Jesus’ Commands

1,050 New Testament Commands

There are 1,050 commands in the New Testament for Christians to obey. Due to repetitions we can classify them under 69 headings. They cover every phase of a person’s life in their relationship to God and his fellowmen, now and hereafter. If obeyed, they will bring rich rewards here and forever; if disobeyed, they will bring condemnation and eternal punishment.

Seven “Abstains” – Abstain from :

  1. Idols (ACTS 15:20)
  2. Fornication (ACTS 15:20,291 THESSALONIANS 4:2-3)
  3. Strangled meats (ACTS 15:20)
  4. Eating blood (ACTS 15:20)
  5. Meats offered to idols (ACTS 15:29)
  6. All appearance of evil (1 THESSALONIANS 5:22)
  7. Fleshly lusts (1 PETER 2:11)

Seven Things to Avoid:

  1. Troublemakers (ROMANS 16:17)
  2. Profane and vain babblings (1 TIMOTHY 6:20)
  3. False science (1 TIMOTHY 6:20)
  4. Unlearned questions (2 TIMOTHY 2:23)
  5. Foolish questions (TITUS 3:9)
  6. Genealogies (TITUS 3:9)
  7. Arguments about the law (TITUS 3:9)

Three “Asks”:

  1. Ask and ye shall receive (MATTHEW 7:7)
  2. Ask no return of goods (LUKE 6:30)
  3. Ask life for backsliders (1 JOHN 5:16)

Two Things to Awake to:

  1. Awake to righteousness (1 CORINTHIANS 15:34)
  2. Awake to life (EPHESIANS 5:14)

Seventy-four “Be’s”:

  1. Be exceeding glad (MATTHEW 5:12)
  2. Be reconciled to a brother (MATTHEW 5:24)
  3. Be perfect (MATTHEW 5:482 CORINTHIANS 13:11)
  4. Be wise as serpents (MATTHEW 10:16)
  5. Be harmless as doves (MATTHEW 10:16)
  6. Be ready for Christ’s coming (MATTHEW 24:44LUKE 12:40)
  7. Be content with your wages (LUKE 3:14)
  8. Be merciful as God (LUKE 6:36)
  9. Be like faithful servants (LUKE 12:36)
  10. Be thankful (COLOSSIANS 3:15)
  11. Be at peace among selves (1 THESSALONIANS 5:13)
  12. Be patient toward all people (1 THESSALONIANS 5:142 TIMOTHY 2:24)
  13. Be no partaker of sin (1 TIMOTHY 5:22)
  14. Be sober and hope (1 PETER 1:13)
  15. Be sober and pray (1 PETER 4:7)
  16. Be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, charity, and patience (aged men, TITUS 2:2)
  17. Be sober, love husbands and children (young women, TITUS 2:4)
  18. Be sober minded (young men, TITUS 2:6)
  19. Be in behaviour as becoming to saints (aged women, TITUS 2:3)
  20. Be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient (young women, TITUS 2:5)
  21. Be ready to give an answer of the hope that is in you (1 PETER 3:15)
  22. Be of good cheer (JOHN 16:33)
  23. Be baptized (ACTS 2:38)
  24. Be converted (ACTS 3:19)
  25. Be transformed (ROMANS 12:2)
  26. Be kind of brotherly love one to another (ROMANS 12:10EPHESIANS 4:32)
  27. Be fervent in spirit (ROMANS 12:11)
  28. Be patient in tribulation (ROMANS 12:12)
  29. Be given to hospitality (ROMANS 12:13)
  30. Be afraid, if lawless (ROMANS 13:4)
  31. Be no idolater (1 CORINTHIANS 10:7)
  32. Be followers of Paul as he followed Christ (1 CORINTHIANS 11:1PHILIPPIANS 3:17)
  33. Be followers of God (EPHESIANS 5:1)
  34. Be followers of the faithful and patient (HEBREWS 6:12)
  35. Be children in malice (1 CORINTHIANS 14:20)
  36. Be men in understanding (1 CORINTHIANS 14:20)
  37. Be steadfast (1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
  38. Be unmoveable (1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
  39. Be always abounding in God’s work (1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
  40. Be strong in the Lord (1 CORINTHIANS 16:13EPHESIANS 6:102 TIMOTHY 2:1)
  41. Be of good comfort (2 CORINTHIANS 13:11)
  42. Be of one mind (ROMANS 12:162 CORINTHIANS 13:11PHILIPPIANS 2:21 PETER 3:8)
  43. Be separate from the unclean (2 CORINTHIANS 6:17)
  44. Be renewed in spirit (EPHESIANS 4:23)
  45. Be angry and sin not (EPHESIANS 4:26)
  46. Be tender-hearted one to another (EPHESIANS 4:32)
  47. Be filled with the Spirit (EPHESIANS 5:18)
  48. Be likeminded (PHILIPPIANS 2:2)
  49. Be one of accord (PHILIPPIANS 2:2)
  50. Be anxious for nothing (PHILIPPIANS 4:6)
  51. Be an example to believers in word, conversation, charity, spirit, faith, and purity (1 TIMOTHY 4:12)
  52. Be a partaker of Christian sufferings (2 TIMOTHY 1:8; cp. 1 PETER 4:1)
  53. 53. Be gentle to all people (2 TIMOTHY 2:24)
  54. 54. Be apt to teach (2 TIMOTHY 2:24)
  55. 55. Be instant in season, out of season (2 TIMOTHY 4:2)
  56. Be careful to maintain good works (TITUS 3:8,14; cp. MATTHEW 5:16)
  57. Be content with what you have (HEBREWS 13:5)
  58. Be doers of the Word (JAMES 1:22)
  59. Be afflicted and mourn (JAMES 4:9)
  60. Be patient till Christ comes (JAMES 5:7-8)
  61. Be holy in conversation (behaviour) (1 PETER 1:15-16)
  62. Be pitiful (1 PETER 3:8)
  63. Be courteous (1 PETER 3:8)
  64. Be examples of the flock of God, not lord over it (1 PETER 5:3)
  65. Be subject one to another (1 PETER 5:5)
  66. Be clothed with humility (1 PETER 5:5)
  67. Be sober (1 PETER 5:8)
  68. Be vigilant (1 PETER 5:8)
  69. Be mindful of prophecies and command­ments (2 PETER 3:2)
  70. Be diligent to be found in peace (2 PETER 3:14)
  71. Be diligent to be without spot, and blameless (2 PETER 3:14)
  72. Be faithful to death (REVELATION 2:10)
  73. Be watchful, strengthen self (REVELATION 3:2)
  74. Be zealous and repent (REVELATION 3:19)

Thirty “Be Not’s”:

  1. Be not like the hypocrites in prayer (MATTHEW 6:5)
  2. Be not like the heathen in prayer (MATTHEW 6:8)
  3. Be not as hypocrites in fasting (MATTHEW 6:16)
  4. Be not called “Rabbi” (MATTHEW 23:8)
  5. Be not called “Master” (MATTHEW 23:9)
  6. Be not afraid of man (LUKE 12:4)
  7. Be not of doubtful mind (LUKE 12:29)
  8. Be not many teachers (JAMES 3:1)
  9. Be not afraid of terror (1 PETER 3:14)
  10. Be not troubled (1 PETER 3:14)
  11. Be not ignorant of time with God (2 PETER 3:8; cp. ISAIAH 57:15)
  12. Be not deceived: 10 classes not to inherit the kingdom (1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10)
  13. Be not conformed to world (ROMANS 12:2)
  14. Be not slothful in business (ROMANS 12:11)
  15. Be not conceited (ROMANS 12:16)
  16. Be not overcome of evil (ROMANS 12:21)
  17. Be not mere servants of men (1 CORINTHIANS 7:23)
  18. Be not children in understanding (1 CORINTHIANS 14:20)
  19. Be not deceived by evil companions (1 CORINTHIANS 15:33)
  20. Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers (2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-15)
  21. Be not entangled again with keeping the law (GALATIANS 5:1. See ‘Eighty-five Old and New Covenant Contrasts’)
  22. Be not deceived: man will reap what he sows (GALATIANS 6:7-8)
  23. Be not partakers with sinners (EPHESIANS 5:7)
  24. Be not unwise about God’s will (EPHESIANS 5:17)
  25. Be not drunk with wine (EPHESIANS 5:18)
  26. Be not weary in well doing (2 THESSALONIANS 3:13)
  27. Be not ashamed of God (2 TIMOTHY 1:8)
  28. Be not slothful (HEBREWS 6:12)
  29. Be not forgetful of strangers (HEBREWS 13:2)
  30. Be not carried about with different strange doctrines (HEBREWS 13:9)

Fourteen “Beware’s”:

  1. Beware of false prophets (MATTHEW 7:15)
  2. Beware of people (MATTHEW 10:17)
  3. Beware of leaven (doctrine) of Pharisees (MATTHEW 16:6-12)
  4. Beware of leaven (doctrine) of Herod (MARK 8:15)
  5. Beware of hypocrisy (LUKE 12:1)
  6. Beware of covetousness (LUKE 12:15)
  7. Beware of scribes (MARK 12:38LUKE 20:46)
  8. Beware of lest you despise God and perish (ACTS 13:40-41)
  9. Beware of dogs (false teachers, PHILIPPIANS 3:2ISAIAH 56:10)
  10. Beware of evil workers (PHILIPPIANS 3:2)
  11. Beware of the concision (Jews, PHILIPPIANS 3:2)
  12. Beware of being spoiled through philosophy (COLOSSIANS 2:8)
  13. Beware of being spoiled through vain deceit (COLOSSIANS 2:8)
  14. Beware of backsliding (2 PETER 3:17)

Four Things to Believe:

  1. The gospel (MARK 1:15)
  2. God’s existence (HEBREWS 11:6)
  3. On Jesus Christ (1 JOHN 3:23)
  4. God rewards diligent seeking (HEBREWS 11:6)

One Thing Not to Believe:

  1. Believe not every spirit (1 JOHN 4:1)

Two Classes to Bless:

  1. Those who curse you (MATTHEW 5:44LUKE 6:28)
  2. Persecutors (ROMANS 12:14)

Three Things to Cast Out or Away:

  1. The beam out of own eyes (MATTHEW 7:5LUKE 6:42)
  2. Devils (MATTHEW 10:8)
  3. All your cares upon God (1 PETER 5:7)

Two Classes to Comfort:

  1. One another-fellow Christians (1 THESSALONIANS 4:181 THESSALONIANS 5:11)
  2. The feeble-minded (1 THESSALONIANS 5:14)

Six Classes to Honour:

  1. Fathers (MATTHEW 19:19MARK 10:19LUKE 18:20EPHESIANS 6:2)
  2. Mothers (MATTHEW 19:19MARK 10:19LUKE 18:20EPHESIANS 6:2)
  3. Others (ROMANS 12:10)
  4. Widows indeed (1 TIMOTHY 5:3)
  5. All people (1 PETER 2:17)
  6. Kings – rulers (1 PETER 2:17)

Five Things to Charge:

  1. Men to be blameless (1 TIMOTHY 5:7)
  2. The rich to be humble (1 TIMOTHY 6:17)
  3. The rich to trust in God (1 TIMOTHY 6:17)
  4. The rich to do good works (1 TIMOTHY 6:18)
  5. The rich to lay hold on eternal life (1 TIMOTHY 6:19)

Five Things to Consider:

  1. The ravens (LUKE 12:24)
  2. The lilies (LUKE 12:27-28)
  3. Truth (2 TIMOTHY 2:7)
  4. That you are capable of falling (GALATIANS 6:1)
  5. Christ (HEBREWS 3:1HEBREWS 12:3)

Three Things to Continue in:

  1. Love (JOHN 15:9)
  2. Prayer (ROMANS 12:12COLOSSIANS 4:2)
  3. Truth (2 TIMOTHY 3:14)

Two Things to Covet:

  1. The best gifts (1 CORINTHIANS 12:31)
  2. To prophesy (1 CORINTHIANS 14:39); cp. things not to covet (EXODUS 20:17DEUTERONOMY 5:21)

One Thing Not to Cast Away:

  1. Your confidence in God (HEBREWS 10:35)

Two Things to Endure:

  1. Hardness (2 TIMOTHY 2:3)
  2. Sufferings (2 TIMOTHY 4:5)

Whom to Fear:

  1. God (MATTHEW 10:28LUKE 12:51 PETER 2:17REVELATION 14:7)

Three Things Not to Fear:

  1. Man (MATTHEW 10:28LUKE 12:5)
  2. Persecutors (MATTHEW 10:26)
  3. No lack of provision (MATTHEW 10:31MARK 6:8-9LUKE 12:7)

Five Things to Feed:

  1. Enemies (ROMANS 12:20)
  2. Lambs (JOHN 21:15)
  3. Sheep (JOHN 21:16,17)
  4. Flock of God (1 PETER 5:2)
  5. The church (ACTS 20:28)

Four Things to Flee From:

  1. Fornication (1 CORINTHIANS 6:18)
  2. Idolatry (1 CORINTHIANS 10:14)
  3. Hurtful lusts (1 TIMOTHY 6:9-11)
  4. Youthful lusts (2 TIMOTHY 2:22)

Ten “Do’s”:

  1. Do good to them that hate you (MATTHEW 5:44LUKE 6:27)
  2. Do to others what you expect of them (MATTHEW 7:12LUKE 6:31)
  3. Do violence to no man (LUKE 3:14)
  4. Do good (LUKE 6:35ROMANS 13:3)
  5. Do this (put God first) and live (LUKE 10:28)
  6. Do all to God’s glory (1 CORINTHIANS 10:31COLOSSIANS 3:17,23)
  7. Do all things without murmuring and disputing (PHILIPPIANS 2:14)
  8. Do those things, which were seen and heard in me (Paul, PHILIPPIANS 4:9)
  9. Do your own business (1 THESSALONIANS 4:11)
  10. Do the work of an evangelist (2 TIMOTHY 4:5)

Ten “Do Not’s”:

  1. Do not alms before people (MATTHEW 6:1)
  2. Do not sound trumpet before you when giving alms (MATTHEW 6:2)
  3. Do not do works of Pharisees (MATTHEW 23:3-33)
  4. Do not love in word only (1 JOHN 3:18)
  5. Do not give heed to fables (1 TIMOTHY 1:4)
  6. Do not give heed to genealogies (1 TIMOTHY 1:4)
  7. Do not err (JAMES 1:16)
  8. Do not commit adultery (JAMES 2:11)
  9. Do not kill (JAMES 2:11)
  10. Do not fashion self according to former lusts (1 PETER 1:14)

Ten Things to Follow:

  1. Christ (MATTHEW 4:19MATTHEW 8:22MATTHEW 16:24MARK 8:34MARK 10:21LUKE 9:23JOHN 21:19)
  2. Love (1 CORINTHIANS 14:11 TIMOTHY 6:112 TIMOTHY 2:22)
  3. Good (1 THESSALONIANS 5:153 JOHN 11)
  4. Righteousness (1 TIMOTHY 6:112 TIMOTHY 2:22)
  5. Godliness (1 TIMOTHY 6:11)
  6. Faith (1 TIMOTHY 6:112 TIMOTHY 2:22)
  7. Patience (1 TIMOTHY 6:11)
  8. Meekness (1 TIMOTHY 6:11)
  9. Peace (2 TIMOTHY 2:22HEBREWS 12:14)
  10. Holiness (HEBREWS 12:14)

Seven Things About Giving:

  1. Commanded: give (LUKE 6:38)
  2. Whom to give to:
    • Him that asks (MATTHEW 5:42LUKE 6:30)
    • Needy saints (ROMANS 12:13)
    • God (COLOSSIANS 3:17REVELATION 14:7)
  3. Whom not to give to:
    • Give not holy things to rebels (MATTHEW 7:6)
    • Give no place to Satan (EPHESIANS 4:27)
  4. What to give:
    • Holy things (MATTHEW 7:6MATTHEW 10:8)
    • Give thanks (EPHESIANS 5:20PHILIPPIANS 4:6COLOSSIANS 3:171 THESSALONIANS 5:18)
    • Give time to reading, exhortation, doctrine (1 TIMOTHY 4:13)
    • Give self wholly (1 TIMOTHY 4:15)
    • Give glory to God (REVELATION 14:7)
  5. What not to give:
    • Give no offence (1 CORINTHIANS 10:32)
    • Give no heed of fables and command­ments of human beings (TITUS 1:14)
  6. How to give:
    • Freely (MATTHEW 10:82 CORINTHIANS 9:6)
    • Good measure (LUKE 6:38)
    • As God has prospered (1 CORINTHIANS 16:2)
    • Willingly (2 CORINTHIANS 8:12)
    • With purpose (2 CORINTHIANS 9:7)
    • Cheerfully (2 CORINTHIANS 9:7)
  7. Blessings promised for giving:
    • Returns on the basis of giving (LUKE 6:382 CORINTHIANS 9:6)
    • Reward (MATTHEW 10:42)
    • All grace abounding (2 CORINTHIANS 9:8)
    • All sufficiency (2 CORINTHIANS 9:8)
    • Eternal righteousness (2 CORINTHIANS 9:9)
    • Increased fruits (2 CORINTHIANS 9:10)
    • Enrichment in all things (2 CORINTHIANS 9:11)

Six Things to Lay Aside:

  1. Wickedness (JAMES 1:21)
  2. All malice (1 PETER 2:1)
  3. All guile (1 PETER 2:1)
  4. All hypocrisies (1 PETER 2:1)
  5. All envies (1 PETER 2:1)
  6. All evil speakings (1 PETER 2:1)

Seven Things to Keep:

  1. Keep commandments (MATTHEW 19:17JOHN 14:15)
  2. Keep no company with the 6 classes of professed Christians of 1 CORINTHIANS 5:11
  3. Keep yourself pure (1 TIMOTHY 5:22)
  4. Keep the gospel commandments until Christ comes (1 TIMOTHY 6:14)
  5. Keep the good entrusted you (2 TIMOTHY 1:14)
  6. Keep yourself from idols (1 JOHN 5:21)
  7. Keep yourself in God’s love (JUDE 21)

Five “Go’s”:

  1. Go two miles (MATTHEW 5:41)
  2. Go teach (MATTHEW 28:19-20)
  3. Go preach (MARK 16:15)
  4. Go not from house to house (LUKE 10:7)
  5. Go and do likewise (LUKE 10:37)

Seven “Have’s”:

  1. Have faith (MARK 11:22ROMANS 14:22-23)
  2. Have no fellowship with darkness (EPHESIANS 5:11)
  3. Have no respect of persons (1 TIMOTHY 5:21JAMES 2:1-10)
  4. Have honest conversation (1 PETER 2:12)
  5. Have compassion (1 PETER 3:8JUDE 22)
  6. Have a good conscience (1 PETER 3:16)
  7. Have fervent love (1 PETER 4:8)

Fourteen “Hold’s”:

  1. Hold forth Word of life (PHILIPPIANS 2:16)
  2. Hold fast to the good (1 THESSALONIANS 5:21)
  3. Hold Christian traditions (2 THESSALONIANS 2:152 THESSALONIANS 3:6)
  4. Hold faith (1 TIMOTHY 1:191 TIMOTHY 3:9)
  5. Hold a good conscience (1 TIMOTHY 1:19)
  6. Hold fast sound doctrine (2 TIMOTHY 1:13)
  7. Hold fast till Christ comes (REVELATION 2:25)
  8. Hold fast what you have (REVELATION 3:11)
  9. Hold your crown (REVELATION 3:11)
  10. Hold reputation of ministers (PHILIPPIANS 2:29)
  11. Hold eternal life (1 TIMOTHY 6:12,19)
  12. Hold hope (HEBREWS 6:18)
  13. Hold confidence (HEBREWS 3:6,14)
  14. Hold what is heard and received (REVELATION 3:3)

One Hundred “Let’s”:

  1. Let your light shine (MATTHEW 5:16LUKE 12:35)
  2. Let your conversation be yea, nay (MATTHEW 5:37JAMES 5:12)
  3. Let your enemy have your cloak (MATTHEW 5:40LUKE 6:29)
  4. Let blind leaders alone (MATTHEW 15:14)
  5. Let everyone deny themselves (MATTHEW 16:24MARK 8:34LUKE 9:23)
  6. Let him take up cross (MATTHEW 16:24MARK 8:34MARK 10:21LUKE 9:23)
  7. Let him hear (MARK 4:23LUKE 14:35)
  8. Let him share with the needy (LUKE 3:11)
  9. Let your loins be girded (LUKE 12:35)
  10. Let everyone take your purse and script (LUKE 22:36)
  11. Let him sell his garment, buy sword (LUKE 22:36)
  12. Let your love be genuine (ROMANS 12:9)
  13. Let everyone obey the civil laws (ROMANS 13:1)
  14. Let everyone choose his own sabbath day (ROMANS 14:5-7COLOSSIANS 2:14-17)
  15. Let everyone take heed how he builds upon Christ (1 CORINTHIANS 3:10)
  16. Let no man deceive himself (1 CORINTHIANS 3:18)
  17. Let every man have his own wife (1 CORINTHIANS 7:2)
  18. Let every woman her own husband (1 CORINTHIANS 7:2)
  19. Let spouses satisfy each other in sexual relations (1 CORINTHIANS 7:4-5)
  20. Let them who cannot restrain marry (1 CORINTHIANS 7:9)
  21. Let husbands and wives remain unmarried if they separate or, be reconciled (1 CORINTHIANS 7:11)
  22. Let the unbelieving ones depart who refuse to remain (1 CORINTHIANS 7:15)
  23. Let every man abide in his calling (1 CORINTHIANS 7:17-24)
  24. Let no one seek to erase circumcision (1 CORINTHIANS 7:18)
  25. Let no one be circumcised (as a religious rite, 1 CORINTHIANS 7:18)
  26. Let a father give his daughter in marriage if she desires it (1 CORINTHIANS 7:36-38)
  27. Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 CORINTHIANS 10:12)
  28. Let no man seek wealth selfishly (1 CORINTHIANS 10:24)
  29. Let the woman cut her hair if her head is uncovered (1 CORINTHIANS 11:6)
  30. Let the woman wear a covering if cutting and shaving the hair be a shame (1 CORINTHIANS 11:6)
  31. Let everyone examine self when taking the Lord’s Supper (1 CORINTHIANS 11:28)
  32. Let the hungry eat at home, not at the Lord’s Supper (1 CORINTHIANS 11:34)
  33. Let the speaker in tongues pray for the inter­pretation (1 CORINTHIANS 14:13)
  34. Let all things be done to edifying (1 CORINTHIANS 14:26)
  35. Let no more than 3 messages in tongues be given in one service (1 CORINTHIANS 14:27)
  36. Let one interpret (1 CORINTHIANS 14:27)
  37. Let the mind of Christ be in you (PHILIPPIANS 2:5)
  38. Let your moderation be known (PHILIPPIANS 4:5)
  39. Let your requests be known to God (PHILIPPIANS 4:6)
  40. Let no one judge you with regard to meats, drinks, holy days, new moons, and sabbath days (COLOSSIANS 2:14-17ROMANS 14:5-7)
  41. Let no one rob you of your reward by some vain religion (COLOSSIANS 2:18)
  42. Let peace rule the heart (COLOSSIANS 3:15)
  43. Let the Word dwell in you (COLOSSIANS 3:16)
  44. Let speech be with grace (COLOSSIANS 4:6)
  45. Let no one deceive you about the day of Christ being at hand (2 THESSALONIANS 2:3)
  46. Let no man despise youth (1 TIMOTHY 4:12)
  47. Let the speaker in tongues keep silent in church speaking to himself and God if no interpreter present (1 CORINTHIANS 14:28)
  48. Let the prophets speak two or three mes­sages and let others judge (1 CORINTHIANS 14:29)
  49. Let times be shared in revelation (1 CORINTHIANS 14:30)
  50. Let women learn quietly in church or at home (1 CORINTHIANS 14:34-351 TIMOTHY 2:11)
  51. Let everyone acknowledge regulation of spiri­tual gifts to be commandments of God (1 CORINTHIANS 14:37)
  52. Let rebels to truth remain ignorant (1 CORINTHIANS 14:38)
  53. Let all things be done in decent order (1 CORINTHIANS 16:2)
  54. Let everyone give as God prospers (1 CORINTHIANS 16:2)
  55. Let all things be done in love (1 CORINTHIANS 16:14)
  56. Let everyone give cheerfully (2 CORINTHIANS 9:7)
  57. Let rebels to truth be accursed (1 CORINTHIANS 16:22GALATIANS 1:8-9)
  58. Let everyone prove their own work (GALATIANS 6:4)
  59. Let those taught support the teacher (GALATIANS 6:6)
  60. Let the thief steal no more (EPHESIANS 4:28)
  61. Let the thief labour instead of stealing to have to give to others (EPHESIANS 4:28)
  62. Let no corrupt conversation come from your mouth (EPHESIANS 4:29)
  63. Let bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and malice be put away (EPHESIANS 4:31)
  64. Let no man deceive you with vain words (EPHESIANS 5:6)
  65. Let the wives be subject to their husbands (EPHESIANS 5:22,24COLOSSIANS 3:181 PETER 3:1-6)
  66. Let the husbands love their wives (EPHESIANS 5:25,28,33COLOSSIANS 3:191 PETER 3:7)
  67. Let the wives reverence their husbands (EPHESIANS 5:33)
  68. Let your conversation (behaviour) be becom­ing of the gospel (PHILIPPIANS 1:27)
  69. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory (PHILIPPIANS 2:3)
  70. Let each esteem other better than himself (PHILIPPIANS 2:3)
  71. Let worthy elders be doubly honoured (paid) (1 TIMOTHY 5:17)
  72. Let servants honour masters (1 TIMOTHY 6:1)
  73. Let masters respect servants (1 TIMOTHY 6:2)
  74. Let every Christian depart from iniquity (2 TIMOTHY 2:19)
  75. Let no man despise you (TITUS 2:15)
  76. Let brotherly love continue (HEBREWS 13:1)
  77. Let conversation be without covetousness (HEBREWS 13:5)
  78. Let patience work perfectly (JAMES 1:4)
  79. Let one who lacks, ask for wisdom (JAMES 1:5)
  80. Let him ask in faith (JAMES 1:6)
  81. Let the exalted rejoice (JAMES 1:9)
  82. Let the humble rejoice (JAMES 1:10)
  83. Let no man lay temptation to God (JAMES 1:13)
  84. Let everyone be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (JAMES 1:19)
  85. Let the wise demonstrate wisdom and knowledge (JAMES 3:13)
  86. Let the light-hearted sinners become remorse­ful (JAMES 4:9)
  87. Let the afflicted pray (JAMES 5:13)
  88. Let the merry sing psalms (JAMES 5:13)
  89. Let the sick call elders (JAMES 5:14)
  90. Let elders pray for sick, anointing with oil (JAMES 5:14-15; cp. MARK 6:13)
  91. Let adorning be more inward than outward (1 PETER 3:3-41 TIMOTHY 2:9-10)
  92. Let everyone refrain tongue from evil, and lips from guile (1 PETER 3:10)
  93. Let everyone shun evil, do good, seek peace and pursue it (1 PETER 3:11)
  94. Let ministers speak for God (1 PETER 4:11)
  95. Let no one suffer as a murderer, thief, evildoer, or busybody (1 PETER 4:15)
  96. Let no one be ashamed to suffer as a Chris­tian, but be thankful (1 PETER 4:16)
  97. Let Christian sufferers commit their souls to God (1 PETER 4:19)
  98. Let eternal life abide in you (1 JOHN 2:24-25)
  99. Let no man deceive you about being right­eous (1 JOHN 3:7)
  100. Let him that hath an ear, hear (REVELATION 2:7,11,17,29REVELATION 3:6,13,22)

Twelve “Let Not’s”:

  1. Let not your left hand know what the right hand does (MATTHEW 6:3)
  2. Let not man sever those who are married (MATTHEW 19:6)
  3. Let not good be evil spoken of (ROMANS 14:16)
  4. Let not sin reign in the body (ROMANS 6:12)
  5. Let not him that eateth despise him that does not (ROMANS 14:3)
  6. Let not him that eateth not judge him that does (ROMANS 14:3)
  7. Let not the wife depart from her husband (1 CORINTHIANS 7:10)
  8. Let not the husband put away his wife (1 CORINTHIANS 7:11)
  9. Let not the Christian put away the unsaved companion who wishes to remain (1 CORINTHIANS 7:12,13)
  10. Let not the sun go down on wrath (EPHESIANS 4:26)
  11. Let not fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, and jesting be mentioned among you as becometh saints (EPHESIANS 5:3-4)
  12. Let not unworthy widows be supported by the church (1 TIMOTHY 5:9-16)

Forty-two “Let us’s”:

  1. Let us walk honestly (ROMANS 13:13)
  2. Let us cast off works of darkness (ROMANS 13:12)
  3. Let us put on armour of light (ROMANS 13:12)
  4. Let us follow things of peace (ROMANS 14:19)
  5. Let us follow things that edify (ROMANS 14:19)
  6. Let us please neighbour for good (ROMANS 15:2-3)
  7. Let us be sincere (1 CORINTHIANS 5:8)
  8. Let us not commit fornication (1 CORINTHIANS 10:8)
  9. Let us not tempt Christ (1 CORINTHIANS 10:9)
  10. Let us not murmur (1 CORINTHIANS 10:10)
  11. Let us cleanse ourselves from the filthiness of body and spirit (2 CORINTHIANS 7:1)
  12. Let us perfect holiness (2 CORINTHIANS 7:1)
  13. Let us walk in the Spirit (GALATIANS 5:25)
  14. Let us not desire vain glory (GALATIANS 5:26)
  15. Let us not provoke one another (GALATIANS 5:26)
  16. Let us not envy one another (GALATIANS 5:26)
  17. Let us not be weary in well doing (GALATIANS 6:9)
  18. Let us do good to all people (GALATIANS 6:10)
  19. Let us do good especially to fellow Christians (GALATIANS 6:10)
  20. Let us who are mature press forward toward the mark (PHILIPPIANS 3:14-15)
  21. Let us walk by the same rule (PHILIPPIANS 3:16)
  22. Let us mind the same thing (PHILIPPIANS 3:16)
  23. Let us not sleep spiritually (1 THESSALONIANS 5:6)
  24. Let us watch and be sober (1 THESSALONIANS 5:6,8)
  25. Let us be content with food and raiment (1 TIMOTHY 6:8)
  26. Let us fear losing the soul (HEBREWS 4:1-2)
  27. Let us labour to be saved (HEBREWS 4:11)
  28. Let us hold fast our profession (HEBREWS 10:23)
  29. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace (HEBREWS 4:16HEBREWS 10:19-23)
  30. Let us go on to perfection (HEBREWS 6:1)
  31. Let us draw near to God (HEBREWS 10:22)
  32. Let us provoke to love and good works (HEBREWS 10:24)
  33. Let us not forsake assembling together in worship (HEBREWS 10:25)
  34. Let us exhort one another (HEBREWS 10:25)
  35. Let us lay aside every weight (HEBREWS 12:1)
  36. Let us lay aside besetting sin (HEBREWS 12:1)
  37. Let us run race with patience (HEBREWS 12:1)
  38. Let us look to Jesus (HEBREWS 12:2)
  39. Let us have grace to serve God (HEBREWS 12:28)
  40. Let us bear Christ’s reproach (HEBREWS 13:13)
  41. Let us offer our sacrifice of praise to God continually (HEBREWS 13:15)
  42. Let us love one another (1 JOHN 4:7,11)

Eight “Let Us Not’s”:

  1. Let us not walk in rioting (ROMANS 13:13)
  2. Let us not walk in drunkenness (ROMANS 13:13)
  3. Let us not walk in chambering (ROMANS 13:13)
  4. Let us not walk in wantonness (ROMANS 13:13)
  5. Let us not walk in strife (ROMANS 13:13)
  6. Let us not walk in envying (ROMANS 13:13)
  7. Let us not judge one another in doubtful things (ROMANS 14:13)
  8. Let us not cause others to stumble (ROMANS 14:13)

Three Ways to Live:

  1. Live peacefully (ROMANS 12:182 CORINTHIANS 13:11)
  2. Live free from anxiety and undue care (1 CORINTHIANS 7:28-35)
  3. Live no longer in lusts of sin (1 PETER 4:2)

Four Commands to “Love”:

  1. Love your enemies (MATTHEW 5:44LUKE 6:27,35)
  2. Love your fellow Christians (JOHN 13:34JOHN 15:12,17GALATIANS 5:141 PETER 2:171 JOHN 3:232 JOHN 1:5)
  3. Love the brotherhood (1 PETER 2:17)
  4. Love your brother (1 JOHN 4:21)

Two Things Not to Love:

  1. The world (1 JOHN 2:15)
  2. Things in the world (1 JOHN 2:15)

Three Ways to Love:

  1. Fervently (1 PETER 2:22)
  2. With a pure heart (1 PETER 2:22)
  3. As brethren (1 PETER 3:8)

One Person to Pray to:

Pray to thy Father (MATTHEW 6:6MATTHEW 6:9JOHN 16:23-26)

Three Things to Pray for:

  1. Your persecutors (MATTHEW 5:44LUKE 6:28)
  2. For labourers (MATTHEW 9:38LUKE 10:2)
  3. For one another (JAMES 5:16)

Two Ways Not to Pray:

  1. Use not vain repetitions like the heathen (MATTHEW 6:7)
  2. Do not pray as hypocrites (MATTHEW 6:5)

Three Ways to Pray:

  1. After this manner pray (MATTHEW 6:9-13)
  2. Ask, seek, knock (MATTHEW 7:7-11)
  3. Pray in the Spirit (JUDE 20)

Four Things to Prove:

  1. Prove yourself (2 CORINTHIANS 13:5)
  2. Prove what is acceptable to God (EPHESIANS 5:10)
  3. Prove all things (1 THESSALONIANS 5:21)
  4. Prove accusations against elders (1 TIMOTHY 5:19)

Two Commands to Rejoice:

  1. Rejoice (MATTHEW 5:12ROMANS 15:10)
  2. Rejoice evermore (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16)

Eight “Put Away’s”:

  1. Put away wicked people from the congregation (1 CORINTHIANS 5:13)
  2. Put away lying (EPHESIANS 4:25)
  3. Put away all bitterness (EPHESIANS 4:31)
  4. Put away wrath (EPHESIANS 4:31)
  5. Put away anger (EPHESIANS 4:31)
  6. Put away clamour (EPHESIANS 4:31)
  7. Put away evil speaking (EPHESIANS 4:31)
  8. Put away all malice (EPHESIANS 4:31)

Six “Put Off’s”:

  1. Put off the old man (EPHESIANS 4:22COLOSSIANS 3:9)
  2. Put off anger (COLOSSIANS 3:8)
  3. Put off wrath (COLOSSIANS 3:8)
  4. Put off malice (COLOSSIANS 3:8)
  5. Put off blasphemy (COLOSSIANS 3:8)
  6. Put off filthy conversation (COLOSSIANS 3:8)

Twelve “Put On’s”:

  1. Put on Christ (ROMANS 13:14)
  2. Put on the armour of light (ROMANS 13:12)
  3. Put on the new man (EPHESIANS 4:24COLOSSIANS 3:10)
  4. Put on the whole armour of God (EPHESIANS 6:11,13)
  5. Put on the bowels of mercy (COLOSSIANS 3:12)
  6. Put on kindness (COLOSSIANS 3:12)
  7. Put on humility (COLOSSIANS 3:12)
  8. Put on meekness (COLOSSIANS 3:12)
  9. Put on longsuffering (COLOSSIANS 3:13)
  10. Put on love (COLOSSIANS 3:14)
  11. Put on the breastplate of faith and love (1 THESSALONIANS 5:8)
  12. Put on the hope of salvation (1 THESSALONIANS 5:8)

One Class Not to Rebuke:

Elders (1 TIMOTHY 5:1)

Three Things to Rebuke:

  1. Certain sinners (1 TIMOTHY 5:20)
  2. Rebels (TITUS 1:13)
  3. Works of darkness (EPHESIANS 5:11)

Two Ways to Rebuke:

  1. With all authority (TITUS 2:15)
  2. With all longsuffering (2 TIMOTHY 4:2)

Four Things to Rejoice in:

  1. Hope (ROMANS 12:12)
  2. Blessings of others (ROMANS 12:15)
  3. The Lord (PHILIPPIANS 3:1PHILIPPIANS 4:4)
  4. Suffering for Christ (1 PETER 4:13)

Five Things to Remember:

  1. What you are saved from (EPHESIANS 2:11-12)
  2. Those who suffer (HEBREWS 13:3)
  3. Those who lead you (HEBREWS 13:7)
  4. Truth (JUDE 17,18REVELATION 3:3)
  5. Backsliding, and repent (REVELATION 2:5)

Four Things to Seek:

  1. God’s kingdom first (MATTHEW 6:33LUKE 12:31)
  2. God in prayer (MATTHEW 7:7)
  3. To edify the church (1 CORINTHIANS 14:12)
  4. Things above (COLOSSIANS 3:1)

One Command to Stand Fast:

  1. Stand fast, and hold Christian traditions (2 THESSALONIANS 2:15)

Three Things to Stand Fast With:

  1. Loins girt about with truth
  2. Breastplate of righteousness
  3. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (EPHESIANS 6:14-15)

Five Things to Stand in:

  1. Faith (1 CORINTHIANS 16:13)
  2. Liberty (GALATIANS 5:1)
  3. One spirit (PHILIPPIANS 1:27)
  4. One mind (PHILIPPIANS 1:27)
  5. The Lord (PHILIPPIANS 4:1)

Eight Things to Think on:

  1. Things about your true self (ROMANS 12:31 CORINTHIANS 3:18)
  2. Things true
  3. Things honest
  4. Things just
  5. Things pure
  6. Things lovely
  7. Things of good report
  8. Things of virtue (PHILIPPIANS 4:8)

One Way to Think:

Think soberly (ROMANS 12:3)

Five Commands to “Submit”:

  1. Submit one to another (EPHESIANS 5:21)
  2. Submit to God (JAMES 4:7)
  3. Submit to every ordinance of man (1 PETER 2:13-14ROMANS 13:1-8)
  4. Younger ones are to submit to their elders (1 PETER 5:5)
  5. Wives must submit to their husbands (EPHESIANS 5:22COLOSSIANS 3:181 PETER 3:1-6)

Twelve “Take’s”:

  1. Take no anxious thought for necessities of life (MATTHEW 6:25,31LUKE 12:22-30)
  2. Take no anxious thought of tomorrow (MATTHEW 6:34)
  3. Take no anxious thought of defence (MATTHEW 10:19MARK 13:9-11LUKE 12:11-12LUKE 21:14)
  4. Take my yoke upon you (MATTHEW 11:29)
  5. Take advantage of freedom (1 CORINTHIANS 7:21)
  6. Take the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Christ (1 CORINTHIANS 11:24-26)
  7. Take the shield of faith (EPHESIANS 6:16)
  8. Take the helmet of salvation (EPHESIANS 6:17)
  9. Take the sword of the Spirit (EPHESIANS 6:17)
  10. Take oversight of the flock willingly (1 PETER 5:2)
  11. Take oversight of the flock without thought of personal gain (1 PETER 5:2)
  12. Take a humble seat (LUKE 14:8)

Eighteen “Take Heed’s”:

  1. Take heed that you do not alms to be seen by people (MATTHEW 6:1)
  2. Take heed not to despise little ones (MATTHEW 18:10)
  3. Take heed not to be deceived (MATTHEW 24:4MARK 13:5LUKE 21:8)
  4. Take heed what you hear (MARK 4:24)
  5. Take heed how you hear (LUKE 8:18)
  6. Take heed to walk in the light (LUKE 11:35)
  7. Take heed to rebuke and forgive (LUKE 17:3)
  8. Take heed not to get drunk (LUKE 21:34)
  9. Take heed not to surfeit (LUKE 21:34)
  10. Take heed not to be overcome with cares (LUKE 21:34)
  11. Take heed to yourselves (MARK 13:9LUKE 17:3LUKE 21:34ACTS 20:28)
  12. Take heed to the flock of God (ACTS 20:28)
  13. Take heed lest you misuse your liberty (1 CORINTHIANS 8:9)
  14. Take heed lest you fall (1 CORINTHIANS 10:12ROMANS 11:21)
  15. Take heed to your ministry (COLOSSIANS 4:17)
  16. Take heed that you destroy not one another (GALATIANS 5:15)
  17. Take heed to yourself and your doctrine (1 TIMOTHY 4:16)
  18. Take heed not to backslide (HEBREWS 3:12)

Two Ways Not to Walk on:

  1. As Sinners (EPHESIANS 4:17)
  2. As fools (EPHESIANS 5:15)

Four “Thou Shalt’s”:

  1. Thou shalt worship God only (MATTHEW 4:10LUKE 4:8)
  2. Thou shalt serve God only (MATTHEW 4:10LUKE 4:8)
  3. Thou shalt love neighbours as yourself (MATTHEW 5:43MATTHEW 19:19MATTHEW 22:39MARK 12:31LUKE 10:27ROMANS 13:9GALATIANS 5:14)
  4. Thou shalt love God wholeheartedly (MATTHEW 22:37MARK 12:30LUKE 10:27)

Seven Things to Walk in:

  1. The Spirit (GALATIANS 5:16)
  2. Love (EPHESIANS 5:2)
  3. The light (EPHESIANS 5:8-91 JOHN 1:7)
  4. Watchfulness (EPHESIANS 6:18)
  5. Christ (COLOSSIANS 2:6-72 CORINTHIANS 5:17)
  6. Wisdom (COLOSSIANS 4:5)
  7. Honesty (1 THESSALONIANS 4:12)

Eight “Thou Shalt Not’s”:

  1. Thou shalt not tempt the Lord (MATTHEW 4:7LUKE 4:12)
  2. Thou shalt not kill (MATTHEW 5:21MATTHEW 19:18MARK 10:19LUKE 18:20ROMANS 13:9)
  3. Thou shalt not commit adultery (MATTHEW 5:27-28MATTHEW 19:18LUKE 18:20ROMANS 13:9)
  4. Thou shalt not pray to be seen by people (MATTHEW 6:5)
  5. Thou shalt not steal (MATTHEW 19:18MARK 10:19LUKE 18:20ROMANS 13:9)
  6. Thou shalt not bear false witness (MATTHEW 19:18MARK 10:19LUKE 18:20ROMANS 13:9)
  7. Thou shalt not covet (ROMANS 13:9)
  8. Thou shalt not muzzle the ox treading corn (1 CORINTHIANS 9:91 TIMOTHY 5:18)

200 Miscellaneous Commands:

  1. Abhor what is evil (ROMANS 12:9)
  2. A bishop must be (see characteristics of, 1 TIMOTHY 3:2-7TITUS 1:6-9)
  3. Abide in Christ (JOHN 15:4)
  4. Abide with worthy ones (MATTHEW 10:11-13MARK 6:10LUKE 9:4LUKE 10:5-8)
  5. Accuse none falsely (LUKE 3:14)
  6. Add to Christian graces (2 PETER 1:5-7)
  7. Admit your own unprofitableness (LUKE 17:10)
  8. Admonish one another (COLOSSIANS 3:16)
  9. Admonish the unruly (2 THESSALONIANS 3:15)
  10. Agree with your adversary (MATTHEW 5:25)
  11. Allow no liberty to ensnare you to commit sin (1 CORINTHIANS 10:25-30)
  12. Allow no lust of evil in the your body (1 THESSALONIANS 4:5)
  13. Allow no cursing and blessing from the same mouth (JAMES 3:10)
  14. Anoint your head and wash face when fast­ing (MATTHEW 6:17)
  15. Arm your self with a mind to suffer for Christ (1 PETER 4:1)
  16. Avenge not yourself (ROMANS 12:19)
  17. Awake from death to light (EPHESIANS 5:14)
  18. Bear one another’s burdens (GALATIANS 6:2)
  19. Behave like men (1 CORINTHIANS 16:13)
  20. Bid no false teacher “Godspeed” (2 JOHN 10-11)
  21. Bring proof of your repentance (MATTHEW 3:8LUKE 3:8)
  22. Bring your children up in the Lord (EPHESIANS 6:4)
  23. Build up your faith (JUDE 20)
  24. Call the poor to your feast (LUKE 14:13)
  25. Children, obey your parents (EPHESIANS 6:1COLOSSIANS 3:20)
  26. Cleanse the lepers (MATTHEW 10:8)
  27. Cleanse your hands you sinners (JAMES 4:8)
  28. Cleave to good (ROMANS 12:9)
  29. Collect just dues only (LUKE 3:13)
  30. Come out from among them (2 CORINTHIANS 6:17)
  31. Command and teach these things (1 TIMOTHY 4:111 TIMOTHY 6:2)
  32. Commit the truth to faithful teachers (2 TIMOTHY 2:2)
  33. Confess your faults one to another (JAMES 5:16)
  34. Count it joy when you are tempted (JAMES 1:2)
  35. Cut off offending members (MATTHEW 5:29-30MATTHEW 18:8,9)
  36. Deacons must be (see 1 TIMOTHY 3:8-12)
  37. Defraud not (MARK 10:19)
  38. Desire spiritual gifts (1 CORINTHIANS 14:1)
  39. Desire the milk of the Word (1 PETER 2:2)
  40. Despise not prophesyings (1 THESSALONIANS 5:20)
  41. Destroy none with non-essentials (ROMANS 14:151 CORINTHIANS 8:13)
  42. Draw near to God (JAMES 4:8)
  43. Eat your own bread in quietness (2 THESSALONIANS 3:12)
  44. Earnestly contend for faith (JUDE 3)
  45. Edify yourselves with singing (EPHESIANS 5:19)
  46. Edify one another (1 THESSALONIANS 5:11)
  47. Enter the straight (narrow) gate (MATTHEW 7:13LUKE 13:24)
  48. Examine yourself as to faith (2 CORINTHIANS 13:5)
  49. Exercise in godliness (1 TIMOTHY 4:7-8)
  50. Exhort servants to obey (TITUS 2:9-10)
  51. Exhort one another daily (HEBREWS 3:13)
  52. Fear not (LUKE 12:32)!
  53. Fight the good fight of faith (1 TIMOTHY 6:12)
  54. Follow peace and holiness (HEBREWS 12:14)
  55. Forbear one another (COLOSSIANS 3:13)
  56. Forbid not children (MATTHEW 19:14MARK 10:14LUKE 18:16)
  57. Forbid not tongues (1 CORINTHIANS 14:39)
  58. Forget not to share (HEBREWS 13:16)
  59. Forgive 490 times (MATTHEW 18:22)
  60. Forgive (MARK 11:25-26LUKE 6:37EPHESIANS 4:32COLOSSIANS 3:13)
  61. Fret not in servitude (2 CORINTHIANS 7:21)
  62. Gird up loins of mind (1 PETER 1:13)
  63. Give place to wrath (ROMANS 12:19)
  64. Give your enemy a drink of water (ROMANS 12:20)
  65. Give no occasion to the adversary (1 TIMOTHY 5:14)
  66. Glorify God in your body and spirit (1 CORINTHIANS 6:20; cp. ROMANS 12:1-2)
  67. Grieve not the Holy Spirit (EPHESIANS 4:30)
  68. Grow in grace and knowledge (2 PETER 3:18)
  69. Grudge not against another (JAMES 5:9)
  70. Harden not your hearts (HEBREWS 3:8-15)
  71. Hate flesh-spotted garments (JUDE 23)
  72. Have no respect of persons (partiality, preju­dice) (1 TIMOTHY 5:21)
  73. Have the same love (PHILIPPIANS 2:2)
  74. Have no fellowship with works of darkness (EPHESIANS 5:11)
  75. Heal the sick (MATTHEW 10:8LUKE 10:9)
  76. Help propagate truth (3 JOHN 8)
  77. Humble yourselves (JAMES 4:101 PETER 5:6)
  78. Husbands, love your wives (EPHESIANS 5:25,28COLOSSIANS 3:191 PETER 3:7)
  79. Husbands, be not bitter against your wives (COLOSSIANS 3:19)
  80. Instruct rebels in meekness (2 TIMOTHY 2:25)
  81. Intreat others according to 1 TIMOTHY 5:1-2.
  82. Judge not (MATTHEW 7:1LUKE 6:37)
  83. Have faith before God for things not con­demned in Scripture (ROMANS 14:22-23)
  84. Know how to control your body (1 THESSALONIANS 4:4)
  85. Lay not up your treasures on earth (MATTHEW 6:19)
  86. Lay up your treasures in heaven (MATTHEW 6:20LUKE 12:33-34)
  87. Lay hold on eternal life (1 TIMOTHY 6:12)
  88. Leave your parents and cleave to your wife (MATTHEW 19:5MARK 10:7EPHESIANS 5:31)
  89. Lend, hoping for nothing back (LUKE 6:35)
  90. Lie not (COLOSSIANS 3:9)
  91. Lift up hands that hang down (HEBREWS 12:12)
  92. Look not everyone on your own things only (PHILIPPIANS 2:4)
  93. Look diligently not to fail of grace (HEBREWS 12:15)
  94. Look diligently lest any root of bitterness defile (HEBREWS 12:15)
  95. Look diligently lest any be a fornicator (HEBREWS 12:16-17)
  96. Look to yourselves not to lose reward (2 JOHN 8)
  97. Look for mercy unto eternal life (JUDE 21)
  98. Lust not after evil things (1 CORINTHIANS 10:6)
  99. Make a tree good or corrupt (MATTHEW 12:33)
  100. Make no provision for lusts (ROMANS 13:14)
  101. Make full proof of ministry (2 TIMOTHY 4:5)
  102. Make straight paths (HEBREWS 12:13)
  103. Mark troublemakers (ROMANS 16:17PHILIPPIANS 3:17)
  104. Mark the unruly (2 THESSALONIANS 3:14)
  105. Marvel not if you are hated by the world (1 JOHN 3:13)
  106. Masters, be good to servants (EPHESIANS 6:9COLOSSIANS 4:1)
  107. Meditate upon things of 1 TIMOTHY 4:15.
  108. Mind not the high things (ROMANS 12:16)
  109. Minister as good stewards (1 PETER 4:10)
  110. Mortify offending physical members (COLOSSIANS 3:5ROMANS 8:12-13)
  111. Neither be of doubtful mind (LUKE 12:29)
  112. No man is to defraud his brother (1 THESSALONIANS 4:6)
  113. Neglect not spiritual gifts (1 TIMOTHY 4:14; cp. 2 TIMOTHY 1:6)
  114. Obey your leaders (HEBREWS 13:17)
  115. Offer the other cheek (MATTHEW 5:39LUKE 6:29)
  116. Ordain no one in a hurry (1 TIMOTHY 5:22)
  117. Owe nothing but love (ROMANS 13:8)
  118. Overcome evil with good (ROMANS 12:21)
  119. Pass the time in fear (1 PETER 1:17)
  120. Pay your taxes (ROMANS 13:6)
  121. Pay just dues (ROMANS 13:7)
  122. Praise the Lord (ROMANS 15:11)
  123. Preach (MATTHEW 10:7,27MARK 16:152 TIMOTHY 4:2)
  124. Present your body to God (ROMANS 12:1)
  125. Provide things honestly (ROMANS 12:17)
  126. Provoke not your children to wrath (EPHESIANS 6:4COLOSSIANS 3:21)
  127. Purge out the old leaven (evil influence) (1 CORINTHIANS 5:7)
  128. Purify your hearts of doubt (JAMES 4:8)
  129. Put others in remembrance of the essentials (2 TIMOTHY 2:14)
  130. Quench not the Spirit (1 THESSALONIANS 5:19)
  131. Raise the dead (MATTHEW 10:8)
  132. Receive (accept) weak brethren (ROMANS 14:1)
  133. Receive one another (ROMANS 15:7)
  134. Receive the Word with meekness (JAMES 1:21)
  135. Reckon yourself as dead to sin (ROMANS 6:11)
  136. Reckon yourself as alive to God (ROMANS 6:11)
  137. Recognize the truth (1 CORINTHIANS 10:15)
  138. Redeem the time (EPHESIANS 5:16COLOSSIANS 4:5)
  139. Reject heretics (TITUS 3:10)
  140. Refuse to support young widows from church funds (1 TIMOTHY 5:11)
  141. Remind people of the seven things of TITUS 3:1-2.
  142. Render no evil for evil (1 PETER 3:9ROMANS 12:17)
  143. Repent (MATTHEW 3:2MATTHEW 4:17MARK 1:15ACTS 2:38ACTS 3:19REVELATION 2:16REVELATION 3:19)
  144. Resist not evil (MATTHEW 5:38-39)
  145. Resist the devil (JAMES 4:71 PETER 5:9)
  146. Restore backslider in meekness, considering your own life (GALATIANS 6:1)
  147. Run to obtain (1 CORINTHIANS 9:24)
  148. Salute none by the way (LUKE 10:4)
  149. Salute your leaders (HEBREWS 13:24)
  150. Sanctify God in your heart (1 PETER 3:15)
  151. Save some with fear (JUDE 23)
  152. Search the Scriptures (JOHN 5:39)
  153. Seek not eats and drinks (LUKE 12:29)
  154. Sell to help the needy (LUKE 12:33)
  155. Serve the Lord (ROMANS 12:1)
  156. Servants, obey masters (EPHESIANS 6:5-8COLOSSIANS 3:22-251 PETER 2:18)
  157. Set the least to judge (1 CORINTHIANS 6:4)
  158. Set your affections above (COLOSSIANS 3:2)
  159. Shake off the dust of your feet (MATTHEW 10:14MARK 6:11LUKE 9:5LUKE 10:10-11)
  160. Show charity to other ministers (LUKE 9:49-50)
  161. Show yourself as a pattern (TITUS 2:7)
  162. Show four things of TITUS 2:7-8.
  163. Sin not (1 CORINTHIANS 15:34)
  164. Sing with grace in heart (COLOSSIANS 3:16)
  165. Shun vain babblings (2 TIMOTHY 2:16)
  166. Speak and do things in view of the judgment day (JAMES 2:12)
  167. Speak truth (EPHESIANS 4:25)
  168. Speak sound doctrine (TITUS 2:1)
  169. Speak no evil of your brethren (JAMES 4:11)
  170. Stablish your hearts (JAMES 5:8)
  171. Strengthen your feeble knees (HEBREWS 12:12)
  172. Strive together for the gospel faith (PHILEMON 27)
  173. Study to be quiet (1 THESSALONIANS 4:11)
  174. Study (be diligent) to show yourself approved (2 TIMOTHY 2:15)
  175. Support the weak (1 THESSALONIANS 5:14)
  176. See that no one renders evil for evil (1 THESSALONIANS 5:15)
  177. Swear not (JAMES 5:12MATTHEW 5:33-36)
  178. Tarry one for another (1 CORINTHIANS 11:33)
  179. Tarry for power (LUKE 24:49ACTS 1:4-8)
  180. Teach one another (COLOSSIANS 3:16)
  181. Teach no other doctrine that the truth (1 TIMOTHY 1:3)
  182. Tell your brother his fault alone first (MATTHEW 18:15-17)
  183. Trust God for your needs as you work (MATTHEW 10:9LUKE 9:3LUKE 10:4)
  184. Understand the will of God (EPHESIANS 5:17)
  185. Use not your liberty as an occasion to sin (GALATIANS 5:131 PETER 1:16)
  186. Use hospitality without grudging (1 PETER 4:9)
  187. Warn the unruly (1 THESSALONIANS 5:14)
  188. Watch and pray (MATTHEW 24:42MATTHEW 25:13MARK 13:33,35MARK 14:38LUKE 21:36EPHESIANS 6:18COLOSSIANS 4:2)
  189. Watch in all things (2 TIMOTHY 4:51 CORINTHIANS 16:13)
  190. Weep with others (ROMANS 12:15)
  191. Withdraw from disorderly brethren (2 THESSALONIANS 3:6,14)
  192. Withdraw from evil people (1 TIMOTHY 6:3-6)
  193. Wives of deacons must be (see 1 TIMOTHY 3:11)
  194. Wives, submit to your husbands (EPHESIANS 5:22COLOSSIANS 3:181 PETER 3:1-6)
  195. Work with your own hands (1 THESSALONIANS 4:11)
  196. Work, or do not eat (2 THESSALONIANS 3:10-11)
  197. Work out own salvation (PHILIPPIANS 2:12)
  198. Yield not your members to sin (ROMANS 6:13)
  199. Yield yourself to God (ROMANS 6:13)
  200. Yield your members to righteousness (ROMANS 6:13)

Two Eternal Rights of the Redeemed:

  1. Right to the tree of life
  2. Right to enter the New Jerusalem

 

 

 

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Still here, still His

I’m going to attempt to breathe life back into this blog, if nothing else, for me to remember my journey to being His. I believe this journey will be lifelong so I should record my travels and band-aid moments throughout still.

I do want to record the answered prayer….

A few months back I was driving to my chiropractor appointment (I hurt my back at work Sept 9th and was out of work until Oct 13th or so), when I felt the urge to pray. So on my short 7 minute drive, I prayed to be used by God for His Will and for the Holy Spirit to guide me to someone I could help.

I pull into the practice parking lot, 15 minutes early, and see a car with it’s hood up.

I park and get out and as I begin to walk by I think, “I’d offer help but I know nothing about cars.” Then I man comes out from rummaging in his trunk. I then “Definitely will know less then he would know.”

But then I feel the sense that I should offer help so I say: “Excuse me sir, I might not be much help, but is there anything I can do?”

I wait for the “No thanks, I’m all set…..” when he replies: “You don’t happen to have a battery and jumper cables do you?”

If hearts ablaze is a thing, than I ignited into a roaring fire! Just as soon as I finished praying, the Holy Spirit led me to be of assistance….and because God knows everything, He planned it for me to randomly arrive 15 minutes early just so my prayer could be answered!

I respond: “I certainly do!”

I grab the cables, move my car and ten minutes later he was good to go. As his car battery was charging from mine, I briefly shared with him how I was extra early and that God was answering my prayer.

He listens. He knows all, yes, but He listens too. God wants us to call to Him in the good, bad and mundane.

I had such an opportunity in October to call on Him. I went to an event that celebrated loss Mom’s and their babies. I want to worship and honor Ethan. It was beautiful. During the last song, King of my Heart, I was overwhelmed with sorrow. I sobbed for the Mom that I can’t be to my son. But when the refrine came on: “You are good, good….” I raised my eyes and arms to Him and praised Him. Because six years out from my loss, even while enduring it before I was His, I see how He IS GOOD and has been there all along. If He is good when it is sunny in my life, He is still the same when it is stormy and that same is GOOD.

A photographer from Pretty Parachutes happened to capture two great photos. One was of my note to my son and one was of my “Sacrifice of Praise” as I have come to call it.

The photo is below, as well as a link to the song that broke me and restored me that night in October.

Still here, Still His……

King of My Heart video

Choose JOY!

April 13th, 2015 was my son’s fourth birthday. It was also his fourth birthday in Heaven. (You can read here on what my thoughts and feelings were on this a two months ago leading up to his day.)

I have always been anxious and riddled with panic attacks leading up to his anniversary. How would I feel? Would I be too sad to do anything? Too heartbroken? How would the let-down be? (The time *after* our attempt at celebrating when I feel like I am about to be so distant from him for the next 365 days and that possibly his celebration wasn’t good enough.)

This year, a few days before his birthday, I decided I wanted to have hearts fill my Facebook page. I believe I get hearts as signs that he is okay, and I will be too. (We got the first heart when we were driving home from his burial). Within hours of my event being created on Facebook, hearts began trickling in. They cam from family, friends and strangers! A woman I have never even met released four heart balloons and a Happy Birthday balloon in memory of my little boy! It was uplifting!!

With that momentum, I decided that this year would be different. Last year, in honor of his third birthday, I donated three books to the hospital “Someone Came Before You”. It is a book that explains the death of a child to their sibling. I thought it would be my “thing”. What I would do every year, donating a new book to the hospital. As I searched for a book I was going to donate a few months ago, I found “Ethan’s Butterflies” and it explains death to his baby sister, Emma. I thought, of COURSE this is THE BOOK I need to be donating every year. It is a sign!

But as the hearts began to trickle and than flood in, I realized that so many people, like me, don’t focus on Ethan’s death (I try not focus on his death or the “what if’s” anymore) but were focusing on his LIFE with me; And that is when I switched gears in my head. I decided I didn’t want a moment of his birthday to be about his death, I wanted it to be about his LIFE! Even though he never took a breath on this earth, his life still lives on – through me, my husband, my family, his sister.

On the morning of April 13th, I did briefly let me heart weep for celebrating a son that I couldn’t be with, but then I choose JOY. And it is by the Grace of God that it was even an option available to me.

We got Emma up and in a SUPER SISTER shirt, and I wore a Team Ethan shirt (my husband wore the same one under his work shirt that day) and we drove to Starbucks near my house. We went inside and bought four gift cards that had messages written on them and went and sat outside. For the next two hours we sat together on a bench and selected four random strangers and gave them the gift card and all we said was “Choose Joy” or “Have a nice day”.

Afterwards, my husband went to work and my daughter and I came home, followed by going to my sister’s house for pizza and to release a balloon for Ethan. I than came home and looked through all of the hearts and messages I received.

I didn’t know how to thank everyone for their kindness and outpouring of love. I was humbled.

It was than that I decided to put the hearts into a slide show for everyone, with a song attached. I chose “Sweet Child” by Rictor and went to work. (My video is below)

I now know, finally, four years into my grief, that I *can* choose JOY. I also know that some days I will fail at that choice. That some days, I will still cry; Some days over the next year I will grieve and be angry at the world for taking one of my dear ones; Some days I will just be a broken Mother. And on those days, on those days that JOY is the farthest out of reach, I will know that it will be okay to be human, and that after my heart is done weeping and my tears dry, I will be able to choose JOY again.

Thank you, my Sweet Baby Boy, for teaching your Momma yet another lesson on this earth.

Please keep that rocking chair ready, grab the best books you can find and the softest blanket. I have a whole world of cuddles and stories waiting for you!!

Love,

Your Mommy

Is it you Holy Spirit? It’s Me, JennRose.

I have been away from church for awhile now – both with Bible Study and attending service because of poor scheduling with Jason’s work. For Bible Study, Jason has been working until the store closes. For service, I have had bridal showers, birthdays, weddings and family events, all on Sundays. I have been missing church so much and today the stars aligned so I was able to go.

Emma and I got there around 9:00 and I got her settled into her classroom while I went and sat in Fellowship Hall until the first service was over. When the Sanctuary began to empty, I went in to find my seat. I usually never sit in the same area twice, but I like being close to the front.

Today, however, I sat on one of the sides, on the aisle, and about four rows from the back. After service, I was shadowing in the Two’s Room and in case service ran over, I would have to excuse myself and didn’t want to be a disturbance if I got up to leave.

We sang the first few songs, led by Holly Kluge, and I felt like I was home. She also sang a beautiful original song called Be Still and that song moved me to tears. The kind of tears that just well in your eyes and slip out down your cheek, unashamed and comforting.

During Great Are You Lord by All Sons and Daughter’s, a song we have song numerous times in the last 12 months, I was overtaken by emotion – not emotion, but an actual sensation, like I felt like my insides were electrified. I can’t explain it any other way. I was wishing I was there with a friend because I wanted to reach over and touch them and ask: “Do you feel this?” and than I began to softly tremble. When the song was over, we all sat down and I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath or like I had just run around the Sanctuary or like I was holding in a full-lung-capacity breath, – but this wasn’t an overly uncomfortable feeling, and it wasn’t an overly calming feeling, it was just, I don’t know, so much bigger than me.

I prayed to God and asked Him that whatever “it” was, could it please stay with me? I questioned to myself if this is what the Holy Spirit feels like……..sitting here typing this hours later, I still wonder. Did I have a glimpse of the Holy Spirit? The feeling slowly dissipated on it’s own less than ten minutes after it’s arrival and I haven’t felt it again. I wonder if I ever will?

I am going to read the Bible and see if any bits are more clearer than before, because I have been struggling with understanding the Bible, so maybe the Lord sent down a little help?

And if I can’t understand the Bible better, or have anything (else) spectacular happen, I don’t believe that it makes my experience un-validated or anything less than what it was. I can’t explain it, but I know what I felt. And I know it was something good and whole and pure.

The Sermon itself was wonderful, as usual. We read from Ecclesiastes 11:1-6.

The main points that Pastor Rob highlighted was the following:

  1.  The Life of Faith requires a long time commitment.
  2. Waiting for the perfect conditions will paralyze your Faith.
  3. God is calling us to live a life of total engagement.

Point one was self explanatory for me. If I am going to be a faithful follower of Jesus, it isn’t for a season, it is for a Lifetime. My lifetime, so I should get comfortable and fully acquainted with this new life I want to live. (As I have for the past twelve months or so that I began following (or stumbling) towards Him.)

Point two really, really hit home for me the hardest. I remember when I very first started this journey, before I even knew what a journey like this was going to entail and was just asking questions.

As I started to feel like yes, I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior and felt like I wanted to invite Him in my heart, I was reluctant too. I had a lengthy conversation with my friend, who was one of the first to talk with me about Jesus, and during our conversation she asked if I had been Saved yet (she may not have used that term) – if I had invited Jesus into my life and heart and accepted Him as my Savior – I said No. I said I was thinking about it, but wasn’t sure that I could live up to the lifestyle and obedience of a “true” Christian and was waiting until I knew I couldn’t fail.

I was terrified of jumping in feet first to follow Christ and sinning.

She honestly and openly told me that we are expected to fail. She also went on to teach me about Grace and Mercy. I realized that I was waiting for the perfect conditions before trying Christianity on, and she said there will never be a perfect condition because we are humans and humans will sin and “fail” and that is precisely why we need God in the first place! Talk about an awakening!! Right then and there, I accepted Jesus into my heart and my life – because, Point three says that God is calling us to live a life of total engagement.

The Lord wants me to be “All In” – with my sinful humanness and my hopeful heart. Pastor Rob highlighted this point best when he said that we may not understand God’s work, but He wants us to engage Him regardless.

Just reach out to Him. Tell Him you don’t have it all together. Accept the fact that you never will and just be open to the idea that it is okay. God doesn’t want our perfection. He wants us. If He created us to be perfect, or even to be able to evolve to perfection, He never would have had to give us a Savior.

May God Bless You Today, Tomorrow and Always.

I am handing in my credentials…….

Here you go. I’m handing them in, returning home and finding where my “normal” disappeared too. I am no longer going to be a veteran of grief. I am no longer going to find the bright side, because the sunshine-side will be the side I am living in – with BOTH my children.

Emma will be two and a half in March. Ethan should be four in April. By worldly time, Emma is older than Ethan ever will be. And I know. I know. I know all of the wonderful Bible verses on loss and comfort and love. I know he is better off with my Lord. I know he was spared the grief of this world. I get that, but it doesn’t make my Momma-heart feel anymore soothed today.

I won a book “Hope for the Weary Mom”. I am about 46 lines (guesstimating) into the book and I am reading about a Mom’s child. This is what it said: “………I hope they always want to rescue damsels in distress, bring flowers to their mommy, and fight bad guys.” She is talking about her two little boys. And as I am reading that line I found myself picturing Ethan running through my living room with a blue cape and a sword yelling “Rawwww”. And as quickly as the beautiful thought was in my head, I am crying. I don’t have that, I *wont’* have that. I won’t have my little boy running around fighting bad guys. I won’t have him bringing me flowers, I won’t have HIM. Ever.

I was talking to my Mom last night how this birthday coming up is so much harder for me than possibly all the years combined (other than my first year of loss leading up to the one year anniversary) and I think it is because before Emma was a baby, but now she is a toddler, walking and talking and running and pretending. She is hitting milestones that I would never see with Ethan, and even the small milestones, like learning to walk, etc didn’t hit me as badly as seeing Emma so much older than I have ever seen or have been able to imagine about Ethan. Ethan’s baby sister is “older” than Ethan. How is this possible?? And I just Miss. Him. So. Much.

I am so thankful for the changing seasons of my grief, being almost four years out, but there are still so many times that the wind gets knocked out of me and I just miss him. I just want him here. With me and my husband *and* Emma.

I want Ethan and Emma to be getting into sibling rivalry together, in mischief together. Plotting to gang up against me and me at my wits end. I want it all and I want him back and I don’t want to be a veteran of grief. I want to be on the opposite side and naive to all of it – that baby loss is “rare”, there is no such thing as 1 in 4 and loss just doesn’t happen in my families world.

My heart hurts today, but I still pray that God Blesses You Today, Tomorrow and Always…..

12 Weeks and change

Four years ago, I was 12 weeks and change pregnant with my son. My son that is Heaven-side. My son that I am doing everything in my power to return too when I die, which is by trying my hardest to be an obedient follower of Christ. My own salvation aside, he is worth it. I would do ANYTHING for my children, and this is one of the things I have left to do on earth for my son – becoming an obedient follower and daughter to the Lord. This is a bit of a difficult task, based on the world I live in, but I am trying to remain diligent none-the-less. Supported by others or not, this is my path that God has waited for me to find and I am on it, stumbling and blister-bitten, but staying focused.

Tomorrow, I will be joining a family as they say goodbye to their son who was born too soon. At just 18 weeks, he was too small to survive with no lung structure to support his small frail body against this angry world of ours. He was born peacefully from his Mother’s womb to the Savoir’s arms. The image sounds so breath-taking while we twist our hearts and minds away from the mercy of it all and absorb the heartbreak and the grief….…..but the children that were born “too soon”, were really born right on time, to New Life.

And for how many times this image has brought me comfort, is the exact same amount of times this image had brought me crying out “Why him?” “Why from us?” “Were we not going to be good enough for him?” I remember feeling numb and feeling angry. Feeling comforted and feeling un-consoled. Feeling broken and feeling whole – as if there were two of me experiencing the loss simultaneously – black and white mixing in my soul.

I have offered to walk with families in their rawest moments of loss for nearly the last four years because that is all I wanted as I was saying goodbye to Ethan. If there is even one family that wants someone beside them, I don’t want them to be alone when they want to be comforted. They will have many days ahead of them where they may feel alone on their grief-walk, the first moments of loss should not be one of them.

I have entered a families hospital room, with their sorrow still cascading down the walls, twice now. And twice I have brought the Holy Spirit with me, praying hard and concise to Jesus as I am walking down the corridor to the door of the room, requesting that they be with us in the quiet moments and help me speak when it is right. I am always a bit nervous when I go see a family. “What will I say? What should I do?”

When I am just a few steps away, I remember, and ask Jesus to have the holy spirit open my heart so I can speak from my very soul – from that un-bandaged place in my being that still holds my grief and pain. 

That place that still howels inside of me, almost four years later, that I miss and want my son.

My grief has changed a lot in the past four years, and I can only imagine it is going to continue to change. But the one thing that remains unchanged is the accessibility of those first few minutes, hours, days and months following my loss. 

I can just close my eyes and access it. 

And not to bring it to the surface in an uncontrolled episode bubbling about, but to access it and bring it out for the families I am with. 

“See, see this broken, twisting, retching portion, that was me too, that is inside of me, everyday, but I am surviving with it, and you will too, when you are ready.”

I think that part stays so easy too access because I never want to be with a family as a veteran of loss, I want to be with a family sitting loss with loss.

I want them to know that those moments they are living inside of, those full of hurt and pain and sadness and confusion – they are allowed to be there.

It. Is. Okay.

It is okay to be in the moment of loss for many minutes and days and weeks to come. I want them to stay in those moments as long as they need too. And when they are ready to take a new step on their grief-journey, I want them to know that it is okay too.

Little by little, they will twist inside out and the grief that is in front of them, the grief that encompasses them and makes it hard to move, and harder still to breathe, will be the grief that is one day behind them, following in their shadow until their last breath on earth.

But before that last day comes, they will one day be able to be whole again, on earth.

There is so much comfort that can be felt in just grieving together. 

Being silent together…… 

Weathering the moments together as one minute unfolds on top of the other. 

I am never with a family to rush them through any one moment- I am only there to be reachable when I am needed, and silent when my presence alone is enough.

Today, hours before I am walking with a family to say their final goodbyes to their child, I am thankful to my Lord, who brought me through to the other side. 

May He always stay accessible to me for the moments when I need Him the most.

Becoming His disciple

I am 31 days into 2015. It has been a smooth transition from the old year into the new. An appreciated calmness.

     Yet, my spirit hasn’t been as calm. I’ve had moments of pure and raw anger. Anger that boils in my core and pours out into my veins. Anger that causes me to forcibly pause and take in a breath.
     In these moments, I could swear it is Jesus soothing His child – just like in the moments when He kindly leans down and makes sure no words that can’t be erased escape my lips when I feel like I NEED to say something. Although that was the old me of 2014. I am still becoming the new me.
      Tomorrow I will be going to church service at 9:30 and than shadowing in the small group in the Children’s Ministry to see if that is where God is leading me next. There are a few areas in Children’s Ministry that are volunteer opportunities, and originally I was drawn to the large group in the Theater since that is in my back ground, but as I was getting the tour of the Ministry areas, the Spirit showed that there maybe another place God has planned for me.
     It is amazing where our life can grow from just being still enough to hear His voice.
     At first I thought I heard from God wrong. I thought, “of course I belong on the stage. That is what I love and am passionate about.” And I even considered not doing the tour of the area and just signing up on the dotted line. But when the leader of ALL of the Ministry wants to show you around, you don’t say “no thank you.” So I went, and on our brief travels around the campus, I felt a new passion stirring.
     I went home and prayed on it. “Am I hearing you right, Lord?” And than it hit me….I want to bring the Word of God into my home daily for Emma. This is why I started on this Christ-seeking to begin with, it wasn’t for me (originally) it was for my sweet baby girl. If I want to bring the Word home to my child, what better way than to be a teacher to children!?
     I truly laugh inside. Of course if I truly am His Daughter, then I must trust Him. He knows every part of me. He knows my coming and goings and He knows where I am destined to be. I just need to trust Him completely.
     I can’t wait to begin experiencing what God has recently laid on my heart.
I will update as this journey unfolds.

What surprising places has God been leading you? Are you answering the call, even through hesitation?

God Bless you today, tomorrow, and always……

Happy New Year!!

I apologize to my faithful reader’s for my extended absence. Another blogger recently wrote “When this page is left empty, my life is most full” or something to that effect and it is oh so true.

My daughter is now two and a half and we have been reduced to only one nap a day, which is anywhere from two to three hours so my alone time window is very short. I hope to someday get up before my daughter awakens so that I can sufficiently start my day with prayer, exercise, coffee and my blog, but with her up at 7:00a, that is as early as I can get my body out of bed.

Luckily, I believe the Lord is use to my sporadic routine and I think He is okay if my morning Devotional happens after 1:00pm on occasion, which is read from my 2015 book, and that my quick good morning to Him as a get out of bed isn’t a brush-off, its a request to join me in my whole entire day.

How have you been doing on your own faith-walk?

I’m more consistent in my prayers to God – requests and thanks, throughout the day than when I last blogged.   I’m much more open about my faith-walk and my Christian life than my last posts here as well.

I’m learning – and 21 days into the New Year I discovered my “Word for the Year” which many people are doing in replacement of resolutions – OBEDIENCE.

I didn’t even realize I had a word this year until I saw it on a friend’s fb post and was like “oh, yes, that is what I am focusing on this!”

My obedience is in many areas.

First and foremost, to God and how He calls me to live. Obediently to His teachings. But how? And wasn’t I already when I became a Christian?

I thought I was, but about four days prior to the New Year ending, I was disobedient to everything God requests of a Christian Life.

If you have stuck through this long post to get to here, thank you. Here, as very first promised at the start of this blog, is my transparency of the day….

A situation arose in my home town with the Mayor of the City and our City officials and the community. It left the community torn, still largely so, and caused such an upset in my core that I lashed out everywhere on social media. I blew up pages upon pages with my outrage and disgust with the situation. I was angered to my core. I was human to my core, reacting as one would who lives “of this world.” I was fighting beside family, as we were outraged together and we were standing up for those that had little to no voice. It took me a few weeks to let the dust settle and a random post I saw from a friend, not even directed at me or the situation, that made me re-think my anger and feelings.

Sure, I had a right to be angry, but I didn’t have a right to be Unchristian. And I wasn’t swearing or anything. I thought I was being a Christian outraged by injustices, but their post made me realize that my actions were wrong.

So I began praying about it. I began asking God to send the Holy Spirit to guide me in my words or actions. I prayed this dutifully and more than just daily. Every time I felt like I needed to “fight the good fight” and speak out on something, I would immediately stop and pray on it.

I can not tell you the changes that have taken place in that area of my life! How many unposted and even “unthoughts” have occurred. This is a life-change. I can’t even fully explain this magnitude, this weight lifted, this Guidance I feel on a daily basis! The good fight isn’t always in words and actions – sometimes it is in silence and stillness – sometimes it is just not. my. fight.

The other area of Obedience I am focusing on this year is my fitness. First, let me explain that I am not a woman of Fitness. I do not work out. I Do. Not. Run. I am just me.

But for 2015, I have decided to push that boundary and have signed up for a run.

And not just any run, the Dirty Girl Mud Run.

And not just one run….but THREE!

The Dirty Girl Mud Run is the most intense of the three with running and obstacles and, well, MUD.

The other two are the Color Run and Color Vibe.

I don’t know exactly how, but I am going to do these events for my children and for Jesus. I am (somehow) going to use my faith to train and succeed. I may memorize bible verses while working out to use as a mantra on the courses. Or maybe my attire will reflect my faith. At this point I am unclear where God is leading me here, but I believe, 100%, that I am really working in letting Him have the reigns.

I will update you all as my workouts progress, and I will blog again soon on the recent going-ons of other areas of my life.

Until next time,

May God Bless You today, tomorrow and always.

Psalm 139

If you have followed most of my blog from the beginning, you will know that from my son’s brief life (in my womb), he has brought so much new LIFE and meaning to my own life. Through HIS LIFE, I live….just as through my life, I strive to have Jesus live.

I am currently involved in two Bible Studies and a Christianity Explored Series (although I have realized, spreading myself so thin over God’s Word, I am not completely fulfilled.) I need to let one go, and right now, I need my Sunday service more than I need to explore God’s Word for Christian Living. So Christianity Explored will have to be a series I explore at another time as I return to Sunday Service.
So what about Psalm 139? This is the first reading we explored in my Hope Mommies Bible Online Bible Study. This Bible Study is for Mom’s that have lost a child. When I was a child growing up, I never ever imagined I would be a loss Mom, and as an adult, loss happened to “other” people and it was “SO RARE” that it hardly ever happened to anyone. Well 1 in 4 isn’t other people and 1 in 4 is hardly rare.
I am sure, even as a new follower, most of my reader’s are familiar with pieces of Psalm 139: ……”fearful and wonderfully made….” …….”knitted in my Mother’s womb…..” Those are pieces from the Psalm, but diving into it whole-heartedly and in portions, I have a new set of eyes on the Psalm and am ever-so-slowly finding another piece of my grief feeling comfort.
Here is it is, in it’s entirety from the NIV:

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

Through this Psalm, and the study questions in my Hope Mommies group, I am comforted that no medical intervention, or my prayers to God for intercession, would have saved my son. His time was written before he was born and while he was being crafted in my womb. The safest place he should have been, was the farthest place from safety, but God was with him and he was birthed from my love to eternal love. He was held every moment of his life. I held him every moment of his life. God allowed me to hold him every moment of his life. How can I not find a thankfulness in that? How can I not count myself anything but blessed?

I am making my decisions in this life based on the needs I have in my next life, to be in God’s Kingdom with my son. I hope I am not too late and God has seen my RSVP.

I am coming Lord. Every broken and un-holy part of me is working on walking the righteous path to join you. Forgive me when I stumble, just as I need to learn how to forgive myself. Lend me your hand to hold on to as I gingerly make my way through this lost world. Help keep my eyes on you and help me to be an instrument of teaching to my child on earth, so that she may always carry you in her heart.

In Jesus name I pray this, so may it be so.

Amen

Prayer from my Pastor

We started a new series at church a few weeks back called “All In” (My last post was from the All In series)

Pastor Rob has written a prayer and it is on the front of the handout that we receive each Sunday. It is so all-encompassing that I wanted to pass it on to my readers to borrow (or even alter!) for yourselves. I am planning on using this as my morning prayer.


Today I surrender to you

my desire for success,

my desire to be influential,

my desire to be happy,

my regrets and my many sins,

my self deprecating thoughts.

Remove from me any branch that does not bear fruit-

any behavior that is offensive.

Take captive my anxious thoughts and make them obedient to Christ.

Help me die to the things of this world,

that I might take hold of the life that is truly Life.

Make my life a lasting fruit.

Complete my joy with Yours.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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