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- "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31.5).
- If God really is on your side, no one can succeed against you. This is because no one can succeed against God. How then do you determine if God is on your side? Is it success that you want, or is it obedience to God that you want? Also, God and Jesus Christ said at least twice in The Scriptures, "Be patient, and do not put the Lord your God to the test".
- "[...] In the same way, The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know that for which we ought to pray, but The Spirit, himself, intercedes for us with groans that [our] words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of The Spirit, because The Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. 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[s]..."
- "Even every hair on your head is assigned a number."
- The Lord takes care of his own, wherever they are.
- "...God does this because those he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified [which means disciplined and improved]; those he justified, he also glorified [through himself]. What shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all -- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those who God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died -- more than that, who was raised [back] to life -- is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us [, and with his Most Revered Holy Spirit]. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: 'For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' (Psalm 44:22). [But it is also written, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you to myself with faithful, loving kindness, and you belong to me.'] No, in all these things, we are more than conquerers through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [...] What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, 'I will have mercy upon whom I [will] have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.' [Jesus Christ also said, 'Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.'] It does not, therefore, depend upon man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. 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.' Therefore, God has mercy upon whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens who he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: 'Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?' But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? 'Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?" ' (Isaiah 29:16; 45:9). 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? What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath -- prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, who he prepared in advance for glory -- even us, who he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? As he says in Hosea: 'I will call them "my people" who are not my people; and I will call her "my loved one" who is not my loved one,' (which is from Hosea 2:23). and 'It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, "You are not my people," they will be called "sons of the living God".' (which is from Hosea 1:10). Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: 'Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality.' (Isaiah 10:22-23). It is just as Isaiah said previously: 'Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.' (Isaiah 1:9). What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the 'stumbling stone', as it is written, 'See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble, and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame,' [which Jesus Christ explained, '"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes." Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but the one upon whom it falls will be crushed.'] Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them, that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based upon knowledge [, as Jesus Christ said, 'We speak of what we know and we testify as to what we have seen, yet still you people do not believe. I have spoken to you in Earthly terms and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak in Heavenly terms? No one has ascended into Heaven except the one who came down from Heaven: the Son of Man', and yet Jesus Christ also said, 'You Samaritans worship who you do not know. We worship who we do know, for Salvation is through the Jews. But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in Spirit and in Truth; God is Spirit, and his worshippers must worship in Spirit and in Truth', and he explained, 'The Spirit gives life; the body counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit, and they are Life. But there are some among you who do not believe, which is why I already told you that no one can come to me unless my Father enables them to do so, and then I will raise them up during The Last Day'.] Since the Jews did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own righteousness instead, they did not submit to God's righteousness. Christ is the end[point] of the law, so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes [in God through him]." (that is from Romans 8, 9 and 10).
- I pray the same thing for Great Britain and the rest of Europe, that you all may learn from the bad decisions that the Jews chose, and turn your hearts back to God with the full knowledge that you cannot do it on your own, as Jesus Christ showed his disciples at Gethsemane. People need The Lord. I send you all my love from the United States of America. Please let me know privately if you need food or other support.
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