August 2017 Passages

August 1, 2017

How Great is Our God?

"The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.”
Psalm 104:1-5 NIV

August 2, 2017

Patience is a moment by moment journey of faith with Jesus transforming into His image.

"You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”
James 5:8 NIV

August 3, 2017

Through Grace, our words and thoughts reflect Christ .

"May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14 NIV 

August 4, 2017

Grateful God is patient in our weakness to transform us into His likeness.

"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9 NIV

August 5, 2017

Time is precious and fleeting; kindness to each other endures.

"Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.”
2 Timothy 2:23 NIV 

August 6, 2017

To truly love is a decision to act by faith in the will of Jesus as opposed to how we feel.

"For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
Galatians 5:14-15 NIV 

August 7, 2017

Whatever you face, our God is sovereign over it  with infinite power. Trust Him.

"Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.”
Psalm 24:8 NIV

August 8, 2017

Our God is faithful. Always keeps His promises.

"The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV 

August 9, 2017

To give God glory is to reflect His perfect reputation in our words thoughts and action.

"Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."”
Revelation 4:11 ESV 

August 10, 2017

A balanced life is foundational in daily scripture.

"It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"”
Matthew 4:4 ESV

August 12, 2017

Choose friends wisely. 

"And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.”
Romans 16:17-18 NLT 

August 13, 2017

May our worship of God be reflected in what we say and do.

"I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.”
Psalms 145:1-2 NLT

August 14, 2017

The Lord is our strength and is faithful to carry us.

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18 NIV

August 15, 2017

The world will show despair but our Mighty God is faithful to His promises.

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;”
Psalm 34:19 NIV

August 16, 2017

"May we allow the power of God to control what we say since our words can be like shrapnel imbedding in the mind of the receiver. "

"All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” "
‭‭James‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

August 17, 2017

May how we live reflect our complete submission to Jesus.

"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
James 3:13 NIV 

August 19, 2017

Clothed in the Spirit of God, we are called to say and do what is good and righteous.

"Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”
James 4:17 NLT 

August 20, 2017

The truth of where we are to go and what we are to do in all circumstances starts and ends with God.

"Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.”
Psalms 25:4-5 NLT

August 21, 2017

Enjoy the eclypse, one of the many wonders of our God

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24 NLT

August 22, 2017

God will use new experiences to stretch us beyond our comfort zone.

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."
Isaiah 43:19 NIV

August 23, 2017

There are many things we don't get to choose, however,  we do get to choose what kind of person we want to be.

Teach me, Lord , the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.
Psalm 119:33 NIV

August 24, 2017

Bringing to the light what causes us to sin gives life 

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Ephesians 5:13-14 NIV

August 25, 2017

May our life's excitement center on our desire to glorify Christ in all we do.

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:20-21 NIV

August 26, 2017

We've been handed the torch to carry on the work started by Jesus which in time will be handed off to the next generation.

"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6 NIV

August 27, 2017

Very simply I pray for us

"that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God."
Philippians 1:9-11 NIV

August 28, 2017

Sometimes feeling anxious accompanies starting something new. But  remember God always goes before you.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10 NIV

August 29, 2017

Whether experiencing a trial or joyous occasion , a new adventure or in a comfort zone

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 12:12 NIV

August 30, 2017

Like Paul, we can encourage others to keep going by  facing our challenges in the strength of Christ.

"And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear."
Philippians 1:14 NIV

August 31, 2017

Through God's grace and prayer, challenges and difficult situations become vessels for maturity.

 "Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance."
Philippians 1:18-19 NIV

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