Thought Of The Day
Colossians 3:1-17 AMP
 Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].  For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  So put to death and deprive of power the evil longings of your earthly body [with its sensual, self-centered instincts] immorality, impurity, sinful passion, evil desire, and greed, which is [a kind of] idolatry [because it replaces your devotion to God].  Because of these [sinful] things the [divine] wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience [those who fail to listen and who routinely and obstinately disregard God’s precepts],  and in these [sinful things] you also once walked, when you were habitually living in them [without the knowledge of Christ].  But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices,  and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self-  a renewal in which there is no [distinction between] Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, [nor between nations whether] barbarian or Scythian, [nor in status whether] slave or free, but Christ is all, and in all [so believers are equal in Christ, without distinction].  So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper];  bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive.  Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].  Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].  Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind-permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
John 15:12-17 AMP
 “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you.  No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.  You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you.  I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father.
~ You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you,
so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting,
so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.
 This [is what] I command you: that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another.
2 Samuel 22:33 AMP
 “God is my strong fortress; He sets the blameless in His way.
Psalm 3:5 AMP
 I lay down and slept [safely]; I awakened, for the LORD sustains me.
Psalm 121:5 AMP
 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
Psalm 121:7 AMP
 The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your life.
Philippians 4:7 AMP
 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 AMP
 When all has been heard, the end of the matter is: fear God [worship Him with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is almighty God] and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, every hidden and secret thing, whether it is good or evil.
1 Samuel 16:7 AMP
 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Luke 11:28-36 AMP
 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe it.”  Now as the crowds were increasing [in number], He began to say, “This [present] generation is a wicked generation; it seeks a sign (attesting miracle), but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah [the prophet].  For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man also be [a sign] to this generation.  The Queen of the South (the kingdom of Sheba) will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and look, something greater than Solomon is here.  The men of Nineveh will stand up [as witnesses] at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and look, something greater than Jonah is here.  “No one lights a lamp and then puts it in a cellar nor under a basket [hiding the light], but [instead it is put] on the lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.  The eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive, focused on God], your whole body also is full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But when it is bad [spiritually blind], your body also is full of darkness [devoid of God’s word].  Be careful, therefore, that the light that is in you is not darkness.  So if your whole body is illuminated, with no dark part, it will be entirely bright [with light], as when the lamp gives you light with its bright rays.”
John 16:33 AMP
 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]
2 Peter 3:3-9 AMP
 First of all, know [without any doubt] that mockers will come in the last days with their mocking, following after their own human desires  and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming [what has become of it]? For ever since the fathers fell asleep [in death], all things have continued [exactly] as they did from the beginning of creation.”  For they willingly forget [the fact] that the heavens existed long ago by the word of God, and the earth was formed out of water and by water,  through which the world at that time was destroyed by being flooded with water.  But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly people.  Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day.  The Lord does not delay [as though He were unable to act] and is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is [extraordinarily] patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
~ Where would we be if Jesus told Heavenly Father that He was too busy to lay down His life for OUR SINS?
Romans 5:8 AMP
 But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Matthew 25:37-40 AMP
 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?  And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’
John 8:10-11 AMP
 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”  She answered, “No one, Lord!” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Matthew 5:14-16 AMP
 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.
~ Are we telling Heavenly Father we are “Too Busy” to do His Will?
Revelation 20:1-15 AMP
 And then I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding the key of the abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand.  And he overpowered and laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and Satan, and bound him [securely] for a thousand years (a millennium);  and the angel hurled him into the abyss, and closed it and sealed it above him [preventing his escape or rescue], so that he would no longer deceive and seduce the nations, until the thousand years were at an end. After these things he must be liberated for a short time.  And then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom judgment [that is, the authority to act as judges] was given. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had refused to worship the beast or his image, and had not accepted his mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  The rest of the dead [the non-believers] did not come to life again until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) and holy is the person who takes part in the first resurrection; over these the second death [which is eternal separation from God, the lake of fire] has no power or authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and they will reign with Him a thousand years.  And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison (the abyss),  and will come out to deceive and mislead the nations which are in the four corners of the earth-[including] Gog and Magog-to gather them together for the war; their number is like the sand of the seashore.  And they swarmed up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints (God’s people) and the beloved city [Jerusalem]; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them.  And the devil who had deceived them was hurled into the lake of fire and burning brimstone (sulfur), where the beast (Antichrist) and false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night, forever and ever.  And I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them [for this heaven and earth are passing away].  And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the Book of Life; and the dead were judged according to what they had done as written in the books [that is, everything done while on earth].  And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades (the realm of the dead) surrendered the dead who were in them; and they were judged and sentenced, every one according to their deeds.  Then death and Hades [the realm of the dead] were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire [the eternal separation from God].  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.
1 John 3:1-24 AMP
 See what an incredible quality of love the Father has shown to us, that we would [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, we are [even here and] now children of God, and it is not yet made clear what we will be [after His coming]. We know that when He comes and is revealed, we will [as His children] be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is [in all His glory].  And everyone who has this hope [confidently placed] in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (holy, undefiled, guiltless).  Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness [ignoring God’s law by action or neglect or by tolerating wrongdoing-being unrestrained by His commands and His will].  You know that He appeared [in visible form as a man] in order to take away sins; and in Him there is [absolutely] no sin [for He has neither the sin nature nor has He committed sin or acts worthy of blame].  No one who abides in Him [who remains united in fellowship with Him-deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin. No one who habitually sins has seen Him or known Him.  Little children (believers, dear ones), do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who practices righteousness [the one who strives to live a consistently honorable life-in private as well as in public-and to conform to God’s precepts] is righteous, just as He is righteous.  The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.  No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again-who is reborn from above-spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.  By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] love his [believing] brother.  For this is the message which you [believers] have heard from the beginning [of your relationship with Christ], that we should [unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another;  and not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother [Abel]. And why did he murder him? Because Cain’s deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.  Do not be surprised, believers, if the world hates you.  We know that we have passed out of death into Life, because we love the brothers and sisters. He who does not love remains in [spiritual] death.  Everyone who hates (works against) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer [by God’s standards]; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.  By this we know [and have come to understand the depth and essence of His precious] love: that He [willingly] laid down His life for us [because He loved us]. And we ought to lay down our lives for the believers.  But whoever has the world’s goods (adequate resources), and sees his brother in need, but has no compassion for him, how does the love of God live in him?  Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].  By this we will know [without any doubt] that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart and quiet our conscience before Him  whenever our heart convicts us [in guilt]; for God is greater than our heart and He knows all things [nothing is hidden from Him because we are in His hands].  Beloved, if our heart does not convict us [of guilt], we have confidence [complete assurance and boldness] before God;  and we receive from Him whatever we ask because we [carefully and consistently] keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight [habitually seeking to follow His plan for us].  This is His commandment, that we believe [with personal faith and confident trust] in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and [that we unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, just as He commanded us.  The one who habitually keeps His commandments [obeying His word and following His precepts, abides and] remains in Him, and He in him. By this we know and have the proof that He [really] abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us [as a gift].
Ezekiel 36:25-30 AMP
 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your idols.  Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My ordinances and do them.  You will live in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you will be My people, and I will be your God.  I will also save you from all your uncleanness, and I will call for the grain and make it abundant, and I will not bring famine on you.  I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, so that you will not suffer again the disgrace of famine among the nations.
1 Samuel 2:1-10 AMP
 Hannah prayed and said, “My heart rejoices and triumphs in the LORD; My horn (strength) is lifted up in the LORD, My mouth has opened wide [to speak boldly] against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.  “There is no one holy like the LORD, There is no one besides You, There is no Rock like our God.  “Do not go on boasting so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And by Him actions are weighed (examined).  “The bows of the mighty are broken, But those who have stumbled equip themselves with strength.  “Those who were full hire themselves out for bread, But those who were hungry cease [to hunger]. Even the barren [woman] gives birth to seven, But she who has many children withers away.  “The LORD puts to death and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol (the grave) and raises up [from the grave].  “The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He lifts up.  “He raises up the poor from the dust, He lifts up the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor and glory; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, And He set the land on them.  “He guards the feet of His godly (faithful) ones, But the wicked ones are silenced and perish in darkness; For a man shall not prevail by might.  “The adversaries of the LORD will be broken to pieces; He will thunder against them in the heavens, The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; And He will give strength to His king, And will exalt the horn (strength) of His anointed.”
Philippians 3:7-16 AMP
 But whatever former things were gains to me [as I thought then], these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ [and the purpose which He has given my life].  But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him-a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ,  and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.  And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];  so that I may attain to the resurrection [that will raise me] from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you.  Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.
Psalm 118:27-29 AMP
 The LORD is God, and He has given us light [illuminating us with His grace and freedom and joy]. Bind the festival sacrifices with cords to the horns of the altar.  You are my God, and I give thanks to You; [You are] my God, I extol You.  O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness endures forever.
Philippians 3:12-16 AMP
 Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you.  Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.
Matthew 24:29-44 AMP
 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT PROVIDE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Isaiah 13:10 ; 34:4)
 And at that time the sign of the Son of Man [coming in His glory] will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth [and especially Israel] will mourn [regretting their rebellion and rejection of the Messiah], and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN with power and great glory [in brilliance and splendor]. (Daniel 7:13-14)
 And He will send His angels with A LOUD TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect (God’s chosen ones) from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its young shoots become tender and it puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near;  so you, too, when you see all these things [taking place], know for certain that He is near, right at the door.  I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [the people living when these signs and events begin] will not pass away until all these things take place.  Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My words will not pass away.  “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone.  For the coming of the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be just like the days of Noah.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark,  and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment].  At that time two men will be in the field; one will be taken [for judgment] and one will be left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken [for judgment] and one will be left.  “So be alert [give strict attention, be cautious and active in faith], for you do not know which day [whether near or far] your Lord is coming.  But understand this: If the head of the house had known what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore, you [who follow Me] must also be ready; because the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.
Colossians 1:13-17 AMP
 For He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption [because of His sacrifice, resulting in] the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty].  He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation.  For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him.  And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.]
1 John 5:13-15 AMP
 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God [which represents all that Jesus Christ is and does], so that you will know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have eternal life.
 This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.
~(14 Confident, abiding faith combined with God’s power can produce amazing results, if the request is in harmony with God’s will. God is fully capable of doing that which man regards as impossible (Mark 14:36; James 4:3).)
 And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him.
John 1:1-4 AMP
 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.  He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God.  All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being.  In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men.
Ephesians 2:10 AMP
 For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above-spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
John 1:27-29 AMP
 It is He [the preeminent One] who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie [even as His slave].”  These things occurred in Bethany across the Jordan [at the Jordan River crossing], where John was baptizing.  The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
~ The WORLD is us right here right now. And our descendants – our children and our children’s children and so on.
Who do we want to see in heaven? Obviously our LOVED ONES. So what are we willing to do to make certain are LOVED ONES will be in that FAMILY REUNION in HEAVEN?!!
John 1:30-34 AMP
 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’  I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah]; but I came baptizing in water so that He would be [publicly] revealed to Israel.”  John gave [further] evidence [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.  I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah], but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this One is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  I myself have [actually] seen [that happen], and my testimony is that this is the Son of God!”
Psalm 19:13-14 AMP
 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous (deliberate, willful) sins; Let them not rule and have control over me. Then I will be blameless (complete), And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.
Ephesians 4:29 AMP
 Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].
Colossians 3:8-10 AMP
 But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices,  and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self-
Philemon 1:6 AMP
 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ
Matthew 6:14-15 AMP
 For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 7:1-2 AMP
 “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly].  For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you.
Matthew 18:21-35 AMP
 Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? Up to seven times?”  Jesus answered him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.  “Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.  When he began the accounting, one who owed him 10,000 talents was brought to him.  “But because he could not repay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made.  So the slave fell on his knees and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’  And his master’s heart was moved with compassion and he released him and forgave him [canceling] the debt.  But that same slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began choking him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe!’  So his fellow slave fell on his knees and begged him earnestly, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’  But he was unwilling and he went and had him thrown in prison until he paid back the debt.  When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and they went and reported to their master [with clarity and in detail] everything that had taken place.  Then his master called him and said to him, ‘You wicked and contemptible slave, I forgave all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me.  Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave [who owed you little by comparison], as I had mercy on you?’  And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (jailers) until he paid all that he owed.  My heavenly Father will also do the same to [every one of] you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
Mark 11:25-26 AMP
 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others].  [“But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]
Luke 6:36-38 AMP
 Be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful.  “Do not judge [others self-righteously], and you will not be judged; do not condemn [others when you are guilty and unrepentant], and you will not be condemned [for your hypocrisy]; pardon [others when they truly repent and change], and you will be pardoned [when you truly repent and change].  Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”
Luke 17:3-4 AMP
 Pay attention and always be on guard [looking out for one another]! If your brother sins and disregards God’s precepts, solemnly warn him; and if he repents and changes, forgive him.  Even if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him [that is, give up resentment and consider the offense recalled and annulled].”
Ephesians 4:32 AMP
 Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Luke 21:8-22 AMP
 He said, “Be careful and see to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name [appropriating for themselves the name Messiah which belongs to Me alone], saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not follow them.  When you hear of wars and disturbances [civil unrest, revolts, uprisings], do not panic; for these things must take place first, but the end will not come immediately.”  Then Jesus told them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and [deadly and devastating] pestilences (plagues, epidemics); and there will be terrible sights and great signs from heaven.  “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, turning you over to the synagogues and prisons, and bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.  This will be a time and an opportunity for you to testify [about Me].  So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;  for I will give you [skillful] words and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.  But you will be betrayed and handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,  and you will be continually hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name.  But not a hair of your head will perish.  By your [patient] endurance [empowered by the Holy Spirit] you will gain your souls.  “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by [hostile] armies, then understand [with confident assurance] that her complete destruction is near.  At that time, those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are inside the city (Jerusalem) must get out, and those who are [out] in the country must not enter the city;  for these are days of vengeance [of rendering full justice or satisfaction], so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Job 22:21-30 AMP
 “Now yield and submit yourself to Him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace; In this way [you will prosper and great] good will come to you.  “Please receive the law and instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart and keep them.  “If you return to the Almighty [and submit and humble yourself before Him], you will be built up [and restored]; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tents,  And place your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks [considering it of little value],  And make the Almighty your gold And your precious silver,  Then you will have delight in the Almighty, And you will lift up your face to God.  “You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, And you will pay your vows.  “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And the light [of God’s favor] will shine upon your ways.  “When you are cast down and humbled, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will lift up and save.  “He will even rescue the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; And he will be rescued through the cleanness of your hands.”
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Hebrews 6:9-12 AMP
 But, beloved, even though we speak to you in this way, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and of things that accompany salvation.  For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown for His name in ministering to [the needs of] the saints (God’s people), as you do.  And we desire for each one of you to show the same diligence [all the way through] so as to realize and enjoy the full assurance of hope until the end,  so that you will not be [spiritually] sluggish, but [will instead be] imitators of those who through faith [lean on God with absolute trust and confidence in Him and in His power] and by patient endurance [even when suffering] are [now] inheriting the promises.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Luke 12:35-40 AMP
 “Be dressed and ready for active service, and keep your lamps continuously burning.  Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that when he comes and knocks they may immediately open the door for him.  Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are those servants whom the master finds awake and watching when he arrives. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he will prepare himself to serve, and will have them recline at the table, and will come and wait on them.  Whether he comes in the second watch (before midnight), or even in the third (after midnight), and finds them so [prepared and ready], blessed are those servants.  “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time the thief was coming, he [would have been awake and alert, and] would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  You too, be continually ready; because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”
Matthew 24:36 AMP
 “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone.
Mark 13:32-33 AMP
 But of that [exact] day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone.  “Be on guard and stay constantly alert [and pray]; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.
Matthew 24:22 AMP
 And if those days [of tribulation] had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened.
Mark 13:20 AMP
 And if the Lord had not shortened the days, no human life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose [for Himself], He shortened the days.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Matthew 6:19-24 AMP
 “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal;  for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.  “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts].  But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness!  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord].
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Matthew 5:1-12 AMP
 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him.  Then He began to teach them, saying,  “Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].  “Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].  “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.  “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.  “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.  “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.  “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].  “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me.  Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Philippians 4:10-23 AMP
 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord, that now at last you have renewed your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned about me before, but you had no opportunity to show it.
 Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances.
 I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.
~  I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose-I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
 Nevertheless, it was right of you to share [with me] in my difficulties.  And you Philippians know that in the early days of preaching the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone;  for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs.  Not that I seek the gift itself, but I do seek the profit which increases to your [heavenly] account [the blessing which is accumulating for you].
~  But I have received everything in full and more; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. They are the fragrant aroma of an offering, an acceptable sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.
 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
 To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever.
(To the ages of the ages)
 Remember me to every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you.
~(21 Every born-again believer (saint) has been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, made holy and set apart for God’s purpose.)
 All God’s people wish to be remembered to you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Proverbs 3:13-26 AMP
 Happy [blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired] is the man who finds [skillful and godly] wisdom, And the man who gains understanding and insight [learning from God’s word and life’s experiences],  For wisdom’s profit is better than the profit of silver, And her gain is better than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies; And nothing you can wish for compares with her [in value].  Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.  Her ways are highways of pleasantness and favor, And all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy [blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired] is everyone who holds her tightly.  The LORD by His wisdom has founded the earth; By His understanding He has established the heavens.  By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the clouds drip with dew.  My son, let them not escape from your sight, But keep sound wisdom and discretion,  And they will be life to your soul (your inner self) And a gracious adornment to your neck (your outer self).  Then you will walk on your way [of life] securely And your foot will not stumble.  When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the storm of the wicked when it comes [since you will be blameless];  For the LORD will be your confidence, firm and strong, And will keep your foot from being caught [in a trap].
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
John 14:25-31 AMP
 “I have told you these things while I am still with you.  But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.  Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]  You heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ If you [really] loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going [back] to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does take place, you may believe and have faith [in Me].  I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of the world (Satan) is coming. And he has no claim on Me [no power over Me nor anything that he can use against Me];  but so that the world may know [without any doubt] that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father has commanded Me [and act in full agreement with Him]. Get up, let us go from here.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Matthew 3:1-12 AMP
In those days John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the Wilderness of Judea [along the western side of the Dead Sea] and saying,  “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  This is the one who was mentioned by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “THE VOICE OF ONE SHOUTING IN THE WILDERNESS, ‘PREPARE THE ROAD FOR THE LORD, MAKE HIS HIGHWAYS STRAIGHT (level, direct)!’”  Now this same John had clothing made of camel’s hair and a [wide] leather band around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.  At that time Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;  and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the [divine] wrath and judgment to come?  So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin];  and do not presume to say to yourselves [as a defense], ‘We have Abraham for our father [so our inheritance assures us of salvation]’; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children (descendants) for Abraham.  And already the axe [of God’s judgment] is swinging toward the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  “As for me, I baptize you with water because of [your] repentance [that is, because you are willing to change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret your sin and live a changed life], but He (the Messiah) who is coming after me is mightier [more powerful, more noble] than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to remove [even as His slave]; He will baptize you [who truly repent] with the Holy Spirit and [you who remain unrepentant] with fire (judgment).  His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear out His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat (believers) into His barn (kingdom), but He will burn up the chaff (the unrepentant) with unquenchable fire.”
Thought Of The Day
2 Corinthians 5:9-11 AMP
 Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth] or away from home [and with Him], it is our [constant] ambition to be pleasing to Him.  For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives-the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities].  Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord [and understand the importance of obedience and worship], we persuade people [to be reconciled to Him]. But we are plainly known to God [He knows everything about us]; and I hope that we are plainly known also in your consciences [your God-given discernment].
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Romans 6:4 AMP
 We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways].
Hebrews 8:1-13 AMP
 Now the main point of what we have to say is this: we have such a High Priest, [the Christ] who is seated [in the place of honor] at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty (God) in heaven,  a Minister (Officiating Priest) in the holy places and in the true tabernacle, which is erected not by man, but by the Lord.  For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is essential for this One also to have something to offer.  Now if He were [still living] on earth, He would not be a priest at all, for there are priests who offer the gifts [to God] in accordance with the Law.  They serve as a pattern and foreshadowing of [what has its true existence and reality in] the heavenly things (sanctuary). For when Moses was about to erect the tabernacle, he was warned by God, saying, “SEE THAT YOU MAKE it all [exactly] ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN TO YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.”(Exodus 25:40)
 But as it is, Christ has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is more excellent [than the old Levitical priestly ministry], for He is the Mediator (Arbiter) of a better covenant [uniting God and man], which has been enacted and rests on better promises.  For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion for a second one or an attempt to institute another one [the new covenant].  However, God finds fault with them [showing its inadequacy] when He says, “BEHOLD, THE DAYS WILL COME, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL MAKE and RATIFY A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;  NOT LIKE THE COVENANT THAT I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; FOR THEY DID NOT ABIDE IN MY COVENANT, AND SO I WITHDREW MY FAVOR and DISREGARDED THEM, SAYS THE LORD.  “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL IMPRINT MY LAWS UPON THEIR MINDS [even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding], AND ENGRAVE THEM UPON THEIR HEARTS [effecting their regeneration]. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.  “AND IT WILL NOT BE [necessary] FOR EACH ONE TO TEACH HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, OR EACH ONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, ‘KNOW [by experience, have knowledge of] THE LORD,’ FOR ALL WILL KNOW [Me by experience and have knowledge of] ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.  “FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL and GRACIOUS TOWARD THEIR WICKEDNESS, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.”(Jeremiah 31:31-34)
 When God speaks of “A new covenant,” He makes the first one obsolete. And whatever is becoming obsolete (out of use, annulled) and growing old is ready to disappear.
Hebrews 9:11-28 AMP
 But when Christ appeared as a High Priest of the good things to come [that is, true spiritual worship], He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not a part of this [material] creation.  He went once for all into the Holy Place [the Holy of Holies of heaven, into the presence of God], and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, having obtained and secured eternal redemption [that is, the salvation of all who personally believe in Him as Savior].  For if the sprinkling of [ceremonially] defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a [burnt] heifer is sufficient for the cleansing of the body,  how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal [Holy] Spirit willingly offered Himself unblemished [that is, without moral or spiritual imperfection as a sacrifice] to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the ever living God?  For this reason He is the Mediator and Negotiator of a new covenant [that is, an entirely new agreement uniting God and man], so that those who have been called [by God] may receive [the fulfillment of] the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has taken place [as the payment] which redeems them from the sins committed under the obsolete first covenant.  For where there is a will and testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established,  for a will and testament takes effect [only] at death, since it is never in force as long as the one who made it is alive.  So even the first covenant was not put in force without [the shedding of] blood.  For when every commandment in the Law had been read by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of the calves and goats [which had been sacrificed], together with water and scarlet wool and with a bunch of hyssop, and he sprinkled both the scroll itself and all the people,  saying, “THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT [that seals and ratifies the agreement] WHICH GOD ORDAINED and COMMANDED [me to deliver to] YOU.” (Exodus 24:8)
 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the containers and sacred utensils of worship with the blood.  In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment].  Therefore it was necessary for the [earthly] copies of the heavenly things to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves required far better sacrifices than these.  For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but [He entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the very presence of God on our behalf;  nor did He [enter into the heavenly sanctuary to] offer Himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.  Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer over and over since the foundation of the world; but now once for all at the consummation of the ages He has appeared and been publicly manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  And just as it is appointed and destined for all men to die once and after this [comes certain] judgment,  so Christ, having been offered once and once for all to bear [as a burden] the sins of many, will appear a second time [when he returns to earth], not to deal with sin, but to bring salvation to those who are eagerly and confidently waiting for Him.
God will take nine steps towards us, but He will not take the tenth. He will incline us to repent, but He can not do our repenting for us!
A. W. Tozer
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
John 21:15-17 AMP
 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do-with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My lambs.”  Again He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me [with a deep, personal affection for Me, as for a close friend]?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you [really] love Me [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend]?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
1 Peter 5:2-6 AMP
 shepherd and guide and protect the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not [motivated] for shameful gain, but with wholehearted enthusiasm;  not lording it over those assigned to your care [do not be arrogant or overbearing], but be examples [of Christian living] to the flock [set a pattern of integrity for your congregation].  And when the Chief Shepherd (Christ) appears, you will receive the [conqueror’s] unfading crown of glory.  Likewise, you younger men [of lesser rank and experience], be subject to your elders [seek their counsel]; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another [tie on the servant’s apron], for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD [the disdainful, the presumptuous, and He defeats them], BUT HE GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time,
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Those who STAND for nothing FALL for anything.”
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 AMP
 “This day the LORD your God commands you to do these statutes and judgments (precepts). Therefore, you shall be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul (your entire being).  Today you have [openly] declared the LORD to be your God, and that you will walk [that is, live each and every day] in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments (precepts), and listen to His voice.  Today the LORD has declared that you are His people, His treasured possession, just as He promised you, and that you are to keep all His commandments;  and that He will set you high above all the nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor: and that you shall be a holy people [set apart and consecrated] to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken.”
Matthew 10:32-33 AMP
 “Therefore, the one who confesses and acknowledges Me before men [as Lord and Savior, affirming a state of oneness with Me], that one I will also confess and acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven.  But the one who denies and rejects Me before men, that one I will also deny and reject before My Father who is in heaven.
Luke 11:28 AMP
 But He said, “On the contrary, blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe it.”
John 8:51 AMP
 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if anyone keeps My word [by living in accordance with My message] he will indeed never, ever see and experience death.”
(51 I.e. spiritual death and separation from God.)
2 Timothy 2:11-12 AMP
 This is a faithful and trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him;  If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He will also deny us;
James 1:22-24 AMP
 But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].  For if anyone only listens to the word without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully ( not just a glance but careful scrutiny) at his natural face in a mirror;  for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
“Behold, All Things Are Made New”
There is MORE to look forward to!
Isaiah 65:17-25 AMP
 “Behold, I am creating new heavens and a new earth; And the former things [of life] will not be remembered or come to mind.  “But be glad and rejoice forever over what I create; Behold, I am creating Jerusalem to be a source of rejoicing And her people a joy.  “I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of weeping and the sound of crying.  “No longer shall there be in it an infant who lives only a few days, Or an old man who does not finish his days; For the youth who dies at the age of a hundred, And the one who does not reach the age of a hundred Will be thought of as accursed.  “They will build houses and live in them; They will plant vineyards and eat the fruit.  “They will not build and another occupy; They will not plant and another eat [the fruit]. For as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen [people] will fully enjoy [and long make use of] the work of their hands.  “They will not labor in vain, Or bear children for disaster; For they are the descendants of those blessed by the LORD, And their offspring with them.  “It shall also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.  The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox [there will no longer be predator and prey]; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain (Zion),” says the LORD.
2 Peter 3:10-18 AMP
 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish with a [mighty and thunderous] roar, and the [material] elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are on it will be burned up.  Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be [in the meantime] in holy behavior [that is, in a pattern of daily life that sets you apart as a believer] and in godliness [displaying profound reverence toward our awesome God],  [while you earnestly] look for and await the coming of the day of God. For on this day the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the [material] elements will melt with intense heat!  But in accordance with His promise we expectantly await new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.  So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things, be diligent and make every effort to be found by Him [at His return] spotless and blameless, in peace [that is, inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual well-being and confidence, having lived a life of obedience to Him].  And consider the patience of our Lord [His delay in judging and avenging wrongs] as salvation [that is, allowing time for more to be saved]; just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him [by God],  speaking about these things as he does in all of his letters. In which there are some things that are difficult to understand, which the untaught and unstable [who have fallen into error] twist and misinterpret, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  Therefore, [let me warn you] beloved, knowing these things beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men [who distort doctrine] and fall from your own steadfastness [of mind, knowledge, truth, and faith],  but grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Revelation 21:1-7 AMP
 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (vanished), and there is no longer any sea.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, arrayed like a bride adorned for her husband;  and then I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “See! The tabernacle of God is among men, and He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them [as their God,]  and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain; for the former order of things has passed away.”  And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true [they are accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy].”  And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I will give [water] from the fountain of the water of life without cost.  He who overcomes [the world by adhering faithfully to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior] will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
James 1:5-8 AMP
 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind.  For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord,  being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Psalm 51:1-19 AMP
 Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness and guilt And cleanse me from my sin.  For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; My sin is always before me.  Against You, You only, have I sinned And done that which is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak [Your sentence] And faultless in Your judgment.  I was brought forth in [a state of] wickedness; In sin my mother conceived me [and from my beginning I, too, was sinful].  Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part [of my heart] You will make me know wisdom.  Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Make me hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.  Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted and return to You.  Rescue me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will sing joyfully of Your righteousness and Your justice.  O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise.  For You do not delight in sacrifice, or else I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.  My [only] sacrifice [acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart [broken with sorrow for sin, thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.  By Your favor do good to Zion; May You rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  Then will You delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, In burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Matthew 6:9-13 AMP
 “Pray, then, in this way:
( as a model or pattern)
‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed ( set apart; keep and treat as holy; revere) be Your name.  ‘Your kingdom come, (A plea for God’s Kingdom to be Inaugurated on earth.) Your will ( God’s commands and precepts) be done On earth as it is in heaven.  ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ( life’s essentials)  ‘And forgive us our debts, ( sins and moral failures) as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].  ‘And do not lead us into temptation, ( lead us away from situations where we are vulnerable and have the opportunity to sin.) but deliver us from evil. ( the evil one.)
~ [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’
Jude 1:17-25 AMP
 But as for you, beloved, remember the [prophetic] words spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They used to say to you, “In the last days there will be scoffers, following after their own ungodly passions.”  These are the ones who are [agitators] causing divisions-worldly-minded [secular, unspiritual, carnal, merely sensual-unsaved], devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit,  and keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously and looking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [which will bring you] to eternal life.  And have mercy on some, who are doubting;  save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy but with fear, loathing even the clothing spotted and polluted by their shameless immoral freedom.  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, [
~  to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Philippians 2:8-11 AMP
 After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.  For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
~ (10 All intelligent beings in the universe, whether saved or unsaved, whether in spirit or as mortal mankind, will acknowledge Him.)
 and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.
Revelation 19:11-16 AMP
 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who was riding it is called Faithful and True (trustworthy, loyal, incorruptible, steady), and in righteousness He judges and wages war [on the rebellious nations].  His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many royal crowns; and He has a name inscribed [on Him] which no one knows or understands except Himself.
 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
~ (13 Christ was once dipped in His own blood for mankind’s redemption (1:5; 5:9, etc.), but now in the blood of the wicked for mankind’s judgment.)
 And the armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, [dazzling] white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  From His mouth comes a sharp sword (His word) with which He may strike down the nations, and He will rule (shepherd) them with a rod of iron; and He will tread the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty [in judgment of the rebellious world].  And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Isaiah 53:1-12 AMP
 Who has believed [confidently trusted in, relied on, and adhered to] our message [of salvation]? And to whom [if not us] has the arm and infinite power of the LORD been revealed?  For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant), And like a root out of dry ground; He has no stately form or majestic splendor That we would look at Him, Nor [handsome] appearance that we would (take pleasure in) be attracted to Him.  He was despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief; And like One from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.  But [in fact] He has borne our griefs, And He has carried our sorrows and pains; Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken, Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him].  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.  All of us like sheep have gone astray, We have turned, each one, to his own way; But the LORD has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing] To fall on Him [instead of us].  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth [to complain or defend Himself]; Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before her shearers, So He did not open His mouth.  After (Do to) oppression and judgment He was taken away; And (who will explain to His generation) as for His generation [His contemporaries], who [among them] concerned himself with the fact That He was cut off from the land of the living [by His death] For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke [of death] was due?  His grave was assigned with the wicked, But He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.  Yet the LORD was willing (pleased) To crush Him, causing Him to suffer (He made Him sick); If (His soul presents an offering) He would give Himself as a guilt offering [an atonement for sin], He shall see His [spiritual] offspring, He shall prolong His days, And the will (good pleasure) of the LORD shall succeed and prosper in His hand.  As a result of the anguish (trouble) of His soul, He shall see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge [of what He has accomplished] the Righteous One, My Servant, shall justify the many [making them righteous-upright before God, in right standing with Him], For He shall bear [the responsibility for] their sins.  Therefore, I will divide and give Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], And He shall divide the spoils with the mighty, Because He [willingly] poured out His life to death, And was counted among the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore and took away the sin of many, And interceded [with the Father] for the transgressors.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Revelation 19:6-10 AMP
 Then I heard something like the shout of a vast multitude, and like the boom of many pounding waves, and like the roar of mighty peals of thunder, saying,
~ “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all] reigns.
 “Let us rejoice and shout for joy! Let us give Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb has come [at last] and His bride (the redeemed) has prepared herself.”  She has been permitted to dress in fine linen, dazzling white and clean-for the fine linen signifies the righteous acts of the saints [the ethical conduct, personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character of believers].  Then the angel said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'” And he said to me [further], “These are the true and exact words of God.”  Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he [stopped me and] said to me, “You must not do that; I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who have and hold the testimony of Jesus.
~ Worship God [alone]. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [His life and teaching are the heart of prophecy].”
~ “Because He possesses unlimited power and is perfectly in control of all things, God may always accomplish His wise and good plans for us.” Myrna Alexander
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Proverbs 16:3-6 AMP
~  Commit your works to the LORD [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
 The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked [according to their role] for the day of evil.  Everyone who is proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting and exceedingly offensive to the LORD; Be assured he will not go unpunished.
~  By mercy and lovingkindness and truth [not superficial ritual] wickedness is cleansed from the heart, And by the fear of the LORD one avoids evil.
Isaiah 3:1-15 AMP
 Listen carefully, the Lord GOD of hosts is removing from Jerusalem and from Judah Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread And the whole supply of water;  The brave man and the warrior [He is also removing], The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder,  The captain of fifty and the man of honor, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.  And I will make mere boys their princes, And capricious (impulsive, unpredictable) children will rule over them.  And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The boy will be arrogant and insolent toward the elder And the vulgar (common ; despised) toward the honorable [person of rank].  When a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, “You have a robe, you shall be our judge and ruler, And this pile of ruins will be under your control,”  He will protest on that day, saying, “I will not be a governor (binder of wounds ; can not cure your ills) ; For in my house there is neither bread nor clothing; You should not make me a judge and ruler of the people.”
~  For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, Because their words and their actions are against the LORD, To rebel against His glorious presence and defiantly provoke Him.
 Their partiality (look on their face) testifies against them, They display their sin like Sodom; They do not even hide it. Woe (judgment is coming) to them! For they have brought evil on themselves [as a reward].
 Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their [righteous] actions.
 Woe (judgment is coming) to the wicked! It shall go badly with him, For what his hand has done shall be done to him.
~  O My people! Children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Your leaders lead you astray And confuse (destroy, swallow up) the direction of your paths.
 The LORD rises to contend, And stands to judge the people.
 The LORD enters into judgment with the elders of His people and their princes, “For it is you who have devoured the vineyard [with your oppression, you have robbed the people and ruined the country]; The plunder of the poor is in your houses.  “What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the face of the poor?” Declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
Romans 14:10-12 AMP
 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you again, why do you look down on your [believing] brother or regard him with contempt?
~ For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God [who alone is judge].
 For it is written [in Scripture], “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”(Isaiah 45:23)
12] So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Hebrews 4:13 AMP
 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
1 Timothy 4:10-16 AMP
 It is for this that we labor and strive [often called to account], because we have fixed our [confident] hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe [in Him, recognize Him as the Son of God, and accept Him as Savior and Lord].  Keep commanding and teaching these things.  Let no one look down on [you because of] your youth,
~ but be an example and set a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in [moral] purity.
 Until I come,
~ devote yourself to public reading [of Scripture], to preaching and to teaching [the sound doctrine of God’s word].  Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, [that special endowment] which was intentionally bestowed on you [by the Holy Spirit] through prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands on you [at your ordination].
 Practice and work hard on these things; be absorbed in them [completely occupied in your ministry], so that your progress will be evident to all.  Pay close attention to yourself [concentrate on your personal development] and to your teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Ephesians 2:1-10 AMP
 And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins,  in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].  Among these [unbelievers] we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind].  But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us,  even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace-His undeserved favor and mercy-you have been saved from God’s judgment).  And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus,  [and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].  For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;  not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].
~ For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above-spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
1 Timothy 3:16 AMP
 And great, we confess, is the mystery [the hidden truth] of godliness: He (Jesus Christ) who was revealed in human flesh, Was justified and vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Matthew 6:20-21 AMP
 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; ~  for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.
Luke 6:45 AMP
~  The [intrinsically] good man produces what is good and honorable and moral out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart;
and the [intrinsically] evil man produces what is wicked and depraved out of the evil [in his heart]; for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart.
in·trin·si·cal·ly | inˈtrinzək(ə)lē, inˈtrinsək(ə)lē |
in an essential or natural way:
synonyms: fundamentally ; inherently ; basically ; at heart
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Psalm 4:3-8 AMP
 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself [and dealt wonderfully with] the godly man [the one of honorable character and moral courage-the one who does right]. The LORD hears and responds when I call to Him.
 Tremble [with anger or fear], and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still [reflect on your sin and repent of your rebellion].
 Offer righteous sacrifices; Trust [confidently] in the LORD.
 Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see some good!” Lift up the light of Your face upon us, O LORD.
 You have put joy in my heart, More than [others know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.
 In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.
~ “What situation or problem could STEAL our sleep and our peace and joy? Call on the LIVING God, who WILL ANSWER when we call to Him. And REMEMBER that we can close our eyes and REST because God’s eyes NEVER close. The One who never sleeps CARES for us PERSONALLY and WATCHES over US!!”
~ “Talk to him in prayer of all your wants, your troubles, even of the weariness you feel in serving him. You cannot speak too freely, too trustfully to him.” François Fénelon (1651–1715)