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Choosing a firm foundation!

Scripture reading for September 29th: 1st John 2, Psalm 45, Proverbs 9

1st John 2: 15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

There is a war going on for the affections of mankind. We are born centered on ourselves. We love ourselves and want anything that pleases us. The world appeals to the desires of our flesh and whatever pleases our eyes or body, just like a seductive woman appealing to a simple man. John, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, warned believers against loving the world. This world is temporary and passing away. We can’t love the world and love God our Father. There is no room for both. Wisely choose to love God, Whose throne is forever and ever! When we love God, we embrace righteousness and choose to love God and do His will! We depart from wickedness and that which is passing away to embrace the eternal!

Psalm 45:6-7 “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”

Prayer: Father God, give me discernment today concerning the seductions of this world and its appeal for my affections. I choose to love God alone and be faithful to do His will and worship Him alone. Anoint me with the oil of gladness today that those in the world might be drawn to ask me the reason for my hope and joy. I will share with them the Good News of a Savior, Christ the Lord, Whose joy is mine!

Proverbs 9:13-118 “The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, and her guests are in the depths of Sheol.”

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Radiating the Glory of God

Scripture reading for February 16th: Exodus 38-40, Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1:1-4 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed the heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the Name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”

The Name of Jesus Christ was given from the Father to Joseph by an angel. This Jesus is the First-born Son of God, and is the exact representation of God the Father and radiates to sinful man God’s awesome glory. No man could look on God in the fullness of His glory and live. But Jesus Christ made God and His glory known! The ark of the covenant, whose pattern Moses received from God was to be where God’s glory would reside in the midst of His people on earth. When the ark was placed in the tabernacle, and covered with the curtain and sacrifices were made exactly as God prescribed, God’s glory filled the Tabernacle and was in the midst of Israel to guide, protect and provide for them on their journey to their promised inheritance. In the same way, when we repent and invite Jesus to reside in us, God’s glory fills us and we reflect that glory to the world on His behalf.

Hebrews 1:8-9 “But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”

Prayer: Father God, Thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Name above all names and the exact representation of Your glory and the creator and sustainer of earth and all life. Thank You for Your eternal rule in righteousness and the anointing of Jesus Christ and His followers with the oil of gladness. I receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and invite Him to reflect His glory through my life.

Exodus 40:34 “Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

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The oil of gladness!

Scripture reading for October 14th:  Hebrews 1, Psalm 55, Proverbs 20

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 1:7-9 “Of the angels He says, “He makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.”  But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness, therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”  

The writer of Hebrews extolled the Son of God as God’s final Word from heaven.  The Son was better than angels who were ministering spirits to us the heirs of salvation.  The Son’s throne was forever and His ruling ‘scepter’ was one of righteousness.  His righteousness was a perfect love of truth and a constant hatred of evil.  This earned Him an anointing with the oil of gladness!  Joy comes from perfect obedience!

Faith Confession:  The Son of God, Jesus Christ rules on an eternal throne at the right hand of God the Father.  His throne is established in righteousness according to His perfect obedience to God’s Word.  He loved righteousness and hates evil!  I have joy because I am submitted to His rule!

Psalm 55:22-23 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.  But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days.  But I will trust in You.”


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A Noble Theme

Scripture reading for June 12th: Psalm 42-49

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of skillful writer.  You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.” Psalm 45:1-2

This psalm is written by the sons of Korah as a wedding song for the King of Israel.  It is one of ten “royal” psalms addressing the King, who in reality is God’s son, Jesus Christ!  As we look at this psalm, take note of those things that relate to Jesus and go beyond what any earthly king could expect.  These first verses tell of one who is the most excellent of men.  Jesus Christ, as the second “Adam”, was perfect in every way.  His lips were anointed with grace and He spoke as no other man!  (Matthew 7:28-29)  As the Son of God, He is blessed forever!

“Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.  In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.”  Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let nations fall beneath your feet.”  (Psalm 45:3-5)

Jesus Christ was a humble man who came to us as the “Word of God”.  (John 1:1, 14)  The sword he wielded was  speaking truth that called men to repentance and righteousness.  By living a sinless life, He offered Himself for those who had sinned; He was victorious over Satan, death and hell!  God’s enemies were destroyed, and ours, too!  Jesus Christ is now King of Kings and He will come back riding victorious over all.  (Revelation 20:11-16)

“Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: forget your people and your father’s house.  The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.”  . . .”All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.  In embroidered garments she is led to the King; her virgin companions follow. . .They are led in with joy and gladness; they enter the palace of the King.” (Psalm 45:10-15)

The King has a bride, the church!  They are called out of the world and clothed in royalty!  They are led with joy and gladness to the wedding feast in the King’s palace!  Oh how blessed they are!  (Revelation 19:6-9)

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