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Don’t be afraid of suffering!

Scripture reading for December 2nd: Esther 4-6, Revelation 2

Key Scriptures: Revelation 2:8-10 “”And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The Word of the First and the Last, Who died and came to life. “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

John was given dictation by the risen Jesus Christ to write down for the seven churches. Jesus identified Himself as the One Who died and came to life. He gave a Word of knowledge to this body of believers. Jesus wanted them to know that He knew about their tribulation and the poverty that also had beset them. He reminded them they were really rich! He also knew about the slander of the false teachers who claimed to be Jews but were really tools of Satan. Jesus told them not to be fearful about the coming trial of suffering and persecution. Satan was behind it but God would reward the faithful with a crown of life eternal!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I am thankful You are alive from the dead and know all things. At Your Word, I will not be fearful about future suffering or even of death. I look forward to the crown of life eternal!

Esther 4:16 “”Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night of day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.””

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Jesus is my Advocate!

Scripture reading for January 14th:  Matthew 10, Psalm 10, Prov. 10

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 10:29-32  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.  So everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before My Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus prepared to send his disciples out two by two to share the gospel and heal.  Jesus prepared His disciples for the persecution and opposition that they would experience.  Knowing that they would be tempted to doubt their worth and even deny Him, He encouraged them of their great worth before God and the reward of staying true to their Master.  Their confession before men must ring out!

Faith’s Confession: I will acknowledge and confess my faith in Jesus Christ before men  without fear and rest in my Father’s great love and care, trusting Jesus to confess me before the Father as my Advocate.

Psalm 10:17-18 “O Lord, You hear the desire of the afflicted; You will strengthen their heart; You will incline Your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth, may strike terror no more.”

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Standing firm with confidence!

Scripture reading for August 31st:  Psalm 140-142 and Philippians 1

Key Scriptures:  Philippians 1:27-30 “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the Gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.  This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.”

Paul was in prison and not sure whether he would live or die for the Gospel.  He wrote to the church at Philippi to encourage them to stand firm in their faith and not be afraid.  Faith in Christ often involves suffering for His sake.  There is a spiritual conflict that comes with belonging to Him, but we can have great confidence in our final outcome.

Psalm 140:12-13 “I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.  Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your Name; the upright shall dwell in Your Presence.”  

Prayer:  Lord, empower me today to stand firm in the conflict and suffering that comes to those who believe.  Thank You for the encouragement of Your Word and past apostles and saints.  Amen.

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Strength and Courage!

Scripture reading for March 15th:  Joshua 1-4, Luke 10

Key Scriptures: Luke 10: 1-3  “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to go.  And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.  Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”

Jesus gathered the larger group of His disciples and sent them out two by two.  He prefaced His mission with a command for them to pray to “The Lord of the Harvest” for laborers.  After they prayed, He commanded them to answer their prayer by going!  Prayer has a way of motivating the prayer and opening them to Hear Jesus and obey.

Joshua 1:8-9  “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make you way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for your encouragement and strength.  Help me to go forth today to walk with You and possess the land of promise.  Amen.

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Jesus: Worthy of Worship!

Scripture reading for October 30th:  Hebrews 13

In this letter, the writer of Hebrews has done all he can to call the Hebrew Christians to continue confidently in their pursuit of Christ!  The final words are very practical in light of the Great Shepherd of our souls who alone is worthy of our worship!

“Keep on loving each other as brothers.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.  Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.  Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.””  (Hebrews 13:1-5)   Jesus is always with us and promised to be with us always!  (Matthew 28:20)  In light of this, we must live a life of worship by obeying His commands and example.  Jesus loved the world enough to die for them, even though all men were sinners.  Jesus identified with the poor, needy and suffering, having compassion on them.  Jesus forgave sin but called all to repentance.  Without repentance, there is no forgiveness and God will judge sin.  Money and possessions will not save us in the Day of Christ’s return!

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess His Name.  And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (Hebrews 13:15-16) Living a life of worship and good deeds keeps us ready for the Great Shepherd when He comes again!


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Connecting with courage!

Scripture Reading for March 3rd:  Joshua 1-5

Walking with God is not for wimps!  God leads His people in paths of righteousness and truth.  He is a mighty warrior and a conqueror!  His reputation for war is known far and wide!  He often employs some very unconventional battle strategy (Joshua 6:2-5) and uses only those willing to follow His leadership.

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.  Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:6-9)

Possessing your inheritance requires strength!   The ground you cover will have both mountains and valleys.  You must have strength of mind to keep your thoughts focused on God’s promises.  You must possess strength of character and soul to keep from falling for the temptations of the enemy and the flesh that would trip you up.

Courage is the ability to face tough situations with confidence.  Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to face fear with truth and keep moving toward the goal.  Confidence must not to be in your own strength, mind or ability, but comes from a relationship with God.  Joshua was told not to let God’s Law and Word depart from his mouth or mind.  He was guaranteed prosperity and success as he meditated on the Word and was careful to obey. (Romans 10:17) (Hebrews 11:6)

Let Joshua’s call to strength and courage become personal.  Jesus Christ is our “Joshua” and has blazed a trail of perfect obedience to God’s Word.  His leadership in our lives today will give us the strength and courage to conquer the obstacles in our path!  “Be strong and very courageous!”

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My peace I leave with you!

Scripture reading for May 25th: John 14:15-31

Jesus, knowing that a short time remained with the eleven remaining disciples, began to teach them about the Gift of the Father.  He told them He would ask the Father to give them another Counselor like Him who would be with them forever. (John 14:16-17)  This Counselor would be known as the Spirit of Truth who would live in them and those who would believe on account of their witness.  Those in the world would not have this Gift or understand anything about Him.

This Counselor was not just a vague spirit, but a true person.  This third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, was a special gift to Jesus’ disciples.  He would be sent by the Father at Jesus’ request.  He would help them by reminding them of everything that Jesus had taught them and then would teach them all things.  These things Jesus instructed the disciples about so that they would have peace through the coming storm of events.

Jesus was prophesied to be the “Prince of Peace”  and “Wonderful Counselor” by Isaiah.  (Isaiah 9:6)  Jesus’ teachings were marked by unusual wisdom and people everywhere marveled at His ability to speak like no one else.   When Jesus had asked these disciples if they wanted to leave Him, Peter had spoken up that Jesus had words of eternal life and there was no one else like Him. (John 6:68)

As Jesus prepared to leave these men, He granted them His peace.  This peace was beyond anything the world could offer.  It was a supernatural peace granted by the only One who can give sinful humans peace with God through forgiveness of sins.  “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)  He and they would soon face tremendous spiritual conflict with the ‘prince of this world’, Satan.  Jesus assured them that this prince had no hold on Him.  He was going to fully obey the Father and demonstrate that obedience to the world.

Do you live in this supernatural peace given by Jesus Christ?   It is available today to those who follow Him and put their trust in His word.  This peace comes with Jesus’ perfect love that drives out all fear and is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit!

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