Tag: steadfast love

A Helper in our weakness!

Scripture reading for June 2nd:  1st Kings 3, 2nd Chronicles 1, Psalm 42, Romans 8

Key Scriptures:  Romans 8:26-29  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And He Who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that  for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” 

Paul wrote to the Romans concerning God’s help for each believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit.  The Spirit bears witness that we are God’s children and God is our Father.  The Holy Spirit helps us to pray when we are weak and don’t know how to pray.  The Spirit knows all things we are going through and He knows the mind and will of God.  When the Spirit intercedes, all things will work out for good to those who love God and are called of God.  Faith arises inside us for calling, justification and ultimate glorification in the image of Jesus Christ!

Psalm 42:8 “By day the Lord commands His steadfast love, and at night His song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Thank You Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  I pray in the Holy Spirit to build my faith and believe all things are working out for my ultimate and eternal good and Your glory!  Give me daily wisdom and conform me to Christ’s image!

1st Kings 3:9  “”Give Your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern Your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this Your great people?””

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Called by God to do His Work!

Scripture reading for April 30th:  1st Samuel 18-19, 1st Chronicles 3, Psalm 59, Acts 13

Key Scriptures: Acts 13:1-3   “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”  

The early church sought the will of God by fasting, prayer and worship.  In the gathering of believers, some had the gift of prophesy and spoke prophetically to the believers concerning Saul and Barnabas.  God had already revealed to them a calling to preach to the Gentiles and now their calling was confirmed during a prayer meeting.  The church responded by obediently commissioning them through the laying on of hands.

Psalm 59:17 “O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, You alone have prepared the good works that You want me to do.  Help me daily to see each day’s portion of Your plan as I worship and pray to You alone.  Thank You that You are with me always!

1st Samuel 18:14  “And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.  And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him.”  

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Once for all!

Scripture reading for October 24th:  Hebrews 9, Psalm 63, Proverbs 28

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 9:11-14 “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, He went through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”  

Jesus Christ offered His own blood as the perfect and only sacrifice on the altar in the actual Most Holy Place in God’s presence in heaven.  This perfect sacrifice is mediated by Jesus who Himself is our High Priest.  His sacrifice alone has the power to cleanse our conscience from dead works and enable us to serve the living God instead of dead idols.  This offering is already made and is effective for all time and all who will believe.

Faith Confession:  I trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the final and only sacrifice for my sins and the sins of the world.  I am forgiven by grace through faith alone and serve the living God whose steadfast love draws my praise!

Psalm 63:3-4 “Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You.  So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your Name I will lift up my hands.”

 

 

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Love marks Christ’s disciples!

Scripture reading for April 23rd:  John 13, Psalm 81, Proverbs 19

Key Scriptures:  John 13:34-35  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  

Jesus had shown His love to His disciples by taking a towel and washing their feet.  He served them.  Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment.  It really was a summary of the ten commandments and the law of the kingdom of heaven.  This commandment was not a suggestion and would be the distinguishing mark of all who belonged to Jesus.  It was simple but not easy–to love one another as Christ had loved them.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for loving me by serving me and all mankind.  Help me today to love others that come into my path.

Proverbs 19:22  “What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.”  

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Steadfast Love and Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 24th:  Jeremiah 9-12, Hebrews 9

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 9:24, 27-28  “For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. . . “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.”

Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, entered the actual Holy of Holies in heaven.  He took the ultimate sacrifice, His own blood to atone for our sins.  He is coming back to earth again a second time, not to deal with sin again, but to save completely those who are trusting in Him!  What wisdom God and Christ have revealed to all who will hear!

Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the Lord:  “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your mercy to me to personally pay for my sins with Your own blood.  Thank You for revealing Your mercy to me!  Amen.

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Beholding His Glory!

Scripture reading for July 31st:  Psalm 58-61, 2nd Corinthians 3

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 3:16-18  “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.  For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”  

Paul taught that the Jews had a veil over their faces that prevented them from beholding the glory of God revealed through Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit removes the veil when anyone turns to the Lord in repentance and faith.  Believers can now, with freedom, behold Christ’s glory and be transformed by His presence living in them through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The ultimate transformation comes at Christ’s return.

Psalm 59:10,17 “My God in His steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.”  . . .”O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for taking away the veil of selfishness over my heart through revelation of Your Son, Your love and faithfulness.  I will sing Your praises among the nations!  Amen.

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