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As we have learned from previous circumstances (Genesis 30:27), we must search the scriptures (Luke 24:45) for the divine principles to guide our footsteps (Psalm 17:5), and resist the enemy's attempt to flood our mind (Isaiah 59:19) with the leaven of matters not rightly belonging to us (Leviticus 10:10, Deuteronomy 23:14). The Spirit of God has to give discernment as to what scriptures apply in each difficulty which arises amongst His people (John 16:13-15, John 7:14-18, Hebrews 5:12-14).
The enemy would work to leaven our conscience with that which defiles (Hebrews 12:15), while the Lord will work to awaken our conscience (1 Timothy 1:19) as to His ways (Psalm 103:7) and purposes (Ecclesiastes 3:17) in these sorrows through which we must pass. We are not God's earthly people, and we have a heavenly calling (Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Peter 2:9-10), yet the moral ways of God are the same (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8) and we do well to meditate on His Word (1 Timothy 4:15) so that we are equipped (2 Timothy 3:17) to deal with the devices of the enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11). The following scriptures have been a help (Psalm 60:11) in my own soul to understand more of the ways of God with His people (Deuteronomy 10:12, Joshua 22:5) and the scriptural principles applicable in the assembly (1 Timothy 3:15, 4:16, Titus 1:9, 1 Corinthians 5:4).
(v.12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
(v.3) For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
(v.4) Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.
(v.6) For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
(v.7) Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
(v.8) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
(v.72) So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
(v.21) Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
(v.22) And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
(v.23) They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
(v.24) These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
(v.25) For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
(v.26) They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
(v.27) They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
(v.28) Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
(v.29) He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
(v.30) Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
(v.11) Who is like unto thee, O LORD... who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
(v.13) Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
(v.17) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD...
2 Corinthians 10
(v.3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(v.4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
(v.5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience of Christ;
(v.10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
(v.11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(v.12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(v.13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
(v.14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth...
(v.8) Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
(v.9) The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
(v.10) All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
(v.11) For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
(v.12) What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
(v.13) His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
(v.14) The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
2 Kings 22
(v.18) Thus saith the LORD God of Israel,
'As touching the words which thou hast heard;
(v.19) Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself
before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place,
and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse,
and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me;
I also have heard thee,' saith the LORD.
(v.2) I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
(v.3) And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
(v.4) And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
(v.5) And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
(v.6) Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.
(v.7) We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
(v.8) Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
(v.9) But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
(v.10) Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
(v.11) O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name:
(v.7) O LORD, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
(v.8) O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
(v.9) To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
(v.10) Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
(v.11) Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
(v.12) And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
(v.13) As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
(v.14) Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
(v.15) And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
(v.16) O LORD, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
(v.17) Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.
(v.18) O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
(v.19) O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
1 Chronicles 12
(v.32) And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding
of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred;
and all their brethren were at their commandment.
(v.38) All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron,
to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.
2 Chronicles 6
(v.24) And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray and make supplication before thee in this house;
(v.25) Then hear thou from the heavens, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest to them and to their fathers.
(v.26) When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them;
(v.27) Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast
taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land,
which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
(v.28) If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillars; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:
(v.29) Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house:
(v.30) Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
(v.31) That they may fear thee, to walk in thy ways, so long as they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.
(v.32) Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name's sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house;
(v.33) Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.
(v.34) If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name;
(v.35) Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.
2 Chronicles 30
(v.11) Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun
humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.
(v.12) Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them
one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes,
by the word of the LORD.
(v.37) I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
(v.38) And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
(v.39) And I will give them one heart, and one way,
that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
(v.40) And I will make an everlasting covenant with them,
that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
(v.41) Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and
I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.
(v.27) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
(v.28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
(v.29) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
(v.30) Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
(v.31) Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
(v.32) And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
(v.1) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
1 Timothy 6
(v.3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
(v.4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words,
whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
2 Corinthians 1
(v.12) For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
(v.13) For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;
2 Corinthians 11
(v.2) For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
(v.3) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2 Timothy 1
(v.12) I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
(v.13) Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
(v.14) That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
2 Timothy 2
(v.14) Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
(v.15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(v.16) But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
(v.17) And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
(v.18) Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
(v.19) Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, 'The Lord knoweth them that are his'. And, 'Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity'.
(v.20) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
(v.21) If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
(v.22) Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(v.23) But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
(v.24) And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
(v.25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
(v.26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
2 Timothy 3
(v.14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
(v.34) The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
(v.35) Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
(v.36) If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
(v.5) Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be
likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
(v.6) That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(v.1) If there be therefore any consolation in Christ,
if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
(v.2) Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded,
having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
1 Peter 3
(v.8) Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,
love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
(v.1) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy
of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
(v.2) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love;
(v.3) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
May we be given wisdom to apply His Word as those found in 1 Kings 3:9, Judges 20:16, 1 Chronicles 12:2, & Ezekiel 44:23