December 2004 Previous Devotionals
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall.
"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house."
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire."
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
"Do not be afraid," Samuel replied [to the people of Israel]. "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart."
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.
Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you...
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.