… Pause and Calmly Think of That

And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

– Luke 2:4 (AMPC)

Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.

– Luke 1:35(AMPC)

And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.

– Luke 1:30 (AMPC)

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you; He is [uncompromisingly] just and having salvation [triumphant and victorious], patient, meek, lowly, and riding on a donkey, upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.

– Zechariah 9:9 (AMPC)

But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

– Luke 2:10 (AMPC)

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.

– Isaiah 9:6 (AMPC)

And you shall have joy and exultant delight, and many will rejoice over his birth,

– Luke 1:14 (AMPC)

She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].

– Matthew 1:21 (AMPC)

But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you are little to be among the clans of Judah; [yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from ancient days (eternity).

– Malachi 5:2 (AMPC)

And there shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David’s father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit.

– Isaiah 11:1 (AMPC)

Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us.

– Matthew 1:23 (AMPC)

BEHOLD, I send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], Whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger or Angel of the covenant, Whom you desire, behold, He shall come, says the Lord of hosts.

– Malachi 3:1 (AMPC)

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].

– Isaiah 7:14 (AMPC)

We are ever giving thanks to God for all of you, continually mentioning [you when engaged] in our prayers,

– 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (AMPC)

O give thanks to the God of heaven, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

– Psalm 136:26 (AMPC)

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

– Psalm 34:1 (AMPC)

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.

– Hebrews 12:28 (NLT)

But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 15:57 (AMPC)

Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.

– Colossians 4:2 (AMPC)

O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!

– 1 Chronicles 16:8 (AMPC)

Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion; bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul!

– Psalm 103:22 (AMPC)

Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

– Psalm 150:6 (AMPC)

Bless, give thanks, and gratefully praise God in full congregations, even the Lord, O you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel.

– Psalm 68:26 (AMPC)

Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!

– Psalm 113:1 (AMPC)

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises with the harp or the lyre to our God!—

– Psalm 147:7 (AMPC)

All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]!

– Psalm 145:10 (AMPC)

At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You because of Your righteous ordinances.

– Psalm 119:62 (AMPC)

I will give great praise and thanks to the Lord with my mouth; yes, and I will praise Him among the multitude.

– Psalm 109:30 (AMPC)

We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.

– Psalm 75:1 (NLT)

Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)

– Psalm 150:6 (AMPC)

Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!

– 2 Corinthians 9:15 (AMPC)

Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness!

– Psalm 150:2 (AMPC)

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever.

– Psalm 136:7 (NLT)

I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving,

– Psalm 69:30 (AMPC)

To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

– Psalm 30:12 (AMPC)

My lips shall pour forth praise [with thanksgiving and renewed trust] when You teach me Your statutes.

– Psalm 119:171 (AMPC)

For this I will give thanks and extol You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing praises to Your name.

– 2 Samuel 22:50 (AMPC)

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMPC)

At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.

– Ephesians 5:20 (AMPC)

But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.

– Psalm 50:23 (NLT)

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

– Psalm 95:2 (AMPC)

That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all Your wondrous works.

– Psalm 26:7 (AMPC)

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

– Psalm 100:4 (AMPC)

[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

– 2 Corinthians 10:5 (AMPC)

This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.

– Isaiah 48:17 (NLT)

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

– Romans 12:1 (AMPC)

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

– Galatians 5:25 (NLT)

But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you.

– 1 Peter 1:25 (AMPC)

Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),

– 2 Timothy 3:16 (AMPC)

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!

– 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NLT)

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding.

– Proverbs 9:10 (AMPC)

Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it].

– Galatians 6:2 (AMPC)

A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

– Proverbs 15:23 (AMPC)

Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

– Isaiah 43:19 (AMPC)

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.

– 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

– Psalm 51:12 (AMPC)

O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited [expectantly] for You. Be the arm [of Your servants—their strength and defense] every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.

– Isaiah 33:2 (AMPC)

The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.

– Exodus 14:14 (AMPC)

And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

– Colossians 3:17 (AMPC)

“How great you are, O Sovereign Lord ! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!

– 2 Samuel 7:22 (NLT)

Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses.

– 1 Timothy 6:12 (AMPC)

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

– James 1:19 (NLT)

See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (AMPC)

When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up.

– Psalm 94:18 (AMPC)

Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.

– Proverbs 19:21 (AMPC)

I will never forget Your precepts, [how can I?] for it is by them You have quickened me (granted me life).

– Psalm 119:93 (AMPC)

I have declared [the future] and have saved [the nation in times of danger], and I have shown [that I am God]—when there was no strange and alien god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord, that I am God.

– Isaiah 43:12 (AMPC)

“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”

– Revelation 1:8 (NLT)

And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.

– Isaiah 32:17 (AMPC)

So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

– Isaiah 26:4 (AMPC)

The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.

– Psalm 18:2 (AMPC)

And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

– Hebrews 13:16 (NLT)

A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

– Proverbs 16:9 (AMPC)

So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.

– James 1:21 (AMPC)

Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.

– Philippians 2:2 (AMPC)

In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.

– Psalm 4:8 (AMPC)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

– Matthew 11:28 (AMPC)

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.

– Proverbs 29:25 (AMPC)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).

– 2 Corinthians 3:17 (AMPC)

That men may know from the east and the rising of the sun and from the west and the setting of the sun that there is no God besides Me. I am the Lord, and no one else [is He].

– Isaiah 45:6 (AMPC)

My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God’s law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father—[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father’s will in every purpose, thought, and action].

– 1 John 2:1 (AMPC)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

– Psalm 91:1 (AMPC)

Welcome and receive [to your hearts] one another, then, even as Christ has welcomed and received you, for the glory of God.

– Romans 15:7 (AMPC)

The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it).

– 2 Corinthians 13:14 (AMPC)

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

– Psalm 16:11 (AMPC)

But Jesus said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go (enter) into peace [in freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin].

– Luke 7:50 (AMPC)

Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations,

– Deuteronomy 7:9 (AMPC)

Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

– Ephesians 5:1 (AMPC)

Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom.

– James 3:13 (AMPC)

The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]

– John 14:21 (AMPC)

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.

– Isaiah 40:28 (AMPC)

Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).

– 1 Peter 3:8 (AMPC)

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!

– Philippians 4:4 (AMPC)

The Lord is my Strength and my [impenetrable] Shield; my heart trusts in, relies on, and confidently leans on Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song will I praise Him.

– Psalm 28:7 (AMPC)

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.

– Colossians 2:6 (AMPC)

Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

– James 1:17 (AMPC)

Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

– Romans 8:1 (AMPC)

In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.

– Acts 20:35 (AMPC)

I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

– Psalm 27:4 (MSG)

For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.

– 1 Corinthians 2:2 (AMPC)

And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord—Christ] shall be saved.

– Acts 2:21 (AMPC)

For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].

– Proverbs 3:26 (AMPC)

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness.

– Psalm 84:10 (AMPC)

Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.

– 1 John 4:4 (AMPC)

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

-Galatians 6:9 (AMPC)

For skillful and godly Wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you.

-Proverbs 2:10 (AMPC)

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 12:15 (AMPC)

It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].

-Deuteronomy 31:8 (AMPC)

Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].

-John 6:29 (AMPC)

Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).

– 1 John 3:18 (AMPC)

And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

– 1 Corinthians 13:13 (AMPC)

For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

– 1 Timothy 4:8 (AMPC)

Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.

– Psalm 116:2 (AMPC)

When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up.

– Psalm 94:18 (AMPC)

For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for (instead of) many.

– Mark 10:45 (AMPC)

Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

– Psalm 42:8 (AMPC)

That He may guard the paths of justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints.

– Proverbs 2:8 (AMPC)

He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life.

– 1 John 5:12 (AMPC)

Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

– Philippians 4:9 (AMPC)

Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.

– 2 Corinthians 7:1(AMPC)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness.

– Psalm 143:10(AMPC)

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

– Philippians 1:6 (AMPC)

By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].

– John 13:35 (AMPC)

Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

– Hebrews 7:25 (AMPC)

You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

– 1 Corinthians 6:20 (AMPC)

In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,

– Ephesians 1:7 (AMPC)

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

– Hebrews 11:6 (AMPC)

Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.

– Colossians 3:16 (AMPC)

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

– Matthew 6:33 (AMPC)

But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.

– Matthew 19:26 (AMPC)

But if [one is ill-treated and suffers] as a Christian [which he is contemptuously called], let him not be ashamed, but give glory to God that he is [deemed worthy to suffer] in this name.

– 1 Peter 4:16 (AMPC)