Category: 2018

2018 Day 342 – Revelation 1-6

In the revelation that was shown to John, he saw twenty four elders fall down and worship God.  He shared what they said.  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)  Jesus told us how we can give God this glory that they are talking about.  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)  “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8)

Today’s reading: Revelation 1-6

 

2018 Day 341 – Song of Solomon 1-2

Have you ever sung the song that includes the words “Jesus, Rose of Sharon” and wondered where that phrase came from?  The only place “rose of Sharon” is found in the Bible is here in Song of Solomon.  “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” (Song of Solomon 2:1)  Apologetics Press has a good article on the topic here: http://ap.lanexdev.com/APContent.aspx?category=10&article=842

Today’s reading: Song of Solomon 1-2

 

2018 Day 340 – Psalms 140-142

Psalm 142 is said to be written by David when he was hiding from Saul in a cave.  He felt like everyone had abandoned him.  “Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.” (Psalm 142:4)  But David knew His God was always there for him.  “I cry to you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’” (Psalm 142:5)  Paul reminds us that no matter what happens, God’s love toward us is there just like it was for David.  “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Today’s reading: Psalms 140-142

2018 Day 339 – Nehemiah 5-9

God’s people began showing an attitude of gratefulness to Him and listing some of the great things He had done.  “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.” (Nehemiah 9:6)  Their attitude at this time also included humbleness and acknowledgement of the wrong that they had done.  “Yet you have been righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly.” (Nehemiah 9:33)  As God’s people today we also are at times guilty of disappointing our Heavenly Father, but He gives us ample opportunity to make things right.  “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Today’s reading: Nehemiah 5-9

2018 Day 338 – Deuteronomy 23-25

In this section of scripture we read very specific laws from God.  These Old Testament laws were made obsolete by our Savior on the cross.  “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)  In the verses immediately prior to these we see how to be joined with Him in His burial and resurrection.  “In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11-12)

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 23-25

 

2018 Day 337 – Acts 21-22

When he was being urged for his own safety to not go up to Jerusalem, Paul was adamant that he was going.  “Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’” (Acts 21:13)  Paul’s focus, as ours should be, was to serve the Lord no matter what it took.  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

Today’s reading: Acts 21-22

 

2018 Day 336 – 1 John 1-3

If someone states a person’s name and asks, “do you know him?”, what qualifies as knowing that person?  John tells us what it takes for us to each know Jesus.  “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:3-6)

Today’s reading: 1 John 1-3

 

2018 Day 335 – Malachi 1-4

Malachi brought words from God of punishment that was coming for some.  “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” (Malachi 4:1)  But those who feared God were promised something much better.  “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” (Malachi 4:2)  Fear of God does not mean to be scared of Him, but to honor and give the proper reverence to Him and to His word.  The Psalmist also talks about blessings that are received by those who fear God.  “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.” (Psalm 103:10-13)

Today’s reading: Malachi 1-4

 

2018 Day 334 – Ecclesiastes 11-12

After Solomon had tried most everything on this earth, he realized there was only one thing that really mattered.  “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)  Jesus tells us how love and his commandments are inseparable.  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)  John explains how that keeping these commandments of God is a requirement of “knowing Him”.  “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:1-6)

Today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 11-12

 

2018 Day 333 – Psalms 137-139

In Psalm 139 David acknowledged God’s ability to know all of our thoughts.  “O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” (Psalm 139:1-2)  It is easy to let our minds wander off on things we shouldn’t, but Paul gives us some pointers on focusing our thoughts.  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)  “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2-3)

Today’s reading: Psalms 137-139