Walking in the Light of Jesus!

Scripture reading for November 19th:  1st John 1, Psalm 89-90, Proverbs 15

Key Scriptures:  1st John 1:5-9 “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  

John was the “beloved” disciple.  He followed Jesus when he was very young and now as an old man, he wrote to the Church of Jesus concerning the light of Truth as found in Jesus.  If we walk in the light of Jesus, we will experience true fellowship with God and one another.  The blood of Jesus will continually  be at  work bringing cleansing and sanctification from sins we confess and repent of.  Denying real sin in our lives cuts us off from Jesus and Truth.

Faith Confession:  I desire to walk in the light of Jesus and His Word.  I want to be sensitive to sins and find repentance and cleansing through Jesus’ blood, keeping my fellowship with Him and His church.

Psalm 89:1 “I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

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Patience for repentance!

Scripture reading for November 18th:  2nd Peter 3, Psalm 87-88, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures:  2nd Peter 3:8-10  “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”  

As the Apostle Peter concludes his last letter before being martyred, he pointed the church to God’s long-suffering and mercy.  Although it seemed that the Lord was slow concerning His promise of returning, God was really being patient with all men, not wanting any to perish.  They should call on the Lord while His patience remained (repentance), because a day was coming when there would be His sudden return.  To the unrepentant, it would be like a thief and would bring great destruction on the heaven and earth and eternal loss for them.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your mercy and great patience towards sinners, of which I have benefited.  Use me today to share the good news of Your patience and desire to save those who are perishing, headed for eternal death.

Proverbs 14:11-12 “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”  

 

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God’s protective care!

Scripture reading for November 15th:  2nd Peter 2, Psalm 85-86, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures: 2nd Peter 2:6-10  “. . .if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes He condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if He rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard; then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.” 

As Peter faced his own execution, he wrote to believers concerning God’s ability to punish the wicked and also to save and keep the righteous.  God is faithful and is a righteous judge.  He will punish the wicked who are captured by sinful flesh and resist and despise God’s authority.  He will deliver the righteous from trials.  The Lord is true to His Word!

Faith Confession:  I trust God to right all wrongs and to keep me at peace in the midst of this world and it’s evil people.  To Him be all glory and praise!

Psalm 85:8-9 “Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.  Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land.”  

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Escaping the world’s corruption!

Scripture reading for November 14th:  2nd Peter 1, Psalm 85-86, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  2nd Peter 1:2-4 “May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

Peter prayed for God’s grace and peace to be multiplied towards all believers as they grew in their knowledge of Jesus.  God’s divine power through the Holy Spirit living in them would give them all they needed for living in the hostile world and reflecting Christ’s holy life to those around them.  It is by faith that believers claim and live out the promises of His Holy Word and escape the world’s corruption and their own sinful desires.

Faith confession:  I have received from God everything I need for life and godliness through an increasing knowledge of Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Lord help me daily to faithfully appropriate Your promises and escape the corruption of the world and my sinful flesh.

Proverbs 12:28 “In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”  

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Cast your cares!

Scripture reading for November 13th:  1st Peter 5, Psalm 81-82, Proverbs 11

Key Scriptures: 1st Peter 5:6-9  “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.  Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”  

Peter mentioned suffering many times in his short letter.  He recognized the warfare that he and the church faced each day in a world hostile to God and His followers.  All Christ-followers must stay humble and under God’s protection.  All fears, cares and concerns must be given to God in prayer.  Satan must be resisted by strong faith in God and His Word.  This is universal instructions for all believers of all times.

Faith Confession:  I remain humbly dependent on God to face the trials of life I experience each day on my earthly journey.  I purpose to cast all my cares on God and live by faith in His answers and protection.

Psalm 81:13-14 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways!  I would soon subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their foes.”  

 

 

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Doing all for God’s Glory!

Scripture reading for November 12th:  1st Peter 4, Psalm 79-80, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 4:7-11 “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.  Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.  Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:  whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.  To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Peter encouraged the church to keep a sober attitude for the purpose of prayer as the last days counted down.  Finishing well is important in the race of life and for the Christ-follower.  Whatever we do, in word or deed, all must be done for God’s glory.  He alone is worthy of all glory and dominion!  Amen!

Faith Confession:  I recognize we are living in the last of the last days and will continue to pray for God’s wisdom and strength to do all He has directed me to bring glory to Him alone.  Praise His Holy Name!

Proverbs 10:29-30 “The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.  The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not dwell in the land.”

 

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Honoring Christ as holy!

Scripture reading for November 11th:  1st Peter 3, Psalm 77-8, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 3:13-16 “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.”  

As followers of Christ Jesus, we are always to honor Christ as Lord by doing all to His glory.  If we suffer for our faith and good deeds, it is Christ who will be honored if we treat our persecutors with gentleness and respect.  We should always be ready to share the reason for our hope in Jesus Christ.  If they reject our testimony and witness, the shame will rest on them, not us because we honored Jesus and acted respectfully.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, I desire to honor You as holy in my attitude, actions, and conduct.  Help me to treat unbelievers with respect and gentleness, and always be ready to give a defense of my trust in Jesus Christ, that the persecutors and unbelievers may be saved.

Psalm 77:13-14 “Your way, O God, is holy.  What god is great like our God?  You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your might among the peoples.”  

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Grace and wisdom to live righteously!

Scripture reading for November 8th:  1st Peter 2, Psalm 75-6, Proverbs 8

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 2:20-24  “For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?  But if you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  For to this you have  been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth.  When He was reviled, he did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.  He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.”  

Peter commended those who were suffering for their good deeds and because of their identification with Jesus Christ.  He said that their endurance was graciously noted by God.  Why?  Because suffering believers are following Christ’s example.  He never suffered because He sinned, but because He was righteous and was identifying with us.  In Him we have the power of sin broken and ability to live and even suffer in righteousness.  His grace through the cross sets us free.

Faith Confession:  I embrace the example of Jesus Christ for the grace to suffer for doing His will and wisdom to live for righteously.

Proverbs 8:10-11 “Take My instruction instead of silver and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.”  

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Rejoicing in our inheritance!

Scripture reading for November 7th:  1st Peter 1, Psalms 73-74, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 1:3-7  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.   In this your rejoice, through now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 

Peter begins his letter to the church with rejoicing in Jesus and joy at believers ‘new birth’!  This new life is brought about by faith and is laid hold of by faith.  Faith must be proved genuine and is often tested by trials and temptations here on earth.  Genuine faith will result in “glory, honor and praise” at the return of Jesus Christ for His Church!  We will be caught up in His glory forever!

Faith Confession:  I have been born again into a living hope through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I rejoice in the coming inheritance I will receive, at the revelation of Jesus Christ when He comes for me and all His people of faith.

Psalm 73:24  “You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory.”

 

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The power of prayer!

Scripture reading for November 6th:  James 5, Psalm 72, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures:  James 5:14-16  “Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess  your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

James was the pastor at Jerusalem and the half-brother of Jesus.  His nick-name was “old camel-knees” because of time spent in prayer.  His instruction to the sick in the church was simple.  Call for the praying elders and they will anoint with oil and pray a prayer of faith.  The sick person was to confess any sins that were in their lives and repent as well.  The promise was healing.  Prayers of righteous men and women have great power and are working to bring results desired.

Faith Confession:  I believe in the power of prayer and am thankful I have been declared ‘righteous’ by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  I seek to pray for those who are sick, along with other mature believers, and trust God for results.  Prayer works!

Proverbs 6:20-22 “My son, keep your father’s commandment and forsake not your mother’s teaching.  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.  When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will talk with you.”  

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