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Generosity produces a great harvest!

Scripture reading for September 28th: Jeremiah 1-4, Psalm 130, 2nd Corinthians 9

2nd Corinthians 9: 10-15 “He Who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”

Paul spoke to believers in Corinth who were familiar with an agrarian culture. He reminded them of the law of sowing and reaping. He reminded the Corinthians that it was God that supplied the seed for sowing and it was also God that caused the seed to sprout and produce the wheat to supply their bread to eat. Not only enough to eat, but more seed for next year’s sowing! Our giving is like that sowing of seed. As we wait on God, in time it produces a harvest of righteousness as we please God through our willing generosity. It produces thanksgiving in those receiving the gifts and they thank God for the givers and God for supplying! The givers receive blessings from God in more seed for sowing so that the harvest may overflow continuously! The harvest is promised by God the Giver of His only Son!

Psalm 130:5-7 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is plentiful redemption.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your indescribable Gift, Jesus Christ our Lord! Your giving and extreme generosity inspires me to also bless others. Thank You for teaching me to trust you through this teaching on sowing and reaping. I am learning to joyfully sow and trust You for the promised harvest of righteousness, bread for my family, and more seed to sow! Let the harvest overflow with thanksgiving!

Jeremiah 1:11-12 “And the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My Word to perform it.””

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The blessedness of God’s people!

Scripture reading for February 8th: Exodus 19-21, Psalm 33, Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5:15-21 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of your time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to the God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

God’s chosen and called-out people are His “heritage” and “treasured possession”, more valuable than anything else in creation. God owns it all and His Word is His will. Through the Apostle Paul, God calls His people to walk with Him in this world in wisdom and understanding of His will and Word. They are to be filled with His gift of the Holy Spirit and the flow of the Spirit would bring worship, holy respect for God and others, joy and thanksgiving. There would be truly the abundant life here on earth as His Church was being fitted for eternity in God’s presence. The most blessed of all people are those marked with the Holy Spirit and filled with the Spirit! They are blessed with an abundant life and seek to obey God’s voice!

Exodus 19:5-6 “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your amazing counsel that is established forever to guide and bless and warn and correct Your beloved people. Remind me often that I am Your treasured possession and I belong to You. Use me as a priest to intercede for Your people and for the lost of this world who are drunk on its pleasures and the flesh. Fill me afresh today with the Holy Spirit and let psalms and hymns and spiritual songs flow from my heart with thanksgiving.

Psalm 33:11-12 “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage!”

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Peace through prayer!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  1st Kings 7, 2nd Chronicles 4, Psalm 44, 1st Timothy 2

Key Scriptures:   1st Timothy 2:1-6  “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

Paul urged Timothy to be a man of prayer and lead God’s people in prayer.  Prayers should be given for all people and especially for those in positions of authority.  God is pleased when His people exercise faith through prayer and grants answers that lead to peace and the ability to share the Gospel message with all men.  Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men, but believers must appeal to Jesus on behalf of all men!  The treasury must be filled with precious souls!

1st Kings 8:51 “Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished.  And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, empower me to be a man of prayer who leads your people in prayer.  Thank You for Your promises of peace and the salvation of men and women through the Gospel.

Psalm 44:8 “In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to Your Name forever.”

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Rooted in Christ

Scripture reading for September 9th:  Colossians 2, Psalm 30, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 2:6-10  ‘Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”  

The true Gospel message teaches Jesus Christ as Lord of all and as having the fullness of God in human flesh.  There are lots of other philosophies and human traditions that teach something different.  Paul warned the Colossians not to be taken in by anything that did not exalt Jesus Christ as coming as God in human flesh and Lord of all heaven and earth.  We must go deeper in knowing Christ Jesus and overflow with thanksgiving that we have a God who understands human weakness.

Faith Confession:  I am thankful that Jesus Christ our Lord came as a human man and showed me the fullness of God.  I desire to be deeply rooted in Christ and built up in my faith concerning His wisdom, divine power, holiness, righteousness, and preeminence over all authority.

Proverbs 26:12  “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

 

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All Thanks be to God!

Scripture reading for August 8th: 2nd Corinthians 9, Psalm 8, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 9:11-15  “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.  For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.  By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.  Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”

Paul explained how the cheerful and generous giving of the Corinthians brought a harvest of thanksgiving to God.  People receiving the gift and ministry it supported thanked God for the givers and the gifts.  The Apostles and ministers thanked God for the harvest made possible by the giving.  All the saints thank God for His inexpressible “Gift”, Jesus Christ, Son of God!

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for those who gave support and prayers for me to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Thank You for Your amazing Church and Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord!

Proverbs 4:10-12 “Hear, My son, and accept My Words, that the years of your life may be many.  I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness.  When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.”  

 

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I want more!

Scripture reading for March 13:  Luke 8, Psalm 52, Proverbs 21

Key Scriptures:  Luke 8:16-18 “”No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.  For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.  Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.””

Jesus told the simple story about a homeowner lighting a lamp to illustrate that He was bringing God’s truth out in the open for all who would see.  The Word would judge the secrets of each heart and those who had faith would be rewarded and those who rejected faith exposed.  We must be careful how we listen to the Word of God, always choosing to trust and obey!

Faith Confession:  Lord, shine the light of Your Word brightly in my heart and life.  Open my ears to hear Your Word and obey!  I want more!

Psalm 52:9  “I will thank You forever, because You have done it.  I will wait for Your Name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.”

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Heaven-dwellers rejoice!

Scripture reading for December 17th:  Jonah 1-3, Revelation 13

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 13:1, 5-8 “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.   . . . And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.  It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.  Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.  Authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.”

Earth dwellers don’t know about heaven and live by their flesh under the control of the devil.  Those living in heaven, marked on earth by the Holy Spirit are persecuted by the earth dwellers.  In the last days, a beast-like ruler will arise and be allowed to make war on the saints and conquer them.  The heaven-dwellers (saints) will not worship this beast, but keeping their vows, only worship the Lamb.

Jonah 2:9 “But I with a voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.  Salvation belongs to the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit and Your Word of truth.  I chose to worship You alone with thanksgiving!  Salvation belongs to the Lord Jesus alone!  Amen.

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Blessings through Christ Jesus

Scripture reading for August 30th:  Psalms 136-139 and Ephesians 6

Key Scriptures: Ephesians 6:23-24  “Peace be to the brothers and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.”   

Paul closed his letter to the Ephesians with a blessing.  He gave them a blessing of peace.  Our Lord Jesus promised His disciples that “in Me you may have peace.”  (John 16:33)  He gave them the blessing of “love with faith.”  Love never fails and faith works by love.  He blessed them with grace–grace that would cover all those who loved Jesus Christ, the loving and faithful Son of God.

Psalm 138:1-2 “I give You thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing Your praise; I bow down toward Your Holy Temple and give thanks to Your Name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.”

Prayer:    Lord, thank You for Your love and faithfulness!  I receive the blessing of Your peace, love, faithfulness, and amazing grace!  Amen.

 

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Abundance through giving!

Scripture reading for August 8th:  Psalm 79-82, 2nd Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 9:6-8 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”  

As Paul was encouraging the Corinthians to give an offering to help the needy in Jerusalem, he shared the spiritual law of sowing and reaping.  When you give, it is like sowing seed.  Seed that is sown has the potential of producing a harvest.  If God blesses the seed, it will increase and you will reap.  The more seed you sow, the greater the potential of great increase.  God loves to give increase and bless those who sow in faith into His kingdom.  They abound in grace and have sufficiency!

Psalm 79:13 “But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation we will recount Your praise.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great generosity in blessing Your people’s giving.  Help me to keep a generous spirit and be a cheerful giver.  Thank You for the abundant harvest.  Amen.

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Thankful for a Great Year of Rejoicing!

December 30, 2017

Dear fellow Bible readers,

Thank you for joining me during this past years journey through the entire Bible.  We read on a 5 day per week rotation of about 4 chapters each day.  In each reading, I wrote a short devotion on verses from that day’s reading that brought to mind something to rejoice about or be thankful for.  I tied each verse in the Old Testament with a counter-part in the New and vice-versa.   I never ran out!  This helped me to stay positive and keep a thankful heart in a world saturated with negativity and fear.  I pray that you were encouraged with the overflow!

In 2018, we will begin another journey (my tenth year of writing) through the entire Bible with an emphasis on prayer and walking with God.  Jesus encouraged His followers to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.”  (Matthew 7:7-8)  Paul taught , “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  (Philippians 4:6)   Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  (John 16:24)    We will embark on this Bible Trek beginning Monday, January 1st reading 5 days each week with 3-4 Old Testament chapters and one chapter from the New Testament each day.  My goal is to inspire prayer and faith that we might walk closely with our Lord each day.      In His Love,  Pastor John Morse

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