January 2019 Passages

January 2, 2019

Interruptions in work, plans, thoughts, and desires can be a call from Jesus.  James and John were working when Jesus called them to be disciples.  May 2019 open your ears to his call.

And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets.  And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
Mark 1:19-20 ESV

January 3, 2019

People can use threats and create fear in order to control others actions, thoughts, and beliefs. Jesus doesn't do that.  He teaches with true authority so we want to live and believe as He calls us to do.

And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching.  And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
Mark 1:21-22 ESV

January 4, 2019

Jesus had a very busy schedule in his 3 years of ministry.  Yet, he knew the importance of taking the time to pray.  Let us learn from the example he set and take time to pray.

"And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed."
Mark 1:35 ESV

January 5, 2019

When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples:  “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  &nbp; On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.   I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mark 2:16-17 NIV

January 6, 2019

Transforming into the likeness of Jesus sets you apart from the worldly such that even those closest to you may not recognize why.

Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.   When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
Mark 3:20-21 NIV

January 7, 2019

As your relationship with Jesus deepens, your sphere of influence expands and your relationship within the Christian family grows.

He replied to them, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”   And looking about at those who were sitting in a circle around Him, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!    Whoever does the will of God is My brother and sister and mother.”
Mark 3:33-35 HCSB

January 8, 2019

Your desire to be in relationship with God and to learn His word determines how much you will understand and be able to apply the wisdom he has to give you.

If anyone has ears to hear, he should listen!”   Then He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear.   By the measure you use, it will be measured and added to you.
Mark 4:23-24 HCSB

January 9, 2019

It is God that makes things happen.   By His grace alone, are we able to accomplish what we do.

And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.    He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.    The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.    But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
Mark 4:26-29 ESV

January 10, 2019

What do you look for to protect you?   Is it an insurance policy, investments, retirement plan?   While these  are good for this present age, it is the protection and faith in Jesus that establishes your eternal life.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
Psalms 91:1 ESV

January 11, 2019

Sometimes we think we can protect ourselves.   The truth is only God can and he will if you trust and let him.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
Psalms 91:1 ESV

January 12, 2019

When you believe without having to see with your eyes - fear subsides.

"You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday."
Psalms 91:5-6 ESV

January 13, 2019

God's guarantee to you; His faithful Word goes beyond today, this life, and into eternal life. 

"Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place - the Most High, who is my refuge - no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent."   "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name."
Psalms 91:9-10, 14 ESV

January 14, 2019

When motive is at it's worst, human nature has a way of judging righteously, rationalizing what is being done is ok.   We can be deceived.   Pray often to keep  what we say and do in line with God

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Proverbs 16:2 ESV

January 15, 2019

When the smugness of others is glaring and difficult to handle; step aside and allow God to manage.

"Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord ; be assured, he will not go unpunished."
Proverbs 16:5 HCSB

January 16, 2019

Living the fruits of the Spirit: patience,kindness, gentleness, self-control,with love allows you and me to work alongside the most difficult people.

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
Proverbs 16:7 NIV

January 17, 2019

"Pray for the leaders of our government to pray to Jesus for guidance and to resist the temptation of making decisions for personal gain or because of anger or hatred. "

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.
Deuteronomy 28:1 NIV

January 18, 2019

As a nation and as people; to obey God results in many blessings

"All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:  You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.    The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock - the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks."
Deuteronomy 28:2-4 NIV

January 19, 2019

Submit to the authority of God and allow him to fight your battles.

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you.   They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
Deuteronomy 28:7 NIV

January 21, 2019

Do not appease or submit to someone or groups of people doing wrong because of fear.   Remember, He who lives in you is far  more powerful than any dreaded enemy.

Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
Proverbs 25:26 NIV

January 22, 2019

A deep and profound relationship goes beyond the administrative aspects of life; the finances, grades, work, stats, etc.   More importantly, it is about the person.   Get to know the one you love by asking about their hopes and dreams, helping them in their endeavors, living life with them.

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.   Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:2-3 NIV

January 23, 2019

Relationships thrive and deepen with controlled tempers and mood swings. 

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
Proverbs 25:28 NIV

January 24, 2019

Imagine what it would be like to be so enamored with God that all your heart desires is to praise him.

"And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"
Revelation 4:8 ESV

January 25, 2019

Take nothing for granted.   The routine you have, the schedule you get to manage, the things you get to do is only by the grace and power of God.   Praise him now and always.

"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

January 26, 2019

As with Paul, being able to reach your goal will be hindered by God until the time is right so that you have the best and most productive experience.

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.
Romans 1:13 ESV

January 27, 2019

In the quiet presence of our God, he reveals aspects of himself through his creation

"For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.   For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.   So they are without excuse."
Romans 1:19-20 ESV

January 29, 2019

This is not a suggestion but a command from our Lord  to defend the weak,  down trodden, the underdog, and those who are social outcasts.

Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:9 ESV

January 30, 2019

Whatever your need or desire, Jesus hears and knows.   Trust in his goodness and wait patiently

To you, O Lord , I lift up my soul.   O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.   Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Psalms 25:1‭-‬3 ESV

January 31, 2019

Life experience is the classroom God uses to teach you.   Scripture is your text Book for Living.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord ; teach me your paths.   Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
Psalms 25:4-5 ESV

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