Tag: please God

Pathway to greatness!

Scripture reading for January 13th: Genesis 24-25, Psalm 4, Mark 9

Mark 9:33-37 “And they came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And He took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in His arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in My Name receives Me, and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him Who sent Me.””

Jesus knew everything about everyone. In this account, Jesus confronted the disciples about their argument with one another concerning who was the greatest and deserved places of honor. Jesus asked them what they had been discussing, but His question brough silence. When Jesus asks us questions, it doesn’t mean He needs our answer as much as it means we need to think about our answer. He called the disciples together and had them sit at His feet. He then took a child and put the youngster in His own arms as an example of serving the least. This was the only pathway to greatness and the abundant life now and into eternity! God honors humble servants!

Genesis 24:26-27 “The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord and said, “Blessed be the Lord the God of my master Abraham, Who has not forsaken His steadfast love and His faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.”

Faith confession: Lord God, I bow in worship before You for Your faithfulness and steadfast love to us through Your Son Jesus Christ, providing the abundant life for all who believe. His example of serving the least–lost sinners, children, hurting people–touches my heart and makes me want to follow His great example. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and lead me on the path to abundant life through serving You and others. My reward will be Your smiling Face.

Psalm 4:5-6 “Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of Your Face upon us, O Lord.”

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Blessed Assurance!

Scripture reading for October 28th:  Hebrews 11, Psalm 65, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:1-3, 6 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. . . . .And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

The writer of Hebrews reviewed past history of God’s people recorded in Scripture.  Those who pleased God were those who by faith obeyed Him and lived a life of worship and trust, even when they did not receive what was promised.  God always rewards those who seek Him and commends those with trusting faith.  If we see it now, we don’t need faith.  If we hear God speak, we can wait patiently for it to come to pass!

Faith Confession:  I believe in God the Father and Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Maker of heaven and earth.  I believe the universe was created by God’s powerful Word out of nothing.  I am a new creation by believing His Word in Jesus Christ and await a full reward of eternal life.

Psalm 65:4-5 “Blessed is the one You choose and bring near, to dwell in Your courts!  We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple!  By awesome deeds You answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; . .”

 

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Paths of Righteousness!

Scripture reading for August 29th:  Ephesians 5, Psalm 23, Proverbs 19

Key Scriptures:  Ephesians 5:8-11 ” . . for at one time you were darkness, but now your are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”  

All believers were once sinners, walking in darkness and doing deeds of those who live in darkness and ignorance of God’s will.  But now believers have been made “children of light” and are called to walk in the light of God’s Word and life.  We are to study God’s Word to find out what pleases Him and do that.  We are to expose the darkness by letting our light shine brighter each day as we follow our Good Shepherd in His paths of righteousness.

Faith Confession:  I am light in the world because Christ lives in me.  As I walk in the light of Christ’s love and Word, I please God and expose the fruitless deeds of darkness that I once lived in.

Psalm 23:1-3 “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.”  

 

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Please God Alone!

Scripture reading for January 31st:  Matthew 23, Psalm 23, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 23:1-5 “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but do not the works they do.  For they preach, but do not practice.  They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.  They do all their deeds to be seen by others.””

Jesus never taught rebellion against God’s established authority, but humble submission.  He called out leaders who were not submissive to God’s authority and Word.  Here He called out those who preached but did not practice what God’s Word instructed.  These leaders were play actors, putting on a performance for others to see while forgetting that God knew their hearts!  Those who are called to leadership and those under leadership must listen to God and apply His Word.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I believe Your Word and ask for Your help to apply it to my life, attitudes and actions.  May I perform for an audience of One because I love You with all my heart.

Proverbs 23:22-23 “Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.  Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”  

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