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Sin’s power broken under Grace!

Scripture reading for June 20th:  Romans 6, Psalm 123, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures: Romans 6:12-14 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.  Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” 

Paul instructed the Romans in simple truth.  Living under the Law stirs up desires to break it.  In giving ourselves to Jesus Christ, who perfectly kept God’s Law, we receive forgiveness of sins by His Grace.  We are free then to present ourselves and the members of our body to God to be used by Him for righteous purposes.  Sin loses its power over us because we have received grace.   Sin’s power through the law is broken and we are free to serve God!

Faith Confession:  Sin’s power over me is broken through faith in Jesus Christ and receiving grace as a gift.  I serve God in freedom and freely offer my body to Him as a living sacrifice.  (Faith action:  Apply this truth to any besetting sin in your life today, declaring sin’s power broken!)

Proverbs 30:5 “Every Word of God proves true’ He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”  

 

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A demonstration of God’s Love

Scripture reading for June 19th:  Romans 5, Psalm 122, Proverbs 29

Key Scriptures:  Romans 5:6-10  “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.  For if while were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.”

Paul clearly stated that we are all sinners, for all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  In that state of sin and separation from God, when we were actually under God’s wrath against sin, Christ came at just the right time and died for all sinners.  He did this to demonstrate God’s love to all sinners and provide a way for their salvation from God’s wrath.  Christ’s death and shed blood bring justification and reconciliation.  His resurrected life guarantees our salvation!

Faith confession:  I receive justification, reconciliation and eternal security in the City of God through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and shed blood.  I thank Him for resurrection life that His resurrection from the dead guarantees for me and all who repent and believe.

Psalm 122:6-7  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!  “May they be secure who love you!  Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”

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Fully convinced faith!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Romans 4, Psalm 121, Proverbs 28

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:19-22 “He (Abraham) did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about 100 years old) or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.  No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.  That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”  

Paul used Abraham as an example of saving faith that was based on the Word of God.  Abraham could have wavered as he looked at his own body and Sarah, his wife’s body.  They were old enough to be beyond natural child-bearing age and beyond normal sexual functioning.  But Abraham grew strong in his faith when he gave glory to God for His amazing ability to do all things and bring His own Word to pass.  Abraham was “fully convinced” of God’s ability and declared righteous by God.

Faith confession:  Lord, I am fully convinced that You are able to do everything You have promised and accept Your gift of righteousness!  Thank You for Abraham’s example of ‘fully convinced’ faith and trust in You.  Help me to grow in my faith.

Proverbs 28:1  “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”

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Justification by faith!

Scripture reading for June 17th:  Romans 3, Psalm 120, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures:  Romans 3:21-25 “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood to be received by faith.”

The Law and the Prophets bore witness to the righteousness of God through faith in Messiah Jesus, stating that the just shall live by their faith.  But now Jesus Christ has purchased our salvation by offering His own blood to cover or pay for our sins.  Those who trust in Jesus and His blood by faith receive justification as a gift.  They are made ‘just as if’ they had never sinned and declared ‘righteous’ before God, even though all have sinned.  What amazing grace!

Faith confession:  I am righteous before God through Jesus’ blood.  I am justified by faith as a gift from God and I live by faith in Christ Jesus the Lord!  Thank You Jesus for Your precious gift!

Psalm 120:1  “In my distress, I called to the Lord, and He answered me.”

 

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God shows no partiality

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Romans 2, Psalm 119, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Romans 2:6-11 “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.  There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  For God shows no partiality.”

God is ultimately and perfectly just.  God alone knows all things about each person, Jew or Gentile.  He knows the heart and the actions proceeding from the heart, whether good or bad.  He has promised to reward each person according to their works based on the faith they hold.  He is impartial.  Only those who hold faith in Jesus Christ and His righteousness can do good works.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ and seek to do His will by obeying His Word and the Holy Spirit leading me in the good works He has prepared for me. I want to stand before God and be rewarded.  Deliver me from laziness and apathy.

Proverbs 26:14  “As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.”  

 

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Power for salvation!

Scripture reading for June 13th:  Romans 1, Psalm 118, Proverbs 25

Key Scriptures:  Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.””

Paul made a faith confession concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He stated clearly that this Gospel was the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.  Faith to believe comes from hearing the Word of God in Christ Jesus.  It is available to everyone, Jew or Gentile, because God does not respect persons.  The Gospel reveals God’s righteousness in the person of Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God.  Those believing in Jesus live by faith in Him, going from faith to deeper faith.  They possess righteousness by faith.

Faith Confession: I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God, my Savior and the gate of salvation for all people, through His death, burial and resurrection from the dead.  I possess His righteousness now by faith in Him alone and am saved from eternal death.

Psalm 118:14, 19-20 “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”  . . .”Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.  This is the Gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.”    

 

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Laying on of hands for healing!

Scripture reading for June 12th:  Acts 28, Psalm 117, Proverbs 24

Key Scriptures:  Acts 28:8-10  “It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery.  And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him.  And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured.  They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.” 

After the shipwreck and miraculous rescue of all on board, Paul heard about the father Publius, a leader on the island, who was ill with a disease.  Paul visited him to pray, and while there, laid hands on him.  The Lord healed him and this caused all the sick and diseased to come to Paul for prayer and it is recorded that they all were healed.  As a result, Paul and the ships crew were given favor and supplies to proceed when their winter there was over.  \

Faith Confession:  I believe in the laying on of hands and prayer for healing as the Holy Spirit directs.  The results are always to glorify God and build up His body.  God holds me responsible to act on His Word to see souls saved.

Proverbs 24:11-12 “Rescue those who are being taken away to death, hold back those who are stumbling to slaughter.  If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it?  Does He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will He not repay man according to his work?”

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Acting in Faith!

Scripture reading for June 11th: Acts 27, Psalm 116, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures:  Acts 27:34-37 “”. . .Therefore I urge you to take some food.  For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.”  And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.  Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves.  (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.)

Paul had warned the ship captain not to sail because of a coming storm.  But the ship had sailed and the storm arose, threatening to sink the ship.  Paul was encouraged by an angel who assured him not to be afraid because God had granted protection to Paul and all who traveled with him.  He shared this message and encouraged the men to eat.  He acted prophetically by faith in God’s Word!

Faith Confession: Thank You for Your Word that brings faith and encouragement of Your divine protection.  Thank You for angels who serve You and us, the heirs of salvation.

Psalm 116:5-7 “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.  the Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, He saved me.  Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”

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Appointed as servant and witness!

Scripture reading for June 10:  Acts 26, Psalm 115, Proverbs 22

Key Scriptures: Acts 26:15-18 “And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.  But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen Me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles–to who I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'”

Paul was sharing with King Agrippa the testimony and witness of his encounter with Jesus Christ on the Damascus road.  He told of Jesus appearing to him and appointing him to be His witness and servant. Jesus would enable him through the Gospel to turn people from darkness to light and deliver them from Satan’s power to restoration of a relationship with God by forgiveness of sins.  This was available for all who would receive and repent!

Faith Confession:  Thank You Lord Jesus for opening my eyes and appointing me to be your skillful servant and witness.  (Faith action:  Share the Good News of Jesus with someone God places in your path today.)

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”  

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Standing firm before powerful men

Scripture reading for June 7th:  Acts 25, Psalm 114, Proverbs 21

Key Scriptures:  Acts 25:7-9  “When he (Festus) arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove.  Paul argued in his defense,, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I committed any offense.”  But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Do you wish to go up to Jerusalem and there be tried on these charges before me?”  But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried.  To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well.”  

Paul was in Caesarea, held by the Roman government as a Roman citizen.  Festus, the governor of Jerusalem, came down and offered Paul a change of venue if he desired to be tried in Jerusalem.  Paul declined.  The Jews had made many charges, some serious, but they had no proof.  To go up to Jerusalem when God had revealed to him he must go to Rome was not right.

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for this example of standing firm in faith before powerful men in authority.  I trust You to help me to declare truth and follow You in each difficult situation of life.

Psalm 114:7-8 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.”    

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