Scripture reading for August 21st: Galatians 5, Psalm 17, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”
When the Holy Spirit abides in us and we allow Him to produce His sweet fruit in our lives, there is no need for the law. The Spirit of Jesus is totally obedient to God’s Word and leads us in the desire and ability to keep in step with Him. By His fruit others will know that we belong to God and have reckoned our old man dead, no longer pursuing its passions and desires.
Faith Confession: My old man and fleshly nature is reckoned dead and the Holy Spirit lives in me. His fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are growing and evident in my life, transforming me into His likeness.
Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your likeness.”
Scripture reading for August 20th: Galatians 4, Psalm 16, Proverbs 12
Key Scriptures: Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
Those who place their faith in Jesus Christ are adopted into God’s forever family, the Church, as sons of God. The proof of this is the cry of the Holy Spirit within the believer “Abba! Father!” We are no longer slaves of sin and Satan, but truly free. The Holy Spirit enables us to confess this truth.
Faith Confession: I am adopted into God’s forever family, the Church, and now call God my “Abba, Father!” I have been set free from slavery to sin by faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus is my Lord!
Proverbs 12:28 “In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”
Scripture reading for August 19th: Galatians 3, Psalm 15, Proverbs 11
Key Scriptures: Galatians 3:11-14 “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
No one can be justified by keeping God’s law because the law is not of faith but of works and human effort. But God’s amazing plan was to sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to perfectly keep the law of God and be crucified in our place, becoming a curse for us. Through faith in Jesus, the blessings of Abraham comes to all who believe–Jew or Gentile. All who have faith receive the Holy Spirit and are adopted into God’s family. What a blessing!
Faith Confession: Thank You God for sending Jesus Christ to take the curse of broken law in my place through His hanging on the cross of Calvary. I have received adoption through the gift of the Holy Spirit, who daily enables me to walk in grace and righteousness.
Psalm 15:1-2 “O Lord, who shall sojourn in Your tent? Who shall dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; . . .”
Scripture reading for August 16th: Galatians 2, Psalm 14, Proverbs 10
Key Scriptures: Galatians 2:19-21 “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”
Paul carefully explained to the Galatian believers that the law could only reveal sin and our separation from God. But through identification with Christ Jesus in His death and resurrection, real life comes through Christ living in us . This life is a gift of God coming through faith in Jesus Christ, not by man’s effort of trying to keep the law. If we could do it ourselves, Christ Jesus died in vain!
Faith confession: I identify with Christ Jesus in His crucifixion and His resurrection from the dead. I receive by grace His indwelling presence and righteousness. Thank You Jesus, I am free and truly live!
Proverbs 10:24-25 “What the wicked dreads will come upon him; but the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.”
Scripture reading for August 15th: Galatians 1, Psalm 13, Proverbs 9
Key Scriptures: Galatians 1:3-7 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different Gospel–not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.”
There is only one Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is the revelation of the power of God through the sending of His only Son to reveal His heart of mercy for the human race. Jesus lived a sinless life and died on the cross of Calvary, was buried and rose from the dead. By God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ we are saved. False teachers want to distort this simple Gospel by adding human effort. Don’t fall for it!
Faith Confession: I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God, and the only One who can save me from the penalty and power of my rebellion and sinfulness. It is by grace, God’s unmerited favor, through faith, a gift of God, I am saved. God has dealt bountifully with me and all mankind!
Psalm 13:5-6 “But I have trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.”
Scripture reading for August 14th: 2nd Corinthians 13, Psalm 12, Proverbs 8
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 13:11-14 “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Paul ended his letter with final instructions and a benediction or blessing. He was a loving pastor who wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to instruct God’s church in restoring a repentant brother and healing divisions in the church caused by false teachers and people following men. Joy was prescribed and a focus on restoration and peacemaking. Tenderness and affection was to flow from all saints to all fellow believers. This was enabled by the grace of our Lord and God’s love and gift of the Holy Spirit to help us.
Faith confession: I thank You God for the grace of our Lord Jesus and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the precious Holy Spirit enabling me to live life in joy and maintaining the unity of the Trinity in the Church.
Proverbs 8:35-36 “For whoever finds Me, finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find Me injures himself; and all who hate Me love death.”
Scripture reading for August 13th: 2nd Corinthians 12, Psalm 11, Proverbs 7
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 12:7-9 “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Paul did not live a life a privilege as an apostle of Christ. He faced many trials and in this case, a thorn in his flesh which was from Satan. He shared how he pleaded with the Lord to remove it, but His answer was different than what Paul desired. The Lord promised grace sufficient for the test. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness and dependency on Him.
Faith Confession: Lord, I am weak and need Your grace each day to sustain me in the trials of life on earth. Thank You for grace sufficient to each pressing need and satanic trial.
Psalm 11:4-5 “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes see, His eyelids test the children of man. The Lord tests the righteous, but His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”
Scripture reading for August 12th: 2nd Corinthians 11, Psalm 10, Proverbs 6
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”
Paul exposed the false teachers that had come into the midst of the Corinthian church. These men were in disguise, masquerading as true ‘apostles of Christ’ and claiming to be servants of righteousness. They were leading the church astray with their lies and false doctrines and taking money from the church that should have been used to further the work of Christ in saving souls. Satan is a master of disguise, he comes only to steal, kill, and destroy–Christians beware!
Faith Confession: From God’s Word, I know that Satan is a master of disguise and God is Truth. Lord, open my eyes each day to Truth and guard me from deception, even from those claiming to be ‘apostles of Christ.’
Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
Scripture reading for August 9th: 2nd Corinthians 10, Psalm 9, Proverbs 5
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war in the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”
Paul knew the pressures of the world that he and the Corinthian believers lived in. The flesh and culture appealing to the outer man brought conflict in the thought life of the inner man requiring powerful weapons to combat them. Paul advised and practiced bringing his thought life and consequently his fleshly man into subjection by focusing on obeying Christ and His powerful Word. By the power of the Word and Spirit, each person could be victorious over the strongholds of worldly thinking.
Faith Confession: The weapons of my warfare are powerful through God for the pulling down of strongholds. I bring every thought into obedience to Christ and His unfailing Word with the help of the Holy Spirit. God is my Stronghold!
Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know Your Name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Scripture reading for August 8th: 2nd Corinthians 9, Psalm 8, Proverbs 4
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 9:11-15 “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!”
Paul explained how the cheerful and generous giving of the Corinthians brought a harvest of thanksgiving to God. People receiving the gift and ministry it supported thanked God for the givers and the gifts. The Apostles and ministers thanked God for the harvest made possible by the giving. All the saints thank God for His inexpressible “Gift”, Jesus Christ, Son of God!
Faith Confession: Lord, thank You for those who gave support and prayers for me to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Thank You for Your amazing Church and Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord!
Proverbs 4:10-12 “Hear, My son, and accept My Words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.”