September 18 Bible reading

18 09 2021

September 18  Psalm 108:1-5  Galatians 3:26-29; 4:1-20  Isaiah 43; 44:1-23

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?

September 18  Psalm 108:1-5  Galatians 3:26-29; 4:1-20  Isaiah 43; 44:1-23

Psalm 108:1-5

David is completely reliant on God. There is hopeful confidence and peace in this song. David believes that God is more powerful than the challenges he is facing. Things that are beyond David’s control are not too great for God. Having considered his life experiences, David sings about the faithful love of God early in the morning. Your own outlook on life will change when you recognize God’s love and sing your personal praise to God.

Galatians 3:26-29; 4:1-20

Who are we? Paul writes about this. Who Jesus is…that is the starting point. Jesus Christ is the foundation. We should find our personal identity in Jesus first. Everything else follows. Paul writes of personal identity starting with our place as children of God (by faith in Jesus as Savior). This identity is more important than our gender, our ethnicity, or our status in society/vocation. Because of Jesus we are also heirs to the promise of blessing that God gave Abraham, salvation through the Messiah. Through Jesus, we can also be “blessed to be a blessing” to others. We are no longer compelled to repeat our mistakes. We now have freedom.

Isaiah 43; 44:1-23

God speaks powerfully about His protection for people who claim Him, as their God. In Isaiah 43, God reminds the Israelites of the ways that He has fulfilled the promises He made to them in bringing them to freedom (because He loves them). God also promises to walk with them through difficulty. God says that He would do something new. God will cleanse them from sin and make a path to freedom for them, bringing refreshing in a dry place. May you experience peace today, as you trust in your Creator. God revealed Himself to us through Jesus, “God with us”. Whatever you are going through, God is walking with you through it.


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