Scripture reading for May 5th: 1st Samuel 23-24, 1 Chronicles 6, Psalm 54, Acts 16
Key Scriptures: Acts 16:25-31 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all of the prison doors were opened and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.””
Paul and Silas had been beaten and put in stocks in the dungeon of a Philippian prison. They were praying and praising God at the darkest hour–midnight, with other prisoners listening in amazement. In response to their faith, God sent a special earthquake that loosed their bonds and opened the doors! The jailer fell under conviction, asking what he needed to do for salvation. Paul’s response was simple: “Believe on the Lord Jesus!” He could and would be spared by faith, and his whole household if they too believed!
Psalm 54:4 “Behold, God is my Helper; the Lord is the Upholder of my life.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord, I put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and receive salvation, for me and for my whole household! I stand in faith for each one’s personal act of trust in the Lord Jesus.
1st Samuel 24:10 “Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.'”
Scripture reading for June 19th: Romans 5, Psalm 122, Proverbs 29
Key Scriptures: Romans 5:6-10 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God. For if while were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.”
Paul clearly stated that we are all sinners, for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. In that state of sin and separation from God, when we were actually under God’s wrath against sin, Christ came at just the right time and died for all sinners. He did this to demonstrate God’s love to all sinners and provide a way for their salvation from God’s wrath. Christ’s death and shed blood bring justification and reconciliation. His resurrected life guarantees our salvation!
Faith confession: I receive justification, reconciliation and eternal security in the City of God through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and shed blood. I thank Him for resurrection life that His resurrection from the dead guarantees for me and all who repent and believe.
Psalm 122:6-7 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”
Scripture reading for May 27th: Acts 16, Psalm 105, Proverbs 12
Key Scriptures: Acts 16:30-34 “Then he (the Philippian jailer) brought them out and said,”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they (Paul and Silas) said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.”
Paul and Silas had been beaten and put in stocks for preaching the Gospel. About midnight, they were singing praises to God from their cell and God sent an earthquake that opened all the cell doors and released the prisoners from their bonds! The jailer was ready to take his own life thinking all the prisoners would escape when he was stopped by Paul and Silas. The jailer asked an amazing question: “What must I do to be saved?” Paul gave him a simple faith confession: “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household!”
Faith confession: I believe on the Lord Jesus as Savior and claim my household, children and grandchildren and generations to come, for salvation through faith in Jesus as well! I believe this good word and am glad!
Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”
Scripture reading for April 9th: 1st Samuel 13-16, John 3
Key Scriptures: John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
Jesus shared the good news of His Father’s love for the whole world. Simply believing in the Son of God would bring grace for eternal life to all who would do so. Failure to place faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, would result in condemnation. God wanted all to be saved, not condemned. God sees the heart and knows those who believe!
1st Samuel 16:6-7 “When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for loving the whole world and making salvation as simple as believing on Your Son, Jesus Christ! Examine my heart today that I may fully believe. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 20th: Romans 5-9
Key Scriptures: Romans 5:9-11 “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! Not only is this so, but we rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
Paul clearly taught justification by faith in the death of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. It was through the shed blood that our sins were atoned for, saving all believing sinners from God’s wrath. It not only saved us by His death and blood, but we were reconciled to God and restored through Jesus’ resurrection to eternal life! God’s mighty deeds and acts of love on behalf of His people bring songs of praise that will echo throughout eternity!
The rejoicing of the Redeemed: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this–those He redeemed from the hand of the foe,. . . He sent forth His Word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.” (Psalm 107:1-2, 20-21)
Scripture reading for June 26th: Romans 10
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, the did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”
Paul prayed for the salvation of his Jewish brothers and sisters! He personally knew their zeal for God, having himself been so zealous that he persecuted Christians and had them arrested and even killed. His own zeal was not in accordance with personal knowledge of Christ. He sought to establish his own righteousness by zealously keeping the law and standing against Christ. This changed when he personally met Christ and acknowledged His Lordship!
Paul explained the way of Jesus to his own brothers and to us as well. “”The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming; That if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heat that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.”” (Romans 10:8-11)
The way of Jesus is so simple! We believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord! Have you believed this simple word of God? Today is the best day to respond in faith! You will never be sorry!
Scripture reading for August 28th: 2nd Corinthians 2:9-17
Paul was a man sent by God to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He had a personal encounter with Christ on the Damascus Road that turned his life around. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and sent out by a confirming prophetic word to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. He also loved his own brothers, the Jews, and preached in synagogues everywhere. He wasn’t always received with open arms and some were hostile to the message he presented. Others welcomed the message and were gloriously saved.
Paul described his ministry to the Corinthians. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.” (2nd Corinthians 2:14-17) Paul was led by Christ to the places he should preach. Even when it did not look like a victory, Paul knew the scope of his calling and that Christ would give him victory. Some would hear and receive and his message would be the fragrance of life. Others would not hear or receive and to them his message would smell like death and produce conflict. Paul’s job was to preach the message and leave the results up to God. He was only a servant of Christ, sent by Him to humbly share.
God has commissioned each of us to go into our world and preach the Gospel to every creature. (Matthew 28:18-20) Those who hear and believe will be saved and given eternal life. Those who refuse to hear and reject the Gospel will be damned. The call to us is to obediently preach, leaving the results up to God. Each person must respond! Who is adequate for this ministry? Christ works with us and He brings the fragrance of life to all who will hear! He wants none to perish in death, but all to receive His glorious gift of life! What a wonderful God we serve!