Matthew 6:26 ~ Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or
store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
much more valuable than they?
Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or
barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
My little red letter NIV bible that I had at Remnant on Friday (the one I
normally leave at work) is awesome because instead of having a normal hefty
concordance in the back it has a simplied “kids version” of the concordance
with “what to read when…” topics. And what do you know but I find an
outpouring of encouraging verses as a result…Sorry there’s so many and
some of them so long…but it was just in my heart that none of this was
superfluous and unnecessary, but every last word of these something I want to
go back and reread over and over and not forget 🙂
6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit
the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very
courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not
turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful
wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth;
meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything
written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not
commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be
discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
1 Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press
their attack. 2 My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me
in their pride. 3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. 4 In God, whose
word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from
the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing
power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side,
but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not
abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in
our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed
in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for
Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then,
death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. 13It is written: “I
believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also
believe and therefore speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the
Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with
you in his presence. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that
is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the
glory of God. 16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are
wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our
light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far
outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on
what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full
armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against
the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on
the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able
to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with
the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with
the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all
this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the
flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all
occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be
alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
2 Timothy 4:3-5
3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great
number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will
turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you,
keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an
evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:16-18
16At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them. 17But the Lord stood at my side and gave me
strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all
the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.
18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely
to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.