SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of March 14, 2020 – March 21, 2020


God’s Families are Blessed


At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. — Jeremiah 31:1 (KJV)

At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.” — Jeremiah 31:1 (ESV)

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

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

Sister Pansy Wells – March 15 – Class 09

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   We are living in perilous times.  Ask God to give us discernment to see the material and spiritual needs of others and how we are to respond.

Monday  Everything that God made is amazing! Thank Him that we are skillfully, fearfully and wonderfully made. Let us begin to use the skills He’s given us for His glory!

TuesdayWe must be in constant prayer and align our hearts with God. In our desire to help others, we too have needs; God knows our needs and we must trust His timing to take care of us, even before we ask.

Wednesday Many of us are facing injustices, whether on our jobs, families, churches, communities, etc. If we feel that God has abandoned us, begin to put our faith in Jesus. He will give us hope, peace and joy even when it seems like we’re on death row. In turn, be sure to also encourage your brothers and sisters in the faith.

ThursdayOur sustaining grace is the Word of God. It is imperative that we take delight in studying daily. In doing so, we must then purpose to obey God’s instructions. Happy is he that keep God’s Word.

FridayLastly, we are in the earth realm for such a time as this. We will face many injustices; however, because God has been slow to anger and very compassionate toward us, we too must show the same characteristics toward others.

***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 15, 2020 – The Bill is PaidDeuteronomy 26:12-15

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Serving

Reflect & Pray

How do you think the patients felt who were released because of Zeal? If you’ve experienced an unexpected gift of grace, how did you respond?

God, thank You for caring for those in need. Open my eyes to the material and spiritual needs of those near and far to me, and help me to know how to respond.

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Monday, March 16, 2020 – Amazing SkillPsalm 139:7-16

Focus:  Thank God for His amazing creation! Use the skills that He’s given us for His glory!

Scripture(s): Psalm 150; 1 Chronicles 28:20-21, 29:9-14

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Creation; Worship

Reflect & Pray

What parts of God’s creation cause you to respond in worship? Why is it important for you to thank and praise God for the skills He’s given you?

How wonderful You are, God! I see Your fingerprints everywhere. Thank You for all that You’ve made.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Before You Even AskIsaiah 65:17-25

Focus:  Align our hearts with God and pray. He knows our needs; therefore, we must desire His will and trust His timing.

Scripture(s):  Isaiah 55:8-9; Matthew 7:7-11

Our Daily Bread Topic: God’s care; Prayer

Reflect & Pray

How might you participate in bringing God’s kingdom to earth? What will you ask God for today?

God, thank You for always hearing my prayers. I trust that You love me and are working all things together for good for those whom You’ve called. Please transform my desires so that I want what You want.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – Death Row Joy1 Peter 1:3-9

Focus:  If we’re facing the injustices of this world, remember, God has not abandoned us. Trust God to give us peace and joy.

Scripture(s): James 1:2; Psalm 16:11; Revelation 2:10-11

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Suffering; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

Reflect on others who’ve experienced God’s joy in their ordeals. What have been the qualities of their faith? How can you bring God’s joy to someone facing injustice right now?

God of all hope, fill us with Your joy and peace as we trust in You despite our circumstances. We love You!

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Delight in the BookJoshua 1:1-9

Focus:  It’s imperative that we take delight in studying the book of the Bible daily. Meditate and purpose to obey God’s instructions.

Scripture(s): 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 15:4; 2 Chronicles 34:27-33

Daily Bread Topic: Bible Study

Reflect & Pray

What are the most common issues that keep you from opening Scripture? How might you commit to reading more this week?

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your guidance through Scripture. Help us to desire more and more to hear from You in all the ways You speak.

Friday, March 20, 2020 – Slow for a ReasonNehemiah 9:9, 13-21

Focus:  God is slow to anger and very compassionate toward us. We too, must show love and do likewise to others.

Scripture(s): Ephesians 4:25-38; Proverbs 15:1; James 1:19-21

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Anger

Reflect & Pray

In what areas of your life do you need to practice being slow to anger? How does it make you feel that God is slow to anger with you?

Father in heaven, fill us with the Spirit of Your graciousness, compassion, mercy, and love so that others can see not just our restraint, but our love because of You.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 –  Chirpy –  1 Kings 17:2-6

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s care; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

How has God provided for your needs in surprising ways? How has this deepened your trust in Him?

Loving God, please help me to trust in You to meet my needs no matter what my circumstances might be.

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

The Wonders of God’s Creation

Psalm 19:1 (ESV) states “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”   This is one of the clearest Biblical statements that shows the greatness of God in nature.  What we see in nature is meant to constantly show us that God exists and tells us how amazing a Creator He truly is.

God speaks through His creation.  Like an artist, He paints His message on canvas and His canvas is the heavens.  Creation is the canvas in which God has painted His character. I find it incredibly amazing how at every sunset, the sky is a different shade.  No cloud is ever in the same place; each day is a new masterpiece, a new wonder, a new memory.  Isn’t it amazing that God’s voice can make the mountains crumble and in that same voice speak love gently into our heart?

We must declare the wonder of God’s creation.  Open your eyes and take a good look at the awesome wonder of God’s creation.  It will take your breath away.  How easy it is to forget that we have the privilege of living in God’s art gallery every day.

“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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