“But, I’m a good person…” – Matthew 9:12-13

Matthew 9:12-13 “When Jesus heard this, he said, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.’ Then he added, ‘Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: “I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.” For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.’”

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What is God saying to me? Many “think they are righteous” apart from Jesus. “But, I am a good person…” As I seek to follow Jesus everyday, I must destroy this mentality in me.

How will I obey? I want to read more into my new identity as a saint that occasionally sins as it relates to this verse. I just added this article to my reading list for later today: http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2012/01/sinners-who-are-forgiven-or-saints-who-sin-robert-saucy/

Who will I tell? My accountability partner

Apart from Jesus, Do you think you are righteous or do you know you are a sinner?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

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Living with Faith in God’s Faithful Love – Psalms 138:8

Psalms 138:8 “The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

Ellie and Rebecca, right after delivery.

What is God saying to me? Three days ago God gave Rebecca and me our second daughter. Ellie (fullness of God) Marie (asked of Child) was born healthy after a complicated pregnancy. We are overwhelmed with thankfulness. This morning I started in my Bible reading plan by reading Psalm 138 out loud over Rebecca and Ellie. It blessed us so much that we read it out loud a second time. It is a Psalm of thanksgiving (vv.1,4) in response to God’s faithful and loving involvement in our lives.

How will I obey? The NLT’s placement of the word FOR in verse 8 challenges me. “The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” David is able to be confident in God’s plans being accomplished in his life because of his faith in God’s faithful love. In addition, he prays for God’s involvement in his life in light of God’s faithful love. Today, I want to be confident in and pray for God’s plans being accomplished in Ellie’s life. I want to do the same in relation to Rebecca’s recovery. However, I don’t approach him not knowing His character. I must have faith in God’s faithful love.

Who will I tell? Rebecca

How can you live with an active faith in God’s faithful love today?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

A Heart Transplant – Ezekiel 36:25-27     

Ezekiel 36:25-27 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”

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What is God saying to me? God is a God of new life. He washes us, gives us a new heart and gives us His Spirit. Why? “So that you will follow My decrees and be careful to obey My regulations.”

How will I obey? Knowing I am clean, new and empowered by the Spirit, I will obey today. I will claim this identity, out loud, throughout the day.

Who will I tell? The men who hold me accountable.

If you are a Christian, do you know you are clean, new and empowered by the Spirit? Be who you are.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Turning Blessings Into Idols – Ezekiel 16:16

Ezekiel 16:16 “You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you played the prostitute. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen?”

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What is God saying to me?  I’m struck by the reality that we often take the blessings that God gives us and turn them into idols.  Maybe it is vocation, appearance, giftedness, a home, vacation, hobby or even a friend, spouse or child.

How will I obey?  How could this happen? Blessings become idols when we do not remember who gave them to us.  God says “You used the lovely things I gave to you… (italics mine)”  When we remember where the blessing comes from, we praise the creator, not the creature (Romans 1:25).

Who will I tell? Rebecca

Take a minute to thank God for the greatest blessings in your life.  Worship Him not them.

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

 

“Let all My Words sink deep into your own heart first… then go…” Ezekiel 3

Ezekiel 3:1-4 (NLT) The voice said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. Then he said, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel and give them my messages.”

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Ezekiel 3:10-11 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.”

What is God saying to me? I cannot pass what I do not possess. I must take in God’s Word deeply before I can give it out.

How will I obey? I am going to adjust my morning devos this week and emphasize prayer before I begin to read Scripture. I will ask the Holy Spirit to fill my stomach and let all His Words sink deep into my heart.

Who will I tell? The team that I teach with in our church.

How can you ingest more of God’s Word?

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.

Gaze Upon the Beauty of the Lord – Psalm 27:4

Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.”

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What is God saying to me? Like King David, my goal should be “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.” I am reminded of Philippians 3:10-11 the Amplified Version “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

How will I obey? I will “seek” “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.” Today, I’m going to pray on the hour every hour for God to show me His glory.

Who will I tell? My neighbor

What were you doing the last time you were able “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord?” 

The Bible is the Word of God and the power of God is released in our life when we apply it. Join us as we follow the One Year Bible plan. Links to read digitally can be found online at www.pcbc.org/bible.