Forgiveness Day 16 January 21

20 01 2019

Search me O God in the area of forgiveness

Read Jesus in Matthew 18:15-35 Ephesians 4:32 Colossians 3:13

God’s Purpose: Remove Guilt & Restore Relationship

Forgive: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for, to grant relief from payment of, to cease to feel resentment against. Forgiving: allowing room for error or weakness.

God’s Forgiveness: a commitment to pardon graciously those who repent & believe so that they are reconciled to Him.

Repent – turn around in actions and attitude….to change behavior as a result of a complete change of thinking and attitude.

We’re saying, “I will not dwell on this incident, bring up this incident again and use it against you, talk to others about this incident, let this incident stand between us or hinder, our personal relationship.”

Why? “By making and keeping these promises, you can tear down the walls that stand between you and your offender. You promise not to dwell on or brood over the problem or to punish by holding the person at a distance. You clear the way for your relationship to develop unhindered by memories of past wrongs. This is exactly what God does for us, and it is what He calls us to do for others.”





January 21 Bible reading

20 01 2019

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

January 21  Psalm 12  Matthew 14:22-36; 15:1-9  Genesis 41:41-57; 42

What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

What should you do about that truth?

Psalm 12  David gives the band a song for the gathering of believers. He is weary of defiant and violent criminals. He is singing about God taking action on behalf of the poor and oppressed. David has found God to be faithful and his promises to be pure. God is looking for interaction with us, honest dialogue, relationship with who we really are, what we are truly thinking and feeling. God cares about what we are really thinking and feeling. God wants us to call out for help. When we realize that His “promises are pure” we are better able to trust Him completely.

Matthew 14:22-36; 15:1-9  Still looking for solace, Jesus sends the disciples ahead to cross the lake by boat. A storm brings heavy waves. They’re in trouble. Jesus appears walking on the water. Peter wants to join him. Peter takes steps on the water, but when he takes his eyes off Jesus he sinks. Jesus pulls Peter out and uses this as a teaching moment. Jesus asks the all-important question, “Why did you doubt Me?” We must gauge the condition of our hearts. The identity of Jesus as Messiah is the focus. Jesus calls into question the spiritual orientation of religious people who defied him. Jesus exposed their selfishness.

Genesis 41:41-57; 42  Just as Joseph had predicted the Egyptians saw seven years of abundant crops. He was a good steward in organizing their savings in preparation for the predicted seven years of famine to come. This set up a reunion with his brothers, exposing their guilt for selling him into slavery. Joseph saw God respond to the state of his heart and the character of his lifestyle.





January 20 Bible reading

20 01 2019

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

January 20  Proverbs 2:12-22  Matthew 14:1-21  Genesis 40; 41:1-40

What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

What should you do about that truth?

Proverbs 2:12-22  A lifestyle of loving God with all you’ve got will help you make wise decisions. Learning from God will bring guidance in how to live each day. This will protect you from dangerous relationships and keep you from sexual sin. You are able to make decisions to follow God’s life-giving way. If I will choose to live by God-fearing wisdom I will run from sexual immorality and I will stay on the paths of the righteous (healthy relationships with God and others).

Matthew 14:1-21  John the Baptist confronted the sexual sin of Herod, a violent ruler. Herod has John put to death. Jesus wants to be alone when he hears the news but more than 5,000 people are following him. Jesus was moved with compassion for them despite his grief. Jesus provided food for them miraculously. Jesus healed the sick. Jesus cared about their spiritual needs and their natural needs. What a contrast between Herod living for his own pleasure and Jesus’ giving life to others!

Genesis 40; 41:1-40  Falsely accused and in prison, Joseph doesn’t give up. God gives Joseph the interpretation of dreams. Joseph provides the meaning of the dreams and suggestions for action. Joseph doesn’t take credit for himself but attributes God for this ability. Joseph is restored from prison to a place of authority over Potipher’s resources. On any given day God has wisdom for us. We are given the opportunity to seek God and live faithfully in response to all that God has already done for us. Joseph showed wisdom in saying, “It is beyond my power, but God can do this.”





Your Word Day 15 January 20

19 01 2019

“Lord, please help me to grow closer to You by reading, digesting, memorizing, and putting to use Your Word. Please help me become more familiar with the Bible, honoring it as Your word to me.”

  • Like newborns, we must crave pure spiritual milk so that we will grow into a full experience of salvation. We will cry out for this nourishment, now that we have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
  • So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
  • We cannot live by food alone but by every Word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
  • Let these words be your weapons as you fight. 1 Timothy 1:18 (CEV)
  • Many of the benefits of Scripture (and how we should relate to it) are listed in Psalms 119

“Lord, thank You for speaking to me through Your Word the Bible. Today I choose to read it with faith. Today I choose to read it and pray about it. Today and every day I choose to obey Your Word. Thank You, Lord, for this Treasure!”

Please take time to read the Bible today. Expand your reading. If this is a first, try starting with Psalm 23. If you usually read a few verses, try a longer chapter. If you usually read three chapters, try several. Find a verse that speaks to you and memorize it.





Blessed to be a blessing Day 14 January 19

18 01 2019

“Lord, as I thank You for all that You have provided me, as I ask for Your will first in my life, I also ask that You would continue to provide for my basic needs. Beyond that, Lord I ask that You would bless me in the way that You blessed Abraham (that he would be ‘blessed to be a blessing’ to others Genesis 12:2).”

  • I will trust You with all my heart. I will not rely on my understanding. In all my ways, I will acknowledge You and You will direct my paths. Proverbs 3:5-7
  • I ask, in prayer, believing, and I know I will receive. Matthew 21:22
  • As I diligently obey the voice of the Lord, all these blessings shall come upon me and overtake me. I will be blessed in the city, in the country, when I come in, and as I go out. The Lord will command a blessing on my savings and in all to which I set my hand, and He will bless me in the land which He is giving me. Deuteronomy 28:1-8
  • God is able to make all grace abound toward me, that always saving all sufficiency in all things, I may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
  • I will give and it will be given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured on me. With the same measure that I give, it will be measured back to me. Luke 6:38
  • It is God who gives me the ability to earn a living, savings, and more than enough to give away, that He may establish His covenant with me. Deuteronomy 8:18

“Lord, I thank you for the way in which you have already provided for me. Please help me to be a good steward of all that you have given me. Help me be responsible. Help me make good decisions. Help me choose to be generous with my time, energy, and money in a way that is courageous and reflects my belief that You are my Provider.”

“Lord, please help me to be ‘blessed to be a blessing’ in my: personal life, family, business, church and relationships with others.”





January 19 Bible reading

18 01 2019

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

January 19  Psalm 11  Matthew 13:36-58  Genesis 38; 39

What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

What should you do about that truth?

Psalm 11  On ordinary days and days when things are falling apart our God is alive, aware, able, and active. This is the faith statement sung by David when chaos and violence seem unchecked. “What should I do?” David sings. David believes that God is in control. We can choose to trust God. Turning to God we will see His face. He has an attentive focus on each human.

Matthew 13:36-58  Jesus taught His disciples that the Kingdom of God transcends everything in our natural world. We would be wise to recognize the priority of the Kingdom of God. Jesus called people to receive new spiritual life and repent of their self-oriented ways. Jesus predicted a day when all will be made right and our decision to follow Him will be rewarded. Jesus told us that the Kingdom of Heaven is more valuable than anything on earth. Jesus taught these things repeatedly and plainly. Jesus only did a few miracles in His hometown where they did not believe in Him as Savior.

Genesis 38; 39  Israel’s son Judah had been influential in selling his brother Joseph into slavery. Judah chooses sexual sin over God’s ways. Judah’s sons are wicked. Judah remains caught up in the customs of this world and sinful decisions. God is always aware of what is going on and brings consequences. Joseph’s master Potiphar recognizes the favor of God on him and puts him in charge of his resources. Joseph resists the temptation of sexual sin. Falsely accused, Joseph is put in prison where God continues to show him favor. God brings redemption to messed up human relationships. God can show His faithful love even when we are falsely accused and wrongfully punished.





Conversation Day 13 January 18

17 01 2019

“Lord, please search me oh God in general, and search me in particular with regard to the quality of my conversation, my words, my heart, and what comes out of my mouth.”

  • I will not use foul or abusive language. I will let everything I say be good and helpful so that my words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Ephesians 4:29
  • I will be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. James 1:19
  • Death and life are in the power of my tongue. Proverbs 18:21
  • Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. Psalms 141:3
  • May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14

‘Lord, please forgive me for the times when I have said the wrong thing and the times when I have not said the right thing. Please forgive me for allowing my heart to be unhealthy. Please forgive me for allowing my heart to be anything other than worshipping You and overflowing with gratitude to You. Please forgive me for the times when my heart has overflowed with words that do not glorify You. Please help me to learn to control my tongue in a way that gives You thanks. Please help me learn how to control my words to speak life (faith statements) and not death (wrong perspective).”