Believing God Week 9

Believing God by Beth Moore online Bible study has changed lives. We’ve enjoyed the conversations and the opportunities to strengthen our faith. Congratulations to everyone who has completed the study here at the Womens Bible Cafe.

During this study, we learned about the importance of promised Land living. We looked back at our timeline of history with God, memorized five statements of faith, and put our minds on believing God. What a beautiful experience for all the women who participated at the Bible Cafe.

In Joshua 10:10 NIV: “…the LORD threw his enemies into confusion.” What might be a modern example of this? [hint: look at BlueLetterBible.org for original meaning, and a modern dictionary]

We need some confusion in the dark places and evil places. You might hear prophets pray to “confuse the enemy” or scatter their plans. Or the prayer warriors who ask the Lord to “Send angels to confuse the enemy.”

What happens when you pray and ask for A, B, C, and steps of wisdom? But God says, be still. How do you feel when you pray and God answers, “Be still?” (related verses: Psalm 46:10; Exodus 14:14: 1 Samuel 12:16; Nehemiah 8:11; Psalm 37:7; Mark 4:39; 1 Corinthians 13:8 )

You’re looking for a different answer but God has the answer that He knows you need on your faith journey. Avoid the temptation to call your mother, friend, or someone not walking with Christ. When they answer, you unintentionally partner with THEM for their will and step into people pleasing. Seek God’s will and not the approval of people.

Psalm 46:10 NIV- He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Hebrew OT: cease striving; to sink, relax, sink down, let drop, be disheartened; to sink down; to sink, drop; to sink, relax, abate; to relax, withdraw; idle;  to let drop; to let drop, abandon, relax, refrain, forsake; to let go; to refrain, let alone; to be quiet; to show oneself slack

 Exodus 14:14- The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” KJV= The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Hebrew OT: to be silent, be still, wait, be dumb, grow dumb; to be silent; to be still, die; to be struck dumb; to be silenced, be made silent, destroyed; to make quiet; make silent (cause to die)

1 Samuel 12:16- “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!

 Nehemiah 8:11- The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

 Psalm 37:7- Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Mark 4:39- He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

GREEK NT, Jesus = to close the mouth with a muzzle, to muzzle, metaphor: to stop the mouth, make speechless, reduce to silence; to become speechless; to be kept in check

1 Corinthians 13:8- Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Greek NT Meaning: to make to cease or desist; to restrain a thing or person from something; to cease, to leave off; have got a release from sin; no longer stirred by its incitements and seductions.

 

Breaking Free Online Bible Study | Week 10

Today is our last group discussion for Breaking Free by Beth Moore. We have enjoyed the small group discussions and the commitment from the Womens Bible Cafe team. Great job everyone!

As we discussed this week, Jesus reminds us to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. We’re captives set free, yet Beth Moore reminds us, others may not understand our position. You can display His splendor to those who are still captive. Don’t judge the captives, as you were once a captive too. Know that each person is on a different pace in their spiritual journey. Let the Holy Spirit work in them and pray for their freedom.

Those set free will often display the Fruits of the Spirit (see Galatians 5). Integrity, honesty, generosity, and gratitude are also evident in captives set free. As you continue to walk in freedom, you cultivate a posture of forgiveness and hope for the future. You are viewing the world as Ambassadors for Christ.

Let’s make sure we cultivate a garden of good fruit and keep the bad fruit out. Pause, stop, pray, and respond in the fruit of the Spirit.

We radiate His love when others look at our lives and hear our testimonies. It’s “living proof” of Christ’s indwelling. Be transparent in Christ.

Beth Moore cautions us, “The empty places in our lives become the enemy’s playground.”  What can we do to fill those holes with Christ rather than something unhealthy? We can learn to discern and identify our emptiness. Daily prayer and confession help us anchor to God’s Word. Fellowship with believers keeps us accountable to the Truth. Yet we can also watch the atmosphere – is it spiritually healthy? Is the Holy Spirit present here? Am I on Holy Ground?

The Lord will renew our strength, yet we often try to renew it absent of Him. Or we try to renew the strength of someone else. What needs to happen for us to wait for His perfect and complete renewal? Let’s make a promise to ourselves for a Sabbath rest. We can also tame our tongue, and be still when tempted to respond or to sin.

Recommended Book: Sacred Rest by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

Author Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. She teaches people how to have a closer and deeper relationship with God through a personal study of the Bible. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for her small group studies and coaching videos.

Believing God Online Bible Study | Week 8

We’re near the end of Believing God by Beth Moore. In this online Bible study for Believing God, we have enjoyed fellowship through small group discussions. Many of you have emailed and messaged me about how much you have enjoyed the Believing God by Beth Moore online Bible study! Be sure to thank your small group leaders for devoting their time and their hearts to lead our groups. We have amazing leaders at the Bible Cafe.

According to Beth Moore, your personal Gilgal is where “God brings you full circle and breaks any looming cycle of failure.” This is a cycle of defeat, the cycle of fear, or a transforming experience. And for some, it feels like a personal revival. If you look back at your timeline with God, you may see where you experienced a breakthrough. Maybe you were delivered of insecurity, pride, or people’s approval. Perhaps you were raised in a Pharisee church and developed a fear of authority in religion. Maybe you encountered someone in ministry who made you feel the spirit of diminishment.

When we stand at a crossroad we visited before, we are coming full circle with God. Some women in small groups said they do not like the word “test” or being tested. It brings up negative memories for them. Yet other women like the experience of being tested and seeing their spiritual maturity. As we discussed in our small groups, you need to SEE that you have been delivered. God already knows the answer and result. And so the test is for you to measure your own spiritual growth and development.

Open your Bible and look at Exodus 20:20 NIV: “Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” We say that fear includes both success and failure. If we never see success, we stop trying things. If we never experience failure, we are not taking risks and not learning from our mistakes.

For example, Beth Moore testifies that God has delivered her from insecurity, fear, defeated thinking, and practices of sin. She was tested, experiencing both success and failure until her faith matured. Maybe you had a similar experience, and how you respond now is different. You’re probably more aware of your temptations and faults as you mature in your relationship with God.

How do you feel about sharing your testimony with nonbelievers? When I am ASKED, then I share and I am ready with answers. But I do not walk into a room and start preaching or sharing an uninvited testimony. I wait for the Holy Spirit to nudge me or open the door to conversation. When I testify, I like to avoid the details (unless necessary) and generalize the testimony. My testimony must lead to God. With experience and time, we will learn what to say and what not to say.

According to Beth Moore, “We don’t walk in perfect faith for the rest of our lives. We walk in prevailing faith.” Perfect faith means we don’t need to lean on Jesus. As the Bride of Christ, we seek a faith that preserves, even when we are unsuccessful. Remember, David, Moses, and Abraham all made mistakes and yet were in a constant relationship with God. When they made a mistake or sinned, they turned to God for confession and forgiveness.

We talked about spiritual disciplines in our small groups this week. Some of these disciplines include Bible study, devotions, worship, prayer, fellowship, communion, confession, sabbath rest, giving, fasting, and disciple-making. We do these things out of love for Our Father God. It is a blessing to experience these spiritual disciplines.

Turn your Bible to Galatians 6:9 NIV: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Jesus got away from the crowds and sometimes we need that too. Find time this week for sacred rest. Read the Bible verses about the weary.

Author Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. She teaches people how to have a closer and deeper relationship with God through a personal study of the Bible. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for her small group studies and coaching videos.

 

Breaking Free Online Bible Study | Week 9

Welcome back to our womens online bible study of Breaking Free by Beth Moore. Last week we studied the heart and in week nine Beth Moore focuses on the mind. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ It’s a little challenging to love if your mind is a battlefield! If you missed this study, you can access it on-demand at Bible Cafe™ University.

This week Beth Moore writes, “Surrendering our thought lives is a safeguard.”  Giving God control of our thoughts gives Him access to our hearts and mind. When our minds are steadfast with God, we are anchored to the Fruit of the Spirit (not the flesh). Should we surrender our thoughts to nonbelievers and get worldview advice?

Open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 NIV: What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked person from among you.

We can expel our thoughts. We should avoid having a depraved mind. Catch your thoughts when they are fleeting thoughts and see if they measure up to God’s word. As Mary Beth taught us in small group this week, it is easier to correct thoughts than false beliefs. Because the false belief becomes a stronghold in your life.

In our study Breaking Free, Beth Moore brings attention to the metaphor “valley” and” harvest.” Many women in our small groups felt they were in the valley season, where your faith is watered by sweat and tears. Others felt they were in the harvest season. I think we can experience both. For example, I am in the valley season as my daughters move out. Many people call this the empty nest syndrome. Yet I also see my harvest season is coming as I trust God with their futures and mine.

One of the mistakes we make is trying to break a stronghold in our own strength.  We try to educate ourselves about a problem, such as Google searches and artificial intelligence (AI) answers. As I teach in my Leadership Coaching Course, these Google results can be manipulated by AI machines. The answers we see are based on popularity, not fact. Or we might call a friend or family member, and she may not be walking with God. She leads us into deeper captivity with her advice.

As Beth Moore writes, “Satanic strongholds need divine demolition.” We need the supernatural power of God to deal with a supernatural demonic stronghold. Sometimes, we need spiritual fasting with our prayer ONLY when directed by the Holy Spirit. You cannot break a stronghold in your strength (or your husbands, mothers, or pastors). You need the Lord. Y

We learned this week that we can be led to victory by the cords of human kindness. In our small groups, we talked about things we can do in the next month to be an example of kindness.

  • Make a meal for a neighbor
  • Send cards to our friends
  • Be intentional to call and talk by phone rather than by text
  • Give sincere compliments on social media posts
  • Meet up with friends for coffee or tea
  • Find inspiration from a consistently kind person
  • Show the Fruit of the Spirit, treat people as Jesus would in love
  • Gently saying no to someone, can be kindness too!

Remember, if we don’t surrender our thoughts and take them captive to Christ, they will take root as our identity. When we meditate on captive thoughts, we are ignoring the truth of the Holy Word. We need to put on the mind of Christ, read the Word, and give all thoughts to Him through prayer.

A keynote experience of completing this study is replacing lies with truth. Some people believe the lie that we are abandoned by God. Truth: You are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:7 NIV)

Or they believe the lie that Satan wins. Truth: And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.(Revelation 20:2 NIV)

Two excellent BCU Studies: Lies Women Believe, and Seeking Him are both about breaking free from lies.

How do we take thoughts captive so we are not deceived by lies? We search the Bible for Scriptures and write them down so we can see and meditate on them. We avoid deception whenever possible: news, television entertainment, novels, music, gossip, and slander.

We seek to be a godly woman. She gives her heart, soul, and mind to God. She obeys Him with all her strength. She surrenders her thoughts to Him for discernment, wisdom, and direction (Beth Moore, Breaking Free)

Author Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. She teaches people how to have a closer and deeper relationship with God through a personal study of the Bible. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for her small group studies and coaching videos.

 

31 Bible Verses About Deceived

We live in a world where people are deceived. Inside our Bibles, we see helpful Bible Verses About Being Deceived. The word first appears in Genesis, when Eve is deceived by the serpent. In the New Testament Jesus used the word deceived. In Revelation, the word deceived is attributed to Satan.

According to the Bible, we can be deceived by family, friends, coworkers, idols, government people, kings, prophets, and preachers. That’s a HUGE list! Beneath deception lurks Satan, the father of lies. Pray on that.

Bible Verses About Deceived

 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” Matthew 24:4 NIV

“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. “Matthew 24:24 NIV

“For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:5 NIV

 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Romans 16:18 NIV

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 1 Corinthians 3:18 NIV

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7 NIV

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5:5 NIV

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 NIV

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26 NIV

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 NIV

I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 2 John 1:7 NIV

 

More Bible Verses About Deceived

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10 NIV

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:13 NIV

“Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. Leviticus 19:11 NIV

“But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods. Deuteromony 11:16 NLT

Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note? Job 11:11 NIV

To him belong strength and insight;  both deceived and deceiver are his. Job 12:16 NIV

Would it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal? Job 13:9 NIV

Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. Job 15:31 NIV

Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me Psalm 49:5 NIV

An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies. Psalm 14:5 NIV

I will not allow deceivers to serve in my house, and liars will not stay in my presence. Psalm 101:7 NLT

Beware of your friends; do not trust anyone in your clan. For every one of them is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer. Jeremiah 9:4 NIV

Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning. Jeremiah 9:5 NIV

“This is what the Lord says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, ‘The Babylonians will surely leave us.’ They will not! Jeremiah 37:9 NIV

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 3 NIV

All your allies will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; those who eat your bread will set a trap for you, but you will not detect it. Obadiah 7 NIV

If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people! Micah 2:11 NIV

He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone. But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s grave. Isaiah 53:9 NLT

What good is an idol carved by man, or a cast image that deceives you? How foolish to trust in your own creation,  a god that can’t even talk! Habakkuk 2:18 NLT

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Author Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. She teaches people how to have a closer and deeper relationship with God through a personal study of the Bible. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for her small group studies and coaching videos.

19 Bible Verses on Conspiracy

When we pray through the news we should meditate on Bible verses about Conspiracy. What does the Bible say about Conspiracy? Let’s examine the Word and see if the conspiracy is a modern experience or a historical event in the Bible.

Bible Verses on Conspiracy

“Don’t call everything a conspiracy, as they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Isaiah 8:12 NLT

But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. Matthew 12:14 ESV

They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones. Psalm 83:3 NLT

For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant Psalm 83:5 ESV

They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. Genesis 37:18 ESV

Why do the nations conspire and the people plot in vain? Psalm 2:1 NIV

A messenger soon arrived in Jerusalem to tell David, “All Israel has joined Absalom in a conspiracy against you!” 2 Samuel 15:13 NLT

“Don’t call everything a conspiracy, as they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. Isaiah 8:12-13 NLT

For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me and plot to take my life. Psalm 31:13 NIV

You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. Psalm 31:20 NLT

More Bible Verses on Conspiracy

 

They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. Psalm 56:6 NIV

See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, Lord. Psalm 59:3 NIV

For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together. Psalm 71:10 NIV

With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. Psalm 83:3 NIV

Peter said to her, “How could you conspire to test the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also.” Acts 5:9 NIV

I, the LORD, have spoken! I will certainly do these things to every member of the community who has conspired against me. They will be destroyed here in this wilderness, and here they will die!” Numbers 14:35 NLT

What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time. Nahum 1:9 NKJV

There were more than forty of them in the conspiracy. Acts 23:13 NLT

Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers. Psalm 64:2 NIV

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Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. She teaches people how to have a closer and deeper relationship with God through a personal study of the Bible. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for her small group studies and coaching videos.

6 Bible Verses About Forerunner

What does the Bible say About the Forerunner? There are two forerunners identified in the Bible: John the Baptist and Jesus. Yet the Bible does not speak frequently on forerunners. Here are the Bible verses on forerunners. The New King James Bible, English Standard Version, Message Version, and Christian Standard Bible do not use the word forerunner- at all!  Although prophetic ministries speak about forerunners, its use in Scripture is very limited.

In the original Greek language, forerunner as written in Hebrews 6:20 means: “one who is sent before to take observations or act as a spy, a scout, a light armed soldier; one who comes in advance to a place where the rest are to follow.”

Bible Verses About the Forerunner

 

Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20 ESV

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 NIV

Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, because he has become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20 CSB

It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous [which is to seek and submit to the will of God]—in order to make ready a people [perfectly] prepared [spiritually and morally] for the Lord.” Luke 1:17 AMP

The child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel [as John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah]. Luke 1:80 AMP

You yourselves are my witnesses that I stated, ‘I am not the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ but, ‘I have [only] been sent ahead of Him [as His appointed forerunner and messenger to announce and proclaim His coming].’ John 3:28 AMP

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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB). Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

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Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. She teaches people how to have a closer and deeper relationship with God through a personal study of the Bible. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for her small group studies and coaching videos.

13 Bible Verses About Counterfeit

What does the Bible say about counterfeits? The Bible speaks about counterfeit prophets, counterfeit signs, and miracles. It also warns about counterfeit preachers and teachers of the Word. Test everything as you measure words against the Holy Bible. Learn to discern counterfeits.

Bible Verses About Counterfeit.

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 NLT

The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies], and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them]. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 AMP

Then the Lord said to me, “The [counterfeit] prophets are prophesying lies in My Name. I have neither sent them nor authorized them nor spoken to them. They are prophesying to you made-up visions [pretending to call forth responses from handmade gods], a worthless divination, and the deceit of their own mind. Jeremiah 14:14 AMP

“I did not send [these counterfeit] prophets, Yet they ran; I did not speak to them, Yet they prophesied. Jeremiah 23:21 AMP

I am astonished and extremely irritated that you are so quickly shifting your allegiance and deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different [even contrary] gospel; which is really not another [gospel]; but there are [obviously] some [people masquerading as teachers] who are disturbing and confusing you [with misleading, counterfeit teaching] and want to distort the gospel of Christ [twisting it into something which it absolutely is not]. Galatians 1:6-7 AMP

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:27 NIV

“This is your destiny, the portion [of judgment] measured to you From Me,” says the Lord “Because you have forgotten Me And trusted in [pagan] lies [the counterfeit gods, and the pretense of alliance].” Jeremiah 13:25 AMP

Therefore behold (hear this), I am against the [counterfeit] prophets,” says the Lord, “[I am descending on them with punishment, these prophets] who steal My words from one another [imitating the words of the true prophets]. Jeremiah 23:30 AMP

And as for you, do not listen to your [counterfeit] prophets, your diviners, your dreams and dreamers, your soothsayers or your sorcerers, who say to you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’ Jeremiah 27:9 AMP

“So My hand will be against the [counterfeit] prophets who see (make up) empty and delusive visions and who give lying prophecies. They will have no place in the [secret] council of My people, nor will they be recorded in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter into the land of Israel, that you may know [without any doubt] that I am the Lord God. Ezekiel 13:9 AMP

They [both] will bear the punishment of their wickedness; the sin of the [counterfeit] prophet will be the same as the sin of the [hypocritical] inquirer, so that the house of Israel may no longer drift away from Me and no longer defile themselves with all their transgressions, but they will be My people, and I will be their God,”’ says the Lord God .” Ezekiel 14:10-11 AMP

For such men are counterfeit apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:13 AMP

Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit? 2 Corinthians 13:5 AMP

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New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Christine Abraham writes for the Bible Cafe™ community. She teaches people how to have a closer and deeper relationship with God through a personal study of the Bible. Join Christine at the Bible Cafe™ University for her small group studies and coaching videos.

 

 

12 Bible Verses About a Depraved Mind

What does the Bible say about a depraved mind? If you worry about having a depraved mind then pray these Bible verses. Ask for deliverance from a depraved mind when you pray to God. Put on the character and mind of Christ as you study your Bible and grow in wisdom.

These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 2 Timothy 3:8 NLT

The [intrinsically] good man produces what is good and honorable and moral out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart, and the [intrinsically] evil man produces what is wicked and depraved out of the evil [in his heart]; for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart. Luke 6:45 AMP

If anyone teaches false doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain.1 Timothy 6:3-5 CSB

Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 2 Peter 2:2 NIV

The things my people do are as depraved as what they did in Gibeah long ago. God will not forget. He will surely punish them for their sins. Hosea 9:9 NLT

You not only followed their ways and copied their detestable practices but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they. Ezekiel 16:47 NIV

More Bible Verses About a Depraved Mind

“Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution, she was more depraved than her sister. Ezekiel 23:11 NIV

Oh sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4 CSB

The [population of the] earth was corrupt [absolutely depraved—spiritually and morally putrid] in God’s sight, and the land was filled with violence [desecration, infringement, outrage, assault, and lust for power]. Genesis 6:11 AMP

In the same way, the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:27-28 NIV

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 2 Timothy 3:8 NIV

He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 2 Peter 2:6-6 NIV

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8 Bible Verses For Ambassador

The Bible says if you are a believer, you are an ambassador for Christ. Let’s explore Bible Verses For Ambassadors so we understand our important role. Social media influencers call themselves “brand ambassadors” and created their titles and positions. But the Holy Bible gives authority to Ambassadors for Christ. Let’s dig deeper into the Bible.

In the original Greek language, the word ambassador in 2 Corinthians 5:20 is translated to mean: to be older, prior by birth or in age; to be an ambassador, act as an ambassador; act as a representative (figuratively, preacher).

In a modern dictionary, the word ambassador means an official envoy; a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment; an authorized representative or messenger.

Bible Verses For Ambassador

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT

I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. Ephesians 6:20 NLT

But now your brave warriors weep in public. Your ambassadors of peace cry in bitter disappointment. Isaiah 33:7 NLT

And kings from every nation sent their ambassadors to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. 1 Kings 4:43 NLT

When the ambassadors of Babylon’s rulers were sent to him to inquire about the miraculous sign that happened in the land, God left him to test him and discover what was in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:31 CSB

A wicked messenger falls into hardship, But a faithful ambassador brings healing. Proverbs 13:17 AMP

I have heard a message from the Lord, And an ambassador has been sent to the nations: “Gather together, come against her, And rise up to battle! Jeremiah 49:14 NKJV

But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they worked craftily and went and pretended to be ambassadors. Joshua 9:3-4 NKJV

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Christian Standard Bible (CSB) The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

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