Monthly Archives: August 2013

Living in obedience to the lord


1 John 5:1-5

Faith in the Incarnate Son of God

1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, 
and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 
2This is how we know that we love the children of God: by 
loving God and carrying out his commands. 3In fact, this is 
love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not 
burdensome, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. 
This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our 
faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one 
who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

6This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. 
He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. 
And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit 
is the truth. 7For there are three that testifyHe: 8thea 
Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in 
agreement. 9We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony 
is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he 
has given about his Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of 
God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God 
has made him out to be a liar, because they have not 
believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 
11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal 
life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the 
Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of 
God does not have life.

Concluding Affirmations

13I write these things to you who believe in the name of 
the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal 
life. 14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: 
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 
15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know 
that we have what we asked of him.

16If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does 
not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them 
life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. 
There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that 
you should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and 
there is sin that does not lead to death.

18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; 
the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil 
one cannot harm them. 19We know that we are children of God, 
and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 
20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us 
understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we 
are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. 
He is the true God and eternal life.

21Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 John 2:14-17

14I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

On Not Loving the World

15Do not love the world or anything in the world. 
If anyone loves the world, love for the Fatherd 
is not in them. 16For everything in the world—the 
lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the 
pride of life—comes not from the Father but from 
the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, 
but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Warnings Against Denying the Son

18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you 
have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now 
many antichrists have come. This is how we know it 
is the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they 
did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged 
to us, they would have remained with us; but their 
going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, 
and all of you know the truth.e 21I do not write 
to you because you do not know the truth, but 
because you do know it and because no lie comes 
from the truth. 22Who is the liar? It is whoever 
denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person 
is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 
23No one who denies the Son has the Father; 
whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24As for you, see that what you have heard from 
the beginning remains in you. If it does, you 
also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 
25And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

26I am writing these things to you about those 
who are trying to lead you astray. 27As for you, 
the anointing you received from him remains in 
you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. 
But as his anointing teaches you about all 
things and as that anointing is real, not 
counterfeit—just as it has taught you, 
remain in him.

God’s Children and Sin

28And now, dear children, continue in him, 
so that when he appears we may be confident 
and unashamed before him at his coming.

29If you know that he is righteous, you know 
that everyone who does what is right has been 
born of him.

1 Samuel 12:14-17

14If you fear the Lord and serve and obey him and 
do not rebel against his commands, and if both you 
and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord 
your God—good! 15But if you do not obey the Lord, 
and if you rebel against his commands, his hand 
will be against you, as it was against your ancestors.

16“Now then, stand still and see this great thing 
the Lord is about to do before your eyes! 17Is it 
not wheat harvest now? I will call on the Lord to 
send thunder and rain. And you will realize what 
an evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord 
when you asked for a king.”

Acts 5:27-32

27The apostles were brought in and made to appear 
before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high 
priest. 28“We gave you strict orders not to teach 
in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled 
Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined 
to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

29Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must 
obey God rather than human beings! 30The God of 
our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you 
killed by hanging him on a cross. 31God exalted 
him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior 
that he might bring Israel to repentance and 
forgive their sins. 32We are witnesses of these 
things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has 
given to those who obey him.”

John 15:1-27

The Vine and the Branches

1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 
2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, 
while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes 
so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are 
already clean because of the word I have spoken to 
you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No 
branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in 
the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you 
remain in me.

5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain 
in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart 
from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in 
me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and 
withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into 
the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my 
words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it 
will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, 
that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be 
my disciples.

9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. 
Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, 
you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my 
Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have 
told you this so that my joy may be in you and that 
your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: 
Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater 
love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life 
for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do 
what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, 
because a servant does not know his master’s business. 
Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that 
I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 
16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed 
you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will 
last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father 
will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other.

The World Hates the Disciples

18“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me 
first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you 
as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but 
I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world 
hates you. 20Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not 
greater than his master.’b If they persecuted me, they 
will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they 
will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way 
because of my name, for they do not know the one who 
sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they 
would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse 
for their sin. 23Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 
24If I had not done among them the works no one else did, 
they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, 
and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25But this 
is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me 
without reason.’

The Work of the Holy Spirit

26“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from 
the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the 
Father—he will testify about me. 27And you also must 
testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

Galations 5:16-18

Freedom in Christ

1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, 
then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a 
yoke of slavery.

2Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves 
be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 
3Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised 
that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4You who are 
trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from 
Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5For through the 
Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which 
we hope. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor 
uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts 
is faith expressing itself through love.

7You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you 
from obeying the truth? 8That kind of persuasion does not come 
from the one who calls you. 9“A little yeast works through the 
whole batch of dough.” 10I am confident in the Lord that you 
will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into 
confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 
11Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, 
why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of 
the cross has been abolished. 12As for those agitators, 
I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

Life by the Spirit

13You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. 
But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesha ; rather, 
serve one another humbly in love. 14For the entire law is 
fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor 
as yourself.”b 15If you bite and devour each other, watch 
out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify 
the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is 
contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to 
the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that 
you are not to do whateverc you want. 18But if you are led 
by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, 
impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, 
discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, 
dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, 
and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those 
who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, 
forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23gentleness and self-control. Against such things 
there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus 
have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 
25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with 
the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and 
envying each other.

Luke 6:46-49

The Wise and Foolish Builders

46“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
47As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and
puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.
48They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep
and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent
struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into
practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a
foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house,
it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Matthew 7:24-29

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built
his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams
rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house;
yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does
not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built
his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams
rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash.”

28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the
crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he
taught as one who had authority, and not as their
teachers of the law.

1 Samuel 15:22-23

22But Samuel replied:

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices

as much as in obeying the Lord?

To obey is better than sacrifice,

and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

23For rebellion is like the sin of divination,

and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

he has rejected you as king.”

1 Chronicles 22:19

19Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.
Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may
bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles
belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.”

Hebrews  5:7-8

7During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and
petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him
from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
8Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
9and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation
or all who obey him 10and was designated by God to be high priest
in the order of Melchizedek.

Psalms 119:33-40

33Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
that I may follow it to the end.
34Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.

35Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.

36Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.

37Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.c 

38Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.

39Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.

40How I long for your precepts!
In your righteousness preserve my life.