like my life was being sucked out of me as I watched in utter shock of what I was seeing and hearing .
There were times when I had to turn off the tv and go to bed with hopes that I would wake up the next morning, miracle of miracles- many prayers would have been answered and Hilary would be our President Elect. This went on several times during the course of several hours. I found myself asking God for enough peace so that I could sleep because I was debating about wether or not I was still going to attend a funding conference the next morning and in order to do so I was going to have to get up and hit the road early.
That peace didn’t come when I wanted it to, so I found myself turning the tv back on around 12:30-1:00 in the morning with Trump still in the lead, and with a lot more red on the map. When I began to see the handwriting on the wall, that’s when I decided to turn off the tv for the final time and just begin to pray.
At first I felt like I was still praying for a miracle, but then the prayer began to transpire into me interceding on behalf of Hilary. By the grace of God I was able to put myself in her shoes and I felt a heavy sense of pain and disappointment.
Like many of you , I have a dream to fulfill my life’s purpose. Sometimes I like so many others, get discouraged because of the cares of this life and we push the dream aside.
Well, over the summer as I was reflecting on my life realizing that because of my personality and my mouth, that my job prospects were very slim to null; and therefore that it was probably a good time for me to create a job for myself and others as well. So once again, I decided to pick up my cross and match my faith with my actions.
Several weeks ago, I came across a ” Notice of Funding Available” ( NOFA) from HUD and put the conference for this NOFA on my calendar for yesterday ( November 9) – the day after the election. Even then I just assumed that Hilary would be President.
For the majority of October and the days leading up to election, I found myself laden with an extra burden on my heart that I could not put a finger on. I found myself going in waves of fighting depression and short spurts of joy. Honestly there were times especially this past week leading up to the election when I didn’t want to pray, I didn’t want to minister or connect with the very folk that I believe God sent me for/to, I couldn’t focus on my course and as a result I fell behind in my studies, allergies were giving me grief, finances were really acting funny and so on. It got to the point that I cancelled an important meeting that I was looking forward to , was seriously thinking about not going to the funding conference the next morning and on the brink of giving up and giving into the cares of life and this sense of foreboding that has been lingering for some time.
BUT THEN GOD!
God stirred my spirit early the next morning after only getting a couple of hours of sleep and encouraged me to make my way to the funding conference. And by His grace I manage to squeak through a quick prayer, shower, ignore my back account and head out the door in record time.
I saw the alerts/updates that were coming on my phone confirming the inconceivable ( I think I actually cringed the first time that I saw the term:phrase” President- Elect Trump) on my phone in addition to seeing a reference to Putin wanting to reestablish some sort of ties with the US and I thought to myself ” oh Lord , here we go”.
Somewhere between choosing to obey the voice of God and actually attending the conference, the heaviness and the sense of forebode began to lift. I believe it began to lift when I realized that I had (again- by the grace of God) decided to press on this time and not give up despite how bleak it was looking in the natural.
And as if God really wanted to convince me/reward me by letting me know that He was pleased with me- moments after leaving the conference He answered a prayer that I whispered to Him the day before- I asked Him to help me and to send an earthen angel to me that would help me. I believe that this prayer was answered as I was standing at a bus stop making my way home I got a phone call from someone that I was referred to a couple of weeks ago – who seems to share my passion for serving God and His people. I believe that’s when the real joy came through and is still here to a great degree- DESPITE!
So I realize that a lot of people are angry and are grieving because of the results…and I get that… I really do! I am also happy to see the people channeling their frustrations, fear, anger, grief and disappointment through the protests!! Yeah! That’s great to see people standing strong, united, making sure that their voices are heard. Do I sense another, perhaps even better OCCUPY? While you’re protesting and rallying– may I please suggest that you also put your brilliant heads together to draw up an action plan (s) to keep Obama’s legacy going. His legacy to serve everyone, to love everyone ( including the most vulnerable)…keep THAT legacy going! Like he said — don’t insult him!!
I seriously suspect that the election was rigged and that Putin played a big role in it. However, let us keep in mind what the best First Lady that this country has ever had (no offense to Hilary Clinton nor Jackie O, ) – ” when they go low , we go high” ( I think that is forever going to be my new mantra- life principle!).
So while we are going high and rallying – let’s also remember who the real enemy is- satan himself- and therefore let us ” look up to the hills from whence cometh our help” and rally in prayer first of all on behalf on Hilary and the entire Clinton family, President Obama and his family, Joe Biden ( really going to miss him😢), this nation and each other .
Whenever I was tempted to go into the dark place yesterday based on the results ..I had to keep reminding myself these three things: GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE, HE HAS A PLAN, IF HE ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN, THEN THERE’S A REASON!
Somehow He’s working even this for our good! Stay strong, stay focused and please , please – KEEP PRESSING!!!😘😘🙏🏾🙏🏾😘😘🙏🏾🙏🏾
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever,for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.