Reading: Gifts given to the church
Reference: 1 Cor. 12:1–12
I Corinthians 12:1: Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
I Corinthians 12:2: Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
I Corinthians 12:3: Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
I Corinthians 12:4: Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
I Corinthians 12:5: And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
I Corinthians 12:6: And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
I Corinthians 12:7: But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
I Corinthians 12:8: For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
I Corinthians 12:9: To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
I Corinthians 12:10: To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
I Corinthians 12:11: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
I Corinthians 12:12: For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
Reading: Walk about Zion
Reference: Ps. 48:1–14
Psalms 48:1: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
Psalms 48:2: Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Psalms 48:3: God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
Psalms 48:4: For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
Psalms 48:5: They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
Psalms 48:6: Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
Psalms 48:7: Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
Psalms 48:8: As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
Psalms 48:9: We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
Psalms 48:10: According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
Psalms 48:11: Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
Psalms 48:12: Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
Psalms 48:13: Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
Psalms 48:14: For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
Reading: Rejoice in Zion
Reference: Isa. 12:1–6
Isaiah 12:1: And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
Isaiah 12:2: Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:3: Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 12:4: And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Isaiah 12:5: Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
Isaiah 12:6: Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
Reading: Either a good or bad spirit lives in us
Reference: Matt. 12:43–45
Matthew 12:43: When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Matthew 12:44: Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Matthew 12:45: Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Reading: His sheep know the Shepherd’s voice
Reference: John 10:1–10
John 10:1: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
John 10:2: But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
John 10:3: To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
John 10:4: And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
John 10:5: And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
John 10:6: This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
John 10:7: Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:8: All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
John 10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Reading: Without the Spirit we are not His
Reference: Rom. 8:9–14
Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:10: And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:11: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Romans 8:12: Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Romans 8:13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Romans 8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Reading: Good works, but first love lacking
Reference: Rev. 2:1–5
Revelation of John 2:1: Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
Revelation of John 2:2: I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Revelation of John 2:3: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Revelation of John 2:4: Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Revelation of John 2:5: Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Reading: Believers receive the Holy Spirit
Reference: Acts 19:1–7
Acts 19:1: And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
Acts 19:2: He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Acts 19:3: And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
Acts 19:4: Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:5: When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:6: And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
Acts 19:7: And all the men were about twelve.
Reading: Be filled with the Spirit
Reference: Eph. 5:15–21
Ephesians 5:15: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Ephesians 5:16: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:17: Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ephesians 5:19: Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:20: Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 5:21: Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Reading: We cannot follow both good and bad
Reference: James 3:11–18
James 3:11: Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
James 3:12: Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
James 3:13: Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
James 3:14: But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
James 3:15: This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
James 3:16: For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:17: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 3:18: And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Reading: Enduring chastening
Reference: Heb. 12:1-11
Hebrews 12:1: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:2: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:3: For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Hebrews 12:4: Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
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: Jesus learned obedience by suffering
Reference: Heb. 5:5-11
Hebrews 5:5: So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
Hebrews 5:6: As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 5:7: Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Hebrews 5:8: Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Hebrews 5:9: And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
Hebrews 5:10: Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 5:11: Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
Reading: Nothing shall separate us from Christ
Reference: Rom. 8:35-39
Romans 8:35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Romans 8:36: As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Romans 8:37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Romans 8:38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Romans 8:39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Reading: Need for eye salve to see
Reference: Rev. 3:17-20
Revelation of John 3:17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Revelation of John 3:18: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Revelation of John 3:19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Revelation of John 3:20: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Reading: We are responsible for our own soul
Reference: Ezek. 14:12-23
Ezekiel 14:12: The word of the Lord came again to me, saying,
Ezekiel 14:13: Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
Ezekiel 14:14: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.
Ezekiel 14:15: If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
Ezekiel 14:16: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
Ezekiel 14:17: Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
Ezekiel 14:18: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
Ezekiel 14:19: Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
Ezekiel 14:20: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
Ezekiel 14:21: For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
Ezekiel 14:22: Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
Ezekiel 14:23: And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God.
Reading: God will recompense tribulation
Reference: 2 Thess. 1:1-12
II Thessalonians 1:1: Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
II Thessalonians 1:2: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 1:3: We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
II Thessalonians 1:4: So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
II Thessalonians 1:5: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
II Thessalonians 1:6: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
II Thessalonians 1:7: And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
II Thessalonians 1:8: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
II Thessalonians 1:9: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
II Thessalonians 1:10: When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe ( because our testimony among you was believed ) in that day.
II Thessalonians 1:11: Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
II Thessalonians 1:12: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Reading: Face set as "flint" in times of trouble
Reference: Isa. 50:4-11
Isaiah 50:4: The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Isaiah 50:5: The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Isaiah 50:6: I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 50:7: For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Isaiah 50:8: He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Isaiah 50:9: Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
Isaiah 50:10: Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Isaiah 50:11: Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
Reading: Glorying in infirmities
Reference: 2 Cor. 12:7-10
II Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
II Corinthians 12:8: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
II Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
II Corinthians 12:10: Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Reading: Resolved to trust in God when afflicted
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: Resignation and worship
Reference: 2 Sam. 12:15-23
II Samuel 12:15: And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
II Samuel 12:16: David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
II Samuel 12:17: And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
II Samuel 12:18: And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
II Samuel 12:19: But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
II Samuel 12:20: Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
II Samuel 12:21: Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
II Samuel 12:22: And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
II Samuel 12:23: But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.