Confidence before God’s Throne

Scripture reading for October 17th:  Isaiah 57-59, Hebrews 4

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 4:14-16 “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 

Jesus Christ is our great “High Priest” Who is our Intercessor before God.  Jesus understands us perfectly and is able to represent us before God because He was tempted as a man but overcame and returned to heaven to help us through His priestly intercession.  We can draw near in confidence!  Amen.

Isaiah 59:16  “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then His own arm brought Him salvation, and His righteousness upheld Him.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth as a human and identifying with us.  Thank You for Your victory over sin and death and the confidence we can now have to approach You for help in times of need.  Amen.

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Take care of your soul!

Scripture reading for October 16th:  Isaiah 53-56, Hebrews 3

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.”  

The writer of Hebrews gave a pastoral warning to the members of the church.  The sin of unbelief can take us away from Christ and cause eternal loss.  Unbelief is deceitful and subtle.  We must watch over our own soul and one another.  Confidence in Christ must be maintained.

Isaiah 55:10-11 “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great mercy and for Your pastoral care for my soul and Your church.  Help me to be careful and watchful, maintaining confidence in Christ’s sacrifice for me.  Amen.

 

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Freedom from fear!

Scripture reading for October 15th:  Isaiah 50-52, Hebrews 2

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 2:14-15 “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”

Jesus Christ, God’s Son, shared in our humanity by becoming a human being.  He identified with sinful humanity, but Himself was without sin.  He experienced death, the penalty for sin, on our behalf in order to destroy the devil and his power to hold mankind in the grip of death.  He set those in bondage to fear of death free forever!  Hallelujah!

Isaiah 51:12-13 “I, I am He who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, and the son of man who is made like grass, and have forgotten the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and you fear continually all the day because of the wrath of the oppressor, when he sets himself to destroy?  And where is the wrath of the oppressor?”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for sending Jesus Christ, to deliver me from fear of man and fear of death.  I am a free person because of You!  Amen.

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The Counsel of God Stands!

Scripture reading for October 12th:  Isaiah 46-49, Hebrews 1

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 1:1-3 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed the heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.  After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, . . .”

The writer of Hebrews loves to tie Old and New Testaments together.  In the past, God spoke by the prophets concerning things to come.  Now, God speaks to us by His Son.  The Son is the exact representation of God. The Son is the Creator and Upholder of the universe!  The Son made a sacrifice of His blood to purify us from sin.  The Son is now seated at God’s right hand!  We must listen to the Son!  His counsel will stand!

Isaiah 46:9-10 ” . . .remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all My purpose.'”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for speaking to Your people through the prophets of old concerning things coming.  Thank You for speaking today through Your Son!  Help me listen and obey.  Amen.

 

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Revelation through sharing!

Scripture reading for October 11th:  Isaiah 43-45, Philemon

Key Scriptures: Philemon 4-7  “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed through you.”  

Paul wrote to Philemon concerning his run-away slave, Onesimus.   As he opened his short letter, he encouraged him with the report he had heard concerning  Philemon’s testimony and the fruit of sharing faith.  Paul had received joy and comfort from his love.  The sharing of our faith brings revelation to us and others of all the good things we have in Christ!

Isaiah 45:8  “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have created it.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing your great love and salvation to me.  Direct me today in sharing my faith that increased glory may come to Your Name!  Amen.

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Saved by His Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Isaiah 39-42, Titus 3

Key Scriptures:  Titus 3:4-7 g“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  

Our good works cannot save us.  It is only Christ’s mercy and His washing through His sacrifice of His blood and body on the cross that we are made righteous and justified.  This justification is by faith in Christ Jesus alone.  Through grace we become heirs of the promise of eternal life in God’s holy family.  Amen!

Isaiah 40:9  “Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up and fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace and the washing from my sins by Jesus Christ.  I will proclaim this “Good News” to all today.  Amen!

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Grace is our teacher!

Scripture reading for October 9th:  Isaiah 35-38, Titus 2

Key Scriptures: Titus 2:11-14  “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, and upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our Blessed Hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.” 

The hope of Christ’s Church is His return in glory to bring justice to the earth and full redemption for His people.  Because of His great sacrifice for us, we are taught and empowered by His grace to live righteous and holy lives and to do the good works with joy that He has called us to do.  The final recorded prayer of the Church is “Come, Lord Jesus!”  (Revelation 22:20)

Isaiah 35:8, 10  “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;” . . .And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;  they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and signing shall flee away.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the grace that is our teacher today.  May I live in Your grace and grow in holiness, awaiting Your glorious return and the everlasting joy of life in Your presence.  Amen.

 

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Godly overseers!

Scripture reading for October 8th:  Isaiah 32-34, Titus 1

Key Scriptures: Titus 1:7-9  “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach.  He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He must hold firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”  

As Paul wrote to Titus, another of his young understudy’s, he instructed him in the importance of character in those who lead in our Lord’s Church.  Godliness, righteousness and faithfulness to God’s Word was a priority.  The incarnation of Christ’s holy character in each minister through the filling of the Holy Spirit would give power and grace to be an effective and just leader.

Isaiah 32:1-2 “Behold, a King will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.  Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I rejoice in Your righteous and just rule as King of kings.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me for effective leadership.  Let the water of life flow in my dry places and shelter me from life’s storms.  Amen.

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God stood by me!

Scripture reading for October 5th:  Isaiah 29-31 and 2nd Timothy 4

Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 4:16-18 “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me.  May it not be charged against them!  But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Paul was writing his last words here on earth to Timothy, his son in the ministry.  He showed mercy to those who had deserted him and focus on the priority of the Gospel message being fully preached.  He declared his faith in God’s power and presence.  His merciful Father would be given glory forever and ever!

Isaiah 30:18  “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice: blessed are all those who wait for Him.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the confidence You inspire in me concerning Your faithfulness, justice and mercy!  You have been merciful to me and I trust in Your mercy forever and ever.  Amen.

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Breath on Me!

Scripture reading for October 4th:  Isaiah 25-28, 2nd Timothy 3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Timothy 3:14-17  “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writing, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  

Paul told Timothy to hold fast to God’s sacred Word and profit by allowing it to make him wise for salvation.  Not only that he was to use the Word to minister to others, equipping them for every good work.  It is through the Word that we are brought into perfection and enjoy the peace of those taught by the Lord.

Isaiah 26:3-4  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I trust in You today.  You are my Rock.  Your sacred Word equips me for every good work.  Breath on me today.  Amen.

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