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The power of preaching the Word!

Scripture reading for June 4th:  Proverbs 3-5, Romans 10

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10:14-17  “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”  But they have not all obeyed the Gospel.  For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.”

Paul taught that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was the power of God unto salvation.  But faith cannot come where the Gospel is not preached.  Paul used the rabbinical technique of asking good questions to provoke thinking on the truths he was teaching.  There must be preachers who preach the Word.  These preachers must be called and sent out.  They must preach whether people hear and receive or not.  But faith will come to those who do hear God’s Word!  It is God’s Word and God’s chosen way for faith to salvation.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for calling me to preach Your unchanging Gospel.  I will wait upon You to send me each day to those who need to hear Your life-giving Word.  Fill me with the Holy Spirit and boldness!

Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, be attentive to My Word; incline your ear to My sayings.  Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.  For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.”  

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Spared by faith!

Scripture reading for May 5th:  1st Samuel 23-24, 1 Chronicles 6, Psalm 54, Acts 16

Key Scriptures:  Acts 16:25-31 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  And immediately all of the prison doors were opened and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.  When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”  And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”” 

Paul and Silas had been beaten and put in stocks in the dungeon of a Philippian prison.  They were praying and praising God at the darkest hour–midnight, with other prisoners listening in amazement.   In response to their faith, God sent a special earthquake that loosed their bonds and opened the doors!  The jailer fell under conviction, asking what he needed to do for salvation.  Paul’s response was simple:  “Believe on the Lord Jesus!”  He could and would be spared by faith, and his whole household if they too believed!

Psalm 54:4 “Behold, God is my Helper; the Lord is the Upholder of my life.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, I put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and receive salvation, for me and for my whole household!  I stand in faith for each one’s personal act of trust in the Lord Jesus.

1st Samuel 24:10 “Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave.  And some told me to kill you, but I spared you.  I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.'”

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Mountain-moving words of faith!

Scripture reading for January 16th:  Genesis 28-29, Mark 11

Key Scriptures: Genesis  28:20-22 “Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house.  And of all that You give me I will give a full tenth to You.””

Mark 11:20-24 “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.”  

Jesus taught His disciples that there was great power in faith and in speaking by faith.  Our words can move mountains and appropriate God’s promised blessings.  Jacob’s dream of the ladder to heaven and God’s promises to provide for him and bring him back to his father’s house brought forth a vow to God and God’s Word to him came to pass.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your amazing promises and powerful Word that brings faith to believe, confess Your promise and receive Your blessings.  Prompt me to speak in faith to move a mountain today!

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Believing the Word: Confessing Christ!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  Romans 10, Psalm 127, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10: 8-11 “But what does it say?  “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the Word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.””

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God concerning Jesus Christ.  When we choose to put our trust in Jesus and His death and resurrection, faith has entered our heart and with our mouths we confess the truth: “Jesus is Lord.”  Everyone who believes is saved on the level ground of faith.  God is impartial and true to His Word!

Faith confession:  I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God and that He offered His sinless life on the cross for me and for the sins of all the world.  I believe He died and was buried and rose again the third day.  “Jesus is Lord” is my testimony and confession of my mouth.

Faith Confession:  I believe in the One True God, Jesus Christ, Creator of all mankind and my Creator and Father.  I know there is a day of appointed judgment set by God for all mankind.  Without repentance and faith in Jesus no one can stand at the judgment.

Psalm 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him; and He will make straight your paths.”  

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Receiving the Holy Spirit!

Scripture reading for May 30th:  Acts 19, Psalm 108, Proverbs 15

Key Scriptures:  Acts 19:1-6 “. . .Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus.  there he found some disciples.  And he said to them,”Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?”  They said, “Into John’s baptism.”  And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the One who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.”  

Paul found twelve disciples at Ephesus who had only been baptized by John the Baptist.  They had not received or heard of the gift of the Holy Spirit.  As Paul shared how John pointed all to Jesus, they believed and were baptized in Jesus’ Name.  Paul laid his hands on them and prayed and the Holy Spirit filled them with the evidence that they spoke in tongues and prophesied.  This was about 20 years after the first Pentecost.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ and have been baptized in the Name of the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.  I have also been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.  I believe this gift is for all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Psalm 108:5 “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let Your glory be over all the earth!”   

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Faith and household salvation!

Scripture reading for May 27th:  Acts 16, Psalm 105, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures: Acts 16:30-34 “Then he (the Philippian jailer) brought them out and said,”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they (Paul and Silas) said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  And they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.” 

Paul and Silas had been beaten and put in stocks for preaching the Gospel.  About midnight, they were singing praises to God from their cell and God sent an earthquake that opened all the cell doors and released the prisoners from their bonds!  The jailer was ready to take his own life thinking all the prisoners would escape when he was stopped by Paul and Silas.  The jailer asked an amazing question:  “What must I do to be saved?”  Paul gave him a simple faith confession: “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household!”

Faith confession:  I believe on the Lord Jesus as Savior and claim my household, children and grandchildren and generations to come, for salvation through faith in Jesus as well!  I believe this good word and am glad!

Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”   

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Believing without seeing!

Scripture reading for May 2nd:  John 20, Psalm 88, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  John 20:27-29  “Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and My God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.”  

Eight days after the resurrection, Jesus again came to His disciples through locked doors and greeted them with “Peace be with you.”  He had missed Thomas the first time He appeared and Thomas had stated that unless he could see Jesus alive and place his hands in his wounds, he could not believe.  Jesus met him where he was and offered His wounds for his touching.  Thomas cried out in a faith confession:  “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus pronounced a blessing on all who would believe though they did not see.

Faith confession:  I receive Your blessing, Jesus, by believing in Your death, burial and resurrection from the dead.  You are my Lord and my God!

Psalm 88:1  “O Lord, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you.”  

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Humble confession of Faith!

Scripture reading for April 16th:  John 8, Psalm 76, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures:  John 8:23-25 “He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above.  You are of this world; I am not of this world.  I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins.”  So they said to Him, “Who are you?”  Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.” 

Jesus had declared to the Pharisees that He was the “Light of the world.”  They struggled to believe in Him because they were living in the darkness of sin–the sin of unbelief!  Jesus plainly told them that they would die in their sins unless they believed in Him as Messiah.  It is faith in Jesus that alone brings deliverance from death.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I humbly confess that You are the Son of God, the Light of the world. and the only One who can save me from eternal separation from You.

Psalm 76:8-9 “From the heavens You uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth.”  

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Strong Confidence!

Scripture reading for March 4th: Luke 1, Psalm 45, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures: Luke 1:35-38 “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.  And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”  And the angel departed from her.”

Luke carefully wrote down the story related to him by faithful ministers, the apostles and Mary, Jesus’ mother whom he had known.  Jesus’ birth was miraculous.  Mary was a virgin and visited by Gabriel, the angel messenger of God.  She was informed of God’s plan to use her to bring His Son into the world.  Although Mary struggled to comprehend this process, she humbly offered herself as God’s servant to do His will.  Her faith confession is a response to the angel’s words:  “Nothing shall be impossible with God.”

Faith Confession:  I believe that nothing is impossible with God and I trust His Word as truth to be believed and acted upon.  (Action step:  Respond in faith to God’s Word concerning an impossible situation you are facing.)

Proverbs 14:1, 26 “The wisest of women builds her house, . . .” “In the fear of the Lord on has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”  

 

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Faith Asks Expectantly!

Scripture reading for February 22nd:  Mark 11, Psalms 39, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures:  Mark 11:22-25 “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.””

Jesus had cursed a fig tree and the next day the disciples noted that it had withered away from the roots.  Jesus used this illustration of speaking in faith to teach them the power of faith and prayer.  Asking the Father in faith, believing that they would receive what they asked, would bring them the desired answer.  Jesus also encouraged them to forgive wrongs done against them so that they might stand forgiven before the Father.

Faith’s confession:  Lord, I believe that You will answer my prayers that I ask You for in faith.  Help me to forgive those who have wronged me, and increase my faith. (Action step: Ask the Lord today to meet a need or purposely forgive any wrongs against you.)

Proverbs 8:17 “I (Wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.” 

 

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