Bible verses about "stagnation" | MNT

Revelation 2:1-3:22

1 To the angel of the Church in Ephesus, write. These are the words of Him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, and who walks among the seven golden candlesticks. 2 I know your works and your toil and stedfastness, and that you cannot endure evil men, and that you tested those who called themselves apostles, though they are not, and how you found them false. 3 You are holding fast, and have borne up for my name's sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember whence you have fallen, and turn again, and do your first works. Otherwise I am coming to you and will remove your candlestick out of its place, unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To him that overcomes, to him will I give to eat from the tree of life which is in the garden of God. 8 And unto the angel of the Church in Smyrna, write. These are the words of the First and the Last, he who died and has returned to life. 9 I know your persecution and your poverty—but you are rich! I know the reviling of those who say that they themselves are Jews, when they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear not what you are about to suffer! Behold, the devil is indeed going to put some of you in prison, that you may be tested, and you will have persecution for ten days. Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Let him who has ears, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death. 12 And to the angel of the Church in Pergamum, write These are the words of Him who holds the sharp two-edged sword. 13 I know where you dwell, where the throne of Satan is; and yet you are holding fast my name, and you have not denied my faith, even in the days of Antipas, my witness, my faithful one, who was slain among you, where Satan has his dwelling. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat food offered to idols, and to practise immorality. 15 So you have also some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent; if you do not I will very soon come to you, and will make war upon them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has ears, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To him that overcomes I will give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no man knows, but he that receives it. 18 And to the angel of the Church in Thyatira, write. These are the words of the Son of God, who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet like burnished brass. 19 I know your works and your love and faith and service and endurance; I know that your last works are more than the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you are tolerating that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she is teaching and leading my slaves astray, leading them to practise immorality, and to eat food which has been sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time for repentance; but she is determined not to turn from her immorality. 22 Behold, I will lay her on a sick bed, and bring great distress upon those who have committed adultery with her, unless they turn away from her works. 23 And moreover, her children will I kill with pestilence. And all the churches shall know that I am he who searches the hearts and souls of men. I will give to each of you according to his works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, those who do not hold his teaching, and who do not know the "deep things" of Satan (as they call them), 25 I say that I am imposing upon you no fresh burden; only hold fast what you have till I come. 26 To him that overcomes and perseveres in my works to the end, will I give authority over the nations. 27 And he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron, shattering them like earthen vessels (as I myself have received from my Father), 28 and I will give him the Morning Star." 29 Let him who has an ear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Revelation 3:1-22

1 To the angel of the Church at Sardis, write. These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your works, that you have the name of being alive, but are really dead. 2 Be continually on the watch, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die. For I have not found your works perfected before my God. 3 Call to mind, then, what you have received and heard, and hold to it, and repent. Unless you are on the watch, I will come as a thief, and you will never know at what hour I am coming upon you. 4 Yet you have a few names in Sardis that have not defiled their garment; and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall thus be clad in white raiment; and I will in no wise blot out his name from the book of life, and I will own his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 Let him who has an ear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. 7 Write also to the angel of the Church in Philadelphia. These things says He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens, and no one shall shut; and who shuts, and no one opens. 8 I know your works. Lo, I have set before you an open door, which none can shut; for though you have only a little strength, you have kept my word, and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I am making those of the synagogue of Satan, those who say they are Jews, but are not, but are lying; behold, I will make them to come and bow in reverence before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from that hour of trial which is about to come upon the whole inhabited earth, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly. Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He that overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go out from it nevermore. And I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He that has an ear, let him listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. 14 To the angel of the Church in Laodicea, write. These things says the Amen, the witness, faithful and true, the beginning of the creation of God. 15 I know your works, that you are neither hot nor cold. 16 Would that you were either cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spew you out of my mouth. 17 For you keep saying, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and do not know that you are the wretched one, and pitiable and beggared and blind and naked. 18 I advise you to buy of me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white raiment to clothe yourself, so that the shame of your nakedness may not be made manifest; and eye-salve to anoint your eyes, in order that you may see. 19 All whom I love I reprove and discipline; therefore be full of zeal and repent. 20 Behold, I am standing at the door and knocking! If any one listens to my voice, and opens the door, I will come to him, and sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit down with me on my throne, as I myself have overcome and have taken my seat with my Father on his throne. 22 Let any one who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

1 Peter 2:2

2 Like new-born babes long for the pure spiritual milk to make you grow up into salvation;

Matthew 13:1-58

1 On that same day, after Jesus had left the house, he took his seat on the seashore; 2 and such a great crowd gathered about him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the crowd stood on the beach. 3 Then he told them many truths in parables. "Behold," he said, "the sower went forth to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seed fell by the roadside, and the birds came and ate it. 5 Some fell on rocky ground where there was not much earth. Now because it had no depth of soil, it sprang up at once; 6 but when the sun rose it was scorched, and withered away because it had no root. 7 Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked it. 8 But some fell on good soil, and bore a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear!" 10 Now when his disciples came up to him, they said, 11 "Why do you speak to them in parables?" Jesus answered. "To you it has been granted to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; but to them it has not been granted. 12 "For whoever holds, to him shall more be given, and he shall have abundance; but whoever does not hold, from him shall be taken away even what he holds. 13 "This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them is being fulfilled that prophecy of Isaiah which says. "Hearing you will hear and not understand; Seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the heart of his people is made fat, Their ears are dull of hearing; Their eyes, too, have they closed, Lest some day their eyes should perceive, And their ears should hear, And their heart should understand and turn, And I should heal them. 16 "But happy are your eyes, because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 "In solemn truth I tell you that many prophets and holy men have seen it not, and to hear what you are hearing, and have not heard it. 18 "Listen then, to the parable of the sower. 19 "Whenever any one hears the message of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. 20 "This is the seed sown by the wayside. And the word, and at once receives it with joy. 21 "But he has no root in himself; he continues for a time, but when trouble arises, or persecutions, on account of the word, at once he stumbles and falls. 22 "And the seed sown among thorns is he who hears the word, but the anxieties of the age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 "But the seed sown in good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit, and makes now an hundredfold, now sixty, now thirty." 24 He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven," he said, "is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 "but while men were asleep his enemy came and sowed tares among his wheat and went away. 26 "And when the blade shot up and formed the wheat-kernel, then the tares also appeared. 27 "The slaves of the owner went to him and said: "'Was it not good seed, sir, that you sowed in your field? From whence then, do you get tares?' 28 "'It is an enemy who has done this,' he answered. "The slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and collect them?' 29 "'No,' he answered, 'for fear lest while you are collecting the tares, you at the same time pull up the wheat. 30 "Let both grow together until harvest, and at harvest-time I will tell the reapers to first gather the tares and tie them in bundles for burning, but to bring all the wheat into my store-house.'" 31 He set forth to them another parable, saying. "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard-seed which a man took and planted in his field. 32 "This is indeed the smallest of seeds, but when it is grown it is greater than any herb, and becomes a tree, so that the winged things of the sky come and roost in its branches." 33 He told them another parable. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until the whole was leavened." 34 Jesus told all this to the crowd in parables; indeed he never spoke to them except in parables, 35 in fulfilment of the word spoken by the prophet, I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things kept secret since the foundation of the world." 36 After he had sent the people away and gone into the house, his disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable about the weeds in the field." 37 "The sower of the seed," he answered, "is the Son of man; 38 "the field is the world; the good seed is the sons of the kingdom; the weeds, the sons of the Evil One. 39 "The enemy who sows the weeds is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age. The reapers are the angels. 40 "Just as the weeds are collected together and burnt with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 "The son of man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all hindrances, and whoever practices iniquity, 42 "and will throw them into the fiery furnace. There will be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 43 "And then shall the just shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let him who has ears to hear, listen! 44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in the ground, which a man finds but buries again, and then in his joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that land. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of beautiful pearls. 46 "When he finds one of great price, he goes and sells everything he has and buys it. 47 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 "When it was full they hauled it upon the beach, and sat down and sorted the good fish into baskets, but threw the worthless fish away. 49 "So will it be at the end of the age. The angels will go forth and separate the wicked from the righteous, and fling them into the furnace of fire. 50 "There shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 51 "Have you understood all this?" he asked. "We have," they answered him. 52 "Then," said he, "every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his storehouse new things and old." 53 After Jesus had finished these parables, he withdrew from that place, 54 and came into his own country, where he continued teaching the people in their synagogues, until they were amazed. "Where did he get such wisdom?" they said, "and such wondrous powers? 55 "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? and his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 "Are not his sisters all living among us? Where, then, did he get all these powers?" 57 This kept them from believing in him. Wherefore Jesus said, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and among his own family." 58 And he did no mighty works there, because of their lack of faith.

2 Timothy 1:6

6 For this reason let me remind you to keep ever blazing that gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Hebrews 10:25

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the custom of some, but exhorting one another; all the more as you behold the Day drawing near.

James 1:4

4 But let endurance have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and entire, not lacking in anything.

2 Timothy 3:1-17

1 But of this be sure. In the last days grievous times will come. 2 For men will be selfish, mercenary, boastful, haughty, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreligious, 3 without natural affection, merciless, slanderous, dissolute, and brutal. 4 They will hate goodness, they will be treacherous, reckless, blinded with pride, lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God. 5 For although they keep up the outward form of religion, they deny its power. 6 Turn away from all such. Some of them creep into private houses and lead captive silly women who, laden with sins, 7 and led captive by ever-changing impulses, are always learning but never able to arrive at knowledge of truth. 8 As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so also do these men withstand the truth; being corrupt in mind and worthless in all that concerns the faith. 9 But they will not get on; for their folly will be made as openly manifest to all as was that of Jannes and Jambres. 10 But you, Timothy, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aims, my faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 as well as the persecutions and sufferings which befell me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. You know all the persecutions I endured, and how the Lord delivered me out of them all! 12 Yes, and all who purpose to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But wicked men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving others, and being themselves deceived. 14 But do you hold fast what you have learned and have held to be true. You know those from whom you have learned it, 15 and how from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 Every Scripture, seeing that it is God-breathed, is also profitable for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may himself be complete, and completely equipped for every good work.

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