Scripture reading for July 6th: Job 41-42, Psalm 1, 1st Corinthians 2
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 2:14-16 “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
Spiritual things must be revealed to people by the Holy Spirit. Natural man, unredeemed and not born again, finds it impossible to understand spiritual truth. But those who are born-again have the “mind of Christ”. This is an amazing gift from the Father.
Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for this amazing gift! I delight in You and amazing Word that reveals Your mind and truth to me by the Holy Spirit! Amen.
Scripture reading for July 5th: Job 37-40, 1st Corinthians 1
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 1:28-31 “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.””
Paul stated plainly that God chose the weak and lowly things of this world in order to shame the proud and those claiming to be wise. Through Jesus Christ, God’s amazing wisdom, abundant righteousness, sanctification and redemption are available to all who humbly accept. That’s something to humbly boast about!
Job 37:23-24 “The Almighty–we cannot find Him; He is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness He will not violate. Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Jesus Christ, our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption! Help me to humbly boast in Him alone!
Scripture reading for July 4th: Job 34-36, Romans 16
Key Scriptures: Romans 16:25-27 “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith–to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
In Paul’s farewell to the Romans, he commended them to God the Father and to the Word of God. Through the prophetic writings, the mystery of the Gospel message including all nations had been revealed. To God be all glory forever!
Job 36:24-26 “”Remember to extol His work, of which men have sung. All mankind has looked on it; man beholds it from afar. Behold, God is great, and we know Him not; the number of His years is unsearchable.””
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your works on our behalf. Thank You for saving the nations! Glory to You now and forever! Amen.
Scripture reading for July 3rd: Job 30-33, Romans 15
Key Scriptures: Romans 15:18-20 “For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience–by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God–so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the Gospel of Christ; and thus I make it my ambition to preach the Gospel, not where Christ has already been named lest I build on someone else’s foundation.
Paul’s earnest desire was to reap a harvest of souls through preaching the Gospel of Christ. He trusted God to confirm His Word by signs and wonders and preached in the power of the Holy Spirit. He desired to go where the Gospel had not yet been preached so that all might have opportunity to hear.
Job 31:37 “I would give Him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach Him.”
Prayer: Lord, knowing that all Your children must give an account, help me to use my time and talents for Your glory. Let me fully preach the Gospel. Amen.
Scripture reading for July 2nd: Job 27-29, Romans 14
Key Scriptures: Romans 14:7-9, 17 “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” …”For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Paul, writing to the Roman Christians, encouraged them to refrain from judging one another based on human rules and traditions. They were judging others based on their habits. The kingdom of God was not based on external habits, but brings the fruit of inner righteousness, peace and joy through the presence of God the Holy Spirit within. The Holy Spirit gives each person a healthy “fear of the Lord”.
Job 29:28 “And He said to man, ‘ Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the indwelling Holy Spirit bringing us into Your kingdom. Let me share the righteousness, peace and joy with others. Amen.
Scripture reading for June 29th: Job 23-26, Romans 13
Key Scriptures: Romans 13:8-10 “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,: and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor, therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Love is the fulfillment of every commandment of God’s Law. All breaking of God’s Law is a violation of love for our neighbor and for God who gave the commandment. Disciples are to live a life of love.
Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.”
Prayer: Lord, teach me to so love You and my neighbor that I totally fulfill Your awesome commandments. Amen.
Scripture reading for June 28th: Job 19-22, Romans 12
Key Scriptures: Romans 12:3-6 “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another, having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith, . . “
Paul urged the Roman believers to humble thinking about Christ’s body, of which they were now a part. Each one had gifts from God to be used for the good of all. The gift of prophecy was mentioned first. This gift was to be used by faith. Holy men and women of faith had spoken over the centuries by faith as moved by the Spirit.
Job 19:25-26 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, . . .)”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the gifts you have given those in Your body. May I use the gifts today to speak and act for Your glory. Amen.
Scripture reading for June 27th: Job 15-18, Romans 11
Key Scriptures: Romans 11:32-36 “For God has consigned all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?” For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
God’s great mercy is available to all. All men need it because all have been disobedient. There is no one who has counseled God or given anything to Him. All men owe Him everything! Repentance can only come when this is recognized. Worship is to be our response to this truth!
Job 15:14 “What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of woman that he can be righteous?”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your great mercy to me, a sinner and one in need of mercy. Today I worship You as the source of all things and my Lord. Amen.
Scripture reading for June 26th: Job 11-14, Romans 10
Key Scriptures: Romans 10:8-11 “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved for the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.”
Faith gives all men a pathway to salvation. You hear the Word of God concerning the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. With your mouth you confess “Jesus is Lord” and are saved. Job of ancient times longed to be justified and sought it by faith.
Job 14:14-15 “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come. You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the simplicity of salvation by faith. Open doors today for me to proclaim this glorious truth! Amen.
Scripture reading for June 25th: Job 8-10, Romans 9
Key Scriptures: Romans 9:14, 19-21 “What shall we say then: Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! . . .You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, . . “
Man has a tendency to bring charges against God for their state in life and for their ultimate fate. But it is never God at fault! God is good and holy in all His ways. Paul says it is God’s great mercy that we must all seek. Thousands of years before, Job asked these same questions as he was going through trials.
Job 9:3, 12 “If one wished to contend with Him, one could not answer Him once in a thousand times.” . . . .“Behold, He snatches away: who can turn Him back? Who will say to Him, ‘What are You doing?'”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your great mercy and goodness. Although I have many questions, I trust in Your mercy and wisdom through Jesus Christ. Amen.