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.”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Scripture reading for January 1st: Matthew 1, Psalm 1, Proverbs 1 (Reading through the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs one chapter a day, five days each week in 2019–please join me in the trek!)
Key Scriptures: Matthew 1:18-21 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.””
The New Testament begins with a story that has its roots in the flow of the Old Testament. A genealogy from Abraham to Joseph begins the story. Joseph’s betrothal to Mary makes the story personal and about love. But Mary, a virgin, was pregnant before the marriage was consummated! Joseph had a plan, but angelic intervention brought needed information: the baby Mary carried was conceived by the Holy Spirit! The Name, “Jesus” was to be given to the child. He would save His people from sin! This story is made personal and current if you have believed in Him and received His love!
Faith’s Confession: I believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was God’s Son in human flesh, and is my Savior from my sins.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Scripture reading for December 31st: Malachi 1-4 and Revelation 22
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:17-20 “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus!”
Jesus Christ ends the Revelation given to John with three “I am coming soon!” declarations. The Holy Spirit and the Bride(Christ’s Church) all are calling out to all men to “Come!” The message is simple. It must not be added to or taken away from! Old and New Testaments agree!
Malachi 4:1-3 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.”
Prayer: Lord, I long for Your coming. Thank You that it will be soon! Help me to offer the invitation to all You send me to. Amen.
Scripture reading for December 28th: Zechariah 11-14, Revelation 22
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:1-4 “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face and His Name will be on their foreheads.”
John’s concluding chapter begins with a vision of the river of the water of life. It flowed from the throne of God and the Lamb and the tree of life was growing on its banks. The fruit was new every month, twelve kinds! The leaves were for healing of the nations. The water was crystal clear and pure, a source of refreshing and eternal life!
Zechariah 14:8-9 “On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be One and His Name One.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I long to see You face to face! Thank You for giving understanding to Your people through the prophesies of Scripture. We long to drink the living water and eat of the tree of life! Jesus, You are the source of eternal satisfaction! Amen.
Scripture reading for December 27th: Zechariah 7-10, Revelation 21
Key Scriptures: Revelation 21:2-4 “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be nor more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
As John continued to look and write, he saw a beautiful city, descending from heaven. This city looked like a bride adorned for her husband. A loud announcement from heaven stated that God would dwell with His people bringing eternal joy, comfort and peace. This would be the ultimate fulfillment of God’s desire and prophetic word to live with His people eternally!
Zechariah 8:7-8 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will save My people from the east country and from the west country, and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thank You for the vision of the prophetic Word made sure by Your own faithfulness and righteousness! I await the joy of being in Your presence for ever! Amen!