December 29, 2017

Ephesians 2:8–9 (NLT) — 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

As we look back on our memory verses for this year we realize that God does it all for us. We truly have nothing to boast about. We must only boast of our gracious heavenly Father. He is our very life and our being. As it says in Acts 17:28 In Him we live and move and have our being.

Our memory verses have built spiritual walls of protection around us that the enemy cannot penetrate. God’s word is a shield around us. God’s word is also a weapon that we use to defeat the enemy and strengthen our resolve to keep living for Jesus. God’s word is refreshment to the spirit within us. It is like giving our soul mouth to mouth resuscitation. It is a breath of fresh air. It is a smorgasbord for our soul. It is sight for the blind. It is health to our bodies. It is hope for the future. It is freedom for captives. It is True North. Read our verses again and experience all of the above.

Romans 12:2 (NLT) — 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:11 (NLT) — 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Romans 12:12 (NLT) — 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) — 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) — 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Proverbs 1:7 (NLT) — 7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 15:1 (NLT) — 1 A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) — 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 1:21 (NLT) — 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

1 Corinthians 1:30 (NLT) — 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

John 11:35 (NLT) — 35 Then Jesus wept.

Ephesians 2:8–9 (NLT) — 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Isn’t God’s word impressive? I’m with Peter when he said to Jesus, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.” (John 6:68)

Be Inspired Hilltop!

To all of you who remained faithful in reading this blog, Thank You! I hope that it ministered to your soul as much as it did mine. I am indebted to the Holy Spirit for giving me insight into His word. Also thank you for your comments. You all have good insight and they always encouraged me to keep blogging.

For next year I may give thoughts from my daily bible reading. If you would like you could do the same daily bible reading, I do the M’Cheyne Reading Plan. You can google the plan on line> bibleplan.org/plans/mcheyne It usually amounts to about four chapters a day so it is a bit to read.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Thank you Pastor Dan for this past year of blogging. Reading your blog has become part of my daily devotions. I’m grateful that you will be continuing the blog in 2018. Happy New Year !