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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Daily Bible Readings: September 20th- September 25th

Monday- Romans 1:18
Meditation: As we look at sins, there is one sin that stands as the root to all others: ungodliness. A person can live what we would consider a good life (i.e. do certain things; not do other things) and still be an ungodly person. Ungodliness is living our lives with little or no thought toward God. It is any life where God is not right smack in the center of all that we do. Pray that God would show you whether or not you live a godly, God-centered life.

Tuesday – Psalm 19.14; Philippians 4.8-9; 1 Corinthians 10.31
Meditation: What does the Bible tell us the godly life is supposed to look like? The answer: God is to consume all that we are and all that we do. We are to be utterly God-centered. He is to be the meditation of our heart. He is to be what we fill our minds with. Everything we do is to be done for him. Is that what your life is like? That is what the godly life is like. Pray for godliness.

Wednesday – James 4.13-15; Colossians 1.9-10; Luke 9.23
Meditation: What does it look like when that happens? Here we see the two of the four things that should be in the minds of those who are living God-centered lives. First, our total dependence upon him. We can’t do anything in this world without him. Every breath, every intention, every wish or hope, God is the one who is in control of our lives and everything that happens or doesn’t happen is because of him. We must remember that. Second, his will. We must always recognize that our lives are no longer our own. They are God’s. That means the wishes and dreams we have aren’t supposed to be based on what we want, but rather all come back to our great purpose in life…living for his name and his glory. Is that how you live / think?

Thursday – Psalm 119.9-16; Psalm 42.1-2; Psalm 63.1
Meditation: Next, our minds are to be on his word. There is only one place where we can learn anything or know anything about God…in his word. We have to be people whose thoughts and lives are consumed with God’s word. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, our thoughts are to always be on him. The godly life is a life filled with just wanting to know him. What is your purpose in life? Your greatest goal? Pray that God would make you to desire him more than anything else in this world.

Friday – 1 Timothy 4.7-8
Meditation: Godliness doesn’t just happen. It must be our pursuit and we must be disciplined to seek it. How committed are you to being godly? Are you willing to do anything to achieve this goal of your life? Pray that God would help train you to godliness, that you might throw off the temptation of ungodliness.

Saturday – Psalm 19.14; 1 Timothy 4.7-8

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Daily Bible Readings: September 6th- September 11th

Monday- Romans 3:10-19; Acts 19:18-20
Meditation: Sin is a problem.  It is a problem for the world.  It is a problem for you and me. To remove sin from our lives we must first see the problem of sin. To either ignore sin or to be too embarrassed to admit our problem is to either be foolish or prideful. The world doesn’t need us to be perfect nor does God expect us to be. What the world needs and what God demands is that we hate sin and love him. Admit that sin is a problem and ask God to help you fight the fight that will bring him praise.

Tuesday – 1 John 3.4; James 2.10; Genesis 3.1-24
Meditation: “Sin is lawlessness.” What a simple and yet profound statement. Direct, to the point, no qualifiers. There is no such thing as a small sin. Any sin we refuse to deal with is a sin great enough to send us to hell. When we decide that certain sins are okay, we are saying our sins are more important to us than God. How can that be? God tells us to get rid of all sin, he tells us how bad sin is, and yet we love that sin more than we love following him otherwise we would get rid of it. Holding onto sins tell us something about ourselves and about what is most important in our lives.

Wednesday – Ephesians 4.15-16; 1 Corinthians 5.6; Ephesians 4.29
Meditation: Sin is a cancer. It affects the whole body. Not just your body but the body of Christ. You and I are not on an island. Our lives affect the lives of our brothers and sisters in the church. And it doesn’t just affect them, sin will spread into their hearts as well. Every sin in our heart is a sin that could tear our church apart. We must get rid of it, because destruction is what it wants.

Thursday – Galatians 5.17; Hebrews 3.13; Proverbs 6.32
Meditation: Sin is subtle and deceitful. It grows undetected and is never satisfied until it destroys both you and the body of Christ. Sin wars against the soul. It lusts against the Spirit. We never know where sin will take us until it becomes what we never thought it would. A stray thought wants to be become an action. Bitterness in our heart wants to become murder. We must get rid of sin because it will never be quiet. It will never be satisfied until it has your whole heart. Ask God to help you search out sin in your heart today and to help you remove any speck of it.

Friday – Ephesians 4.30; Ephesians 1.3-23
Meditation: Sin is also destructive in how it affects our relationship with God. Our sin grieves God who loves and cares for us as our Father. When we sin, it says something about what we think about the grace of God. If God has really been as good to us as we say, how can we even think about sinning against him? Every sin is ultimately against him. How can we celebrate his grace in our lives and then turn our hearts back to the very thing his grace saved us from?

Saturday – Romans 3.10-19