Archive for July 7th, 2006

GOD is at work in you


God wants us to grow up, to know the whole
truth and tell it in love—like Christ in every-
thing. We take our lead from Christ, who is
the source of everything we do.

Ephesians 4:15 MSG

I took you from the ends of the earth, from
its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You
are my servant’; I have chosen you and have
not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am
with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your
God. I will strengthen you and help you; I
will uphold you with my righteous right

Isaiah 41:9-10

God, who has called you into fellowship with
his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

1 Corinthians 1:9

His divine power has given us
everything we need for life and
godliness through our knowledge
of him who called us by his own
glory and goodness. Through
these he has given us his very
great and precious promises, so
that through them you may par-
ticipate in the divine nature and
escape the corruption in the
world caused by evil desires.

2 Peter 1:3-4

And I am sure that God, who
began the good work within you,
will continue his work until it is
finally finished on that day when
Christ Jesus comes back again.

Philippians 1:6 NLT

The thief comes only to steal and kill and de-
stroy; I have come that they may have life, and
have it to the full.

John 10:10

Now this is eternal life: that they may know
you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom
you have sent.

John 17:3

He who has the Son has life; he who does not
have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:12

receive it

GOD, I have sensed my need for you, and I have sensed you at work in me,
but I have sought fulfillment apart from you. I have served myself instead of
you. I have sinned. I believe you sent Jesus to die in my place, to make peace
with you for me, and I believe he is alive today with you. Please forgive me.
Do your work in me. Fill me with your Spirit. I surrender my life to you today
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

GOD Restores


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come! …
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as
though God were making his appeal through

2 Corinthians 5:17, 20

[Jesus said,] I tell you the truth, anyone who has
faith in me will do what I have been doing. He
will do even greater things than these, because I
am going to the Father.

John 14:12

For you have been born again. Your new life
did not come from your earthly parents because
the life they gave you will end in death. But this
new life will last forever because it comes from
the eternal, living word of God.

1 Peter 1:23 NLT

Isaiah 65:17-25

“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not
be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and re-
joice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem
to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusa-
lem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping
and of crying will be heard in it no more. “Never again
will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an
old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a
hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hun-
dred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they
will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and
others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as
the days of a tree, so will be the days of my peo-
ple; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works
of their hands. They will not toil in vain or
bear children doomed to misfortune; for they
will be a people blessed by the LORD, they
and their descendants with them. Before they
call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the
lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be
the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy moun-
tain,” says the LORD.

JESUS died for you


Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She
will give birth to a son and will call him
Immanuel—‘God is with us.’

Isaiah 7:14 NLT

…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She
wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a
manger, because there was no room for them
in the inn.

Luke 2:7

[Jesus was] tempted in every way, just as we
are—yet was without sin.

Hebrews 4:15

[Jesus said,] “I and the Father are one.”

John 10:30

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth
and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through me. Believe me when I say that I am
in the Father and the Father is in me; or at
least believe on the evidence of the miracles

John 14:6, 11

“Are you the king of the Jews?”
asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as you say,”
Jesus replied…. Wanting to satisfy
the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas
to them. He had Jesus flogged, and
handed him over to be crucified.

Mark 15:2, 15

The angel said to the women, “Do
not be afraid, for I know that you
are looking for Jesus, who was cruci-
fied. He is not here; he has risen, just
as he said. Come and see the place
where he lay.

Matthew 28:5-6

After his suffering, he showed him-
self to these men and gave many
convincing proofs that he was alive.
He appeared to them over a period
of forty days and spoke about the
kingdom of God.

Acts 1:3

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for
our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the
third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the
Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the
same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:3-6

He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead
to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds!

1 Peter 2:24 NLT

He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised from the dead to
make us right with God.

Romans 4:25 NLT

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature
God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself
nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And
being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to
death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and
gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

You are important


Of course, you’ve always known you were important, but perhaps you never
realized how important or why. In fact, you are more important than you realize
but in ways you never considered.

Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They
will be masters over all life—the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all
the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.”

Genesis 1:26 NLT

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

[Jesus said,] “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go
and bear fruit—fruit that will last…”

John 15:16

[Jesus said,] “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store
away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much
more valuable than they?”

Matthew 6:26

For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 3:23 NLT

Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful bless-
ings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

Jeremiah 5:25 NLT

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his
ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you
from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so
that he will not hear. For your hands are stained with blood,
your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken lies, and your
tongue mutters wicked things.

Isaiah 59:1-3