Devotional Passages 3/22/18

Psalms 91:1 (HCSB)
The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.

Ephesians 6:10-17 (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. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.

Romans 12:2 (HCSB)
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

John 1:14 (HCSB)
The Word became flesh, and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son  from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Romans 8:31-32 (HCSB)
What then are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

Psalms 84:11-12 (HCSB)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield.
The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity. Happy is the person who trusts in You, Lord of Hosts!

1 Corinthians 3:21-23 (HCSB)
So no one should boast in human leaders, for everything is yours — whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come — everything is yours, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

I Identify With Moses

Exodus 4:10-12 (HCSB)
But Moses replied to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent — either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant — because I am slow and hesitant in speech.”
Yahweh said to him, “Who made the human mouth? Who makes him mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, Yahweh? Now go! I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say.”

Note from Kip:
I’m not trying to elevate myself to the stature of Moses. What I identify with about him, isn’t his strengths, but rather his weakness. The weakness he points out to God here in Exodus.

I too, at times have a real issue conveying, what is in my head and my heart, through my mouth. I’m not necessary ‘slow’ in speech, it just tends to get garbled up, if I say more than a few well thought out sentences.

It is one reason, that I enjoy writing so much; because I can review what I’m writing and correct it to make the words better reflect my heart. The other thing that makes me enjoy it is God uses this to teach me.

So often, what appears before my eyes is fresh revelation from God’s Spirit living in me.

So yes, I identify with Moses; I rely on God’s providence to provide the words that He wishes me to to say. May I always be true to that, and nothing more.

Mark 7:20-23 (HCSB)
Then He said, “What comes out of a person — that defiles him. For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, promiscuity, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person.”

Romans 7:25 (HCSB)
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!, So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin.

Romans 8:22-25 (HCSB)
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits — we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.

1 John 3:2-3 (HCSB)
Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.

Romans 8:28 (HCSB)
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

Ephesians 1:4-6 (HCSB)
For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight., In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.

Philippians 1:6 (HCSB)
I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Psalms 27:4 (HCSB)
I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple.


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