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Paths of Righteousness!

Scripture reading for August 29th:  Ephesians 5, Psalm 23, Proverbs 19

Key Scriptures:  Ephesians 5:8-11 ” . . for at one time you were darkness, but now your are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”  

All believers were once sinners, walking in darkness and doing deeds of those who live in darkness and ignorance of God’s will.  But now believers have been made “children of light” and are called to walk in the light of God’s Word and life.  We are to study God’s Word to find out what pleases Him and do that.  We are to expose the darkness by letting our light shine brighter each day as we follow our Good Shepherd in His paths of righteousness.

Faith Confession:  I am light in the world because Christ lives in me.  As I walk in the light of Christ’s love and Word, I please God and expose the fruitless deeds of darkness that I once lived in.

Psalm 23:1-3 “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.”  

 

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Thankful for our Shepherd!

Scripture reading for June 2nd:  Psalm 20-23

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 23:1-3  “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”  

David was a shepherd in his early years.  His training taught him about God’s character and His tender care for each of His ‘sheep’.  David experienced the leading of His Shepherd and the provision of ‘green pastures’ and ‘quiet waters’.  This restoration of his soul made a deep impression and caused David to worship and write it down for us!

Rejoicing in our Shepherd:  “I am the good Shepherd.  The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. . . .I am the good Shepherd:  I know My sheep and My sheep know Me–just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father–and I lay down My life for the sheep.”  (John 10: 11, 14)

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Assignment from Jesus!

Scripture reading for June 3rd:  Acts 22

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 22:6-11  “”About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.  I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul!  Saul! Why do you persecute Me?’  “‘Who are You, Lord?’ I asked.  “‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ He replied.  My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of Him who was speaking to me.  “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.  “‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus.  There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.'”

Saul had been on a mission to hunt down and bring to justice those who followed Jesus Christ.  He was on the road to Damascus when his journey was divinely interrupted by a flash of heavenly light that blinded him and got his attention.  A voice spoke to him that revealed that it was Jesus of Nazareth!  Jesus told Paul that his persecution of Christians was really persecution of Him!  As Paul processed this, Paul asked Jesus what to do next.  Jesus told him to go into Damascus and he would receive an assignment concerning what God wanted him to do.   As he got up, his companions led him by the hand into Damascus.

Observations for over-comers:  God knows how to get our attention and has assignments for each of His disciples.  We must humbly ask the Lord what to do next and He will show us!  “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness, for His names’s sake.”  (Psalm 23:1-3)

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The greatest commandment!

Scripture reading for February 25th:  Mark 12

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 12:28-31  “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.  Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:  ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

Religious people like to discuss theology and God’s word.  It was no different in Jesus’ day. The teachers of this time had identified the ten Mosaic commandments and over 600 other commandment from the Scriptures.   Each teacher had their own interpretations of the various laws and scriptures.  One of these law teachers came to Jesus with an honest question:  “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  Jesus did not hesitate for a moment, but identified two that comprised the greatest commandment:  Love God completely and love your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus taught that these two summed up all the laws of God.  In loving God, we eliminate idolatry and giving God second place.  We won’t profane His name or His day–the Sabbath.  In loving our neighbor, we won’t murder, commit adultery, lie, steal or covet and we will honor our father and mother.  This complete love fulfills the law.

Observations for over-comers:  Love involves relationship–first with God and also with our neighbor and ourselves! Love never fails!  “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness of His own name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

 

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