My message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (New Living Translation)
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (New International Version)
But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (The Message)
The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.
Psalm 9:9-10 (New Living Translation)
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Psalm 9:9-10 (New King James Version)
God’s a safe-house for the battered,
a sanctuary during bad times.
The moment you arrive, you relax;
you’re never sorry you knocked.
Psalm 9:9-10 (The Message)
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (The Message)
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (New King James Version)
Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (New Living Translation)
All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
Revelation 21:7 (New Living Translation)
He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
Revelation 21:7 (New International Version)
Conquerors inherit all this. I’ll be God to them, they’ll be sons and daughters to me.
Revelation 21:7 (The Message)
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Romans 12:10 (New Living Translation)
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10 (New International Version)
Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Psalm 16:11 (New Living Translation)
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11 (New International Version)
Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.
Psalm 16:11 (The Message)
Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
Isaiah 55:6 (New Living Translation)
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Isaiah 55:6 (New International Version)
Seek God while he’s here to be found,
pray to him while he’s close at hand.
Isaiah 55:6 (The Message)