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Radical love in action!

Scripture reading for October 13th: Jeremiah 38, 39, 52, 1st Peter 2

1st Peter 2: 18-23 “Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth. When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; When He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him Who judges justly.”

Peter encouraged submission to all authorities, even those who were abusive or unjust. Suffering is part of following Jesus Christ. Our Lord set the example for us in His trial, death and resurrection. God looks upon His people suffering unjustly as an act of grace towards those mistreating them. God’s goodness leads people to repentance. Jesus Christ suffered unjustly for our sins and prayed for forgiveness for those so mistreating Him. Because of this, He ransomed all who will in faith look to Him. Peter wanted believers to follow in that example to see God’s enemies saved if possible. This is radical love in action.

1st Peter 2:24 “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.”

Prayer: Father God, I struggle to fully submit to unrighteous authority. Forgive me of my sin of pride and teach me the way of the cross and Jesus Christ My Lord. Help me to learn from those in Scripture who also suffered unjustly under rebellious authority yet remained true to God and His Word. Use me to show Your amazing grace to those needing redemption and Your healing for their souls.

Jeremiah 38:6 “So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king’s son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.” (Response of king Zedekiah to Jeremiah’s Word from the Lord.)

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Healthy Self-Talk!

Scripture reading for January 11th:  Matthew 9, Psalm 9, Prov. 9

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 9:20-22 “And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, for she said to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will be made well.”  Jesus turned, and seeing her He said, “Take heart, daughter: your faith has made you well.”  And instantly the woman was made well.”

Jesus was on His way to minister to the daughter of a ruler of the synagogue when He encountered this woman who had the long-time issue of blood.  This woman had decided by faith that if she could just touch Jesus’ garment, she would be healed.  She had confessed this to herself.  Healthy self-talk can promote faith–a deep trust in Jesus and His miraculous ability.  Jesus stated that her faith had made her well!  Healing happened instantly!

Faith’s Confession:  Lord I know that I can go to You with any need or health issue and You have the willingness and power to provide and heal.  (Faith Action:  Reach out to the Lord with a current need for you or a loved one, using a faith confession.  Talk to yourself about Jesus!)

Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.” 

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Finding the Way to Zion!

Scripture reading for November 8th:  Jeremiah 48-50, 1st Peter 2

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 2:21-25 “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth.  When He was reviled, he did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live for righteousness.  By His wounds you have been healed.  For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”  

Suffering was a part of Christ’s life on earth.  His suffering set an example of patience and faith for all His followers.  Suffering will be a part of every believer’s life on earth as well.  We must keep our eyes on the Great Shepherd Jesus Christ and allow His healing wounds to steadfast faith.

Jeremiah 50:4-5  “”In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come and they shall seek the Lord their God.  They shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, saying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an everlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.'”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for showing me and Your followers the Way to Zion!  Thank You for the everlasting covenant through the blood You shed.  By Your stripes I am healed.  Amen.

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Walking erect and ‘yoke-free’!

Scripture reading for February 14th:  Leviticus 24-26, Mark 5

Key Scriptures: Mark 5:25-29  “And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.  For she said, “If I touch even His garments, I will be made well.  And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.”  

Jesus reputation spread among the people.  Mark records the story of one woman who had faith that even touching Jesus’ garment would bring healing that had eluded her for twelve years and taken all she had.  She pressed in through the crowd and secretly touched Jesus and immediately was healed.  Jesus commended this woman, telling her that her faith had made her well.

Leviticus 26:12-13  And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be My people.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be slaves.  And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your continual Presence with Your people.  May I learn to walk in erect and free from yokes of bondage, in health and freedom from daily communion with You.  Amen.

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