Faithfulness to the Law is a condition of God’s aid

“Be strong and stand firm, for you are the man to give this people possession of the land that I swore to their fathers I should give to them. Only be strong and stand firm and be careful to keep all the Law which my servant Moses laid on you. Never swerve from this to right or left, and then you will be happy in all you do. Have the book of this Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may carefully keep everything that is written in it. Then you will prosper in your dealings, then you will have success. Have I not told you: Be strong and stand firm? Be fearless then, be confident, for go where you will, Yahweh your God is with you.”

 
Joshua 1:6-9

Faith guarantees salvation

So far then we have seen that, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith we are
judged righteous and at peace With God, since it is by faith and through
Jesus that we have entered this state of grace in which we can boast about
looking forward to God’s glory. But that is not all we can boast about; we can
boast about our sufferings. These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and
patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is
not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the
Holy Spirit which has been given us. We were still helpless when at his appointed
moment Christ died for sinful men. It is not easy to die even for a good man –
though of course for someone really worthy, a man might be prepared to die –
but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still
sinners. Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that he would now fail
to save us from God’s anger? When we were reconciled to God by the death of
his Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may
count on being saved by the life of his Son? Not merely because we have been
reconciled but because we are filled with joyful trust in God, through our Lord
Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation.

       
Romans 5:1-11

When You Believe

There can be miracles, when you believe…

Many nights we prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hope for a song
We barely understood

Now we are not afraid
Although we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains
Long before we knew we could, whoa, yes

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
Its hard to kill

Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe somehow you will
You will when you believe

In this time of fear
When prayer so often proves in vain

Hope seems like the summer bird
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I’m standing here
My hearts so full, I can’t explain

Seeking faith and speakin’ words
I never thought I’d say
There can be miracles
When you believe (When you believe)

Though hope is frail
Its hard to kill (Mmm)
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve)

When you believe somehow you will
You will when you believe

They don’t always happen when you ask
And its easy to give in to your fears
But when you’re blinded by your pain
Can’t see the way, get through the rain

A small but still, resilient voice
Says hope is very near, oh (Oh)
There can be miracles (Miracles)
When you believe (Boy, when you believe, yeah) (Though hope is frail)

Though hope is frail (Its hard)
Its hard to kill (Hard to kill, oh, yeah)
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve, oh)

When you believe somehow you will (Somehow, somehow, somehow)
Somehow you will (I know, I know, know)
You will when you believe

The Day of the Lord; the prophets and the apostles

As I Can See

My friends, this is my second letter to you, and in both of them I have tried
to awaken a true understanding in you by giving you a reminder: recalling to
you what was said in the past by the holy prophets and the commandments of the
Lord and savior which you were given by the apostles.
We must be careful to remember that during the last days there are bound
to be people who will be scornful, the kind who always please themselves in what
they do, and they will make fun of the promise and ask, “Well, where is this
coming? Everything goes on as it has since the Fathers died, as it has since it
began at the creation.” They are choosing to forget that there were heavens
at the beginning, and that the earth was formed by the word of God out of
water and between…

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The Day of the Lord; the prophets and the apostles

My friends, this is my second letter to you, and in both of them I have tried
to awaken a true understanding in you by giving you a reminder: recalling to
you what was said in the past by the holy prophets and the commandments of the
Lord and savior which you were given by the apostles.
We must be careful to remember that during the last days there are bound
to be people who will be scornful, the kind who always please themselves in what
they do, and they will make fun of the promise and ask, “Well, where is this
coming? Everything goes on as it has since the Fathers died, as it has since it
began at the creation.” They are choosing to forget that there were heavens
at the beginning, and that the earth was formed by the word of God out of
water and between the waters, so that the world of that time was destroyed by
being flooded by water. But by the same word, the present sky and earth are
destined for fire, and are only being reserved until Judgment day so that all
sinners may be destroyed.
But there is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the
Lord, “a day” can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day.
The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be
called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and
everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come
like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire
and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burned up.

2 Peter 3:1-10

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