God sees the heart!

Scripture reading for April 9th:  1st Samuel 13-16, John 3

Key Scriptures: John 3:16-18  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.  Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Jesus shared the good news of His Father’s love for the whole world. Simply believing in the Son of God would bring grace for eternal life to all who would do so.  Failure to place faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, would result in condemnation.  God wanted all to be saved, not condemned.  God sees the heart and knows those who believe!

1st Samuel 16:6-7  “When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.”  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him.  For the Lord sees not as man sees:  man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for loving the whole world and making salvation as simple as believing on Your Son, Jesus Christ!  Examine my heart today that I may fully believe.  Amen.

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One King, all Knowing!

Scripture reading for April 6th:  1st Samuel 10-12, John 2

Key Scriptures: John 2:23-25  “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in His Name when they saw the signs that He was doing.  But Jesus on His part did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”

Jesus was with crowds of people and many came to Him because of the miraculous signs He was doing.  But Jesus was cautious about revealing Himself to men.  He knew what was in the heart of each person and the plans God had laid out.  Jesus had no fear of man!

1st Samuel 12:17-18 “Is it not wheat harvest today?  I will call upon the Lord, that He may send thunder and rain.  And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking for yourselves a king.”  So Samuel called upon the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.”  

Prayer:  Lord, may I fear and reverence only You and Your Word!  Amen.

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Anointed Leader!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  1st Samuel 6-9, John 1

Key Scriptures:  John 1:29-34 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is He of Whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who ranks before me, because He was before me.’  I myself did not know Him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that He might be revealed to Israel.”  And John bore witness:  “I saw  the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on Him.”  

John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, proclaimed prophetically the Name and mission of Christ Jesus.  His job was to call all people to humility and cleansing through water baptism.  This would prepare the way for the One who would baptize His followers with the Holy Spirit and fire!

1st Samuel 9:15-16 “Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel: “Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel.  He shall save My people from the hand of the Philistines.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for anointing Jesus, Your Son, to lead Your people and save them from their enemies!  Amen!

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Revealed through the Word!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  1st Samuel 3-5, Luke 24

Key Scriptures:  Luke 24:22-27  “Moreover, some women of our company amazed us.  They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find His body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive.  Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.”  And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

Jesus revealed His identity to His followers through His Holy Word!  It was difficult to have faith with just sight, revelation through the Word brings faith and love!

1st Samuel 3:19,21  “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.  . .  And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the Word of the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the faith and revelation that comes through Your holy Word.  Reveal Yourself to me today.  Amen.

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Grace for the humble!

Scripture reading for April 3rd:  Ruth 3-4, 1st Sam. 1-2, Luke 23

Key Scriptures:  Luke 23:39-43 “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, “Are you not the Christ?  Save Yourself and us!”  But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?  And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  And he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”  And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.””  

Luke records a conversation between those crucified on Calvary that day.  One thief mocked Jesus and His claim to be the Christ.  The other pleaded with Jesus for mercy.  One got no reply, but Jesus promised the second a trip to Paradise.  Ruth, appealed to Boaz, and received her eternal reward!

Ruth 3:8-9  “At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet!  He said, “Who are you?”  And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant.  Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” 

 

 

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Faith’s reward!

Scripture reading for April 2nd:  Judges 21, Ruth 1-2, Luke 22

Key Scriptures:  Luke 22:26-30 “”But not so with you.  Rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.  For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves?  Is it not the one who reclines at table?  But I am among you as the one who serves.  “You are those who have stayed with Me in my trials, and I assign to you, as My Father assigned to Me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.””

Jesus encouraged His followers to lead by serving others, as He had done for them.  Their reward for servitude would be a kingdom!  They would recline at His table and sit on thrones!  Ruth, a Gentile, clung to Naomi, a Jew, and served her.  Her reward was the eternal kingdom!

Ruth 1:16-17  “But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you.  For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.  May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your encouragement and promise of the kingdom!  I cling to You today and always!  Amen.

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Standing before Jesus!

Scripture reading for March 30th:  Judges 17-20, Luke 21

Key Scriptures: Luke 21:33-36  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.  But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.  For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Jesus told His disciples that prayer and watchfulness were necessities to survive the testing that would come upon the earth before His coming again.  God’s people must live by faith in every Word He has said!

Judges 17:5-6 “And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.  In those days there was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Prayer:  Lord, forgive me for doing my own thing.  Help me to live in faith by Your Word.  Amen.

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Honor and Worship!

Scripture reading for March 29th:  Judges 13-16, Luke 20

Key Scriptures:  Judges 13:17-20  “And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?”  And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”   So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the Lord, to the One who works wonders, and Manoah and his wife were watching.  And when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the Lord went up in the flame of the altar.”  

God appeared to a childless couple and told them that they would have a son who would deliver Israel.  He gave them instructions that this child be raised as a Nazarite from conception.  This is a type of Jesus Christ, from Nazareth who was set apart to God from before the world began!

Luke 20:24-26 “”Show Me a denarius.  Whose likeness and inscription does it have?”  They said, “Caesar’s.”  He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’;s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch Him in what He said,. . .”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your wisdom, “Wonderful” Name and works of wonder!  We give you praise and honor!  Amen!

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Have mercy on Me!

Scripture reading for March 28th:  Judges 9-12, Luke 19

Key Scriptures: Luke 18:13-14  “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”  

Jesus told the story of two men who went to the temple to pray.  The first, a Pharisee, prayed arrogantly, exalting his own goodness in keeping the law.  The second, a tax collector, asked God for mercy and confessed his sins.  Jesus plainly stated that the one who humbled himself was justified by God.

Judges 10:14-16 “”Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.”  And the people of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to you.  Only please deliver us this day.”  So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord and He became impatient over the misery of Israel.”  

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on me today for my sins and poor choices.  I humble myself before You and ask for Your deliverance.  Amen.

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Finding faith when He Comes!

Scripture reading for March 27th:  Jude 5-8, Luke 18

Key Scriptures:  Luke 18:6-8  “And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?  Will He delay long over them?  I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?””

Jesus told a parable about an unjust judge and a woman who came again and again for justice.  The unjust judge finally grants her request to keep her from wearing him out.  Jesus used this story to explain the kind of faith needed by those who would be living in the time before He returned.  God always is moved by people using their faith!

Judges 6:12, 14  “And the angel of the Lord appeared to him (Gideon) and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”   . . “And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?””

Prayer:  Lord, increase my ability to hear and believe Your holy Word and live by faith each day.  Amen.

 

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