Scripture reading for November 27th: Ezekiel 38-40, 3 John
Key Scriptures: 3 John 2-4 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
John, the Apostle, wrote this short letter to a beloved friend, Gaius. Gaius may have been saved under John’s ministry. His prayer for this friend was for God’s blessing and good health as he walked with the Lord Jesus. John was blessed by the testimony of other believers who had been with Gaius and saw how he walked in the truth of the Gospel and welcomed other traveling ministers and missionaries. In doing so, he was helping fulfill the Lord’s command to take the Gospel to the nations. This is how to walk in truth.
Ezekiel 39:28-29 “Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of the remaining among the nations anymore. And I will not hide My face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Truth of the Gospel revealed to me by the Holy Spirit. May there be reports of my walking in Your truth bringing a smile to You and others. Amen.
Scripture reading for October 25th: Jeremiah 13-15, Hebrews 10
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 10:23-27 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately, after receiving a knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.”
God honors faithfulness and application of truth revealed. Christians have a great responsibility to live in obedience and hold Christ’s return in their thinking and actions. God is faithful and also just! Willful sinning when the knowledge of God’s truth has been received will bring judgment and eternal loss. What a joy to delight in His Word!
Jeremiah 15:16 “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and delight of my heart, for I am called by Your Name, O Lord, God of Hosts.”
Prayer: Lord, Thank You for Your faithfulness and Holy Word of encouragement and warning. May I always delight in Your Word and be called by Your great Name! Amen.
Scripture reading for August 28th: Psalm 129-132 and Ephesians 4
Key Scriptures: Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Christians are not under the law anymore, but under grace through faith in Christ Jesus. They have been forgiven of their sins and cleansed in their hearts. The Holy Spirit dwells inside them to lead them in the new life of grace. This changes our speech, attitudes and past anger and malice towards others. Our attitudes and actions should now reflect Christ Jesus living within our hearts.
Psalm 132:13-16 “for the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place:”This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread. Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy.”
Prayer: Lord, dwell in me today, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and clothe me with salvation and joy! I will proclaim Your grace to others. Amen.
Scripture reading for July 25th: Psalm 44-47, 1st Corinthians 15
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 15:50-52 “I tell you this, brothers; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
Death looks permanent. It is common to all flesh. But through Jesus Christ, we are promised eternal life in the kingdom of God through faith in His death, burial, and resurrection. Instead of eternal sleep, we are promised changed bodies that will live with Christ in the kingdom forever. This will happen when the last trumpet will sound announcing the coming of our King Jesus Christ to rule eternally.
Psalm 47:6-7 “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions. . . .”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the amazing promises of eternal life, transformed bodies, and eternal joy. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever! Amen.
Scripture reading for July 2nd: Job 27-29, Romans 14
Key Scriptures: Romans 14:7-9, 17 “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” …”For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Paul, writing to the Roman Christians, encouraged them to refrain from judging one another based on human rules and traditions. They were judging others based on their habits. The kingdom of God was not based on external habits, but brings the fruit of inner righteousness, peace and joy through the presence of God the Holy Spirit within. The Holy Spirit gives each person a healthy “fear of the Lord”.
Job 29:28 “And He said to man, ‘ Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the indwelling Holy Spirit bringing us into Your kingdom. Let me share the righteousness, peace and joy with others. Amen.
Scripture reading for August 1st: Isaiah 11-15
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 11:1-3 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord–and He will delight in the fear of the Lord. . . .”
Isaiah spoke prophetically of a coming “Branch” from the stump of His father Jesse. This “Branch” would bear fruit because of the “Spirit of the Lord” resting on Him. This “Spirit of the Lord” would give Him wisdom and understanding and counsel and power as well as knowledge. But emphasis was put on the “fear of the Lord” that the Spirit of the Lord would anoint the “Branch” with. This anointed One would excel in the “fear of the Lord!”
Rejoicing in Hope: “And Again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse with spring up, One who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in Him.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)
Scripture reading for June 6th: Psalm 29-33
Key Scriptures: Psalm 33:18-22 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy Name. May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”
God’s eyes are always watching everything done on earth. He particularly watches those who fear and honor Him and have put their hope in His love and His promise to deliver them from death. This fact brings great joy to the psalmist as he sings of God’s faithful love. Waiting is with joy and expectation!
Rejoicing in the Blessed Hope: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)
Scripture reading for June 1st: Psalm 15-19
Key Scriptures: Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let Your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”
King David placed God in the first place in his life. This gave him great security, not only in this life but even after death! He was assured that his body would not just decay, but one day he would enjoy everlasting and eternal joy in God’s presence–even at His right hand! Jesus Christ, a son of David, Son of God also took comfort and courage from these words of God!
Rejoice with your tongue: “The fact that God raised Him (Jesus Christ) from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’ So it is stated elsewhere: “‘You will not let Your Holy One see decay.” (Acts 13:34-35)
Scripture reading for 2017: The Holy Bible–Genesis through Revelation.
Breakdown: With God’s help, a reading plan for five days per week breaking at chapters will begin on Monday January 2nd, 2017 and end on Friday, December 29th, 2017.
Devotion: A devotion will be presented from each day’s reading, Monday-Friday, focusing on developing thankfulness and joy in our lives. This will be featured on my blog site: www.Bibletrektoday.com
Invitation: I am joyfully inviting my family, friends, and anyone who will to join me in my ninth trek through God’s Holy Bible in 2017. As you read, ask God to fill you with a knowledge of His holy character and with a joyful and thankful heart. Ask Him to increase your awareness of His presence in your life and allow you to share your joy and hope with others. Exciting things happen when we pray and read God’s Word!
Key Verses: “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
“Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come before Him with joyful songs. . . .Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name.” Psalm 100:1-2,4
“If you obey My Commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (Jesus) (John 15:10-11)
Scripture reading for July 2nd: Romans 14
“For by the grace given me, I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans 12:3) Paul had exhorted the believers to dedicate their bodies to God and renew their minds with His word. He had instructed them to think soberly about their own lives, calling, and gifts. Some, however, were not as strong as others in their faith and walk of liberty with the Lord.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:1-4) Some of the believers with ‘stronger’ faith were passing judgment on those who limited what they could eat to vegetables. Those with ‘weaker’ faith were also passing judgment on those who ate everything. Under Christ’s New Covenant of grace, each person would answer to God in matters like diet that were disputable.
As New Testament believers and children of God, we must seek to please the Father by walking in faith. It is Christ who will enable each believer to stand before the Father through what He has done on our behalf. We must not judge one another on matters that are disputable!