Devotional Passages 3/8/18

The God of Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (HCSB)
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Romans 15:5-6 (HCSB)
Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.

Romans 15:13 (HCSB)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 11:25 (HCSB)
A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water.

The Traits of the Righteous

Psalms 112:1 (HCSB)

Happy is the man who fears the Lord, taking great delight in His commands.

Instructions to the Rich

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (HCSB)
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.

Ask Anything

It is surprising, or perhaps, I shouldn’t be surprised; that so many don’t interpret this passage correctly.

John 15:7-8 (HCSB)
If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

This is a symbiotic relationship, that is described here. That relationship is the basis on with every the ability to ask whatever you want and it being done for you.

What gets lost is that, when we are ‘in Jesus’ and ‘Jesus is in us’ , our goals and objectives are identical to His.

In John, Jesus tells us that He is the Light of the World.

John 8:12 (HCSB)
Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

This same symbiotic relationship is illustrated, as Christ puts His light into the darkness of our lives, resulting in:

Matthew 5:14-16 (HCSB)
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

When we truly are following Jesus then His Light, is manifested in our lives. People can and will see Christ shining in us.

This symbiotic relationship demands that our will be subject to His will. If we surrender, our will to His, then His Light is in us, what we ask will be what He wills as we are in Him and He in us. We will see it, and others will see the fruit being brought from us in fullness.

Psalms 34:8-10 (HCSB)
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!
You who are His holy ones, fear Yahweh, for those who fear Him lack nothing.
Young lions lack food and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.

Living in Harmony

Psalms 133 (HCSB)
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down Aaron’s beard onto his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord has appointed the blessing — life forevermore.

Isaiah 55:11 (HCSB)
so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”

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