Scripture reading for June 6th: Acts 24, Psalm 113, Proverbs 20
Key Scriptures: Acts 24:24-26 “After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.” At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul. So he sent for him often and conversed with him.”
Paul was imprisoned by the Romans with charges by the Jews. He faced Felix, the Roman governor in Caesarea, where he had been sent to protect him from a plot of murder by certain Jews. Felix had a Jewish wife, Drusilla, who along with her husband enjoyed listening to Paul preach–up to the point when he talked about the coming judgment! Their real motivation was money, for they expected a bribe but never got it. Paul just declared Jesus as the Christ, his lips spoke knowledge more valuable than silver or gold.
Faith Confession: Lord, I want to boldly declare Jesus as Lord and Christ to all you put in my path. Thank You for the Holy Spirit to give me boldness like the Apostle Paul.
Proverbs 20:15 “There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”
Scripture reading for May 28th: Acts 17, Psalm 106, Proverbs 13
Key Scriptures: Acts 17:29-31 “Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Paul reasoned with the wise men and philosophers of Athens, proclaiming to them the One true God, Creator of all mankind and Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, crucified and risen from the dead. He warned them that God would judge all men on a day He alone had set. God was not an image of gold or silver or a creation of man’s imagination, but a Righteous Judge and Father who will hold all men accountable for their attitudes and actions concerning His Son. No one will have an excuse!
Faith Confession: I believe in the One True God, Jesus Christ, Creator of all mankind and my Creator and Father. I know there is a day of appointed judgment set by God for all mankind. Without repentance and faith in Jesus no one can stand at the judgment.
Psalm 106:48 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord!
Scripture reading for October 9th: Isaiah 35-38, Titus 2
Key Scriptures: Titus 2:11-14 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, and upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our Blessed Hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.”
The hope of Christ’s Church is His return in glory to bring justice to the earth and full redemption for His people. Because of His great sacrifice for us, we are taught and empowered by His grace to live righteous and holy lives and to do the good works with joy that He has called us to do. The final recorded prayer of the Church is “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)
Isaiah 35:8, 10 “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;” . . .And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and signing shall flee away.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the grace that is our teacher today. May I live in Your grace and grow in holiness, awaiting Your glorious return and the everlasting joy of life in Your presence. Amen.
Scripture reading for October 8th: Isaiah 32-34, Titus 1
Key Scriptures: Titus 1:7-9 “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
As Paul wrote to Titus, another of his young understudy’s, he instructed him in the importance of character in those who lead in our Lord’s Church. Godliness, righteousness and faithfulness to God’s Word was a priority. The incarnation of Christ’s holy character in each minister through the filling of the Holy Spirit would give power and grace to be an effective and just leader.
Isaiah 32:1-2 “Behold, a King will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I rejoice in Your righteous and just rule as King of kings. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me for effective leadership. Let the water of life flow in my dry places and shelter me from life’s storms. Amen.
Scripture reading for September 7th: Proverbs 8-11, Colossians 2
Key Scriptures: Colossians 2:13-16 “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
Paul explained the amazing work of Jesus Christ through His sacrifice on the cross. The written code of the Law was nailed to the cross, so that it could no longer provoke us to sin. He defeated and disarmed our arch foe, Satan, and his demons. He triumphed over them through the cross! In Him we now have victory and empowerment to live righteously by faith.
Proverbs 11:3-4 “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Christ’s amazing sacrifice for me. Through Him, I am saved from death and given life! Amen.
Scripture reading for July 5th: Job 37-40, 1st Corinthians 1
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 1:28-31 “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.””
Paul stated plainly that God chose the weak and lowly things of this world in order to shame the proud and those claiming to be wise. Through Jesus Christ, God’s amazing wisdom, abundant righteousness, sanctification and redemption are available to all who humbly accept. That’s something to humbly boast about!
Job 37:23-24 “The Almighty–we cannot find Him; He is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness He will not violate. Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Jesus Christ, our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption! Help me to humbly boast in Him alone!
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 June 13th: Nehemiah 3-5, Romans 1
Key Scriptures: Romans 1:16-17 “I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
Paul, writing to the Roman believers, declared the Gospel of Jesus Christ as God’s power for salvation. This message of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ brought faith to those who would believe. Their faith in Jesus brought righteousness that enabled them to live by faith.
Nehemiah 4:14 “After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the faith granted me to believe in Jesus Christ. May I live fully by faith today. Amen.
Scripture reading for December 14th: Philemon, Hebrews 1-4
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 1:8-9 “But about the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has set You above Your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy.“ (a quote from Psalm 45:6-7)
The writer to the Hebrews pointed out that God spoke prophetically through the sons of Korah concerning Jesus Christ. Christ would be God’s Son and rule on an eternal throne. Righteousness would be the scepter of His kingdom and rule. The Son, like God the Father, loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Because of this integrity of character, God anointed Jesus with the oil of joy! Hallelujah for a joy-anointed Savior who anoints His people with the Holy Spirit and joy!
Rejoicing in the anointed Jesus: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, . .” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
Scripture reading for August 24th: Jeremiah 23-26
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 23:3-6 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord Our righteousness.”
God revealed to Jeremiah a coming time when He would raise up from King David’s line another “Branch”, who would be a King who would rule with wisdom and justice. In this King’s days, Judah would be saved and Israel would be protected. This King would be called by the Name: “The Lord our Righteousness”! This is none other than Jesus Christ, again foretold prophetically over 600 years in advance. Because He was truly righteous, in Him we can have true righteousness through faith!
Rejoice in the King’s Righteousness: “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:8-9)