Category: Pauline epistles–BibleTrekToday

Steadfast prayer for ministry!

Scripture reading for March 10th:  Numbers 19-21, Colossians 4

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 4;2-6 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.  At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open a door for the Word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison–that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.  Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”  

Disciples of Jesus are called to a life of prayer.  Ministry doors are opened through prayer.  Boldness to preach comes through prayer and the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Clear Gospel presentation comes as a result of prayer.  Gracious speech and words spoken in season come through those who are connected to Jesus through a life of steadfast prayer.  Paul, in prison for preaching, encouraged prayer for his ministry efforts–not release from jail!

Numbers 21:16-18 “And from there they continued to Beer; that is the well of which the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, so that I may give them water.”  Then Israel sang this song:  “Spring up, O well! –Sing to it!–the well that the princes made, that the nobles of the people dug, with the scepter and with their staffs.”  

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, You alone are the source of all ministry, empowerment, fruitfulness, and open doors!  I pray with the Israelites of old:  “Spring up, O Well!”  Fill me with living water to boldly preach Your Word.

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Singing with overflowing Love!

Scripture reading for March 9th:  Numbers 15-18, Psalm 113, Colossians 3

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 3:12-16 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  Let the Word of Christ dwell in your richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Paul lists many character and behavior traits of Christ Jesus that should now be “put on” by His disciples.  Christ-followers have a desire and spirit-given ability to be like Him.  Forgiveness and love are not accessories but staples of Christian character.  They produce peace and thankfulness.  As Christ’s Word indwells us, our hearts begin to sing songs of worship and adoration to God!  What a blessed way to live!

Numbers 15:40-41 “So you shall remember and do all My commandments, and be holy to your God.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God:  I am the Lord your God.”  

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, help me today to put on the clothing of Christ Jesus, my Lord.  I want to allow His Word to dwell in me and sing praises to His Name forevermore!

Psalm 113:2 “Blessed be the Name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore!”

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Captivated by Christ Jesus alone!

Scripture reading for March 6th:  Numbers 12-14, Psalm 28, Colossians 2

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 2:8-12 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority.  In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, Who raised Him from the dead.”  

Paul warned believers against the sin of unbelief and human religion and philosophy instead of faith in Christ.  In Christ alone is there fullness.  Christ is the head of all rule and authority.  He marked us internally by giving us the Holy Spirit.  We identified with His death through baptism in water and His resurrection as we came up out of the water receiving the Holy Spirit.  Faith in Christ Jesus is sufficient!

Numbers 14:11 “And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise Me?  And how long will they not believe in Me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, how easily I am tempted to allow human philosophy to take me away from faith!  Please forgive me!  I choose to trust in Christ alone, identifying with Him in His death and glorious resurrection!

Psalm 28:9 “Oh, save Your people and bless Your heritage!  Be their Shepherd and carry them forever.”

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Empowering prayer for others!

Scripture reading for March 5th:  Numbers 8-11, Colossians 1

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 1:9-12 “And so from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”  

Paul prayed for the believers he had been told about, asking God for spiritual gifting and increased understanding and knowledge of God.  He knew God was glorified when they would produce fruit as a result of knowing His will and doing it.  Growth spiritually is not always instantaneous, but requires patience and endurance through many setbacks and obstacles.  Prayer is the best thing we can do for new believers–and older saints!

Numbers 11:24-25  “So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord.  And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders.  As soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied.  But they did not continue doing it.”  

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, fill me with the Holy Spirit and wisdom today that I might speak Your Word with boldness and understanding.  Thank You for the prayers of Paul that inspire me to pray for myself and others.

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Willing hearts giving to the Lord

Scripture reading for February 14th:  Exodus 35-37, Psalm 26, Philippians 4

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 35:20-22  “Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses.  And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments.  So they came, both men and women.  All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicated an offering of gold to the Lord.”

God had commanded Moses to build the tabernacle and tent of meeting and had given an exact pattern to him on the mountain.  Moses shared the need for materials and skilled labor with the people of God.  All who were willing came to give freely and to offer their skills, given by God, to do the work.  And they freely gave their offering of gold in faith.  There was more than enough!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, I believe that my response to Your call is to give my body and heart and mind willingly to You, as well as tithes and offerings.  Help me to accomplish Your assigned tasks as You build Your house!

Philippians 4;18-20 “I have received full payment, and more.  I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.  And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 26:8  “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”  

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Holy Distinction!

Scripture reading for February 13th:  Exodus 32-34, Philippians 3

Key Scriptures: Exodus 33:13-16 “”Now therefore, if I have found favor in Your sight, please show me now Your ways, that I may know You in order to find favor in Your sight.  Consider too that this nation is Your people.”  And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  And he said to Him, “If Your Presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.  For how shall it be known?  Is it not in Your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and Your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?””

As Moses met with God, he pleaded with God to show him His ways in order to have God’s favor and presence.  God promised to go with him and give him rest.  Moses knew that God’s presence was the best and only thing that would set him and God’s people apart from all others on earth.  In His presence was fullness of joy and divine rest!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for making me distinct by filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  Empower me today in my upward journey by showing me Your ways and giving me favor with You and those You want to reach.

Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  

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The Holy Spirit and full obedience!

Scriptures for February 12th:  Exodus 28-31, Philippians 2

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 31:1-6  “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.  And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.  And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.” 

God gave the exact plans for His dwelling place and its furnishings.  Then He filled chosen workmen with His Spirit, enabling them to do the skilled work necessary to follow His detailed design and use the valuable offerings given willingly.  This was all for expected obedience, that God’s people might enjoy God’s presence.

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I thank God for His gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in me, producing ability and skill to live a holy and separated life.  Forgive me for grumbling and help me Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to empower me today.

Philippians 2:12-15  “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure.  Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, . . “

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God’s dwelling place!

Scripture reading for February 11th:  Exodus 25-27, Psalm 90, Philippians 1

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 25:1-2, 8-9  “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for Me a contribution.  From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for Me.  . . .And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell in their midst.  Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and all its furniture, so you shall make it.”  

God had blessed His people with a mighty deliverance and laden them down with the treasures of Egypt.  As He desired to dwell with them, He asked them to make willing contributions to building His sanctuary that would be in their midst.  He gave them exact plans and they must build exactly as He instructed.  Through faith, the people would contribute willingly and build skillfully to enjoy God’s presence in their midst!  This was the greatest treasure!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  Lord, I willingly offer You my body as Your rightful habitation!  Help me to obey You each day and allow You to do Your work Your way with willing heart.  I look forward to dwelling with You eternally at the completion of all things.

Philippians 1:6  “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  

Psalm 90:1-2  “Lord, You have  been our dwelling place in all our generations.  Before the mountains were  brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting Your are God.” 

 

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Promises of health and protection!

Scripture reading for February 10th:  Exodus 22-24, Psalm 109, Ephesians 6

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 23:25-27 “You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.  None shall miscarry or be barren in your land;  I will fulfill the number of your days.  I will send My terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs towards you.”  

Our merciful God promised His people healing and divine health under the old covenant at Mt. Sinai.  He would bless them with fruitfulness and long life as well as defeating all their enemies.  Their responsibility was simply to serve the Lord and worship Him alone.  Under the New Covenant with Jesus Christ, we stand in Christ Jesus against all the tricks of the enemy, knowing he is a defeated foe!  Amen!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I trust You for my health, healing, and fruitfulness and defeat of my foes.  Help me to stand in the armor You have provided.

Ephesians 6:10-12 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Psalm 109:31 “For He stands at the right hand of the needy one; to save him from those who would condemn his soul to death.”  

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Holy Fear and Obedience!

Scripture reading for February 7th:  Exodus 19-20, Psalm 33, Ephesians 5

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 20:13-18   “Now when all the people saw the thunder and flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood afar off, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”  Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin.”  The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.”  

After assembling and consecrating the people of Israel, Moses and Aaron prepared to meet with God.  The mountain where they were meeting was filled with fire and smoke and shook with rumblings.   But the people did not want God to speak to them directly, for they were afraid they would die.  Moses assured them that God’s purpose was to instill in them the fear of God–a holy respect, that would keep them from the sin of disobedience and unbelief.

Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord, I thank You for speaking to me and instilling holy fear for Who You are and what You have done for me.  Help me to fully obey You each day and live by faith in every Word You have spoken.

Psalm 33:8  “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in Awe of Him!”

Ephesians 5:20 “.  . .giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

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