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Thankful for Angelic Messengers!

Scripture reading for March 10th:  Judges 13-17

Key Scriptures: Judges 13:3-5 “The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son.  Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean, because you will conceive and give birth to a son.  No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and He will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

God sent an angelic messenger to an Israelite woman and her husband to prepare them to give birth to a son who would begin to deliver Israel. She was barren but God would bring this blessed son who would be set apart from conception to serve God’s purposes!

Rejoice in angelic messengers:  God uses angels to deliver special announcements to His people. “But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.  He will be a joy and a delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for He will be great in the sight of the Lord.  He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.”  (Luke 1:13-15)

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God has a plan for each person!

Scripture reading for August 5th: Jeremiah 1-6

“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)  This scripture and others in the Bible indicate that God knows each person before they are formed in the womb!  Ephesians 1:4 states that God chose us to be in Christ before the creation of the world!  God knew everything before anything visible was even created!  We are more significant than we might think to God and He has a plan for each of us!

Jeremiah was appointed by God to be a prophet.  Prophets listen to God and then speak His thoughts and word to people God wants to talk to.  God doesn’t do anything by way of judgment without warning people by the prophets.  (Amos 3:6-7)  When God spoke to Jeremiah he was only a child.  God told him not to worry about his youth and inexperience, but to speak the word of God.

God promised to be with Jeremiah and deliver him.  When any prophet spoke the word of God, it always brought some kind of response.  God used His Word through the prophet to uproot and tear down or to build up and plant.  (Jeremiah 1:7-9)  God’s decrees often brought conflict that caused the need for His deliverance!

God gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond tree and asked him what he saw.  The almond tree was the first tree to bloom in the spring in Israel and it was watched by all the people as a sign that spring was coming.   God promised Jeremiah that He would watch over His word to bring it to pass.  (Jeremiah 1:11-12)

I believe that as we read through the Bible, God will speak to us about our time and day!  Listen closely for God speaking to you and confirming His call.  He wants each of Jesus’ followers to share God’s Word and live by faith in it.  He will watch over it and bring it to pass!   We have a calling planned by our Father God before we were formed in the womb!

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Holy separation from the world!

Scripture reading for September 3rd: 2nd Corinthians 6:14-7:7

When one is reconciled to God and is filled with God’s love, the things of this world lose their attraction.  The Holy Spirit begins the work of sanctification.  This word ‘sanctification’ means being ‘made holy’ or ‘set apart’ for God.  The Holy Spirit helps us to separate ourselves from the worldly influences and ways that we had before salvation.  When we become a ‘new creation’, the old things pass away and new things come that are from God.  (2nd Corinthians 5:17-18)

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?” (2nd Corinthians 6:14-16a)  Paul urged the Corinthians to not be yoked with unbelievers. He asked them questions with an obvious answer of ‘none’ or ‘nothing’ to emphasize their need to maintain separation and cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

They were now the temple of the living God.  God lived in them and called them to be a holy and separated people!  God wanted to be their Father and they would be called ‘sons’ and ‘daughter’s’ of God the Father.  They would be known as the people of God.  These promises of God were “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus!  (2nd Corinthians 1:18)  These promises should motivate believers at Corinth and everywhere to perfect holiness in reverence for God.

This process of holy separation is initiated by the Holy Spirit living in us.  He is the Spirit of Truth who reveals Christ to us.  He convicts of sin, righteousness, and the coming judgment.  He reveals to us all that we are and have through our relationship with God in Christ. (1st Corinthians 2:10-12)   As we study the word of God, we are also required to do our part in a response of faith.  We put off the old ways of the world and put on the new ways of the Spirit.

“Do not be yoked with unbelievers!” Paul’s instruction and questions were for self-examination.  Take a moment today and ask yourself the questions Paul asked.  Are there unbelievers who are influencing you because of close associations?  Take Paul’s advice today!

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Set apart before the womb!

Scripture reading for August 3rd: Jeremiah 1-6

When does life really begin?  Some say life begins at conception while others say it begins when the fetus is able to maintain life on it’s own outside of the womb.  Others say that life begins at a live birth.  God tells us His perspective!

“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)  This scripture and others in the Bible indicate that God knows each person before they are formed in the womb!  The New Testament states that God chose us to be in Christ before the creation of the world!  (Ephesians 1:4) God knew everything before anything visible was created!   He has a plan for each of us!

Jeremiah was set apart by God for a specific mission: “prophet to the nations.”  Prophets listen to God and then speak His word to people.  God doesn’t do anything by way of judgment without warning people by the prophets.  (Amos 3:6-7)  God spoke to Jeremiah when he was a child.  God told him not to worry about his youth and inexperience, but to speak the word God gave him.

God would be with Jeremiah and deliver him.  I don’t know about you, but if God told me that he would deliver me, I would be asking what I would be doing that called for deliverance!  God was going to use Jeremiah to uproot and tear down or to build up and plant.  (Jeremiah 1:7-9)  These activities would bring conflict that caused the need for God’s deliverance!

God gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond tree.  The almond tree was the first tree to bloom in the spring in Israel and it was known among the people as a sign that spring was coming.  God spoke to Jeremiah through that vision that God Himself would watch over His word to bring it to pass.  (Jeremiah 1:12-12)

Jeremiah is one of my favorite prophets!  This book  speaks clearly to us about our time and day!  Listen closely for God speaking to you and confirming His call.  Let Him show you how He has watched over His word for your life and future.  It will revolutionize your faith and daily walk!  He knew you before you were formed and has a plan!

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Set apart before the womb!

Scripture reading for August 5th: Jeremiah 1-6

When does life really begin?  This debate has been going on in our nation for a number of years.  Some say life begins at conception while others say it begins when the fetus is able to maintain life on it’s own outside of the womb.  Others say that at birth life begins.  What does God’s word indicate about this question?

“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)  This scripture and others in the Bible indicate that God knows each person before they are formed in the womb!  Ephesians 1:4 states that God chose us to be in Christ before the creation of the world!  God knows everything before anything visible was even created!  What amazing insight into each of our lives!  We are more significant than we might think to God and He has a plan for each of us!

Jeremiah was set apart by God for a specific mission before he was ever born into this world.  Jeremiah was appointed by God to be a prophet.  Prophets listen to God and then speak His thoughts and word to people.  God doesn’t do anything by way of judgment without warning people by the prophets.  (Amos 3:6-7)  When God spoke to Jeremiah he was only a child–we are not sure of his age.  God told him not to worry about his youth and inexperience, but to speak the word of God.

God promised to be with him and deliver him.  I don’t know about you, but if God told me that he would deliver me, I would be asking God what I would be involved in that called for deliverance!  When any prophet spoke the word of God, it always brought some kind of response.  God used that word to uproot and tear down or to build up and plant.  (Jeremiah 1:7-9)  These activities bring conflict that sometimes cause the need for God’s deliverance!

God gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond tree and asked him what he saw.  The almond tree was the first tree to bloom in the spring in Israel and it was watched by all the people as a sign that spring was coming.  God spoke to Jeremiah through that vision that God Himself would watch over His word to bring it to pass.  (Jeremiah 1:12-12)

Jeremiah is one of my favorite prophets!  I believe that as we read through this book God will speak to us about our time and day!  Listen closely for God speaking to you and confirming His call.  Let Him show you how He has watched over His word and is still watching over it to bring it to pass.  It will revolutionize your faith and daily walk.

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