Monday, August 31, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for MONDAY, August 31, 2020

The Daily Readings
MONDAY, August 31, 2020
Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18; Exodus 4:10-31; Revelation 3:1-6
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today's Verse-of-the-Day: Psalm 95:6-7
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Today's Readings:
God’s power like blazing fire
1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.

17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

Moses doubts but obeys God
10 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?

12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

14 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

16 And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

17 And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

18 And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

19 And the Lord said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.

20 And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

21 And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.

22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

23 And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.

24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him.

25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.

27 And the Lord said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.

28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him.

29 And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel:

30 And Aaron spake all the words which the Lord had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.

31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Wake up to your faithlessness
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Readings for MONDAY, August 31, 2020
Psalm 83:1-4, 13-18; Exodus 4:10-31; Revelation 3:1-6 (KJV)

The Daily Prayer for MONDAY, August 31, 2020
The Daily Prayer
MONDAY, August 31, 2020

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero said this shortly before his assassination: “I am going to speak to you simply as a pastor, as one who, together with his people, has been learning the beautiful but harsh truth that the Christian faith does not cut us off from the world but immerses us in it; the church is not a fortress set apart from the city. The church follows Jesus, who lived, worked, struggled and died in the midst of a city, in the polis.”

Lord, help us not to conform to the patterns of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Give us a new imagination so that we might live in ways that do not compute to the logic of materialism and militarism. Make us into holy nonconformists so that we might see the kingdoms of this world transformed into your glorious kingdom. Amen.

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Blessed and Forgiven

Blessed and Forgiven

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Our psalm is one of the seven penitential psalms; the others are Psalms 6, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143. These psalms of repentance were grouped this way in the early centuries of the church. They are often used in worship, especially during the season of Lent. Yet the use of these psalms, including Psalm 32 above, is not restricted to Lent. These psalms provide the words for daily prayers of repentance.

According to the psalmist David, blessings fall to the person whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessings come to the one "in whose spirit there is no deceit." When it comes to matters of repentance, that necessary lack of deceit is explained more fully by the apostle John: "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-9).

Sin itself is deceitful and easily blinds us to our need for repentance and our need for a Savior. In these penitential psalms, the Word of God breaks through the deceit and reveals our need. David describes the spiritual and physical results of his futile attempts to conceal his sin: "For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer" (Psalm 32:3-4).

An earlier psalm describes our Lord's suffering on the cross in words that mirror the psalmist's struggle with hidden sin: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from saving Me, from the words of My groaning? ... I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint" (Psalm 22:1, 14a). Jesus bore in His body the sins of the world, the sins that caused His groaning, and put His bones out of joint. On the cross the terrible wrath of God against sin was revealed as the Son of God was abandoned to suffering and death. It was the price that had to be paid for our healing and forgiveness, for "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins" (Hebrews 9:22b).

The psalmist acknowledged his sins, confessed his transgressions to the Lord, and received forgiveness. When we stop trying to hide our sins, when we confess our sins to God, He is "faithful and just to forgive us." In Jesus Christ, through His redeeming death and triumphant resurrection, we are blessed—our transgressions are forgiven, our sins covered.

To be "blessed" is to be happy, but it is much more than that. To be blessed is to receive God's favor, favor we do not deserve, favor granted for the sake of Jesus. Washed clean in Jesus' blood, we join close our prayer of repentance with words of praise: "Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!" (Psalm 32:11)

Almighty God and Father, we praise You for the gift of our Savior, whose blood has cleansed us from sin. Amen.

Dr. Carol Geisler

Reflection Questions:
1. Do you feel remorse for your sins? Do you repent of your sins? What happens next?

2. How does God cover our sins?

3. How is forgiveness of our sins even possible?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Do you feel remorse for your sins? Do you repent of your sins? What happens next?

Standing Strong Through the Storm — MARTYRDOM

Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

In Ambon, Indonesia, a Christian youth camp was held in early 1999 with the theme “Soldiers of the Cross!” The camp was attacked by an angry group of Muslim extremists and a 15-year-old boy named Roy Pontoh was singled out for carrying his Bible and interrogated.

When asked, “Who are you?” he replied, “I am a soldier of Jesus Christ.” The angry mob chopped at his left arm with a machete. The questioning continued, “Who are you?” And again Roy answered, “I am a soldier of Jesus Christ.” Then they chopped at his right arm.

When they tried to force him to say, “Allahu Akbar,” he replied, “As far as I know, Jesus Christ is the only Lord.” Now the seething angry crowd cut open his stomach and demanded again, “Who are you?” With his last breath, Roy gasped, “I am a soldier of Jesus Christ.” The mob cut off his head and threw his body in a ditch.

Martyrdom may be the end result of those who endure. In addition to Jesus, three martyrs are named in the New Testament—John the Baptist, Stephen, and James. Some of the unnamed heroes of the faith mentioned in Hebrews 11:37 were also martyred.

Martyrdom is described as a legitimate response to persecution. This is not easily understood in our day and in our culture that specializes in personal “rights” and the avoidance of suffering. But a special crown is awaiting those who lay down their lives for their faith.

The appropriate response to persecution that one chooses depends on that person’s intimate relationship with God the Holy Spirit and openness to His direction.

No doubt if you and I had talked to Roy Pontoh before his death, we may not have detected such bravery and loyalty to Jesus. Roy passed the hot water test with flying colors. He graduated to a special place with his Lord as a victorious overcomer.

Overcomers are like teabags. You have to put them in hot water to know how strong they are!

RESPONSE: Today I will live in faith and assurance that even in the test and threat of death I can be a victorious overcomer.

PRAYER: Pray that all those who may face physical death today for the cause of Christ will walk in faith and realize they will never die.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Women of the Bible — Elizabeth

Her name means: "God is my oath"

Her character: A descendant of Aaron, Elizabeth was a woman the Bible calls "upright in the sight of God." Like few others, male or female, she is praised for observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations without blame. She is the first to acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
Her sorrow: To be barren for most of her life.
Her joy: To give birth to John, later known as John the Baptist, the Messiah's forerunner. His name, divinely assigned, means, "The Lord Is Gracious."
Key Scriptures: Luke 1:5-80

Her Story

Her eyes were a golden brown. Like currants set in pastry, they winked out at the world from cheeks that had baked too long in the sun. Snowy strands of hair straggled from beneath a woolen shawl, tickling her wrinkled face. Small hands rested tenderly on her rounded belly, softly probing for any hint of movement. But all was still. From her vantage point on the roof of the house, she noticed a figure walking up the pathway and wondered who her visitor might be.

She and Zechariah had been content enough in their quiet house these last few months, secluded in their joy. Each morning she had opened her eyes as though waking to a fantastic dream. Sometimes she shook with laughter as she thought about how God had rearranged her life, planting a child in her shriveled-up, old-woman's womb.

Six months ago, Zechariah had been chosen by lot to burn incense before the Most Holy Place, a once-in-a-lifetime privilege. But during his week of priestly service in the temple, he had been frightened half to death by a figure who appeared suddenly next to the altar of incense. "Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son," the angel told him, "and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord." It was Sarah and Abraham all over, Rebekah and Isaac, Rachel and Jacob. God was once again kindling a fire with two dry sticks.

For the life of her, Elizabeth couldn't understand her husband's response to the messenger that had so terrified him. Once you'd laid eyes on an angel, how could you fail to believe that anything was possible? But Zechariah had blurted out his skepticism and suffered the consequences. His voice had been snatched away and would not be given back until the angel's words came to pass. These days he communicated by scribbling on a wax tablet.

Elizabeth looked down again at the figure advancing up the path, a green sprig of a girl. The older woman stepped carefully down the stairs and into the house to welcome her guest. But with the young woman's words of greeting came something that felt like a gale-force wind, shaking the beams and rafters of the house. Steadying herself, the older woman felt suddenly invigorated. Her unborn baby leapt inside her as she shouted out a welcoming response: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

Mary had made the journey all the way from Nazareth to visit her relative Elizabeth. The same angel who had spoken to Zechariah in the temple had whispered the secret of the older woman's pregnancy to the virgin, who was also with child. The magnificent song of praise that burst from Mary's lips during their meeting may have taken shape during the course of her sixty-mile journey south, to the hill country of Judea where Elizabeth lived.

The two women held each other, their bonds of kinship now stronger than what mere flesh and blood could forge. For Israel's God—the God of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Miriam, Deborah, Naomi, Ruth, Abigail, and Hannah—was on the move again, bringing the long-ago promise to fulfillment. And blessed was she who did not doubt that what the Lord had said to her would be accomplished.

Her Promise

God always keeps his promises! For hundreds of years, God had been telling the people of Israel that he would send a Messiah. One who would provide a direct bridge to God himself. One whose sacrifice would provide redemption for all time. The events in this first chapter of Luke are just the beginning of the fulfillment of God's greatest promise to his people. With Mary, we can say: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!"

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
Her eyes were a golden brown. Like currants set in pastry, they winked out at the world from cheeks that had baked too long in the sun. Snowy strands of hair straggled from beneath a woolen shawl, tickling her wrinkled face. Small hands rested tenderly on her rounded belly, softly probing for any hint of movement. But all was still. From her vantage point on the roof of the house, she noticed a figure walking up the pathway and wondered who her visitor might be.

John Piper Devotional — The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

The Father’s very soul exults with joy over the servant-like meekness and compassion of his Son.

When a reed is bent and about to break, the Servant will tenderly hold it upright until it heals. When a wick is smoldering and has scarcely any heat left, the Servant will not pinch it off, but cup his hand and blow gently until it burns again.

Thus the Father cries, “Behold, my Servant in whom my soul delights!” The worth and beauty of the Son come not just from his majesty, nor just from his meekness, but from the way these mingle in perfect proportion.

When the angel cries out in Revelation 5:2, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” the answer comes back, “Weep not; look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals” (5:5).

God loves the strength of the Lion of Judah. This is why he is worthy in God’s eyes to open the scrolls of history and unfold the last days.

But the picture is not complete. How did the Lion conquer? The next verse describes his appearance: “And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain.” Jesus is worthy of the Father’s delight not only as the Lion of Judah, but also as the slain Lamb.
The Father’s very soul exults with joy over the servant-like meekness and compassion of his Son.

Un dia a la Vez — Oración por liberación
Oración por liberación

Si el Hijo los libera, serán ustedes verdaderamente libres.

Dios mío, sé que tú quieres liberarme de la pobreza y el desorden. Por eso, hoy me presento delante de ti entendiendo y reconociendo que soy tu hijo. También comprendo que, como hijo, tengo los derechos y los privilegios de ti, que eres mi Padre.

En este día cancelo con autoridad todas las enseñanzas negativas que me han hecho creer que, por ser cristiano, debo ser pobre.

Así que hoy entiendo que tú tienes bendiciones en abundancia para mi familia y para mí.

Gracias, Señor, porque he aprendido que tú eres un Dios de orden.

Mi Jesús, hoy te pido, por favor, que me libres de toda atadura y pongas en mi corazón el deseo de salir adelante y de luchar por alcanzar mis sueños.

Renuncio este día a la pobreza, al desorden, al abandono, a la suciedad, a la depresión y me declaro libre. Recibo tu bendición ahora.

En el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Oración por liberación

Devocional CPTLN — Bendecidos y perdonados

Bendecidos y perdonados

¡Cuán bienaventurado es aquel cuya transgresión es perdonada, cuyo pecado es cubierto! ¡Cuán bienaventurado es el hombre a quien el Señor no culpa de iniquidad, y en cuyo espíritu no hay engaño!
Salmo 32:1-2 (LBLA)

Este es uno de los siete salmos penitenciales; los otros son los Salmos 6, 38, 51, 102, 130 y 143. Estos salmos de arrepentimiento fueron agrupados de esta manera en los primeros siglos de la iglesia. A menudo se usan en la adoración, especialmente durante la temporada de Cuaresma, pero no están limitados a ella ya que proporcionan palabras para las oraciones diarias de arrepentimiento.

Según el salmista David, las bendiciones recaen sobre la persona cuyas transgresiones son perdonadas, cuyos pecados son cubiertos. Las bendiciones llegan a aquel "en cuyo espíritu no hay engaño". Cuando se trata de cuestiones de arrepentimiento, el apóstol Juan explica con más detalle esa necesaria falta de engaño: "Si decimos que no tenemos pecado, nos engañamos a nosotros mismos y la verdad no está en nosotros. Si confesamos nuestros pecados, Él es fiel y justo para perdonarnos los pecados y para limpiarnos de toda maldad" (1 Juan 1: 8-9).

El pecado es engañoso y fácilmente nos ciega a nuestra necesidad de arrepentimiento y de un Salvador. En estos salmos penitenciales, la Palabra de Dios rompe el engaño y nos revela esas necesidades. David describe los resultados espirituales y físicos de sus inútiles intentos por ocultar su pecado: "Mientras callé mi pecado, mi cuerpo se consumió con mi gemir durante todo el día. Porque día y noche tu mano pesaba sobre mí; mi vitalidad se desvanecía con el calor del verano" (Salmo 32:3-4).

Un salmo anterior describe el sufrimiento de nuestro Señor en la cruz con palabras que reflejan la lucha del salmista con el pecado oculto: "Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado? ¿Por qué estás tan lejos de mi salvación y de las palabras de mi clamor?... Soy derramado como agua, y todos mis huesos están descoyuntados" (Salmo 22:1, 14a). Jesús cargó en su cuerpo los pecados del mundo, los pecados que lo hicieron gemir y descoyuntaron sus huesos. En la cruz, donde el Hijo de Dios fue abandonado al sufrimiento y la muerte, se reveló la terrible ira de Dios contra el pecado. Él pagó allí el precio que nosotros teníamos que pagar por nuestra sanidad y perdón, porque "sin derramamiento de sangre no hay perdón de pecados" (Hebreos 9:22b).

El salmista reconoció sus pecados, confesó sus transgresiones al Señor y recibió el perdón. Cuando dejamos de intentar ocultar nuestros pecados y confesamos nuestros pecados a Dios, Él es "fiel y justo para perdonarnos". A través de la muerte redentora y resurrección triunfante de Jesucristo somos bendecidos: nuestras transgresiones son perdonadas, nuestros pecados cubiertos.

Ser "bendecido" es recibir el favor de Dios, un favor que no merecemos, un favor concedido por la causa de Jesús. Lavados con la sangre de Jesús, cerramos nuestra oración de arrepentimiento con palabras de alabanza: "¡Alégrense en el Señor y regocíjense, justos; den voces de júbilo todos ustedes, los rectos de corazón! (Salmo 32:11).

ORACIÓN: Dios Todopoderoso y Padre nuestro, te alabamos por el regalo de nuestro Salvador, cuya sangre nos ha limpiado del pecado. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
* ¿De qué manera cubre Dios nuestros pecados?

* ¿Cómo es posible el perdón de nuestros pecados?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿De qué manera cubre Dios nuestros pecados?

Notre Pain Quotidien — Le serviteur entend

Le serviteur entend

Lisez : 1 Samuel 3.1-10
La Bible en un an : Psaumes 135 – 136 ; 1 Corinthiens 12

L’Éternel vint et se présenta, et il appela comme les autres fois : Samuel, Samuel ! Et Samuel répondit : Parle, car ton serviteur écoute.

Si la radio avait été allumée, on aurait su que le Titanic était en train de couler plus rapidement. Cyril Evans, l’opérateur radio d’un autre navire, avait cherché à transmettre un message à Jack Phillips, l’opérateur radio du Titanic, pour lui faire savoir qu’ils étaient tombés sur un champ de glace. Toutefois, Phillips a brusquement demandé à Evans de se taire parce qu’il était occupé à transmettre des messages de la part des passagers. Evans a éteint à contrecœur sa radio et est allé se coucher. Dix minutes plus tard, le Titanic a heurté un iceberg et ses signaux de détresse sont restés sans réponse.

Nous lisons dans 1 Samuel que les sacrificateurs d’Israël étaient corrompus et avaient perdu leur vue et leur ouïe spirituelles, n’alertant donc pas la nation des dangers qu’elle courait. « La parole de l’Éternel était rare en ce temps-là, les visions n’étaient pas fréquentes » (1 S 3.1). Dieu n’allait toutefois pas abandonner son peuple. Il a commencé à parler à un jeune garçon nommé Samuel, qui grandissait dans la maison du sacrificateur. Or, le nom de Samuel, qui signifie « l’Éternel entend », évoquait l’exaucement de la prière de sa mère. Il reste que Samuel allait devoir apprendre à entendre Dieu.

« Parle, car ton serviteur écoute » (V. 10). Voilà le serviteur qui entend. Puissions-nous aussi choisir d’écouter ce que Dieu nous révèle dans la Bible et d’y obéir. Soumettons-lui notre vie et adoptons la posture d’humbles serviteurs, qui gardent leur « radio » allumée.
Précieux Jésus, merci pour la Bible, qui m’aide à te suivre avec obéissance. Parle, car ton serviteur écoute.
Lorsque nous lisons la Bible, Dieu nous parle et nous donne des directives.

© 2020 Ministères NPQ
Si la radio avait été allumée, on aurait su que le Titanic était en train de couler plus rapidement.