July 16 Bible reading

16 07 2021

July 16 Psalm 85:8-13 Romans 3:9-31 Amos 3; 4

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 the 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 16 Psalm 85:8-13 Romans 3:9-31 Amos 3; 4

Psalm 85:8-13

There is a life-changing peace that comes from carefully listening to God. Our God is speaking to us through nature, the life of Jesus, the voice of the Holy Spirit, our relationships, and the Scriptures. Am I listening? Do I pay attention to God? Will I choose to give the time and energy needed to connect with God? Marking God’s forgiveness, let us listen to what God says and turn away from our mistakes. God will respond and speak with us. “He speaks peace to His faithful people.”

Romans 3:9-31

God loves you. Salvation, redemption, and blessing are coming to those who will respond to God in humble submission. We have all made mistakes. Everyone needs forgiveness. No one is perfect (or able to live up to God’s law, out of our own strength). We see our need for forgiveness when we see God’s standards. All people are equal in their need of salvation from the punishment of sin. The law of God reveals our inability to be pure, left to our own devices. We end up in toxic selfishness. God made a way for us to be cleansed of our mistakes, through faith in Jesus. Anyone who believes in Jesus as Savior will have their guilt removed and their relationship with God restored. By faith in Jesus, we can be free from the penalty of our sin. Freedom is possible! A new spiritual heart is possible.

Amos 3; 4

God continues to explain His loving relationship with the Israelites (and their need for healthy boundaries) through the role of the prophets. God will punish those who oppress the poor. Our Creator has the power to shape mountains and the ability to communicate with us. God has power over things that are far beyond our control, and yet God is also sharing the love. Are we learning from the life stories of others?



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