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  • November 26: Psalm 119:32; Isaiah 26:13; Matthew 6:24; Matthew 11:29–30; John 12:26; Romans 6:18; Romans 6:20–22; Romans 10:4; 2 Kings 21:1–3; 2 Kings 21:5–6; 2 Chronicles 33:12–13; Isaiah 1:18; Acts 2:21; 2 Peter 3:9

    Morning: Psalm 119:32; Isaiah 26:13; Matthew 6:24; Matthew 11:29–30; John 12:26; Romans 6:18; Romans 6:20–22; Romans 10:4

    Having been set free from sin, [you] have become slaves of righteousness.

    “You cannot serve God and money.”—When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.—Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

    “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”—“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    “O Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone we bring to remembrance.”—I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!

    Psalm 119:32 (Listen)

    32   I will run in the way of your commandments
        when you enlarge my heart!1

    Footnotes

    [1] 119:32 Or for you set my heart free

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    Isaiah 26:13 (Listen)

    13   O LORD our God,
        other lords besides you have ruled over us,
        but your name alone we bring to remembrance.

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    Matthew 6:24 (Listen)

    24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.1

    Footnotes

    [1] 6:24 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions

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    Matthew 11:29–30 (Listen)

    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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    John 12:26 (Listen)

    26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

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    Romans 6:18 (Listen)

    18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

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    Romans 6:20–22 (Listen)

    20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

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    Romans 10:4 (Listen)

    For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.1

    Footnotes

    [1] 10:4 Or end of the law, that everyone who believes may be justified

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    Evening: 2 Kings 21:1–3; 2 Kings 21:5–6; 2 Chronicles 33:12–13; Isaiah 1:18; Acts 2:21; 2 Peter 3:9

    “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

    Manasseh… did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations…. He erected altars for Baal…. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.—And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea.

    “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”—The Lord is… patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish.

    2 Kings 21:1–3 (Listen)

    Manasseh Reigns in Judah

    21 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hephzibah. And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.

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    2 Kings 21:5–6 (Listen)

    And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he burned his son as an offering1 and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger.

    Footnotes

    [1] 21:6 Hebrew made his son pass through the fire

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    2 Chronicles 33:12–13 (Listen)

    12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

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    Isaiah 1:18 (Listen)

    18   “Come now, let us reason1 together, says the LORD:
      though your sins are like scarlet,
        they shall be as white as snow;
      though they are red like crimson,
        they shall become like wool.

    Footnotes

    [1] 1:18 Or dispute

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    Acts 2:21 (Listen)

    21   And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

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    2 Peter 3:9 (Listen)

    The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,1 not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

    Footnotes

    [1] 3:9 Some manuscripts on your account

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  • November 25: Matthew 7:21; Luke 8:21; Luke 11:28; John 4:34; John 15:14; Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 2:11–12; 1 John 1:6; 1 John 2:5; 1 Kings 19:9; Job 23:10; Psalm 37:24; Psalm 103:13; Psalm 139:1–3; Psalm 139:7; Psalm 139:9–10; Proverbs 24:16; Proverbs 29:25; Matthew 26:41; Galatians 6:9; James 5:17

    Morning: Matthew 7:21; Luke 8:21; Luke 11:28; John 4:34; John 15:14; Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 2:11–12; 1 John 1:6; 1 John 2:5

    “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

    He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”—In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.—“You are my friends if you do what I command you.”—“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”—“My food is to do the will of him who sent me.”

    If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.—Whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him.

    Matthew 7:21 (Listen)

    I Never Knew You

    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

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    Luke 8:21 (Listen)

    21 But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

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    Luke 11:28 (Listen)

    28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

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    John 4:34 (Listen)

    34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

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    John 15:14 (Listen)

    14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

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    Galatians 5:6 (Listen)

    For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

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    Hebrews 2:11–12 (Listen)

    11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source.1 That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,2 12 saying,

      “I will tell of your name to my brothers;
        in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”

    Footnotes

    [1] 2:11 Greek all are of one
    [2] 2:11 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters

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    1 John 1:6 (Listen)

    If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

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    1 John 2:5 (Listen)

    but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

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    Evening: 1 Kings 19:9; Job 23:10; Psalm 37:24; Psalm 103:13; Psalm 139:1–3; Psalm 139:7; Psalm 139:9–10; Proverbs 24:16; Proverbs 29:25; Matthew 26:41; Galatians 6:9; James 5:17

    “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

    “He knows the way that I take.”—O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways…. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?… If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

    Elijah was a man with a nature like ours.—The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.—Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.—The righteous falls seven times and rises again.—Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.—“The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”—As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

    1 Kings 19:9 (Listen)

    The Lord Speaks to Elijah

    There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

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    Job 23:10 (Listen)

    10   But he knows the way that I take;
        when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

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    Psalm 37:24 (Listen)

    24   though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
        for the LORD upholds his hand.

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    Psalm 103:13 (Listen)

    13   As a father shows compassion to his children,
        so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.

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    Psalm 139:1–3 (Listen)

    Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    139   O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
      You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
        you discern my thoughts from afar.
      You search out my path and my lying down
        and are acquainted with all my ways.

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    Psalm 139:7 (Listen)

      Where shall I go from your Spirit?
        Or where shall I flee from your presence?

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    Psalm 139:9–10 (Listen)

      If I take the wings of the morning
        and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    10   even there your hand shall lead me,
        and your right hand shall hold me.

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    Proverbs 24:16 (Listen)

    16   for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
        but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

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    Proverbs 29:25 (Listen)

    25   The fear of man lays a snare,
        but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe.

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    Matthew 26:41 (Listen)

    41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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    Galatians 6:9 (Listen)

    And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

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    James 5:17 (Listen)

    17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.

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  • November 24: Exodus 14:13–14; Psalm 46:1–2; Psalm 90:1; Psalm 91:1; Psalm 91:4; Proverbs 1:33; Zechariah 2:8; Matthew 14:27; Luke 24:38–39; Colossians 3:3; 2 Timothy 1:12; Matthew 26:64; John 18:36; 1 Corinthians 15:25; 1 Corinthians 15:57; Ephesians 1:20–23; 1 Timothy 6:15; Hebrews 10:12–13

    Morning: Exodus 14:13–14; Psalm 46:1–2; Psalm 90:1; Psalm 91:1; Psalm 91:4; Proverbs 1:33; Zechariah 2:8; Matthew 14:27; Luke 24:38–39; Colossians 3:3; 2 Timothy 1:12

    “Whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

    Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.—He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.—His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

    Your life is hidden with Christ in God.—He who touches you touches the apple of his eye.—“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord…. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”—God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.

    Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”—“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”—I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.

    Exodus 14:13–14 (Listen)

    13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

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    Psalm 46:1–2 (Listen)

    God Is Our Fortress

    To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.1 A Song.

    46   God is our refuge and strength,
        a very present2 help in trouble.
      Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
        though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

    Footnotes

    [1] 46:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
    [2] 46:1 Or well proved

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    Psalm 90:1 (Listen)

    Book Four

    From Everlasting to Everlasting

    A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

    90   Lord, you have been our dwelling place1
        in all generations.

    Footnotes

    [1] 90:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Septuagint) our refuge

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    Psalm 91:1 (Listen)

    My Refuge and My Fortress

    91   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

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    Psalm 91:4 (Listen)

      He will cover you with his pinions,
        and under his wings you will find refuge;
        his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

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    Proverbs 1:33 (Listen)

    33   but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
        and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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    Zechariah 2:8 (Listen)

    For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me1 to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye:

    Footnotes

    [1] 2:8 Or he sent me after glory

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    Matthew 14:27 (Listen)

    27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

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    Luke 24:38–39 (Listen)

    38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”

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    Colossians 3:3 (Listen)

    For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

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    2 Timothy 1:12 (Listen)

    12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.1

    Footnotes

    [1] 1:12 Or what I have entrusted to him; Greek my deposit

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    Evening: Matthew 26:64; John 18:36; 1 Corinthians 15:25; 1 Corinthians 15:57; Ephesians 1:20–23; 1 Timothy 6:15; Hebrews 10:12–13

    “My kingdom is not of this world.”

    But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.—“From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”—He must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

    Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.—He raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.—which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

    Matthew 26:64 (Listen)

    64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

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    John 18:36 (Listen)

    36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

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    1 Corinthians 15:25 (Listen)

    25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

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    1 Corinthians 15:57 (Listen)

    57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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    Ephesians 1:20–23 (Listen)

    20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

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    1 Timothy 6:15 (Listen)

    15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

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    Hebrews 10:12–13 (Listen)

    12 But when Christ1 had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.

    Footnotes

    [1] 10:12 Greek this one

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Today's Bible Verse

  • Romans 6:22 18 Jan 2020 | 1:01 am

    But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.