Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday, August 30th: Job 34:1-36:33, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 22:10-12 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 34:1-36:33, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, Psalm 44:1-8, Proverbs 22:10-12

2 Corinthians We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 

I know that sometimes it doesn't seem like these words ring true.  We sometimes feel like we are crushed, that we are driven to despair and that we are abandoned by God. 

But sometimes what we feel and what is true is not the same.  No matter what we feel, God never abandons us.  No matter how we feel, ultimately and eternally we are not crushed or destroyed - indeed, we are the victors. 

When our feelings do not line up with God's Word, we need to let the truth lead us and cling to the promises of God.

Fairly applicable to the book of Job as well!

This doesn't discount our pain.  But it acknowledges God's sovereignty, faithfulness, and goodness, amidst the pain.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Job 37:1-39:30, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10, Psalm 44:9-26, Proverbs 22:13

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thursday, August 29th: Job 31:1-33:33, 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 22:8-9 ~ Nathan

Job 33:29-30 NIV
“God does all these things to a person — twice, even three times — [30]  to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.

God loves us, and will give us many opportunities to personally accept Him into our lives, and then live for Him. Those opportunities will only be there for us for a short time, it's crucial that we learn from them and change our ways to His ways, before its too late.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tuesday, August 27th: Job 23:1-27:23, 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11, Psalm 41:1-13, Proverbs 22:5-6 ~ Jeannine

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 23:1-27:23, 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11, Psalm 41:1-13, Proverbs 22:5-6

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older; they will not leave it.
Proverbs 22:6

The devotional I read today talks about how we often think of this as a promise rather than a proverb. But as a proverb if we raise our children with godly effort most often it will produce godly children but there is no guarantee.

As my children get older and really start making their own decisions I have found it more and more difficult to let go and I think it's often because I'm afraid they will make a choice that will make me feel like a failure. But the truth is I can never do enough, be enough or try enough to make this proverb a promise. I have to let go and trust God with them and pray that He can work in their lives.

"We simply don't have the power to bring about our child's repentance and faith. That is a burden we were never meant to bear, a burden only our heavenly Father is able to bear.

When we recognize that this is a proverb and not a promise we can stop judging other parents whose kids seem to be straying from the path of Christ. And we can come out from underneath our own self-condemnation when our kids seem to be resisting our direction toward the right path. We can talk back to the voices inside our heads that tell us that if we had just tried harder, communicated more clearly, been more consistent, gotten our child to church more often, homeschooled, Christian schooled, public schooled, then certainly things would be different. We can rest in the sovereignty of God, casting all of our cares about the path our child is taking on the Lord, knowing he cares for us and our child.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Job 28:1-30:31, 2 Corinthians 2:12-17, Psalm 42:1-11, Proverbs 22:7

Monday, August 26, 2019

Monday, August 26th: Job 20:1-22:30, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Psalm 40:11-17, Proverbs 22:2-4 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 20:1-22:30, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Psalm 40:11-17, Proverbs 22:2-4 
2 Corinthians 1
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

God is with us in our suffering.  And though we don't know all the reasons behind our suffering, we do know that we are better able to comfort someone when we have gone through the same trial they have. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage Job 23:1-27:23, 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11, Psalm 41:1-13, Proverbs 22:5-6

Friday, August 23, 2019

Friday, August 23rd: Job 8:1-11:20, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Psalm 38:1-22, Proverbs 21:28-29 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 8:1-11:20, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Psalm 38:1-22, Proverbs 21:28-29

1 Corinthians: 17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.

Our faith hinges on the resurrection.  Jesus had to die on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins, but He also had to be raised from the dead in order to conquer sin and death. 

Thankfully, Christ has been raised and our faith is not useless!

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Job 12:1-15:35, 1 Corinthians 15:29-58, Psalm 39:1-13, Proverbs 21:30-31
Sunday's:  Job 16:1-19:29, 1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Psalm 40:1-10, Proverbs 22:1
Monday's: Job 20:1-22:30, 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Psalm 40:11-17, Proverbs 22:2-4

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday, August 22nd: Job 4-7, 1 Corinthians 14:18-40, Psalm 37:30-40, Proverbs 21:27 ~ Nathan

Job 6:21 NLT
You, too, have given no help. You have seen my calamity, and you are afraid.

Job's friends offered all kinds of help, or so they thought. They looked and sounded  like they had everything figured out, and Job was in need of their advice, in order to get back to where they were in life. This is what I got from this reading.

As the story of Job unfolds, we see Job was, in fact, the one who had it all, he had God first. But back at this point of the Book of Job, Job was down and out and was being given advice from all around.
This is a reminder for me not to judge those around me who are going through a tough time.  I'm to help, not to judge.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday, August 21st: Job 1:1-3:26, 1 Corinthians 14:1-17, Psalm 37:12-29, Proverbs 21:25-26 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Job 1:1-3:26, 1 Corinthians 14:1-17, Psalm 37:12-29, Proverbs 21:25-26 

Job 1:20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said,
“I came naked from my mother’s womb,
and I will be naked when I leave.
The Lord gave me what I had,
and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”
22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

Job 2:9 His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.”
10 But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.

No matter how many times we tell ourselves that following God doesn't mean things will always go our way, somehow we still do think that to a certain degree. 

Like when you hear of a young missionary pilot with a wife, three kids and one on the way who is killed in a plane crash only 3 weeks after beginning their missionary journey.

Or when you hear of a young senior pastor with a wife, four children, and a thriving ministry among the low German community in Mexico who is killed in a plane crash.

Or when a missionary family your church supports comes home and their children suffer from anxiety and PTSD because of what they experienced while on the mission field.

Or when a missionary has to return home because they've been diagnosed with an illness too severe to be treated on the mission field.

The list can go on. 

Often when you hear of these tragedies, your inclination is to question God and wonder why He would allow this to happen to people that are serving Him so faithfully.  Surely they should be exempt from sorrows and trials such as these.

And truthfully, we don't know why.  And, like Job, we may never know why - at least not here on earth. 

But we can trust, as Job did, that God is still God, and worthy of praise, in the good and the bad. Indeed, sometimes, that's all we can cling to.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageJob 4:1-7:21, 1 Corinthians 14:18-40, Psalm 37:30-40, Proverbs 21:27

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday, August 20th: Esther 8:1-10:3, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalm 37:1-11, Proverbs 21:23-24 ~ Jeannine

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Esther 8:1-10:3, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalm 37:1-11, Proverbs 21:23-24

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1Corinthians 13:4-7

These are not new verses for any of us I'm sure. But these are such simple instructions although they are not always easy to do. "Irritable" is a word that really stands out to me today. Some days I feel like everything around me is irritating and so often I think that it is tied to patience. When I'm irritable I'm usually trying to do way too many things. Time to slow down and remember to enjoy each moment rather than letting myself get so wound up and irritable that the small things in life are missed.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Job 1:1-3:26, 1 Corinthians 14:1-17, Psalm 37:12-29, Proverbs 21:25-26 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday, August 19: Esther 4:1-7:10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, Psalm 36:1-12, Proverbs 21:21-22 by Pamela

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Esther 4:1-7:10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, Psalm 36:1-12, Proverbs 21:21-22

These verses stood out for me:

16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”

When we are in trouble, we sometimes prefer to try and handle it on our own. Maybe we are embarrassed, maybe we don't want people to know, maybe we think there's nothing we can do to get out of the mess we're in anyway.  Esther calls Mordecai to get all the Jews...not a few but all...and fast and pray and all of her women as well. Their support gives her bravery and she's not afraid to face death. May we week the support of those around us when we are in times of trouble and despair.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 

We all have different gifts and talents. We complement each other. We would be unsuccessful if we were all the same. I think it's interesting that society tends to propagate the message that we are all the same and that everyone can do everything. That is such a contrast to God's way that gives everyone a task and a talent to complete it. May we recognize our talents and use them for His glory.

5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.

We can't ever fully comprehend how God's love is so perfect and unending. We can never reach the heavens or the clouds and that is a perfect comparison to His love. What a blessing to know that we are loved beyond measure.

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness    will find life, righteousness, and honor.

Whatever you are will find. May we strive to seek out God's purpose and plan and submit to Him.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Esther 8:1-10:31 Corinthians 12:27-13:13Psalm 37:1-11Proverbs 21:23-24 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday, August 16th: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33, Psalm 34:11-22, Proverbs 21;14-16 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Corinthians 10:14-33, Psalm 34:11-22, Proverbs 21;14-16

Proverbs 21:2
People may be right in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their heart.

We can deceive ourselves into justifying our sin, but we can't deceive God.  He knows what's in our hearts.  And He know whether or not it lines up to His definition of right and wrong.  His opinion is the only one that matters. 

There have been two "Christian famous" people who have renounced their faith over the past couple of days.  It's extremely sad.  There was an article written by the lead singer of Skillet that I thought was interesting and relevant to today's passage (it's a bit long, but good)

Ok I’m saying it. Because it’s too important not to. What is happening in Christianity? More and more of our outspoken leaders or influencers who were once “faces” of the faith are falling away. And at the same time they are being very vocal and bold about it. Shockingly they still want to influence others (for what purpose?)as they announce that they are leaving the faith. I’ll state my conclusion, then I’ll state some rebuttals to statements I’ve read by some of them. Firstly, I never judge people outside of my faith. Even if they hate religion or Christianity. That is not my place and I have many friends who disagree with my religion and that is 100% fine with me. However, when it comes to people within my faith, there must be a measure of loyalty and friendship and accountability to each other and the Word of God.
My conclusion for the church(all of us Christians): We must STOP making worship leaders and thought leaders or influencers or cool people or “relevant” people the most influential people in Christendom. (And yes that includes people like me!) I’ve been saying for 20 years(and seemed probably quite judgmental to some of my peers) that we are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20 year old worship singers as our source of truth. We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word. I’m not being rude to my worship leader friends (many who would agree with me) in saying that singers and musicians are good at communicating emotion and feeling. We create a moment and a vehicle for God to speak. However, singers are not always the best people to write solid bible truth and doctrine. Sometimes we are too young, too ignorant of scripture, too unaware, or too unconcerned about the purity of scripture and the holiness of the God we are singing to. Have you ever considered the disrespect of singing songs to God that are untrue of His character?
I have a few specific thoughts and rebuttals to statements made by recently disavowed church influencers...first of all, I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance. Basically saying, “I’ve been living and preaching boldly something for 20 years and led generations of people with my teachings and now I no longer believe it..therefore I’m going to boldly and loudly tell people it was all wrong while I boldly and loudly lead people in to my next truth.” I’m perplexed why they aren’t embarrassed? Humbled? Ashamed, fearful, confused? Why be so eager to continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?
My second thought is, why do people act like “being real” covers a multitude of sins? As if someone is courageous simply for sharing virally every thought or dark place. That’s not courageous. It’s cavalier. Have they considered the ramifications? As if they are the harbingers of truth, saying “I used to think one way and practice it and preach it, but now I’ve learned all the new truth and will start practicing and preaching it.” So the influencers become the voice for truth in whatever stage of life and whatever evolution takes place in their thinking.
Thirdly, there is a common thread running through these leaders/influencers that basically says that “no one else is talking about the REAL stuff.” This is just flatly false. I just read today in a renown worship leader’s statement, “How could a God of love send people to hell? No one talks about it.” As if he is the first person to ask this? Brother, you are not that unique. The church has wrestled with this for 1500 years. Literally. Everybody talks about it. Children talk about it in Sunday school. There’s like a billion books written on the topic. Just because you don’t get the answer you want doesn’t mean that we are unwilling to wrestle with it. We wrestle with scripture until we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.
And lastly, and most shocking imo, as these influencers disavow their faith, they always end their statements with their “new insight/new truth” that is basically a regurgitation of Jesus’s words?! It’s truly bizarre and ironic. They’ll say “I’m disavowing my faith but remember, love people, be generous, forgive others”. Ummm, why? That is actually not human nature. No child is ever born and says “I just want to love others before loving myself. I want to turn the other cheek. I want to give my money away to others in need”. Those are bible principles taught by a prophet/Priest/king of kings who wants us to live by a higher standard which is not an earthly standard, but rather the ‘Kingdom of God’ standard. Therefore if Jesus is not the truth and if the Word of God is not absolute, then by preaching Jesus’s teachings you are endorsing the words of a madman. A lunatic who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” He also said that he was alive before Abraham, and to see him was to see God because he was one with God. So why then would a disavowed christian leader promote that “generosity is good”? How would you know “what is good” without Jesus’s teachings? And will your ideas of what is “good” be different from year to year based on your experience, culture trends, poplular opinion etc and furthermore will you continue year by year to lead others into your idea of goodness even though it is not absolute? I’m amazed that so many Christians want the benefits of the kingdom of God, but with the caveat that they themselves will be the King.
It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word. And to value the teaching of the Word. We need to value truth over feeling. Truth over emotion. And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth. And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.
Is it any wonder that some of our disavowed Christian leaders are letting go of the absolute truth of the Bible and subsequently their lives are falling apart? Further and further they are sinking in the sea all the while shouting “now I’ve found the truth! Follow me!!” Brothers and sisters in the faith all around the world, pastors, teachers, worship leaders, influencers...I implore you, please please in your search for relevancy for the gospel, let us NOT find creative ways to shape Gods word into the image of our culture by stifling inconvenient truths. But rather let us hold on even tighter to the anchor of the living Word of God. For He changes NOT. “The grass withers and the flowers fade away, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Nehemiah 12:27-13:31, 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, Psalm 35:1-16, Proverbs 21:17-18

Thursday, August 15th: Nehemiah 9:22 - 10:39, 1 Corinthians 9:19 - 10:13, Psalm 34:1-10, Proverbs 21:13 ~ Nathan

1 Corinthians 9:22-23
(22) When I am with those who are weak, I share their weaknesses, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.
(23) I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

A good point, and one to remember as we do our part to win others for Christ -  "try to find common ground with everyone" (v22). Finding a common interest can be a way to start a conversation, that can then be part of the journey for someone to come to know the Lord.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wednesday, August 14th: Nehemiah 7:73-9:21, 1 Corinthians 9:1-18, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 21:11-12 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Nehemiah 7:73-9:21, 1 Corinthians 9:1-18, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 21:11-12

Psalm 33:20-22
We put our hope in the Lord.
    He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
    for our hope is in you alone.

This is a great passage reminding us where our hope and help comes from.  God often works through human hands, but we are to remember to be dependent on Him alone.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Nehemiah 9:22-10:39, 1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13, Psalm 34:1-10, Proverbs 21;13

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tuesday, August 13th: Nehemiah 5:14-7:73, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 21:8-10 ~ Jeannine

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Nehemiah 5:14-7:73, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 21:8-10

But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble. For if others see you—with your “superior knowledge”—eating in the temple of an idol, won’t they be encouraged to violate their conscience by eating food that has been offered to an idol? So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed. And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ. So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

This is a great passage showing how believers are all at different stages in their faith. God gives us understanding or knowledge as we are ready for it. And we are not all ready at the same time. We have to learn to be more patient with fellow believers at all different stages in faith.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Nehemiah 7:73-9:21, 1 Corinthians 9:1-18, Psalm 33:12-22, Proverbs 21:11-12

Monday, August 12, 2019

Monday, August 12th: Nehemiah 3:15-5:13, 1 Corinthians 7:25-40, Psalm 32:1-11, Proverbs 21:5-7 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Nehemiah 3:15-5:13, 1 Corinthians 7:25-40, Psalm 32:1-11, Proverbs 21:5-7

Psalm 32: 1 Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.Interlude

5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

I don't know why we try to hide our sin from God - He already knows, and it only hurts us.  We can only experience true freedom from our sin when we bring it into the light of His grace and mercy, when we confess and repent.  Then we can find forgiveness.  Then we find freedom.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:   Nehemiah 5:14-7:73, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 21:8-10

Friday, August 9, 2019

Friday, August 9th: Ezra 8:21-9:15, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Psalm 31:1-8, Proverbs 21:1-2 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezra 8:21-9:15, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Psalm 31:1-8, Proverbs 21:1-2 

1 Corinthians: 9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer[j]yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.
12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.
We are to react very differently to sin in unbelievers vs believers.  Sin is still sin, but for a believer to live in sin, purposefully and unrepentantly, is not something we can be quiet about.  "Judge not" does not apply here. This is not a popular passage, but it is an important one.  We cannot be passive about sin within our own lives or within the church. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thursday, August 8th: Ezra 7, Ezra 8:1-20, 1 Corinthians 4, Psalm 30:1-12, Proverbs 20:28-30 ~ Nathan

1 Corinthians 4:20
For the kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God's power.

We can go to church every Sunday, and do everything that Christians are supposed to do, we can go along with the motions of believers.

But do we really have a relationship with Christ? Do we put effort into our relationship with Jesus? Do we live the way God wants?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wednesday, August 7th: Ezra 4:24-6:22, 1 Corinthians 3:5-23, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 20:26-27 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezra 4:24-6:22, 1 Corinthians 3:5-23, Psalm 29:1-11, Proverbs 20:26-27

1 Corinthians 3:After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.

I know that originally this was written because the people in the church were arguing over who was better between Apollos and Paul and bragging about who was following who.  And Paul's response was to give glory to God, and to point out that Apollos and Paul are simply His servants.  And obviously that is true.

But this also reminds me of a few things....
1) It's not up to me to convince someone to become a Christian.  I am not the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit who prepares the heart, and who calls the sinner to repentance.  God does everything.
2) It is up to me to be obedient.  If God asks me to seed the Word, I need to seed the Word.  If He asks me to water it, I need to water it.  I need to be willing to speak when He says to speak, to serve when He says to serve, to comfort and love and listen and correct and stand firm when He says to. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageEzra 7:1-8:20, 1 Corinthians 4:1-21, Psalm 30:1-12, Proverbs 20:28-30

Monday, August 5, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019: Ezra 1:1-2:70, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 20:22-23

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Ezra 1:1-2:70, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 20:22-23

Ezra 1:1
In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah. He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:

1 Corinthians 1:19

19 As the Scriptures say,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
    and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
10 Psalm 27:10

Even if my father and mother abandon me,
    the Lord will hold me close.

23 Proverbs 20:23

The Lord detests double standards;
    he is not pleased by dishonest scales.

Observation: The Lord keeps His promises.

Application: Whether it is immediate or after many years, God always comes through. Whether it is a prophecy or a spoken promise, God always come through. Whether good (obedience) or bad (punishment) God always comes through. Whether it is in this lifetime or in Heaven, God always comes through. I was reminded this week that God's timing is not our timing. If we think that our time on earth is but a vapour, then even waiting for God's fulfillment of his promise is just a moment for Him and yet it could be years for us to see the answer to prayer or fulfillment of His promises. What an encouragement it is to know God always keeps his word.

Prayer: Creator God, thank you for being faithful. We can trust in You. We know You always keep your promises. Lord, we fall short and we demand answers and we want immediate gratification. Give us patience and endurance as we wait on Your timing and not on our timing.  Amen.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Ezra 3:1-4:23, 1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4, Psalm 28:1-9, Proverbs 20:24-25 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday, August 2nd: 2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13, Romans 15:23-16:9, Psalm 25:16-22, Proverbs 20:16-18 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13, Romans 15:23-16:9, Psalm 25:16-22, Proverbs 20:16-18 

2 Chronicles 32:7 “Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.

Sometimes it may seem as though there is no earthly way to victory, but we have to remember, as Hezekiah encouraged the people, that we have God on our side - which means that ultimately, victory is ours.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33, Romans 16:10-27, Psalm 26:1-12, Proverbs 20:19

Thursday, August 1, 2019

2 Chronicles 30, 2 Chronicles 31, Romans 15:1-22, Psalm 25:1-15, Proverbs 20:13-15

2 Chronicles 30:10 NIV
The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but people scorned and ridiculed them.

King Hezekiah was leading in a great way, he was strongly encouraging the Israelites to turn back to God, and trust in Him fully. Their was a large amount of the population that was following this, and also turning back to God.

In this verse we see however that there was a portion of the people that fought against the ones who wanted to live for God. We see this today as well.

Just as the Israelites back then didn't let that stop them from praising God, we too can't let those that don't believe today - stop us from living for and praising God.