Devil: December 1-7, 2019 (Sun-Sat): Read through Job and Ecclesiastes

Devil. Accuser. Slanderer. Satan. Adversary. That’s what he is to us. He opposes God and the pinnacle of God’s creation. He’s our adversary, the prowling lion looking for someone to devour. He’s our accuser, speaking lies into our minds, belittling our importance to God, sowing doubt in the believer, slandering God and His word. He’s a master. He’s good at what he does—being bad and conniving. You’ve listened to him and believed him. You’ve stepped into his trap, sat mesmerized by his deception. He’s a master manipulator, pitting Christian against Christian, husband against wife, child against parent.

Some people view the devil as God’s opposite, but that would exalt our enemy and degrade our God. God has no opposite. Sure, the devil is the mightiest opponent of God and man, but he’s only a fallen angel. He’s limited. He’s a rebellious, finite part of God’s creation. In Job 1 and 2, the angels went to God to report what was going on. Satan, an angel himself though fallen, appears as well to report to God. So, no matter how strong and devious he is, that ancient serpent answers to God. He’s not slithering around unchecked. I love how Martin Luther, one of the Reformers in the Middle Ages, described Satan. He said, “Even the devil is God’s devil.”

As you go through your week, be wary of your cunning adversary, but take heart that he’s governed by God and subject to the Savior. In Christ, you have all the power necessary to stand against him in the evil day and having done all to keep standing.

This week you’ll read…

Job 1-12: “One day the sons of God came again to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before the Lord” (Job 2 CSB).

Ecclesiastes 1-8: “What was will be again, what happened will happen again. There’s nothing new on this earth. Year after year it’s the same old thing” (Ecclesiastes 1 MSG)

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Conqueror: October 1-7, 2019 (Tues-Mon): Read through Psalms, Jeremiah, and Lamentations

While visiting Grand Coulee Dam, a man and his family were surprised to see that the visitors’ center was dark. It was a sunny day, so they thought the center might have tinted windows, but as they got closer, they realized there were no lights on. They went in and saw that none of the displays were working. Suddenly it became clear: there was no power to the center. Due to some technical difficulty, the visitors’ center that sat only hundreds of feet from a hydroelectric dam had no power. How could something be so close to the power source, yet not be “plugged in”?[1]

Paul wrote Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment” (2 Timothy 1:7 CSB). Clearly, God didn’t give believers fear, but He did give us power! God didn’t give you a spirit which makes you afraid, but one which makes you strong and powerful, a spirit which makes you confident and brave, but we must “plug in” to the power.

In Romans 8:37-39, Paul calls us hypernikes, or more than conquerors, and you’re much more powerful than a pair of athletic shoes. He says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (CSB). “Nike” is a Greek word which means victory. Paul says that we’re hypernikes, or more than conquerors. We’re more than victorious. What’s that mean? Your school football team comes up against a team, and it’s a grudge match for all four quarters. It’s back and forth the whole time, but 15 seconds before the clock runs out, your team manages a field goal which puts you ahead at the end. They’re victorious (nike). Now suppose your football team goes up against another team, and at the end of the 1st quarter it’s 21-0 your way. By halftime, it’s 35-0, and by the end of the game it’s 72-0. Your team is not just a conqueror. They’re more than conquerors. They’re hypernikes. They’ve utterly defeated their opponent.

Being more than a conqueror doesn’t rest in our ability. Paul said, “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31 CSB) We have power that works in us, but it’s not us. Paul also proclaimed, “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 CSB). We have spiritual Under Armour. Kevin Plank started Under Armour in his grandma’s basement in 1996. He operated by selling undershirts from the trunk of his car. He did that for three years until he could finally start paying himself. The founder of Under Armour eventually became a hypernike in the world of sports clothing. In a spiritual way, we have some Under Armour in the form of the Holy Spirit. Luke wrote, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 CSB). “I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit…Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:16,20 CSB). As believers, we have the greatest power within us.

A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and a shiny, red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. The boy dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. He pushed and nudged the rock across the sandbox by using his feet. When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, however, he found that he couldn’t roll it up and over the little wall. Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, shoved—but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. Finally, he burst into tears of frustration. All this time the boy’s father watched from the living room window as the drama unfolded. At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was the boy’s father. Gently but firmly he said, “Son, why didn’t you use all the strength that you had available?” Defeated, the boy sobbed back, “But I did, Daddy. I did! I used all the strength that I had!” The father kindly corrected, “No, son, you didn’t use all the strength you had. You didn’t ask me.” With that the father reached down, picked up the rock, and removed it from the sandbox.[2]

If you’re a believer in Jesus, you’ve got the unlimited power of God in your life. Ask for help in everything!

This week you’ll read…

Psalm 138-144: “For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well” (Psalm 139 CSB).

Jeremiah 1-14: “The word of the Lord came to me: I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1 CSB).

Lamentations 1-2: “The Lord has done what He planned; He has accomplished His decree, which He ordained in days of old” (Lamentations 2 CSB).


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[1] (2003). More Perfect Illustrations: For Every Topic and Occasion (p. 212). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

[2] Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks

Suffering (Days 22-30): Read through Isaiah, James, 1-3 John, and Jude

Just desserts. Suffering for something done which was stupid or sinful. We’ve all been there because we’re all stupid or sinful at times. We suffer because of our own shortcomings, but we also suffer because of other people’s failings. At other times, we suffer just as a common condition of mankind. A relative’s death brings crushing suffering. A diagnosis of cancer places a heavy weight on you and your family. A friend suffers with Alzheimer’s while you visit your 30-year friend as a stranger. Your business goes belly-up as a result of a downturn in the economy. Your employer transfers you to another state. An injury due to a texting driver nags you daily. There wasn’t anything that you did that directly led to the suffering, but you have to endure it nonetheless. God wants us to look to Him in our suffering, whether we’ve done it to ourselves or not. However, there’s a special kind of suffering of which God takes notice—suffering because we’ve done something right.

Suffering for doing what’s right is biblical. Let’s focus on suffering which you may endure because you did something to lead to it. You did something right. This is commendable. Peter says, For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you (1 Peter 2 NLT). The Old Testament prophets suffered for doing what’s right. James says, Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name as an example of suffering and patience. See, we count as blessed those who have endured (James 5 CSB). The apostles suffered for preaching the gospel. Stephen was stoned for speaking the truth. Peter and John were imprisoned for healing a man and giving glory to Jesus. Eventually, Paul was executed as well as ten of the original twelve. Peter went on to explain, For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps (1 Peter 2 CSB). Peter then recalls a passage in Isaiah 53 about the Suffering Servant Jesus. You’ll read this this week. Yet he himself bore our sicknesses, and he carried our pains; but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds (Isaiah 53 CSB).

If you’re suffering, endure patiently. If you’re suffering for doing something good, then endure patiently, and take comfort that you’re walking in Jesus’ steps. You’re walking in Jesus’ sandals. He’s been there. However, the difference is that Jesus suffered for doing what was right, and He’d done no wrong–ever.

This week you’ll read…

Isaiah 49-66: “We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished Him for the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53 in The Christian Standard Bible).

James 5: “Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit” (James 5 in The Christian Standard Bible).

1-3 John: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Jude 1: “Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, without blemish and with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen” (Jude 1 in The Christian Standard Bible).

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Stand: August 22-31, 2019 (Thurs-Sat): Read through 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Daniel, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and 1-2 Peter

Everyone’s doing it. Well, everyone else may be doing it, but you have a choice to make. Are you going to do it? Maybe it’s going to church or seeing the latest Marvel movie or shacking up. Good or bad, you’ve got a choice to make, and just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean that you should. Examine it. Pray about it. Ask does it bring God glory?

Three men in the Bible were presented with a choice. Everyone else was doing it, so were they going to do it. Everyone else was listening to the band play, and everyone else was bowing down to a huge statue, an idol. Everyone else felt that they had no choice because non-bowers would be thrown into a furnace of fire to be burned alive. Everyone else valued their lives more than their worship preferences, but these three men valued worshipping their God more than their lives. In fact, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to cower and proclaimed emphatically that they would not bow to the king’s idol. They were thrown into the furnace which killed the guards who had that hot job. Then the king saw not three but four men walking around in the fire. The king called the men out, and the three came out unbound and without a hint of smoke. He commended them and their God and rewarded the three. These three men stood for the Lord even when they didn’t know where that would lead them.

If you were to visit South Africa’s Krueger National Park, you’d get to see many native African animals, one of which is the impala. It’s a deer-like animal often shown by the Discovery Channel as dinner for lions and leopards. “The impala can actually jump a height of over 10 feet and leap distances of more than 30 feet. Yet zoos often keep their impalas in enclosures with walls no more than three feet high.” That sounds crazy until you understand the mind of the impala. These great leapers will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land.

Jumping wasn’t an option for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they faced the choice of bowing before the idol or standing tall for God. However, these three men chose to stand for God even though they didn’t know where they would land. Maybe God would deliver. Maybe God would allow them to burn. Regardless of the consequences, regardless of where they landed, they chose to leap in faith and stand for God that day and not bow to the king’s demands.

Today, we have a choice as well: Give in to the demands of the wicked world or stand for God and His righteousness. I pray that you and I will not bow but will stand in the evil day, and after the smoke blows away, we will still be standing.

Here’s a little more application for you if you want it. Let me give you three points to take home from this biblical and historical account of the fiery furnace.

Sometimes we’re tempted to place something before God. Don’t do it.

  • Some people know what God thinks about a matter and are tempted to rethink it. They’re tempted to value their fear, family, business, belief, comfort, culture, sin, or friends more than they value God. People can rationalize any sin or situation into being OK or even promoted. If you’re tempted to place something before God, just don’t do it.

We must choose to be faithful to God regardless of the consequences.

  • These three guys chose to be bold when they were the only ones standing for righteousness. They chose to put their lives on the line for the honor of the Lord. Be bold in your stand. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were so bold. Other than Jesus, can you find any stand for the Lord quite so bold as these three young men? They were standing against the supreme ruler of the world. Life and death were in his hands, and they spoke unapologetically to the king. Be full of faith in God. Ungodly people will sometimes become hateful due to your stand for God and righteousness.

Your faithfulness must not hinge on the possible consequences.

  • You may be delivered like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, or you may burn. You may be destroyed financially due to your faithfulness to the Lord. You may be destroyed physically due to your faithfulness to the Lord. You may be destroyed socially due to your faithfulness to the Lord. However, your faithfulness must not hinge on the possible consequences.

This week you’ll read…

2 Chronicles 35-36: “But the Lord, the God of their ancestors sent word against them by the hand of His messengers, sending them time and time again, for He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they kept ridiculing God’s messengers, despising His words, and scoffing at His prophets, until the Lord’s wrath was so stirred up against His people that there was no remedy” (2 Chronicles 36 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Psalms 119-120: “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path” (Psalms 119 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Daniel 1-12: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if He doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.’” (Daniel 3 in The Message Bible).

Habakkuk 1-3: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the flocks disappear from the pen and there are no herds in the stalls, yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!” (Habakkuk 3 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Zephaniah 1-3: “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth, who carry out what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be concealed on the day of the Lord’s anger” (Zephaniah 2 in The Christian Standard Bible).

1 Peter 5: “Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour” (1 Peter 5 in The Christian Standard Bible).

2 Peter 1-3: “Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3 in The Christian Standard Bible).

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And the Gold goes to Psalms: August 15-21, 2019 (Thurs-Wed): Read through 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Hebrews, and 1 Peter

I remember playing Bible Trivia when I was younger. Now, it’s seems odd, or even irreverent, to refer to anything in the Bible as trivia, so let me share some information about the Psalms which may be lesser-known and not as important as the gospel.

Psalms has won at least four gold medals in the world of the Bible Olympics. Of course, these stats are based on our modern English translations of the Bible, not the originals. First, it is the longest book of the Bible by number of chapters with 150 although Jeremiah is longest when measured by word count. Second, Psalms has more earthly writers than any other book of the Bible. At least seven different authors or groups of authors wrote the Psalms. David wrote half of them, and about one-third of the 150 are unattributed. (Who are the authors of Psalms?) Of course, God is the author, but He used humans to write it. Third, the shortest chapter in the Bible by verses is Psalm 117 with 2 verses. Lastly, the longest chapter in the Bible by verses is Psalm 119 which has 176 verses.

Psalm 119 has some interesting facts about it in Hebrew (the language in which it was written) which don’t transfer into the English translation. Psalm 119 consists of 22 eight-line sections. Each section corresponds with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet beginning with the first letter and down to the last letter of the alphabet. Each line in a section begins with that section’s letter of the alphabet. Imagine that it was originally written in English. The first section would be the A section, and every one of the eight lines in the A section would begin with the letter A. Next, would be the B section, and on and on until the Z section at the end. This is lost in translation, but it shows you that the writers were creative and sought ways to make truth memorable for singing and reciting and teaching.

One more fact about Psalm 119 is that the psalm revolves around God’s word. “Your word” or some synonym of it occurs in practically every verse. The psalmist is made happy, convicted, taught, made wise, freed, enlightened, saved, and guided by God’s word. What about you? Are you being changed by God’s word because you’re letting it get into you?

This week you’ll read…

2 Chronicles 25-34: “The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they didn’t listen. So He brought against them the military commanders of the king of Assyria. They captured Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze shackles, and took him to Babylon. When he was in distress, he sought the favor of the Lord his God and earnestly humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. He prayed to Him, and the Lord was receptive to his prayer. He granted his request and brought him back to Jerusalem, to his kingdom. So Manasseh came to know that the Lord is God” (2 Chronicles 33 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Psalms 116-119: “I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You” (Psalms 119 in The New International Version).

Hebrews 11-13: “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Hebrews 11 in The Christian Standard Bible).

1 Peter 1-4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1 in The Christian Standard Bible).


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Like Father Like Son?: August 8-14, 2019 (Thurs-Wed): Read through 2 Chronicles, Psalms, and Hebrews

What kind of parental heritage do you have? Some people have godly parents who follow the Lord. Others have ungodly parents who follow the world and the devil’s ways. Of course, you may be someone who lacks or lacked a parent or two in your growing up years. They’ve been non-existent in your life through neglect or tragedy. Regardless, parents have a major effect on their children, but children do not always go the way of the parents. Godly parents can still have ungodly children, and ungodly parents can end up with godly children. Although parents and grandparents should work hard at training their kids in the ways of the Lord, children have a choice, and their choices will make them.

Rehoboam was an ungodly king of Judah whose father and grandfather were Solomon and David respectively. Solomon ended up going off the rails spiritually and that surely led to Rehoboam’s downward spiral. Rehoboam had a kid named Abijah who followed in his father’s footsteps. However, Abijah had a son named Asa who followed God. Then Asa had a son named Jehoshaphat who followed God. Then Jehoshaphat had a son named Jehoram who did evil in the Lord’s sight.

  • Here was the progression from David to Jehoram.
    • David begat
    • Solomon who begat
    • Rehoboam who begat
    • Abijah who begat
    • Asa who begat
    • Jehoshaphat who begat
    • Jehoram.


  • The simplified version:
    • Good begat
    • Good which turned Bad and begat
    • Bad which begat
    • Bad which begat
    • Good which begat
    • Good which begat
    • Bad.

Now we can’t really see their parenting styles, but we get a quick glimpse of the general direction in which they led their lives and the nation of Judah. We can see that no matter what your familial background is, you have a choice to follow God or not. God is able to work in the child in the hopelessly ungodly household or in the one who’s in a godly home. If you read 2 Chronicles 13-21, you’ll read about Abijah through Jehoram and see the progression. Some of it is spelled out better in 1-2 Kings. Here are some takeaways from the passage.

  • You may have had some ungodly parents leading you in some horribly ungodly ways, but you still have the choice to continue the ungodly legacy or break the mold and follow God.
  • You may have raised your kids to follow God, but they’re not following Him. Realize that your children make their own choices and that their bad choices are not necessarily because of you.
  • If you’ve raised your children to follow God, and they’re following Him, give God the glory.

This week you’ll read…

2 Chronicles 12-24: “‘Because you went for help to the king of Aram and didn’t ask God for help, you’ve lost a victory over the army of the king of Aram. Didn’t the Ethiopians and Libyans come against you with superior forces, completely outclassing you with their chariots and cavalry? But you asked God for help and He gave you the victory. God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to Him. You were foolish to go for human help when you could have had God’s help’” (2 Chronicles 16 in The Message Bible).

Psalms 109-115: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His instructions have good insight. His praise endures forever” (Psalms 111 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Hebrews 4-10: “I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger painting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ” (Hebrews 5-6 in The Message Bible).

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Sustain: August 1-7, 2019 (Thurs-Wed): Read through 2 Chronicles, Psalms, Malachi, Titus, and Philemon

“Hope sustained us during that difficult time.”

“I don’t know if I can sustain this standard of living.”

“The roof, unable to sustain the weight of all the snow, collapsed.”

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3). That word translated as sustaining is a present participle (Ooo) which means that it’s an ongoing thing. Christ is continually holding it all together. He was on Day 1. He was on Day 1,098,894, and He is still holding it together today. It’s more than that though. He’s carrying it along. Christ is carrying creation on toward its goal. It wasn’t just set in motion. He’s moving it along purposefully. In case there’s any doubt, look at Colossians 1:17. Speaking of Jesus, Paul states, “He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.” Christ was the One who created, but His hands are still fixed on creation as He sustains it. Even Greek philosopher Aristotle believed this concept that everything is “out of God” and that He holds it together. Christ holds everything together such that we have “a cosmos instead of a chaos” (Lightfoot). The Son is the “divine glue” and “spiritual gravity” that holds creation together. Christ is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He is the “rhyme and reason.” Everyone and everything is entirely dependent upon Christ whether they are atheistic or inanimate (Garland). Every day, every minute, every nanosecond, Christ keeps things in order in the universe and keeps them going toward His ultimate purpose. This includes you. You have a built-in purpose. Seek the Sustainer to discover it.

This week you’ll read…

2 Chronicles 1-11: “‘If I shut the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land’” (2 Chronicles 7 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Psalms 106-108: “Hallelujah! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever” (Psalms 106 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Malachi 1-4: “‘For look, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and everyone who commits wickedness will become stubble. The coming day will consume them,’ says the Lord of Armies, ‘not leaving them root or branches. But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall. You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing,’ says the Lord of Armies’” (Malachi 4 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Titus 1-3: “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy—through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3 in The Christian Standard Bible).

Philemon 1: “I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers, because I hear of your love for all the saints and the faith that you have in the Lord Jesus” (Philemon 1 in The Christian Standard Bible).


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Miracles (Days 22-31): Read through Leviticus, Number, and Acts

Some people don’t believe in miracles. Period. They believe in science. They believe in tangible things which can be studied. They commit miracles to the class of fairy tales. Donkeys talking. People walking on water. Raising the dead. Creating worlds with words. Everything must be explained by science, or it didn’t really happen. Of course, many of those people also believe in evolution which is impossibly observable and thus unscientific.

Some people definitely believe in miracles. Nothing is impossible for God. They talk to God about everything, believing that He is who He claims to be and will come through for them and others. Parting seas in the past. No problem. Believing God today for whatever. No problem. Their faith is rooted in the Bible and is active in life today.

Then there are those who believe in miracles at a distance. The Old Testament miracles are easy for them to believe. That was way back then. The New Testament wonders are easy to accept as true. Those are still far in the past. Where they have problems with miracles is in today’s world, but the God of yesterday is the God of today. Now let me give these people some slack. When you look in the Bible, miracles were only common in five periods: (1) Creation, (2) the Exodus, (3) Elijah and Elisha’s ministries, (4) Jesus’ life, and (5) the time of the early church (Book of Acts). Miracles are not commonplace in the rest of the Bible.

Now let me say that the point isn’t really whether to believe in miracles or not, but do we believe in the Lord? If we believe what the Bible declares about God, then we must believe that God is a miracle-worker today whether we see Him do a physical miracle or not. Is your faith small? I must admit that my prayer oftentimes is like the father who asked Jesus to heal his son, confessing, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9 in The New Living Translation). I will continue to inform my faith today with the faith and truth of the past. I will firmly plant my feet on the foundation laid by previous God-followers. “Together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself.” (Ephesians 2 in The New Living Translation).

This week you’ll read…

Leviticus 22-27: The Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25) is a wonderful picture of Christ’s redeeming us from slavery to sin, death, and hell. To read more about this, check out the link below.

Numbers 22-36: This week, you’ll read about one of those miracles—a prophet for hire named Balaam who is miraculously reprimanded by his faithful donkey.

Psalms 40-45: Another great miracle is anyone being saved from sin and sure destruction. David gives us a great picture of rescue in Psalm 40 which has many parallels with salvation. “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God” (Psalm 40 in The New King James Version).

Acts 22-28: Other than Jesus, the Apostle Paul is possibly the most beloved character in the Bible. Under God’s inspiration, he’s given us so much, and over half of the Book of Acts is devoted to Paul’s life and ministry. In your last 11 days of reading in March, you’ll witness Paul go to Jerusalem which begins his slow incarcerated journey to Rome. “That night the Master appeared to Paul: ‘It’s going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best. You’ve been a good witness for me here in Jerusalem. Now you’re going to be my witness in Rome!’” (Acts 23 in The Message Bible).

Many miracles occurred in the Book of Acts, and you’ll read about a couple this week in Acts 28. See the link below to read an article about all of the miracles in Acts.

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