September 22

Song of Solomon 4, 5

In our reading today, the first verse of chapter 5 reminded me of another  passage. In Song of Solomon it reads “I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.” These words immediately reminded me of Isaiah 55:1, 2 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. 55:2 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.” In the Isaiah passage the buying, the eating, and the drinking were all referring to hearkening unto the commandments of the Lord. In the New Covenant Jesus is our husband (Romans 7:4). We feast at his table (Psalm 23:5), with Him (Revelation 3:20), also by drinking the word (1 Peter 2:1-3), and eating good nourishment (1 Timothy 4:6); 

 

2 Corinthians 13

In our reading today is a verse and a spiritual principle that I learned as a young believer. 2 Corinthians 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” Based on this verse, as a young believer I was instructed that a doctrine was to be supported by at least two or three witnesses in Scripture. There had to be two or three verses of Scripture supporting the teaching. This follows the pattern of the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 19:15 “One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” I still follow this wisdom because it is sound. 

September 21

Song of Solomon 1-3

In our reading today we have passage about a banquet hall or house. “He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love” (Song of Solomon 2:4 ). At once I begin thinking of other passages. The marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:7, 8 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Saints, it is the love of God that motivated Jesus to die for us. AfterJesus died and rose from the dead He provided us with many blessings. A wedding feast told in parable form will be given in heaven. He promises that if we open the door to our heart he will come in and eat with us and we with him (Revelation 3:20). And even now He prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies where we can eat in peace (Psalm 23:5). Saints, he is such a good God.    

  

2 Corinthians 12

In our reading today the Apostle Paul is continuing to place his ministry wide open so that all will see. In the previous chapter he wrote a list of all the things he had to suffer for the gospel. A list that none would want to share with Him. He then goes into the account where he was taken to heaven probably in an out of body experience. I say probably because Paul himself did not know for sure if he was in his body or not (2 Corinthians 12:2-4). Unlike the Apostle John, (Revelation 1-22), Paul was not allowed to share what he heard. But we are not missing anything, we must remember that what Paul did receive from Jesus himself, He did share with us, the entire New Covenant in Christ Jesus. Glory to God.   

September 20

Ecclesiastes 10-12

In our reading today we have verses describing the Judgment of God: Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” From Scripture we know that there are two major Judgments in the future. The Judgment Seat of Christ for believers (Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10; Colossians 3:22-25). And the Great White Throne Judgment for unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15). Saints, whether an individual is a believer or not, we are all going to stand before Him and give an account for our lives. Let us be obedient to the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” 

 

2 Corinthians 11:16-33

In our reading today we have the Apostle Paul sharing the sufferings he has endured for the gospels sake. Most of the sufferings that most of us go through are nothing in comparison to Paul’s experiences. I know that is the case for me. In the list of punishments he gives there are a number of them we don’t know when they happened. He mentions that three times he was beaten with rods and we only have one that we know of (Acts 16:22, 23). He was beaten by the Jews 5 times in accordance with Deuteronomy 25:1-3, and we don’t know when any of those occurred, my guess is perhaps during the so called silent years between Acts 9:39 and Acts 11:26. Whatever the case, most of us will not surpass this man of God in sufferings. And we must not forget that after he endured all this suffering he was martyred for his faith, probably by beheading. Saints, let us endure the afflictions our faith brings upon us, knowing it is a light affliction compared to the glory we shall experience in heaven (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18). 

September 19

Ecclesiastes 7-9

Ecclesiastes 8:11 “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” Long delays in execution against evil works produces evil desire to do evil. Sentencing against evil works are to produce a deterrent for evil. An example is found in Deuteronomy 22:22  If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel. Quick sentencing is a deterrent. To put away evil from Israel. 

 

2 Corinthians 11:1-15

In our reading we have a familiar passage referring to our enemy. 2 Corinthians 11:14, 15 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” I have heard these verses used to warn believers against cults. Two of them I am familiar with are plenteous in the states. One cult doesn’t believe Jesus is Almighty God (Jehovah’s’ Witnesses). While the other teaches that Jesus and the devil are brothers (Mormons).  These are but two of the many cults that out there waiting to deceive unsuspecting individuals. The Bible warns us to be aware of devices of the devil (2 Corinthians 2:11). A believer well versed in Scripture would make it impossible for a cult to win them as a disciple. Saints, lets get well versed and grounded. 

September 18

Ecclesiastes 4-6

In our reading today we have a verse that addresses stinginess. Ecclesiastes 5:13, There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. Our God is a giver, He gave His own son to be a sin offering for us to pay for our redemption. When we become believers it is the will of the Father that we grow in this ability, this grace of being a giver. In the verse above Solomon writes that an individual who keeps his riches, or refuses to share them does so at their own destruction. God has created laws of sowing and reaping that we all are subject to. In 2 Corinthians 9:6 the Scripture says, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” Saints, because God is our source let us not be those who keep our riches to our own destruction, but let us be those who trust in God and sow bunches and we will reap bunches. 

 

2 Corinthians 10

In our reading today we have a passage that was the most important passage in the first three years of my relationship with God. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” There are thoughts, considerations and human traditions and reflections that are contrary to the knowledge of God. If we as believers allow them to reside in our minds, they will precede and fuel our disobedience to the will of God. These are what we are to demolish and pull down, not allowing them in our thought life. The result of these strongholds is fear, unbelief and disobedience. The Bible refers to them as “provisions” or supplies for the flesh. Romans 13:14 says, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” The literal translation of provision is “forethought”,  meaning “to think beforehand”. If our minds are dwelling on things that are against the word of God, we are fueling or providing supplies to our flesh to walk in disobedience to God’s word.

September 17

Ecclesiastes 1-3

In our reading today we find some fascinating verses. Ecclesiastes 1:6, 7 “The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” Though the Bible is not a scientific book, it has scientific statements in it. In Ecclesiastes 1:6 Solomon is describing the wind circuits of the earth. Something that was not discovered until the 20th century. In the very next verse the writer of Ecclesiastes is describing the water cycle of the earth. In all these statements,and there are others, where the writers were inspired to write something that had not yet been discovered by man. Proving that the information the writers was given was supernaturally given. Evidence of divine inspiration. 

 

2 Corinthians 9

In our reading today I want to look at a single verse that in the context is referring to giving financially, but I want to look at from a different application. 2 Corinthians 9:6 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” In that passage Paul is exhorting us that the more we sow the more we are going to reap, and if we sow little, we are going to reap little. The principle is spiritual law, it will come to pass. I want to switch gears here a little and apply it to a passage in Galatians. In particular Galatians 6:7-9 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Saints, this spiritual law works in whatever you are sowing. If it is money, you reap what you sao. If it is walking in the flesh, your will reap what you sow. If it is walking in the Spirit we will reap what we sow. Saints, lets sow abundantly to the Spirit, and we will reap abundantly from the Spirit. 

September 16

Proverbs 30, 31

In our reading today we have one of the warnings of Scripture concerning adding to the words of God. “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:6). There are two other warnings in Scripture that are similar. In Revelation the last chapter we have this warning. “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18). And the last one not only forbids adding words but it also forbids taking away words. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). Saints, the text of the Bible is nothing to mess with, it is not an ordinary book. It is a supernatural book. 

 

2 Corinthians 8

In our reading today we have a powerful example of giving when the subjects could not afford to. During Paul’s ministry to the Macedonian churches, the members of the churches found out probably by Paul that he was raising money for the poor saints in Jerusalem. Their response was so impressive because of the deep poverty they themselves were experiencing, but they did not let that interfere with the grace of God that was given them to give. I think the Classic Amplified Version says it best (2 Corinthians 8:1-4). The lesson is even the poor can give. I am reminded of when Jesus and his disciples were watching the treasury and the people giving and a widow gave two mites, but it was literally all she had (Luke 21:2). Jesus did not run up to her and said “Mame, you don’t have to give you are too poor.” No because Jesus knew spiritual law. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (luke 6:38 [NIV].”  Saints, we can’t outgive God. 

September 15

Proverbs 28, 29

In our reading today we have a verse that is carved above the doorway of the  old county courthouse where I live. Proverbs 129:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” In this instance the King James is hard to understand so I looked up a number of other translations. The NIV reads “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” The New Living Translation says When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful. In this proverb Solomon is contrasting the first part of the verse with the end of it. The contrast is with someone who is obedient to or keeps the law. So it makes sense that disobedience should be contrasted with obedience such as what the NLT says: “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild, but whoever obeys the law is joyful. Hallelujah! Saints lets walk in obedience and receive joy. 

 

2 Corinthians 7

In our reading today we have a reference to “godly sorrow that works repentance to salvation” (2 Corinthians 7:10). I for one experienced tremendous sorrow that led me to repentance. I also experienced the fruits of that repentance (2 Corinthians 7:11). An earnestness to serve God, a diligence and eagerness to be free from sin and not repeat the path to destruction. I also experienced a clearing of myself knowing I was forgiven of my sins and on my way to heaven. Thank God for Christ Jesus and the salvation he wrought for us all. 

September 14

Proverbs 25-27

In our reading today we have a proverb about humility similar the the parable that Jesus cited during his ministry concerning humility. In Proverbs 25:6, 7 the writer says: “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; 25:7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes.” In the parable that Jesus told He gave the same advice, sit at the lower levels and than you can be invited upward rather sit in the higher levels and be forced to take a lower seat (Luke 14:7-11). Jesus went on to say that the individual who exalts himself will be brought lower and the person who humbles himself will be exalted.

2 Corinthians 6

In our reading today I can’t get by the first verse. 2 Corinthians 6:1 “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” After salvation God requires that we work with Him and he gives us the grace, the empowerment to obey Him. Whatever God has called us to do he will also provide the grace, the empowerment to fulfill it. In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul touched on this very thing. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 paul wrote:  “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” Any one reading the book of Acts is astounded by the “I refuse to quit” attitude of a man who physically suffered so much in his ministry. He was called to be the Apostle of the Gentiles and he wrote almost half of the New Testament, and the only way he could have been successful is because of the grace, the empowerment of God. And that is the only way we are going to be successful in what God has called us to do, rely on the grace of God. 

September 13

Proverbs 23, 24

In our reading today is a couple of verses that describe the spiritual “taste” of revelation knowledge when the Spirit of God enlightens the Scripture in your heart.Proverbs 24:13, 14 declare,  “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: 24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.” When you have found the knowledge of wisdom, rather, when the Spirit of God has revealed it to you. In fact David writes by the Spirit of God that revelation knowledge from the Spirit of God is more desired than gold and sweeter than the honey comb. Psalm 19:7-10 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

 

2 Corinthians 5

In our reading today we have a description of the born again experience, the new birth. These are such powerful verse we need to as Jesus said, “Let these sayings sink down into your ears.” The citation is from the Classic Amplified 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 5:18 But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. 5:19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor). 5:20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God. 5:21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness]. We are Christ’s ambassadors. One definition of an ambassador is “the highest ranking diplomat who represents a state in a foreign country”. That’s who we are, my friend, ambassadors for Christ kingdom.  

September 12

Proverbs 21, 22

In our reading today is a warning about thorns and snares. Proverbs 22:5 [American Standard Version] “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keepeth his soul shall be far from them.” Thorns and snares are also characteristic of spiritually lazy individuals (Proverbs 24:30, 31). He that keeps his soul shall be far from them. Remember our reading from Sunday? The last part of Proverbs 16:17 says, “…he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.” We must be diligent to keep thorns and snares out of our life because they will prevent us from bearing fruit (Matthew 13:22).  

 

2 Corinthians 4

In our reading today we have another exhortation on speaking the right things. 2 Corinthians 4:13 “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.” Biblical faith requires we say the same thing as what God and His Word say. A perfect example is when Israel was about to go into the Promised Land. The LORD told Moses to send men to search it out and he said plainly, “the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel” (Numbers 13:2). In the next series of verses notice the words that come out of the mouths of two different groups. One group Joshua and Caleb who believed what God said and spoke with a spirit of faith (Numbers 14:6-9), and the ten other spies who did not (Numbers 13:26-29, 31-33). Lets be like Joshua and Caleb who believed what God said and said the same thing. Let us speak with a spirit of faith. 

September 11

Proverbs 19, 20

In our reading today we have a warning of the effect of ceasing to hear the the instructions of the Lord. Proverbs 19:27 in the New Living Translation says, “ If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.” We as believers must constantly seek to be instructed by the Lord by hearing the word being preached, and reading His word. It is a spiritual maintenance necessity. Our relationship with God must be maintained by good spiritual habits of prayer, reading the word and attending a local church weekly. If not our spiritual life will suffer. Let us not cease to hear the instruction of the Lord.   

 

2 Corinthians 3

In our reading today we have the contrast between the glory of the Old Covenant and the glory of the New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3:7-11). The giving of the Mosaic Law on Mt. Sinai was eye popping, the whole mountain appeared on fire and the whole mountain quaked (Exodus 20:18). When Moses received the Law his face shone with the glory of God (2 Corinthians 3:7; Exodus 34:29-35). Paul then goes on to write by the Spirit of God that the glory of the Old Covenant was nothing compared to the glory of the New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3:8-10). As we yield to the Spirit of God in obedience we are changed into the image of Jesus and from one level of glory to another by the Spirit of God (2 Corinthians 3:18). A glory far surpassing the glory of the Old Covenant.  

September 10

Proverbs 17, 18

In our reading today we have two powerful witnesses that exhort us to control what comes out of our mouth. Proverbs 18:20, 21 “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall be be filled. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” We as believers who understand the power of our words must speak what God’s words say. 1 Timothy 6:12 declares  “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” That Greek word translated “profession” is “homologeō” and it means “to say the same thing”. The same thing as who? The same thing as God’s word. Speaking words of life and victory are part of the good fight of faith. 

 

2 Corinthians 2

In our reading today I want to focus on 2 Corinthians 2:14, but I want to look at it in the Classic Amplified Translation: “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,” This should be our confession, that God who is always leading me to triumph in every circumstance. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in me (Ephesians 1:19, 20), “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,” I believe that is enough power. 

September 9

Proverbs 15-16

In our reading today we have a verse I have been meditating on the last few days. Proverbs 16:17 “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.” All through Scripture we have the word picture of life as a road, a path we are traveling on. This theme is repeated a few times in Proverbs. In the 23rd verse of chapter 6 we find, “For the commandment is a lamp and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life” In Proverbs 10:17 Solomon writes, “He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.” It is easy to see that if we are on the road of the upright we are  constantly making choices to follow the word of God and the Spirit of God and not our own desires. Jesus said “broad is the way that leads to destruction and narrow is the way that leads to life’ (Matthew 7:13, 14). Saints, lets us stay on the highway of the upright. 

 

2 Corinthians 1

In our reading today we have Paul telling the Corinthians in his second letter of a circumstance in Asia where he and his travelling companions were in a situation where they thought they were all going to die. 2 Corinthians 1:8 “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:” Though they had all thought they had received a death sentence, they all agreed that they should trust their God who raises the dead. “But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:” (2 Corinthians 1:9). Hey, if God can raise the dead, he can either raise us up or He can deliver us. The passage goes on to say that God did deliver them from great death. “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us (2 Corinthians 1:10). The passage conveys the picture that if God had not delivered them they would not have lived. Our God is a deliverer. He delivered us from hell and he delivers us every day if we trust in Him. 

September 8

Proverbs 13, 14

In our reading today is a couple of verses on the power of the words that come out of our mouth. Proverbs 13:2, 3 “A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” The power of our words are part of the powers of the world to come (Hebrews 6:5). These are also powers of the kingdom of God in this world (Matthew 12:33-37). A perfect example is found in  2 Corinthians 4:13: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe and therefore speak.” We believe what is written and we speak what is written! 

      

1 Corinthians 16

In our reading today we have a verse that commands us, if we are men, to be  strong men of faith. I have to say the King James translation is clumsy using wording that most would not understand, so i will use the Amplified Translation. 1 Corinthians 16:3 “Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength!” We are to be empowered by grace to be the men and women God has called us to be: 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 2 Peter 2:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 2:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 

September 7

Proverbs 11, 12

In our reading today we have a few verses that flow with our New Testament reading. Proverbs 11:5, 6 “The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.”  In these two verses it describes two things that righteousness will do for the believer. It will direct our way and it will deliver us. But it is not our own righteousness, it is the righteousness of God by faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 3:21, 22 “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Saints, the righteousness of God will direct our way away from wickedness and deliver us from ungodliness. 

 

1 Corinthians 15:33-58

In our reading today we have a strong exhortation from the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul. 1 Corinthians 15:34 [Classic Amplified] “Awake [from your drunken stupor and return] to sober sense and your right minds, and sin no more. For some of you have not the knowledge of God [you are utterly and willfully and disgracefully ignorant, and continue to be so, lacking the sense of God’s presence and all true knowledge of Him]. I say this to your shame.]” This verse describes believers who are in a mindset comparable to a drunken stuper. Sin is a normal part of their lives, they are ignorant of what the Scripture really says and their mantra is I am just a sinner saved by grace. No you’re not! You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Holy Spirit is saying here Awake to that righteousness! Wake up to who you really are it will empower you to stop sinning. That is blunt but that its what it says. 

September 6

Proverbs 9, 10

In our reading today we have an amazing promise from God. Proverbs 9:10, 11 in the Amplified reads “The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight and understanding. For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.” There are more than a few passages in the Scripture that promises longer life if we will walk in the fear of the LORD (Proverbs 9:10, 11; Proverbs 10:27). Wow, I don’t know about you but that stirs me to be obedient and do the things that God word instructs us about how to live a long life! 

 

 

1 Corinthians 15:1-32

In our reading today we have some startling statements from the God-breathed pen of Paul concerning Christ’s resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:12-17 “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” Why did Paul say that if Christ did not rise from the dead we are still in our sins? Because saints, Jesus did not suffer for his own sins, because he had none. He suffered for ours (1 Peter 3:18). In Romans 4:25 when the KJV says Jesus was “was raised again for our justification.” Young’s Literal Translation says Jesus “raised up because of our being declared righteous.” The New American Standard says Jesus was “and was raised because of our justification.” In other words, when Jesus was declared “justified” (1 Timothy 3:16), we were declared “justified” (Romans 3:24-26). Glory to God! 

September 5

Proverbs 7, 8

In our reading today we have a warning to men concerning the immoral woman. The roles could be flipped so the warning would be to a woman concerning the immoral man. Chapter 7 begins with the power of obedience to God’s word and wisdom enabling us to avoid the immoral person whatever gender they may be. In the New Covenant God has given us a multitude of weapons and resources, a cache of supernatural empowerments that are more than enough for us to be victorious.     

 

1 Corinthians 14:21-40

In our reading we have the Apostle Paul quoting a verse from Isaiah. 1 Corinthians 14:21 reads: “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.” The quote itself is from Isaiah 28:11, 12 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Paul was saying that what Isaiah was prophetically referring to was praying and speaking in tongues. With that in mind I want to list four definitions of the Hebrew words that Isaiah uses in this passage that he was prophetically speaking about. (1) rest [Strong # 4496: repose, peacefully, consolation, an abode—comfortable, ease, quiet, resting place. Gesenius: a condition of rest, a place of rest, hence a habitation.] (2) rest (second word for rest) [Strong # 5117: to rest, to settle down-to dwell, let alone, withdraw, give comfort, (cause to, be at,) rest. Gesenius: to set oneself down, to rest, to be at rest, from labor.] (3) weary [Strong #5889: faint, thirsty, weary. Gesenius: one who is wearied out, either with a journey or with toil, and at the same time suffers from thirst.] (4) refreshing [Strong#4774: rest, refreshing.] Saints, these are some of the supernatural blessings available to the N.T. believer when they pray in tongues. It is amazing to me that these blessings were prophetically foretold by Isaiah over 700 years before Chrst. 

September 4

Proverbs 5, 6

In our reading today is a verse full of instruction. Proverbs 6:23 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:” If you have ever walked through the woods at night you know it is downright dangerous, tree limbs across the path, overhanging branches, the list goes on and on. Here the writer of Proverbs says the commandments are a lamp and the law is a light. Psalm 119:105 says that God’s word is a lamp for our feet. The only time you need a light is at night. Saints, just as a light will guide our feet in darkness, the word of God will guide us and enable us not to stumble in spiritual and moral darkness. 

 

1 Corinthians 14:1-20

In our reading today the Apostle Paul is giving direction to the Corinthian church and us about the use of tongues in a church service and in our own personal prayer life. Since we are only going to verse 20 in this chapter today we are only getting a partial glimpse. He starts out by saying desire spiritual gifts. Saints, the gifts of the Spirit were meant to give us a supernatural advantage and a tremendous blessing as we live our lives in God. When we pray in the Spirit, in the Holy Ghost we are not speaking to men, we are speaking to God and we are speaking mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2). Paul goes on to say that the person who prays in the Spirit, praying in tongues, edifies, or builds up himself. It is spiritually beneficial for us to pray in tongues. Perhaps tomorrow we can look at this a little closer. 

September 3

Proverbs 3, 4

In our reading today is a very simple passage where God promises to lead and direct us. Proverbs 3:5, 6 “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.” In this passage God says that trusting Him involves us not leaning on our own understanding. He goes on to say that in all our actions and behaviors acknowledge Him, or in other words, choosing to be obedient to what he says in His word rather than do what our flesh wants to do. When we do that, He says He will direct our paths. Saints, knowing the specific will of God for our lives is conditional upon us walking in obedience to the known will in His word.    

 

1 Corinthians 13

In our reading today we share with you one of the first revelations that the Holy Spirit gave me from the Scripture. The passage concerns the so called ceasing of tongues in 1 Corinthians 13:8-12: “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” The extremely important answer to the doctrinal question of when “tongues shall cease” when “knowledge shall vanish away” is answered in this passage, 1 Corinthians 13:8-12. Why many don’t see it is beyond me. The moment when tongues shall cease, knowledge vanishes away, knowing in part and prophesying in part is when that which is perfect is come. As the text clearly says that will occur when we are no longer looking at Jesus through a glass darkly, through the Scripture, but it will be face to face.  

September 2

Proverbs 1-2

In our reading today we have a warning of the evil man and the strange woman (Proverbs 2:10-19). Both the male and the female in this passage are former believers. The male “left the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness” (Proverbs 2:12, 13). The female who “forsaketh the guide of her youth and forgetteth the covenant of her God” (Proverbs 2:17). When I got the revelation that both of these individuals we are to be on guard against were former believers, it was a sobering revelation, and put the fear of God in me, and caused me to seek God more earnestly

1 Corinthians 12

In our reading today we have a tremendous lesson on the body of Christ that we are all needed. I remember years ago I injured my little finger on my right hand. The time and therapy getting my finger back to working condition was long and at times very painful. I can remember at one point of entertaining the thought of having that finger removed because it did not seem worth the pain, the time and effort to get my finger back to working condition. I can’t remember how I was enlightened to it or whether it was something the therapist told me, or I looked for it, but I found out that the little finger, our pinky finger provides 33% to 50% more grip to our hand. I went around the house and did things with that hand and didn’t use my little finger and it was amazing, especially using a hammer or attempting to do chin-ups or pull-ups. Wow. Needless to say I no longer entertained the thought of having my little finger removed. It is the same with the Body of Christ. In fact when God designed our human bodies he designed them in light of Jesus dying on the cross and afterward the miracle of the New Birth made available to all the world, and all believers becoming the body of Christ in the earth. Glory to God all of the members of the Body of Christ are valuable.    

September 1

Psalm 148-150

In our reading today is the last psalm, Psalm 150.  “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 150:5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 150:6 Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” The English word “praise” is mentioned 13 times in the psalm. Interestingly all 13 times is the same Hebrew word. Given that there are 7 or 8 basic Hebrew words for praise and many derivatives, I find it interesting that it is the same word. Praise [Strong: 1984 halal,  haw-lal’; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously-noisy) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify:–(make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool(- ish, -ly), glory, give (light), be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, (sing, be worthy of) praise, rage, renowned, shine.]. 13 times the Spirit of God commands us, in one Psalm,  to be like this when we praise the Lord. 

 

1 Corinthians 11:16-34

In our reading today we have the Apostle Paul giving instructions concerning communion that he received from the Lord. The disciples and our Lord were actually celebrating Passover, and out of that Jesus established the sacrament of communion. There are wonderful promises included in taking communion, one of which is bodily healing. When we take communion we are remembering the Lord’s death (1 Corinthians 11:26). When Jesus died he died for our sins and our sicknesses so that we can believe God for healing as we take the Lord’s supper. Because taking communion is a very serious spiritual matter there is also a warning. If we take communion with unrepentant sin or we do not treat the taking of communion with the holy respect it deserves, we can bring judgment upon ourselves in the form of weakness, sickness and even death (1 Corinthians 11:27-30). Saints, let us take communion in holy reverence and examine ourselves and receive the blessings promised because ot it.  

August 31

Psalm 145-147

In our reading today we Psalm 147:4 “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.” Some of the name of the stars and galaxies are mentioned in Scripture. Job 9:8, 9 is one example,  “Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.” As you read the next excerpt from some research that I did, I want you to think about how God counts the number of stars and calls them all by name.  Stars, Planets, and Galaxies; Clusters of galaxies: “At a distance of several diameters from the Local Group there are other clusters of galaxies. North of Spica in Virgo, there is a region called the Realm of the Galaxies. Here, vast assemblages are found containing thousands of galaxies in one of the largest clusters known. Its distance is about 40 million light years. The number of galaxies contained may be numbered in the tens of thousands, with the greatest concentration toward the constellation Virgo; the number of Galaxies tapers off as the Local Group is reached. From all appearances, this is the local Supergalaxy, a galaxy of galaxies, instead of stars. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one in tens of thousands far out on the rim of a gigantic wheel of galaxies whose flat distribution indicates a rotation about the center. The local supergalaxy is only one of many, for investigations show others in the direction of Hydra and Pavo. Clusters of galaxies extend into space in all directions many billions of light years. Thus, we can see that the universe is composed of hierarchies of increasing magnitude, in constant motion, in an unimaginably vast sea of space.” Wow! God is awesome! 

 

1 Corinthians 11:1-15

In our reading today we have Paul’s encouragement, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). That is quite a statement, that our life is such an example that we encourage others to follow us. How many of us could make it. In my mind that would be one of the most desired things to be said of us that we follow Christ so faithfully that our life could be an example to follow. Paul said it a second time in the letter to the Philippian church, but attached was a very a very strong and sober warning. Philippians 3:17-19 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Paul warns us in this passage that there are many who walk, whose example we should not follow, who are really the enemies of Christ.  The phrase “who mind earthly things” reminds me of what Paul warned in Romans 8:5, 6 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 “ For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Saints, let’s follow those who are an example of Christ and keep our minds on the things of the Spirit.   

August 30

Psalm 142-144

In our reading today is a verse that is dear to my heart. Psalm 144:1 “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” The reason it’s special to me is I love to write, I have from my earliest memories. When I became a Christian though, slowly as I began to grow up in Christ, it became more than just a desire. Scripture says that all of our bodily members can be weapons of righteousness in our obedience to God, or weapons of unrighteousness in our disobedience (Romans 6:13). I have drawn on that word picture many times, and it has been a blessing. Saints, when we walk in obedience to the word of God we are weapons of righteousness! Praise God.  

   

1 Corinthians 10:14-33

In our reading today the Apostle Paul is trying to teach about the deeper spiritual principle of what occurs when people participate in pagan rituals. In 1 Corinthians 10:18 Paul writes, “Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?” His readers already  know that they are partakers with the altar because he had already told them that the priests in the Jewish Temple were partakers with the altar (1 Corinthians 9:13). Saints when we give financially in tithe and offerings to the church we attend, we become partakers with our church. When you donate your time and effort for the fellowship where you worship, you become a partaker with them. Another word used in the definition is “partner”. In fact some translations actually use that word. Another word included in the definition is “sharer”. What ever blessings is on your church you become a partaker of them, you share with them because you are a partner. Jesus said, “He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward” (Matthew 10:41, 42). Praise God.  

August 29

Psalm 139-141

In our reading today we have a psalm of David that describes the forming of a child in the womb of their mother. In Psalm 139:16 David writes, “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.” I want to insert here a quote from a book called The Incredible Machine, from National Geographic Society: “Heredity is written on a chemical ribbon that twists like a spiral staircase, the steps built of 4 chemical bases attached to chains of sugars and phosphates—DNA…thousands of these steps make up a single gene. Tens of thousands of genes, arranged along structures called chromosomes, transmit the instruction for existence, dictating eye color, hair texture…[Some 6 billion steps of DNA in a single cell record one’s life blueprint. This DNA plan for a single human life can be stretched six feet, yet coiled in a repository just 1/2500 of an inch in diameter—the cells nucleus.”]… The Incredible Machine, “Before long, the groups of cells are gathering into layers, then into sheets and tubes, sliding into proper places at the proper times, forming an eye exactly where an eye should be, the pancreas where the pancreas should belongs. The order of appearance is precise, with structures like veins and nerves appearing just in time to support the organs that will soon require them.” This is truly a description of being “fearfully and wonderfully made”. In Job 38:36 Jobe writes, “ Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? The inward parts being the chemical ribbon within the cell, the inward parts.”

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

In our reading today Paul cites a number of examples from the Old Testament, Israel’s history where they sinned against God and suffered the consequences. Paul then tells us that all these examples should be used to warn us not to fall into the same trap. The last verse in our reading is 1 Corinthians 10:13 [NKJV] No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. There is a common phrase that people say that goes like this, “God will never put anything one than what you are able to bear.” I have a sneaky suspicion that a complete misunderstanding of 1 Corinthians 10:13 is the source for that popular phrase. First of all, all temptation is common to man, period. Second, temptation does not come from God, it comes from the devil (Matthew 4:1; James 1:12-15). Whatever the temptation that we are experiencing, God is faithful to provide an escape from it so that we do not sin. That escape is found in the grace Christ provides for us in the word, the grace of authority over the enemy and the grace to resist. God did not put it on you but He will certainly provide you a way out. 

August 28

Psalm 136-138

In our reading today we have a verse that promises that God will fulfill His plan and purposes for our life. Psalm 138:8 [NASB] “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” The phrase “that which concerns me” is referring to His will for our life, the reason each one of us was created, His plans for us individually. I am reminded of Philippians 1:6 [NASB] “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” We must continue giving ourselves more and more to His working in our lives and continue to grow up in Him. As we do our faithful Lord will “perfect that which concerns me”. Hallelujah!   

 

1 Corinthians 9

In our reading today we get an example of Paul using athletic competition in describing the Christian walk. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 [Classic Amplified] “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. 9:25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. 9:26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. 9:27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]”. In this passage Paul s not preaching self will-power or pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps. This cannot be accomplished in our own strength. No, the grace of God is required to do this, it is an impossible task without it. We pray, we read, study, meditate and confess His word concerning these things and it is a continual loop in our mind and consciousness, the grace and power of God will ooze out of His word and be injected into our spirits and give you the empowerment to do the impossible. 

August 27

Psalm 136-138

In our reading today we have a verse that promises that God will fulfill His plan and purposes for our life. Psalm 138:8 [NASB] “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving kindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” The phrase “that which concerns me” is referring to His will for our life, the reason each one of us was created, His plans for us individually. I am reminded of Philippians 1:6 [NASB] “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” We must continue giving ourselves more and more to His working in our lives and continue to grow up in Him. As we do our faithful Lord will “perfect that which concerns me”. Hallelujah!   

 

1 Corinthians 9

In our reading today we get an example of Paul using athletic competition in describing the Christian walk. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 [Classic Amplified] “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours. 9:25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. 9:26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. 9:27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]”. In this passage Paul s not preaching self will-power or pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps. This cannot be accomplished in our own strength. No, the grace of God is required to do this, it is an impossible task without it. We pray, we read, study, meditate and confess His word concerning these things and it is a continual loop in our mind and consciousness, the grace and power of God will ooze out of His word and be injected into our spirits and give you the empowerment to do the impossible.  

August 26

Psalm 128-131

In our reading today is a verse we are all thankful for. Psalm 130:3 [NIV] “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?” Praise God he doesn’t keep a record of sins. And the psalmist was writing this under the Old Covenant when the best there was, was there sins were forgiven and covered by the blood of bulls on the Day of Atonement. Then the prophets could write:  “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). And “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). As good as that was, and it was good, the blood of bulls could only cover sin. But for us in the New Covenant because of the shed blood of Jesus it is so much more a better Covenant. There is not a yearly Day of Atonement, for it was all accomplished in the one sacrifice of Christ Jesus. As the book of Hebrews declares: “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 10:15  The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them  after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 10:17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” 10:18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” Our sins are not only forgiven but forgotten, their gone. Praise God!  

 

1 Corinthians 7:25-40

In our reading today I want to focus on one verse, 1 Corinthians 7:39, but I want to take it in a different direction. The Scripture says, “The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” The direction I want to go is back to Romans 7:1-4, a passage we read back on August 6th when we read Romans 7. In these first 4 verse of the chapter Paul is giving the Jews a sound Covenant reason to accept Christ. Under the mosaic Covenant the Jews were married to God under the Law (Jeremiah 3:14, 20; Isaiah 62:3-5). When Jesus, their Covenant husband died, they were no longer under His Law (the Mosaic Law),  and then free to marry again. When Jesus rose from the dead, he became the new bridegroom! The New Covenant church is to be married to Christ. Glory to God. 

August 25

Psalm 124-127

In our reading we have a very common passage concerning sowing and reaping. “Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5, 6). This passage has been used concerning sowing the word of God to those around us, the tears are for the unsaved and perhaps lack of results. But we must add to this Scripture in the New Covenant that gives more light. John 4:35-38  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 4:36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 4:37 For in this the saying is true:‘One sows and another reaps.’ 4:38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” The Apostle Paul in the first epistle to the Corinthians compliments what Jesus said. “ Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 3: 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 3:7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 3:8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor”  1 Corinthians 3:5-8). Be encouraged saints, sow the word in tears and tiresome labor, though the body of Christ is all working together, every man will receive his own reward. 

 

1 Corinthians 7:1-24

In our reading today Paul by the Spirit of God gives instruction about marriage. In the first few verses Paul says that the husband and the wife owe one another affection. He goes on to say that is the norm but the exception would be if one or both of the spouses wants to devote themselves to prayer and fasting, and then after the time of prayer and fasting is done they must come together. Paul goes on to say that celibacy is a gift and each person has their own gifts (1 Corinthians 7:1-7). I consider my wife a gift from God. Praise God.   

 

August 24

Psalm 120-123

In our reading today is a verse that calls me back to my days when I worked for a living (I’m retired now). The verse is Psalm 123:2 “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He has mercy on us.”  Back in those days I had good bosses and I had bad bosses. But regardless of whether they were good or bad, Scripture tells us to show them obedience, respect and honor, and it is the will of God that we do so. Colossians 3:22-25 in the Classic Amplified says it very clear: “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 3:24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. 3:25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.” We are to be obedient to our bosses from the heart doing the will of God, knowing we serve Christ in doing so, and expecting the reward of the inheritance. 

 

1 Corinthians 6

In our reading today we will look at an exhortation from the Scripture not only on how to live, but also with what we identify after we are believers. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 6:10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” Did you notice that Paul wrote “And such WERE some of you”? Thats past tense. In other words they no longer are “drunkards”, no longer “thieves”, no longer “homosexuals”, because they were “washed” “sanctified” and “justified” in the name of Jesus and by the Spirit of of our God. All three of those terms, washed, sanctified, and justified all refer to what happens to an individual at the new birth. One Greek scholar when writing of the word justified said this: “referring to all those things from which the Mosaic Law could not liberate us. In this instance…it refers to our liberation from something, sin which holds a man a prisoner, a slave…thus, [it] does not mean the mere declaration of innocence, but the liberation from sin which holds a man a prisoner.” This is why Paul says, “And such were some of you”, they no longer are drunkards, thieves, homosexuals, dope heads, because we have been set free. Praise God!  

August 23

Psalm 119:105-176

In our reading today we are still in Psalm 119. In Psalm 119:128 we see the proper attitude a believer is to have toward the word of God. “ Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” It is not saying that God’s word concerning all things is right, although that is true. The Psalmist, presumably David, is voicing his opinion of God’s word. Some of the other translations use the word consider instead of esteem. Those of us in Covenant with God are to consider God’s word to be right and true because it is inspired by God, it is God-breathed.  2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” In Romans 3:4 Paul declares that if an individual judges God’s word to be false, I am to consider God’s word to be true and that man a liar. 

 

1 Corinthians 5

In our reading today we have an example of church discipline. In the Corinthian church there was an individual who was sleeping with his step-mother, the whole church knew it, but were doing nothing about it. When the matter was brought to the attention of the Apostle Paul. After he had assessed the situation and surely prayed he determined to what the church must do and commanded them to do it. Some translations use the wording “passed judgment”. At any rate this individual must be removed from the congregation. Paul uses the phrase “a little leaven leavens the whole lump”. A phrase better know in our culture says, “one bad apple spoils the whole barrel”. This situation had to be dealt with. This was not what Jesus was referring to in Matthew 7:1-5 when he said we see the spec in our brothers eye and can’t see the beam in our own eye. This was a serious immoral violation that could not be ignored. Under the Old Covenant this individual would be put to death (Leviticus 20:11). Under the New covenant it still had to be dealt with but differently, the man was removed from the congregation with the prayer he would repent, which is what happened. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, scholars believe it was what Paul was referring to in the second chapter (2 Corinthians 2:5-11).   

August 22

Psalm 119:49-104

Though the author of Psalm 119 is unknown most scholars Christian Jewish attribute it to David.  In our reading today we have a divine list of powerful blessings of meditating the Word. Psalm 119:97-99 “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 119:98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.” Looking at these verses we  can see a Messianic secret. In Matthew 22 there are three different attempts by the Pharisees and the Sadducees to trip up Jesus in his preaching. In Matthew 22:15-22 the Pharisees tried with the question of paying taxes to Rome. In Matthew 22:23-33 the Sadducees attempted do do it in a question about the resurrection. The final attempt of the Pharisees to tempt Jesus is in Matthew 22:34-40. When they all had failed to trip up Jesus they quit asking him questions. So Jesus asked them a question. Matthew 22:42-46   Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. 22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 22:44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.” Just for fun can anybody in our Cover to cover group answer Jesus’ question? 

 

1 Corinthians 4

In our reading today I want to focus on the fifth verse of chapter 4 in the Classic Amplified  “So do not make any hasty or premature judgments before the time when the Lord comes [again], for He will both bring to light the secret things that are [now hidden] in darkness and disclose and expose the [secret] aims (motives and purposes) of hearts. Then every man will receive his [due] commendation from God.” When we stand before God He will reveal the motives of our heart during our service for the Kingdom. The motives of our heart when we are serving God must be pure. This harkens back to yesterday’s reading about the judgment seat of  Christ. All the things that do not withstand the holy fire of examination will be burnt up, including our motives. We need to constantly making sure the motive of our heart is pure when serving God. Then at the judgment seat of Christ, “every man will receive his [due] commendation from God.” 

August 21

Psalm 119:1-48

Psalm 119 has 176 verses and every one of the verses says something about God’s word. It is truly an amazing Psalm. In Psalm 119:18 the Psalmist sings, “Open thou my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Centuries later the Apostle Paul prayed that the church would be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we would “see” and truly know the truths of the New Covenant. Ephesians 1:15-23 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Saints we need to pray that very prayer for the Holy Spirit to give us revelation of what has already been given to us through Jesus Christ. 

 

1 Corinthians 3

In our reading today the Apostle Paul exhorts us to take heed on what we build upon the foundation of Jesus being our Lord. Paul warns that some will build upon the foundation with gold, silver and precious stones, while others will build with wood hay and stubble. Everything we do in our lives lived for Christ will be tried by the fire of holy examination. What ever man’s work survives the fire will receive a reward, but if any man’s work shall be burned, he himself will be saved but he will receive no rewards for his labor on earth (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul writes this: 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10 [Classic  Amplified] “Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him. 5:10 For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing]. 

August 20

Psalm 116-118

In our reading today we have a verse that exhorts us to praise and rejoice before God in our homes. “The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly” (Psalm 118:15). The “tabernacles” or “tents” of course are our homes. The verse though is clear, these things should be in our homes. The NIV says, “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous”. The NASB says, “The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.” We are the righteous, if we are born again, if we have declared Jesus our Lord, we have been clothed with the righteousness of God (Romans 3:21, 22). It is our breastplate (Ephesians 6:14). This verse reminds me of an old favorite I still have at my house. It’s a Paul Wilbur CD recorded live in Jerusalem over 20 years ago. It has carried me into the presence of God many times, and I pray it will for you also.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evgO27iN_S8 

 

1 Corinthians 2

1 Corinthians 2:9-13 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” What Paul is referring to is the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the believer. It is what Jesus told us about in John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Saints, the Holy Spirit wants to be our teacher, but if we rarely read the Word of God and we never meditate on the Scriptures, there is nothing for the Holy Spirit to bring to our remembrance. When 1 Corinthians 2:13 says, “  but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” He is referring to verses and passages in the Word! He is referring to nuggets of truth scattered throughout the Bible that the Spirit brings to our remembrance and helps us to understand the wisdom of God on any subject. Praise God! In Romans 11:33 Paul writes, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Yes they are unsearchable, but the Holy Spirit will teach them to us.  

August 19

Psalm 112-115

In our reading today we have a Psalm describing an individual who fears the Lord. All ten verses of Psalm 112 describe a person “who fears the Lord, that delights greatly in his commandments”, (Psalm 112:1). He is blessed! All of it is good, but I want to focus on verses 7 & 8. “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 112:8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.” This person’s heart is established and fixed. Fixed on the promises in His word. The Lord promised that he will not break His covenant with us and he will not change the word from his lips (Psalm 89:34). The individual who delights and meditates in the word of the LORD will fix his heart on the LORD.  

 

1 Corinthians 1

In our reading today is a powerful verse that divides the believer from the unbeliever. 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” Ever since the gospel has been preached those who are perishing have thought it foolishness, even in the first century. When Paul was preaching to a group of philosophers in Athens, they let him go on until he preached the resurrection of Christ, and at that moment some of them began mocking Paul (Acts 17:22-32).  Even still a number of folks in that group became believers, one of them an actual member of the court that convened on Mars Hill (Acts 17:34). Even though some mock, some of them deep down know it is true.  If you are ever mocked for your faith in Christ you have joined good company. 

August 18

Psalm 109-111

In our reading today we have the most quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament. Psalm 110 :1 “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” This verse is quoted or alluded to 16 times in the New Testament: Matthew 22:44; 26:64; Mark 16:19; Luke 20:42, 43; Acts 2:33-36; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Ephesians 1:20; 2:6; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3; 1:13; 8:1; 10:12, 13; 12:2. The reason Psalm 110:1 is the most quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament is because the sitting down of Christ at the right hand of God after the resurrection is the most pivotal moment in the establishment of the New Covenant. Jesus said in John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” The baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with other tongues was poured out only after Jesus sat down at the right hand of God (Acts 2:33). Without the giving of the Holy Ghost, the enforcement of the New Covenant, beginning with the new birth would have been impossible. First of all, it is the Holy Ghost that recreates the human spirit when a person becomes born again (Titus 3:5). Secondly, it is the Holy Ghost that does the miracles and signs and wonders (Hebrews 2:4; Mark 16:19, 20). Jesus is sitting next to the Father waiting and expecting his enemies to be made his footstool (Hebrews 10:12, 13). And we are the instruments with which God is using to do it (Mark 16:15-20). 

 

Romans 16

In our reading today we have a wonderful statement concerning what God’s will is for us. Romans 16:25, 26 “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” That is quite a mouthful but let’s break it down. The Apostle Paul is declaring that God has the power, the ability to establish, confirm, and strengthen us, according to everything in the gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, exactly as the word says. God’s Word, the Incarnate Christ Jesus has the ability within Himself to perform and carry out what it says. The key to becoming established in the Word depends upon the “revelation” of the Word, this is exactly what the verse says. He is referring to knowing the word in our hearts, not just our heads. When Jesus said “Let these sayings sink down into your ears: (Luke 9:44), He was referring to the word revealed in our hearts, the grasping of the personal possession of these truths, where they become yours. The passage declares that God has commanded that everything in the Scriptures be made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. He wants us to know it, He is not hiding it from us. He wants us to develop spiritual ears, to hear what the Spirit is saying to us (Matthew 11:15). 

August 17

Psalm 105, 106

In our reading today we see God remembering the covenant He made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21 concerning the land of Canaan. “O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 105:7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 105:9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 105:10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 105:11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance”(Psalm 105:6-11). In verse 8 the Psalmist writes it is commanded for “a thousand generations”, which is about 20,000 years, but actually as the Psalmists writes in verse 10, it is an everlasting Covenant. The Hebrew word translated everlasting means “time out of mind, eternal, without end. So all those folks that have a problem with Israel being there had better get used to it because they are never leaving.  

 

Romans 15:1-21

In our reading today Paul establishes that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, meaning He ministered under the Old Covenant to confirm the promises to the Fathers (Romans 15:8). He then goes into citing examples to prove that it was God’s design all the while to include the Gentiles in the plan of salvation, which is also confirming the promises. He begins by citing either Psalm 18:49 or  2 Samuel 22:50 “Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.” He continues to a passage in Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 32:43 “Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.” He then cites a verse from Psalms, Psalm 117:1 “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.” And he finishes up with a verse from Isaiah,  Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isn’t  it fascinating that all those verses were referring to the New Covenant, that when David was writing and singing the Psalm listed in 2 Samuel 22:50, when He wrote, “Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name”;  he meant that the heathen would be giving thanks and praising the LORD’s name also. 

August 16

Psalm 105, 106

In our reading today we see God remembering the covenant He made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21 concerning the land of Canaan. “O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen. 105:7 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. 105:8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 105:9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 105:10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 105:11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance”(Psalm 105:6-11). In verse 8 the Psalmist writes it is commanded for “a thousand generations”, which is about 20,000 years, but actually as the Psalmists writes in verse 10, it is an everlasting Covenant. The Hebrew word translated everlasting means “time out of mind, eternal, without end. So all those folks that have a problem with Israel being there had better get used to it because they are never leaving.  

 

Romans 15:1-21

In our reading today Paul establishes that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision, meaning He ministered under the Old Covenant to confirm the promises to the Fathers (Romans 15:8). He then goes into citing examples to prove that it was God’s design all the while to include the Gentiles in the plan of salvation, which is also confirming the promises. He begins by citing either Psalm 18:49 or  2 Samuel 22:50 “Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.” He continues to a passage in Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 32:43 “Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.” He then cites a verse from Psalms, Psalm 117:1 “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.” And he finishes up with a verse from Isaiah,  Isaiah 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isn’t  it fascinating that all those verses were referring to the New Covenant, that when David was writing and singing the Psalm listed in 2 Samuel 22:50, when He wrote, “Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name”;  he meant that the heathen would be giving thanks and praising the LORD’s name also. 

August 15

Psalm 103, 104

In our reading today we have some of the benefits of being in Covenant with God. The one I want to focus on is in verse 3 “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” The Hebrew word for healeth  is Strong number 7495 and it means râphâʼ (figuratively) to cure:—cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, ×thoroughly, make whole. It means to physically heal and translated that way in Exodus 15:26; Psalm 147:3; Leviticus 14:3; Deuteronomy 28:27 and a multitude of Scriptures. The Hebrew word for diseases is tachălûwʼ,  the Strong Number  8463 and it means a malady:—disease, × grievous, (that are) sick(-ness). This word is used 5 times in the Old Testament and twice it is translated diseases, one time sicknesses, once sick and once translated “grievous deaths”.  Saints the Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrew 13:8). The benefits are also ours. “By whose stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24). 

 

Romans 14

In our reading today we have a command to not judge our brother and sister in the Lord and the reason given is because every one of us will stand before Christ and give an account for the lives we have lived on this earth. Romans 14:10-12 New King James says, “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 14:11 For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” 14:12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. That is a very sober thought, and its true. I believe that if we all concentrated more on our own lives and prayed for our brothers and sisters who are struggling, then the day we stand before Christ will go a lot better for us. 

 

August 14

Psalm 99-102

In our reading today we have a powerful exhortation from King David. He writes in Psalm 101:3 “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” How needful are these words in our present technological age where literally every visual image is at our fingertips. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Saints, there are things in this world that will cause us to turn aside from God to draw us away from Him. We need to develop a hatred of the things that will draw us away from Him and determine by the grace and power of God that we will not permit them before our eyes and those same works will not cling to us.

Romans 13

In our reading today the Apostle Paul exhorts us to be obedient to the government authorities. Civil government is one of the institutions created by God. Man did not create it. The passage goes on to say that our government leaders are God’s servants. The King James uses the word “minister”. We are to be obedient to them as long as they don’t tell us to sin against God. The passage ends with the command that if we owe them honor we need to honor them (Romans 13:1-7). In Paul’s first letter to Timothy he exhorts us to pray for our leaders in order that we have a quiet and peaceable life (1 Timothy 2:1-3). It is much more conducive to share the gospel in a quiet and peaceable atmosphere than in the middle of a civil war.

August 13

Psalm 96-98

In our reading today we have an interesting verse. Psalm 98:4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Notice the word “noise” is used twice but it is not the same Hebrew word. The first use “make a joyful noise” means an ear splitting shout, to shout for an alarm or for joy. The second use “make a loud noise” means “to break out in joy.” Saints we all shout and cheer for our favorite teams and its ok to do that, but what happens when we are in a praise and worship service. Does our favorite team get more of a shout from us than the King of Glory. Saints He is worthy of all praise a honor. 

 

Romans 12

Romans 12:1, 2 was one of the first passages that had a profound effect upon my life. It was not difficult for me to realize what things in my life I was not to be conformed to. The music, the drugs, and the books all contributed in “fashioning me to the former lusts in my ignorance” (1 Peter 1:14), into an image that was not of God. Now the Lord desired me to be transformed into the image of Christ by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). Our part is renewing our mind and yielding to the grace and power of the Spirit and not letting sin reign in our mortal body. Romans 6:11, 12 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Though the ceremonial sacrifices Israel participated in were done away in Christ. These are some of the sacrifices we participate in to worship and glorify God through Jesus Christ. 

August 12

Psalm 93-95

In our reading today we will look at a passage cited in the New Testament. A warning about hardening our hearts. Hardening our heart is a dangerous thing and it is entirely up to us. We are the ones who harden our hearts.We harden our hearts when we choose to walk in disobedience to God rather than walk in obedience. In  Psalm 95:7-11 the Psalmist warns about the generation that believed the evil report of the ten spies in Numbers 13, 14. But as the passage reveals it was not just that act that hardened their hearts. In Psalm 95:10 it says that that generation grieved God the whole forty years. They were constantly grieving the heart of God. Another thing I think is interesting is that when this passage is cited in the New Testament, the inspired writer of Hebrews says it was the Third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit who inspired the Psalmist to write it down. Saint’s, let’s walk in obedience to God and keep our hearts tender. 

 

Romans 11:22-36

In our reading today we complete Romans 11, the warning from Paul that God is not finished with Israel. He is not finished with Israel, in fact their brightest days are ahead. I challenge you to read the Old Testament prophets, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah, Zechariah and the rest and discover that many of the prophecies have not been fulfilled. Some were fulfilled by his first coming. The rest will be fulfilled in the days immediately preceding the return of Christ and His Millennial reign. All Israel shall be saved. Romans 11:26-29   And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 11:28   As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 

August 11

Psalm 90, 92

Psalm 91 is a Psalm of divine protection. The author is not named but tradition has it as Moses was the author. There are many explicit promises given in this Psalm and they are all wonderful and to be believed, memorized and meditated upon and to be stood upon by the believer and I do. But it is the last three verses of the Psalm that stand out to me today. You see there are three different persons in this Psalm, the speaker (Psalm 91:1, 2), the one he is speaking to (Psalm 91:3-13), and then the LORD speaks (Psalm 91:14-16). It is what the Lord speaks that is most important to me today. Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”    

 

Romans 11:1-21

In our reading today we have a warning to the Gentiles in the Body of Christ concerning their view of Israel (Romans 11:13). Some have taught that God was through with Israel and that the Church replaced Israel. Really? The first 9 chapters of the book of Acts deals with a church that is 99.9% Jewish. Paul warns us not to boast against the branches, the Jews who have not accepted Christ and as a result were broken off because of unbelief (Romans 11:18-20). In Romans 11:16 Paul refers to Israel as a holy firstfruit, a holy lump and holy branches ( Romans 11:16). Yes, everyone including Jews have to accept Christ to be in Covenant with God and go to heaven (Acts 13:38, 39). But all the faithful Jewish men and women who lived up until the time of Christ are holy and we need to follow their example (Hebrews 11). Saints, we are the ones from the east and the west who will “sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 8:11).  

August 10

Psalm 88, 89

In our reading today we have the promise of God concerning His Covenant. Psalm 89:34 “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” A similar declaration is announced in Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” It is words like these that encourage me as a believer in covenant with God,  to obey the words of Romans 3:4 that when humans judge God’s word to be untrue, I in faithfulness to my God will judge God’s word to be true and that man who judges God’s word to be untrue, I let him be a liar.  

 

Romans 10

In our reading today we have Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Faith comes from hearing faith and we hear faith when we hear the word of God. A perfect example of this in found in Acts 14:7-10 “And there they preached the gospel. 14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 14:10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.” The man in the crowd at Lystra was a cripple from birth, he had never walked. But he was listening to Paul preach. Now if this man had faith in his heart ot be healed from listening to Paul, then it must be so that Paul was including physical healing in his faith filled salvation message of the gospel. Otherwise where would he get faith to be healed if it were not from what Paul was preaching. This is why we need to daily read God’s word and regularly attend a local Bible believing church. Because we hear faith when we hear the word of God.   

August 9

Psalm 85-87

In our reading today is Psalm 85:8 “I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” The Psalmist is referring to a decision he has made. He writes that he WILL HEAR what God will speak. The Word of God is full of God speaking to us, His people. Have we made the decision to hear? The Psalmist continues and writes, “for he will speak peace unto his people”. All through the New Testament it is explicitly stated that Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ desires for us to be at peace. There are 17 examples in all: Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; Philemon 3; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; 2 John 3; 2 Peter 1:2; Revelation 1:4. Saints, let us make the decision to hear what God will speak, for He will speak peace to us. Praise God.

Romans 9

In our reading today we find Paul writing that Israel stumbled (Romans 9:32). The NLT says, “ They stumbled over the great rock in their path.” The great rock in their path was our Lord Jesus Christ. What they stumbled over in particular was that Jesus was crucified. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:23 “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock…” You see, because Deuteronomy 21:22, 23 declares that if someone is hung on a tree he is cursed of God, the Jewish mind stumbled over Christ. They could not wrap their head around a person who claimed to be their Messiah who was cursed of God. That is why it says in Isaiah 53:4 [NLT] Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! God loves the Jewish people and they have a very bright future in God’s plans. Someday soon the blindness that they are under will be lifted and all Israel shall be saved (Romans 11:25-27).

August 8

Psalm 82-84

In our reading today we learn of a man or a woman whose strength is in the LORD. Psalm 84:5-7 “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 84:6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” The valley of baca is a valley of weeping, but the man or woman whose strength is in the Lord makes it into a well. The man or woman whose strength is in the Lord goes from one level of strength to another level of strength. They continue to grow in the Lord. Let’s put our strength and grow from one strength to another.   

 

Romans 8:19-39

From our reading today I want to focus on Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” In this verse I want to focus on the word “helpeth”. The Greek word translated helpeth is a triple compound word, sunantilambanomai: sun-together with; anti-against; lambano-take hold of. It means “to take hold of together with against” something. It refers to someone taking hold with you against something. The person it is referring to is the Holy Spirit of God. When you pray in tongues, in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God is taking hold together with you against your infirmities. Praise God that is so wonderful. 

August 7

Romans 8:1-18

Yesterday we talked about “the law of sin and death” (Romans 7:15-23), how that every person is dealing with it and we talked about the solution. I heard a very wise minister say that the law of sin and death is like the law of gravity, you cannot stop it from working, they are both established laws. In the case of gravity you cannot stop it from operating but you can supercede it if you apply a higher law, the law of lift, with that law you can overcome the law of gravity. He said that in the same way, the law of sin and death can be overcome by activating a higher law, the law of the Spirit. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death “ (Romans 8:2). When Jesus died on the cross  “[God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice] (Romans 8:3 Amplified Classic). When you got born again you accepted that sacrifice, so the law of sin and death has been deprived of its power over you. But it is not automatic, it does not just happen, you and I have a part to play because we are in Covenant with God. God did His part by sending Jesus to die on the cross. We need to keep our minds focused on the things of the Spirit and not on the things of the flesh (Romans 8:5, 6). Paul actually says that a mind focused on the things of the flesh is hostile to God (Romans 8:7). We need to develop a prayer life, a Bible study life and be consistently meditating on the Scripture. Paul writes that meditating on the things of the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:6), and the main reason for that is you are walking in the Spirit and free from the law of sin and death.  

 

Psalm 79-81

In our reading today we have a passage that is 180 degrees apart from today’s reading in Romans: “Psalm 81:11-14 [Amplified Classic] But My people would not hearken to My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. 81:12 So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust and let them go after their own stubborn will, that they might follow their own counsels. 81:13 Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! 81:14 Speedily then I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their adversaries.” Saints, even under the Old Covenant God promised His Covenant people deliverance from their enemies if they walked in obedience to His word. Can you see the frustration in His heart, “Oh that my people would listen to me.” Let us, as faithful Covenant people walk in obedience to His ways. Our deliverance has already been won, we just need to listen to our Father and walk in His ways!  

August 6

Psalm 78

Psalm 78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.” In the NET Bible, the Psalmist writes , “Pay attention, my people”. Then he writes incline your ears”. The Hebrew word for “incline” means “to stretch out”. I think we all at one time have thought we heard something but it was so faint, we weren’t sure if we heard anything. But we are going to make sure, so sometimes we breathe softly or hold our breath altogether, and tilt our heads toward the direction we think so as to make sure. Well, God wants us to be that attentive towards His Word. We need to incline our ears to the words of his mouth.  

 

Romans 7

In Romans 7:15-23 we have a description of “the law of sin and death”. It is a law that operates and has operated in us since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden and in the following passage Paul describes it very well. Romans 7:15-23 “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 7:16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 7:17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 7:18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 7:19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 7:20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 7:21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 7:22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 7:23 But I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me” (Romans 7:15-23). Since the fall of Adam and Eve, every human being, has had to deal with this, but there is only one path to victory and that is through Jesus Christ. It will not be in our own strength because we can’t do it in our own strength. It will only be as we draw near to Christ in prayer and study of His word and meditating that word will the grace, the empowerment to walk in victory come to us in our spirit. The only successful solution to the law of sin and death is revealed in the next chapter. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death “ (Romans 8:2).   

August 5

Psalm 75-77

In our reading today the Psalmist writes,  “I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings” (Psalm 77:11, 12). There is a special blessing to those who meditate God’s word. The Bible says that the individual who meditates God’s word will prosper. A lot of people think of money when they hear the word prosper, but that is only a small part of it, it also points to being profitable and growing spiritually. There is also another use of it that not many people know. When the prophet Samuel anointed David to be King, the Bible says that the Spirit of God came upon David from that day forward. That Hebrew for “come upon” in 1 Samuel 16:13 is the same Hebrew word used in Psalm 1:3 for “prosper”. Another blessing for those who meditate God’s word is the Holy Spirit will come upon you. Praise God, that settles it for me. I am going to meditate God’s word! 

 

Romans 6

The Scriptures declare that because we are born again in Christ, we are dead to sin. In my life in Christ I have heard more than once the question, does the temptations of sin tempt a dead body? No it does not, and the Bible describes us in the same manner, that we are dead to sin (Romans 6:1, 2). And though we have already been released from the chains and bondages that held us, we have to grow up in Christ. As these truths are made alive in our hearts, and we begin to realize that because of what Christ has done for us, what these truths say about us is who we are. It is then that we will begin to yield and walk in power and freedom that Christ has won for us. A good place to begin is Romans 6:11 [NLT]: “So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”  Think on the truth that you are dead to sin and alive to God, but don’t just consider it with your mind, speak it out loud with your mouth throughout the day as you are driving or riding to work, to school. Let it run as a continual loop in your head and with your mouth. Jesus said “Let these sayings sink down into your ears:” (Luke 9:44). As we consider and speak the words of the Lord, they will sink down into our spirits and be made alive in us. 

August 4

Psalm 73, 74

In our reading today is a comforting and encouraging verse. Psalm 73:28 “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.” Saints, if God feels distant from us, then let us draw near to him. Praise God what a wonderful and comforting statement. Hebrews 10:22, 23 declares:  “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Words are part of the “drawing near”. Hold fast to our confession of faith. Hosea 14:2 says, “Take with you words and turn to the LORD and say unto him…” Repent if we need to and receive our forgiveness, but follow that up with praise and gratitude and worship and remember that we draw near to God, he will draw near to us (James 4:8). 

 

Romans 5

In our reading today we have Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” What must be grasped is that our justification and the peace we have between God and us was not from anything we have accomplished, but what God accomplished through Christ Jesus. To see this we have to look at the previous verse Romans 4:25 [New American Standard Bible]  “He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.” Saints, when we were justified in the eyes of God, Jesus was raised from the dead. Our justification produced a peace between God toward us because the sin problem that had caused an enmity between God toward us was removed. Ephesians 2:13-17 “ But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.” Glory to God!