For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. (NIV)

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Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us  (WEB)

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (NIV)

  • The ESV uses the terms restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. (NIV)

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Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. (NIV)

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Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that. (NIV)

  • In this passage, Jesus confronts the misuse of traditions by bending them to suit present-day desires. When we want our way, it’s amazing how we can twist even the word of God.

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Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (NIV)

  • While Christ reigns, angels minister. Sit peacefully, and allow them to minister to you today.

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Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. (ESV)

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.esv.org

The Lord grants success to the one whose behavior he finds commendable. Even if he trips, he will not fall headlong, for the Lord holds his hand. (NET)

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Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. (ESV)

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.esv.org

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