January 25 Bible reading

24 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 25  Psalm 15  Matthew 17:14-27; 18:1-9  Genesis 49; 50

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 15  We see the ability to “stand firm forever” in God’s presence, worshiping, as a benefit to choosing a lifestyle that honors God. Receiving the love of God, recognizing the provision of God, and returning to worship God will bring us to a faithful lifestyle. As we choose this way of living, we will find benefits. We find such peace in the presence of God!

Matthew 17:14-27; 18:1-9  Jesus calls for faith, like a child, with humility. Jesus shows His followers power over demons. Jesus brought spiritual freedom to people. Jesus taught His followers about the importance of faith in spiritual ministry. Jesus taught His followers about the folly of dictating financial gifts for God’s house of worship. Repenting from sin with humility is essential, according to Jesus. People who tempt others to sin will be punished. Taking serious measures to avoid temptation is just what Jesus recommended.

Genesis 49; 50  Jacob’s last words include the consequences of sinful lust, anger, and violence. He also speaks of God Almighty blessing Joseph. Here we read the perspective Joseph had, seeing that “God intended it for good, so that” he could “save the lives of many people”. He spoke the truth of the personal responsibility that he and his brothers had in their decisions and the truth of God’s sovereignty.

 


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