For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Scripture Reading

Psalm 118

Psalm 118  (KJV), 
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
5 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.
11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord:
20 This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
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For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Scripture Reading

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 3 (KJV), 
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
 Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
 For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
 For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.
 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.”

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Scripture Reading

More Proverbs For The Second Day Of The Year

Day 2 – Words from Proverbs 2:

Proverbs 2  (KJV), 
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.”

For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Scripture Reading

Proverbs 1

Several friends have shared how they will read one chapter from the book of Proverbs each day.

The book of Proverbs is some times called the book of wisdom.

Here is a screenshot of a portion of Proverbs Chapter 1 found on the Biblegateway.com website:

The full chapter

Proverbs 1 (KJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

& Thoughts Shared by Elizabeth Wolfe, For Fellow Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Learn More About Jesus, Scripture Reading

Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone But By Every Word That Proceeds From The Mouth Of God

Babies are given milk when they are first born.

Infants must start with milk before they can digest meat.

I have read and heard that we should desire the pure/sincere milk that comes from God.

  1. Milk is consumed by babies.  Small children need to start with milk before they can digest the meat. This thought was shared in a way to help men recall that there are things in God’s Word that may be a bit too much for some people to understand until they grow more mature in the Lord.
  2. The pure/sincere word of God must be fed to the people of God if they desire growth. 

Based on those two thoughts I want to encourage the people of God to remember where your strength and faith comes from.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.

An infant has to be fed but as the infant starts to mature they begin to feed themselves. 

The Word of God is the bread of life.  If you want to become more mature you will need to consume God’s Word daily.

The physical food we eat is needed to help us gain strength and to keep us from wasting away.

The spiritual food we eat helps the spiritual man gain strength, too. 

Do you want to be stronger in the Lord? 

Do you want to be more mature?

If you want those things to happen you will have to partake of the Living Word daily.

I have been blessed to be around some people that have turned their lives over to Christ.  Those people talk about the Lord consistently. 

They read God’s Word regularly, too.  They know it is not simply their pastor’s responsibility to teach them everything about God. 

A good preacher will teach the flock to invest as much time as they can drawing close to God.

If you really want to be close to God you will need to study God’s Word.  

Remember the only people that need help putting food in their mouths are infants and people who are too ill to feed themselves.  ~ Elizabeth Evans Wolfe 

1 Peter 2:2 (KJV), “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:”

Matthew 4:4 (KJV), “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Romans 10:17King James Version (KJV), “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

FAVE, Learn More About Jesus, Scripture Reading

Men, Do You Want Ready Answers To Your Prayers?

“MEN,  Do you want ready answers to your prayers? 

THEN LOVE YOUR WIVES AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.” 

[ 1 Peter 3:7,  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” ]

Scripture Reading

Matthew 28

Matthew 28             King James Version (KJV)

28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.