Friday, December 14, 2018

Walking together



December 14

Daily Bible Reading: Amos 1 - 3

Verse of the Day: Amos 3:3 – “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

Amos, a sheepbreeder from Tekoa, was used by God to write this small book of warning about the judgment of sin that was coming. Some speculate that he was also a fig-picker. Not exactly one that we would think of having a grand education, wealth, or status. Yet, He was chosen and used by God.

God here asks a question. Can two people go in the same direction if they are not in agreement? He says in this that for a person to be in harmony with Him, we must be in agreement with Him.

This Christmas season, take time to connect with Him, make Him the center of your thoughts, your plans, and your festivities.

Prayer: Lord, today help me make my choices, my thoughts, my life in agreement with you. May we walk together in Jesus’ name. Amen.









Thursday, December 13, 2018

Decisions of Multitudes



December 13

Daily Bible Reading: Joel 1 - 3

Verse of the Day: Joel 3:14 – “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”

As I look around at the shoppers hurrying to find just the perfect gift for that special person in this Christmas season, this verse in our reading today brings me back to a somber thought. I wonder how many of these people have made the right decision for their future. Are they ready to meet Jesus – not the baby in the manger, but the righteous Judge of all the earth?

This causes me to be convicted about my witness to those I am around. Do I seek to share the good news? Do I really care about their decision? What can I do to make a difference in their decision?

Prayer: God, today as I ponder over those who are around me, give me insight and confidence to share Jesus – the reason for the season today. May I go boldly in His name, Amen.






Wednesday, December 12, 2018

NO FEAR





December 12


Daily Bible Reading: Hosea 12 - 14

Verse of the Day: Hosea 13:14a – “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction…”

We find the basis for Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 15 that Christ defeated death and the grave. Hosea records God’s promise that when we respond to His plea for us to return, God will restore us from our rebellion. A believer does not need fear death. A sweet saint I knew would always say, “Don’t worry about me, I know where I am going.” In the midst of her draining disease, she held a confidence in the One who promised her life in the fullness. She knew that if she did not see healing in this life, she would see full restoration when she stood before Him one day.

Do you have that same confidence? That assurance that God has conquered death, Hell, and the grave?

Prayer: Victorious God, thank you for your assurances today of your victory over that which we fear the most – death. Amen.







Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Called out of Egypt





December 11



Daily Bible Reading: Hosea 9 - 11

Verse of the Day: Hosea 11:1 – “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.”

In this passage today, we see a double meaning in what God is saying through the prophet. First, He is referring back to how He brought the nation out of servitude in Egypt in the Exodus. There is a second meaning in this statement. It is a future statement concerning the coming Messiah. This verse looks back and forward at the same time.

Jesus was taken into Egypt shortly after His birth for safety from those seeking His life (Matthew 2:15). However, He was brought back to Israel in God’s plan and purpose to grow up and suffer for our sins. 

We can be so thankful that Jesus came, and went to the Cross for our sins – so that we can be pure before God.

Prayer: Gracious God, we thank you today that You did call your Son out of Egypt for our forgiveness and salvation. Amen.








Monday, December 10, 2018

Reaping the Whirlwind



December 10



Daily Bible Reading: Hosea 5 -8

Verse of the Day: Hosea 8:7a – “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind:”

Sometimes we face some very heavy troubles. Troubles can come because of we live in a sinful world. Sometimes they come because of what others have chosen as their lifestyle. Sometimes they come as trials and temptations. And, sometimes they come because of our own choices. We choose to disobey God, and then when the consequences happen, we wonder why they are so hard.

As Charles Stanley says, in the law of sowing and reaping we always reap what we sow, later than we sow, in greater abundance than what we sowed. In this passage, we see God declaring that the disobedient sowed the wind – they reaped the whirlwind. Repentance will bring us forgiveness, but sometimes we must go through the chastening to be made clean.

Prayer: Father, forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me and use me in your service. Amen.







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