LECTIO DIVINA

There are lots of ways to read the Bible, this is one way that we like to stop and reflect on scripture.


READ THE SCRIPTURE

what is the text saying?


MEDITATE ON ITS MEANING FOR YOU

what jumps out to me personally?


PRAY, BASED ON YOUR MEDITATION

what do I say to the Lord?


CONTEMPLATE ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD

allow His Spirit to wash over you


WHAT ARE THE STEPS FORWARD?

what action plan do I plan to take?

    21 UNITED

    VISION

    At the beginning of each new year, we take some time to re-align with the heart of God as individuals and as community through reading, praying, and fasting. 


    JOIN US

    We are asking every person who calls Puget Sound Foursquare home to take January 10-31 to:


    Read

    Getting into God's word daily

    Pray

    Talking and listening to God

    Fast

    Giving up something you hunger for the purpose of pursuing breakthrough


    RESOURCES

    Print our 21 United reading plan, or follow along with us each day via our social media accounts. However you choose to spend this time, we encourage you commit to these three weeks as we seek the heart of God together. If you have kids, we are excited to be able to offer a guide for them as well. We encourage you to help them to read, pray, and fast because we believe whether you're one, or 101, you have the ability to hear the Lord when you pursue the Him.


    21 United reading plan for Adults

    21 United reading plan for KIDS


    WHY FAST?

    Simply put, fasting is an active pursuit of breakthrough. Fasting and prayer are two ways the Holy Spirit can transform your life, waking you up to a vitality you may have once had earlier in your Christian journey or would like to experience for the first time. For more information on fasting, click here. 

    • pROVERBS 16:1

      1 We can make our own plans,

      but the LORD gives the right answer.

    • ISAIAH 43:16-21

      16 I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters,

          making a dry path through the sea.

      17 I called forth the mighty army of Egypt

          with all its chariots and horses.

      I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,

          their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.

      18 “But forget all that—

          it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.

      19 For I am about to do something new.

          See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?

      I will make a pathway through the wilderness.

          I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

      20 The wild animals in the fields will thank me,

          the jackals and owls, too,

          for giving them water in the desert.

      Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland

          so my chosen people can be refreshed.

      21 I have made Israel for myself,

          and they will someday honor me before the whole world.

    • ACTS 9:10-19a

      10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”

      “Yes, Lord!” he replied.

      11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

      13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”

      15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

      17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.


      Saul in Damascus and Jerusalem

      Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days.

    • psalm 72:1-7

      1 Give your love of justice to the king, O God,

          and righteousness to the king’s son.

      2 Help him judge your people in the right way;

          let the poor always be treated fairly.

      3 May the mountains yield prosperity for all,

          and may the hills be fruitful.

      4 Help him to defend the poor,

          to rescue the children of the needy,

          and to crush their oppressors.

      5 May they fear you as long as the sun shines,

          as long as the moon remains in the sky.

          Yes, forever!

      6 May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,

          like the showers that water the earth.

      7 May all the godly flourish during his reign.

          May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.

    • matthew 1:18-25

      The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

      18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

      20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

      22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

      23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!

          She will give birth to a son,

      and they will call him Immanuel,

          which means ‘God is with us.’”

      24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

    • proverbs 1:1-7

      1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

      2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,

          to help them understand the insights of the wise.

      3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,

          to help them do what is right, just, and fair.

      4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,

          knowledge and discernment to the young.

      5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.

          Let those with understanding receive guidance

      6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,

          the words of the wise and their riddles.

      7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,

          but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

    • genesis 17:1-13

      1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. 2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”

      3 At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, 4 “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! 5 What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!

      7 “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.”


      The Mark of the Covenant

      9 Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility. 10 This is the covenant that you and your descendants must keep: Each male among you must be circumcised. 11 You must cut off the flesh of your foreskin as a sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 From generation to generation, every male child must be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth. This applies not only to members of your family but also to the servants born in your household and the foreign-born servants whom you have purchased. 13 All must be circumcised. Your bodies will bear the mark of my everlasting covenant.

    • acts 22:2-16

      2 When they heard him speaking in their own language, the silence was even greater.

      3 Then Paul said, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, and I was brought up and educated here in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. As his student, I was carefully trained in our Jewish laws and customs. I became very zealous to honor God in everything I did, just like all of you today. 4 And I persecuted the followers of the Way, hounding some to death, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison. 5 The high priest and the whole council of elders can testify that this is so. For I received letters from them to our Jewish brothers in Damascus, authorizing me to bring the followers of the Way from there to Jerusalem, in chains, to be punished.

      6 “As I was on the road, approaching Damascus about noon, a very bright light from heaven suddenly shone down around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

      8 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.

      “And the voice replied, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting.’ 9 The people with me saw the light but didn’t understand the voice speaking to me.

      10 “I asked, ‘What should I do, Lord?’

      “And the Lord told me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told everything you are to do.’

      11 “I was blinded by the intense light and had to be led by the hand to Damascus by my companions. 12 A man named Ananias lived there. He was a godly man, deeply devoted to the law, and well regarded by all the Jews of Damascus. 13 He came and stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And that very moment I could see him!

      14 “Then he told me, ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak. 15 For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard. 16 What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord.’

    • psalm 69:1-5

      1 Save me, O God,

          for the floodwaters are up to my neck.

      2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;

          I can’t find a foothold.

      I am in deep water,

          and the floods overwhelm me.

      3 I am exhausted from crying for help;

          my throat is parched.

      My eyes are swollen with weeping,

          waiting for my God to help me.

      4 Those who hate me without cause

          outnumber the hairs on my head.

      Many enemies try to destroy me with lies,

          demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.

      5 O God, you know how foolish I am;

          my sins cannot be hidden from you.

    • matthew 2

      1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

      3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

      5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

      6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,

          are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,

      for a ruler will come from you

          who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

      7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

      9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

      12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.


      The Escape to Egypt

      13 After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

      14 That night Joseph left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother, 15 and they stayed there until Herod’s death. This fulfilled what the Lord had spoken through the prophet: “I called my Son out of Egypt.”

      16 Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.17 Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

      18 “A cry was heard in Ramah—

          weeping and great mourning.

      Rachel weeps for her children,

          refusing to be comforted,

          for they are dead.”


      The Return to Nazareth

      19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. 20 “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

      21 So Joseph got up and returned to the land of Israel with Jesus and his mother. 22 But when he learned that the new ruler of Judea was Herod’s son Archelaus, he was afraid to go there. Then, after being warned in a dream, he left for the region of Galilee. 23 So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what the prophets had said: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

    • proverbs 1:20-33

      Wisdom Shouts in the Streets

      20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.

          She cries out in the public square.

      21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,

          to those gathered in front of the city gate:

      22 “How long, you simpletons,

          will you insist on being simpleminded?

      How long will you mockers relish your mocking?

          How long will you fools hate knowledge?

      23 Come and listen to my counsel.

      I’ll share my heart with you

          and make you wise.

      24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.

          I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.

      25 You ignored my advice

          and rejected the correction I offered.

      26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!

          I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—

      27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,

          when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,

          and anguish and distress overwhelm you.

      28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer.

          Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.

      29 For they hated knowledge

          and chose not to fear the Lord.

      30 They rejected my advice

          and paid no attention when I corrected them.

      31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,

          choking on their own schemes.

      32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.

          Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.

      33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,

          untroubled by fear of harm.”

    • 1 samuel 9:27-10:8

      27 When they reached the edge of town, Samuel told Saul to send his servant on ahead. After the servant was gone, Samuel said, “Stay here, for I have received a special message for you from God.”


      Samuel Anoints Saul as King

      10 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul’s head. He kissed Saul and said, “I am doing this because the Lord has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession. 2 When you leave me today, you will see two men beside Rachel’s tomb at Zelzah, on the border of Benjamin. They will tell you that the donkeys have been found and that your father has stopped worrying about them and is now worried about you. He is asking, ‘Have you seen my son?’

      3 “When you get to the oak of Tabor, you will see three men coming toward you who are on their way to worship God at Bethel. One will be bringing three young goats, another will have three loaves of bread, and the third will be carrying a wineskin full of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two of the loaves, which you are to accept.

      5 “When you arrive at Gibeah of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is located, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the place of worship. They will be playing a harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre, and they will be prophesying. 6 At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person. 7 After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you. 8 Then go down to Gilgal ahead of me. I will join you there to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. You must wait for seven days until I arrive and give you further instructions.”

    • acts 5:1-11

      1 But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. 2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.

      3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. 4 The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”

      5 As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. 6 Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.

      7 About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 Peter asked her, “Was this the price you and your husband received for your land?”

      “Yes,” she replied, “that was the price.”

      9 And Peter said, “How could the two of you even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they will carry you out, too.”

      10 Instantly, she fell to the floor and died. When the young men came in and saw that she was dead, they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened.

    • psalm 86

      1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;

          answer me, for I need your help.

      2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you.

          Save me, for I serve you and trust you.

          You are my God.

      3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,

          for I am calling on you constantly.

      4 Give me happiness, O Lord,

          for I give myself to you.

      5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,

          so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

      6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;

          hear my urgent cry.

      7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,

          and you will answer me.

      8 No pagan god is like you, O Lord.

          None can do what you do!

      9 All the nations you made

          will come and bow before you, Lord;

          they will praise your holy name.

      10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.

          You alone are God.

      11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,

          that I may live according to your truth!

      Grant me purity of heart,

          so that I may honor you.

      12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.

          I will give glory to your name forever,

      13 for your love for me is very great.

          You have rescued me from the depths of death.

      14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;

          a violent gang is trying to kill me.

          You mean nothing to them.

      15 But you, O Lord,

          are a God of compassion and mercy,

      slow to get angry

          and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

      16 Look down and have mercy on me.

          Give your strength to your servant;

          save me, the son of your servant.

      17 Send me a sign of your favor.

          Then those who hate me will be put to shame,

          for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

    • matthew 3

      1 In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, 2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” 3 The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,

      “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,

      ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!

          Clear the road for him!’”

      4 John’s clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey. 5 People from Jerusalem and from all of Judea and all over the Jordan Valley went out to see and hear John.6 And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.

      7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? 8 Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. 9 Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. 10 Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.

      11 “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire.”


      The Baptism of Jesus

      13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”

      15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.

      16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

    • proverbs 2:1-22

      1 My child, listen to what I say,

          and treasure my commands.

      2 Tune your ears to wisdom,

          and concentrate on understanding.

      3 Cry out for insight,

          and ask for understanding.

      4 Search for them as you would for silver;

          seek them like hidden treasures.

      5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,

          and you will gain knowledge of God.

      6 For the Lord grants wisdom!

          From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

      7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.

          He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.

      8 He guards the paths of the just

          and protects those who are faithful to him.

      9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,

          and you will find the right way to go.

      10 For wisdom will enter your heart,

          and knowledge will fill you with joy.

      11 Wise choices will watch over you.

          Understanding will keep you safe.

      12 Wisdom will save you from evil people,

          from those whose words are twisted.

      13 These men turn from the right way

          to walk down dark paths.

      14 They take pleasure in doing wrong,

          and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.

      15 Their actions are crooked,

          and their ways are wrong.

      16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,

          from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.

      17 She has abandoned her husband

          and ignores the covenant she made before God.

      18 Entering her house leads to death;

          it is the road to the grave.

      19 The man who visits her is doomed.

          He will never reach the paths of life.

      20 So follow the steps of the good,

          and stay on the paths of the righteous.

      21 For only the godly will live in the land,

          and those with integrity will remain in it.

      22 But the wicked will be removed from the land,

          and the treacherous will be uprooted.

    • genesis 12:1-9

      1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

      4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites.

      7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him.8 After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord. 9 Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev.

    • acts 5:33-42

      33 When they heard this, the high council was furious and decided to kill them. 34 But one member, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who was an expert in religious law and respected by all the people, stood up and ordered that the men be sent outside the council chamber for a while. 35 Then he said to his colleagues, “Men of Israel, take care what you are planning to do to these men! 36 Some time ago there was that fellow Theudas, who pretended to be someone great. About 400 others joined him, but he was killed, and all his followers went their various ways. The whole movement came to nothing.37 After him, at the time of the census, there was Judas of Galilee. He got people to follow him, but he was killed, too, and all his followers were scattered.

      38 “So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!”

      40 The others accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go.

      41 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. 42 And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

    • psalm 46

      1 God is our refuge and strength,

          always ready to help in times of trouble.

      2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come

          and the mountains crumble into the sea.

      3 Let the oceans roar and foam.

          Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude

      4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,

          the sacred home of the Most High.

      5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.

          From the very break of day, God will protect it.

      6 The nations are in chaos,

          and their kingdoms crumble!

      God’s voice thunders,

          and the earth melts!

      7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;

          the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude

      8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:

          See how he brings destruction upon the world.

      9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.

          He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;

          he burns the shields with fire.

      10 “Be still, and know that I am God!

          I will be honored by every nation.

          I will be honored throughout the world.”

      11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;

          the God of Israel is our fortress. 

    • matthew 4:1-11

      1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

      3 During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

      4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,

      ‘People do not live by bread alone,

          but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

      5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6 and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

      ‘He will order his angels to protect you.

      And they will hold you up with their hands

          so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”

      7 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

      8 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.9 “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

      10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,

      ‘You must worship the Lord your God

          and serve only him.’”

      11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

    • proverbs 3:3-6

      3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!

          Tie them around your neck as a reminder.

          Write them deep within your heart.

      4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,

          and you will earn a good reputation.

      5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

          do not depend on your own understanding.

      6 Seek his will in all you do,

          and he will show you which path to take.