Devotional Passages 3/21/18

John 16:33 (HCSB)
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”


Jeremiah 17:7-8 (HCSB)
The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.
He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green.
It will not worry in a y ear of drought or cease producing fruit.


Psalms 18:20-24 (HCSB )
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; He repaid me according to the cleanness of my hands.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord and have not turned from my God to wickedness.

Indeed, I have kept all His ordinances in mind and have not disregarded His statutes. I was blameless toward Him and kept myself from sinning.
So the Lord repaid me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.


Exodus 20:3-6 (HCSB)
Do not have other gods besides Me.
Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.
You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers’ sin, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing faithful love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commands.


Leviticus 26:1-2 (HCSB)
“Do not make idols for yourselves, set up a carved image or sacred pillar for yourselves, or place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am Yahweh your God. You must keep My Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am Yahweh.


Psalms 51:1-3 (HCSB)
Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.
Wash away my guilt and cleanse me from my sin.
For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me.


2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (HCSB)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


2 Corinthians 6:3-10 (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.


Jeremiah 17:7-8 (HCSB)
The man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.
He will be like a tree planted by water:
it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.


Proverbs 31:10-11 (HCSB)
Who can find a capable wife?
She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will not lack anything good.


Isaiah 55:6 (HCSB)
Seek the Lord while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.


Proverbs 2:6 (HCSB)
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (HCSB)
Rejoice always!
Pray constantly.
Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Note from Kip:
I know that I come back to these three verses on a regular basis. I do so, for several reasons that may not be always clear:

  1. Rejoice always! – It isn’t a suggestion; it is a directive. Christians of all people have a constant cause for being joyful at all times. Even in times of sorrow, the joy of Christ’s Grace bestowed on us, supersedes all trouble that might engulf us.
  2. Pray constantly. – God’s Spirit lives in US! There is absolutely no reason not to carry on a conversation, with the one who has saved us by His Grace. The beauty of this is that He is always with us!
  3. Give thanks for EVERYTHING! – There is nothing that enters our lives, no matter how harsh it may seem,that God doesn’t fully understand the resulting implications.
    The test is how WE react to it. Do we continue to invest our trust in our savior? Or do we pull back and try to manage it on our own? Jesus wants us to trust him exclusively. As a result we have every reason, to thank Him for EVERYTHING that we encounter. EVERYTHING!
  4. I need to be reminded of these things. I’m flesh and bone. This physical state, in which, I exist is flawed and corrupted, and I can and do falter. So this, is my reminder.
  5. You, brother and sister; as fellow followers of Christ Jesus are the same, and I want to remind you.

Rejoice always, pray constantly, in everything give thanks!


Galatians 2:19-20 (HCSB)
For through the law I have died to the law, so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.


Matthew 6:22-23 (HCSB)
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness — how deep is that darkness!


Jeremiah 17:9-10 (HCSB)
The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable — who can understand it?
I, Yahweh, examine the mind, I test the heart, to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.


Romans 1:18-25 (HCSB)
For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.
For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.
Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever.
Amen


Leviticus 20:7-8 (HCSB)
Consecrate yourselves and be holy, for I am Yahweh your God. Keep My statutes and do them; I am Yahweh who sets you apart.


Luke 9:62 (HCSB)
But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”


Matthew 7:13-14 (HCSB)
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.


 

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