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In the beginning: God! (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

Scripture reading for January 2nd:  Genesis 1-2, Psalm 19, Mark 1 (5 day Chronological reading plan from www.BibleClassMaterial.cogm)

Key Scriptures:  Genesis  1:1-3 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

God is there in the beginning as the great “I AM.”  He created everything by His powerful Word (Son) out of nothing through the hovering Holy Spirit.  At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, thought to be the first written of New Testament accounts, we have Jesus Christ introduced by God the Father as He comes up out of the waters of the Jordan.  The Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove fluttering from a torn-open heaven.  God declares that Jesus is His beloved Son, pleasing to Him!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, We call out to the lost world today in Your Name to hear and receive the simple truth of One true God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of heaven and earth.  Holy Spirit, hover over Your Word and bring light in Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:1,9-11 “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. . . . .In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”

Psalm 19:1  “The heavens declare the glory of  God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”

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Compassion empowers ministry!

Scripture reading for February 10th:  Mark 1

Key Scriptures:  Mark 1:40-42  “A man with leprosy came to Him and begged Him on his knees, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.  “I am willing,” He said.  “Be clean!”  Immediately the leprosy was cured.”  

Leprosy is a disease of the skin that causes the skin to crust with sores and ooze body fluids.  It was contagious and people with the disease had to separate themselves to keep from infecting others.  Any Israelite who touched a leper would be considered “unclean.”

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus was humbly approached by a man with leprosy.  This man fell to his knees and begged the Master to be willing to heal him.  Mark records that Jesus was filled with compassion for this hurting man who was suffering from the disease and its lonely consequences.  Compassion is love that deeply touches the heart and moves a person to take action to minister to the one that is hurting.  You might call it love on steroids!  Jesus reached out His hand, and touched the man.  He told him that it was His will to heal and at Jesus’ command, the leprosy left immediately!

Observation for over-comers:  As believers, through empowerment by the Holy Spirit, we have a river of Christ’s love and compassion flowing in our hearts.  God is willing and we have authority and compassion waiting to be released for hurting people!  “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,  . . ..”  (Proverbs 15:4)

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Early morning appointment!

Scripture reading for February 10th:  Mark 1

Mark’s gospel portrays Jesus as a man of action.  Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and confirmed by His Father, “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.”  (Mark 1:11)  The Spirit quickly takes Jesus into the desert for forty days of temptation by Satan.  Jesus returned to begin His ministry: “The time has come,” He said, “The kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!”  (Mark 1:15)  Next Jesus is calling His disciples from among the fishermen on the shores of the Sea of Galilee!  On the Sabbath, Mark tells of Jesus teaching in the synagogue and amazing those gathered there by the authority He demonstrated as He cast an evil spirit out of a man.  Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever and Jesus went and healed her.  The whole town came for healing and deliverance!  His appointed time brought action and spreading fame!

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”  (Mark 1:35)  Mark also recorded the secret to Jesus’ great success.  Jesus got up early in the morning and kept an appointment with His Father.  He went to a lonely place and prayed in secret.  It was there that Jesus heard what the Father wanted to do and walked in obedience.

Let me encourage you to follow Jesus’ example!  The most important appointment is one that we set to meet with the Lord.  If we are faithful to keep this appointment, He will give us a schedule of divine appointments where His work will be accomplished through our obedience!  It is never boring to walk with the Lord through each day!

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