Scripture reading for September 15th: Isaiah 56-59, Psalm 70, 1st Corinthians 16
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 16:1-4 “Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.”
Paul gave simple and godly instructions to the church concerning an offering that was to go to the church in Jerusalem. There was to be no pressure in the giving. Each person was to put aside something, as God had prospered him and the collection should be taken and stored safely until time to deliver it. Trustworthy people were to be selected to carry the offering to Jerusalem. If they church preferred, Paul was willing to go as well on their behalf. Everything concerning finances was done in an orderly manner with accountability.
Psalm 70:4 “May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You! May those who love Your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for giving such clear instructions concerning kingdom finances and accountability. Help me to give generously and without compulsion to Your kingdom work.
Isaiah 58:10-11 “. . if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a well-watered garden, a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Scripture reading for September 24th: 1 Timothy 1, Psalm 41, Proverbs 6
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 1:15-17 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Paul is moved to worship his King, Jesus Christ, as he explains to Timothy that Jesus’ mission of saving sinners had spared his own life. Paul was the foremost of sinners in that he in self-righteous anger, had sought to put Christ’s followers in prison and even to death. But Jesus demonstrated God’s great patience by saving Paul and giving him the gift of eternal life. This should call all who are saved to worship and adoration, now and throughout eternity!
Faith Confession: I know Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of which I am also foremost. I thank God for His great patience and grace in giving me the gift of eternal life! I will worship Him now and forever!
Psalm 41:13 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen!”