1 Corinthians 13:8a – Love never fails.
Love never fails. That is why at the end of chapter 13 it says, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Love abides. It is permanent. Love is deathless. It is never defeated, never disillusioned, never disappointed. Love that is rooted in feelings burns like a consuming fire. That is the reason there are so many divorces today. Feelings change over time. This ‘feelings’ kind of love is not the kind of love that holds two hearts together.… Read More
1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
We must be sober and we must be vigilant, because we have a powerful adversary, the devil. To be sober means to be serious-minded, to take a realistic approach to life, to be intelligent concerning the schemes of Satan.… Read More
Luke 11:13 – If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
A human father would not give bad gifts; even though he has a sinful nature, he knows how to give good gifts to his children. How much more is your heavenly Father willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. “How significant it is that the gift God selects as the one you most need, and the one He most desires to give you, is the Holy Spirit to those who ask.” — J.G.… Read More
Acts 2:42a – And they continued steadfastly …
The proof in the reality of your faith is in your continuance. These early believers proved the reality of their profession by continuing steadfastly in the activities that brought them into the presence of God. Reading the scriptures, remaining in fellowship, remembering communion and regular prayer are all vital practices for the strengthening of your relationship with the Lord. The early church was so dependent upon the Lord that they would not back down, no matter what.… Read More
Isaiah 29:13 – Therefore the LORD said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,
If you lived in the days of Isaiah, you would be wondering what exactly Isaiah meant by this, because the people were going to the temple. The temple was crowded and anytime a sacrifice was offered you would find people there.… Read More
Ephesians 6:18-20 – praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul wanted the believers in Ephesus to be praying for other believers because Paul himself knew that the power of prayer had made a big difference in his own life and ministry.… Read More
Matthew 10:32-33 – Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
Those of us who belong to Christ should fearlessly confess Him before men. Any shame or reproach we might bear will be abundantly rewarded in heaven when the Lord Jesus confesses us before the Father. Confession of Christ here involves commitment to Him as Lord and Savior and the resulting acknowledgment of Him by our life and by our lips.… Read More
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Can the Apostle Paul really mean this literally? Did he actually believe that there was nothing he could not do? Well, when he said that he could do all things, he meant all the things which were God’s will for him to do. Paul had learned that the Lord’s commands are also the Lord’s enablement’s. He knew that God would never call on him to accomplish a task without giving him the necessary power to fulfill that task.… Read More
James 5:16 – Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
A casual reading of this verse may give the impression that you are to share with other people all your secret sins. But that is not the thought at all. Primarily, James means that when you sin against someone else, you should be quick to confess that sin to the individual you have wronged.… Read More
Matthew 17:1 – Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;
Peter, James, and John were privileged enough to witness Jesus transfigured upon this mountain. They seem to have occupied a special place of nearness to the Lord. Up to now His glory had been veiled in a body of flesh. The scene was a preview of what the Lord Jesus will be like when He comes back to set up His kingdom.… Read More