3-27-13 Do Not Trust Yourself Or Others


Are you trustworthy?

  1. Exodus 18:21
    Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.

    Exodus 18:20-22 (in Context) Exodus 18 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Psalm 93:5
    Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.

    Psalm 93:4-5 (in Context) Psalm 93 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. Psalm 111:7
    The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;

    Psalm 111:6-8 (in Context) Psalm 111 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. Proverbs 11:13
    Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

    Proverbs 11:12-14 (in Context) Proverbs 11 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. 1 Corinthians 7:25
    The Unmarried and the Widowed ] Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.

    1 Corinthians 7:24-26 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  6. 1 Timothy 1:15
    The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

    1 Timothy 1:14-16 (in Context) 1 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  7. 1 Timothy 3:1
    Qualifications for Overseers ] The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.

    1 Timothy 3:1-3 (in Context) 1 Timothy 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  8. 1 Timothy 4:9
    The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.

    1 Timothy 4:8-10 (in Context) 1 Timothy 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  9. 2 Timothy 2:11
    The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him;

    2 Timothy 2:10-12 (in Context) 2 Timothy 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  10. Titus 1:9
    He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

    Titus 1:8-10 (in Context) Titus 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

More results from English Standard Version

DO NOT TRUST YOURSELF OR OTHERS

Let US begin. Today, I want to discuss with you
about the problem with trusting in “self.” Being self-sufficient, selfreliant
and self-centered is an evil vice. It is promoted by the world
system and fostered by MY enemy.

Being self-reliant is nothing more than putting “self” before GOD. It
is walking in your own will apart from MY Will. Just like this 40-day
fast is MY Will, when people do what they choose without seeking
ME through an intimate relationship with ME, they run apart from
MY Will and they are living in sin – it is rebellion to ME. I want MY
children to walk in MY Will. Sometimes MY Will does not look right
according to the standards of the world. The world says chase
money, possessions, security, human love. MY Will doesn’t match
what the world calls normal. It looks different. But MY Will is correct.
I created humans and I also created them to trust ME and walk in

MY Will – to know MY Will you must lay down your life before ME in
humble submission and seek ME daily. Those who truly pursue ME
by devoting time to ME, intimate time with ME in the secret place
and reading MY Word will find ME and MY Will. This requires
choices. You must choose because worldly distractions can throw
you off MY straight and narrow path. O’ there are many other paths
to go on but all lead to destruction as the road to hell is a broad road
that many fall into. Few find this important narrow path to ME and
eternal life. Many think they walk the narrow path but they are
deceived. They listen to others who are also deceived.

Many of MY leaders are deceived and deceiving others because
they believe doing many works and staying busy in MY churches is
the way to eternal security but this is deception. It is only by
intimacy, truly knowing ME, spending time, devoting time to knowing
ME. This is the key to eternal safety and security.

Psalms 91:1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the MOST
HIGH shall abide under the shadow of the ALMIGHTY.

The body is fed in the churches but this body cannot truly function correctly apart from nourishment which I give in the secret place and in the time spent getting to know ME in a deep way. This is where the body is truly built up. This is where I deliver MY Will and Words to MY sheep and sustain them to survive what the enemy tries to do to cause trouble. It is by intimacy with ME that you can sustain through the pitfalls and trials of life. If you go it alone you will struggle and ultimately fail. Because you do not know what I require apart from ME and I am the ultimate judge of all in the end.

How can you prepare to face ME in judgment if you have never
come close to ME and learned what I desire and require of you?
When you face ME without this intimacy you will be empty-handed
because you have relied on your own beliefs, own thinking, own will,
and you will fall greatly short. You will miss the mark.

Romans 14:12. So then every one of us shall give account of
himself to GOD.

Don’t be deceived. Many of MY so-called leaders never spend time
with ME, and they too do not operate in MY Will, and they are as if
the blind leading the blind down blind alleys of destruction. Many will
be surprised how misled they have been because they have trusted
in those who know ME not and they themselves are greatly
deceived.
You cannot trust in what looks right in the world. You must submit to
ME.
Surrender your all to ME and seek ME whole-heartedly. This is what
I require.

MY Word speaks this Truth. Read it correctly and see for yourself.
MY leaders, too many like the world and its ways, so they change
the meaning of MY Words so they can feel good about mingling with
the world. The world is an enmity to ME. Read MY Word. This truth
is not hidden. You cannot love the world and ME both. I have bee

clear about this. O’ yes you are in the world, but you must follow ME
and MY Ways while you are in the world.

James 4:4. Ye adulterers and adulteresses know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with GOD? Whosoever therefore
will be a friend of the world is an enemy of GOD.

There are distractions at every turn that will lead you away from
seeking intimacy with ME. You must desire to spend time with ME
more than the world’s distractions. You are settling for an inferior,
empty pursuit if you settle for the things of the world over a
relationship with the CREATOR of all life – your MAKER, MAKER of
the stars, and the heavens.

Hebrews 10:38-39. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man
draws back, MY soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not
of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to
the saving of the soul.

Do not trade down a glorious eternal walk with ME, the CREATOR
and SUSTAINER of all life for the cheap thrills offered by the world.

What you pursue in the world is empty satisfaction and ultimately
death. You choose your own destiny, you believe you create your
own path, you believe I bless your decisions. You have not come to
know ME intimately. If you did, you would learn differently. You are
deceived by the ways of the world and MY cunning enemy. He
would have you do what you believe best for yourself apart from
ME. This I cannot bless. Then MY children wonder why they run into
so many troubles. The worst deception of MY enemy is the belief
that all is well when you run apart from having an intimate
relationship with ME. This is the greatest deception of all. All seems
well, but when you face ME, I will tell you to depart ye workers of
iniquity, I never knew youP

Matthew 7:21. Not everyone that saith unto ME, LORD, LORD, shall
enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the Will of MY
FATHER which is in Heaven.

Many will say to ME in that day, LORD, LORD, have we not
prophesied in THY Name? And in THY Name have cast out devils?
And in THY Name done many wonderful works? And then will I
profess unto them, I never knew you. depart from ME, ye that work
iniquity.

Yes, this is MY Word. I did not create you to walk apart from ME
and for you to seek your own way without ever consulting ME. Yes,
you can do these things because you have free will, but you are not
in MY Will and so you are sinning against ME.

I give MY children free will and they can choose to seek ME in
intimacy and trust MY Guidance or they can run apart from ME.
When MY children run apart from ME, out of MY Will, seeking their
own plans, they work against MY Kingdom plans and this is evil.

They cause destruction they don’t even know about, because they
have selfishly believed they can live their life outside of MY Perfect
Will and Plans.
They bring trouble on themselves and others. They leave
themselves open the whims and traps of the enemy. Children apart
from ME, you are no match to the wiles and cunning of MY enemy.

Do not think yourself so wise. You are useless apart from ME.
Why do I talk so of those with childlike faith as the ones who will
inherit MY Kingdom? Because these children recognize their need
for ME at every turn just as a child turns to its parent at every
moment. The child knows apart from the parent he is in danger as

MY children recognize apart from ME, they too are in great danger,
and trust in MY Every Word. This is why I implore MY children to
spend time in MY Word, where much information is imparted. All
answers for living this life are given in MY Book. I gave this Book as
a guide for mankind.

MY SPIRIT reveals truth in the pages. Only through surrender and
receiving MY SPIRIT in full measure will you receive the
enlightenment that you need to truly understand MY Words. It is not
by the teachings of men, but by MY SPIRIT that the Words grow in

your heart. Only by MY SPIRIT can you receive the light-giving life
of MY Book.

Matthew 18:4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this
little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

1 Corinthians 2:11-14. For what man knoweth the things of a man,
save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of GOD
knoweth no man, but the SPIRIT of GOD. Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world, but the SPIRIT which is of GOD; that we
might know the things that are freely given to us of GOD.

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom
teacheth, but which the HOLY GHOST teacheth; comparing
Spiritual things with Spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the SPIRIT of GOD:
for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,
because they are Spiritually discerned.

The world is full of deception now. Don’t be fooled by the evil
propagated by MY enemy. He would have you believe by the
messages you receive daily that you can trust the things of the
world. You trust in everything but ME, the GIVER of life. You trust in
money, education, worldly security, governments – it is false help
and security. This is high class deception and it leads MY children
away from ME. MY children then dabble in trusting ME.
They turn to ME a little and then rely on everything else. This is not
intimacy.

Yes, you are intimate with the world and your own desires, but not
with ME. You need to come to ME and lay everything down before
ME. You cannot truly know ME until you put aside your worldly
security and come to ME seeking an intimate relationship. Anything
else apart from this relationship is lukewarm and I will not honor a
lukewarm relationship. So many will be surprised when they face
ME and discover that dancing with the world and also spending a

little time with ME will keep them out of MY Kingdom. There will be
many surprised.

Revelation 3:16. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither
cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of MY Mouth.

What do I want and expect from MY children? I want their life. I want
it all in complete surrender. A dance with the world and a dance with
ME is evil. Read MY Word. O’ so many read MY Book and they take
from it what they want so they can placate themselves, so they can
enjoy the world and still feel that they can enter MY Kingdom when
their life ends. What a shock to those who discover that I only
receive those who have given ME their all – sacrificed their all. Their
pursuit of wealth, fame, possessions was all in vain and ultimately
keeps them outside MY Kingdom. Their own will and future planning
has led them on a path outside of MY Will and apart from MY True
Plans for their life – a life I created. The life I gave them and sustain.
O’ yes no one lives and breathes from day to day except I ordain it.

This is why MY children should not be so sure of their own selfish
planning apart from MY Will and true intensions for their life. I can
take any life I choose at Will. No one lives outside MY Decisions for
their life. I give, I take as I see fit, as I desire. This is why it is pure
foolishness when men create their own plans and make their own
way apart from MY Will for their life. It is the height of pride and
foolishness and it is evil. It is the way of MY enemy to lead MY
sheep astray down paths of destruction by what looks so normal
and right. It is the enemy’s deceptive plan to deceive many.

Job 12:10. In WHOSE Hand is the soul of every living thing, and the
breath of all mankind.

Psalms 104:29. THOU hidest THY Face, they are troubled: THOU
takest away their breath; they die, and return to their dust.

Verse of the Day 2-17-13


Verse of the Day

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.Romans 8:35,37 ESV

Romans 8

English Standard Version (ESV)

Life in the Spirit

8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] For the law of the Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,[c] he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[d] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

Heirs with Christ

12 So then, brothers,[e] we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 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. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons[f] of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[g] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[h] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[i] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.[j] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 8:1 Some manuscripts add who walk not according to the flesh (but according to the Spirit)
  2. Romans 8:2 Some manuscripts me
  3. Romans 8:3 Or and as a sin offering
  4. Romans 8:11 Some manuscripts lack Jesus
  5. Romans 8:12 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 29
  6. Romans 8:14 See discussion on “sons” in the Preface
  7. Romans 8:27 Or that
  8. Romans 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good
  9. Romans 8:31 Or who is
  10. Romans 8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died… for us?

Verse of the Day 2-12-13


Verse of the Day

2 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience,not knowing that God‘s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Romans 2:1-4 ESV

God’s Righteous Judgment

2 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience,not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking[a] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

God’s Judgment and the Law

12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when,according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded[b] as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically[c] uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code[d] and circumcision but break the law.28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 2:8 Or contentious
  2. Romans 2:26 Or counted
  3. Romans 2:27 Or is by nature
  4. Romans 2:27 Or the letter

Verse of the Day 1-17-13


Verse of the Day

“Do everything without finding fault or arguing. Then you will be pure and without blame. You will be children of God without fault in a sinful and evil world. Among the people of the world you shine like stars in the heavens. You shine as you hold out to them the word of life. So I can brag about you on the day Christ returns. I can be happy that I didn’t run or work for nothing.” Philippians 2:14-16 NIRV

Philippians 2

New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

Thinking Like Christ

2 Are you cheerful because you belong to Christ? Does his love comfort you? Is the Holy Spirit your companion? Has Christ been gentle and loving toward you? Then make my joy complete by agreeing with each other. Have the same love. Be one in spirit and purpose.

Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves.

None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good     of others.

You should think in the same way Christ Jesus does.

In his very nature he was God.
But he did not think that being equal with God was something he should hold on to.
Instead, he made himself nothing.
He took on the very nature of a servant.
He was made in human form.
He appeared as a man.
He came down to the lowest level.
He obeyed God completely, even though it led to his death.
In fact, he died on a cross.
So God lifted him up to the highest place.
He gave him the name that is above every name.
10 When the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone’s knee will bow to worship him.
Every knee in heaven and on earth and under the earth will bow to worship him.
11 Everyone’s mouth will say that Jesus Christ is Lord.
And God the Father will receive the glory.

Living Like Christ

12 My dear friends, you have always obeyed God. You obeyed while I was with you. And you have obeyed even more while I am not with you. So continue to work out your own salvation. Do it with fear and trembling. 13 God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to be in keeping with his good purpose.

14 Do everything without finding fault or arguing. 15 Then you will be pure and without blame. You will be children of God without fault in a sinful and evil world. Among the people of the world you shine like stars in the heavens. 16 You shine as you hold out to them the word of life. So I can brag about you on the day Christ returns. I can be happy that I didn’t run or work for nothing.

17 But my life might even be poured out like a drink offering on your sacrifices. I’m talking about the way you serve because you believe. Even so, I am glad. I am joyful with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and joyful with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 I hope to send Timothy to you soon if the Lord Jesus allows it. Then I will be cheered up when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like Timothy. He truly cares about how you are doing.

21 All the others are looking out for their own interests. They are not looking out for the interests of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself. He has served with me like a son with his father in spreading the good news.

23 So I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I’m sure I myself will come soon if the Lord allows it.

25 But I think it’s necessary to send Epaphroditus back to you. He is my brother in the Lord. He is a worker and a soldier of Christ together with me. He is also your messenger. You sent him to take care of my needs. 26 He longs for all of you. He is troubled because you heard he was sick.

27 He was very sick. In fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him. He also had mercy on me. God spared me sadness after sadness. 28 So I want even more to send him to you. Then when you see him again, you will be glad. And I won’t worry so much.

29 Welcome him as a brother in the Lord with great joy. Honor people like him. 30 He almost died for the work of Christ. He put his life in danger to make up for the help you couldn’t give me.

Verse of the Day 1-16-13


Verse of the Day

“[Living by the Holy Spirit’s Power] So I say, live by the Holy Spirit’s power. Then you will not do what your sinful nature wants you to do.” Galatians 5:16 NIRV

Christ Sets Us Free

5 Christ has set us free. He wants us to enjoy freedom. So stand firm. Don’t let the chains of slavery hold you again.

Here is what I, Paul, say to you. Don’t let yourselves be circumcised. If you do, Christ won’t be of any value to you. I say it again. Every man who lets himself be circumcised must obey the whole law.

Some of you are trying to be made right with God by obeying the law. You have been separated from Christ. You have fallen away from God’s grace.

But we expect to be made completely holy because of our faith in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit we wait in hope. Circumcision and uncircumcision aren’t worth anything to those who believe in Christ Jesus. The only thing that really counts is faith that shows itself through love.

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? The One who chooses you does not keep you from obeying the truth. You should know that “just a little yeast works its way through the whole batch of dough.”

10 The Lord makes me certain that you will not think in any other way. The one who has gotten you all mixed up will pay the price. It doesn’t matter who that may be.

11 Brothers and sisters, I am not still preaching that people must be circumcised. If I were, why am I still being opposed? If that were what I preach, then the cross wouldn’t upset anyone.

12 So then, what about troublemakers who try to get others to be circumcised? I wish they would go the whole way! I wish they would cut off everything that marks them as men!

Chosen to Be Free

13 My brothers and sisters, you were chosen to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to live in sin. Instead, serve one another in love. 14 The whole law can be found in a single command. “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18)

15 You must not keep on biting each other. You must not keep eating each other up. Watch out! You might destroy each other.

Living by the Holy Spirit’s Power

16 So I say, live by the Holy Spirit’s power. Then you will not do what your sinful nature wants you to do.

17 The sinful nature does not want what the Spirit delights in. And the Spirit does not want what the sinful nature delights in. The two are at war with each other. That’s what makes you do what you don’t want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the authority of the law.

19 What the sinful nature does is clear. It enjoys sexual sins, impure acts and wild living. 20 It worships statues of gods. It also worships evil powers. It is full of hatred and fighting. It is full of jealousy and fits of anger. It is interested only in getting ahead. It stirs up trouble. It separates people into their own little groups. 21 It wants what others have. It gets drunk and takes part in wild parties. It does many things of that kind. I warn you now as I did before. People who live like that will not receive God’s kingdom.

22 But the fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful 23 and gentle and having control of oneself. There is no law against things of that kind.

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed their sinful nature to his cross. They don’t want what their sinful nature loves and longs for.

25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us march in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become proud. Let us not make each other angry. Let us not want what belongs to others.

Verse of the Day 1-12-13


“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26-28 KJV

Galatians 3

King James Version (KJV)

3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Verse of the Day 12-09-12


““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:5,8 NIV

2 Timothy 2

New International Version (NIV)

The Appeal Renewed

2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ JesusAnd the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

11 Here is a trustworthy saying:

If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13 if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

Dealing With False Teachers

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Verse of the Day 11-27-12


“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 NIV

Colossians 4

New International Version (NIV)

4 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Further Instructions

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Final Greetings

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant[a] in the LordI am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[b] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.

10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.) 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews[c] among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

17 Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”

18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 4:7 Or slave; also in verse 12
  2. Colossians 4:8 Some manuscripts that he may know about your
  3. Colossians 4:11 Greek only ones of the circumcision group