Tag: Psalm 142:1-2
Scripture reading for July 17th: 1st Corinthians 9, Psalm 142, Proverbs 18
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 9: 19-22 “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak, I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.”
Paul explained his own attitude of love for those God sent him to reach with the Gospel. He tried to identify with people and meet them where they were living in order to win the right to share the Gospel with them. His motivation was their salvation, not satisfying his own personal preferences or cultural upbringing. He was mindful of the law of Christ which was loving God and loving his neighbors.
Faith Confession: Lord, I want to love You and fulfill the law of Christ in loving those you send me to in order to see them saved. Open doors for me to share the Gospel today.
Psalm 142:1-2 “With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him.”
Scripture reading for February 18th: Mark 7
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Mark 7:26-30 “First let the children eat all they want,” He told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then He told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”
Jesus was approached by a Syrophoenician woman in need of healing for her demon-possessed daughter. His response to her could have been taken as offensive and highly partial. He told her that the deliverance she was seeking belonged first to the Jews–they were God’s children! A reply like this today in our culture would have been a terrible offense that could result in prosecution!
But this woman was not offended, but countered Jesus’ statement with a deep faith that healing and deliverance would be for all who sought Jesus out. Her reply, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” brought a positive response from Jesus! She would not be denied or deterred, but persevered and received what she was believing for!
Observations for over-comers: God is honored when we persistently pour out our hearts to Him for help, even when we don’t understand why obstacles or delays appear to hinder us. “I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble.” (Psalm 142:1-2)