Scripture reading for October 18th: Hebrews 5, Psalm 59, Proverbs 24
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-9 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
Jesus was the Son of God, but came to earth in a human body, subject to all its weakness and limitations. Jesus relied upon prayer and reverent submission to His Father in heaven and obeyed Him perfectly. He learned obedience through suffering because of it. Because of His willing and perfect obedience, He could become the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him!
Faith Confession: I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and my Savior and freely choose to obey His Word. He is the source of my salvation from the consequences of sin and my power to live a life free from sin by obeying Jesus. I bow in reverence to Jesus Christ, my Savior!
Psalm 59:9-10 “O my Strength, I will watch for You, for You, O God, are my Fortress. My God in His steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.”
Scripture reading for October 17th: Hebrews 4, Psalm 58, Proverbs 23
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 4:14-16 “Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The writer of Hebrews saw Jesus Christ as our great High Priest. He was able to come to our aid, because He had been tempted in all ways like other human beings. Unlike other humans, Jesus Christ was without sin. Because of this, death and the grave could not hold Him and He was resurrected to the right hand of God. We can have confidence to draw near to Him on the throne of grace and find help and mercy anytime we need it.
Faith confession: I have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who understands my weakness and is able to come to my aid. I can go to Him anytime and have confidence in His wisdom, instruction, mercy and help.
Proverbs 23:22-23 “Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it; by wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”
Scripture reading for October 16th: Hebrews 3, Psalm 57, Proverbs 22
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.”
This letter contains a warning against unbelief and falling away from the living God. It is possible to let go of our confidence in Christ Jesus and again be overcome by the sin of unbelief. We are charged by God’s Word to exhort one another to stand firm and watch over each other and our own hearts for hardening through the deception of sin. Today is the day to be watchful!
Faith Confession: I am watchful today for sin’s deception in my life. I do not want to be hardened by the sin of unbelief and fall away from the faith. Help me to watch over my own heart and others in my life who believe and exhort them today.
Psalm 57:1 “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in You my soul takes refuge, in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.”
Scripture reading for October 15th: Hebrews 2, Psalm 56, Proverbs 21
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 2:9-10 “But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.”
The writer of Hebrews shared how God the Father sent His Son from heaven to earth, to take a position lower than the angels. Jesus willingly suffered death, taking the penalty for our sins upon His own body and suffering that taste of death for each one who would believe on Him. God then crowned His own Son with glory and honor, declaring Him perfect through His obedient life, by raising Him from death. Jesus is the founder of all salvation!
Faith Confession: I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, who is the source of all creation and the founder of all salvation. I am a son destined for glory through His suffering on my behalf.
Proverbs 21:21 “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.”
Scripture reading for October 14th: Hebrews 1, Psalm 55, Proverbs 20
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 1:7-9 “Of the angels He says, “He makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.” But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness, therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”
The writer of Hebrews extolled the Son of God as God’s final Word from heaven. The Son was better than angels who were ministering spirits to us the heirs of salvation. The Son’s throne was forever and His ruling ‘scepter’ was one of righteousness. His righteousness was a perfect love of truth and a constant hatred of evil. This earned Him an anointing with the oil of gladness! Joy comes from perfect obedience!
Faith Confession: The Son of God, Jesus Christ rules on an eternal throne at the right hand of God the Father. His throne is established in righteousness according to His perfect obedience to God’s Word. He loved righteousness and hates evil! I have joy because I am submitted to His rule!
Psalm 55:22-23 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved. But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.”
Scripture reading for October 11th: Philemon, Psalm 54, Proverbs 19
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 have been refreshed through you.”
Paul wrote to Philemon, a friend and fellow church member, from prison. This letter accompanied Onesimus, Philemon’s run-away slave who had been miraculously saved under Paul’s ministry in Rome. Paul wrote to ask Philemon to receive Onesimus as a brother. As he began the letter, he thanked God for Philemon’s faith and love for Jesus and for his ministry of refreshing the other believers in the church. He prayed that Philemon would possess a full knowledge of every good thing in him through the sharing of his faith.
Faith Confession: Through the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have come to a more complete knowledge of everything I have in Jesus Christ my Lord. Lord, fill me with faith and love to refresh the saints!
Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rest satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.”
Scripture reading for October 10th: Titus 3, Psalm 53, Proverbs 18
Key Scriptures: Titus 3:3-7 “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.”
All of us humans have a common history. We were foolish and in slavery to our fleshly passions before hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But when the good news of Jesus Christ was preached to us and we repented and believed on Him, He saved us by a gift of His grace. He washed us with His own blood, and regenerated us through new birth. He renewed our life when we received the gift of the Holy Spirit, marking us as heirs of the gift of eternal life, the nature of God Himself.
Faith Confession: I used to walk according to my fleshly passions, but I heard the good news of Jesus Christ. I repented of my sins and passions and received regeneration and renewal through the Holy Spirit. I am an heir of eternal life! Praise the Lord!
Psalm 53:3 “They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”
Psalm 53:6 “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of His people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”
Scripture reading for October 9th: Titus 2, Psalm 52, Proverbs 17
Key Scriptures: Titus 2:1-5 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the Word of God may not be reviled.”
Sound doctrine and sound living are always linked together in Scripture. We who teach God’s Word must model the sound doctrine and do so steadfastly and faithfully. Older men are to teach younger men and older women are to teach younger women how to apply the Word of God in every area of life from marriage to workplace and raising of children. God’s Word is to be exalted by faithful practice of basic respect, kindness, and love.
Faith Confession: I teach and live out the sound doctrine of Holy Scripture and as an older man seek to train my children and grandchildren and younger men how to apply Scripture to life. I encourage older women to do the same with their children and younger women that God’s Word may be glorified.
Proverbs 17:6 “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”
Scripture reading for October 8th: Titus 1, Psalm 51, Proverbs 16
Key Scriptures: Titus 1:5-9 “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you–if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 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.”
Paul wrote another letter to Titus, another one of his spiritual sons who was an elder that Paul had left in the church on the Island of Crete. He charged Titus to set the church in order by wisely appointing overseers who met the qualifications of character and faith in God’s Word. They must be able to teach and correct those under their charge. Their character would first be reflected in their own children and home life as well as their reputation in the community and church.
Faith Confession: I thank God for the opportunity to serve in His Church and be an overseer. I hold fast to His unchanging and trustworthy Word which enables me to give instruction and make correction of those who contradict it.
Psalm 51:12-13 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.”
Scripture reading for October 7th: 2nd Timothy 4, Psalm 50, Proverbs 15
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 knew his time on earth had come to an end. He lamented the desertion of all his friends at his trial but was encouraged by the Lord’s real presence to strengthen him and enable him to fully proclaim the Gospel of God’s grace. He prayed for his friends for their forgiveness. He also proclaimed his faith in God’s ability to rescue him now and eternally. This moved Paul to worship as he ended his letter to Timothy.
Faith Confession: I believe that God will stand by me even if all earthly friends may not be able to or willing. He will strengthen me to fully preach the Gospel, and will take me safely into His heavenly kingdom when my time on earth is up! I say along with Paul: “To Him be glory forever and ever! Amen!”
Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”