SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of March 29, 2020 – April 04, 2020


God’s Families are Blessed


Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. — Proverbs 31:28 (KJV)

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:Proverbs 31:28 (ESV)

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

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

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Sister Nancy Roy – April 2 – Class 01

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   In order for us to bear much fruit, we must remain in Jesus and allow His Word to abide in us.

Monday  Never give up on God. Even if the early years of our lives were a mess, we are able to place ourselves in the hands of the “Bread of Life.” Jesus will take our crumbled lives, bless us and restore our identity.

Tuesday –  We are God’s inheritance through Jesus’ shed blood. Therefore, we should practice living out our freedom in love. As co-laborers with God, let’s purpose to do His will with a grateful heart.

Wednesday Intimacy is what God desires in our relationship with Him. Prayer is our connection. When we pray, let’s be honest and willing to abandon ourselves to Him just as Jesus did. In every situation, let’s learn to say, not my will but thine be done. 

ThursdayEven while God is pruning us, we must never neglect our ministry assignments to bear fruit. When the Holy Spirit prompts us to help the needy, let’s give of our time, talents, and treasures with a cheerful heart.

FridayIt’s certain that we’re living in perilous times. However, God doesn’t want us to fear the future. Instead, cling to Jesus’ promise of heaven for all that are His.

***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 29, 2020 – Fruit JuiceJohn 15:5-8

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Fellowship with God; Fruit of the Spirit

Reflect & Pray

What does it mean for you to remain in Jesus? How has He equipped you to bear fruit for Him?

All-powerful God, empower me to remain in You and allow Your loving Word to yield good fruit in me.

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Monday, March 30, 2020 – Blessed BreadMatthew 26:26-29

Focus: If the beginning of our lives crumbled, let’s place ourselves in the hands of the “Bread of Life”. Jesus will bless and restore our identity.

Scripture(s): John 3:16-17; John 6:31-33, 50-51

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

How does seeing your true origin story as being made on purpose and for a purpose change the way you see yourself? What’s the bigger story than simply your situation right now?

Dear Jesus, I place my life like bread in Your hands. Only You can return me to my origin. Only You can carry me to my destiny. Jesus, You are the author and the finisher of my faith.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Inheritance Isn’t EarnedEphesians 1:3-14

Focus: Jesus redeemed us with His precious blood. Therefore, we must practice living out our freedom in love with a grateful heart to God.

Scripture(s): Matthew 25:34; Romans 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:4-10

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Salvation

Reflect & Pray

In what ways do you feel or act as if you have to earn God’s love? How can you practice living in the freedom of His love?

Faithful God, thank You for freely giving Your Son so I can be a part of Your family. Help me to honor You in all You’ve done for me.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – Praying Like Jesus Luke 22:39-44

Focus: When praying to God, we must be honest. Be willing to abandon ourselves as Jesus did and say, not my will, but thine. 

Scripture(s): Luke 11:1-4; Psalm 143:10

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Prayer

Reflect & Pray

What might we learn if we prayed honestly and with complete abandon, as Jesus did? What situation are you facing right now where you can pray honestly yet with abandon to God?

Father, help me follow the example of Your Son, who spent everything so that I might possess real life that includes experiencing intimate prayer with You.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – Cheerful Givers2 Corinthians 9:6-9

Focus: When prompted by the Holy Spirit to help the needy, let’s be cheerful givers of our time, talents and treasures.

Scripture(s): Proverbs 11:25; 2 Corinthians 9:11; Proverbs 3:27-28

Daily Bread Topic: Giving

Reflect & Pray

When did you last “cheerfully” give? Why do you believe God loves a cheerful giver?

Generous Father God, thank You for the joy that comes in giving from a cheer-filled heart. And thank You for the ways in which You provide abundantly for our needs.

Friday, April 3, 2020 – What Comes Next?2 Timothy 4:1-8

Focus: We live in perilous times. God does not want us to fear about what may happen in the future. Instead, cling to the promise of heaven.

Scripture(s): 1 Peter 1:6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Eternal Life

Reflect & Pray

What is your understanding of this life’s temporary nature? How do you think it plays into the life that comes next?

Heavenly Father, help us to keep our eyes on You and not on the troubles and trials of this life.

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Saturday, April 04, 2020 –  Our Deepest Longings Ecclesiastes 5:10-12

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Contentment

Reflect & Pray

What brings you true satisfaction and fulfillment? How can you more fully live out the fact that only God is enough?

Gracious God, allow me to find my true fulfillment and joy in You. Keep me from a wrong view of work and material things.

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

What’s Your Story?

1 Peter 3:15 encourages us to  “… be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you …”.  Everyone has a story to tell, a lesson to teach, and wisdom to share.  Your pain may be someone else’s gain, if you tell your story.  Tell how you have overcome what you are going through so it will become part of someone else’s survival guide.

Life is a beautiful masterpiece bound together by all of your experiences.  Open up and share your stories. Become an inspiration to others.  Some won’t understand it.  Some will outright reject it, but many will thank you for sharing it.  Sometimes God redeems our story by surrounding us with people who need to hear our past, so it doesn’t become their future.  Everything that God allows to come our way is always with a purpose.  He uses even the deepest pain to mold us into a better person and a vessel that He can use.

Your testimony is the story of your encounters with God and what role He has played throughout your life.  Your story could be the key to unlock someone else’s prison. 

Never be afraid to share your story and give God the glory.

“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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