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Sealed by the Holy Spirit

Scripture reading for June 23rd:  Song of Songs 7-8, Psalm 127, 2nd Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 2:13-17  “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Holy Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.”

Paul warned the Thessalonians concerning the coming deception of the lawless one, the antichrist, who would deceive those who refused to love the truth.  But he gave thanks for the believers and encouraged them to stand firm through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit would set them apart for God and reveal truth to their hearts.  Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father would comfort the believers and give them hope through further revelations of the grace that is ours through faith in Christ.  God would establish them in every good work and word, protecting them from deception!

Song of Songs 8:6  “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.” 

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, sealing me for the day of full redemption, giving me comfort and good hope.  Fill me afresh with the flame of Your love and protect me from deception.

 

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The Holy Spirit brings out the “spices”!

Scripture reading for June 22nd:  Song of Songs 4-6, 2nd Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 1:2-5  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.  This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering–. . ”  

Paul was writing a second letter to the church at Thessolonica.  He sent greetings of grace and peace from “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  He thanked God for their growing faith and increasing love for each other.  They were remaining steadfast and growing in the face of persecution and affliction.  Even as the winds of adversity blew upon them, their faith and perseverance was evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work to prepare them for God’s eternal kingdom!  The spices of their hearts brought a pleasant fragrance before God.

Faith confession and prayer:  Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit living in me.  I am trusting You today for grace and peace and to allow fragrant spices to flow from my heart.  Help me to be steadfast in life’s daily afflictions and the persecutions of the last days.  May Your kingdom come and Your will be done!

Song of Songs 4:16  “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind!  Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow.”

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Interceding for the brothers!

Scripture reading for June 3rd:  1st Kings 4, Proverbs 1-2, Psalm 43, Romans 9

Key Scriptures:  Romans 9:1-5 “I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience bears witness in the Holy Spirit–that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.  They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises.  To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever.  Amen.”

Paul shared with the Romans his heart for the Israelites, his own brothers.  He identified with them in their lost condition, having been lost himself at one time and proud of his heritage.  The Jews had great blessings through the patriarchs and their relationship with God.  God had promised them eternal blessings through covenant.  But they had rejected Christ Jesus, One of their own, Who was God over all men.  Intercession is the heart of God and the Holy Spirit in us.  God acts when His people identify with His heart to save all men and they ask Him for their salvation.

Psalm 43:3  “Send out Your light and Your Truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me to learn to cooperate with Your Holy Spirit in intercession for those in need of a relationship with You.  Thank You that You desire all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth!

Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; . . .”

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A Helper in our weakness!

Scripture reading for June 2nd:  1st Kings 3, 2nd Chronicles 1, Psalm 42, Romans 8

Key Scriptures:  Romans 8:26-29  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And He Who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that  for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” 

Paul wrote to the Romans concerning God’s help for each believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit.  The Spirit bears witness that we are God’s children and God is our Father.  The Holy Spirit helps us to pray when we are weak and don’t know how to pray.  The Spirit knows all things we are going through and He knows the mind and will of God.  When the Spirit intercedes, all things will work out for good to those who love God and are called of God.  Faith arises inside us for calling, justification and ultimate glorification in the image of Jesus Christ!

Psalm 42:8 “By day the Lord commands His steadfast love, and at night His song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Thank You Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  I pray in the Holy Spirit to build my faith and believe all things are working out for my ultimate and eternal good and Your glory!  Give me daily wisdom and conform me to Christ’s image!

1st Kings 3:9  “”Give Your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern Your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this Your great people?””

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Unity and direction from the Holy Spirit

Scripture reading for May 4th:  1st Samuel 21-22, 1st Chronicles 5, Psalm 52, Acts 15

Key Scriptures:  Acts 15:25-29 “. . . it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord, to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have risked their lives for the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.  For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality.  If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.”  

The council at Jerusalem met with the key apostolic leadership of the early church to discuss the division being caused by Jewish believers insisting on circumcision for new Gentile converts.  The council came to one accord as they waited on the Holy Spirit and discussed the situation, looking at Scripture as a guide.  The only requirement for the Gentiles would be to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols and from blood of strangled animals as well as all sexual immorality.  Personal messengers delivered this message.

Psalm 52:9 “I will thank You forever, because You have done it.  I will wait for Your Name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for the Holy Spirit and the unity and direction that He brings to believers in need of direction.  Help me to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day.

1st Samuel 22:5  “Then the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not remain in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah.”  

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The Gift for repentant hearts!

Scripture reading for April 28th:  1st Samuel 15-16, 1 Chronicles 1, Psalm 39, Acts 11

Key Scriptures:  Acts 11:15-18 “As I (Peter) began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us as the beginning.  And I remembered the Word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’  If then God gave the same gift to them as He gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”  When they heard these things they fell silent.  And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.””

Peter recounted his visit to the Gentile Cornelius’ home and how God used his message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bring repentance and the infilling of the Holy Spirit to these Gentiles.   He had remembered the Word of Jesus concerning how Jesus would baptized with the Holy Spirit and understood that God was giving that same Gift to these who were not Jews.  God’s ways are above our ways.  We must not stand in His way!

Psalm 39:7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You.”   

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your great plan of salvation and Your gift of the Holy Spirit given to all who believe in their heart.  May the Holy Spirit fall on all those hearing the Gospel message from my lips.

1st Samuel 16:7  “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him.  For the Lord sees not as man sees:  man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”  

 

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Anointed with the Holy Spirit and Power!

Scripture reading for April 27th:  1st Samuel 14, Psalm 124, Acts 10

Key Scriptures:  Acts 10:38-42  “. . how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.  He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  And we are witnesses of all that He did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.  They put Him to death by hanging Him on a tree, but God raised Him on the third day and made Him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.  And He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the One appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.” 

Peter proclaimed the miraculous ministry of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power to perform miracles and heal.  His disciples and apostles who walked with Him were witnesses of all He did.  Jesus was put to death by crucifixion but raised from the dead on the third day by God’s power.  His witnesses were commanded by Jesus to preach this Good News to all.  Jesus is appointed by God to judge the living and the dead!

Faith confession and prayer:  I believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power for miracles and healing and forgiveness of sins.  Open doors to preach the Good news today!

1st Samuel 14:6 “Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised.  It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” 

Psalm 124:8  “Our help is in the Name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.”   

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit!

Scripture reading for April 23rd: 1st Samuel 9-10, Acts 8

Key Scriptures:  Acts 8:14-17 “Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for He had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.  Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”  

Philip went out of Jerusalem following the persecution resulting from Stephen’s stoning.  He came to Samaria and began preaching the Gospel of Jesus there and God worked with him showing great signs and wonders.  Many believed and were baptized.  The apostles heard about this move of God, and sent Peter and John to further instruct the new believers and make sure that they received the Gift of the Holy Spirit following their repentance and baptism.  As they laid hands on the new converts, they received the Holy Spirit!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for giving me another heart and the Gift of the Holy Spirit to live in me!  Help me to proclaim the Gospel prophetically to my generation by filling me with the Holy Spirit afresh each day.  Empower me to help others receive this Gift!

1st Samuel 10:9-10  “When he (Saul) turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart.  And all these signs came to pass that day.  When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them.”  

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Obeying our King!

Scripture reading for April 14th:  Judges 17-18, Psalm 21, Acts 1

Key Scriptures:  Acts 1:4-8 “And while staying with them,  He ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which He said, “you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

Jesus was always teaching His disciples, preparing them to take over the vision He had given them from the Father to reach the whole world through preaching and making disciples.  After the resurrection, Jesus appeared a final time to instruct them to wait for the Promise of the Father–the Blessed Holy Spirit.  They were looking for the full restoration of the kingdom but Jesus told them that was not their concern.  They would need the power given by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses to the ends of the earth.

Faith Confession and prayer:  My King, fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit today!  I know You will come again, but I want to be about Your vision of reaching my Jerusalem and even the ends of the earth.

Judges 17:10  “In those days there was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” 

Psalm 21:13 “Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength!  We will sing and praise Your power.”  

 

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In the beginning: God! (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

Scripture reading for January 2nd:  Genesis 1-2, Psalm 19, Mark 1 (5 day Chronological reading plan from www.BibleClassMaterial.cogm)

Key Scriptures:  Genesis  1:1-3 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

God is there in the beginning as the great “I AM.”  He created everything by His powerful Word (Son) out of nothing through the hovering Holy Spirit.  At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, thought to be the first written of New Testament accounts, we have Jesus Christ introduced by God the Father as He comes up out of the waters of the Jordan.  The Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove fluttering from a torn-open heaven.  God declares that Jesus is His beloved Son, pleasing to Him!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, We call out to the lost world today in Your Name to hear and receive the simple truth of One true God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of heaven and earth.  Holy Spirit, hover over Your Word and bring light in Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:1,9-11 “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. . . . .In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”

Psalm 19:1  “The heavens declare the glory of  God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”

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