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Scripture reading for January 31st: Exodus 4-6, Galatians 6
Key Scriptures: Exodus 6:5-7 “Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered My covenant. Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be My people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.”
God told Moses that He had heard the groaning of Israel and had seen their bondage and suffering. He is our God who sees and hears, and has the will and power to deliver. “I will” marks the confident assurance by which God states His plans to bring His people out of bondage by His own arm and with great acts of judgment. He desires to be their God and have them for His own people! Oh that we would as confidently boast in our amazing living God!
Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for Your great heart of mercy and for being aware and active in my salvation. I will ever boast of Jesus Christ and Your great act of deliverance of me and all others through placing our judgment on Your Son.
Galatians 6:14-15 “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.”
Scripture reading for January 30th: Exodus 1-3, Galatians 5
Key Scriptures: Exodus 3:7-10 “Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh. . . “
God sees everything and knows what is happening to His people. He knows their bondage and fear. He understands their suffering and the hard taskmasters of sin and the devil. He, Himself, promises that He will deliver them from the bondage and take them to a land flowing with milk and honey. His plan then was to send Moses to Pharaoh in His place and use him to bring His people out of bondage in Egypt. But Jesus Christ is God’s ultimate and final word on freedom. In Him, through faith, we have been set free forever!
Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Faith confession and prayer: I believe in Jesus Christ, who has set me free from the bondage of sin and death! Lord, deliver me from all evil and empower me to enter the land of promise enjoying the milk of Your Word and the sweetness of Your presence with me today!
Scripture reading for January 29th: Genesis 49:50, Galatians 4
Key Scriptures: Genesis 50:24-26 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will bring you up out of this land to the land that He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.”
Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
Joseph had experienced birth into the covenant family of God and rejection by his brothers as they sold him into slavery. But God was with him and exalted him to be savior of his brothers and also the Gentile world of his day. As he was about to die, he gave a prophetic word concerning his brothers: “God will surely visit you.” He gave instructions for his bones: “You shall carry my bones from here.” Paul stated that we have all becomes “sons of God” through faith in Jesus Christ. God has visited us in Jesus Christ and He is coming again to take us out of here!
Faith confession and prayer: My spirit cries out by the Holy Spirit; “Abba! Father! Jesus is Lord!” Lord, help me to share the Gospel with all who will hear! Carry our bones out of here!
Scripture reading for January 28th: Genesis 47-48, Galatians 3, Psalm 25
Key Scriptures: Genesis 47:15-16 “And he (Jacob) blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my Shepherd all my life long to this day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
Galatians 3:26-28 “. . .for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
Jacob had come to Egypt to be with his children. Upon seeing Joseph, whom he thought had been killed, he wept and was even more blessed to see the children that Joseph had produced. As Jacob blessed the two boys of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, he adopted them as his own. As such they would have Abraham and Isaac as their fathers and be in line for inheritance–a double portion! The Apostle Paul stated to the Galatians that in Christ Jesus–offspring of Abraham and King David, we who believe become “Abraham’s offspring” and heirs according to promise! Not by works but through faith this is so! Amen!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your heavenly blessing of my life through the gift of the Holy Spirit! I am privileged to become “Abraham’s offspring” by faith and receive the promise of eternal inheritance!
Psalm 25:21 “May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You.”
Scripture reading for January 27th: Genesis 45-46, Galatians 2, Psalm 108
Key Scriptures: Genesis 45:5-8 “And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
There are no ‘accidents’ or ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ in God’s view of life on earth. God controls events, weather, individuals and nations to bring about His merciful purposes. Even the evil intentions of Joseph’s brothers were turned to work out for their salvation years later. This betrayed brother became third highest ruler in Egypt and in control of grain in a time of famine through the will of God. Paul, like Joseph of old, also recognized God’s amazing plan for his own sinful life. In Christ Jesus alone we experience salvation and eternal preservation!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to prepare the way for my preservation and eternal grace! May I be as Paul the Apostle, identified with Christ Jesus in crucifixion and resurrection! Lord, send me!
Scripture reading for January 24th: Genesis 43-44, Galatians 1, Psalm 24
Key Scriptures: Genesis 43:29-31 “And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? God be gracious to you, my son!” Then Joseph hurried out, for his compassion grew warm for his brother, and he sought a place to weep. And he entered his chamber and wept there. Then he washed his face and came out. And controlling himself he said, “Serve the food.”
Galatians 1:3-5 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
God had brought Benjamin, along with his brothers who had sold Joseph into slavery, to Egypt during the seven years of famine. When Joseph saw Benjamin for the first time, he was overcome with compassion and had to withdraw and weep at God’s grace. After composing himself, he was able to serve food to his brothers in the time of famine. How like Jesus Christ, our Brother, who God sent before us sinners, to serve us living bread through His tears of compassion, shed on the cross and in the Garden. Hallelujah!
Faith Confession and prayer: Amazing Lord and Father, I stand in awe of Your great compassion for Your brothers and sisters. How through Your great compassion and weeping, You give us living Bread that feeds us for eternity! Fill me with Your compassion for lost brothers!
Scripture reading for November 27th: 3 John, Psalm 101-102, Proverbs 21
Key Scriptures: 3 John 9-11 “I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who like to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church. Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.”
John mentions by name a man who was causing trouble in the church. Diotrephes was known for his self-centered attitude and failure to submit to those God had placed in authority in His Church. John warned the believers not to imitate evil, but to imitate what was good. This man had not seen God and was not doing good. Even worse, he was in Christ’s church family and thought of himself as a believer: he was deceived!
Faith Confession: Lord, help me to practice good and avoid bad examples. I will respect those You place in authority and show hospitality to the brothers and sisters, putting others before myself.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will ponder the way that is blameless. O when will You come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.”
Scripture reading for November 26th: 2 John, Psalm 98-100, Proverbs 20
Key Scriptures: 2 John 8-11 “Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.”
John stressed to all of Christ’s followers the importance of abiding in Christ and His teaching. Departing from the teaching of Jesus means we depart from God the Father as well as Jesus the Son. Anyone teaching a different gospel is not to be entertained or even greeted. Those wanting to enjoy a full reward must be watchful and abide in Christ’s Word.
Faith Confession: I freely chose to abide in Jesus Christ and His holy Word. Through the Holy Spirit I am watchful for those who would teach another Gospel or advocate a different teaching. I desire a full reward for me and those I am with!
Proverbs 20:27-28 “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.”