Monthly Archives: April 2014

Power Of God

Power Of God

Psalm 68:34

Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.

Ephesians 6:1-24

The Armor of God
      10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm
against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh
and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world
forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the
heavenly places. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you
will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to
stand firm.

taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION,
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

      18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and
with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for
all the saints, 19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me
in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the
gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I
may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

      21But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing,
Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make
everything known to you. 22I have sent him to you for this very purpose,
so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.

      23Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24Grace be with all those who love our Lord
Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

Hebrews 4:12-16

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged
sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both
joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things
are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

      14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through
the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses,
but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Isaiah 40:28-31

28Do you not know? Have you not heard?
         The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of
the ends of the earth
         Does not become weary or tired.
         His understanding is inscrutable.
29He gives strength to the weary,
         And to him who lacks might He increases power.

30Though youths grow weary and tired,
         And vigorous young men stumble badly,

31Yet those who wait for the LORD
         Will gain new strength;
         They will mount up with wings like eagles,
         They will run and not get tired,
         They will walk and not become weary.

Romans 8:26-39

Our Victory in Christ
      26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit
Himself intercedes for us with groanings too
deep for words; 27and He who searches the hearts knows
what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes
for the saints according to the will of God.

      28And we know that God causes all things to work
together for good to those who love God, to those who are called
according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew,

He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son,
so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30and
these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called,
He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

      31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us,
who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered
Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us
all things? 33Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is
the one who justifies; 34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus
is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand
of God, who also intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the
love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36Just as it is written,

37But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who
loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to
separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 3:14-21

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every
family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16that He would grant you,
according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through
His Spirit in the inner man, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through
faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may be able to
comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height
and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

      20Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that
we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21to Him
be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever
and ever. Amen.

Phillipians 4:4-23

Final Exhortations

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness
be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in
every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests
to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or
received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace
will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.
Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not
saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the
circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have
plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all
this through him who gives me strength.

14Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15Moreover, as you Philippians
know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from
Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving,
except you only; 16for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than
once when I was in need. 17Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that
more be credited to your account. 18I have received full payment and have more
than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the
gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing
to God. 19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his
glory in Christ Jesus.

20To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with
me send greetings. 22All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those
who belong to Caesar’s household.

23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

1Paul, Silasa and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so,
because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for
one another is increasing. 4Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your
perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

5All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be
counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6God is just:
He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are
troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from
heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who do not
know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will be punished with
everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the
glory of his might 10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and
to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because
you believed our testimony to you.

11With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy
of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire
for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12We pray this so that the
name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to
the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 10:12

12I will strengthen them in the Lord

and in his name they will live securely,”

declares the Lord.


1 Chronicles 29:12-20

12“Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand
is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen
everyone. 13“Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
14“But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously
as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. 15“For
we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the
earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. 16“O LORD our God, all this abundance
that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand,
and all is Yours.
17“Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in
the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy
I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.
18“O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever
in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; 19and
give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies
and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made

      20Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the LORD your God.” And all
the assembly blessed the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage
to the LORD and to the king.

Romans 1:16-17

 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone
who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God
is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”

Matthew 8:23-27

  23When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea,
so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25And they came to Him and
woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?”
Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27The men were amazed, and said,
“What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

1 Peter 5:10-14

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to
His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
11To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

      12Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written
to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand
firm in it! 13She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings,
and so does my son, Mark. 14Greet one another with a kiss of love.
      Peace be to you all who are in Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

26For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh,
not many mighty, not many noble; 27but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to
shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which
are strong, 28and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things
that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29so that no man may boast before
God. 30But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and
righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31so that, just as it is written,

Ephesians 1:19-23

19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in
accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20which He brought about in Christ,
when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And He put all things in subjection
under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

1 Corinthians 12:6-13

6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.
7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
8For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word
of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9to another faith by the same Spirit, and
to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10and to another the effecting of miracles,
and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various
kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11But one and the same Spirit
works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
      12For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body,
though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13For by one Spirit we were all baptized
into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of
one Spirit.

Romans 11:33-36

33Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His
judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS
Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Psalm 44:3

3It was not by their sword that they won the land,

nor did their arm bring them victory;

it was your right hand, your arm,

and the light of your face, for you loved them.