Reading: Endure chastening
Reference: Heb. 12:5-11
Hebrews 12:5: And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Hebrews 12:6: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Hebrews 12:7: If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Hebrews 12:8: But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Hebrews 12:9: Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Hebrews 12:10: For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Hebrews 12:11: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Reading: Fire burns up the chaff
Reference: Matt. 3:7-12
Matthew 3:7: But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Matthew 3:8: Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
Matthew 3:9: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Matthew 3:10: And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Matthew 3:11: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Matthew 3:12: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Reading: Sanctify yourselves
Reference: Josh. 3:1-6
Joshua 3:1: And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.
Joshua 3:2: And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;
Joshua 3:3: And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.
Joshua 3:4: Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.
Joshua 3:5: And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
Joshua 3:6: And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.
Reading: The burning bush—holy ground
Reference: Exod. 3:1-6
Exodus 3:1: Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
Exodus 3:2: And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Exodus 3:3: And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
Exodus 3:4: And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
Exodus 3:5: And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Exodus 3:6: Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Reading: We are undone and unclean
Reference: Isa. 6:5-8
Isaiah 6:5: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
Isaiah 6:6: Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Isaiah 6:7: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Isaiah 6:8: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Reading: Deliverance by prayer
Reference: Acts 12:1-11
Acts 12:1: Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
Acts 12:2: And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
Acts 12:3: And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. ( Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
Acts 12:4: And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
Acts 12:5: Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
Acts 12:6: And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
Acts 12:7: And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
Acts 12:8: And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
Acts 12:9: And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
Acts 12:10: When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
Acts 12:11: And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
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
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.