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 October 7th: 2nd Timothy 4, Psalm 50, Proverbs 15
Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 4:16-18 “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Paul knew his time on earth had come to an end. He lamented the desertion of all his friends at his trial but was encouraged by the Lord’s real presence to strengthen him and enable him to fully proclaim the Gospel of God’s grace. He prayed for his friends for their forgiveness. He also proclaimed his faith in God’s ability to rescue him now and eternally. This moved Paul to worship as he ended his letter to Timothy.
Faith Confession: I believe that God will stand by me even if all earthly friends may not be able to or willing. He will strengthen me to fully preach the Gospel, and will take me safely into His heavenly kingdom when my time on earth is up! I say along with Paul: “To Him be glory forever and ever! Amen!”
Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
Scripture reading for April 24th: John 14, Psalm 82, Proverbs 20
Key Scriptures: John 14:11-13 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.”
Jesus made some fantastic promises to those who would choose to believe in Him. He promised His disciples that they would do the same works that He had been doing. He also stated that they would do greater works. In fact, whatever need that they had, they could ask in His Name and He would do it. Faith to see what Jesus wanted to do and to ask Him would bring results!
Faith Confession: Thank You Jesus for these precious and magnificent promises. Help me to see what You want to do each day and to ask You for needed resources. (Action step: Ask Jesus in prayer for a need that you have and expect results.)
Psalm 82:3-4 Father, I pray Your Word: “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Amen.