“Not by might nor by power, but by My
Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts.
Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him?
God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. § Born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. § My Spirit remains among you; do not fear! § The battle is not yours, but God’s.
The Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s.
Zech. 4:6; Isa. 40:13; 1 Cor. 1:27–29; John 3:8; 1:13;
Hag. 2:5; 2 Chron. 20:15; 1 Sam. 17:47
Do as You have said.
Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You … So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word … Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope … Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage … The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver … Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations.
God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus.
Exceedingly great and precious promises.
2 Sam. 7:25; Ps. 119:38, 42, 49, 54, 72,
89–90; Heb. 6:17–20; 2 Peter 1:4