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Day 10 verse 4

Praise the Lord . Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,  praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,  praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord . Praise the Lord . Psalm 150:1‭-‬6 NIV

Day 10 verse 3

Then Job replied to the Lord :  “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.  You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’  My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.  Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”  After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the

Day 10 verses 1& 2

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord . Praise the Lord . Psalm 150:6 NIV At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:20‭-‬21 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 10

Unanswered Prayer I remember watching as a mother and father, still basking in the excitement of the birth of their new baby, held their precious son in their arms. This sweet baby boy was facing a mountain of physical problems, and there were multiple surgeries and hardships in his future. Yet in the midst of what looked like a desperate and discouraging situation, his mother exclaimed, “Every one of my prayers has been answered!” Many of us would look at the graveness of her circumstances and question her statement. But God looked at her heart and knew this statement came from a well of faith, because she had entered into a partnership of trust with Him. Things may not be the way she had planned, but she understood that God is in control of everything that happens to us. Things don’t always work out the way we hope, pray and believe. The Bible tells the story of a very good, wise, wealthy man named Job who endured terrible tragedy: He lost all his riches. All ten of his childr

Day 9 verses 4 - 5

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say:  “ ‘Father,   hallowed be your name,  your kingdom come.    Give us each day our daily bread.   Forgive us our sins,  for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.   And lead us not into temptation.   ’ ” Luke 11:1‭-‬4 NIV Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’   “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think,  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t

Day 9 verses 1 - 3

pray continually, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 NIV One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Luke 6:12‭-‬15 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 9

Without Ceasing Have you ever witnessed a bouncing toddler full of energy and enthusiasm who won’t stop talking? They just keep asking question after question. “What does this do?” “What do you think about this?” “How much longer?” “Are you watching me?” Toddlers constantly talk to their parents throughout the day and ask them all kinds of questions. Not just about the things they need, about  everything! Jesus modeled this attitude for us through prayer. He showed us that prayer is a constant, continual, ongoing relationship with the Father. Prayer is a  lifestyle . Like a child, we should consult our Father all day long. He  wants  to know how we’re doing, what’s going on and what we need. And even though a parent might sometimes get frustrated by their toddler’s incessant questions, our heavenly Father never grows weary of our company. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV), Paul instructs us to, “pray continually.” The New King James Version says to, “pray without ceasing,” and the N

Day 8 verses 5 & 6

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered Hebrews 5:7‭-‬8 NIV Hear me, Lord , my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips. Psalm 17:1 NIV

Day 8 verse 3 & 4

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. John 11:32‭-‬34 NIV But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:25‭-‬27 NIV

Day 8 verses 1 & 2

Listen to my words, Lord , consider my lament.  Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.  In the morning, Lord , you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:1‭-‬3 NIV There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.  Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord . Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. Becaus

"In Jesus Name" - Day 8

Prayer-Filled Tears In 2007, New Life Church in Colorado was devastated when a young man armed with guns came onto the church campus during weekend services, ending the lives of two young girls and then his own. Later, the details of what happened were being shared with a classroom full of men and women who had gathered to learn more about prayer. As the teacher was relaying the information, she meant to say, “Upon learning of the event, my eyes splashed tears.” But what she actually said was, “My eyes splashed prayers.” There are times in our lives when we find ourselves overwhelmed by circumstances out of our control: a bad report from the doctor, a prodigal son or daughter, a nation under attack—situations that cause more questions than answers. It’s during times like these that people say they don’t have the right words, they don’t know how to pray or they don’t know the right scripture. Yet sometimes the deepest form of prayer is tears—to be so moved by a situation that your

Day 7 verses 5 - 6

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.   To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.  Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:20‭-‬22 NIV Hear me, Lord , my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips. Psalm 17:1 NIV

Day 7 verse 3 - 4

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ Job 42:4 NIV “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.  The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”  Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.  Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.

"In Jesus Name" - Day 1 verses 1 - 2

My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Song of Songs 2:14 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 7

Pinpoint Obedience Years ago, I was at a prayer meeting and we were singing the worship song, “I Heard the Lord Call My Name.” It was while singing that song I had the realization that God  can and does  speak to me. This momentous point in time was the beginning of my personal adventure in learning to hear the voice of God. Hearing God speak to us is something we all long for and is important to our Christian walk, but at times it can seem overwhelming and confusing. Maybe you feel like you’ll never be able to hear His direction or His voice. It may seem like it’s only for pastors, seminary students or elders. But that’s not true. My quest to hear God began with much self-doubt. I was surrounded by pastors and other Christians who would say, “God told me” or “God said,” which caused me to question whether or not I could really hear Him. But as I prayed, John 10:27 came to mind: “My sheep hear My voice.” I knew I had a relationship with God, so that meant I was one of His sheep

Verse 3 - 4

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord .  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 NIV Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 NIV

Verse 2

Listen to my words, Lord , consider my lament.  Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.  In the morning, Lord , you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:1‭-‬3 NIV

Day 6 verse 1

Hear me, Lord , my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips. Psalm 17:1 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 6

Honest Prayer Did you know it’s impossible to lie to God? He’s omniscient; all-knowing. He knows your thoughts before you speak them. He knows your feelings before you express them. That all-knowing quality makes it incredibly simple to speak honestly with God in prayer. After delivering a difficult message in Nineveh, Jonah certainly wasn’t afraid to tell God exactly how he felt. Although not in the best manner, Jonah was honest with the Lord about his frustration over the Lord’s merciful response to the people of Nineveh. The Bible records the conversation this way: “This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: ‘Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if w

Day 5 verse 5 - 7

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36 NIV pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:17‭-‬19 NIV Hear me, Lord , my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips. Psalm 17:1 NIV

Day 5 verse 4

So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”  For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.  Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.  For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.  Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,  that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son doe

Day 5 verses 1 - 3

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NIV your kingdom come,  your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 NIV Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”  He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”  An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:39‭-‬44 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 5

Not My Will “I’m going to ask the Father what He wants me to pray for,” I said to a grandmother who came to the altar for prayer one weekend. Her teenage granddaughter had been in a serious car accident and was fighting for her life. The prayer God asked me to pray turned out to be a very short one. In fact, I only heard one word: “peace.” That was it! As I prayed, I repeated that one word over and over again until I sensed an “Amen” in my spirit. I encouraged her to find scriptures on peace and to meditate on them and memorize them during the week. A few days later, the granddaughter passed away. The grandmother rushed to the hospital room. When she saw her granddaughter, she noticed a piece of paper pinned to her granddaughter’s hospital gown. Written on it were the very scriptures about peace she had been meditating on! Suddenly, even in the midst of great loss, peace filled the room and the grandmother’s heart. One word made all the difference because it came directly from  Hi

Day 4 verse 3 & 4

for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:2‭-‬4 NIV I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1‭-‬2 NIV

Day 4 verses 1 & 2

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:14‭-‬15 NIV “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor   and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43‭-‬48 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 4

For the Sake of Our Country When Paul wrote his first letter to Timothy, the Emperor Nero was ruling the Roman Empire with an iron fist. Nero absolutely hated Christians and persecuted them with a vengeance. Because of Nero, countless Christians died extremely brutal deaths. Yet, it’s in this historical context that Paul told Timothy to pray “for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2, NLT). By telling Timothy to pray for those in authority, Paul was, in essence, echoing Christ’s command to “love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44, NLT). If anyone had an excuse to not pray for their leader, it was the Christians living under Nero; yet Paul made it clear that they should intercede for those in authority, regardless of whether they are unjust or benevolent. Thankfully, we as Americans have never experienced the tyranny of a leader quite like Nero. But unfortunately, ma

Day 3 verse 4

Praise the Lord . Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.  Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.  Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.  Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.  Let them praise the name of the Lord , for at his command they were created,  and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.  Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,  lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,  you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,  wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,  kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth,  young men and women, old men and children.  Let them praise the name of the Lord , for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.  And he has raised up for his people a horn,

Day 3 verses 1 - 3

Praise be to the Lord , for he has heard my cry for mercy. Psalm 28:6 NIV My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. Psalm 71:8 NIV Shout for joy to the Lord , all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:1‭-‬5 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 3

Where Prayer Begins What do you think God is like? If you have a hard time coming up with answers to that question, you might want to first look at your prayers because how you pray reveals how you see God. If all you do is ask God to grant your wants and desires, you’re probably viewing Him like some kind of magic genie. If you always approach Him with an attitude of shame and worthlessness over your mistakes, you might be viewing Him as graceless and unforgiving. And if you don’t spend any time praying, it’s probably because you don’t think He’s listening at all. However, when you do have a correct view of God, you can praise Him for who He is, enter through the door to His presence and live a lifestyle of dynamic prayer. Psalm 100 makes this clear when it tells us to “enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4). Praise is the key to entering into God’s presence. And since prayer is an act of coming before the Lord and spending time in His pr

Day 2 verses 5 & 6

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34‭-‬35 NIV I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1‭-‬2 NIV

Day 2 verse 3 - 4

“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49 NIV He said to them, “When you pray, say:  “ ‘Father,   hallowed be your name,  your kingdom come.    Give us each day our daily bread.   Forgive us our sins,  for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.   And lead us not into temptation.   ’ ” Luke 11:2‭-‬4 NIV

Day 2 verse 2

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ?   “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his right

Day 2 verse 1

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.   “This, then, is how you should pray:  “ ‘Our Father in heaven,  hallowed be your name,   your kingdom come,  your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven.   And forgive us our debts,  as we also have forgiven our debtors.   And lead us not into temptation,   but deliver us from the evil one.   ’ Matthew 6:7‭-‬10‭, ‬12‭-‬13 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - Day 2

"Our Prayer" One day, one of Jesus’ disciples came to Him asking, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Jesus responded by praying a prayer we now call the Lord’s Prayer. Appearing twice in scripture (Luke 11:2–4 and Matthew 6:9–13), the more well-known version in Matthew begins, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” … and you can probably finish the rest. This incredibly famous prayer is memorized and recited by millions all around the world. It has shown up in countless films, TV shows, books and songs. The Lord’s Prayer is so famous and widely quoted, many people think of it as just an old prayer from the past. In fact, so many people have recited it over and over, it has almost become commonplace. And because we know it so well, we don’t always think about what it really means. Maybe the title is part of the problem. Yes, the words of this prayer are the Lord’s, but He provided it as a model for the disciples. “The Disciples’ Prayer” would perhaps be a better

"In Jesus Name" - verses 4 - 6

pray continually, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14‭-‬15 NIV I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1‭-‬2 NIV

"In Jesus Name" - verses 1- 3

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23‭-‬24 NIV Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 NIV Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 NIV

New Reading Plan: "In Jesus Name" (28 Days)

Preface If you’ve spent any time praying in your life, you’ve probably ended your prayers with the phrase, “In Jesus’ name.” Most of us say this out of habit without really thinking about what that means or why we close our prayers that way. The most common reason we end prayers in Jesus’ name is because He told us to pray in His authority (John 14:12–14). But ending prayers with the name of Jesus is also appropriate for another reason—since He is our ultimate example of what real prayer looks like, it’s only fitting that a prayer that stems from His example should end in His name. Over the next 28 days, we’re going on a journey together into prayer. We’ll explore its many dynamics: what the Bible says about it, why we so desperately need it, how we can use it, how it brings us closer to the Father and many other principles. Each day begins with a passage of scripture, followed by an inspiring devotional thought and ends with practical tips and a prayer to help you activate the de

Life by the Spirit: Day 7 verses 1 - 3

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11 NIV fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 NIV Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:12‭-‬14 NIV

Life by the Spirit: Day 7

The Spirit Raises Our Bodies If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. —Romans 8:11 God is profoundly concerned with your body. If he weren’t, he would let it rot in the grave and tell you to say good riddance. But he never says that. No, God created you with a body and he created you for his glory. Therefore he is going to raise and give life to your mortal body through his Spirit no matter how mangled, or deformed, or emaciated, or disease-ridden, and he is going to make it so strong, so healthy, so beautiful, that when I see it, I will say, “You are like the broad blue sky on a bright summer day. You are like the splendor of a million stars against the black night of space. Your radiance is like the sun; yes, in you I see the grandeur of the glory of Jesus Christ who made you, redeemed you, raised you, and glorified you with his glo

Live by the Spirit: Day 6 verse 1 & 2

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 1 Peter 4:14 NIV At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 2 Timothy 4:16‭-‬17 NIV

Live by the Spirit: Day 6

The Spirit Helps Us Die If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. —1 Peter 4:14 Corrie ten Boom tells how she worried as a girl whether she would be able to stand against the Germans if she was threatened. She felt so weak when she thought about what might happen. Her father, I think it was, gave her a great illustration. He said, “When you are going to take a journey on the train, do I give you your ticket three weeks early or just as you get on the train?” She answered, “As I get on the train.” “So God will give you the special strength you need to be strong in the face of death just when you need it, not before.” I believe 1 Peter 4:14 promises that in the hour of greatest trial God comes to his children to give them courage and faith which they did not know they were capable of. The Holy Spirit will help you die. Good tradition tells us that Paul was beheaded by Nero. Paul’s last letter was probably

Day 5 verse

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not Lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.  In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm

Live by the Spirit: Day 5

The Spirit Fills Us with Joy Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit. —Ephesians 5:15-18 Why do people turn to alcohol? For a happy hour. We all want to be happy, but there is a problem: “The days are evil” (v. 16). Where do you turn when the days are evil, when you are frightened or discouraged or depressed or anxious? Paul pleads with us: “Don’t turn to alcohol; turn to the Spirit. Anything of value that alcohol can bring you, God the Holy Spirit can bring more.” There are people who can’t begin to whistle a happy tune or sing a song at work because they are so tense and anxious about life. But later in the evening at the tavern with a few drinks under their belt they can put their arms around each other and sing and laugh. All of us lo