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overcoming earthly desires through faith and obedience in gods holy word

Overcoming earthly desires through faith and obedience in God's Holy Word – Freedom my friends. (-:

John 16:1-33

1“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.
2They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time
is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are
offering a service to God. 3They will do such things because
they have not known the Father or me. 4I have told you this,
so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned
you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning
because I was with you, 5but now I am going to him who sent me.
None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6Rather, you are
filled with grief because I have said these things. 7But very
truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away.
Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if
I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will prove
the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and
judgment: 9about sin, because people do not believe in me;
10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father,
where you can see me no longer; 11and about judgment,
because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.
13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you
into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak
only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
14He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive
what he will make known to you. 15All that belongs to the Father
is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what
he will make known to you.”

The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

16Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more,
and then after a little while you will see me.”

17At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does
he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and
then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going
to the Father’?” 18They kept asking, “What does he mean by
‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”

19Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said
to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said,
‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a
little while you will see me’? 20Very truly I tell you, you
will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve,
but your grief will turn to joy. 21A woman giving birth to a
child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby
is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child
is born into the world. 22So with you: Now is your time of grief,
but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will
take away your joy. 23In that day you will no longer ask me
anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever
you ask in my name. 24Until now you have not asked for anything
in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

25“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when
I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly
about my Father. 26In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying
that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27No, the Father himself
loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
28I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world
and going back to the Father.”

29Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without
figures of speech. 30Now we can see that you know all things and that
you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe
that you came from God.”

31“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32“A time is coming and in fact has
come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all
alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this
world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Romans 13:11-14

The Day Is Near

11And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for
you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than
when we first believed. 12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness,
not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think
about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

2 Timothy 3:10-17

A Final Charge to Timothy

10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith,
patience, love, endurance, 11persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things
happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured.
Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12In fact, everyone who wants to
live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evildoers and
impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as
for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of,
because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you
have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful
for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that
the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Psalms 40:1-5

1I waited patiently for the Lord;

he turned to me and heard my cry.

2He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place to stand.

3He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the Lord

and put their trust in him.

4Blessed is the one

who trusts in the Lord,

who does not look to the proud,

to those who turn aside to false gods.b

5Many, Lord my God,

are the wonders you have done,

the things you planned for us.

None can compare with you;

were I to speak and tell of your deeds,

they would be too many to declare.


1 John 5:1-21

Faith in the Incarnate Son of God

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and
everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2This is how
we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying
out his commands. 3In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.
And his commands are not burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes
the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus
is the Son of God.

6This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come
by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies,
because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify:
8theSpirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
9We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is
the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10Whoever believes
in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has
made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God
has given about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal
life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does
not have the Son of God does not have life.

Concluding Affirmations

13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God
so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14This is the confidence
we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will,
he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that
we have what we asked of him.

16If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death,
you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does
not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that
you should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that
does not lead to death.

18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was
born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19We know
that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control
of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given
us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who
is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

21Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

Psalms 32:1-11

1Blessed is the one

whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

2Blessed is the one

whose sin the Lord does not count against them

and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3When I kept silent,

my bones wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

4For day and night

your hand was heavy on me;

my strength was sapped

as in the heat of summer.b

5Then I acknowledged my sin to you

and did not cover up my iniquity.

I said, “I will confess

my transgressions to the Lord.”

And you forgave

the guilt of my sin.

6Therefore let all the faithful pray to you

while you may be found;

surely the rising of the mighty waters

will not reach them.

7You are my hiding place;

you will protect me from trouble

and surround me with songs of deliverance.

8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

9Do not be like the horse or the mule,

which have no understanding

but must be controlled by bit and bridle

or they will not come to you.

10Many are the woes of the wicked,

but the Lord’s unfailing love

surrounds the one who trusts in him.

11Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;

sing, all you who are upright in heart!


2 Corinithans 4:8-9

Romans 12:1-21

A Living Sacrifice

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this
is your true and proper worship. 2Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of
yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with
sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to
each of you. 4For just as each of us has one body with many members,
and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we,
though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with yourfaith;
7if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;
8if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving,
then give generously; if it is to lead,b do it diligently;
if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with
the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those
who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.

17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes
of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace
with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath,
for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”
says the Lord. 20On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”e

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

John 8:30-32

30Even as he spoke, many believed in him.

Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are

31To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching,
you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will
set you free.”

Isaiah 40:28-31

28Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom.

29He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

30Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall;

31but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

Deuteronomy 20:3-4

3He shall say: “Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your
enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by
them. 4For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you
against your enemies to give you victory.”

Revelations 2:26

26To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give
authority over the nations— 27that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter
and will dash them to pieces like pottery’ —just as I have received authority
from my Father. 28I will also give that one the morning star.
29Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Isiah 50:7

7Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,

I will not be disgraced.

Therefore have I set my face like flint,

and I know I will not be put to shame.