FOCUS OF THE MONTH
Reaping a Harvest Through Witnessing
SCRIPTURE OF THE WEEK
And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. — Revelation 14:15 (KJV)
And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” — Revelation 14:15 (ESV)
Friday End of Week Scripture – Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)
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This Week’s Overview:
Sunday – If we lack wisdom about certain things in life, ask God. Get to know Him intimately, then trust Him to give us knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
Monday – We will encounter a lot of people in our lifetime. God’s Word instructs us to love and treat strangers of other cultures with respect. Let’s truly begin to share the love of Christ when we welcome them into our homes and churches.
Tuesday – We ourselves at some point may have felt isolated or exposed. However, as difficult as life may be or has been, God knows our frame and the number of our days. We must trust Him to hold us up with His strong right hand through life’s journey.
Wednesday – Occasionally, we ourselves or a fellow believer may have stumbled into sin. Those who are spiritually mature must help restore such a one in the spirit of meekness. Let’s thrive together to unify the body of Christ in peace with songs of victory.
Thursday – Regardless of how insignificant we feel our God-given assignments are, we must walk worthy, using our gifts to glorify God and build up the body of Christ.
Friday – We must trust Jesus to work in and through us in small, hidden and seemingly insignificant ways to produce fruit for the Kingdom.
***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….***
Our Daily Bread Topic: Wisdom
Reflect & Pray
In what areas do you need God’s wisdom? What might give you a teachable heart?
I’m always in need of wisdom, God. I want to follow Your ways. Please show me which way to go.
Focus: We are instructed to love and treat strangers of other cultures with respect. Welcome them into our homes and churches.
Scripture(s): Exodus 22:21; Deuteronomy 10:18-19
Our Daily Bread Topic: Injustice; Living like Christ; Love for Others
Reflect & Pray
Why is it so important that we welcome people into our homes and churches? What do you find most challenging and most rewarding in this?
Father God, You welcome me with open arms, for You love me day after day. Give me Your love to share with others.
Focus: No matter how difficult life is, God knows our frame and the number of our days. Trust Him to hold us in His strong hand.
Scripture(s): Isaiah 49:14-16; Psalm 90:1-5, 9-10
Our Daily Bread Topic: God’s Love
Reflect & Pray
When have you felt isolated or exposed? How does it encourage you to know that your life is being held in God’s strong hand?
God, assure me that You’re holding me because I feel like I’m only hanging on by a thread. I trust that You’ll help and uphold me.
Focus: If a fellow believer does wrong and is held accountable, do it in the spirit of love. The body of Christ can then become unified.
Scripture(s): 3 John 2; Ephesians 4:1-3, 15-16
Our Daily Bread Topic: Community
Reflect & Pray
How can you share Scripture this week with others to encourage unity and love in the body of Christ? What does it mean for you to have “the message of Christ [dwelling] among you richly”?
Father God, thank You for using Scripture to instruct me, Your Spirit to guide me, and Your people to keep me focused and accountable.
Focus: Regardless of how insignificant we think our God-given assignments are, let’s walk worthy and encourage others to do likewise.
Scripture(s): Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:11, 14, 23-24
Our Daily Bread Topic: Spiritual Gifts
Reflect & Pray
How can you use your gifts to honor God in your vocation? How can you encourage others you know so they too can use their calling as a way to serve Jesus?
Help me, God, to be used right where You put me. Help me to see that my words, actions, and work ethic can profoundly affect others.
Focus: We must trust Jesus to work in and through us in small, hidden and seemingly insignificant ways to produce fruit for the Kingdom.
Scripture(s): Matthew 5:16; Luke 17:5-6; James 5:17-18
Daily Bread Topic: Spiritual Transformation
Reflect & Pray
What small and seemingly insignificant things could you do to encourage or bless the people in your life? Where do you need to turn away from comparison with others or from a false picture of significance and success?
Dear Jesus, thank You for often working in small, hidden, and seemingly insignificant ways. Help me to trust You’re at work even when I can’t see You. Grant me the grace to remain faithful.
Our Daily Bread Topic: Joy; Worship
Reflect & Pray
What prompts you to praise God for His faithfulness to you? What songs help you to remember and focus on His character and goodness?
God, thank You for who You are and for what You’ve done for me—and for all Your people—by inviting us to be sheep in Your pasture. Let today be filled with my songs of praise for Your goodness.
Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson
Fasting and Praying for a Spiritual Breakthrough
Every Wednesday, the Ministry encourages us to read Isaiah 58. We should also use this time to fast and pray for a spiritual breakthrough. As I meditate on verses 5-8, I see nine reasons God wants us to fast and pray. They are:
- Loose the bands of wickedness. Freeing ourselves and others from addictions and sin.
- Undo heavy burdens. To solve problems, inviting the Holy Spirit’s help.
- Let the oppressed go free. For revival and soul winning to be able to identify with people enslaved to sin.
- Break every yoke. Conquering mental and emotional problems that can control our lives.
- Give bread to the hungry and provide the poor with housing. To meet the needs of others.
- Allow the people’s light to break forth like morning. Bringing clear insight and perspective to make crucial decisions.
- Cause their health to spring forth speedily.
- Cause our righteousness to go before them. That our influence and testimonies would be enhanced before others.
- Cause the glory of the Lord to be their rereward.
A combination of fasting and praying leads to a spiritual breakthrough for such a time as this.
“My friends, make time for God every day because He always has time for you.” — Sister Clovia