Tag: believe

Strong Confidence!

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.”  

 

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Faith Asks Expectantly!

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.” 

 

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Believe in God

Scripture reading for June 1st:  2nd Chronicles 20-22, Acts 21

Key Scriptures:  2nd Chronicles 20:20-21  “And he rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa.  And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem!  Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe His prophets, and you will succeed.”  And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise Him in holy attire, . .”

King Jehoshaphat had just held a prayer meeting interceding for God’s help against an enemy that had surrounded them.  There were lots of voices trying to keep God’s people from obeying.  The king warned them to believe in the Lord and trust His prophets!  He then sent out the worship team to do battle!

Acts 21:13-14 “Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your Lordship and prophetic word.  Help me to trust You and Your Word today.  Amen.

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My Lord, My God!

Scripture reading for May 2nd:  1st Kings 18-20, John 20

Key Scriptures: John 20:26-28  “Eight days later, His disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them.  Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He said to Thomas, “Put your fingers here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered, “My Lord and My God!””

Jesus appeared on several occasions to the disciples after His resurrection.  Thomas had missed the first of those times, and struggled to believe.  Jesus met him where he was and offered definite proof of touching His wounds in person.  Jesus fulfilled His Word completely.

1st Kings 17:23-24  “And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother.  And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.”  And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the Word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience to meet us each where we are and show us that You are alive and Your Word is truth. You are My Lord and My God. Amen.

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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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Believe and receive!

Scripture reading for February 22nd:  Numbers 18-20, Mark 11

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.””  

The disciples were marveling at how quickly the fig tree had withered after Jesus had cursed it for having no fruit.  Jesus used this event to teach them the importance of believing prayer.  Faith in God can move mountains!  But hearts right with God and others are required for trusting faith.  Moses failed to trust God when he struck the rock the second time instead of speaking to it.

Numbers 20:11-12  “And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.  And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in Me, to uphold Me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”  

Prayer:  Lord,  Thank You for these examples in Your Word.  I want to show You as Holy by believing Your Word and walking in believing faith. Amen.

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Thankful to be included!

Scripture reading for December 4th:  Galatians 5-6, Ephesians 1-3

Key Scriptures:  Ephesians 1:13-14  “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of His glory.” 

The gospel is powerful and effective in bringing salvation.  A preacher preaches the word of truth and God gives grace to repent, believe and receive the promise of eternal life.  This salvation includes a mark of God’s ownership, the gift of the Father–the precious Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is a deposit of God’s grace and glory that marks us a belonging to God as a member of His family and declared righteous.  We are saved and await the full redemption at Christ’s return!

Thankful for promised inheritance:  “The days of the blameless are known to the Lord, and their inheritance will endure forever.”  (Psalm 37:18)  Amen!

 

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Thankful for the Cleansing Fountain!

Scripture reading for October 11th:  Zechariah 12-14, Malachi 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Zechariah 12:10, 13:1  “”And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him, as on grieves for a firstborn son.”  . . .”On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.””

Zechariah foresaw by the Spirit the pouring out of God’s grace through the piercing of Messiah and His ensuing death.  This death would cause great grieving and bitter mourning, but it would open up a fountain for God’s people that could cleanse them from sins!  The blood of Jesus Christ was this fountain, flowing from the pierced Savior’s side!  Oh that all may believe and be cleansed!

Thankful for the Blood:  “Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.  The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true.  He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.  These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of His bones will be broken,” and as another scripture says, “They will look on the One they have pierced.”   (John 19:34-37)

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God sent the preachers (believers)!

Scripture reading for June 27th:  Romans 10

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 10:14-17  “How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”  But not all the Israelites accepted the good news.  For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”  Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.”  

Many who name the Name of Christ and claim they follow Jesus never make any effort to communicate the Gospel message to their family or friends.  They say they believe in God’s world-wide program and know He wants all men to be saved, but won’t speak to others about Christ!  How can this be?  How can people hear without someone to preach to them?  How can a preacher go unless he recognizes that he is called by God to preach the good news?  How will our family and friends hear of the message of Christ Jesus and come to faith unless believers preach to them?

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers must embrace the great commandment to love God and others and the great commission to go into the world and preach the good news, making disciples of all men.  This is our call and our act of love for God and others!  “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.  It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” . . .No, the Word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”  (Deuteronomy 30:11-12, 14) (Romans 10:6-8)

 

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The blind receive sight!

Scripture reading for January 12th:  Matthew 9

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 9:27-30  “As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He had gone indoors, the blind men came to Him, and He asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”  “Yes, Lord,” they replied.  Then He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.”  

Blindness is a horrible affliction that cuts us off from many of the pleasures of our world.  Darkness is the companion of the blind and they need assistance to get around.  In this story, two blind men call out to Jesus for mercy!  They address Him as the “Son of David”, a messianic title.  Jesus went inside, apparently not interested in addressing these requests, but the blind men follow Him.  We are not sure how they found their way, but they were persistent and Jesus questioned them about their faith: “Do you believe I am able to do this?”  They answered with an affirmative, “Yes, Lord!”  Jesus then simply touched their eyes and told them that they would receive what they believed!  Immediately their sight was restored!

Observations for over-comers:  Persistence in prayer–calling out to Jesus–is essential in overcoming “impossible” situations.  We will receive what we believe!  “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.”  (Genesis 15:6)

 

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