Scripture reading for March 7th: Luke 4, Psalm 48, Proverbs 17
Key Scriptures: Luke 4:42-44 “And when it was day, He departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought Him and came to Him, and would have kept Him from leaving them, but He said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well, for I was sent for this purpose.” And He was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.”
Jesus had a successful ministry of preaching, healing, and casting out demonic forces. People flocked to Him for healing and deliverance, even when He sought to withdraw to lonely places for prayer and rejuvenation. The people wanted Him to stay around all the time. Jesus refused to be moved from His stated and called purpose and mission. He must preach the good news in all the towns!
Faith confession: Lord, thank You for calling me to preach Your Word and be a witness of Your grace. Guide me daily to the mission and places I must share and help me not to be distracted by the “good” and miss Your purpose.
Psalm 48:12-14 “Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.”
Scripture reading for March 6th: Luke 3, Psalm 47, Proverbs 16
Key Scriptures: Luke 3:15-17 “As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, John answered the all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, to clear His threshing floor and gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
John the Baptist was a fiery preacher who spoke plainly to the people. He was the ‘voice crying in the wilderness’ calling people to repentance in preparation for the coming Messiah. John deflected attention given to him and speculation that He was the One. He spoke of the coming One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. There would be a separation of wheat and chaff. The ‘wheat’ would go into Messiah’s ‘barn’, but the ‘chaff’ would be burned up.
Faith Confession: Lord thank You for baptizing me with the Holy Spirit and placing the fire of Your love and holiness in my heart. Help me to lovingly warn all people of Your gift of the Holy Spirit and the coming judgment.
Proverbs 16:2, 14 “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. . . .”A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it.”
Scripture reading for March 5th: Luke 2, Psalm 46, Proverbs 15
Key Scriptures: Luke 2:10-13 “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!””
Luke tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the announcement of an angel to the shepherds who lived and worked near Bethlehem. They were told not to be afraid but were invited to see for themselves the sign: a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Suddenly, the heavens were alive with a mighty angel chorus praising God and pronouncing God’s blessing of peace to those on earth! Shout the good news!
Faith’s confession: Lord, I believe the good news of Jesus Christ! I believe it is for all people of all nations. Use me to share that good news!
Psalm 46:10-11: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Scripture reading for March 4th: Luke 1, Psalm 45, Proverbs 14
Key Scriptures: Luke 1:35-38 “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”
Luke carefully wrote down the story related to him by faithful ministers, the apostles and Mary, Jesus’ mother whom he had known. Jesus’ birth was miraculous. Mary was a virgin and visited by Gabriel, the angel messenger of God. She was informed of God’s plan to use her to bring His Son into the world. Although Mary struggled to comprehend this process, she humbly offered herself as God’s servant to do His will. Her faith confession is a response to the angel’s words: “Nothing shall be impossible with God.”
Faith Confession: I believe that nothing is impossible with God and I trust His Word as truth to be believed and acted upon. (Action step: Respond in faith to God’s Word concerning an impossible situation you are facing.)
Proverbs 14:1, 26 “The wisest of women builds her house, . . .” “In the fear of the Lord on has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.”
Scripture reading for March 1st: Mark 16, Psalm 44, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: Mark 16:14-16 “Afterward, He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.””
Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection from the grave. His first words to them were a rebuke, a word of chastisement, for their unbelief. According to Jesus, this was hardness in their hearts to believing truth that was revealed to them by His own prophetic words and those who saw Him after He arose. He then sent them on a world-wide mission of preaching or proclaiming the gospel. How people received it or rejected it would determine eternal salvation or eternal condemnation.
Faith Confession: I believe Jesus Christ as God’s resurrected Son and obey Him by going into the world He placed me in to share and proclaim the gospel. The results are up to each person and God.
Psalm 44:7-8 “But You have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us. In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to Your Name forever.”
Scripture reading for February 28th: Mark 15, Psalm 43, Proverbs 12
Key Scriptures: Mark 15:37-39 “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!””
Soldiers from the Roman army garrison had conducted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and two others and were there guarding the condemned. Mark records the last cry of Jesus from the cross and the rending of the temple curtain. The curtain was torn from top to bottom! But the centurion in charge, an eyewitness, was overcome by the manner in which Jesus breathed His last breath. He made a faith confession: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
Faith Confession: Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God!
Proverbs 12:17 “Whoever speaks the truth give honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.”
Scripture reading for February 27th: Mark 14, Psalm 42, Proverbs 11
Key Scriptures: Mark 14:22-24 “And as they were eating, He took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take, this is My body.” And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.””
Jesus celebrated His last Passover with His disciples and prepared them for His coming death. His broken body and shed blood were to be offered before God as a ransom for the sins of mankind. These symbols of broken bread and the cup of fruit of the vine would come to bring remembrance to believers of all ages of Christ’s sacrifice. It is now a way of believers identifying with Christ and looking ahead to the coming fullness of the Kingdom when they will share the cup with Jesus at the wedding of the Lamb!
Faith Confession: I trust in the final sacrifice of Jesus Christ of His body and blood as the only hope for my righteousness! I look forward to partaking in the wedding supper of the Lamb!
Psalm 42:1-2 “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”
Scripture reading for February 26th: Mark 13, Psalm 41, Proverbs 10
Key Scriptures: Mark 13:24-27 “”But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.””
Jesus gave a final prophetic warning to His disciples and us concerning the events surrounding His return in power and glory. He described a great tribulation with trouble and wars upon the earth. The world system would be shaken to the core, affecting even the visible creation. After that tribulation, the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, would appear in power and glory to gather His people. How blessed would be those who were ready for His return!
Faith Confession: Lord, I believe in Your sudden and glorious return for Your people. I humbly seek to be ready and help others to prepare for this amazing event, not wanting to lead anyone astray!
Proverbs 10:16-17 “The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked is sin. Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.”
Scripture reading for February 25th: Mark 12, Psalm 40, Proverbs 9
Key Scriptures: Mark 12:28-31 “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that He answered them well, asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.””
Jesus was asked by a scribe to give His opinion on the most important commandment. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 about loving God and loving your neighbor. Love is foundational to faith. We can trust someone we love. We believe someone we love. Love always wants the best for the one loved. Love for God is first enabling love for your neighbor.
Faith’s confession: Lord, I love You with all my heart and soul and mind and strength and want to please You through obedience. Thank You for helping me love my neighbor as myself. I am still growing in both. (Action step: Show God or your neighbor you love them today in a tangible way.)
Psalm 40:8-9 “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart. I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation.”
Scripture reading for February 22nd: Mark 11, Psalms 39, Proverbs 8
Key Scriptures: Mark 11:22-25 “And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.””
Jesus had cursed a fig tree and the next day the disciples noted that it had withered away from the roots. Jesus used this illustration of speaking in faith to teach them the power of faith and prayer. Asking the Father in faith, believing that they would receive what they asked, would bring them the desired answer. Jesus also encouraged them to forgive wrongs done against them so that they might stand forgiven before the Father.
Faith’s confession: Lord, I believe that You will answer my prayers that I ask You for in faith. Help me to forgive those who have wronged me, and increase my faith. (Action step: Ask the Lord today to meet a need or purposely forgive any wrongs against you.)
Proverbs 8:17 “I (Wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”