SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of July 26 – August 1, 2020


Taming the Tongue


For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: — 1 Peter 3:10 (KJV)

For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 1 Peter 3:10 (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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This Week’s Overview: 

Sunday   When we are betrayed and rejected by a close friend, we must take solace in God’s love and presence to help us to endure the pain.

Monday  Regardless of the pain that many relationships can bring, we still have an assignment to cultivate God’s world as we reflect His character and bring glory to His name.

Tuesday –  We must trust God during these times of anguish and sorrow. Jesus is acquainted with how we feel, nevertheless, He has instructed us to share our testimonies with others and that we will find comfort and peace in our time of need.

Wednesday Remember, God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. If someone wrongs us, we are to extend grace outside the box and forgive them. If they repent, restore the relationship but hold them accountable to walk in truth.

ThursdayWe all have character flaws and there may have been times that we have been rejected or we ourselves have rejected others based on political or physical status. We must stop the nonsense and begin to show compassion to all people.

FridayAgain, when God gives us a ministry assignment, don’t worry about how insignificant it seems. Instead, trust the Holy Spirit to shine the light on that simple deed to draw others to the truth and glorify the Father.

***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, July 26, 2020 – BetrayedJohn 13:18-22; Psalm 41:9-12

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Betrayal; Relationships; God’s Love

Reflect & Pray

How have you experienced the betrayal of a friend? How has the reassurance of God’s love and presence sustained you?

Heavenly Father, I’m thankful that Your love is stronger than any betrayal. When I face rejection, help me find strength in the knowledge that You are always with me.


Monday, July 27, 2020 – Cultivating God’s WorldGenesis 1:26-27; 2:15

Focus: God has given each of us an assignment. We must reflect His glory as we cultivate His world.

Scripture(s): Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 3:10, 23-24; Ephesians 2:10, 18-22

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Creation; Care; Stewardship

Reflect & Pray

What’s the work God has given you to do? How could you cultivate this “field” by bringing order into it and bringing good from it, by His grace?

Dear God, thank You for the honor of joining You in Your work in the world. Help me to reflect Your love, wisdom, and order in my life and in the place where I work.

Cultivating God’s World

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Trusting God in Times of Sorrow2 Timothy 1:6-12

Focus: We must trust God in times of anguish and sorrow. Sharing with others can give us comfort and peace.

Scripture(s): Isaiah 26:4; Ruth 1:8-9, 16

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Grief; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

How have you experienced God’s joy even in times of deep sorrow? How do you explain this? How could you share what you learned with others?

Heavenly Father, fan into flame the gift of faith in me, that I might share with love and power my testimony of how You work in my life.

Trusting God In Times Of Sorrow

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Grace Outside the Box2 Samuel 9:1-7

Focus: If anyone has wronged us, extend grace and forgive them. If they repent, restore the relationship but hold them accountable.

Scripture(s): James 4:6; John 8:3-11; Philemon 10-16

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Relationships; Forgiving Others

Reflect & Pray

Who has sinned against you? How might you hold them accountable while also forgiving them?

Father, I’ve received extraordinary grace from You. Help me show that grace to others—especially to those with a repentant spirit.

Grace Outside The Box

Thursday, July 30, 2020 – Touch the NeedyLuke 13:10-17

Focus: Whether we’ve rejected someone or have been rejected because of political standards, let’s begin to show compassion to the needy.

Scripture(s):  Acts 9:36-42; 1 Thessalonians 5:13-14

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Compassion

Reflect & Pray

How have you experienced God’s healing and touch? Who can you show compassion to this week?

Jesus, thank You for Your infinite love and incredible compassion for all humans, including those marred by disease and difficulties.

Touch The Needy

Friday, July 31, 2020 – Shining Light Matthew 5:13-16

Focus: When God gives us a ministry assignment, trust the Holy Spirit to shine the light on a simple deed to draw souls to Christ.

Scripture(s): Acts 13:47; Philippians 2:15; Isaiah 50:10-11

Daily Bread Topic: Evangelism; Living for Christ; Prayer

Reflect & Pray

When have you felt nervous or self-conscious about sharing your deeds and gifts for God? How can your deeds and gifts help others, and what are ways you can share them?

Jesus, empower me to let my God-given light shine so others can see and glorify You.

Shining Light

Saturday, August 1, 2020 –  A Divine Duet –  John 15:1-11

Our Daily Bread Topic:  Fellowship with God; Holy Spirit

Reflect & Pray

Why do you sometimes resist the help and encouragement God offers? How could reliance on Him change your outlook and your actions in certain situations?

Dear God, help me to remember that You’re with me in every moment. I welcome Your influence and instruction today. Thank You for Your nearness.

A Divine Duet

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

Sister Clovia’s thoughts are not available this week

“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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