Components of Christian Faith Tuesday, Oct 9 2018 

  1. Adoration: We love God because He first loved us.
  2. Revelation:  Witness of the Spirit with our spirit: Romans 8: 16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
  3. Compassion of Christ: For the lost, for the sick,

    The Anointed Bearer of Glad Tidings

    [a]The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
        because the Lord has anointed me;
    He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted,
        to bind up the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives,
        release to the prisoners,
    To announce a year of favor from the Lord
        and a day of vindication by our God;
    To comfort all who mourn;
        to place on those who mourn in Zion
        a diadem instead of ashes,
    To give them oil of gladness instead of mourning,
        a glorious mantle instead of a faint spirit.

  4. Acknowledgement of God’s Power: 2 Peter 1:1-3To those who have received a faith of the same [b]kind as ours, [c]by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [d]by His own glory and [e]excellence.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: Hebrews 1:Now faith is the [a]assurance of things [b]hoped for, the [c]conviction of things not seen.
  6. Prayer to God through Jesus Christ:
    2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 when He comes to be glorified [a]in His [b]saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will [c]count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  7. Individual Confirmation:
    Mark 16:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17 These [a]signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

  8. Thanksgiving:

    Thanksgiving for God’s Deliverance

    10 [d]I will rejoice heartily in the Lord,
        my being exults in my God;
    For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,
        and wrapped me in a robe of justice,
    Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
        as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
    11 As the earth brings forth its shoots,
        and a garden makes its seeds spring up,
    So will the Lord God make justice spring up,
        and praise before all the nations.

  9. Individual Input:
    Romans 5:10-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved [a]by His life. 11 And not only this, [b]but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

  10. Call to action:as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [j]give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the [k]saints, [l]practicing hospitality.

    14 Bless those who persecute [m]you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but [n]associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [o]Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [p]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  11. Confirmation of Faith:
    Romans 1:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed [a]from faith to faith; as it is written, “[b]But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

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Components of Devotions Saturday, Oct 6 2018 

  1. Adoration of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
  2. Revelation from God:  Lord, reveal to me this day your grace and truth what to do in  order to grow in devotion to you.
  3. Compassion from God:  Lord, fill me with a compassionate heart in coming to you full of the desire to receive your love gift today in order to be able to fulfill your purpose for this day with all sincerity.
  4.  Acknowledgement of God’s power:  Lord, you so love the world that you gave your only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
  6. Requests from God-Prayer:  Lord, give us this day our daily Word, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…
  7. Individual Confirmation:  Lord, help me to know and feel your love, your power, your presence, your peace, your protection, your joy, great faith, great hope, patience by the Holy Ghost.
  8. Thanksgiving to God: Lord, thank-you for all you give us; your righteousness, your holiness, your covering, your forgiveness, your justification, your sanctification, your salvation.
  9. Individual Input:  Lord, as I read and meditate on your Word, let it work in me your transforming power over my mind, my life, my heart.  In Christ Jesus my LORD.
  10. Your Output: Lord, as I share these lessons you’ve taught in today’s devotions help me to reflect you in I do in you.
  11. Call to Action:  Lord, help me to live out this life devoted to you and your purposes.  May you be glorified in all that I do today.  May the power of your resurrection grace conquer every trial.
  12. Confirmation of faith: In order to affix your devotions tell someone about what devotion God has revealed to you. Post a blog, keep a journal, call a friend, tell a family member.

Components of Bible Teaching Thursday, Oct 4 2018 

  1. Prayer to the Teacher:  Lord, help us in our deepest hearts to receive your teaching through your Holy Word. Jesus is the Teacher.
  2. Revelation from Jesus: Prayer for Direction:  Lord, direct us as we go through your Word verse by verse for our instruction in your glorious purpose.
  3. Compassion from Jesus: He knows we are but dust and struggle to focus so pray for focus:  Lord Help us to focus on what we are learning from you and how it may be applied to our lives.
  4. Acknowledgement: There is power in reading of the Bible: Make mention of the verse you will begin with and any additional following verses you hope to cover as the Holy Spirit leads. Read them.
  5. Confirmation by the Word: Commentary by the students: Each student comment on what they heard and offer similar text from the scriptures.
  6. Requests: Prayer is a two way process so after your requests wait on the LORD: Listen for the Spirit of the Lord’s instruction in righteousness, reproof, correction….
  7. Individual Confirmation: Rightly divide the Word of Truth by contemplating its application in each area of your life, each relationship, each circumstance.
  8. Thanksgiving: Thank God for the instruction He has given.
  9. Requests:  Lord, help us to incorporate this Bible teaching into our daily lives.
  10. Your Input by sharing:  Lord remind us of opportunities to share this lesson with others we may come into contact with until we meet again.
  11. Call to Action: Frequency: Personal instruction from the LORD should be daily.  i.e. devotions. Group instruction no less than weekly.
  12. Confirmation of Sanctification:  Lord, sanctify us by your Word. Your Word is truth.

Come Back to the LORD-Day 21 Wednesday, Apr 11 2018 

Today is the last day of our 21 day series “Come Back to the LORD”. The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention is found in the book of Psalms, chapter 119, verses 161-168:

Shin.

161 Princes persecute me without cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your words.
162 I rejoice at Your [a]word,
As one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and despise falsehood,
But I love Your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous ordinances.
165 Those who love Your law have great peace,
And [b]nothing causes them to stumble.
166 I hope for Your salvation, O Lord,
And do Your commandments.
167 My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You.

For we know: 1 John 4:3-5

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 20 Tuesday, Apr 10 2018 

The Scripture to which I would like to draw your attention today can be found in the book of Psalms, chapter 119, verses 153-160:

Resh.

153 Look upon my affliction and rescue me,
For I do not forget Your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your [bq]word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes.
156 [br]Great are Your mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to Your ordinances.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.
158 I behold the treacherous and loathe them,
Because they do not keep Your [bs]word.
159 Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
160 The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

For we know Psalms 136:6-8

For though the Lord is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will [a]revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 18 Sunday, Apr 8 2018 

Today’s Scripture is at Psalms 119:137-145

Tsadhe.

137 Righteous are You, O Lord,
And upright are Your judgments.
138 You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness
And exceeding faithfulness.
139 My zeal has [a]consumed me,
Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140 Your [b]word is very [c]pure,
Therefore Your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have [d]come upon me,
Yet Your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
Give me understanding that I may live.

For we know John 2:17 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.”

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 16 Friday, Apr 6 2018 

Today’s Scripture may be found at Psalm 119:121-128

Ayin.

121 I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Be surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
And for Your righteous [a]word.
124 Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
And teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant; give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies.
126 It is time for the Lord to act,
For they have broken Your law.
127 Therefore I love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything,
I hate every false way.

For we know Deuteronomy 4:29-30

29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice.

Come Back to the LORD-Day 14 Wednesday, Apr 4 2018 

Today’s Scripture is found at Psalms 119:105-112

Nun.

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
106 I have sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.
107 I am exceedingly afflicted;
[a]Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
108 O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord,
And teach me Your ordinances.
109 My [b]life is continually [c]in my hand,
Yet I do not forget Your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.
111 I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even to the end.

For we know Psalms 138:7-8

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will [a]revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Come Back to the LORD- Day 10 Saturday, Mar 31 2018 

The Scriptures for today may be found in the book of Psalms chapter 119 verses 73-80:

Yodh.

73 Your hands made me and [a]fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
74 May those who [b]fear You see me and be glad,
Because I [c]wait for Your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
76 O may Your lovingkindness [d]comfort me,
According to Your [e]word to Your servant.
77 May Your compassion come to me that I may live,
For Your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie;
But I shall meditate on Your precepts.
79 May those who [f]fear You turn to me,
Even those who know Your testimonies.
80 May my heart be [g]blameless in Your statutes,
So that I will not be ashamed.

For we know Psalm 139:12-14

12 Even the darkness is not dark [a]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For You formed my [b]inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for [c]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.

 

Come Back to the LORD-Day 9 Friday, Mar 30 2018 

The Scripture for today can be found in the book of Psalms chapter 119 verses 65-72:

Teth.

65 You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
66 Teach me good [a]discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
68 You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
69 The arrogant [b]have forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.
70 Their heart is [c]covered with fat,
But I delight in Your law.
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

There are benefits in coming back to the LORD. He teaches us directly from His Word. His Word is applicable to all people in all times in all places in all circumstances.

For we know Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

 

 

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