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Daily Bible Verse – October 23, 2020

Psalm 71:7-8

I have become as a wonder to many,
But You are my strong refuge.
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the day.

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Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings- Part 1

Don’t fall trap to the misleading statements that the Bible or it’s contents are outdated or old fashioned. This is a common smoke screen the enemy uses today to detour non-believers from coming to know truth and freedom in Him.

The ultimate lie to keep you disconnected, broken, feeling empty, and not seeking a relationship with Jesus. The Bible stands true today- just as it did the day it was written. God and His Word are never changing and can ALWAYS be counted on.

Let’s take a look at some of the Bible Basics of the New Testament books. Jot down some key points- interesting facts- and questions you may have- as you read through this short study. (Feel free to email or post questions below in the comment section- I do my very best to answer/write back to everyone who writes)

The New Testament books are a collection of God’s story and begins before time began.

Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The key here is to break down this first sentence- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Take note that in the beginning it was God. The Bible shows us this by making it clear that the Old Testament started before time- before man-before animals- before flowers, trees, plants- before water, air, sound- before light and dark.

In the beginning it was literally God. Nothing more. Nothing less. God is the beginning of life- the beginning of everything.

The Old Testament is a collection of books with great spiritual and personal value. It teaches us about who God is and how life began. It explains how evil was introduced into the world. It inspires us for holy living and fills our hearts with gratitude and praise.

The Old Testament prophesies about the coming of the Messiah, our redeemer. Provides us with a fundamental understanding of God and sets the foundation for the rest of the Bible.

It also sets a standard of truth and lays out the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

There are 3 different types of knowledge we can obtain from getting to know God through the Old Testament.

  1. Factual Knowledge– To know God in this manner we must first know about Him. Learning His character and record of miracles and promises kept.
  2. Personal Knowledge-Knowing God in this manner takes us past the information stage and to a stage of relationship. Getting to know God through our own experiences and relationships with those who already have an established relationship with Him.
  3. Practical Knowledge- To know God in this form of knowledge we study His Word and He spells out His will for our life. Shows us how we need to change on the inside to live the life He created us for. Gaining practical knowledge of God through Bible studies such as this will help us to learn how to live in the complex world around us .

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Daily Devo- Waiting to see the harvest

Coming to Jesus and building a relationship with Him is a process. Faith and trust in God doesn’t just happen overnight- they are fundamentals we learn as we study God’s Word. Often times it takes multiple exposures or experience’s with Jesus for someone to make a decision to follow Him.

We need to be sensitive about where those we are witnessing to are in regards to their walk of faith. Everyone learns and processes information differently. We certainly do not want to push someone away from God by being overbearing and not respecting their individual journey with Him.

Just as a farmer sows seeds and has to wait to harvest the crop- as do we when it comes to sowing spiritual seeds into the lives of others.

The old saying goes ‘you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink’.

Same goes for leading the lost to Jesus.

We can give them the information, share our testimony, and pray fervently for them. We can not make them accept Jesus. We were all given the freedom of choice when God created us. He longs for us to accept Him, His love and Salvation but ultimately it is our choice.

As Christians we are responsible for sharing the good news of Jesus with the lost. It is NOT our responsibility to “save them”- ONLY Jesus can save them. Each person must choose Him for their own life.

God has already chosen us from the beginning- when we were created in our mothers womb. He is waiting for each of us to reach out to Him. NOTHING we do is too much for God to handle. He only wants us to run to Him not away from Him.

We are called to sow seeds of faith, truth, and the good news of Jesus to those we interact with through-out our life. Then pray for the “harvest” of those spiritual seeds and be patient while waiting for them to metaphorically grow into foundational roots of truth in their lives.

Bible Verses about Sowing Seeds

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this message on sowing seeds and being patient while we wait for the harvest in the lives of others. Lord I thank You for your continued guidance and discernment as I study Your Word. Lord I pray that each person who the message reaches would have You at the center of their life. Lord I pray that we would each be vessels for You to use- that we would all be willing to step out in faith and sow spiritual seeds into the lives of those around us. Lord I pray that You would give each of us the patience to allow the seeds to grow in others lives. Lord I pray You would lead and guide our every step. Give us the courage to step up and step out when You are calling us to do so. Lord Thank you for Your Word and many blessing. For being a promise keeper and never leaving our side. In Jesus might name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Bible Verse – October 22, 2020

Psalm 71:4-5

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You are my trust from my youth.

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Daily Devo- 5 things we can learn from Philip about Evangelism

We are all called to share the love of Christ with others- to stir up spiritual interest in non-believers. and lead them to a relationship with Jesus. How do we do this without coming off so overbearing or ‘pushy’? Let’s look at an example from the Bible.

The account of Philip sharing Christ with an Ethiopian eunuch is found in the Bible in Acts 8:26-39.

As you read the scripture- take note of ways that Philip listened and cultivated spiritual interest with the eunuch.

Philip asked the eunuch if he understood what he was reading in Isaiah 53:7-8. In which he responded, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”

Philip began to preach Jesus to him, starting with the scripture in Isaiah. Philip was helping the eunuch to understand the God of the Jews (Jesus).

There are multiple things we can learn from looking at these scriptures and understanding what is going on. The basic principle here is that when we share our faith or testimony it should be relational. We are to have spiritual interest in others without being overbearing.

In other words- Don’t preach AT them instead, talk WITH them and give advise and guidance that points to Jesus and glorifies Him.

5 more things we can learn from Philip in this scripture:

  1. Philip was obedient to God’s instruction
  2. Philip met the man where he was at
  3. Philip sensed the eagerness of the Ethiopian Church
  4. Philip pointed Him to scripture
  5. Philip took him as far as he was willing to go

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for Your guidance- for leading the way and being by my side for every step. Lord, I thank you for this message from You about evangelism. Lord, I confess that in the past I have not always given spiritual interest to those you have placed in my path. I sometimes get carried away with my emotions and I fall short on giving advice that glorifies and leads to you. Lord, forgive me. I pray You will give me guidance and discernment when interacting with others. Help me to know what to say and how to say it. I want to be one who can give sound advice or guidance that clearly points to You and glorifies Your kingdom. Thank you for being a forgiving and loving Father in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Bible Verse – October 21, 2020

Psalm 70:4

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
And let those who love Your salvation say continually,
“Let God be magnified!”

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Daily Bible Verse – October 20, 2020

Psalm 69:36

Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it,
And those who love His name shall dwell in it.

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Daily Devo- Road to Salvation

Today’s devotional is about sharing the road to salvation. A recent study I completed through the Christian University Online referred to it as the “Romans Road to Salvation”. This is probably due to the fact that it consists of 8 different scriptures all found in the book of Romans in the Bible.

Follow me as we take a trip down the “Romans Road to Salvation” and dig into scripture to see what the Bible says about salvation and its importance in our life.

Recognize that no one is free of sin- no one is perfect.

Romans 3:23 NKJV- 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Recognize the consequences of sin without Jesus

Romans 6:23 NKJV- 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acknowledge the sacrifice and love from God

Romans 5:8 NKJV- But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Accept and confess- you are a sinner and need Jesus to save you

Romans 10:9 NKJV- that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Call upon Him-Invite Him into your life- You are saved

Romans 10:13 NKJV- 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Gift of Salvation

Romans 5:1 NKJV- Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

You are free!

Romans 8:1 NKJV- There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gift of salvation. For loving me so much to send your son to die for my sins. Lord I recognize that I am a sinner and fall short of your glory each day. Forgive me Lord for the sins I have committed. Lord help to give me discernment, strength through temptation, and ability to withstand the deceit from Satan. I am so thankful you are a forgiving and gracious God, regardless of my many short comings. It’s in Jesus’ mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Daily Bible Verse – October 19, 2020

Psalm 69:34-35

34 Let heaven and earth praise Him,
The seas and everything that moves in them.
35 For God will save Zion
And build the cities of Judah,
That they may dwell there and possess it.

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Daily Devo- Access God’s Power

Acts 1:8

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Our power as a born again Christian comes directly from the Holy Spirit. When we ask Jesus to come into our hearts; the Holy Spirit (3rd person in the trinity) comes to live within us. Dwelling within our hearts and abiding with us forever more.

Witness is defined by dictionary.com as a verb meaning to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception.

Being a witness of God doesn’t mean you merely go around telling everyone about what He has done for you. Although sharing your testimony is part of what God has called you to do- we must take notice to what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit living within us.

When we become born again believers and have accepted Jesus as our Savior we begin to walk in the spirit. The Holy Spirit is what helps us to change ourselves from the inside out- to begin living the Christian life through us.

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16 NKJV

We can not make the changes on our own. The human species is flawed. Without Jesus being the bridge between us and God we are nothing. However, when we accept Jesus as our Savior, He bridges the “gap” of sin between us and God. He sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us from that day on.

The Holy Spirit lives within us and bears witness to those around us as they see the changes in our life right before their eyes. We are called to be a witness through the power of the Holy Spirit so that others will see we are not like those who live for the world.

Have you accessed God’s power?

You do not have to fight the battles in this life alone. God is almighty and powerful- He has already won the war- put your trust in Him and unleash the power of God in your life!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for sending Your son to die on the cross for my sins and bridging the gap between us. Thank you for giving me access to Your power through the Holy Spirit. Lord I confess that I get wrapped up in the moment sometimes and forget that my actions, my words, and my attitude should reflect You. That my pure existence is to be witness of Your love and to share the exciting news of God’s power, patience, and purpose for our lives. I pray that You would give me discernment and direct my paths. I pray that You will help me to exercise self-control and not be so easily swept up into the world. Thank you for Your forgiveness and promises to help me and protect me in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen