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Declare not Deny!

Scripture reading for April 30th:  1st Kings 11-13, John 18

Key Scriptures:  John 18:25-27 “Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself.  So they said to him, “You also are not one of His disciples, are you?”  He denied it and said “I am not.”  One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”  Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.”  

Jesus had predicted the denial and falling away of all His disciples. He had also predicted the betrayal by one, Judas.  Even those who walked with Jesus, saw the miracles, heard His teaching and knew Him turned away during Jesus’ final hours.  How we need His grace!

1st Kings 11:3-4 “He (Solomon)had 700 wives and 300 concubines.  And his wives turned away his heart.  For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for praying for me.  Help me to declare You, not deny You, before men and maintain a fully committed heart, like the heart of Jesus, David’s Son and the Son of God.  Amen.

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A friend’s betrayal!

Scripture reading for April 23rd:  2nd Samuel 17-20, John 13

Key Scriptures: John 13:14-18 “If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.  Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.  I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate My bread has lifted his heel against me.'”

At the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of each of His disciples to set an example for them of servant leadership.  He warned them that one of them would betray Him, as Scripture declared.  They each began to examine themselves as to their motives and hearts.  One would betray and take his own life.

2nd Samuel 17:23  “When Ahithophel (betrayer of King David)  saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and went off home to his own city.  He set his house in order and hanged himself, and he died and was buried in the tomb of his fathers.”   

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to examine my heart today and repent of anything that would betray You.  May I follow Your example of serving and washing the feet of other followers.  Amen.

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