October 8 Bible reading

7 10 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.

October 8  Psalm 118:17-29  Colossians 4:2-18  Jeremiah 16; 17

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?

The singer draws strength from his relationship with God. Singing in the public worship service there is thanksgiving for answered prayer. Requests of God are made in this context.

Colossians 4:2, 5-6 are words to live by. Prayer should include dialogue with God out of thoughtful consideration. Prayer works best when we give wholehearted devotion. Prayer is consistently uplifting when it includes thanksgiving. We should be careful to exercise wisdom in how we live and talk.

For generations, God’s people had rejected His love and guidance. Over many years they followed evil desires and were unfaithful to God. This is the reason God allows punishment. And yet God promises to bring a repentant faithful remnant back to the Promised Land. People who derive their confident hope from trusting in God will be blessed. In contrast, people who live by bad motives will be judged by God. It’s possible to be deceived. How do you know if you are? We can find clarity in the truth of God’s Word, and the counsel of mature believers. A weekly day of rest from our ordinary work is helpful for a God focus.


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