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Hope Anchored in Jesus!

April 22, 2020

Hebrews 6:16-20 NASB … For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
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No matter how big the storm
Hope anchored in Jesus both steadfast and sure
The anchor of your soul that will always hold!
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Prayer:
Lord Jesus, I know I don’t need to fear the storms of life when my hope is anchored in You!


Related:
ODB- Storms of Life 
ODB – Our Anchor

Quicken Me

April 20, 2020

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Job 33:4 AMPC … [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].
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The words from the Song in the previous post are still on my heart: Jesus breathe through me.
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So how does Jesus “breathe” through us?
The answer came from the scriptures and word study below.
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Jesus “breathes” His word(Psalm 119:107)! His words are spirit and life(John 6:63)!
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When the Holy Spirit breathes on the Word it’s like seed quickened to life, i.e. it germinates, springs up, grows.  This quickening, giving life – revives, restores, and/or refreshes, from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death. The work and power of the Spirit of Truth is revealed!
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Prayer:
Jesus breathe through me. Bring life as only You can. Life that reveals the work and power of the Spirit of Truth = a testimony of Jesus bringing glory to His name.

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Psalm 119:105,107 AMPC … Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. …
… I am sorely afflicted; renew and quicken me [give me life], O Lord, according to Your word!
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John 6:63 AMP … It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].

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Word Study
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From NetBible  Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

  • Spirit[07307] of God = wind/breath of heaven, Holy Spirit, inspires prophetic utterances, Shekinah glory manifest
  • breath[05397] of the Almighty = spirit of God, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421] = revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

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From NetBible Psalm 119:107
I am afflicted very much; Revive{quicken}[02421] me, O LORD, according to Your word.
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From NetBible John 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life{quickens}; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

  • Spirit[4151] = breath {of the wind}, HolySpirit, emphasizes work and power of the Spirit of Truth
    • [4154] = to breathe, to blow {of the wind}
  • gives life[2227] = quickens, makes alive, restore life, revitalize
    ** seeds quickened into life, i.e. germinating, springing up, growing

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Related:
Quicken Me{prayers}
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Jesus Breathe Through Me

April 18, 2020

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Job 33:4 AMPC … [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].
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A Song:
Jesus breathe through me
You’re the air I breathe
By Your breath I live
Jesus breathe through me
In You I live, move and have my being –Acts 17:28
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Jesus breathe through me
Let every breath
Let every breath breathe praise –Psalm 150:6
Let every breath
Let every breath glorify Your name! –Psalm 50:23
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Jesus breathe through me …
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Psalm 50:23 AMPC … He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.
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A Prayer:
2Thessalonians 1:11-12 … We pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Word Study
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From NetBible  Job 33:4
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

  • Spirit[07307] of God = wind/breath of heaven, Holy Spirit, inspires prophetic utterances, Shekinah glory manifest
  • breath[05397] of the Almighty = spirit of God, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421]revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

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From NetBible Psalm 50:23
He who sacrifices thank-offerings honors-glorifies Me; And to him who orders his way aright I will show the salvation-deliverance of God.

  • * Gratitude characterizes genuine worship.
  • * Psalm 50:14-15 Present to God a thank-offering! Repay your vows to the Most High-sovereign One! Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor-glorify Me.
    • * The Lord desires thankfulness for His blessings and acknowledgement of absolute dependence on Him

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Related:
Be Glorified{prayers}
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Stand Firm in the Storm!

April 1, 2020

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Psalm 27:13-14 AMP … I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.

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Isaiah 7:9 AMP … If you will not believe [and trust in God and His message], be assured that you will not be established.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Psalm 27:13
I would have despaired{lost heart} unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

  • believe[0539] = stand firm, trust, remain, endure

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From NetBible Isaiah 7:9
If you will not stand firm{believe}, you surely shall not last{endure}.
MSG … If you don’t take your stand in faith, you won’t have a leg to stand on.

  • believe[0539] = stand firm, trust, remain, endure
  • There is a wordplay in this verse: If you will not believe{stand firm}[0539] , Surely you shall not be established{you will not endure}[0539]* “Believe” (תַאֳמִינוּ, ta’aminu) is a Hiphil form of the verb אָמָן (’aman); “endure” (תֵאָמֵנוּ, te’amenu) is a Niphal form of this same verb.

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Related:
Stand Firm{prayer}
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Rest High Upon the Rock!

March 21, 2020

Psalm 61:1-2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 Hear my cry, O God; Listen to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].

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Overwhelmed?
Remember the Rock that is Higher –Psalm 61:2
The Rock of Refuge
To whom you may continually come. –Psalm 71:3
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Light in the darkness
That can not be overcome –John 1:5
Lead me to the Rock that is higher
A place of safety
I can always rest upon! –Psalm 91:1
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In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge{put my trust}; Be to me a Rock of Strength, a Strong Fortress where I can be safe! Help me to rest in the shadow of You – the Almighty; High upon the Rock! –Psalm 31:1-2;91:1

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Related: Higher Rock{prayer}
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Lavished Grace Upon Grace

February 27, 2020

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1 John 3:1-3 … Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed{lavished} on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
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From the song in the previous post the phrases “the riches of His grace” and the word “lavished” were impressed on my heart. This leads to Ephesians 1:7-8.
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Ephesians 1:7-8 … In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight …

  • From NetBible Eph 1:8
    lavish[4052] = to have in abundance, abounding
    **”Abounding” is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
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  • From NetBible Jn 1:16
    From His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
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    =>grace “on top of” grace, = accumulation
    => probably based on this verse: Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You{reveal, teach} and that I may find grace in Your sight{eyes} Ex 33:13

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The riches of His grace, grace upon grace is an ongoing process lavished on us in abundance! This causes us to mature and grow more and more like Him; much like the process of a bud growing to a full blooming flower as it receives sunlight!

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The following prayer takes on deeper meaning!!
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Philippians 1:9-11 … And this I pray, that your love may abound[4052] still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

  • From NetBible Phil 1:9
    abound[4052] = to have in abundance, abounding, lavish
    **”Abounding” is used of a flower going from a bud to full bloom.
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  • From NetBible Phil 1:10
    sincere[1506] = found pure when unfolded and examined by the sun’s light, tested as genuine, unspotted
    *from heile (the sun’s ray) and 2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively):-pure, sincere.
  • What a beautiful picture of a sincere pure heart! The heart of one with a “sincere” devotion to the Lord will be found pure when examined and judged by the Son, the light of the world. It will be a heart that has willingly submitted to Lord’s searching and cleansing of the “Son/sun”. A heart the will grow; much like a bud growing to a full blooming flower in the sunlight!

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Refresh With Apples of Gold

January 11, 2020

Proverbs 25:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken at the right time.

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Psalm 119:50 Amplified Bible (AMP)
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me and given me life.

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A Prayer:
Jesus – refresh my soul –Song 2:5
With apples of Gold –Proverbs 25:11
Breathe sweet fragrance of life –Job 33:4
Bring Your joy and light –Psalms 97:11
In the place of praise
The place of Your feet –Isaiah 60:13
An incense so sweet
Golden oil of joy –Psalms 119:103,19:10,119:130,119:50
Refresh my soul
With apples of Gold!
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Job 33:4 AMPC … [It is] the Spirit of God that made me [which has stirred me up], and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life [which inspires me].

From NetBible  Job 33:4

  • spirit[07307] = breath, wind, to inspire prophetically
    *From [07306] = to smell, scent, perceive odor
  • breath[05397] = spirit, divine inspiration
  • gives life [02421] = revives, quickens, restores, refreshes
    • from sickness, discouragement, faintness, death

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Psalms 23:3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness; For His name’s sake.

From NetBible Ps 23:3

  • restores[07725] = to bring back, to restore, refresh, repair
  • soul[05315] = life, person, mind, living being
    *from [05314] = to take breath, refresh oneself

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The More You Know Him

January 8, 2020

Psalm 9:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
10 And they who know Your name [who have experience and acquaintance with Your mercy] will lean on and confidently put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek (inquire of and for) You [on the authority of God’s Word and the right of their necessity].

From NetBible Ps 9:10
Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.

  • Those who know[03045]= perceive, understand, recognize – ‘see’, declare
  • name[08034]= reputation, fame, glory, character
  • forsake[05800]= depart from, leave behind, abandon, neglect
  • seek[01875] = to seek with care in prayer & worship, to diligently inquire/follow
  • *in v8 “To know” the Lord’s “name” means to be his follower, recognizing his authority and maintaining loyalty to him.
  • Ps 91:14
    Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
    ** “knowing” the Lord’s “name” is associated with loving him.

Diligently seek to know the Lord Jesus Christ
At His feet in worship and prayer
With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your strength –Deut 4:29;Jere 29:13;Deut 6:5
In Spirit and Truth –John 4:23-24
Listen to and obey His words –John 14:23
Know His “name” –Exodus 34:5-7
The more you know Him
The more you will trust Him –Psalms 9:10
The more you will experience His mercy
– His lovingkindness –Psalms 63:3
The more you will know the love of Christ
– which surpasses knowledge –Ephesians 3:19
And His overflowing joy! –John 15:10-11
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John 15:10-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.
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Prayer:
Ephesians 3:19-21
New Living Translation (NLT)
19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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Christ’s Strength and Power Pitches a Tent!

December 17, 2019

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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
10 So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).

From NetBible 2Cor 12:9
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

  • rest/dwell[1981] = to fix a tent or habitation on
    – to take possession of and live in the houses of the citizens
    – of the power of Christ descending upon one, working within him and giving him help
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    From [4637] = to fix one’s tabernacle, have one’s tabernacle, abide (or live) in – to dwell: to tent or encamp, i.e. (figuratively) to occupy (as a mansion) or (specially), to reside (as God did in the Tabernacle of old, a symbol of protection and communion)

=>The strength and power of Christ pitches a tent over and rests/dwells upon the one who is utterly dependent upon Him!
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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord
Bow down in His presence
Admit your dependence on Him –James 4:10
Seek His face/presence as your “One Thing” –Psalms 27:4
=>He will lift you up in due time –1Peter 5:6
=>Set you high upon a rock
=>Covered/hidden in the secret place of His tent –Psalms 27:5
=>Where Christ’s strength and power dwell. –2Cor 12:9
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Now offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle
In the shadow of His wings –Psalms 27:6,63:7
Let your heart say “Your face, LORD, I will seek!” –Psalms 27:8

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Psalm 26:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

From NetBible Ps 26:8

  • habitation[04583] = dwelling, lair, refuge
    -an abode, of God (the Tabernacle or the Temple)
  • dwells[04908] = tabernacle, residence, tent

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From NetBible Ex 15:2
The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him{prepare Him a habitation}; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.

  • prepare Him a habitation[05115]
    – to celebrate with praise, to beautify, adorn
    – dwell, abide, rest(as at home)

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Prayer:
O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house
And the place where Your glory dwells. …
… Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge{trust} in the shelter of Your wings. Selah. …
… For You[Lord] have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy!

Psalms 26:8,61:4,63:7 AMP

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Hope = A Work of Faith & Labor of Love

November 8, 2019

1Thessalonians 1:2-3We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. 3 We continually remember before{in the sight of} our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance/perseverance/patience and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
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1Corinthians 13:13There are three things that will endure{abide[3306]}––faith, hope, and love––and the greatest of these is love.
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What do you do when the “odds” seem stacked against you? When you are tempted to give up hope in the face of a seemingly impossible situation?

  • Come in prayer before the sight of our God and Father
  • Ask the Lord to encourage you through the Holy Spirit and Scripture
  • Remember the three things that endure
    • Faith, Love and Hope in our Lord Jesus Christ
      =>He is able to do what no other can, no matter how impossible it looks!

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=> Enduring patient Hope is a work of Faith and labor of Love in the Lord Jesus Christ!
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Nothing is ever too hard or impossible WITH God. –Matthew 17:20
The power of His love makes all things possible!
He is able to do far more than all we can ask
Or imagine! –Ephesians 3:14-21
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Surrender all to the Lord – He cares for you. –1Peter 5:7
Trust Him!

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1Peter 5:5-7 NET … God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
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Prayer:
Ephesians 3:19-21
New Living Translation (NLT)
19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

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Romans 15:5-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. 6 Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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