SSMT 2017: Verse 14!


Hey Siestas,

My name is Mary, and I do all things accounting at Living Proof Ministries.  I haven’t had an opportunity to meet many of you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you through Facebook and the blog.

But the verse in Colossians I keep camping on is a verse of encouragement.  Encouragement in the tough times.  Who can’t use some of that?

Colossians 1:11 in the Message says,

“We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”

God promises to help us through the hard times.  Too often I exhaust myself trying to push through in my own strength.  In those times when I make it through the storm on my own – it’s without joy and often without thanksgiving!  This verse reminds me to catch myself in the act of gritting my teeth – to stop and instead draw from the “glory-strength God gives.”  It is here in this posture I can rest in His promises.  It is here where He is truly glorified, and it here where I give Him all the thanks He deserves – right in the midst of the storm!


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  1. 151
    Sarina Grasham says:

    Sarina Grasham. Richmond, Tx

    Joshua 4:24 TNIV

    He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.

  2. 152
    Laura says:

    Laura, Minneapolis, MN.
    And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
    (Romans 5:16 NKJV)

  3. 153
    Diane Ellison says:

    Diane Ellison from Littleton, CO

    Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

    Ephesians 5:24 NIV

  4. 154
    Donna Becker, Woodburn, IN says:

    Colossians 3:15 NIV Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

  5. 155
    Joan Bush says:

    Joan (Coppell, TX): Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Psalm 34:11 NIV

  6. 156
    Kathi Griffin says:

    Kathi Griffin, Macon, GA:
    10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions,
    sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch,
    Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:10-13 (NIV)

  7. 157
    Donna says:

    Donna from Beavercreek, OH
    I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Rev 5:4 (NIV)

  8. 158
    Ruth Chow says:

    Ruth from Atlanta:

    Whom did he consult, and who made him understand?
    Who taught him the path of justice,
    and taught him knowledge
    and showed him the way of understanding?

    Isaiah 40:14 (ESV)

  9. 159
    Ann Thiede says:

    Thank you, Mary! Love how The Message words those truths.

  10. 160
    Kimyetta Hayden says:

    Kimyetta H. Jonesboro, GA

    Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you.

    1 Corinthians 3:16

  11. 161
    Shelly Elston says:

    Shelly Elston, Portland, OR

    “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth.”

    Psalm 127:4

  12. 162
    Brenda says:

    Brenda Hendersonville TN
    He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 ESV

  13. 163
    Debbie Fitzpatrick says:

    Debbie Fitzpatrick, Bossier City, LA
    He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:19 NIV

  14. 164
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, West Des Moines, IA

    The LORD lives! Praise to my Rock! May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!

    2 Samuel 22:47 NLT

  15. 165
    Martha Basler says:

    Martha Basler
    Houston, Tx.

    Ps. 103:12
    As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

  16. 166
    Cindy from Richmond, Tx. says:

    Cindy from Richmond, Tx. Colossians 2:6 (NIV). So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,

  17. 167
    Beth B says:

    Beth B, Pella, Iowa –

    Isaiah 55:9 (2011 NIV)

    As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are My ways higher than your ways
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.

  18. 168

    Paula Rutherford, Decatur, Tx–“Give ear and come to me;
    hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an
    everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised
    to David.” (Isaiah 55:3–1985 NIV)

  19. 169
    Amy Guth says:

    Amy Guth from Canton, MS

    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

    2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

  20. 170
    KariB says:

    Hi amary! Nice to meet you. Thank you for this encouraging verse that i so needed to hear today. May God bless you more than you can ever imagine

  21. 171
    Bobbi W says:

    Lake City FL “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
    Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

  22. 172
    Donna Smith says:

    Donna, Athens, GA

    “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”–John 1:4 (RSV-2CE)

  23. 173
    Elizabeth Moreno says:

    Elizabeth Moreno from Austin Texas
    For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the begining of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
    Matthew 24:21-22

  24. 174
    Kristen Amensen says:

    Kristen, Liberty, MO

    “made us alive with Christ even when we we’re dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:5. NIV

  25. 175
    Diana Wallace says:

    Norman, Oklahoma

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.
    Galatians 5:22 NIV

  26. 176
    Cris OBrien says:

    Cris , Virginia Beach VA
    Blessed is the one who finds wisdom , and the one who obtains understanding
    Proverbs 3:13 NET

  27. 177

    Valerie Keyser from Fort Myers, FL: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

    Philippians 1:6 ESV

  28. 178
    Kathy Krimsky says:

    Kathy, Houston, TX
    James 1:7-8 (NIV)
    7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

  29. 179
    Sarah Gittemeier says:

    Sarah Gittemeier from Kansas City:

    Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth-everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

    Isaiah 43:5-7, NIV

  30. 180
    Andrea Baranick says:

    Andrea from Houston, TX “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 ESV

  31. 181
    Steph Miyoshi says:

    Steph M., Irvine, CA

    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
    (Proverbs 1:7, NIV)

  32. 182
    Connie Windham says:

    Connie Windham
    Picayune, MS
    Whatever you have heard from me keep as the pattern of sound
    Teaching with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:13

  33. 183
    Dacia Edmonson says:

    Dacia Edmonson, Bullard Texas

    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
    Isaiah 52:7 NIV

  34. 184
    Cathy Scott says:

    San Bernardino Ca
    The secret of the Lord is with those who fear him and he will show them his covenant. Psalms:25:14 nkjv

  35. 185
    Cheryl Gysi says:

    Cheryl from Phoenixville, PA John 15:1-3 NIV I am the true vine, my Father is the Gardener. He cuts off any branch in me that does not bear fruit. Any branch that does bear fruit, He prunes, to make even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you.

  36. 186
    Meredith Miller says:

    Meredith in Johnstown, OH: 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. -1 John 4:18 (NIV)

  37. 187
    Jacki Schneider says:

    Jacki from Grandville, MI
    “Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
    But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
    Proverbs 27:6. NKJV

  38. 188
    Connie Worley says:

    I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

    Psalm 139:14 NIV

  39. 189
    emi says:

    emi, white house, tn: “…who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:14 ESV

  40. 190
    Jacquie Terada says:

    Jacquie Terada Spokane WA
    Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Isaiah 35:1 NLT

  41. 191
    Soni Buckalew says:

    Soni from Gulfport: Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Psalm 105:4 ESV

  42. 192
    Wendy says:

    Wendy, Erie CO: (Verse #13)”And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.” Ephesians 1:13a (NIV)
    (Verse #14)”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 God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13b-14 (NIV)

  43. 193
    Susie Johnson says:

    Susie Johnson, Bloomington, IN
    ‭‭“The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭25:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  44. 194
    Sherry L Smith says:

    Sherry L Smith from Marietta GA

    “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

    Proverbs 18:10 ESV

  45. 195
    Linda, Atlanta says:

    Memorizing Psalm 25

    V. 14 – ESV

    The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him and he makes known to them his covenant.

  46. 196
    Michelle Moultrie says:

    Michelle Moultrie, Jacksonville, FL “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 ESV

  47. 197
    Rosemary says:

    Rosemary, Carmichael CA So you’ll recognize them by their fruit. Matthew 7:20 CSB

  48. 198
    Lindsey Buchanan says:

    Lindsey Buchanan St. Augustine, FL
    “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.” Psalm 25:14 NIV

  49. 199
    Rhonda Douglas says:

    Rhonda, Houston TX

    Psalm 25:16 NIV

    Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.

  50. 200
    Casey Hale says:

    Casey Hale, Grapevine, Texas

    Psalm 25:14 – CEB
    “The Lord counsels those who honor him; he makes his covenant known to them.”

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