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Praying in the Holy Spirit!

Scripture reading for July 15th:1st Kings 17-18, Psalm 119, Jude

Key Scriptures: Jude 17-23 “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.”

Jude was the half-brother of Jesus Christ. Jude called Jesus “Lord” and warned believers concerning the words of the apostles concerning the scoffers of the last days before the Lord Jesus would return. The believers must build themselves up in their faith by praying in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God helps us to pray when we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for. The Spirit helps us to pray for the doubting and to show mercy to those who need salvation, even snatching them from the fire of judgment.

Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, living in me and bringing Your Word to my remembrance and helping me to pray. Empower me today with Holy Spirit led prayers to show mercy and see sinners snatched from the fire.

1st Kings 18:41 “And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.”

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Boasting in our merciful God!

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.”  

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God delivers His people!

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!

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God will visit you!

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!

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Inheritance through adoption!

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.”  

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God sent me!

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!

 

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Overcome with compassion!

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!

 

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Praying in the Holy Spirit

Scripture reading for November 28th:  Jude, Psalm 103-104, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures:  Jude 17-21 “But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”  It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”  

The last days would be marked by scoffers and divisive people.  These people would be devoid of the Holy Spirit and led only by their fleshly passions and selfishness.  Believers must beware and keep themselves in the love of God and follow Jesus by faith.  This requires the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to help us pray through the many traps and snares.  The reward for the faithful is out of this world!

Faith Confession:  Lord, fill me fresh today with the Holy Spirit and empower my prayers as I am living in the last days and many scoffers are mocking God and His Word.  I look forward to living with You for ever and ever!

Proverbs 22:3-4 “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.  The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”  

 

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Never put yourself first!

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.”  

 

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Enjoying a “full reward”

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.”  

 

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