SSMT 2017: Verse 5!

 

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Hi! I am K-Mac, the 2nd Kimberly M. in the office, hence the nickname. I couldn’t be happier to finally at least sound like I was cool with this name.

I have had the privilege of being a part of Living Proof Ministries in either a volunteer or staff role for about 13 years.  [Every time I have to calculate the years, I think, “How can that be?!” Grin.]

When trying to focus in on what my next memory verse would be, a single verse kept coming to mind: the familiar Matthew 6:33,  Seek first the kingdom of God…  It kept showing up in sermons, in devotionals, on Instagram, at church, etc. so I figured I had better start there, even though it seemed a bit of a cop-out because I already knew the verse. So I started looking up different translations and finally landed on including the little section of 9 verses in Matthew 6 that ends with verse 33.  Having done a fair amount of “casting my cares” (1 Peter 5:7) to God last year regarding anxiety, I was blown away to find this section also addresses anxiety. I guess Jesus and I still have some ground to take in this area. [If you also struggle with areas of anxiety, I highly recommend you watch Beth’s TV teaching called “The Basket Case” on our LPM App, and especially take the time to do the Action Guide once you get to Part 4!] And how fun is this: I just learned that this teaching will re-air on TBN beginning tonight!

I love knowing that what I felt might have been a random selection of Scripture, He has a strategic purpose. And, wow, have I found choosing a portion of Scripture is much easier for my mind to remember than scattered verses!

Keep keeping at it, my SSMT partners!

Matthew 6:25-33 (ESV) – Do Not Be Anxious

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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  1. 1901
    Robin McMurray says:

    Robin – Grants Pass, Oregon

    Psalm121:3 ESV
    He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

  2. 1902
    Judy says:

    Judy, Satellite Beach,FL

    I waited patiently for the LORD, He turned to me and heard my cry. Psalms 40:1 (NIV)

  3. 1903
    Sandy Warner says:

    Sandy from Radford, VA

    1 John 4:18 (NIV)

    “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

  4. 1904
    Carrie Osterbeck says:

    She is more beautiful than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand, riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to all those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.

    Proverbs 3:15-18 ❤

  5. 1905
    Nancy says:

    Nancy Virginia Beach, VA

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    – Philippians 4:6-9 NKJV

  6. 1906
    Brenda McGurk says:

    Brenda McGurk, Medina, Ohio

    Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
    But those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

    Proverbs 13:3 (NIV)

  7. 1907
    Julianne Frandsen says:

    Julianne from Kitchener, ON
    Isaiah 40:29 NIV
    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

  8. 1908
    Tisha says:

    Tisha from San Antonio, “Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.”
    ‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭4:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  9. 1909
    Cindy says:

    “Humble yourself, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.” I Peter 5:6-7) (HCSB)

  10. 1910
    Tara says:

    Tara from Greensboro, NC
    Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
    Hebrews 10:23
    NRSV

  11. 1911
    Kathy Baird says:

    Kathy from Denver, Colorado
    “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

  12. 1912
    Penny Maohis says:

    Penny from Romney, WV. Proverbs 3:5, NKJV. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.

  13. 1913
    Whitney Jarnagin says:

    Whitney from Russellville, TN
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5. ESV

  14. 1914
    Molly says:

    Molly, St. Paul, MN
    Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

  15. 1915
    Marji Miller says:

    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

  16. 1916
    Kari says:

    Kari
    Lubbock, TX

    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.
    Romans 12:2 NIV

  17. 1917
    Susan says:

    “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28 NLT

  18. 1918
    Jo Gouveia says:

    Jo from Fremont, CA
    “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
    Psalm 25:5 NIV

  19. 1919
    Jenny says:

    Jenny Smith from Adairsville, GA

    I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 2 John 4

  20. 1920
    Sara Etta says:

    Sara Etta from Albuquerque

    Jesus said to her “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live even though he dies.”
    John 11:25

  21. 1921
    Anna Moore says:

    Anna Moore from Crawfordville, FL
    I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
    John 15:5 NASB

  22. 1922
    Myra Slayton says:

    Myra Slayton, Satsuma, AL – “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  23. 1923
    Kathy from Bonney Lake, WA says:

    You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.”
    ‭‭-Psalm‬ ‭139:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  24. 1924
    Zoey says:

    Zoey PACNW

    I Peter 1:20,21 NIV

    20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

    21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

  25. 1925
    Rhonda Douglas says:

    Rhonda, Houston Tx

    Psalm 25:7 NIV

    Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways. According to Your love, remember me, for You are good O Lord.

  26. 1926
    Connie Beck says:

    Proverbs 3:3 NIV
    Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

  27. 1927
    Jacqueline says:

    Jacqueline from LA: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” (Romans 5:3-4,ESV)

  28. 1928
    Stacey Malson says:

    Stacey M, Kerrville, TX – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us” 1 John 5:14 NIV

  29. 1929
    Becky Montague says:

    Becky Winder, GA
    “For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
    Romans 8:5 NASB

  30. 1930
    Jodee Smith says:

    From Cashmere, Wa
    “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  31. 1931
    rhonda says:

    rhonda
    gilmer
    Jude 5 (NKJV)

    But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

  32. 1932
    Cindy Childers says:

    Cindy Childers,
    Wilton, UK

    Isaiah 50:4a NIV
    “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.”

  33. 1933
    Joyce from Montgomery Village, MD says:

    2 Peter 3:8-9 NIV

    With the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

  34. 1934
    Sue says:

    Sue. Kingsport, Tennessee.
    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentiles.” Romans 1:16 NIV

  35. 1935
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer from Atlanta, GA: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.” Isaiah 43:18-19

  36. 1936
    Julie says:

    Julie from Lexington, Ky

    Matthew 24:35 (NIV)

    Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

  37. 1937
    Kay says:

    Kay Marie From WV …

    “The LORD is good,
    a strong hold in the day of trouble;
    and He knoweth them that TRUST in Him. ”
    Nahum 1:7

  38. 1938
    Robin Byrd says:

    Robin Byrd, Columbia,SC

    I am reposting my verse for February 1st.
    In looking back I posted the same verses
    Twice! I am correcting that mistake now…

    ” Now there is in store for me the Crown
    of Righteousness, which the Lord, the
    Righteous Judge, will award to me on
    That day—and not only to me, but to all
    Who have longed for His appearing”
    2Timothy 4:8 NIV

  39. 1939
    Deena Sellars says:

    Deena from Amarillo, Texas

    Micah 6:8 NIV
    He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
        And what does the Lord require of you?
    To act justly and to love mercy
        and to walk humbly with your God.

  40. 1940
    Joan says:

    Joan, Mansfield, Ohio
    Psalms 91:7,8. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near to you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

  41. 1941
    Michelle says:

    Michelle Mason from Lehigh Acres, FL: “I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NLT‬

  42. 1942
    Heather says:

    Heather from Pickering, ON

    “O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
    for with the LORD is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.”

    Psalm 130:7 (NIV)

  43. 1943
    Andrea says:

    Andrea
    Berkeley Springs, WV
    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1-2 NIV

  44. 1944
    Bev Gore says:

    Bev ~ Houston, TX

    Isaiah 60:1 ESV

    Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

  45. 1945
    Sheila says:

    Sheila, Williston, ND:
    “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  46. 1946
    Laura Amadeo says:

    Laura from Quinton, VA
    “Rejoice always, pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19. NIV

  47. 1947
    Sandy Gates says:

    5 – Psalm 69:13 (ESV)
    13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

  48. 1948
    Reesa Roberts says:

    II Corinthians 4:17-18 (CEB)
    “Our temporary minor problems are producing an eternal stockpile of glory for us that is beyond all comparison. 18 We don’t focus on the things that can be seen but on the things that can’t be seen. The things that can be seen don’t last, but the things that can’t be seen are eternal.”

  49. 1949
    Kerri Eyler says:

    Kerri from Woodsboro, MD
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will life you up. James 4:10 NIV

  50. 1950
    Sheri Thomas says:

    Sheri
    Georgetown Tx
    But He said, ” On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of the Lord and observe it.” Luke 11:28 (NASB)

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