July 7 Bible reading

6 07 2019

July 7 Proverbs 16:18-27 Acts 25:23-27; 26:1-23 2 Kings 14:23-29; 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 7 Proverbs 16:18-27 Acts 25:23-27; 26:1-23 2 Kings 14:23-29; 15
Proverbs 16:18-27 Pride is dangerous. Many people who fall, didn’t see it coming because they believed their own opinion to be most valuable. God will give grace to the humble, as seen in James 4:6 1 Peter 5:5 Proverbs 3:34. “Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” – “Humility” by C. J. Mahaney. Humility gets God’s attention: “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts,” in Isaiah 66:2 God is addressing the Israelites who were not showing humility in their relationship with him. The grace God gives provides the ability we need to change.
Acts 25:23-27; 26:1-23 Governor Festus calls Paul to defend his faith in Jesus before King Agrippa. Both leaders had heard of the people who were following Jesus as the Way to salvation. Paul reveals that he is not challenging the Scriptures and the beliefs of the Jewish faith. Paul agrees with their hope for a predicted Messiah and now believes that Jesus is this Messiah raised from dead. Paul describes his personal encounter with Jesus when he received his new purpose of bringing people to Jesus through faith and repentance. We are all called to follow this example (generally speaking).
2 Kings 14:23-29; 15 God was painfully aware of the suffering His people had brought on themselves. God even used evil kings to accomplish His will including freedom for His people who were not serving Him at the time. In this history, we see mistakes repeated through generations of kings God is not surprised. There is no sin that is new to God. He has a salvation available for every sin.

 


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