(2 Chronicles 7:14, AV) "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
(Jeremiah 29:11–13, AV) "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
(Luke 13:24, AV) "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able."
(Matthew 7:21, AV) "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
(Mark 7:8–9, AV) "For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
(Matthew 8:11–12, AV) "11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness... ."
(James 1:27, AV) "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
(Colossians 2:20–22, AV) "Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?"
(Matthew 7:12, AV) " ... all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
(Mark 12:30–31, AV) "... thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
(James 1:25, AV) "25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
(2 Corinthians 3:16–17, AV) "Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. 17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
[Walking in the perfect plan and law of liberty, or walking in and trusting the commandments of men makes the following difference]
(Luke 18:10–14, AV) "The Pharisee ... prayed thus ..., God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men..., or even as this publican. 12 ..[I have deprived myself and lived in a special manner quite different than others].. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, ... smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man [the publican] went down to his house justified rather than the other: "
(Matthew 5:3–10, AV) "
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
[Please consider how becoming rich and increased with goods and luxuries often alienates people from the very attributes where upon
the above blessings are bestowed!]
(Mark 10:23, AV) "And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!"
(Proverbs 30:8–9, AV) "... give me neither poverty nor riches; 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain."
(James 3:13, AV) "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom."
(Colossians 3:1–2, AV) "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
(Matthew 6:19–21, AV) "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
(2 Timothy 2:3–4, AV) "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
(Matthew 13:45–46, AV) "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it."
(Matthew 6:33, AV) "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
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