Scripture reading for March 14: Luke 9, Psalm 53, Proverbs 22
Key Scriptures: Luke 9:46-48 “An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by His side, and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My Name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
Pride manifested itself among the chosen disciples of Jesus. They argued with one another about which of them was the greatest disciple! Now it’s a noble thing to want to be the best follower of Jesus, but we can make an idol of our service to Christ and miss what Jesus desires for us. Jesus used a child as an example. Our treatment of children and the least among us requires humility and taking a lower position. True greatness, says Jesus, comes from this.
Faith confession: Lord, I want to attain true greatness by humbly receiving children and those looked down on by our culture. I believe You love children and the marginalized of our world and want me to love them. Action step: Reach out today to a child or someone hurting and show the love of Jesus to them.
Proverbs 22:4 “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”
Scripture reading for June 26th: Psalms 111-118
As a parent, I will sacrifice for my children so they might fulfill their destiny. I will do whatever it takes to provide for them, protect them, and instruct them to fulfill God’s plan for their life and secure His blessings. The readings for today give us the secret of helping them become ‘mighty in the land’! (Psalm 112:2)
Psalm 111 praises the Lord for His faithfulness and mighty deeds on behalf of those who fear Him. He has provided food for them and kept His covenant! (Psalm 111:4-5) He has given them the land of other nations and shown His great power to His people! (Psalm 111:6) God has provided redemption for His people and given them His holy Name! (Psalm 111:9) Because of His abundant provision, His children should respect and honor Him.
The fear of the Lord is the key to blessing our children! When a man fears the Lord, he finds great delight in God’s Word and commands! He reads and meditates on the Word of God and applies it to his life. The application of truth brings prosperity and success! (Joshua 1:8-9) (Psalm 112:1-3) God’s blessing is on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers. God longs to bless His children and make them mighty in the land. They are made mighty as a testimony of the goodness and favor of God!
Those who fear the Lord will have light even in darkness! Those who fear the Lord are generous and give. They conduct their affairs with justice, doing what is fair and right in the sight of God. Because of this, they will never be shaken! (Psalm 112:5-6) They will have no fear of enemy attack, war, or economic downturn! They are secure in their faith and trust in the Lord! He has promised them victory over their enemies! (Psalm 112:8-10) In the end, the wicked will waste away and come to nothing, but those who trust in the Lord will lack nothing!
The bottom line is that the fear of the Lord in my life and yours will insure a destiny for us and for our children. We must live it out daily, not just on Sunday mornings! Ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit today and pray for your children and grandchildren to enjoy a healthy fear of the Lord!
Scripture reading for October 8th: Colossians 3:18-4:18
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17) This Scripture is a summary of how Christ living in us should transform our lives. This kind of living can only come from a life of prayer and intimate contact with God Himself. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit and love of God daily and this will be reflected practically in how we live at home and at work.
Paul’s instruction to this company of “holy and faithful brothers” included again practical advice on getting along in the home and workplace. Wives were told to submit to God’s order in the home because of God’s design. Husbands were reminded to love their wives and not be harsh with them. Children were told to please the Lord by obedience to parents. Fathers were again reminded to be gentle towards their children. Employees were encouraged to work for their employers as unto the Lord and expect a reward from God for doing that. Masters should treat employees fairly. God will show no favorites. (Colossians 3:18-25)
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.” (Colossians 4:2-4) As we pray, we put our focus on the unseen world of God’s throne and He makes us aware of dangers as well as opportunities. We sense God’s heart and begin to want what He wants.
As Paul told these believers to devote themselves to prayer, he asked for prayer himself. He was in chains in a Roman prison, but he did not ask for a deliverance. Instead he asked for open doors for ministry of the Gospel of Christ. He knew that without prayer, ministry would not happen. He asked for boldness and clarity of speech to know how to present the message to each open heart. His focus was not on himself, but on Christ’s call and purpose that he longed to complete.
May the Lord help each of us to be devoted to prayer. If we lived a life of prayer, we would find more opportunities to fulfill our calling!