Scripture reading for September 1st: 1st Corinthians 6
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 6:9-11 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God And such were some of you. But you were washed, your were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
The Corinthian believers lived in a very carnal and immoral culture. Most of the believers had been saved from the sins of that culture and were growing in Christ. However, some in the Church still were involved in their past sins and failed to repent or allow the washing and sanctification of the Holy Spirit to cleanse them. Some were deceived and it was also confusing the whole church. Paul reminds them that those failing to repent and turn away from their sins will not inherit the kingdom of God. True repentance and salvation brings cleansing and washing from sin’s grip and increasing holiness as the Spirit sets us apart for Christ alone for eternity. Those claiming to be believers must be held to account by the body and leaders.
1st Corinthians 6:14-15 “And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!”
Faith confession and prayer: Father, thank You for clear instructions about what the Holy Spirit truly does for us in washing and cleansing us and preparing us to live in Your presence for eternity. As we await the resurrection of our bodies and total transformation at the return of Jesus Christ, help us to live like Your sanctified children, glorifying You in our bodies.
1st Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, Whom you have from God? You are not you own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Scripture reading for October 30th: Ezekiel 19-21, Psalm 84, John 7
Key Scriptures: John 7:14-17 “About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this Man has learning, when He has never studied?” So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not Mine, but His Who sent Me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on My own authority.”
The Jews hated Jesus because they were jealous of the crowds that He drew and they were also confounded by His teaching with authority. Jesus knew their plot to kill Him, yet He went up to the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles and began teaching in the temple. They asked Him where He got His great learning and Jesus said it came from the One who sent Him. He then stated that anyone who really wanted to do God’s will, not just know it, would know that His teaching was from God. Our choice of obedience determines our ability to understand.
Psalm 84:12 “O Lord of Hosts, how blessed is the one who trusts in You!”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to know and obey Your will. Often my flesh is weak, forgive me Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit and power to obey and share Your Word.
Ezekiel 20:33-34 “”As I live, declares the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and will wrath poured out I will be King over you. I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.””
Scripture reading for April 25th: 2nd Chronicles 4-7
Key Scriptures: 2nd Chronicles 5:13-14 “The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; His love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord.”
Solomon, King David’s son, dedicated the magnificent temple that was built according to God’s instructions. He built it in Jerusalem on Mt. Zion, the place God had chosen for His Name to dwell. As the singers and musicians played in unison, God’s glorious Presence came as a cloud and filled the temple with such glory and power that no one could move to perform their service!
Rejoice in God’s Presence: “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) “Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.” . . . But the temple He had spoken of was His body.” (John 2:19-21)