A Trip through the Bible

This is a collection of selected Bible verses from Genesis to Revelation (not all books are represented).  Reading these verses will take you through the whole Bible in about two hours.  You’ll be reading the New International Version of the Bible which is one of the most popular translations because it is easy to read and understand.  May you be richly blessed as you travel through the Word of God.

The Old Testament

Genesis

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light” Gen 1:3

God is the Creator of the universe.

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground” Gen 2:7

God created the first man.

“Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man” Gen 2:22

God created the first woman.

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman” Gen 3:4

If you listen to the devil you will die.  If you follow God you will live.

“Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness” Gen 15:6

Trusting God is the foundation of your eternal life.

Exodus

“You shall have no other gods before me” Exod 20:3

If you’d rather go anywhere other than church – there’s a problem in you or your church.

“The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets” Exod 32:16

The foundation of God’s instruction was written in stone.

Leviticus

“Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves” Lev 26:1

Money, power and lustful desire are the idols of this world.

“If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over” Lev 26:21

You don’t want to get into a battle with God.

Deuteronomy 

“You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other” Deut 4:35

There can only be one Creator of heaven and earth.

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” Deut 6:5

Our worship of the Lord needs to be full and complete.

Joshua

 “The sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies” Josh 10:13

God has the power to stop time if it is needed to defeat evil.

 “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled” Josh 21:45

God absolutely always has victory.

“Be very careful to love the Lord your God” Josh 23:11

Number One: Love God.  Start there and you can’t go wrong.

1 Samuel

“Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” 1 Sam 12:24

Never stop thinking about what God’s thinking about what you are doing.

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Sam 16:7

Homeless people are no different than you or I.

“David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone” 1 Sam 17:50

When God is behind you nothing can stand in your way.

2 Samuel

 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you” 2 Sam 7:22

There is only one God and there is only one you.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer” 2 Sam 22:2

Plant your feet firmly on the rock!

2 Kings

“They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless” 2 Kings 17:15

It’s a horrible feeling when you travel a great distance and discover you’ve been going the wrong way.

“Worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies” 2 Kings  17:39

God has the power to do what you cannot.

“Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols” 2 Kings  17:41

He wants it all.  God wants all of you.  You can’t keep a little evil on the side.

1 Chronicles

 “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done” 1 Chron 16:8

Let people know how important God is in your life.

“I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever” 1 Chron 17:14

You can’t try following Jesus for a little while to see if it works.  It’s all in or nothing.

“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you” 1 Chron 17:20

There’s only one God who created the heavens and the earth.  There is no other.

2 Chronicles

“They worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever” 2 Chron 7:3

You can’t fully love God if you don’t fully know who He is.  Study the Word of God completely.

Nehemiah

 “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him” Neh 1:5

You can never love God as much as He loves you, but keep trying.

 “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting” Neh 9:5

God was with you when you were born and He’ll be with you when you die.  How often you acknowledge His presence is your choice.

“You are a gracious and merciful God” Neh 9:31

We don’t deserve anything God gives us.  We need to start with that understanding.

Job

 “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” Job 1:21

A sincere believer is always in God’s hands not matter how dark the situation looks.

“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:10

If you’ve been through hard times and come through it you know the wisdom you’ve gained.

“The fear of the Lord – that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” Job 28:28

When you know God you become aware of the devils tricks.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand” Job 38:4

The greatest theologian of all time has only a tiny fraction of God’s knowledge.

“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place” Job 38:12

Precisely how heaven and earth were created is something we will never understand.

“Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?” Job 38:28

Everything had a beginning; all of it was God.

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” Job 42:2

Only God can execute a plan that involves billions of people and the entire earth.

Psalms

 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked” Psalm 1:1

If you continue to turn away from evil you will be blessed.

“The Lord is my shepherd… Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life” Psalm 23

We have our Savior Jesus Christ to guide us home.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture” Psalm 37:3

Constantly make an effort to find and follow the will of God.

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods” Psalm 40:4

It takes great wisdom to turn away from what’s popular and stay focused on God.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1

There’s only one resource you can be certain will never fail you.

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him” Psalm 62:1

God has provided us with our Savior Jesus Christ.  The hard work has been done by Him.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold” Psalm 84:11

If we take for granted what the Lord has given us why should He be willing to give us more.

“For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever” Psalm 117:2

How to get a blessing from God:  Love God.  Love your neighbor as yourself.

 “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart… for the glory of the Lord is great” Psalm 138

The complexity of the earth and the billions of people who live here is all under God’s control.

Proverbs

“The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them” Proverbs 20:7

When you chase after God none of your steps are wasted.

“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment” Proverbs 12:19

You don’t have to remember what truth you told you only have to remember what lies you told.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” Proverbs 15:1

You can disarm an enemy with love.

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” Proverbs 22:1

Honest sincerely caring people are priceless.

“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God” Proverbs 14:31

God put those in need there so we can provide for them.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps” Proverbs 16:9

You can make all the plans you want but ultimately God is going to point the way.

“Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death” Proverbs 11:4

You can’t buy salvation.  You can’t earn salvation.  It’s a gift from God.

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs” Proverbs 10:12

Nothing is gained from hate.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” Proverbs 1:7

Some people will never want to hear the truth.

“Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her” Proverbs 8:11

Knowledge comes from books.  Wisdom comes from following God’s instruction.

Ecclesiastes

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Eccles 1:2

The world we live in is a useless wasteland we need to travel through to get to the Promised Land.

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” Eccles 1:9

Yes the players gonna play, the haters gonna hate, the fakers gonna fake.  That’s the world we live in; nothing new.

“I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind” Eccles 1:14

Chasing after God’s desire is the only thing of value.

“I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness” Eccles 2:13

Right or wrong?  Good or Evil?  The choice is obvious.  Still a lot get it wrong.

“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil” Eccles 2:24

God wants you to enjoy your life in this world – such as it is.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Eccles 3:1

Wait for it; it will come.  You have to water your flowers before they will grow.

“I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it” Eccles 3:14

God does perfection like no one else.

“When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow” Eccles 5:4

Don’t over promise and under deliver.  God is watching.

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income” Eccles 5:10

If money is your god you are already living in hell.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other” Eccles 7:14

Seek the greater good within every situation.

“This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes” Eccles 7:29

God has given you the opportunity to pick your own path. Be careful, a lot of people get this wrong.

“There is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad” Eccles 8:15

God wants us to trust Him and enjoy life.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Eccles 9:10

When you give your absolute best you go home feeling satisfied.

“Whoever digs a pit may fall into it; whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake” Eccles 10:8

People fall victim to their own schemes all the time.  Be careful what you plan.

“As you do not know the path of the wind… so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things” Eccles 11:5

There simply is no way for us to know why God has done anything.  Just know He never gets it wrong.

“So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless” Eccles 11:10

As we get older we long for our younger years; there is no value in longing; the value is in living.

“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind” Eccles 12:13

It all boils down to this:  Love God.  Love your neighbor.  It doesn’t get any easier than that.

“God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” Eccles 12:14

In the end, a bright light will be shining on every single thing you’ve ever done.

Song of Solomon

“Love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame” Song of Sol 8:6

Think about this:  Death is absolute and final.  True honest sincere love is just as powerful.

Isaiah

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow” Isa 1:17

What we do for others is the true measure of our walk with God.

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains” Isa 2:2

Jesus Christ is coming to earth to reign as King for a thousand years.  Don’t miss it!

“The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low” Isa 2:11

When we finally see God face-to-face, all our big accomplishments will seem silly.

“Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done” Isa 3:11

God will not leave one evil deed unpunished.

“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight” Isa 5:21

If you think a lot of yourself it’s a good bet God thinks otherwise.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” Isa 7:14

The coming of Jesus Christ was announced hundreds of years before he arrived.

“To us a son is given… And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isa 9:6

Jesus came as promised and He will come again as promised.

“The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” Isa 12:2

Don’t wait until you have nowhere else to turn before you turn to God.  Start with God.

“Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty” Isa 13:6

Evil will be destroyed when Jesus returns.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” Isa 30:15

When you stop chasing this world you can find rest in God.

“Those who hope in the Lord will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” Isa 40:31

Know that the greatest day of your life is yet to come.

“Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth” Isa 42:10

Praise God even when you don’t understand what He’s doing.

“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior” Isa 43:11

God is our hope and our salvation.  Look nowhere else.

“I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things” Isa 45:7

How God will get us to the promised land is still a mystery.  We need to trust Him.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker” Isa 45:9

You can’t renegotiate the Word of God.

“He was pierced for our transgressions… and by his wounds we are healed” Isa 53:5

The sacrifice of Jesus was predicted hundreds of years before it happened.

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isa 55:2

Whatever you do in service to God is valuable; everything else is a waste of time.

“I delight greatly in the Lord… He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness” Isa 61:10

God will do great things for you if you let Him.

“You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” Isa 64:8

This world is trying to shape you.  Resist!  Let God shape you.

“I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind” Isa 65:17

This world is going to be a forgotten moment in our eternal existence.

“All mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord” Isa 66:23

At some point, every single person on the planet will get on their knees before God.

Jeremiah

“Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns” Jer 4:3

Don’t bother planting seeds where they can’t grow.

“Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?” Jer 4:14

Let your heart control your mind – not the other way around.

“Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” Jer 6:16

When we know where we came from it’s easier to see where we are going.

“You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,” declares the Lord” Jer 9:6

The only way to avoid deception is to know the truth found in the Bible.

“I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord” Jer 9:24

Our God is a good God.  We need to follow His example.

“He is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath” Jer 10:10

The wicked are greatly despised by our God and will be punished.

“These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens” Jer 10:11

Anything you trust more than God has become your false god.

“Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure – not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing” Jer 10:24

Pray for clear instruction from God.

 “You have rejected me,” declares the Lord. “You keep on backsliding. So I will reach out and destroy you” Jer 15:6

Constantly ignoring God is grounds for dismissal.

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord” Jer 17:5

There isn’t any preacher on this earth worth following.  Follow God.

“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct” Jer 17:10

Why you do what you do is as important as how you do what you do.

“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise” Jer 17:14

God is the source of everything good in our lives.

“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” declares the Lord”  Jer 18:6

God will transform you if you give Him the opportunity.

“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord” Jer 23:24

God sees your every move.  Nothing is hidden.

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jer 23:29

An honest respect for God’s awesome power is the start of knowing Him completely.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” Jer 29:13

You won’t find God by picking apart the scripture with your brain; you have to open your heart.

“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” Jer 31:33

Allow God to fill your heart and mind with His wisdom.

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” Jer 31:34

We have been given a Savior who provides salvation from all our sins.

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jer 32:27

There is nothing God can’t do.  He is in complete control.

“He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding” Jer 51:15

It’s impossible for us to have even the most basic understanding of God’s awesome power.

Lamentations

“The Lord has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago” Lam 2:17

None of this is an accident; God has a detailed plan.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail” Lam 3:22

You can count on God’s deep concern for your well-being.

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him” Lam 3:25

You tap into God’s power when you sincerely give your heart to Him.

“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord” Lam 3:40

Get rid of anything in your life that’s not pointing you toward God.

“You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation” Lam 5:19

God is eternal; He always has been and always will be.

Ezekiel

 “If you warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin” Ezek 3:19

Many will pay a price for their continued rebellion against God.

“Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” Ezek 13:3

In the end, it won’t go well for those pretending to know God for personal gain.

“You will bear the consequences of your lewdness and your detestable practices, declares the Lord” Ezek 16:58

There is a steep price to pay for following the devil’s path.

“I will establish my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the Lord” Ezek 16:62

Followers of Jesus Christ are filled with the Holy Spirit and thereby connected directly to God.

“If a wicked person turns away from the wickedness and does what is just and right, they will save their life” Ezek 18:27

All you have to do is turn around and go the other way.  Walk toward the light.

“You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign Lord” Ezek 24:14

Every minute of every day is a chance to prove your value to God.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them” Ezek 34:11

Jesus Christ is the good shepherd who wants to find you and take you home.

“I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord” Ezek 34:15

God is watching over you and want’s nothing but good things in your life.

“I saw the glory of the God. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory” Ezek 43:2

God is indescribable. He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s supreme

Daniel

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his” Dan 2:20

He’s the King of the Ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of Glory. He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords.

“There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries” Dan 2:28

Much of what God is doing is a mystery; one day we will see it all.

“How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders!” Dan 4:3

His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes.

“Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed” Dan 4:27

Put your knowledge of God to work in the lives of those around you.

“Praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just” Dan 4:37

No means of measure can define God’s limitless love.

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens” Dan 12:3

When you absorb the knowledge of God it will show in your demeanor.

Hosea

“The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them” Hosea 14:9

Those who have trouble loving their neighbor will have trouble with God.

Joel

“Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty” Joel 1:15

The return of Jesus will be wonderful for some and horrible for others.

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning” Joel 2:12

It’s impossible to get so far away from God that you can’t come back.

“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” Joel 2:13

God will receive you in an instant if your heart is sincerely focused on Him.

“Praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you” Joel 2:26

Our beating heart should be the starting point of our praise for God.

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” Joel 2:32

The opportunity for salvation has been made available to everyone.

Amos

“Prepare to meet your God” Amos 4:12

God may call your name today.  Be ready.

“Why do you long for the day of the Lord?” Amos 5:18

Some people think they are ready to meet God when in fact they are not.

Obadiah

“The pride of your heart has deceived you” Obad 1:3

If you’re full of yourself you’ll have no room for God.

Micah

 “Look! The Lord is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth” Micah 1:3

Jesus will return and transform this earth into His kingdom for a thousand years.

“Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil” Micah 2:1

Those evil people you know will one day meet their Maker.

“All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever” Micah 4:5

Things of worldly worship come and go but our God remains forever.

“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8

God wants you to think about Him in everything you do.

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me” Micah 7:7

Put aside all the worldly promises and stand firm in your relationship with God.

“Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light” Micah 7:8

Praise God for the difficulties in your life that provide you with greater wisdom.

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives transgression… You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy” Micah 7:18

God desperately wants to save you from your destructive ways.

“You will again have compassion; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea” Micah 7:19

We all stumble in our walk with God: Acknowledge your guilt and He will instantly reconnect with you.

Nahum

“The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies” Nahum 1:2

God will fight for what is right.

“The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished” Nahum 1:3

No amount of evil can prevail against God.

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” Nahum 1:7

God will be there for you if you put your trust in Him.

“Whatever they plot against the Lord he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time” Nahum 1:9

God knows all the evil plans against Him.

Habakkuk

“Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin!” Hab 2:9

Those who believe their wealth will protect them have been blinded by the world.

“Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice!” Hab 2:12

God will not allow evil to remain in control.

“The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him” Hab 2:20

When you feel God’s presence in your life stop and appreciate that connection.

“I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” Hab 3:18

Let your heart be full of the joy of knowing the Lord.

Zephaniah

“I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord” Zeph 1:2

This world we live in will one day be wiped away.

“The great day of the Lord is near – near and coming quickly” Zeph 1:14

Tomorrow may be the day when Jesus returns.

“Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands” Zeph 2:3

Those who know Jesus are ready for His return any time.

“Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger” Zeph 2:3

Prepare for the return of Jesus by following His instruction.

“Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day I will stand up to testify” Zeph 3:8

When Jesus returns He will make all things clear.

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves” Zeph 3:17

God provides protection for those who love Him.

Haggai

“The Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little” Hag 1:5-6

Get your Bible study out of your brain and into your heart.  Go to work for God.

“Bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored” says the Lord” Hag 1:8

Make a home for God in your heart.  Keep it holy.

Zechariah

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit” says the Lord Almighty” Zech 4:6

The Spirit of God is all we need to have victory.

“See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey” Zech 9:9

The ministry of Jesus was predicted hundreds of years in advance.

“They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, They are my people and they will say, “The Lord is our God” Zech 13:9

God wants his people to be firmly committed to Him.

“The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name” Zech 14:9

Jesus will be king over all the earth one day and all evil will be destroyed.

Malachi

“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty” Mal 2:7

Leaders in the church have an obligation to rightly share the Word of God.

“Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us?” Mal 2:10

You are exactly the same as the person next to you – no matter who that is.

“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple” Mal 3:1

Details of the ministry of Jesus were known hundreds of years before the events unfolded.

“I the Lord do not change” Mal 3:6

The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament.

“You will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not” Mal 3:18

God will one day completely separate the righteous from those who are evil.

“All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire” Mal 4:1

God will one day completely destroy those who are evil.

The New Testament

Matthew

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” Matt 1:21

Jesus came to save us from our sin and He will come again to destroy the evil in this world.

“They saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him” Matt 2:11

The divine nature of the baby Jesus was evident from the beginning.

“John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near” Matt 3:1-2

God wants us to turn away from sin and seek love.

“Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only” Matt 4:10

Satan has absolutely no power over Jesus.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” Matt 5:5

Following Jesus is an act of submission not aggression.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” Matt 5:8

The true understanding of God is in your heart not your mind.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” Matt 5:9

Love is not divisive.

“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven” Matt 5:12

You can laugh at hardship when you know your reward is spectacular.

“You are the light of the world” Matt 5:14

Followers of Jesus should reflect His radiant glory.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” Matt 5:16

Make those around you hunger for a relationship with Jesus like yours.

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles” Matt 5:41

You disarm your enemies when you submit to them willingly.

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them” Matt 6:1

Serve others with sincere love seeking nothing in return.

“When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do” Matt 6:2

Those who give to be noticed, receive no reward from God.

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Matt 6:34

You may not see tomorrow so take care of today.

“Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” Matt 7:14

Anyone who wants to can find the way to eternal life – still many never will.

“What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matt 8:27

Jesus demonstrated awesome power.

“Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” Matt 9:12

If you want to be like Jesus look for those in need.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” Matt 10:16 #Jesus

Your connection to Jesus makes you smarter than this world.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28

The struggles of this world can be overcome with Jesus.

“Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” Matt 12:50

Followers of Jesus Christ are a family.

“The enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels” Matt 13:39

The devil is constantly planting seeds of destruction.

“The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous” Matt 13:49

In the end, good guys and bad guys will be clearly identified.

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Matt 16:26

The man who has everything has nothing without God.

“The Son of Man is going to come… he will reward each person according to what they have done” Matt 16:27

God is aware of your every good deed.

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” Matt 19:21

Don’t have a garage sale – give it all away.

“The greatest among you will be your servant” Matt 23:11

When your heart only wants to serve you have found God.

“Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people” Matt 24:11

Some preachers have ulterior motives – they are not from God.

“This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” Matt 24:14

The Internet makes it possible to share your faith with the whole world.

“As lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” Matt 24:27

When Jesus comes again it will be a giant wake-up call for those who have gone the other way.

“The peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” Matt 24:30

Those who have ignored the Gospel will be in deep trouble when Jesus returns.

“Go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead” Matt 28:7

The risen Lord was witness by hundreds.

“When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted” Matt 28:17

Even some who witnessed the risen Lord had doubts.

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matt 28:19

The church has an obligation to share the Gospel around the world.

Mark

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

Repent.  Turn from your sin.  Go and sin no more.  Follow Jesus and not this world.

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17

Tell someone about Jesus. Show someone where to learn more about Jesus. Help someone move closer to Jesus.

“Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons” Mark 1:34

Jesus did amazing things during His ministry, proving Him to be the Son of God.

“Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” Mark 5:19

Though we have not encountered Jesus face-to-face we have encountered Him heart-to-heart.

“He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” Mark 5:34

Your faith plugs you into the power of God.

“He said to her, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk” Mark 5:41-42

The miracles of Jesus demonstrate his deity.

“When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed” Mark 6:2

Imagine what it would be like to be taught the scripture by Jesus.

“Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them” Mark 7:15

Your actions define your relationship with Jesus.

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Mark 8:29

There is nothing more important than knowing Jesus.

“Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” Mark 8:35

Hate your life in this world.  Cherish the reservation you have in the new world.

“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?” Mark 9:19

Jesus will give you many opportunities to know Him, but He has a limit.

“The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise” Mark 9:31

Jesus was well aware of the fate that was before Him.

“Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” Mark 9:35

Great leaders serve those they lead.

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” Mark 10:15

Let go of all you doubts, questions and concerns:  Simply believe.

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” Mark 10:25

The more money you have the harder it is to separate yourself from this world and follow Jesus.

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God” Mark 10:27

God can accomplish anything.

“They will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him” Mark 10:33-34

Jesus suffered greatly on our behalf.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45

If we spend our whole life in service to God we will not even come close to what Jesus did for us.

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road” Mark 10:52

Your faith in Jesus Christ will save your life.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” Mark 12:30

Loving God is everything.

“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

The Bible is about a thousand pages that all boils down to this:  Love God.  Love your neighbor.

“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory” Mark 13:26

No one is going to miss the return of Jesus.

“Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come” Mark 13:33

If you’ve trusted Jesus as your Savior you’re ready for His return any time.

“And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get” Mark 15:24

Jesus was treated like an ordinary criminal when He was nailed to the cross.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen!” Mark 16:6

Jesus rose from death just as predicted hundreds of years earlier.

“He rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen” Mark 16:14

Some will turn away from Jesus even though they know the truth.

“After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God” Mark 16:19

Jesus is in heaven speaking with God on our behalf.

Luke

 “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” Luke 2:11

The baby Jesus changed the world forever.

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” Luke 2:52

Jesus demonstrated his amazing knowledge of God early in His life.

 “And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” Luke 3:22

Jesus was 30 years old when He began His ministry.

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only” Luke 4:8

The devil tried to deceive Jesus but had no luck.

“I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” Luke 5:24

Because of sin we were sentenced to die.  Jesus came to save us.

“Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back” Luke 6:35

It’s impossible to give too much if you are giving for unselfish reasons.

“Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God” Luke 8:1

The ministry of Jesus only lasted about three years.

“There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed; nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” Luke 8:17

One day the details of God’s plan will become clear.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” Luke 10:2

There are many lost searching for God but few believers take the time to help bring them to Jesus.

“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” Luke 11:10

Salvation is available to all those sincerely seeking.

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” Luke 11:28

Following the Word of God is an easy way to improve your life.

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” Luke 12:40

Stay in the Word and you will always be ready for the return of Jesus.

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division” Luke 12:51

Jesus wants us to clearly understand the difference between good and evil.

“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” Luke 14:11

We are absolutely nothing without God.

“Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God” Luke 14:15

Jesus Christ has provided us an open door to the kingdom of God.

“There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons” Luke 15:7

There is great reward for those who bring the lost to Jesus.

“You cannot serve both God and money” Luke 16:13

Rely on God not your bank account.

“Nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst” Luke 17:21

Allow Jesus to be your king and obey His commands.

“They will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again” Luke 18:33

Jesus was fully human and felt every moment of pain on His way to the cross.

“He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive” Luke 20:38

Those who died knowing Christ are still alive to God.

“Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man” Luke 23:4

Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Jesus.

“With loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed” Luke 23:23

Those afraid of losing their religious power wanted Jesus dead.

“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals” Luke 23:33

Jesus was fully human and felt every moment of pain hanging on the cross.

“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:34

Your sins are forgiven when you trust in Jesus.

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” Luke 23:46

Place your spirit in the hands of God.

“He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day” Luke 24:46

Believers are dead to sin and born again through Jesus Christ.

“Repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations” Luke 24:47

Share the Gospel as though you witnessed it yourself.

John

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1 

Jesus was with God at the beginning and He’ll be there at the end.

“He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe” John 1:7

Jesus Saves.  Praise God for sending us a Savior.

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world” John 1:9

Evil cannot survive in the light.

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him” John 1:10

The world we live in makes it hard to believe in Jesus.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” John 1:14

God walked the earth for 33 years.

“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” John 3:3

Jesus is Lord! God raised him from the dead! Turn from your sin and be saved to life eternal!

“God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” John 3:17

We have salvation through Jesus Christ!  Praise God!

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” John 6:35

Your hunger and thirst for life will be satisfied through Jesus.

“Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me” John 7:16

Every Word spoken by Jesus is wisdom from God.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12

When you follow Jesus evil has no control over you.

“You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” John 8:23

The things of this world are passing away – including you.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” John 10:14

You came to Jesus because you belong to Him.

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” John 11:25

There is no death once you know Jesus.

“Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you” John 12:35

If you don’t give yourself to Jesus the devil will take you.

“Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me” John 12:44

God and Jesus are one.  Jesus and those who believe are one.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6

Jesus makes it possible for us to have a relationship with God.

“If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:5

Give glory to God for all good things.

“You are my friends if you do what I command” John 15:14

The command of Jesus is to love one another.  That’s how you become a friend of Jesus.

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” John 16:33

When you walk with Jesus this world no longer has power over you.

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” John 17:3

Leave this world behind and follow Jesus into eternity.

“The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me” John 18:37

Seek truth.  Seek Jesus.

“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” John 20:29

I have never seen Jesus but I feel His presence right now.

“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book” John 20:30

Imagine all the people Jesus healed during his three year ministry.

“Jesus did many other things… I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” John 21:25

Imagine walking with Jesus as He performed miracle after miracle.

Acts

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” Acts 1:8

The power of Jesus is inside every believer.

“God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it” Acts 2:32

Jesus came back to life and there were hundreds of witnesses. This is a fact!

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” Acts 2:36

Jesus is Lord! Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. Jesus is the exact representation of God’s being.

 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” Acts 2:42

Worship God.  Study the Word.  Have fellowship with other believers.  Pray.

“They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need” Acts 2:45

Your worship, Bible study, fellowship and prayer should compel you to serve those in need.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” Acts 4:12

Only the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross can save us from our death sentence.

“All the believers were one in heart and mind… they shared everything they had” Acts 4:32

We need to give everything we’re not using ourselves to someone who needs it. Everything.

“More and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number” Acts 5:14

The early church began to grow immediately and has never stopped.

“They never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah” Acts 5:42

The early church was passionate about sharing the Gospel.

“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly” Acts 6:7

The devil was not able to keep up with the growth of the early church.

 “We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God” Acts 14:15

Don’t chase after a great job, or great wealth, or a great relationship:  Chase after God!

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” Acts 14:22

Followers of Jesus do not have an easy life.  There is work to be done.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household” Acts 16:31

The family that walks together with the Lord is greatly blessed.

“They received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day” Acts 17:11

Daily Bible study puts a whole new perspective on your life in this world.

“Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” Acts 26:18

The devils deception has seduced many.  Shine your light on that darkness!

“Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe” Acts 28:24

The devil can render blind an eye witness.

Romans

“I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world” Rom 1:8

I praise God for all those regularly sharing their faith around the world.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” Rom 1:16

The false perceptions this world has about followers of Jesus are empty and meaningless.

“Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen” Rom 1:20

You can’t step one foot into the natural wilderness without seeing God.

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” Rom 1:22

If you only accumulate knowledge in your brain and never consider your heart you’re a fool.

“God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance” Rom 2:4

God’s love, when carefully considered, is overwhelmingly awesome.

“There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil” Rom 2:9

Nothing good comes from the devil.

“God does not show favoritism” Rom 2:11

We are all equally valuable in God’s eyes.

“There is no one righteous, not even one” Rom 3:10

Jesus was the only perfect human – there will never be another.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Rom 3:23

Jesus sacrificed His life so that we might be forgiven for our sin.

“All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” Rom 3:24

God graciously offers us salvation even though we have absolutely nothing to offer in return.

“We maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” Rom 3:28

Good deeds don’t get you into heaven, your faith in Jesus gets you into heaven, good deeds should follow.

“However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness” Rom 4:5

By Grace – Through Faith – a Gift from God

“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” Rom 4:25

Jesus paid it all now live your life for Him.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Rom 5:1

Walk with Jesus and let go of the struggles of this world.

“We glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope” Rom 5:3-4

Wisdom comes from adversity.  Strength comes from hard work.

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ Rom 5:8

No greater love.  God proved His love for us; now we need to prove our love for Him.

“Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” Rom 6:11

When the devil pushes you in the wrong direction, remind him who your God is.

“Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires” Rom 6:12

The devil doesn’t need a big opening to slip into your life.

“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” Rom 6:18

Let the love in your heart rule the day.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Rom 6:23

We owe our life to God; therefore we should live our life for Him.

“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me” Romans 7:21

Evil thoughts will never go away; the Holy Spirit will never stop helping you overcome evil.

“So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin” Rom 7:25

When your heart is pulling you one way and your mind is pulling you another – follow your heart.

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” Rom 8:6

Let the Holy Spirit be the gatekeeper of your mind.

“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you” Rom 8:9

Followers of Jesus have moved beyond this world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

“If Christ is in you, even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness” Rom 8:10

Love can conquer death.

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God” Rom 8:14

Followers of Jesus are part of His family.

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” Rom 8:18

Nothing in this world is of any consequence when compared to the world to come.

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Rom 8:28

When you’re walking with God if something goes wrong it went wrong for a good reason.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Rom 8:31

Nothing can stand against God!  Nothing.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Romans 8:35

God’s love is never ending.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” Rom 10:9

Prove your value to God every minute of every day.

“It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” Rom 10:10

Your heart reveals who you truly are.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” Rom 10:13

No one who wants to know God is denied.

“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen” Rom 11:36

God is the ultimate source of anything and everything.

“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” Rom 12:1

Seek your higher calling.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Rom 12:2

What this world expects from you is completely different than what God expects from you.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” Rom 12:9

Through clever deception the devil tries to make evil appealing.

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” Rom 12:10

You’ll never go wrong when you’re acting out of love.

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” Rom 12:11

Joyously work through any struggle God has placed in your path.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” Rom 12:12

Stay connected to God and you’ll make it through anything.

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” Rom 12:13

I wish we would all empty our garages, basements, and attics, sharing everything we have with those in need.

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” Rom 12:14

It’s difficult to love difficult people, but that is God’s command.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” Rom 12:15

Share the joy and support the troubles of those around you.

“Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position” Rom 12:16

The homeless need your help.  Why any individual is homeless is meaningless.  The fact is they are in a struggle with life and in need.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone” Rom 12:17

The devil is thrilled when he’s able to pull you down to his level.  Don’t give him the satisfaction.

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” Rom 12:18

Some people seem to live to torment.  Respond with love.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” Rom 12:21

Nothing infuriates the devil more than your loving heart.

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another” Rom 13:8

Repay everyone you owe.  Don’t take when you can give.  Let love be your currency.

“Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” Rom 13:10

The most important teaching of the Bible is this:  Love God.  Love your neighbor as yourself.

“Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” Rom 13:12

If the light is always on there is no darkness.

“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh” Rom 13:14

God is all you need.  Your longing for more comes from the enemy.

“Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters” Rom 14:1

The details of your faith are not as important as love for one another.

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God” Rom 14:12

Everyone would love to come face-to-face with God and everyone will one day.

“Let us stop passing judgment on one another” Rom 14:13

I don’t know why you do what you do but I hope you know.

“Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister” Rom 14:13

Protect those around you from difficulties you have the power to overcome.

“I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself” Rom 14:14

You can do absolutely anything if love is your motive.

“Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil” Rom 14:16

The devil wants the world to believe that following God is a life of restriction but those who believe know it’s a life of abundance.

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” Rom 14:19

There’s always common ground from which to build a relationship.

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves” Rom 15:1

You may be able to handle it but someone else may not; consider that someone else first.

“Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us” Rom 15:4

The Old Testament of the Bible is as important as the New Testament.

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” Rom 15:7

We are all different.  That’s a beautiful thing.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him” Rom 15:13

The closer you get to God the more you are filled with His love.

“I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God” Rom 15:17

There’s nothing more important in your life than serving God.

“Watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned” Rom 16:17

The details of when, where, why, and how we love are not that important; it’s simply important that we do it.

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you” Rom 16:20

In the end the devil loses.

1 Corinthians

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” 1 Cor 1:18

Unbelievers can’t understand what believers have experienced.

“Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Cor 1:20

No one in this world knows what God knows.

“Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified” 1 Cor 1:22-23

Eternal life is found only in Jesus Christ.

“The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” 1 Cor 1:25

Great is the greatness of God.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Cor 3:16

When you follow Jesus, God is always with you.  Honor Him.

“If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise” 1 Cor 3:18

Empty your ego and allow God to mold you.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial” 1 Cor 6:12

Following Jesus is not about restriction; it’s about wisdom and understanding.

“I have the right to do anything” – but I will not be mastered by anything” 1 Cor 6:12

Other than God, there should be nothing you can’t live without.

“Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” 1 Cor 6:17

Believers are all connected together with God.

“You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” 1 Cor 6:20

Present yourself in a way that honors God.

“Each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that” 1 Cor 7:7

Discover your gift from God and use it to His glory.

“Run in such a way as to get the prize” 1 Cor 9:24

Aggressively pursue any task God has placed before you.

“God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” 1 Cor 10:13

God is with you in all situations; look for Him and trust Him.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Cor 10:31

Consider every step you take to be in service to God.

“The body is not made up of one part but of many” 1 Cor 12:14

Every believer is needed within the body of Christ for their specific talent.

“God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” 1 Cor 12:18

God is aware of who you are and what you are doing with your life.  He wants to help you take the next step.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” 1 Cor 12:27

Followers of Jesus Christ should all be moving in the same direction.

“If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” 1 Cor 13:2

Love is everything.  Anything without love is nothing.

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” 1 Cor 13:3

Doing good to be noticed is not doing good at all.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud” 1 Cor 13:4

Love is the natural ingredient of all things good.

“Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs” 1 Cor 13:5

Sincere love cannot be damaged and does no damage.

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” 1 Cor 13:6

The darkness is full of lust and the light is full of love.

“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” 1 Cor 13:7

Those who truly love you are those you can truly count on.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” 1 Cor 13:13

Have faith in Jesus Christ.  Hope that He returns soon.  Love God with all your heart.

“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character” 1 Cor 15:33

If you stay too long in the darkness your light will start to dim.

“Just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man” 1 Cor 15:49

You are a spirit inside an earthly body.

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye” 1 Cor 15:51-52

When Jesus returns, your earthly body will be left behind.

“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” 1 Cor 15:58

Everything you do for God will be repaid when Jesus returns.

2 Corinthians

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” 2 Cor 3:17

Jesus sets you free.  You are no longer a slave to sin.  You are forgiven.

“For we live by faith, not by sight” 2 Cor 5:7

Following Jesus is a process of the heart not the brain.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor 5:17

Following Jesus changes you completely.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” 2 Cor 5:21

Jesus makes it possible for us to truly know God.

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” 2 Cor 7:10

Focus your life on taking care of others and you will be taken care of as well.

“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” 2 Cor 9:6

Make a full effort and you will receive a full reward.

“Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” 2 Cor 11:14

The devil will pretend to be everything you want him to be.

“Encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you” 2 Cor 13:11

When things go wrong make them right – not worse.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” 2 Cor 13:14

You know the Father through the Son and are one with them through the Holy Spirit.

Galatians

“If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” Galatians 1:9

Test every teacher with your own reading of the Word of God.

“I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin” Galatians 1:11

The Bible was written by men directly inspired by God.

“Know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ” Galatians 2:16

A thousand good deeds and a million dollar donation to the church will not get you to heaven – you need Jesus.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” Galatians 2:20

Let go of this world and grab onto Jesus.

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:21

Jesus died so that you don’t have to.  Your faith in him is all you need for salvation.

“So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith” Galatians 3:24

God’s Old Testament law was a mirror that reflected back our need for a Savior.

“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?” Galatians 5:7

The devil will do everything in his power to get you off track in your walk with Jesus.

“Do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” Galatians 5:13

The grace of God is not a blank check it’s an awesome responsibility.

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” Galatians 5:16

Respond in every situation with love.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galatians 5:22-23

You can never over indulge in love, kindness, or gentleness.

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” Galatians 5:25

The Holy Spirit is pulling you toward God and this world is pushing you in the opposite direction.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2

Saying I will pray for you is nice, but offering to help is much better.

“If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves” Galatians 6:3

Noting I’ve accomplished has any value.  Only that which God accomplished through me is valuable.

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” Galatians 6:7

The good that you do for others will come back to you.  Do Nothing – Receive Nothing

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9

Wait for God’s blessing while working hard to bless others.

Ephesians

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight”  Ephesians 1:4

If you know Jesus you have been chosen by Him.

“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit”  Ephesians 1:13

Let the Holy Spirit guide you to your next victory.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you”  Ephesians 1:18

Your heart can see, feel, and hear.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”  Ephesians 2:8

God’s free gift of eternal life was selected for you at the dawn of creation.

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”  Ephesians 2:10

Glorify God with your devotion to Him.

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ”  Ephesians 2:13

With Jesus as your guide you can know God intimately.

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence”  Ephesians 3:12

Don’t tell God what you want, ask Him what He wants from you.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being”  Ephesians 3:16

Stay connected to God and feel His power change your life.

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people”  Ephesians 3:17-18

There is nothing more powerful than followers of Jesus working together in love.

“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received”  Ephesians4:1

Make every decision with God in mind.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”  Ephesians 4:2

Flexibility is more productive than confrontation.

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”  Ephesians 4:3

Finding solutions is more productive than arguments.

“One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”  Ephesians 4:5-6

Look no further than Jesus Christ.

“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching”  Ephesians 4:14

Look no further than the Word of God.

“Be made new in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”  Ephesians 4:23-24

Follow Jesus and trade your old life for a glorious new life.

“Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body”  Ephesians 4:25

Deception only yields more deception.

“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold”  Ephesians 4:26-27

Anger with those you love is the devils tool.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up”  Ephesians 4:29

Negative thoughts should be extinguished.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice”  Ephesians 4:31

Conquer your enemies with love.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”  Ephesians 4:32

Your sins have been forgiven and you also should forgive the sins of others.

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children”  Ephesians 5:1

Constantly consider how you may respond with love.

“Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”  Ephesians 5:2

When you show love to others you are directly connected to God.

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient”  Ephesians 5:6

The devil will promise you anything to turn you away from God.

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them”  Ephesians 5:11

Evil has to be confronted.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise”  Ephesians 5:15

Through the power of the Holy Spirit you can easily be smarter than the devil.

“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is”  Ephesians 5:17

At every turn, seek the will of God in your life.

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”  Ephesians 5:21

Be a servant to those you love.

“Know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do”  Ephesians 6:8

God is well pleased with your every good deed.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”  Ephesians 6:11

Confront evil with confidence knowing the awesome power of God is with you.

“Our struggle is against the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”  Ephesians 6:12

The battle between good and evil is real, but it has already been won.

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”  Ephesians 6:17

You fight the devil with your knowledge of God and the wisdom that He provides.

“Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love”  Ephesians 6:24

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, never stop praying, and share God’s love with everyone.

Philippians

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” Philippians  1:27

If you are a true follower of Jesus, everyone you encounter should know it.

“Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!” Philippians  2:8

Jesus felt the pain of every nail driven through His body.

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name” Philippians  2:9

Jesus: the Good Shepherd, the Image of God, the Ruler of God’s Creation, the King Eternal, the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty.

“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” Philippians  2:10

There is no other like Jesus and there never will be.

“Every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” Philippians  2:11

Jesus is the Source of Eternal Salvation for all who follow him.

“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” Philippians  2:12

Life doesn’t get easy when you follow Jesus; that’s when the work begins.

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing” Philippians  3:14

A bad attitude doesn’t make things better, it makes things worse.

“Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians  3:20

Much of the world we live in is an ugly dark place.  Keep moving toward the light.

“Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” Philippians  4:4-5

How can you be anything but glad when God is with you?

“Do not be anxious about anything” Philippians  4:6

God will deliver everything you need at the moment you need it.

“In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Philippians  4:6

Start every conversation with God in worship and thanksgiving.

“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians  4:7

Indescribable peace can be found in God.

“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians  4:19

It’s amazing what God can do if you let Him.

Colossians

“Live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” Colossians 1:10

Learn something new about God every day.  Put into practice something you learned from God every day.

“He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” Colossians 1:13

God has us on a journey with a glorious ending.

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” Colossians 2:9

Jesus Christ is Lord.  He is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” Colossians 3:1

We need to push this world aside and focus on what God has taught us.

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” Colossians 3:14

Love is the magic ingredient we all need more of.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” Colossians 3:15

Find peace in Jesus.  Follow Jesus on a path to peace in your life.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly” Colossians 3:16

Put everything you learn from the Bible to immediate use.

“Teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” Colossians 3:16

Fellowship with other believers is critical to our growth as believers.

“Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” Colossians 3:24

When you serve anyone you are serving God.

1 Thessalonians

“Wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath” 1 Thessalonians 1:10

The world we live in will fall apart one day.  Believers are protected from that day.

“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else” 1 Thessalonians 3:12

God’s power is administered through love.

“We believe that Jesus died and rose again, so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him” 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Those who die knowing Jesus have not died at all.

“We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” 1 Thessalonians 4:17

I’m waiting anxiously for that glorious day when we all see Jesus.

“We will be with the Lord forever” 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Stop and consider your eternal life in the Kingdom of God.  Continue your day with that destination in mind.

“You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” 1 Thessalonians 5:2

Jesus will return when the church is ready to receive Him.

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief” 1 Thessalonians 5:4

When believers around the world are united in love Jesus will return.

“Let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Trust Jesus. Spread love. Anticipate your eternal reward.

“God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Thessalonians 5:9

Jesus will bring you home.  Trust Him.

“Acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you” 1 Thessalonians 5:12

Those working in ministry need regular encouragement.  It’s not always easy.

“Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other” 1 Thessalonians 5:13

The best thing you can do for your Bible teacher is teach someone else.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Today is a perfect day to celebrate everything God has done for you.

2 Thessalonians

“God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth” 2 Thessalonians 2:13

God knows how good you can be; let the world know.

“He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Thessalonians 2:14

God has enough love for all of us; no one is ignored.

“The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Keep God between you and the devil.

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance” 2 Thessalonians 3:5

It’s not possible to love like Jesus, but we should never stop trying.

“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good” 2 Thessalonians 3:13

Seek out opportunities to help others.

“May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

God is with you always; you simply need to acknowledge His presence.

1 Timothy

“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” 1 Timothy 1:5

You can’t fake love.  Love is not a series of steps, it’s a decision made in the heart.

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst” 1 Timothy 1:15

We all know how badly we have sinned.  Praise God for accepting us anyway.

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” 1 Timothy 1:17

There can only be one Creator of heaven and earth.

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” 1 Timothy 2:3-4

God is ready to save anyone who is ready to be saved.

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:5

Only Jesus Christ can provide sinners with access to God.

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits” 1 Timothy 4:1

The devil will never stop trying to pull you away from God.  Resist!

“Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:8

Loving service to others is rewarding in this life and the life to come.

“We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe” 1 Timothy 4:10

Death could not hold Jesus.  Death cannot hold those who die knowing Jesus.

“Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” 1 Timothy 4:12

Let your faith in Jesus be a billboard directing others to Him.

“We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” 1 Timothy 6:7

The more you give away the more fulfilled your life will become.

“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires” 1 Timothy 6:9

Money will move you away from God if you let it.

“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” 1 Timothy 6:10

Control your money; don’t let your money control you.

“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” 1 Timothy 6:11

Find a way to please God in everything you do.

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” 1 Timothy 6:12

It’s not always easy being a follower of Jesus; but it’s well worth the effort.

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” 1 Timothy 6:18

It’s easy to take too much but impossible to give too much.

“Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge” 1 Timothy 6:20

Empty words with no Biblical foundation are useless.

2 Timothy

“The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7

True followers of Jesus are bold and determined.

“Anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules” 2 Timothy 2:5

Take the time to study the Bible from cover-to-cover.

“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness” 2 Timothy 2:22

The world we live in is full of temptation, deception, and long roads to nowhere.  Seek God instead.

“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels” 2 Timothy 2:23

Walk away from anyone who challenges everything you say.

“The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful” 2 Timothy 2:24

Find a compromise.  Teach don’t dictate.  Nurture understanding.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16

Every page of the Bible has value.

“Preach the word; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction” 2 Timothy 4:2

Look for opportunities to help new followers of Jesus find their way.

“The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine” 2 Timothy 4:3

Stay away from those who change and manipulate the Word of God.

“To suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” 2 Timothy 4:3

If the message is loaded with nothing but happy thoughts and positive affirmations it’s probably not from God.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom” 2 Timothy 4:18

If God is with you there’s nothing the devil can do to harm you.

Titus

“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” Titus 3:5

We are not worthy.  God loves us anyway.

Philemon

“I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing” Philemon 1:6

Your eyes will be opened when you work together with others to study the Word of God.

Hebrews

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” Hebrews 1:3

Jesus allows us to see God clearly.

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14

Pray for help from God’s angels to avoid the devils demons.

“Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family” Hebrews 2:11

Followers of Jesus are in the family of God.

“He too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death” Hebrews 2:14

Jesus Christ removed the power of death from the devil.

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” Hebrews 2:18

Jesus understands you completely.

“Every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything” Hebrews 3:4

Before there was time there was God.

“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God” Hebrews 3:12

Your heart is more important than your brain.

“We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end” Hebrews 3:14

Hold on tightly to your faith in Jesus Christ.

“The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword” Hebrews 4:12

The Bible will speak directly to your current situation if you take the time to listen.

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” Hebrews 4:13

God can see your whole life right now in this instant.

“Once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him” Hebrews 5:9

Your eternal existence is only possible through Jesus Christ.

“Let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity” Hebrews 6:1

Study your Bible daily and find a teacher that will challenge you to go deeper.

“Land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned” Hebrews 6:8

If you are put on trial for being a follower of Jesus Christ there should be a mountain of evidence to convict you.

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people” Hebrews 6:10

God is keeping track of all the good you do in your life and will reward you accordingly.

“Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood” Hebrews 7:24

Travel into eternity with Jesus.

“Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many” Hebrews 9:28

Christ died so that we might live.

“Christ will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” Hebrews 9:28

Jesus will come again bringing a new heaven and a new earth.

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings” Hebrews 10:22

Our faith moves us closer to God.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23

Nothing can sever the bond believers have with God.

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together” Hebrews 10:24-25

Work together with other believers to spread God’s love.

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” Hebrews 10:35

Stand boldly in your faith and great things will happen.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1

We don’t need scientific evidence to know God is working in our lives.

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command” Hebrews 11:3

When I walk into the wilderness I see God all around me.

“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family” Hebrews 11:7

God has given us all fair warning.

“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” Hebrews 10:14

There is no other way to achieve perfection before God other than through our Savior Jesus Christ.

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” Hebrews12:1-2

Continue in the footsteps of Jesus and victory is guaranteed.

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” Hebrews 12:7

Wisdom is gained through adversity.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness” Hebrews 12:11

Loving correction is needed for all of us from time to time.

“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees” Hebrews 12:12

Start right now celebrating the ultimate victory God will have over the dark forces of this world.

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” Hebrews 12:14

We can’t get there without Jesus.  We are nothing without Jesus.  The only value we have is in Jesus.

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing” Hebrews 13:2

God will work in your life through the people around you.  Listen.  Watch.  Engage.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” Hebrews 13:5

If God believes I need more in my life He’ll find a way to get it to me.

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” Hebrews 13:7

The best thing you can do for those who brought you to Christ is share that knowledge with others.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8

The God of the Old Testament is the very same God of the New Testament.  Nothing has changed.

“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” Hebrews 13:14

When Jesus returns He will created for us a new heaven and a new earth.  What a glorious day that will be.

“Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” Hebrews 13:16

The early church shared everything; today’s church should do the same.

James

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” James 1:2

It’s hard to be happy about difficult times but they will eventually produce positive results.

“You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” James 1:3

We need to stop waiting for Jesus and start working for Jesus.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life” James 1:12

When things are hard stand strong knowing your God is with you.

“God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone” James 1:13

All the temptation in this world comes from the devil.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” James 1:17

All the good in this world comes from God.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” James 1:22

Reading the instructions accomplishes nothing; you have to follow them until completion.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” James 1:27

Everything you do for those who cannot help themselves is something you do for God.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” James 1:27

Every step you take closer to this world is a step further away from God.

“Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” James 2:10

We are not able to save ourselves; this is why we need a Savior.

“Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds” James 2:18

Your faith will produce good deeds; if it does not you have no faith at all.

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder” James 2:19

The devil and his demons are living on borrowed time.  Their end will come soon.

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” James 2:26

You can’t jump in the water and not get wet.  You can’t have faith and not produce good deeds.

“The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts” James 3:5

Your words can hurt you.  You words can hurt others.  Your words should be carefully crafted.

“No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” James 3:8

This world is full of opportunities to talk badly about others; don’t fall into that trap.

“Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” James 3:16

Those who are only concerned with their own success are being pushed by the devil.

“Wisdom from heaven is pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” Jam 3:17

You know God’s wisdom when you hear it; embrace it and ignore the so called wisdom of this world.

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness” James 3:18

Make every effort to make peace in the lives of those around you.

“Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” .James 4:4

The world we live in is the devil’s playground.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” James 4:7

The devil is in our world so that you can know him and learn to avoid him.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you” James 4:8

Your relationship with God is dependent on your effort to move closer to Him.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” James 4:10

Never stop praising God for all He has done in your life and all He is doing in your life and all he will do in your life in the future.

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” James 4:14

All eternity is a very long time.  Your life is this world is a tiny speck in time.

“Be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near” James 5:8

No one knows exactly when Jesus will return, but we know for certain He will.

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” James 5:16

It’s critical for followers of Jesus to fellowship with other believers for love and support.

“Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins” James 5:20

If you are dedicated to your walk with Jesus others will see that in you and want to join you.

1 Peter

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him” 1 Peter 1:8

We love Jesus based on stories we have read but our love goes deeper when we experience Him in our lives.

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” 1 Peter 2:2

Study with many different Bible teachers.  No one teacher knows it all.

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” 1 Peter 2:9

As a follower of Jesus you have a special place in God’s heart.

“Once you were not a people, now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, now you have received mercy” 1 Peter 2:10

Your life is empty until you know God.

“By his wounds you have been healed” 1 Peter 2:24

God demonstrated through His Son Jesus Christ the sacrifice needed to be holy.  Give all of yourself to God.

“All of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble” 1 Peter 3:8

Don’t be contentious.  Don’t ridicule.  Don’t brag.  Don’t harm.  These are things we can live without.

“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?” 1 Peter 3:13

Show up with love in your heart ready to give everything you have.

“Even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed” 1 Peter 3:14

If you’re doing the right thing the outcome is irrelevant.

“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” 1 Peter 3:17

Pain from hard work is rewarding.

“They do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God” 1 Peter 4:2

What this world wants from you is different than what God wants from you.  Politely decline the world’s invitation and go with God.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” 1 Peter 4:8

There is an enormous power we all have access to; it is love.

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” 1 Peter 4:9

How we deal with the unexpected needs of others is a measure of our character.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others” 1 Peter 4:10

Those things we do well should be shared with others who need our help.

“If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised” 1 Peter 4:11

Moment by moment acknowledge God’s participation in your life.

“If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” 1 Peter 4:16

I am a Christian; a follower of Jesus Christ.  God is the source of the love that is within me.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” 1 Peter 5:8

The devil is real and he is out to destroy you.  Don’t go anywhere by yourself.  Always walk with Jesus.

2 Peter

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” 2 Peter 1:2

Fill your heart with the Word of God until it’s overflowing.

“Prophecy never had its origin in the human will; prophets spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” 2 Peter 1:21

The Bible was written by human authors inspired by God.  The words of the Bible are God’s words.

“The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment” 2 Peter 2:9

The wicked cannot hide from God; their doom is certain.

“We are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” 2 Peter 3:13

When evil is destroyed believers will live with Jesus in peace.

1 John

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” 1 John 1:5

What a joy it is to walk out of the darkness into the light.

“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth” 1 John 1:6

You can’t love God on Sunday and love the world the rest of the week.

“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” 1 John 1:7

Those who share a love for God have a special connection.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” 1 John 1:8

Envy, lust, jealousy, tiny little lies, and subtle deceit: it’s all sin.  We’re all guilty.

“But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” 1 John 2:1

Jesus will help you get beyond your sin.

“The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world” 1 John 2:16

This world wants you to believe that more for yourself is better.  The truth is helping others have more is far superior.

“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” 1 John 2:17

Get unconnected from the world and connected to God.

“We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” 1 John 3:2

You are not the body you inhabit; you are the spirit that lives in your heart.

“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning” 1 John 3:8

The devil is nonstop evil which makes his followers easy to spot.

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” 1 John 3:8

The devil has been exposed and will soon be destroyed.

“Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you” 1 John 3:13

Those who do not know or understand God often hate those that do.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:18

You complete your connection to God when you stop talking about what you’ve learned and start doing it.

“If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” 1 John 3:20

We can be over critical of ourselves.  God sees beyond our doubts.

“Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” 1 John 4:2

The Son of God, Jesus Christ, walked this earth, was crucified, and then came back to life three days later.  This is fact not fiction.

“The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” 1 John 4:4

Followers of Jesus carry the power of the Holy Spirit with them at all times.

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” 1 John 4:8

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” 1 John 4:12

You are perfectly connected to God when love is flowing through you.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” 1 John 5:1

When you follow Jesus you are born again, a child of God, part of God’s family.

“Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” 1 John 5:4

This world will try to control you, but it has no chance when you walk with Jesus.

“We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one” 1 John 5:19

Those who are not following Jesus are being controlled and manipulated by the devil.

2 John

“This is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands” 2 John 1:6

God commands us to love one another.

“As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love” 2 John 1:6

Spend an entire day helping others and you will feel God’s overwhelming presence in your life.

“Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully” 2 John 1:8

The devil has placed traps in this world; you avoid them by keeping your eyes on God.

3 John

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” 3 John 1:4

Demonstrate your love for God in every moment of your daily life.

Jude

“Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance” Jude 1:2

God can fill your heart with love if you open the door.

“In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires” Jude 1:18

There are some who cannot resist their own desire enough to see the light of God.

“Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire” Jude 1:22-23

Give everyone you meet the opportunity to see God working in your life.

Revelation

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” Revelation 1:8

Take comfort in the knowing that God is in complete control.

“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown” Revelation 2:10

Guard your faith in Jesus with your life.

“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial” Revelation 3:10

There are difficult times to come that followers of Jesus will not have to endure.

“Because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth” Revelation 3:16

God wants all of you.  You can’t hold anything back.

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne” Revelation 3:21

There is great reward to those who remain faithful to Jesus.

“Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” Revelation 7:12

Praise God with all you heart, mind, soul, and strength.

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever” Revelation 11:15

Jesus will reign for a thousand years on the new earth He has created for all His followers before traveling with them into eternity.

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True” Revelation 19:11

Jesus is coming to gather together all his followers.

“He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God” Revelation 19:13

Jesus is coming to destroy all evil.

“The devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown” Revelation 20:10

When Jesus returns there will be peace on earth.

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” Revelation 21:1

All things will be made new when Jesus returns.

When Jesus returns He will bring rewards for all those who faithfully followed Him.

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done” Revelation 22:12

Stand firm in your faith.  Love God and love your neighbor.  Receive your eternal reward.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelation 22:21

 

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