To the Highest Bidder (Part 2)

Written by Joyce C. Lock

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Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it arerepparttar issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

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For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. Acts 17:23

Make sure your devotions are given to none other thanrepparttar 138318 HIGHEST BIDDER.

For who is there of all flesh, that hath heardrepparttar 138319 voice ofrepparttar 138320 living God speaking out ofrepparttar 138321 midst ofrepparttar 138322 fire, as we have, and lived? Deut. 5:26

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Yet now our flesh is asrepparttar 138323 flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards. Neh. 5:5

Stand inrepparttar 138324 gate ofrepparttar 138325 Lord's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hearrepparttar 138326 word ofrepparttar 138327 Lord, all ... that enter in at these gates to worshiprepparttar 138328 Lord. Thus saithrepparttar 138329 Lord of hosts,repparttar 138330 God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple ofrepparttar 138331 Lord, The temple ofrepparttar 138332 Lord, The temple ofrepparttar 138333 Lord, are these. For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; If ye oppress notrepparttar 138334 stranger,repparttar 138335 fatherless, andrepparttar 138336 widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, inrepparttar 138337 land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Jeremiah 7:1-7

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Then said he torepparttar 138338 multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee fromrepparttar 138339 wrath to come? Luke 3:7

Is not thisrepparttar 138340 fast that I have chosen? to looserepparttar 138341 bands of wickedness, to undorepparttar 138342 heavy burdens, and to letrepparttar 138343 oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread torepparttar 138344 hungry, and that thou bringrepparttar 138345 poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seestrepparttar 138346 naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Isaiah 58:6-7

Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance. Luke 3:8a

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thes. 5:9-10 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (notrepparttar 138347 putting away ofrepparttar 138348 filth ofrepparttar 138349 flesh butrepparttar 138350 answer of a good conscience toward God,) byrepparttar 138351 resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:21

Forrepparttar 138352 law made nothing perfect, butrepparttar 138353 bringing in of a better hope did; byrepparttar 138354 which we draw nigh unto God. And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever afterrepparttar 138355 order of Melchisedec:) By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament ... Wherefore he is able also to save them torepparttar 138356 uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:19-25

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance inrepparttar 138357 kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comethrepparttar 138358 wrath of God uponrepparttar 138359 children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light inrepparttar 138360 Lord: walk as children of light: (Forrepparttar 138361 fruit ofrepparttar 138362 Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable untorepparttar 138363 Lord. And have no fellowship withrepparttar 138364 unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest byrepparttar 138365 light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise fromrepparttar 138366 dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Ephes. 5:1-14

2005 by Joyce C. Lock This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" and "Share a Smile" Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

Checking Our Foundation

Written by Joyce C. Lock

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For all things are yours. 1 Co. 3:21

regardless of gender ...

So God created man in his own image, inrepparttar image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Ge. 1:27 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, inrepparttar 138317 day when they were created. Ge. 5:2

(The term 'woman' has many symbolic meanings. Paul said it was a great mystery, but he was referring to Christ andrepparttar 138318 church; for which, theologians agree.)

There is neither male nor female. Ga. 3:28

(Whenrepparttar 138319 term 'woman' is used in scripture, it is not with intent to limit one's service but to understand one's calling within a given role.)

Give her ofrepparttar 138320 fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her inrepparttar 138321 gates. Pr. 31:31

regardless of your name, your family's name, or what family you were born into ...

You are Israelites; to whom pertainethrepparttar 138322 adoption, andrepparttar 138323 glory, andrepparttar 138324 covenants, andrepparttar 138325 giving ofrepparttar 138326 law, andrepparttar 138327 service of God, andrepparttar 138328 promises. Ro. 9:4

regardless of race ...

There is neither Jew nor Greek. Ga. 3:28

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that ofrepparttar 138329 heart, inrepparttar 138330 spirit, and not inrepparttar 138331 letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Ro. 2:29

without regard to where you live ...

In every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Ac. 10:34-35

without regard to one's past ...

It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For ifrepparttar 138332 Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. Ro. 15:27

without regard to social standing, prominence, or position of leadership ...

There is neither bond nor free. Ga. 3:28

without regard to doctrine ...

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Ga. 5:6

without regard to religion ...

Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. Ro. 14:4

And, ye masters, dorepparttar 138333 same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. Ep.. 6:9

without regard to what you believe ...

God that maderepparttar 138334 world and all things therein ... giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on allrepparttar 138335 face ofrepparttar 138336 earth, and hath determinedrepparttar 138337 times before appointed, andrepparttar 138338 bounds of their habitation ... as we arerepparttar 138339 offspring of God. Andrepparttar 138340 times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, inrepparttar 138341 which he will judgerepparttar 138342 world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him fromrepparttar 138343 dead. Ac. 17:24-31

without respecter of persons.

Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Is. 56:7

The word which God sent untorepparttar 138344 children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all). Ac. 10:34-36

Andrepparttar 138345 scripture, foreseeing that God would justifyrepparttar 138346 heathen through faith, preached beforerepparttar 138347 gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Ga. 3:8

Ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Ga. 3:28

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. Ro. 11:32

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come untorepparttar 138348 knowledge ofrepparttar 138349 truth. 1 Ti. 2:4

The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that namethrepparttar 138350 name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Ti. 2:19

To believe otherwise, there is no Christ in such doctrine.

Ye are bought with a price; be not yerepparttar 138351 servants of men. 1 Co. 7:23

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken downrepparttar 138352 middle wall of partition between us. Ep. 2:14

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall seerepparttar 138353 Lord. He. 12:14

2005 by Joyce C. Lock This KJV verse selection may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the e-mail ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" and "Share a Smile" Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

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