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ONE Kingdom and Christ is the King… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2021 by paulthepoke

The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are describing the same kingdom—the kingdom of glory, where the presence of our Father saturates the atmosphere, and where Christ Jesus is the King of glory sitting on the throne of glory at the Father’s right hand of glory. Jesus proves it here when He compared His kingdom to something.

“The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33)

“To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Luke 13:20-21)

The different phrasing was used because Matthew was writing to the Hebrews who had a concept of heaven, and Luke was writing to the Greeks who had a concept of god.

These are not two separate kingdoms, and the devil most certainly does not have control or authority over our Father’s kingdom. Jesus stripped the devil of any authority over us, that we had given the enemy through sin, and He placed us in Himself (in Christ) where He is seated in heavenly places now at the right hand of the Father of glory, with the earth as His footstool and the enemy under our feet. We are the righteousness of God “in Christ“.

And this parable is not talking about bad yeast either. Jesus was talking about good baker’s yeast, the yeast of the Father’s glory that raised the bread of life, that raises the dead to life in Christ, and that multiplies any batch of dough it is worked into.

Watch some videos on making bread with good baker’s yeast; it will give the proper imaging of this parable.

Compare it with what is bad yeast. Jesus said, “Beware of yeast of the Pharisees”. This is bad yeast which is doctrine that cannot produce life, and it cannot multiply in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus did not say, beware of the yeast of heaven. We want that kind of yeast!

Blessings to everyone! Have a beautiful day!

Seek the Glory of God… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2021 by paulthepoke

When we seek first His Kingdom as Jesus commanded, it causes us to wear this wedding garment of Christ’s glory on us every day. As the light of the world, we don’t have to worry about how our earthly needs will be provided. They will just come to us effortlessly. God sends them without us even asking. But when we ask, He gives us abundantly more than we ask for! We seek Him and His glory (John 5:44, Proverbs 25:2) in humility, and He provides all of our needs. When we are clothed in Christ it transforms the atmosphere to instantly bring His favor and wisdom.

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:8-10)

Perfect peace is a primary indicator that we have the wedding garment of Christ on and dressed for the wedding! Joy unspeakable is another indicator, and perfect love that drives out all fear.

Holy Father, let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth and in our lives exactly as it is already in heaven!

We are the light of the world and we will not be hidden as Jesus said! Activate your glory within every person who reads this and show them how beautiful they are. Remind them that they are anchored behind the veil in Your glory! They are not anchored to the earth in sin and worldly passions. No one can take them out of Jesus and Your hand and nothing can separate them from Your love! Thank You Papa! In Jesus mighty name, yes and amen. 🙏❤️

Jesus died to reconcile you to the Father. Jesus finished His old covenant work on the cross, and He began His new covenant work as He sat down at the right hand of the Father, made a place for us and seated us there with Him, and then poured out the Spirit of our Father’s glory within us. So, this is the perspective of the church today as the Father releases His glory in the earth through us.

So be it Papa and let it be so!

The Word, The Spirit, and The Glory… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2021 by paulthepoke

The author of a book I’m reading by David G. Bloesh “Holy Scripture” stated that “truth must be transmitted to humanity through the grace and power of Jesus Christ by means of the awakening of the Holy Spirit.” An awakening of the glory within us (if Christ is in us) is indeed what we need!

Some theologies are dependent upon science to confirm the Scriptures, or dependent upon the futility of human reasoning, which is devoid of the Spirit of God, to confirm them. But Scripture actually teaches there is nothing in man in his fallen nature that can know God or even recognize Him anywhere. While reasoning can certainly aid us if our spiritual eyes have been opened, without “eyes that see”, we are blind to the truth of Scripture. Human reasoning alone will make laws out of everything. It can arrive at a conclusion, but it will be a wrong one. It will bind and not loose.

It is the Father of glory who enlightens our eyes, but it is not apart from Scripture. He always confirms a revelation with the Word.

Ephesians 1:17-18 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saint.”

While we should be able to see God everywhere, all of creation has been subjected to futility due to the bondage of corruption, so we cannot. Even though “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1), still man cannot recognize his Creator without direct intervention from God who opens the eyes and minds of the blind. The heart of man without the oneness of the glory of God is deceitful and desperately wicked. He cannot do good and he is utterly blind. Scripture is only black and white ink to him, but God could open His eyes as He is reading.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:19)

The Spirit of God is one with His Word and one with His Glory, the essence of the Trinity. The written word that we call Scripture is the framework of the living Word. While Scripture is not without error, the living Word is without error, and the Lord watches over His own Word to perform it. He works with His written Word. Truth is like a stream of pure glory running through the Word that cannot be broken, but it is invisible until He reveals it to us. He illuminates it to us as we read. If any part of the written Word is not from Him, then it will not be illumined by Him, so we do not have to worry about it.

“Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12, ESV)

As we read, we might find ourselves saying, “Wow! I never saw that before! That’s amazing Lord!” His presence accompanies revelation of the Word and perfect peace is present. It radiates on us in that moment.

There is no mistaking the presence of God once we encounter Him. Any revelation from Him will always be backed by Scripture. Otherwise, it is only us trying to make sense of something. Scripture apart from the Spirit does nothing for us, except bind us with a law. We walk away and forget immediately what manner of man we were (James 1:24).

But the Holy Spirit of glory reveals truth through His written Word as if He were just now giving it. It does not matter if it was written thousands of years ago; the Spirit of God is eternal; He is timeless; He exists outside of time. He is past, present, and future all at once and then some. The same Holy Spirit who inspired the Scriptures, also gives light to our eyes so we can know Him and be known by Him with even the same strength that Jesus knows Him.

Many times, I receive revelation from the Holy Spirit while not reading the Word and not listening to a preacher, but I have the Word hidden in my heart, and Scriptures come to my mind along with the revelation, so it is still being confirmed by the Word.

When we partake of communion, the body of Jesus is representative of not only His body broken for us, but also of His Word. We eat it and live forever. His Word is our home. We sup with Him and He with us. We even become the Word ourselves because we are becoming all that Christ is. His Word and His Spirit and His Glory are ONE. They all work together to give us the wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Blessings to everyone!

Clothed Better Than a Lily… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2021 by paulthepoke

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:27-33)

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Our amazing and glorious Father in heaven made this beautiful Lily to demonstrate how He clothed us, His children, even more in His own glory the moment He placed Christ in us (the hope of glory) and then activated Him to shine on us as radiating light coming out of us and lighting up the entire realm that He has assigned to each of us to live and operate in on this earth.

“Wake up O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” (Ephesians 5:14)

“Awake My glory! Awake psaltery and harp! I will awaken the dawn!” (Psalm 57:8)

It’s not enough to only have Christ in us, a hope of glory, but He is also meant to shine on us! He is our Lord of glory! He is our eternal clothing. We wear Him!

“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13:14)

Put on the wedding garment of Christ! (Matthew 22:11-12)

Joseph’s coat of many colors (Genesis 37:31-33)

The garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3)

The robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)

The wedding garment of Christ (Matthew 22-11-12)

The armor of light (Romans 13:12)

The light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16)

Put on Christ (Romans 13:14)

These and many more images all mean the same thing: The active state of the Father’s glory shining on us! This is what God is doing in the earth right now—helping the Bride put on her wedding garment, which is made of the same Material (glory) that the Bridegoom’s wedding garment is made of (Jesus is the head and we are His body—one in Him, undivided). We are seated in Him in heavenly places right now already reconciled to the Father and already glorified—past tense (Romans 8:29-30).

All throughout the Bible our Father has given us images of the clothing He created for us to wear since the moment He first thought of us! And this clothing is far more beautiful and perfect than all of His lilies in the field! Jesus said even Solomon, an old covenant king wasn’t arrayed as one of these lilies!

We are new covenant children of God! The new covenant is a better covenant based on better promises. And the clothing that we wear is the Father Himself. The material is like nothing we have ever seen before because it is His very own glory! Christ in us, the hope of glory, and Christ on us, we wear that glory!

In the old covenant, saints could only have God’s glory on them but not in them permanently.

In the new covenant that Jesus died and rose and ascended to the right hand of the Father to give us, we have God’s glory in us AND on us! Transformed from the inside out into light-bearers!

We are “guardians of His glory” as a good friend of mine so eloquently put it. We are carriers of Father’s glory! Literally nothing can touch God’s anointed! We walk into a dark room or atmosphere and immediately demons run without effort on our part. Because they see Christ!

The same glory that Jesus received and had with the Father before the world was, He gave to us! (John 17:5,22-23) Wow just think of the implications of who we actually are!

The same glory that instantly killed Uzzah for touching it illegally is the same glory that Jesus placed within every believer who calls on His name (and yet we don’t die!) and invites into his-her life as Lord and Savior! This is how pure and holy and sanctified and justified and glorified we the church actually are!

When we truly know who we are in Christ, all of that becomes a living reality. We are seated in heavenly places in Christ at the right hand of the Father now, not someday after we all die. Right now as we live!

“I Love You!” -God Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on May 19, 2021 by paulthepoke

So my mom and I are walking in the park and we see a puddle in the shape of a heart. Jesus always sends us messages if we just open our eyes! ❤️❤️❤️ Betty Epley

If we just look around we can see the fingerprint of God everywhere, even on a nature walk. Here on the sidewalk 5 years ago I saw the love of our Father in heaven outlined in glory! 🥰🙏He said a big, “I love you!” in that moment. Notice all the little flower pedals that fell into the water and surrounded the heart. With the sun shining on it, the heart that He put there for anyone with eyes to see, radiated with His glory! His glory is the Protector our hearts.

“Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

“This hope (of glory) we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence (of glory) behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:4-6)

Yes and Amen! Have a blessed day everyone! Jesus and our Father both love you immensely and intensely! Don’t be afraid to come near Him. God is love. There is no need to be afraid of true love.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love drives out fear,” (1 John 4:18)

His glory is designed to protect our hearts where we can safely trust in Him without any fear at all.

Blood of Jesus on the Cross, Pōhutukawa… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2021 by paulthepoke

This earth truly does reveal God’s glory everywhere in creation, and it tells the story of Jesus. Everything God made (and He made everything through Jesus) has His signature on it.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)

This beautiful flower is called “Blood of Jesus on the Cross” and is native to New Zealand. It grows on a tree called the Pōhutukawa or the New Zealand Christmas bush. The flower itself is remarkable. Not only is there a cross in the center, but the blood of Jesus is displayed in the mass of filaments that splay out from the cross as if to shower upon the whole world. We have redemption through Jesus’ blood, the forgiveness of sins. Also notice the tiny anthers on the end of each red filament that contain the pollen. They look like tiny pieces of flesh or bread that was broken for the life of the world. Jesus was the bread of life broken and multiplied to feed all who want eternal life.

Because of the cross we can now be reconciled to the Father through Christ Jesus.

“Then Jesus said…Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:53-58)

“The Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23,26)

“He (Jesus) who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)

Along The Way… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2021 by paulthepoke
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If someone isn’t experiencing much change in their behavior and thinking after giving their lives to Jesus, then it’s because they stopped somewhere along the Way, but didn’t make it all the Way to glory—to the Father.

They thought perhaps Jesus was the Way to the cross, or the Way to the resurrection. They never understood that those are only “points” along the Way.

But the destination is the Father. Jesus is the Way to the Father. Jesus never said He was the Way to the cross. He went to the cross, and we too have to go through the cross as we die to the old nature, but Jesus didn’t stay at the cross. The glory of the Father raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 6:4), and the same glory raises us too…right now, not some day.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)

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We are seated in heaven in places in Christ now. Jesus always said His destination was the Father, and that is where He went to make our place so that we can be with Him where He is…right now. It’s not only a place for when we die and leave this earth, but a place where we are to live NOW while still here (John 14:3).

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3)

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It’s okay if we didn’t know that; God is not condemning anyone. But it’s time to see everything from the position of Christ, the One who already overcame the world and even death.

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21)

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Even just knowing this begins to activate the glory of the Father in us and it activates the new nature. We will feel it happening and hope will rise up within us that all things truly are possible. The imagination of the child is restored instantly (Matthew 8:13).

And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment. (Matthew 8:13)

Everything in our lives now begins to change, beginning with our perspective from above rather than beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).

And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them… (Deuteronomy 28:13)

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We are seated in Christ right now where He is on the throne of glory, restored to the Father. No one can take us out of Jesus’ hand or the Father’s hand (John 10:28-30).

…and I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-30)

Nothing can separate us from His love whom have been separated unto Him (Romans 8:38-39, John 17:19).

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:19)

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His throne is in you (Acts 2:3), His power is in you (Ephesians 3:20), His kingdom is in you (Luke 17:21), heaven is in you; therefore your ability to accomplish anything already lives in you and is awaiting your command.

The Spirit of glory living in you will teach you how to separate darkness from light in every situation you encounter, even the secret ones in your mind, and you will help Him divide the old nature from the new through your spoken words. He may also show you something that you need to do in some cases. His words and works weigh the same and both will release His glory.

…but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” (John 10:38).

See also Mark 2:8-12.

Rolling Blackouts… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2021 by paulthepoke

Hi everyone! With record low temperatures in many states, -20 degrees this morning in some places in Oklahoma, and the electric company performing rolling blackouts to conserve energy, the spiritual significance of this physical manifestation of darkness is not lost on me. The coldness of hearts in the world toward our Father in heaven and the rolling blackouts of the power of God in people’s lives is an indicator not only of the current spiritual condition for many, but also of the great glory of God that is soon to be, at the point of being released upon the earth through the church, Christ’s body, through those of us who are called by His Name.

An increase of darkness and evil is clear evidence, albeit negative, that the dawn of God’s glory is about to be revealed in us and in the earth. It is an opportunity for us to measure how magnificent His glory is about to roll in with surging eternal and uninterrupted power through all those who are called by Jesus’ Name and dare to operate in His glory in these times.

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be (soon to be, at the point of being) revealed in us…

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Darkness does not have to bring fear or despair. We have been given the power in Christ to roll back every form of darkness that we encounter. It does not take a lot of effort on our part either. It only takes stirring (waking) up His glory (Christ, the gift, the treasure) in us, a desire to see the darkness leave, and confidence in the name of Jesus and His Word, also the boldness to act upon it.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Romans 8:19-21 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

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Perfect Peace… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2021 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

John 14:27 Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful.

Perfect peace is probably the strongest indicator given to us by the Father that we are operating in His glory at any given moment, but another sure indicator are the words that we consistently speak. There can be many evidences of His glory manifesting in our lives, but our words are a huge one! They are either a dead give-away of walking in the old nature, or a living give-away of walking in the new nature. On a very simple level is optimism verses pessimism, positivity verses negativity. A person speaking positively doesn’t mean that he is in Christ, but it is an indicator on a very low level. What words are said are even more important and more of indicator.

A Christian who speaks negatively at length is still operating out of the old nature. What he says may be true, but they aren’t words to restore. Reconciling someone to the Father (and I’m not just talking about salvation) must bring that person all the way up to where Christ is at the Father’s right hand.

It can’t stop and cry forever at the cross, and it can’t condemn others with words that continually remind them they messed up or got it wrong. While the cross is one of the steps or way-points, and a very important one, even a daily one, it must be coupled with the rising from the dead to new life, and then ascending to the right hand of the Father where we overcome. That happens now as we live. Not knowing this causes people to live defeated lives and in condemnation when we don’t have to. We must go full circle to the Father to overcome anything. Jesus said,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

“I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.” (John 16:28)

How Do You See? -Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2021 by paulthepoke

Believers in Christ have access to both the old and new natures. The old nature is blind and deaf. It sees darkly and its outpouring is negativity, sin, and death.

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The new nature walks in the Spirit, in the light; it operates in glory. It sees light and its outpouring is everlasting life and words of reconciliation, which are words that restore people to the Father in Christ; they are words that restore us to glory.

1 Corinthians 15:45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

John 6:33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.

The new nature is a life-giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45) and the words it speaks are Spirit and life (John 6:33). It is optimistic, confident, and courageous. It can see the way past a problem to the other side where it overcomes, where the glory of the Father is released through our words and works that match the Holy Spirit’s, turning every negative condition into light. This happens through speaking the promises of God that we received revelation on. These words cut with precision in a spiritual “laser light surgery” that refuses the evil and chooses the good, separating the precious from the vile, and bringing glory to the Father through a manifested work by His Word that came to pass.

“But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Wake up O sleeper, arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:13-14)

“Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.” (Isaiah 7:15)

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

“Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, Then I will bring you back; You shall stand before Me; If you take out (separate) the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, But you must not return to them.” (Jeremiah 15:19)

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