Proverbs 30:13-14 (HCSB)
There is a generation — how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks.
There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (HCSB)
Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands
Galatians 5:22-23 (HCSB)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 (HCSB)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing.
Mark 4:39 (HCSB)
He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Note from Kip:
Just as Jesus did for His apostles, He does for us; He commands the ranging storm around us to silence! “Be still!”, He commands, the perils that surround us and seek to swallow us up.
Philippians 4:8 (HCSB)
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things.
Hebrews 6:17-18 (HCSB)
Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.
Philippians 3:12-16 (HCSB)
Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.
Proverbs 30:8-9 (HCSB)
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, saying, “Who is the Lord?” or I might have nothing and steal, profaning the name of my God.
Note from Kip:
The world would tell us that we need more, more, more. In fact, ‘just enough’ is ‘just right’.
Jesus said that it was harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, than for a camel to enter the eye of a the needle.
In that day what that mean was a very narrow opening in the walls of the city. It was constructed that way so that, those entering must do so, one at a time.
If a camel was to use the eye of the needle to enter, it required there entire load be removed from them, so they could squeeze through that opening.
Only once the camel had successfully made it through the wall, could it’s load be placed back on it, inside the city.
For us to enter into God’s Grace, we must shed our attachments that, load us down. Once inside that Grace, He will reassemble our packs, and load us up with the goods for His purpose and will in our lives.
Matthew 19:29-30 (HCSB)
And everyone who has left houses, brothers or sisters, father or mother, children, or fields because of My name will receive 100 times more and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 (HCSB)
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter.
He Knows You
John 1:46-48 (HCSB)
“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.
“Come and see,” Philip answered.
Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, “Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him.”
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
“Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.
Note from Kip:
Nathanael is so ‘us’. Before we meet Jesus, we are beyond skeptical about the claims we hear about regarding Christ. Then when we meet Jesus, we find out that He knows us, better than we know ourselves!
I so enjoy, thinking about this interchange. It doesn’t matter where we are; fig tree or elsewhere, Jesus know us and is just waiting for the opportunity to introduce Himself.