This is how Jesus the Messiah was born (Matthew 1:18; NLT).
Birth to bliss, and bliss to birth: Christ, Messiah, here on earth.
Bliss to birth, and birth to bliss:
Now, receiving Mary’s kiss.
Light to dark, and dark to light:
Christ, transfigured, shining bright.
Dark to light, and light to dark:
Now, in anguish, broken heart.
Sweat to blood, and blood to sweat:
Jesus, weeping, facing death.
Blood to sweat, and sweat to blood:
Crucified, his pain is love.
Death to life, and life to death: Jesus takes his final breath.
Life to death, and death to life:
He comes again, to end all strife.
Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28; NLT).
Christ died and rose again for this very purpose – to be Lord both of the living and of the dead (Romans 14:9; NLT).
The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NLT).
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:3-4; NLT).
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion
(Ephesians 6:18; NLT).
1. Don’t force your prayers –
Just be yourself,
And let the Spirit speak.
God loves honesty,
And doesn’t want technique.
2. Pour out your heart
To God within –
Use many words, or few.
He loves honesty,
So only say what’s true.
3. God knows what’s in
Your mind and heart;
He knows what’s in your soul.
He listens, cares,
And weeps upon your wounds
To make you whole.
He bruises, but he binds up; he wounds, but his hands make whole
(Job 5:18; NKJV).
1. The Spirit, too, comes to help us in our weakness. For we don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit expresses our plea with groanings too deep for words. And God, who knows everything in our hearts, knows perfectly well what the Spirit is saying, because her intercessions for God’s holy people are made according to the mind of God (Romans 8:26-7; TIB).
You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).
2. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).
You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).
Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).
Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).
When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that their gods will hear them because their prayers are long. Do not be like them. Your Father already knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:7-8; GNT).
Let your words be few (Ecclesiastes 5:2; NLT).
Be silent before the Lord (Zechariah 2:13; NLT).
3. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).
People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).
If you say, “Look here, we didn’t know about this,” doesn’t God, who examines motives, discern it? Doesn’t the one who guards your soul know about it? (Proverbs 24:12; ISV).
This is the confidence that we have in him: if we ask for anything according to his will, he listens to us (1 John 5:14; ISV).
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).
In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).
1. The more like Jesus we become,
The less we need to say
For, as our minds grow more like his,
We share our thoughts all day.
2. The more like Jesus we become, The less we need to fear,
For, as our hearts grow more like his,
We share each dread and tear.
3. The more like Jesus we become,
The less we need to ask
For, as our souls grow more like his,
We share his sacred task.
4. The more like Jesus we become,
The less we need to cling
For here, on earth, and after death,
We’re wholly one with him.
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13; NLT).
You …are complete through your union with Christ
(Colossians 2:10; NLT).
1. We are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).
When you pray, don’t babble on …for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him (Matthew 6:7-8; NLT).
Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).
We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).
We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).
2. Do not be afraid, for I am with you (Genesis 26:24; NLT).
Even when I walk through the darkest valley,I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).
He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).
In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).
3. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:9; NLT).
I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24; NIV).
All of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him (2 Corinthians 5:18; NLT).
My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life (John 10:10; NLT).
4. Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord (Romans 14:8; NIV).
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it (Matthew 10:39; NLT).
Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).
I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me (John 17:23; NLT).
The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it
(Psalm 34:14; NIV).
I pray for peace in every mind,
In every heart, Lord,
May every life be filled with peace –
Make us whole.
I pray that peace will reign on earth.
Lord, hear me:
Bring an end to war!
May every nation live in peace –
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more (Isaiah 2:4; NIV).
God is not a God of disorder but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33; NLT).
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will bless them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore (Ezekiel 37:26; RSV).
A child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:6-7; NIV).
God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:19-20; NIV).
This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel, that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36; NLT).
I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there. No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. All your people will be righteous. They will possess their land forever (Isaiah 60:18-21; NLT).