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Read Psalm 37:1-11 & 39-40

Monday

Read Psalm 37:1-11 & 39-40

Don't be worried on account of the wicked;
   don't be jealous of those who do wrong.
2 They will soon disappear like grass that dries up;
   they will die like plants that wither.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
   live in the land and be safe.
4 Seek your happiness in the Lord,
   and he will give you your heart's desire.

5 Give yourself to the Lord;
   trust in him, and he will help you;
6 he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun.

7 Be patient and wait for the Lord to act;
   don't be worried about those who prosper
   or those who succeed in their evil plans.

8 Don't give in to worry or anger;
   it only leads to trouble.
9 Those who trust in the Lord will possess the land,
   but the wicked will be driven out.

10 Soon the wicked will disappear;
   you may look for them, but you won't find them;
11 but the humble will possess the land
   and enjoy prosperity and peace.

39 The Lord saves the righteous
   and protects them in times of trouble.
40 He helps them and rescues them;
   he saves them from the wicked,
   because they go to him for protection.

Footnotes:

Psalm 37:1 HEBREW TITLE: By David.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

The Key to prosperity and peace in this Psalm seems to be verse 5 “Give yourself to the Lord; trust in him, and he will help you...”

Pray

Pray verse 5 as you remind yourself to surrender to God today.

Tuesday

Read Genesis 45:3-11 and 15

3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But when his brothers heard this, they were so terrified that they could not answer. 4 Then Joseph said to them, “Please come closer.” They did, and he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people's lives. 6 This is only the second year of famine in the land; there will be five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor reaping. 7 God sent me ahead of you to rescue you in this amazing way and to make sure that you and your descendants survive. 8 So it was not really you who sent me here, but God. He has made me the king's highest official. I am in charge of his whole country; I am the ruler of all Egypt.

9 “Now hurry back to my father and tell him that this is what his son Joseph says: ‘God has made me ruler of all Egypt; come to me without delay. 10 You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me—you, your children, your grandchildren, your sheep, your goats, your cattle, and everything else that you have. 11 If you are in Goshen, I can take care of you. There will still be five years of famine; and I do not want you, your family, and your livestock to starve.’”

15 Then, still weeping, he embraced each of his brothers and kissed them. After that, his brothers began to talk with him.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Genesis 45:15 in all English translations

Think

Joseph says to his brothers not to be upset or scared because of what they had done to him - “It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people’s lives.” (Verse 5) Joseph’s response to his brothers is quite remarkable.  How can you learn to see the struggles of your life as opportunities to serve God more fully?

Pray

Lord help me - with your help to take the worst that life throws at me and turn it over to you for good.

Wednesday

Read 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 & 42-50

35 Someone will ask, “How can the dead be raised to life? What kind of body will they have?” 36 You fool! When you plant a seed in the ground, it does not sprout to life unless it dies. 37 And what you plant is a bare seed, perhaps a grain of wheat or some other grain, not the full-bodied plant that will later grow up. 38 God provides that seed with the body he wishes; he gives each seed its own proper body.

42 This is how it will be when the dead are raised to life. When the body is buried, it is mortal; when raised, it will be immortal. 43 When buried, it is ugly and weak; when raised, it will be beautiful and strong. 44 When buried, it is a physical body; when raised, it will be a spiritual body. There is, of course, a physical body, so there has to be a spiritual body. 45 For the scripture says, “The first man, Adam, was created a living being”; but the last Adam is the life-giving Spirit. 46 It is not the spiritual that comes first, but the physical, and then the spiritual. 47 The first Adam, made of earth, came from the earth; the second Adam came from heaven. 48 Those who belong to the earth are like the one who was made of earth; those who are of heaven are like the one who came from heaven. 49 Just as we wear the likeness of the man made of earth, so we will wear[a] the likeness of the Man from heaven.

50 What I mean, friends, is that what is made of flesh and blood cannot share in God's Kingdom, and what is mortal cannot possess immortality.

Footnotes:

1 Corinthians 15:49 we will wear; some manuscripts have let us wear.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

As Paul speaks about life everlasting he also teaches about life now - we can have everlasting life now; we just need to focus on our heavenly identity; to draw our strength from Christ and his example.

Pray

Lord I am made of flesh and blood - help me to receive your breath of heavenly life.

Thursday

Read Luke 6:27-38

27 “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too; if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well. 30 Give to everyone who asks you for something, and when someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back. 31 Do for others just what you want them to do for you.

32 “If you love only the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners do that! 34 And if you lend only to those from whom you hope to get it back, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount! 35 No! Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God. For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.

37 “Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. 38 Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

This passage of scripture gives us a window into the heart of God.  As Jesus reminds us that God loves those who love him and those who don’t just the same - he calls us to practice this love.  As we realize how hard it is to stop judging and to love unconditionally - we realize the magnitude of God’s grace.

Pray

Teach me to love as you have loved me.

Friday

Read Luke 9:28-36 & 37-43

28 About a week after he had said these things, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a hill to pray. 29 While he was praying, his face changed its appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfill God's purpose by dying in Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke up and saw Jesus' glory and the two men who were standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not really know what he was saying.)

34 While he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid as the cloud came over them. 35 A voice said from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen—listen to him!”

36 When the voice stopped, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about all this and told no one at that time anything they had seen.

37 The next day Jesus and the three disciples went down from the hill, and a large crowd met Jesus. 38 A man shouted from the crowd, “Teacher! I beg you, look at my son—my only son! 39 A spirit attacks him with a sudden shout and throws him into a fit, so that he foams at the mouth; it keeps on hurting him and will hardly let him go! 40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn't.”

41 Jesus answered, “How unbelieving and wrong you people are! How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you?” Then he said to the man, “Bring your son here.”

42 As the boy was coming, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a fit. Jesus gave a command to the evil spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43 All the people were amazed at the mighty power of God.

The people were still marveling at everything Jesus was doing, when he said to his disciples,

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Most people who had just had an audience with Moses, God and Elijah would be busy signing a book deal and boasting to every stranger about their fame.  But Jesus simply continues from the mountain to ministry - healing a demon possessed child and teaching about his coming death.

Pray

Lord teach me to experience your love, grace and power - but not to think I am above the daily tasks of ministry - praying, caring and sharing.

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