Verse of the Day 7-17-13 Acts 1:1-3


Verse of the Day

1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:1-3 ESV

Acts 1

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The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

4 And while staying[a] with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Ascension

6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.[c]

15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong[d] he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,

“‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;

and

“‘Let another take his office.’

21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Footnotes:

  1. Acts 1:4 Or eating
  2. Acts 1:5 Or in
  3. Acts 1:14 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church; also verse 15
  4. Acts 1:18 Or swelling up

Verse of the Day 7-11-13 John 16:1-4


Verse of the Day

16 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. John 16:1-4 ESV

John 16

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16 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?”18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

I Have Overcome the World

25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.[a] 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech! 30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.” 31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 16:27 Some manuscripts from the Father

Verse of the Day 7-8-13 John 14:1-7


Verse of the Day

14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”[c] 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:1-7 ESV

John 14

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I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;[a] believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”[c] 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[e] anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[f] to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[g] in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit,whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

Footnotes:

  1. John 14:1 Or You believe in God
  2. John 14:2 Or In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you
  3. John 14:4 Some manuscripts Where I am going you know, and the way you know
  4. John 14:7 Or If you know me, you will know my Father also, or If you have known me, you will know my Father also
  5. John 14:14 Some manuscripts omit me
  6. John 14:16 Or Advocate, or Counselor; also 14:2615:2616:7
  7. John 14:17 Some manuscripts and is

Verse of the Day 6-25-13 John 1:19-23


Verse of the Day

19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight[g] the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” John 1:19-23 ESV

John 1

English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[d] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[e] who is at the Father’s side,[f] he has made him known.

The Testimony of John the Baptist

19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight[g] the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Behold, the Lamb of God

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?”And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” 39 He said to them,“Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.[h] 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[i]was Andrew, Simon Peter‘s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said,“You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter[j]).

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him,“Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you,[k] you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Footnotes:

  1. John 1:4 Or was not any thing made. That which has been made was life in him
  2. John 1:11 Greek to his own things; that is, to his own domain, or to his own people
  3. John 1:11 People is implied in Greek
  4. John 1:16 Or grace in place of grace
  5. John 1:18 Or the only One, who is God; some manuscripts the only Son
  6. John 1:18 Greek in the bosom of the Father
  7. John 1:23 Or crying out, ‘In the wilderness make straight
  8. John 1:39 That is, about 4 p.m.
  9. John 1:40 Greek him
  10. John 1:42 Cephas and Peter are from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively
  11. John 1:51 The Greek for you is plural; twice in this verse

Verse of the Day 4-29-13 2 Corinthians 13:1-4


Verse of the Day

13 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them—since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God. 2 Corinthians 13:1-4 ESV

2 Corinthians 13

English Standard Version (ESV)

Final Warnings

13 This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them—since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. 10 For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use ofthe authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers,[a] rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another,[b] agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss13 All the saints greet you.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 13:11 Or brothers and sisters
  2. 2 Corinthians 13:11 Or listen to my appeal

Verse of the Day 4-22-13 2 Corinthians 6:1-8


Verse of the Day

6 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. 2 Corinthians 6:1-8 ESV

2 Corinthians 6

English Standard Version (ESV)

6 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“In a favorable time I listened to you,
and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you,[a] Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

The Temple of the Living God

14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial?[b] Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:11 Greek Our mouth is open to you
  2. 2 Corinthians 6:15 Greek Beliar

Verse of the Day 4-9-13 Isaiah 63:7-8


Verse of the Day

7  I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love. For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely.” And he became their Savior. Isaiah 63:7-8 ESV

Isaiah 63

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The Lord’s Day of Vengeance

63 Who is this who comes from Edom,
in crimsoned garments from Bozrah,
he who is splendid in his apparel,
marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I, speaking in righteousness,
mighty to save.”

Why is your apparel red,
and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?

“I have trodden the winepress alone,
and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood[a] spattered on my garments,
and stained all my apparel.
For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
and my year of redemption[b] had come.
I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold;
so my own arm brought me salvation,
and my wrath upheld me.
I trampled down the peoples in my anger;
I made them drunk in my wrath,
and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”

The Lord’s Mercy Remembered

I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,
the praises of the Lord,
according to all that the Lord has granted us,
and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
For he said, “Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely.”
And he became their Savior.
In all their affliction he was afflicted,[c]
and the angel of his presence saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

10 But they rebelled
and grieved his Holy Spirit;
therefore he turned to be their enemy,
and himself fought against them.
11 Then he remembered the days of old,
of Moses and his people.[d]
Where is he who brought them up out of the sea
with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is he who put in the midst of them
his Holy Spirit,
12 who caused his glorious arm
to go at the right hand of Moses,
who divided the waters before them
to make for himself an everlasting name,
13     who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
they did not stumble.
14 Like livestock that go down into the valley,
the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
So you led your people,
to make for yourself a glorious name.

Prayer for Mercy

15 Look down from heaven and see,
from your holy and beautiful[e] habitation.
Where are your zeal and your might?
The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion
are held back from me.
16 For you are our Father,
though Abraham does not know us,
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
you, O Lord, are our Father,
our Redeemer from of old is your name.
17 O Lord, why do you make us wander from your ways
and harden our heart, so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
18 Your holy people held possession for a little while;[f]
our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.
19 We have become like those over whom you have never ruled,
like those who are not called by your name.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 63:3 Or their juice; also verse 6
  2. Isaiah 63:4 Or the year of my redeemed
  3. Isaiah 63:9 Or he did not afflict
  4. Isaiah 63:11 Or Then his people remembered the days of old, of Moses
  5. Isaiah 63:15 Or holy and glorious
  6. Isaiah 63:18 Or They have dispossessed your holy people for a little while

3-30-13 Live In The world, But Do Not Be “Of The World”


Do Not Be Worldly

  1. 1 Corinthians 1:26
    For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

    1 Corinthians 1:25-27 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. 1 Corinthians 7:28
    But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.

    1 Corinthians 7:27-29 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. 1 Corinthians 7:33
    But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife,

    1 Corinthians 7:32-34 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. 1 Corinthians 7:34
    and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.

    1 Corinthians 7:33-35 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. 2 Corinthians 7:10
    For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

    2 Corinthians 7:9-11 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  6. Titus 2:12
    training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

    Titus 2:11-13 (in Context) Titus 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  7. Jude 1:19
    It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

    Jude 1:18-20 (in Context) Jude 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Topical index results 19 Results
  1. AMUSEMENTS AND WORLDLY PLEASURES » See PLEASURE, WORLDLY
  2. CARE » WORLDLY (Psalms 39:6;127:2; Ecclesiastes 4:8; Matthew 6:25-34;13:22; Mark 4:1)
  3. CARNAL MINDEDNESS » See CARE, WORLDLY
  4. EXPERIMENT » In worldly pleasure, Solomon’s (Ecclesiastes 1;)
  5. HAPPINESS » OF THE WICKED » Their worldly prosperity (Psalms 17:14;37:3,4,7)
  6. HEART » THE UNREGENERATE » Is worldly (2 Chronicles 26:16; Daniel 5:20; Acts 8:21,22)
  7. PLEASURE » WORLDLY (Job 20:12-16;21:12,13; Proverbs 9:17;15:21;21:17; Ecclesiastes)
  8. SIN » MISCELLANY OF MINOR SUB-TOPICS » See PLEASURES, WORLDLY
  9. SPIRITUALITY » Brings indifference to worldly good (1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Colossians 3:1-3)
  10. VANITY » Worldly wisdom is (Ecclesiastes 2:15,21; 1 Corinthians 3:20)

Do Not Be Of The World

LIVE IN THE WORLD, BUT DO NOT BE “OF THE WORLD”
Let US begin. Today, I want to talk about living in the world. MY
children live in the world, but do not need to be “of the world.” The
world is an enmity to ME. I am disgusted with its overwhelming evil.
Children you can walk among those of the world without partaking of
the things of the world. The world will lead you down paths of
destruction and heartache.

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.

I am your only source of wholeness, peace, and calm. Do not turn to
the world for direction. You will only be misled. You must turn to ME
for direction. Cling to ME in this vital hour. I hold all your answers.
I want to spare you sadness and grief, but you must turn your life
over to ME in completion – only then can I take it and deliver you.
You can walk safely in the world and not be affected by its lures but
you need ME to walk by your side. I can lead you through the
endless distractions the world puts out to lead you astray and pull
you away from ME.

I want you to focus on ME. Keep your eyes fixed on ME, your
SAVIOR. I am your door to safety. All other doors lead to
destruction. Don’t be deceived and take your eyes off of ME. I offer
hope in a world that offers none.
O’ it appears to be hopeful, but what looks normal is deceiving.

Psalms 25:15. Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for HE shall
pluck my feet out of the net.

These are the last hours. The world is in the end times. The world
seems so convincingly normal, but all is not so – it is leading to the
path of destruction.
Soon many will find this out too late. Open your eyes. The world
offers only false hope.

Let ME Lead you. Surrender your life to ME. I will open your eyes
with MY HOLY SPIRIT and you will be renewed and see things the
way they really are and then you will see the Truth. Only MY HOLY
SPIRIT can open your spiritual eyes that so deceive you about the
ways of the world. I am ready to give you the spiritual eye salve to
help this transformation take place. You have but to ask ME for it.
Surrender your life, heart, soul, spirit, and let ME give you the sight
you need to navigate safely through the worldP

Revelation 3:18. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in fire, that
thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be
clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and
anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

3-28-13 Forgive Others (Forgiveness)


Forgive others

  1. Matthew 6:14
    For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

    Matthew 6:13-15 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Matthew 6:15
    but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    Matthew 6:14-16 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. Luke 6:37
    Judging Others ] “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

    Luke 6:36-38 (in Context) Luke 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

Forgiveness

  1. Deuteronomy 30:1
    Repentance and Forgiveness ] “And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you,

    Deuteronomy 30:1-3 (in Context) Deuteronomy 30 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Psalm 130:4
    But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

    Psalm 130:3-5 (in Context) Psalm 130 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. Daniel 9:9
    To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him

    Daniel 9:8-10 (in Context) Daniel 9 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. Matthew 26:28
    for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

    Matthew 26:27-29 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. Mark 1:4
    John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

    Mark 1:3-5 (in Context) Mark 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  6. Mark 3:29
    but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—

    Mark 3:28-30 (in Context) Mark 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  7. Luke 1:77
    to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,

    Luke 1:76-78 (in Context) Luke 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  8. Luke 3:3
    And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

    Luke 3:2-4 (in Context) Luke 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  9. Luke 24:47
    and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

    Luke 24:46-48 (in Context) Luke 24 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  10. John 20:23
    If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

    John 20:22-24 (in Context) John 20 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

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Gospel.com Blog Posts

  1. Today’s devotional: When it’s too late to tell someone “I’m sorry”
  2. Today’s devotional: more than just “I’m sorry”
  3. Forgiveness, in real life
  1. OF SAINTS » OF THE WICKED » Are for examples to others (Psalms 64:7-9; Zephaniah 3:6,7; 1 Corinthians 10:5,11; 2 Peter 2:6)
  2. BETRAYAL » Of others, foretold (Matthew 20:18;24:10)
  3. CHARACTER » OF THE WICKED » Delighting in the iniquity of others (Proverbs 2:14; Romans 1:32)
  4. DECEIT » Impose on others by (Romans 16:18; Ephesians 4:14)
  5. GLORIFYING GOD » Grace to others (Acts 11:18; 2 Corinthians 9:13; Galatians 1:24)
  6. GLORIFYING GOD » The holy example of the saints may lead others to (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12)
  7. HEART » INSTANCES OF HARDENED HEARTS » Others (1 Samuel 6:6)
  8. ISAIAH » PROPHECIES, REPROOFS, AND EXHORTATIONS OF » An obscure prophecy, supposed by some authorities to be directed against the Assyrians, by others against the Egyptians, and by others against the Ethiopians (Isaiah 18)
  9. JESUS, THE CHRIST » POWER OF, TO FORGIVE SINS (Matthew 9:2,6; Mark 2:5,10; Luke 5:20,24;7:47-50; Acts 5:31)
  10. PRESCIENCE OF » PRIESTHOOD OF » His sacrifice superior to all others (Hebrews 9:13,14,23)

 FORGIVENESS

Let US begin again. Now I want to talk about
“forgiveness.” Children, I want to speak to you about this matter of
forgiveness. MY children are unforgiving in their hearts storing up
grievances against each other. I cannot forgive those who don’t
forgive. Is this clear? How can I forgive you, if you, yourself cannot
forgive those around you? Does not MY Word speak of this?

Forgiveness is love. Unforgiveness leads to all kinds of sin:
bitterness, revenge, wrongful judging, and on and on. It gives a
foothold to the enemy to come in and destroy you. This keeps you
from closeness, intimacy with ME, your GOD, and keeps you from
receiving MY SPIRIT. This is serious.

Matthew 6:14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
FATHER will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your FATHER forgive your trespasses.

If you are unforgiving, you cannot be ready for MY Soon Return.
This will hold you back. It separates US.
Leave this unforgiveness behind. Forgive each other. Lay down
your anger toward each other. What do you gain when you harbor
anger toward someone else? You suffer more than the person you
are angry with, can you not see this? Is your eternal salvation worth
harboring anger toward another?

Mark 11:25. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought
against any: that your FATHER also which is in heaven may forgive
you your trespasses.

You must search your heart and ask this question. What is worth
losing your eternal soul over, a petty dispute? Forgive and walk
away and feel a dark cloud lift. Even if the other person won’t forgive
you, pray for them, yes pray for your enemies. Pray for them with a
sincere heart and I will warm your heart to those who harm you. I
will give you a heart of flesh.

How can you expect those who do not walk in MY Way and those
who do not possess MY HOLY SPIRIT to treat you as if they do?
You must render patience, kindness, longsuffering to those who do
not know ME. It is impossible for those who do not know ME, truly
know ME, to behave as if they do. Can you not see this? You
cannot expect this from those who walk apart from ME.

Matthew 5:44-45. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless
them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may
be the children of your FATHER which is in heaven: for HE maketh
HIS sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the
just and on the unjust.

The world thinks it can run apart from its GOD. It fools itself. Only I
hold everything together. Only I bring the right way to live, to men.
This world, that shuns ME, lives under false direction and evil
deception. It all has become so evil.
There is no truth, only compromise and deceit. Apart from MY
Perfect Ways, mankind lives under deception and corruption.
Nothing or no one can be trusted.

Only MY bride, who remains in the earth and walks in MY Perfect
Will, is on the straight path. Only she is stable and true. All others
walk the unreliable path of evil—unstable in all its ways.
Soon the bride will be removed and the world will lose all its light.
Darkness will be all consuming. This day approaches.
Forgiveness: the key to making your way back to ME. Forgive
everyone. There is no unforgiveness worth losing your very soul
for.

Luke 6:37. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and
ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Daughter, this is your LORD Speaking. Let US begin: Now I want to
offer instruction in living with others.

Too many have disregard for each other – little patience, little
respect. This is all leading to strife. It leads to discontent, hurt
feelings. MY children are selfish. They want to be first in all things.
They are very insensitive to the needs of others; they fall short in
caring for others. This leads to arguments, anger.
Children I am saddened by this, but the crux of the problem stems
from self- centeredness. This comes from a lack of humility.

Proverbs 15:33. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

Only from a humble heart will you be able to live among each other
successfully.
You must lay down your desires and give so those around you
remain content.
This requires taking a back seat to all those around you. This is the
way of the humble. This produces fruit: peace, contentment,
pleasant environment.
Few learn to live like this. Few find this Truth. But it is the way of
peace, MY Way.

I give these rules for life so that MY children can live in peace and
contentment, yet they choose their own way and ultimately have
strife and much discontent.
When will they learn MY Road is the best Road to travel? I know
everything. I know how MY children can best live together. I give
rules and precepts to guide MY children into homes of peaceful
dwelling and contentment. This, of course, requires that MY children
lay down their ways and desires and follow MY Rules.

Psalms 34:14. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and
pursue it.

Selfish choices lead to unhappy homes. Let ME Rule over your
home. Let ME Reign in your hearts. MY Way is Calm, Peace, Love.

I will bring your home into the happy dwelling I meant for MY
children. Submit your hearts to ME willingly and I will rain down
tranquility.
Your household will exude quiet assurance, love, and peaceful
living. Walk in paths of quiet contentment, humility, and caring for
others’ feelings bring fruit of satisfaction. Let ME rule over your
household and I will deliver a home of gladness and joy.

Psalms 37:11. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight
themselves in the abundance of peace.

Verse of the Day 3-16-13


Verse of the Day

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ2 Peter 1:5-8 ESV

2 Peter 1

English Standard Version (ESV)

Greeting

1 Simeon[a] Peter, a servant[b] and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Confirm Your Calling and Election

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[c] his own glory and excellence,[d] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[e] and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities[f] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers,[g] be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body,[h] to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,[i] with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Peter 1:1 Some manuscripts Simon
  2. 2 Peter 1:1 Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
  3. 2 Peter 1:3 Or by
  4. 2 Peter 1:3 Or virtue
  5. 2 Peter 1:5 Or excellence; twice in this verse
  6. 2 Peter 1:8 Greek these things; also verses 91012
  7. 2 Peter 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church
  8. 2 Peter 1:13 Greek tent; also verse 14
  9. 2 Peter 1:17 Or my Son, my (or theBeloved