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Believing the Word: Confessing Christ!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  Romans 10, Psalm 127, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures:  Romans 10: 8-11 “But what does it say?  “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the Word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.””

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God concerning Jesus Christ.  When we choose to put our trust in Jesus and His death and resurrection, faith has entered our heart and with our mouths we confess the truth: “Jesus is Lord.”  Everyone who believes is saved on the level ground of faith.  God is impartial and true to His Word!

Faith confession:  I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God and that He offered His sinless life on the cross for me and for the sins of all the world.  I believe He died and was buried and rose again the third day.  “Jesus is Lord” is my testimony and confession of my mouth.

Faith Confession:  I believe in the One True God, Jesus Christ, Creator of all mankind and my Creator and Father.  I know there is a day of appointed judgment set by God for all mankind.  Without repentance and faith in Jesus no one can stand at the judgment.

Psalm 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him; and He will make straight your paths.”  

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Receiving the Holy Spirit!

Scripture reading for May 30th:  Acts 19, Psalm 108, Proverbs 15

Key Scriptures:  Acts 19:1-6 “. . .Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus.  there he found some disciples.  And he said to them,”Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?”  They said, “Into John’s baptism.”  And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the One who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.”  

Paul found twelve disciples at Ephesus who had only been baptized by John the Baptist.  They had not received or heard of the gift of the Holy Spirit.  As Paul shared how John pointed all to Jesus, they believed and were baptized in Jesus’ Name.  Paul laid his hands on them and prayed and the Holy Spirit filled them with the evidence that they spoke in tongues and prophesied.  This was about 20 years after the first Pentecost.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ and have been baptized in the Name of the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit.  I have also been baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.  I believe this gift is for all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Psalm 108:5 “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!  Let Your glory be over all the earth!”   

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Faith and household salvation!

Scripture reading for May 27th:  Acts 16, Psalm 105, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures: Acts 16:30-34 “Then he (the Philippian jailer) brought them out and said,”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they (Paul and Silas) said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  And they spoke the Word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.” 

Paul and Silas had been beaten and put in stocks for preaching the Gospel.  About midnight, they were singing praises to God from their cell and God sent an earthquake that opened all the cell doors and released the prisoners from their bonds!  The jailer was ready to take his own life thinking all the prisoners would escape when he was stopped by Paul and Silas.  The jailer asked an amazing question:  “What must I do to be saved?”  Paul gave him a simple faith confession: “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household!”

Faith confession:  I believe on the Lord Jesus as Savior and claim my household, children and grandchildren and generations to come, for salvation through faith in Jesus as well!  I believe this good word and am glad!

Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”   

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Believing without seeing!

Scripture reading for May 2nd:  John 20, Psalm 88, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  John 20:27-29  “Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side.  Do not disbelieve, but believe.”  Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and My God!”  Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me?  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.”  

Eight days after the resurrection, Jesus again came to His disciples through locked doors and greeted them with “Peace be with you.”  He had missed Thomas the first time He appeared and Thomas had stated that unless he could see Jesus alive and place his hands in his wounds, he could not believe.  Jesus met him where he was and offered His wounds for his touching.  Thomas cried out in a faith confession:  “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus pronounced a blessing on all who would believe though they did not see.

Faith confession:  I receive Your blessing, Jesus, by believing in Your death, burial and resurrection from the dead.  You are my Lord and my God!

Psalm 88:1  “O Lord, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you.”  

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Humble confession of Faith!

Scripture reading for April 16th:  John 8, Psalm 76, Proverbs 14

Key Scriptures:  John 8:23-25 “He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above.  You are of this world; I am not of this world.  I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He you will die in your sins.”  So they said to Him, “Who are you?”  Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning.” 

Jesus had declared to the Pharisees that He was the “Light of the world.”  They struggled to believe in Him because they were living in the darkness of sin–the sin of unbelief!  Jesus plainly told them that they would die in their sins unless they believed in Him as Messiah.  It is faith in Jesus that alone brings deliverance from death.

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I humbly confess that You are the Son of God, the Light of the world. and the only One who can save me from eternal separation from You.

Psalm 76:8-9 “From the heavens You uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth.”  

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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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