Do I Offend You?
Are You Ashamed of Me?
by Tony Alamo
The Lord said, "Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me [offended with His teachings on how to enter Heaven]" (Luke 7:23). "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38).
In all four gospels, Jesus commands His disciples to deny their old life of sinful self and sinful human thinking, deliver it to the final death of the cross, then take up their cross, which is the same as denying themselves to follow Him. 1 This means no more self-pity over denying ourselves if we want to spend eternity in Heaven. Does this offend you? The new life means a life of obedience to God. 2
The Lord speaks of the evil of self-life in a variety of ways because self-life expresses itself in a variety of ways. Anyone who wants to be a disciple of Jesus must be very careful to pay strict attention to everything He has said. He calls everyone to give up their sinful, former, natural life to the cross. 3 "He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his [self] life shall lose it: and he that loseth his [self] life [self-will, self-emotion] for My sake shall find it [eternal life]" (Matt. 10:38-39).
Jesus warns us to deny ourselves. 4 This means we are to turn everything of our self-life over to the cross and begin living the life of the cross, which is the same as the new life, the spiritual life, the overcoming life. 5 He says that everyone who obeys this command will see that a man's spiritual enemies or "foes shall be they of his own household" (Matt. 10:36). Does this offend you? I pray that it doesn't offend you, because this is the truth! So in order to do the will of God, we see that godly sons will be torn away from their carnal, ungodly fathers, godly daughters will be torn away from their carnal, ungodly mothers, and godly daughters-in-law will be torn away from their carnal, ungodly mothers-in-law. 6
Self-denial is the cross that crucifies our self-life so that we have the power to separate ourselves from anyone and everything, including relatives or friends, who oppose Christ, who oppose God's work of redeeming souls, who oppose Heaven in favor of Hell, who oppose our right to choose God over Satan, Heaven over Hell, and good and godly people over those who are evil and demonic, and who would oppose the new life that we receive from God, which happens to be the most important thing that has ever happened to us or ever will happen to us. 7 Does this offend you? Again, I pray that it doesn't, because it too is the truth. Most everyone in the natural life wants to please those who are close to them by doing what they ask or giving them what they want, even if they know they are very evil. However, Jesus warns us not to rebelliously deny God in favor of those close to us, especially if they oppose God and those of us who are of God. Are you ashamed to preach this truth? I pray that you are not, because if you are, Jesus is ashamed of you. 8
When the will of God and the will of man conflict, we are commanded for the sake of both God and man (which includes our ungodly loved ones) to take up the cross by turning our self-love and desire to the cross, even if there is an ungodly person whom we love very much that we would have wanted to please in our natural self-life, like a mother, father, son, daughter, wife, or husband, someone whose feelings we would never want to hurt. 9 The Lord demands this type of obedience so that we might be purified from our natural affections or love to a supernatural love and affection for Christ, for our ungodly loved ones, and for ungodly lost souls. 10 This is why He warns us that anyone who "loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me" (Matt.10:37). "If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his [own] cross [which is self-denial], and come after Me, cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:26-27). Does this offend you? Are you ashamed to teach this truth? This is radically different thinking than the thinking of lost, spiritually blind people who say, "Our family right or wrong," "our country right or wrong." If our family or the leaders of our country are wrong, God wants us, for the sake of their souls, to rebuke and reprove them of the things they are doing wrong so that they might have an opportunity to repent, to serve God, and to finally spend eternity in Heaven. 11 "How shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14). "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). "Let God be true, but every man a liar" (Rom. 3:4). "Choose you this day whom ye will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15). Jesus said, "Who is My mother? and who are My brethren?" (Matt. 12:48). He answers His question by saying, "For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in Heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother" (Matt. 12:50).
The book of Matthew tells us that Christians must choose to love the Lord their God with ALL their heart, soul, mind and strength, before their families, before their friends, and even before themselves. 12 If we show more respect to God than to everyone else in the world, even to our families and ourselves, people will see we have more respect for God than for all the world, including our families and ourselves. By the world witnessing our love, admiration, and obedience to God, they too will learn to love, admire, obey, and respect God and be saved. It is true love to lay down our self-life for the sake of the Lord and the salvation of souls. 13 This means we are to hate anything that could destroy our soul or keep the souls of others from entering Heaven. 14 Anyone or anything that could do this, even family or ourselves, is strictly forbidden to us. Human blood is not thicker than the Divine Holy Spirit, the Triune Godhead. 15 If we really love those who are close to us and our neighbors (which is everyone in the world), we will obey every command of Christ, because when we do His will, our household and our neighbors will respect God and see how they too may enter Heaven. 16 True love is the keeping of God's commandments. 17 Human, natural love, which is not love at all but is carnal, flows from our wicked self-life, loves only what it desires, and demands carnal love in return. This kind of love must be delivered to death, to the death of the cross. 18
The Lord wants us to love Him, the Word, for our own good, for our own benefit. 19 We must learn to see, know, and understand God through His Word. 20 Jesus wants us to forsake our natural self-love. 21 Jesus wants us to love others, even our enemies, but not with our old, sinful, self-centered, natural love. 22 He wants us to love with the supernatural love of Christ, which again is the life of self-denial, the cross-life, or the life of Christ. 23 We show the love of Christ for His Body, His Church, His Bride, for the sake of Christ and the souls of all. 24 Our new relationship to Him is not love for the world or for any other love but for Him and for the salvation of souls. 25 Our lives must be governed by the Lord so that we can love others with a godly love. God commands for the sake of our souls that our hearts not be united to anyone else but Christ. He wants us to freely serve Him so that we can enter Heaven. 26
Chapter ten of Matthew emphasizes that we must give up the affections of that which our natural soul loves so much if we are going to be disciples of Christ. 27 Worldly religions and governments call Jesus the devil. This is because He denied the world because it was the will of God that He do so. 28 Jesus also said that worldly religion and government would call those of us who are Christians the devil because we do the things Christ did, which is also the will of God. In Matthew 10:25, Jesus tells it like this: "If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household [true Christians]?" Jesus tells us not to fear them because the entire Triune God sees and hears everything they do to us and everything they say about us. 29 We will see plainly how the evil, human, weak life is brought into our view if we pay attention to the conversation between Peter and Jesus.
When Jesus told His disciples of the death He must suffer on the cross, Peter cried out, "Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee [feel sorry for yourself, have pity on yourself!! let it not be so, live the self-life]" (Matt. 16:22). This was because Peter thought he loved Jesus intensely. But Peter was more concerned for the human body of Jesus than the will of God, especially when the will of God meant Jesus' death on the cross. Jesus was faithful to the will of God, even to His death on the cross. 30 "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Phlp. 2:8). We are to be like Jesus, more concerned about God's will than about our self-will and more concerned about our ecclesiastical body than about our flesh and blood human body. 31 "Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God" (I Cor. 15:50). Jesus said, "The flesh profiteth nothing" (John 6:63). He also said, "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" (Rev. 2:10).
Peter could not see how concern for God's will should far exceed the concern for self. This is how the majority of the Christians in the world feel and think today. Their attitude is, "It's fine to do God's will for His purpose, but shouldn't we be mindful of ourselves?" Peter was the same as asking if Jesus should not be concerned about the pain and the humiliation He would suffer while doing God's will, which was suffering and dying on the cross for the benefit of all mankind. The Lord rebuked Peter for his carnal way of thinking which was tempting Him to live a carnal, worthless, satanic, self-life. There is absolutely no value in self. Peter's statement could have only been given to him by Satan. Jesus rebuked him by saying, "Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me" (Matt. 16:23). Satan was offended because Christ was giving His life for us so that we could be saved. 32 Are you ashamed and offended as Satan that Christ did this for you? Are you like the devil? Or are you happy, and do you praise the Lord for what He did for us? If you are offended with Christ and these Words of Christ, and if you are ashamed of Christ and His Words, Christ will be ashamed of you before His Father and the holy angels on Judgment Day. 33
Jesus began telling His disciples that not only would He go to the cross, but so would everyone who would be His disciple, since they must take up their own crosses of self-denial and follow Him. 34 As it was for Jesus, so will it be for every disciple, both then and now. 35 Jesus does not want us to think that He alone was called to do God's will. 36 There is no other truth than God's Word. 37 Peter told Jesus, "Feel sorry for Yourself." Jesus told Peter, "You must deny yourself."
The Bible tells us there is a price to pay in following God's will. 38 The flesh is offended at such a thought, while self-life reigns as a king or queen. The Almighty God is offended at this. Our self-life is not able to follow God's commands because self wants to follow self or anyone else self chooses to follow instead of Christ. When Jesus calls us to deny ourselves by taking up our cross, following Him, and renouncing all for His sake, our natural self-life automatically responds with self-pity. This causes us to be unwilling to pay any price for God. When we choose the strait and narrow way of the cross, and endure all things for Christ's sake, our self-life will suffer loss, but our eternal life will gain the eternal treasures of Heaven. 39 This is the only way we will positively lose our old man, our old self-life. Only in this way can the spiritual life of Christ in us become pure and reign as king, undertaking in us whatsoever is well pleasing to God and beneficial to mankind. 40
If we consider the conversation between Peter and the Lord, we can easily perceive the wickedness of the operation of the self-life. First, Peter uttered those satanic, carnal words immediately after hearing the supernatural revelation from God regarding the mystery never before known to man, that Jesus was the very Christ of the living God. 41 Immediately after this incredible revelation, Peter was held captive by his self-life by Satan. This is seen in his attempt to convert the Lord from a life of selflessness to a life of self-will--asking Christ to pity Himself, to feel sorry for Himself. This should show everyone that revelations from God, no matter how powerful and supernatural, cannot deliver Christians from the utter power of the self-life. It is the exact opposite. The greater our knowledge and more profound our experience, the more hidden from us shall our self-life be, and the harder it will be for us to detect it and reject it. This is because it is offensive for those that have the knowledge but not the Spirit, as the Pharisees and hypocrites, to deny themselves so the Lord can work in them. They only pretend to be Christians. 42 Unless our natural worldly realm is poisoned or treated drastically by the cross, its wickedness shall continue to live within us.
Another lesson we can learn from Peter is the utter uselessness of the natural self-life. 43 Peter's self-life came to life, not for himself, but for the Lord. Peter thought he loved Jesus. He thought he was desiring the best for Him; he wanted Him to be safe, secure, and happy. He did not want Him to suffer or to die for us. All this thinking and false emotion emanating from Peter's soul was based on mere human desire, which comes from the flesh, the self-will, the mortal, natural self-life, the devil. All such human desire will be rejected by the Lord. 44 The Lord will never entertain such desire, because it is evil and of the flesh. Because the Lord denied His self-life in the service of God, it is obvious that He wants us to be as He was and still is. 45 Jesus is calling believers to commit their natural soulish self-life to death on the cross, not only because it loves the world, but because if we love the world, we will not serve Him nor enter Heaven. 46
Peter, in expressing his carnal affection towards the Lord, was not conscious that he was expressing and revealing his attitude towards his carnal self. Here Peter's full carnal personality is unveiled. How true it is that the carnal, worldly self always operates independently of the will of God. 47 It loves to serve God according to what it deems to be good in its carnal, fleshly, sinful self. Following God's desires means stripping away the self, the carnal, soulish life. 48 Whenever God's mind is obeyed, the soul's or self's ideas are crushed. 49 Because Peter, in chapter ten of Matthew, spoke to Jesus from his soul, the Lord called His disciples to forsake the natural self-life. The Lord added that the words Peter had uttered were from Satan. 50
Satan employs man's natural, sinful, selfish life as long as sinful people don't think Satan will deliver them to death. In other words, you will let Satan employ you as long as you don't think he'll kill you. When people respond more favorably to Satan than to the Lord, it means they are more fearful of Satan than of the Lord. "Fear God, and keep HIS commandments: for this is the whole duty of man" (Eccl. 12:13).
Satan continues his operation today, which is the deceptive destruction of the human soul. 51 The humans that Satan employs are his instruments. 52 Peter said those wicked things because he ignorantly thought he was cherishing the Lord. However, the Holy Spirit reveals to us all that he was being manipulated by Satan. Peter prays that Jesus will listen to his carnal advice, stating that Jesus should be concerned about His human body, the temple where the Triune God was living and working. 53 However, his prayer was from the bowels of Hell. Satan doesn't mind if we pray to God with our natural energy, but he doesn't want us to pray in the Holy Spirit. 54 If we continue in self-life, Satan's business prospers. May God show us all how dangerous this self-life is, because believers may too quickly think they are spiritual merely because they think they love the Lord or admire heavenly things. 55 God's purpose cannot be accomplished as long as Satan continues to find opportunity to work through that soulish self-life which remains uncommitted to the death of the cross.
Self-pity, self-love, a fear of suffering, and a fear of the cross-life is sinful. 56 These are some of the manifestations of self-life or wicked soulish life, for its prime motivation is self-preservation. It is exceedingly reluctant to endure any loss. This is the very reason the Lord calls us to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily. It is to crush or snuff out our natural self-indulgent life. 57
Every cross that passes before us calls us to forsake ourselves. 58 We must not harbor any self-love, but instead lay down our lives by the power of God living both in and through us. 59 The Lord tells us that this is our cross. Every one of us receives our own particular cross from God. This is the particular cross we must bear. Even though it is our cross, it is directly connected to the cross of the Lord. If we are willing to carry our cross in the same way Christ carried His cross, we will find the power of His cross abiding in us, and it will enable us to lose our natural self-life. 60 Each time we take up our cross, our carnal self, our fleshly, mortal, worthless life will suffer loss. 61 Each time we don't, our self-life is fed and made stronger. 62
Dealing with our self-life is not a one-time or a part-time matter. It's a full time job, twenty-four hours a day, seven days of every week, and three hundred sixty-five days of every year. 63 Does this offend you? Again, the Lord is the One who teaches us this truth for our eternal benefit, our eternal life. Most people will lose their own lives for such things as their father, mother, wife, son, daughter, brothers, sisters, friends, careers, or a multitude of other things. Jesus tells us that sacrificing ourselves for anyone or anything other than FOR HIS SAKE will not be of any value in attaining eternal life, immortality in Heaven (Matt. 10:39). 64
Again, the cross, which we have been called to bear, is closely related to the cross that Christ bore. The cross that we have been called to bear is like a poisonous serpent, able to bring death to our fleshly, sinful, self-life. 65 Like a serpent, our cross, which again is self-denial, is full of death-dealing venom, ready to kill every fleshly lust and worldly desire which would raise its ugly head to destroy us if we were foolish enough not to pay attention to its rising. This truth is greatly symbolized several times in the Old Testament. One of these times is when Moses, during a war with Amalek, lifted up the rod of God, which was symbolic of Christ, who is the Word of God, and His cross. If he did, the enemy of Israel would lose the battle, but if he became weary and lowered the rod of God, which was symbolic of Christ and His cross, the enemy would begin winning the battle over Israel. 66
In Numbers 21:4-9, when the children of Israel sinned by murmuring against God, God instructed Moses to make a fiery brass serpent and set it upon a pole. This pole with the brass serpent on it is symbolic of Christ and the killing power of the cross against the natural, sinful life. God sent fiery, poisonous serpents to kill the children of Israel for their murmuring against Him, but if they kept their eyes upon the brass serpent on the pole, the venom from the poisonous, fiery serpents did not harm them. This shows us that if we keep our eyes and minds on Christ, the Word of God, so that we can serve Him by keeping His commandments through His living in us and working through us, nothing of the devil can obstruct our ability to enter Heaven. This is because by doing this, we are fully armed and armored with "the whole armour of God [which destroys, poisons, and kills our fleshly self-life]" (Eph. 6:11). If we take up our cross and deny our desires for the things of the world, every fleshly lust and worldly desire, that is, our old life will be mortified or deadened, and they will have no more power over us. Then we will be immune from Satan's ability to kill our eternal soul by tempting or deceiving us back into the world of sin. 67
Again, in another place, the rod of God, which is also symbolic of Christ and His cross, 68 was given to Moses as a sign to Pharaoh that God had sent Moses to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt. 69 When Aaron, Moses' brother, threw down the rod symbolizing Christ, His cross, and its serpentine power over the natural, sinful life, the rod of God turned into that symbol, the serpent. The magicians threw their rods down, and these too became serpents. However, the serpent representing God's venomous power over the satanic, natural, sinful life swallowed up the satanic, natural, sinful, humanistic lives of the magicians' serpents. 70 God shows us by the symbol of the serpent, which deceived Eve, that God out-maneuvered the devil by making the serpent, which ordinarily symbolizes the devil, 71 to swallow up himself, which is all the evil of the serpent, which is the self-life. Jesus and His cross "led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men [by His blood and His cross]" (Eph. 4:8). He tricked that old serpent, the devil, into crucifying Him on the cross as a sacrifice for everyone's former sins so that everyone could be set free from the devil and from the penalty of an eternal Hell. 72 Because Christ never sinned, the Father resurrected Him from the dead to again reign over the entire universe. 73
Without the cross of Christ, there is no eternal life, 74 and without our cross, which again is closely connected with the cross of Christ, there is no power of the cross to preserve our eternal life, the gift given to us by God through Christ. 75 When the Lord observes our living the cross-life, defending our gift of eternal life, the strength of His cross living in us gives us the strength to bear our cross. 76 As we turn our backs on every temptation to sin, and as we flee from the very appearance of evil, we are the same as lifting up the cross of Christ and taking up our cross, just as Moses lifted up the rod of God so that Israel could continue winning the battle against the enemies of Israel. 77 Every moment we continue taking up our cross to follow Christ, we remind Satan of Christ's victory over him on the cross at Calvary, where Jesus shed His precious blood so that our FORMER SINS could all be washed away and we might live the sinless, selfless cross-life required to enter Heaven. 78
Our cross, the cross we must carry, is the cross which gives daily doses of poisonous treatments to our old, sinful, carnal self or soul-life. 79 Our cross must be applied to every attempt of Satan to tempt or deceive us back into the world of sin, where the old, former, worthless self-life waits. 80 "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world [with all its wealth and lusts], and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36).
Self-denial is not something that can be finished; it is what we must experience daily to the end if we desire an eternity in Heaven. 81 The self-life must be overcome step-by-step. The more the Holy Spirit unites Himself with our spirits, the more we will be united with Jesus and the selfless cross-life of Jesus. How can believers deny the self if the self is unknown to them? They must first begin denying the things they recognize as worldly in themselves. The life of the cross will cut and penetrate our spirits ever more deeply each day. Through self-denial and bearing the cross daily we can know more of God's will, and knowing more of ourselves will give the cross an increased power to poison and destroy more of our self-life each day so that the life of Christ may attain more growth within us each day.
God's Word tells us that our own good deeds, which we have done, shall be "as filthy rags" at the Judgment Bar of God if we expect them to merit our going to Heaven (Isa. 64:6). Nothing but what Christ has done and commands us to do after we have received the gift of eternal life can give us entry into Heaven. So if it is your will to deny every instruction other than the instructions of Christ to enter Heaven, which is a MUST, 82 simply because there are no other means, and if it is your will to deny the world, Satan, and everything in the world, including yourself, so that you, the ones you love, and others may enter the Kingdom of Heaven, then begin your life of following Christ and the life of self-denial by saying this prayer:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
World Pastor Tony Alamo
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"Do I Offend You? Are You Ashamed of Me?" Footnotes:
1. Matt. 6:25-26, 10:37-39, 13:44-46, 16:24, 19:21, 22:36-40, Mark 8:34, 10:21, Luke 5:11, 27-28, 9:23, 14:26-27, 21:12-19, John 12:25-26 return
2. Matt. 19:17, 29, Mark 3:35, John 14:15, 23, 15:14, Acts 5:29, Eph. 2:10, 4:1, 17, I Thes. 1:9, I Tim. 6:14, Jas. 1:22-25, I Pet. 1:3, 14-16, I John 2:3-6, 17, 5:2-3, Rev. 22:7 return
3. Matt. 6:24-26, 10:37-39, 13:44-46, 16:24-26, 19:21, Luke 5:11, 27-28, 18:28-30, John 12:24-26, Rom. 8:1-14, 35-37, 12:1, I Cor. 9:26-27, 15:30-31, Gal. 2:20, 5:16-17, 24, Phlp. 2:3-8, Col. 3:5-17, 23-25, Titus 2:12, Jas. 4:5-15, I Pet. 4:1-2 return
4. Matt. 16:24, 26:41, Luke 9:23, Rom. 8:1, 12-13, Col. 3:1-3, 5-6, Titus 2:11-12 return
5. John 3:3, 5-7, Rom. 8:1, 4-13, 37, I Cor. 15:10, II Cor. 5:17, Gal. 2:19-20, Eph. 4:22-24, Phlp. 4:13, Col. 3:1-3, 5-6, 9-10 return
6. Matt. 10:35-38, 12:47-50, Luke 9:59-62 return
7. Amos 3:3, Matt. 10:34-39, 26:41, Mark 8:33, Luke 14:26-27, II Cor. 6:14-18, Eph. 5:3-12, Jas. 4:4, I John 1:5-6 return
8. Matt. 10:32-33, Luke 9:26, Rom. 1:15-16, Phlp. 1:20, II Tim. 1:8-12, II Tim. 2:8-13, I John 2:27-28 return
9. Deut. 26:16-19, I Chron. 28:9, Ezra 10:11, Psa. 97:10, Amos 3:3, Matt. 6:24, 10:32-39, 12:46-50, Mark 10:28-30, Luke 9:59-62, 12:51-53, 14:26-27, John 15:14, 17:6-11, Rom. 8:5-9, 35-39, 12:9, I Cor. 10:21, II Cor. 6:14-18, Eph. 4:27, 5:11-12, Titus 2:12-14, Jas. 4:4, 7-8, I Pet. 1:15-16, 3:10, I John 1:5-6 return
10. Deut. 5:32-33, Ch. 28, Psa. 19:7-11, 61:1-5, 119:140, Prov. 3:13-18, 8:10-11, 18:10, 30:5, Eccl. 12:13, Isa. 26:3, 41:10, Jer. 13:13-15, Ezek. 34:16, Zech. 4:6, Matt. 7:7-8, 11:29-30, 22:37-40, 25:14-23, Mark 1:15, Luke 12:28-31, 13:3, John 3:30, 10:1-5, 14:12-26, 15:13-14, 17:21, Acts 1:8, 2:38, 6:4, 17:30, Rom. 8:1-17, 12:1-2, I Cor. 6:9-11, 10:13, Gal. 4:9, 5:24, Eph. 2:1-9, 4:27, 5:2-11, 25-27, 6:10-18, Phlp. 2:8-13, Heb. 10:22, 11:6, Jas. 4:8, I John 2:12-14, 5:3-5, Rev. 1:5-6 return
11. Gen. 4:7, Lev. 19:17, Psa. 141:5, Prov. 9:8-9, 24:24-25, 27:5-6, Eccl. 7:5, Ezek. 3:17-21, Jon. Ch. 3, Matt. 10:7-8, 13:3-9, 18-23, 24:14, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 14:16-24, Acts 5:42, 6:4, Rom. 1:14-16, 10:13-15, 17, I Cor. 1:17-21, 9:16-17, 27, II Cor. 5:18-20, Gal. 4:16, 6:1, Eph. 5:11-14, Col. 1:25, 28-29, I Thes. 2:4-12, I Tim. 5:20, II Tim. 4:1-5, Titus 1:9, Eph. 5:11-14, Jas. 5:14-16, 19-20, Rev. 3:19, 14:6-7 return
12. Matt. 10:37-39, 12:47-50 return
13. John 15:12-13, Rom. 12:10, 17, 14:19, 15:1-3, Eph. 2:3-10 return
14. Psa. 26:5, 45:7, 97:10, 101:3-8, 119:104,128,163, 139:21-22, Prov. 1:29, 6:16-19, 8:13, Amos 5:15, Matt. 6:22-24, Rom. 12:9, Rev. 2:6, 15, 17:16 return
15. Zech. 4:6, Matt. 13:57, Mark 5:7, John 15:5, Rom. 8:1, 11, 31, I Cor. 1:25, 15:50 return
16. Prov. 25:21-22, Matt. 5:44-48, Luke 10:29-37, Acts 16:31, Rom. 12:20-21, Eph. 4:29, I Pet. 3:1-4, 5:2-4 return
17. John 14:15, 21, 23-24, 15:9-10, 17:26, 21:15-18, I John 5:3, II John 6, 9 return
18. Matt. 13:22, Mark 8:34-35, Luke 9:23-25, 14:26-27, John 3:6, 12:24-25, Rom. 6:6, 8:13, Gal. 5:19-21, 24, 6:8, Col. 3:5-10, Jas. 4:4, 7, I John 2:15-17, 5:2-3 return
19. Psa. 68:19, 103:1-5, 116:7-9, Mark 12:30, Luke 12:24, 27-32, John 7:37-38, 10:9-11, 14-15, 14:16-21, 15:9-11, 14, Acts 2:38-39, Rom. 5:5-11, 15-19, 6:22-23, Eph. 1:3-11, 2:4-8, Heb. 12:9-11, I John 3:1 return
20. Matt. 7:7-8, John 5:38-39, 14:23-24, 15:3-8, Rom. 10:17, Col. 3:16, II Tim. 2:15-17, 3:15-17, Heb. 11:6 return
21. Lev. 19:17-18, Matt. 4:1-11, 13:44-46, 16:24-26, 22:36-40, Luke 14:26-27, Rom. 8:1, 12-14, 35-39, 12:1, I Cor. 9:27, Phlp. 2:3-8, 3:7-8, Titus 2:12, Heb. 11:8-10, 13-16, 24-26, 35-38 return
22. Matt. 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36 return
23. Ezek. 3:18-21, Matt. 5:43-48, 10:7-8, 27-28, 28:19-20, Luke 6:27-36, 10:1-3, 9-16, John 15:9-14, 17-27, 21:15-18, Acts 26:16-18, Rom. 10:11-15, II Cor. 5:10-11, 14-15, 17-21, Jas. 5:19-20, I John 3:1, 10, 13-18, 22-24, 4:4-13, 16-17, 19-21, 5:1-4 return
24. Prov. 22:6, Isa. 52:7, John 3:16, 10:11, 15, 14:15, 21, 23, 15:1-17, 21:15-17, Acts 20:28, Rom. 10:14-15, 12:10, 12, I Cor. 12:1, 27-28, Gal. 6:10, Eph. 4:32, Heb. 6:10, 10:24-25, Jas. 5:16, I Pet. 2:1, 17, 3:8-9, I John 2:3, 5, 9-11, 3:16 return
25. Matt. 4:10, 16:24-26, 22:37-39, Luke 4:8, 14:26-27, 33, John 15:12-14, Rom. 12:9-10, I John 2:15-17, 3:13-14, 16, 4:7-12, 5:3, II John 6 return
26. I Sam. 12:24, Matt. 4:8-11, 10:37-38, 13:44-46, Mark 12:30, Luke 4:5-8, John 6:35, 47-48, 10:2-11, 14-15, 15:13-14, Rom. 12:1-2, Col. 3:15, 23, Heb. 11:5, I John 2:15-17, 5:1-4 return
27. Matt. 10:6-29, 32-42 return
28. Zech. 9:9, Matt. 11:29, Mark 1:9-13, 6:19-21, John 8:29, 10:17, 18:36, Jas. 2:5, I John 2:15-17 return
29. Psa. 94:9-11, Amos 9:2-4, Matt. 10:29-32, 12:35-37, Rom. 2:5-11, 16, Acts 5:17-29, 12:1-11, I Cor. 2:10, I Pet. 4:3-5, Rev. 2:10 return
30. Matt. 3:17, 26:39, John 4:34, 6:38-40, 8:28-29, 12:49-50, 15:19-23, 17:1-6, 12, 19, Heb. 2:16-18, 5:8-9, I Pet. 1:18-19, 2:6, 21, Rev. 1:5 return
31. Matt. 4:1-11, 10:37-39, 16:23-25, 18:3-4, 23:12, 26:39, John 4:34, 6:38, 17:1, 4, 6-11, 15-23, Rom. 6:2-14, 8:1, 10-11, I Cor. 11:1, Gal. 2:20, 5:24, 6:14, Phlp. 2:2-8, 3:10-11, Col. 2:10-15, 3:1-3, Heb. 5:8-9, I Pet. 2:21, 4:1-2 return
32. Matt. 4:1-4, 16:22-23, 18:7-9, 21:44, 27:40-42, Mark 8:31-33, 15:29-32, Luke 17:1-2, 20:17-18, John 9:4, 15:5, 18-20, Rom. 4:23-25, 5:14-18, 9:28, 33, 16:17-18, I Cor. Ch. 13, II Cor. 6:3, 11:7, Gal. 5:10-11, Phlp. 1:10, II Tim. 3:12, 4:2, I Pet. 2:6-9, 4:1-5, Rev. 2:10-11, 12:12, 20:4 return
33. Matt. 10:32, Mark 8:38, Luke 9:23-26, 21:33-36, II Tim. 1:8, 2:12, I Pet. 4:16, I John 2:28 return
34. Matt. 10:38, Luke 9:23-25, Rom. 6:3-6, 13:14, I Cor. 1:17-18, Phlp. 3:7-9, I Pet. 4:1 return
35. Matt. 10:38, Luke 14:26-27, 33 return
36. Matt. 10:22, 32, 37, 12:50, Luke 14:26-27, 33, John 8:31-32, 15:7-8, Rom. 12:2, Col. 1:22-23, Heb. 3:14, 6:11-12, 10:36, I John 5:5, Rev. 2:10 return
37. Psa. 33:4, 100:5, 117:2, Jer. 10:10, John 1:1-2, 14, 8:31-32, 14:6, 17:17, Rom. 3:4, I Thes. 2:13, Jas. 1:18 return
38. Matt. 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, 14:28, 18:22, Acts 4:34-35, Rom. 6:4, II Cor. 10:4-5, 12:10, Phlp. 4:12-13, I Thes. 5:22, II Tim. 3:12, I John 2:15, Rev. 2:10, 6:10 return
39. Matt. 13:44-46, 18:3-4, 19:27, 29, John 3:30, 12:24-26, 15:1-8, 11, Rom. 12:1-2, I Cor. 3:1-3, Eph. 4:11-24, Phlp. 3:7-11, I Pet. 5:6-7 return
40. Mark 16:20, I Cor. 12:4-14, Eph. 1:17-19, 3:6-9 return
41. Isa. 9:6-7, Matt. 16:16, John 6:69, 10:30, 14:6-11, Heb. 1:2-3, I John 5:6-7, 20 return
42. Isa. 47:10, Rom. 1:18-32, Prov. 26:11, II Pet. 2:19-22, Prov. 1:23-32, Eccl. 8:8, Isa. 30:22, 64:6, Dan. 4:37, Matt. 6:1-2, 5, 10:34-39, 15:14, 19:21, 21:28-32, Matt. 6:5-6, 7:21-27, 19:16-24, 22:1-13, Ch 23, 25:1-12, 31-46, Mark 7:5-9, 12:38-40, Luke 9:23, 18:1, 9-14, 21:36, John 3:3, 5-7, 5:39-40, 6:53, 63, 66, 7:19-20, 10:1, 27, 14:30, 15:4-5, Rom. 8:3-9, 11-13, 14:17, I Cor. 6:1-10, 8:1, 9:27, Ch. 13, II Cor. 3:5-6, Gal. 6:7-8, Eph. 3:16-19, Phlp. 1:18, 2:9-11, I Thes. 5:17, II Tim. 3:1-9, 13, Heb. 10:38, Jas. 1:21-25, 2:26, 4:17, I John 2:10, 14, 19, 23-24, 27-28, 3:24 return
43. Luke 9:23, John 1:12-13, Rom. 8:1, Phlp. 3:7-11, II Pet. 1:3-4, I John 4:4 return
44. Matt. 10:37-39, 16:24-26, Luke 14:26-27, 33, John 12:24-26, Rom. 8:5-9, 12-13, I Cor. 9:27, 15:31, Gal. 5:16-17, Eph. 4:22-24, 27, Phlp. 3:7-9, Col. 3:5-9, 25, II Tim. 2:4, Titus 2:12 return
45. Matt. 16:24, Rom. 6:2-14, Gal. 2:20, 5:24, 6:14, 16-17, Col. 2:10-15, 3:1-3, Heb. 13:8, I Pet. 4:1-2 return
46. Matt. 6:24, Luke 12:29-34, Rom. 8:6-8, 13-14, I Cor. 2:11-14, 9:27, 15:31, Gal. 2:20, Jas. 1:27, 4:4, II Pet. 2:20, I John 2:15-17 return
47. Matt. 6:24, Rom. 7:14-20, 8:5-13, 12:1-2, I Cor. 2:12-14, 3:3-7, 18-20, 15:44-48, 50, Gal. 6:8, Eph. 2:2-3, Jas. 4:4-5 return
48. Matt. 10:38-39, 13:44-46, Mark 10:21, Luke 9:23-25, 14:26-27, 18:28-30, John 12:25-26, Rom. 6:5-13, 8:13-14, Gal. 6:14 return
49. Gen. 3:15, II Chron. 7:14, Isa. 26:3, Rom. 6:6, 8:5-13, 31, 33, 37-39, 12:1-2, 16:20, I Cor. 1:18-20, 2:12-14, 16, 3:18-20, 9:27, 15:31, 44-48, 53-54, II Cor. 4:16, 10:4-6, Gal. 6:8, Eph. 4:22-25, Phlp. 2:5, Col. 2:11-15, 3:3-6, 9-10, II Tim. 1:7, Jas. 4:4, I Pet. 4:1-4, I John 3:8-9 return
50. Matt. 16:23, Mark 8:33 return
51. Gen. 3:1-19, Dan. 8:24-25, Matt. 13:18-30, 38-42, 24:4, 11, 24, John 8:44, 10:10, II Cor. 4:4, Eph. 6:11-18, II Thes. 2:3-4, 7-10, I Pet. 5:8, Rev. 12:3-4, 7-11, 20:2, 7-8 return
52. Rom. 6:13 return
53. Isa. 7:14-15, 9:6-7, Matt. 8:24-27, 9:2-8, 35, 12:18, 28, 14:14-33, 15:30-31, Mark 8:33, Luke 4:1, John 5:19, 26, 8:19, 28-29, 10:30, Acts 10:38, II Cor. 5:17-21 return
54. Jer. 11:10-11, Rom. 7:14-20, 8:1-2, 5-13, 31, 33, 37-39, I Cor. 2:12-14, 3:3, II Cor. 3:5-6, Gal. 6:8, I Thes. 2:18, Jas. 4:4 return
55. Matt. 5:46-48, 6:24, 7:19-23, 26-27, 15:7-9, 25:3, 41-46, Luke 6:46, 13:24-28, II Tim. 3:5, Titus 1:16, Jas. 2:14-26, I John 1:6, 2:4, 9, 4:20 return
56. Deut. 29:19-20, Prov. 14:12, 29:25, 30:12, Luke 12:16-21, 18:10-14, 18-24, Phlp. 3:18-19, II Thes. 2:8-12, Jas. 4:13-17, II Pet. 3:3-7, Rev. 3:17-19, 21:8 return
57. Matt. 10:38-39, Luke 9:23-26, 14:27, Rom. 6:6, I Cor. 1:17-18, Gal. 2:20, 5:24-25, 6:14 return
58. Matt. 7:21, 16:24, Mark 8:34-36, 10:21, Luke 9:23, Rom. 6:6-7, 8:12-14, 18, 12:1-2, 9-21, 13:11-14, II Cor. 5:15, 6:4-10, Gal. 5:24, 6:14, 16-18 return
59. Matt. 12:47-50, Mark 12:30, John 15:9-11, Acts 20:18-24, I Cor. 15:30-31, 57-58, I John 2:15-16, Rev. 12:10-11 return
60. John 1:12-13, Phlp. 3:7-11, II Pet. 1:3-4, I John 4:4 return
61. Psa. 34:18, Eccl. 11:1, Matt. 13:44-46, 19:29, John 3:30, Rom. 12:1-2, I Cor. 3:6-7, 13:11, Eph. 4:13-15, Heb. 5:12-14, I Pet. 5:7-9 return
62. Ex. 22:18, I Sam. 15:22-23, II Chron. 15:2, Prov. 19:16, John 5:14 return
63. Matt. 10:16-22, 24:8-13, Luke 9:23-27, 12:35-40, 43-46, John 8:31-32, 15:8-14, Acts 5:40-43, 14:19-26, Rom. 2:6-7, 8:35-39, I Cor. 15:30-31, II Cor. 4:1, 16-18, 11:23-33, 12:9-10, Col. 1:21-25, Heb. 3:12-14, 4:1, 9-11, 6:10-15, 10:32-39, 12:1-4, 13:1-3, Jas. 2:8-10, 12-18, I John 2:24-26, II John 6, 8-9, Rev. 22:11-12 return
64. Ex. 20:5, Deut. 4:23-24, Matt. 10:37-39, 16:24-26, Luke 14:26-27, 33, 18:28-30, Col. 2:18-19 return
65. Matt. 10:38-39, Rom. 6:3-6, 8:12-13, 13:13-14, Gal. 2:20, 5:24-26, Titus 2:12, I Pet. 4:1-2 return
66. Ex. 17:8-13 return
67. Isa. 26:3-4, Luke 9:23, 10:19, John 10:3-5, 27, 14:23, 15:7-11, 14, 16:33, Rom. 8:1-14, 31, 37, 15:13, I Cor. 15:10, 57-58, Gal. 5:24-25, Phlp. 4:13, Heb. 13:5 return
68. John 3:14 return
69. Ex. 4:1-5, 17, 20 return
70. Ex. 7:8-12 return
71. Gen. 3:1-15, Ex. 7:10-12, Isa. 27:1, II Cor. 11:3, Rev. 12:9, 20:1-3 return
72. Matt. 20:28, 26:28, Luke 24:46-47, Rom. 3:24-26, 5:6-11, 8:3, 32, 34, Gal. 1:4, 2:20, Eph. 2:13-18, Col. 1:20-23, 2:13-15, Titus 2:14, I John 2:2, Rev. 1:5 return
73. Matt. 20:18-19, Mark 8:31, 9:31, 16:19, Luke 24:50-51, John 14:15-21, 23, 15:7-8, Acts 1:9-11, Rom. 4:25, 14:9, II Cor. 5:21, Eph. 1:20-23, I Thes. 1:10, Heb. 2:16-17, 4:15, 5:8-9, I Pet. 2:21-25, I John 4:4, Rev. 1:8 return
74. Matt. 10:38-39, John 6:53, 10:10, 27-28, 12:25-26, Rom. 6:6-13, 8:12-13, I Cor. 1:18 return
75. Deut. 8:2-3, John 3:16, 12:24-26, I Cor. 9:26-27, Gal. 2:20, 5:16-17, 24, Phlp. 3:7-11, Col. 3:5-10, Rev. 12:11 return
76. I Cor. 10:13, Phlp. 4:13, Col. 3:23-25, I John 4:4 return
77. Luke 21:12-19, Rom. 8:12-14, 37, I Cor. 15:57-58, Col. 3:5-6, I Thes. 5:22-24, II Tim. 2:4-5, 4:7-8, 18 return
78. Rom. 3:24-26, 5:9, Gal. 2:20, 5:24-25, Eph. 2:13-16, Col. 1:20-23, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 5:9-10, 7:14, 12:11 return
79. Luke 9:23, 14:27, John 6:53-56, Rom. 6:6, 11, I Cor. 9:27, 15:30, Gal. 6:14 return
80. II Cor. 10:3-6, Gal. 5:16-17, 24, Eph. 6:10-17, II Tim. 4:3-4, Jas. 4:7, I Pet. 5:8-10 return
81. Matt. 10:22,16:24-26, Mark 10:21, Luke 9:23, Rom. 8:13-17, Col. 3:5-10 return
82. John 3:3-7 return
"Prayer" Footnotes: return to top
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return
12. John 14:6 return
13. Acts 4:12 return