Category: Gospels

Keeping God’s Word!

Scripture reading for April 20th:  2nd Samuel 14-16, John 12

Key Scriptures:  John 12:46-48  “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in Me may not remain in darkness.  If anyone hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.  The one who rejects Me and does not receive My words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”  

Jesus made it clear to His followers that He had a mission of salvation.  He came as the Light of the world, bringing revelation of the will and word of God.  The word of God that He spoke would save those that believed and bring judgment on those who rejected Him and His word.

2nd Samuel 15:21 “But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the light of revelation.  I believe Your word!  Help me to cling to You and follow Your leading today. Amen.

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Love message!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  2nd Samuel 10-13, John 11

Key Scriptures:  John 11:25-27 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever  believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.””

Jesus had come to the grave of His friend, Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.  Martha, Lazarus’ sister, had ran to meet Jesus with a quiet faith, trusting that whatever Jesus would ask from His Father, God would do.  Jesus revealed Himself to her (and us) as the “resurrection and the life.”  Mary confessed her faith in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God.  Saving faith was released!

2nd Samuel 12:24-25 “Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon.  And the Lord loved him and sent a message by Nathan the prophet.  So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your love and revelation of who You are: “The Resurrection and the Life.”   I receive your revelation and love message today by faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Amen.

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The Good Shepherd

Scripture reading for April 18th: 2nd Samuel 7-9, John 10

Key Scriptures:  John 10:9-11 “I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I am the Good Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”  

Jesus claimed a title that was in the history of His family line going back to King David.  As David was a shepherd who was willing to lay down his life for his sheep against the lion and bear, so Jesus declared His intention of laying down His life for all the lost sheep of mankind.

2nd Samuel 7:8-9  “Now, therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of Hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over My people Israel.  And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you.  And I will make your name great . . .”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for shepherding me today.  Deliver me today from my enemies and lead me to green pastures.  Amen.

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The Lord of “Break-through”

Scripture reading for April 17th:  2nd Samuel 3-6, John 9

Key Scriptures: 2nd Samuel 5:19-20  “And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up against the Philistines?  Will You give them into my hand?”  And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.”  And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.””

King David was victorious when he inquired of the Lord and carefully obeyed His instructions.  David also gave God the credit for the victory.  He proclaimed this victory as the “Lord breaking through my enemies like a breaking flood.”  

John 9:24-25 “So for the second time they (the Pharisees) called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God.  We know that this man (Jesus) is a sinner.”  He answered, “Whether He is a sinner I do not know.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for breaking through against all Your enemies and bringing light to a darkened world.  Enable me to walk in Your light today and reflect it to this dark world. Amen.

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The Light of the World

Scripture reading for April 16th:  1st Samuel 31, 2nd Samuel 1-2, John 8

Key Scriptures: John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:28-29 “So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but speak just as the father taught Me.  And He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” 

2nd Samuel 2:1, 4  “After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?”  And the Lord said to him, “Go up.”  David said, “To which shall I go up?”  And He said, “To Hebron.”. . . . “And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing Your Son as the Light of the world!  Direct me today as I seek to sincerely follow the path You have laid out for me.  Amen.

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Recovering all!

Scripture reading for April 13th:  1 Samuel 27-29, John 7

Key Scriptures:  1st Samuel 30:18-19  “David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, and David rescued his two wives.  Nothing was missing, whether small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything that had been taken.  David brought it all back.”  

While living in Philistine territory in Ziklag, David and his men were out preparing to fight with the Philistines.  When they were sent home, the Amalekites had come and stolen all their wives and children as well as their goods.  David inquired of the Lord and got direction to go after the Amalekites.  God granted him victory and he recovered all the captive family and goods.

John 7:37-38 “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”

Prayer:  Holy Father, thank You for sending Your Son to recover all Your lost sons and daughters from enemy captivity.  May all come to Him and drink His life-giving Water!  Amen.

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Reward of Faithfulness!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  1st Samuel 24-26, John 6

Key Scriptures:  1 Samuel 26:23-25  “The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the Lord gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.  Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may He deliver me out of all tribulation.  Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David!  You will do many things and succeed in them.””

David was being hunted by Saul, because Saul was jealous of David and had an evil spirit.  David spared Saul’s life because he refused to touch the Lord’s anointed.  He knew that only God could take vengeance of an anointed servant.  Saul blessed David and prophesied his success.  Jesus, a son of David and The Son of God, spared us!

John 6:56-57  “Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.  As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on Me, he also will live because of Me.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your faithful obedience and honoring of mankind by offering Your own body and blood to give us life.  Help me to honor and obey You today.  Amen.

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God my “Stronghold”

Scripture reading for April 11:  1st Samuel 20-23, John 5

Key Scriptures: John 6:28-29  “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of  judgment.”  

Jesus told His disciples that He would be the source of resurrection and eternal life.  His voice would bring people out of their graves.  But not everyone would enjoy eternal life, some who had done evil would suffer judgment and eternal punishment.  God knows how to protect His people and punish those who do evil!

1st Samuel 23:14  “And David remained in the strongholds in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph.  And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.” 

Prayer:  Father, thank You for the promise of resurrection life and reward and Your protection in this life.  Help me to live in faith and make You my “Stronghold”.  Amen.

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Our true food!

Scripture reading for April 10th:  1st Samuel 17-19, John 4

Key Scriptures:  John 4:31-35 “Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him something to eat?”  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”

Jesus had food to eat that His disciples did not yet understand.  That food was doing God’s will.  God’s will was that none would be lost from the people of earth.  Each soul had unique worth and was loved by God.  They each needed a revelation of Jesus Christ to deliver them from the giant of sin.

1st Samuel 17:37  “And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”  And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” 

Prayer:   Lord, let me see Your white harvest fields today and send laborers to bring in that harvest.  Let that be my food as well!  Amen.

 

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God sees the heart!

Scripture reading for April 9th:  1st Samuel 13-16, John 3

Key Scriptures: John 3:16-18  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Jesus shared the good news of His Father’s love for the whole world. Simply believing in the Son of God would bring grace for eternal life to all who would do so.  Failure to place faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, would result in condemnation.  God wanted all to be saved, not condemned.  God sees the heart and knows those who believe!

1st Samuel 16:6-7  “When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.”  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him.  For the Lord sees not as man sees:  man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for loving the whole world and making salvation as simple as believing on Your Son, Jesus Christ!  Examine my heart today that I may fully believe.  Amen.

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