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- Can you think of any times in your life where you have relied on people in the place of relying on God?
- How did that work out?
- What about you in your life today?
New Testament – Powerful readings from Paul today in Romans chapter 9! In verse 5 we read one of the clearest statements in the New Testament about the deity of Jesus! “Their ancestors were great people of God, and Christ himself was a Jew as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” Paul says here that Jesus is God!
- So, what do you say?
- Is Jesus God?
A portion of verse 6 made me think about Christians today: “Not everyone born into a Jewish family is truly a Jew!” I know our various denominations will have various degrees / times / ceremonies that will mark becoming a Christian. But I think many of us would agree that just because you are born into a Christian family doesn’t mean that you are necessarily Christian. Meaning, I think there has to come a time in each of our lives where we consciously believe in faith that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. We need to own our faith at some point – not just be a “cultural” Christian because that’s what our family and friends are. I believe at some point in our life we need to enter into relationship with God through his son Jesus through faith. Let us pray for our friends and family members who are perhaps currently “cultural” Christians. Let us pray that they will enter into a loving and growing relationship with God through Jesus.
- Do you think that everyone born into a Christian family today is truly a Christian?
- Prayer for your friends and family.
- Please pray for them tonight…
Psalms – Today we read Psalm 19, which is one of my favorite Psalms! In large part this Psalm is one of my favorites because one of my former pastors taught from this Psalm 3 a few years ago in such a powerful way.
- Have you had this type of experience?
- Where you hear a sermon on a chapter of the Bible and then that chapter becomes one of your favorites?
I do hope that this Daily Bible Study experience will allow you to tune-in a little bit more whenever you hear your pastors or ministers or priests teaching you from the Bible in church. I know this is the case with me. Thanks to reading the Bible each day, I now have better context of what is being taught from the pulpit and it makes going to church a richer experience overall. I also now often catch some Bible verses in the worship songs or hymns we sing as well.
Back to Psalm 19 – I do encourage everyone to really read through and meditate on every verse in this Psalm of David and how this Psalm might be speaking to you this week. Please do take a few minutes to go through the Psalm twice if possible and really reflect upon it. You may even want to journal to God some thoughts or ideas or prayers that come to you through reading this Psalm. I find verse 14 in this Psalm to be so powerful – and what a beautiful prayer it is for each of us to repeat over and over again as well: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Are the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart pleasing in God’s sight? Is God your Rock? Is God your Redeemer?
Proverbs – Proverbs 20 verse 1 today reminds me of the need for and success of modern day Alcoholics Anonymous – “Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise.” I don’t have personal experience with AA, but have heard very good things about it from several friends. I do love the AA Serenity Prayer – I think this prayer is a great prayer for all of us – “God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.” Amen.
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture this week: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. “ Psalm 19:14 (NIV)
- Pray that the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart today is pleasing in God’s sight.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day:
- What verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?
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