Category: Gospels

God’s faithful blessings and provision!

Scripture reading for March 26th:  Deuteronomy 27-31, Luke 12

Key Scriptures:  Luke 12:27-31 “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not seek what you are to eat, and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”  

Jesus called His disciples attention to the birds and the lilies of the field.  God takes care of each of these, clothing them and feeding them.  Man is much more valuable than these!  God’s people should not worry about their daily needs, God knows about them and promises to supply!  God’s people should seek His kingdom and all their needs will be met!  God’s provision will run after them and overtake them!

Faith confession and prayer:  Father, I trust You to meet all my needs for food, clothing and shelter as I pass through this life.  I have set my heart to seek first Your kingdom, knowing Your blessing will follow after me!  Give me open doors today to share Your kingdom and righteousness.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”  

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Obedience and blessing!

Scripture reading for March 25th:  Deuteronomy 23-26, Luke 11

Key Scriptures:  Luke 11:27-28  “As He said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed!”  But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.””

Jesus had cast a demon out of a man that was mute and the man began to speak.  The crowd was amazed but some accused Jesus of casting out spirits by the power of the devil.  Jesus explained that the devil would not cast out the devil–it would be a house divided.  People freed from demons must be careful to fill their souls with God or worse would happen.  Blessed people are those who hear God’s Word and obey it!  They are His ‘treasured possession’ and close relative.

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your Holy Word that is for my instruction and cleansing.  Help me today to find those who need deliverance and freedom and I will share Your Word of freedom.  You consider them ‘treasured possessions!’

Deuteronomy 26:18-19 “And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and that you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”  

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God with Us against our enemies!

Scripture reading for March 24th:  Deuteronomy 19-22, Psalm 6, Luke 10

Key Scriptures:  Luke 10:17-20 “The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name!”  And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  Be hold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”   

Jesus had sent out seventy-two disciples in pairs to do ministry and reap the bountiful harvest.  They returned rejoicing that the demons were subject to them.  Jesus agreed that Satan’s kingdom was being plundered, but cautioned them not to rejoice in their authority, but that their names were written in God’s register of heaven.  God was with them working the miracles and deliverance.

Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank you for spiritual authority in the Name of Jesus and Your presence with me always.  I rejoice that You have chosen me to share in Your kingdom forever and that You will and have defeated all my enemies!

Psalm 6:10 “All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.”  

 

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Listening and following!

Scripture reading for March 23rd:Deuteronomy 15-18, Psalm 115, Luke 9

Key Scriptures:  Luke 9:23-26 “And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.  For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?  For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and the holy angels.”

Deuteronomy 18:15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers–it is to Him you shall listen–“

Moses of old prophesied that God would raise up a prophet–from among the Israelites, and the people must listen to Him.  As the answer of God, Jesus came to His own brothers and called them to follow Him, forsaking all else.  Accepting Jesus and His Words would mean acceptance by Jesus when He came in glory to earth.  Listening and obeying brings great reward!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ as the final prophetic Word from heaven.  I am not ashamed to belong to Jesus and I love His Word.  Open doors to share the Word today!

Psalm 115:1-2  “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness.  Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?”  Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases.”  

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Hearing and doing God’s Word

Scripture reading for March 20th:  Deuteronomy 10-14, Psalm 5, Luke 8

Key Scriptures:  Luke 8:19-21 “Then His mother and His brothers came to Him, but they could not reach Him because of the crowd.  And He was told, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.”  But He answered them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear the Word of God and do it.””

God’s Word is to be listened to, heard, and obeyed.  Jesus was teaching the people that if they wanted to be closely related to Him and God the Father, they must hear and obey God’s Word.  He was not disrespecting His mother and brothers, but using their relationship to Him to call others closer.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep His commandments and statutes, . .”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, I love Your Word and seek to hear and obey.  I am thankful that Jesus Christ perfectly heard and obeyed and now has sent the Holy Spirit to empower me.  I long to see the Father’s face.  Spread Your protection over me and give me favor!

Psalm 5:11-12 “Let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your Name may exult in You.  for You bless the righteous, O Lord; You cover him with favor as with a shield.”  

 

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Compassion for the hurting widow!

Scripture reading for March 19th:  Deuteronomy 6-9, Luke 7

Key Scriptures: Luke 7:12-15 “As He drew near to the gate of the town, behold a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.  And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said, “Do not weep.”  Then He came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”  And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.”

As God had commanded His people in the Old Testament law, Jesus was caring and compassionate towards a widow.  This widow had lost her only son and would be left without support.   The funeral procession was passing by and Jesus reached out and touched the bier containing the body.  He spoke to the body of the man and commanded him to arise.  To the amazement of all (except Jesus), the young man arose and began to speak!

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your demonstrated compassion for the hurting and for orphans and widows.  Fill me with Your heart of love and compassion and use me to bring life and restoration.  Multiply Your kingdom!

Deuteronomy 7:12-13 “And because you listen to theses rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that He swore to your fathers.  He will love you and bless you, and multiply you.”  

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Safe from the storms!

Scripture reading for March 18th:  Deuteronomy 4-5, Luke 6

Key Scriptures:  Luke 6:46-49  “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?  Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like:  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well-built.  But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.  When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”  

Hearing the Word of God brings great accountability to obey the truth received and revealed.  Jesus told this story of a man building a house.  Only the one building on the rock of obedience will have a rock foundation.  Storms will come breaking against our life.  Hearing and obeying is the only safe choice.  Failure will be exposed by a great eternal ruin.

Faith confession: I am trusting in Jesus Christ, and His perfect obedience to God’s Word.  I build my life on Jesus and trust in the power He gives me through the Holy Spirit and grace to weather the storms of life and possess eternal life.

Deuteronomy 5:32-33 “You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you.  You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.”  

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Following Jesus without fear!

Scripture reading for March 17th:  Deuteronomy 1-3, Psalm 36, Luke 5

Key Scriptures: Luke 5:8-11 “But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”  For He and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.  And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.  And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.”  

Simon Peter, James and John were experienced fishermen on the Sea of Galilee.  They had fished all night and caught nothing.  Jesus met them as they were returning and told them to let down the net for a catch.  A great harvest of fish ensued and Peter was brought under conviction and holy fear.  Jesus spoke reassuringly to them and invited them to join Him in fishing for men!

Deuteronomy 1:21 “See, the Lord your God has set the land before you.  Go up and take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has told you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Faith Confession:  At Your Word, Lord, I will follow You and fish for men.  I trust in Your promise to be with me and empower me to walk in faith with no fear of man.

Psalm 36:7-8 “How precious is Your steadfast love, O God!  The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.  They feast on the abundance of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your delights.”  

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God in our midst!

Scripture reading for March 16th:  Numbers 34-36, Luke 4

Key Scriptures:   Luke 4:28-30  “When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath.  And they rose up and drove Him (Jesus) out of the town and brought Him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw Him down the cliff.  But passing through their midst, He went away.”  

Jesus preached to those in His home town in the synagogue where He went as a child.  As He declared that He was anointed by God as the Messiah, the people became offended and a murderous spirit entered them.  They sought to kill Jesus, but He slipped away, saving them from murder!  Here was God dwelling with them and they tried to kill Him!

Leviticus 35:33-34 “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”  

Faith Confession and prayer: I am Your temple here on earth.  Lord, keep me mindful of Your indwelling presence in my life.  Empower me to allow You to speak through me to those in need of Your grace.  Thank You for shedding Your precious blood to atone for my sins and the sins of all mankind.

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Wheat in His Barn!

Scripture reading for March 13th:  Numbers 30-33, Psalm 35, Luke 3

Key Scriptures: Luke 3:15-17  “As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but He who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fork is in His hand, to clear His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.””

God had raised up John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin as a prophetic voice to prepare the people for Jesus’ ministry.  Many asked if John might be the long-awaited “Christ.”  John’s answer was a firm “No!”  The Christ would be mightier than John and would have a better baptism.  John baptized with water, but the Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire.  He would have the power and wisdom to separate people as a farmer separates the wheat from the chaff.  ‘Wheat’ would be in His ‘barn’ but the ‘chaff’ burned in unquenchable fire!

Leviticus 31:21-23 “”This is the  statute of the law that the Lord has commanded Moses:  only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean.”

Psalm 35:5  “Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away.” 

Faith Confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for baptizing me with the Holy Spirit and fire.  Guide me in Your path that I might be pure and holy in Your glorious presence, like wheat in Your barn.

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