Devotional Passages – 4/25/18

Be Strong

Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (HCSB)

God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Colossians 1:27-28 (HCSB)

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.

Proverbs 11:3 (HCSB)

No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Romans 8:37-39 (HCSB)

He said to him, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind., This is the greatest and most important command.

Matthew 22:37-38 (HCSB)

Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.

Philippians 2:14-15 (HCSB)

Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will bring you quietness with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.

Zephaniah 3:17 (HCSB)

Note from Kip:
Here in Zephaniah the writer paints a perspective of God that we seldom embrace. God is on our side. No two ways about it. He is in our camp as believers in His power to save.

This image breaks the stereotype of God being unreachable, solemn and stern. It teaches us…

God is…

A saving warrior who is ready and willing to defend us
Thrill with us! Not just when we succeed but He’s engaged with us always
His love calms us and brings peace
He ‘delights‘ in us with loud cheers of abundant joy!

Not just some omnipotent creator sitting around observing everyone with a scowl on His face.


I wait for Yahweh; I wait and put my hope in His word.

Psalms 130:5 (HCSB)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 (HCSB)

For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 1:22-25 (HCSB)

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.

Romans 1:20-21 (HCSB)


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