Minor Theme, Major Theme. Hopelessness To Hope!
Men the Bible has it all! Now what do I mean by that? The Bible has the truth, the answers to all our questions. The Bible tells us what our future will be if we are obedient to God, and how it will be if we are not obedient to God. Our Creator gave us clear instructions in His Word, and delivered the Holy Spirit to us, (as promised), for discernment, and conviction of the truth. Read His words of wisdom, and allow them to breathe new life into you.
We Come to Him In Brokenness: (Minor Theme);
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18 ESV)
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." (John 12:24 ESV )
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6 ESV )
"All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word." (Isaiah 66:2 ESV)
"For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. " (2 Corinthians 1:8-10 ESV)
We Come To Him For Restoration: (Major Theme);
"Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago." (Acts 3:19-21 ESV)
"And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before." (Job 42:10 ESV)
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13 ESV)
"Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise." (Jeremiah 17:14 ESV)
"You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again." (Psalm 71:20-21 ESV)
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)
"Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." (Psalm 103:1-5 ESV)
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28 ESV)
As usual God's Word says it all! Remember men; Less of me more of Him. Jesus always gets the glory. He is our example. Our goal should always be to strive toward His excellence.
Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!