Devotional Passages 3/12/18

Colossians 3:16-17 (HCSB)
Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

2 Peter 1:4 (HCSB)
By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.

2 Peter 3:8-9 (HCSB)
Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

Romans 1:20-21 (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.

Genesis 1:1 (HCSB)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Hebrews 1:3 (HCSB)
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

No God Other Than Yahweh

Isaiah 44:6 (HCSB)
This is what the Lord, the King of Israel and its Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, says:
I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but Me.

James 1:5-7 (HCSB)
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

Ephesians 6:2-3 (HCSB)
Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land.

John 6:38-40 (HCSB)
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me: that I should lose none of those He has given Me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Isaiah 46:10 (HCSB)
I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.

Job 23:13-14 (HCSB)
But He is unchangeable; who can oppose Him?
He does what He desires.
He will certainly accomplish what He has decreed for me, and He has many more things like these in mind.

Psalms 115:3 (HCSB)
Our God is in heaven and does whatever He pleases.

Ephesians 2:7-9 (HCSB)
so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.

Psalms 37:3 (HCSB)
Trust in the Lord and do what is good; dwell in the land and live securely.

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!

John 3:17-18 (HCSB)
For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

Mark 2:17 (HCSB)
When Jesus heard this, He told them, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do need one. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

1 John 3:8 (HCSB)
The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works.

Malachi 4:2 (HCSB)
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall.

Devotional Passages 3/11/18

Colossians 2:6-7 (HCSB)
Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.

Deuteronomy 7:9 (HCSB)
Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.

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?

Psalms 103:13-14 (HCSB)
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He knows what we are made of, remembering that we are dust.

Genesis 1:26 (HCSB)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”

Devotional Passages 3/10/18

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.

1 Peter 3:13-15 (HCSB)
And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,, but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

Romans 8:26 (HCSB)
In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us, with unspoken groanings.

Revelation 5:13 (HCSB)
I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

John 1:16-17 (HCSB)
Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness, for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Righteous Will Live by Faith

Take in the verse below, considering what the Righteousness is defined by Grace.

Romans 1:16-17 (HCSB)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel,, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.

When you consider what is involved in the act of Grace in our lives, it at first seems to be a very simple. We trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin and He blesses us with His Grace. The phrase t the end of this passage indicates so much more. ‘The righteous will live by faith”. Both faith and trust are tightly bound together. Faith is the spiritual commitment of trust.

In other words, because we trust what God (Jesus) says, we invest that trust in faith. The greater that investment in trust, the stronger grows our Faith, the more our joy and love blossoms. Because we Love Christ we obey Him.

John 14:15 (HCSB)
If you love Me, you will keep My commands.

Trust to faith to love to obedience; obedience to ‘Repentance”. Jesus said:

Luke 5:32 (HCSB)
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Are you beginning to see a chain of events taking place here? We aren’t done yet, because it is by this repentance (changing of our course both cognitively and spiritually) that the course we plot our actions on is altered to be in keeping with the will of God.

Isaiah 61:10 (HCSB)
I greatly rejoice in the Lord, I exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a groom wears a turban and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

We see in that blessing of Christ’s Grace on us, we now are wrapped in a robe of righteousness. It’s not ‘our’ righteousness, it is Christ’s, which he has put on us.

Romans 3:10-12 (HCSB)
as it is written:
There is no one righteous, not even one.
There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become useless.
There is no one who does what is good, not even one.

Our living righteous is not us, but Christ living in us. Thus, “The righteous will live by faith“, is proven out.

There is more to this, as Grace isn’t a ‘one and done’ proposition. We are taught by the Holy Spirit, new things. These erupt in conviction. Because we have faith and trust in what He says, this conviction leads to repentance. Repentance further applies Grace even more. More grace, by faith; continually clothed in His righteousness. Indeed, the righteous shall live by faith!

Hebrews 10:38-39 (HCSB)
But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.
But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

Through our faith in Christ, we are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. By His Grace which clothes us in that righteousness, we obtain ‘life’.

2 Corinthians 5:7-10 (HCSB)
For we walk by faith, not by sight, and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord. Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

Devotional Passages 3/9/18

The Life-Giving Spirit

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.

2 Timothy 1:9 (HCSB)
He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.

Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)
Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 43:1-2 (HCSB)
Now this is what the Lord says — the One who created you, Jacob, and the One who formed you, Israel — “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.
You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you.”

Psalms 56:3-4 (HCSB)
When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Note from Kip: This one speaks to me clearly today. This is the morning of my last day on the job with my, ‘for the moment’, current employer.

The exit interview is scheduled for 10AM this morning. There are no interviews that I’m waiting to hear back on the results. There are several resume’s out and one or two, decent prospects for a new job.

But, even though, I should by human standards be very concerned over not just what is transpiring, but what is more importantly ‘not transpiring’ today (at least at this moment in time).

Roughly, 10:20 this morning, I will walk out of this building; unemployed and that is okay. Not because it is what I want, but because it is in God’s hands and I trust him. See it’s when we have trust that our ‘faith’ goes into action.

I’m human, flesh, and as a result I can’t say that I will not feel a flush of panic at some point. Regardless, I know He is with me. More importantly I know that He loves and cares for me. He is also willing and able; even when I’m not.

‘His rod and His staff, they comfort me’. I am His and I am at peace.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (HCSB)
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power, is perfected in weakness.”
Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Matthew 16:25 (HCSB)
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it.

Matthew 16:26 (HCSB)
What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?

Note from Kip:
Can you imagine what was running through the heads of those that heard Jesus read this prophecy, then sit down and calmly say what you just heard, I’ve completed that; it’s done!

Not even considering how powerful being in His presence was to begin with, He was a master of communication. The thought that this provoked had to have impacted every single person in ear shot.

Luke 4:18-21 (HCSB)
The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on Him. He began by saying to them, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.

Matthew 11:29-30 (HCSB)
All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Psalms 27:14 (HCSB)
Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.

The Cure for Anxiety

Matthew 6:25 (HCSB)
“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

Ephesians 3:16-21 (HCSB)
I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 2:17-18 (HCSB)
When the Messiah came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Luke 12:48 (HCSB)
But the one who did not know and did things deserving of blows will be beaten lightly. Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more.

The God of Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (HCSB)
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God

Devotional Passages 3/8/18

The God of Comfort

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (HCSB)
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Romans 15:5-6 (HCSB)
Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement allow you to live in harmony with one another, according to the command of Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.

Romans 15:13 (HCSB)
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 11:25 (HCSB)
A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water.

The Traits of the Righteous

Psalms 112:1 (HCSB)

Happy is the man who fears the Lord, taking great delight in His commands.

Instructions to the Rich

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (HCSB)
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.

Ask Anything

It is surprising, or perhaps, I shouldn’t be surprised; that so many don’t interpret this passage correctly.

John 15:7-8 (HCSB)
If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

This is a symbiotic relationship, that is described here. That relationship is the basis on with every the ability to ask whatever you want and it being done for you.

What gets lost is that, when we are ‘in Jesus’ and ‘Jesus is in us’ , our goals and objectives are identical to His.

In John, Jesus tells us that He is the Light of the World.

John 8:12 (HCSB)
Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

This same symbiotic relationship is illustrated, as Christ puts His light into the darkness of our lives, resulting in:

Matthew 5:14-16 (HCSB)
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

When we truly are following Jesus then His Light, is manifested in our lives. People can and will see Christ shining in us.

This symbiotic relationship demands that our will be subject to His will. If we surrender, our will to His, then His Light is in us, what we ask will be what He wills as we are in Him and He in us. We will see it, and others will see the fruit being brought from us in fullness.

Psalms 34:8-10 (HCSB)
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!
You who are His holy ones, fear Yahweh, for those who fear Him lack nothing.
Young lions lack food and go hungry, but those who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing.

Living in Harmony

Psalms 133 (HCSB)
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down Aaron’s beard onto his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord has appointed the blessing — life forevermore.

Isaiah 55:11 (HCSB)
so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”