Refreshment in Refuge
by Gina Burgess
1. The difference between love and lust.
1 John 4:16 And we have known and have believed the love which God has in us. God is love, and the one abiding in love abides in God, and God in him
Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart lust for nothing but your unjust gain, and to shed innocent blood, and oppression, and to do violence.
Galatians 5:16 But I say, Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
2. When to hold on and when to let go.
Proverbs 3:18 She (wisdom) is a tree of life to the ones who lay hold on her, and happy are the ones holding her fast.
Luke 14:3 And answering, Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, asking whether it is lawful to heal on the sabbath.
Luke 14:4 And they were silent. And taking the man, He cured him and let him go.
3. Trouble when he sees it.
Exodus 18:8 And Moses told his father-in-law all that Jehovah had done to Pharaoh and to Egypt on account of Israel, all the trouble which they had found in the way, and Jehovah had delivered them.
Job 5:6 For affliction does not come forth from the dust, nor does trouble spring up out of the ground;
Psalm 22:11 Be not far from Me; for trouble is near; because no one is there to help.
4. A load of bull when he hears it.
Psalm 59:12 For the sin of their mouth is the word of their lips, even let them be captured in their pride, and for cursing and the lying which they utter.
Psalm 120:2 O Jehovah, deliver my soul from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.
2 Peter 2:3 They will be greedy and cheat you with smooth talk. But long ago God decided to punish them, and God doesn't sleep.
5. His strengths and weaknesses.
Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, Go eat the fat, and drink of the sweet, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared. For this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of Jehovah is our strength.
Job 17:9 And the righteous shall hold firmly on his way; and he of clean hands adds strength.
Romans 6:19 I speak as a man on account of the weakness of your flesh. For as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness and to lawless act unto lawless act, so now yield your members as slaves to righteousness unto sanctification.
6. How to start a fire--in the hearth and the heart.
Psalm 104:4 He makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flaming fire.
Proverbs 25:21 If one hating you is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, 22 for you shall heap coals of fire on his head, and Jehovah shall reward you.
1 Peter 1:7 so that the proving of your faith, much more precious than perishing gold, but having been proved through fire, may be found to praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
7. How to be gracious in victory and defeat.
1 Chronicles 29:11 To you, O Jehovah, be the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all in the heavens and in the earth belongs to You, O Jehovah; Yours is the kingdom, and You lift up Yourself to all as Head;
1 Corinthians 15:54 But when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality, then will take place the Word that has been written, "Death was swallowed up in victory." (Isaiah 25:8)
Numbers 10:35 Each day as the Israelites began their journey, Moses would pray, "Our LORD, defeat your enemies and make them run!"
Romans 12:21 Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.
8. When to talk and when to listen.
Numbers 7:89 Whenever Moses needed to talk with the LORD, he went into the sacred tent, where he heard the LORD's voice coming from between the two winged creatures above the lid of the sacred chest.
Proverbs 18:21 Words can bring death or life! Talk too much, and you will eat everything you say.
Proverbs 23:9 Don't talk to fools-- they will just make fun.
Proverbs 25:15 Patience and gentle talk can convince a ruler and overcome any problem.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Don't talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so don't talk too much.
9. The Ten Commandments. AND The importance of trying to follow them.
10. At least one true friend who will be there whenever he calls.
Psalm 144:2 You are my friend, and you are my fortress where I am safe. You are my shield, and you made me the ruler of our people.
Proverbs 7:4 Let wisdom be your sister and make common sense your closest friend.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always a friend, and relatives are born to share our troubles.
Proverbs 18:24 Some friends don't help, but a true friend is closer than your own family.
John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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She is the author of several books including: When Christians Hurt Christians, The Crowns of the Believers and others available in online bookstores. She authors several columns, using her God-given talent to shine a light in a dark world. You can browse her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.
If you'd like to take a look at some Christian fiction and Christian non-fiction book reviews before the books hit the book store shelves, check out Gina's book reviews at Upon Reflection
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