Monthly Archives: July 2016

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I bow

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/eph.3.14-19.esv

Word

“The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:1-5‬

Mercy God

In today’s reading prayer is emphasized. God promises to hear the prayers of the humble and David strongly asks God to be merciful. On the cross, Jesus emotionally asks, what’s going on, under the full weight of crucifixion.

July 23 2017 2 Chronicles 6-7

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (7:14)

Psalm 38

A psalm of David. A petition. LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. (38:1)

Matthew 27

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (27:46)

How do you pray? Are you fully engaged, emotionally and with humility? We give thanks to you Lord, especially for the opportunity to pray, because of the way Jesus gave us.

Take delight in the LORD

From the beginning of humanity’s relationship with God, it has had something to do with sacrifice.

July 22 2017 2 Chronicles 3-5

And King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted. (5:6)

Psalm 37

Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (37:4)

Matthew 26

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body. (26:26)

After Solomon’s Temple is completed, an era of generous giving begins. Because we love and enjoy God, there is a reciprocal relationship, we delight in Him, He delights in us…we give, He gives. This is the kind of healthy give and take that is in all relationships. Jesus at the last supper, is host to the celebratkon of our life in God. He gives himself, we receive, say thanks, and determine to be givers too.

July 21 Reading & Top Verses

The Text

July 21 2017 2 Chronicles 1-2

Then Solomon spoke to all Israel – to the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, to the judges and to all the leaders in Israel, the heads of families (1:2)

Psalm 36

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (36:5)

Matthew 25

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” (25:31)

Here we see that leaders must communicate effectively to the influencers for which they are responsible. Those that make things happen through action, political involvement, and of course, their families. God’s love has infinite influence. And Jesus, when He comes, will bring his influence, ultimately taking charge of all things in heaven and earth.