September 2005 Previous Devotionals
I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.
And anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."
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. 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.
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
We wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age...
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.