God’s perfect timing!

Scripture reading for June 19th:  Esther 4-6, Romans 5

Key Scriptures: Romans 5:6-10  “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person– though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.”

God’s amazing love sent His only Son at just the right time to die for sinners and rebels!  Those who were under God’s wrath because of their own sins could now be saved from that wrath and become justified by faith in Christ Jesus’ shed blood.  One died that all might live!

Esther 4:14  “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your perfect timing and wonderful love that you would justify sinners through the death of Your Son.  Amen.

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Grace through faith!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Nehemiah 13, Esther 1-3, Romans 4

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:19-22 “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about 100 years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.  Now unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  

Paul used the example of Abraham to drive home his argument of justification by faith.  Abraham was not declared righteous by keeping the Law.  The Law had not yet been given.  But Abraham was given a promise that he would become the father of many nations and through his “Seed” all nations would be blessed.  He believed God, even when it looked impossible in the natural!

Esther 2:16  “And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the other virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head. . .”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the grace and favor showed to all men through faith in Jesus Christ.  Help me to believe Your word and receive all Your promises!  Amen.

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Great joy!

Scripture reading for June 15th:  Nehemiah 10-12, Romans 3

Key Scriptures:  Romans 3:20-22 “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”  

The Law cannot save anyone.  No one can keep God’s law because of a sin nature from Adam.  Both Jew and Gentile stand guilty as sinners before God. But faith in Jesus Christ is the great equalizer.   Through faith a righteousness is revealed that comes from God as a gift to all who believe.  Those near (Jews) and far away (Gentiles) rejoice!  Hallelujah!

Nehemiah 12:43  “And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy.  The women and children rejoiced.  The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I rejoice in Your great gift of righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ!  May my joy be heard far away!  Amen!

God’s kindness and patience!

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Nehemiah 6-9, Romans 2

Key Scriptures:  Romans 2:4-6 “Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?”  But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.  God will give to each person according to what he has done.”  

Paul reminded believers that it was God’s kindness and patience that lead them to repentance.  If someone remains unrepentant, that attitude will ultimately bring God’s wrath and judgment.  Take care of your own heart and stay in God’s love through repentance and a humble heart.

Nehemiah 8:5-6 “Ezra opened the book.  All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up.  Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!”  Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your kindness and patience with me.  May I always show Your kindness and patience in my life.  I need Your help!  Amen.

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Living by Faith!

Scripture reading for June 13th:  Nehemiah 3-5, Romans 1

Key Scriptures: Romans 1:16-17  “I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:  first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  

Paul, writing to the Roman believers, declared the Gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s power for salvation.  This message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought faith to those who would believe.  Their faith in Jesus brought righteousness  that enabled them to live by faith.

Nehemiah 4:14 “After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”   

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the faith granted me to believe in Jesus Christ.  May I live fully by faith today.  Amen.

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Lord of Heaven!

Scripture reading for June 12th:  Ezra 9-10, Nehemiah 1-2, Acts 28

Key Scriptures:  Acts 28:23-24  “They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying.  From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets.  Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not  believe.”

The Apostle Paul made it safely to Rome and was placed in a rented house under guard.  Many Jews came to visit him and he preached Christ to them from the Scriptures.  Some believed and others did not.  The power of the Gospel was spread in Rome as God had directed.

Nehemiah 1:5-6 “Then I said: “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and obey His commands, let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before You day and night for Your servants, the people of Israel.”  

Prayer: Lord, great and awesome God, Lord of heaven and earth, grant boldness to me today to preach Your word to all You send me to.  Amen!

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Have faith in God!

Scripture reading for June 11th:  Ezra 6-8, Acts 27

Key Scriptures:  Acts 27:22-25  “Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.  For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar.  And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.  So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.” 

Paul was aboard a ship caught in a terrible storm.  All despaired of life, expecting to drown at sea.  But Paul was visited by an angel who gave him a Word from God.  All would be saved but the ship would be lost.  They were not to be afraid!

Ezra 8:22-23 “For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way; since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek Him, and the power of His wrath is against all who forsake Him.”  So we fasted and implored our God for this, and He listened to our entreaty.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for listening to the prayers of your people.  You are awesome and we have faith in Your Word.  Amen.

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The power of prophesy!

Scripture reading for June 8th:  Ezra 2-5, Acts 26

Key Scriptures:  Acts 26:27-29  “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”  And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?  And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am–except for these chains.”

Paul made his defense before King Agrippa and appealed to the King about his knowledge of the prophets.  He invited him to believe but Agrippa resisted, saying that he needed more time.  Paul stated that his prayer was for him to become a believer in Jesus, whether sooner or later, as well as all who heard him.

Ezra 5:1-2 “Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the Name of the God of Israel who was over them.    . . .and the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for prophetic support in preaching Your Word!  May prophesy flow through me as I testify of Your Gospel.  Amen.

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Despising God’s Word

Scripture reading for June 7th:  2nd Chronicles 35-36, Ezra 1, Acts 25

Key Scriptures:  2nd Chronicles 36:15-16  “The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place.  But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising His words and scoffing at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord rose against His people, until there was no remedy.”

The writer of Chronicles summed up the captivity of God’s people.  God had been persistent and merciful to His people.  But His people mocked the messengers God sent them and despised His Word.  This left them under God’s wrath, from which there was no remedy!

Acts 25:11 “”If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death.  But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them.  I appeal to Caesar.””

Prayer:  Lord, thank You that we can now appeal to You through Your Son Jesus Christ.  Keep us from the temptation to despise Your Word and those who speak it.  Amen.

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Believing the Word!

Scripture reading for June 6th:  2nd Chronicles 31-34, Acts 24

Key Scriptures:  Acts 24:14-16  “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.  So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.”

Paul, making his defense before Felix, told how he believed everything written in the Law and Prophets.  He had a hope in God and believed in a resurrection of the just and the unjust.  Because of this, he took pains to have a clear conscience before God and man.  Paul had a clear conscience because He believed the Word.

2nd Chronicles 31:20-21 “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God.  And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.”

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