Reading: Humility, our defense
Reference: 1 Pet. 5:6-11
I Peter 5:6: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
I Peter 5:7: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
I Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
I Peter 5:9: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
I Peter 5:10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
I Peter 5:11: To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Reading: The accuser
Reference: Job 1:6-11; 2:3-6
Job 1:6: Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7: And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Job 1:8: And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9: Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10: Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11: But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 2:3: And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
Job 2:4: And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
Job 2:5: But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 2:6: And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
Reading: Sing your way to victory
Reference: 2 Chron. 20:15-22
II Chronicles 20:15: And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
II Chronicles 20:16: To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
II Chronicles 20:17: Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
II Chronicles 20:18: And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.
II Chronicles 20:19: And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
II Chronicles 20:20: And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
II Chronicles 20:21: And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
II Chronicles 20:22: And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
Reading: Endure all things
Reference: 2 Tim. 2:1-10
II Timothy 2:1: Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 2:2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
II Timothy 2:3: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 2:4: No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
II Timothy 2:5: And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
II Timothy 2:6: The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
II Timothy 2:7: Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
II Timothy 2:8: Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
II Timothy 2:9: Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
II Timothy 2:10: Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Reading: My heart shall not fear
Reference: Ps. 27:1-6
Psalms 27:1: The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalms 27:2: When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Psalms 27:3: Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Psalms 27:4: One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
Psalms 27:5: For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Psalms 27:6: And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
Reading: Jesus’s power opens the way
Reference: Matt. 28:18-20
Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Reading: Jesus foretells persecution
Reference: John 15:18-21
John 15:18: If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
John 15:19: If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 15:20: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
John 15:21: But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Reading: God provides for those who ask
Reference: Luke 11:5-13
Luke 11:5: And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
Luke 11:6: For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
Luke 11:7: And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
Luke 11:8: I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
Luke 11:9: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luke 11:10: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Luke 11:11: If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luke 11:12: Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luke 11:13: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Reading: The door shuts on disobedience
Reference: Gen. 7:15-23
Genesis 7:15: And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
Genesis 7:16: And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.
Genesis 7:17: And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
Genesis 7:18: And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 7:19: And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Genesis 7:20: Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
Genesis 7:21: And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
Genesis 7:22: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
Genesis 7:23: And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
Reading: God’s church includes all cultures
Reference: Acts 10:34-43
Acts 10:34: Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Acts 10:35: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Acts 10:36: The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: ( he is Lord of all:)
Acts 10:37: That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judæa, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
Acts 10:38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Acts 10:39: And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
Acts 10:40: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
Acts 10:41: Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
Acts 10:42: And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
Acts 10:43: To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Reading: Built on the Rock
Reference: Matt. 16:16-19
Matthew 16:16: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Matthew 16:17: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 16:18: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 16:19: And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Reading: A needy church supplied
Reference: Acts 11:27-30
Acts 11:27: And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
Acts 11:28: And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Cæsar.
Acts 11:29: Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judæa:
Acts 11:30: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Reading: God judges iniquity
Reference: Rev. 18:1-8
Revelation of John 18:1: And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
Revelation of John 18:2: And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
Revelation of John 18:3: For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Revelation of John 18:4: And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Revelation of John 18:5: For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Revelation of John 18:6: Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
Revelation of John 18:7: How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Revelation of John 18:8: Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Reading: Old commandments become new
Reference: 1 John 2:3-11
I John 2:3: And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
I John 2:4: He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
I John 2:5: But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
I John 2:6: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
I John 2:7: Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
I John 2:8: Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
I John 2:9: He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
I John 2:10: He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
I John 2:11: But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Reading: Avoid those that cause divisions
Reference: Rom. 16:17-18
Romans 16:17: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Romans 16:18: For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Reading: God’s Word is powerful
Reference: Heb. 4:9-16
Hebrews 4:9: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Hebrews 4:10: For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Hebrews 4:11: Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:12: 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 4:13: Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Hebrews 4:14: Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Reading: Unfeigned faith
Reference: 2 Tim. 1:4-13
II Timothy 1:4: Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
II Timothy 1:5: When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
II Timothy 1:6: Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
II Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:8: Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
II Timothy 1:9: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
II Timothy 1:10: But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
II Timothy 1:11: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
II Timothy 1:12: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
II Timothy 1:13: Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Reading: Taught of God
Reference: Gal. 1:11-20
Galatians 1:11: But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Galatians 1:12: For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 1:13: For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
Galatians 1:14: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Galatians 1:15: But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
Galatians 1:16: To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Galatians 1:17: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Galatians 1:18: Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
Galatians 1:19: But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
Galatians 1:20: Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
Reading: The gospel comes from God
Reference: Gal. 1:1-10
Galatians 1:1: Paul, an apostle, ( not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
Galatians 1:2: And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:
Galatians 1:3: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Galatians 1:4: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Galatians 1:5: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 1:6: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Galatians 1:7: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:8: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:9: As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:10: For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Reading: Not of private interpretation
Reference: 2 Pet. 1:16-21
II Peter 1:16: For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
II Peter 1:17: For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
II Peter 1:18: And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
II Peter 1:19: We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
II Peter 1:20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
II Peter 1:21: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.