Scriptures for February 12th: Exodus 28-31, Philippians 2
Key Scriptures: Exodus 31:1-6 “The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you.”
God gave the exact plans for His dwelling place and its furnishings. Then He filled chosen workmen with His Spirit, enabling them to do the skilled work necessary to follow His detailed design and use the valuable offerings given willingly. This was all for expected obedience, that God’s people might enjoy God’s presence.
Faith Confession and Prayer: I thank God for His gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell in me, producing ability and skill to live a holy and separated life. Forgive me for grumbling and help me Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to empower me today.
Philippians 2:12-15 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, . . “
Scripture reading for February 7th: Exodus 19-20, Psalm 33, Ephesians 5
Key Scriptures: Exodus 20:13-18 “Now when all the people saw the thunder and flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood afar off, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.”
After assembling and consecrating the people of Israel, Moses and Aaron prepared to meet with God. The mountain where they were meeting was filled with fire and smoke and shook with rumblings. But the people did not want God to speak to them directly, for they were afraid they would die. Moses assured them that God’s purpose was to instill in them the fear of God–a holy respect, that would keep them from the sin of disobedience and unbelief.
Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord, I thank You for speaking to me and instilling holy fear for Who You are and what You have done for me. Help me to fully obey You each day and live by faith in every Word You have spoken.
Psalm 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in Awe of Him!”
Ephesians 5:20 “. . .giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Scripture reading for October 18th: Hebrews 5, Psalm 59, Proverbs 24
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-9 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
Jesus was the Son of God, but came to earth in a human body, subject to all its weakness and limitations. Jesus relied upon prayer and reverent submission to His Father in heaven and obeyed Him perfectly. He learned obedience through suffering because of it. Because of His willing and perfect obedience, He could become the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him!
Faith Confession: I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and my Savior and freely choose to obey His Word. He is the source of my salvation from the consequences of sin and my power to live a life free from sin by obeying Jesus. I bow in reverence to Jesus Christ, my Savior!
Psalm 59:9-10 “O my Strength, I will watch for You, for You, O God, are my Fortress. My God in His steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.”
Scripture reading for August 9th: 2nd Corinthians 10, Psalm 9, Proverbs 5
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war in the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”
Paul knew the pressures of the world that he and the Corinthian believers lived in. The flesh and culture appealing to the outer man brought conflict in the thought life of the inner man requiring powerful weapons to combat them. Paul advised and practiced bringing his thought life and consequently his fleshly man into subjection by focusing on obeying Christ and His powerful Word. By the power of the Word and Spirit, each person could be victorious over the strongholds of worldly thinking.
Faith Confession: The weapons of my warfare are powerful through God for the pulling down of strongholds. I bring every thought into obedience to Christ and His unfailing Word with the help of the Holy Spirit. God is my Stronghold!
Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your Name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Scripture reading for February 25th: Mark 12, Psalm 40, Proverbs 9
Key Scriptures: Mark 12:28-31 “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that He answered them well, asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.””
Jesus was asked by a scribe to give His opinion on the most important commandment. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 about loving God and loving your neighbor. Love is foundational to faith. We can trust someone we love. We believe someone we love. Love always wants the best for the one loved. Love for God is first enabling love for your neighbor.
Faith’s confession: Lord, I love You with all my heart and soul and mind and strength and want to please You through obedience. Thank You for helping me love my neighbor as myself. I am still growing in both. (Action step: Show God or your neighbor you love them today in a tangible way.)
Psalm 40:8-9 “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation.”
Scripture reading for October 18th: Isaiah 60-63, Hebrews 5
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-9 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
Jesus Christ, our High Priest, was a man of prayer during His time on the earth. He was reverent before His Father, learning obedience through what He suffered. His total obedience to His Father made Him perfect as our source of eternal salvation. He lives forever to intercede for us.
Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth as light from the Father and showing us Your glory. Thank You for Your reverence and perfect obedience. Help me to follow Your example. Amen.
Scripture reading for April 12th: 1st Samuel 24-26, John 6
Key Scriptures: 1 Samuel 26:23-25 “The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the Lord gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may He deliver me out of all tribulation. Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David! You will do many things and succeed in them.””
David was being hunted by Saul, because Saul was jealous of David and had an evil spirit. David spared Saul’s life because he refused to touch the Lord’s anointed. He knew that only God could take vengeance of an anointed servant. Saul blessed David and prophesied his success. Jesus, a son of David and The Son of God, spared us!
John 6:56-57 “Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on Me, he also will live because of Me.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your faithful obedience and honoring of mankind by offering Your own body and blood to give us life. Help me to honor and obey You today. Amen.
Scripture reading for October 26th: Luke 1-4
Key Scriptures: Luke 4:1-4 “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them He was hungry. The devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'”
Jesus had been baptized by John and the Holy Spirit filled Him and led Him into the desert for forty days of testing. Jesus fasted during this time and at its end, became hungry. The devil came to Him suggesting that He could turn stones into bread. Jesus, filled with the Spirit, reminded the devil that obedience to God’s Word was more important to life than food! God’s Word was Spirit and life eternal!
Thankful for living bread: “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:2-4)
Scripture reading for April 20th: 1st Chronicles 18-22
Key Scriptures: 1st Chronicles 21:16-17 “David looked up and saw the angel of the Lord standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell face-down. David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I am the one who has sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? O Lord my God, let Your hand fall upon me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.”
King David had given place to Satan and called for a numbering of the people. God gave him three choices and David chose to fall under three days of God’s chastisement. As the angel of the Lord was standing ready to strike Jerusalem, David and the elders called out in repentance for God’s mercy. David interceded for the people and asked God to punish him and his family!
Rejoicing in our Intercessor: “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered, and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him . . ” (Hebrews 5:7-9)
Scripture reading for October 19th: Hebrews 5
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Hebrews 5:7-10 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
Jesus’ life, death and resurrection stand as a beacon light for those who by faith chose to follow Him. Jesus was a man of prayer–not just superficial prayer, but intense focused prayer. He prayed to know and submit to the Father’s will and purposes, even suffering. He was God’s Son, but was asked by His Father to suffer death on behalf of sinful mankind. His reverent submission to His Father’s will is instructive for all who follow Him. He is the source of eternal salvation to all who reverently submit to Him and obey His word!
Observations for over-comers: Through Christ, we who believe have become sons of God, adopted into His family. We also learn obedience and reverent submission to His will, even if it means suffering! “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)