Scripture reading for October 25th: Jeremiah 13-15, Hebrews 10
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 10:23-27 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately, after receiving a knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.”
God honors faithfulness and application of truth revealed. Christians have a great responsibility to live in obedience and hold Christ’s return in their thinking and actions. God is faithful and also just! Willful sinning when the knowledge of God’s truth has been received will bring judgment and eternal loss. What a joy to delight in His Word!
Jeremiah 15:16 “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and delight of my heart, for I am called by Your Name, O Lord, God of Hosts.”
Prayer: Lord, Thank You for Your faithfulness and Holy Word of encouragement and warning. May I always delight in Your Word and be called by Your great Name! Amen.
Scripture reading for January 6th: Matthew 4
Key Scriptures: Matthew 4:18-20
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.”
Jesus walked where people were at work! He, Himself, was a worker! He was a carpenter who helped His father to shape wood for various purposes. He was walking here among fishermen who were busy at their trade. He called out to Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew. When they heard Him, they immediately left their trade and daily work and followed Jesus. He called them to a new type of fishing–fishing for men!
When Jesus calls us to come after Him, we often make excuses. How will we make a living? Aren’t we supposed to be loyal to our family business? How will others and our families eat if we don’t have fish to eat and sell? The word of God is calling us to humbly trust Jesus and obey Him. The new calling to fish for men requires an apprenticeship with the Master Fisherman! Why not obey His call and let the great adventure begin? Trust Him to provide all you need.
Observation for overcomers: The call of Jesus goes deep into the heart and spirit of each person when they open their hearts to listen. When we want what He wants, we will joyfully follow Him and overcome all fears and arguments! “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart!” (Psalm 37:4)