Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DAILY BIBLE READING GUIDE (November 22nd – 27th)

Monday – James 1.19-20 Meditation: The problem sin we will look at this week is anger. Anger is a problem for us all. Yet God warns us that anger is a great sin. A sin that we must guard against because it bears horrible fruit and as James says not the righteousness of God. You and I will get angry, but we must not let anger sit in our hearts. This week we will see why anger is so dangerous and how we can fight it. Pray for the grace of God to rid your heart of anger this week.
Tuesday – Genesis 4.1-8; Matthew 5.21-22
Meditation: Sometimes we can give anger a bit of a break. It just a reaction, an emotional response. Wrong? Yes, but certainly not dangerous. But that is not how the Bible paints anger. Anger is a grave sin, leading to even murder. Jesus even tells us that anger is on par with murder as it is essentially murder done in the heart. You and I must see anger as a dangerous sin and pray that we begin to control our anger before, as God warns Cain in Genesis, our anger begins to control us.
Wednesday – James 1.19-20; Ephesians 4.32; Colossians 3.12-13
Meditation: The problem with murder is what it produces. God demands our lives produce his righteousness, something he tells us anger does not do. Instead of anger and vengeance, we are to be filled with forgiveness and mercy. The Christian then cannot live the godly life while holding anger in his/her heart. Pray that you might live a godly life, a life filled with forgiveness and not anger.
Thursday – Genesis 4.6-8; Ephesians 4.26-27; Hebrews 12.15
Meditation: So what does anger produce? Greater and greater sin. At least that is what Scripture warns. It is anger that sits in Cain’s heart to kill his brother. In Ephesians, God warns that anger is a foothold for the devil in your life. In Hebrews, the warning is that anger will produce a root that will defile many even within God’s church. Anger is dangerous in that it will grow in your heart to produce all sorts of sinful thoughts and actions. That is why God warns us that we must rid our hearts of anger and do so quickly. Ask God to help you see how dangerous anger is.
Friday – Genesis 45.8, 50.20; 1 Peter 4.8; 1 Corinthians 13.5; Matthew 18.21-35
Meditation: So how do we fight against anger? Three things in Scripture serve as a defense against anger. First, trust in the sovereignty of God. Like Joseph sees God’s hand for your good even in the wrongs of others. Second, pray for love. Love will cover over wrongs and help protect us against anger rising in our hearts. Last, remember the gospel. Recognize just how much God has forgiven you and it will be easier to forgive others.
Saturday – Genesis 4.1-8; Matthew 18.21-35
Meditation: Do you hold onto your anger sometimes? In Cain see how dangerous anger can be. Unlike Cain, heed God’s warning there. And see in Matthew why forgiveness should come easy to us, we who have been forgiven so much.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Monday – Mark 10.35-45
Meditation: Selfishness is a sin that all Christians struggle with.  One of the most natural desires for all of us is the desire to seek our own interests above the interests of others.  This week we will see why selfishness cannot have any place in the life of a believer.  Begin to think of ways you can better serve others.
Tuesday Mark 10.35-45;  1 Corinthians 11.17-22
Meditation: James and John seek to promote their own interest at the expense of the other disciples.  They realize that the two places of greatest honor are next to the king, so they seek to gain these positions for themselves.  In doing so, they intentionally exclude their fellow disciples by looking out only for themselves.  We often act just like James and John by seeking to place ourselves in positions above others.  Do you think only of yourself?  If so, repent.
Wednesday – Mark 10.35-45;  Genesis 3.1-13
Meditation: Selfishness is ultimately directed towards God.  First and foremost, selfishness is a usurpation of God’s rightful position in our lives.  Anytime we live our lives as we see fit without giving any thought to the Lord, we are removing God from his rightful position and placing self at the center of everything.  Are you living for God or for yourself?  Do you only follow God out of what you can “get” from Him? 
Thursday – Mark 10.35-45;  Philippians 2.1-11
Meditation: Selfishness can also be directed towards others.  We often live in ways that show our only concern to be our well-being.  Anytime we seek our own interests above or at the expense of others we are acting selfishly.  Scripture teaches us that we are to look to the interests of others as if they were are very own.  How are you living in relation to others?  Do you look out only for yourself or are you seeking ways to promote others?
Friday – Mark 10.35-45;  Mark 15.1-41
Meditation: Jesus corrects the thinking of the disciples by showing that His kingdom does not operate like the kingdoms of this world.  He shows his disciples that greatness in His kingdom does not come through assertion of self but through the service of others.  To be a follower of Jesus Christ means being a servant to others.  Think of ways that you can serve others the rest of this week.
Saturday – Mark 10.35-45
Meditation:  Selfishness is no small matter.  Jesus teaches us that selfishness is a characteristic of sinful people while being a servant is the evidence of a true believer.  Examine your life to see if you are seeking your own good only or if you are being a servant.  Look for ways to serve others.  Begin to prepare your heart for worship tomorrow and think of one way you can be a servant as we gather tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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DAILY BIBLE READING GUIDE (November 8th – 13th)

Monday – Ephesians 4.29; Proverbs 6.16-19
Meditation: Again this week we will look at the problem of the corrupting talk that can come out of our mouths. The things we say can destroy those we love the most and can even destroy us. Remember the warnings from last week and ask God to show you how your speech has been in the last several days. Pray for the grace to guard your tongue and for the wisdom to know when you just need to shut up.

Tuesday – Proverbs 16.27-28; Hebrews 12.15
Meditation: This week we are looking at discord, causing problems in the church. Why is God so adamant against those who stir up the church? Because this type of talk is so dangerous. It is a scorching fire. And it is a fire that burns well. As Hebrews warns us if we don’t stop it, it will end up defiling many. Griping about the church or the people in it is a dangerous tool of Satan and unfortunately it is often the Christian hand that wealds it. Pray that God would empty your hand and shut your mouth before you say anything negative about his body and your church home.

Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 6.7-8; Hebrews 13.17
Meditation: Well aren’t I obligated to say something? Apparently not, according to the Bible. The Bible says it is better for us to be wronged or cheated than to fight against one another. In Hebrews, it tells us that it is to no advantage to us to gripe or complain. Better to keep my mouth shut. This is a hard thing for us to realize and even a harder thing for us to do. So what do you and I need…grace! Pray for God to give you the grace you need see how unimportant what we have to say really is.

Thursday – Titus 3.10-11
Meditation: This is one of the most striking passages and warnings on how seriously God takes the sin of causing trouble in the church. Here a pastor, Titus, is told to not just get on to someone who causes division but to have nothing to do with them after warning them a couple of times. Not only that. God says that this type of talk gives a window to the heart of the person talking and demonstrates that their heart is going in the wrong direction. What does your window show? What is your mouth testifying about where your heart is?

Friday – Ephesians 4.1-3; Ephesians 4.29
Meditation: So what am I supposed to say? Guarding our mouths is about stopping harmful talk and substituting it with good “edifying” talk. What is that good talk? Humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain unity. Is that how you talk? Would someone describe your words in this way? That’s not just how they should be. That’s how God commands they must be.

Saturday – Ephesians 4.29
Meditation: What type of talk comes out of your mouth? Do you think about what you say? What should we do with our tongue? 1) Give attention to it. 2) Submit our tongue to God’s word. Have you done that this week? Pray that you would.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

DAILY BIBLE READING GUIDE (November 1st – 6th)

Monday – Ephesians 4.29
Meditation: Words are powerful things and we are commanded to guard what we say. Words are dangerous. Because the wrong words can cause great damage, we must remember that there is no “free speech” for God’s people. You and I are commanded to stay away from talk that corrupts and instead only talk in ways that will build up. We must guard our mouths, because sins of the tongue are sins that can do great damage to both ourselves and others. Pray that God would give you the grace to guard your tongue.
Tuesday Proverbs 6.12-19;
Meditation: Sometimes we think that what we say isn’t really that big of a deal compared to all the other sins there are we could be doing, but that is the farthest thing from what the Bible says. God uses some of the harshest language in Scripture to describe how he feels about the sins of our mouths. When our view of sin differs from God’s view, we are setting ourselves up for trouble. Pray that God would help you to recognize just how much he hates this type of sin in our lives.
Wednesday – James 3.5-8
Meditation: The Bible warns us that God hates it when we talk certain ways, because what we say is so dangerous. Words work like a fire and can burn up ourselves, our friends, our churches. We don’t think of our words like that, which is part of the danger. We say what we want to say when we want to say it. God says we must be careful because words can kill. Ask God to help you understand just how careful you need to be with what you say and why.
Thursday – Proverbs 12.17-22; Proverbs 26.24
Meditation: Liars. Nobody likes one, everybody is one. Lying, deceiving are sins that God specifically says are an abomination to him. Lying unites us not with God but with the Father of Lies, Satan. Satan doesn’t care what you lie about. He just wants you to resemble him with your speech. And when we lie, we show which father we believe in, which father we trust in. Pray that God would tie your tongue to him by tying your tongue to the truth.
Friday – Proverbs 11.9; Proverbs 30.32; Proverbs 27.2; James 4.10-11
Meditation: “You won’t believe what I heard about so-and-so.” Well, you won’t believe what the Bible says about people who gossip. Gossip and boasting are nothing more than trying to tear others down or lift ourselves up. God says we don’t have to do that. Trust him, speak the way he tells you to and let him be the one who exalts you. That’s the only exaltation that really matters anyway.
Saturday – Ephesians 4.29
Meditation: What type of talk comes out of your mouth? Do you think about what you say? What should we do with our tongue? 1) Give attention to it. 2) Submit our tongue to God’s word. Pray for God to give you the grace to speak as you should.

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