2018 Day 302 – Acts 11-12

King Herod was persecuting some in the church and had Peter thrown into prison.  “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)  During the night Peter was led out of the prison by an angel of the Lord.  He went to a house where some of those were praying for him.  “And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, ‘You are out of your mind.’ But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, ‘It is his angel!’” (Acts 12:13-15)  Even though they had been praying diligently for Peter, they were shocked to see him.  Jesus tells us that we must have faith when we pray.  “And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.’” (Mark 11:22-25)

Today’s reading: Acts 11-12


2018 Day 301 – James 1-3

Have you ever wished you were a little bit wiser?  James tells us there is a way to take care of that.  “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)  He does put a condition on these requests.  “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;” (James 1:6-7)

Today’s reading: James 1-3


2018 Day 300 – Habakkuk 1-3

Thru the prophet Habakkuk God let the people know that His ways are more than we can understand.  “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” (Habakkuk 1:5)  These works were punishing the people for not following Him, but Jesus tells if we do follow God and trust Him, He will take care of us.  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26)

Today’s reading: Habakkuk 1-3


2018 Day 299 – Ecclesiastes 1-2

Solomon had been given riches beyond compare, but he found out that all things on this earth are worthless.  “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2)  Paul encourages us to not let the things of this life get in the way of our focus on our eternal life.  “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)  Jesus warned us to not let the riches of this world get in the way of our serving God.  “And Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.’” (Matthew 19:23-24)

Today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 1-2


2018 Day 298 – Psalms 122-124

Are there places you get to go that make you happy?  David had one.  “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psalms 122:1)  Why was he glad?  What did he do there?  The 100th Psalm helps answer those questions.  “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalms 100:1-5)

Today’s reading: Psalms 122-124


2018 Day 297 – 2 Chronicles 25-28

Uzziah was following God when he started his reign as king.  “And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.” (2 Chronicles 26:4)  But as God continued to bless him, Uzziah’s attitude changed.  “But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.” (2 Chronicles 26:16)  Pride is one of Satan’s best tools and one of the things God dislikes most.   “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5)  James advises us on how to keep from becoming too prideful in ourselves.  “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:6-7)

Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 25-28


2018 Day 296 – Deuteronomy 4-6

After Moses reminded the Israelites of the Ten Commandments, he then shared with them one more command.  “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)  This is similar to the answer Jesus gave to the Pharisees when one of them ask Him what was the great commandment.  “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)  If we know God, it is said that we will love one another.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)  And that is also the way people can tell if we are disciples of His.  “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 4-6

2018 Day 295 – Acts 9-10

During his preaching to Cornelius, Peter explained that God treats all men equally.  “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” (Acts 10:34)  Paul also referred to that fact in his second letter to the Corinthians when talking about who Christ was sacrificed for.  “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)  He continued that thought by explaining how a man who is in Christ should act.  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

Today’s reading: Acts 9-10


2018 Day 294 – Hebrews 11-13

There are many things in this life to be thankful for and the opportunity to be part of God’s kingdom is up there with the greatest of them.  “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29)  Jesus compared the kingdom to a treasure.  “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)  Jesus also told us if we have the right goals, everything else will fall into place.  “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Today’s reading: Day 294 – Hebrews 11-13


2018 Day 293 – Nahum 1-3

In our legal system, we often see errors made where guilty are set free and innocent are wrongfully punished.  With God’s judgement, the outcome will always be the correct and just one.  “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” (Nahum 1:3)  “For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” (Colossians 3:25)

Today’s reading: Nahum 1-3