Friday, February 19, 2016

2 Timothy 3:12


Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

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2 Timothy 3


Perilous Times and Perilous Men

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 

2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 

3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 

4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 

5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 

6 | For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 

7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 

9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

The Man of God and the Word of God

10 | But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 

11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 

12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 

13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 

14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 

15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 

17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hebrews 13:8


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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Concluding Moral Directions

1 Let brotherly love continue. 

2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. 

3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 

6 So we may boldly say:
    
   “The Lord is my helper;
   I will not fear.
   What can man do to me?”

Concluding Religious Directions

7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 

8 | Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 

9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 

11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 

12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 

13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 

14 | For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 

16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

Prayer Requested

18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. 

19 But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.

Benediction, Final Exhortation, Farewell

20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 

21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you[d] what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

22 And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words. 

23 Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.

24 Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.

25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hebrews 12:22


But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Hebrews 12:1-3


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

God Disciplines His Children

4 | In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 

5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

   “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
   and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
   and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 

8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 

9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 

10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 

11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 

13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Warning and Encouragement

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 

15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 

16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 

17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.

The Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy

18 You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 

19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 

20 because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 

21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”

22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 

23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 

24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 

26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”

27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 

29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hebrews 1:14


Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

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God’s Supreme Revelation

1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 

2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds

3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 

4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

The Son Exalted Above Angels

5 | For to which of the angels did He ever say: 
    
   “You are My Son,
   Today I have begotten You”? 
   
And again:
     
    “I will be to Him a Father,
    And He shall be to Me a Son”?

6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
    
   “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
7 And of the angels He says:
   
   “Who makes His angels spirits
   And His ministers a flame of fire.”

8 But to the Son He says:
   
   “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
   A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
   Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
   With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

10 And:
     
     “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
     And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11 They will perish, but You remain;
     And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
     And they will be changed.
     But You are the same,
     And Your years will not fail.”

13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
      
     “Sit at My right hand,
     Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Philippians 4:8-9


Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

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Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer







Meditate on These Things



Philippian Generosity

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 

12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 

15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 

16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 

17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 

18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Greeting and Blessing

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 

22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

2 Corinthians 11:14


And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

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Concern for Their Faithfulness

1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. 

2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 

3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 

4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

Paul and False Apostles

5 For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles. 

6 Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.

Did I commit sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge? 

8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. 

9 And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself. 

10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 

11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows!

12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 

14 | And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Reluctant Boasting

16 I say again, let no one think me a fool. If otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little. 

17 What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting. 

18 Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast. 

19 For you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise! 

20 For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face. 

21 To our shame I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold—I speak foolishly—I am bold also.

Suffering for Christ

22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. 

23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. 

24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. 

25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 

26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 

27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 

28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. 

29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?

30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity. 

31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. 

32 In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me; 

33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.

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