“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — John, 3:16
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” — Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” — I CHRONICLES 4:9-10
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
Ordinarily, as a beggar, Bartimaeus would have sought to make money out of the crowd.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
The Holy Spirit said to me: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee...
“For there is no respect of persons with God.” — Romans 2:11