Memory Verses Jan 1 - Feb 25

January 1-14
Isa 41:10  Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

It is not possible for the Christian to be in any condition in which these words shall not be to him, universal medicine for all disease, universal armor against every weapon, universal supply of every necessity.
           God is with us as a mighty worker-- a real active, potent, faithful, truthful worker, who,
having promised to help us, will help us, and never leave us nor forsake us until he has accomplished all his eternal purpose, and brought us to himself in heaven!  - Charles Spurgeon

January 15-28
2 Cor 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Who can comprehend the riches of the glory of this grace? Christ, that rich and pious husband, takes as a wife a needy and impious harlot, redeeming her from all her evils, and supplying her with all His good things. It is impossible now that her sins should destroy her, since they have been laid upon Christ and swallowed up in Him, and since she has in her husband Christ a righteousness which she may claim as her own, and which she can set up with confidence against all her sins, against death and hell, saying: “If I have sinned, my Christ, in whom I believe, has not sinned; all mine is His, and all His is mine;” as it is written, “My beloved is mine, and I am his. (Songs 2:16) This is what Paul says: “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ;” victory over sin and death, as he says: “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (1 Cor 15:56-57) [..]
As Christ by His birthright has obtained these two dignities, so He imparts and communicates them to every believer in Him, under that law of matrimony of which we have spoken above, by which all that is the husband’s is also the wife’s. Hence all we who believe on Christ are kings and priests in Christ, as it is said: “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” (1 Pet 2:9) - Martin Luther

January 29 - February 11
1 Thes 5:9-10 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.

On December 21, 2005, I was sitting in Dr. Heller’s office over at Abbott Hospital, and after a routine exam, he looked at me and said, “I think we’d better do a biopsy on your prostate.” I said, “Oh, really? Why?” and he said, “Well, there’s just a little irregularity.” I said, “When?” and he said “Now. You got time?” I told him, “Whatever you say; you’re the doctor.” He said, “Okay. Put that gown on and I’ll be back in about 10 minutes.” I had 10 minutes alone with God. Do you have a word ready for a time like that? Can you preach to yourself for 10 minutes about what that situation might mean? It was cancer.
This text is the one God gave me in that 10 minutes, and it was powerful. Those were a sweet and wonderful 10 minutes. It’s First Thessalonians 5:9–10.
To paraphrase it as it came to me, John Piper, putting on that embarrassing white robe with a slit down the back. It was God saying to me, “John Piper, you are mine and I am your Father, and I have not destined you for wrath. What you are now facing is not wrath. Do you get that John?” And I could say, “I get that.” It was God saying, “There will be no wrath for you. Instead, you are appointed, by my sovereign decree, for salvation, and this is sure and solid and unshakeable through your Lord Jesus Christ. He died for you, John, so that whether you wake or die of cancer, you will live with him. Do you get that? It’s okay. I’ve got everything under control here.” And I could say, “Yes, yes you do.”
Can you preach that text to yourself? I want you to be able to when you go to bed tonight; that’s my goal. I want you to hear this message on this text, take about five minutes to memorize it, and repeat it every day for about a week or two.    – John Piper

February 12-25
1 Thes 5:11   Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
First Thessalonians 5:11 is simply God’s way of saying, “This precious, powerful, solid, unshakeable truth in 1 Thessaloians 5:9–10 is not just for you, it’s for others….In other words, verses 9 and 10, and other things in this letter, are designed by God for you as a go-to word, first to preach to yourself in the crisis, and then to deliver to others.         - John Piper
How might you encourage a brother or sister in Christ with the truth of God’s Word this week? Has any of your speech the past week tore people down rather than build them up in the faith?

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