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This is a very good lesson. Have we any spiritual blind spots? Does pride hide them from view? Do our biases hide the true riches our Lord Jesus wants us to enjoy? I know I need to pray several times a day to stay in His will. I also pray you have a blessed day.       

PRAY Dear Lord Jesus, continue to open my eyes and heart to the wonder of who You are and all that You have done, are doing, and will do. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  John 9:1‭-‬41 KJV
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John 9:1. And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3. Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7. And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. 8. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9. Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. 10. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 11. He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. 12. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

9:13. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 14. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 15. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. 16. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. 17. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. 18. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 19. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? 20. His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: 21. But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 22. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. 23. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. 24. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 25. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. 26. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 27. He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? 28. Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. 29. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. 30. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 31. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. 32. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. 33. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. 34. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

9:35.  Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36. He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37. And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

9:39. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41. .Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

REFLECT Some people claim to be miraculously healed by God today. Others deny it happens. What do you think? Does God still heal miraculously? Have you seen it happen?

I happen to be one of the people He has healed, so I know it is true. Long story short.

I was an alcoholic. I was attacked and stabbed. I cried out, and He heard me. Two and a half days later I awoke in the hospital. For the first time in a very long time, I did not have to have a drink! No shakes. No DT’s. I was cured. Thank You Jesus! August 19, 1987.

APPLY The blind man, when healed, said “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see.” Sing or read aloud the first verse of the well-known hymn Amazing Grace.

PRAY Dear Saviour Jesus, I pray that You will heal me of any spiritual blindness so I can see You more clearly today and always. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/heb.12.14.KJV

WALKING ON WATER

Today’s lesson we read about Peter’s faith being tested. It could apply to any of us. What would you have done? Have a blessed day.                   

PRAY  Dear Heavenly Father, You are a great God. I acknowledge You and Your Son, Jesus, as the God of all power, and the God of miracles. Please guide my steps today and always. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Matthew 14:22‭-‬36 KJV
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Mt. 14:22. And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32. And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

14:34. And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. 35. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; 36. And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

REFLECT  What “storms” have you faced recently? How did you cope? How did your faith help you deal with any fear or danger? What have you learned to help in future storms?

When I face a storm, I try to remember my first line of defense which is Jesus Christ. I try to remember that all they can really do is take my life. Then I would be in Heaven! When I put everything in perspective, they stop being”storms” so big that God can’t handle it.

APPLY  Think of a situation that is causing you fear or stress. With that in mind, say aloud several times, “Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

PRAY  Precious Lord, when those inevitable storms of life come to me, help me to remember Your presence and power. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.6.38.KJV

LOST AND FOUND

These parables remind me of before and after I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. What a delightful and marvelous difference! Have a blessed day.             

PRAY  Lord, I thank You that You love me so much and that You’ll always hold on to me and never let me go. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ   Luke 15:1‭-‬32 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.15.1-32.KJV

Luke 15:1. Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 

15:3. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4. What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5. And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

15:8. Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9. And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 

15:11. And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18.  I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19. And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. 29. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.  32. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

REFLECT  What might these parables, especially the parable of The Lost Son, teach you about God? How does that make you feel? Does anything in these parables surprise you?

I’ve learned that God is never far away. In these parables, we get a peek into Heaven. No matter what, when one sinner who is lost turns back to God, he is welcomed with open arms. Likewise, the angels rejoice! There is tremendous love from our Father God.

APPLY  Think of something very special that you’ve ever lost and then found. Remember how you felt and then imagine how God feels when a “lost” person is found.

PRAY  I praise God for His unfailing love and care, and for all His children and for all creation. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Philippians 1:9‭-‬10 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/php.1.9-10.KJV

When you woke up today, did you remember to thank God for another day of opportunities? Another day to help win someone to Christ? Or maybe something as simple as having food to eat? What amazing blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us! Have a blessed day.     

PRAY  Thank You Father God for the food You provide each day and more importantly, for spiritual food I eat each day from Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Luke 9:1‭-‬36 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.9.1-36.KJV

Luke 9:1. Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 2. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 3. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. 4. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. 5.  And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. 6. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. 

9:7. Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; 8. And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. 10. And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 11. And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. 12. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. 13. But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. 14. For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 15. And they did so, and made them all sit down. 16. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 17. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. 

9:18. And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? 19. They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. 21. And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 22. Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 

9:23. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26. For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. 

9:28. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 31. Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 32. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. 34. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 36. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

REFLECT  Many people today are skeptical of the miracles in the Bible. What’s your perspective? How would you explain Jesus’ miracle of feeding 5,000 people to a skeptic?

My perspective of truths in the Bible is just that, they are true. Jesus is God. If God made the whole world, who’s to say He couldn’t make a loaf of bread extend to many people?!

APPLY  At each meal today, be sure to thank God for feeding you so generously. Consider making a generous donation to a local food pantry, also. 

PRAY  Dear precious Lord, I am truly thankful for Your faithfulness in feeding me. Help me to always remember You in all that I do. I love You Jesus. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/col.3.1.KJV

THE GOOD SAMARITAN

This is a good lesson. Who is our neighbor? That is an interesting question. At first I would have said everyone, but in this example, there is only one true answer. The person who cares enough to help someone in need and helps them. Have a blessed day by blessing someone along the way. ❤️

PRAY Dear Lord God, As I get to know You better, I want to share more and more of Your great love and salvation. Please equip me with Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ Luke 10:25‭-‬37 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.10.25-37.KJV

Luke 10:25. And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26. He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27. And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28.  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30. And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34. And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37. And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

REFLECT  Who do you consider to be your neighbors? What makes one a “neighbor”? How are you exercising your responsibilities as a “neighbor” to others?

My neighbor is the person to whom I show compassion and likewise. In this situation, a neighbor is someone in need. I try to live my life by being helpful and obedient to God. In this way, hopefully, I fulfill the will of my Father as a Good Samaritan..

APPLY Identify a “neighbor” in need—whether nearby or not—and decide how and when you can be a “Good Samaritan” in a practical way. 

PRAY Dear God, Make me a good neighbor to anyone I can help. I want to be a “Good Samaritan,” too. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. James 1:22‭-‬24 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jas.1.22-24.KJV

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

In these verses, Jesus is speaking in parables. He explains later to His disciples. I thank God there is a Bible so I could have the benefit of understanding. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Pause to thank God now for the gift of this day and all that you’ll receive from him today.

READ  Matthew 13:1‭-‬58 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.13.1-58.KJV

Matthew 13:1. The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4. And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6. And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8. But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13.  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15. For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

13:18. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21. Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

13:24. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29. But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

13:31. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32. Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. 33. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. 34. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

13:36. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38. The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39. The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

13:44.  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

13:45. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

13:47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

13:53. And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 54. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55. Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56. And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57. And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

REFLECT  What do you think Jesus meant by “the Kingdom of Heaven”? What do you think it is or will be like? Why should we be concerned about it?

I think Jesus means exactly what He says when speaking about the Kingdom of Heaven. It will be just as it is described in Revelations and more.

We should absolutely be concerned about Heaven. Only those people who’s names are written in the Lambs book of Life will be allowed to enter in and stay. This is why Soul Winning is so very important.

While we are alive, it is our honor and opportunity to invite others to follow Christ. We can witness to them through our own testimonies. Even you have a testimony! Try it today, and see how much better you feel tonight.

APPLY  Take a walk outside sometime today and look at a garden and some weeds. Reflect on what they teach you about the Kingdom of Heaven. 

PRAY  Dear precious Lord, please keep my mind and spirit watchful and alert to see signs of Your Kingdom all around me today and always. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.9.10.KJV

Today we learn not to worry, the Lord’s prayer, and other nuggets of wisdom. The Bible is filled with them! How a blessed day.

PRAY  Lord, continue to do Your good work in me as I read and study Your Word today. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ Matthew 6:5‭-‬34 KJV

https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.6.5-34.KJV, Matthew 7:1-29 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.7.1-29.KJV

Mt. 6:5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

6:9. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11. Give us this day our daily bread. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

6:14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

6:16. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18. That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

6:19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

6:24. No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

6:25. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28. And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29. And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31. Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32. (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

6:33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Mt. 7:1. Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

7:6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7:7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10. Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

7:13. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

7:15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17. Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29. For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

REFLECT  Is it really possible not to worry, as Jesus says here? What things worry you the most? How can your faith help you deal with those worries?

Yes, if you believe what He says with your whole heart, it is possible not to worry. In Philippines 4:4-8 ( https://bible.com/bible/1/php.4.4-8.KJV), we learn of the peace of God.

The one thing I can honestly say “worries” me the most is being outside of the will of God. Fortunately, I can go to the Lord in prayer. I just need to remember to do this FIRST!

APPLY  Write down on paper the things that are worrying you the most right now. Pray for God to help you trust him and then tear up the paper and “throw your worries away.”

PRAY  Pray and thank God that he is big enough to deal with anything and everything that worries you.

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/2th.3.3.KJV

Today’s reading is a familiar one, and it for that reason alone we should pay close attention rather than skipping it. Food for thought. Have a blessed day.                 

PRAY Thank God that He wants us to come and be with Him now—and that He welcomes us with love.      

READ  Matthew 5:1‭-‬48 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.5.1-48.KJV, Matthew 6:1‭-‬4 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.6.1-4.KJV

Matthew 5:1. And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2. And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

5:3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8.  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

5:13. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

5:14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

5:17. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20. For I say unto you,  That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

5:21. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23.  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24. Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25.  Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

5:27. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28. But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 30. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. 31. It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:  32. But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

5:33. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34. But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35. Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

5:38. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

5:43. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

5:48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 6:1. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

REFLECT  “If you live by the Sermon on the Mount, you’ll be happy.”  Agree, disagree? Why? Is it possible to follow Jesus’ teaching completely in our modern society? 

Yes, I believe you would be happy if you lived the Sermon on the Mount, yet I understand the condition of mankind. The closer I draw myself to Jesus, the more tools I have to secure that relationship.

APPLY  There are many different attitudes and actions Jesus commends here. Choose one or two that seem difficult for you and try to begin practicing it or them today.  

PRAY  Lord, I want to live the kind of life that You commend, because I know that is Your will for my life. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.27.17.KJV

When we are tempted, and we will be, God has made a way of escape. Thank You! Memorize a few verses from the Bible, so when satan and his demons or your own bad habits come to haunt you; you have a defense. God has provided it for you. What a magnificent God we serve! Have a blessed day.

PRAY  Lord, there is so much good help for me in the Bible. Help me today to learn more from it.

READ. Matthew 3:13–4:17 KJV https://bible com/bible/1/mat.3.13-17.KJV, Matthew 4:1-17 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/may.4.1-17.KJV

Matthew 3:13. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 3:14. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 3:15. And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 3:16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 3:17. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

4:1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

4:12. Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13. And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15. The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16. The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

4:17. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

REFLECT  What can you learn from this account of Jesus’ temptation that will help you when you are tempted? What temptations affect you the most?

When I am at my weakest, I can rely on Christ when I call out to Him. Also, I can defend myself with the Word of God.

Chocolate affects very much as a temptation. I am figuring diabetes, and I never really had a problem with it until I was told I shouldn’t have any. Funny how that works. This is just an example. There are more, but too personal. 😊

APPLY  List the biggest temptations in your life. For each, jot down some practical strategies for resisting.  

PRAY  Dear precious Lord, I pray that throughout this day and the days ahead You will help me to resist temptation and honor You. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Psalms 19:1 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.19.1.KJV

JOHN THE BAPTIST

John the Baptist was a devout man of God. That is a good thing. If only I could bring as many people to the Lord! Have a blessed day.

PRAY God, my Lord, I’m always eager to be with You and listen to You speak to me through Your Word and Spirit.

READ  Luke 3:1‭-‬20 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.3.1-20.KJV

Luke 3:1. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 2. Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. 3. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 4. As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 7. Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8. Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 9. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 10. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? 11. He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 12. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13. And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 14. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.    

3:15. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;  16. John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 18. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. 19. But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done,

3:20. Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.

REFLECT  If John the Baptist had a message for us today, what do you think it would be? How do you think he would look, communicate, and be received by people?

REPENT for the day of the Lord is near. I think he would look different than most people. He would probably be a Vegan. I do believe many would ignore him and make fun of him; knowing the people of these times.

The people that would receive him would be those thirsting for truth and justice. People searching for meaning in their lives, and people seeking God.

APPLY  John told his listeners how to produce “fruit in keeping with repentance.” If you need to produce any or any more of that fruit, adopt one of John’s suggestions.

PRAY Dear Lord, sometimes Your Word makes me uncomfortable but I do want to hear it clearly and obey it fully. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.21.3.KJV

THE BIRTH OF JESUS

Today’s reading is a familiar one, yet it is vital. I love this part of the Bible. I just wish He didn’t have to die for our sins. I wish we had never sinned, in other words. Fat chance, right? We have a loving, forgiving, and merciful God! Have a blessed day.

PRAY Praise God today for the good news that the angels proclaimed when Jesus was born.

READ  Luke 2:1‭-‬40 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.2.1-40.KJV

Luke 2:1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out adecree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 

2:6. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 

2:8. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

2:13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. .  

2:21. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in thewomb. 22. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23. (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24. And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,   

2:28. Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32. A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35. (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

2:36. And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37. And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 39. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

REFLECT Why do you suppose the lowly shepherds were the first to hear of Jesus’ birth? How would you share the angel’s good news in our time?

The shepherds were the first to hear of Jesus’ birth, because they would respond. God did not come into the world for those who wanted nothing to do with Him. Rather He came for those of us who would accept Him as Lord and Saviour.

Just as people don’t make doctor appointments when they are well, Jesus Christ came to redeem sinners from the penalty of eternal death. Thank You Lord God!

I try to share God’s word with all who will listen. He has performed miracles in my life as well. He is a great and merciful God. If you do not know Him but would like to, please leave a comment. We can arrange for that to happen. God bless you.

APPLY Ponder how you could most effectively share the good news of Jesus with a friend or coworker. Then, look for opportunities today to do it.

PRAY Dear precious Lord Jesus, I’m so grateful for the good news of Your. Help me to be able to share it effectively with others. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.43.19.KJV

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.5.6.KJV

THE WORD BECAME FLESH

It seems as though I skipped ahead. This was yesterday’s lesson, and today’s lesson I posted yesterday. Oops. Please enjoy reading about our precious Lord. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank You, God, that You sent Your Son into the world to demonstrate Your great love for us.

READ  John 1:1‭-‬18 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.1.1-18.KJV

John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. The same was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

1:6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

1:11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

1:15. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 

REFLECT What do you find most striking or significant about what this passage says about Jesus? Has it changed or deepened what you believe about Jesus in any way?

This passage is one of my many favorites. It declares Jesus to be God. “…and the Word was God.” Reading the whole Bible through and allowing God to guide my life has truly deepened my faith and love.

APPLY Write a few sentences that describe what you believe about Jesus, why he came to earth, and what all that means to you.

In the first place, Jesus never had to die. He was sinless. The only reason we all have to die is because of sin. The grave could not hold Him! Hallelujah!

So why did He come? To do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He redeemed us. What a glorious and merciful God!

PRAY Dear Lord, please help me to understand more and more about who Jesus is and what he means to my life and salvation. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

GABRIEL’S MESSAGE

I would definitely consider this to be an essential chapter of the Bible. Eyewitness testimony, the miracle of John the Baptist, the miracle of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; for without these events, we have no hope. Thank You Father God for loving us this much! Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank God today for giving you his written Word, the Bible and the Living Word, Jesus Christ.

READ   Luke 1:1‭-‬80 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.1.1-4.KJV

Luke 1:1. Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 1:2. Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 1:3. It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 1:4. That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

1:5. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. 1:6. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 1:7. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. 1:8. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 1:9. According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 1:10. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. 1:11. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 1:12. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 1:13. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 1:14. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. 1:15. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. 1:16. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. 1:17. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 1:18. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 1:19. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 1:20. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. 1:21. And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple. 1:22. And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless. 1:23. And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. 1:24. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 1:25. Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

1:26. And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 1:27. To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 1:28. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 1:29. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 1:30. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 1:31. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 1:32. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 1:33. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 1:34. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 1:35. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 1:36. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 1:37. For with God nothing shall be impossible. 1:38. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

1:39. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 1:40. And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 1:41. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 1:42. And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 1:43. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 1:44. For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 1:45. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 1:46. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 1:47. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 1:48. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 1:49. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 1:51. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 1:52. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 1:53. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 1:54. He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 1:55. As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever. 1:56. And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

1:57. Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 1:58. And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. 1:59. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 1:60. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 1:61. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 1:62. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 1:63. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

1:64. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 1:65. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. 1:66. And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.

1:67. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, 1:68. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 1:69. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 1:70. As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 1:71. That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 1:72. To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 1:73. The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 1:74. That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 1:75. In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. 1:76. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 1:77. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 1:78. Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 1:79. To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 1:80. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

REFLECT How important do you think it is that Luke says his account of Jesus’ birth is based on eyewitness accounts? Does anything in this account surprise or trouble you?

Eyewitness accounts are better than heresay. Here we have actual people seeing with their own eyes the coming of John the Baptist and the pregnancy of Mary, Jesus’ mother. What a marvelous time to have been alive!

APPLY The angel’s appearance must have been a surprise. Today, ask God to surprise you in some way with some good news or event. Be alert and open to God’s surprise.

PRAY Dear Lord, I want to be willing to hear You and accept Your Word to me no matter how surprising it may seem. Amen!

THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

Today we are reminded not to steal from God. After all, everything already belongs to Him. Try giving 10% of your income, your time, etc, to the Church because of the One who gave His all. See if He doesn’t bless you more than you believed possible. Not because of what you do, but because of His great love toward you. God is a promise keeper. Are you? Have a blessed day.

PRAY Dear God, I want to know You and draw closer to You as I spend time with You today.

READ  Malachi 1:1‭-‬14 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mal.1.1-14.KJV, Malachi 2:1‭-‬17 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mal.2.1-17.KJV, Malachi 3:1‭-‬18 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mal.3.1-18.KJV, Malachi 4:1‭-‬6 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mal.4.1-6.KJV

Mal. 1:1. The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. 1:2. I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, , 1:3. And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. 1:4. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever. 1:5. and your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, the lord will be magnified from the border of israel.

1:6. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 1:7. Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 1:8. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 1:9. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. 1:10. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 1:11. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

1:12. But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. 1:13. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. 1:14. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

Mal. 2:1. And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. 2:2. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. 2:3. Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it. 2:4. And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 2:5. My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. 2:6. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. 2:7. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 2:8. But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 2:9. Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law. 2:10. Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 

2:11. Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. 2:12. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. 2:13. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. 2:14. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 2:15. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 2:16. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. 2:17. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Mal. 3:1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 3:2. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: 3:3. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 3:4. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 3:5. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 3:6. For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 

3:7. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 

3:8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 3:9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 3:10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 3:11. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 3:12. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. 3:13. Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 3:14. Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 3:15. And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 

3:16. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 3:17. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 3:18. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Mal. 4:1. For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 4:2. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 4:3. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4:4. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 

4:5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 4:6. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

REFLECT Some people think the notion of a “judgment day” is outmoded. What do you think?  What place does judgment have in the Good News?

I believe there is a judgement day coming, because the Lord said it would. The good news about Jesus Christ is that when judgment day does come, everyone who has accepted Him and been born again will not be condemned. We are saved.

APPLY Ask yourself this question: “If I faced judgment day today, what would happen to me?” Then, talk to God, based on your answer to that important question.

I hope to finally have a good singing voice so I can praise my Saviour all day long! Either way, whatever You desire for me to do Lord, I will do gladly. 😁

PRAY Ask God to give you confidence for the judgment day. Ask him to calm any doubt or worry you may have

THE STORY OF JONAH

Can you imagine having to rescue your enemies from an eternity in hell? Worse yet, to an eternity with Jesus for which you have kept yourself your whole life? God wouldn’t ask that of you, would He?

Yes He would, and He did that to Jonah. Just because this happened such a long time ago, don’t think it won’t happen again. As a matter of fact, I believe we learn about this precisely because we are called to do so.

After all, we were enemies of God when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins! Romans 5:8.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died us.

PRAY Lord God, I want to share your desire that all people everywhere come to know You.

READ  Jonah 1:1‭-‬17 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jon.1.1-17.KJV, Jonah 2:1‭-‬10 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jon.2.1-10.KJV, Jonah 3:1‭-‬10 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jon.3.1-10.KJV, Jonah 4:1‭-‬11 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jon.4.1-11.KJV

Jonah 1:1. Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 1:2. Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 1:3. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. 

1:4. But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. 1:5. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. 1:6. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. 1:7. And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. 1:8. Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 1:9. And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. 1:10. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. 

1:11. Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. 1:12. And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. 1:13. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. 1:14. Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee. 1:15. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. 1:16. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows. 

1:17. Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 2:1. Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, 2:2. And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 2:3. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 2:4. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 2:5. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 2:6. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. 1:7. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 2:8. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 2:9. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. 

2:10. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Jonah 3:1. And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, 3:2. Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3:3. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. 3:4. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 

3:5. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. 3:6. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 3:7. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: 3:8. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. 3:9. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? 

3:10. And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Jonah 4:1. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 4:2. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 4:3. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. 

4:4. Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? 4:5. So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. 4:6. And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 4:7. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 4:8. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 4:9. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. 4:10. Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: 4:11. And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

REFLECT Have you ever wanted to run away from God? What did you end up doing and why? What lesson did you learn? How would you advise someone else who felt that way?  

Yes, I ran away from God and destroyed my life. I became an alcoholic with no place to live, because I was very angry. People did not want to be around me. I really couldn’t blame them.

The lesson I learned was simple, but difficult to do. You cannot outrun the love of God. There is no place to hide where He cannot fine you. There is no feeling you can have that He does not understand and have compassion for you. We serve an amazing God who is constantly calling us to come back to His care.

My advice to someone else would be to take the chance. Take God at His word. His promises are sure. Is it drinking? Go to detox with Him. See about a Christian detox. Is it pornography? Talk to a male pastor (if you are a male and vice versa). You have to decide.

Do I want to continue on this road of destruction, or do I want to allow God to transform my life into something that will blow my mind? Just remember, it may require your effort as well as your patience. It will be worth it all.

APPLY There are many people and groups—some near you—who don’t yet accept the Christian faith. Decide on one or two that you will pray for regularly, beginning today. 

PRAY Dear gracious Lord, if there are people near me who need to know about Your love for them, please use me. Here am I. Send me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jas.1.27.KJV

What can I say beside I admire Daniel. I pray to have faith as strong and steadfast as his. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Dear Father God, please be my strength when I am weak, my Rock when I am frightened. Build me up to do what is right in Your sight, even though it might look scary. Help me to trust it You Lord. This is my prayer. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Daniel 6:1‭-‬28 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/dan.6.1-28.KJV

Dan. 6:1. It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 6:2. And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 6:3. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. 

6:4. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 6:5. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. 6:6. Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 6:7. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 6:8. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 6:9. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. 

6:10. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. 6:11. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 6:12. Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 6:13. Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. 6:14. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 6:15. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. 6:16. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. 6:17. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. 

6:18. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. 6:19. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 6:20. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 6:22. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 6:23. Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. 

6:24. And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. 

6:25. Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 6:26. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 6:27. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 6:28. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

REFLECT Daniel may have been tempted to go along with the King’s decree. What temptations to “downplay” your faith do you face? How can you avoid them?

Become too active and become overwhelmed. Procrastination shows its ugly face. It says to me, You can do this in an hour. Go ahead. Watch that YouTube program you like. I fall for it more than I care to admit.

I can avoid these traps by understanding my limits and accepting them.

As for this example, I need to be quiet and wait upon the Lord Jesus Christ to lead me. Sometimes I just get so busy doing what I consider to be His will, that I forget to include Him in the decision making.

APPLY Look for a way to stand up for your faith in public today, whether giving silent thanks before a meal, wearing a Christian symbol or in some other appropriate way.

PRAY Ask God to show you how to appropriately stand publicly for your faith and for the courage to do it.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23‭-‬24 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.9.23-24.KJV

Imagine being formed in the womb by God for a specific purpose such as telling your government they are on the wrong path and need to repent? Wow. That’s what happened to Jeremiah. Now imagine God has done that with each and every one of us! May be a different story, but it’s true. Psalm 139:14-17, 23-24! Have a blessed day.

Psalm 139:14. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 139:15. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 139:16. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 139:17. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

Psalm 139:23. Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 139:24. And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:1-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.139.1-24.KJV

PRAY Dear precious Lord, please give me ears to hear and a heart to be ready and willing to obey whenever You call on me to serve You. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Jeremiah 1:1‭-‬19 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.1.1-19.KJV, Jeremiah 2:1‭-‬37 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.2.1-37.KJV, Jeremiah 3:1‭-‬5 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.3.1-5.KJV

Jer. 1:1. The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 1:2. To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 1:3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. 1:4. Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 

1:5. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 1:6. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 

1:7. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 1:8. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 1:9. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 1:10. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. 

1:11. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 1:12. Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. 1:13. And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. 1:14. Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 

1:15. For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. 1:16. And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. 1:17. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. 1:18. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. 1:19. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

Jer. 2:1. Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2:2. Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. 2:3. Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD. 2:4. Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 

2:5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 2:6. Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 2:7. And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. 2:8. The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. 

2:9. Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead. 2:10. For pass over the isles of Kittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 2:12. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. 2:13. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. 

2:14. Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 2:15. The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. 2:16. Also the children of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken the crown of thy head. 2:17. Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way? 2:18. And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? 2:19. Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. 

2:20. For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. 2:21. Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? 2:22. For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD. 2:23. How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; 2:24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her. 2:25. Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go. 2:26. As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, 2:27. Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. 2:28. But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah. 2:29. Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD. 2:30. In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion. 

2:31. O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee? 2:32. Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number. 2:33. Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways. 2:34. Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. 2:35. Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. 2:36. Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. 2:37. Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.

Jer. 3:1. They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD. 3:2. Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness. 3:3. Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. 3:4. Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth? 3:5. Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.

REFLECT Have you ever felt that God called you to deliver a hard message to friends, your church or community? If so, what did you do? How did you feel?

Yes, and it was very painful. I had to tell my best friend that I could no longer live with him, because it would give an appearance of impropriety. I was crushed, but I moved out. It was the only thing I could do.

Later in life, I had to move back with him when I found myself homeless, broke, and 8 of my friends had been murdered (different places, different times). I decided to adopt him as my brother. Problem solved. I thank God for him. He was a true friend to the end.

APPLY  Is God calling you to deliver a challenging message to anyone? If so, write down what you’ll say. Be sure to consult with a trusted friend or pastor before you say it. 

Funny you should mention that. I received a call earlier today to meet someone tonight (this was yesterday). I’ve already sought advice without disclosing any confidence. 😊🙏✝️🙏

PRAY Dear Lord, please keep guard over my mouth so that I say only those things which You want me to say. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

I waited patiently for the Lord ; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. Psalms 40:1‭-‬2 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.40.1-2.KJV

THE SUFFERING SERVANT

These chapters make me happy and sad. Happy because they foretell of good news of great joy, and sad because I realize that my Savior has to die because of me. I caused His shame. I caused His stripes. I caused His separation from God. And He did it willingly.

There is no greater or purer love ever! We must tell everyone of His command found in Matthew 28:19-20. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

PRAY Lord, it’s amazing to me how rich the Bible is with the story of Your wonderful work in the world.

READ  Isaiah 51:1‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.51.1-23.KJV, Isaiah 52:1‭-‬15 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.52.1-15.KJV, Isaiah 53:1‭-‬12 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.53.1-12.KJV

Isa 51:1. Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

51:2. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

51:3. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

51:4. Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

51:5. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.

51:6. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

51:7. Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

51:8. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

51:9. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

51:10. Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?

51:11. Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

51:12. I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

51:13. And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

51:14. The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

51:15. But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name.

51:16. And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

51:17. Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.

51:18. There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.

51:19. These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?

51:20. Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God.

51:21. Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:

51:22. Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: 

51:23. But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.

Isa. 52:1. Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. 

52:2. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. 

52:3. For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. 

52:4. For thus saith the LORD God, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. 

52:5. Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. 

52:6. Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. 

52:7. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! 

52:8. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. 

52:9. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. 

52:10. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 

52:11. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. 

52:12. For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward. 

52:13. Behold, my servant shall, deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 

52:14. As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

52:15. So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

Isa. 53:1. Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 

53:2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 

53:3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

53:4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 

53:5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 

53:6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

53:7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 

53:8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 

53:9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 

53:10. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 

53:11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 

53:12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

REFLECT There is both “bad news” and “good news” in this passage. What is the bad news and the reason for it? What foreshadowing of “good news” do you see? 

The “bad news” in these passages is that something has to die for the atonement of sin. It would have to be pure, without sin. No human person could take that place once for all.

When I commit a sin, knowingly or not, I realize that I am causing my Savior, Jesus Christ, much pain. I know it’s over and He paid it all, but it didn’t happen without a heavy price being paid. His life for mine.

The “good news” in these passages is that Isaiah was prophesying about our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who took away the sin of the world for everyone who would believe on Him and be born again. The only gift that counts eternally.

APPLY Compare these verses with what you know about how Jesus suffered. Note the striking similarities. Thank God for the Good News that resulted from that suffering.

PRAY Good God, thank You that Jesus suffered for my sins so that I could be free of their penalty.

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalms 113:3 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.113.3.KJV

PROVERBS OF  SOLOMON

I love the book of Proverbs. Wisdom and folly, understanding and rebellion. It is our choice. If we started down the wrong path, God is so gracious as to direct us in the right way to go. Choose wisdom. James 1:5. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Ask God to give you some real, practical wisdom for right living as you read these proverbs today.

READ Proverbs 16:1‭-‬33 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.16.1-33.KJV, Proverbs 17:1‭-‬28 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.17.1-28.KJV, Proverbs 18:1‭-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.18.1-24.KJV

Pr. 16:1. The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

16:2. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

16:3. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

16:4. The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

16:5. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

16:6. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

16:7. When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

16:8. Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

16:9. A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

16:10. A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

16:11. A just weight and balance are the LORD’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.

16:12. It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

16:13. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

16:14. The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

16:15. In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16:16. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

16:17. The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

16:18. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

16:19. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

16:20. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.

16:21. The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

16:22. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

16:23. The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

16:24. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

16:25. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

16:26. He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

16:27. An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

16:28. A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

16:29. A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

16:30. He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

16:31. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

16:32. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

16:33. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Pr. 17:1. Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. 

17:2. A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. 

17:3. The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. 

17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. 

17:5. Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. 

17:6. Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 

17:7. Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 

17:8. A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. 

17:9. He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. 

17:10. A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 

17:11. An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 

17:12. Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 

17:13. Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 

17:14. The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 

17:15. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. 

17:16. Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? 

17:17. A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 

17:18. A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend. 

17:19. He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. 

17:20. He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. 

17:21. He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy. 

17:22. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. 

17:23. A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 

17:24. Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 

17:25. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. 

17:26. Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. 

17:27. He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 

17:28. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Pr. 18:1. Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

18:2. A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

18:3. When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

18:4. The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

18:5. It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

18:6. A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

18:7. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

18:8. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

18:9. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

18:10. The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

18:11. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

18:12. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

18:13. He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

18:14. The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

18:15. The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

18:16. A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

18:17. He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18:18. The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

18:19. A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

18:20. A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

18:21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

18:22. Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

18:23. The poor useth entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

18:24. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

REFLECT What are some of the main themes of these proverbs? Which of them are most helpful to you?  Are there any of your own you’d add?

Understanding, wisdom, folly, strife, and destruction. Most helpful to me would be to listen and to be more humble.

APPLY Choose 2–3 of these proverbs that seem most applicable to you. Write them on paper and put them where you’ll see them each day. Try to memorize them quickly.

PRAY Dear precious Lord, I don’t want to just read Your words of wisdom; I want them to really mold and shape my life. Write them on the table of my heart. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Romans 12:10 KJV #God #LoveOneAnother https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.12.10.KJV

GODLY WISDOM

Get wisdom. Get understanding. Obey the Word of God. Keep the Commandments. It looks so easy! I pray to do this every day. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen. Have a blessed day.

PRAY You are the source of all true wisdom, Lord. I come to You seeking more of Your wisdom.

READ  Proverbs 1:1‭-‬33 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.1.1-33.KJV, Proverbs 2:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.2.1-22.KJV, Proverbs 3:1‭-‬35 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.3.1-35.KJV, Proverbs 4:1‭-‬27 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.4.1-27.KJV

PR. 1:1. The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 

1:2. To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 

1:3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 

1:4. To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 

1:5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 

1:6. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 

1:7. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

1:8. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 

1:9. For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. 

1:10. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 

1:11. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 

1:12. Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 

1:13. We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: 

1:14. Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 

1:15. My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 

1:16. For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 

1:17. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 

1:18. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 

1:19. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. 

1:20. Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 

1:21. She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 

1:22. How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 

1:23. Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 

1:24. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 

1:25. But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 

1:26. I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 

1:27. When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 

1:28. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 

1:29. For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 

1:30. They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 

1:31. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 

1:32. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 

1:33. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

PR. 2:1. My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 

2:2. So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 

2:3. Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 

2:4. If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 

2:5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 

2:6. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 

2:7. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 

2:8. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 

2:9. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 

2:10. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 

2:11. Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: 

2:12. To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; 

2:13. Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 

2:14. Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 

2:15. Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 

2:16. To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 

2:17. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. 

2:18. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 

2:19. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. 

2:20. That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 

2:21. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 

2:22. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

PR. 3:1. My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

3:2. For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3:3. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

3:4. So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

3:5. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

3:6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

3:7. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

3:8. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

3:9. Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

3:10. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

3:11. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

3:12. For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

3:13. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

3:14. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

3:15. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

3:16. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

3:17. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

3:18. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

3:19. The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

3:20. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

3:21. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

3:22. So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

3:23. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

3:24. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

3:25. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

3:26. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

3:27. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

3:28. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

3:29. Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

3:30. Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

3:31. Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

3:32. For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

3:33. The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

3:34. Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

3:35. The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

PR. 4:1. Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

4:2. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

4:3. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

4:4. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

4:5. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

4:6.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

4:7. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

4:8. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.

4:9. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

4:10. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

4:11. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.

4:12. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

4:13. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

4:14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

4:15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

4:16. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

4:17. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

4:18. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

4:19. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

4:20. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 

4:21. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

4:22. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

4:23. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

4:24. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

4:25. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

4:26. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

4:27. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

REFLECT People have many ideas about what wisdom is. What do you think it means to be really wise? How does one become truly wise? 

Wisdom to me is knowing the will of God and doing it. Some ways to become wise are to read your Bible, attend Church services, memorize Bible verses, go Soul Winning, and hang out after Church for fellowship and some of the activities.

What you desire most is what you spend more of your time doing. To become wiser and more understanding about God, you must learn to trust Him.

You may begin by watching other Christians whom you admire, take a survey of yourself to find your gifts and weaknesses, pray, ask Him to draw you closer to Him, etc. These are just a few starting points. Give it time, and you will find you are growing closer to God.

APPLY Think of someone you believe is really wise. What wisdom do they have that you need? Ask them how they got it and then ask them to share it with you.

PRAY Thank God that His wisdom is freely and readily available to you and to anyone who asks. Amen.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/php.2.5.KJV

PRAISE THE LORD

What a wonderful day to praise the LORD! What would you praise God for today? Let me know in the comments. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Dear Lord God, You are such a wonderful God; Creator and Sustainer of all! I marvel at all that You are! In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Psalms 103:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.103.1-22.KJV

Psalm 103:1. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

103:2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 103:3. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

103:4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 

103:5. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

103:6. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 

103:7. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 

103:8. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 

103:9. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 

103:10. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 

103:11. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 

103:12. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 

103:13. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 

103:14. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 

103:15. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 

103:16. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 

103:17. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 

103:18. To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 

103:19. The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 

103:20. Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 

103:21. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 

103:22. Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

REFLECT Having read David’s words of praise in this psalm, what would you most praise God for? What inspires or hinders you in praising the LORD? 

I would most praise God for His forgiveness of sin for without which we would not have reconciliation. I would praise Him just as much for His whole, never changing character. His tender mercies, strength, love, honesty, faithfulness, purity, and so much more.

What inspires me to praise the LORD is my desire to say, Thank You for who You are and all You do.

Whatever hinders me is sin. It doesn’t have to be sin in and by itself, but when it separates me from praising my God, doing His will; it is sin.

APPLY Try to compose your own short psalm of praise to the LORD. Use David’s psalm as a guide but substitute your own words and specific ideas.

PRAY Praise God now for who he is and for all that he means to you and for all he has done for you.

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You early in the morning and all the day long. I praise You for waking me up for another day of opportunity. I praise You for my life and whatever may come my way. Together, I know You will lead me. I praise You, LORD, for allowing me to bless others and teaching me how. I praise You, LORD, for my loving Church. I praise You, God, for your long-suffering patience. I love You Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.40.31.KJV

HAVE MERCY ON ME

The song “Create in me a clean heart” comes from this Psalm. This is a Psalm David wrote after the Prophet Nathan confronted him about what he did with Bath-sheba. God sees everything, and He wants us repent of our sins. He doesn’t want us to have a broken relationship with Him. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Dear Lord, prepare my heart and mind to be with You always. I bow before Your throne as You are my Lord and my God. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ Psalms 51:1‭-‬19 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.51.1-19.KJV

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.

Ps. 51:1. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

51:2. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

51:3. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

51:4. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

51:5. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

51:6. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

51:7. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

51:8. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

51:9. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

51:10. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

51:11. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

51:12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

51:13. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

51:14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

51:15. O LORD, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

51:16. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

51:17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

51:18. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

51:19. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

REFLECT Why is it so important to confess your sins? How can you be confident that God will forgive you? What help does this psalm give you?

It is important to confess sin as soon as you recognize it as sin, because it will eat you alive if you don’t. Satan is a liar. The longer you know about your sin and continue in it, you will dull your senses to it, and you will harm your relationship with God. This is what satan wants.

It’s always easier to confess your sin right away. I know it may seem hard, but trust me. It gets more hard down the road.

No matter when, however, I confess my sins to God, I am confident He will forgive me. Why? He said He would. I am standing on the promises of God!

I also know He will forgive me, because He sent His Son to die in my place on that terrible cross. He then raised Him three days later, and thereby fulfilled the Scripture. Praise God, hallelujah, and Amen!

APPLY Find a quiet place to reflect on your life this week. List any sins you recall. Write them on paper, confess them, ask God’s forgiveness and then tear up the paper.

PRAY Thank You, Father God, for the every of the so many sins You have already forgiven. Thank You also for Your patience and tender mercies toward me. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 1 John 5:14 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/1jn.5.14.KJV

This is of the favorite Psalms for many people. Which one is your favorite verse though? Why? Have a blessed day.

PRAY Dear Father God, I thank You for all the beauty, comfort, inspiration and guidance found in Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ Psalms 23:1‭-‬6 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.23.1-6.KJV 

Psalms 23:1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

23:2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

23:3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

23:4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

23:5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

23:6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

REFLECT What do you learn about the nature and character of the LORD in this beloved psalm? Which verse is most significant to you? Why?

God is faithful, loving, and able to help in times of despair as well as times of happiness. A relationship with God is the best relationship of all!

The most significant verse in this Psalm is verse 6. It is all true, and I trust it all. Verse 6, however, speaks to eternity. That is my goal. 😁

APPLY Try to take a walk outside today and look for examples of the images used in this psalm (sheep, green grass, still waters, etc.). Thank God for these reminders of His care.

PRAY Dear Lord, You are indeed a very good Shepherd to me, and I’m grateful for Your unfailing and loving care. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.18.20.KJV

There are consequences to sin. We have a long-suffering, gracious, Holy God, who is also merciful but just. He will wait longer than any of us for a person or nation to repent and give God the glory and reverence due Him. He is waiting now. Do you feel Him calling you? Answer Him today, and angels in Heaven will rejoice! Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank God that He is in control of all things that will come your way during this day.

READ  2Kings 25:1‭-‬30 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/2ki.25.1-30.KJV

2Kings 25:1-30. And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.

25:2. And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

25:3. And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

25:4. And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king’s garden: (now the Chaldeans were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

25:5. And the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him.

25:6. So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.

25:7. And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.

25:8. And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzar–adan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:

25:9. And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.

25:10. And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

25:11. Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzar–adan the captain of the guard carry away.

25:12. But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.

25:13. And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the LORD, did the Chaldeans break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Babylon.

25:14. And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.

25:15. And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.

25:16. The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had made for the house of the LORD; the brass of all these vessels was without weight.

25:17. The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.

25:18. And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:

25:19. And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king’s presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city:

25:20. And Nebuzar–adan captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:

25:21. And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their land.

25:22. And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.

25:23. And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor, there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a Maachathite, they and their men.

25:24. And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you.

25:25. But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chaldeans that were with him at Mizpah.

25:26. And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the Chaldeans.

25:27. And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evil–merodach king of Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison;

25:28. And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

25:29. And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life.

25:30. And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.

REFLECT The fall of Jerusalem was punishment for Israel’s sin. Do you believe God uses disasters of different kinds to punish people today? Who would you warn if you could?

Yes I do. First I would warn the Jews, then the Christians, then the gentiles. I would let them know that there is a Saviour that was born some 2000 years ago by the name of Jesus Christ to take away the sins of the world.

I can only imagine how long it had been before our long-suffering Holy God decided it was time for some tough love. I’m very grateful also that He is still a long-suffering, gracious and merciful God who keeps His promises.

We all need to repent of our sins, and we need to get right with God. It is never too late. We have a great and merciful God who is willing to forgive our sins for a time. Please come to the altar while their is still time.

None of us deserves forgiveness, it is a gift from God that we cannot earn. Don’t be afraid. He will not reject you. He will welcome you home. ❤️🙏✝️

APPLY Pause today to confess any sin in your life you’re aware of and ask God’s forgiveness for both your wrongs and the wrongs of your nation, also. 2Chronicles 7:14.

PRAY Dear Lord God, I know You are a just and loving God, and I trust in You completely. Thank You. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.16.10.KJV

Four hundred fifty to one. When you are on God’s side, numbers don’t matter. Stand up for what believe. Be of good courage, for the Lord, your God, is with you. Today, take a stand in faith, and watch God bless you. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord, I’m grateful for the good people who teach me so well what it means to follow You.

READ  1Kings 16:29‭-‬34 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.16.29-34.KJV, 1Kings 17:1‭-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.17.1-24.KJV, 1Kings 18:1‭-‬46 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.18.1-46.KJV, and 1Kings 19:1‭-‬18 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.19.1-18.KJV

1Kings 16:29. And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.

16:30. And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.

16:31. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

16:32. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

16:33. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

16:34. In his days did Hiel the Beth–elite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.

1Kings 17:1. And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 

17:2. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

17:3. Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

17:4. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

17:5. So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

17:6. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

17:7. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

17:8. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

17:9. Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

17:10. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

17:11. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

17:12. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

17:13. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

17:14. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.

17:15. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

17:16. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. 

17:17. And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.

17:18. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

17:19. And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.

17:20. And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?

17:21. And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

17:22. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

17:23. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

17:24. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

1Kings 18:1. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

18:2. And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

18:3. And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:

18:4. For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

18:5. And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.

18:6. So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.

18:7. And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?

18:8. And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

18:9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?

18:10. As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

18:11. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

18:12. And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.

18:13. Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD’s prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

18:14. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.

18:15. And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.

18:16. So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

18:17. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

18:18. And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

18:19. Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

18:20. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

18:21. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

18:22. Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 

18:23. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 

18:24. And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken. 

18:25. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 

18:26. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 

18:27. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 

18:28. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 

18:29. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded. 

18:30. And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. 

18:31. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 

18:32. And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 

18:33. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 

18:34. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 

18:35. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. 

18:36. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 

18:37. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 

18:38. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 

18:39. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. 

18:40. And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. 

18:41. And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain. 

18:42. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees, 

18:43. And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times. 

18:44. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. 

18:45. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 

18:46. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

1Kings 19:1. And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 

19:2. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. 

19:3. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer–sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. 

19:4. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 

19:5. And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. 

19:6. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. 

19:7. And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 

19:8. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. 

19:9. And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 

19:10. And he said, I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 

19:11. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 

19:12. And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 

19:13. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? 

19:14. And he said, I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 

19:15. And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: 

19:16. And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel–meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. 

19:17. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 

19:18. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

REFLECT  The people didn’t trust God to feed them so they worshiped both the LORD and the idol Baal. Have you ever been tempted to do something like that? How can you avoid it?

That really is a hard question. I don’t know, but I think so. When I consider where I have been in my life (and I certainly wasn’t following God at that time), they were very bad choices. I’m just not going to put them here. I hope you will find grace enough for even me. 😊

APPLY Is there anything you need that’s so big it’s hard to trust God to provide it? (NO.) If so, write it on a piece of paper and next to it write; “God is big enough to do it.” Trust that.

PRAY Dear Lord, You proved Your power through Elijah. Help me to trust that You can provide anything I need. (Help me to rely on Your promises.) In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/heb.4.12.KJV

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/2co.12.9.KJV

SOLOMON’S TEMPLE

God finally gets His beautiful house and wouldn’t you know it, it’s too small for the sacrifices! Isn’t that just like humans. Always trying to fit God into a small box when He is the One who created everything?! Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank God today that he is with you every second of the day, and that nothing can change that.

READ 1 Kings 8:1‭-‬66 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.8.1-66.KJV, 1 Kings 9:1‭-‬9 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.9.1-9.KJV

1 Kings 8:1. Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.

8:2. And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

8:3. And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.

8:4. And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up.

8:5. And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude. 

8:6. And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims.

8:7. For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. 

8:8. And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.

8:9. There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

8:10. And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,

8:11. So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

8:12. Then spake Solomon, The Lord said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

8:13. I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.

8:14. And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;)

8:15. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying,

8:16. Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel.

8:17. And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

8:18. And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart.

8:19. Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name.

8:20. And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel.

8:21. And I have set there a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, which he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.

8:22. And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:

8:23. And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:

8:24. Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

8:25. Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.

8:26. And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father. 

8:27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

8:28. Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

8:29. That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. 

8:30. And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.

8:31. If any man trespass against his neighbour, and an oath be laid upon him to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house: 

8:32. Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.

8:33. When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee, and shall turn again to thee, and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee in this house:

8:34. Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy people Israel, and bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.

8:35. When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:

8:36. Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.

8:37. If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;

8:38. What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and spread forth his hands toward this house:

8:39. Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)

8:40. That they may fear thee all the days that they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

8:41. Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake;

8:42. (For they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched out arm;) when he shall come and pray toward this house; 

8:43. Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.

8:44. If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:

8:45. Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

8:46. If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

8:47.  Yet if they shall bethink themselves in the land whither they were carried captives, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captives, saying, We have sinned, and have done perversely, we have committed wickedness;

8:48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:

8:49. Then hear thou their prayer and their supplication in heaven thy dwelling place, and maintain their cause,

8:50. And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them:

8:51. For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:

8:52. That thine eyes may be open unto the supplication of thy servant, and unto the supplication of thy people Israel, to hearken unto them in all that they call for unto thee.

8:53. For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O LORD God.

8:54. And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the LORD, he arose from before the altar of the LORD, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven.

8:55. And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,

8:56. Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.

8:57. The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:

8:58. That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

8:59. And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication before the LORD, be nigh unto the LORD our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the matter shall require:

8:60. That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.

8:61. Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

8:62. And the king, and all Israel with him, offered sacrifice before the LORD.

8:63. And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.

8:64. The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD: for there he offered burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings: because the brasen altar that was before the LORD was too little to receive the burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and the fat of the peace offerings.

8:65. And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days.

8:66. On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.

1 Kings 9:1. And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do,

9:2. That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

9:3. And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

9:4. And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:

9:5. Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

9:6. But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:

9:7. Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:

9:8. And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?

9:9. And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil.

REFLECT The Temple was a special place where God’s glory was present. Do you sense God’s presence clearly when you go to church? How? What might “cloud” that sense?

That is a very good question. I sense His presence almost all the time. Now that He came to earth born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, and is raised from the dead; He lives within my heart.

When I go to Church, I am going to pay special attention to see if He is more “present.” I believe the better question would be, Is God more revered in my heart than at other times? Do I pay closer attention to Him?

Sin clouds the relationship I have with God. Period. Call it what you will. If it comes between my relationship with God, it is sin.

APPLY As you go through the day, stop frequently to remind yourself that God is with you each minute, and to sense his presence with you and enjoy it. Amen!

PRAY Pray now for a greater, clearer sense of God’s loving presence in your life each day.

KING SOLOMON

Today’s lesson, David dies and Solomon is made king. This is when he asks for understanding. What would you ask for if God asked you the same thing? Have a blessed day.

PRAY I praise You for Your great wisdom, Lord. You are a wise and good God, and You share Your wisdom with me. Help me to choose to listen to You more, Lord. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen

READ 1 Kings 2:1‭-‬46 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.2.1-46.KJV, 1 Kings 3:1‭-‬28 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1ki.3.1-28.KJV

1 Kings 2. Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, 

2:2. I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;  

2:3.  And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:  

2:4. That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.  

2:5. Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.  

2:6. Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.

2:7. But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother. 

2:8. And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. 

2:9. Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood. 

2:10. So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. 

2:11. And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 

2:12. Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly. 

2:13. And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bath–sheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably. 

2:14. He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on. 

2:15. And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother’s: for it was his from the LORD. 

2:16. And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on.  

2:17. And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife. 

2:18. And Bath–sheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king. 

2:19. Bath–sheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand. 

2:20. Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay. 

2:21. And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife. 

2:22. And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. 

2:23. Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life. 

2:24. Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day. 

2:25. And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died. 

2:26. And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the LORD God before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. 

2:27. So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. 

2:28. Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. 

2:29. And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. 

2:30. And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me. 

2:31. And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father. 

2:32. And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah. 

2:33. Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the LORD. 

2:34. So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. 

2:35. And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar. 

2:36. And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither.

2:37. For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.

2:38. And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days. 

2:39. And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath. 

2:40. And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath. 

2:41. And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again. 

2:42. And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good. 

2:43. Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the commandment that I have charged thee with? 

2:44. The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head; 

2:45. And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LORD for ever. 

2:46. So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon.

1 Kings 3:1. And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about. 

3:2. Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days. 

3:3. And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 

3:4. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. 

3:5. In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 

3:6. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 

3:7. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 

3:8. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 

3:9. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 

3:10. And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing.

3:11. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 

3:12. Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 

3:13. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. 

3:14. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. 

3:15. And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants. 

3:16. Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him. 

3:17. And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. 

3:18. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. 

3:19. And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it. 

3:20. And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. 

3:21. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear. 

3:22. And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king. 

3:23. Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living. 

3:24. And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king. 

3:25. And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.  3:26. Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. 

3:27. Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. 

3:28. And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.

REFLECT If God promised to give you anything you asked for, what would you request? Why? What are some right, and wrong, motivations for prayer?

If God were to grant me one thing, it would be to be like Jesus. In that wise, I would have wisdom, patience, love, understanding, and a constant relationship with our Father.

A good motivation for prayer would be to draw closer to God and to pray for others. For selfish gain, I do not consider that a right motivation. That doesn’t mean don’t turn to God in times of need. Not considering His Will is the wrong motivation.

APPLY Write on a piece of paper the 3–5 greatest sources of wisdom in your life. Reflect on how you can add to them or increase the wisdom you gain from current sources.

PRAY Show me, O God, how I can gain greater wisdom, not for my sake but for the sake of those around me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 KJV. #God #fearnot #strengthened #upheld #righteousness #help https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.41.10.KJV

DAVID AND BATHSHEBA

This is one of those stories that really tugs at those heart strings. It reminds us all that everyone is human and compromised with a sin nature. Be careful when you judge another not to forget this little factoid! Have a blessed day.

PRAY Dear Lord, I thank You for the wisdom and guidance in Your Word  that shows me the best way to live. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ 2 Samuel 11:1‭-‬27 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/2sa.11.1-27.KJV, 2 Samuel 12:1‭-‬25 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/2sa.12.1-25.KJV

2 Sam 11:1. And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 

11:2. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 

11:3. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath–sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 

11:4. And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 

11:5. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. 

11:6. And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. 

11:7. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. 

11:8. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. 

11:9. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. 

11:10. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? 

11:11. And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. 

11:12. And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. 

11:13. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. 

11:14. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 

11:15. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. 

11:16. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. 

11:17. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. 

11:18. Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; 

11:19. And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king, 

11:20. And if so be that the king’s wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall? 

11:21. Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 

11:22. So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for. 

11:23. And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate. 

11:24. And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king’s servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 

11:25. Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him. 

11:26. And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 

11:27. And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

2 Sam 12:1. And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 

12:2. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 

12:3. But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 

12:4. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 

12:5. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: 

12:6. And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 

12:7. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 

12:8. And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 

12:9. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 

12:10. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 

12:11. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 

12:12. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 

12:13. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 

12:14. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. 

12:15. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 

12:16. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 

12:17. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 

12:18. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 

12:19. But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 

12:20. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 

12:21. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 

12:22. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 

12:23. But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. 

12:24. And David comforted Bath–sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. 

12:25. And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.

REFLECT What do you think David did wrong and right in this story? How could he have avoided this tragedy? What valuable lessons can you learn from David?

Every time I read this story, I find myself crying, and angry, and hopeful. I lost my only child before he/she was born. How dare this world deny my child his/her humanity. I know I am not the only one who silently grieves.

David was wrong to take another man’s wife and then kill him to cover his sin. He would not have been in this predicament had he only led his kingdom in the war. What was he doing home? Idle hands are the devil’s workshop is NOT just a saying!

David had righteous anger when he listened to Nathan tell him about the one little sheep against the man with everything who didn’t want to sacrice anything of his own for the traveler. Could it be he sentenced his own son to death so God could spare David?

If only David had gone to the war as he should have, this would not have happened. We can learn from this though. When we get tired, bored, afraid, or whatever adjective you’d like to use, all we have to do is realize that what we do affects the lives of others.

Even if you believe no one cares about you, this doesn’t matter. Why not? Because God loves you and has a plan for you. You may be just the person God created a long time ago to bring another person to the loving grace of Jesus Christ. No kidding. Consider it today. God bless you.

APPLY In your interactions today, watch for temptations to do wrong and to cover it up. If necessary, tactfully confront someone else who, like David, needs it. (Amen.)

PRAY Dear Heavenly Father God, keep me honest about any wrong in my life and open to hearing from others when I’m not. Please search me and help me to repent any sin found in me right away. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV #God #love #WithAllThine #heart #Soul #strength https://bible.com/bible/1/deu.6.5.KJV

KING DAVID

Today King David is anointed, yet God does not want David to build Him a home. Not that He needs one, but it is David’s heart to do so. Deep life lessons. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord God, I pray to know You better so that I can be more and more the person You want me to be. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ 2 Samuel 5:1‭-‬25 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/2sa.5.1-25.KJV, 2 Samuel 6:1‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/2sa.6.1-23.KJV, 2 Samuel 7:1‭-‬29 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/2sa.7.1-29.KJV

2 Sam 5:1. Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 

5:2. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. 

5:3. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.

5:4. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 

5:5. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. 

5:6. And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. 

5:7. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. 

5:8. And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house. 

5:9. So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 

5:10. And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him. 

5:11. And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house. 

5:12. And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake. 

5:13. And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. 

5:14. And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammua, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, 

5:15. Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 

5:16. And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet. 

5:17. But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold. 

5:18. The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 

5:19. And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. 

5:20. And David came to Baal–perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal–perazim. 

5:21. And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them. 

5:22. And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. 

5:23. And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 

5:24. And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. 

5:25. And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gezer.

2 Sam. 6:1. Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 

6:2. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. 

6:3. And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzza and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

6:4. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.

6:5. And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

6:6. And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzza put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.

6:7. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

6:8. And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: and he called the name of the place Perez–uzzah to this day.

6:9. And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?

6:10. So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obed–edom the Gittite.

6:11. And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed–edom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obed–edom, and all his household.

6:12. And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed–edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed–edom into the city of David with gladness.

6:13. And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

6:14. And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

6:15. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

6:16. And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

6:17. And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

6:18. And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

6:19. And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

6:20. Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

6:21. And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.

6:22. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.

6:23. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

2 Sam. 7:1. And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

7:2. That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

7:3. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

7:4. And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,

7:5. Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

7:6. Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

7:7. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

7:8. Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

7:9. And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

7:10. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

7:11. And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

7:12. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

7:13. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

7:14. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

7:15. But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

7:16. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

7:17. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

7:18. Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O LORD God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?

7:19. And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O LORD God; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O LORD God?

7:20. And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, LORD God, knowest thy servant.

7:21. For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.

7:22. Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

7:23. And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?

7:24. For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.

7:25. And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.

7:26. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.

7:27. For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.

7:28. And now, O LORD God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

7:29. Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O LORD God, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

REFLECT David wanted to build a “house” for the LORD. If you could do anything for God, what would it be? What’s standing in the way of doing it?

The thing I would like to do the most is to be obedient. What is in the way, you say? Me, of course. Well, actually it is my sin nature. I have already died to sin when I accepted Christ Jesus into my heart to be born again.

I would like to obey Him as He commands in Matthew 28:19-20. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

APPLY Today, be alert to any concrete, practical things that you can do for God, whether big or little. Pray first to ask if they are appropriate and, if so, do or at least begin them.

PRAY Ask God to show you how you can best serve him, in both big and little ways, today and each day. 

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. #God #Salvation Acts 4:12 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/act.4.12.KJV

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19 KJV #God #Discipleship https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.28.19.KJV

DAVID AND SAUL

Talk about difficult relationships! This is one of those lessons that is timeless. We can learn from David here, and apply his obedience to our lives today. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Ask God to help you maintain a healthy relationship with anyone in authority over you.

READ  1 Samuel 23:7‭-‬29 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.23.7-29.KJV 1 Samuel 24:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.24.1-22.KJV

1 Sam. 23:7. And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.

23:8. And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.

23:9. And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod.

23:10. Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.

23:11. Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.

23:12. Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.

23:13. Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.

23:14. And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.

23:15. And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.

23:16. And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

23:17. And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.

23:18. And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.

23:19. Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?

23:20. Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand.

23:21. And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.

23:22. Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.

23:23. See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah.

23:24. And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.

23:25. Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David: wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.

23:26. And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to take them.

23:27. But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.

23:28. Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place Sela–hammahlekoth.

23:29. And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at En–gedi.

1 Sam 24:1. And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of En–gedi.

24:2. Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.

24:3. And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

24:4. And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.

24:5. And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.

24:6. And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.

24:7. So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

24:8. David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My Lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

24:9. And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

24:10. Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my Lord; for he is the LORD’s anointed.

24:11. Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

24:12. The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

24:13. As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

24:14. After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.

24:15. The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.

24:16. And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

24:17. And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.

24:18. And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.

24:19. For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.

24:20. And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.

24:21. Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house.

24:22. And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold.

REFLECT  Is there a coworker, supervisor or other person you find difficult to get along with? Why do you think that is so? What can you do to help make the relationship better?

Of course. It is so because there are several personalities in this world, and some are bound to rub others the wrong way. Sometimes the only thing you can do is smile and bear it. Patience is a painful but Worthy blessing.

APPLY As you go through your day relating to “difficult” people, identify any negative attitudes and actions you can and try to react with a positive, disarming attitude or action.

PRAY Lord, please give me the patience and insight I need in order to bring peace to my difficult relationships. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

DAVID AND GOLIATH

Today’s reading is when David was young and tasked with delivering food to his three older brothers who were at the battle. See what happens. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Dear Lord Jesus, may I confront any challenges this or any day trusting in Your awesome power and Your great love for me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  1 Samuel 16:1‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.16.1-23.KJV, 1 Samuel 17:1‭-‬58 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.17.1-58.KJV, 1 Samuel 18:1‭-‬16 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.18.1-16.KJV

1 Sam. 16:1. And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth–lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 

16:2. And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD. 

16:3. And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee. 

16:4. And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Beth–lehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably? 

16:5. And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice. 

16:6. And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him. 

16:7. But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 

16:8. Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 

16:9. Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this. 

16:10. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these. 

16:11. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 

16:12. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 

16:13. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 

16:14. But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. 

16:15. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. 

16:16. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 

16:17. And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 

16:18. Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth–lehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. 

16:19. Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. 

16:20. And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. 

16:21. And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. 

16:22. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. 

16:23. And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

1 Sam. 17:1.. Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Soco, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Soco and Azekah, in Ephes–dammim. 

17:2. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. 

17:3. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. 

17:4. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 

17:5. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. 

17:6. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. 

17:7. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. 

17:8. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. 

17:9. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. 

17:10. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. 

17:11. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid. 

17:12. Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Beth–lehem–judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul. 

17:13. And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. 

17:14. And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul. 

17:15. But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Beth–lehem. 

17:16. And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. 

17:17. And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; 

17:18. And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. 

17:19. Now S,aul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines. 

17:20. And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. 

17:21. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. 

17:22. And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. 

17:23. And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them. 

17:24. And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 

17:25. And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel. 

17:26. And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? 

17:27. And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him. 

17:28. And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. 

17:29. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? 

17:30. And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner. 

17:31. And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him. 

17:32. And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 

17:33. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 

17:34. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 

17:35. And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 

17:36. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 

17:37. David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 

17:38. And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 

17:39. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 

17:40. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 

17:41. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. 

17:42. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. 

17:43. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 

17:44. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. 

17:45. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 

17:46. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 

17:47. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands. 

17:48. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 

17:49. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. 

17:50. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. 

17:51. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. 

17:52. And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron. 

17:53. And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents. 

17:54. And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent. 

17:55. And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell. 

17:56. And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is. 

17:57. And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 

17:58. And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Beth–lehemite.

18:1. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 

18:2. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. 

18:3. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 

18:4. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. 

18:5. And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 

18:6. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. 

18:7. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 

18:8. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? 

18:9. And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. 

18:10. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. 

18:11. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. 

18:12. And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. 

18:13. Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 

18:14. And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. 

18:15. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. 

18:16. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

REFLECT Do you think David was really courageous or just foolhardy to fight Goliath? How can you judge when it’s right to take on such a fight? Do you face one now?

I believe David was in his right mind, trusting whole heatedly in God for the victory over Goliath. You will be able to know the difference between right and wrong by reading your Bible every day, praying every day, and maintaining a close relationship with God through obedience to His teachings.

I would have to say we are facing a man made pandemic. It is shameful so many have died at the hands of mad scientists who were told to stop the practice of trying to create a virus that does not occur in nature just to see if they could find a cure. We would not need a cure, since it is not a natural virus. This a so WRONG, and shame on everyone who has been involved. Yes, you too Doctor Fauci. Especially you.

APPLY Courage to face the “goliaths” of life come from a strong faith and the support of others. Take some concrete steps, beginning today, to strengthen both. 

PRAY Ask God for courage to face any “goliaths” in your life. Pray to be able to trust him as young David did.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/gal.2.20/51168

Our dear sister in Christ is in the hospital with chest pains and is having a hard time breathing. She has COPD. They admitted her last night to try to find the cause of the pain.

My Church and she and I would appreciate so much all prayers possible. Thank you so much prayer warriors. God bless you.

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 1 Peter 4:16 KJV #God #IAmNotAshamed https://bible.com/bible/1/1pe.4.16.KJV

KING SAUL

Today we read about the children of God rejecting Him. Are you aware that when you don’t go to church when it is possible (except for health reasons), we are rejecting Him as well? This is why the whole Bible is very important. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank God for the leaders of government (at all levels) and pray for him to give them wisdom to lead well.

READ 1 Samuel 8:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.8.1-22.KJV, 1 Samuel 9:1‭-‬27 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.9.1-27.KJV, 1 Samuel 10:1‭-‬27 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.10.1-27.KJV

1 Sam. 8:1. And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 

8:2. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer–sheba. 

8:3. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. 

8:4. Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 

8:5. And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 

8:6. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 

8:7. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 

8:8. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 

8:9. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. 

8:10. And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. 

8:11. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 

8:12. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 

8:13. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 

8:14. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 

8:15. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 

8:16. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 

8:17. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 

8:18. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. 

8:19. Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 

8:20. That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. 

8:21. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. 

8:22. And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

1 Sam. 9:1. Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power. 

9:2. And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people. 

9:3. And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. 

9:4. And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not. 

9:5. And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us. 

9:6. And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go. 

9:7. Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what have we? 

9:8. And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way. 

9:9. (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.) 

9:10. Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was. 

9:11. And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here? 

9:12. And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place: 

9:13. As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall find him. 

9:14. And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place. 

9:15. Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 

9:16. To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. 

9:17. And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people. 

9:18. Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer’s house is. 

9:19. And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart. 

9:20. And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father’s house? 

9:21. And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me? 

9:22. And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons. 

9:23. And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. 

9:24. And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day. 

9:25. And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house. 

9:26. And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. 

9:27. And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

1 Sam. 10:1. Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? 

10:2. When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel’s sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son? 

10:3. Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Beth–el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: 

10:4. And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands. 

10:5. After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: 

10:6. And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 

10:7. And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. 

10:8. And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do. 

10:9. And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. 

10:10. And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. 

10:11. And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 

10:12. And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets? 

10:13. And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. 

10:14. And Saul’s uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel. 

10:15. And Saul’s uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you. 

10:16. And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not. 

10:17. And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpah; 

10:18. And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you: 

10:19. And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands. 

10:20. And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken. 

10:21. When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found. 

10:22. Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff. 

10:23. And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. 

10:24. And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king. 

10:25. Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the Lord. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. 

10:26. And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. 

10:27. But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

REFLECT The people rejected God as their king. What role do you think religion has in national life and politics? What evidence of faith do you expect in a political leader?

I believe faith is an action verb. If it is necessary for me to stand alone, then so be it. Religion is very important in politics. You cannot claim to be a Christian and not live your life as someone who is not set apart.

I expect our leaders to be pro-life. If we are to care for the weakest of us, let’s start with life itself. I also expect them to be honest. Call me simple, but God does NOT lie. This is a topic I could go on and on about.

APPLY Write a note of encouragement today to a local or state political leader. Praise them in any way possible and assure them of your prayers for them as they lead.

I must admit that I don’t know my local politicians. I moved a few years ago. Thank you for encouraging me to be more aware and involved. 😁🙏

PRAY Dear Lord, remind me to pray for my government leaders and to support and encourage them in any way I can. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

I really appreciate this story. God’s love for us and a Mother’s love for her child are immeasurable but true. I thank God for both. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank You, God, that You speak to me in the Bible. Help me to listen and learn well today. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ 1 Samuel 1:1‭-‬28 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.1.1-28.KJV, 1 Samuel 2:1‭-‬36 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.2.1-36.KJV, 1 Samuel 3:1‭-‬21 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.3.1-21.KJV

1 Sam. 1:1. Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim–zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:

1:2. And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

1:3. And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.

1:4. And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:

1:5. But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.

1:6. And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.

1:7. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

1:8. Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

1:9. So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.

1:10. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.

1:11. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

1:12. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.

1:13. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

1:14. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.

1:15. And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.

1:16. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

1:17. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

1:18. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

1:19. And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.

1:20. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD.

1:21. And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

1:22. But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever.

1:23. And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.

1:24. And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.

1:25. And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

1:26. And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

1:27. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

1:28. Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the Lord there.

1 Sam. 2:1. And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

2:2. There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

2:3. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

2:4. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

2:5. They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.

2:6. The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

2:7. The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

2:8. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them.

2:9. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

2:10. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

2:11. And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest.

2:12. Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

2:13. And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;

2:14. And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.

2:15. Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.

2:16. And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.

2:17. Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD: for men abhorred the offering of the LORD.

2:18. But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

2:19. Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

2:20. And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home.

2:21. And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.

2:22. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

2:23. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.

2:24. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD’s people to transgress.

2:25. If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall entreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.

2:26. And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men.

2:27. And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house?

2:28. And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?

2:29. Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?

2:30. Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

2:31. Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father’s house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house.

2:32. And thou shalt see an enemy in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel: and there shall not be an old man in thine house for ever.

2:33. And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age.

2:34. And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.

2:35. And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

2:36. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests’ offices, that I may eat a piece of bread.

1 Sam. 3:1. And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

3:2. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

3:3. And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;

3:4. That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

3:5. And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

3:6. And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

3:7. Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.

3:8. And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.

3:9. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

3:10. And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

3:11. And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

3:12. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.

3:13. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

3:14. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

3:15. And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.

3:16. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.

3:17. And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

3:18. And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

3:19. And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

3:20. And all Israel from Dan even to Beer–sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.

3:21. And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

REFLECT Have you ever felt that God was speaking directly to you somehow? How could you tell? When you speak to God how do you know that he really hears you?

Yes, I believe when I get that but feeling that I’d better not do something, I believe that is the Holy Spirit trying to help me in situations.

I can tell God hears my prayers, because when I ignore it, I always get into danger or trouble. When I do listen and obey, I receive the peace of God that this world does not understand. Phil. 4:4-8.

Through prayers, sometimes He answers me before I’m done praying! Or times, it could be something so small only God would know how much it meant to me. Their are endless was God answers me, however. He is not limited!

APPLY If there’s anything deeply troubling you today, set a time to share your trouble with God in prayer as soon as you can.

PRAY Lord, I’m grateful that you hear my prayers and want to give me what is best for me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Commit thy works unto the Lord , and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.16.3.KJV #God #works #thoughts #established

THE STORY OF RUTH

This is a story of love, tragedy, and redemption. It is short but beautiful. I hope you enjoy it as I do every time I read it. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank God for the gift of love, for his love for you and the love that you share with others.

READ  Ruth 1:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rut.1.1-22.KJV, Ruth 2:1‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rut.2.1-23.KJV, Ruth 3:1‭-‬18 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rut.3.1-18.KJV, Ruth 4:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rut.4.1-22.KJV

Ruth 1:1. Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth–lehem–judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 

1:2. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth–lehem–judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there. 

1:3. And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. 

1:4. And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. 

1:5. And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband. 

1:6. Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread. 

1:7. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah. 

1:8. And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

1:9. The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

1:10. And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

1:11. And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

1:12. Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

1:13. Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.

1:14. And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

1:15. And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

1:16. And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

1:17. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

1:18. When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

1:19. So they two went until they came to Beth–lehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Beth–lehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

1:20. And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

1:21. I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

1:22. So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Beth–lehem in the beginning of barley harvest.

Ruth 2:1. And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

2:2. And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. 

2:3. And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. 

2:4. And, behold, Boaz came from Beth–lehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee. 

2:5. Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? 

2:6. And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: 

2:7. And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house. 

2:8. Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: 

2:9. Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn. 

2:10. Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? 

2:11. And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. 

2:12. The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. 

2:13. Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my LORD; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens. 

2:14. And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. 

2:15. And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 

2:16. And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. 

2:17. So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. 

2:18. And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed. 

2:19. And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man’s name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz. 

2:20. And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. 

2:21. And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest. 

2:22. And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. 

2:23. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.

Ruth 3:1. Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 

3:2. And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. 

3:3. Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. 

3:4. And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 

3:5. And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do. 

3:6. And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her. 

3:7. And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. 

3:8. And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. 

3:9. And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. 

3:10. And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. 

3:11. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman. 

3:12. And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. 

3:13. Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman’s part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning. 

3:14. And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor. 

3:15. Also he said, Bring the veil that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city. 

3:16. And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her. 

3:17. And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto thy mother in law. 

3:18. Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

Ruth 4:1. Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down. 

4:2. And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down. 

4:3. And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s: 

4:4. And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it. 

4:5. Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. 

4:6. And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it. 

4:7. Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. 

4:8. Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. 

4:9. And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi. 

4:10. Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. 

4:11. And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth–lehem: 

4:12. And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman. 

4:13. So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 

4:14. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 

4:15. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 

4:16. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 

4:17. And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. 

4:18. Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, 

4:19. And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, 

4:20. And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, 

4:21. And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, 

4:22. And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.

REFLECT Why do you think this is regarded as such a special story? What can you learn from Ruth’s story and example to help you in your life today?

This story reflects the importance of each individual in the Kingdom of God. No matter how large or small you consider your role, God sees the bigger picture.

This lesson teaches us to never give up. God can use us just as we are. He may sometimes want to prune us, so we shouldn’t grumble when He does. Notice that through Ruth we have King David. We serve an amazing God!

APPLY Think of someone who may be older, in need or overlooked. Decide what you can do to show them love and care in a practical way today. 

PRAY God, I want to be a loving, loyal and caring person like Ruth. Show me how to begin today. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Isaiah 55:1‭-‬2 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.55.1-2.KJV

Today’s reading is a profound lesson on pride and its ability to ruin lives and relationships. Highly recommended reading. Try to stay dry everyone. Here in California it is raining! Thank You Lord Jesus! Have a blessed day.

PRAY  Thank God now for the many good and rewarding relationships you share with others.

READ Judges 13:1‭-‬25 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.13.1-25.KJV, Judges 14:1‭-‬20 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.14.1-20.KJV, Judges 15:1‭-‬20 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.15.1-20.KJV, and Judges 16:1‭-‬31 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.16.1-31.KJV

Judges 13:1. And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

13:2. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not.

13:3. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.

13:4. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:

13:5. For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

13:6. Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:

13:7. But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

13:8. Then Manoah entreated the Lord, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born.

13:9. And God hearkened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again unto the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah her husband was not with her.

13:10. And the woman made haste, and ran, and shewed her husband, and said unto him, Behold, the man hath appeared unto me, that came unto me the other day.

13:11. And Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said unto him, Art thou the man that spakest unto the woman? And he said, I am.

13:12. And Manoah said, Now let thy words come to pass. How shall we order the child, and how shall we do unto him?

13:13. And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Of all that I said unto the woman let her beware.

13:14. She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.

13:15. And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee.

13:16. And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.

13:17. And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?

13:18. And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

13:19. So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the Lord: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.

13:20. For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.

13:21. But the angel of the Lord did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the Lord.

13:22. And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

13:23. But his wife said unto him, If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.

13:24.And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.

13:25. And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

Judges 14:1. And Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.

14:2. And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

14:3. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

14:4. But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord , that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

14:5. Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnah: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.

14:6. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

14:7. And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

14:8. And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.

14:9. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.

14:10. So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

14:11. And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

14:12. And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:

14:13. But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.

14:14. And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

14:15. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson’s wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father’s house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so?

14:16. And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee?

14:17. And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.

14:18. And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.

14:19. And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house.

14:20. But Samson’s wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

Judges 15:1. But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father would not suffer him to go in.

15:2. And her father said, I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion: is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.

15:3. And Samson said concerning them, Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure.

15:4. And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.

15:5. And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.

15:6. Then the Philistines said, Who hath done this? And they answered, Samson, the son in law of the Timnite, because he had taken his wife, and given her to his companion. And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.

15:7. And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.

15:8. And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.

15:9. Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.

15:10. And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.

15:11. Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.

15:12. And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

15:13. And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

15:14. And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

15:15. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.

15:16. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.

15:17. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramath–lehi.

15:18. And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?

15:19. But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof En–hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.

15:20. And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

Judges 16:1. Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.

16:2. And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, In the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him.

16:3. And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron.

16:4. And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

16:5. And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

16:6. And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.

16:7. And Samson said unto her, If they bind me with seven green withs that were never dried, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

16:8. Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green withs which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

16:9. Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known.

16:10. And Delilah said unto Samson, Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.

16:11. And he said unto her, If they bind me fast with new ropes that never were occupied, then shall I be weak, and be as another man.

16:12. Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber. And he brake them from off his arms like a thread.

16:13. And Delilah said unto Samson, Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies: tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound. And he said unto her, If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.

16:14. And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awaked out of his sleep, and went away with the pin of the beam, and with the web.

16:15. And she said unto him, How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.

16:16. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death;

16:17. That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother’s womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.

16:18. And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand.

16:19. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.

16:20. And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him.

16:21. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

16:22. Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.

16:23. Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

16:24. And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god hath delivered into our hands our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, which slew many of us.

16:25. And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. And they called for Samson out of the prison house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the pillars.

16:26. And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them.

16:27. Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport.

16:28. And Samson called unto the Lord , and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

16:29. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left.

16:30. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

16:31. Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years.

REFLECT Samson’s pride got him in big trouble. What dangers could pride pose in your relationships with others, especially with the opposite sex? How can you avoid those dangers?

Pride is an evil and dangerous sin. Sometimes it is hard to recognize when you are in the midst of it. God is merciful, though, and always provides a way to escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13). Pride blinds us from godly behavior, reason, and spiritual warfare within ourselves.

We can avoid these dangers by being willing to accept what we may consider criticism, reproof, and correction. Even before it gets to that point, we must keep our eyes focused on Jesus and others, rather than ourselves.

Especially during this pandemic, we might find ourselves getting on each other’s nerves. We have to be very careful to remember that the other person is also a child of God! I lost a friend by being a jerk, no matter if I was right or wrong. My friend is gone. Be careful. You don’t have to or want to suffer from your pride.

APPLY During the day, be alert to occasions of pride that might hurt your relationships. Make a list of any you notice and keep the list, praying for God’s help with the items on it.

PRAY Lord, help me to keep my pride in check. I want to be proud, first of all, of my relationship with You. I want to proudly proclaim You to the world! In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 139:13‭-‬14 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.139.13-14.KJV

This is a powerful message of God’s ability to save His people in a way so they cannot soon forget that it was Him, not themselves, that did so. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord, thank You that when I am afraid and unsure, You provide the assurance of Your presence with me.

READ Judges 6:1‭-‬40 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.6.1-40.KJV and Judges 7:1‭-‬25 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.7.1-25.KJV

Judges 6:1. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 

6:2. And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 

6:3. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 

6:4. And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 

6:5. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 

6:6. And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord. 

6:7. And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites, 

6:8. That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 

6:9. And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 

6:10. And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 

6:11. And there came an angel of the Lord , and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi–ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 

6:12. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 

6:13. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 

6:14. And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 

6:15. And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. 

6:16. And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. 

6:17. And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me. 

6:18. Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again. 

6:19. And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it. 

6:20. And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so. 

6:21. Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. 

6:22. And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face. 

6:23. And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 

6:24. Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovah–shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi–ezrites. 

6:25. And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: 

6:26. And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down. 

6:27. Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night. 

6:28. And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 

6:29. And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing. 

6:30. Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it. 

6:31. And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 

6:32. Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar. 

6:33. Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 

6:34. But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi–ezer was gathered after him. 

6:35. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them. 

6:36. And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 

6:37. Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 

6:38. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 

6:39. And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 

6:40. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

Judges 7:1. Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. 

7:2. And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 

7:3. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 

7:4. And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. 

7:5. So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. 

7:6. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 

7:7. And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. 

7:8. So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley. 

7:9. And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand. 

7:10. But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host: 

7:11. And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host. 

7:12. And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude. 

7:13. And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. 

7:14. And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. 

7:15. And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. 

7:16. And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. 

7:17. And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. 

7:18. When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. 

7:19. So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. 

7:20. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon. 

7:21. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. 

7:22. And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the Lord set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Beth–shittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abel–meholah, unto Tabbath. 

7:23. And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites. 

7:24. And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Beth–barah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Beth–barah and Jordan. 

7:25. And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.

REFLECT Have you ever felt the call of God to anything that seemed too much for you to handle? How did God provide the help and assurance you needed? What did you learn?

Yes, of course! God provided me with a Bible based church, godly men and women, and time to grow. I’m still working on bringing people to the Lord. This pandemic isn’t helping that much, but God still uses you and me. If we let Him!

APPLY Think of at least one thing that God might be calling you to do for which you feel inadequate. Research possible solutions on the internet. Then, make a plan carry it out.

I think I’ll pass on the internet. All I need to do is talk to my pastor. Unless, of course, this blog is helping someone. That would be totally awesome. 😁

PRAY Lord, I want to be bold and confident when I’m practicing my faith. Help me to rely on You more and more each day. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. Psalms 24:10 KJV #God #King #Glory https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.24.10.KJV

DEBORAH LEADS ISRAEL

I like today’s reading lesson. Leaders with grace. I wish we had more like that! Have a blessed day.

PRAY God, I thank You for those people who set a good example for me and others in following You. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

READ  Judges 4:1‭-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.4.1-24.KJV and Judges 5:1‭-‬31 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.5.1-31.KJV

Judges 4:1. And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead. 

4:2. And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 

4:3. And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. 

4:4. And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. 

4:5. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Beth–el in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. 

4:6. And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh–naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? 

4:7. And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand. 

4:8. And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. 

4:9. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.  And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

4:10. And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him. 

4:11. Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanannim, which is by Kedesh.

4:12. And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor. 

4:13. And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, even nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river of Kishon. 

4:14. And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. 

4:15. And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet. 

4:16. But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left. 

4:17. Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite: for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 

4:18. And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my Lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. 

4:19. And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. 

4:20. Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No.

4:21. Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

4:22. And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

4:23. So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.

4:24. And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.

Judges 5:1. Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

5:2. Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.

5:3. Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

5:4. Lord, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped, the clouds also dropped water.

5:5. The mountains melted from before the Lord, even that Sinai from before the Lord God of Israel.

5:6. In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways.

5:7. The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

5:8. They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

5:9. My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord.

5:10. Speak, ye that ride on white asses, ye that sit in judgment, and walk by the way.

5:11. They that are delivered from the noise of archers in the places of drawing water, there shall they rehearse the righteous acts of the Lord, even the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel: then shall the people of the Lord go down to the gates.

5:12. Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

5:13. Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty.

5:14. Out of Ephraim was there a root of them against Amalek; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer.

5:15. And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.

5:16. Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.

5:17. Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches.

5:18. Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field.

5:19. The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money.

5:20. They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

5:21. The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength.

5:22. Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones.

5:23. Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.

5:24. Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent.

5:25. He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a Lordly dish.

5:26. She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

5:27. At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

5:28. The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

5:29. Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself,

5:30. Have they not sped? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take the spoil?

5:31. So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.

REFLECT What “spiritual mentors” have you learned the most from? What spiritual leaders are you most thankful for? How can you pass on to others what you’ve learned? 

I have been blessed to learn from my Great Aunt Corrie, Dr. Charles Stanley, Krista Hayden Wright, Pastor John Wilkerson, Pastor Dave Delaney, Pastor Kirk Beard, Jr. Pastor Jason Pruitt, and Jr. Pastor Edward Soliven. I am thankful for each of these people.

I try to live out in my life the lessons I’ve learned. For example, I look forward to Soul Winning. I believe this is the most important thing in my life. I always feel there is something more I could have, should have, done for our Lord. I don’t want anyone to miss out on God’s eternal plan for each of us.

APPLY Think of one or two people whose leadership and example has been important to you. Thank God for them and then write, call or personally thank them soon.

PRAY God, help me to be a good leader and example to someone else, just as others have been for me. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/mat.5.7/49556

Today’s reading is a difficult lesson. The Israelis turned away from God. Has anyone done that to you? Have you done that to anyone? We are mere mortals, but He is the Perfect, Almighty, eternal, Abba Father God!

He must really love us to send His Son into this world to save us through Jesus’life, deaths, and resurrection. If you don’t know Him, feel free to ask me about Him, and we can talk. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord God, I want to know what You say is right and wise,  and then to live that way. Teach me more today. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Judges 2:6‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.2.6-23.KJV and Judges 3:1‭-‬6 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jdg.3.1-6.KJV

Judges 2:6. And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land. 

2:7. And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord, that he did for Israel. 

2:8. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being an hundred and ten years old. 

2:9. And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath–heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash. 

2:10. And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. 

2:11. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: 

2:12. And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. 

2:13. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtoreth. 

2:14. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 

2:15. Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. 

2:16. Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. 

2:17. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the Lord; but they did not so. 

2:18. And when the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. 

2:19. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way. 

2:20. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; 

2:21. I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: 

2:22. That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not. 

2:23. Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

Judges 3:1. Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 

3:2. Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof; 

3:3. Namely, five Lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal–hermon unto the entering in of Hamath.

3:4. And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the Lord, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

3:5. And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

3:6. And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

REFLECT What do you think causes people to ignore God’s ways, suffer as a result, see him help them, and then turn away from him again? Have you experienced that pattern?

I’ve experienced this several times before. Pride, fear, shame, anger, just to name a few of the emotions that, when allowed, can destroy relationships; especially the one we share with God. It’s hard to admit you are wrong, but it feels much better once you do.

APPLY What are two things you can do this day and this week to help you keep your relationship with God steady and moving forward? Begin implementing them now.

I start by praying and reading His good book, the Bible. I also post a verse of the day here along with something else I’m reading in the Bible. Usually I have a reading plan. They come in very handy.

PRAY Lord, I pray for myself and my nation that we will keep following Your ways faithfully each day.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/2co.4.18.KJV

Isaiah 55:6‭-‬7 KJV #God #seek #LORD #find #Repent #pardon https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.55.6-7.KJV

THE FALL OF JERICHO

Today we read about the walls of Jericho falling down. It is so good when we are on the same side as God! Have a blessed day.

PRAY Powerful God, I trust Your power and I want to learn to trust it more and more each day. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ Joshua 5:13‭-‬15 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jos.5.13-15.KJV and Joshua 6:1‭-‬27 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jos.6.1-27.KJV

Josh. 5:13. And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

5:14. And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?

5:15. And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

Josh. 6:1. Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

6:2. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.

6:3. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.

6:4. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

6:5. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.

6:6. And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.

6:7. And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord.

6:8. And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the Lord, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.

6:9. And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rearward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

6:10. And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

6:11. So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

6:12. And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.

6:13. And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rearward came after the ark of the Lord, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.

6:14. And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.

6:15. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.

6:16. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city.

6:17. And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

6:18. And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

6:19. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.

6:20. So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

6:21. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

6:22. But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.

6:23. And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.

6:24. And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.

6:25. And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

6:26. And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

6:27. So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

REFLECT Have you ever felt God asking you to do something seemingly impossible? What happened? How did that experience affect your faith today?

I received a settlement in 2017. I was still living in my car. God wanted me to trust Him with my decision as to where I was going to live. I did, and I couldn’t have picked a better place. He continues to bless me. He is an awesome God!

APPLY Write this down and put it where you can see it each day: “Be strong and courageous…do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9). 

PRAY Ask God for assurance of his presence and care for you no matter what challenges you may face.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord , and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.55.22.KJV

PRAY Lord, I know You are always with me and I thank You that I can have the courage to face whatever comes my way.

READ Joshua 1:1‭-‬18 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jos.1.1-18.KJV

Josh. 1:1. Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,

1:2. Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

1:3. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.

1:4. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

1:5. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

1:6. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

1:7. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

1:8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

1:9. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

1:10. Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

1:11. Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it.

1:12. And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,

1:13. Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.

1:14. Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them;

1:15. Until the Lord have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord’s servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.

1:16. And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.

1:17. According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the Lord thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.

1:18. Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

REFLECT What examples or sources of guidance do you have to rely on when you face difficult or threatening situations? How have others and God’s Word helped you in the past?

I can answer this question from experience. There have been many times in my life when it was appropriate to allow the Holy Spirit to work through me.

He protected me when I was threatened by a gang member trying to share the Word of God with another member. I made it home safe! God is always the answer.

APPLY Recall someone who has been a good example or a helpful guide in your life. Thank them today, if possible. Identify someone who you could help in a similar way.

I would like to thank Pastor John Wilkerson, Pastor Dave Delaney, Kirk Beard, Pastor Rick Patterson, Pasted Jason Pruit, Pastor Edward Soliven, Sister Noreen Hicks, Sister Becky Sielscott, and Sister Nellie (Mom). These are godly people I admire. Jesus Christ, of course, is the One I most want to be like. 🥰

PRAY Father God, I’m grateful for those who have helped me along life’s way. Help me do the same for another. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.29.11.KJV

CROSSING THE JORDAN

This is something I learned while reading the Bible. God didn’t stop at the Red Sea. He parted the Jordan River! What an amazing God we serve! Have a blessed day.

PRAY Show me more today, O Lord, about how to live in a way that pleases and honors You the most. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Joshua 3:1‭-‬17 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jos.3.1-17.KJV and Joshua 4:1‭-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jos.4.1-24.KJV

Josh. 3:1. And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 

3:2. And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; 

3:3. And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 

3:4. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore. 

3:5. And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you. 

3:6. And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. 

3:7. And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 

3:8. And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan. 

3:9. And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the Lord your God. 

3:10. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 

3:11. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 

3:12. Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 

3:13. And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap. 

3:14. And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; 

3:15. And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) 

3:16. That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zarethan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. 

3:17. And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.

Josh. 4:1. And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, 

4:2. Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, 

4:3. And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night. 

4:4. Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: 

4:5. And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 

4:6. That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? 

4:7. Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. 

4:8. And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 

4:9. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day. 

4:10. For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until every thing was finished that the Lord commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over. 

4:11. And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the Lord passed over, and the priests, in the presence of the people. 

4:12. And the children of Reuben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses spake unto them: 

4:13. About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the Lord unto battle, to the plains of Jericho. 

4:14. On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. 

4:15. And the Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, 

4:16. Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan. 

4:17. Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jordan. 

4:18. And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. 

4:19. And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. 

4:20. And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. 

4:21. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? 

4:22. Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 

4:23. For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: 

4:24. That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.

REFLECT Joshua’s men gathered stones to be a sign to future generations. What “stones” will you leave behind to testify to God’s work in and through your life? 

That is a very good question. I know I have left destruction on the path of my life, but this is my sin. I have been Soul Winning (or at least I was until this pandemic), and we sometimes don’t know the fruit of these actions. Do you have any suggestions?

APPLY Write a purpose or mission statement for your life. Include goals or “stones” that you want to leave as your spiritual legacy for your children and grandchildren.

Seeing as I have no children (except the one in Heaven), this is difficult. My daily prayers and my daily posts here will have to suffice.

PRAY  Lord, I want my life to make a difference. Show me what I can do now to leave a lasting legacy behind. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

THE GOLDEN CALF

Today we read how stiff-necked (we and) the Hebrews are when it comes to obedience and faithfulness. There are questions after the reading that I answer for my journal. You may want to do the same. Have a blessed day. ❤️

PRAY Dear God, You and You alone are the true and living God, worthy of all worship, honor and praise. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Exodus 32:1‭-‬35 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.32.1-35.KJV, Exodus 33:1‭-‬23 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.33.1-23.KJV, and Exodus 34:1‭-‬35 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.34.1-35.KJV

Ex. 32:1. And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

32:2. And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.

32:3. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.

32:4. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

32:5. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord.

32:6. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

32:7. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

32:8. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

32:9. And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

32:10. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

32:11. And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

32:12. Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

32:13. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

32:14. And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

32:15. And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

32:16. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

32:17. And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

32:18. And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

32:19. And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

32:20. And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.

32:21. And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?

32:22. And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my Lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.

32:23. For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

32:24. And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.

32:25. And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)

32:26. Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

32:27. And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

32:28. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

32:29. For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves to day to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.

32:30. And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the Lord ; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.

32:31. And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

32:32. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin―; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

32:33. And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

32:34. Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.

32:35. And the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

Ex. 33:1. And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:

33:2. And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite:

33:3. Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way.

33:4. And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned: and no man did put on him his ornaments.

33:5. For the Lord had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye are a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.

33:6. And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the mount Horeb.

33:7. And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.

33:8. And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle.

33:9. And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.

33:10. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.

33:11. And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

33:12. And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

33:13. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.

3:14. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

33:15. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

33:16. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

33:17. And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

33:18. And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.

33:19. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

33:20. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

33:21. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

33:22. And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

33:23. And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.

Ex. 34:1. And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 

34:2. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 

34:3. And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount. 

34:4. And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone. 

34:5. And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. 

34:6. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 

34:7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 

34:8. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. 

34:9. And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance. 

34:10. And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee. 

34:11. Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 

34:12. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: 

34:13. But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: 

34:14. For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: 

34:15. Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; 

34:16. And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. 

34:17. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. 

34:18. The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt. 

34:19. All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. 

34:20. But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty. 

34:21. Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest. 

34:22. And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end. 

34:23. Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. 

34:24. For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the Lord thy God thrice in the year. 

34:25. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. 

34:26. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. 

34:27. And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. 

34:28. And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. 

34:29. And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. 

34:30. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. 

34:31. And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. 

34:32. And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him in mount Sinai. 

34:33. And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face. 

34:34. But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded. 

34:35. And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the veil upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

REFLECT What are some of the “things” that people you know make into “idols”? Why do you think they do that? What “idols” or false gods are most tempting to you? 

Some of today’s idols are money, jewels, power, famous athletic people, musicians, computer games, cars, collections, etc. Essentially, anything  that diverts your attention away from doing the will of God.

Most of these things by themselves are not “idols” or even wrong to enjoy. It is how we respond to them. Speaking for myself, I became addicted to computer games. Now I seldom turn on my computer. (I write for my blog on my tablet or phone.)

Why are “idols” so tempting, and why do we allow them into our lives? This is easy. Satan uses half truths to entice God’s children. Sin is fun for a moment, then comes the guilt and shame.

Just as Adam and Eve tried to hide from God when their eyes were opened after sinnning, we feel convicted in our hearts. We want to hide. Unfortunately, there are more  convicted Christians in the world than there is in church. People like to be around others for approval. It is not the only answer!

Oh! for the wonderful love He has promised, Promised for you and for me! Tho’ we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon. Pardon for you and for me.

Come home, come home. Ye who are weary, come home.
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling. Calling, “O sinner, come home!”

Lyrics to Softly and Tenderly stance 4.

APPLY As you go through the day, be alert to and name the “idols” that people are worshiping. Be especially alert for those that tempt you.

This is difficult to do in a pandemic, but I shall do my best. 😊

PRAY Dear Lord Jesus, keep my heart and mind focused on You so that I never fall prey to the lure of false gods. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/mat.5.14/424

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Today we read about the Ten Commandments. After the reading, there are some questions to consider. I have given my answers to give you an idea where or how to start in your own journal. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord, thank You for giving us the wisdom for fruitful living that is contained in Your laws.

READ  Exodus 19:1‭-‬25 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.19.1-25.KJV and Exodus 20:1‭-‬21 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.20.1-21.KJV

Ex. 19:1. In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. 

19:2. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. 

19:3. And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 

19:4. Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. 

19:5. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 

19:6. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 

19:7. And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the Lord commanded him. 

19:8. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord. 

19:9. And the Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the Lord. 

19:10. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, 

19:11. And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 

19:12. And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: 

19:13. There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. 

19:14. And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 

19:15. And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. 

19:16. And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 

19:17. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 

19:18. And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 

19:19. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. 

19:20. And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up. 

19:21. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish. 

19:22. And let the priests also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them. 

19:23. And Moses said unto the Lord, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. 

19:24. And the Lord said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the Lord, lest he break forth upon them. 

19:25. So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them.

Ex. 20:1. And God spake all these words, saying, 

20:2. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 

20:3. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 

20:4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 

20:5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 

20:6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. 

20:7. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. 

20:8. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 

20:9. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 

20:10. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 

20:11. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. 

20:12. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. 

20:13. Thou shalt not kill. 

20:14. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 

20:15. Thou shalt not steal. 

20:16. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. 

20:17. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. 

20:18. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 

20:19. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 

20:20. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. 

20:21. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

REFLECT Some people consider the Ten Commandments outdated today. What use can they have in a modern, diverse society such as ours? Which ones are most needed today?

Without question these are in desperate need even today. We need to obey God, and we need to love our neighbors as ourselves. These are the greatest commandments.

22:36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38. This is the first and great commandment. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 40. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:36-40.

APPLY Reread the Ten Commandments each day this week and decide how well you are able to live by each one. Pray for help to observe any that you find difficult to obey.

This is a great idea! How do I know what to work on if I don’t know it’s a problem?

PRAY Pray that God’s wise laws for living will gain greater acceptance throughout our country. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

Today’s reading includes Pharaoh finally letting the Hebrews go to serve their God. It was quite the Exodus! I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be there, and I am grateful I wasn’t. I am so thankful to be saved by Christ Jesus! Have a blessed day.

PRAY My God, I trust my day to You today. You are the One who I know I can count on no matter what happens. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Exodus 13:17‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.13.17-22.KJV and Exodus 14:1‭-‬31 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.14.1-31.KJV

Ex. 13:17. And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 

13:18. But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. 

13:19. And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you. 

13:20. And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. 

13:21. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 

13:22. He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

14:1. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 

14:2. Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi–hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal–zephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. 

14:3. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. 

14:4.  And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so.

14:5. And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 

14:6. And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 

14:7. And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. 

14:8. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. 

14:9. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi–hahiroth, before Baal–zephon. 

14:10. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord. 

14:11. And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 

14:12. Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 

14:13. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 

14:14. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

14:15. And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 

14:16. But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 

14:17. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 

14:18. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 

14:19. And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 

14:20. And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 

14:21. And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 

14:22. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 

14:23. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 

14:24. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 

14:25. And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians. 

14:26. And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 

14:27. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 

14:28. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 

14:29. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 

14:30. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. 

14:31. And Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses.

REFLECT Have you ever had a time when, like the Israelites, you had to rely totally on God? What did you learn? How did that time affect your relationship with God?

Yes. On July 3, 2012, I could no longer pay rent, utilities, cable, credit cards, feed three cats and eat. I moved into my car for the next five years, eight months, and twenty-eight days; but who’s counting.

Sometimes I did feel frightened, helpless, and ashamed; but God was always with me. I learned how meaningless “stuff” is. The poor steal from the poor. It was awful.

I started going back to church. I had to sacrifice food for the word of God, and it was worth it! He blessed me with His peace which this world does not understand. Thank You Lord Jesus! ❤️

That experience taught me many things. I read my Bible every day to draw near to God. His promises are true. Just because we don’t like the answer, does not mean He didn’t answer the question!

I truly believe that, but for this experience, and people God put in my path, that my life would have ended up in a very dark place. Again, thank You Abba Father God. You are worthy to be praised!

APPLY What are the situations in your life where your only hope is for God to act on your behalf?  Write a helpful Bible verse on paper and carry it with you to remind you of God’s care.

Living life. I want to include God in every decision, every spoken word that proceeds out of my mouth or put to paper or print, and to be kind.

Romans 12:2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.

Hebrews 13:5. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

PRAY Ask God to equip you with courage to trust him in tough times and simply follow as He leads.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:18 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.6.18.KJV

PASSOVER AND EXODUS

PRAY Lord, my life is a journey with You, and I am thankful to be on it.  Guide me in this journey today. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen. 

READ  Exodus 12:1‭-‬42 KJV
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Ex. 12:1. And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 

12:2. This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 

12:3. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 

12:4. And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 

12:5. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 

12:6. And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 

12:7. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 

12:8. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 

12:9. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 

12:10. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 

12:11. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. 

12:12. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 

12:13. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 

12:14. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 

12:15. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 

12:16. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. 

12:17. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 

12:18. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 

12:19. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. 

12:20. Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread. 

12:21. Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 

12:22. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 

12:23. For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 

12:24. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 

12:25. And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. 

12:26. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 

12:27. That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 

12:28. And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 

12:29. And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 

12:30. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 

12:31. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said. 

12:32. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. 

12:33. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. 

12:34. And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 

12:35. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 

12:36. And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. 

12:37. And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 

12:38. And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. 

12:39. And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual. 

12:40. Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. 

12:41. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. 

12:42. It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

REFLECT The Passover and Exodus are central biblical events. Why do you think they are still memorable today? What meaning do they have in your daily life, and for others you know?

These events are memorable still today because they set the direction of history ever since. It is also important to note that God is fulfilling His promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

In today’s life, it is very reassuring to know that God will always keep His promises made in the Bible. No matter what. He is a true friend.

APPLY The next time you receive Communion, recall that Jesus’ “last supper” was a Passover meal. Then reflect on how his death accomplished a great deliverance for you.

Praise God! If it were not for Jesus Christ, I would still be an alcoholic and a lost sinner with no hope and no purpose for my life. He rescued me over 31 years ago, and I thank Him every day.

PRAY Lord, I am grateful that Jesus has made it possible for me to be freed from slavery to sin. Thank You for Your great sacrifice in order for me to live free and serve You. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/gal.6.9.KJV

THE TEN PLAGUES

Today we read about Moses and Pharaoh going back forth. God tells Moses what to say, and Pharaoh continuously hardens his heart.

Here is where I like to take a minute to explain something. When God hardens anyone’s heart, it is because He already knows the outcome of every situation if we go this way or that way. Lavish? 😊 Have a blessed day.

PRAY God, You are a holy God who is right and good in all You do. I give You my worship and all honor. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Exodus 6:28—11:10

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Ex. 6:28. And it came to pass on the day when the Lord spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,

6:29. That the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, I am the Lord : speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.

6:30. And Moses said before the Lord , Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?

Ex. 7:1. And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 

7:2. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land. 

7:3. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 

7.4. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. 

7:5. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. 

7:6. And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded them, so did they. 

7:7. And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh. 

7:8. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 

7:9. When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. 

7:10. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 

7:11. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 

7:12. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. 

7:13. And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said. 

7:14. And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. 

7:15. Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. 

7:16. And thou shalt say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 

7:17. Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 

7:18. And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river. 

7:19. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. 

7:20. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the Lord commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 

7:21. And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 

7:22. And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the Lord had said. 

7:23. And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also. 

7:24. And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.

7:25. And seven days were fulfilled, after that the Lord had smitten the river.

Ex. 8:1. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 

8:2. And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: 

8:3. And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: 

8:4. And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants. 

8:5. And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. 

8:6. And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. 

8:7. And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt. 

8:8. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Entreat the Lord, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the Lord. 

8:9. And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? 

8:10. And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the Lord our God. 

8:11. And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only. 

8:12. And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the Lord because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh. 

8:13. And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields. 

8:14. And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank. 

8:15. But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said. 

8:16. And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 

8:17. And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 

8:18. And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast. 

8:19. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said. 

8:20. And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 

8:21. Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are. 

8:22. And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth. 

8:23. And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be. 

8:24. And the Lord did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies. 

8:25. And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land. 

8:26. And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us? 

8:27. We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us. 

8:28. And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: entreat for me. 

8:29. And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will entreat the Lord that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the Lord. 

8:30. And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the Lord. 

8:31. And the Lord did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one. 

8:32. And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.

Ex. 9:1. Then the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 

9:2. For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 

9:3. Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain. 

9:4. And the Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. 

9:5. And the Lord appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the Lord shall do this thing in the land. 

9:6. And the Lord did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 

9:7. And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go. 

9:8. And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 

9:9. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt. 

9:10. And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. 

9:11. And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. 

9:12. And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had spoken unto Moses. 

9:13. And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 

9:14. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. 

9:15. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. 

9:16. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. 

9:17. As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? 

9:18. Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 

9:19. Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. 

9:20. He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 

9:21. And he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his servants and his cattle in the field. 

9:22. And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt. 

9:23. And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt. 

9:24. So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 

9:25. And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. 

9:26. Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. 

9:27. And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 

9:28. Entreat the Lord (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer. 

9:29. And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the Lord; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the Lord’s. 

9:30. But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the Lord God. 

9:31. And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled. 

9:32. But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up. 

9:33. And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the Lord: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 

9:34. And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants. 

9:35. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the Lord had spoken by Moses.

Ex. 10:1. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: 

10:2. And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord. 

10:3. And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me. 

10:4. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: 

10:5. And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: 

10:6. And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh. 

10:7. And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed? 

10:8. And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the Lord your God: but who are they that shall go? 

10:9. And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the Lord . 

10:10. And he said unto them, Let the Lord be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you. 

10:11. Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the Lord ; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. 

10:12. And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left. 

10:13. And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 

10:14. And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. 

10:15. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt. 

10:16. Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the Lord your God, and against you. 

10:17. Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and entreat the Lord your God, that he may take away from me this death only. 

10:18. And he went out from Pharaoh, and entreated the Lord. 

10:19. And the Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt. 

10:20. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go. 

10:21. And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 

10:22. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 

10:23. They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. 

10:24. And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you. 

10:25. And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God. 

10:26. Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come thither. 

10:27. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. 

10:28. And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die. 

10:29. And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.

Ex. 11:1. And the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. 

11:2. Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold. 

11:3. And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people. 

11:4. And Moses said, Thus saith the Lord, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 

11:5. And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 

11:6. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. 

11:7. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. 

11:8. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger. 

11:9. And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 

11:10. And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

REFLECT God judged Egypt harshly with the plagues. Do you think God still judges nations today? If so, what are some reasons for that judgment and some examples of it?

Yes, I believe God is very involved in individuals and nations. He loves when we are obedient, and He corrects us to keep us on the right path. He also judges our outright disobedience.

When I do not tithe, I have difficulties with finances. When I do tithe (this is not a guarantee, just an example), my bills seem easier to pay.

When I don’t pray and read my Bible, I am off my game for the whole day. Everything I touch seems to go wrong. It could be my guilty conscience (the Holy Spirit) trying to get me back on course. When I finally pick up my Bible, I have a flood of emotions; peace, frustration with myself, and relief, overcoming me.

APPLY Whenever you read or hear the news today, pray and ask God to lead your nation in ways that will avoid his judgment. Pray also for your nation’s leaders.

My Church, Crossroads Baptist Church, prays for our country’s leaders no matter what, as long as they do not demand we disobey God Himself. I like 2 Chronicles 7:14.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

PRAY Lord, You are an upright and fair judge. May our people live so that You won’t judge us as You did Egypt. But whatever may occur, let Thy will be done. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Ame.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 KJV #God #blessed #peacemakers #ChildrenOfGod https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/mat.5.9/68512

THE BURNING BUSH

Today we read about Moses being called by God to lead His people, Israel, out of Egypt and into a land filled with milk and honey.

I have put in writing my answers to the questions. They are not the only answers! They are just a help to give you an idea on how to start.

I know for some people (including me) it is difficult to start. Do not worry. Once you put that pen/pencil/crayon to the paper, the flood of words is sure to follow eventually. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord, I want to see You more clearly, love You more dearly and follow You more nearly today and each day. In Jesus’precious name I pray. Amen.

READ Exodus 3:1—4:17

Exodus 3:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.3.1-22.KJV and Exodus 4:1‭-‬17 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.4.1-17.KJV

Ex. 3:1. Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

3:2. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

3:3. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

3:4. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

3:5. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

3:6. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

3:7. And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

3:8. And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

3:9. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

3:10. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

3:11. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

3:12. And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

3:13. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

3:14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

3:15. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

3:16. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:

3:17. And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

3:18. And they shall hearken to thy voice: and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him, The Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us: and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.

3:19. And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand.

3:20. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go.

3:21. And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:

3:22. But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.

Ex. 4:1. And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

4:2. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

4:3. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

4:4. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

4:5. That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

4:6. And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

4:7. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

4:8. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

4:9. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

4:10. And Moses said unto the Lord , O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

4:11. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord ?

4:12. Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

4:13. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

4:14. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

4:15. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

4:16. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

4:17. And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

REFLECT What are the most significant ways you “meet” with God? What means does God use most often to get your attention? How can one best prepare to meet with God?

This may sound terrible, but I can count on God when I am in a crisis. It is sad that for the most part, we have a tendency to put God on a shelf until we need Him. This is NOT a relationship!

Until I started digging into my Bible and attending church faithfully, I didn’t really have a relationship with God.

Now that I have a relationship with God through the blood of His precious One and Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, all He has to do is put a thought in my head. Then I test that thought against the Scriptures to make sure it isn’t me thinking it or or a bad spirit trying to lead me astray.

The best way I prepare to meet with God is get everything I am going to need for a while so I don’t have to get up. Then I pray and call upon God to join me and lead me as I read His word. I also have conversations with Him all the day long. It is so comforting.

APPLY Allow some additional time today, or this week, to meet with God alone. Plan any special ways you will prepare yourself for this meeting. 

In the morning I have a routine of praying and then reading the Bible. I also read my Bible throughout the day.

PRAY Lord, tune my heart and mind to the frequency of Your Spirit so that we can meet and have real fellowship. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/1pe.5.10/68496

BIRTH OF MOSES

Today’s reading lesson covers Exodus 1-2, the birth of Moses. I have decided to write my journal on my blog. Maybe it will give someone ideas. Have a blessed day.

PRAY When you pray, ask God to meet you in his Word and to speak to you as you read it now. Please Holy Spirit, open my eyes and ears so I may understand and draw even nearer to You. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

READ  Exodus 1–2

These are the two chapters we will read today. Exodus 1:1‭-‬22 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.1.1-22.KJV and Exodus 2:1‭-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.2.1-25.KJV

Ex. 1:1. Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.

1:2. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,

1:3. Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,

1:4. Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

1:5. And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.

1:6. And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.

1:7. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

1:8. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.

1:9. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

1:10. Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.

1:11. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Rameses.

1:12. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

1:13. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:

1:14. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

1:15. And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:

1:16. And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.

1:17. But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.

1:18. And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?

1:19. And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.

1:20. Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.

1:21. And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

1:22. And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

Ex. 2:1. And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

2:2. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

2:3. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

2:4. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

2:5. And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

2:6. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.

2:7. Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

2:8. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.

2:9. And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

2:10. And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

2:11. And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

2:12. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

2:13. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?

2:14. And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.

2:15. Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

2:16. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.

2:17. And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.

2:18. And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?

2:19. And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock.

2:20. And he said unto his daughters, And where is he? why is it that ye have left the man? call him, that he may eat bread.

2:21. And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.

2:22. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

2:23. And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

2:24. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

REFLECT God protected Moses at his birth and as he grew. How has God been active in caring for you through your life? Why do you suppose God has done this?

When I was born, I was born with the cord wrapped around my neck. I was also born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. Half of those children are mentally retarded. I am thankfully not one of them.

God has been a present help for most of my life. I was born into a Christian family, but I did turn my back on God because anger and confusion. God, however, did not forsake me, and He made it possible for me to find my way back home.

I suppose God did this (and allowed other things to happen) so I could grow into the woman God needed me to be for Him to use me in His kingdom building.

APPLY Begin a journal to record the ways that God is providing, caring and preparing you for the work to which he has called or is calling you.

I will be at this new church for three years this March. Since I have moved here, God has opened many doors. I have completed the Discipleship program, participated in Vacation Bible School (VBS), Bible studies, and last year I read my Bible over and over. I had the time, right? 😊 I enjoy drawing closer to our Lord and Saviour.

PRAY Lord, I’m grateful for the many ways You have protected and prepared me for life. Help me live it faithfully. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jer.29.13.KJV

Today is one of my favorite stories. Would you like me to put my questions and answers in these lessons? Have a blessed day.

PRAY God, I want to know You and know more about You. Draw me closer to You today, I pray.

READ  Genesis 45:1—46:7

These are the links to the chapters below. You will be able to adjust the size of the print if necessary. Genesis 45:1‭-‬28 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gen.45.1-27.KJV Genesis 46:1‭-‬7 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gen.46.1-6.KJV

Gen. 45:1. Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.

45:2. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.

45:3. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.

45:4. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

45:5. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

45:6. For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.

45:7. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

45:8. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and Lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

45:9. Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me Lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:

45:10. And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:

45:11. And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

45:12. And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

45:13. And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

45:14. And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck.

45:15. Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

45:16. And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, Joseph’s brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.

45:17. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;

45:18. And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

45:19. Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.

45:20. Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.

45:21. And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.

45:22. To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.

45:23. And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.

45:24. So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

45:25. And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,

45:26. And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not.

45:27. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:

45:28. And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

Gen 46:1. And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer–sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.

46:2. And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.

46:3. And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

46:4. I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

46:5. And Jacob rose up from Beer–sheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.

46:6. And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:

46:7. His sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.

REFLECT Can you look back on troubles and disappointments of the past and see how God has used them for good in some way? What difference will that make in the future?

APPLY Be prepared to deal with any challenge, frustration or problem today by first repeating to yourself: “God can use this for good—for me or for someone else.”

PRAY Lord, I trust Your loving care and good purposes for me in spite of whatever problems I may face today.

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/pro.16.9/542

THE BROTHERS RETURN

Here is today’s Bible reading lesson. Things are beginning to look impossible. Do you have your notebook? There are some good questions following the reading. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord, my life is a journey with You and I’m thankful to be on it. Guide me in that journey today, I pray.

READ  Genesis 43–44

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Gen. 43:1. And the famine was sore in the land. 

43:2. And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. 

43:3. And Judah spake unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 

43:4. If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down and buy thee food: 

43:5. But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 

43:6. And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? 

43:7. And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down? 

43:8. And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. 

43:9. I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: 

43:10. For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time. 

43:11. And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: 

43:12. And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: 

43:13. Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 

43:14. And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. 

43:15. And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 

43:16. And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon. 

43:17. And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph’s house. 

43:18. And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses. 

43:19. And they came near to the steward of Joseph’s house, and they communed with him at the door of the house, 

43:20. And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food: 

43:21. And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand. 

43:22. And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks. 

43:23. And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them. 

43:24. And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender. 

43:25. And they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there. 

43:26. And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth. 

43:27. And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive? 

43:28. And they answered, Thy servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance. 

43:29. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. 

43:30. And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 

43:31. And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. 

43:32. And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians. 

43:33. And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another. 

43:34. And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

Gen. 44:1. And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth. 

44:2. And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 

44:3. As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 

44:4. And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? 

44:5. Is not this it in which my Lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing. 

44:6. And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. 

44:7. And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my Lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing: 

44:8. Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy Lord’s house silver or gold? 

44:9. With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my Lord’s bondmen. 

44:10. And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless. 

44:11. Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 

44:12. And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 

44:13. Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. 

44:14. And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. 

44:15. And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine? 

44:16. And Judah said, What shall we say unto my Lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my Lord’s servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found. 

44:17. And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father. 

44:18. Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my Lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my Lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh. 

44:19. My Lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother? 

44:20. And we said unto my Lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him. 

44:21. And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. 

44:22. And we said unto my Lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die. 

44:23. And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. 

44:24. And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my Lord. 

44:25. And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food. 

44:26. And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us. 

44:27. And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons: 

44:28. And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since: 

44:29. And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. 

44:30. Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life; 

44:31. It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave. 

44:32. For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever. 

44:33. Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my Lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 

44:34. For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.

REFLECT Joseph’s brothers had begun to change. What helps family members grow and change beyond past mistakes and sins? Have you been able to do so? What helped you?

APPLY Make a note of 2–3 ways you have grown and matured in your family relationships. Next, list 2–3 ways you want to continue to grow and mature.

PRAY My God, You know where I need Your help to grow and mature. I want to love and support my family even more.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/php.4.7.KJV

Today’s reading reveals to Joseph his brothers, but they do not recognize him. Grab your pen and paper and dig in. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord God, I thank You that you know me inside out and all that I think and feel—and still love me so much.

READ  Genesis 42

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Gen. 42:1. Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?

42:2. And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.

42:3. And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.

42:4. But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him.

42:5. And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

42:6. And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.

42:7. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.

42:8. And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.

42:9. And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

42:10. And they said unto him, Nay, my Lord, but to buy food are thy servants come.

42:11. We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies.

42:12. And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.

42:13. And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.

42:14. And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:

42:15. Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither.

42:16. Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies.

42:17. And he put them all together into ward three days.

42:18. And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

42:19. If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:

42:20. But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.

42:21. And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

42:22. And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

42:23. And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.

42:24. And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.

42:25. Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.

42:26. And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.

42:27. And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack’s mouth.

42:28. And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?

42:29. And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,

42:30. The man, who is the Lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.

42:31. And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:

42:32. We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.

42:33. And the man, the Lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:

42:34. And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.

42:35. And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

42:36. And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.

42:37. And Reuben spake unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again.

42:38. And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

REFLECT Joseph was harsh and distant in dealing with his brothers. Is that kind of behavior ever justified within families? Can that behavior ever be loving and constructive?

APPLY Make the effort today to tell someone close to you, perhaps in your family, how much they mean to you. Make a loving gesture to demonstrate your feelings.

PRAY Pray for your siblings and other close relatives today. Pray for a greater love for them and ways to show it.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.5.10.KJV #God #persecution #Righteousness #Kingdom #Heaven

PRISON AND PROMOTION

Here is today’s reading lesson. Don’t forget your notebook. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Ask God to share wisdom from his Word with you as you read this next passage about Joseph.

READ Genesis 39–41

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Gen. 39:1. And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, which had brought him down thither.

39:2. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

39:3. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

39:4. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.

39:5. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

39:6. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

39:7. And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

39:8. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

39:9. There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

39:10. And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

39:11. And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

39:12. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

39:13. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,

39:14. That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:

39:15. And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.

39:16. And she laid up his garment by her, until his Lord came home.

39:17. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:

39:18. And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.

39:19. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.

39:20. And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

39:21. But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

39:22. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.

39:23. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.

Gen. 40:1. And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their Lord the king of Egypt.

40:2. And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

40:3. And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

40:4. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

40:5. And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.

40:6. And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

40:7. And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his Lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

48:8. And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

40:9. And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

40:10. And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

40:11. And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

40:12. And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

40:13. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

40:14. But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

40:15. For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

40:16. When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

40:17. And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

40:18. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

40:19. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

40:20. And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

40:21. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:

40:22. But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

40:23. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Gen. 41:1. And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.

41:2. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.

41:3. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.

41:4. And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

41:5. And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.

41:6. And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.

41:7. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

41:8. And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

41:9. Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:

41:10. Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker:

41:11. And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.

41:12. And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.

41:13. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

41:14. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

41:15. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.

41:16. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

41:17. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river:

41:18. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:

41:19. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:

41:20. And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine:

41:21. And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.

41:22. And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:

41:23. And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them:

41:24. And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.

41:25. And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

41:26. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

41:27. And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.

41:28. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.

41:29. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt:

41:30. And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;

41:31. And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

41:32. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

41:33. Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.

41:34. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.

41:35. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.

41:36. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

41:37. And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

41:38. And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?

41:39. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:

41:40. Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

41:41. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

41:42. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;

41:43. And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

41:44. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

41:45. And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath–paneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti–phera priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

41:46. And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

41:47. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.

41:48. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.

41:49. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

41:50. And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Poti–phera priest of On bare unto him.

41:51. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

41:52. And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

41:53. And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.

41:54. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

41:55. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.

41:56. And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.

41:57. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

REFLECT How can a person deal with situations where they may be severely tempted or mistreated (as Joseph was)? How can one continue to trust God in such situations? Have you?

APPLY Make a plan to deal with the next time you are treated unfairly by someone. Decide how you will react, especially if you may be facing such a situation soon.

PRAY Lord God, I want to have the strength and maturity of Joseph the next time I’m tempted or mistreated.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/jas.1.5/68509

SOLD INTO SLAVERY

Today’s reading is Genesis 37. This is when Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and made up a story to tell their father. I recommend, if you want to go through the full 100 days of this reading plan, that you get a notebook and answer some of these questions. Have a blessed day.

PRAY   God, I’m thankful today for all those whom I love and who love me. I pray Your blessing on them.

READ  Genesis 37

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Gen. 37:1. And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 

2. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. 

3. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. 

4. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. 

5. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 

6. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 

7. For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 

8. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. 

9. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 

10. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? 

11. And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. 

12. And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 

13. And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. 

14. And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. 

15. And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? 

16. And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks. 

17. And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. 

18. And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 

19. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 

20. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. 

21. And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. 

22. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. 

23. And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; 

24. And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 

25. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. 

26. And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 

27. Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. 

28. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt. 

29. And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. 

30. And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go? 

31. And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; 

32. And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no. 

33. And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces. 

34. And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 

35. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him. 

36. And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.

REFLECT What are some of the problems you see in Joseph’s family? How could they have been avoided? How have you dealt with any problems or conflicts in your family?

APPLY Take time during the day to record your major dreams for you and your family. Then, share some with your family and pray together that God will bless them.

PRAY Lord, may my dreams be ones that please You and create only harmony and blessing in my family.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35 KJV #God #VerseOfTheDay #love #Disciples https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.13.35.KJV

Today’s reading is Genesis 32-33. You will find all you need below. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Teach me from this passage, Lord, and give me a teachable spirit whenever I read the Bible.

READ  Genesis 32–33

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Gen. 32:1. And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

2. And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

3. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

4. And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak unto my Lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:

5. And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my Lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.

6. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

7. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands;

8. And said, If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

9. And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:

10. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

11. Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.

12. And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

13. And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;

14. Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,

15. Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.

16. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.

17. And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee?

18. Then thou shalt say, They be thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my Lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.

19. And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him.

20. And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.

21. So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.

22. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

23. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

24. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

29. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

30. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

31. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

32. Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.

Gen. 33:1. And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

2. And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.

3. And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

4. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

5. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with thee? And he said, The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.

6. Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

7. And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.

8. And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my Lord.

9. And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

10. And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

11. Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

12. And he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

13. And he said unto him, My Lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

14. Let my Lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my Lord unto Seir.

15. And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my Lord.

16. So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.

17. And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.

18. And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan–aram; and pitched his tent before the city.

19. And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for an hundred pieces of money.

20. And he erected there an altar, and called it El–elohe–Israel.

REFLECT What was the key to the reconciliation of these two brothers? What do you think is the most vital element in healing strained family relationships? Why?

APPLY If you have any strained relationships in your family, prayerfully approach the person(s) involved to attempt a reconciliation as soon as possible.

PRAY Lord, I want to be reconciled and a reconciler within my family and all my relationships. 

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24‭-‬25 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/heb.10.24-25.KJV

Today is the ninth day of this reading plan. You will find everything you need to apply this to your life today. God bless your journey.

PRAY Thank God for your family and close friends. Ask God to help you keep those relationships strong and healthy.

READ  Genesis 27–28

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Gen. 27:1. And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

2. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

3. Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

4. And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

5. And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

6. And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

7. Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death.

8. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

9. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

10. And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

11. And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

12. My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

13. And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

14. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.

15. And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

16. And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

17. And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18. And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

19. And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

20. And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to me.

21. And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.

22. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

23. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.

24. And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

25. And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.

26. And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

27. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed:

28. Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

29. Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be Lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

30. And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

31. And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.

32. And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

33. And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

34. And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.

35. And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

36. And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

37. And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy Lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

38. And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

39. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

40. And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

41. And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

42. And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

43. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

44. And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;

45. Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?

46. And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me.

Gen. 28:1. And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

2. Arise, go to Paddan–aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.

3. And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;

4. And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.

5. And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Paddan–aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

6. When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Paddan–aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;

7. And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Paddan–aram;

8. And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

9. Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife.

10. And Jacob went out from Beer–sheba, and went toward Haran.

11. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

13. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14. And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

15. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

16. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

17. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19. And he called the name of that place Beth–el: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21. So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:

22. And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

REFLECT How has your family made you the person you are today? What have you learned about making and maintaining good family relationships? What must healthy families avoid?

APPLY Ask yourself, “What can I do to strengthen my family relationships?”. Do at least one such thing today and plan to do at least one more in the next few days.

PRAY Ask God to bless your family with a growing closeness and harmony. Ask him to let you be a part of that.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/psa.46.1/68524

Today’s reading is Genesis 21-22. This is Isaac’s birth and God testing Abraham. Put yourself in Abraham’s shoes for a minute. Would you have been successful in God’s eyes 👀? Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord, sometimes Your word is hard to understand but please help me because I really want to.

READ  Genesis 21:1—22:19

21:1. And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

2. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

3. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

4. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.

5. And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.

6. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.

7. And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.

8. And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

9. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

10. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

11. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

12. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

13. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

14. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer–sheba.

15. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

16. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

17. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

18. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

19. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

20. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

21. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

22. And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:

23. Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

24. And Abraham said, I will swear.

25. And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.

26. And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

27. And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.

28. And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

29. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

30. And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

31. Wherefore he called that place Beer–sheba; because there they sware both of them.

32. Thus they made a covenant at Beer–sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

33. And Abraham planted a grove in Beer–sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord , the everlasting God.
Genesis 21:1‭-‬33 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gen.21.1-33.KJV

22:1. And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8. And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

13. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah–jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

15. And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

16. And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord , for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17. That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

18. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

19. So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer–sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer–sheba.
Genesis 22:1‭-‬19 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gen.22.1-19.KJV

REFLECT Sacrificing Isaac was a big test for Abraham. Has God ever tested you? What was the result?  Why do you think God tests people? What does it accomplish?

APPLY Think of one challenge you face today that provides an opportunity to exercise your faith. Then, decide that challenge will be a “spiritual opportunity” for you.  

PRAY Good Lord, I pray that You’ll help my faith to grow a little bit stronger each day. 

Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 2 Samuel 7:22 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/2sa.7.22.KJV

Today is the seventh day of this new reading plan. I incorporated the verses into the blog for those who do not have a Bible nearby. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank God for his many promises to you and that you can count on him to keep them all. 

READ Genesis 15

1. After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

2. And Abram said, Lord God , what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

3. And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

4. And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

5. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

6. And he believed in the Lord ; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7. And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give thee this land to inherit it.

8. And he said, Lord God , whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

9. And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

10. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

11. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

12. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

13. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

14. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

16. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

18. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

19. The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

20. And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

21. And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Genesis 15:1‭-‬21 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gen.15.1-21.KJV

REFLECT Because Abram was childless, it seemed impossible for God to keep his promise. What obstacles seem to prevent God from keeping his promises to you? 

APPLY Today, write down God’s most special promises to you and then read that list a few times throughout the day. Remind yourself that God keeps his promises. 

PRAY Lord, I know that whatever circumstances may say, You can be relied on. Help me to always trust that. 

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. Proverbs 11:24 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/pro.11.24.KJV

THE CALL OF ABRAM

Below is today’s devotional and reading. I included it this time. Have a blessed evening.

PRAY Thank You, God, that You have called me to know You and have a close relationship with You.

READ Genesis 12

1. Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

4. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

5. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

6. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

7. And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord , who appeared unto him.

8. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth–el, and pitched his tent, having Beth–el on the west, and Ai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord , and called upon the name of the Lord.

9. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

10. And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

11. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

12. Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

13. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

14. And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

15. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

16. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

17. And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

18. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

19. Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

20. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
Genesis 12:1‭-‬20 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/gen.12.1-20.KJV

REFLECT Have you ever felt “called” by God to do something or go somewhere? 

 When and how?  What ways do you think God may use to call people today?  

APPLY If you’re not sure of your “calling” from God, ask a trusted friend or pastor for guidance. Review and evaluate the ways that you are pursuing that “calling.”

PRAY Ask God to confirm in your heart his calling to you and to help you carry it out faithfully each day

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 KJV #God #JesusChrist #Word #Glory https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.1.14.KJV

TOWER OF BABEL

The reading assignment for today is Genesis 11:1-9. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord God, language and speech are good gifts from You and I offer You my thanks for them today.

READ Genesis 11:1-9

REFLECT The motivation for building the Tower of Babel was pride. How can pride be both a good and a bad thing? What examples of both kinds of pride have you seen?

APPLY Make a list of some things of which you are most proud. Separate any that cause hurt or problems. Throw that list away as a symbol of your decision to reject wrongful pride. 

PRAY God, it’s enough that I’m proud to be Your child. Keep me from any pride that will hurt others or displease You.

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.6.11.KJV

This is day 4 of the 100 day reading plan. Our reading for today is Genesis 8-9:1-17. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Thank God for his constant and good care for the earth which he so lovingly created.

READ  Genesis 8:1—9:17

REFLECT What do you think of when you see a rainbow? What promises of God are special to you? What reminds you of them?

APPLY What is one way you could care for the earth today? As you do, make it a time of silent prayer for the wonders of creation.

PRAY Thank You, Lord, for keeping Your promise to care for earth. Show me what more I can do to care for it.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/mat.4.4/62595

THE FLOOD

This is day 3 of the 100 day reading plan. Our assignment is to read Genesis 6:5–7:24. Have a blessed day.

PRAY Lord, I want to learn more today about what the Bible says about You and Your ways in the world.

READ Genesis 6:5—7:24

REFLECT How does the world today compare with that in Noah’s time? What would God say about it? Do you ever feel like Noah as you try to live the right way today? Why?

APPLY What are 2–3 practical steps you can take to make your world a better place this week? Jot down a realistic plan to act on one of them.

PRAY Ask God how you can be like Noah, someone whose life is consistently reflecting God’s priorities and values.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.15.5.KJV

THE FALL

This is day 2 of the 100 day reading plan. Our reading assignment is Genesis 3. May God bless you throughout your day.

PRAY Lord God, I thank You for the many truths in the Bible, even those that make me uncomfortable.

READ  Genesis 3

REFLECT The idea of “sin” is old fashioned to many people today. What do you think? Is sin real and how do you define it?  What major effects of sin do you see?

APPLY All during the day, watch for temptations to sin. When you identify one, stop and decide how you’ll avoid it. Ask God for any help you need.

PRAY God, You know temptation is all around me and it’s not easy to avoid. Keep me alert and ready to ask for Your help.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/deu.31.6.KJV

CREATION

I am starting a new reading plan. This one is titled, “The Essential 100.” Our reading for today is Genesis 1-2. This plan has 100 pages, so I won’t be finishing it too soon. 😊

PRAY  Thank You, God, that You made the world and that it is very, very good. You are a great God!

READ  Genesis 1-2

REFLECT  Not everyone believes in God or that God created everything. Do you? If so, on what basis? How important is it to believe in God, and why?

APPLY  While you are walking outside today, take some time to admire something beautiful in nature and ask yourself, “What does this teach me about God?”

PRAY  Sometime today, spend a few minutes looking into the sky and praying aloud to God.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/2co.5.17/68501

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalms 143:8 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/psa.143.8/20890

Today is the last day of this reading plan. As the other days, the verses are included in the devotion. Have a blessed evening.

Get somewhere that is quiet where you can get alone with God.

Set a repeating alarm for 5 minutes. Or make a playlist with 12 of your favorite instrumental of worship songs that are about 5 minutes each. Or just keep an eye on a clock.

Slow down and spend 5 minutes praying as you read and obey each set of scriptures.

1. Praise – Psalm 103:1 – Start your prayer hour by praising the Lord. Praise Him for things that are on your mind right now. Praise Him for one special thing He has done in your life in the past week. Praise Him for His goodness to your family.

2. Wait – Lamentations 3:25 – Spend time waiting on the Lord. Be silent and let Him pull together reflections for you.

3. Confession – Psalm 51:1-13 – Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be displeasing to Him. Ask Him to point out attitudes that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a prayer of confession. Now confess that to the Lord so that you might be cleansed.

4. Read the word – Philippians 1 – Spend time reading in the Psalms, in the prophets, and passages on prayer located in the New Testament.

5. Petition – Philippians 1:6-7 – Ask or make requests on behalf of yourself.

6. Intersession – Ephesians 6:18 – Ask or make requests on behalf of others.

7. Pray the word – Psalm 119:113-176 – Pray specific passages. Scriptural prayers as well as a number of psalms lend themselves well to this purpose.

8. Thanksgiving – Colossians 4:2 – Give thanks to the Lord for the things in your life, on behalf of your family, and on behalf of your church.

9. Singing – Psalm 98:1 – Sing songs of praise or worship or another hymn or spiritual song.

10. Meditate – Psalm 145:5 – Ask the Lord to speak to you. Have a pen and paper ready to record impressions He gives you.

11. Listen – Matthew 11:15 –  Spend time merging the things you have read, things you have prayed and things you have sung and see how the Lord brings them all together to speak to you.

12. Praise – Psalm 150 – Praise the Lord for the time you have had to spend with Him and the impressions He has given you. Praise Him for His glorious attributes.

If you enjoyed this Bible Reading Plan and would like to learn more about the Prayer Cycle go to: https://zume.training/how-to-spend-an-hour-in-prayer/ for more prayer resources. 

Today is the final day of Jesus in Genesis. Today’s devotional is below, and the verses are: Genesis 37:5-11 and Romans 11:25-32. Have a blessed day.

A son of Jacob, dearly loved by his father, made extravagant claims about himself that were considered arrogant by his siblings. He was a delight to his father and offensive to his brothers. They seized him, thought about killing him, relieved him of the “expensive coat” their father had given him, tossed him into a pit, ate lunch, and then sold him to a band of passing merchants. For years, they assumed he was dead, even though he was ministering to Gentiles and preparing for their deliverance.

Who is this—Joseph or Jesus? Well, the description remarkably fits both of them. There are a few distinctions in the symbolism of their lives, but the parallels are striking. The New Testament writers didn’t pick up on these parallels; we have no passages telling us that Joseph is a picture of Jesus. But in retrospect, it’s hard to miss them. Even the prophecies about Israel continue the connection. Just as Joseph’s brothers eventually bowed down to him as their deliverer and recognized who he was, the descendants of Israel will one day bow down to Jesus and recognize Him as their Messiah.

Hebrew Scripture is full of prophecies of the Messiah, but they paint seemingly contradictory portraits. In some prophetic passages, the Messiah is a suffering servant, a figure acquainted with grief. In others, He’s a conquering king, a victor who wins battles and establishes His reign. These portraits are so divergent that many ancient Hebrew sages wondered if two Messiahs were coming: a Mashiach ben Yosef (Messiah Son of Joseph) and a Mashiach ben David (Messiah Son of David)—a sufferer and a victor. As it turns out, there’s one Messiah who comes twice, first as a sufferer and then as the victor. The Joseph picture has already been fulfilled. The David picture is yet to come.

Joseph is a startling illustration of how Jesus spent years in the background on earth, and centuries in the background of history. As a rejected, mistreated servant, He didn’t look like a deliverer until God brought Him forth and put royal robes on Him, just as Pharaoh did with Joseph. Only eyes of faith can recognize that Jesus is the “rejected Ruler” and make a life-altering decision based on His true identity.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/mat.5.44/710

This is Day 2 of the 3 day reading plan. Since the verses are included in the Devotional, just continue reading. You may find more reading plans at http://www.Bible.com. Have a blessed evening.

Get somewhere that is quiet where you can get alone with God.

Set a repeating alarm for 5 minutes. Or make a playlist with 12 of your favorite instrumental of worship songs that are about 5 minutes each. Or just keep an eye on a clock.

Slow down and spend 5 minutes praying as you read and obey each set of scriptures.

1. Praise – Acts 16:25 – Start your prayer hour by praising the Lord. Praise Him for things that are on your mind right now. Praise Him for one special thing He has done in your life in the past week. Praise Him for His goodness to your family.

2. Wait – Psalm 130:5-6 – Spend time waiting on the Lord. Be silent and let Him pull together reflections for you.

3. Confession – I John 1:9 – Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be displeasing to Him. Ask Him to point out attitudes that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a prayer of confession. Now confess that to the Lord so that you might be cleansed.

4. Read the word – Ephesians 1 – Spend time reading in the Psalms, in the prophets, and passages on prayer located in the New Testament.

5. Petition – Psalm 18:6 – Ask or make requests on behalf of yourself.

6. Intersession – I Thessalonians 5:25 – Ask or make requests on behalf of others.

7. Pray the word – Psalm 119:57-112 – Pray specific passages. Scriptural prayers as well as a number of psalms lend themselves well to this purpose.

8. Thanksgiving – Psalm 107:1 – Give thanks to the Lord for the things in your life, on behalf of your family, and on behalf of your church.

9. Singing – Psalm 107:22 – Sing songs of praise or worship or another hymn or spiritual song.

10. Meditate – Joshua 1:8 – Ask the Lord to speak to you. Have a pen and paper ready to record impressions He gives you.

11. Listen – Isaiah 28:23 –  Spend time merging the things you have read, things you have prayed and things you have sung and see how the Lord brings them all together to speak to you.

12. Praise – Psalm135:1 – Praise the Lord for the time you have had to spend with Him and the impressions He has given you. Praise Him for His glorious attributes.

This is day 4 for this reading plan, Jesus in Genesis. Below is the devotion, and we will be reading Genesis 28 and John 1:51. If you would like, you may search for the reading plan that suits you best at http://www.Bible.com. have a blessed day.

Isaac was old and wanted to bless his firstborn son, Esau. So he told Esau to hunt, prepare a meal, and bring it to him and then receive his blessing. But Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, favored Esau’s twin, Jacob, and wanted him to get the blessing. So she came up with a plan for Jacob to deceive his vision-impaired father and steal the blessing of the firstborn heir.

The plan worked, Esau was furious, and Jacob fled out of fear for his safety. On the surface, he left to find a wife from the old “home country.” The deeper reality is that he was avoiding trouble and was surrounded by uncertainty, conflict, passion, and guilt. Such was Jacob’s emotional state when he stopped to camp. That night, he had a vivid dream of a stairway leading to heaven with angels ascending and descending on it. He woke up convinced that God was in that place that had looked so ordinary the night before. He called it Bethel, “house of God.” In his turmoil, Jacob had a divine encounter.

Many centuries later, when Jesus met Nathanael and told him he would see angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man, He was making an extraordinary claim. He was pointing to Himself as the “way to God,” the place where divine encounters occur, the open doorway between heaven and earth. Any Jew would have recognized the reference to Jacob’s dream. What Jacob perceived as an intersection between the heavenly and earthly realms became a sign of God’s willingness to meet humanity in the midst of our tumultuous, burdensome, complicated situations. And Jesus offered Himself as the fulfillment of that sign. He presented Himself as an encounter with God when we’re trying to flee from our problems.

Jesus’ words to Nathanael are more than an interesting reference to Hebrew Scripture. They are an invitation to anyone bound in this realm with the longing to connect to another. Heaven really can touch earth because it did in encounters like Jacob’s and then more powerfully in the presence of Jesus. Anyone united with Him can live at the intersection between human and divine—where angels ascend and descend and God’s works flow into our lives.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 1 Corinthians 13:4 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/1co.13.4/613

This another reading plan I am interested in pursuing. It is only 3 days, yet it has many more verses. Below is the devotional, and these are the verses: Luke 1:68; Psalms 27:14; Psalms 32:5; Colossians 1; Philippians 1:6-7; 1 Timothy 2:1; Psalms 119:1-56; Colossians 2:6-7; Psalms 51:12-15; Joshua 1:8; Isaiah 55:3; and Ephesians 1:3-8. Ah, now that’s what I consider reading! Have a blessed evening.

Get somewhere that is quiet where you can get alone with God.

Set a repeating alarm for 5 minutes. Or make a playlist with 12 of your favorite instrumental of worship songs that are about 5 minutes each. Or just keep an eye on a clock.

Slow down and spend 5 minutes praying as you read and obey each set of scriptures.

1. Praise – Luke 1:68 – Start your prayer hour by praising the Lord. Praise Him for things that are on your mind right now. Praise Him for one special thing He has done in your life in the past week. Praise Him for His goodness to your family.

2. Wait – Psalm 27:14 – Spend time waiting on the Lord. Be silent and let Him pull together reflections for you.

3. Confession – Psalm 32:5 – Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life that might be displeasing to Him. Ask Him to point out attitudes that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a prayer of confession. Now confess that to the Lord so that you might be cleansed.

4. Read the word – Colossians 1 – Spend time reading in the Psalms, in the prophets, and passages on prayer located in the New Testament.

5. Petition – Philippians 1:6-7 – Ask or make requests on behalf of yourself.

6. Intersession – I Timothy 2:1 – Ask or make requests on behalf of others.

7. Pray the word – Psalm 119:1-56 – Pray specific passages. Scriptural prayers as well as a number of psalms lend themselves well to this purpose.

8. Thanksgiving – Colossians 2:6-7 – Give thanks to the Lord for the things in your life, on behalf of your family, and on behalf of your church.

9. Singing – Psalm 51:12-15 – Sing songs of praise or worship or another hymn or spiritual song.

10. Meditate – Joshua 1:8 – Ask the Lord to speak to you. Have a pen and paper ready to record impressions He gives you.

11. Listen – Isaiah 55:3 –  Spend time merging the things you have read, things you have prayed and things you have sung and see how the Lord brings them all together to speak to you.

12. Praise – Ephesians 1:3-8 – Praise the Lord for the time you have had to spend with Him and the impressions He has given you. Praise Him for His glorious attributes.

Invest about 5 minutes practicing what each of these verses instruct us to do and you will be surprised how quickly a whole hour in prayer will go. 

Good morning. Today is day 3 of the reading plan Jesus in Genesis. Below is the devotional, and today’s verses are Genesis 24 and 1 Peter 1:18-20. You can find many reading plans here: http://bible.com/ Have a blessed day.

God told Abraham to take Isaac, the son of promise, up to a mountaintop to sacrifice him. It had to be an excruciating experience for both father and son, first as Abraham accepted the instruction, and then as Isaac realized what was happening. But the experience is also full of faith. Abraham first tells his servants, “We will come back to you” (Genesis 22:15). Then, when Isaac notices the wood and fire but asks where the sacrifice is, his father replies that God will provide. And as the story unfolds, God does provide. He dramatically stops Abraham and turns his attention to a ram caught by his horns in the thicket. Abraham was willing to offer his greatest treasure: his son. And that willingness was what God was looking for.

It’s hard not to notice the parallels between Abraham offering his son and, centuries later, God offering His Son on the same mountain. Isaac was led up the mountain and bound, like a lamb to the slaughter. So was Jesus. A multitude of descendants would come through this son, but only after his father gave him up. Same with Jesus. Even though Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, he expected to receive him back by resurrection (Hebrews 11:19). So did God in His sacrifice of Jesus. In this story, God painted a startling preview of the cross nearly two millennia later.

Not only does Isaac represent Jesus in this story, but so does the ram caught by his head in the thicket, a kind of crown of thorns, as it were. Unlike other ancient stories of gods and sacrifices, this one shows us a God who not only demands the sacrifice but also provides it. He issues the requirements and then proceeds to satisfy them. The only response He asks for from Abraham is faith. God completes the assignment Himself.

That’s a beautiful picture of the gospel. Our sin put us in a position of paying an excruciating cost. God provided a sacrifice so the cost would be on His shoulders rather than ours. We may climb His mountain in obedience, but we find Him there with a provision that accomplishes righteousness on our behalf. God actually did what Abraham was asked and then excused from doing. He gave us His Son.

I sought the Lord , and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4 KJV #God #SeekYeTheLORD #diligently #Prayers #answered https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.34.4.KJV

HIGH PRIEST-Genesis 14

This is day 2 of Jesus in Genesis. The devotional is below, and verses (chapters) for today are Genesis 14 and Hebrews 7. Have a blessed day.

Abraham won a huge battle in Genesis 14, pursuing invading kings and restoring all that had been lost to them. As he was returning from his victory, he was met by a mysterious priest-king who had no clear origin and a highly symbolic name: Melchizedek, king of Salem. Or, literally translated, King of Righteousness, king of peace (shalom). This royal priest offered Abraham a meal of bread and wine, blessed him, and received his offering. And then he disappeared from the scene, never to appear in Hebrew Scripture again, except in reference to this event.

When New Testament believers began identifying Jesus as our high priest, many Jewish Christians objected. How could Jesus be a priest if He wasn’t even a Levite? He was born from the tribe of Judah, and only the tribe of Levi could serve in the priesthood. But the writer of Hebrews, drawing from a messianic psalm about the Messiah being a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4), explained how Jesus fit this higher, prior priesthood. After all, Melchizedek appeared centuries before the law at Sinai, which designated Levites as priests. He entered the scene without beginning or end, just like Jesus. He seemed to be a man, but also something more, just like Jesus. He came with a meal of bread and wine, just like Jesus. He received an offering and offered a blessing, just like Jesus. He was symbolic of an everlasting priesthood that would never end, apart from the law of Moses—just like Jesus. This king of righteousness and prince of peace was a startling portrait of the Messiah who would come.

It’s difficult to know both the story of Melchizedek and the story of Jesus and not associate the two. In fact, many people believe that Melchizedek was actually a vision of the preincarnate Christ. At the very least, we can say that centuries before Jesus came, God gave us a picture of His ministry in this incident from the life of Abraham, who had just recovered what was stolen by thieves. Jesus promises to restore all that has been lost and intercedes for us as a priest. And His priesthood lasts forever.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 KJV #God #FullArmorOfGod #Stand https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/eph.6.11/10587

CREATOR- Genesis 1-2

I am starting a new reading plan. This one is 5 days and is called Jesus in Genesis. Below is the devotional, and these are the verses. Genesis 1-2; John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-17. Have a blessed day.

John opened his gospel with a pretty astounding statement: Jesus was with God in the beginning. In fact, He was and is God, and He is the one through whom all things were made. Paul wrote essentially the same truths in his letter to the Colossians, calling Jesus the image of the invisible God and the firstborn of all creation. “In him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NIV). But these staggering declarations are not just New Testament inventions; the Old Testament implies a tri-unity within God in the act of creation—“Let Us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26 HCSB)—and talks about wisdom as an agent of creation that was with God when He spoke the world into being (Proverbs 8:27-31). God the Father was not alone in the beginning.

How exactly did this work? That’s something of a mystery to us—we weren’t there, and our finite brains wouldn’t comprehend everything that happened at creation anyway. But it’s clear from Scripture that Jesus is eternal, divine, and has creative power, and the world was made through Him and for Him. In other words, the answer to that question so many human beings have asked—“What is life all about?”—is Jesus. Not 
a cause, not a principle, not a theory, but a Person. Jesus is present from the very first verse of the Bible.

This truth helped shape the early years of the church, and it eventually developed into our understanding of the Trinity. There is only one God, but Scripture speaks of Him in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. One essence, three persons and personalities. A fellowship of three in a being of one. A perfect, loving community at the heart of all reality. A way to express love within God’s own nature. An eternal story before human history ever began.

If we didn’t know this about Jesus, we might consider Him only to be a great teacher or prophet—a miracle worker empowered by God, but still only a man. But the Bible assures us He is more than a man. He is divine, and worthy of worship. He even allowed people to worship Him on several occasions during His earthly ministry. He is able to intercede for us in heaven, having all power and authority in His hands. When Scripture calls Him Immanuel—”God with us”—it speaks quite literally.

The First Christmas

This is the final day of this 5 Day reading plan. Here are the verses for today. Luke 2:11-12; Micah 5:2; John 3:17; Acts 5:31; 1 John 4:14; and Isaiah 7:14. I pray blessings for all.

The focus of the first Christmas was Jesus. It was His day. There was no competition from commercialism seeking economic gain. The gifts were given to Him. God was the recipient of gratitude and generosity. He was glorified on this day of salvation for all who would come to believe in Jesus as God’s only Son. There was an appreciation for the Almighty’s descent into the decadence of humanity. There was no feuding from other faiths jockeying with each other for time in the Savior’s spotlight. On the contrary, there was a religious respect and humble worship from those who traveled great distances from their diverse origins of belief. On this day, Jesus unified sincere seekers of truth.

The first Christmas, however, was not without controversy. Politically, Jesus was a lightning rod (some things never change). Government leaders felt threatened, as if a traitor had infiltrated their influence over the masses. Involuntary spies were sent to validate His presence. Once His birth had been verified, the powers-that-be went to work. Insecurity and fear drive people to commit irrational acts, and it was no different back then.

So what started as a celestial coronation for the Prince of Peace ended with jealous leaders taking severe and deadly action. The Christ-child was driven from their pitiful, but powerful presence. They destroyed other God-fearing people in the process. The community was cast into chaos when Christ was removed from their culture.

From the first Christmas we can learn to keep Christ central in worship and society. He is the wonder of our worship. He is the reason for our giving gifts. It is because we celebrate His birthday that we pause to pray, reflect, and plan to follow His will in a more robust and intentional manner. Our Master came to earth and made Himself like man. He took on the form of a servant, though He could have crowned Himself as King. He pointed us to the love and forgiveness of His heavenly Father. The Christ-child was born of a virgin. He was God who dwelt among us, but sometimes we forget Him, even on His birthday.

One reason we have failed to keep Christ in Christmas is that we have failed to keep Him in some of our churches. Why should the culture embrace the Christ of Christmas, when some of our churches have marginalized their Master? Let’s start by inviting the Almighty back into our churches with fresh and revitalized reverence in worship, evangelism, and discipleship. Let’s prayerfully and responsibly “lay hands” on leaders who fear God, hate sin, love people, and teach the Bible. Christmas is losing its luster for the Lord because Christians have forgotten to fear God.

His birth is only significant if His death and resurrection are significant. The Christ of Christmas becomes compelling when we, as followers, flock to Him in faithfulness and obedience. Let all who name the name of Jesus revisit Him in the awe and worship of that first Christmas. Let’s exclaim with enthusiasm to a hurting world, that He has come to heal broken hearts and revive sick souls. We unapologetically celebrate His birthday with passion because God is with us.

He is transforming us into the likeness of His Son. Let’s make this Christmas like the first Christmas. Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with forgiveness, joy, hope, peace, and love while we worship our Lord together. The first Christmas fuels our faith and recalibrates us to Christ.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for sending Your perfect son into our imperfect world so we might know You and be known by You, in Jesus’ precious name I pray, amen.

Application

Read the Christmas story to your family and ask each person which character they most relate to in this season of their life. 

For more devotions from Boyd Bailey, visit https://www.wisdomhunters.com/ 

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/jos.1.9.KJV

This is Day 4 of the reading plan Seeking Daily the Heart of God. Here are the verses for today: John 3:16; Genesis 22:12; Isaiah 9:6; Romans 5:8; Romans 8:32; Ephesians 2:4; 1 John 4:9; Galatians 2:20; and Matthew 22:37-39. Have a very Merry Christmas, and be always in His will and protection. God bless you!

Love is a radical giver—intentionally and indiscriminately. Love gives. It gives individually and internationally. Love gives. It gives bountifully and without bias. Love gives because generosity is its nature. A soldier who gives for love of country, or a mother who gives for love of her child reveals their character. A husband who loves his wife gives her emotional attention. A wife who loves her husband gives him physical affection. Love gives as a matter of course. It’s natural.

God’s love is the gold standard. His banner of love is raised high above the most hideous criminal to the most innocent child. God gave the ultimate gift of His son Jesus, because He loved all of us—each one of us. Just as rays of sunlight warm all of us and each of us, so the love of the Lord is for the world, and each one. We are individually loved by Jesus. Since God is love, His love is effortless. His loving offer of forgiveness comes to us by belief in Jesus.

How can we intentionally love the Lord, people, and ourselves? Love begins by being loved by the One who is love. Once we receive Christ into our life by faith, His very nature of love resides within us. The deeper we fall in love with the Lover of our souls, the greater our capacity to love. His love gives us peace, so we are able to offer calm in the middle of conflict. His love gives us patience, so we are able to extend a compassionate ear to a fearful foe. His love gives us forgiveness, so we are able to offer total forgiveness to a friend or family member. Love gives.

How can we love ourselves by giving to ourselves? We love when we give ourselves the gift of margin. Margin is time for prayer, exercise, thinking, reading, hobbies and being creative. We can love ourselves by having more or less time with people. Nonetheless, we love ourselves, so we are better prepared to love God and others. An unloved self is a loveless self. Not narcissism of course, but a healthy love of self, like Jesus loves us. Our soul care, emotional fitness, mental refreshment, spiritual nurture and physical rest all contribute to a loving life. Love gives. So, receive God’s love in Christ and from an overflowing heart of love–love generously.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, by faith I receive Your love into my life in Christ, so I am able to love like Jesus loves.

Application

What is one way I can grow my love for others in a radical way?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/isa.9.6/

This is Day 3 of the reading plan Seeking Daily the Heart of God. These are the verses for today: Romans 15:13; Job 11:18; Psalms 25:5; Proverbs 24:14; Isaiah 57:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:1; and Psalms 42:11. Merry Christmas! 🎄🙏✝️🙏

Trust in the God of hope fills the hearts of Jesus followers with joy and peace, overflowing with hope, all powered by the Holy Spirit. Our Christian hope is secure in Christ—the originator and giver of hope—no other foundation is as unshakable and secure as His. Like the El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite National Park, our heavenly hope is massive and unmovable. Fear is unable to scale to the top, only faith is victorious because of the well-worn path marked by God’s promises. Led by the Holy Spirit, joy and peace accompany those who persevere in their journey of hope.

Though Paul experienced much, much more than his share of suffering, he never lost hope but instead, anticipated hopeful outcomes and a hopeful destination. Painful circumstances were his opportunity to lift his eyes off his own needs to look to the needs of others while looking to the Lord who richly provides. This wise follower of Jesus knew he could not be the ultimate solution for those who found themselves in what seemed to be hopeless situations. Instead Paul wisely pointed them to a “lively hope”, a hope built on “nothing less than Jesus’ blood and His righteousness.”

Is your hope vibrant and alive or struggling on the verge of extinction? Begin to process your hope in God with this acronym: H- heaven’s resources at your disposal for soul strength and anticipation of the Lord’s loving presence. O- opportunity to trust Jesus with conditions or critics out of your control, knowing He has your best interest in mind. P- persevere through trials as a testimony to a faith filled life. E- encouraged by the Spirit’s wise leadership and empowerment.  

Others look to you for encouragement, so keep Christ your solid rock of hope and stand strong as a hopeful example to the hurting and the hopeless. Meditate on the truth of Scripture to fuel your faith and hope in the Lord, and others will learn to draw their hope from God’s written word. Hope in man many times leads to disappointment, but hope in the Lord’s unfailing love gives peace, security and rest to the soul. When downcast, cast your cares on the One who cares most. Out of the praises from your lips will the God of hope fill your life with joy and trust in Him.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, give me the faith to hope in You and not in hollow hopes on earth, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Application

Who needs from me an encouraging word from God’s word?

Matthew 2:10‭-‬11 KJV #God #JesusChrist #HappyBirthday #manger #worship #MerryChristmasEve https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.2.10-11.KJV

This is Day 2 of “Seeking Daily the Heart of God“, a 5 day reading plan. Below is today’s devotional. The verses for today are: Luke 2:14; Jeremiah 33:9; Zachariah 9:10; Colossians 1:10; Revelations 1:5; Romans 5:1-2; and Philippians 4:7. God bless you, and be safe and well.

Peace on earth begins with peace in the hearts of people. Outward peace is the product of inward peace. Once a soul has experienced peace with God there is a serenity that seeps into human relationships and calms the rough waters of conflict. 

It is a grace-based belief system that allows citizens and countries to get together and accept one another’s differences. Without conversations of grace, there is no context for peace. Indeed, nations that believe “might is right”, with whom forgiveness is a foreign language, will remain restless with no peace in sight. However men, women, children and governments who embrace reconciliation will experience an incomprehensible peace.

Jesus came to earth first and foremost as a peace envoy on behalf of Almighty God. Do you have peace in your heart this Christmas season? Or is there restlessness in your soul that needs the comfort of Christ’s peace? The peace of God is your best prescription for insomnia. Peace brings deep abiding sleep.

Does this mean that we can experience 100% peace on earth? No, because the truth is divisive and not everyone believes the truth. So while Jesus is the “Prince of Peace”, listen to His challenging words, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three” (Luke 12:51-52).

So what is the role of Christians in promoting peace on earth and good will toward men? Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). Followers of the Lord know grace best governs relationships, families, cities and countries. It is God’s grace that allows you to influence the process of peace.

So, stand for the truth in a spirit of grace and humility this Christmas season, and trust God for His peace to reign in your heart and in the hearts of those around you. Take the high road of heaven and proclaim in celebration of Christ’s birth, “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men.” Christmas is God’s gift of peace in the person of His son Jesus.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for the peace on earth You offer through Your son and our Savior Jesus Christ, in His name I pray, amen.

Application

Am I submitted to God, and am I allowing His peace to reign in my heart and mind? How can I, in humility and love, bring peace to a hard family issue this holiday season?

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.2.14.KJV

Make Room for Joy

This is Day 1 of a new reading plan I am starting. Seeking Daily the Heart of God ~ Christmas. Below is the devotional, and these are today’s verses: Luke 2:7; John 3:1-16; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:8; 1 Timothy 3:16; John 1:14; and Hebrews 2:2. Have a glorious day, and be blessed by the One and only True God who is Worthy to be praised!

Busyness can build walls around our hearts—where joy is uninvited into a crowded life. Before we realize what has happened, we are sucked into a crazy cycle of fatigue, frustration and faithless living. Culture can keep us on a carousel of dizzying activities, for what seems in the beginning harmless, even exhilarating—but over time becomes distracting to the Lord’s best. Unmet expectations nurture anger in ungrateful hearts, condensing room for joyful praise to Jesus.

The circumstances surrounding the first Christmas were strikingly similar to our modern day celebration of Christ’s birthday. A bustling season of census taking turned Bethlehem into temporary mayhem, like rabid fans descending into a city for a championship game. Traffic snarls, tempers flare, restaurants with two-hour waits and no vacancy lights flash orange with hopeless repetition to all looking for a place to stay the night. Experiencing real-time rejection, Joseph finds a way to care for his young wife and new baby. The room he found was not suitable for human royalty, but the humble manger became a joyful birthday party for baby King Jesus.

As faithful followers of Jesus we can expect joy filled hearts, because the heart of our Savior has radical happiness. Expectation of God’s grace excites our emotions over what we can expect in the acquisition of His good gifts. The Lord’s blessings prompt pleasurable feelings with worship and thanks, which cause us to shout out joyful praise and gratitude to our great Jehovah Jireh!  Our heavenly Father provided the birth of His Son, who with joyful obedience, gave His all for us.

You make room for the joy of Jesus when you invite Jesus into your heart for healing and peace. By faith and through God’s grace, invite Jesus Christ to come into your life so you will experience the new birth of salvation, and begin to grow into a life of joyful obedience. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what needs to change in your schedule, so you can make room for what matters most to Christ. A life with margin is able to experience life to the fullest—framed by joy.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me make room for Jesus and the joy He gives, in His name, amen.

Application

What in my schedule needs to change so I have margin to make the best decisions?

For more devotions from Boyd Bailey and Wisdom Hunters, visit: https://www.wisdomhunters.com/

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 KJV God #Jesus #Word #BecameFlesh #Grace #Glory #OnlyBegotten https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.1.14.KJV

Prince of Peace

This is the final day of this reading, Unto Us. http://www.Bible.com/reading-plans/. These are the verses for this day: Isaiah 9:6-7; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; and 1 John 5:23. My prayer for everyone is to know the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Next, I pray for everyone a peaceful Merry Christmas. 🙏✝️🙏❤️🎆🎄

Peace. It doesn’t matter where we live or what we believe, we all desire peace. Because our souls long for it, we attempt to attain it in a variety of ways—people, leaders, finances, comfort, substances. No matter how hard we try, we’ll never have true and lasting peace until we meet the source of it. 

In Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. The Hebrew language defines it this way:

Prince — sar
Prince, ruler, leader, official, captain

Peace — shalom
Completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, safety; with God in covenant relationship

When you put these two words together in a title, you have a leader who provides complete soundness, peace, and safety. How amazing is that? With one name, He’s instantly different than any human ruler we’ve ever seen on earth. When He came, He was clothed in God’s peace. 

Jesus’ peace invites a calmness into our lives no matter what’s looming around us. He gives us peace during the trials of life and encourages us not to be troubled (John 14:27). He offers peace to us while we’re on our personal journey with Christ until He returns (1 Thessalonians 5:23). When fear threatens to overwhelm us, His peace calms us, guards us, and is beyond what our finite minds can fathom (Philippians 4:7).

Jesus, our Prince of Peace, is the only way we can have peace with God. When we say yes to Jesus and believe that He died and rose again, we are invited into a right relationship with Him. He longs to be a restorer of relationships, and in doing so, we learn how to be peacemakers in a world that desperately needs it.

No matter where you are on your journey with Christ, set aside some time today to ponder Jesus as your Prince of Peace.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 KJV #God #Jesus #SonOfGod #SonOfMan #VirginBirth https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/mat.1.21/398