This is what it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." Ephesians 4:8
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. Galatians 3:21
POINT TO PONDER: The Great Commission is my commission. "Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." (Romans: 14:13 ; James 4:11; Ephesians 4:29 ; Matthew 5:9 ; James 5:9) Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not...
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. 2 Corinthians 8:11-12
Emphasise reconciliation, not resolution. I must choose to be honest with God. Sun Tzu said: In war we do not need to have the largest army in order to win. It is important not to advance recklessly. When we concentrate our forces so they match those of the enemy. If we respect the enemy's strength...
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14
By day you led them with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to give them light on the way they were to take. Nehemiah 9:12
But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. Exodus 2:3
Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear - hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 1:22-23 In other words, be patient with God and with yourself.
And they reported to the angel of the Lord, who was standing among the myrtle trees, "We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace." Zechariah 1:11
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24
Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12
Learn where prudence is, where virtue is, where understanding is, so that you may know at the same time where long life and prosperity are, where the light of the eyes and peace are. Who has discovered its place? And who has entered its treasure chamber? Baruch 3:14-15 ﭧ
POINT TO PONDER: there are no shortcuts to maturity. Ignoring a temptation is far more effective than fighting it. But even if I am poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with...
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel - because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. Genesis 11:8-9
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:4-5
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear, do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:13-14
The messenger who had gone to summon Micaiah said to him, "Look, as one man the other prophets are predicting success for the king. Let your word agree with theirs, and speak favorably." But Micaiah said, "As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says." 2 Chronicles...
I said, "Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me." Daniel 4:9
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! James 2:12-13 ix-29 If your competitor's communications are in disarray, his thinking is chaotic.
The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. Ecclesiastes 1:6-7
Suit of Cups
You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism, and even senseless tragedies. POINT TO PONDER: God wants to be my best friend. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and...
"How long will you wander, O unfaithful daughter? The Lord will create a new thing on earth - a woman will surround a man." Jeremiah 31:22
Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone - and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true. 3 John 1:12
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6
Finally, he blessed Raguel and his wife Edna, and said, "I have been commanded by the Lord to honour you all the days of my life." Tobit 10:13
She fastened her hair with a tiara and put on a linen gown to beguile him. Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty captivated his mind, and the sword severed his neck! Judith 16:8-10
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Song of Songs 8:6
"What have you lacked here that you want to go back to your own country?" Pharaoh asked. "Nothing," Hadad replied, "but do let me go!" 1 Kings 11:22
Old men sat in the streets; they talked together of good things, and the youths put on splendid military attire. He supplied the towns with food, and furnished them with the means of defense, until his renown spread to the ends of the earth. 1 Maccabees 14:9-10
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 1:3
For even one is perfect among the sons of men, yet without the wisdom that comes from thee he will be regarded as nothing. Wisdom 9:6
We will be evaluated on our love. He said: "In my distress I called to the Lord and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry." Jonah 2:2
There was a minister whose child was born dead. The minister held up the tiny, lifeless form on his two hands and prayed. Whereupon, his two hands providing a perfect channel for the inflowing of a strong current of life, the child breathed and lived. Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister,...
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Suit of Swords
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29
But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles." 1 Samuel 8:19-20
"I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another. One field had rain; another had none and dried up." Amos 4:7
'Wake up, wake up, Deborah! Wake up, wake up, break out in song! Arise, O Barak! Take captives your captives, O son of Abinoam.' Judges 5:12
Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways." Haggai 1:5
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Micah 7:8
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. Nahum 1:3
How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street. Lamentations 4:1
"Nevertheless, the Creator of the world, who formed the nativity of man, and who founded the origins of all, will restore both spirit and life to you again, with his mercy, just as you now despise yourselves for the sake of his laws." 2 Maccabees 7:23
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. Titus 1:15
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:21
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. Job 26:10
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" Luke 16:10-11 Envy divides your attention, so in...
Wisdom concealed, and treasure undiscovered, what use is either of these? Better one who conceals his folly than one who conceals his wisdom. Ecclesiasticus 20:30-31
Suit of Pentacles
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth of the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. Isaiah 60:5
A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others. Acts 17:34
By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud. Ezekiel 28:5
Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:12-13
Discover Your Shape Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve, not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 1...
And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 2 Thessalonians 2:6
"Bring me the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," said the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." Malachi 3:10
this Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him. Ezra 7:6
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" 2...
POINT TO PONDER: God smiles when I trust him. Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Proverbs 31:6-7
"The Lord bless you my daughter," he replied. "This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor." Ruth 3:10 ﭫﭬﭭ
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36-37
Suit of Wands
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give you a spirit of timidity, but of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7
But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed. 2 Kings 11:2
"When an executive begins to move resources toward an objective, he must carefully examine his campaign plans in light of these principals". Donald Krause, The Art of War for Executives, Sun Tzu And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the...
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Psalm 73:24
Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. Numbers 20:11
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord's anger. Zephaniah 2:3
Do not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for your ordination will last seven days. Leviticus 8:33
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. I am sending him - who is my very heart - back to you. Philemon 1:11-12
Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24
So Saul said to his attendants, "Find someone who plays well and bring him to me." One of the servants answered: "I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine looking man. And the Lord is with him." 1 Samuel...
For by him all things were created: things on heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. Colossians 1:16
Look at the nations and watch - and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. Habakkuk 1:5
Servants think about their work, not what others are doing. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the laws my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Joshua 1:7 God cannot make a mistake because he is...
Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:17