Sunday, June 30, 2013

Day 181, June 30 - Psalm 85 & 86

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Psalm 85
9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land. 10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. 12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way

Psalm 86

11 Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. 12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Day 180, June 29 - Psalm 83 & 84

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Psalm 84:
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. 8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Day 179, June 28 - Romans 8

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1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Day 178, June 27 - Romans 7

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18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Even Paul struggled... gives me hope!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Day 177, June 26 - Romans 6

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6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Such a great chapter!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Day 176, June 25 - Romans 5

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Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 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. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

Such a great section! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Day 175, June 24 - Romans 4

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He [Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness."

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day 174, June 23 - Psalm 81 & 82

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Psalm 81

1 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! 2 Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 173, June 22 - Psalm 79 & 80

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Psalm 79 -

 8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. 9 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!

Israel had rebelled against their God here the Psalmist is crying out to God to be delivered and forgiven.

Psalm 80:19 -  Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Day 172, May 21 - Romans 3

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But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it--the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day 171, June 20 - Romans 2

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28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.

29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

God told Abraham that he and his descendants would be blessed, God's chosen people. It is not being born as a Jew, but being reborn as a Jew that matters to God.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day 170, June 19 - Romans 1

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16 - 17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Day 169, June 18 - 2 Corinthians 13

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5 - 7 

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong--not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Day 168, June 17 - 2 Corinthians 12

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But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Day 167, June 16 - Psalm 78

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5-8 He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

A reminder the importance of sharing what God has done with our children and the next generation. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Day 166, June 15 - Psalm 76, 77

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Psalm 77

 11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. 12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. 13 Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14 You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Day 165, June 14 - 2 Corinthians 11

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But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Day 164, June 13 - 2 Corinthians 10

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For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

A good reminder!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Day 163, June 12 - 2 Corinthians 9

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6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifullywill also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9As it is written, "He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Day 162, June 11 - 2 Corinthians 8

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Verse 7

 But as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you--see that you excel in this act of grace also.

Grace - Greek work charis - I. That which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech 

II. good will, loving-kindness, favor.
A. of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Day 161, June 10 - 2 Corinthians 7

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8 For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it--though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day 160, June 9 - Psalm 74 & 75

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Psalm 75

9 But I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. 10 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Day 159, June 8, Psalm 72 & 73

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Extremely tired tonight, my dog died this morning and it's just been a long day but these words are so precious when everything is going crazy around us:

 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

And here's Don Moen putting these truths to music

Friday, June 7, 2013

Day 158, June 7 - 2 Corinthians 6

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3-8a We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor,through slander and praise.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Day 157, June 6, 2 Corinthians 5

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17-20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

I hear verse 17 quoted frequently, yet as we read on we see that Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation...To implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. I think it's pretty clear... we have a job to do.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Day 156, June 5 - 2 Corinthians 4

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This whole chapter is just really, really good, but the verses that were the BEST:


So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Day 155, June 4 - 2 Corinthians 3

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5-6 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

"our sufficiency is from God" 
Sufficiency from Strong's - to make sufficient, render fit, to equip one with adequate power to perform duties of one.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Day 154, Jun 3 - 2 Corinthians 2

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My last letter to you was covered with tears, composed with great difficulty, and frankly a broken heart. It wasn't my intention to depress you or cause you pain; rather, I had hoped you would see if for what it was - a demonstration of the overwhelming love I have for all of you. (v 4 - The Voice)

Have you ever known anyone that wasn't walking with the Lord and it broke your heart? That was how Paul felt about the Corinthians. How did you respond? Sadly, too often I give up rather than to pray and reach out to that person.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Day 153, June 2 - Psalm 70 & 71

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But let those who pursue You celebrate and have joy because of You. And let the song of those who love Your saving grace never cease: "God is Great!"

I will come with stories of Your great acts, my Lord, the Eternal. I will remind them of Your justice, only Yours.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day 152 - June 1 - Psalm 69

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Reach down for me, True God; deliver me. The waters have risen to my neck; I am going down! My feet are swallowed in this murky bog; I am sinking - there i sno sturdy ground.
(The Voice)

What to do when you feel like you're drowning....

The name of the True God will be my song, an uplifting tune of praise and thanksgiving! My praise will please the Eternal more than if I were to sacrifice an ox or the finest bull. (Horns, hooves, and all!)

The True God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah so that His servants may own it and live there once again. Their children and children's children shall have it as their inheritance, and those who love His name will live in it.