December 5 Bible reading

4 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 5  Psalm 139:1-10  1 John 5  Daniel 11:36-45; 12

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?

King David had a roller coaster of a life. He learned valuable lessons through his life experiences by considering where God had been involved. David reflected on what God had said and what God had done. These observations helped him come to the realization that God knew him very well. God was always with him. God had been at work before David arrived at any location. God followed David wherever he chose to go. God blessed David personally. Throughout his life, David found strength and guidance in his relationship with God.

1 John 5 is packed with essential truth beyond what I can summarize here. Everyone who will rely on Jesus as Savior experiences a new spiritual life. This brings a sense of peace and a new confidence that God hears us. We are now motivated to share God’s love with each other. Our faith in Jesus connects us to limitless spiritual power beyond our own strength. We receive the salvation that came to us through the blood of Jesus. We receive the Holy Spirit. We publicly declare our faith through water baptism. Our lives are changed and we now live with a God focus.

Through visions and interpretations, Daniel learns about God’s sovereign control over human history. There is an eternal perspective here for those who will trust God regardless of suffering. There is a promise of resurrection and eternal life with God beyond the end of our time.


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