Monday, October 26, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for MONDAY, October 26, 2020


The Daily Readings
MONDAY, October 26, 2020
Psalm 119:41-48; Numbers 33:38-39; James 2:8-13
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The word inspired means that Scripture was God-breathed. Throughout history, the Lord chose faithful individuals to communicate His message to the world. Through them, He gave us His Word as an instruction book to guide our lives and as an immoveable anchor to hold us steady in times of storm. The Bible is the final authority for our faith and what we believe, which God reveals to us through His Holy Spirit.

God gave us His Word for an important reason: our spiritual growth. The Holy Spirit works through Scripture to rebuke and correct us when we sin, to train us in righteousness, to equip us to do His will, and to grow us into His image so that we can become His effective ambassadors for the gospel.

Today’s Readings:

Psalm 119:41-48
I will keep God’s law

41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Lord, I have by faith thy mercies in view; let me by prayer prevail to obtain them. And when the salvation of the saints is completed, it will plainly appear that it was not in vain to trust in God's word. We need to pray that we may never be afraid or ashamed to own God's truths and ways before men. And the psalmist resolves to keep God's law, in a constant course of obedience, without backsliding. The service of sin is slavery; the service of God is liberty. There is no full happiness or perfect liberty, but in keeping God's law. We must never be ashamed or afraid to own our religion. The more delight we take in the service of God, the nearer we come to perfection. Not only consent to his law as good but take pleasure in it as good for us. Let me put forth all the strength I have to do it. Something of this mind of Christ is in every true disciple.

Numbers 33:38-39
Death of Aaron

33:38 And Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment of the Lord, and died there, in the fortieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first day of the fifth month.

39 And Aaron was an hundred and twenty and three years old when he died in mount Hor.
Unexpectedly, the staging area of Mount Hor is singled out for special mention. It becomes the setting for a memorial notice to Aaron, the high priest, brother of Moses, who died here at the age of 123. Not only is his age given, but so is the date: the first day of the fifth month of the fortieth year. This is the second date in the list (the first being the date of their leaving Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month of the first year). This means that the journeying from Tanis/Rameses to Mount Hor completes the forty years of desert wanderings.

The death of Aaron marks a pivotal date in the history of Israel. His death is regarded as having an atoning effect. Aaron was three years older than Moses. His great age was a mark of God's blessing in his life. By the mercy of the Lord, his time was extended to the very last year of Israel's desert experience, though his own sin kept him from living into the time of the conquest of the land.

The second notice given with respect to Israel's time at the staging area of Mount Hor is word concerning the king of Arad. Even the king who dwelled in the Negev of the land of Canaan knew of the coming of the people of Israel; the reference is to the story of 21:1-3, the first of Israel's victories on the military field—a promise for a new generation being different from their fathers.

James 2:8-13
Fulfilling the royal law
2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

James warned Jewish believers that if they renounced Christ, they would once again be enslaved by the law, which had no true power in their lives. Even if they kept every command, they could not rid themselves of the sins they had already committed. This is true for us. We can never be “good enough” to earn salvation or the grace that God gives so freely. We are either completely obedient to God by accepting Christ—who fulfills the law completely—or we are disobedient. We cannot have it both ways.

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, October 26, 2020
Psalm 119:41-48; Numbers 33:38-39; James 2:8-13 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for MONDAY, October 26, 2020


Prayer of the Day
MONDAY, October 26, 2020

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one..

Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, stand at our side and protect us in all our days on earth. Grant us an understanding of the honor that belongs to God. Help us see that you are sent so that heaven and earth shall one day bow down before God's almighty will. Stand by us so that we may hear, understand, and accept your Word. Stand by us all our lives. Be with us in suffering and in our last hour when death comes to us. May your grace be with us. Help us at all times to be firmly rooted in the will of our God and Father in heaven. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, October 26, 2020


2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Armed with the Word


Armed with the Word

For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands.

Since we know we are sinful people, we may wonder at the statement, "The LORD takes pleasure in His people." Repentant honesty compels us to admit that we do not deserve God's pleasure. We sin daily in our thoughts, words, and actions, doing what we should not do and leaving undone a thousand good works that should be done. Why would the LORD be pleased with us?

God takes pleasure in us for the sake of His Son. At Jesus' Baptism, the Father spoke from heaven: "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17b). Jesus fulfilled the purpose for which He had come. He was obedient to His Father, even to the point of death on the cross. The Savior was raised to life, and in Baptism we are buried and raised with Him. We are clothed in His righteousness and placed into a right relationship with God as His sons and daughters. God is pleased with us because He is pleased with His Son, in whom we have "become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21b).

Clothed in Christ, we are dressed for praise—and for battle. We live with "the high praises of God" in our throats and "two-edged swords" in our hands. We wield, by God's grace, "the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God" (Ephesians 6:17b). In the psalm, this double-edged weapon is used "to execute vengeance on the nations ... to execute on them the judgment written!" (see Psalm 149:7a, 9a) When Christ returns, those who have rejected Him as Savior and Lord will suffer God's just judgment. The mighty Lord will return with the armies of heaven and from His mouth will come "a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations" (Revelation 19:15b).

As we employ the powerful sword of the Word, we find that the two-edged weapon cuts both ways. The sharp edge of God's Law strikes home and "executes God's just judgments," revealing and condemning sin. The sweetly sharp edge of the Gospel delivers the good news of God's grace and forgiveness in Christ Jesus. Adorned now with salvation, we have Jesus' promise: "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life" (John 5:24).

The risen Lord said that repentance and forgiveness of sins was to be preached in His Name to all nations. Wherever that message is proclaimed, the Spirit is at work through the two-edged sword of the Word, bringing sinners to repentance and creating faith in the Savior who redeemed them. We know that "there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents" (Luke 15:10b). If the angels are rejoicing, then we too can exult in glory and sing for joy—even on our beds!

Lord God, You are pleased with us for the sake of Your Son. We rejoice in Your gift of salvation and in the power of Your Word. Fill our voices with praise and with the good news of salvation in Jesus. Amen.

Dr. Carol Geisler

Reflection Questions:
1. Can you think of a time when you felt like God took pleasure in you?

2. What do you think it means for us to "exult in glory"? What might that look like?

3. Do you feel competent handling God's Word? What can you do to become better with it?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Since we know we are sinful people, we may wonder at the statement, "The LORD takes pleasure in His people."

Standing Strong Through the Storm — SACRIFICIAL GIVING



In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Johnny Li, a former colleague and current missionary trainer in China, shares about his meeting with two young pastors there:

As I entered the house, I was surprised to observe the humble existence of these two mighty men of God. They were the leaders of house churches in their provinces, which had grown the past nine years to more than 200,000 Christians. They were both in their late twenties, and even though they have been in the ministry since they were nineteen, their enthusiasm reflected beautifully.

Everybody knew about the work of the Lord through these faithful servants. I also knew that they both spent several years in prison in extremely harsh conditions, but nothing prepared me for this humble home and modest lifestyle.

There were no furniture items, no ornaments, and no beds in the small house. Their clothes were hanging on the wall due to a lack of cupboards. The only furniture was a table and a chair to sit on. There was a blanket on the ground that was obviously used as the bed. Together we sat down, and I started questioning them about their activities and work that was bearing much fruit.

“How often do you travel to neighboring villages?” I asked. “As often as possible,” they replied.

“Where do you obtain your finances to do so?” “We sell what we have,” they replied and supplied me with an explanation to the question about the empty house, which I dared not ask. “We sold the chairs, and we sold the cupboard,” they continued. “And that supplied much-needed funds for our outreach.”

“What happens when you have nothing more to sell?” One pastor looked sadly down to the ground and answered softly, “We find something else to sell.”

“But what?” I kept on pressuring them. “You have already sold everything and have nothing left to sell. How will you raise money now?” Then came the startling answer. “We sell our blood on the black market. We get about five dollars, but the need is so great that we have to do something to tell the people around us about Jesus.”

“How can you do this,” I asked. “How can you justify selling your blood to send out missionaries?” Without hesitation, they answered, “We have no choice! The need is so great!”

RESPONSE: Today, I will not complain about what I lack but think of what I can sacrifice for Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord, I reaffirm today my decision to follow You. I give You everything I am and have.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Johnny Li, a former colleague and current missionary trainer in China, shares about his meeting with two young pastors there:

Women of the Bible — The Syrophoenician Woman


The Syrophoenician Woman

Her character: Though a Gentile, she addressed Jesus as "Lord, Son of David." Her great faith resulted in her daughter's deliverance.
Her sorrow: That an evil spirit possessed her child.
Her joy: That Jesus freed her daughter from spiritual bondage.
Key Scriptures: Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30

Her Story

Her body jerked and twisted, arms thrashing the air. Wide-eyed, the little girl spoke to ghosts her mother could not see, her face changing as rapidly as clouds in a sudden storm. Fear, surprise, and then a crazy kind of laughter, as though someone had stolen her soul. Dark hair stuck in gummy strands against her cheeks.

Her mother wondered what had become of the sweet child who had followed her like a puppy wherever she went, how she missed those soft kisses, and the button nose that had nuzzled her cheek. She had hardly slept these last few nights for fear of what her daughter might do to herself. Neither of them, she thought, could stand much more.

Just that morning, she had caught wind of a Jewish healer who, friends said, had come to Tyre hoping for relief from the crowds that mobbed him in Galilee. It didn't matter that Jews seldom mingled with Gentiles. She would go to him, beg his help, throw a fit herself if necessary. She would do whatever it took to get him to listen. It didn't take long to find him.

She approached Jesus, pleading, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession."

But Jesus ignored the woman, making no reply.

Finally, his disciples said to Jesus, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

But Jesus knew it would not be that easy to get rid of her. The only way, in fact, would be to answer her prayer. He told them, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

Hearing him, the woman fell at his feet again, imploring, "Lord, help me!"

Then Jesus turned and said, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."

But the woman would not give up. "Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

"Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted," Jesus said.

So the Syrophoenician woman returned to her daughter, who was delivered from the evil spirit the very same hour that Jesus had spoken.

Scripture doesn't describe the little girl of this story in any detail; it says only that a demon possessed her. But judging from similar incidents, such as that of the Gerasene demoniac, whose story is told in Luke 8, or the little boy in Matthew 17, who kept throwing himself in the fire, the signs of demonic possession were probably both obvious and frightening.

But why did Jesus seem so rude to the poor woman, ignoring her request and then referring to her and her child as dogs?

His response may sound a little less harsh when you realize that the word he used for "dogs" was not the derisive one Jews ordinarily reserved for Gentiles. Instead, it was the term used for little dogs kept as pets. Jesus was also making it clear that his primary mission was to the Israelites. Had Jesus performed many healings and miracles in Tyre and Sidon, he would have risked the same kind of mob scenes he had just left behind in Galilee, thus inaugurating a ministry to the Gentiles in advance of his Father's timing.

However, the woman couldn't have known the reason for his silence, and it must have tested her faith. But rather than give up or take offense, she exercised her quick wit, revealing both a deep humility and a tenacious faith. It was a combination Jesus seemed unable to resist—fertile soil in which to grow a miracle. The Syrophoenician woman must have rejoiced that day to see the daughter she loved safe and sane, grateful for the life-giving bread that had fallen from the Master's table.

Her Promise

What possible promise can be found in a pagan woman whose little girl was possessed by an evil spirit? The Syrophoenician woman wouldn't have known what to do about her daughter had she not heard about Jesus. Somehow, she was given the faith to believe that he was capable of saving her child.

Evil spirits, unfortunately, are not creatures of a former age. We, too, must fight the evil powers in our own lives. The difference now is that Jesus has won the ultimate victory on the cross. As believers, we share in his victory. He has given us authority over the evil forces that threaten us. We may still be fighting the battle, but, strange as it might sound, the victory is already won!

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 body jerked and twisted, arms thrashing the air. Wide-eyed, the little girl spoke to ghosts her mother could not see, her face changing as rapidly as clouds in a sudden storm. Fear, surprise, and then a crazy kind of laughter, as though someone had stolen her soul. Dark hair stuck in gummy strands against her cheeks.

John Piper Devotional — Medicine for the Missionary


Medicine for the Missionary

“All things are possible with God.”

Sovereign grace is the spring of life for the Christian Hedonist. For what the Christian Hedonist loves best is the experience of God’s sovereign grace filling him and overflowing for the good of others.

Christian Hedonist missionaries love the experience of “not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). They bask in the truth that the fruit of their missionary labor is entirely of God (1 Corinthians 3:7; Romans 11:36).

They feel only gladness when the Master says, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). They leap like lambs over the truth that God has taken the impossible weight of new creation off their shoulders and put it on his own. Without begrudging, they say, “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5).

When they come home on furlough, nothing gives them more joy than to say to churches, “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience” (Romans 15:18).

“All things are possible with God!”—in front, the words give hope, and behind they give humility. They are the antidote to despair and pride—the perfect missionary medicine.

Sovereign grace is the spring of life for the Christian Hedonist.

Un dia a la Vez — Jesús y el adulterio


Jesús y el adulterio

Oísteis que fue dicho: No cometerás adulterio. Pero yo os digo que cualquiera que mira a una mujer para codiciarla, ya adulteró con ella en su corazón.
Mateo 5:27-28, RV-60

Dios es bien radical con el problema del «adulterio». Desea y ordena que seamos hombres y mujeres de una sola pareja. No acepta bajo ninguna razón tener otras relaciones aparte del cónyuge. Sabemos que este es un veneno que mata los matrimonios y que cada vez más se filtra en las iglesias.

Por lo tanto, nosotros tenemos el llamado a cuidar los hogares, a huir de la tentación, pasar tiempo de calidad con nuestra pareja y tener muchísima comunicación. La clave de todo esto es tener a Jesús en el hogar como base. Además, la oración individual y en pareja es una bendición y es la manera de cubrir nuestro hogar.

Recuerda que no vale la pena que por un momento de placer o por una aventura se arroje por la ventana el matrimonio y los hijos. Sobre todo, que tengamos que vivir las consecuencias por nuestros actos donde el juez supremo es Dios.

Aunque tanto el hombre como la mujer tienen la responsabilidad del matrimonio, Dios le va a pedir cuentas al hombre que es la cabeza del hogar. Si tiene la autoridad, tiene mayor responsabilidad ante Él.

Busca a tu pareja, reconcíliate con ella y arregla tus cuentas con Dios.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Dios es bien radical con el problema del «adulterio».

Devocional CPTLN — Armados con la Palabra


Armados con la Palabra

El Señor se complace en su pueblo, y bendice a los humildes con su salvación. ¡Que se alegren sus fieles por su triunfo! ¡Que salten de alegría allí, en su lecho! ¡Que exalten a Dios a voz en cuello mientras agitan en sus manos las espadas!

Sabiendo que somos pecadores, podemos maravillarnos de la declaración: "El SEÑOR se complace en su pueblo". El arrepentimiento honesto nos hace admitir que no merecemos el agrado de Dios. Pecamos diariamente en nuestros pensamientos, palabras y acciones, haciendo lo que no deberíamos hacer y dejando sin hacer mil obras buenas que deberíamos hacer. ¿Por qué habría de complacerse el SEÑOR con nosotros?

Dios se complace en nosotros por amor a su Hijo. En el bautismo de Jesús, el Padre dijo desde el cielo: "Este es mi Hijo amado, en quien me complazco" (Mateo 3:17b). Jesús cumplió el propósito para el cual había venido. Él fue obediente a su Padre hasta el punto de morir en la cruz. Luego resucitó, y en el bautismo somos sepultados y resucitados con Él. Ahora estamos revestidos de su justicia y colocados en una relación correcta con Dios como hijos suyos. Dios está complacido con nosotros porque Él está complacido con su Hijo, en quien hemos sido "hechos justicia de Dios" (2 Corintios 5:21b).

Revestidos de Cristo, estamos prontos para la alabanza y para la batalla. Vivimos con "las grandes alabanzas de Dios" en nuestra voz y "espadas de dos filos" en nuestras manos. Manejamos, por la gracia de Dios, "la espada del Espíritu, que es la Palabra de Dios" (Efesios 6:17b). En el salmo, esta arma de doble filo se usa para "¡Que se venguen todas las naciones! ... ¡Que ejecuten en ellos la sentencia escrita!" (ver Salmo 149:7a, 9a). Cuando Cristo regrese, quienes lo hayan rechazado como Salvador y Señor sufrirán el justo juicio de Dios. El Señor poderoso regresará con los ejércitos del cielo, y de su boca saldrá "una espada afilada, para herir con ella a las naciones" (Apocalipsis 19:15b).

El arma de dos filos corta en ambos sentidos. El filo de la Ley de Dios da en el blanco y "ejecuta los justos juicios de Dios", revelando y condenando el pecado, mientras que el lado dulcemente afilado del Evangelio transmite las buenas nuevas de la gracia y el perdón de Dios en Cristo Jesús. Adornados con la salvación, tenemos la promesa de Jesús: "De cierto, de cierto les digo: El que oye mi palabra, y cree al que me envió, tiene vida eterna; y no será condenado, sino que ha pasado de muerte a vida"(Juan 5:24).

El Señor resucitado dijo que el arrepentimiento y el perdón de pecados se predicarían en su Nombre a todas las naciones. Dondequiera que se proclame ese mensaje, el Espíritu obra a través de la espada de dos filos de la Palabra, llevando a los pecadores al arrepentimiento y creando fe en el Salvador que los redimió. Sabemos que "hay gozo ante los ángeles de Dios por un pecador que se arrepiente" (Lucas 15: 10b). Si los ángeles se regocijan, también nosotros podemos regocijarnos en la gloria y cantar de alegría.

ORACIÓN: Señor Dios, nos regocijamos en tu regalo de salvación y en el poder de tu Palabra. Llena nuestras voces de alabanza y de la buena noticia de salvación en Jesús. Amén.

Dra. Carol Geisler

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Crees que Dios se complace en ti? ¿De qué manera?

* ¿Qué significa para ti "regocijarte en gloria"? ¿A que podría parecerse?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Sabiendo que somos pecadores, podemos maravillarnos de la declaración: "El SEÑOR se complace en su pueblo".

Notre Pain Quotidien — Prières sur La Playa


Prières sur La Playa

Lisez : Psaume 148
La Bible en un an : Jérémie 12 – 14 ; 2 Timothée 1

Qu’ils louent le nom de l’Éternel ! Car son nom seul est élevé.

—  Psaume 148:13

Lors d’un voyage pour célébrer notre vingt-cinquième anniversaire de mariage, mon mari et moi avons lu nos bibles sur la plage. Tandis que les vendeurs passaient par là et criaient les prix de leurs articles, nous remerciions chacun d’eux, sans rien leur acheter. Un vendeur, Fernando, m’a servi un large sourire quand j’ai refusé son offre et m’a pressée d’acheter des cadeaux pour des amis. Après que j’ai eu décliné son invitation, Fernando a remballé ses trucs et est reparti… toujours en souriant. « Je prie que Dieu bénisse votre journée », lui ai-je dit.

Fernando s’est alors retourné et m’a dit : « Il le fait ! Jésus a transformé ma vie. » Fernando s’est agenouillé entre nos chaises et nous a annoncé : « Je sens sa présence ici. » Puis il nous a raconté comment Dieu l’avait délivré de la toxicomanie et de l’alcoolisme plus de quatorze ans plus tôt.

Je me suis mise à pleurer abondamment en l’écoutant réciter des poèmes entiers tirés du livre des Proverbes et prier pour nous. Ensemble, nous avons loué Dieu et nous nous sommes réjouis en sa présence… sur la playa.

Le Psaume 148 constitue une prière de louange. Le psalmiste encourage toute la création à « [louer] le nom de l’Éternel ! Car il a commandé, et [elle a] été [créée] » (V. 5), car « son nom seul est élevé ; sa majesté est au-dessus de la terre et des cieux » (V. 13).

Mon Dieu, aide-moi à te louer par chacun des souffles que tu m’as donnés.
Nous pouvons manifester notre foi en Christ en venant sans cesse à lui dans la prière.

par Xochitl Dixon

© 2020 Ministères NPQ
Lors d’un voyage pour célébrer notre vingt-cinquième anniversaire de mariage, mon mari et moi avons lu nos bibles sur la plage.