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.
Selah


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?

Devotional Passages 3/3/18

Matthew 5:17-20 (NKJV)
Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.
I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.


Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NKJV)
Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.


Ephesians 6:17-20 (NKJV)
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.


Romans 8:13-14 (NKJV)
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.


Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

As dismal as the outlook maybe, Jesus tells us, ‘Don’t be afraid, only believe’.

He said this to the ruler of the temple when the ruler’s daughter had died.

Mark 5:36 (NKJV)
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

It is from those, positions of our greatest fears that Jesus tells us to ‘rise to His calling’.

Mark 5:41 (NKJV)
Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”


Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.


Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.


John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”


Luke 11:9 (NKJV)
So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.


Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV)
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.


Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.


Psalms 84:10 (NKJV)
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.