Tag: Psalm 65:4

Christ-like character in me!

Scripture reading for August 28th: Isaiah 26-29, Psalm 65, !st Corinthians 4

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 4:9-13 “For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.”

Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth about his life as an apostle. He felt like he was on display and viewed by the world as a fool. He was physically weakened and buffeted by persecution and worked to supply his own needs. When reviled, he chose to bless. When persecuted, he patiently endured. When openly slandered, he humbly entreated. The world and even some in the church often do not understand Christ’s grace flowing through His appointed leaders as examples for them. In all this, Paul kept on correcting, blessing and encouraging others to follow Christ Jesus.

Psalm 65:4 “Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in Your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness your Your house, the holiness of Your temple!”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I thank You for the examples of mature believers in Your Word and in the churches I have been a part of. Empower me by Your Holy Spirit to live a life of humility, peace, love and faith even when mistreated or slandered.

Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

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Blessed for believing without seeing!

Scripture reading for May 3rd:   John 20

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  John 20:29-31  “Then Jesus told him, “Because you (Thomas) have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”  

Jesus showed Himself to the disciples the first day He arose and allowed them to touch Him and see the wounds.  Thomas was not there the first time and consciously decided that he would not believe unless he also could touch the wounds and see for himself.  A week later, Jesus came and went directly to Thomas and offered his wounds to be touched.  He encouraged him not to be a doubter but to believe!  Jesus then went on to state that those who would believe without seeing would be blessed as well.  Jesus gave the rest of those who would follow Him the eye-witness accounts and also the written accounts of the many miraculous signs that Jesus did that they might have ample evidence to believe.  Those who believe are blessed and will receive eternal life in His name!

Observations for over-comers:  God always honors faith!  It is the only way we can please Him!  “Blessed are those You choose and bring near to live in Your courts!  We are filled with the good things of Your house, of Your holy temple.”  (Psalm 65:4)

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