Isaiah 45-46 New King James Version (NKJV)
Cyrus, God’s Instrument
45 “Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
8 “Rain down, you heavens, from above,
9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker!
11 Thus says the Lord,
The Lord, the Only Savior
14 Thus says the Lord:
“The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush
15 Truly You are God, who hide Yourself,
18 For thus says the Lord,
20 “Assemble yourselves and come;
22 “Look to Me, and be saved,
Dead Idols and the Living God
46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops;
3 “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
5 “To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal
8 “Remember this, and [i]show yourselves men;
12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
Psalm 111:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Praise to God for His Faithfulness and Justice
111 Praise[a] the Lord!
I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
2 The works of the Lord are great,
Galatians 5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Stand[a] fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is [b]a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Love Fulfills the Law
7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even [c]cut themselves off!
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
Walking in the Spirit
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [d]adultery, [e]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [f]murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [g]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
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