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Encouragement and direction for a brand-new road in life.
Embrace God’s powerful promises for you as you leave one road and set your course on another . . . exciting, new, and rich with opportunity. God’s Promises® for Graduates 2013—on topics such as confidence, discipline, faith, and wisdom—direct your steps and light your path in God’s Holy Word. This little book will help steer graduates in God’s will as they embark on their new journey ...
Encouragement and direction for a brand-new road in life.
Embrace God’s powerful promises for you as you leave one road and set your course on another . . . exciting, new, and rich with opportunity. God’s Promises® for Graduates 2013—on topics such as confidence, discipline, faith, and wisdom—direct your steps and light your path in God’s Holy Word. This little book will help steer graduates in God’s will as they embark on their new journey in life.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU NEED ...
To Make a Change (to Please God)
To Make a Decision
To Wait on the Lord
TO MAKE A CHANGE (TO PLEASE GOD)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct ... and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You hold me by my right hand.
Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life....
I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord,
And have comforted myself.
Psalm 119:49–50, 52
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved
"I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep."
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever."
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3–4
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17–18
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.
He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9–10
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we
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What to Do When You Need............... 1
What to Do When You Feel............... 43
What the Bible Has to Say About........ 62
What Jesus Means to You................ 137
What to Do When You Are................ 157
Truth from the Bible About............. 179
A Final Word to the Graduate........... 198