December 2 Bible reading

1 12 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.

December 2  Proverbs 29:10-18  1 John 2:28-29; 3:1-10  Daniel 8:15-27; 9:1-19

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?

Recognizing God as our Provider brings a calm to our spirit. As we learn self-control we grow in wisdom. In the context of talking about healthy parenthood, Solomon writes about the wisdom of following spiritual guidance.

We must daily choose to be in personal relationship with Jesus. By His faithful love, our Father God has called us His children. We are excited about the future return of Jesus and how it will ultimately transform us. For this reason, we do not make a practice of sinning. We draw strength of character from our personal relationship with God. We focus our attention on God who loved us selflessly. If we make a habit of sin we are not loving God with all we’ve got. Whether we are keeping this disorder of the heart a secret or not, we must stop to ask honest questions about what we value most. Let us choose to follow Jesus more than our cravings. In this, we will find lasting peace and pleasure.

The angel Gabriel explains the visions of the end times that Daniel is having. Evil power will ultimately fall before our Lord Jesus. Daniel leads public confession of corporate sin. Daniel calls on the faithful love of God to forgive their sin. Daniel reminds God of His merciful covenant agreements with people. Daniel asks God to act, not because of their actions, but instead because of His own great mercy.


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