August 2001 Previous Devotionals
Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit — just as it has taught you, remain in him.
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 with groans that words cannot express.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
"If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
I am sending him [Tychicus] to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.
My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
We love because he first loved us.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
...those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
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 through his Spirit, who lives in you.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
He answered, "Do you not know what these are?"
"No, my lord," I replied.
So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: `Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,'" says the LORD Almighty.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn...
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.