Daily Bible Reading

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January 23

Old Testament

Genesis 45:1-46:34: Read very carefully Genesis 45:5, 7 and 8. Now ask yourself this question: Where has God placed you to preserve life and bring a great deliverance?

1 Corinthians 12:18 tells us that God has also placed us where it pleases Him. He has sent you and placed you to be a shining light to a dark world (Philippians 2:12-16).

You and I are where we are to be ambassadors for the kingdom of God, regardless of your vocation or profession. Just like Joseph, you are royalty in the kingdom of God (1 Peter 2:9) and you have been strategically placed by God for the people that you will come in contact with to be a witness in your actions, words, and behavior that will proclaim to them that God loves them and wants to save them!!!!!!

In Genesis 45:24, Joseph sends his brothers back home but tells them not be troubled along the way, a good thing to tell people after you have forgiven them. Because the devil will come after you have parted and try to put lies into his or her head. He will try to undo what has been done by your forgiveness, love, and obedience.

 

Psalms

Psalm 12:1-8: Notice in Psalm 12:4 that even those who don’t serve God believe in the power of the tongue, which means the power of words!!!! The devil believes the power of confession!!! Look what he said before God kicked him out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-14). He had no power in his words against God but God has given us the privilege to speak His Word which contains His power. (Hebrews 1:3; Mark 11:22-24; Ecclesiastes 8:4)

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 4:14-17: Stay on the path of the righteous and don’t stray from it. If you do, it can mean hurt and eventually failure.

 

New Testament

Matthew 15:1-20: Look at Matthew 15:8 and let’s make sure that we don’t get into a routine of traditionally going to church. We sing and say, “Praise the Lord”, but our hearts are really somewhere else.

Come to church with expectation and anticipation that God is going to speak to your heart. Come ready to praise and worship Him with your whole heart, mind, and body. Focus on Him, not on your plans after church and you will be blessed. He knows your thoughts and your heart. You can fool me but you can’t fool God.

Matthew 15:18-20 shows us why we are to guard our heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:20-23).

How do the things described by Jesus get into the heart? Read James 1:14-15.

That temptation is set up by the devil for you to fall and bring disgrace to the name of Jesus and the family of God. What action are you to take when this temptation comes? Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

 

January 22

Old Testament

Genesis 43:1-44:34: God’s ways at times are beyond our natural understanding until He reveals it by His Spirit. Joseph had no idea that he would ever see his family again, but God always has a way when there seems to be no way. Again, Joseph is tested to obey God. He could have taken revenge on his brothers for all they did to him but instead he chose to do it God’s way.

Do you do the same when someone has wronged you or do you take the opportunity to avenge yourself? If you do, then you will eventually lose and your adversary will win. God is very clear in His Word about the actions we are to take. Obey and you will come out on top (Matthew 6:14-15, 18:21-35; Romans 12:19-21).

 

Psalms

Psalm 11:1-7:   Psalm 11:3: We must maintain the foundation of the Word of God in our lives or else we will not be able withstand the attacks of our enemies. The same goes for our nation. We must continually intercede for America and our city!!!!!  How do you change a nation and city? Read Acts 19:8-20 to see how a whole city was turned upside down, and multitudes were saved?

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 4:10-13: Look at the promises and benefits of walking in the way of wisdom and staying on the right path.

 

New Testament

Matthew 14:22-36: Notice when Jesus sent them to the other side, it was not until they got halfway on their journey that a great attack took place. Starting is important but how we deal with setbacks during the journey will determine whether we finish.

Many times when fear dominates our thoughts and emotions, we don’t even recognize when Jesus shows up to help. But look at Jesus: “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid!!!!!” The Word always tells us not to fear; the Lord will deliver us.

Peter steps out in faith – a new walk of faith, something he has never done. What did he step out on? The water can’t hold you up. He knew that because he was a fisherman by trade. But faith in the Word can take you where you have never been before and cause you to accomplish that which would be impossible without the Word.

Once he got out of the boat and started walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), then the winds howled and he went from faith to fear and began to sink. He got his eyes off the Word and started concentrating on the circumstances and they started to talk to him: “You’re going to drown. You can’t walk on water. It’s over for you! You made a big mistake trusting the Word!!!!” But Jesus saved him and told him that he needed to grow in his faith. Faith will keep you in your hour of trial, but don’t let the circumstances or fear dictate your results (Mark 11:22-24).

 

January 21

Old Testament

Genesis 41:1-42:38: Remember that God has not forgotten you in your trial and testing situation. His timing is in His hands. He has a season for you to come out and to be blessed, but you must stand in faith and continue to believe and be faithful (Romans 8:26-39).

Don’t give up or give in. Because of your faithfulness and endurance, you will be rewarded. Keep your praise going and confessing His Word. He will bring you through and put you in a great place (Hebrews 10:32-39).

 

Psalms

Psalm 10:12-18: God always is in control. Trust Him!!!!

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 4:7-9: Pray for wisdom and look at what she will bring you.

 

New Testament

Matthew 14:1-21: Being faithful to God can sometimes cost you dearly, even your life. Jesus heard about John’s death and turned up the heat on the devil!!! He went and healed people. Take that Devil!!!!

The young man had only a little until he put it in the hands of Jesus. He gave his best and look at the return (Matthew 14:20). You can’t out-give God. He will always bless you back with more than you gave (2 Corinthians 9:10-11).

 

January 20

Old Testament

Genesis 39:1-40:23: Joseph is faced with a major decision that comes from a temptation. His boss’s wife wants to have sex with him. He could address this from a victim’s mentality but he doesn’t. He could have said, “If anyone deserves this it would be me. I was rejected, scorned, and sold out by my brothers. No one will know and it could benefit me.”

No!!! He did just the opposite because he knew that this would be wrong with God and that God would see all that would happen. Even though he was a victim, he would not sin against God.

Genesis 39:9 tells us how Joseph lived his life and how we should react to any temptation. Make the right choices and God will bless you in the end. God’s timing is always in His hands, He will not let you down!!!!

 

Psalms

Psalm 10:1-11: Don’t let the wicked and ungodly influence you. They pay a tremendous price in the end.

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 4:1-6: Fathers who love their children will always take the time to instruct them.

 

New Testament

Matthew 13:31-58: These verses contain great nuggets. Notice in Matthew 13:53-58 that Jesus could not do many miracles even though He desired to. Don’t let unbelief stop God from blessing you. Keep your faith at a high level. How do you do that? Read Romans 10:17.

Many of you are taking classes on Wednesday evening. You are preparing yourselves to walk by faith. Keep going and don’t quit. You will be blessed!!!

 

January 19

Old Testament

Genesis 37:1-38:30: Parents, it is vitally important that you don’t show partiality with your children or you will end up fostering jealousy, envy, and hurt. Remember, God shows no partiality when it comes to His children even though we all have different giftings and abilities. Our four children are all unique and have different giftings and callings. It was Tava’s and my responsibility to see what areas God had gifted them with, and to train and encourage them in each one. Look at what the Bible teaches us concerning God and partiality (Deuteronomy 10:17, 16:19; Acts 10:34, Ephesians 6:9).

Kids come in all sizes and shapes, some are faster and some slower but they all have a destiny and purpose given by God (Psalm 139:13-16). God encourages the fathers, with His desire, concerning our attitude toward our children (Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21, 1 Thessalonians 2:11).

In Genesis 37:5, we see Joseph had a dream but because he bragged about his dream, it got him into big trouble. It is great to have dreams from the Lord but be careful how you present it and who you share it with.

In Genesis 37:28, Joseph’s brothers sold him for 20 shekels of silver. Don’t ever let anyone other than God determine your worth!!!!

 

Psalms

Psalm 9:11-20: Psalm 9:17-20 shows us why we must continue to pray for our nation.

 

Proverbs

Proverbs 3:31-35

 

New Testament

Matthew 13:1-30: This is one my favorite parables, the sower sowing the Word. Even though he didn’t have good results at the beginning, he kept on sowing and at the end, he ended up with good results. What kind of soil are you? I believe you are the good ground and you will bring forth good fruit!!!! Don’t become lackadaisical with your relationship with God, the Word of God, or the church so that you become dull of hearing and seeing. Don’t let your hearts become dull, keep your heart on fire for God, His Word, and church. Fan the flame!!! Don’t let praise and worship become a song service or prelude to the next part of the service (Psalm 100).

Matthew 13:24-30: Don’t let the devil or anyone else sow bad seeds into your mind, which will have a direct effect upon your actions, behavior, and attitude. If you don’t like the way your life is going, then change what you see, hear, and who you hang out with day to day. Garbage in – garbage out!!!! (1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 1:8-19). The Internet, TV, and even Facebook can have a great effect on your life, for good or bad. Be wise and guard your heart!!!!

 

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