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2017 Theme: Joy and Thanksgiving!

Scripture reading for 2017:  The Holy Bible–Genesis through Revelation.

Breakdown:  With God’s help, a reading plan for five days per week breaking at chapters will begin on Monday January 2nd, 2017 and end on Friday, December 29th, 2017.

Devotion:  A devotion will be presented from each day’s reading, Monday-Friday, focusing on developing thankfulness and joy in our lives.  This will be featured on my blog site:  www.Bibletrektoday.com

Invitation:  I am joyfully inviting my family, friends, and anyone who will to join me in my ninth trek through God’s Holy Bible in 2017.  As you read, ask God to fill you with a knowledge of His holy character and with a joyful and thankful heart.  Ask Him to increase your awareness of His presence in your life and allow you to share your joy and hope with others.  Exciting things happen when we pray and read God’s Word!

Key Verses:  “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared.  This day is sacred to our Lord.  Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

“Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs. . . .Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and  praise His Name.”  Psalm 100:1-2,4

“If you obey My Commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love.  I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  (Jesus) (John 15:10-11)

 

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The test of knowing Jesus!

Scripture reading for December 1st: 1st John 2:1-17

Are you truly saved?  How does a person know that they have passed from death to life?  Is salvation as simple as just saying a prayer and putting your trust in Jesus Christ?  Does God require us to change our way of living?   These questions were on the mind of John as he wrote to the churches receiving his ministry letter.  John wanted them to understand that salvation was receiving the life of Jesus and living as He lived!

Thank God for the grace of God coming through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ!  “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1st John 2:1-2) Jesus paid the price to free us from our sins and their power.  We should seek to live free from sin and not sin willfully or knowingly.

“We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.  The man who says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him.  This is how we know we are in Him:  Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (1st John 2:3-6)  John plainly states what James stated, “In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17)  When we truly know Jesus and love Him, we will listen to His word and obey.  We do not obey to obtain salvation, but because we have been transformed already by repentance and faith in Christ!  This change brings a new way to live and walk.  If we don’t have a changed walk, we really haven’t known Jesus!

When we love God, the love of the world must be put to death.  We cannot continue to live as we did when controlled by our flesh.  “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” (1st John 2:17) Why not  take time to examine your walk with Jesus in light of these scriptures?

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