Devotional Passages 3/6/18

Hebrews 11:5-6 (HCSB)
By faith Enoch was taken away so he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his removal he was approved, since he had pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.

Isaiah 25:1 (HCSB)
Yahweh, You are my God; I will exalt You. I will praise Your name, for You have accomplished wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (HCSB)
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!

Seeing God’s Glory

I think all too often we expect God to ‘show us’ something miraculous, as a precursor to our acknowledging His Glory.

John 11:40 (HCSB)
Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”

His Glory, is not subject to our recognition or approval. Likewise, there is no ‘faith’ involved in seeing God work in our lives.

Anyone who says, ‘Because God did this; I have faith’, is mistaken.

Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB)
Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.

Belief is grounded in faith. Therefore, we don’t believe because we see, we actually ‘see’ because we have faith and as a result, we believe.

Romans 3:23 (HCSB)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (HCSB)
For godly grief produces a repentance not to be regretted and leading to salvation, but worldly grief produces death.

Romans 8:1-2 (HCSB)
Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus,, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Psalms 139:23 (HCSB)
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.

Matthew 23:9 (HCSB)
Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven.

John 4:14 (HCSB)
But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again — ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well, of water springing up within him for eternal life.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (HCSB)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.

Proverbs 14:27 (HCSB)
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death.

Matthew 5:6 (HCSB)
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled.

 Longing for God

Psalms 42:1-2 (HCSB)
As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?

 Praise God Who Satisfies

Psalms 63:1 (HCSB)
God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.

Devotional Passages 3/5/18

Acts 2:21 (NKJV)

And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NKJV)
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

We will suffer for doing the ‘right thing’. As children we are told that if we are ‘good’ that good things will come, but Jesus said that we will suffer for His name, but we are to be blessed when that period of suffering comes.

We aren’t laying up treasures here, we are making an

eternal investment, in the treasury of the Almighty.

The very same Paul who is talked about in the passage below, also wrote that regardless of what has come to pass, we must press forward to the prize that is Christ Jesus!

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

Acts 16:16-20 (NKJV)
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days.

But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.

And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city

Psalms 143:8 (NKJV)
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Jeremiah 32:40-41 (NKJV)
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.’

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Psalms 62:8 (NKJV)
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

Psalms 142:5 (NKJV)
I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

Faith Triumphs in Trouble

Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Mark 16:15-16 (NKJV)
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

Psalms 91:1 (NKJV)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Deuteronomy 6:17 (NKJV)
You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you.

Isaiah 43:1-5 (NKJV)
But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.

Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, And people for your life.

Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west;

Hebrews 3:12-14 (NKJV)
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end

Special passages from pastor Bruce’s sermon on the armor of God

Isaiah 45:19 (NKJV)
I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’; I, the Lord, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

John 16:13 (NKJV)
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

John 17:17 (NKJV)
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 8:37 (NKJV)
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 5:1-5 (NKJV)
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Devotional Passages 3/4/18

Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

James 1:17 (NKJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NKJV)
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

James 4:7 (NKJV)
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Hebrews 12:14-15 (NKJV)
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled

Luke 13:24 (NKJV)
Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

2 Samuel 22:28 (NKJV)
You will save the humble people; But Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down.

Lunchtime Scripture

Do Not Worry

Matthew 6:25 (NKJV)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?