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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Be Transformed By the Renewing of Your Mind (and other devotionals)

The God of peace make you perfect in every good work to do his will.

Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. - Be ye trans-formed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.

HEB. 13:20,21. II Cor. 13:11. Eph. 2:8,9. -Jas. 1:17. Phi. 2:12,13. -Rom. 12:2. -Phi. 1:11. II Cor. 3:5.

~Samuel Bagster~


I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.

Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. - Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Jesus, ... that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered with-out the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

[Jesus] said, ... Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while. - The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

HOS. 2:14: II Cor. 6:17,l5. -II Cor. 7:1. Heb. 13:12,13. Mark 6:31. Psa. 23:1-3.

~Samuel Bagster~


The house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical.

Ye ... as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house. - Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. - Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. - What agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. - Ye ... are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

I CHR. 22:5. I Pet. 2:5. I Cor. 3:16,17. I Cor. 6:19,20. II Cor. 6:16. Eph. 2:19 22.

~Samuel Bagster~


He is before all things.

The Amen; the beginning of the creation of God. - The beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre eminence.

The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep; when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment. I was daily his delight rejoicing always before him. - Yea, before the day was I am he.

The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. - The author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

COL. 1:17. Rev. 3:14. Col. 1:18. Prov. 8:22,23,27,30. Isa. 43:13. Rev. 13:8. Heb. 12:2.

~Samuel Bagster~


Pray one for another, that ye may be healed.

Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. - Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. 

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. - Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

JAS. 5:16. Gen. 18:27,28. Luke 23:34. Matt. 5:44. John 17:9,20. Gal. 6:2. Jas. 5:16,17.

~Samuel Bagster~


As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place therof shall know it no more.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. - What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. - The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. - Use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. - Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

PSA. 103:15,16. Psa. 90:12. Mark 8:36. Isa. 40:7,8. I John 2:17. II Cor. 6:2. I Cor. 7:31. Heb. 10:24,25.

~Samuel Bagster~

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