Scripture reading for October 4th: 2nd Timothy 3, Psalm 49, Proverbs 14
Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 3:12-17 “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
The last days before Christ’s return would be marked by evil people, impostors and deception. Godly people would suffer persecution for following Jesus and His Word. This truth should encourage all believers to follow the truth taught by Holy Scripture and reinforced by those of faith who taught them. God wants His people complete and equipped for every good work. It is clear that we are now living in the last days!
Faith confession: I receive God’s Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testaments, as wisdom for salvation and holy living, equipping me for every good work. I am thankful for those God has sent into my life to teach and model His Word for me.
Psalm 49:15 “But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for He will receive me.” Selah
Scripture reading for September 19th: 2nd Thessalonians 1, Psalm 28, Proverbs 3
Key Scriptures: 2nd Thessalonians 1:9-12 “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might, when He comes on that day to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul was clear concerning the events of the last days. He told the Thessalonians that the wicked, those who don’t know God and have rejected the Gospel of Jesus Christ, would suffer eternal punishment. The will be eternally separated from God’s glorious presence. But the righteous would be glorified as they had glorified the Name of Jesus through good works done in faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise Jesus for His glorious Gospel!
Faith Confession: I believe in the salvation of the righteous, those who have confessed their sins and trusted in Jesus Christ to save them. My faith in Jesus motivates me to live a life of faith doing good works that God has prepared for me. To God be all glory!
Proverbs 3:3-4 “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.”
Scripture reading for October 11th: Isaiah 43-45, Philemon
Key Scriptures: Philemon 4-7 “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed through you.”
Paul wrote to Philemon concerning his run-away slave, Onesimus. As he opened his short letter, he encouraged him with the report he had heard concerning Philemon’s testimony and the fruit of sharing faith. Paul had received joy and comfort from his love. The sharing of our faith brings revelation to us and others of all the good things we have in Christ!
Isaiah 45:8 “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have created it.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for revealing your great love and salvation to me. Direct me today in sharing my faith that increased glory may come to Your Name! Amen.
Scripture reading for September 27th: Isaiah 7-10; 1st Timothy 4
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 4:11-13, 15-16 “Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” . . .”Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Paul encouraged Timothy to set the example of Christ’s godliness in character, word, and deed. The Gospel must be lived out to give a clear message and present Christ Jesus accurately. Sound doctrine and sound living brings salvation to preacher and congregation.
Isaiah 8:11-13 “For the Lord spoke thus to me with His strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of Hosts, Him you shall honor as holy. Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me by Your Holy Spirit to stay in sound doctrine and to apply it to my own life in action and attitude. I want to bring salvation to myself and others, honoring You as holy. 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 September 27th: Joel 1-3, Amos 1-2
Key Scriptures: Joel 2:30-32 “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved, for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”
Joel saw a vision of a devastating locust plague that swept over the land. This locust plague was a type of the judgment that God was planning to send on His rebellious people. Joel called God’s people to fasting, prayer and repentance. He then reminded them of God’s promise of warnings that would precede this judgment and also His promise of deliverance for all who would call on the Name of the Lord! This prophesy has meaning and brings hope for all today who will call on God’s Name!
Thankful for God’s faithful promise: “For their is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly bless all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”” (Romans 10:12-13)
Scripture reading for August 10th: Isaiah 43-46
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 45:22-24 “”Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn, My mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before Me every knee will bow; by Me ever tongue will swear. They will say of Me, ‘In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.'”
God proclaimed through Isaiah His prophet that He alone was God and His word was true. He was the only God who knew the future and spoke truth. He spoke that He alone was the source of salvation for all the ‘ends of the earth’. He proclaimed that one day, every knee would bow and every tongue would confess His righteousness and strength!
Rejoice in our Savior: “Therefore God exalted Him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
Scripture reading for June 21st: Psalms 79-83
Key Scriptures: Psalm 80:17-19 “Let Your hand rest on the Man at Your right hand, the Son of Man You have raised up for Yourself. Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your Name. Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”
The psalmist prayed for God to bring revival and restoration to His people. The key was the Man at God’s right hand! This person was a “Son of Man” that God raised up for His purposes! The psalmist desired God’s smiling face to look upon him and all God’s people. This would result in salvation! What a prayer a thousand years before Jesus Christ came to earth!
Thankful for God’s Man at His right hand: “For the law appoints men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.” (Hebrews 7:28-8:1)
Scripture reading for June 15th: Psalms 61-65
Key Scriptures: Psalm 62:5-8 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” Selah
David encouraged himself in the Lord. He had healthy self-talk and healthy God-centered worship! We find him confessing rest in God alone in this psalm (vs 1) and then commanding his soul to find rest in God alone! (vs 5) He declared that God was his only hope of salvation and honor and his refuge! He encouraged all peoples to make God their refuge and cast their cares on Him!
Jesus calls us to rest in Him: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Scripture reading for September 28th: 1st Timothy 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 1st Timothy 4:12-16 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Disciples who over-come pay attention to the word of God and sound doctrine. They don’t just teach and preach it, but live it out as an example for other believers and the world of the blessings of knowing God living in us. We are all learning to do this each day and the climb is upward! Progress will be evident as we persevere. Good ministers read the Scriptures publicly because God’s word has power to transform and convict. They preach the Gospel because it has the power for salvation to all who will believe. They teach by word and example, wanting, along with their Lord Jesus, all to be saved!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers pay close attention to doctrine (sound teaching) and daily application in their own living. “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his savior.” (Psalm 24:3-5)