Week Twenty Two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Captivity begins somewhere — 2 Kings 17: 5, 6


2 Kings 17: 5, 6 The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years.  In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria.  He settled them in Halah, in Gozan on the Habor River in the town of the Medes.

Prayer:  Almighty God our Heavenly Father,  may you forgive us when we have loved the world and strayed from your loving presence.

Thought for the day:  As it is in the natural it is in the spiritual world:  you never know how good love is ’til it is gone.


Deuteronomy 7: 9, 10 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations for those who love him and keep his commandments.  But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction; he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.

Prayer:  Lord God, you have proven true to your word in generation after generation.

Thought for the day:  In hindsight one finds trusting the Lord is the best thing one can do.


Deuteronomy 8: 10, 11  When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.  Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

Thought for the day:  Lord God, for all the loving-kindness you have shown us we surely owe you our devotion.

Thought for the day: The songwriter said, “Count your many blessing.  Name them one by one.  See what God has done.”


Deuteronomy 11: 16, 17 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.  then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will  soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you.

Prayer:  Merciful God, may our hearts always be turned to you.

Thought for the day:  Small changes can become the seeds of life changing results.


Deuteronomy 11: 22, 23 If you careful observe all these commands I am giving you to follow — to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him — then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in the power of your spirit may we faithfully serve as your ambassadors of good will.

Thought for the day:  Making friends or enemies is an art.


James 1: 16, 17 Don’t be deceived my dear brothers and sisters.  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Prayer:  Lord God, for all the good in our lives we owe our thanks to you.

Thought for the day:  Mirrors reveal many things both good and bad.


Romans 6: 11, 12 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.

Prayer:  O Lord, may we so live that our worship of service pleases you.

Thought for the day:  At the close of the day ask yourself, “Today diid I make someone’s day?”


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