Word of the Day – May 1, 2012


For the week of April 30- May 4, the word is DISTRACTION

1 Corinthians 7:31-33 (Message)

29-31I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is no time to waste, so don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple —in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things—your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.

32-35I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.

The enemy knows the Word better than most Christians. He knows YOUR weaknesses and he knows well how to distract you. He knows how to complicate your thinking and your day. The only weapons you have to combat his tricks are the development of your knowledge and understanding of the Word as well as your development of your level of intimacy with the Father. Do you know who you are according to your Father? Do you know who are according to the Word? Do you know the marvelous plan God has for your life? If you don’t know that you know that you know at least pieces if these then the enemy will always be able to not only distract you but torment you!

When was the last time you spent intimate time with God? When was the last time you added more details about who you are to memory banks? When was the last time you reinforced your understanding by requiring His Presence? What are you allowing to distract you? What has pulled your eyes to left or right? Are you a warrior or a bystander? Many are called but few choose (Matt 22:14)! It’s your choice what you allow to distract you and what you absorb into your day. The Word is your weapon but you are Jesus’ weapon. You are His hands and feet on the Earth. You are His mouthpiece. Do not lay down your weapons – do not look to the left or the right.

20My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.
21Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
24Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
25Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.
26Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
27Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
(Proverbs 4:20-27 Amplified)

If you are looking to the left or the right you will miss the frontal assault.

To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

A house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:25)! Do not be divided in your thoughts or actions! Stand and having done all you know to do continue to stand (Eph 6:13)! Maintain the course! Study to show yourself approved and a useful vessel. Fight the good fight of faith. Distractions lead to fear – distractions lead to division – distractions lead to instability! Choose to remain fixed and stable. Choose to study the Word. Choose to be a usable vessel. Choose to be His weapon and warrior. Choose – choose well… 

Word of the Day – April 30, 2012


For the week of April 30- May 4, the word is DISTRACTION

Definition of Distraction

1. the act or an instance of distracting or the state of being distracted

2. something that serves as a diversion or entertainment

3. an interruption; an obstacle to concentration

misdirection, beguilement, disturbance, interference, diversion, interruption, entertainment, recreation, amusement, diversion, pastime, divertissement, beguilement, frenzy, madness, desperation, hysteria, mania, insanity, delirium, derangement

Proverbs 4 (Message)

Your Life Is at Stake

1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live.
I’m giving you good counsel;
don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.

3-9 When I was a boy at my father’s knee,
the pride and joy of my mother,
He would sit me down and drill me:
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!
Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding!
Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch!
Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life;
love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it;
never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace,
she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”

10-15 Dear friend, take my advice;
it will add years to your life.
I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way,
I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road.
I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys,
or wasting time making wrong turns.
Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip.
Guard it well—your life is at stake!
Don’t take Wicked Bypass;
don’t so much as set foot on that road.
Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth.
Make a detour and be on your way.

16-17 Evil people are restless
unless they’re making trouble;
They can’t get a good night’s sleep
unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody.
Perversity is their food and drink,
violence their drug of choice.

18-19 The ways of right-living people glow with light;
the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—
travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

Learn It by Heart

20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words;
tune your ears to my voice.
Keep my message in plain view at all times.
Concentrate! Learn it by heart!
Those who discover these words live, really live;
body and soul, they’re bursting with health.

23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
leave evil in the dust.

What distractions are you allowing to spoil your manifestations? What distractions are dividing your efforts? Distractions have a way of draining your understanding. Distractions come in all forms.  Don’t allow distractions to manipulate your time. Don’t allow distractions to steal your harvest.  Who are you listening to? Who are you looking to for your wisdom and understanding? What voices are you heeding? The enemy knows just what distractions have the power to pull you away from your purpose. Things are not always what they seem so stop judging by appearances.

 What is your destination? Where are you going? Are your actions today propelling you toward your goal? Are you wise or foolish in your planning? What you do today will dictate where you are tomorrow. Are you purposeful in your thoughts and actions? Look to the Word for your directions – listen to the voice of Holy Spirit – seek the Presence of your Father! Steer clear of the double minded and those of double speech! Let your yes be yes and your no be no! Avoid wickedness at all cost and avoid the appearance of evil. Do not fellowship with those who know to do good and who choose not to do it for they are actively wicked. They delude those around them and offer confusion cloaked as possibilities. They are unstable in all their ways and produce insecurity in those around them.

 Choose to seek the Word – choose to seek wisdom – choose to seek understanding – choose to seek Holy Spirit! You have been given the ability to choose which path you will take. You have been given the ability to choose where you receive your understanding and who you will listen to. Seek truth – Seek wisdom – Seek understanding – Seek the plan God preordained for your life. If you seek truth you will find it.

 Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

 But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

Ask for the road map for your path and then choose to stay and the path. Don’t allow distractions to take you on a detour! Choose wisdom – choose understanding – choose to choose.  Choose to be steadfast! CHOOSE TO SEEK HIS FACE – CHOOSE TO TRUST IN, RELY ON, ABIDE IN, AND REQUIRE HIS PRESENCE, HIS WORD, HIS DIRECTION, HIS WISDOM AND HIS UNDERSTANDING AS OF YOUR VITAL NECESSITY FOR OUT OF IT FLOWS YOUR STABILITY! Choose Well…


Word of the Day – April 27, 2012

For the week of April 23-27, the word is WHOLE


Mark 12:29-31 (Amplified)

29Jesus answered, The first and principal one of all commands is: Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord;

30And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength. This is the first and principal commandment.

31The second is like it and is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 (Amplified)

10When He comes to be glorified in His saints [on that day He will be made more glorious in His consecrated people], and [He will] be marveled at and admired [in His glory reflected] in all who have believed [who have adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Him], because our witnessing among you was confidently accepted and believed [and confirmed in your lives].

11With this in view we constantly pray for you, that our God may deem and count you worthy of [your] calling and [His] every gracious purpose of goodness, and with power may complete in [your] every particular work of faith (faith which is that leaning of the whole human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness).

12Thus may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you [also be glorified] in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Jesus gave us simple commands. Love the Lord with your whole heart and love your neighbor as yourself. If you do these two then the whole of the Law is fulfilled.  The commands are not complex but they are hard. Why? Because we have a human personality that interferes with our spiritual desires. Our spirit desires to please God in all things but our human personality or our mind, will, and emotions have their own desires. From the time we take our first breath until we take our last we are creating filters. Everything that happens to us and everything we do creates filters. These filters affect the way we interpret information.  Our interpretation dictates our reactions. See the merry-go-round this creates. Our reactions impacts how others react which in turn dictates how we react. Think about it and you know it’s true. But listen, God is not on your merry-go-round. He is patiently waiting for you to choose to get off and get in His Presence.

In His Presence the filters begin to dissolve. In His Presence you begin to replace your filters with His filters. His filters see what can be and not what is. His filters see through love and not hurt.  Verse 30 in Mark 12, instructs us to love God with our whole heart and with the whole of our being. Then you can begin to lean the whole of your personality (mind, will, and emotions) on Him (2 Thess 1:11). As your filters dissolve and you develop God filters you are able to operate more fully in His power, wisdom, and goodness. You are able to love your neighbor as yourself. Your calling and purpose begin to infiltrate the lives of others in a positive manner. You begin to manifest Jesus on the Earth. You begin to walk and live and conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things (Col 1:10). You begin to rise to who you were created to be! You begin to walk in victory in every area of your life. You begin to choose differently. You choose through love – You walk through love – You invest through love – You choose what you choose.  You choose! Choose Love! Choose to TRUST IN, RELY ON, ABIDE IN, AND REQUIRE HIS PRESENCE, HIS WORD, AND THE WHOLENESS OF HIS LOVE AS OF YOUR VITAL NECESSITY FOR OUT OF IT FLOWS YOUR STABILITY! Choose Well…

Word of the Day – April 26, 2012

For the week of April 23-27, the word is WHOLE


Ephesians 6:10-18 (Amplified)

10In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

11Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

12For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

14Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.

16Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.

18Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

When you woke up this morning, did you think about the war waging around you? You may think as you are reading this that you are not in a war. The Word says differently! Verse 12 clearly lays out our opponents.  Pretending this does not apply to you does not make it so. Think about this from the natural physical standpoint.  If you were in the military and stationed at the battlefront, you would want whatever armor was available before you went outside and possibly even while inside.  You would do whatever was necessary to keep your body safe! Why then when the Word tells us we are in a battle – when it says we have been given armor – do we continue to walk around uncovered? Why do we leave our armor hanging in our spiritual closet and only bring it out after we have taken a crippling blow! Once we are bleeding we try to pray and start grappling for our armor but then it is ineffective. We are in pain, bleeding, and often confused about what happened and how. That’s when we reach out to someone else and want them to use their shield for us.

What if you prepared properly? What if you weren’t caught off-guard? What if you did what Verse 18 instructs – Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people). What if you were the one to strip away the enemy’s devices? What if you never saw the enemy because you disarmed him long before he was able to be seen? That’s what prayer will do. It may look like nothing is happening but that’s because your prayers are working. You are keeping the enemy buttoned up and he can’t gain any ground. That’s why you must stay alert – stay watchful – stay purposeful and persevere at all times in all seasons! If you don’t let what you see motivate you in prayer but pray with diligence and fervor in all seasons then your effectiveness will be consistent.

For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (Amplified)

We are to walk by faith in the Word and not be moved by what we see.  Things are not always as they appear so do not be moved by appearances; however, we are to avoid even the appearance of evil.

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (King James)

The right thing is to eat no meat or drink no wine [at all], or [do anything else] if it makes your brother stumble or hurts his conscience or offends or weakens him. Romans 14:21 (Amplified)

 Avoid the appearance of evil so we do not allow the enemy to use us to disarm those around us. Avoid the appearance of evil so the whole of our testimony stands. Avoid the appearance of evil so our armor is whole and complete. Avoid appearances – we are not to walk by appearances but by the Word. Put on the WHOLE Armor – PRAY without ceasing – FIGHT the good fight – RUN the race! KNOW YOUR ENEMY – know you are not at war against flesh and blood but you are in a spiritual battle. PRAISE God, Jesus already WON but we must continue in battle until we have run our entire race! Watch and pray – pray and watch – stay alert! Don’t let the enemy catch you unaware! Don’t be lulled into slumber – don’t let your guard down! Persevere – press in – push forward – build yourself up through prayer and meditation! Choose the WHOLE ARMOR! Choose to TRUST IN, RELY ON, ABIDE IN, AND REQUIRE HIS PRESENCE, HIS WORD, AND THE WHOLE ARMOR AS OF YOUR VITAL NECESSITY FOR OUT OF IT FLOWS VICTORY! Choose Well…

Word of the Day – April 25, 2012

For the week of April 23-27, the word is WHOLE


Psalm 86 (Amplified)

A Prayer of David.

1INCLINE YOUR ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.

2Preserve my life, for I am godly and dedicated; O my God, save Your servant, for I trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt].

3Be merciful and gracious to me, O Lord, for to You do I cry all the day.

4Make me, Your servant, to rejoice, O Lord, for to You do I lift myself up.

5For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You.

6Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and listen to the cry of my supplications.

7In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me.

8There is none like unto You among the gods, O Lord, neither are their works like unto Yours.

9All nations whom You have made shall come and fall down before You, O Lord; and they shall glorify Your name.

10For You are great and work wonders! You alone are God.

11Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name.

12I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore.

13For great is Your mercy and loving-kindness toward me; and You have delivered me from the depths of Sheol [from the exceeding depths of affliction].

14O God, the proud and insolent are risen against me; a rabble of violent and ruthless men has sought and demanded my life, and they have not set You before them.

15But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness and truth.

16O turn to me and have mercy and be gracious to me; grant strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) to Your servant and save the son of Your handmaiden.

17Show me a sign of [Your evident] goodwill and favor, that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame, because You, Lord, [will show Your approval of me when You] help and comfort me.

When you woke up this morning, what was on your mind? Were you planning your day or still reviewing yesterday? Did you awake with a smile on your face or a frown? Were you excited to begin another day or disappointed that they night was over so fast? Some people wake up grumpy and say “I am not a morning person” but God created you to be “ALL THE TIME PEOPLE”! God is the same all the time and He commands us to be joyful at all times in all seasons!  Pray and Praise without ceasing! Meditate on the Word day and night without ceasing! Then comes the kicker – “with your whole (undivided) heart! Devoting the whole of your heart to God and His Word leaves no room for anything else to color your attitude. If you are devoting your whole heart to God then you have none of your heart left to develop a bad heart or attitude.

It IS the little foxes that spoil the vine. The little areas of compromise that we allow ourselves to operate in and justify it by saying its normal or we can’t help it. If your outlook and behavior does not line up with the Word then you are CHOOSING to walk out a LIE! The enemy is forever trying to steal the blessing and favor of God from you. He has NO power on his own so he must try to influence people (you and those around you).  He is always trying to create situations and circumstances where you will in frustration, irritation, or desperation make the wrong choice. Pressure does magnify character and the enemy knows how to turn up the pressure. The temptations will come and keep coming! What you do before their arrival will necessarily dictate what you do when they arrive. Are you whole heartedly studying the Word? Are you praying and spending time in God’s presence? Are you allowing Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into change?

God is merciful and gracious toward us. His mercies are new every morning (Lam 3:23).  His desires above all things that we prosper and be in good health even as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2).   God desires you to be successful – He desires you to manifest His Presence in the Earth. He chose you without reservation. Are you choosing Him with your WHOLE (united) heart? Is your heart divided? Are the little compromises keeping you from the fullness God promised you? God HAS granted you strength (might and inflexibility to temptation)! Walk in who He says you are! Allow yourself to be wholly devoted to Him and His Word. In His Presence is fullness (wholeness). Choose to be WHOLE! Choose to TRUST IN, RELY ON, ABIDE IN, AND REQUIRE HIS PRESENCE, HIS WORD, AND THE WHOLENESS JESUS PURCHASED FOR YOUR LIFE AS OF YOUR VITAL NECESSITY FOR OUT OF IT FLOWS THE FULFILLMENT OF WHO YOU ARE! Choose Well…

Word of the Day – April 23, 2012

For the week of April 23-27, the word is WHOLE


Definition of Whole


1. containing all the component parts necessary to form a total; complete a whole apple

2. constituting the full quantity, extent, etc.

3. uninjured or undamaged

4. (Medicine) healthy

5. (Mathematics) having no fractional or decimal part; integral a whole number

6. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Genetics) of, relating to, or designating a relationship established by descent from the same parents; full whole brothers

out of whole cloth US and Canadian informal entirely without a factual basis


in an undivided or unbroken piece to swallow a plum whole


1. all the parts, elements, etc., of a thing

2. an assemblage of parts viewed together as a unit

3. a thing complete in itself

as a whole considered altogether; completely

on the whole

a. taking all things into consideration

b. in general

understanding, intelligence, perception, sense, knowledge, vision, judgment, awareness, complete, full, total, entire, integral, uncut, undivided, unabridged, unexpurgated, uncondensed, undamaged, intact, unscathed, unbroken, good, sound, perfect, mint, untouched, flawless, unhurt, faultless, unharmed, in one piece, uninjured, inviolate, unimpaired, unmutilated, unit, body, piece, object, combination, unity, entity, ensemble, entirety, fullness, all in all, altogether, all things considered, by and large, taking everything into consideration

 Psalms 119 (Amplified)

 1BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will).

2Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are they who keep His testimonies, and who seek, inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart.

3Yes, they do no unrighteousness [no willful wandering from His precepts]; they walk in His ways.

Where are you today? Are you in a place of confusion and disillusion or are you in a place of feeling blessed happy fortunate and to be envied? It doesn’t matter what you feel if you are seeking to walk in what you know God has revealed to you through His Word then you are blessed, happy, fortunate and to be envied. You can say honestly say this with conviction if you understand that God is working all things for your good when you choose to earnestly follow after Him. It may not always feel that way but we walk by faith in the Word not by what our natural senses tell us.

The key is found in verse two – “they who keep His testimonies, and who seek, inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart”. If you are seeking, inquiring, and craving Him with your whole heart then you will receive understanding in the ways and purposes of God.  You must be whole in your approach and not double minded.

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.  Matthew 12:25 (New King James)

Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord. James 1:7-8 (New Century Version)

The Word is complete and whole – Jesus was the Word made flesh. Jesus died to allow us to choose to receive that same ability to be complete and whole through His WHOLE sacrifice. He sacrificed all that He was in order that we may life whole and complete. He was whole in His approach. He chose to walk in the integrity of His preordained path. He had an understanding of the truth.

The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father—and he was full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (New Century Version)

What is truth to you? Is it what you see or feel? Is it what someone tells you or can you earnest and honestly say you seek the Lord and His Word for your truth. Where are you seeking your wholeness? In order to receive wholeness you must seek it wholly – not holding anything back. Unabashedly desire the wholeness of His Word with your whole heart. Be single-minded – be purpose minded – be whole minded! Choose to seek the whole of God’s revealed Will for you life. Choose to crave it with your whole heart – choose to be happy, fortunate, blessed and to be envied. Choose – Choose well…

Word of the Day – April 20, 2012

For the week of April 16-20, the word is FINISHED.


Numbers 23:19 (Amplified)

19God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?

John 19:28-30  (Amplified)

28After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished (ended), said in fulfillment of the Scripture, I thirst.

29A vessel (jar) full of sour wine (vinegar) was placed there, so they put a sponge soaked in the sour wine on [a stalk, reed of] hyssop, and held it to [His] mouth.

30When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Ephesians 4 (Amplified)

1I THEREFORE, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God's service,

2Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.

3Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.

4[There is] one body and one Spirit–just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received–

5[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.

7Yet grace (God’s unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and bounteous] gift.

8Therefore it is said, When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive [He led a train of vanquished foes] and He bestowed gifts on men.

9[But He ascended?] Now what can this, He ascended, mean but that He had previously descended from [the heights of] heaven into [the depths], the lower parts of the earth?

10He Who descended is the [very] same as He Who also has ascended high above all the heavens, that He [His presence] might fill all things (the whole universe, from the lowest to the highest).

11And His gifts were [varied; He Himself appointed and gave men to us] some to be apostles (special messengers), some prophets (inspired preachers and expounders), some evangelists (preachers of the Gospel, traveling missionaries), some pastors (shepherds of His flock) and teachers.

12His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),

13[That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.

14So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

15Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

16For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.

17So this I say and solemnly testify in [the name of] the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the heathen (the Gentiles) do in their perverseness [in the folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility] of their minds.

18Their [e]moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded. [They are] alienated (estranged, self-banished) from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the ignorance (the want of knowledge and perception, the willful blindness) that is [f]deep-seated in them, due to their hardness of heart [to the insensitiveness of their moral nature].

19In their spiritual apathy they have become callous and past feeling and reckless and have abandoned themselves [a prey] to unbridled sensuality, eager and greedy to indulge in every form of impurity [that their depraved desires may suggest and demand].

20But you did not so learn Christ!

21Assuming that you have really heard Him and been taught by Him, as [all] Truth is in Jesus [embodied and personified in Him],

22Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;

23And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],

24And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

25Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another.

26When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down.

27Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].

28Let the thief steal no more, but rather let him be industrious, making an honest living with his own hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.

29Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.

30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).

31Let all bitterness and indignation (pride) and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).

32And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.

Romans 11:29 (Amplified)

29For God’s gifts and His call (purpose) are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

2 Timothy 4:1-8 (Amplified)

1I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:

2Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.

3For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,

4And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.

5As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.

6For I am already about to be sacrificed [my life is about to be poured out as a drink offering]; the time of my [spirit's] release [from the body] is at hand and I will soon go free.

7I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.

8[As to what remains] henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor's] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day–and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return).

God is not a man that He should lie. Jesus finished His race so you would be free to choose. He bestowed gifts to help perfect you so you could run and finish your race. The goal is to be the manifested Presence of Jesus on the earth. To show the World who HE IS! Do you really know who He is? Do you know what it means to be HIS? Have you invested in yourself by investing in the Word? Are you running your race? He gave His ALL so someone would tell you about Him so you could choose to be saved. So you could choose life and life more abundantly. Who will you tell? What is your life saying to people? Are you a hearer and doer? Are you running your race? Read back through the scriptures only this time read only the bolded words.  Run – run – and keep running regardless of how things look or feel. Stay purposeful – stay goal oriented – stay on your path! Finish on purpose! Choose to participate – choose to choose – choose life because He chose death for you! Choose well…