Reading: Waiting was rewarded
Reference: Luke 2:25-35
Luke 2:25: And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Luke 2:26: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Luke 2:27: And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Luke 2:28: Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Luke 2:29: Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
Luke 2:30: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Luke 2:31: Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
Luke 2:32: A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Luke 2:33: And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
Luke 2:34: And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
Luke 2:35: ( Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Reading: Adversity witnessed leads to salvation
Reference: Acts 16:25-34
Reading: Adversity witnessed leads to salvation
Reference: Acts 16:25-34
Acts 16:25: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Acts 16:26: And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Acts 16:27: And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Acts 16:28: But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Acts 16:29: Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Acts 16:30: And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Acts 16:31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:32: And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Acts 16:33: And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
Acts 16:34: And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
Reading: Safely trusting in God
Reference: Ps. 56:1-13
Psalms 56:1: Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
Psalms 56:2: Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
Psalms 56:3: What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
Psalms 56:4: In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
Psalms 56:5: Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
Psalms 56:6: They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
Psalms 56:7: Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
Psalms 56:8: Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Psalms 56:9: When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
Psalms 56:10: In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.
Psalms 56:11: In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Psalms 56:12: Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
Psalms 56:13: For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?
Reading: The most high God is lifted up
Reference: Dan. 3:26-30
Daniel 3:26: Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
Daniel 3:27: And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Daniel 3:28: Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
Daniel 3:29: Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
Daniel 3:30: Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, in the province of Babylon.
Reading: Abraham believed God would provide
Reference: Gen. 22:6-13
Genesis 22:6: And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
Genesis 22:7: And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
Genesis 22:8: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Genesis 22:9: And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
Genesis 22:10: And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
Genesis 22:11: And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
Genesis 22:12: And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Genesis 22:13: And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
Reading: The Lord gives strength
Reference: Isa. 40:28-31
Isaiah 40:28: Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
Isaiah 40:29: He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Isaiah 40:30: Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Reading: Charity out of a pure heart
Reference: 1 Tim. 1:1-5
I Timothy 1:1: Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
I Timothy 1:2: Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
I Timothy 1:3: As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
I Timothy 1:4: Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
I Timothy 1:5: Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Reading: Prudence and humble fear of God
Reference: Prov. 22:3-4
Proverbs 22:3: A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Proverbs 22:4: By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.
Reading: Submission with humility to find grace
Reference: 1 Pet. 5:5-10
I Peter 5:5: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
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.
Reading: Faithful stewardship is compulsory
Reference: 1 Cor. 4:1-2
I Corinthians 4:1: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
I Corinthians 4:2: Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Reading: Obedience mandatory for cleansing
Reference: Ps. 119:9-16
Psalms 119:9: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalms 119:10: With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:12: Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
Psalms 119:13: With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
Psalms 119:14: I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
Psalms 119:15: I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Psalms 119:16: I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Reading: Conclusion of God’s requirements
Reference: Eccles. 12:13-14
Ecclesiastes 12:13: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:14: For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Reading: Faith required to please God
Reference: Heb. 11:5-6
Hebrews 11:5: By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Reading: Unrestrained will a sign of last times
Reference: 2 Tim. 3:1-5
II Timothy 3:1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
II Timothy 3:2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
II Timothy 3:3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
II Timothy 3:4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
II Timothy 3:5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Reading: We will serve the Lord
Reference: Josh. 24:15-24
Joshua 24:15: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:16: And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;
Joshua 24:17: For the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
Joshua 24:18: And the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.
Joshua 24:19: And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
Joshua 24:20: If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
Joshua 24:21: And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:22: And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
Joshua 24:23: Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel.
Joshua 24:24: And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
Reading: A will set on God when the blessing fails
Reference: Hab. 3:17-19
Habakkuk 3:17: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Habakkuk 3:18: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:19: The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Reading: Transformed by renewal
Reference: Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 2:20
Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Reading: Renewed in His image
Reference: Col. 3:1-11
Colossians 3:1: If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:2: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:3: For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:4: When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Colossians 3:5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Colossians 3:6: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Colossians 3:7: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Colossians 3:8: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Colossians 3:9: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Colossians 3:10: And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Colossians 3:11: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Reading: Man’s power of the will
Reference: Gen. 3:1-17
Genesis 3:1: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:2: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Genesis 3:3: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Genesis 3:4: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Genesis 3:5: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Genesis 3:6: And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 3:7: And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Genesis 3:8: And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
Genesis 3:9: And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Genesis 3:10: And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Genesis 3:11: And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Genesis 3:12: And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:13: And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Genesis 3:14: And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Genesis 3:15: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:16: Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Genesis 3:17: And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;