SCRIPTURE & FOCUS – Week Of February 7 – February 13, 2021

God’s Unconditional Love


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. — John 3:16 (KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (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    The things that we’ve lost during spiritual attacks can be overwhelming. We must put our trust in Jesus, and He will help us to recover. 

Monday   Life’s struggles can sometimes make it seem almost impossible to see our way through. However, we must remain faithful and trust Jesus to be The Light and Way Maker in our dark seasons.

Tuesday –  Always be aware of the troubles around us. Keep our eyes on things above and hold on to the promise that, one day Jesus will return. 

Wednesday If we have been waiting on God to respond in a given situation but there’s no immediate answer, trust the Holy Spirit to give us hope and strength to endure until the end. 

ThursdayIn the midst of this loud, noisy and chaotic world, we must get still to hear the voice of God. When He speaks, let’s obey His commands and allow Him to guide us.

FridayTo stay above waters, we must remind ourselves that Jesus, The Bridegroom went away to prepare a place for all who will accept Him as their Savior. We must be willing to share this hope with everyone that would like to attend the marriage supper.

***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, February 7, 2021Recovering What’s Lost – 1 Samuel 30:1-6, 18-19

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s love and care

Reflect & Pray

What spiritual attacks or life loss are you experiencing? Turning from your despair to God, how will you find renewed strength in Him?

God, help me to find hope in You even as I face life’s challenges.

Recovering What’s Lost

Monday, February 8, 2021 – Trust The LightJohn 12:25-33, 35-36
Focus: When life’s troubles make it almost impossible to see your way, remain faithful and trust Jesus to light your way.

Our Daily Bread Topic: Christ, life and teaching; Living like Christ; Trust in God

Reflect & Pray

What dark season have you been through lately? How did Jesus, the Light, help you keep going?

Jesus, thank You for being the light in my darkness. Help me to trust and keep going.

Trust The Light

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – Looking UpColossians 3:1-4
Focus: Be aware of what’s around you in this world of reality. Keep your eyes on your heavenly promise until Jesus returns.
Our Daily Bread Topic: Living like Christ

Reflect & Pray

How can you develop your “upward” vision? How can you set your mind on heavenly things?

Loving God, help me to set my mind and heart on those things that are of You!

Looking Up

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – Waiting In HopeLuke 2:25-35
Focus: If you are in a difficult season of waiting, put your trust and hope in Jesus to give you strength to endure.
Our Daily Bread Topic:  Waiting on God

Reflect & Pray

When have you become weary as you waited for God? What encouraged you to endure during that challenging season?

Jesus, I will wait for You. Through pain, tears, and uncertainty, help me to not become weary but to rest in Your provision. 

For hope in the storms of life, read

Waiting In Hope

Thursday, February 11, 2021 – The Ticking WatchPsalm 37:1-7
Focus: In the midst of this chaotic world, be still and listen to God’s voice. Then, respond to His commands.
Our Daily Bread Topic:  Bible Study; Prayer
Reflect & Pray

How can you be still before God each day? What will help you stay silent and listen?

Loving God, grant me the patience and discipline to stay still for a while each day, that I might hear Your gentle whisper in my life. 

The Ticking Watch

Friday, February 12, 2021 – A Joyful CelebrationRevelation 19:1-9
Focus: Remind yourself and others about God’s promises. One day, there will be a joyful celebration in heaven with Jesus, the Bridegroom.
Our Daily Bread Topic:  Eternal life; forgiveness of sin

Reflect & Pray

What does Jesus’ invitation to come to Him for forgiveness and eternal life mean to you? Who could you tell your story to?

I look forward to that day of celebration and seeing You, Jesus. Come quickly.

Read more about Christ’s ultimate triumph in this study of Revelation:

A Joyful Celebration

Saturday, February 13, 2021 –  Something New – Ephesians 5:8-14

Our Daily Bread Topic:  God’s love and care

Reflect & Pray

What new thing is God doing in your life? How is He using you to touch others’ lives and help make the world a better place?

Dear God, I praise You as the living One who constantly does new things. Help me to trust You to meet my changing needs.

Something New

Inspirational Thoughts from Sister Clovia Thompson  

A Season of Waiting
The Bible is clear that we go through seasons in life, and one of the seasons that God talks about again and again is the “season of waiting.”
While we’re waiting, and it seems like nothing is happening, God is still working on our behalf.  When we are in a “season of waiting,”  it’s never just a “season of waiting.”  It’s a season designed to prepare us, stretch our faith, and get us ready for everything that is coming next. 
If you are in a  “season of waiting,” may I encourage you by saying  “A DELAY IS NOT A DENIAL”.  When you think God is saying, “No” He may just be saying, “Not yet”. 
God has only the best in mind for His children.  Isaiah 60:22 says “….when the time is right, I, the Lord will make it happen”.  He is taking you through that “season of waiting” because He is using the time to work in your circumstances for your good. 
So,  as we WAIT …
                              W = Watch God work His way.
                       A =  Ask God about His purposes.
                       I  =  Invite God to work in your heart. 
                       T =  Trust God to fulfill His plan. 
Waiting on God doesn’t mean we’re doing nothing.  We are trusting God to do His thing, in His time.
But I will trust the Lord God to save me, and I will wait for Him to answer my prayer.  — Micah 7:7 (CEV)

“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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