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August 13

Which voice are you tuned in to?
Psalm 36-38 / Ephesians 1-3

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OT

36:1-2 An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin.

37:1-4 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

NT

1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Gods possession—to the praise of his glory.

2:19-22 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

3:10-12 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.


OT Flash Points

Sin whispers to the wicked deep in their hearts
They have no fear of God to restrain them
Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens
Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice like the ocean depths
You are the fountain of life, the light by which we see

NT Flash Points

We the Body, joined – the proof of God’s plan


Perspective

Gentle are the checks of the Spirit – still small voice
God has to hurt the thing that must go
But only the saint will hear His voice and have the courage to go through the crisis

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