"Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything" (Proverbs 13:3 NLT).
Jesus wants "infants" as disciples, not people who think they are already righteous!!! Lk 5:32
"I have not come to call the righteous [those who think they are] but sinners to repentance."
The Word of God says, literally, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Notice that it doesn’t say, “Be anxious for some things,” it says “nothing”.
It seems the demons, creatures that some so-called “Christians” don’t even know exist, possess a greater fear of the Lord than humans do, at least most of us anyway.
Someone might argue that beholding God’s creation is one thing, but understanding it in the context of salvation is another thing altogether; but they’d be wrong. They presuppose that God hasn’t instilled a conscience in man (ability to discern right and wrong - ala Ro 2:14-16).
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
"So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls." (James 1:21 - NLT)
"For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
"The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
The words of the wise are like cattle prods--painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep. - Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NLT)
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