6 March 2018 Verse of the Day

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.  (Malachi 3:10 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:

The Remnant of Israel
Rom 11:1
  I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 
Rom 11:2  God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 
Rom 11:3  “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? 
Rom 11:4  And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 
Rom 11:5  So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 
Rom 11:6  And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 
Rom 11:7  What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 
Rom 11:8  as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” 
Rom 11:9  And David says: “May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them. 
Rom 11:10  May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever.” 
Gentiles Grafted In
Rom 11:11  Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 
Rom 11:12  But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring! 
Rom 11:13  I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 
Rom 11:14  in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 
Rom 11:15  For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 
Rom 11:16  If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
Rom 11:17  If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 
Rom 11:18  do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 
Rom 11:19  You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 
Rom 11:20  Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 
Rom 11:21  For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. 
Rom 11:22  Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 
Rom 11:23  And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 
Rom 11:24  After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! 
The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation
Rom 11:25  I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 
Rom 11:26  and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 
Rom 11:27  And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” 
Rom 11:28  As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 
Rom 11:29  for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 
Rom 11:30  Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 
Rom 11:31  so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 
Rom 11:32  For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. 
Rom 11:33  Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 
Rom 11:34  “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” 
Rom 11:35  “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” 
Rom 11:36  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. 

A Living Sacrifice
Rom 12:1
  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 
Rom 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
Gifts of Grace
Rom 12:3  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 
Rom 12:4  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 
Rom 12:5  so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 
Rom 12:6  We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 
Rom 12:7  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 
Rom 12:8  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 
Marks of the True Christian
Rom 12:9  Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 
Rom 12:10  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 
Rom 12:11  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
Rom 12:12  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
Rom 12:13  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 
Rom 12:14  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
Rom 12:15  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
Rom 12:16  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 
Rom 12:17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 
Rom 12:18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
Rom 12:19  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 
Rom 12:20  On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 
Rom 12:21  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard