Higher Acceptability


Every believer should seek to rise higher in acceptability to the Lord.

_________________

Proverbs 21:3 – To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

__________________

Take a moment to read our Text for Today once more, and then seriously consider what it is saying to you.  There are sacrifices that are called for by the Lord, and when offered, are as highly acceptable to Him as anything else.  Such is the “sacrifice of praise.”  When done in obedience to the Word, such sacrifice is an offering of true love (agape) to Father.  However, if the sacrifice is made while failing to walk in obedience to the Word, then such sacrifice holds little, if any, affect on the Lord.  In all legitimate sacrifice, obedience is one of the key ingredients to make the sacrifice acceptable.

But there is a sacrifice that many Christians have become accustomed to making, especially during the issues faced across the world in the last year.  My heart is saddened by these sacrifices, and I am sure it likewise saddens our Father’s heart.  Allow me to offer this statement, and some brief comments following.  So many Christians have sacrificed fellowship and obedience on the altar of government, and failed in obedience to the Word of God.  My dear reader friend, this must be turned around, and it will require the great hand of Father God in the process.  But to bring the great hand of Father God to bear in this matter, it will also require Christians, you and me, Christian leaders, and ministers to put their (our) “hand to the plow” and NOT look back.

When government, employer, church, and even family leaders call for the Christian to do that which God calls sin, or when government, employer, church, and even family calls for the Christian to NOT do that which God commands, the Christian has both the right and responsibility to draw the line and say “NO” to whatever authority contradicts the Lord and His Word.  At this point there is no debate, no discussion, and no room for any other decision.  Obedience to the Word of God is a MUST!  There is no other way that is acceptable to the Lord.  Sadly, in this arena, the church has developed a habit over the years of failing to comply with the Lord.  We have generally winked at abortion.  We knew it was sin, and called it so, but have generally sat by and allowed it to continue without any real contestation.  We have done the same with homosexual marriage and lifestyle.  That is why it has been so easy for the church to pull back from meeting together during what the world calls the COVID pandemic.  We have been too long silent and largely inactive about these issues, and regaining that spiritual footing will not be easy or cheap.  There will be a cost, but if we will pay the price, a higher plane of acceptability by Father will see His power and majesty displayed in ways far greater than we’ve ever witnessed.  Let’s pay up, live up to the standards, and rise up as the army of the Lord, “fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.”

Manna for Today – 1 John 5:3; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Jeremiah 33:11; Hebrews 13:15; Luke 9:51-62

Sponsored Post Learn from the experts: Create a successful blog with our brand new courseThe WordPress.com Blog

WordPress.com is excited to announce our newest offering: a course just for beginning bloggers where you’ll learn everything you need to know about blogging from the most trusted experts in the industry. We have helped millions of blogs get up and running, we know what works, and we want you to to know everything we know. This course provides all the fundamental skills and inspiration you need to get your blog started, an interactive community forum, and content updated annually.

Something New

When God says something is “new,” He means NEW!  Even if it’s rebuilt, it’s still totally new.

______________

Isaiah 43:19 – Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

__________________

Read our Text for Today again.  This is so powerful, and should instill a marvelous hope and faith in our hearts.  When we consider the past 12 months in our entire world, dealing with all kinds of political upheaval, and especially COVID-19, my heart is crying out to see our Text for Today fulfilled, and that right quickly.  Allow me to speak to you purely from the church perspective.  Church, as we have known it in the last three decades is over, and in large part, I am glad.  While what I share today is a harsh reality for many, church over the past 30-years, and in reality, much longer, has not been a true manifestation of the redeemed church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (I speak of the church in general, for there are congregations that are truly on fire.)  Yes, we have come together on Sunday (but with most Sunday evening and mid-week services either cancelled or socialized), but to what end.  Some would say we come together to worship the Lord.  It is good that we worship the Lord, but that should be a daily function of every believer.  Others might say we come together for preaching, or discipling, or fellowship.  Once again, all that is good.  But my question is, “Where is the supernatural that should be manifest in our midst?”  Sadly, much of what we have called church over recent decades has been a mere formal, and lately very informal, gathering so we could say “we attended church.”  My friend, while I do not intend to be harsh or condemning in any way, that is really not what church is to do in the earth.

I am convinced that the “new thing” the Lord is about to do is to bring the church to a place where the power of God is truly manifest, but in a manner that surpasses all that is known of the past.  In Scripture we read of the early and latter rains of Holy Spirit.  That would be the mighty manifestations of Holy Ghost in the Old Testament (early rain), and the might manifestations of Holy Spirit in the church age until now.  We also read of the early and latter rains being poured out together, and that in a short time.  That, dear reader, will be a new thing indeed, the likes of which have never before been seen.  Toward that I look with great anticipation and expectancy.  I am convinced in my spirit man that we are presently stepping into that time when those of God’s people who are prepared and ready will be used by Him in the mightiest manifestations of power, glory, and majesty the world has ever witnessed.  The early (former) and latter rains will be poured out together in, upon, and through His church.  Get ready, my friend.  A new thing is here!

Manna for Today – Isaiah 43; James 5:7; Deuteronomy 11:4; Job 29:23; Jeremiah3:1-5; Hosea 6:3;  Joel 2:23

Daily Bread – Part 6

Your harvest depends upon your sowing.  Bread retrieval depends on bread that is cast forth.

___________________

Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.

______________________

I encourage you today to take a few extra moments and read the Scriptures from our Manna for Today.  They will strongly reinforce the validity of the truth I share with you, especially the Ecclesiastes passage.  There we read about casting your bread upon the waters.  It speaks clearly to the issue of reciprocity in the kingdom of God, and perhaps even moreso to the issue of being a channel for the abundance of the Lord to flow through you to others in need.  By speaking of casting “bread,” it is clear the passage addresses physical needs which include food, clothes, and shelter.  But as we have already examined in recent days, there is also the application of “bread” that includes the wisdom of God as the bread of life, healing that is the children’s bread, and the bringing of unity to the body of Christ. 

Now while there was a time when items like bread, fish, crops, and livestock were exchanged in a bartering manner, in today’s world, at least in countries like the United States, bartering has generally been replaced by using a nation’s currency for purchase of daily needs, requirements, or desires.  In other words, we simply buy it.  And in many cases, if we want to help someone who is in need of food, clothes, or shelter, we aid them by giving them the money they need to make the purchases they need.

In the Ecclesiastes passage, we read of “casting your bread” upon “waters.”  The term “waters” is often used as a reference to different people groups.  When we read that passage in the light of a reference to people, add to it our Text for Today, and then include Scriptures that teach us about the laws of reciprocity, it becomes very clear that we are talking about reciprocity, or giving.  To that end, allow me to ask you a question.  How often to we arise, and when we go to prayer, ask the Lord to provide, not only what we personally need that day, but to provide to us necessary finance that we would have it in our possession, or at least in our control, to give to others as it would please the Lord?  I personally think that such prayer is rather rare.  Perhaps we should give it greater consideration, especially in light of God’s Word.

Consider these statements.  Give and it shall be given unto to you.  When we give according to a specific command of the Lord concerning amount and the place to give, the Word guarantees us 100-fold return.  If you want to reap daily, you must sow daily.  While these are very simple and easily understood statements, their simplicity should not cause one to dismiss their grave importance.  God’s laws of reciprocity are just that, laws.  And when we consider how they apply to “daily bread,” it seems it would be wise to put them to work.

Manna for Today – Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1;    1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Luke 6:38; Mark 10:29-30; Proverbs 19:17

Daily Bread – Part 5


Unity will result from discerning the Lord’s body and allowing each part to fulfill its calling
.

_________________

Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.

__________________

Father’s desire is for the “whole body” to be “fitly joined together.”  That can only happen when every member of the body of Christ has at least come to a place of willing acceptance that each member of the body of Christ has a specific, or peculiar, role to play in His Kingdom.  Jesus called the bread He broke with His disciples in the last supper “My body broken for you.”  As long as we go about in our Christian experience, failing to recognize other members of the body of Christ, and further failing to discern by Holy Spirit the place they are fill in Father’s scheme of things, we will not come to the unity He desires. 

I’ve addressed this before, but I need to come to once again.  In each member of the body of Christ are talents, anointings, and giftings placed there by the Godhead.  When those elements are blended with the motive gifts Father has assigned, and the personalities of those people in whom those assignments have been given, we are dealing with truly wondrous blend of blessed possibilities.  I am convinced that one of the things that is holding the body of Christ back is our failure to lean hard on Holy Ghost to reveal the supernatural blends to us so we can each be freed to play the divine role we are given. 

One of the greatest tools at our disposal for such a work is given us in the way we honor, not only the talents, gifts, and anointings in ourselves, but in other members of the body of Christ, including the younger vessels.  The Scriptures tell us to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  We are all aware of younger people, especially young Christians who showed great promise in the early days of their Christian walk, only to turn from them as they grew up.  Is it possible that they might have remained faithful to the Lord and been a marvelous asset to the Church if their talent, anointing, and gift had been properly discerned and encouraged so that it could be more fully developed for its service to the body of Christ? 

I have also said that it is only when one of God’s giftings is properly honored that we can receive fully from that gift.  By preventing a gift from coming forth, regardless of the reason, we set people up for failure and disappointment.  It should be the heartbeat of every believer, especially those who have already become strongly developed in their Christian walk and service, that they provoke other believers to good works, and to ultimately surpass their leaders in their service to the body.  To do this, the believer must not only be a partaker of “daily bread,” but a minister of it as well.  Serve others by striving to see that those you encounter receive from you some element of “daily bread.”

Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Ephesians 4:10-16

Daily Bread – Part 4


When we consider Jesus’ broken body, there is more to see than your healing.  Let’s look more deeply.

Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.

____________________

Make no mistake about it.  Healing and health are absolutely key elements of the New Covenant represented by the body of Christ, He being the Bread of Life, broken for His people.  It is your right and responsibility as a son of commandment.  But we must not stop at the work of healing, for there is so much more to be gained by discerning the Lord’s body that most believers have never considered.  Let’s look further.

Every believer is a member of the body of Christ.  I believe it is imperative that we grow up in the Lord until He is able to reveal to us by His Spirit, how we may discern who members of the body of Christ are.  We are cautioned that taking the elements of the Lord’s body “unworthily,” that is to say, drawing improper attention to one’s self, one is failing to discern the Lord’s body, and by that, eating and drinking damnation to his/her own body.  And for that reason, the believer becomes weak and sickly, and opened to death.  That, dear friend, is a dangerous place to be. 

It is to that end that I write today.  Concerning the discerning of the Lord’s body, take into consideration that every believer is a member of the body of Christ.  Every member of that body has talents, anointings, and giftings peculiar to themselves, given them by the Lord by which the Kingdom may be served, the body edified, the Lord honored and glorified, and the body living at its highest potential.  Not only should we walk in our own calling, but we should provoke every other member of the body of Christ to do the same.  Imagine the glory of God that could be manifest if each of us merely did that which we were assigned by the Lord to do, and refused to draw attention to ourselves attempting to do what someone else should be doing. 

Let us rather choose to allow the Lord to reveal to us the talents, anointings, and giftings He has placed in one another, for only by recognizing them can we truly honor them.  Understand that you only receive from a gift to the degree that you honor it.  Can you imagine how the power of God could flow in His body if we gave the honor due to His giftings in others?  It is as we honor the gifts and anointings in others that we provoke those who possess them to use them for the glory of God, and not keep them hidden.  Satan is only too thrilled when a believer wraps that which Father has given them in a napkin and hides it.  It is when such talents and gifts are used that they multiply, bring honor to God.  Oh, Father!  Help us discern your people and every member of Christ’s body.

Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Daily Bread – Part 3

When you receive Communion, learn to identify the work accomplished through His broken body.

______________________

Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.

_______________________

As we contemplate the “daily bread” of our Text for Today, we look into what Jesus said we are to remember – His body broken for us.  Let’s get right to this powerful revelation.  I believe it likely that the first thing one thinks of when considering the broken body of Jesus is the healing He provided for us by the stripes on His body.  That is one of the main themes of 1 Peter 2:24 and Isaiah 53:4-5.  I am so thankful for my healing that Jesus provided me by His great suffering.  To that end, I will always declare that I am healed by the stripes of Jesus, regardless of current physical circumstances, pressing symptoms, or the feelings within my body.  I look solely to the Scriptures for my position on that topic.  In Isaiah 33:24, we read, “And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.”  So, what is one to say when symptoms of sickness seem to be ravaging his body?  I fall upon the Word and declare, “Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law, and by His stripes I was healed.”  I do not speak that which my flesh and circumstances attempt to dictate; I speak what God has said about me. 

I choose to call things that be not as though they are until they become.  That is the Spirit of faith by which we are commanded to live in order to please Father.  In doing that, I am not denying the existence of sickness and disease in any way.  What I AM DOING is taking a stand by faith in God’s Word and denying the right of sickness and disease to exist in my body, for my body is the Temple of Holy Ghost.  Think of the instance in which Jesus drove the buyers and sellers from the Temple.  He said they had made the house of prayer a “den of thieves.”  Evil men had come into the temple to rob the people of God of their livelihood through fraudulent sales and exchange of money.  Now think further.  What does sickness and disease do in your body?  It robs you of your livelihood by forcing you from work, from your daily responsibilities, from tending to your love walk before the Lord and your family.  That’s Satan’s work to steal, kill, and destroy.  Just as Jesus rose up and drove such thieves from the Temple, should we not follow His example and rise up in faith, driving any and every thief from our life, including sickness and disease from our bodies?  The Temple Jesus cleansed is no longer standing, but the Temple of Holy Ghost is alive, and should be well, strong, blessed, holy, prosperous, and powerful.

Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1; 1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63: Matthew 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Daily Bread – Part 2

Natural food is a MUST for human survival.  Aren’t you glad God made it possible to enjoy it?

______________________

Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread.

______________________

As I write this, I am reminded of Israel’s time in the wilderness between Egyptian captivity and arrival in the promised land.  It was during that time that our God provided them with manna to eat for a time.  That manna, often thought of as bread from heaven, would be found on the ground six days per week, with enough being found on day six to supply Israel on the seventh day, as well.  If those who daily collected it thought to collect a double portion on one day to save their labor for the next day, the next day found the manna rotted in the container in which they placed it.  It was a clear indication from Father God that manna was a food that had to be collected daily. 

The imagery that comes to mind is the human need for fresh food.  While we have many ways to preserve foods today by freezing, drying, canning, etc., the fact remains that man still needs fresh food in some way on a daily basis to remain healthy.  Our preserving techniques are simply ways of maintaining freshness over a period of time so that the foods we ingest are fresh, thus maintaining some of their “alive” status. 

Just as we need daily measures of God’s Word to keep our faith strong and growing, we need a certain measure of fresh food to keep our bodies strong and growing, or if already grown, freshly supplied with new cell growth to stay alive.  In light of our daily needs, learn a principle of faith.  Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is . . .”  Note closely, it does NOT say, “Faith is,” or “Faith was,” or “Faith will be.”  Once again, it says, “Now faith is . . .”  “Faith” is a force of the present tense.  It is by faith that we receive that for which we ask when we believe,  NOT when we see.  And faith is NOW!  NOT a few seconds ago, or in a few seconds.  Faith is NOW!  NOW is this present instant.  In an instant from NOW, it will be a while ago.   And every instant before us is the future, with every instant we enter being our NOW.  What I am indicating is you always need faith NOW.  What will be needed tomorrow is hope, and that which was needed yesterday is experience.  Faith is ALWAYS NOW!

In our Text for Today, we read, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Jesus spoke to us in the light of “Now faith is” when He said, “Take no thought for tomorrow, what you should eat or drink, or what you shall wear.  Sufficient unto today is the evil that is present.”  What you need is your bread for today, regardless of the form it takes.  You don’t want tomorrow’s bread today, and yesterday’s bread is already gone.  Just a note here…if you want bread daily, sow daily.

Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1;               1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63: Matthew 6:9-13

Daily Bread – Part 1

I am so glad the Word of God is ageless in its clearly understandable application.

________________________

Luke 11:3 – Give us day by day our daily bread. 

_____________________

Bread.  One word.  But what does that one word mean to the hearer?  It would depend to some degree upon the hearer’s perspective at any given moment.  Jesus is the bread of life.  Bread, a universal food made from some kind of grain, is recognized all over the globe.  When we take Communion, the bread represents the broken body of Christ.  Jesus called bread the healing of the children.  In Ecclesiastes bread is an element of sowing, or giving, and in such a reference could refer to money or element of finance. 

Today we will look at the aspect of the “bread” as the Word of God.  After He had fasted 40 days, He was hungry.  It was at that time Satan came to tempt Him, and the first of the three temptations He faced was Satan’s challenge to “turn the stones to bread.”  In all three temptations, Jesus’ response always came directly from the Word.  In all three instances, He prefaced the quoting of the Scripture with “It is written…”  But it was at the first temptation that Jesus concluded His rebuke to Satan with the words, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”  

Also, consider the truth that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.  That happened when Mary accepted in full faith that the Word of God that came to her concerning the virgin birth was absolute truth, and yielded herself fully to Holy Ghost Who came upon her, causing the Word of God to be conceived in her womb.  And of course, we see a full confirmation of that truth when Jesus sat with His disciples at the last supper and said to them that the bread of which they partook represented His body, the Word made flesh, that was broken for them. 

It is that same Word that is received into the human spirit, and believed, that becomes the living reality of whatever it has stated to and for the believer.  The Word of God  spoken into the spirit of the believer becomes “life to them that find it, and health to all their flesh.”  The Word of God, as “life to them that find it,” signifies “bread” goes beyond that which feeds the flesh.  The “bread” of which we speak is the ”bread of life,” and that is precisely Who Jesus is.  And it is that “bread of life” that feeds “spirit and life” to the born-again human spirit.  Please note that this study is in no way exhaustive.  It is intended to present one of the great Biblical truths in a very simple way.  But let us remember that this “bread of life” that became flesh was also “full of grace and truth.”

Manna for Today – Luke 11:1-13; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; Matthew 15:26; Mark 7:27; John 1:1;               1 John 5:7; Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-23; John 6:63

Things to Remember – Part 6

Memory, like forward thought, needs to be focused.

____________________

Psalm 77:10-11 – And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.  I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

____________________

Not all things of the past should be remembered.  In fact, Scriptures teach clearly that there are many things of the past that should be actively forgotten.  Many people think that forgetting is simply a passive thing, or the result of non-engagement.  They are talking about things they learned in school that they cannot at a later point call to memory.  But according to Scriptures, forgetting is just as active an undertaking as remembering.  And while there are many things the believer should actively forget, there are also many things the believer should actively pursue to remember.  Their benefits are awesome indeed.

Each year in America, we have a Superbowl, a World’s Series, a basketball championship, etc.  But in reality, what will be the value of those events in the light of eternity, or even in the light of one human lifetime?  Such events hold, at best, short-term memories that may evoke good or bad emotions, depending upon which team wins.  But what God does always carries eternal value.  Everything the Lord does carries revelation of Who He is, what He can do, why He does it, and for whom He does it.  Many of His works are recorded in the Scriptures, and therefore will build faith in those who hear it.  And it is likely that God has done many more things since the Scriptures were penned than anyone can imagine, and each one continues to be a revelation of Who He is. 

I am convinced that it is of keen importance to the body of Christ that we learn to use memories of those things the Lord holds important for our greatest benefit.  Consider our Text for Today.  While the Superbowl may be exciting for the moment, the SUPERNATURAL of God will endure for eternity.  While the Worlds Series may last for seven games, the work of the Lord will continue for eternity.  And while the NBA playoffs may highlight a few star athletes for a few days, the Kingdom of God highlights Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, along with a myriad of chosen vessels for ever and ever.  Oh God, help us to recoup the memories You have recorded for us in Your Word, and help us to walk in such a manner as to daily create new memories that continue to shine like cities set on a hill for the glory of God.  All You have done is glorious, and you have a place for us to make every day a glorious day, creating memories that are worthy of remembering.

Manna for Today – Psalm 118; Deuteronomy 32:1-15; Genesis 9:5; 1 Chronicles 16:12; Psalm 77:6-11; Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 43:26; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Philippians 2:1-11; Philippians 3:13;  Romans 12:1-2; Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 12:24; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:31

Things to Remember – Part 5

Never sell the old guys short.  They can be smarter than you can imagine.

____________________

Deuteronomy 32:7 – Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

_____________________

In Leviticus, the Lord gives a command.  Remember, a commandment from the Lord is an order about which there is not choice and from which there is no turning.  This is a commandment.  It says, “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.”  One of the great lessons I have learned about any commandment from the Lord is so powerful that it is beyond natural thinking.  In the natural world, commands are given that may be beneficial to the person to whom they are given, but in general, benefit the organization, the company, the team, or the operations unit from whom the orders flow.  But in the kingdom of God, EVERY commandment given by the Lord to His church flows from ONE motive – LOVE.  And that love is His love for the person to whom the commandment is given. 

God commands obedience, not only because it’s right, but to be a blessing to the obedient.  God commands worship, not only because it’s right, but to be a blessing to the worshipper.  God commands us to tithe and give, not only because it’s right, but to be a blessing to the tither/giver.  No matter what commandment He has given, it is ultimately for the blessing of the obedient vessel.  That is the very heart and nature of God.  That is Who God is.  Now take another look at our Text for Today.

In this day of the upwardly mobile young, and plans for early retirement by so many of them, the older generation, those called “senior citizens,” can be so easily pushed aside.  It is not always done in an ugly manner.  It is often made to bee a kind gesture to put the older person out to pasture.  The problem here is that people are not horses.  They do not need to be “put out to pasture.”  Man is much more than a creature or instinct.  He is a vessel “made” in the likeness of God, and placed BY God in position of royalty as His children.   My friend, an old horse that has won the triple crown of horse racing CANNOT IN ANY WAY inform a younger horse, even one of its offspring, how to win even one of the triple crown races.  Our Text for Today is a command from God on how the older, more mature, wiser, more experienced believer should be treated, honored, and blessed by the younger ones.  Don’t lose or cast aside the enormous wealth of revelation, wisdom, knowledge, and faith that “senior saints” possess.

Manna for Today – Psalm 118; Deuteronomy 32:1-15; Genesis 9:5; 1 Chronicles 16:12; Psalm 77:6-11; Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 43:26; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 12:1-2;   Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 12:24; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:31