Devotional Passages 3/17/18

Proverbs 4:7-9 (HCSB)
Wisdom is supreme — so get wisdom.
And whatever else you get, get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you. She will place a garland of grace on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty.

Psalms 23:1 (HCSB)
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.

Psalms 19:1 (HCSB)
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His

Psalms 14:1 (HCSB)
The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.” They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good.

Luke 24:1-8 (HCSB )
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground.

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. “He is not here, but He has been resurrected! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day’?” And they remembered His words.

Philippians 2:5-7 (HCSB)
Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.
Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men.

Matthew 24:14 (HCSB)
This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.

Note from Kip:
The end, is in fact only the beginning. The contrast of what the return of the Lord Jesus means to the believer, verses those that walk in darkness is a striking contrast.
For the believer, it is life as we know it can and should be; everlasting.
For those left in the depravity of sin, it is eternal torment and separation from what was offered to them freely, but they choose not to accept.
Jesus gave us the ‘great commission’. A directive to proclaim the ‘Good News’ to all, so that they may choose life or eternal death.
When Jesus wipes away ‘every tear’ in heaven, I can’t help but think that those tears will be our regret for those that we had an opportunity to share the Love and message of the Gospel of Jesus with, but we failed to do so.

Psalms 117 (HCSB)
Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify Him, all peoples!
For His faithful love to us is great; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.

Hebrews 13:14 (HCSB)
For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come.

Proverbs 11:30-31 (HCSB)
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but violence takes lives. If the righteous will be repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and sinful.

Proverbs 12:1 (HCSB)
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but one who hates correction is stupid.

Luke 4:6-8 (HCSB)
The Devil said to Him, “I will give You their splendor and all this authority, because it has been given over to me, and I can give it to anyone I want. If You, then, will worship me, all will be Yours.”
And Jesus answered him, “It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

Note from Kip:
Have you ever considered why this passage was documented?
It would seem to be absurd, for the Son of God to even consider anything that the Devil would have to offer Him.
This was Jesus the Devil was attempting to entice. All God, all man, all knowing, all seeing; knowing full well that Satan had nothing to offer Him of value.
Personally I think this was put here for us. Because, we are faced with the choice daily of what the world offers  us verse what Jesus lays before us.
Jesus knew the answer to this and so did the Devil. So, this passage is for me only my Lord telling me, “It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

Ephesians 6:10-12 (HCSB)
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.


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