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"How blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because it is they who will be satisfied!
Brothers, I do not consider myself to have embraced it yet. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God's heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus.
I want to know the Messiah what his resurrection power is like and what it means to share in his sufferings by becoming like him in his death,
I delight to do your will, my God. Your Law is part of my inner being."
He told them, "Keep on struggling to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you that many people will try to enter, but won't be able to do so.
I work hard and struggle to do this, using the energy that he powerfully provides in me.
Also, make it your goal to live quietly, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you,
Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of truth with precision.
Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us,
Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to have the Lord find you at peace and without spot or fault.
In the same way, since you're so desirous of spiritual gifts, you must keep on desiring them for building up the church.
The LORD was pleased that Solomon had asked for this, so God told him: "Because you asked for this, and you didn't ask for a long life for yourself, and you didn't ask for the lives of your enemies, but instead you've asked for discernment so you can understand how to govern, look how I'm going to do precisely what you asked. I'm giving you a wise and discerning mind, so that there will have been no one like you before you and no one will arise after you like you. read more.
I'm also giving you what you haven't requested: both riches and honor, so that no other king will be comparable to you during your lifetime. If you will live life my way, keeping my statutes and my commands, just like your father David did, I'll also increase the length of your life."
God told Solomon, "Since you had this in mind, to ask neither to focus on riches, wealth, honor, or the lives of those who hate you, nor have you requested a long life, but instead you have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself, so that you may rule my people over whom I have established you as king, wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. Furthermore, I will give you riches, wealth, and honor such as none of the kings owned who lived before you and none after you are to ever attain their equal."
I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I really seek: that I may remain in the LORD's Temple all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD; and to inquire in his Temple.
My one ambition is to proclaim the gospel where the name of the Messiah is not known, so I don't build on someone else's foundation.
For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast about, for this obligation has been entrusted to me. How terrible it would be for me if I didn't preach the gospel!
Some are preaching the Messiah because of jealousy and dissension, while others do so because of their good will. The latter are motivated by love, because they know that I have been appointed to defend the gospel. The former proclaim the Messiah because they are selfishly ambitious and insincere, thinking that they will stir up trouble for me during my imprisonment.read more.
But so what? Just this that in every way, whether by false or true motives, the Messiah is being proclaimed. Because of this, I rejoice and will continue to rejoice.
You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don't you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. Everyone who enters an athletic contest practices self-control in everything. They do it to win a wreath that withers away, but we run to win a prize that never fades. That is the way I run, with a clear goal in mind. That is the way I fight, not like someone shadow boxing. read more.
No, I keep on disciplining my body, making it serve me so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified.
The victor's crown of righteousness is now waiting for me, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on the day that he comes, and not only to me but also to all who eagerly wait for his appearing.
So don't lose your confidence, since it holds a great reward for you. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will you can receive what he has promised.