July 3 Bible reading

2 07 2019

July 3 Proverbs 16:8-17 Acts 22:22-30; 23:1-11 2 Kings 6:24-33; 7; 8:1-15

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?

July 3 Proverbs 16:8-17 Acts 22:22-30; 23:1-11 2 Kings 6:24-33; 7; 8:1-15
Proverbs 16:8-17 We find wisdom here that is incredibly helpful to our peace of mind. Hoarding money will not solve all your problems. Honesty carries more benefit than greed. God is in control, and we benefit from living in light of this fact. Will I trust God?
Acts 22:22-30; 23:1-11 Jesus announced a new season in the Kingdom of God. He brought about a New Covenant agreement between God and humanity. Jesus Christ the Messiah declared that our creator God loved the whole world. He was inviting Gentile “outsiders” into God’s love, as “insiders”. Paul and the people of the early church carried this message. An inclusive Messiah enraged Jerusalem’s religious leaders. This provided Paul an opportunity to defend his faith in Jesus.
2 Kings 6:24-33; 7; 8:1-15 God used the prophet Elisha to predict life-changing events for people, cities, and kings. Four men who were poor outcasts, because of their leprosy, were able to celebrate a God-given freedom won for Samaria. Elisha had predicted this miracle which still seems impossible today. Our history records the many times God has proven that anything is possible with Him. Nothing is too hard for our God. Faith in God is reasonable. Believing in the supernatural should be elementary. It should draw us to a personal relationship with God, a humble submission, and careful consideration of who God is, and what God is planning next.

 


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