Scripture reading for August 3rd: Psalm 69-71, 2nd Corinthians 6
Key Scriptures: Psalm 71:17-19 “O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the highest heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like You?”
The psalmist was asking His God to give him His presence and strength even in his advanced years. He had known God from his youth and been taught of God, observing His wonderful acts. But now in later years of his life, he asked for the power of God’s presence to proclaim God’s amazing might to the next generation. This is my prayer this year for my own life and for those who love God.
2nd Corinthians 6:1-2 “Working together with Him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your presence and grace with me by the Holy Spirit. Continue to empower me to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who do not know and the next generation. Amen.
Scripture reading for August 2nd: Psalm 65-68, 2nd Corinthians 5
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 5:17-20 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the ministry of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you, on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
When we repent and are reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ, God makes us His ambassadors to the rest of the world that is still hostile to Him. We received the gift of reconciliation and the forgiveness of our sins and share this “good news” with others. We actually represent Christ, as His ambassador and call people to come into Christ and the kingdom of heaven. What a glorious mission!
Psalm 67:1-2 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.”
Prayer: Thank You Lord for the privilege of being Your ambassador and for Your decree to share the good news with all nations and peoples. Amen!
Scripture reading for August 1st: Psalm 62-64, 2nd Corinthians 4
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Paul was encouraged and shared how he kept his own spirit up. If he focused on the external things that he saw, he could easily become discouraged. His own body was growing older and wasting away. He suffered afflictions and persecutions. Not everyone that he preached Jesus Christ as Lord to treated him with respect. But he looked at the unseen realities of the spiritual realm and was renewed inside each day! These things were eternal while the visible world was transient!
Psalm 62:1-2 “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation, my Fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for encouraging me and renewing me inside with vision and understanding of the eternal realities of Your presence and glory. I can say with David, You are my Rock! Amen.
Scripture reading for July 31st: Psalm 58-61, 2nd Corinthians 3
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 3:16-18 “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Paul taught that the Jews had a veil over their faces that prevented them from beholding the glory of God revealed through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit removes the veil when anyone turns to the Lord in repentance and faith. Believers can now, with freedom, behold Christ’s glory and be transformed by His presence living in them through the gift of the Holy Spirit. The ultimate transformation comes at Christ’s return.
Psalm 59:10,17 “My God in His steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.” . . .”O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for taking away the veil of selfishness over my heart through revelation of Your Son, Your love and faithfulness. I will sing Your praises among the nations! Amen.
Scripture reading for July 30th: Psalm 55-57, 2nd Corinthians 2
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 2:14-16 “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things.”
Paul was writing to the Corinthians for the second time. He described the Church of Jesus Christ as a triumphal victory procession, lead by the Savior. All who had been won over by the Savior’s love and grace, followed willingly. Their lives radiated the fragrance of Jesus Christ, His love and His sacrifice on the cross to save sinners. Those who saw and believed were saved and came to life eternal. Those who rejected, went on to eternal death. What an amazing picture!
Psalm 57:9-11 “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your steadfast love is great to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let Your glory be over all the earth!”
Prayer: Thank You Lord for your great love and faithfulness to me. May Your fragrance flow from my life today to bring salvation to the lost. Amen.
Scripture reading for July 27th: Psalm 51-54, 2nd Corinthians 1
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 1:2-4 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Paul sends grace to the Church at Corinth from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. He recognized that God was the source of all mercy and comfort. In fact, Paul calls God “The Father of mercies” and “God of all comfort.” Mercy is God’s unmerited favor of grace and forgiveness, given to sinners who deserve wrath. Grace is the opposite of what we deserve! Having received this mercy, we can now share that with others in need.
Psalm 51:10, 13 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” . . .”Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your great mercy, beyond what I deserve. May I have grace overflowing today to share with others in need. Amen.
Scripture reading for July 26th: Psalm 48-50, 1st Corinthians 16
Key Scriptures: Psalm 50:14-15, 23 “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” . . .”The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me; to one who orders his way rightly, I will show the salvation of God!”
Thanksgiving to God brings God glory. Sometimes it is a sacrifice to offer thanksgiving in the midst of troubling times or circumstances. It is an act of faith to give thanks. It is also an act of faith to call upon the Lord in the trouble and trust Him for deliverance. He also says that this glorifies Him and He will deliver us! Amen!
1st Corinthians 16:13-14, 23 “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” . . . .”The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your precious Word and promises. Thank You for being faithful to answer prayers. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and faith to live as a strong man, glorifying You. Amen.
Scripture reading for July 25th: Psalm 44-47, 1st Corinthians 15
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 15:50-52 “I tell you this, brothers; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
Death looks permanent. It is common to all flesh. But through Jesus Christ, we are promised eternal life in the kingdom of God through faith in His death, burial, and resurrection. Instead of eternal sleep, we are promised changed bodies that will live with Christ in the kingdom forever. This will happen when the last trumpet will sound announcing the coming of our King Jesus Christ to rule eternally.
Psalm 47:6-7 “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions. . . .”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the amazing promises of eternal life, transformed bodies, and eternal joy. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever! Amen.
Scripture reading for July 24th: Psalm 41-43, 1st Corinthians 14
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 14:26-28, 33 “What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and God.” . . .”For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”
Paul wrote to the church to instruct them in the use of spiritual gifts. They were to earnestly desire spiritual gifts, especially prophesy. As the church comes together, each person can use the gift or gifts they have received in an orderly manner. The gifts of tongues and prophesy were limited to two or three. Tongues plus interpretation is like prophesy. A tongue must be interpreted or not given. God is a God of peace, not confusion. The Spirit moving in the Church is like a living stream flowing within its banks, bringing cleansing, blessing and refreshing.
Psalm 41:13 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.”
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 the Lord?”
Prayer: Oh Lord, I bless You today for Your peace and order in Your world and in Your Church. May the living stream of the Holy Spirit flow with grace in my life and Your Church. Amen!
Scripture reading for July 23rd: Psalm 37-40, 1st Corinthians 13
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. . . .”
The more excellent way is walking by the Spirit in love. God is love. Paul’s great chapter on the enduring and powerful working of love stands as a beacon for all believers to walk in God’s great love. God has demonstrated His patience, kindness, truth and overcoming love to us through Jesus Christ. We rejoice in this truth and ask God to fill us with His kind and patient love.
Psalm 37:34 “Wait for the Lord and keep His way; and He will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your kind and patient love expressed to us so generously in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Fill us with this love again today and let it overflow in our souls. Amen.