June 14 Bible reading

13 06 2019

June 14 Psalm 73:15-28 Acts 9:1-31 2 Samuel 22; 23:1-7

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.
• 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?

June 14 Psalm 73:15-28 Acts 9:1-31 2 Samuel 22; 23:1-7
Psalm 73:15-28 In the house of worship, Asaph sings his lament at the success of bad people and discovers bitterness in his heart. As he sings, he becomes aware of the personal, close presence of God. His focus turns to loving gratitude for the strength he draws from his relationship with God. This is a big deal! Each of us would be happier if we would take the same steps.
Acts 9:1-31 Saul is “breathing murder” and working to lock up as many Jesus followers as possible. Jesus speaks to Saul, questioning this persecution and calling Saul to repent and accept a new commission. Saul responds to Jesus in faith and is filled with the Holy Spirit. He began preaching about Jesus with a personal conviction and powerful grasp on how the Scriptures confirmed the identity of Jesus as Messiah. He had a life-changing personal interaction with Jesus. He had worked hard to understand the Scriptures. He obeyed God’s instruction. All of this helped him respond to Jesus and discover his own personal purpose within the larger purpose of God. This is also possible for you!
2 Samuel 22; 23:1-7 Challengers tried to murder him. I’m flooded with encouragement by highlighting the action words that David uses to describe how God helped him overcome his enemies. If I consider my tempter as my enemy, I must consider that the God of David is also at work for me. There’s victory available in Jesus.

 


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