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thyself. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longşuffering, gentleness, goodness—–Against such there is no law ;" Gal. v. 6. 13, 14. 22.
God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love;". Heb. vi. 10.
“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth : and hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him ;" 1 John iii. 14. 18, 19.
“Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God
-God is love, and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us;" 1 John iv. 7. 16. 12.
“God loveth a cheerful giver. He that soweth bountifully, shall reap bountifully—-;" 2 Cor. ix. 7.6.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy;" Matt. v. 7.
“ He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward ; and he that receiveth a righteous man, in the name of a righteous man, shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones, a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward;" Matt. x. 41, 42.
“Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdomVerily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me—–The righteous shall go into life eternal ;” Matt. xxv. 34. 40. 46.
“ But to do good, and to communicate, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased ;" Heb. xiii. 16.
“I desire fruit that may abound to your account;" Phil. iv, 17.
“As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever;" 2 Cor. ix. 9.
18. Promises to the poor and needy Christian.
“ If God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Your heavenly Fa
ther knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you ;” Matt. vi. 30. 32, 33.
Let your conversations be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never fail thee nor forsake thee;" Heb. xiii. 5.
“ Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom ?" James ii. 5.
They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing ;" Psal. xxxiv. 10.
“ The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;" Psal. xxiii. 1.
" My God shall supply all your need ;" Psal. iv. 19.
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound ; every where, and in all things I am instructed, both to be full, and to be hungry; both to abound, and to suffer need ;" Phil. iv. 11-13.
“ The needy shall not always be forgotten : the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever;" Psal. ix. 18.
19. Promises to the oppressed and wronged Christian.
“For the oppression of the poor, and for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord : I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him--Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever;" Psal. xii. 5–7.
"All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him; yea the poor and needy from him that spoileth him ;" Psal. xxxv. 10.
But I am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinketh on me; thou art my helper and deliverer ;" Psal. xl. 17.
He shall judge thy people with righteousness; and thy poor with judgment.--He shall judge the poor of the people; he shall save the children of the needy; and shall break in pieces the oppressor. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy: he shall redeem their souls from deceit and violence; and precious shall their blood be in his sight;" Psal. lxxii. 2. 4. 12.-14.
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill ;" Psal: cxiii. 7. See Isa. xxv. 3-5. xiv. 30. Zech. ix. 8. Isa. li. 13.
“ If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter : for he that is higher than the highest, regardeth; and there be higher than they ;" Eccles. v. 8.
20. Promises to the persecuted who suffer for righte
“ Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake; for their’s is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad ; for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you ;' Matt. v. 10-12.
“Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul-Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father : but the very hairs of your head are all numbered : fear you not therefore ; ye are of more value than
many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. He that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it;" Matt. x. 28–32. 39.
“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for
my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life;" Matt. xix. 29.
"Your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer : seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble lyou; and to you who are troubled, rest with us—when Christ shall come to be glorified in his saints, and admired in all them that believe--;" 2 Thess. i. 4-6.
“ Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Acts ix. 4. Read Rom. viii. 28. to the end. Rev. ii. iii. Heb. xi. xii.
“ There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer
you to be tempted above that ye are able ; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it;" 1 Cor. x. 13.
“I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound : I endure all things for the elect's sake--It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him : if we suffer, we shall also reign with him;" 2 Tim. ii. 9—12.
If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us ;" Rom. viii. 17, 18.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;" 2 Cor. iv. 17.
“ But if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;" 1 Pet. iii. 14, 15. Read 1 Pet. iv. 12–16. 18, 19. Rom. v. 1-4.
“The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eter-, nal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you—;" 1 Pet.
21. Promises to the faithful in dangers, daily and ordinary, or extraordinary.
“The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him; and delivereth them. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones, not one of them is broken. The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants; and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate ;" Psal. xxxiv. 7. 17. 19, 20. 22.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, and my fortress; my God, in him will I trust-Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night-For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone;" Psal. xci. 1–3.5. 11, 12. Read the whole.
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· My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; he that keepeth thee will not slumber—The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand: the Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, from this time forth, and even for evermore;" Psal. cxxi. 2-8.
“The Lord preserveth all them that love him--;" Psal. cxlv. 20.
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with theem;" Isa. xliii. 2. Psal. xxxi. 23. xcvii. 10. : cxvi. 6. Prov. ii. 8.
"Casting all your care upon him ; for he careth for you ;" 1 Pet. v. 7.
22. Promises for help against temptations, to believers.
“ The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations-;" 2 Pet. ii. 9. 1 Cor. x. 13. before cited.
Compare Matt. iv. Where Christ was tempted even to worship’ the devil, &c. with Heb. iv. 15. ii. 18. have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin-Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful high priest, in things God-ward for us-For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (that is, by sufferings for Christ). Blessed is the man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life;" James i. 2. 12.
My grace is sufficient for thee: my strength is made perfect in weakness ;" 2 Cor. xii. 9.
" I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me;" Phil. iv. 13.
Whom resist, stedfast in the faith ;" 1 Pet. v. 9, 10. “ Resist the devil, and he will flee from you ;" James iv. 7. Eph. vi. 10, 11, &c.
“ For sin all not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace;" Rom. vi. 14.
“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world ;" John xvi. 33.