SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of March 01, 2020 – March 7, 2020


God’s Families are Blessed

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” — Genesis 12:3 (ESV)

Wednesday Corporate Fasting Scripture – Isaiah 58 (ESV); Isaiah 58 (KJV)

Friday End of Week Scripture/Benediction – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)

Sister Julia Bowman – March 3 – Class 08

Sister Tara Dorsey – March 3 – Class 02
Sister Jean Wright-James – March 3 – Class 09
Sister Morise George – March 4 – Class 01
Sister Josephine Livingston – March 4 – Introduction Class
Sister Annette P. Jordan – March 7 – Class 09

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   Our purpose in life is to complete our God-given task. Press on, share the gospel with others and one day we will hear our Savior say, well done. 

Monday  God may call us to leave something to take us where He wants us to be. During that time, we must develop our relationship with Him and begin to truly serve others. 

TuesdayWe are fully known by God and His thoughts are precious toward us. He will not give us any more than we can bear. Let’s praise Him every day and remind others to do likewise.

Wednesday When we truly encounter Jesus intimately and yield to the Holy Spirit, He will radically transform our lives to desire to do God’s will. Let’s become those spiritual live wire witnesses for Jesus today!

ThursdayLet’s be mindful that our future plans and dreams may be disrupted by God. If that happens, we must trust and obey Him to do something better. Our Father knows best. Let’s allow His will and purpose to prevail.

FridayRemember, God’s presence is always with us and He made us relational beings. Therefore we must never be ashamed of asking others for assistance in our time of service.

***The English Standard Version (ESV) stands in the classic mainstream of English Bible translations over the past half-millennium. The fountainhead of that stream was William Tyndale’s New Testament of 1526; marking its course were the King James Version of 1611 (KJV), the English Revised Version of 1885 (RV), the American Standard Version of 1901 (ASV), and the Revised Standard Version of 1952 and 1971 (RSV). In that stream, faithfulness to the text and vigorous pursuit of accuracy were combined with simplicity, beauty, and dignity of expression. Our goal has been to carry forward this legacy for a new century.

To this end each word and phrase in the ESV has been carefully weighed against the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, to ensure the fullest accuracy and clarity and to avoid under-translating or overlooking any nuance of the original text. The words and phrases themselves grow out of the Tyndale-King James legacy, and most recently out of the RSV, with the 1971 RSV text providing the starting point for our work. Archaic language has been brought to current usage and significant corrections have been made in the translation of key texts. But throughout, our goal has been to retain the depth of meaning and enduring language that have made their indelible mark on the English-speaking world and have defined the life and doctrine of the church over the last four centuries.

The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. It seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original. More about the ESV translation philosophy….***

Sunday, March 1, 2020 – A Goal and a PurposeActs 20:17-24

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Heaven; Living for Christ

Reflect & Pray

How does your relationship with Jesus affect your walk in life? What can you do today to reveal to others your love for Him?

Dear heavenly Father, as we walk through life, help us to honor You in all we do. And may we encourage others to journey with You.

Monday, March 2, 2020 – A Call to LeaveMatthew 4:18-22

Focus: A call to Jesus means that we must leave something. Develop our relationship with Him and begin to serve others.

Scripture(s): Acts 9:1-6; Genesis 12:1-4

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Salvation; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

How could God’s call to follow Him also call you from something else? In what ways can you trust Him with what you may be leaving?

Loving God, help me understand what I might need to leave in order to respond to Your call.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – Fully Known Jeremiah 1:1-8

Focus: God’s thoughts are precious toward us and we are fully known by Him. Let’s praise Him and remind others to do likewise.

Scripture(s): Psalm 139:1-5, 15-17; Psalm 117:1-2

Our Daily Bread Topic: God’s Care

Reflect & Pray

For what aspect of God’s care would you like to praise Him this moment? How can you encourage someone with the thought that He cares for them today?

You’re amazing, God! Thank You for holding me up and getting me through every moment of the day.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 – Live WireMark 9:2-10

Focus: When we encounter Jesus, the Holy Spirit transforms us into a spiritual live wire. Allow Him to radically change us to do God’s will.

Scripture(s):  1 Peter 3:15; Acts 4:20; 1 John 1:1-4

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Christ, resurrection

Reflect & Pray

What are some of your “live wire” experiences: moments when you encountered God in a radically new way? How has your knowledge of Him changed over time? 

Father, when we approach You in prayer, we come to what we don’t comprehend. Forgive us for taking for granted the majesty of Your presence.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 – Plans DisruptedActs 16:6-10

Focus: When our dreams and plans are disrupted by God, trust and obey Him for something better. Let’s allow His purpose to prevail.

Scripture(s): Isaiah 55:8; Jeremiah 29:11; James 5:13-15

Daily Bread Topic: Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

How can you submit your plans to God today? How can you listen to His plans?

All-knowing God, give me the faith to listen to You when my plans are disrupted, knowing that You have a greater purpose for my life.

Friday, March 6, 2020 – Two are BetterEcclesiastes 4:9-11

Focus: God made us relational. We must not be ashamed of asking others for assistance when we’re in need.

Scripture(s): Proverbs 27:17; Amos 3:3; John 15:13; Matthew 18:19-20

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Encouragement; God’s Care

Reflect & Pray

How has someone helped you? How can you encourage others this week?

All-powerful God, thank You for reassuring us of Your constant presence as You help us and give us opportunities to reach out and help others.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 –  More than Meets the Eye –  1 Corinthians 12:20-27

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Church; Spiritual Gifts

Reflect & Pray

If you’re an “eye,” what’s one way you could encourage a “thumb”? And if you think you’re a lesser member, why not memorize 1 Corinthians 12:27, an important scriptural truth.

Father, forgive us for our failure to remember that each of us is a member of the body of Christ. We’re the members, and You and You alone are the Head.

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

The 2020 Vision – God’s Plan

God has a perfect plan for us.  He never does it all at once, just step by step, because He wants to teach us to walk by faith and not by sight.  Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be His very own.  His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us.

God’s plan is always the best.  Sometimes the process is painful and hard.  Don’t forget that when God is silent He is working out His plan for us.  Sometimes God closes doors because it is time to move forward.  He knows we won’t move unless our circumstances force us.  Trust the transition.  Trust the vision.  God’s got us!

Let’s always pray for direction.  Direction to follow His plan; patience to wait for it; faith to believe in it; and knowledge to know when it comes.  God is going before us to make the crooked places straight.  No person, no sickness, no disappointment can stop His plan.  What God promised will come to pass. 

Find God’s vision for your life.  If you can see it, you can do it.  

“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia

***The Daily Devotionals are taken from Our Daily Bread Ministries and the Scriptures are from the BibleGateway.***

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