Romans 5:5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Psalm 40:2 He drew me up from the desolate pit,out of the miry bog,and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
Psalms 18:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,so I shall be saved from my enemies.
Revelation 21:27 But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
One of my favorites: ‘And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?’ Luke 18:7-8
I have often wondered what Jesus meant when he asked , " Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
And if He doesn’t find faith ???
To me it is a prophecy… people in the 11th century thought the end of the world was at hand because of the thousand years with Christ quote in Revelation… but someone pointed out that many back then were faithful… so to me it will happen when most people are faithless.
Psalms 18:1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,so I shall be saved from my enemies.
Luke 1:38 Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.
In truth there can never be just one favorite scripture as I love so many. Here are two:
I have been so blessed to have been allowed to be born on the feast of the Annunciation. There are so many, many jewels in that reading ending with- Luke 1:38: "And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Amen and Amen.
I also very much love the scripture of Isaiah 48 where God saves, “For His own Name’s sake.”
Ezekiel 36:22-36 is just so, so powerful for me:
"22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.
24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. 30 I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. 32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, people of Israel!
33 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.’"