Scripture reading for July 7th: Luke 8, Psalm 135, Proverbs 11
Luke 8:16-18 “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
Jesus had just taught His disciples the parable of the Sower. God is the actual ‘Sower’ of His Word. It is likened to ‘Good Seed’ that can produce an abundant crop in the right kind of soil. We receive God’s Word through hearing it preached, taught, or spoken or reading it. Care needs to be taken how we hear. We must be diligent to take His Word deep into our hearts and allow it to germinate and grow. If we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through repentance and faith we take the first step in proper hearing. Then more can be given to us. We must always remember that God knows everything about us, including our secrets and secret sins. Confessing them to Him and repentance brings righteousness.
Psalm 135:11-12 “Your Name, O Lord, endures forever, Your renown, O Lord throughout all ages. For the Lord will vindicate His people and have compassion on His servants.”
Prayer: Father God, Your Name and renown endures forever! Through Jesus Christ, I have repented of living for me and now have received Christ’s gift of righteousness. I ask for continued healing of my ears to better hear Your Word and softening the soil of my heart to increase the capacity to receive Your Word and produce a crop for eternal life and proclaim Your Name to the ends of the earth!
Proverbs 11:4-5 “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.”
Scripture reading for July 3rd: Luke 4, Psalm 131, Proverbs 7
Luke 4: 16-21 “And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as was His custom, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and He stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim Good News to the poor, He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And He rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.””
After forty days in the wilderness, enduring temptation from the devil, Jesus returned to begin His ministry in His home town of Nazareth. He went in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to the synagogue that He regularly attended each Sabbath in his early years. It was His custom to read Scripture, and those in charge granted Him that honor. Jesus quoted from the scroll of Isaiah a passage that would be spoken by Messiah alone. This brought all eyes on Him and Jesus then proclaimed that as He read the passage out loud, it had been fulfilled in their hearing. This caused quite a stir, first of wonder, and then anger that lead to a spirit of murder among some present. How do you hear Jesus’ words?
Psalm 131:2-3 “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.”
Prayer: Father God, thank You for anointing Your Son with the Holy Spirit to bring forgiveness of sins, healing, and deliverance to Your people. Thank You that He fulfilled Your Word completely, bringing salvation to us. Help me to hear Your voice each day and walk in the guidance, wisdom and anointing of the Holy Spirit. May I announce Your Good News through my life, testimony and ministry to others.
Proverbs 7:24 “And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.”
Scripture reading for March 25th: Deuteronomy 23-26, Luke 11
Key Scriptures: Luke 11:27-28 “As He said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed!” But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.””
Jesus had cast a demon out of a man that was mute and the man began to speak. The crowd was amazed but some accused Jesus of casting out spirits by the power of the devil. Jesus explained that the devil would not cast out the devil–it would be a house divided. People freed from demons must be careful to fill their souls with God or worse would happen. Blessed people are those who hear God’s Word and obey it! They are His ‘treasured possession’ and close relative.
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord, thank You for Your Holy Word that is for my instruction and cleansing. Help me today to find those who need deliverance and freedom and I will share Your Word of freedom. You consider them ‘treasured possessions!’
Deuteronomy 26:18-19 “And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and that you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”
Scripture reading for May 29th: 2nd Chronicles 9-12, Acts 18
Key Scriptures: Acts 18:8-10 “Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are My people.””
Paul, coming to Corinth, went first to the Jews to preach Christ Jesus. The synagogue ruler believed and his whole household. Paul was encouraged by the Lord to stay longer and keep preaching the Gospel. A great harvest was to be found in that city, first from the Jews and then from the Gentiles, as many as were drawn to seek the God of Israel.
2nd Chronicles 11:16 “And those who had set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the Lord, the God of their fathers.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that You seek out lost people and draw them to seek You. May I follow Your instructions today. Amen.