Scripture reading for May 11th: 1st Samuel 30-31, 1st Chronicles 10, Acts 20
Key Scriptures: Acts 20:24-28 “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood.”
Paul was meeting for a last time with the Ephesian elders that he had ordained and set over the congregation. He shared his view of life and ministry. He wanted to complete what Christ Jesus had laid out for him. In Ephesus Paul had declared the full and whole counsel of God to the church there. He had done his part and was therefore innocent of their blood. They must continue in the Word and be watchful over themselves and the flock of God there. Paul knew there would be trouble arising from within the church from Satan and warned them.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I ask to be like Paul the Apostle, fully preaching the whole counsel of God to each congregation to rescue sinners. I will be diligent to speak Your Word as You direct.
1st Samuel 30:7-8 “And David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”
Scripture reading for July 4th: Romans 16, Psalm 133, Proverbs 9
Key Scriptures: Romans 16:17-19 “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.”
Paul warned the church to avoid people who were divisive and created controversy that opposed sound doctrine. The dividers were serving their own appetites and not the Lord Jesus. Paul then complimented them for their obedience and encouraged them to be wise about doing good and innocent concerning evil and division. This wisdom can be applied in every area of life and living.
Faith Confession: Thank You for the wisdom given me by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to be wise for good and innocent concerning evil. Help me to avoid divisive people and stand in sound doctrine.
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.”