Tag: Proverbs 31:8-9

Saved by grace alone, through faith alone!

Scripture reading for February 13th: Acts 15, Psalm 31, Proverbs 31

Acts 15:5-11 “But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the Word of the Gospel and believe. And God, Who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, and He made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.””

The religious people who love rules and control often cause trouble in the church. They have their rules that seem right, but are not really God’s rules. In this chapter of Acts, a dispute arose among Jewish believers about application of circumcision and keeping the law of Moses. The question was debated by the apostles and elders. Peter, once a devout Jew, gave his observations as did Paul, a former Pharisee, who ministered to the Gentiles and God worked miracles through him to draw many to salvation. These pillars of the early church came to a unified decision: All men, Jew or Gentile, are saved by the grace of God through simply believing the Gospel and responding with repentance. This dispute was settled peacefully through seeking the mind of God and the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Psalm 31:19-20 “Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You and worked for those who take refuge in You, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; you store them in Your shelter from the strife of tongues.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You that You pray for all believers and are for us when we need to work out our salvation. Your abundant goodness is displayed to all Your called-out people, Jew or Gentile. Your simple plan to give grace to all who by faith believe the Gospel of Your Son has been passed down for generations. Use me to continue this process for my kids and those in my generation.

Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

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Run with endurance!

Scripture reading for October 29th:  Hebrews 12, Psalm 66, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 12:1-4 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”  

In light of the record in Scripture of the many witnesses that have preceded us, we can confidently lay aside every weight or hindrance and run the race of faith straight to the finish line–the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Jesus set the perfect example and He is with us to help us through the mountains and valleys we encounter along the road of faith.  Unlike Jesus, our faith walk has not yet cost us loss of our own life blood.  Even if it should, we have Jesus’ resurrection to encourage us.

Faith Confession:  I look ahead to Jesus Christ as my goal of life and example of how to achieve it.  By faith and confidence in Christ, through reading God’s Word and following the Holy Spirit, I will not grow weary or loose heart but will obtain the Goal!

Proverbs 31:8-9  “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  

 

 

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Boldness to open my mouth!

Scripture reading for May 9th:  Acts 4, Psalm 93, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures:  Acts 4:29-31 “”And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to Your servants to continue to speak Your Word with all boldness, while You stretch out Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the Name of Your holy servant Jesus.”  And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the Word of God with boldness.”  

The disciples had been threatened and warned to not speak again in the Name of Jesus Christ.  They gathered together in prayer and took the threats before the Lord, asking not for deliverance, but for boldness to speak God’s Word!  The also asked the Lord to stretch His hand out and heal with signs and wonders in the Name of Jesus.  God was so moved by their prayers, that the place they were meeting in was literally shaken by His presence and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and boldness to speak Christ’s Word!

Faith Confession:  Lord, give me boldness to open my mouth to preach and speak Your Word to those I come in contact with.  I expect You to confirm Your Word with signs, miracles and healings.  Amen!

Proverbs 31:8-9  “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  

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Appointed with authority!

Scripture reading for February 12th:  Mark 3, Psalm 31, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures:  Mark 3:13-16 “And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those whom He desired, and they came to Him.  And He appointed twelve (whom He also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach and to have authority to cast out demons.  He appointed the twelve: . . .”

Jesus had a plan to reach the lost sinners of this world.  He chose and then called those that He wanted to be used to reach the lost.  He appointed them as His special messengers.  They were to be with Him and learn from Him.  He would send them out to preach, heal, and cast out demons through the authority He would bestow on them.  He chose twelve to be the first.

Faith’s confession:  I believe that Jesus Christ has called me and appointed me to preach His word, heal the sick, and have authority over demonic powers.  All authority has come from Jesus for the purpose of reaching lost sinners.

Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and the needy.”     

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