So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
KJV Romans 10:17
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And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.
Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;
As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;
Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.
Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.
And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.
And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.
Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.
And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.
All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God.
We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. He bids us,
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
This is the effectual preparation for all labor for God. Amidst the hurrying throng, and the strain of life’s intense activities, he who is thus refreshed will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace. He will receive a new endowment of both physical and mental strength. His life will breathe out a fragrance, and will reveal a divine power that will reach men’s hearts.
KJV Psalms 132 👑
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom:
but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed:
but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud:
but he will establish the border of the widow.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD:
but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house;
but he that hateth gifts shall live.
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:
but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
The LORD is far from the wicked:
but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul:
but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth:
but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Do they not err that devise evil?
but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
In all labour there is profit:
but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
The crown of the wise is their riches:
but the foolishness of fools is folly.
A true witness delivereth souls:
but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way:
but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing:
there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
The ransom of a man's life are his riches:
but the poor heareth not rebuke.
The light of the righteous rejoiceth:
but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Only by pride cometh contention:
but with the well advised is wisdom.
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished:
but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:
but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed:
but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
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