Scripture reading for April 29th: John 17, Psalm 85, Proverbs 23
Key Scriptures: John 17:24-26 “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, I know You, and these know that You have sent Me. I made known to them Your Name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
As we listen to Jesus’ prayer to His Father for us and His disciples, we note that He desired that they would be with Him in the Father’s presence. There the disciples would be able to behold Christ’s glory and experience ultimate joy and fullness of life in God’s love. Christ’s prayer is pulling all believers towards the throne of God and the fullness of our joy, glory, and eternal life.
Faith Confession: Amen! Let it be according to Your prayer for me and all disciples! I desire to be with You where You are and see Your glory! Thank You for the Holy Spirit that is a down payment on the fullness to come!
Proverbs 23:17-18 “Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Scripture reading for April 26th: John 16, Psalm 84, Proverbs 22
Key Scriptures: John 16:20-22 “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy from you.”
Jesus plainly told the disciples that they would experience a time of great anguish and sorrow as He was crucified and died. He likened it to a woman at the time of giving birth. He told them that the world would rejoice as they were in anguish. But that sorrow was not the end, they would see Him again and then they would have joy that no one could ever take away
Faith confession: Thank You Lord for the comfort of Your word! Even the times of sorrow that we have here while the world rejoices will soon be turned around. No one can take my joy away!
Psalm 84:5-7 “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, ever singing Your praise! As they go through the Valley of Baca (tears), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.”
Scripture reading for April 25th: John 15, Psalm 83, Proverbs 21
Key Scriptures: John 15:7-11 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
Jesus encouraged His disciples with a parable of a vine and its branches and ability to produce fruit. Jesus was the vine and His disciples were the branches. The Father was the vine-dresser. The sap in the vine was God’s word. Each disciple must abide in the vine and be filled with the sap in order to produce fruit. Abiding meant a close relationship of love and faith that asked for needs and claimed God’s word in faith. All fruit is to His glory!
Faith Confession: I am abiding in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and allowing the Word of God to abide in me and resting in His love. I ask Him for what I need and expect to receive in order to produce fruit.
Proverbs 21:20 “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.”
Scripture reading for April 24th: John 14, Psalm 82, Proverbs 20
Key Scriptures: John 14:11-13 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.”
Jesus made some fantastic promises to those who would choose to believe in Him. He promised His disciples that they would do the same works that He had been doing. He also stated that they would do greater works. In fact, whatever need that they had, they could ask in His Name and He would do it. Faith to see what Jesus wanted to do and to ask Him would bring results!
Faith Confession: Thank You Jesus for these precious and magnificent promises. Help me to see what You want to do each day and to ask You for needed resources. (Action step: Ask Jesus in prayer for a need that you have and expect results.)
Psalm 82:3-4 Father, I pray Your Word: “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Amen.
Scripture reading for April 23rd: John 13, Psalm 81, Proverbs 19
Key Scriptures: John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus had shown His love to His disciples by taking a towel and washing their feet. He served them. Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment. It really was a summary of the ten commandments and the law of the kingdom of heaven. This commandment was not a suggestion and would be the distinguishing mark of all who belonged to Jesus. It was simple but not easy–to love one another as Christ had loved them.
Faith Confession: Jesus, thank You for loving me by serving me and all mankind. Help me today to love others that come into my path.
Proverbs 19:22 “What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.”
Scripture reading for April 22nd: John 12, Psalm 80, Proverbs 18
Key Scriptures: John 12:44-48 “And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him Who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees Him Who sent Me. 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 world. The one who rejects Me and does not receive My words has a judge; the word that I have spoke will judge him on the last day.””
Jesus explained that believing in Him and His words was the same as believing in the Father, who sent Him. He was the light that revealed the Father who was the unseen Spirit. Hearing Jesus’ words brings responsibility and ultimate judgment. Hearing and disobeying or rejecting Jesus’ words will bring judgment and those words will judge the person at the final judgment.
Faith Confession: Jesus, I receive You and Your words and know that they are words from the Father. Help me to share Your words with others so they may hear and obey.
Psalm 80:17-18 “But let Your hand be on the Man of Your right hand, the Son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself. Then we shall not turn back from You; give us life, and we will call upon Your Name.”
Scripture reading for April 19th: John 11, Psalm 79, Proverbs 17
Key Scriptures: John 11:23-27 “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 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.””
Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother had died and been the tomb for four days. Jesus had purposely delayed coming so that many would believe in Him through the miracle that He would perform by raising him from death. Martha ran to meet Jesus and Jesus quickly assured her that her brother would rise again. Mary confessed faith in God’s Word concerning resurrection in the Old Testament. Jesus went further to state the He alone was the resurrection and the life for all who would believe in Him! This brought a faith confession!
Faith Confession: Jesus, I believe that You are the Christ, Son of God, and the only source of eternal life and truth.
Proverbs 17:3 “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”
Scripture reading for April 18th: John 10, Psalm 78, Proverbs 16
Key Scriptures: John 10:7-11 “So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 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.”
Jesus, still speaking to the Pharisees, who were struggling to believe that He was the Messiah, told them that He alone was the ‘Good Shepherd’ and also the ‘Door’ that God’s sheep may enter and find safe pasture and care. Jesus said that others had come before Him, but they were only thieves and robbers. The thief came only to steal, kill and destroy. The ‘Good Shepherd’ came to bring abundant life.
Faith Confession: Jesus, I believe that You are the Good Shepherd who laid Your life down for Your sheep. I am one of Your sheep. You are the Door that I go through to find provision and safety and eternal life abundant and free!
Psalm 78:70-73 “He chose David His servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, Israel His inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”
Scripture reading for April 17th: John 9, Psalm 77, Proverbs 15
Key Scriptures: John 9:35-39 “Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is He, sir, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”
Jesus had healed a man born blind from birth. The Pharisees found it hard to believe that Jesus did this miracle and that it was authentic. They questioned the man’s parents who, from fear, sent them back to their son. He plainly told them that Jesus had healed him. For this, they threw him out of the temple. Jesus found the man and simply called him to a position of faith and a confession of that faith. Those who believed would see, and those who refused to believe would become blind.
Faith confession: Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. Thank You for opening my blind eyes to see You as Savior and Lord, the Light of the world.
Proverbs 15:30-31 “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.”
Scripture reading for April 16th: John 8, Psalm 76, Proverbs 14
Key Scriptures: John 8:23-25 “He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins.” So they said to Him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.”
Jesus had declared to the Pharisees that He was the “Light of the world.” They struggled to believe in Him because they were living in the darkness of sin–the sin of unbelief! Jesus plainly told them that they would die in their sins unless they believed in Him as Messiah. It is faith in Jesus that alone brings deliverance from death.
Faith Confession: Jesus, I humbly confess that You are the Son of God, the Light of the world. and the only One who can save me from eternal separation from You.
Psalm 76:8-9 “From the heavens You uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth.”