Jesus prays in John 17:21 (NIV), “that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”
And in John 14:23 (KJV), “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.”
To know Him: Paul says in Philippians 3:10 (KJV), “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;”
John says in 1John 4:6-7 (NIV):
“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
Know Me: Father God says in Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV),“Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
Thank You Father God, Lord Jesus and Holy Spirit for being faithful and true. Praise God!
Jesus prayed, “And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One:” John 17:22 (KJV).
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV).
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Paul prays in Philippians 4:19 (NKJV).
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. ” Romans 11:33-36 (NIV).
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.”Malachi 3:8-10 (NKJV).
Proverbs 16:31 (NIV), “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.”
Proverbs 20:29, (NKJV), “The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head.”
Jesus said in Matt 15:3-6 (NKJV), “For God commanded, saying,‘Honor your father and your mother’; and,‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother,“Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made thecommandment of God of no effect by your tradition.”
Dear Jesus, we put down the traditions that nullify Your commandments, we’re sorry for trying to be men-pleasers. We will abide in Your love and truth, no matter what. Help us to honor our elders and You in purity, Father God.
“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” 2 Timothy 5:1-2 (NIV).
1 Timothy 6
Verse 4-5 (NKJV), “He is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.”
Verse 10 (NIV), “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
for your Father also is merciful,” Jesus says in Luke 6:36.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lam 3:22-23
Be merciful to whoever you talk to and for whatever reason, a friend suggests. When deciding point of action, before making a mistake, I remembered the words of the Lord.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (KJV).
Isaiah 25:5 (KJV), “Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.”
Psalm 65:7 (NKJV), “You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples.”
Wow, these two verses came up during devotion one morning after praying; how many noises there were! God, You are our refuge against the storm of noise (Psalm 46:1). We love You!
Jesus said in Matthew 15:10, “Listen and understand.”
“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” Mark 4:37-39 (NIV).
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV), “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Colossians 2:2-4 (NIV), “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.”
We were talking with friends tonight who recently took a trip to Thailand and noted they were rich…in their hearts, though not materially.
Jesus taught in Matt 13:44, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
“But I will sacrifice unto Thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:9 (KJV).
Jesus says in Matt 5:33-37, 42 (NASB) “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ “But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. “Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”
You won’t get a paycheck, but if you pay what you promised, the Lord Who seeks righteousness will know. Two years ago I gave away my hair, clothes and car.
Dr. David Jeremiah describes generosity as giving and not expecting anything back (TBN).
Ecclesiastes 5:4 (KJV), “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV), “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”
“They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”” Luke 24:32.
Ignite the coals of your heart for the Lord, people, instead of making incendiary comments.
Against You, You only, have I sinned Lord (Psalm 51), by not harkening to Your commands and by putting You last when Your words are life and all life comes from You (2 Peter 1:3). Burn off the chaff O Lord, so that all that remains is YOU.
“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” says John in Matt 3:12 (NIV).