Scripture reading for June 25th: 1st Kings 6, 2nd Chronicles 3, 1st Timothy 1
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 1:15-17 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen!”
Paul, the most experienced of sinners, knew one glorious truth about Jesus Christ: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. .” Paul had persecuted believers and had them arrested and even put some to death, thinking he was doing God a favor. Paul explained that God had shown him mercy because he had acted in ignorance and unbelief. God also was using him as an example of His perfect mercy and patience that others might have hope. You might say that Paul’s extremely sinful past example and his new changed life gave a picture of God’s rich mercy! God was building His Church (House) by transforming sinners! All glory to the eternal King of the ages!
1st Kings 6:7 “When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built.”
Vs. 19 “The inner sanctuary he prepared in the innermost part of the house, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for saving me, a sinner, and using Your Word and Spirit to prepare me as Your sanctuary. Help me to be an example of Your perfect mercy!
Scripture reading for October 26th: Jeremiah 16-19, Hebrews 11
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 11:13-16 “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. . . .But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.”
All the great men and women of faith from the Old Testament saw in their spirits the fulfillment of God’s promises. They never experienced the fulfillment while on earth, but died in anticipation of a heavenly country where God was King. God, seeing their faith, has prepared a Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem, just for these faithful, and all who trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 17:12-13 “A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. O Lord, the Hope of Israel, all who forsake You shall be put to shame; those who turn away from You shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of Living Water.”
Prayer: Lord, my soul sees Your promises and truth and longs for the coming of Jesus Christ and His righteous rule. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Scripture reading for December 5th: Revelation 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Revelation 4:1-3, 8 “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the One who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. . . . Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.””
John received the letters to the seven churches and wrote them down as instructed. Immediately after this, John saw an open door in heaven and Jesus invited him to come up and see what was going to take place on earth in the future. At the word of Jesus, John was immediately transported (caught up) into heaven and saw a glorious throne there with a brilliant person shining like jewels. Around this throne were angelic creatures crying “Holy, Holy, Holy. .”
Observations for over-comers: Our Lord has revealed what will take place at the time of the end. A “trumpet” will sound and we will be caught up to heaven to meet the Lord! “A glorious Throne, exalted from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary!” (Jeremiah 17:12)
Scripture reading for September 2nd: Philippians 2
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Philippians 2:12-16 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe, as you hole out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”
Paul urged the Philippian believers to obey the Lord Jesus and the word of God and the Holy Spirit with a holy respect and awe of God’s great work on our behalf. Jesus Christ, Himself, is our great example of humble obedience, even unto death on the cross. He did this amazing work of total obedience without grumbling or complaining and so should His followers. In fact, believers’ lives should contrast the world and culture that they live in as much as stars shine out against the darkness of the night sky! Paul stated that their holy lives of obedience to Christ and the great commission would validate his own efforts on their behalf.
Observations for over-comers: We are saved by God’s grace alone through Christ’s sacrifice but work out that salvation through lives of growing obedience as God works in us by Word and Holy Spirit. “The Lord Almighty is the One you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is the one you are to dread, and He will be a sanctuary;. . .” (Isaiah 8:13-14a)
Scripture reading for August 9th: Jeremiah 16-20
Jeremiah was told by God not to marry or have children in Judah because of the terror of coming judgment. (Jeremiah 16:2-4) God was sending a great disaster upon His people that was coming because of their own wickedness. In the face of Jeremiah’s warnings, no one was listening or paying heed. They had become hard and stubborn and refused to repent and humbly follow God. They were hardened even further by the prophetic preaching of this true prophet!
At the heart of this people’s trouble was unbelief! “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:5) Their sin nature made them the center of their own life and caused them to come under a curse. They depended on their flesh and man-made idols instead of the Lord who had shown Himself faithful and miraculously provided for them again and again.
But what about those who continue to trust in the Lord and remain faithful to Him in the midst of an idolatrous and humanistic society? Jeremiah speaks a word of encouragement to those who have ears to hear! “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8) Faith keeps us connected with God, even in times of judgment and trouble. The coming drought and famine would bring misery and suffering to the land, but God would be the source of refreshing to His people.
This seems so simple that a child could understand it. However, man’s heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. (Jeremiah 17:9) The flesh is proud and wants to do things it’s own way. We have trouble discerning our motives. We who trust the Lord allow Him to search our hearts and deliver us from wrong thinking. We listen to His word and run to His throne of grace and mercy for help in time of need. We place our confidence in God Himself and our hope is in His unfailing love. Be blessed!