Category: Gospels

Resurrection and life!

Scripture reading for November 5th: Ezekiel 31-33; John 11

Key Scriptures: John 11:21-27 “Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ the Son of God, Who is coming into the world.”

What we believe about Jesus Christ determines our eternal destiny. Martha believed that Jesus could have saved her brother. She also believed that whatever Jesus asked the Father He would get. Jesus simply stated that Lazarus would rise again. Martha understood this hope through the Word of God. Jesus made an additional revelation: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.” Jesus asked her if she believed this powerful statement. She replied with a clear statement of faith in Jesus Christ and Who He is. Jesus had revealed the path to eternal life to her and all who will respond in faith.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Christ, Savior of my soul, Son of the Living God. Thank You for providing for my resurrection and eternal life. I will share this good news!

Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”

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Entering the Abundant Life

Scripture reading for November 4th: Ezekiel 28-30; John 10

Key Scriptures: John 10:7-11 “So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the Door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”

Jesus used the analogy of sheep and a shepherd to illustrate His ministry to His true followers. A “good shepherd” would lay his life down for his sheep. He would stretch himself out over the door of the sheepfold during the night hours, protecting them with his own body. Any sheep entering the fold had to pass under his rod of authority before entering. Any wolf would be beaten back. The good shepherd speaks to his sheep and they know his voice. He leads them to green pastures and by still waters. This analogy brings great understanding and comfort to God’s sheep!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my Good Shepherd and the Door to eternal life and peace. Speak to me daily and lead me through this wilderness of this world to my eternal home with You.

Ezekiel 28:25 “”Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to My servant Jacob.””

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Light for God’s Work

Scripture reading for November 3rd: Ezekiel 25-27; Psalm 85; John 9

Key Scriptures: John 9:1-5 “As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.””

A common misconception in Jesus’ day was that if a person was sick or had deformities that it was the result of sin. Either they sinned or their parents sinned and the deformity was a result. Jesus spoke plainly to this misunderstanding. It was not the result of sin in the person or in the parents lives, but that God might display His works of healing and restoration in his life. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and He stated that He and His disciples must be about the Father’s work as long as it was day. Jesus is the Light of the world. Light overcomes darkness.

Psalm 85:6-7 “Will you not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You. Show us Your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for showing us Your steadfast love through Your mercy and compassion on the blind and feeble. Empower me to work in Your light while it is still day. A day of wrath is coming when no more work can be done.

Ezekiel 25:17 “I will execute vengeance on them (the Philistines) with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay My vengeance upon them.”

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True disciples

Scripture reading for November 2nd: Ezekiel 22-24, Psalm 134, John 8

Key Scriptures: John 8:31-36 “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” They answered Him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly Truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.””

According to Jesus, true disciples abide in His Word. To abide means rest securely in Jesus Word, which is Truth. Knowing truth is the only way we can have faith. Faith comes from hearing Jesus’ Words and allowing them to abide in our hearts. Actions and good works will flow from Jesus’ Word. Real freedom is knowing and doing God’s will. Slavery is being bound by selfish lust and sin. Today we can choose freedom–forever! It is found in Jesus Christ, God’s Son Who is the Word made flesh.

Psalm 134:1-2 “Come bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands in the Holy Place and bless the Lord!”

Faith confession and prayer: I bless and honor You, Jesus my Lord, for the freedom of knowing and doing Your will. I will take in the Word of God and allow it to abide in me and produce good fruit, standing in the gap for Your will and freedom for a lost world.

Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.”

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Willing to do His will!

Scripture reading for October 30th: Ezekiel 19-21, Psalm 84, John 7

Key Scriptures: John 7:14-17 “About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this Man has learning, when He has never studied?” So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not Mine, but His Who sent Me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on My own authority.”

The Jews hated Jesus because they were jealous of the crowds that He drew and they were also confounded by His teaching with authority. Jesus knew their plot to kill Him, yet He went up to the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles and began teaching in the temple. They asked Him where He got His great learning and Jesus said it came from the One who sent Him. He then stated that anyone who really wanted to do God’s will, not just know it, would know that His teaching was from God. Our choice of obedience determines our ability to understand.

Psalm 84:12 “O Lord of Hosts, how blessed is the one who trusts in You!”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to know and obey Your will. Often my flesh is weak, forgive me Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit and power to obey and share Your Word.

Ezekiel 20:33-34 “”As I live, declares the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and will wrath poured out I will be King over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.””

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Turning back?

Scripture reading for October 29th: Ezekiel 16-18, John 6

Key Scriptures: John 6:66-71 “After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the Twelve, was going to betray Him.”

Jesus had just given His disciples and followers a strong teaching declaring that He was the “Bread of Life” and that His followers would eat His “flesh” and drink His “blood”. He was not advocating cannibalism, but close communion with Him spiritually. At this, many disciples turned away. Jesus asked the “Twelve” about their commitment. It wasn’t that Jesus did not already know their decision. He was well aware that Judas was not a believer but a son of the devil. Because He loved him, Jesus was seeking to draw him to saving faith so that he would not be lost. He did not chase down those who had turned back, however.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, You alone have the Words of Life! I trust in You and desire to never turn back. Continue to draw me to You and guide me with Your Word to live out Your truth and share it with others.

Ezekiel 18:21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.”

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Amen! Amen!

Scripture reading for October 28th: Ezekiel 13-15, Psalm 136, John 5

Key Scriptures: John 5:24-27 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My Word and believes Him Who has sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Truly, truly I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself. And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.”

Jesus spoke the truth plainly to those accusing Him of breaking the Sabbath by healing and calling God His Father. He claimed equality with the Father in having eternal life in His own Person. He also claimed authority to execute judgment, something reserved for God alone. Hearing Jesus and believing the Father Who sent Him results in escape from judgment (death), and entry into life eternal. Jesus emphasized these truths by double-stating “Truly, truly!” He speaks these truths today to us afresh! Amen! Amen!

Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, sent by the Father as Savior of all who will believe. Thank You for Your good gift of Eternal Life and Your steadfast love for ever and ever! I repent of my sins and rest in Your promise.

Ezekiel 14:6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.”

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Personal Revelation

Scripture reading for October 27th: Ezekiel 10-12, Psalm 83, John 4

Key Scriptures: John 4:39-42 “Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His Word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Preachers share the Gospel message and tell of their personal testimony of how Jesus Christ saved them, bringing them to repentance of their sins and faith that He is the Son of God. Those who hear may believe as a result of the testimony, but this won’t necessarily save them. They must press in to know Jesus for themselves and also have a personal testimony. Hearsay won’t save us. We must know for ourselves that Jesus is indeed the Son of God!

Psalm 83:1 “O God, do not keep silence; do not hold Your peace or be still, O God!”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord, thank You that You did not remain silent, but spoke to the woman at the well and to the Samaritans personally revealing Who You are. Lord, bring personal revelation of Jesus Christ each time I share my testimony of Your saving grace!

Ezekiel 11:19-20 “And I will give them one heart, and a new Spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My rules and obey them. And they shall be My people and I will be their God.”

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Saving the world!

Scripture reading for October 26th: Ezekiel 7-9, John 3

Key Scriptures: John 3:14-18 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and reveal the Father God’s love for all mankind. Jesus showed Nicodemus through the Old Testament story of Moses and the serpent on the pole how God would lift up His Son in the crucifixion. As the Israelites were healed by looking at the bronze serpent image on the pole lifted above the camp, so all mankind would be saved and given eternal life by looking to Jesus, Who was made sin for us and died on the cross in our place. God’s amazing love is revealed to all who will humbly look and believe.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord God and Jesus, I thank You both for Your amazing love and the gift of eternal life. You alone are my precious possession, not silver or gold. Empower me today to share this great news with all in my path.

Ezekiel 7:19 “They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.”

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Zeal for God’s House!

Scripture reading for October 23rd: Ezekiel 4-6, Psalm 82, John 2

Key Scriptures: John 2:13-17 “The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And He poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. And He told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make My Father’s house a house of trade.” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume Me.””

Jesus had just come into His ministry and was visiting the temple during Passover. As He entered, He found money-changers and marketers selling temple sacrifices to visiting pilgrims. He made a whip of cords and drove out these merchandisers and demanded that they not profane His Father’s house. Jesus had a zealous passionate love for His Father and those coming to find Him in His house! We are now “His house!” Jesus is just as zealous now that His House not be defiled and be welcoming to the lost and those seeking Him.

Psalm 82:3-4 “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your zeal for Your Father’s House. I have offered my body as Your House here on earth. Cleanse it as You see fit, in grace and mercy, not in Your anger. May I fulfill Your plans and purposes to reach the lost and hurting.

Ezekiel 5:13 “”Thus shall My anger spend itself, and I will vent My fury upon them and satisfy Myself. And they shall know that I am the Lord–that I have spoken in My jealousy–when I spend My fury upon them.””

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