Scripture reading for May 11th: 1st Samuel 30-31, 1st Chronicles 10, Acts 20
Key Scriptures: Acts 20:24-28 “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood.”
Paul was meeting for a last time with the Ephesian elders that he had ordained and set over the congregation. He shared his view of life and ministry. He wanted to complete what Christ Jesus had laid out for him. In Ephesus Paul had declared the full and whole counsel of God to the church there. He had done his part and was therefore innocent of their blood. They must continue in the Word and be watchful over themselves and the flock of God there. Paul knew there would be trouble arising from within the church from Satan and warned them.
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I ask to be like Paul the Apostle, fully preaching the whole counsel of God to each congregation to rescue sinners. I will be diligent to speak Your Word as You direct.
1st Samuel 30:7-8 “And David inquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him, “Pursue for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”
Scripture reading for September 30th: 1st Timothy 6
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st Timothy 6:6-12 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.”
Paul knew that there were false teachers in the church at Ephesus where Timothy was pastor. These false teachers stirred up strife through controversies and quarrels and brought friction into the church. They were preaching false doctrine with an underlying love of money and desire to get rich off God’s people! They brought the spirit of Satan and the world into Christ’s church and drew away disciples with their sensual teaching. Paul warned Timothy to flee from this worldly and demonic spirit and pursue righteousness and godliness. He was to fight a good fight of faith!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers flee the traps of Satan and the flesh and pursue God with vibrant faith! The best defense is a great offense! “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Fortress, I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2)