Thursday, June 21, 2018

Twists and Turns with God




June 21

Daily Bible Reading: Esther 1 – 3

Verse of the Day: Esther 3:6 – “But he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone…wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.”

We move now into the last of the 12 books of History in the Old Testament. Esther. One of two books that carry the name of a woman. This book carries all the elements that make up a good novel – yet it is the twists and turns of this storyline that we see the invisible hand of God moving (His name is not mentioned once in this book).

Through the first four chapters we will see the grave danger before the Jews, and in the last six we witness the great deliverance.

Satan has sought to destroy the Jews to keep Jesus from coming. But over and over – he fails.

Prayer: Give us insight into your plans, O God of History. Amen.









Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Remember me, O God...




June 20

Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 12 – 13

Verse of the Day: Nehemiah 13:31b – “…Remember me, O my God, for good.”

These final words in the Book of Nehemiah would serve well as any believer’s last testimony.

What a fitting climax to this book of history, this treatise on leadership, this reminder of the promises of God. We meet Nehemiah as a captive slave cupbearer. We end with him as the Governor of Jerusalem. And in between, we see God challenge him, strengthen him, embolden him, develop him, use him, and provide for him. Nehemiah, the prayer-leader, the seeker of God, the confessor of sins, the obedient follower of God – and because of this, God used him in a mighty way then – and today as he continues to speak to us.

Prayer: Magnificent God, I pray today that I might live my life as Nehemiah did. May I totally trust You, stay in communication with You, and follow You – so that I too may say, “Remember me, O my God, for good.” Amen.









Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stand up and Bless God



June 19

Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 9 – 11

Verse of the Day: Nehemiah 9:5b – “…Stand up and bless Jehovah your God from everlasting to everlasting; and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.”

This ninth chapter of Nehemiah is a beautiful and powerfully moving rehearsal of the marvelous acts of God. It takes place on a day that was not a regular Feast in Israel. The people had gathered after hearing God’s Word in sackcloth and ashes (outward signs of inward mourning). They came to confess, worship, and seek renewal. The Psalm recorded here looks at the glory of God’s name, reminder of His faithfulness through the ages, and acknowledge His righteousness. In doing this, the Psalm ends with confession of their sins.

True understanding of God’s mercy and grace always leads to confession, worship, and renewal.

Prayer: We worship You, O God. We confess our sins and seek Your renewal. Amen.







Monday, June 18, 2018

Reading the Word at the Water Gate




June 18

Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 7 – 8

Verse of the Day: Nehemiah 8:1 – 3 – “And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the broad place that was before the water gate….And Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, both men and women, and all that could hear with understanding….And he read therein before the broad place that was before the water gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women, and of those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.”

Oh, that God’s people would return to a deep heartfelt desire for the Word of God. This message has the answers to all of life’s deepest and most important questions.

Prayer: Precious Word of Life, touch our hearts, minds, and souls with the richness and fullness of Your Word. May we seek daily both the written and the Living Word – Jesus. Rekindle our desire to hear from You. Amen.









Sunday, June 17, 2018

Antidote for Discouragement




June 17

Daily Bible Reading: Nehemiah 4 – 6

Verse of the Day: Nehemiah 4:10 – 11 – “And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall. And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come into the midst of them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.”

In today’s reading, we find the four major causes of discouragement. These are: (1) Fatigue, (2) Frustration, (3) Failure, and (4) Fear.

When we are faced with any one of these (and often they come in packs), we begin to suffer from one of Satan’s greatest weapons – discouragement. And, if we stop reading here, we will find ourselves trapped by this monster. But, praise God, in verses 14 and 15 we can find the antidote – (1) Reorganize (verse 13), (2) Remember (verse 14) and (3) Resist (also verse 14).

Prayer: God of all comfort, strengthen my desire to reorganize, remember and resist. Amen.









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