Reading: Refusing heavenly treasure
Reference: Matt. 19:16-22
Matthew 19:16: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Matthew 19:17: And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Matthew 19:18: He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Matthew 19:19: Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 19:20: The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Matthew 19:21: Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Matthew 19:22: But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Reading: Touch not the unclean thing
Reference: 2 Cor. 6:14-18
II Corinthians 6:14: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
II Corinthians 6:15: And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
II Corinthians 6:16: And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
II Corinthians 6:17: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
II Corinthians 6:18: And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Reading: Under the shadow of His wings
Reference: Ps. 36:5-10
Psalms 36:5: Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Psalms 36:6: Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
Psalms 36:7: How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
Psalms 36:8: They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
Psalms 36:9: For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
Psalms 36:10: O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
Reading: You have lived in pleasure
Reference: James 5:1-8
James 5:1: Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
James 5:2: Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
James 5:3: Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
James 5:4: Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
James 5:5: Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
James 5:6: Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
James 5:7: Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
James 5:8: Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Reading: Take heed to yourselves
Reference: Luke 21:33-36
Luke 21:33: Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:34: And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luke 21:35: For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Luke 21:36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Reading: Cares, deceitfulness, and lusts
Reference: Mark 4:13-20
Mark 4:13: And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
Mark 4:14: The sower soweth the word.
Mark 4:15: And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Mark 4:16: And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
Mark 4:17: And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
Mark 4:18: And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
Mark 4:19: And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Mark 4:20: And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Reading: The good and right way
Reference: 1 Sam. 12:20-25
I Samuel 12:20: And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart;
I Samuel 12:21: And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
I Samuel 12:22: For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.
I Samuel 12:23: Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
I Samuel 12:24: Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
I Samuel 12:25: But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.
Reading: Keeping God’s testimonies
Reference: Ps. 119:1-8
Psalms 119:1: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Psalms 119:2: Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Psalms 119:3: They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
Psalms 119:4: Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
Psalms 119:5: O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Psalms 119:6: Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
Psalms 119:7: I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
Psalms 119:8: I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
Reading: Seeking with our whole heart
Reference: Deut. 4:26-31
Deuteronomy 4:26: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
Deuteronomy 4:27: And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you.
Deuteronomy 4:28: And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
Deuteronomy 4:29: But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
Deuteronomy 4:30: When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
Deuteronomy 4:31: ( For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
Reading: Committing our way to God
Reference: Ps. 37:3-10
Psalms 37:3: Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalms 37:5: Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalms 37:6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Psalms 37:7: Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalms 37:8: Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Psalms 37:9: For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
Psalms 37:10: For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
Reading: Seek the Lord
Reference: 1 Chron. 16:8-15
I Chronicles 16:8: Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
I Chronicles 16:9: Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
I Chronicles 16:10: Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
I Chronicles 16:11: Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
I Chronicles 16:12: Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
I Chronicles 16:13: O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
I Chronicles 16:14: He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
I Chronicles 16:15: Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;
Reading: David waits and listens for direction
Reference: 2 Sam. 5:17-25
II Samuel 5:17: But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.
II Samuel 5:18: The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
II Samuel 5:19: And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
II Samuel 5:20: And David came to Baal–perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal–perazim.
II Samuel 5:21: And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.
II Samuel 5:22: And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
II Samuel 5:23: And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
II Samuel 5:24: And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
II Samuel 5:25: And David did so, as the Lord had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.
Reading: Enter in at the strait gate
Reference: Matt. 7:13-15
Matthew 7:13: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Matthew 7:14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 7:15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Reading: Example of humility
Reference: Matt. 8:5-10
Matthew 8:5: And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
Matthew 8:6: And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
Matthew 8:7: And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
Matthew 8:8: The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
Matthew 8:9: For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Matthew 8:10: When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Reading: God draws nigh to the humble
Reference: James 4:6-10
James 4:6: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:8: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James 4:9: Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
James 4:10: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Reading: Spiritual pride an abomination
Reference: Isa. 65:1-7
Isaiah 65:1: I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
Isaiah 65:2: I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
Isaiah 65:3: A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
Isaiah 65:4: Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
Isaiah 65:5: Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
Isaiah 65:6: Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
Isaiah 65:7: Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the Lord, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
Reading: Spiritual pride is blindness
Reference: John 9:30-41
John 9:30: The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
John 9:31: Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
John 9:32: Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
John 9:33: If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
John 9:34: They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
John 9:35: Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
John 9:36: He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
John 9:37: And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
John 9:38: And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
John 9:39: And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
John 9:40: And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
John 9:41: Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
Reading: The greatest among you
Reference: Luke 9:46-48
Luke 9:46: Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
Luke 9:47: And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,
Luke 9:48: And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
Reading: Humble and contrite
Reference: Isa. 66:1-2
Isaiah 66:1: Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Isaiah 66:2: For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Reading: Jesus our perfect example
Reference: Isa. 53:1-5
Isaiah 53:1: Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
Isaiah 53:2: For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isaiah 53:3: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53:4: Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:5: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.