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Call to the Prayer Warriors: God’s Remembrance

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jeremiah 2:2 speaks to me today:

“Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, the love of your betrothals, your following after Me in the wilderness, through a land not sown.”’”

Wow. Think about Israel’s time in the wilderness, the struggle God and Moses had with those stubborn people who too often fell to disillusionment with the provision of God and too easily turned in their hearts back to the Egypt of their captivity. Yet God in His recital here does not focus His remembrance on that negative. Instead, He sees the good accomplished and reminds the people of that truth.

Here God encourages my heart to realize that He is with me and was with me in all of my wilderness journeying. As with Israel, He remembers the good of our journey: the times when my heart heard and I responded to His work in and through me. That is what He remembers of my wilderness times. Too often I remember the struggle and the failures, but He remembers the moments of closeness, breakthrough, obedience, and progress. Thank You, Father God.

Take time today to look back over your wilderness-seasons in life. Are you haunted by a failure and still walking in that way of life? If so, repent and walk in the saving grace of God’s provision for you. Are you beating yourself up over a past flaw that is no longer active in your life experience? Thank God for His deliverance and get out of the pit of despair that regret and condemnation digs for us.

Listen for God’s remembrances over you. What progress did you accomplish with Him? What victories did you win? What deliverance did you experience? Remember these things about your wilderness times with God and give Him the glory due His name.

If you are currently walking a wilderness-path with God, watch for His hand at work. Listen for His voice, whispering, “This is the way. Walk ye in it.” Note every victorious step, every true and right breath you take by the power of His supply. Let these things form your remembrance for days to come.

One verse today instructs the people to sound the trumpet throughout the land. Take time today to sound shofar over your life and situations. Sound shofar every day that God leads you to do so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t38UINaExeQ&list=PLTgpTgKDYWUKLo8IZe-fo1SSUsfaGQmIN

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Confident Assertions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“…5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions…” ~ 1 Timothy 1:1-11.

Paul, writing to Timothy, his “child in the faith”, is encouraging Timothy to stand firm in faith in his instruction of the Ephesians. Paul left Timothy in Ephesus for this purpose because of the influence of Gnosticism raised up by people in their midst. Timothy’s youthfulness caused him to feel intimidated by these people, whose great learning made them sound smarter about spiritual things than was true.

Gnostics believe knowledge superior to virtue, so they are well versed in the letter of the law, though they do not possess its heart and intent. They believe only a select few can understand the scriptures. They believe evil in the world proves there is more than one creator. They deny the deity of Christ, believing God CANNOT unite with flesh (Jeremiah 32:27). They deny the resurrection, believing there is no such thing. The ethical standards of many Gnostics are low.

NOTE: I write this description of Gnostics in present tense because I see the spirit and teachings of Gnosticism still alive and well in the world and in the church today. I know of people who study the scriptures and know more about the words written there than I do. But they don’t know the Heart of it, the intent of scripture because they do not acknowledge and trust the Spirit, who is the Teacher, empowering discernment and understanding.

Bible001This being true, the instruction of Paul to Timothy is a good word for us today. We who have the Spirit of God and understanding of the heart of God found in the truth of God must be ready to make a reply when needed. Here Paul encourages “the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” As we study with reliance on the Spirit to grant us true understanding of God’s word and intent, so we must trust the Spirit to lead our response to those who want to argue legalism.

Pray today to have true understanding, as taught by the Spirit of God, faith to believe, and power to follow through. Pray your confidence comes from this true and sincere relationship with God. Pray for wisdom to recognize and turn away from fruitless discussions that do not honor God, promote truth and righteousness, or edify those involved, bringing glory to God. Pray for a Spirit of love, a pure heart, a good conscience, and faith, making one ready in season and out to give an account for the hope within. Pray for those deceived by a spirit of Gnosticism that they may be set free, receive the Holy Spirit, and come into the truth of relationship with Father-God.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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From the North: Alert!

For more than two weeks now, every time I hear or read the warnings to Jeremiah and Ezekiel about an enemy force coming from the north, those words come to my heart as warning for our nation. God has also sent visions of an enemy force coming over the ridge north of us, calling me to prayer and alertness. Now the US is under another terrorism alert with a threat to “The Mall of America” in Minneapolis; and the Spirit in me reminds me of the warning, “from the north”.

I am sure you all realize that we are already infiltrated by sleeper cells; not to mention the rise in number of sympathizers among us. It is foolish to fail in understanding this fact. Surely, that is not a surprise to anyone. And, most assuredly, we all realize we are at war as a nation. Our enemy chooses to be that. They have no borders; they are not a nation, but a people group, a philosophy that is against all that we are.

Friend, if we refuse to realize that we are at war, we will lose. We will find ourselves on the defensive, a position my Lieutenant Kernel military cousin says is a losing stance. If we do not get on the offensive now, realizing there is a people group warring against us, it will be too late when we do acknowledge the war we are in. And if we do not take the war to where they are with an offensive meant to win, we will fight them on the defensive here in our homeland.

Whether or not our leaders realize we are at war, we, the people, need to realize it and be offensive in our stance. Take heed to the warnings and be alert to what is going on around us. Walking in fear and becoming paranoid is not the answer, but being alert and aware to our surroundings with understanding of what we need to watch for is vital (see link below). We need to have the heart of those on Flight 93 who readied themselves to “do something about it” and took the plain down before it reached its intended target.

We, the people, need to realize there is a war going on. Our enemy has their sites trained on us whether or not we realize it. Our enemy is at war with us, and if we are not offensive in our tactics, we will find ourselves on the defense, coming up from behind to try to catch up with the war we refuse to acknowledge.

“They are coming from the north.” Warning has come for one target. I believe God telling me “they are coming from the north” is warning for us that there are more plans yet to be known. Be alert and wake up to the things going on around you.

Pray for our leaders to heed wise counsel from those trained in the issues of war, being on the offense before our enemy forces a defensive position. Pray for our citizens to be alert and ready: not driven by fear and paranoia, but possessing wisdom and understanding of the times we are in and the tactics of those coming against us. Pray for our military’s training, protection, and provision. Pray that our focus on Islamist radicalism does not leave us open to unseen forces from unrealized threats. Pray for God to fight for us by reaching the heart of those given to a radical view of Islam, bringing them to truth and righteousness. Pray protection over our youth and those disillusioned and deceived, those targeted by the message of these terrorists desiring to use them with evil intent. Pray for us to be ready, knowing how to be on the offensive as warriors in this war we are in.

Be alert! Be on the offensive – Suspicious activity? See something, say something: http://www.nationalterroralert.com/suspicious-activity/

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Heed the Call

Friday, February 20, 2015

“Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God. For I testify for him that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis. …Say to Archippus, ‘Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it’” ~ Colossians 4:12-17.

God grants to each of us a heart for ministry, equipping us as bondslaves of Jesus to fulfill our calling in His name and to His glory. Epaphras is example to us of one who fulfilled His ministry of service to Paul and prayer warrior for those family and friends from his home town.

In what area of life has God placed within you a deep concern? Begin to seek the Father for discernment of what He means you to do with that concern. Epaphras was not one called at that time to go with Tychicus and Onesimus to his friends at Colossae, but he was greatly equipped and called to pray for them. He did have a fire within for making himself available to Paul in ministry to and for him, and he was faithful to that ministry.

God places within us a desire for ministry and equips us to perform our desire in some way. Pray today to discern the calling and equipping of God in your life of ministry, and for faithfulness to fulfill your ministry. If you are currently working where God calls you, evaluate your position. Are you faithful to the call, fully using your equipping? Pray as God’s leads. Is the call and provision for its fulfillment still on you? If not, what adjustment is God leading you to make?

Today, beloved, take heed to the ministry that you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Prove An Encouragement

Thursday, February 19, 2015

“Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also Barnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him); and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me” ~ Colossians 4:10-11.

These stated by Paul are examples for us: they “proved to be an encouragement” to Paul in his imprisonment. Mark, Barnabas’ cousin, and Paul had a falling out during one of his mission journeys. Here we see their relationship restored and Mark named among Paul’s army of encouragers. Who would you name to your army of encouragers? Pray with gratitude for them today and consider a note of gratitude.

Pray today to be an encouragement to all you meet, being ready in season and out with a testimony of God’s grace, love and provision that will help the listener through some situation of their own.

Pray for opportunity to encourage those in ministry around you.

Pray to encourage those in difficult situations.

Pray to encourage your fellow workers.

Pray for restoration of relationships that God can use to encourage you and you them.

Pray to be encouraged.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Faithful Informants

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

“As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts; and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here” ~ Colossians 4:7-9.

Tychicus and Onesimus are examples for us as faithful friends and fellow bond-servants. Paul sent them to inform others of his circumstances so they know the truth of his situation rather than the rumors. They were to do so in a way that encouraged the heart of those who were concerned for Paul.

Thought of gossip comes to heart with this prayer focus. Much gossip and false information floated around concerning Paul’s circumstances. Even today, much harm comes as people who think they know and understand more than they do speak of things they have no right to share. The defining parameters of gossip is understanding the truth of the heart issues involved, ownership of the information, or permission to share.

People I know as godly spiritual servants of God, with hearts surrendered to Him, are under attack today by people reporting falsely on things they believe true, but that is not truth. It is gossip, judging the heart of these servants of God without knowing them or the truth of their ministry. Sharing such things is not only gossip; it is slanderous. Such practice works destruction in the body of Christ and the lives of God’s people.

Sharing things about another without permission is also gossip that can bring harm to relationships, as trust is broken. A guiding principle for discerning one’s right to share a thing I learned long ago states, “If I am not owner of a situation, having a part in it or its solution, it is not my information to share without the permission of those who do own it.” Here Paul’s friends knew what they needed to share and they were faithful in their representation of Paul and his interests.

Pray today over your relationships. Do you know your boundaries, being mindful against gossip? Do you have friends who overstep their rightful bounds? Pray today for faithfulness in friendships and to being fellow bond-servants of Christ in our relationships.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Open Doors of Opportunity

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

“…praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” ~ Colossians 4:3-5.

Praying for opportunity to share with others all that we have in Christ is important for our day. We need to be ready to share in season and out—when it is convenient, and when it is not. We also need to realize that praying such with sincere desire to be God’s instrument in the lives of others may lead us to places we don’t really want to go. God used Paul’s time in prison many times, reaching prisoners and guards alike, and even reaching to the emperor from his prison cell experience.

Pray today for your willingness for God to make you willing for His use in every situation and circumstance. Pray for His words to flow from your mouth and for wise conduct toward all He brings in your path of influence. Pray for speech, seasoned with grace, in every word spoken and every response made in every opportunity given you with potential to make an eternal difference in the lives of those you meet today.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Devotion to Prayer is Devotion to Relationship

Monday, February 16, 2015

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak” ~ Colossians 4:2-4.

What is prayer? Is it simply the listing of wants and needs before God, like a shopping list? This is often where our prayer journey begins as we grow to understand God and know His desire for us on a personal level. We are like a small child on Santa’s lap, waiting with hope to see what of our list of wants we get. However, there comes a time in all our lives when we have to grow deeper roots of relationship.

My understanding of prayer is that it is communion with God. It is more than simply my speaking at Him. It is my visiting with Him, “keeping alert” to His presence and input into my thinking, desires, and concerns, doing so with gratitude for Him. I may start out in sharing a perceived need for the first time, telling Father of the situation and what I see that is needful, praying for the things I desire to come out of the need. As I visit with the Father, His Spirit inspires me to better understand the situation as Father sees it and instructs me in the true need. As I listen to His heart, He transforms my prayer from a want-list to expectant-hope and assurance that fills me with peace and gratitude for what I understand He will do in the situation.

My prayer life has changed over the past few years, becoming simpler as I more quickly discern God’s desire in a situation. I.e.: The other day a friend texted me of a concern that hit her thoughts as she started participating in a prayer meeting, asking prayer for ability to focus on praying. I started typing out a prayer for her only to delete it at the instruction of the Spirit who inspired me simply to pray in agreement with Jesus, “Peace! Be still.” She was in a storm that threatened her ability to reach the destination God desired in her ministry. She needed the storm hushed so she could function. She did not need my many words. She needed God’s intervention. So I stood in agreement with the Spirit for the Father’s will for her situation. That may not seem like a prayer, but it is. As I started praying over her situation, God spoke His desire and instruction and I responded. God had His way in her day, and I was equipped to participate through believing faith.

Another situation with the same friend has her desiring the cold front due in to slow its course. As I started to pray over it, Father simply inspired, “God is able.” The thought He gave with that was of Jesus, approached by a man for a healing need. The man said to Jesus, “I know You can, if You are willing.” Christ’s response was, “I am willing. Be it done as you have said.” I believe Father is telling me that He is willing and able to fix the situation that has her concerned. There is no need to pray further. The need is faith and the proclamation of agreement with God’s viewpoint. So my prayer for her day is simply, “Yes. God is able.” The day will tell if my discernment and comprehension of God’s will and desire is true.

Prayer is communion with the Father in the power of the Spirit, by the authority found in Christ. Many words may be due for a time, but once God speaks His desire to us, our prayer must adjust to simple agreement: “Yes, Lord. Be it as You say.”

Devotion to prayer is devotion first to relationship: alertness to the presence and personal attention of God in our lives. He has a purpose and a plan in every situation. Pray for His heart concerning your needs today, and then stand firm on it. See what the Lord will do, beginning with filling us with hope that increases peace to us. God is able. Only believe. So many things in life keep our hearts in turmoil, beloved. We must learn to pray.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Love YOU More Prayer Event: February 14

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:14-15.

Realization of the love of Christ empowers self-control, for the love of Christ controls us. Paul expresses it this way in the Amplified version of Philippians 4:13:

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”

Too often in life, self-control is an illusion apart from Christ, thus God supplies it in the fruit of His Spirit. Love and self-control are bookends for the rest of the fruit of God’s Presence in our lives. Here we understand that love controls us. Colossians 3 tells us that Love is the glue that binds all together. Now we see that God makes us sufficient with power for self-control. With love and self-control in place, the Spirit fruit flows:

Joy: Delight yourself in the Lord for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Peace: be still, cease striving and know God.

Patience: trust in the Lord produces goodness and leads us to perseverance with patience.

Kindness: Love is kind. In scripture, kindness, tolerance and patience are often listed as partners. Take Romans 2:4: “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” What’s the old saying: “We get more with honey than vinegar”? Love with self-control practices kindness, heaping it even on ones enemies with overcoming fervor.

Goodness: God is love and God alone is good, therefore God’s love flowing through our lives produces goodness.

Love is faithful in all things. Love is gentle. Even discipline is tempered by love. In summary, this week we covered most all the following in some manner:

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4).

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” ~ Ephesians 5:1-2.

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” ~ Philippians 1:9-11.

Praise God who empowers us through love. As we cooperate to love as He loves and instructs us to, Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” ~ John 13:34-35. Are you known as one belonging to the Lord because you love well? Pray about it.

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Show someone your love today.

 

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Consequences, Good or Not

Friday, February 13, 2015

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality” ~ Colossians 3:23-25.

Everything we do produces “consequences”. It is the law of nature as God ordained it. Rain showers come to feed the land and flowers grow. Too much rain coming in torrents creates floods that wash things away in its path. Every action produces an outcome.

Actions that are good, accomplishing God’s purpose, reap a reward. Those in opposition to God’s way bring hardship of some kind. God may spare us the full force of the consequences due, but some residual remains that is sprouted from the wrong done: regretful memories that rise up, used by Satan to haunt and taunt us; broken relationships; trust destroyed.

Scripture teaches us to weigh the full cost of the things we consider doing to make sure we want to pay the price and that we have what is needed to cover it. That includes realizing potential consequences and deciding if we want to risk it. Moses encourages us, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants” ~ Deuteronomy 30:19.

What decisions are you facing today, Beloved. Often we stop to consider an action’s personal cost for us, but we fail to consider the collateral damage done to those around us. This says, “choose life in order that you may live, you AND your descendants.” Life (abiding in Christ / with others) or death (separation from God / others), good (righteousness) or evil (sin); Blessing (reward) or curse (consequence): this is our choice. Weigh the cost and choose life.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Love YOU More Prayer Event: February 13

Wow, just two more days and I feel like we have barely started. What an awesome privilege we have, to love as God loves. True love make us to…

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor” ~ Romans 12:10.

Devotion:

  1. Feeling or displaying strong affection or attachment; loyalty; zealous, ardent.
  2. Having been consecrated; set apart, dedicated.

God’s love is devotion. We who love as He loves are to be the most devoted to those we love, beginning with zealous commitment to God that loves others for His sake and does so fervently. That devoted love will give preference to others.

“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” ~ Philippians 2:1-8.

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me’” ~ Luke 9:23.

My husband and I get along very well. This is the reason for it. We know how to love with devotion that gives preference, one to the other. Pray today for your love relationships: beginning with love for God, and progressing from closest and most intimate, to those divine appointments that require this level of love. Pray for marriages: especially those struggling to survive. This love saves relationships.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.

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Call to the Prayer Warriors: Whose the Master?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

“Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven” ~ Colossians 3:22-4:1.

No matter what we do in life, whether it is working to build family life, building a ministry, volunteering or performing our jobs, someone has the role of boss / supervisor / head while others have that of workers. Someone leads while others follow. At home, Hubby leads as head of family, maintenance and care of all things mechanical, etc., but when it comes to household issues, Wife leads. For all of us, whether we are a leader or a worker, we serve the Lord. We best fulfill our position when we keep that fact in the forefront of our thinking.

“Masters” are to treat the workers right, realizing that they, too, are merely a worker under God and that they are accountable to God for their leading. “Servants” are to do their best at all times, no matter how harsh the “master”, realizing it is the Lord they truly represent in their service. In this way we receive the reward of the inheritance.

Consider your areas of “master-servant” relationship. Pray over those in your sphere of influence. Seek the Lord to reveal any way in which you need to bow to Him in your service, whether that of master or worker. Surrender yourself to Him today; and be the best “you” possible in the positions of your responsibility.

Consider also: 1 Corinthians 3:10-15.

All scripture is in New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise stated.