September 20 Bible reading

19 09 2018

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.

September 20  Psalm 109:1-20  Galatians 5:7-26  Isaiah 47; 48; 49:1-7

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

David asks God to punish people who have betrayed him and falsely accused him. God cares about what we are going through.

Paul refutes false teaching that requires circumcision and a distorted focus on external behaviors. We are free from a legalistic approach to life. Paul instructs us to use our freedom to serve each other in love and let the Holy Spirit guide our lives. We should see the Holy Spirit change our cravings to that which is opposite of our sinful nature. Paul has identified several sins, such as sex outside of marriage, worship of something other than God, selfishness, divisiveness, and drunkenness. In contrast, a life led by the Holy Spirit will produce: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Following Jesus compels us to walk away from selfishness.

Isaiah predicts the judgment on Babylon. Repeatedly God outlines the contrast between the characteristics of what they had been focused on and His own character of faithful love.


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