Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st John 3
Key Scriptures: 1st John 3:11-15 “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
John is writing to the church as an overseer of churches and an elder with wisdom. He goes back to the basics in this chapter, emphasizing a simple message that has been in effect from the beginning of recorded biblical history: ‘love one another.’ Cain and Able were the first two offspring of Adam and Eve after the fall. Cain murdered his brother out of jealousy that his brother’s offering was accepted by God (a blood offering) while his own was not (a grain offering). John pointed out that Cain was of Satan, the evil one who was a murderer from the beginning! Satan is also behind the world system that even to this day hates Jesus and those following Him. Hatred is the root stronghold behind Satan’s murderous spirit. John plainly points out that no murderer or anyone hating his brother has eternal life but actually abides in death! Love for our brothers will be displayed not by talk but by actions of love and faith.
1st John 3:16-18 “By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for this simple message of our basic need and your command to love our brothers and sisters. Help me to guard my heart against hatred of anyone made in Your image and to show compassion by serving brothers and sisters in need of help instead of siding with the evil one. I want to love in deed and truth.
1st John 3:23-24 “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. Whoever keeps His commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit Whom He has given us.”
Scripture reading for November 5th: John 11
Key Scriptures: John 11:11-16 “After saying these things, He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought He meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.””
Jesus was friends with Lazarus and his sister, Mary and Martha. He often stayed at their home in Bethany, just over the Mt. of Olives. When Jesus was there recently, the Jewish leaders had tried to stone Him, but he escaped. A message was sent to Jesus that Lazarus was ill, but Jesus waited to go to him. Jesus knew that Lazarus’ sickness would not ultimately lead to death, but that God would be glorified through his miraculous escape from death. When Jesus did decide to go, Thomas expressed the lack of faith that most probably felt: “Let us go and die with Him.” They were about to be schooled on the glory of God found in Jesus Christ, their Lord. Death is likened by Jesus to sleep and resurrection to an awakening for those who believe!
John 11:21-23 “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.””
Faith confession and prayer: Lord, thank You for this amazing account of the raising of Lazarus from death and this display of God’s glory. You give me hope and vision of Your future kingdom and the truth of the promise of resurrection and eternal life. Open doors today to share this amazing hope and message of life eternal.
John 11:24-25 “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?” “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, Who is coming into the world.””
Scripture reading for October 28th: John 5
Key Scriptures: John 5:17-21 “But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all that He Himself is doing. And greater works than these will He show Him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom He will.””
Jesus had been doing miracles on the Sabbath and the religious leaders were beside themselves. They were persecuting Jesus because of this and then Jesus added another reason for them to plot His death. He stated plainly that God was “His Father” and that both of them were working in the miracles of healing that were being done. In fact, Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. In fact, Jesus announced, that greater works would be coming. The Father would raise the dead and give them life and the Son would do likewise giving those who believe His Words, eternal life. These statements caused the Jews to judge Jesus as a blasphemer as well as a Sabbath-breaker and worthy of death under the Old Testament law. Jesus said that He would not accuse them, but they would be judged by Moses–the Word that revealed Jesus as Messiah.
John 5:45-46 “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for working on my behalf and sending Your Son to work the greatest miracle–salvation for mankind! I believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and trust Him for full salvation and eternal life. Open doors of witness today to share this good news with those who have not heard that Your work may be completed.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Scripture reading for October 26th: John 3
Key Scriptures: John 3:12-17 “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 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.”
Jesus was having a conversation with an inquiring Pharisee, Nicodemus, who came to Him at night seeking further insight. Jesus challenged his thinking by telling him that he must be ‘born again.’ Nicodemus struggled to understand how that could happen in the natural. He asked Jesus how this might happen and Jesus then shared with him heavenly truth, based in the Old Testament Scriptures that Nicodemus had studied and recognized as God’s Word. Jesus took him to Moses in the wilderness instructed by God to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole. The plague of serpents that attacked the Israelites had cost many lives already and God’s remedy was this bronze serpent. All who would look in faith upon this remedy would be saved and healed. Jesus said that He also would be ‘lifted up’ in crucifixion and that whoever ‘believed on Him’ would be saved and given eternal life. Hallelujah!
John 3:18-19 “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.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, to be lifted up on the cross of Calvary. I believe He was made sin for me and all lost mankind that whoever would believe on Him would not be condemned, but would have eternal life. Amen! Empower me to proclaim this truth with all my heart, soul, mind and strength! Use me to share this truth with lost people that they would be delivered from Your wrath.
John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
Scripture reading for February 1st: Mark 11
Key Scriptures: Mark 11:20-25 “As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that You cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also Who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Earlier in the week Jesus had cursed the fig tree for having no fruit. Peter saw the fig tree now withered and dead from the roots, and called it to Jesus’ attention. Jesus responded with a short but powerful exhortation concerning prayer and its power. Through faith in God, powerful declarations can be made and miracles would come to pass. We must ask and believe in faith that God hears and will answer. It will be ours by faith in God and His Word. However, unforgiveness is a possible hinderance to our own forgiveness and clear access to the Father. We must forgive–let go of offenses and stand on faith for God’s grace. This mountain is one of the hardest to see cast into the sea!
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace in forgiving me of my sins and helping me find repentance. I want to walk in mountain-moving faith and believe Your Word. Help me to maintain forgiveness towards all others and myself.
Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Scripture reading for January 22nd: Mark 5
Key Scriptures: Mark 5:21-24; 35-36 “And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about Him, and He was beside the sea. Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing Him, he fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And He went with him.” . . .”While He was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.””
Jesus was approached by a synagogue ruler, Jairus, with a desperate request. He had a little daughter who was near death. He approached Jesus with great humility and asked for a personal visit by Jesus and the laying on of His hands. As they went, Jesus was interrupted by a woman with an issue of blood. He took time to minister to her and free her from her long infirmity. As Jesus was speaking to her, He overheard some messengers from Jairus’s house tell him not to bother the Teacher, as the little girl was dead. Jesus spoke authoritatively, “Do not fear, only believe.” The result was an amazing raising of the 12 year old girl from sickness and death. All were amazed at the immediate miracle!
Jeremiah 32:26-27 “The Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me?”‘
Faith confession and prayer: You are the Lord of all and nothing is too hard for You! Lord Jesus, help me to defeat all fear and hold fast to You and Your unfailing Word. Use me to speak Your Word and live by faith, inspiring others to trust You and Your eternal Word.
John 11:40 “Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Scripture reading for November 6th: Ezekiel 34-36; Psalm 86; John 12
Key Scriptures: John 12:44-48 “And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him Who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees Him Who sent Me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My Words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects Me and does not receive My Words has a judge; the Word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”
As Jesus approached the end of His ministry, He plainly called out to whoever would listen, encouraging them to believe in Him and receive His Words. He again proclaimed that He was the Light of the world and His Words would bring light as well. His Word would bring salvation which was His main purpose. Those rejecting His Word and Him would be judged by the Word they rejected. There is a day coming–the ‘last day’, when the judgment will come. Choices determine destiny!
Psalm 86:5 “For You, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord, I believe in You and the Father Who sent You. Your life and Words bring me eternal light. Help me to share Your Word under the power of the Holy Spirit calling men to choose life and light in Jesus Christ as their eternal destiny.
Ezekiel 36:26 “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
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?”
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.”
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.”