Scripture reading for February 7th: Exodus 19-20, Psalm 33, Ephesians 5
Key Scriptures: Exodus 20:13-18 “Now when all the people saw the thunder and flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood afar off, and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of Him may be before you, that you may not sin.” The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.”
After assembling and consecrating the people of Israel, Moses and Aaron prepared to meet with God. The mountain where they were meeting was filled with fire and smoke and shook with rumblings. But the people did not want God to speak to them directly, for they were afraid they would die. Moses assured them that God’s purpose was to instill in them the fear of God–a holy respect, that would keep them from the sin of disobedience and unbelief.
Faith Confession and Prayer: Lord, I thank You for speaking to me and instilling holy fear for Who You are and what You have done for me. Help me to fully obey You each day and live by faith in every Word You have spoken.
Psalm 33:8 “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in Awe of Him!”
Ephesians 5:20 “. . .giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Scripture reading for October 18th: Hebrews 5, Psalm 59, Proverbs 24
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-9 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
Jesus was the Son of God, but came to earth in a human body, subject to all its weakness and limitations. Jesus relied upon prayer and reverent submission to His Father in heaven and obeyed Him perfectly. He learned obedience through suffering because of it. Because of His willing and perfect obedience, He could become the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him!
Faith Confession: I believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and my Savior and freely choose to obey His Word. He is the source of my salvation from the consequences of sin and my power to live a life free from sin by obeying Jesus. I bow in reverence to Jesus Christ, my Savior!
Psalm 59:9-10 “O my Strength, I will watch for You, for You, O God, are my Fortress. My God in His steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.”
Scripture reading for October 18th: Isaiah 60-63, Hebrews 5
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 5:7-9 “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
Jesus Christ, our High Priest, was a man of prayer during His time on the earth. He was reverent before His Father, learning obedience through what He suffered. His total obedience to His Father made Him perfect as our source of eternal salvation. He lives forever to intercede for us.
Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth as light from the Father and showing us Your glory. Thank You for Your reverence and perfect obedience. Help me to follow Your example. Amen.
Scripture reading for April 6th: 1st Samuel 10-12, John 2
Key Scriptures: John 2:23-25 “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in His Name when they saw the signs that He was doing. But Jesus on His part did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”
Jesus was with crowds of people and many came to Him because of the miraculous signs He was doing. But Jesus was cautious about revealing Himself to men. He knew what was in the heart of each person and the plans God had laid out. Jesus had no fear of man!
1st Samuel 12:17-18 “Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the Lord, that He may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking for yourselves a king.” So Samuel called upon the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.”
Prayer: Lord, may I fear and reverence only You and Your Word! Amen.