SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of May 3 – May 9, 2020


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But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide forever.  — 1 Samuel 1:22 (KJV)

22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lord and dwell there forever.” –1 Samuel 1:22 (ESV)

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

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

Sister Margaret Lindsley – May 4 – Class 06

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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   God sees all sin and He will expose it. If we have sinned, we must repent and begin to walk upright with Him.

Monday  God has incredible power over all creation. Sin can make life seem that we’re in our darkest moment. Again, if we repent, God will shine the light of His countenance and restore the joy of our salvation.

Tuesday –  Remember, broken fellowship with God will only cause us to become exhausted and discouraged. Don’t run from God, instead, pray and trust Him. He promises to give us spiritual sustenance to complete our journey in life.

Wednesday Reflecting on the agonizing death that Jesus experienced to save us from the wrath of God, we too must do the seemingly impossible and forgive anyone who has wronged us in life. In doing so, this will keep us in good fellowship with God and man. 

ThursdayAs we intercede in prayer for our enemies, we don’t always know how to pray for them. Therefore, we must allow the Holy Spirit to be the go between. He knows the mind of God, the will of God and the resolve in that particular relationship.

FridayMay we find consolation in knowing that, if we allow God’s love to abound, ultimately this will enable us to break through all barriers, prejudices and ill thoughts of the heart. Afterward, we will be able to open our mouths and truly worship our God as we sing praises to His wonderful name.

***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, May 3, 2020 – The One Who SeesNumbers 32:16-24

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s Love; Obedience

Reflect & Pray

How does the truth that God sees everything we do and still loves us encourage you to turn from sin? In what practical ways can you respond to His love today?

Thank You for being “the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13). I praise You that though You see both good and bad, You sent Your Son to save and set me free. Help me to walk in loving obedience.

Monday, May 4, 2020 – EclipseAmos 8:9-12; 9:11-12

Focus: When life is at its darkest because of sin — repent.  Then ask God to restore the light in our lives.

Scripture(s): Job 33:27-28; Joel 2:13; Daniel 9:16-19

Our Daily Bread Topic: Hope

Reflect & Pray

When was a time you chose to reject or disobey God? How did God provide rescue and bring light into your dark situation?

Jesus, as we read in Revelation 21:23, thank You that You shine brighter than the sun and turn back the darkness.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – Strength for the Journey1 Kings 19:1-9

Focus: If we’re feeling exhausted and discouraged about life, ask God to give us spiritual sustenance.

Scripture(s): Matthew 11:29; Joshua 14:10-13

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Fear; Rest

Reflect & Pray

Looking back, when have you needed to slow down and receive sustenance before pressing on? How can you look for signs of burnout as you serve God?

Creator God, You formed us as Your people. Thank You for our limitations, which remind us that You’re God and we’re not. Help us to serve You with gladness and joy. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – Impossible ForgivenessLuke 23:32-43

Focus: Just as Jesus strangely forgave us of our sins, we too can do the impossible with His help and forgive our enemies.

Scripture(s): Matthew 6:11-12; Matthew 6:14-15; Acts 7:59-60

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Forgiving Others; Sin

Reflect & Pray

How has God’s impossible forgiveness changed you? How can we help others experience true forgiveness in Him?

God, Your forgiveness is a strange, impossible thing. In our pain, it’s hard to imagine this possibility. Help us. Teach us Your love.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Go-Between PrayerRomans 8:26-34

Focus: As we intercede in prayer for others, the Holy Spirit will be the go between when we don’t know what to pray for.

Scripture(s): Hebrews 7:25; Daniel 4:18

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Prayer

Reflect & Pray

Is there anyone you can pray for today? How might you respond to temptation differently if you knew that the Holy Spirit was praying for you during the struggle?

Jesus, I thank You that temptation has no power to separate me from You. Please give me victory today through the power of Your resurrection from the dead.

Friday, May 8, 2020 – The Man Who Couldn’t TalkPsalm 96

Focus: We must allow our love for Christ to break through all barriers. Open our mouths and truly begin to sing and worship our God!

Scripture(s): Revelation 4:11; Luke 1:59-64

Daily Bread Topic: Worship

Reflect & Pray

As you read Psalm 96, what stands out about our great God? What barriers to worship sometimes halt you? How can you grow from silence to praise?

Our great God, I do hold You in awesome wonder. How great Thou art!

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Saturday, May 9, 2020 –  Doubt and Faith Job 1:20-22; 2:7-10

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Suffering; Doubt; Trust In God

Reflect & Pray

What doubts and questions do you need to bring before God today? How can you use Job 1:21 to guide you in your prayers?

Dear Father, when doubts and fears overwhelm me, help me remember I’m precious in Your sight. You’re always in control, and You care for me.

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

Life Is A Gift

Life changes so quickly.  We can be happy one day, empty and broken the next.  If we learn anything from this pandemic, I hope it is to value the moments, treasure the memories and hold onto what counts.

Think on this:  God is above all the chaos.  Pain does not plague Him.  The weather does not disturb Him.  The election does not define Him.  Disease does not infect Him.  Death cannot claim Him.  Your best thoughts should be your God thoughts. 

Make time each day to realize how fleeting life is and to thank God for each lesson.  Maybe this pandemic will teach us to slow down, appreciate what we have and how quickly it can be gone.

Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.


  • Time is still the best answer
  • Forgiveness is still the best pain killer
  • God is still the best Healer

“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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