SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of March 8, 2020 – March 14, 2020


God’s Families are Blessed

Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him
families like a flock. — Psalm 107:41 (KJV)

but he raises up the needy out of affliction
    and makes their families like flocks.Psalm 107:41 (

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

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

Sister Marietta Pinkney – March 8 – Class 03

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   The Church’s main task is to bring its members into Pure Worship. If we are busy in business rather than building our temples, it’s time to pray and to do something drastic.

Monday  The great commission is to go ye therefore…. While climbing life’s roads, we will face spiritual threats. Therefore, we must trust God to watch over our going out and coming in.

TuesdayThough many of us are on the mend ourselves, Jesus can take our brokenness and give us more than enough to be a blessing to the destitute.

Wednesday Many personal life situations can be upsetting and can hinder our witness. However, God is aware of every event and He will comfort us. Let us get out of self and begin to show compassion to others.

ThursdayWe must stay focused on God’s work around us. This will allow us to use wisdom and intentionally maximize our efforts to share the gospel with the lost.

FridayKeep in mind, regardless of how difficult life is, we are the Church. Let’s focus on God’s will, not ours. In turn, this will yield a peaceable fruit of righteousness for the Kingdom of God.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020 – Pure WorshipMark 11:15-18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Church; Worship

Reflect & Pray

Why do you attend church and meet with believers? What expectations of yours might you need to let the Spirit change?

Father, show us where our expectations of worship fail to please You. Help us see that it’s all about You.

Monday, March 9, 2020 – Watched By GodPsalm 121:5-8

Focus: While climbing life’s roads, we will face spiritual threats. Therefore, we must trust God to watch over us.

Scripture(s): Psalm 139:13-16; Psalm 32:8; Numbers 22:21, 23, 31

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s love; God’s care

Reflect & Pray

What “mountain” are you climbing today? What assurance do you find in knowing God is watching over you?

Our loving Father, as we travel the road of life, thank You for watching over us, keeping us safe.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Broken to be SharedLuke 9:11-17

Focus: Trust Jesus for strength in our brokenness. He will equip us with more than enough to be a blessing to others. 

Scripture(s): Mark 10:27; Jeremiah 32:27; Isaiah 58:10-11

Our Daily Bread Topic: Grief; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

What brokenness have you experienced? What would it look like to offer that experience to Jesus and ask Him to bring life to others from it?

Dear Jesus, take my “not enough” and make it “more than enough.” Take my pain, my failure, and my frailty, and make it something more.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – He Knows All About ItMark 12:41-44

Focus: God is aware of everything that upsets us. He is compassionate and will comfort us. Let us do likewise to help the less fortunate.

Scripture(s): Isaiah 61:1-3

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s care

Reflect & Pray

How might you show compassion to someone who is upset about a “small” problem? How does God respond when you tell Him about your problems?

God, thank You for knowing me completely and loving me. Help me to feel Your comfort when I consider Your infinite knowledge of my life.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Every OpportunityColossians 4:2-6

Focus: We must be spiritually minded to be intentional to maximize every opportunity around us. Let’s be wise as we share the gospel.

Scripture(s): Hebrews 3:13-15; Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 5:14-16

Daily Bread Topic: Evangelism; Living for Christ

Reflect & Pray

When did God use someone in an unexpected way to bring you into deeper relationship with Him? When has He used you to impact someone’s life during an ordinary day?

Jesus, thank You that You’re constantly at work in the people around me. Help me to make the most of every opportunity I have to demonstrate Your love and grace.

Friday, March 13, 2020 – Whack-A-MolePhilippians 4:10-20

Focus: Regardless of how difficult life is, we must learn to be content. Focus on God’s will, not ours. In turn, this will yield great gain.

Scripture(s): 1 Timothy 6:6-9; Philippians 3:8-10

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Contentment; Life Struggles

Reflect & Pray

In what areas of your life do you need to grow in contentment? How might you change your focus?

God, You are good and all You do is good. Teach me contentment in You. I want to learn.

Saturday, March 14, 2020 –  Better than Life –  Psalm 63:1-8

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Life Struggles; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

How would you describe your attitude when you find yourself in a “desert season” of life? How can Psalm 63 help you to better prepare for such seasons?

Jesus, I’m so grateful that I can praise You in the dry, desperate times of my life because Your love is better than life!

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

Redeeming the Time

The first Sunday in March is Daylight Saving Time where the clocks are set forward one hour to make use of natural daylight.  It takes more than setting the clock forward to redeem the time.

When God says we should be “redeeming the time”, He wants us to live in constant awareness of that ticking clock and make the most of the time we have.  It means that we are careful in how we live.  We seek out and use wisdom.  We seize every opportunity and use it for God’s glory.  We think through our plans and make sure they align up with God’s will.

Let us redeem the time by asking God to help us.  Let us start every morning at 5:00 a.m. by committing our day to the Lord and asking Him to help us do something that day that has eternal significance.  Let us make the most of every opportunity to redeem the time because the days are evil.  (Ephesians 5:16)

“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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