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Come Share with me - Daily Readings from the Life of Christ - John MacArthur
(we will go back and pick up the beattitudes discussed from February 10-27 in the book that I missed since I decid

Sunday, February 28, 2010 - Jesus' Definition of Mercy
Matt. 5:7 - Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.

Jesus here is not teaching that being merciful to others merely results in their being merciful to us, but that showing mercy to people brings mercy to us from God. As with the other beautitudes, God blesses those who obey His commands.
"Merciful" derives from the word meaning beneficial or charitable. Christ is our perfect example of mercy and the supreme dispenser of it as our "merciful and faithful high priest" (Heb. 2:17). In the Old Testament the idea has the meanings of love, lovingkindness, and steadfast love (cf. Pss. 17:7, 51:1; Isa. 63:7; Jer. 9:24), and denotes helping the afflicted and rescuing the helpless. It is compassion in action.
So for Jesus, mercy is not a detached, powerless sentiment that merely sumpathizes with but is unable or unwilling to provide tangible help for the needy. Our Lord also is in no way endorsing a pretend mercy that gives help only to ease a guilty conscience or impress others with phony virtue. Mercy is genuine compassion expressed in genuine help - and its motives are completely selfless.
Mercy means giving good to the starving, comfort to be bereaved, love to the unloved, forgiveness to the wrongdoer, and friendship to the friendless. Mercy is thus one of the finest and most decent of all Christian virtues.

Ask Yourself:  How have you received mercy from another person in your various dealings? What did it cost them? What did it mean to you? What is an example of mercy that you could extend to another, perhaps even in the coming day?

Monday, March 1, 2010 - Mercy Compared to Forgiveness, Love, and Grace.
Matt. 5:7 - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

To understand the significance of mercy, let's compare it to three amazing attributes of God. First, mercy has much in common with forgiveness, although it is distinct from it. God's forgiveness of our sins flows from His mercy. But mercy is greater than forgiveness, becaue God is merciful to us even when we do not sin, just as we can be merciful to those who have never done anything against us. God's mercy does not just forgive our transgressions but reaches to all our weaknesses and needs.
Just as forgiveness flows out of merc, mercy flows out of love:  "But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together in Christ" (Eph. 2:4-5). Love is greater than mercy - it can manifest itself even when there is no wrong to forgive or need to meet.
Finally, mercy is also related to grace, which flows out of love. Grace and mercy have the closest possible relationship, yet they are different. Mercy deals with the consequences of sin, while grace deals with win itself. Mercy offers relief from punishment; grace offers perdon for the crime.
Just look at what the Good Samaritan did. When he found a Jewish traveler who had been robbed and beaten, he held no animosity toward him. Love motivated him to show the man mercy when he bound up his wounds. And when he took him to an inn and cared for him, he showed grace. Such is the expression of mercy working with forgiveness, love, and grace.

Ask Yourself: Is there someone to whom you need to show God's mercy, expressed through your love, your grace, your forgiveness? Think of how you can turn your merciful intentions into practical action.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - Mercy and Justice
Matt. 5:7 - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

The relationship of marcy and justice is a confusing one because on the surface they seem the exact opposite. Justice gives exactly what is deserved; mercy gives less punishment and more help than is deserved. So the great question is: How can God be both just and merciful at the same time? The truth is God does not show mercy without punishing sin. For Him to offer mercy without punishment would negate His justice.
Mercy that ignores sin is false mercy and is all too common today. Some think it is unloving and unkind to hold people responsible for their sins. That is what is known as cheap grace - which is neither merciful nor just, nor does it offer punishment or pardon for sin. Because it overlooks sin, it leaves sin untouched and unforgiven. The one who relies on this sort of mercy is left in his sin.
The good news of the gospel, however, is that Christ paid the penalty for all sins so that God might be merciful to all sinners. On the cross Jesus satisfied God's justice. And when a person trusts in His sacrifice, God opens the floodgates of His mercy. God did not gloss over sin and compromise justice. The good news is that in the shedding of Christ's blood, He satisfied His justice, forgave sin, fulfilled righteousness, and made His mercy available. There is never an excuse for sin, but there is always a remedy.

Ask Yourself: What is true of God's mercy should be true of ours. Rather than simply letting people get away with abuse, mistreatment, or destructive habits, we must realize that for mercy to truly be merciful, it must lead others toward health and holiness. Mercy is tougher than we think. How then might it look in practice?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - God The Source of Mercy
Matt. 5:7 - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Pure mercy is a gift of God that comes with the new birth. People can be merciful only when they have experienced God's mercy.
God has both absolute and relative attributes. His absolute attributes - such as love, truth, and holiness - have characterized Him from all eternity. But His relative attributes - like mercy, justice, and grace - were not manifested until man, whom He created in His own image, sinned and because separated from his Creator. Apart from sin and evil, mercy, justice, and grace have no meaning.
When man fell, God extended His love to His fallen creatures in mercy. Only when they receive His mercy can they reflect His mercy. Thus God is the source of mercy. "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness [mercy] toward those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:11). It is because we have the resource of God's mercy that Jesus commanded, " Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36).
We cannot have the blessing apart from the Blesser. We cannot even meet the condition apart from the One who set the sondition. We are blessed by God when we are merciful to others, and we are able to be merciful to others because we have already received salvation's mercy. Furthermore, when we share the mercy we have received, we will receive even more mercy.

Ask Yourself: When we talk about Christ's character being formed in us, we understand the concept in theory. But what are some of the telltale signs that He is actually working His will through us in our interactions with others? How do you know when it's Him, not you - when it's the Spirit of God bearing fruit in your life?

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - Practicing Mercy
Matt: 5:7 - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

The most obvious way we can show mercy is through physical acts. Jesus specifically commands us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, and offer any other practical help to those who need it. When we serve others in need, we demonstrat a heart of mercy.
The way of mercy did not begin in the New Testament. The Old Testament law taught, "You shall not harden our heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother, but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks" (Deut. 15:7-8).
Mercy is also to be shown in our attitudes. Mercy does not hold a grudge, harbor resentment, capitalize on another's failure or weakness, or publicize another's sin.
Mercy is also to be shown spiritually. First, it is shown through pity. The sensitive Christian will grieve more for lost souls than for lost bodies. Second, we are to show spiritual mercy by confrontation. Paul says that, as Christ's servants, we should gently correct, "those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim. 2:25). Third, we are to show spiritual mercy by praying. The sacrifice of prayer for those without God is an act of mercy. Finally, we are to show mercy by proclaiming the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the most merciful thing we can do.

Ask Yourself: How has your life been transformed by being the blessed recipient of these various acts and expressions of mercy? What might occur in the lives of your children, your spouse, your parents, your friends - anyone to whom you being to show consistent compassion?

Friday, March 5, 2010 - What Results From Mercy?
Matt. 5:7- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

When we are merciful and we receive mercy, we experience God's cycle of mercy. God is merciful to us by saving us through Christ; in obedience we are merciful to others; and God in faithfulness gives us even more than mercy, pouring out blessing for our needs and withholding sever chastening for our sin.
But only those who are merciful qualify to receive mercy. David said of the Lord, "With the kind You show Yourself kind" (2 Sam. 22:26). Yet James says, "For judgement will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy" (James 2:13). The emphatic truth is that God will respond with chastening for an unforgiving disciple.
Jesus is not speaking, however, of our mercy gaining us salvation. We cannot earn salvation by being merciful. We must be saved by God's mercy before we can truly be merciful. We cannot work our way into heaven even by a lifetime of merciful deeds, any more than by good works of any sort. God does not give mercy for merit; He gives mercy in grace. He gives mercy because it is needed, not because it is earned.
If we have received from a holy God unlimited mercy that cancels our unpayable debt of sin, it surely follows that we should be merciful to others.

Ask Yourself: At several points along the way, we've paused to celebrate the immensity of our salvation. Here at the end of our look at mercy, let's drop to our knees again in awe and thanksgiving, realizing the depths He has pulled us from adnd imagining the glories that await us - all because of His grace and love through Christ.

Saturday, March 6, 2010 - Significance of the Heart
Matt 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Throughout scripture the heart is used metaphorically to represent the inner person, the seat of motives and attitude, the center of personality. But in Scripture it also includes the thinking process, particularly the will. Proverbs 23:7 says,"As [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he" (KJV). The heart is the control center of the mind and will, as well as emotion.
Jesus said that it is in the inner person, in the core of our very being, that God required purity. This was not a new truth but an old one long forgotten in ceremony and tradition. "Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life," counseled the write of Proverbs 4:23.
God has always been concerned above all else with the condition of a person's heart. When the Lord called Saul to be Israel's first king, "God changed his heart" (1 Sam. 10:9). Until then Saul had been handsome and athletic, but not much more. Soon the new king began to revert to his old heart patterns. He refused to live by the new heart God had given him.
Consequently, the Lord took the kingdom from Saul and gave it to David because David was "a man after [God's] own heart" )1 Sam. 13:14). David's deepest desire was, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sigh, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer" (Ps. 19:14). May that beyour desire as well.

Ask Yourself: What are some things you've learned about your heart over the years? What motivates it to action? How trustworthy is it? Where does it usually like to lead you? When do its passions most vividly fire into flame? How inclined is it to purify?

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - Purity Is More Than Sincerity 
Matt. 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Purity of Heart is much more than sincerity. A motice can be sincere yet can easily lead to worthless and sinful things. The pagan priests who opposed Elijah demonstrated great sincerity when they lacerated their bodies to induce Baal to send fire down to consume their sacrifices (1 Kings 18:28). But their sincerity did not produce the desired results, and it did not enable them to see the error of their paganism because their sincere trust was in that very paganism.
Even genuinely good deeds that do not come from a genuinely good heart are of no spiritual value. A person may be extremely religious and constantly engaged in doing good things, yet he or she cannot please God unless their heart is right with Him.
The ultimate standard for purity of heart is perfection of heart. Later in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Therefore ou are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt: 5:48). One hundred percent purity is God's standard for the heart, which makes God Himself the standard.
You can't be pleasing to God until you are pure as He is pure - until you are holy as He is holy and perfect as He is perfect. Only purity of heart through Jesus Christ will reconcile people to God. What standard of purity are you following?

Ask Yourself: To what extent is your measure of purity defined by culture or others' opinions or anything other than the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ? Check yourself in this, for if staying a few shades cleaner than current society makes you feel pure by comparison, your standards will do nothing but slip over time.

Monday, March 8, 2010 - The Way to Holiness
Matt. 5:8- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Throughout the history of the church, many have thought the best way to achieve spiritual purity and holiness is by living apart from the normal cares and distractions of the world and devoting oneself entirely to meditatio and prayer. The problem with sin, however, is not primarily the world around us but the worldliness within us, which we cannot escape by living in isolation from other people.
But God always provides for what He demands, and He has provided ways for us to live purely. First, we must realize that we are unable to live a single holy moment without the Lord's guidance and power. "Who can say, 'I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin?" (Prov. 20:9). The obvious answer is, "No one." Cleansing begins with recognition of weakness, which in turn reaches out for the strength of God.
Second, we must stay in God's Word. It is impossible to stay in God's will apart from His Word. Jesus said, "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you" (John 15:3).
Third, it is essential to be controlled by and walking in the will and way of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says, "Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh."
Fourth, we must pray. We cannot stay in God's will or understand and obey His Word unless we stay near Him. With David we cry, "Create in me a clean heart, O God" (Ps. 51:10)
Begin to pursue the right ways to develop holiness in your life.

Ask Yourself: How is impurity showing itself most visibly in your heart-orperhaps disguising itself most subtly? Realize agresh that holy living is impossible outside of a living, active relationship with Christ and the ongoing enablement of the Holy Spirit. Commit yourself to surrendering all to follow Him in righteousness.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - Results of Obtaining Holiness
Matt. 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

The Great Blessing of those who are pure in heart is "they shall see God." Notice that it is only "they" - the pure in heart - who shall see God. Intimate knowledge of and fellowship with God is reserved for the pure.
When our hearts are purified at salvation, we begin to live in the presence of God. We begin to see and comprehend Him with our new spiritual eyes. Like Moses, who saw God's glory and asked to see more (Ex. 33:18), the one who is purified by Jesus Christ sees again and again the glory of God.
To see God was the greatest hope of the Old Testament saints. Like Moses, David wanted to see more of God: "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?" (Ps. 42: 1-2).
Purity of hearet cleanses the eyes of the soul so that God becomes visible. One sign of an impure heart is ignorance, because sin obscures the truth (John 3:19-20). Other signs of an impure hearat are self-centeredness (Rev. 3:17), pleasure in sin (2 Tim. 3:4), unbelief (Heb. 3:12), and hatred for purity (Mic. 3:2). But if you belong to God, you will exchange all of those things for integrity and purity.

Ask Yourself: How have you "seen" God during long stretches of faithful, obedient living? If this is not your current experience, don't you long to return to this kind of lifestyle - to the daily joys of animated, refreshing, ongoing interaction with your Lord and Savior? Take steps toward a fresh start with Him today.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - Jesus' Definition of Peace
Matt. 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

One of the most obvious facts of world history is that peace does not characterize man's earthly existence. Yet two thousand years ago Jesus instructed God's people to be peacemakers. he gave us a special mission to help restore the peace lost at the Fall.
The peace of which Christ speaks is unlike anything the world knows or strives for. His peace is not concerned with resolving conflict between governments and nations, with righting the wrongs of human oppression. His peace is the inner, personal peace that only He can give to the soul of man, a peace that only His children can emulate.
What makes Jesus kind of peace different? Instead of focusing on the absence of conflict and strife, Jesus' peace produces righteousness, for only righteousness can bring two antagonistic parties together. It is what brings the unsaved person to God. It is God who reconciles a person to Himself, imputes Christ's righteousness to him, and makes peace with him or her.
Only righteousness can usher in harmony and true well-being. James confirms the nature of God's peace when he writes, "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable" (James 3:17). Peace cannot be divorced from holiness. "Righteousness and peace have kissed each other" is the beautiful expression of Psalm 85:10. Where there is true peace, there is righteousness, holiness, and purity. May those things characterize you as ou strive to be a peacemaker.

Ask Yourself: What situations in your own life are in desperate need of peace and restoration? How do you think God wants to use you as a peacemaker in the midst of it? You've surely tried. You've wanted to see righteousness and justice returned. Pray that the Lord would show you how to exhibit His brand of peace in fresh, new ways.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - The Great Enemy of Peace
Matt. 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

The Great Enemyof peace is sin. Sin separates people from God and causes disharmony and enmity with Him. To talk of peace without establishing the need for repentance from sin is foolish. The corrupt religious leaders of ancient Israel proclaimed, "Peace, peace," but there was no peace, because they and the rest of the people were not "ashamed because of the abomination they had done" (Jer. 8:11-12)
To be an effective peacemaker, you must recognize that any conflict is the result of sin. If you separate conflicting parties from each other but don't confront their sin, at best you will create only a temporary truce. You can't circumvent sin; it is the source of every conflict.
In what appears on the surface to be the antithesis of the seventh beatitude, Jesus says, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on teh earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Matt. 10:34). His meaning is clear: the peace He brings is not peace at any price. The sword Christ uses is His sWord - the sword of truth and righteousness. Like the surgeon's scalpel, it must cut before it heals, because peace cannot exist where sin remains.
To be a peacemaker you must live a holy life and call others to embrace the gospel of holiness.

Ask Yourself: How have you seen sin decimate and destroy relationships? How has your own sin contributed to whatever strain exists between you and another person? If you have not yet repented of a sin that has caused distance between you and someone else, choose repentance today. If others need correction, ask for the Lord's grace and supply in seeking it.

Friday, March 12, 2010 - Peace: Its Ultimate Source and Manifestation
Matt. 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace" (Matt:2:13-14). He also told the Colossians, "It was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross" (Matt. 1:19-20).
How did the cross bring peace? At the cross all of man's hatred and anger was vented against God. On the cross the Son of God was mocked, cursed, spit on, pierced, reviled, and killed. Jesus' disciples fled in fear, the sky flashed lightning, the earth shook violently, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. Yet through that violence God brought peace. God's greatest righteousness confronted man's greatest wickedness, and righteousness won.
The one who does not belong to God through Jesus Christ can neither have peace nor be a peacemaker. God can work peace through us only if He has worked peace in us.
As a Christian, you might be enduring great turmoil and strife. But in your deepest being you have peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:8). Many live in favorable circumstances, but without God they will never find peace, while those who cling to God in the worst of circumstances need never lack peace.

Ask Yourself: This peace that "passes all understanding" - when have you experienced that before? Recall a time when God's peace was every bit as real as the circumstance was dire. The next time you find yourself over your head in strife and conflict, call out for His incomprehensible peace, and expect to receive it.

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - Characteristics of Peacemakers, Part 1
Matt. 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

The Apostle Paul tells us that "God has called us to peace" (1 Cor. 7:15), that He "reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5:18). The ministry of reconcilation is peacemaking. Those whom God has called to peace He also calls to make peace.
Today and tomorrow we're going to look at four things that characterize a peacemaker. First, he is one who has made peace with God. Before we came to Christ, God was at war with us. Whatever we may have thought consciously about God, our hearts were against Him. But "while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His sSon" (Rom. 5:10). God reconciled us to Himself through the work of Christ on the cross. Our battle with God ended and our peace with Him began. And because we have been given God's peace, we are called to share God's peace with other (Eph. 6:15).
Second, a peacemaker leads others to make peace with God. Christians are a body of sinners cleansed by Jesus Christ and commissioned to carry His gospel to the rest of the world. Once freed from the shackles of sin, a Christian doesn't look down on his fellow sinners; he or she realizes they are beggars who have been fed and are now called to help feed others. Our purpose is to preach "peace through Jesus Christ" (Acts 10:36). To lead a sinner to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is the most peacemaking act a believer can perform. That's your ministry as an ambassador of Christ.

Ask Yourself: Have you ever thought about this before - that you are "called" to the ministry of peacemaking? How does that change your responsibilities as you go through the day? How does it affect the obligation you feel when others continue in stirring up discord and disharmony?

Sunday, March 14, 2010 - Charcteristics of Peacemakers, Part 2
Matt. 5: 9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God

Continuing from yesterday, let's look at two more characteristics of peacemakers.
First, a peacemaker helps others make peace with others. Once you see your duty as a peacemaker in the world, you'll be looking for ways to build bridges between people and God and then to build them between person.
By definition, a bridge can't be one-sided. It must extend between two sides or it can never function. And once built, it continues to need support on both sides or it will collapse. In any relationship our first responsibility is to see that our own side has a solid base. But we also have the responsibility to help the one on the other side build his base. Both must be built on righteousness and truth or the bridge will not stand.
Often the first step in the process is to confront others about their sin, which is the supreme barrier to peace (Matt. 18:15-17). Such confrontation usually causes turmoil, yet the way of righteousness is the only way to peace. Sin that is not dealt with is sin that will disrupt and destroy peace.
Finally, a peacemaker finds a point of agreement. God's truth and righteousness must never be compromised or weakened. But we are to contend without being contentious, to disagree without being disagreeable, and to confront without being abusive. The peacemaker should speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).
When you hunger and thirst for holiness in your own life, youll have a passionate desire to see those virtues in the lives of others. That's a true peacemaker.

Ask Yourself: If the desire for peacemaking is missing from your heart, it points to a deeper problem - that your love for others is not what it should be. Would you say this might be true of you? What are the usual symptoms of a heart that's grown at least somewhat cold towards others?

Monday, March 15, 2010 - The Prize of Peace - Eternal Sonship
Matt: 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God

The Result of Peacemaking is eternal blessing as God's children in God's kingdom. Peacemakers "shall be called sons of God."
Most of you are thankful for your heritage, your ancestors, your parents, and your family name. It is especially gratifying to have been influenced by godly grandparents, parents, or both. But even the greatest human heritage cannot match our heritage in Christ (Rom. 8:17). After all, what could compare to being a child of God?
Peacemaking is a hallmark of God's children. Only God determines who His children are, and He has determined that we are to be humble, penitent over sin, gentle, seekers of righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, and ultimately peacemakers.
As the next beatitude makes abundantly clear, we often don't have peace in the world; we have persecution instead. In Christ we have forsaken the false peace of the world, and consequently we won't find much peace with it. But as God's children we can always have peace within, even while we are in the world - the peace of God, which the world can't give and the world can't take away.
Today begin to live as a peacemaking child of God - it is your calling.

Ask Yourself: Review the beatitude summaries mentioned in today's reading - those qualities of life that distinguish the sons and daughters of God from others. Is anything worth keeping you from exemplifyying these characteristics? Can anything rival being known as a child of God?              

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ephesians 1:7-14
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which 
He purposed in Himself,
that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of
Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation;
in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession,
to the praise of His glory.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ephesians 6:10-18
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having
done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perserverance
and supplication for all the saints-

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Psalm 138: 7-8
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Monday, Februrary 22, 2010

Proverbs 14: 26-27
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
To turn one away from the snares of death.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Matt. 18: 3-4, 10-11
"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted
and become as little children, you will by no means
enter the kingdom of heaven."
"Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of
My Father who is in heaven."
"For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost."

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Prov. 14:20-21
The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor,
But the rich has many friends.
He who despises his neighbor sins;
But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.