The Bible is God’s Word for us, and we can trust it. The God of the Bible authored life as we know it. He formed the stars and He formed you and He formed me. Because God is the author of life, He says a lot about it in the book He authored, the Bible.
Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’
then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death. Whoever takes an animal’s life shall make it good, life for life.
Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the Lord!
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
Hear, my son, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover good.
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.
Say not, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
‘I the Lord search the heart
and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.’
For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: ‘Seek me and live.’
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.’
But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 8:6
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
1 Corinthians 10:21
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
2 Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
1 Timothy 4:8
For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
2 Timothy 3:12
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
1 Peter 1:15-16
But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’
1 Peter 2:16
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
1 Peter 3:10-11
For ‘Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.’
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.
1 John 4:9
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
1 John 5:12
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
by Kevin Zuber
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