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Hebrews 12:15

Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God's grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it -- "

Hebrews 4:1

Therefore, while the promise of entering His rest still holds and is offered [today], let us be afraid [ to distrust it], lest any of you should think he has come too late and has come short of [reaching] it.

Acts 17:6

But when they failed to find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brethren before the city authorities, crying, These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,

Jeremiah 20:11

But the Lord is with me as a mighty and terrible One; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not overcome [me]. They will be utterly put to shame, for they will not deal wisely or prosper [in their schemes]; their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten.

Isaiah 38:14

Like a twittering swallow or a crane, so do I chirp and chatter; I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary and dim with looking upward. O Lord, I am oppressed; take my side and be my security [as of a debtor being sent to prison].

Ephesians 2:5

Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved ( delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation).

Hebrews 4:6

Seeing then that the promise remains over [from past times] for some to enter that rest, and that those who formerly were given the good news about it and the opportunity, failed to appropriate it and did not enter because of disobedience,

Psalm 12:1

Help, Lord! For principled and godly people are here no more; faithfulness and the faithful vanish from among the sons of men.

Isaiah 19:5

And the waters shall fail from the Nile, and the river shall be wasted and become dry.

Hebrews 4:2

For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).

1 Samuel 12:23

Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.

Romans 5:20

But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God's unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded,

Isaiah 28:16

Therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone of sure foundation; he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not be ashamed or give way or hasten away [in sudden panic].

Hebrews 12:12

So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees,

Jonah 4:1

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly and he was very angry.

Psalm 31:10

For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing; my strength has failed because of my iniquity, and even my bones have wasted away.

2 Corinthians 13:7

But I pray to God that you may do nothing wrong, not in order that we [ our teaching] may appear to be approved, but that you may continue doing right, [though] we may seem to have failed and be unapproved.

Psalm 106:7

Our fathers in Egypt understood not nor appreciated Your miracles; they did not [earnestly] remember the multitude of Your mercies nor imprint Your loving-kindness [on their hearts], but they were rebellious and provoked the Lord at the sea, even at the Red Sea.

Ezekiel 16:49

Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: pride, overabundance of food, prosperous ease, and idleness were hers and her daughters'; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

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Prayer » Causes of failure in » True prayer heard

Psalm 4:3

But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and given distinction to] him who is godly [the man of loving-kindness]. The Lord listens and heeds when I call to Him.

Job 34:28

So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He heard the cry of the afflicted.

Psalm 18:6

In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears.

Psalm 34:17

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.

Proverbs 15:29

The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous (the upright, in right standing with Him).

More verses: Micah 7:7 Zechariah 10:6

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Sometimes refused because not in accord with the divine will

Ezekiel 20:3

Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Have you come to inquire of Me? As I live, says the Lord God, I will not be inquired of by you!

Deuteronomy 3:26

But the Lord was angry with me on your account and would not listen to me; and the Lord said to me, That is enough! Say no more to Me about it.

2 Corinthians 12:8

Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Social and family

Matthew 18:19

Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven.

Luke 1:10

And all the throng of people were praying outside [in the court] at the hour of incense [burning].

Acts 4:24

And when they heard it, lifted their voices together with one united mind to God and said, O Sovereign Lord, You are He Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them,

Acts 12:12

When he, at a glance, became aware of this [ comprehending all the elements of the case], he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark, where a large number were assembled together and were praying.

More verses: Acts 21:5

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Disobedience

1 Samuel 28:6

When Saul inquired of the Lord, He refused to answer him, either by dreams or by Urim [a symbol worn by the priest when seeking the will of God for Israel] or by the prophets.

Deuteronomy 1:45

And you returned and wept before the Lord, but the Lord would not heed your voice or listen to you.

1 Samuel 14:37

And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You deliver them into the hand of Israel? But He did not answer him that day.

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Iniquity

Micah 3:4

Then will they cry to the Lord, but He will not answer them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Neglect of mercy

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Stubbornness

Zechariah 7:13

So it came to pass that as He cried and they would not hear [He said], So they shall cry and I will not answer, says the Lord of hosts,

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Despising the law

Proverbs 28:9

He who turns away his ear from hearing the law [of God and man], even his prayer is an abomination, hateful and revolting [to God].

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Indifference

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Blood-guiltiness

Isaiah 1:15

And when you spread forth your hands [in prayer, imploring help], I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood!

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Instability

James 1:6-7

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Secret sin

Prayer » Causes of failure in » Self-indulgence

James 4:3

[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Priests, corrupt

John 19:6

When the chief priests and attendants (guards) saw Him, they cried out, Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Pilate said to them, Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no fault (crime) in Him.

Matthew 27:41

In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, made sport of Him, saying,

Zephaniah 3:4

Her prophets are light [lacking truth, gravity, and steadiness] and men of treachery; her priests have profaned the sanctuary; [defrauding God and man by pretending their own word is God's word] they have done violence to the law.

Mark 15:11

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to get him to release for them Barabbas instead.

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Punishment of

Romans 2:8

But for those who are self-seeking and self-willed and disobedient to the Truth but responsive to wickedness, there will be indignation and wrath.

Zephaniah 1:12

And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men who [like old wine] are thickening and settling on their lees, who say in their hearts, The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil.

Luke 12:47

And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act as he would wish him to act shall be beaten with many [lashes].

Hebrews 10:29

How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he will be judged to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)?

Isaiah 13:11

And I, the Lord, will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their guilt and iniquity; I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible and the boasting of the violent and ruthless.

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Rapacity of

John 10:12

But the hired servant (he who merely serves for wages) who is neither the shepherd nor the owner of the sheep, when he sees the wolf coming, deserts the flock and runs away. And the wolf chases and snatches them and scatters [the flock].

Acts 20:29

I know that after I am gone, ferocious wolves will get in among you, not sparing the flock;

Luke 11:39

But the Lord said to him, Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside you yourselves are full of greed and robbery and extortion and malice and wickedness.

Galatians 5:15

But if you bite and devour one another [in partisan strife], be careful that you [and your whole fellowship] are not consumed by one another.

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Prosperity of

Job 12:6

The dwellings of robbers prosper; those who provoke God are [apparently] secure; God supplies them abundantly [who have no god but their own hands and power].

Jeremiah 12:1

Uncompromisingly righteous and rigidly just are You, O Lord, when I complain against and contend with You. Yet let me plead and reason the case with You: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are all they at ease and thriving who deal very treacherously and deceitfully?

Jeremiah 5:28

They have grown fat and sleek. Yes, they surpass in deeds of wickedness; they do not judge and plead with justice the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

Psalm 73:3

For I was envious of the foolish and arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 37:35

I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil,

More verses: Psalm 73:12

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Rejection of, by God

Hebrews 12:17

For you understand that later on, when he wanted [to regain title to] his inheritance of the blessing, he was rejected (disqualified and set aside), for he could find no opportunity to repair by repentance [what he had done, no chance to recall the choice he had made], although he sought for it carefully with [bitter] tears.

2 Kings 17:20

The Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and delivered them into the hands of spoilers, until He had cast them out of His sight.

Matthew 25:12

But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you].

Luke 13:27

But He will say, I tell you, I do not know where [ what household -- "certainly not Mine] you come from; depart from Me, all you wrongdoers!

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Disobedience

1 Samuel 28:6

When Saul inquired of the Lord, He refused to answer him, either by dreams or by Urim [a symbol worn by the priest when seeking the will of God for Israel] or by the prophets.

Deuteronomy 1:45

And you returned and wept before the Lord, but the Lord would not heed your voice or listen to you.

1 Samuel 14:37

And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You deliver them into the hand of Israel? But He did not answer him that day.

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Iniquity

Micah 3:4

Then will they cry to the Lord, but He will not answer them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Neglect of mercy

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Stubbornness

Zechariah 7:13

So it came to pass that as He cried and they would not hear [He said], So they shall cry and I will not answer, says the Lord of hosts,

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Despising the law

Proverbs 28:9

He who turns away his ear from hearing the law [of God and man], even his prayer is an abomination, hateful and revolting [to God].

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Indifference

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Blood-guiltiness

Isaiah 1:15

And when you spread forth your hands [in prayer, imploring help], I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood!

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Instability

James 1:6-7

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Secret sin

The wicked » Causes of failure in » Self-indulgence

James 4:3

[Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.