July 18 Bible reading

18 07 2021

July 18 Psalm 86:11-17 Romans 4:16-25; 5:1-11 Amos 6; 7

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 18 Psalm 86:11-17 Romans 4:16-25; 5:1-11 Amos 6; 7

Psalm 86:11-17

David has come to realize the depth of the love that God has toward him. Quoting the way that God described His own compassion, mercy, and forgiveness (in Exodus 34:6) David asks God to forgive him. David is talking through what he believes about God’s attributes. From this relational context, David makes his request of God. David is asking God to help him learn how to live. David wants personal growth in his own lifestyle. David asks God to shape his character and give him strength. He asks for strength, favor, and love. We should take those same steps today. You should take the time to do that today!

Romans 4:16-25; 5:1-11

Abraham received God’s promise by faith. In this way, he was brought into a “right standing” relationship with God. Now through Jesus Christ, the same can be true for us today. Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and was raised to life to make us right with God. We find peace with God and joy in this life by receiving this promised gift of Jesus by faith. When we choose to believe that God is able to do whatever He promises, our spirit is responding to the lead of the Holy Spirit. Our hope in Jesus will not lead to disappointment. When we run into challenges and frustrations it can help us grow in the strength of our character (and our “confident hope of salvation” including Heaven). God showed love to us by sending Jesus when we were at our worst. Jesus showed us love by laying down His life for us, to bring us into a personal relationship with God.

Amos 6; 7

Through the shepherd prophet, Amos God is calling His people back to repentance. God has seen their sinful cravings. We should also look to God our Shepherd for guidance, protection, and care. This understanding of God as our Shepherd, the Good Shepherd, brings meaningful depth to our relationship with God.



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