August 20 Bible reading

19 08 2019

August 20 Proverbs 20:15-24 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 2 Chronicles 10; 11; 12

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?

August 20 Proverbs 20:15-24 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 2 Chronicles 10; 11; 12
Proverbs 20:15-24 We will be more at peace if we recognize the guidance of our God and seek out wise counsel. Proverbs helps us consider, “What are God’s thoughts on this matter? What can I learn about God’s ways that will inform my daily decisions? How has God spoken to us about the way we live?”
1 Corinthians 14:1-19 A true giving love should be the goal of every Jesus follower. It should be our motivation for the use of our spiritual gifts. That will direct our focus in the use of prophecy, for example, and our understanding of the ability to speak in tongues. They are to be used in a way that is helpful to others. This “agape” giving love should be the obvious motive for the use of spiritual gifts. It also helps us evaluate if a person is maturing in the way that they use their gifts.
2 Chronicles 10; 11; 12 After the death of Solomon, his son Rehoboam becomes king and begins his reign by raising taxes and increasing the labor demands on the people. Jeroboam leads a revolt of the northern tribes of Israel against him and the descendants of David who would follow. In leadership, cruelty is not a God-honoring way to serve people. These two kings were constantly at war. They led people away from the worship of Yahweh. As a consequence, God allowed Egypt to punish Jerusalem. Only when they repented did God stop the Egyptians. Nothing good comes from walking away from a relationship with God.




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