September 19 Bible reading

19 09 2022

September 19  Psalm 108:6-13  Galatians 4:21-31; 5:1-6  Isaiah 44:23-28; 45; 46

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 19  Psalm 108:6-13  Galatians 4:21-31; 5:1-6  Isaiah 44:23-28; 45; 46

Psalm 108:6-13

David starts early with praise for God’s faithful love. David sings about the powerful majesty of our sovereign God. Then he calls for God’s help with their enemies. This request is consistent with the character and plan of God. The people needed help with enemies who are too much for them. Despite facing serious challenges, David begins the day with a focus on God’s love. This should be a life-changing lesson for us.

Galatians 4:21-31; 5:1-6

False teachers with bad motives were working to pull people away from following Jesus in their Christian church fellowship. Such teachers were twisting the truth to gain influence among people. As “spiritual influencers” they were saying that a person does not need to look to Jesus for salvation, but instead that a person could earn God’s favor (and a place in Heaven) by simply being a good person. They included a requirement of following all of their spiritual laws.

Paul writes, “what is important is faith expressing itself in love.” We cannot make ourselves right with God by obeying the rules. As we believe in Jesus as our Savior, we can receive the grace of God coming to us by what Jesus has already done for us. We are free! Now we can express our faith in Jesus by loving God with all we’ve got. We can live our days as a “Thank You” to God. We can live out of love.

Isaiah 44:23-28; 45; 46

God will do what He said He would do. God predicts the future salvation of people from Africa. We read a clear contrast between the One True Living God and the false gods of Babylon. Incomparable! It is foolish to worship anything that has been created as being more valuable than God. In Isaiah 46:4 God says, “I made you. I will care for you. I will save you.” This is the Who that we should be responding to.

Our God Yahweh speaks through Isaiah to the Israelites, reminding them of His faithful love for them, in creating them, providing for them, rescuing them, and taking care of them in a way that other gods had not. Around 12 years ago, a prophet named Dick Mills picked me out of a crowd, not knowing me, and quoted Revelation 3:8; Isaiah 30:21; 43:2-3 speaking over me. This word about God opening doors was the first confirmation I received of having heard from God about moving to Baltimore to pioneer a new church. In Isaiah 44-46, God predicts freedom for His people and the future salvation of Gentile believers. God says, “Let all the world look to me for salvation!” For I am God: there is no other.” 45:22 We should recognize God as a source of strength, giving the ability for healthy relationships. In this way, we will realize the truth and receive God’s guidance.


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