Reading: Justified by faith
Reference: Gal. 2:16-21
Galatians 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 2:17: But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
Galatians 2:18: For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
Galatians 2:19: For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto 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.
Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Reading: Seeking the simple way
Reference: Ps. 131:1-3
Psalms 131:1: Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Psalms 131:2: Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
Psalms 131:3: Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.
Reading: Seek God while He may be found
Reference: Isa. 55:6-9
Isaiah 55:6: Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isaiah 55:7: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55:8: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
Isaiah 55:9: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Reading: How to receive grace
Reference: 1 Pet. 5:5-6
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:
Reading: Ruined life, humble plea, joyful return
Reference: Luke 15:11-24
Luke 15:11: And he said, A certain man had two sons:
Luke 15:12: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Luke 15:13: And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
Luke 15:14: And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
Luke 15:15: And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
Luke 15:16: And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
Luke 15:17: And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Luke 15:18: I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
Luke 15:19: And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
Luke 15:20: And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Luke 15:21: And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
Luke 15:22: But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
Luke 15:23: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
Luke 15:24: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Reading: Be humble as a child
Reference: Matt. 18:1-4
Matthew 18:1: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Matthew 18:2: And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Matthew 18:3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:4: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Reading: Humbly accepting criticism
Reference: 1 Sam. 9:15-21; 10:24-27
I Samuel 9:15: Now the Lord had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
I Samuel 9:16: To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
I Samuel 9:17: And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.
I Samuel 9:18: Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer’s house is.
I Samuel 9:19: And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
I Samuel 9:20: And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father’s house?
I Samuel 9:21: And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
I Samuel 10:24: And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
I Samuel 10:25: Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
I Samuel 10:26: And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.
I Samuel 10:27: But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
Reading: Humble repentance effected
Reference: 2 Chron. 34:14-28
II Chronicles 34:14: And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the Lord given by Moses.
II Chronicles 34:15: And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
II Chronicles 34:16: And Shaphan carried the book to the king, and brought the king word back again, saying, All that was committed to thy servants, they do it.
II Chronicles 34:17: And they have gathered together the money that was found in the house of the Lord, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers, and to the hand of the workmen.
II Chronicles 34:18: Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
II Chronicles 34:19: And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
II Chronicles 34:20: And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king’s, saying,
II Chronicles 34:21: Go, enquire of the Lord for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do after all that is written in this book.
II Chronicles 34:22: And Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; ( now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college:) and they spake to her to that effect.
II Chronicles 34:23: And she answered them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to me,
II Chronicles 34:24: Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah:
II Chronicles 34:25: Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.
II Chronicles 34:26: And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the Lord, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;
II Chronicles 34:27: Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord.
II Chronicles 34:28: Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.
Reading: Many called, few chosen
Reference: Matt. 22:1-14
Matthew 22:1: And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
Matthew 22:2: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
Matthew 22:3: And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
Matthew 22:4: Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
Matthew 22:5: But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
Matthew 22:6: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
Matthew 22:7: But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Matthew 22:8: Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Matthew 22:9: Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
Matthew 22:10: So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
Matthew 22:11: And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
Matthew 22:12: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Matthew 22:13: Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 22:14: For many are called, but few are chosen.
Reading: Making excuses when invited
Reference: Luke 14:15-24
Luke 14:15: And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
Luke 14:16: Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
Luke 14:17: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
Luke 14:18: And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
Luke 14:19: And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
Luke 14:20: And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
Luke 14:21: So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
Luke 14:22: And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
Luke 14:23: And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Luke 14:24: For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
Reading: Exceeding great and precious promises
Reference: 2 Pet. 1:1-4
II Peter 1:1: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
II Peter 1:2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
II Peter 1:3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
II Peter 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Reading: Invitation to enter heaven
Reference: Matt. 25:31-40
Matthew 25:31: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Matthew 25:32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Matthew 25:33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Matthew 25:34: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matthew 25:36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matthew 25:37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Matthew 25:38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Matthew 25:39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matthew 25:40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Reading: Invitation to freedom
Reference: John 8:31-36
John 8:31: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:33: They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
John 8:34: Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
John 8:35: And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
John 8:36: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Reading: Invitation to rest
Reference: Matt. 11:25-30
Matthew 11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Matthew 11:26: Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Matthew 11:27: All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Matthew 11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Reading: Personal invitation from Christ
Reference: John 7:37-40
John 7:37: In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39: ( But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 7:40: Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
Reading: God’s awesome power
Reference: Job 9:1-10
Job 9:1: Then Job answered and said,
Job 9:2: I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
Job 9:3: If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.
Job 9:4: He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
Job 9:5: Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.
Job 9:6: Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
Job 9:7: Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.
Job 9:8: Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
Job 9:9: Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
Job 9:10: Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.
Reading: Changed into His image
Reference: 2 Cor. 3:17-18
II Corinthians 3:17: Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
II Corinthians 3:18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Reading: Look unto the Rock
Reference: Isa. 51:1-3
Isaiah 51:1: Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
Isaiah 51:2: Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
Isaiah 51:3: For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Reading: Beholding God brings boldness
Reference: Acts 7:51-56
Acts 7:51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
Acts 7:52: Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Acts 7:53: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
Acts 7:54: When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
Acts 7:55: But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Acts 7:56: And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Reading: God sends, God goes
Reference: Exod. 3:10-14
Exodus 3:10: Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
Exodus 3:11: And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Exodus 3:12: And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.
Exodus 3:13: And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
Exodus 3:14: And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.