We must decide

At some point, we must decide if we want to know what is true or to hear only what pleases us.
 
"They tell the seers, 'Don’t see any more visions!' They say to the prophets, 'Don’t tell us the truth! Say things that will make us feel good. See only good things for us'" Isaiah 30.10 ICB.

None exempt

None is exempt from the sovereignty of God, who gives life to all, takes note of the deeds of each one, and rewards according to his righteousness.
 
The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
Proverbs 29.13 HCSB.

Recognition

Humility recognizes God's goodness in one's life.
 
"David went in, sat before the Lord, and said: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you should have brought me to this point?" 1 Chronicles 17.16 NET.

Height of arrogance

It is the height of arrogance to bless oneself and think that, although God warns he will punish the idolater, everything will be fine because one is the exception to the rule.
 
"When such a person hears the words of this oath he secretly blesses himself and says, 'I will have peace though I continue to walk with a stubborn spirit.' This will destroy the watered ground with the parched" Deuteronomy 29.19 NET.

Filled

Evildoers are filled with plans for sin; the righteous, with the immenseness of God's goodness.
 
"They are filled with food from your house, and you allow them to drink from the river of your delicacies" Psalm 36.8 NET.

Stages

God worked in stages to complete his salvation. In Christ his work was consummated. The New Testament takes priority over the Old.
 
"When he speaks of a new covenant, he makes the first obsolete. Now what is growing obsolete and aging is about to disappear" Hebrews 8.13 NET.

Be well

We want those we love and appreciate to be well in every way. "Dear friend, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul" 3 John 2 NET.

We can become

We can change. We can become something other than what we are. The Lord will do this, if we so choose. "Come, let’s consider your options,” says the Lord. “Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool" Isaiah 1.18 NET.
 

Feeling close to God

People say they feel close to God when surrounded by nature. (They mean "creation, where man's hand is not evident.") So why don't they feel even closer to him when reading the Bible, through which he communicates clearly, or when praying fervently, when we have God's ear, or meeting in the church, where the fullness of his presence abides? Because the former requires no repentance, and the latter demand obedience. There's the rub.