Friday, June 28, 2019

If it’s true, respectful, uplifting, kind, helpful and far from confusing why not just say it anyways.. even though big-tech-social peeps keep taking it down and put you on probation again. Happens to me. Don't care.

Like happened with this simple post earlier.  

 Ain’t gunna mess with what He did – it’s good. Why should I? He decided, who am I to question it? He knows better. Yeah, I’m good with it -- really ain't as complicated as people make it. Glad that God made men infinitely superior.. in being men. For a good purpose. 

Yeah, I feel totally content. Not ashamed 'bout that -- never will be. 
"Nos acostamos distantes: entre sueños me ha abrazado", Frutos Soriano #citas
Glad that God made women infinitely superior.. in being women. For a good purpose. Glad He made both.. to worship and glorify Him. I enjoy both the vertical and the horizontal.. the simple love relationship!
Some people complicate what’s good and simple. Yo, when it’s good it’s a foretaste of heaven. For real! It really is.
Think about it. God made a whole lot of things and creatures good.. and we don’t mess with them cuz we know in our knower they are good that way. 
Said it was good -- I'm good with that. When it's made right, why tweak it into much confused, complicated and not right? The Bible says...
"And to every beast of the earth and every bird of the air and every creature that crawls upon the earth—everything that has the breath of life in it—I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God looked upon all that He had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning— the sixth day." Genesis 1:30-31 (In Christ celebrate what's good -- define what is good cuz some forgot. My wife enjoys doing weddings -- those'll happen until the end of time. Some have asked me to do their wedding, and I've done em in many different locations with her. Even in a church like we did ours).
"Let the Message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other.." Col 3:16 Instagram KurtwVs
In a broken world where much has been broken by man.. there can be regeneration and restoration. There's hope for you. Hey, we've all blown it and sinned in some way (you know that, God's words says so), and none of that gets into heaven. But each can be forgiven -- one day God wants you there with Him. Sure, beats the alternative.. H E double hockey sticks. Want what's really good? Come to Christ today.. just as you are. He is the groom -- turn and trust Him. Nothing beats that. Zero does. Sure, now is best. He can simply empower you to walk as a Christian.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

So many people feel the need for "Family" today. Too many are still too lonely and staying alone.

Do you dislike hypocrites, or just hypocrisy? I say show love to the former, and reject the later. There’s room in God's church for one more. Not all are -- I meet real believers all the time, who walk the talk. Q. Have ya ever blown it.. ever? So many today need to turn from Hypocrisy..and I say especially church people! God can't stand it. Duh.
God will forgive you. Ask. Got a healthy church to grow healthy in with healthy-minded-friends -- have ya really sought for one? Why not?

Seek and you shall find. Good idea! Go for Him. Bail on a sick church that won't change, look until you find a healthy one

Have you suffered some loss? Sorry 'bout that. You can regain or recover. Seek what's so in Jesus. Seek for Him in prayerfully reading the Bible, in community with growing on-fire believers (bad company corrupts good morals), in praying some more -- getting honest looking to God to meet all your needs. Not just some of them. From the JOY of this close relationship, go tell cuz your buds need this JOY as well! Hey saved-sinner, just limit your time with sinners. Are they open to the truth or closed to it? 

Too much time spent with closed-minded, carnal, worldly, and lost people.. can pull anyone down. Who are your closest friends today? Is Jesus Christ? 

You can be revived, you can regain or recover in the Lord who loves you. All real healing is His. You in Him can be a world-changer!  

People do feel the need for Family today, for healing, for restoration today. Too many feel way too lonely, down, and are staying alone and down. Some need a decent doctor too. I want the best for you, and God really does!   

Believer, it is so easy for any of us to get off, get distracted, and drift away from our relationship with the Lord. Don't allow that. It's easy to stand on the sidelines of life, do zip, and become critical of healthy Christian churches and those who soundly serve there. 
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:33-34 


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There are healthy leaders and churches still. Find one -- we all need fellowship with what's so (the Word of God). It so is easy for us to say they are not doing this right or that right. Too many hypocrites in the church. But it is another thing when we are in the arena of life fighting the good fight of faith, when we realize that we’re part of the church. You must be born again.. cuz Jesus said you must be born again. Turn and trust. You can do this! Follow the Lord today. Facebook.com/shareJesus

I G N E R T ...why be that way?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What has grace done?

Appropriated in faith by us.. what has grace done? This...

It made salvation free. It made me free -- totally alive inside. It made me into a brand new person. Jesus did that. Praise the Lord! Want to say that 1000+ times!

Grace set aside all human effort and human merit. Every motive of man has has been tainted. All human goodness and good works has been set it on a shelf and then marked as unusable by God. It's true, grace sets aside all human merit and clearly marks it as completely usable to God. How sinful is an unforgiven sinner? What? He can ever work it off in Purgatory? Nope. There's no purgatory.  

Listen, there is no common ground between human goodness and divine holiness. 

But Kurt, good people might be a bit closer to God? Okay you say... but let me ask.. which skyscraper in the Big Apple or in Chicago is closer to the constellation Orion? How much closer?  

Man, I was raised in a traditional religious church that told me.. "Do better, be better", but it never gave me any power to do so, or be so. I tried hard to get closer to God praying form prayers on beads. Didn't work. I heard about a real place called Hell, and about Heaven too. No karma, or reincarnation -- it ain't happening.  

I needed to simply repent, to U-turn, to confess my wrong-doin's, to be forgiven and twice-born. 

Sure, after "the fall in the garden"..it happened. The fall did. Adam gave into temptation and sinned. Probably wanted to please his sinner wife, Eve. Yeah, she fell too. 

Now people of every Land need grace... grace to be born all over again spiritually -- we weren't worn right the first time. You must be born again.. cuz Christ said you must be born again. Can't earn it. What I'm talking about happens by grace, it is no longer on a basis of works cuz who can work enough? None can. 
They said he was a monster. Sure acted like one. And John Wayne Gacy who died unrepentant. Many were shocked saying he looked so normal. He wasn't a monster from outter space as the Media tried so hard to make him out to be. He was a sinner.. one of us. Do none of what he did please. Ever! 

Remember when one of the prisoners from those Nazi concentration camps walked into the Nuremberg trials in front of a mass-murderer guard. He fainted. They asked him was that cuz of that monster. Nope. The murderer didn't look like a monster.. "he looked so ordinary." He didn't look like the monster he acted like. Fact: God can save a person like that guard, or like John Wayne Gacy just as easy as He can save a churchgoer.

Amazing Grace how Sweet the sound! Better than all sweetness! 

What is it? Grace is a free gift from God.
"And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work." Romans 11:6

Most Christians know the hymn “Amazing Grace” – even non-believers know it. Yet so few of us truly understand why grace is so amazing. We believers have the grace-cure to eternal death and separation from the one God of love! 

"Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now am found T'was blind but now I see T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear And Grace, my fears relieved How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed Through many dangers, toils and snares We have already come. T'was grace that brought us safe thus far And grace will lead us home.."

Are we all alive spiritually? Many are still dead ..spiritually dead.. and therefore unaware of how needy we really are. 

We are not the grateful dead, but we (people) are the walking dead if haven't been regenerated inside. If we have no personal relationship with Christ. Yes, apart from Christ we by nature are children of wrath. Wow. Sounds so harsh, but it's true and we each need to address this. The Bible says...

"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.." Ephesians 2:1-6 

What we now (after the first garden fall) do naturally, is what we do so easily.. is sin. And sin is fun for a season too..yet there are horrific consequences. The Bible says this. Grace is amazing because it is still 100% free -- it's a gift from a kind God waiting to show you His kindnesses. Yes, though we’re all unworthy of His grace, God still hands it out to people freely... to those who turn and trust.. who believe on His Son, Jesus.

God’s grace is more than sufficient to save not only a so called “good” (moral) person, but the most wicked and vilest of sinners too. God can save any of us. Now that’s amazing! Just ask God to forgive you and make you a new person. 
In the Bible you can find that God purchased only one thing and it was us.. we can't add-in paying that back at all. We contribute nothing to this. 

You know in my life personally, I've experienced a whole lot of undeserved grace and sometimes in the area of His leading me. Have I ever missed His leading me? Yes, I've been a slow learner, but God is patient and very merciful. Have I ever suffered and experienced trials or testings. Yes. The enemy opposes us -- Mr. LuCifer hates the work of God in people's lives. 

"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." 1 Peter 5:10

The God of all grace has a wonderful name -- Jesus. What a privilege it is to daily walk with Him and to proclaim the Message of His great grace.. to go "share His Gospel both at home and abroad, to teach guilty sinners the great love of God. How He planned it in heaven, to send from above His bosom Companion, the Son of His love, To live among sinners, to die on the tree, To receive Divine judgment for you and for me. What love and what mercy! What infinite grace! Christ Jesus was willing to die in our place. Then God sent the Spirit to convict us of sin, To make us new creatures and abide then within. Grace excludes boasting, religion or deeds; Provides for the sinner all that he needs. In Christ we're accepted, complete in God's Son; Saved without doing, by the work He has done. Not by man's wisdom, endeavor or plan; How utterly futile the best work of man! Because Christ was sinless God can be just And justify freely all who will trust. And all who trust Jesus of glory are sure, Preserved by God's power, forever secure. For Christ, in God's presence, appears for His own And makes intercession as He sits on God's throne. And sealed by the Spirit who abides all the way, The believer is waiting for that glorious day; When the blessed Lord Jesus shall in glory appear; The day of redemption! We wonder how near! Then all that is mortal no longer shall be, In glorified bodies our Lord we shall see. And if we are faithful, with Him we shall reign, For our labours in Jesus shall not be in vain. With such grace abounding, such power Divine! Why do we falter, doubt or repine? And why do lost sinners remain in their state Condemned now already and hereafter such fate?" 

He came here, He lived sinless, He died, He rose from the dead ..so that you could experience His compassionate grace! Jesus is the living word and is SO there for you.

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Thank you Lord for your grace! Your "wonderful, marvelous, infinite grace, abounding more than sin; When Christ at Calvary took our place, He was man; but God within. The worldly rulers never knew God's mystery revealed, The Lord of glory there they slew, Him whom God had sealed. Rich was He in heaven above, in the form of God up there; Bosomed in His Father's love, He saw us in despair, Ruined, hopeless, helpless, weak; like sheep all gone astray; He will come the lost to seek, to put our sin away. In tender mercy down He came; came to save the lost; Creator here with human frame; see what sin has cost. Not all the silver and the gold could for guilt atone; No scheme of man that's new or old; but Christ Himself alone. Yes, lower than the angels made, made to suffer death; All our sins on Him were laid, when He yielded up His breath. Willing all our guilt to bear, to die for you and me; "Finished," cried the Saviour there, nailed to Calvary's tree. Now what work must man supply beside what Christ hath done? Our God will freely justify all who trust His Son. This is grace, yes grace Divine, sufficient grace indeed: Abounding grace that knows no line: for the vilest sinner's need. Every claim Christ satisfied to clear the human race; Between two thieves He bled and died, O what matchless grace! Death with Him was but a spell; He took up the life He gave, God did not leave His soul in hell, nor His body in the grave. Death abolished, He has its key, and the key of hades, too; Such a Christ for you and me, a living Saviour true. A risen Christ at God's right hand, whose love has never ceased; All power known at His command, an interceding Priest. In heaven on His Father's throne, that blessed throne of grace, Pleading ever for His own, He's never lost a case. He's never lost a single one, never failed to keep All the Father gives the Son, that Shepherd of the sheep. He seals them with the Holy Ghost, unto redemption day: Saves them to the uttermost; Hear the Saviour pray, My glory, Father, let them see; my glory let them share, Where I am, pray, let them be; God has heard that prayer. Grace is this, and nothing less; only grace can tell Why a sinner God should bless, and save his soul from hell. In Adam none will heaven reach, not a single man, In Christ alone who healed the breach believing sinners can. While with patience here below we run for Christ the race, What a blessed fact to know, sufficient is His grace. Here surrounded by our foes, with conflicts all around, In the midst of all our woes He makes His grace abound. If in fervent prayer we ask we'll never be denied, For every trial, every task, grace will be supplied; Whatever sickness or distress, sorrow, wound or ache, When heavy burdens sorely press, from that supply we take. Exceeding riches of His grace, in ages after this, When we've reached that heavenly place to enjoy eternal bliss. God the Father then will show, in kindness through His Son, There in glory we shall know, know every chosen one. No matter what your temporal gain, if your soul you lose; All this life will prove but vain, if Christ you do not choose. This is still the day of grace, the door is open wide; Faith will find for you a place, a place with Christ inside. Answer then the Spirit, yes, as He convicts of sin, Christ as Saviour, then confess; and He will enter in. Eternal life with Him above, victory here and peace; Dwelling in eternal love, His grace shall never cease." Facebook.com/shareJesus

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Choices, choices, choices -- they all matter cuz you do..because you and other people matter to God!

He really cares about you, and what you opt to do with your future in relationship with His Son. 

In this life we’re daily faced with hundreds if not thousands of big, medium and small choices. Some of them are kind of challenging for me, and I need to ask questions and take a little bit of time. 

We can life. We can choose to sow to the Spirit in believing prayer, in fellowshipping with God first and then believers like a healthy church, as well as sowing to the Spirit in the Bible daily. You know, in wholeheartedly seeking the Lord as well as in sharing our faith with both saints and sinners .. or we can just choose do other things with our time. We are all free to choose. I love the liberty! 
We can choose to listen to God, we can choose to do what God tells us to do in his Word.. and in the way He wants us to do it. We can choose to disregard our local church time or personal Bible and prayer time. But when we make the right choices (again, they’re not always easy to make) and choose to do what the Lord tells us to do, guess what.. He will indeed bless us. In fact He delights to bless His kids who obey His word. He even longs to bless you! 

"And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15


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Real life is about choices -- the right ones. You've heard this.. we make our decisions, and then our decisions make us. But it's Christ who can forgive and make us totally regenerated (alive) inside. There is a time for those, and a time when many of those are no more. You remember in the Bible when God spoke through Moses his servant saying, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV).

Wait.. do human beings really have a free will that's truly F R E E? If “free will” means that God gives humans the opportunity to make choices that genuinely affect their destiny, then yes, human beings do have a free will. The world’s current sinful state is directly linked to choices made by Adam and Eve. God created mankind in His own image, and that included the ability to choose.

However, free will does not mean that mankind can do anything he pleases. Our choices are limited to what is in keeping with our nature. For example, a man may choose to walk across a bridge or not to walk across it; what he may not choose is to fly over the bridge—his nature prevents him from flying. In a similar way, a man cannot choose to make himself righteous—his (sin) nature prevents him from canceling his guilt (Romans 3:23). So, free will is limited by nature.

This limitation does not mitigate our accountability. The Bible is clear that we not only have the ability to choose, we also have the responsibility to choose wisely. In the Old Testament, God chose a nation (Israel), but individuals within that nation still bore an obligation to choose obedience to God. And individuals outside of Israel were able to choose to believe and follow God as well (e.g., Ruth and Rahab). 

In the New Testament, sinners are commanded over and over to “repent” and “believe” (Matthew 3:24:17Acts 3:191 John 3:23). Every call to repent is a call to choose. The command to believe assumes that the hearer can choose to obey the command.

Jesus identified the problem of some unbelievers when He told them, “You refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:40). Clearly, they could have come if they wanted to; their problem was they chose not to. “A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7), and those who are outside of salvation are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20-21).

But how can man, limited by a sin nature, ever choose what is good? It is only through the grace and power of God that free will truly becomes “free” in the sense of being able to choose salvation (John 15:16). It is the Holy Spirit who works in and through a person’s will to regenerate that person (John 1:12-13) and give him/her a new nature “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24). Salvation is God’s work. At the same time, our motives, desires, and actions are voluntary, and we are rightly held responsible for them. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Are there ten thousand trainers?

Wanting to belong and really fit in. Lookin’ for a leader.
Christ is your primary leader today ...who really gives a flip and has a good plan for you. 

I heard yesterday that 73 percent of black babies born in the USA are sadly born outside of wedlock. The National Center for Health Statistics said that 77.3 percent of non-immigrant black births were illegitimate. The national non-immigrant average is 42 percent, and it was 30 percent for whites. It doesn't matter if you are brown, white, black or other.. this nation really needs more real fathers.. even spiritual father types pointing to Jesus. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

But I consider my life of no value to myself, if only I may finish my course and complete the ministry I have received from the Lord Jesus--the ministry of testifying to the good news of God's grace. Acts 20:24

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Hu·bris ˈ(h)yo͞obrəs. Noun: Excessive pride...

..too much SELF-confidence, puffed up, being overly SELF-assured. Not good for anyone. In a good sense I am proud of my wife Liney and son Christian-Andraes..but I really don't want the other type of pride.

Today, I pray that you will be bless-able and greatly blessed as you opt to ditch pride and honestly continue on in the word if God, believer. 

A former DTS Seminary Prof and elder of mine named Howard Hendricks from a Christian church my wife and I went to some 15 minutes north of us here in Dallas.... used to carry around a leather notebook. And why’d he do that? Not totally sure. He probably had multiple purposes and things to remind himself about in it. The real deal, he lived what he taught. A very smart, spiritually sound and successful author! Many really miss him.   

One thing. In it he had jotted down at one point over 100 student’s names who had sadly failed in the ministry due to sexual sins. 

When asked, what was the one thing that Hendricks noticed that they all had in common?  He said it was pride. 

God sees this in many. We can’t always see it, but we can judge ourselves early. Before it’s too late.  We can humble ourselves and believe any day of the week really

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Proverbs 11:2 - When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 29:23 - One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Proverbs 8:13 - The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
James 4:6 - But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Proverbs 16:5 - Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
1 John 2:16 - For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
Galatians 6:3 - For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Psalm 10:4 - In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Proverbs 18:12 - Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Romans 12:16 - Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Proverbs 13:10 - By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
Philippians 2:3 - Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Proverbs 27:2 - Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Galatians 6:4 - But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
Proverbs 26:12 - Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Psalm 59:12 - For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter,
1 Peter 5:5 - Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Obadiah 1:3 - The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Luke 18:9-14 - He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’”
Proverbs 21:4 - Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
1 Corinthians 13:4 - Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
Jeremiah 9:23 - Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,
Romans 12:3 - For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 - Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Isaiah 2:11 - The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
Psalm 138:6 - For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
James 4:10 - Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Leviticus 26:19 - And I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.
Proverbs 21:24 - “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.
Proverbs 16:19 - It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Isaiah 14:12-15 - “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.
2 Chronicles 26:16 - But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.
Ezekiel 28:17 - Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.
Psalm 73:6 - Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
1 Timothy 3:6 - He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Revelation 3:17 - For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Psalm 10:3-4 - For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
Psalm 10:2 - In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
Proverbs 3:34 - Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.
Daniel 5:20 - But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him.
Deuteronomy 8:14 - Then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,
Ezekiel 28:1-26 - The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god— you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries; by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth— ...
Isaiah 23:9 - The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth.
Psalm 101:5 - Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
Isaiah 14:12-14 - “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
Isaiah 16:6 - We have heard of the pride of Moab— how proud he is!— of his arrogance, his pride, and his insolence; in his idle boasting he is not right.
Daniel 4:37 - Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
Isaiah 13:11 - I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.