July 21 Bible reading

20 07 2019

July 21 Psalms 88:1-9 Romans 6:15-23; 7:1-6 Hosea 3; 4; 5

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 21 Psalms 88:1-9 Romans 6:15-23; 7:1-6 Hosea 3; 4; 5
Psalms 88:1-9 When our life is full of troubles we feel like there’s no way out, we can sing Psalm 88 and know that God hears us. It’s possible that Jesus did so on the night before His death. If we are abandoned or betrayed personally we can sing this song. We know that Jesus experienced similar things.
Romans 6:15-23; 7:1-6 When we chose to receive Jesus as Savior God’s grace brought us new life. We are now free from the compulsion to sin. We have a choice. Now we can live wholeheartedly in a healthy relationship with God and others. We don’t have to live like a bully who cares about himself more than anyone else. Selfishness breaks relationships. As Jesus followers, we are free to live by the leading of the Holy Spirit. The result is good, patient, kind, love.
Hosea 3; 4; 5 God instructed Hosea to restore his wife Gomer, and love her after she had returned to prostitution. God speaks condemnation on the priests who were not in a personal relationship with God. The priests who took joy in the sin of the Israelites would not escape the judgment of God. The living God is aware of our motives. He cares about the state of our heats and what we choose to worship.


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