Scriptures on Insecurity

Secure in Heart - Chapter Eight
Will I Be Successful? The Guide

(p. 169)
Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
—Isaiah 30:20–21
(p. 169)
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
—Genesis 3:8
(p. 169)
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
—Revelation 21:24
(p. 169)
Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
—Genesis 5:24
(p. 169)
This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.
—Genesis 6:9
(p. 169)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless.
—Genesis 17:1
(p. 169)
Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him.
—Deuteronomy 8:6
(p. 169)
For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
—Deuteronomy 30:16
(p. 169)
The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.
—Deuteronomy 28:9
(p. 169)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
—1 John 1:7
(p. 169)
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
—2 John 1:6
(p. 170)
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
—1 John 2:6
(p. 170)
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
—1 John 1:6
(p. 171)
“O LORD, by your hand save me from such men,
from men of this world whose reward is in this life.”
—Psalm 17:14
(p. 172)
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me…”
—Exodus 20:2–5
(p. 172)
And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.
—Exodus 34:16
(p. 173)
See Matthew 13:3–23
(p. 173)
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner's servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
—Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43
(p. 173)
Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
—Luke 13:20–21
(p. 173)
See Luke 15:11–32
(p. 173)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
—Matthew 7:24–27
(p. 173)
See Luke 16:19–31
(p. 173)
And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
—Luke 12:16–21
(p. 173)
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
—Matthew 13:45–46
(p. 173)
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
—Matthew 13:44
(p. 174)
…for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
—Revelation 19:2
(p. 174)
“I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
—John 15:19
(p. 174)
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
—Luke 12:34
(p. 174)
“The man who loves his life will lose it.”
—John 12:25
(p. 174)
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.
—2 Corinthians 6:14
(p. 174)
Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
—2 Corinthians 3:17
(p. 174)
Use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them.
—1 Corinthians 7:31
(p. 174)
As aliens and strangers in the world, abstain from sinful desires.
—1 Peter 2:11
(p. 175)
…search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
—Psalm 139:23–24
(p. 176)
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.”
—Leviticus 26:13–14
(p. 178)
“Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
— Matthew 9:17
(p. 179)
For whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
—Philippians 3:7–8
(p. 179)
…though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
—Philippians 3:4–6
(p. 179)
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
—Philippians 3:12
(p. 179)
See Acts 14:1–20
(p. 179)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8:28
(p. 179)
Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God's purpose in election might stand:… For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”… Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
—Romans 9:11, 17, 21
(p. 179)
Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
—2 Corinthians 5:5
(p. 179)
And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…
—Ephesians 1:9–11
(p. 179)
…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
—Philippians 2:13
(p. 179)
…who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…
—2 Timothy 1:9
(p. 179)
If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
—2 Timothy 2:21
(p. 180)
Who then, is the man that fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
—Psalm 25:12
(p. 181)
Show me your ways, O LORD,
teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior
and my hope is in you all day long.
—Psalm 25:4–5
(p. 181)
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful.
—Psalm 25:9–10
(p. 182)
The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever on the LORD,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
—Psalm 25:14–15
(p. 182)
I have labored to no purpose;
I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.
—Isaiah 49:4a
(p. 182)
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.
—Isaiah 49:4b
(p. 192)
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
—1 John 4:16
(p. 192)
Search me, O God and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
—Psalm 139:23-24
(p. 183)
See Psalm 103
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