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Eternal Satisfaction!

Scripture reading for April 12th:  John 6, Psalm 74, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  John 6:35-40 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent me.  And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life and I will raise him up on the last day.”

The Father’s will was a key thought in Jesus’ life.  Jesus came to earth do do the Father’s will, not His own.  Those who choose to believe in Jesus come to Him and will be eternally cared for, never to be lost, hungry, or thirsty again.  They come because the Father decreed that anyone who looks on His Son and believes would have eternal life and resurrection to life!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, thank You for the Father’s will!  I joyfully look on You and believe, receiving eternal life, satisfaction of my hunger and thirst, and security!

Psalm 74:12 “Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”

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The Fields are Ripe!

Scripture reading for April 10th:  John 4, Psalm 72, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures:  John 4:34-38 “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?  Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.  Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.  For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor.  Others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

Jesus had shared with a Samaritan woman that He was the Messiah.  She was so excited that she ran into her village and told others about Jesus, inviting them to come meet Him.  This was the ‘work’ that the Father had sent Jesus to do.  He instructed His disciples as the people of the village were streaming to meet Him,  “See that the fields are white for harvest.”  Some sow, others reap, but rejoice that fruit is being gathered for eternal life!

Faith Confession:  Lord, I see the fields ripe for harvest!  Thank You for allowing me to participate in the sowing and reaping of this ‘fruit’ for eternal life.  (Action Step:  Share the Gospel with someone you know who may be lost but is open to listen.)

Psalm 72:16 “May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field.”

 

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Possessing eternal life!

Scripture reading for April 9th:  John 3, Psalm 71, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures: John 3:33-36 “Whoever receives His testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.  For He whom God has sent utters the words of God for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life;  whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

John the Baptist was a witness sent by God testifying that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and Lamb of God that would take away the sins of the world.  John the Apostle used to be a disciple of John the Baptist but left him to follow Jesus.  In writing this Gospel account, John affirms that whoever receives John the Baptist’s testimony affirms that God is true.  Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father to make the gift of the Holy Spirit possible.  We must actively believe in Jesus and obey Him or the wrath of God will remain on us.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and my Savior through Your sacrifice on the cross.  I actively trust in You and seek to obey.  Eternal life is my exciting future!

Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  For by Me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life.”

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Blessed Assurance–Jesus is Mine!

Scripture reading for November 23rd:  Ezekiel 31-33, 1st John 5

Key Scriptures:  1st John 5:11-13  “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” 

John plainly states that God’s grace has given us eternal life through His Son.  God wants no one to perish but all to have this gift.  He wants no one to be uncertain about His promise of eternal life and the One who gives access, Jesus Christ.  No one should live in fear or uncertainty, these truths were written that we might know for certain this truth.

Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for leading me to turn back from my sinful ways and for the assurance of eternal life through Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord!  Amen!

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Saved by His Mercy!

Scripture reading for October 10th:  Isaiah 39-42, Titus 3

Key Scriptures:  Titus 3:4-7 g“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  

Our good works cannot save us.  It is only Christ’s mercy and His washing through His sacrifice of His blood and body on the cross that we are made righteous and justified.  This justification is by faith in Christ Jesus alone.  Through grace we become heirs of the promise of eternal life in God’s holy family.  Amen!

Isaiah 40:9  “Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up and fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing grace and the washing from my sins by Jesus Christ.  I will proclaim this “Good News” to all today.  Amen!

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Rejoicing in God’s Gift!

Scripture reading for June 20th:  Esther 7-10, Romans 6

Key Scriptures:  Romans 6:20-23 “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.  But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed?  For the end of those things is death.  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

Sin’s fruit leads to death.  Not just physical death, but eternal separation from God and under His wrath.  But when we sell out to God through faith in Christ Jesus, the free gift we get is eternal life!  What a great bargain!

Esther 8:16-17  “The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.  And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the gift of eternal life!  Everywhere I go, may I tell the good news and bring joy and gladness!  Amen.

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God’s rule: obedience!

Scripture reading for January 25th:  Exodus 14-16, Matthew 19

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 15:25-26  “There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there He tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your Healer.””

God had delivered His people out of Egypt with a mighty hand, through signs and wonders and plagues and judgments.  But His people were not thankful and grumbled against Moses and God.  God laid out a rule for them:  Obey Me and I will heal you of the plagues and diseases of Egypt.  Obedience would bring them into God’s protection and healing grace and the smile of His face.  But man in rebellion has trouble with obedience!

Matthew 19:16-17  “And behold, a man came up to Him (Jesus), saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”  And He said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good?   There is only One who is Good.  If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”  

Prayer:  Lord,  heal me today of a grumbling nature.  Thank you for the perfect obedience of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Empower me today with the Holy Spirit of Christ to hear and obey your commands. Amen.

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Thankful for Christ’s Return!

Scripture reading for December 25th:  3rd John, Jude, Revelation 1-2

Key Scriptures:  Jude 20-21; “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith, and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”  

Revelation 1:7  “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.  So shall it be!  Amen.”

Both Jude and John, author of the Revelation, encouraged the church to watch and be ready for the return of the Lord Jesus.  For those who believed on Jesus Christ and were cleansed by His blood, Christ’s return would bring eternal life and the riches of God’s presence forever!  For the world and the unsaved of the earth, Christ’s return with the clouds of believers would be a cause for mourning as they would know the judgment of God was at hand!

Visions of Christ’s return:  “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.”  (Daniel 7:13)  “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 one grieves for a firstborn son.”  (Zechariah 12:10)

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Rejoicing in Hope!

Key Scriptures for December 13th:  2nd Timothy 4, Titus 1-3

Key Scriptures: Titus 3:4-7  “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Paul, writing to Titus, emphasized the basic truth of salvation by grace through faith.  Because of Jesus Christ, our Savior, we have obtained mercy, washing from sin and renewal by the Holy Spirit in new birth.  We stand justified before a Holy God because of what He did for us, not anything we did or can do for Him.  We not rejoice in our promised inheritance in God’s household–eternal life!  What amazing hope we eagerly expect!

Rejoicing in hope and a future:  “”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  The you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.””  (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

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The blessedness of unity!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  Psalm 130-134

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 133:1-3  “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.  For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”  

As the twelve tribes assembled, they became one family before the Lord.  This psalm decreed the blessing of unity upon the brothers as they gathered to worship in God’s presence.  The ultimate blessing that the Lord bestowed was eternal life in His presence!  Sounds like what Jesus Christ prayed in his final High Priestly prayer before the cross!

The blessing of unity: “For Your granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those you have given Him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” . . . “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be in Us so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me.”  (John 17:2-3, 20-23)

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