Door Post Verses: Recap

Since last September, we’ve been looking at verses that you can hide in your heart and display in your home. It would be hard for me to pick my favorite topic. But God knows how to deliver grace to our hearts at just the right time with just the right Bible verse. Have you seen Him do that?

 

 

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What kind of relationship does Jesus want with believers? How does He describe Himself in John Chapter 14? What does He promise us, and what does He want us to do?

John Ch. 14  The Relationship Built on Trust

.1-6         Believe in Me:   “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (v.6).
v.7-12     Believe Me: “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (v.10).
v.13-14  Believe Me: “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do” (v.13). ...

 

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1 Peter Chapter 1  Because of the greatness of your salvation, live a holy life.

v.1-2  God’s plan of salvation for all believers includes sanctification by the Holy Spirit, obedience (to what is good), and cleansing by the blood of Jesus Christ.
v.3-5  The inheritance that God has given you because of your faith, can’t be taken away from you, and it won’t decay or fade away.
v.6-9  So let the joy of your salvation carry you through the trials of your faith. ...

 

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How well am I running for God?

Hebrews Ch. 12 Personal Application Questions:

v.1 Do the Biblical examples of the lives and choices of its faithful witnesses strengthen my endurance? Which ones are the most meaningful to me? Why?
v.1 Have I laid aside the encumbrances and sins that hinder me from running with endurance?
v.2 Do I go through life with my eyes fixed on Jesus and the example of His endurance?
v.3 Have I received such criticism or hostility from others that I have grown weary and discouraged?

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Refusing to Sin

Sometimes refusing to sin becomes very difficult, especially if the sin is a well-established pattern of attitude, thinking, speaking, or behavior. It feels like a kind of slavery. Romans Chapter 6 reminds us of our reality as Christians, and exhorts us to break free of the habits of sin and to replace them with the practices that are consistent with a heartfelt devotion to God. ...

 

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Spiritual Gifts

”But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (1 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV).

You have probably heard of the spiritual gifts of teaching, leadership, encouragement, mercy, and so forth that are listed in Romans Ch. 12. First Corinthians 12:8-10 lists other ways that the Holy Spirit manifests His power through the children of God. Have you ever considered how these gifts benefit the church?

The Gifts:

v.8  the word of wisdom – applying knowledge to the situation at hand
v.8  the word of knowledge – declaring the right or true thing

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Matthew Ch. 16  Don’t be clueless: Jesus won’t do all of your thinking for you.

v.1-4  Discern God’s presence with us, and adjust your life and faith accordingly.

v.5-12  Don’t let false doctrine—it’s like leaven—corrupt your understanding of truth.
Other Application: Remember that God sometimes uses figurative language to instruct us, and look for the spiritual significance of what He is saying. ...

 

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The Good Shepherd

Scripture is so rich, that 10 people might get 10 different sets of application for the same chapter, depending on what emphasis they saw in it. Which of the following do you like the best for this reassuring chapter in John?

John Ch. 10  Believe Me: I Am the Good Shepherd.

v.1-6      His privilege:  The sheep follow only the Shepherd.
v.7-10    His position:   I am the door for them to salvation and abundant life.
v.11-21  His plan:         I will give My life for them.
v.22-30  His promise:   I will give them eternal life.
v.31-39  His proof:       Believe Me because of My works.
v.40-42  His purpose:   “Many believed in Him there” (v.42). ...

 

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Matthew Ch. 18  Aspire to be great in the kingdom of heaven.

v.1-4      Humble yourself as a little child before God, because humility is greatly valued in the kingdom of heaven.
v.5-10    Guard against causing others to sin, and guard yourself against sin.
v.11-14  Care about what Jesus cares about—seeking those who are going astray.
v.15-17  Seek reconciliation with a brother or sister who has wronged you, but distance yourself if he or she refuses to acknowledge the wrong. ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

THE UPGRADE

The surprise. Several years ago, my husband had a business conference in Florida that began on his birthday, so Katy and I went with him. We had reserved a room with two queen beds, but when we arrived at the hotel they told us the standard rooms were overbooked. The hotel gave us a free upgrade—all the way to the penthouse.

The room. The penthouse had floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the beach. The living room furnishings were lovely and inviting, like a home away from home. Dining chairs upholstered in turquoise fabric sat around a glass table that could accommodate six people comfortably. The kitchen was fully equipped. The bathrooms had TVs and telephones. Normally when the three of us ...

 

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