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11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

1 Remember, O LORD, on David's behalf, All his affliction;

2 How he swore to the LORD And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,

3 Surely I will not enter my house, Nor lie on my bed;

4 I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids,

5 Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."

6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, We found it in the field of Jaar.

7 Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool.

8 Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength.

9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy.

10 For the sake of David Your servant, Do not turn away the face of Your anointed.

11 The LORD has sworn to David A truth from which He will not turn back: Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.

12 If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever."

13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation.

14 This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

15 I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread.

16 Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.

17 There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth; I have prepared a lamp for Mine anointed.

18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon himself his crown shall shine."

1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron's beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.

3 It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forever.

1 Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD, Who serve by night in the house of the LORD!

2 Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the LORD.

3 May the LORD bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.

1 Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O servants of the LORD,

2 You who stand in the house of the LORD, In the courts of the house of our God!

3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.

4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession.

5 For I know that the LORD is great And that our Lord is above all gods.

6 Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

8 He smote the firstborn of Egypt, Both of man and beast.

9 He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.

10 He smote many nations And slew mighty kings,

11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, And Og, king of Bashan, And all the kingdoms of Canaan;

12 And He gave their land as a heritage, A heritage to Israel His people.

13 Your name, O LORD, is everlasting, Your remembrance, O LORD, throughout all generations.

14 For the LORD will judge His people And will have compassion on His servants.

15 The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

16 They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see;

17 They have ears, but they do not hear, Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.

18 Those who make them will be like them, Yes, everyone who trusts in them.

19 O house of Israel, bless the LORD; O house of Aaron, bless the LORD;

20 O house of Levi, bless the LORD; You who revere the LORD, bless the LORD.

21 Blessed be the LORD from Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

5 To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

6 To Him who spread out the earth above the waters, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

7 To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting:

8 The sun to rule by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

9 The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

10 To Him who smote the Egyptians in their firstborn, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

11 And brought Israel out from their midst, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

12 With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

13 To Him who divided the Red Sea asunder, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

15 But He overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

17 To Him who smote great kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

18 And slew mighty kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting:

19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

20 And Og, king of Bashan, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

21 And gave their land as a heritage, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

22 Even a heritage to Israel His servant, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

24 And has rescued us from our adversaries, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

25 Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion.

2 Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps.

3 For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

4 How can we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.

6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

7 Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, Raze it, raze it To its very foundation."

8 O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us.

9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.

1 I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods.

2 I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

3 On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.

4 All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD, When they have heard the words of Your mouth.

5 And they will sing of the ways of the LORD, For great is the glory of the LORD.

6 For though the LORD is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.

8 The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

The Consequences of Compromise

Titus 2:11-14

Stuck again. Is that an apt description of your life? It is for many Christians. Even when they know exactly why they are stalled, some are unable to move past the sin that trips them up. Others feel blind to the source of their troubles but perceive that all they do is run in place. It can be a very discouraging situation.

Israel, the Lord's chosen nation, had a history of defeat from yielding to temptation instead of obeying God's commands. Compromise defeats us, too. God calls His children to live obedient lives, but instead, we are usually occupied with our own self-centered needs. At the same time, we are influenced by both the world and the devil. The truth is that our selfish side prefers reinterpreting God's commands to suit ourselves. The world clamors for us to join its way of thinking but shows little or no inclination to follow God's way. Satan seeks to gain a foothold in our lives through our disobedience and compromise of God's laws.

The Lord commands us to rid our lives of ungodliness (Titus 2:11-12), and He provides the Holy Spirit's power, which enables us. When we compromise, the effectiveness of His power is diminished. But God wants us not to yield.

To fight compromise, begin with your thinking. Have you agreed with God that your attitude or action is displeasing to Him? Have you set your mind on obedience, whatever the cost? Only foolish people think they can compromise and still live a victorious Christ-centered life.

Bible in One Year: Psalms 132-138 

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