Acts 4:10-12 (HCSB)
let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene — whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead — by Him this man is standing here before you healthy. This Jesus is
the stone rejected by you builders,
which has become the cornerstone.,,
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”
Isaiah 40:28 (HCSB)
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never grows faint or weary;
there is no limit to His understanding.
Micah 6:8 (HCSB)
Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.
Matthew 23:23-24 (HCSB)
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, yet gulp down a camel!
John 14:6 (HCSB)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Mark 10:45 (HCSB)
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life — a ransom for many.”
John 6:28-29 (HCSB)
“What can we do to perform the works of God?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “This is the work of God — that you believe in the One He has sent.”
Note from Kip: So often you will hear people questioning the purpose of their lives or even life in general. Be they, believers or not; this question seems to be at the forefront of human thought.
Our singular purpose is encompassed in this short passage. “This is the work of God — that you believe in the One He has sent.”
We don’t need to sweat the grandiose life objectives rolling around in our minds, if we but focus on one thing! Make that one person. The person of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior.
With this consideration at the forefront of our ambition, those grand objectives will be made clear in their proper time.
Right now, the only thing to concern ourselves with is Him and being obedient to His will!
2 Corinthians 6:3-13 (HCSB)
We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything:
by great endurance, by afflictions,
by hardship, by difficulties,
by beatings, by imprisonments,
by riots, by labors,
by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
by purity, by knowledge,
by patience, by kindness,
by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
by the message of truth,
by the power of God;
through weapons of righteousness
on the right hand and the left,
through glory and dishonor,
through slander and good report;
as deceivers yet true;
as unknown yet recognized;
as dying and look — we live;
as being disciplined yet not killed;
as grieving yet always rejoicing;
as poor yet enriching many;
as having nothing yet possessing everything.
We have spoken openly to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide. You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections. I speak as to my children. As a proper response, you should also be open to us.
Trials and Maturity
James 1:2-4 (HCSB)
Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.
Note from Kip: Right now this is playing out in my own life. The job is gone. I’m looking for the next opportunity; praying that God guide me to the place He can best use me.
Yesterday, I was focused on the health insurance gap that is looming, before us as I am in between employers.
This is my reminder, God isn’t holding back due to a lack of concern for my wellbeing. He’s using this time to refine me; faith, producing endurance; and while I don’t know where He’s got planned for me, I truly lack nothing.
Luke 6:20-22 (HCSB Strong’s)
Then looking up at His disciples, He said: You who are poor are blessed, because the kingdom of God is yours. You who are now hungry are blessed, because you will be filled. You who now weep are blessed, because you will laugh. You are blessed when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man.
Luke 12:20-21 (HCSB)
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared — whose will they be?’
“That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
2 Corinthians 4:6 (HCSB)
For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.