Category: Pauline epistles–BibleTrekToday

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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Win them with kindness!

Scripture reading for October 3rd:  Isaiah 22-24, 2nd Timothy 2

Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 2:24-26 “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.  God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”  

Paul reinforces the traits that God’s servants must exhibit to make it possible for the Lord to reach those who are lost.  The lost inhabitants of earth are in a trap set by Satan and captured by him.  Repentance is their only hope of escape.  Kindness, gentleness, and sound teaching offers the best possibility for their repentance and entrance into the heavenly kingdom.

Isaiah 24:17-18 “Terror and the pit and the snare are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!  He who flees at the sound of the terror shall fall into the pit, and he who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the snare.  For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble.” 

Prayer:  Lord, as a member of Your kingdom, let me show kindness and gentleness to the lost inhabitants of earth that they may escape the snare of the devil and escape judgment by repentance.  Amen!

 

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Guard the “good deposit”!

Scripture reading for October 2nd:  Isaiah 18-21, 2nd Timothy 1

Key Scriptures:  2nd Timothy 1:12-14 “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.  Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”

Paul encouraged Timothy with a strong statement of faith.  He was convinced that the Lord was able to keep him in faith, even though he was facing probable execution in the near future.  He encouraged Timothy to stand firm as well.  It would be in the power of the Holy Spirit that the good deposit of faith in Christ Jesus would be kept.  God would help those who looked to Him.

Isaiah 18:4 “For thus the Lord said to me:  “I will quietly look from My dwelling like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your amazing promises and personal encouragement to help us in troubling times, keeping us safe.  Fill me with the ‘cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.’  Amen!

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Honor Christ Jesus!

Scripture reading for October 1st:  Isaiah 15-17, 1 Timothy 6

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 6:13-17  “I charge you in the presence of God, Who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will display at the proper time–He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality, Who dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see.  To Him be honor and eternal dominion.  Amen.”

Paul charged Timothy with the sacred duty to love God and love others.  Christ Jesus could return at any time.  He, alone, is worthy of our love and obedience as He is King of kings and Lord of lords.  His holiness and power deserve honor and He will have eternal dominion.

Isaiah 16:5 “. . . then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David One who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”  

Prayer:  Lord, we long for Your return and the righteous rule of Your glorious throne.  We love You and give You the honor and obedience due the King of kings.  Amen.

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Honor elders who teach and preach!

Scripture reading for September 28th:  Isaiah 11-14; 1st Timothy 5

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 5:17-20 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.”

Paul gave clear instructions to Timothy about the honoring of church leadership who labor faithfully in the church.  Teachers and preachers deserve double honor.  But those who are in sin must be confronted with two or three witnesses concerning truth of the sin.  Where there is no repentance, public rebuke will help all to live in holy fear.

Isaiah 12:3-4 “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples, proclaim that His Name is exalted.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for placing elders in Your Church to teach Your people to exalt Your Name and proclaim Your mighty deeds.  Help me to give them proper honor.  Amen.

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