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  • July 19: Psalm 1:6; Song of Solomon 8:6; Isaiah 49:16; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 7:22–23; John 10:3; John 14:2–3; 2 Timothy 2:19; Mark 9:41; Mark 14:8; Luke 17:10; Luke 21:3; 2 Corinthians 8:12; 2 Corinthians 9:6–7; James 2:15–16; 1 John 3:18

    Morning: Psalm 1:6; Song of Solomon 8:6; Isaiah 49:16; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 7:22–23; John 10:3; John 14:2–3; 2 Timothy 2:19

    “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”

    God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”—“Many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”—The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

    “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”—Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm.—The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.

    “In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

    Psalm 1:6 (Listen)

      for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
        but the way of the wicked will perish.

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    Song of Solomon 8:6 (Listen)

      Set me as a seal upon your heart,
        as a seal upon your arm,
      for love is strong as death,
        jealousy1 is fierce as the grave.2
      Its flashes are flashes of fire,
        the very flame of the LORD.

    Footnotes

    [1] 8:6 Or ardor
    [2] 8:6 Hebrew as Sheol

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    Isaiah 49:16 (Listen)

    16   Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
        your walls are continually before me.

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    Nahum 1:7 (Listen)

      The LORD is good,
        a stronghold in the day of trouble;
      he knows those who take refuge in him.

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    Matthew 7:22–23 (Listen)

    22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

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    John 10:3 (Listen)

    To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

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    John 14:2–3 (Listen)

    In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?1 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

    Footnotes

    [1] 14:2 Or In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you

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    2 Timothy 2:19 (Listen)

    19 But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

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    Evening: Mark 9:41; Mark 14:8; Luke 17:10; Luke 21:3; 2 Corinthians 8:12; 2 Corinthians 9:6–7; James 2:15–16; 1 John 3:18

    “She has done what she could.”

    “This poor widow has put in more than all of them.”—“Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.”—If the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

    Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.—If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?—Whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

    “When you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”

    Mark 9:41 (Listen)

    41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

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    Mark 14:8 (Listen)

    She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.

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    Luke 17:10 (Listen)

    10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants;1 we have only done what was our duty.’”

    Footnotes

    [1] 17:10 Or bondservants

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    Luke 21:3 (Listen)

    And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.

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    2 Corinthians 8:12 (Listen)

    12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

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    2 Corinthians 9:6–7 (Listen)

    The Cheerful Giver

    The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully1 will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

    Footnotes

    [1] 9:6 Greek with blessings; twice in this verse

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    James 2:15–16 (Listen)

    15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good1 is that?

    Footnotes

    [1] 2:16 Or benefit

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    1 John 3:18 (Listen)

    18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

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  • July 18: Numbers 14:17–18; Psalm 79:8–9; Psalm 130:3–4; Jeremiah 14:7; Jeremiah 14:20; Jonah 4:2; Song of Solomon 4:16; John 14:16; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 12:11; 2 Corinthians 7:11; 2 Corinthians 8:2; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:9–10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13

    Morning: Numbers 14:17–18; Psalm 79:8–9; Psalm 130:3–4; Jeremiah 14:7; Jeremiah 14:20; Jonah 4:2

    “You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.”

    “Please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, ‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’”

    Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us…. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!—“Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name's sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you.”… We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you.

    If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

    Numbers 14:17–18 (Listen)

    17 And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, 18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’

    (ESV)

    Psalm 79:8–9 (Listen)

      Do not remember against us our former iniquities;1
        let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
        for we are brought very low.
      Help us, O God of our salvation,
        for the glory of your name;
      deliver us, and atone for our sins,
        for your name's sake!

    Footnotes

    [1] 79:8 Or the iniquities of former generations

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    Psalm 130:3–4 (Listen)

      If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
        O Lord, who could stand?
      But with you there is forgiveness,
        that you may be feared.

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    Jeremiah 14:7 (Listen)

      “Though our iniquities testify against us,
        act, O LORD, for your name's sake;
      for our backslidings are many;
        we have sinned against you.

    (ESV)

    Jeremiah 14:20 (Listen)

    20   We acknowledge our wickedness, O LORD,
        and the iniquity of our fathers,
        for we have sinned against you.

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    Jonah 4:2 (Listen)

    And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.

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    Evening: Song of Solomon 4:16; John 14:16; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 12:11; 2 Corinthians 7:11; 2 Corinthians 8:2; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 5:9–10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13

    Sanctification by the Spirit.

    Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow.

    For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment!—(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

    “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.”—God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

    The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace.

    In a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.

    All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

    Song of Solomon 4:16 (Listen)

    16   Awake, O north wind,
        and come, O south wind!
      Blow upon my garden,
        let its spices flow.

    Together in the Garden of Love

    She

      Let my beloved come to his garden,
        and eat its choicest fruits.

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    John 14:16 (Listen)

    16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,1 to be with you forever,

    Footnotes

    [1] 14:16 Or Advocate, or Counselor; also 14:26; 15:26; 16:7

    (ESV)

    Romans 5:5 (Listen)

    and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

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    1 Corinthians 12:11 (Listen)

    11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

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    2 Corinthians 7:11 (Listen)

    11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

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    2 Corinthians 8:2 (Listen)

    for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.

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    Galatians 5:22 (Listen)

    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

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    Ephesians 5:9–10 (Listen)

    (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

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    2 Thessalonians 2:13 (Listen)

    Stand Firm

    13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits1 to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

    Footnotes

    [1] 2:13 Some manuscripts chose you from the beginning

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  • July 17: Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 61:6; 1 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 5:9–10; Revelation 20:6; Exodus 14:15; Nehemiah 4:9; Matthew 26:41; Luke 6:46; Philippians 4:6–7; Colossians 4:2; James 1:22; 1 Peter 5:7–9

    Morning: Exodus 19:6; Isaiah 61:6; 1 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 2:10; Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 5:9–10; Revelation 20:6

    “You shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

    “You were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God.”—But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

    You shall be called the priests of the Lord; they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God.—Priests of God and of Christ.

    Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.—Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.—God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

    Exodus 19:6 (Listen)

    and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

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    Isaiah 61:6 (Listen)

      but you shall be called the priests of the LORD;
        they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;
      you shall eat the wealth of the nations,
        and in their glory you shall boast.

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    1 Corinthians 3:17 (Listen)

    17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

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    Ephesians 2:10 (Listen)

    10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

    (ESV)

    Hebrews 3:1 (Listen)

    Jesus Greater Than Moses

    Therefore, holy brothers,1 you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

    Footnotes

    [1] 3:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 12

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    Hebrews 13:15 (Listen)

    15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

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    1 Peter 2:9 (Listen)

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

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    Revelation 5:9–10 (Listen)

    And they sang a new song, saying,

      “Worthy are you to take the scroll
        and to open its seals,
      for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
        from every tribe and language and people and nation,
    10   and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
        and they shall reign on the earth.”

    (ESV)

    Revelation 20:6 (Listen)

    Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

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    Evening: Exodus 14:15; Nehemiah 4:9; Matthew 26:41; Luke 6:46; Philippians 4:6–7; Colossians 4:2; James 1:22; 1 Peter 5:7–9

    We prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them.

    “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”— Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.—Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

    “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”—But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

    “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.”

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Exodus 14:15 (Listen)

    15 The LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.

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    Nehemiah 4:9 (Listen)

    And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.

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    Matthew 26:41 (Listen)

    41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

    (ESV)

    Luke 6:46 (Listen)

    Build Your House on the Rock

    46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

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    Philippians 4:6–7 (Listen)

    do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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    Colossians 4:2 (Listen)

    Further Instructions

    Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

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    James 1:22 (Listen)

    22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

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    1 Peter 5:7–9 (Listen)

    casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

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Today's Bible Verse

  • Romans 13:10 19 Jul 2019 | 1:01 am

    Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.