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Scripture reading for November 27th: Ezekiel 38-40, 3 John
Key Scriptures: 3 John 2-4 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
John, the Apostle, wrote this short letter to a beloved friend, Gaius. Gaius may have been saved under John’s ministry. His prayer for this friend was for God’s blessing and good health as he walked with the Lord Jesus. John was blessed by the testimony of other believers who had been with Gaius and saw how he walked in the truth of the Gospel and welcomed other traveling ministers and missionaries. In doing so, he was helping fulfill the Lord’s command to take the Gospel to the nations. This is how to walk in truth.
Ezekiel 39:28-29 “Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of the remaining among the nations anymore. And I will not hide My face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Truth of the Gospel revealed to me by the Holy Spirit. May there be reports of my walking in Your truth bringing a smile to You and others. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 26th: Ezekiel 34-37, 2nd John
Key Scriptures: 2nd John 7-10 “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.”
John wrote this short letter to a pastor and her congregation concerning the need for discernment. False teachers were attacking the church. These teachers were denying Jesus Christ came in the flesh and deceiving people with the spirit of antichrist. Care must be taken not to take them in or be taken in by their false doctrines. A full reward from God awaits the faithful and discerning.
Ezekiel 33:7 “”So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a Word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me.””
Prayer: Lord, thank You for clear warnings to be watchful and focused on Your Truth and Word. Help me to be watchful and a watchman over those in Your church. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 23rd: Ezekiel 31-33, 1st John 5
Key Scriptures: 1st John 5:11-13 “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
John plainly states that God’s grace has given us eternal life through His Son. God wants no one to perish but all to have this gift. He wants no one to be uncertain about His promise of eternal life and the One who gives access, Jesus Christ. No one should live in fear or uncertainty, these truths were written that we might know for certain this truth.
Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for leading me to turn back from my sinful ways and for the assurance of eternal life through Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord! Amen!
Scripture reading for November 22nd: Ezekiel 27-30, 1 John 4
Key Scriptures: 1st John 4:1-4 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, your are from God and overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
John encouraged the church not to believe every spirit that spoke through false teachers and prophets. Every spirit should be tested. What they spoke concerning Jesus Christ would reveal whether they were from God or the devil. Those confessing that Jesus Christ did not come in the flesh were not from God, but were actually the antichrist spirit of the devil. Believers need not fear, they were from God and the Holy Spirit dwelled within them. Satan stands judged by God!
Ezekiel 28:16 “In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit living in me to keep me in Your truth, helping me daily to test the spirits speaking through men in this world. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 21st : Ezekiel 24-26, 1 John 3
Key Scriptures: 1st John 3:7-9 “Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as He is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.”
The false teachers attacking the church in John’s last years were teaching that sin did not matter. John set the record straight. Sin is of the devil, who sinned from the beginning. Jesus Christ appeared to destroy the devil’s work of sinning and giving new life to all who would believe through the Word of God abiding within us and the Holy Spirit teaching us. No true believer can continue in sin. Don’t be deceived!
Ezekiel 24:14 “I am the Lord. I have spoken; it shall come to pass; I will do it. I will not go back; I will not spare; I will not relent; according to your ways and your deeds you will be judged, declares the Lord God.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and plain truth. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who teaches me to obey. Lead me today into application of truth. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 20th: Ezekiel 20-23, 1st John 2
Key Scriptures: 1st John 2:3-6 “And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. Whoever says “I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His Word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in Him: whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.”
What does it mean to truly “know God?” John, the beloved disciple, says that obedience to His holy Word is the best indication of our knowledge of God and our love for Him. If we say we ‘know’ God, but live in rebellion to His Word, we are a liar and do not have the truth. If we truly ‘know’ God through Jesus Christ, we should walk as Christ walked on this earth: in complete obedience to the Father by depending on the Holy Spirit and God’s grace.
Ezekiel 20:44 “And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for My Name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for giving me the revelation of Jesus Christ to know You and Your great love and mercy. Thank You for that mercy instead of dealing with me according to my evil ways. Help me to live fully for You. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 19th: Ezekiel 17-19, 1st John 1
Key Scriptures: 1st John 1:5-7 “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.”
Our God is light! In that Light of His awesome holiness, we see no darkness or shadow. So if we claim to have fellowship with Him and continue to walk in darkness, we are a liar about knowing Christ. If we walk in His light, we will have peace with God and this promotes fellowship with other believers. Our walk will show that the blood of Jesus is having its cleansing power in our life.
Ezekiel 18: 21-22 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live/ he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your cleansing blood that empowers me to live a life of fellowship with You and others in Your body. Keep me from the deception of sin and unbelief. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 16th: Ezekiel 13-16, 2nd Peter 3
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.”
How thankful we who dwell on the earth should be for our Lord’s patience! He has promised destruction of the wicked and a cleansing of the earth by fire but is patiently waiting for all that will to come to repentance. He would rather bless than judge and destroy. But His patience will ultimately give way to judgment when the day of the Lord comes. Fire and retribution are assured for the wicked.
Ezekiel 16:43 “Because you have not remembered the days of your youth, but have enraged Me with all these things, therefore, behold, I have returned your deeds upon your head, declares the Lord God. Have you not committed lewdness in addition to all your abominations?”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your patience with me and with our lost world. Help me to share the Good News of Your patience with the lost. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 15th: Ezekiel 10-12, 2nd Peter 2
Key Scriptures: 2nd Peter 2:1-3 “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
Peter warned the church about false prophets and their activity. They would introduce destructive heresies, causing division and strife. They would promote sensuality through lies and their underlying motives would be greed. Peter promised God’s Word concerning their fate was true! God would repay.
Ezekiel 11:1-2 “The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the Lord, which faces east. And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were twenty-five men. . . .And He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel to this city; . .”
Prayer: Lord, help me today to discern truth from error and false teachers from true. Thank You for the promise of redemption for believers and retribution for the wicked. Amen.