Tag: Christ Jesus
Scripture reading for January 27th: Genesis 45-46, Galatians 2, Psalm 108
Key Scriptures: Genesis 45:5-8 “And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to keep alive for you many survivors. So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
There are no ‘accidents’ or ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ in God’s view of life on earth. God controls events, weather, individuals and nations to bring about His merciful purposes. Even the evil intentions of Joseph’s brothers were turned to work out for their salvation years later. This betrayed brother became third highest ruler in Egypt and in control of grain in a time of famine through the will of God. Paul, like Joseph of old, also recognized God’s amazing plan for his own sinful life. In Christ Jesus alone we experience salvation and eternal preservation!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to prepare the way for my preservation and eternal grace! May I be as Paul the Apostle, identified with Christ Jesus in crucifixion and resurrection! Lord, send me!
Scripture reading for August 23rd: Psalm 118-121, Ephesians 1
Key Scriptures: Ephesians 1:16-20 “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might, that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”
After Paul’s glorious introduction in his letter to the Ephesians, he thanks God for the believers and prays for understanding of God’s amazing power exhibited through Christ’s resurrection from the dead and His seating at the Father’s right hand. This understanding would come through the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 119:104-105 “Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your body, the Church. Fill us again with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding and guide us in Your ways through Your unchanging Word. Amen.
Scripture reading for February 24th: Deuteronomy 25-29
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
God made a covenant with His people. He had them recite the blessings that would overtake them if they obeyed God’s law. He had another group recite the curses that would come after them if they disobeyed and broke the covenant. This covenant truth was for God’s people then and for all generations. The Law revealed God’s holiness and love for His people, calling them to live by faith in every Word and ultimately in Jesus Christ!
Rejoice in the ‘mystery’ revealed: God, in Christ Jesus, revealed the mystery of salvation for Jew and Gentile through faith in Christ’s shed blood! “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given to me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for past ages was kept hidden in God, who created all things.” (Ephesians 3:8-9)
Scripture reading for September 9th: Colossians 2
Paul wrote to the Colossians, some of whom he had never met. He had struggled for them in prayer with a goal in mind. “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3) Paul’s pastor’s heart was with the church and earnestly desired their highest good. This was found in full understanding of Christ and love of the brethren.
But starting out right is only the first step to a journey of knowing Christ and meeting Him face to face one day. Christ’s followers must grow! “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.” (Colossians 2:6-8) The danger of not growing in Christ and being deeply rooted in Him is deception by our enemy, Satan and this worldly system. Humanistic philosophy puts man at the center of everything instead of Christ!
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been give fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:9-10) Through the Holy Spirit, the church has been given fullness in the God-Man, Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus is over all worldly powers and authorities, including Satan! Christians must be rooted in Him!